This is a Jurassic Park promotional egg, I guess it's from MacDonalds as well. I wanted to paint it as some crackling egg releasing some kind of foul energy. I had never painted anything like this before, so I thought that having such a large miniature to try would be perfect.
Applied a fair layer of modeling paste and sanded it to give it a smoother texture.
Priming it black.
My plan was to make this a stone egg, with some weird green light coming out of it. Now that I think of it, I don't know why it should be made of stone. I must confess I didn't really think this part through. It would have been more logical if it was colored more like a bird egg, or a weird color.
Second coat for more depth.
Now my plan is to paint the cracks as green light. I had never done this before but here is what I'll try to do. First paint the cracks with a deep green, then drybrush around the edges with a light green, repaint the center of the cracks with the same green, and unify this with a wash at the end.
First pass of green in the cracks.
Drybrush of light green around all the cracks.
Lightgreen inside the cracks
When I found the miniature I knew I would turn it into a kind of Ooze. I find it pretty hard to find cheap Ooze miniatures.
I didn't really know which kind of Ooze I would make, but then I realized Ochre Jellies are large Ooze, so that would fit and I was set on this idea.
I glued the hand in place and tried to fill the gap with modeling paste. This is the only paste I have, but it is very good for that. I will need to learn how to use milliput/greenstuff.
No more of this weird colorscheme it had before.
Heavy drybrush with some Caramel craft paint. It starts to look like an animated quicksand creature.
After more and more layers of drybrush, I'm starting to get this sandy effect.
Adding a wash to increase the contrast of the recesses.
And once the wash dried.
I decided to stray away from my initial attempt at making an Ochre Jelly and went for a custom quicksand monster instead. I painted the rocks in a purple tint, to make it look like it's a stone-related creature.
I painted the bottom half of all gem in a lighter purple.
It's hard to see, but I added some even lighter purple on top of the gem.
The previous effect didn't work as I expected, so I started highlighting the edges with a white-purplish color.
I then applied a purple wash on the gems to try to blend the previous attempts together. As you might guess, I had no clear idea of what I was doing. I didn't check any "how to paint crystals" tutorial online and just went on experimenting.
A full garrison of Dwarves from the Stronghand house, supporting the official blue and red colors of their house.
This is after an evening of basecoat.
And after a Nuln Oil wash and some drybrush on the bases.
This is the first time I actually do highlights. It's pretty simple but effective. I just re-apply the basecoat colors on top of the wash, but only on the edges.
The effect is subtle, but I now feel like my miniatures look like the ones I used to see in White Dwarf when I was younger. I feel like I achieved something!
I recently had discovered the GW Android Application, and it was suggesting a set of steps to paint a zombie flesh tone. I decided that it was the right opportunity to try to paint my Giant Zombie, as it was giving me a lot of flesh space to experiment.
First basecoat of Pale Flesh. I wonder if I will paint all the flesh first, as suggested by the GW App, and the paint the other parts, or if I'll just block all my basecoats first. I've always basecoated everything first, I find it helps me better see what the miniature will look like. But maybe I should try something different?
I was really uninspired by this mini for a long time and it sat on my table unpainted for months. Then I decided to try my new Citadel Contrast paints on it. It finally turned out better than I expected.
I used the green contrast on the white priming directly, used a brown contrast on the leather and then painting the metal in my usual way. The overall visual aspect is much better than what I would have achieved otherwise. Contrast paint are a great way to get it over with miniatures that don't inspire you.
The nice thing about having two of those is that I can try two different painting techniques and compare.
The one on the left was dry brushed, while the one the right was painted. When I was dry brushing the first one I thought it was very tedious, so I went on to painting the second one, hoping it would be easier. It turned out that it was even worse. This first basecoat was pretty boring to do.
In my current game, my players woke up an ancient Bat Demon during one of their exploration. I didn't anticipated that, so didn't had the right mini for it. I painted that shortly after the session, being the closest thing to a Bat Demon I could find.
In retrospect I'm happy with the fire effect. It's not fantastic, but it works. As for the rest of the colors, I think there is not enough contrast here. I should have put a lighter wash on the flesh of the wings, and/or used a more golden metal for the armor parts.
I had this mini on my table for a long time. The sculpt of it makes it hard to paint. You cannot attach it to a base or you won't be able to access the underneath, so you have to manipulate it while painting, and wait for the paint/washes to dry on one side before doing the other side.
Here you can see the top part drying after a red wash.
An Otyugh from Wrath of Ashardalon. Great mini to have when your players start exploring some sewers. The ability of the Otyugh to telepathically communicate could lead to some great RP.
As for the mini itself, I like how it turned out. Being a sewer creature, I could be sloppy in my paint job. Very rough drybrush of red and brown, picking up the teeth and details with a bone color, and using a very bright color for the tongue. This is a trick I learned after having painted too many boring miniatures: pick a very bright color for one detail, that will attract the eye.
This is a Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath from the Mansions of Madness boardgame, but also a very nice miniature full of details to practice.
Here is a picture when it was almost finished. I just had the base to dry brush, but I realized it was missing something. It was too... mundane (as much as an horror from the great beyond could be).
So I repainted the tongue in a bright color to attract gazes.