Where I am currently at. Just the black, brown highlights, some glazes, the base, and some oozing gunk left to go.
This model has been really interesting to paint. I often find that my painting skills do not do a model or conversion justice. And so I often find myself putting off painting a favourite model or HQ model. I decided to bite the bullet and just get on with the painting though. Afterall, I'd like another 2 or 3 copies of this model for other forces...
The painting has definitely been a process. I read an interesting article recently about blending highlights and shadows basically by quickly wet blending using a slightly damp (with saliva!) brush. I've been trying it out on this model. The best example is the shadows on his leg around. I am really pleased with how it has turned out. I also used it a bit on the skin. I also experimented with using GW washes, wiping them off the brush, and the glazing the flesh on the model for bruising around the stump.
The mask has been the biggest challenge though. The basecoat colour didn't look very good and my highlights just kept making it look worse. I am finally satisfied (not really happy though) with the tone it currently is at. I realize that adding a glow around the eyes will change how it looks as well. So I may still add another wash after painting the glow around the eyes.
Here are some of the different iterations the mask painting went through before reaching this stage.
The mask looked like this tonight before I added many washes and glazes. Too white.
Before that it looked like this. I thought it looked too much like an ork. In retrospect, it wasn't so bad when viewed as a part of the whole model. It was driving me crazy though.
I am hoping to get this model finished Friday evening. It has really been pushing me as a painter. These renegades have been making me try so many new techniques that (I think) are making me really improve my painting.
Welcome to new followers Chris, Pete (wow, nice and easy handles this time!), and Diehard 2501. Thanks to Ricalopia (a semi-local blog) for featuring my renegades in his blog last week. I couldn't find a comment function though to thank him over there. Thanks for visiting!