Do not give any artist grief because of their incomplete work. They have no obligation to finish when they haven’t been paid by you. They don’t owe you anything. Sometimes things end up incomplete, not because they want to spite you, but because artist grow as individuals and move on, temporary or not, from the drive or passion that started their piece. Artists give themselves enough shit for it and they don’t need you to add to that pressure.
Not everything is for show, and not everything is for you.
Did a sketch of an older Chibi Moon/Black Lady about a year ago, but I abandoned it. I literally only came back to it just so I could test more photoshop brushes I made (roses, thorns, gems). I think I went just a bit overboard…
Tools: Paint tool sai, Photoshop CS3 Time: 3 weeks on and off?
*sigh* there’s a lot more I wanted to do with this, but honestly? I’m tired of wasting time on it…
At last I’ve taken my first step to completing my Emperor’s Children Legion army for the Horus Heresy!
These are five Mk. 4 marines from the Betrayal at Calth boxed set. These first ones have bolters permanently attached since I knew at least some would have to be done that way, and later I’ll make some with swappable special weapons.
I put a couple accessories on each but I tried to limit that since I didn’t want them too busy, so any individual marine has two tops.
It’s been quite the adventure getting these models going but I’m happy with the overall paint scheme I’ve come up with. I was going to paint the bolter casings plain black and leave the metallic casings for special weapons and officers, but I didn’t like how that was turning out so I changed my mind and did a metallic colour for them anyways. I figured if I liked that better then there’s no point in not doing that. Plus they already have a decent amount of black on them with the harnesses, joints, and the upper parts of their backpacks all black. So I think that breaks it up a little better. I decided to go with green eyes to contrast with the armour a little better, but I may do some with red eyes in the future too.
I did weather the armour a little bit. Mostly on the legs where I imagine more chipping would occur. I didn’t want to do too much of that since being the third legion, I still wanted them to be fairly clean and pretty looking. That being said, adding a couple chips and scratches adds some visual interest to the wide open flat areas and I find helps add some more realism to the armour. The bottoms of their boots and greaves are also weathered with a little bit of the colour on the base just to tie them together a little bit. It doesn’t show up too drastically since they have a fairly dark scheme anyways, and again I didn’t want to have a lot of that, but I think it’s just enough.
I think I’ll have to come up with a more interesting way to paint the combat blades if I put more on the next marines I paint. The blade itself is a little plain. The freehanding on the shoulders isn’t that great either, but I think it gets the point across and at least they’re not just blank :). I won’t be able to get the transfer sheet from Forge World any more anyways since it’s out of print. So I might as well do the Emperor’s Children iconography myself so they’re at least all consistent. In for a penny in for a pound!
One of the marines had it’s left arm sag a little bit while the glue was setting unfortunately, but at least it’s not in a careful aiming pose. That one also ended up like way off center of the base somehow. Oops! I’ll have to be more careful of that in the future.
I think that’s everything I wanted to mention. These are just the first few in a long line of pre-Heresy Emperor’s Children to come. Honourable mentions go to @boilingcopper for pointing out that the combat blades actually have a slot where you can attach them to the backpacks, and to @seerinthevoid for their tips on painting Emperor’s Children! Thanks guys!
Next up I hope to paint 5 more of the Mk. 4 marines including a sergeant which will take advantage of some of the fancy Forge World pieces, a missile launcher wielding marine, and a few with swappable weapons, but I’m still waiting on some magnets to arrive to get that going.
Anyways I hope you like them! Happy Easter to those celebrating and look for more updates in the future!
Crudely fleshing out parts of the Dark Young. He’s really, really hard to photograph (and I’m really, really lazy), but I’ve done what I can to even out the colors and shininess. I’m working with both Vallejo Game Air + Scale75 - it’s been an adventure of textures.
I will be at Fanexpo Canada (Toronto) this week at A235 in the Artist Alley! I figured I would open up a few mini gouache commission slots before the convention and see if there is any interest! These slots are limited and would be available for pickup Friday Afternoon - Sunday morning (I am away on Thursday due to schedule). I will not be taking painting commissions on site if I am filled, so this is your chance!
These little babies will cost $65 (one character, and gradient/minimal bg like in the samples), and measure 4″x6″ - perfect to be framed!
If you are interested, send an email to nnekamyers(AT)gmail(DOT)com with the subject line MINI PAINTING PREORDER.
Hoping you guys make my dream come true and give me lots of princesses and mermaids to paint…