I spent a whole week of evenings hand painting this armour. Glazing and glazing Warpstone Glow over Caliban Green was very tedious. Spending so long with this model I had a lot of time to think. I was considering the aesthetic of this scheme. Technically it’s a complicated blend which I think is very pleasing to the eye but if you’re into realism then these highlights fall short of that expectation. Miniature painting is art and that means it’s all about the painter expressing themselves. I do this by choosing to paint bright, sharp paint jobs that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1990s White Dwarf (like Kim Syberg Spaces Wolves). How about you? What kind of style do you prefer? Would you ever spend a week hand blending the armour or would you break out the airbrush?
I think since the first models that mesmerized me as a kid were stuff from the late 90s I will always have a soft spot for that high contrast, blended look. These days I do a lot of zenithal priming and airbrushing to get faster shading, but the hand blended stuff is still my idea.
I'm doing a DA land raider and like all the other tanks before it, hand painted it is. I've been painting DA for 25 years and never owned an airbrush, so little else for it…
This is my style hey. When I look at mine and other mini's on the board I want to see that pop that drags the eye into the model. Grimdark/Realism also has it's place but looks very muted and unappealing to me.
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Hand blending all day long dude. Your Dread is looking stunning and is a testament to your expert skillset. Very well done sir :).