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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSun Aug 14 2011, 17:17

Howdy.

Pictures of my almost complete Bloodbride/wych unit. I went with different hair colors so I can distinguish one unit from another.

I am very pleased with how they are turning out, although I am still havimg some issues with my camera and the right light setting, so some of them are not as good as I would like.

The reddish brown is different from the Warriors, but I am using the gold/dark sand color to tie them all together. And there is a lot of this same red-brown in the vehicles.

I really need to take an overall army shot in progress so you can see them all.

Comments are always welcomed and encouraged. Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSun Aug 14 2011, 17:45

I like it, you seem to have painted the eyes perfectly. The faces in general, really.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSun Aug 14 2011, 19:02

Technically these are top-notch (which I am sure you know), but for some reason I'm not fully sold on the palette, it makes them seem a bit harlequin-y... :/
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSun Aug 14 2011, 22:53

Luv it GAR, great to see such vibrant colours used on DE! They will complement your vehicles beautifully and absolutely pop on the tabletop.

Your attention to detail is amazing, I'm lucky to get a blob of paint in the eye socket! What are you doing to get the leather so shiny? I really wouldn't mind imitating that.

Cheers.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 15 2011, 03:08

@Nepenthe wrote:
Technically these are top-notch (which I am sure you know), but for some reason I'm not fully sold on the palette, it makes them seem a bit harlequin-y... :/

Thanks. The pallette, to me, works much better when paired up with the vehicles. That and I had a hankering to include some more red in the overall army.

It might fit better, in your view, if the body suit was all black, which would be fairly common for DE. However, as I am trying to minimize the black as an accent color, I went with the red-brown.

Its alright if its not working for you right now. Maybe later, maybe not. I'm just glad for the critique. Please keep them coming! It helps me and my army get better.

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Luv it GAR, great to see such vibrant colours used on DE! They will complement your vehicles beautifully and absolutely pop on the tabletop.

Your attention to detail is amazing, I'm lucky to get a blob of paint in the eye socket! What are you doing to get the leather so shiny? I really wouldn't mind imitating that

I'm glad you dig them. The shine I think is from the lights. They are not very shiny in person. However, I did use a touch of white to accent the highlight, so maybe you are picking up on that.

I worked really hard to get the eyes to look right, my eyesight is not what it used to be and sometimes I have to use pictures to see the errors and go back and correct them. Its not perfect, but sometimes the details are too small for me to see with my naked eye. I might have to invest in those optivisor things sooner or later.

My biggest issue is keeping in mind these minis are for playing with and keeping total paint time under 2 hours each. I keep thinking about all the cool extra details I could do, but then I would never get this army done.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 15 2011, 14:04

I really like these, the scheme it is nice and different, I think it works and will be excellent alongside your vehicles (you should maybe give us a pic or two to that effect Wink ) Though I cant help but feel that they look kind of like some sort of original series Star Trek villains.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 15 2011, 14:44

@GAR wrote:
@Nepenthe wrote:
Technically these are top-notch (which I am sure you know), but for some reason I'm not fully sold on the palette, it makes them seem a bit harlequin-y... :/

Thanks. The pallette, to me, works much better when paired up with the vehicles. That and I had a hankering to include some more red in the overall army.

It might fit better, in your view, if the body suit was all black, which would be fairly common for DE. However, as I am trying to minimize the black as an accent color, I went with the red-brown.
I'm not sure if it's a lack of black I'm after, but as it's obviously an effect you were intentionally going for, I'll let you carry on with your art. Still haven't recovered from the pattern on the Venom, btw. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 22 2011, 17:16

econd unit of wyches.

Still WIP. I hope to make more progress this week across the board on my DE. I have been busy with coaching football and honey dos, so my painting time has taken a hit.

I did do some shading on my prototype venom, it still needs a lot of work. My hope is this week I can get the one venom completed and then begin progress on the other 7.

Things should pick up in Sept, but for now my 2nd Wych unit.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 25 2011, 08:06

The Halo you have on that Venom is one of the most creative ideas I have seen recently.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 25 2011, 09:50

The venom is looking fantastic! Awesome freehand and I really like the bone coloured armour on the infantry, the shading there is great. Looking forward to more!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 25 2011, 09:54

Very cool stuff. I always like when people have the patience to do wyches and bloodbrides- especially when they're so well done. Your scheme looks simple until I look closely and realise how much detail you've done. Very cohesive.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 25 2011, 10:35

Don't know how I missed the update, shame on me Embarassed

Anyways these new units are great. Particularly liking the blond wyches, nice touch.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 21 2011, 14:27

Howdy. With the advent of youth football season my paint time has dropped off significantly. Sorry..I'll try to do better.

But on a bye weekend I did make some progress.

2 more venoms and a little bit of detail on the gunners.

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And the templates I use to get consistent and repeatable halos
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I don't remember if I have shared how I get my pattern.

What I do is I made a template, then I make copies of the template in paper, much like paper dolls, I make several copies. With the paper templates, I can bend them around the model however I like, and if I wreck the template, I just get another paper copy.

I use a sharp pencil or mechanical pencil and lightly trace along the edges of the template on the model. Once this is done I follow my traced lines on the model with Chaos black paint to get the first halo effects. Then I fill the lines out to the right thickness and add the details inside the halo and wha-laa. Instant 6 pointed halo.

CNC welcome. Hope you like!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 21 2011, 18:46

I would probably stuff up the hand-painted bits inside the halos so props for doing such a nice job with the fine details GAR. Yet another DE army that must look amazing all together on the tabletop.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 21 2011, 19:15

Awesome idea for a stencil, I'll have to try something similar Wink
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 21 2011, 19:59

This army is absolutely gorgeous!

I saw the wych WIPs, but didnt realise they were WIPs. and thought "wow these are nice"

Then see the finished ones and ..... my jaw dropped. Gorgeous!

Can't wait to see all the vehicles finished.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 21 2011, 20:13

I'd just like to add my tuppence worth to this log.

Wow!! Exceptional work. I have to say The Dark City is blessed with some talented painters and moddellers.

You sir have done a fine job!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 21 2011, 20:32

Also, can you paint equally well with your right and left hands?
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSun Oct 23 2011, 15:17

@GAR wrote:
Howdy. With the advent of youth football season my paint time has dropped off significantly. Sorry..I'll try to do better.


I wish that I had a legitimate excuse...Looking forward to more updates. That halo template is really cool and simple. I take it that you paint the inner triangles freehand?
Edit: I suppose I could have read the last sentence instead of just gawking at the pictures.
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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeWed Jan 18 2012, 11:26

Just finished reading Dune for the first time since my early teens and love the colour scheme you've come up with, really gets the idea of raiders across well. The template idea is great too, can't believe I've been painting as long as I have and haven't thought of that before. I'm working on some canopy designs for my razorwing, venoms and raiders at the moment and I'll definitely be trying that out when I get round to painting them!

You've inspired me!

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSun Apr 29 2012, 22:37

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I keep thinking about all the cool extra details I could do, but then I would never get this army done.

Get your army done, then go back and add the details! Your models will go from gahmazing to snazztastic!

Really love the blonde wyches... All of my wych models are female, and my warriors male... I just don't like the torsos for the opposite sex models... something about them bothers me... XD

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeSat Jun 30 2012, 17:27

I love the way you make the wyches look like a separate entity within the army, but still manage to tie them in with your overall theme. It's simply fantastic and I will have to remember it when I get around to (re)painting mine.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 24 2012, 00:42

Howdy.

Sorry for the lack of update's, but life can kind of be like that sometimes

Anyhoo, a picture of my nearly complete army at WargamesCon.


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It kind of funny, At every game before, during and after, I had countless number of people tell me how much they loved my army, took tons of pictures and compliments. I was rather flattered by all the attention.

What is funny is there were only 2 pictures I saw posted on the net after the fact. Hmmm, keep my ego in check. Yup. We can safely check that box. LOL

More close-ups as I get the chance. But we are almost there. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 24 2012, 22:25

Just gorgeous, i particularly like the pale helmets on the warriors. I'd have to say for me there's too many vehicles and not enough bodies, but that's a composition issue rather than anything else and certainly doesn't detract from the quality of the army.

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PostSubject: Re: The Black Halo   The Black Halo - Page 3 I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 03 2012, 09:45

Wow this painting is well beyond anything I have ever painted! I guess I'm just a new player though...

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