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  1. Caedrus, reporting in! So, it's the end of the month, and that means time for some updates. Here we go! The three samples shown are from the circled region. The middle is my go-to red. It reads as a little orange. The techniques of @Nikodemus and @Diddick are shown above as well. They both read as more of a pink, but it's important to state that I was just splashing paint around. I think a few more coats of ink on the right figure would probably get it more into red territory, but still super-bright. I tend to think that a lot of a colour's brightness is from shadow contrast. If people are keen, I might put in some shadows as well! Now, onto my efforts for the month: First, Wanyudo! So, I went for a burning wood on the wheel, and I didn't nail it. I think I might need to re-do it, just burnt. There's a bit too much red there. The face has more contrast in real life, but it could still do with a little more, I think. For the rest, I was pleased. My sculpting efforts on the base didn't completely suck, so I'll take it. 7SS. Next, the Scion. This was done with a fairly limited palette, but I was pleased. The fabric is nice, but I was also pleased with the skin tones. I keep wondering if it needs another colour, maybe on the wing-things on the back. A very (if you'll excuse the pun) basic base. 6SS. Next up, some Mourners I haven't completely finished the bases for these two (they're at 90%, working on them shortly in the last hours of March). The photos here are a bit washed out. More contrasty and darker in real life. I haven't yet mastered sheer fabric. Still learning that one. 12SS. Finally, my Grave Golem! I enjoyed this guy. He's a bit Golgothan, so I tried to get the figure a bit of texture by grinding some pastels into the work. It needed more, but was a sound principle. 10SS So, those are my guys. I had a look through all the amazing things you have all done this month. My thoughts! @Polar43:That is an awesome group. Cohesive, gorgeous colours. I think the mature is my favourite. Also, GORGEOUS pork belly. When the COVID-19 situation resolves, I challenge you to a game! @Harlekin: The ropey muscles on Archie are gorgeous. I also like the jade/indigo combination. Really nice brushwork. The purple flesh tones on your Forgotten Marshall are beautiful. @Boomstick : I like the freehand, and the luminous nature of the base really sets the mini off. Love it. @Rathnard: Your eye for colour continues to impress. The splash effect edge is just about perfect, and it really works with the rust-red. @Diddick: Your Ama No Zako is an absolutely exquisite piece. The magenta OSL has been done very, very convincingly. Probably my favourite Ama I’ve seen. Kudos to you, sir/madam! I’d love to see a photo of your t-shirt lighting setup! I must say, that your saturated / unsaturated balance is right up there with the best I’ve seen. It’s an underutilized but powerful technique. @Purple Mist: I’m currently populating my new terrain board (pictures coming of that, soon), and yours has been an inspiration. If you’d said that lilac would be a good building accent colour, I wouldn’t have believed you. Now, I dig it. @naicigam: While I can’t put you down for any points, credit where due. Nice boyz, and very convincing rust effect. @TeaCrusader: I’m loving your lovely, smooth flames. Also, nice colour contrast. @Viruk: I think your colour combo was spot on. Maybe those weird icicle sculpts are trying to be indicative of speed? It’s not a great sculpting technique. Your paints are lovely, though. The blue/purple shadowing is just right. Skin tones, but the right temperature (both visually, and as an expression of them being creatures of the cold). Smooth brushwork, except where it’s deliberately textured. I think I like the glazed rock more than the bloodied ones, but that’s just an opinion. As always, I’m in awe of your work. @Wintergloom: Now I see your Golem, I wonder if I should have used your style a little more. I don’t tend to use much grass effects nowadays, but yours is just right, I reckon. Also, nice brushwork. Loving your Thralls, as well, and adoring the Alp OSL bases. Really pretty. Can you double-layer your box of shame? Love that madness, as well! Blues and purples. Yeah. @lusciousmccabe: Your green edge highlighting on the rabble risers is just perfectly chosen. You’ve got a great eye for colour. Also, I love the front/back cold/warm contrast. @Barbercat: So, I’ve had a Pandora at the back of my mind for about a year, and I’ve almost decided on a purple colour (it’s kinda my default), but your lime scheme has rather inspired me. Nice cohesive units. @zesty: That is a very, very clean painting style you’ve developed. The ruffian is really nice, but the character of Luna is just lovely. Really nice work on the fabrics. The Tanuki hat is very, very finely done. @Nikodemus: Minako is gorgeous. The yellows are very balanced, but I think I like your NMM blades (nekote?) the most. I think I prefer the woodwork on your Wanyudo than mine. I’m absolutely loving the cold effect Wanyudo. Really striking, and loving the hair-to-skin glazes. @Stranglelove: Pretty! That scenery piece has a bit of a GW feeling to it. The blue-grey base is a delight. What colours? Also, the Goryo bases are a beautiful contrast to the reds. @Antinea: Powerful colours. I love the brass and purple. Having said that, I ALWAYS love brass and purple. Nice OSL. Vibrant. @GlowingFruit: I really like those gamin. Lower contrast, but very cohesive. The unifying red are nice. A little retouching, and you’ll have a very pretty ronin group. @PetitDalek: So much to love about this mode, but I think the detail of the flesh tones, transitions, and veins are my favourite. Really lovely stuff. @Hellomurse: Bold, beautiful greens and blues on Unathi. Very nice against the dark skin. @Cats Laughing: That brown is almost mustard-coloured in the picture. Actually a nice contrast to the blues and greens. @Chou: The monochrome work on that Emissary is right up there with the nicest greyscales I’ve seen painted. Very, very impressive. I'm blown away by everyone's work. I love checking in each day to see what you've all created. Stunning. I'll see you all in April! Caedrus.
  2. The April Challenge My best three pieces of advice are: Hang your miniatures upside down when you’ve done a wash. Glazing purple into shadows works for pretty much everything. Use undiluted paint when you’re doing the pupils of the eyes. Caedrus
  3. For April, I pledge to finish my Mounted Guard rider, and to paint some more of the Obliteration keyword. Shelf of Shame photos coming soon. _______________________________________________ Fellow painters, can I be serious for just a moment? Obviously, the world is all under the effects of a terrible pandemic. For those members of the Wyrd Painting family right at the battlefront, my absolute best thoughts. For those already afflicted, look after yourself, and seek help if you need to. For those fortunate enough to be in nations where interventions are taking place, and efforts are being made to flatten the curve, stay inside, maintain social distance, and look after each other. For all of you, and your loved ones: Take care of each other. Help the isolated. Listen to those who need to talk, and speak up when the stresses of this situation get to you. In the spirit of unity, I present a challenge for you: The April Challenge This month, show your support for your fellow human, and fellow painter, by telling us all the best piece (or pieces!) of painting advice you’ve ever read, realised, watched, or learned. Be strong, be sensible, be safe, be well. Your painting friend, Caedrus.
  4. Welcome to the 2020 Wyrd Painting Challenge! This is the thread for the April Painting Challenge. I’m Caedrus, and I have the very great pleasure of being your host for 2020. While I am proud to be your host, this competition belongs to all of us, and if there’s anything that we can better to improve the Challenge, please do let me know. April is the month of opening, with Spring in the Northern parts of the world. April’s flower is the daisy and sweet pea, so a month to get those whites and magentas. April’s stone is the diamond, so let’s get some extreme edge highlights! The link to the painter spreadsheet is being updated shortly, and I’ll update the February and March numbers in the next few days. The 2020 Wyrd Monthly Painting Challenge is all about: Having fun painting! Motivating yourself, and encouraging others. Being part of a great, friendly community. Giving and receiving constructive advice. And, finally: Getting some pigment onto plastic! This is not a competition in any way. The pledge categories are the following: Minion: you paint at least 1 Soulstone worth of Wyrd miniatures each month Enforcer: you paint at least 6 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month Henchman: you paint at least 11 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month Master: you paint at least 16 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month Tyrant: you paint at least 31 Soulstones worth of Wyrd miniatures each month The rules: The challenge started on January 1st, 2020. Models count for the month in which you finish them. You can finish painting a model that you started before the beginning of the month. Everyone may fail to make their monthly goal twice and stay in the challenge. This is using a mulligan. See the Buy-Back rule, below. You can choose to go down a pledge level during the year, but you cannot move up. A model is considered painted if it is (1) based (even glued onto a black base counts); (2) tournament legal. That means that if it's a translucent, based model, it counts automatically. If it is any opaque material, then the standard is: Every part of the miniature painted, and three colours minimum. A new rule for 2020: The Buy-Back Everyone has good months and bad months. To encourage people to continue to paint, we will be trying out a new rule this year: the Buy-Back. In the past, if you have used your two mulligans, you’re out of the Challenge! However, in 2020, you can buy your way back into the challenge. All you have to do is to undertake your normal pledge and paint for the month, AND undertake the pledge and paint from one of the months you mulliganed. E.g.: Sarah is painting at Enforcer level (6SS/month), and she’s needed to mulligan for the third time. She announces that for the upcoming month, she’ll paint 12SS. If she does so, she’s back in the Challenge! At such a time, it might be worthwhile considering dropping down a category, but that’s up to Sarah! Miniature Values: Malifaux Almost all models count as their Soulstone value; but Masters count for 15 soulstones. Zero cost models count for 5 soulstones. Proxies (constructed from Wyrd models) count for their proxy value. The Other Side Titans count for 25 soulstones. Commanders count for 15 soulstones. Adjunct models count for 5 soulstones. Otherwise: A 30mm base model is worth 5 soulstones. A 40mm base model is worth 7 soulstones. A 50mm base model is worth 10 soulstones. Markers count for 2 soulstones if they're flat, or 5 soulstones if they're 3D and fancy Terrain · Scatter Piece (5SS): A modest piece of terrain, or a small number of scattered terrain pieces. These are the spray-can and dry-brush pieces. · Focus Piece (10SS): A terrain piece that represents a focal point of pride in a terrain board. These pieces require a decent amount of construction and painting. · Centre Piece (20SS): A terrain piece that is a significant centrepiece to the terrain. A handmade forest, a mausoleum, or a train engine. · Masterpiece (50SS): A gorgeous, unique terrain piece that makes people wonder if you get out much. · War and Peace (100SS): A complete, themed 3’x3’ terrain board. My very best for April, and 2020! Caedrus.
  5. @goth: As a current terrain builder, I am watching with interest!
  6. @Diddick! Ha! Both of them are right in front of me! *Runs off for an experiment*
  7. @Diddick: Beautifully done. Lovely, saturated reds. What red are you using?
  8. @Monkeyfist: My absolute best for your employment search. Stay safe, stay well, visit when you can!
  9. @Pastori: I reckon you've got a good grasp of NMM technique. There's a great tutorial HERE. The magic is in the final highlight, and having strong dark/light contrast! Kudos on the freehand! Bold and unmistakable. It may not be good manners to have your elbows on the table when you eat, but it's my preferred technique for freehand work, to get that extra stability!
  10. Caedrus, reporting in! Hello All! A very, very quick WIP. First of all, I hope everybody on this forum (and their loved ones) are safe and well. Secondly, did I say I was going to paint a Death Marshall? Silly autocorrect. What I meant to type was "I'm going to go on a bender of construction, undercoating, and basecoating, then have a little dabble with the airbrush". I built and undercoated (but in no way promise that I'll finish this month, or indeed any time soon) an Aeslin, 3 space fleas (Void Wretches), 3 proxies, Wong, 2 Gravediggers, 2 Mourners, and the stuff below: Folks, if you've been holding off getting an airbrush, even stuff as tiny as Malifaux stuff, they're a great tool. Stay safe, stay well. Caedrus.
  11. @zesty: Delightful face detail, nice texture on the fabrics, excellent contrast on the shirt. An excellent mini. Kudos! @bedjy: That's some fine pork belly. I always love a Bob Ross.
  12. @AzuraRayume: They're looking great! If you make a good master, consider molds and casting!
  13. @Chou: Agreed on all fronts re the Brine and Bones set. How disappointing that the Wayward Mariner is only 3SS! Looking forward to seeing this one, as my B&B set is looking at me, just wanting to be painted!
  14. Caedrus, Reporting in! Apologies for the late upload of the photos. Here's what I did in February! I hope you'll excuse the over-bright, washed-out images. I need to get my camera setup worked out one day soon. You've already seen the Monster Hunters: The theme for this month is "high contrast reds" 😉 An Ortega is next, complete with dapper top hat. This actually completes my Family keyword, so I'll try to host a complete photo soon. Ha. A Family Photo. I make me laugh. I finished off my proxy Cojo: ...not as much personality as the Wyrd version, but impressively large! Next, a single Mounted Rider: I was quite pleased with the leather (mostly Scalecolor), and the fact that my leg-pinning worked well. Also, a stripey horse blanket! "But Caedrus", you might ask, "didn't you start two Mounted Guards?" Indeed I did, gentle reader. There was a brief interaction between the model and a three year old, which culminated in me breaking out the green stuff 🙄. Repairs have commenced. At the end of February, I had managed all my main projects, so I grabbed a couple of (*gasp*) new models to paint! With only a few models left in my Performer and Witch Hunter keywords, I painted an Angelica, and some Sanctioned Spellcasters! Angelica was just a good figure. Quite easy to paint, dynamic pose. I'm not sure if the fur stole needs more contrast. What do you think? Finally, my Sanctioned Spellcasters! I tried a dark purple on the cloaks. The gradient from shadows to highlight is MUCH gentler than this photo makes it seem. Obviously, I messed about with some OSL (two lots on the female), and some freehand pants. Which was fun. Woo! That was a lot of painting! I'll have to check the SS count. In the meantime, please do let me know your feedback and critique! I'll take some time to look through your (amazing) works very soon. Keep putting pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
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