Weekly WIP: X-Wing, Walkin Boss and return to Batman
I can think of few things worse than writing out a blog post and losing it. It really puts a damper on a day and the thought of re-writing it is enough to drive me to drink.
Still, some time has passed since my mistake and I think I am ready to take another crack.
There hasn’t been much progress on my X-Wing project. I’ve wiped off my oil wash but want to let the oil fully dry before applying a clear coat and then adding more oils for weathering. I’m not sure if it’s necessary and before I go further I’ll be looking up some tutorials on the technique. I know that the oil wash can be lifted by the thinners I will use but I’m not sure if that will be a problem. It’s as good an excuse as any to watch Fichtenfoo’s videos on weathering the Millenium Falcon.
Don’t worry, I haven’t spent the week watching paint dry. I was able to make a rare trip to the gaming table in order to play some Batman Miniature Game. I’ve been off the game due to it not having an affordable option to get the most up to date rules. However I found an opponent who was in the same position as me. I don’t mind playing old versions of rules, I really hate playing a different version than my opponent and the arguments that this causes. It’s one thing to misunderstand a rule, it’s another to fully understand a rule and be wrong.
I’m too excited by the imminent arrival of my Saga miniatures to start any major projects but I have been slowly chipping away at my Walkin’ Boss figure. I’m not rushing to finish it but am trying to keep the painting habit going until I see if I can better my Guild Ball productivity when Saga arrives.
This week I’ve painted the shirt and vest. I’ve tried to open up my stiff painting style by roughing in my opaque layers before smoothing things out with glazes. I’m still forgetting to worry about making sure I’ve rendered the gross surface shape before worrying about details like folds. I think I’ve managed to do a decent job on the vest which has a generally darker value the further down the vest we get but it was more luck than artifice.
The next step will be the jacket which I hope to tackle tonight. I’ve been hesitant to start it because I feel like it will be a long task. I think this is a common roadblock to people who are happy to jump from one short task to another for hours but balk at committing to something longer. Not that it should take significantly longer than the vest. Painting large surfaces doesn’t seem to take significantly longer than medium surfaces. Most of my time is spent mixing paints anyway, or so it feels.
Well, that’s it for this week. I need to work on an article about Saga to kick off the process. Hopefully I can provide a bit more detail than my Guild Ball project.
That figure is amazing, really gives the impression of a larger scale figure.
And oils for X-wing sounds like a good way to go, but I am still scared of non-acrylic paint.
Thanks. He’s a 54mm model. I hear what you’re saying about oil paints. The second something no longer cleans up with water it becomes way more of a hassle. Not to mention the extra ventilation requirements and needing to properly dispose of used thinner. However on a model an acrylic wash won’t replicate the control of an oil wash. Even now I could take some thinner and remove the wash from anywhere I didn’t want it.