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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Subtle Star Raider

Here's one of the Star Raiders from the initial Star Schlock skirmish game Kickstarter. For this model, I tried Jeff's "fat over lean" technique for the first time. The Star Raider was already primed with Leadbelcher, so I couldn't change that, but I did begin with a Nuln Oil ink wash. After that, I drybrushed very, very light coats of acrylic silver paint over the knee pads and parts of the rifle. Next, I used the same drybrush technique to coat parts of the armour in a pale metallic blue. Finally, I used brown contrast paint for the bandolier. As a result there's no lumpy paint, but on the other hand, there are no bold colours. Perhaps that's fine for this model? 


Jeff Shyluk said...

I guess I wasn't as clear as I thought: the lean paint refers to the thin thin thin coat and you would use several layers to build up the coat, and when you're done the paint is still thin; fat paint refers to a layer you'd put on just once or maybe twice. So by your blog entry, the silver is still lean, that bandolier looks fat.

Still, you've got the idea and you definitely have smoother paint. Putting a wash under your paint provides an underpainting. As I mentioned before, doing that soaks into your primer so that your primer doesn't absorb so much of your main pigment. That helps to mitigate blotches. Or to create blotches if your undercoat is blotchy. The colour of your undercoating also helps you adjust the colour of the main pigment a little, that's subtle but still necessary.

Also, I was mentioning how figure painters often try for speed, so that they can crank out as many beasts as possible. I have a friend who paints trains, which are similar. He goes slow, however. It's not uncommon to spend fifteen to twenty hours on a single model, and those will sell for upwards of $500-$600 apiece when finished. Yikes. I'm painting at the wrong easel.

Earl J. Woods said...

The failure to comprehend is mine alone! Thank you for the clarification.