• Chrispy

    by Published on 05-10-2013 04:18 PM
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    Hyper Advanced Quantum Functional Color Theory

    Yes, I'm writing another one of these, and yes- I did go over the top with the title. I'm assuming by now you've read http://www.coolminiornot.com/article...c-color-theory and know the basics about Hue, saturation and value. If you haven't do so now.. I'll be here when you get back.. Now, one thing I keep seeing over and over is people asking others 'What color is that?” Or “What's the (Insert Manufacturer name here) equivalent for that color?” This brings up the problem of color names. Anytime someone says a color, it's basic components are not really discussed... UNLESS you use the system ...
    by Published on 12-28-2004 06:25 PM  Number of Views: 22140 
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    Recipe for Cream-Filled Cyclops

    Okay, so I SHOULD be working on my really important articles, but I
    found that working on each little by little doesn’t get much done. SO
    I’ve decided to make this little article on my own site just to give
    some people new to the mini field info on miniature preparation and how
    important it is, especially with the Mid Nor Cyclops.. Well, without
    further ado, lets get to work!

    First, I got the stuff out of the kit, cut everything off the sprues
    and went over all the mold lines with a new, sharp hobby knife and some
    400 grit Sand Paper. The sandpaper’s finish should say “Mirror Finish”
    on it.. this is the stuff you want to use because it’ll give a nice
    finish without any scarring AND you can use it to polish pewter for
    realistic metal! Well, One of the Major things to do while sanding down
    mold lines is to sand down the sword hand so the blade is sharp,
    otherwise you’ll have to paint that edge and the blade will look
    blocky, and not sharp and menacing. And up and down motion along the
    edge on both sides as if you were sharpening a real blade does a great
    job.

    After sanding everything down, go ahead and dry fit everything (that
    is, fit the pieces together ...
    by Published on 12-23-2004 03:56 PM  Number of Views: 258581 

    Ethnic Skintones


    Okay, before I even begin with any info on this delicate article, let
    me say a few things:
    I have no intention to seem racially insensitive, so I’ve lightened up
    on any kind of humorous remark.
    If I unintentionally offend someone, please excuse my ignorance and let
    me change the offending remark.
    We are all one people of this earth, let’s try to get along!!

    Intro:

    Okay, so here’s how this is going to work, I can’t make a mini for
    every ethnicity I cover here (mostly because there are none.. let’s get
    some more ethnic minis manufacturers!!). So, what I’ve done is scour
    the web for pictures of a typical person of that particular ethnicity.
    I’ve given a picture of a man and a woman, because in pretty much every
    culture, women are lighter skinned than men are. Below the pictures,
    I’ve made some color swatches. I’ll try and convert them to Vallejo
    mixes (sorry, GW people can’t come up with these with only around 6
    flesh colors!!), but you can also just compare and contrast. Also, I’ve
    tried to give enough swatches so that you can select three consecutive
    swatches to choose your own range, because variations in skin color can
    be seen even in families.

    Now, you may wonder why different people’s skin is different colors.
    Well, there are only certain factors that control skin color.
    Everyone’s skin is basically the same, but what colors it is a black
    pigment called melanin. Again, everyone has melanin in his or her skin
    (except those who suffer from Albinism) but genetically people are born
    with more or less. Melanin is released by exposure to the sun and
    hormones, and it is concentrated in freckles and moles. Obviously, if
    you were to look at a map of the world with color swatches in certain
    areas you’d see people in cloudy climates have lighter skin, and people
    in sunny areas have darker skin. This is because more melanin helps
    absorb the sun, so it should come as no surprise that people with dark ...
    by Published on 01-26-2004 07:15 AM  Number of Views: 2764 

    Just thought I'd let all the Confrontation people know I translated all the Fortification rules. You can download them at my site: ...
    by Published on 10-17-2003 09:54 PM  Number of Views: 56790 

    Painting Precious Stones
    Yes, my prrrreccciouses... Ahem.. Oh.. How long have you been there? Crud. Anyhoo, you may wonder about the name of this article because it's basically an article about painting gems. Why didn't I call it "Painting Gems", then? Several reasons: others have made tons of articles about painting gems and I didn't want to confuse people, secondly: while this article DOES teach how to paint gems, I count "gems" as fully or semi transparent and this article covers several stones that are opaque. Thus, precious stones is a better name, but even THAT gets confusing, as pearl is counted as a precious stone and it's not really a stone as we think of it.. Well, that aside, let's ...
    by Published on 09-13-2003 03:16 PM  Number of Views: 44692 

    Color Theory

    Okay, most people here are not highly trained in the art of painting and color, but it's been driven into me since day one in kindergarten and it's hard to forget. But even though color is a basic concept, it can be tricky and once mastered it will work for you.. or you can go and through the rules out the window, like some modern artists, But it helps o know what rules you want to break before you can break them, and so I give you my article on Color...(It can get a bit confusing at times, but I promise a comprehensive look and pretty pictures! :P )

    How we see color:


    Yeah, the ...
    by Published on 08-29-2003 02:02 PM  Number of Views: 76901 

    Still Thinking about NMM....


    No, I haven't forgotten the NMM article.... totally. Other things come up, y'know, little things: painting miniatures, going to the GD's, planning for conquest of Draenor.. you know, tiny little things that add up.. :P

    So I decided to give SENMM it's own article, as it's really tricky. The NMM article is also a good read before this, but hey, read them in any order you like! For those of you who don't know, I've written several other articles you might wanna check out. I try and get you to know everything I can, but if it seems confusing, look at the pictures and you might get a better understanding..

    Now we go on to tackle that every elusive:


    Sky-Earth NMM


    For those that don't know, Sky-Earth Non Metallic Metal (or SENMM) is making the sword, armor, whatever looks like it's mirroring the things around it with opaque color. This ...
    by Published on 05-03-2003 07:07 AM  Number of Views: 272 

    Once again, I have put up the webtoon:
    www.coolminiornot.com/go.php?go=comic

    Chern is planning to make a button so you ...
    by Published on 04-28-2003 07:32 AM  Number of Views: 245 

    Hello all, the CMON webtoon's been up for a bit, but I've been messing around with the page layout and such Chern gave me. I'm shooting for updates ...
    by Published on 02-13-2003 06:55 PM  Number of Views: 81633 

    Yes it's your ol' crazy artist friend Chrispy with another article. This time I intend to illuminate the world of sheer/see thru clothing for all of you. Many see this effect and kinda overanalyze it, but it's actually easy once you know what you?re going for. I hope this?ll entertain as well as inform, so raise the roof!... Raise it! :P


    Basically what you're trying to do is the effect that Charles Perugini has done on the sleeves of his "Girl Reading" painting. It looks light, like gauze almost. It's really subtle here which would never be seen on a mini because the progression is too subtle. Hopefully this article will teach you the tricks to doing this on minis.

    The Wet T-shirt Effect:
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    by Published on 12-12-2002 11:08 PM  Number of Views: 94982 

    Hello. Good day, I am the Chrispy one. If you are reading this you must be like me, asking "WHY NON-METALLIC METAL?". Well, I ask "Why not?"

    What is NMM?

    People explain it different ways, but to me, NMM is what regular, 2D artists have used for years to make realistic looking metal. Obviously, Da Vinci
    didn't have metallic paints. It would look wierd and unrealistic. SO NMM is just painting metal with opaque paints. I have had to learn how to do this,
    as I am an art student, and expect to be e Graphic/Game Designer... Now, as I make this tutorial up, PLEASE stick with it, at times I may seem
    crazy (which I am ) but this is the gosh-derned truth! Oh, and here is the ever-present Elfwood link on reflection:
    Elfwood FARP Reflective Metal


    You Think that's Air you're Breathing?


    The thing about NMM metal is you must know your shadows and values of grays, how are you ever going to blend blue when you think White, Black,
    and Gray are colors... Yep, that's right White, Black and Gray, even though many stores sell them in bottles/spray paint/sodas/whatever, are not truly
    color. Let's to Light to Dark (Yeah, Good to Evil!): White is the lightest value, all colors together. What the human Eye percieves as color is the light
    reflected off an object. All colors make White. Pue and Simple. Thus, Gray is actually a tint (if lightening an actual color), or a shade (if darkening a color)
    Black is the darkest value, it does not reflect any color, it absorbs light (Try putting a white and black sheet of paper out in the sun, which is warmer?)



    What are these "Values" I keep referring to? Values refer to the tint/shade of the color. That means, if it is darker, it is said to have a low value,
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    by Published on 08-07-2002 02:59 PM  Number of Views: 2749 

    Hello, many of you know me as the crazy guy who writes all those cool articles. Well, today for all you Confrontation fans ...
    by Published on 07-25-2002 01:03 PM  Number of Views: 48586 

    Raiding the Spice Rack
            Hello, good day and welcome to another one of Chrispy'S
    Crazed Articles (tm). Today, I'd like to spend a bit on basing, which can be just as important as the painting of the miniature
    itself.. However, if you're like me and you absolutly refuse to pay $5 for a teeny weenie bag of flock which is, in essence,
    usually painted sawdust. Lately, I've tried to find a cheaper, more common alternative to some basing supplies.. As many
    of my articles have started out, I was on the shoutbox and we were discussing basing materials (it began with snow, then
    went into more common types of areas. Someone, I believe Sintricat (thought you'd get out of this, eh? :P), asked about a
    really ...
    by Published on 07-09-2002 03:38 PM  Number of Views: 25479 

    Basics To Lettering
               Didja miss your old friend Chrispy's sound advice? I've been hearing alot about freehanding things nowadays, and while I can't come over and zap my knowledge of drawing into your skull since it's an ability few are gifted with naturally and can only get better at with practice, I CAN teach you's the fine art of lettering.
    ...
    by Published on 06-08-2002 02:16 PM  Number of Views: 29136 

    Airbrushing Basics

    Hello, It’s me again, you resident crazed artist, Chrispy. So, obviously people have seen more and more vinyl figures and garage kits nowadays. Some might also think, “That’s impossible to do with a paint brush!” You’re right. It is. Because... it’s an Airbrush.

                  Through this article, I’d like to go over some of the basics of airbrush selection, care and basics. Hopefully, this will make you want to go out and buy some large scale kits and try new and different things. (Before I get started, let me say that most of the graphics were made on the computer, so do not get discouraged if it doesn’t look 100% the same. I’d like to update this article later on, as well as add more in-depth tips and tricks...)

    Airbrush Selection

                   So, if you want to paint with an airbrush, you are going to need an airbrush. You will also need to get a compressor, but those are so varied and there are so many adapters, almost anything will work. Any compressor can be found in a major hardware store.



    Single Action Airbrushes





                  Single actions are usually cheaper than other airbrushes. Nowadays, hundreds of companies are putting out single action airbrushes it’s almost like the airbrush is a disposable item like a pen! Single action airbrushes as the name states, have one action; press the trigger down, you get paint. That’s it, no funny stuff. Of course, this isn’t really very good for airbrushing minis with, as you would have to physically move the brush away from the piece, and you ...
    by Published on 05-05-2002 06:53 PM  Number of Views: 21037 

    This is how I paint some 40 Night Goblins in Groups of 5. Yeah, the paint job may not win me the coveted GoldenDaemon,
    but then am I in Baltimore? If you're like me and your opponets count "Priming" as "Painting" (HEATHENS!) then this will
    make a world of difference. So, I assume you have a lot of Goblins sitting around naked (And I mean plastic ones, if you
    have actual goblins running around naked, my sympathy goes out to you.) and put together. ...
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