Loquacious’ Adventures in Minis, Part 3 -STUCK
It’s been a while since I talked to you about my misadventures in miniatures. I have successfully purchased, cleaned, assembled and primed the lovely Butcher (Kommander Zoktaviar, Butcher Unleashed). I showed you all the process, because what’s a hobby blog without hobby?
I started to paint not too long ago. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted it to look like- I didn’t want the traditional red/black of Khador. I wanted something a little more savage and primal, almost invoking a feeling of a Bushman. I decided on a tanned or buttery yellow cape, and that’s the easiest, flattest surface on this model, so that is what I tried to paint first as well.
Before painting, you have to assemble your supplies. Note that I am a sucker for fancy tools and bought the GW painting station. I actually like it a lot, assuming I have a place to stow it between painting sessions. (This is not always true, which makes the station a little annoying for reasons I will try to remember to tell you about later.)
Ok, onto painting.
This actually looks almost dead on to the idea I originally started with. The color is nice and well applied (and that is a real trick for me!). I was pretty happy with it, but I knew I wanted some depth and weathering on it, as well as needing to paint more than a cloak.
So I started on the chest armor and shoulder pads.
Let’s say I hated them this way and leave it at that.
Second coat of paint and a little bit of cussing has helped things SOME. I am still less than thrilled with the overall appearance, even knowing it isn’t even close to done. I can’t see the forest for the trees and all I see is a bunch of stuff I hate.
I decide to try to fill in some details to help give me a sense of direction. I know it’s sort of counter productive, but it’s how I tend to operate, so lemme do it my way =P
I hate the collar of this cloak so very much, it makes me ache. I can’t get anything close to either a wash or drybrush in this strange area and it seems to need to be painted one peak at a time. I’m not a patient painter.
I have done some of my over painting here- where I GLOB a lot on and then take it off with a BIG DRY light, fluffy brush. I helps me feel better about how things may look in the future.
I got mad at how “flat” it seemed to me, so I started adding in tones and depth, but in doing so, I have gotten myself more than a little annoyed. Right now everything is disjointed and I don’t like it. I almost want to pay someone to paint it because it is making me so frustrated =(
On the painting tray, when I have a lot of space, I can just come back to painting a dab here or a dab there when I have a minute. I don’t have a lot of space, and there’s no handy drawer for the whole setup to go into or onto while I work on other things or more accurately, nothing at all.
I know my method is a lot of crazy and expect to hear a lot about what I am doing wrong. I have always painted this way- find an element I like and finish it all the way before moving on- so asking me to change may not work.
I’m now stuck in a phase where I hate the damn model and want to give up, because so much of the work coming ahead is small detail work that I cannot stand in any way. Whoever of you said this was a treat to paint was a big fat liar. =:P
If you get stuck on a model, what do you do?
Right now, he’s looking like a hot mess of sloppy and ugly and I am stuck.