Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Adding Character to your army: Using your Models like a canvas. Part 2
The first thing I did was draw up rough sketches of what I wanted. I hadn't done this with the Siege Shields because the lava, and flames were old hat for me and the Siege Shield is a large enough area that I felt confident I could easily fix any mistakes. Rhino hatches are much smaller and what I had in mind for the 3 hatches was much more detailed, so I did something out of character for me when it comes to painting. I planned ahead!
The key to night skies and space is to avoid using black. Black is simply to stark and if you look up at the night sky you will notice it truly is a dark, dark blue not true black. I decided to use GW's Necron Abyss color from the Foundation Paint set. I am a huge proponent of GW Foundation Paints. They provide excellent coverage and rich colors for a good base coat.
My last article on the subject of "free hand" painting to add character to an army met with a bit of criticism. As I have mentioned on several occasions I know my artistic skills are no where near Golden Daemon. I think that using some pieces of your army as a canvas can add a lot of character to your army and attract attention during the "soft score" portion of tournament judging. Free hand painting is usually a good way to attract attention even if it isn't the best. The Word Bearer army seen above attracted a lot of attention because of the free hand painting I did; even though it isn't the best (it also convinced me to not try painting "people" on a model again until I had practiced some more). Besides, in order to get good at something you have to keep trying it!