Here’s today’s efforts from Meg’s masterclass. Once again I learnt a lot. Unfortunately I didnt get him finished, it was stinking hot in the shop today, and I rode my bike and didn’t bring a change of clothes, kevlar lined jeans in a hot closed in shop do not make for nice painting times!
Today we covered:
Metallics - Meg showed us how to shade and highlight metals, as well as some funky colour change pigments she uses. If you check out the Flower Knight from the links in yesterdays post you’ll see how jaw dropping it is!
Painting Woodgrain - Megs advice for painting wood was to forget about trying to pick out any of the sculpted woodgrain on the figure. Her method uses overlapping strokes of whatever colours you have at hand(seriously, we used blues, greens, oranges to try and mess it up, but nope, it all comes up brilliantly!), then blending some brown glazes over the top to bring the wood tones in, and an ink glaze to add the final shine. This method also translates well to bases, check out her Sansa figure’s base on her Putty and Paint page to see the results. I didnt get a chance to paint my figure’s wood, other than the basecoat, so dont look too hard!
Colour shift - The final lesson was the colour shift on hos sword. This was a matter of using the 2 brush blending techniques we had been using the whole course to blend the various colours through.
This masterclass was well worth the money and time to attend, if any of you get the chance to attend Meg’s(or any pro painter for that matter) class dont hesitate! I feel confident in my abilities to take my painting skills to the next level, I have a huge shopping list of hobby things to get now for my kit, and am very keen to get some minis(maybe some of the new Malifaux stuff maybe) to start practicing on.
I’ll finish with 2 of the most useful things I have learnt over the 2 days:
1 - Buy good brushes. I always thought it was a load of crap, but after using some Kollinsky Sable brushes for this I am a convert! Everything is so much easier to paint. Its worth the cost, you only need 4 of them, a size 2 and 3 sable brush( watercolour brushes, not the miniature ones), and a size 2 and 3 synthetic watercolour brush(this is for metalics and inks as they tend to shorten the life of your sable brushes with their alcohol content and metal flakes)
2 - 2 brush blending is the only way to fly! Seriously, learn how to do it and you wont look back. Your painting will improve out of sight and speed up too. And the money you save not using washes can be put towards some good brushes!