• Speed Painting Lesson 3 - Part 2

    Hello again, and welcome to the speed painting series! First up we have:Eyes!1. Begin by painting the eye entirely black. I usually use a GW "detail" or "standard" brush for this, there is no need for anything smaller as long as your brush has a fine point.2. Next, paint the eye white, but remember to leave a thin black line around it. This helps with making the eye stand out. Once again, I am using a "detail" or "standard" brush for this. Make sure to have a very tiny "ball" of paint on the end of the brush, nothing more. Dont simply dunk it in the pot of paint, it will make the bristles fray and you wont get as precise with it.3. Finally, make a black dot in the center. It is very important where you place the dot. I usually make it touching the top and bottom of the eye, this gives a very good neutral expression. If you leave too much white showing at the top or bottom, it may look like the person is scared. Also be sure to have both eyes symmetrical, you dont want a mini with a lazy eye!Skin!1. As with most of my speed painted models, I am beginning with a Scorched Brown drybrush over a Chaos Black undercoat. I began the skin by basecoating with Tallarn Flesh, but left some of the undercoat showing in select areas.2. Next came a layer of Elf Flesh, thinned with water slightly. Avoid painting in the darker areas, such as under the bottom lip and around the nose.3. Finally I took some diluted Tanned Flesh, and applied shading. Dont paint this like a traditional wash, but use a small brush and apply the paint only where you want it. This creates a much cleaner effect.(Extra Grungy) Metallics!1. I thought I would expand again on how I paint metallics, this time in a bit more detail. First I started with my standard undercoat, and basecoated the metal airea with a 50/50 mix of Chaos Black and Boltgun Metal. I would highly reccomend mixing a spare pot of this, it's very handy. Avoid painting in the cracks, but dont worry about the rivets right now.2. Next came Boltgun Metal. Notice the crescent shape that I painted on the wrist section. The rivets and edges of the blades were highlighted as well.3. Chainmail was used to paint the edges again, this time it was used sparingly. Take into consideration where the light is coming from and how it would strike your miniature.4. I have a pot mixed up of 75% Black Ink and 25% Brown ink. I applied this around the rivets, and in the crevices. As with the skin recipe above, apply this wash only where you want it, do not cover the area in it! (This is a miniature you are painting, not a swamp!!!) Red!1. I started with my standard undercoat again. I wanted to create a deep, cherry kind of red, so I began with a mix of Scab Red and a little Chaos Black. Avoid painting in the recesses.2. Scab Red was used as a highlight. Keep in mind where the cloth is folded, and what shapes are there. Make your highlights clean and crisp.3. Red Gore was applied along the edges of each of the folds.4. I finally applied a 50/50 mix of Red Gore and Blood Red on the very edges. Blood Red on it's own tends to look orange, so I avoid using it. If you want to highlight the red further, I would reccomend adding in a fleshtone to the mix, such as Dwarf Flesh, and keep final highlights very selective and on edges only to prevent it from looking pink.White!--White is a very tricky color to paint, since you cannot highlight white (you can only shade it), so I like to create more contrast to make my whites look bright. (I couldnt resist using another of this dwarf model with the cape, it's great for step-by-step painting, nice and clean!)1.First I painted the area with Astronomican Grey (Space Wolves Grey can subsitute, but I really like these new foundation paints).2. Take a 50/50 mix of Astronomican Grey and Shadow Grey, and apply shading. (You could alternatively apply thinned Shadow Grey, or Fortress Grey if you do not want it looking so blue).3. Now, a 50/50 mix of Astronomican Grey and Skull White was used.4. Some thinned Skull White was painted on the edges. This may take two coats in some areas.Alright folks, that's it for this tutorial. I hope it's been helpful. I will  be doing a new step-by-step speed painting tutorial hopefully each month, as time allows it of course! Thanks for looking, and happy painting!!!-Matt
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