Friday, 22 February 2013

Hard suit Exterminators

Finished these guys... Still got a half squad to complete, but at least I sorted out how to do the domes... Black gem with OSL reflected from the blue lights on the side thingy.

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  1. Hi, Jacker. The reflected light is a winner. You are the #1 Space Helmet Painter in my galaxy! Super job, Sir.

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    1. Thanks Jay! You know how it goes.. I like using black, but it's so dull on the table. The little touch of blue was what these needed to come to life.

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    2. Yeah, I don't think I've seen any helmets done better than this, especially in 15mm. Great work. The OSL works surprisingly well with the gloss varnish (sometimes combining painted reflected light with real reflected light ends up looking pretty phony).

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  2. Those domes are georgeous!

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    1. Thanks EP! The models sat with the domes 1/2 done for months until I decided on the small blue lights!

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  3. Agreed, love the colors and the reflections. I'm saving this as a reference for my reflections in the future :)

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    1. Cheers sir! The helmets are a standard gem technique, so not unlike my UNSC from a couple of years ago.

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  4. Great job on the domes and a clever use of OSL, Jacker. The look excellent!

    Cheers
    Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave! Hope you had a good trip home and are settled back in the hobby cave!

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  5. Two thumbs up! The dome bestowes so much life upon these guys, I love how it's contrasted with the subdued suit and they way you played with the lights. Gonna be hard not to rip this one off cos' this is kinda like I would mike mine to look ;)
    Q: Are the domes gloss-varnished on top of the shading?

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    1. Thank you Tomo. I like military color schemes, but they are so dull that I think it's good to find a way to add some color where you can.

      And yes, there is a final coat of future floor wax on the domes, well spotted :)

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  6. Tutorial would be nice for painting the domes

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    1. Basically the same as this, only with grey instead of orange:
      http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.com.au/2010/06/tutorial-unsc-light-infantry.html

      Then a dab of blue where the light would fall from the side lamps.

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  7. All this and OSL?! A treat for the eyes, well done Jacker. I love these figures. Have you got the new Zebra Kilo minis from Khurasan? I hope to post some pictures today if I can get some decent light!

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    1. Thanks again GR! They are nice sculpts indeed. I don't have the ZK's yet, but they are on my list.

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  8. Excellent decision and execution on those domes.

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    1. Cheers Peter. I almost did them orange, but it's always good to try something new if possible.. That's how we learn after all!

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  9. You're turning out some superb work these days SJ. Love the reflected light. The brown on the bases really lifts them, may I ask how you did it.
    Pat

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    1. Thanks pat, much appreciated!
      The brown and grey are drybrushed on in 3 stages (lighter each time) starting with a black basecoat on the ground texture.

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    2. Thanks SJ, Games Workshop colours I presume.

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    3. Yes, I used to use a Vallejo light brown but I ran out. I don't mix the highlight colors, they are right out of the pot. For the grey it's mechanicus (dark) first, then codex, then astronomicon. They are not all from the current range though :/

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    4. Thanks, that helped a lot for the grey, but I can't get the brown to work. I tried the Vallejo Light Brown, but no luck. Do you apply a wash to get the depth of tone?

      The Vallejo doesn't seem to have the same richness, what GW colours are you using.

      Sorry for all the questions.
      Pat

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  10. I really like these, helmets are ace.

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  11. Gorgeous job mate, best so far.

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  12. The domes are great! Did you paint the white reflections on?

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  13. Thanks guys! Yes Dis, there is a white highlight dot at the top and at the bottom. However, they are gloss coated, which means there is a real reflection in there too. I might paint a second highlight though, as it looks pretty good in the photo!

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    1. Object source lighting. It means painting fake cast light onto your minis :)

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  15. You really nailed the domes! Great job.

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  16. finally got a chnace to say something. WOW! these are great. OSL is great and I love that its a black dome. I can just see the HUD green data projected on the inside of the glass. Great!

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    1. Thanks LA!
      Hmm. maybe I should try to represent that on the heavy gunner as he has no lamp....

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