Tuesday 17 May 2016

Imperial Knight - in manufactorum pt 13

With Double Trouble fast approaching I've started to get a little anxious about completing my Ravenwing. I think the bikes are achievable but the Dark Talon is looking less likely, but I'll give it a go. With that in mind when I went into the ManCave intent on 2nd highlights on the Marines I immediately found a diversion task and started highlighting the black on my Imperial Knight! But I go with the flow, so however much I'm telling myself this is not a priority I do it anyway as that's where my muse is. So I was working on the shin pads, I've done the 1st and 2nd highlights and with the shin on the right you should just be able to see how far down the highlight goes. Whereas the shin on the left has since been shadow blended, with a mix of thinned black and dry brushing, admittedly the picture isn't perfect but you should be able to see the difference.

As I was about to get back onto the bikes I thought it was a unfair not to do the Pauldrons as well. This time the shadow blended one is on the right and the highlighted one on the left.

Sure, its very subtle but it's definitely better with the shadow blend.

Luckily after this I was able to bring myself to highlight some Ravenwing, I was able to complete three sets of 2nd Dark Reaper highlights and work on the cloak of the second Sarge so I wasn't completely naughty. Now I just have two marines to highlight and I can move on to a new stage, hopefully without any detours, at least not just yet.

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  1. Awesome work on this Dark Angels models :) need to see how they turn !

    Courage :)


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    1. It's OK I'm back on the bikes, of course that meant starting to make a Ravenwing Company Master but I quickly binned him off and shaded all but two of the bikers. Just them and it;s the pin highlights.

    2. I enjoyed this comment a lot!

  3. You are doing a really neat job with that blending, but I can't take my eyes off the rivets :-) Is there a secret to them or something simple?

    1. Simple - washes. Having done all the washes you just stipple on extra highlights around them, keeping the shadows. They're a bit too big but I'll need room for the Verdigris as well, you don't want to cover all of the shading up.

    2. That's a good point, I hadn't though of that [files away for later]. When I do rivets I just use black wash, but your shadows look a little lighter/more subtle. Do you use black or something else?

    3. Warplock bronze is the base, then it's Army Painter Strong tone, which is Devlan Mud/Agrax Earth shade. Then it's Warplock again, followed by Balthasar Gold, which is quite warm. The next highlight is Valejo Shining Gold which is probably a big shift towards a lighter gold and then some extreme highlights where I've mixed Gunmetal into it.

      With all the stippling in places and the texture built up with all the fine metal particles in the paint a subsequent Soft Tone [sepia] wash picks up all that texture. It also helps unify the highlights, warms it up and makes the shadows matt, leaving the highlights just a little shiny [as it would be].