Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blue Stone

Had a busy day yesterday, so didn't get a lot done, also took waaaay longer than I thought it would to do the next section.

I wanted to make the large paving stones a blueish colour just to get some contrast on the boards. It took four attempts before I found a method that I thought looked okay. I'm still not perfectly happy with it, but it's the first time I've tried to paint something on that sort of scale and I found it hard to not leave brush marks.

I ended up using Shadow Grey painted on the stone, followed by a Badab Black wash, followed by a heavy spongeing of Shadow Grey again, followed by a light spongeing of a 50-50 mix of Shadow Grey and Space Wolves Grey.

I've also drybrushed everything else with Fortress Grey using an inch long brush. The cracks between pavers and extending out into the landscape were blackened for contrast. I tried to do Fortress Grey highlighting on the edges, but it looked too harsh, so I'm leaving it Codex, I think there's still enough contrast as it is.

Just for fun I also put some dwarf runes on one of the pavers.

This was my first attempt at freehand lettering. I used the technique they suggested in a recent White Dwarf magazine. On a bit of paper I sketched it out, then I worked from the middle towards the edges by putting dots at the corners. After that I just joined the dots. Then I used a tiny amount of Space Wolves Grey to highlight the edges of the letters.

Oh, and what does it say? "Drums in the deep" Hence the drummer goblins there. You can see that the miniature bases fit right in with the board. Yay! =)

Just one more board to do with a paver section on it and then I have to make the dreaded leap to the lava. *gulp*

Anyway, the flash kinda makes the contrast a bit more than it is in real life, but you get the idea.

All in all, it's not perfect, but not too shabby I think for my skills anyway. Getting to the point where I want to play a game on it already!

Anyway, back to the paints.

1 comment:

  1. The stonework in the close-up looks really good! I think the whole board is going to be great to play on :) I can picture some ruined buildings rising up around the cobblestones on the flatlands.