Friday, December 28, 2018

Diabolical December: Ogroid Thaumaturge

Another finished Model thanks to Azazel's Hobby Challenges! I've been procrastinating on this guy for literally years because of all those damn tattoos/scars/whatever. Finally forced myself to go through and get them all, a little at a time, in perhaps a dozen sessions over a week or so. He still wants a shitload of touch-up and some more detailing, but I can't deal with him any more, I need him to just be done. So I have commanded. So let it be.
I was trying to do a flame effect in pink coming out of the eyes of the skull. It's harder, because in normal fire colours, our eyes can accept a certain amount of simplification and still recognize it as something we're familiar with, but with different colours, we can't lean on that pattern recognition as much.
I was trying for a bit of a glow effect on the tats. There are a couple of layers of pink in there, but it doesn't come out well here. My camera seems to treat thin layers as being more translucent than they are to the eye.



Kinda washed out, unfortunately. Downsides of a cheap lightbox.
This one is probably about the closest to how the colours look in person
I kinda wanted to show off the eye on his Championship Belt. I'm also pretty happy with the work on his claw and hooves.

Holiday stuff, and the way I tend to work on multiple projects means I tend to get things done in bursts, so there's more almost done. I've got a couple of the characters from Rogue Trader ready, and I'm hoping to get one more in under the line. Might be able to finish the Gaunt Summoner and his Familiars, too, but not as likely. I also need to get around to doing individual shots of the Chose Axes still, and I've got pics of some of the little gribblies from Rogue Trader that I need to process. Hopefully I'll manage some more posts without quite such a long gap this time. In case I don't get around to it, tho, y'all have a happy New Year's, y'hear!

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  1. I never realised that the model had so many runes on his skin....yikes!
    I know what you mean about unusual coloured flame effects been difficult to pull off without spending an inordinate amount of time on them, I'm trying to paint a jade green flame coming from a brazier on my Puppet Master model and I'm not really happy with the overall effect I have so far.
    I think it's doubly hard for you because you have two very light colours and I feel that it's the darkness around the flame (or glow) that makes or breaks the effect. It's not impossible with enough time but we all have that next model singing its siren song to us ;-) so sometimes we just have to say a model is done and move on.
    It's still a lovely striking model and as a Slaaneshi, I do approve of the tantalising and disturbing colour scheme :D

    May the Gods favour you in the coming year my friend, and may Our Lady grant you her number.

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    1. I didn't realize it either, until I started painting them all.

      I've done some green with reasonable success, but it was on something (a Dragonfate Dias) where the context made it much more clear that it was fire. I think it would also help if I drybrushed a little bit of pink on the skull itself, for a bit of an OSL effect.

      It's actually a classic Tzeentch scheme. Pink and blue, same as Horrors. There's definitely some aesthetic overlap there, tho.

      Thanks, and you have yourself a good one too!

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    2. I've always felt that Tzeentch and Slaanesh share a similar philosophy both in colour palate and to a certain extent psychology (although all four share similar attributes that connect them to each other). Both relish the malleability of the flesh and the gratification that comes from manipulation.

      I love the aesthetic of the old Realm of Chaos models and this model echoes that feeling for me, so good job well done!

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    3. Good call, there are absolutely overlaps. Especially in the four "non-opposed" pairs. And thanks again!

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  2. Looking very cool! (And Tzeenchian). I feel your pain on those tats! It does look a very daunting task. You’ve pulled it off though :)

    I always find things I want to improve on in a mini when I’ve finished, so I wouldn’t worry about it, it’s just part of the hobby journey ;)

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    1. Thanks! I am pretty happy with how they came out. The touch-ups, tho, weren't so much things I found at the end. Just stuff I knew about all along, but couldn't deal with without losing my momentum on the tats.

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  3. That's a fantastic looking mini, love it!!

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    1. Thanks! Despite my bitching, I'm actually really happy with it at a tabletop level.

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    2. lol, oh I understand completely!

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  4. Very impressive work here. The pink and blue combo works very very nicely, and the work on those runes is also top notch. I just with they'd make Nihilakh Oxide in some other colours to make runes easier to do. I could go a green, a red, a yellow and a pink now, too! (Because why not?)

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    1. Thanks! I figured it was a classic Tzeentch combo, what with the way Horrors come. I wouldn't call the runes top notch, but they're pretty good. Certainly good enough for tabletop.

      Apparently Hexwraith Flame and Nighthaunt Gloom are essentially the same effect as Nihilakh Oxide, just in different colours. Still more colours would be better still, tho.

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