I try to carve out one evening a week as non-40k hobby time. I've been working on the miniatures from Descent for a while. I previously did all the heroes and smaller monsters. All I had left was the big monsters. I felt especially motivated to finish it off, so it's been all Descent all the time these last two weeks.
Filled some pretty big gaps and primed the lot of 'em. These miniatures tend to have pretty big seam lines, and the plastic is soft, so it's hard to get it to look good.
One evening I did a pretty ambitious (for me, at least) set of airbrushing. Usually I only do two or three colors in one go -- a base color for a bunch of models, then one highlight. This time I did eight separate colors.
These guys are supposed to be shadow dragons, so I wanted them to be mostly black, but with a hint of color. I also did some basecoating for Eldar rangers and a couple of Ultramarines, since its the same dark blue.
I decided to do one as a water elemental, and one as a fire elemental. I'll be drybrushing towards red on the fire one.
I wanted these guys to be kind of shark monster things. I think the blue-grey works pretty well.
The ettins didn't get airbrush action, because they don't have the same kind of overall color.
Next up, drybrushing and washes.
The blue one doesn't stand out quite as much in real life.
[img]http://lucaseckels.com/forumpics/12Nov2013/Elementals%20drybrushed%20-%202013-11-06%20at%2022-58-25.jpg[/img.<br />The water one looks pretty good. I was trying to make the fire one kind of smokey at the bottom, but it didn't really work. I'll bring it back towards red.<br /><br />Merriods<br /><img src=[/img]
The photo was taken while the wash was still wet. It mellowed out a bit.
These guys came together pretty nicely pretty quickly. I think the bone in shards in the clubs work pretty well, though the skin isn't even yet.
Now time to add some detail. These guys are all pretty big, so you can't get away with skipping out.
Fire elemental, with base re-fired
I really like how the teeth and tongue turned out. I had a hard time getting a color I liked for the tongues. I ended up using about a 50/50 mix of Reaper's Rosey Shadow and Fire Red, then washed with with really thin out Fire Red. I'm not really too happy with the gum color, it turned out kind of plum colored. At least it's distinct from the tongue.
Next up -- final detailing (eyes), then basing. I've been doing a really single sand base, drybrushed with browns or greys, depending on what will contrast nicely. I think for these larger bases, I'll add some static grass. I also want to try to make the Merriod bases look wet, so I picked up some Secret Weapon Realistic Water. We'll see how that goes.