Saturday, 14 January 2017

Lonely Guide: making capes quickly out of tin

 A fellow G+ wargamer asked how I made capes and cloth out of tin, and I thought it'd be a good time to put up a tutorial on the subject, just to have on the blog in case.

You're going to need a bit of tin first, and an old pair of scissors to cut it with-- be careful what you choose, you'll need something that both paint and your glue can stick to.  Some commercial tins are coated in... odd things that repel them.
Two pairs of pliers aren't a necessity, but the one you do have MUST be needle-nosed; that's the round ones (with the green handle in the photo).  And greenstuff of course.

And a file.  You're going to need a file too.

You'll also want a suitable candidate for the cape.  I'll be making one for this Angels Encarmine sergeant.

First and foremost, I want to stress this one fact; This Is Art, and art is representative.  You don't have to make the cape exactly cape-shaped, it'll be far too much hassle to bend about afterwards.

Anyway, cut out your general shape from the tin, making sure you've got a bit extra to work with on the top edge.  If you like you can make a paper pattern and fold it around the character to give you a good idea how big and such.  Nothing too strict here, except for making it wider at the bottom than at the top.

Right, now I've tried explaining this in the past to someone and failed, so please bear with me..
Clamp the tin with the pliers, at an ever-so-slight angle to the side of the shape, and bend it one way.

Like this.  Move the pliers along a bit, and bend the opposite way.  Do you see now why the pliers needed to be round?


Because the pliers are tapered (at least, they should be) the resulting creases will fan out.  Try to make them irregular, over-bending one or two for variety.

This was tricky to photograph.  Taking the other pliers (optional) bend a tiny bit of the side edge inwards, for a round edge and also to give the suggestion of volume to the cloth.

Check often with the miniature and ask if the cape looks alright.

Once he's happy with it-- and you are too-- you can cut away the extra on top; if the client has a backpack, cut a rough hole to accommodate it.  You don't need to make the gap perfect, as you'll be filing it in with greenstuff later.
Try not to bleed all over the tin, it's a pain to wash off and paint won't hold to it.

Continue bending the folds around...

Keep fitting it to the miniature and tweak accordingly, bending here and there.  The main thing is not to be worried about messing it up or making it too small; extra can be taken off, but not the opposite...

Another tricky angle.  Here, you're firstly going to want to fill in the gap between body and cape with greenstuff, for stability purposes.  once that's done, fill in the spaces between shoulder and cloth, and also the rough patch under the backpack.

 And your cape is finished!  You might want to add some buckles or a bit of twisted floral wire for cord at the front to show how its being worn.  Now you just have to finish the sergeant.

I MIGHT WARN YOU that the paint will wear off the edges and leave bare tin, unless you layer your choice of sealant very thickly along the edge.  This is one reason I like to weather my capes.

If you want the ragged cloake look, clamp the cape to a bit of cedar or another soft wood (before you bend it) and hit it with the drill press, running along the bottom edge and up the sides a bit.  Twist it around and there we are.

So that's that!  How to make a cape quickly and effectively.  Using this technique you can make tabards and extra draperies; combining it with my bunches of purity seals tutorial (I really have to put the tutorials together at some point) you could even make large sheets of literature, banners... all sorts!

Bye bye for now.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Assembling/converting canoness Veridyan #2: It is done

Well, it wasn't the most expensive kitbash I've done, but it was certainly the most intense.  Who'd have thought the canoness would be finecast?  Throne, but I've finished her now and painting was a complete joy.

Part 1, assembly (and a whole lot of other things) can be found here.

 Weathering went on...

And here we are! quite pleased with how she's turned out --when am I not?  No, this one in particular I'm very very happy with, almost as much as when I finished my mascot

Obligatory photo with blog mascot, Alone with a Dream himself:

And lastly, a reminder of the character I based the kitbash on:

So that's that!  What drove me to make a perfectly good canoness into something like this?

Because I could XD


Dear Mr Blanche:

I've wanted to thank you in some way, but as you're so far away I'll just write a thank-you in this blog post for others to read.  Your artwork and your style has been a great influence to me over the years, even outside of the wargaming hobby, and I wanted to thank you for being yourself.  Thank you for not listening to your art lecturers (more or less) and pursuing your dark visions; if it wasn't for you, I doubt Warhammer would be anywhere near where it is now, you know.

Thank you again.  Bye bye for now.

D Power

Monday, 2 January 2017

Commission work: Thousand sons #2, DONE!

Hurrah!  That took a while, but what a surprising finish!  I learned a lot while painting these guys-- for one, gold needs to be shaded with druchii violet, otherwise it turns anything into a Christmas ornament.

Here they are,  with minor weathering...

Slightly more weathering...  Still not really a fan of the sculpts though.  I don't mind this one, though.

...Said the as-yet undiagnosed furry.
Weathering sotek green was certainly a strange experience, I'm not used to the cooler palette.

So here they are, ready for inspection.  Aspiring sorcerer with the first combat squad;

And surprised Jeff with the second.

So that's that!  Just a few bits here and there to touch up, and the parchment needs text yet, but other than that, we're done!

Bye bye for now.


P.S:  On a side-note, the client read my last blog post... and I learned very quickly not to publicly roast the client's decisions.  I'd like to say sorry for my harshness/silliness; still, 3rd party is 3rd party, not something I'd want to work with every day.  GW for the win.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Commission work: Thousand sons #1, and the grief involved...

Fear not, for the custodia watch over you!  
Throne, I'm tired.

At my FLGS a month or so ago, a local gamer asked if I could paint him a squad of rubric marines; he had some old CSM that he'd never got around to painting, some 3rd party resin chaps along with a metal sorcerer and Lucius the Eternal (who you would've seen finished last post).  I picked them up as I went past into town, thinking how fun and exciting it would be to paint blue and gold for once!  Ho ho... I'm such an optomist... actually, I was wound up with getting the canoness figure and didn't think much about how HORRIBLE resin-- particularly old, 3rd party stuff-- could be.

Well, got them home and realised they were already undercoated.  In a LOT of black.  Worse thing was the fact that the client hadn't pinned anything, and had used either an improper glue, or had put them together longer ago than I thought; hardly anything was holding and guns were balanced above hands, stuck down with drips of primer...

Dorn help me!
 Sorry for the rotten picture quality-- again.  The sorcerer was the only candidate up for the dettol bath, so in he went.


And after a  while of hesitant pulling on arms and heads, this was about all that actually held:  Out came the drill press and the wire cutters...  Bit of a side thing here; I'm harvesting boysenberries tomorrow, and I have to practise getting up at FIVE in the morning; a tricky thing for an insomniac.  I've been working on these chaps to stop myself falling back to sleep.

What you're seeing here is easily 15" of wire and three night's worth of hobby time.  What made it more challenging was the fact of the 3rd party bodies not fitting the GW legs, so they needed to be scraped out and greenstuffed.  This left them looking a bit tall in the body so I added pouches to try and cover this up.  In the words of brother-captain Erecond Gaius, "Brothers, we are being tested..."
Matching arms to bodies again was a bit of a task, and with the way the guns had been attached left for some... awkward... poses.  Can't say I tried though.


After adding a few strips of parchment  and basing them all, I got down to painting, at last.  I started with a Very Very Careful spray of corax white-- Throne, they had enough chaos black on them for three times their number, but we'll have to see what happens.

Sotek green to Africa; quite an intriguing colour, I might add.

So after another hour after the green/blue and an entire Equilibrium album later, this is where I'm up to.  I think the guns are going to be red or silver, and there's going to be a lot of yellow and bone to go.

Ten past eight, and I'd better go and have breakfast.  Bye bye for now.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Assembling/converting canoness Veridyan #1: sidhe of the scalpel

Hallo again! Summer's upon us in full force down the bottom of the world, and last-minute Christmas traffic has been going back and forth past our quiet country road and driving me quite mad!  Good thing I've got a few things to work on over the holiday period (when it cools down a bit in the hobby room-- 30 degrees is not good for open paint pots, to say nothing of my mental state) and I'll be expounding on one in particular to-day; you've already guessed by the title, haven't you?

Just quickly though, I'll show you my other projects:

First-- and most closest to completion that isn't finished-- a warpsmith for fellow 40K G+ member, Thefallenstar:

Pretty pleased with how this fellow's turning out!  The axe still needs some work, but I'm having to be careful it doesn't become the focal point of the miniature...  Oh well! When have I ever been careful?
Second is the squad of 3rd-party thousand sons I alluded to last post:

They aren't the easiest of things to work with.  They'll be getting a post of their own soon.

Third is an old metal sorcerer who won't have ANYTHING to do with his backpack, no matter HOW much I glue and pin, Throne curse sorcerers:

And lastly is best Hansey boy Yoshikage Kira, my first straight-up paintwork in a long time:


But here!  This isn't what I was supposed to be posting about to-day!

Yes.  Yes I was excited when a official piece was sculpted from a Blanche piece.  Yes, I only got slightly anxious to get it and yes, there was only one at my FLGS.When I got the limited ed sister of battle I was almost going to assemble her without changing a thing... but how could I forgive myself for that?  But I couldn't really think of anything I wanted to do that'd actually work... making anyone into an Inquisitor is flocking easy...
I wanted to turn her into something special.  The artwork canoness Veridyan is taken from was the turning point of my developing style from lukewarm to grimdark-- it's special to me, and anyway, I like fringes, exspecially gaunt girls with fringes... this isn't a sexual thing.

Then I had an idea.  I have a faerie character/mascot/symbol I initially designed for the Sagolanda page banner.  She sort of sneaked into everything else as time went on and now she's on the banner of my commissions site!  Poor thing doesn't even have a name yet.
She's an embodiment of how I treat the wargaming hobby (and life in general); take what naturally occurs and twist it way out of line with tortured darkness and an off-kilter sense of piety.

She's got a fringe too...

So to save you the grief of watching me cut up a valuable figure, here's the canoness after bionics surgery.

I swapped out the cloth at the back for a piece of tin to give it a bit of lightness.

Small problem was that the faerie's left wing is made of razor blades, enforcing the symbol of unnatural altering.  I wasn't sure how to represent razor blades... I thought of using real ones, but they're expensive.
How about used scalpel blades then?  It represents a similar mindset, and it's just as emo, isn't it?

So they went together nicely.

So here we are as of now.

I had to pop an extra skull under her boot to make up for space.  Not sure what I did wrong but it's worked out okay.

A few more pipes and drug injectors across the wings-- and the base wants tidying up-- then on to painting!  If I forget to post the finished project here, she'll more than likely end up on Flikr, just a heads up.
So that's that!  Next time I might expound a bit on that Thousand sons squad... hee hee, if it doesn't drive me mad.  Wish me luck.

Bye bye for now.

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas for tomorrow I suppose.