After a few weeks of hard work at least I´ve finished the second project of my Indiegogo campaign. Although everything about this piece will be explained in detail in the tutorial I'm preparing for the contributors of the Indiegogo campaign, I want to explain now some features about how I prepared the piece.

The past saturday was celebrated the annual painting contest in Quimera Miniatures. I didn´t have time to finish the ork for the contest. It needed more work, more contrast, more colour work, highlights, more outlines, but anyway, I wanted to compete with this figure. This was a mistake and a precious lesson for the future. Never compete with an unfinished figure. In the last three days, I´ve applied these corrections.

Orks + armours + weathering effects = the perfect plan for me. I had in mind this idea for months, a big scale Warhammer 40000 ork, but obviously, it´s impossible to buy one. If you want to paint one, you need sculpting skills or use a previous sculpt and make a conversion. I chose this last option.

I used as a base for the conversion the superb ork sculpted by my italian friend Carmine "thor" Giugliano, based on the Paul Bonner´s artwork. In the moment that I saw for the first time, I imagined a Warhammer 40000 ork with a big armor like Ghazghkull Thraka, so I drew some sketches and I started to work in the conversion. I used plasticard and some bits and as you can see, a very little amount of putty. I need to start to learn some sculpting techniques because the work with the plasticard is too slowly, tedious and difficult.

The ork is very very big. For your reference, the war staff is 18 cm. (7 in.) tall. The size of the figure have complicated the painting, and I didn´t feel comfortable with the painting in any moment. I like the result, but I´m convinced that It could be painted better. Definitely, the size beat me.

Like I said before, I´m preparing the second tutorial of the Indiegogo campaign, where you will be able to learn every point of the process.

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Monte San Savino Show 2013

Hi all! This last weekend was celebrated the Monte San Savino Show 2013. It was impossible for me going to the contest, but I had to give some miniatures for the Mumi project, so Diego Esteban did me the favour of carrying them and delivering to my italian friends. But also, he had the great idea to submit two figures into the contest. Thanks again Diego! And I´m very happy because the Walking dead diorama won a gold medal in scenes category.

I promise that next year I will go to San Savino!. I think it´s one of the best contests around the world and I´m sad because I wanted to go this year! Some painters are publishing their pictures and are totally amazing.

Fabrizio Russo and Joaquín Palacios won the best of show with this awesome figure. you can see the list of awards.

I´ve compiled some links to different picture albums. I hope you enjoy them!

Volomir´s blog
Sergeant Black Art

And stay tuned because the next week I´ll post my second Crystal Brush project, the big space ork!

Random encounter! - V.3

At this point, you´ll probably be tired of my dwarfs! hehe. Don´t worry, this is the next to last!...at least for now...I would like to paint a black and white version in the future. This dwarf, and the other two, were painted during my workshops.

In this occasion, I decided to place the dwarf in a dungeon, but I didn´t want a low light approach, normal in this situation, so I decided to use a strong light from a 70-75º angle, with a high contrast if we take a look around the figure. We use to apply a cenital light but most of the times we forget that figures are a 360º volume, a 3D volume. No more changes compare with my other dwarfs...high contrast as I said, non metallic metals, same lights and volume interpretation, only the color is different.

I hope you like it!

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