Thursday, 1 July 2010

Vlad von Carstein - WIP

So, here's a pair of pictures, showing yesterday's progress.
The pictures ain't of the best quality, with the model being just a work in progress, I didn't bother with setting up my photobox, and Vlad's face in particular suffers for that.

I've still not decided how to do his armour, I've seen some great pictures of this model, with the armour done a very dark metallic colour. Others seem to do it golden, but I kind of feel the model looses some of it's aura of evil and darkness, if painted brightly golden. A friend of mine suggested red, like the wings I did on his shoulderpad, while another friend wanted me to do it a eerie and ghostly light blue - I think the latter would clash with the greatsword's green, though... Any thoughts?

Speaking of the sword, I'm fairly happy with how it turned out. At first I wanted to paint it in True Metallic Metal style, but my blending ain't good enough to give the smooth end result I crave, so I ended up repainting it green. The plan is to make it glow with some OSL-effects (as will the ring and eyes), I just need to finish the armour-bits first, so I can do it in one go.

I promised to write a couple of words on the undercoating-technique I've used for this model, and I think it's working quite as I read it should. The red was very easy to paint, just a few layers and there it was, just like I wanted. Same goes for face and other light parts (although I think the blitz from my camera has ruined the details and shading on the pictures above..), all's been very easy to paint up.
Another great thing, is that with the raised areas getting some white dust, the details on the sculpts gets so much easier to see. It's easier to plan which parts will get which colours, where I need contrast and such.

Comments and critisism is as always welcomed, but I hope you like him so far!


  1. Tried to comment yesterday on the last post but Blogger wasn't being friendly.

    You have picked a great model to try your hand at - sure you will do it justice.

    The lads over at Massive Voodoo have some great tips - will need to try the white over black spray on my next display piece.

    I love your work so far - the sword looks great.

    I agree, red armour would look cool. But really deep, arterial red - maybe from a purple-ish base to contrast with the brighter red wings.

  2. Looking forward to seeing what you do with Vlad. He's a mini I keep looking at on the website as one I'd just love to paint. I really love what you've done for his sword. It looks brilliant! Nice to see you back at work with the hobby, looking forward to more! :)

  3. I love the sword, you've done a tremendous job on it. Keep it up! :)

  4. Thanks for the feedback, really glad you like him already at this stage.

    @Rogue Pom: give it a try on a test mini first, so you don't risk making a mess out of a nice model. I've tried it on some of my unpainted Space Hulk Terminators, and I think I'm getting the hang of it now that I've tried it a couple of times.

  5. I would like to see some more of that red somewhere on the model. It's very crisp and it's good color for the walking dead. Nice work.

  6. I agree the sword looks fantastic. Red armour would be a v.good look. Rogue Pom has a good idea with starting with the purple.

    Alternatively why not go with grey/rusty armour for something completely different. give it a worn, ive been wearing the same armour for a 1000 years type look