This is update number two for this project. I’ve highlighted the edges of the craft using a fine detail brush and some vallejo fiery orange + white and used some Citedal Temple Guard blue to line the circuitry patterns on the hull.
I think I might work on metals next. I’ve assembled the weaponry and that needs undercoating and base coating. For the base I’ve ordered some dead looking Lichen to add to my bases. I want my bases to look alien, so i’ve painted slate to look like crystals and painted sand terracotta and highlighted with red. The bone coloured lichen should complete the alien look to my bases and reinforce the feel of a dead tomb world.
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Typically I am not a fan of Airbrushing as most examples of it that you see looked rushed and unfinished. The other thing that really bothers me is most painters typically stop after the initial airbrush coat so there is no definition in their models at all and all the colours look really washed out.
The only time I really want to get an Airbrush myself is when I see how you use it. The combination of using it for really smooth transitions of colour over larger areas combined with really tight, crisp edge high lighting (like above) looks incredible. I also love how blue really pops with the red. Really looking forward to seeing the final product!
Ghoulio, I'm exactly the same. I know precisely the kind of painting you speak of and whilst it's not my approach, I can appreciate how some people would do this to speed up the painting of an army or to increase productivity (and in turn, profit) if they were a commission painter.
For me, it's all about the painting. Painting for me includes brush and airbrush equally. Both require lots of skill to use and I'm still learning how to use both. I rate my work as good table top quality. I have won local painting competitions, cleaned up a regional event with several winners and an overall winner, and I've even got 2 finalist pins to my name for UK Golden Demon (only ever entered it once with 3 entries as well).
The airbrush is just another tool in the box. I don't use it as a short cut anymore. I'm more interested in perfecting more advanced techniques then just point and spray base coats.
My first hierophant was airbrushed red and it was flat and lacked contrast. My second was painstakingly hand painted and the red really pops… I did use the airbrush on the second phant though, and that was to do soft blends on the edges of the carapace which I masked off.
Hope this ramble makes sense.
- Andy - bG
That is looking absolutely stunning! I think it really really just pops, and the contrast with the blue on the circuitry and the red shading of the panels is an inspired combination.
I totally agree with the comments here, so much airbrushing that you see on blogs and forums just looks so obviously airbrushed and "lazy" that I was really starting to go off it altogether as a form of painting. What you are showing here is a proper use of an airbrush as only one component of a paintjob and not the whole thing.
Great work and can't wait to see more progress on this.
- Henry South
when my strike fighter comes through u need to give me a hand with it mate. then im going to shoot that doom scythe down!
- Euen McMurry
Nice choice of blue as a contrasting color to the red.
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That is really looking amazing!