zondag 29 april 2012

Lage Landen Competition 2012

Well, the (second edition of the) Dutch/Belgian national GW-supported "De Lage Landen (Lowlands) Painting Competition" is done. And oh my - this was a feast for the eyes..!

First, ofcourse, I wanna share that I made Gold in Warhammer Fantasy Monster (Engine of the Gods), and Silver in both Warhamer Fantasy Single (Sigvald) and Duel (Space Wolf vs. horror). Yay and hooray all over. Too bad that Saint Celestine (40K Single) did not score top 3, but as I saw the competition, I can hardly say it should have. All winners were well deserved, and I have very muchh enjyed your pieces. It has inspired me, as I hope my work has inspired others.

David Heathfield giving pointers
About that competition: even though I scored less than last year (which was, in all respects, even for me hard  to top), I feel that I scored better. Last year, I *ahum* hardly made a big effort to paint for that competition. As the event was new and young, so were the participants. The level of quality was not very high, although the effort to participate was ;) When I scored so many trophies then, it did not felt satisfying, for I felt it might have been too easy: I did not win because I was a good painter, but perhaps because everybody else was not (don't mean to offend anybody here though!).
This year, I saw the coming of awesome pieces of art, and the participation of some great painters that had not participated previously. I knew beforehand that this would be the competition I was waiting for.
And by gods, it really was a tough competition. I have seen so many great pieces, and have been able to talk to so much more great painters that I have a lot of respect for. I have felt really humbled! Then, to see that I still ended up with some prizes, proves it to myself that I am truely good enough to be ranked among those painters.
As I reflected on the enormous increase in quality of entries in comparison to last year, I really feel that this event will soon (if not already) could be compared to the official Golden Daemon events.

I have had an incredible time: I have made new friends, we have made arrangements to gather up and have some paint sessions, and a couple of us might even try to get the Massive Voodoo team to come over and host a workshop. That would be a good one!
I am sad that I did not take the opportunity to clamp onto special guest David Heathfield (see above in the centre - no, I am not in that pic!) from the 'Eavy Metal team, but I always feel uncomfortable when there is such a crowd trying to do the same. Well, that's my loss, I guess. Maybe next time...

Congrats to all winners, and may we see eachother again in the near future! Happy painting ;)

maandag 23 april 2012

what good equipement can do for you, Part 2

In one of my previous posts I've shown how pictures taken by a friend om mine really brings out the best in my models. I have shown there (amongst others) two of my entries for the Lage Landen competition, namely Saint Celestine and the Stegadon (Engine of the Gods). Since the preliminaries are done last weekend (and the finals will be next weekend), I feel I can also share my other two entries.

First off, there's Sigvald the Fancypants - or what is he called. Actually, I was not really fond of this model, but I felt it to be a challenge to do something other than the usual seen-everywhere-and-copied-from-the-White-Dwarf Non-Metallic Gold. So I did purple. Or pink-ish. Or whatever. It's a Slaanesh color, god dammit!

However, after this pic was taken, I decided to re-do the shield. it didn't work out for me, and so I simplified it (see right).  That suited much better, even though this was hardly a challenge.

Next up is my loving baby Duel. This is probably the one entry that I have riding a lot on. Initially, I wanted to do this  ppiece for the Golden Daemon UK last year, but halfway done I felt it wouldn't do. So I tucked it away for a later day. When the Lage Landen Competition came by, I took another look, made some changes, and finished it. And now I love it! Sure, there is still room for improvement, but these pics really bring the piece to life.

please vote for it on Cool Mini or Not if you have not done so already:  http://www.coolminiornot.com/304177 

So, all we can do is wait until next Saturday, and see how things go during the finals in Amsterdam. About the LLPC: I am glad to see that a lot of great painters have decided to enter this year as well, and I have seen previews of some incredible pieces that I am anxious to see. In the meantime, I have already made some new friends (MaGie and Gerrie Schenk to name two of them) so I think I can look at some great painting days (with much learning) ahead :)

maandag 16 april 2012

New base for Stegadon part 3: FINISHED

Wow, I didn't think I would pull it off so soon, but I finished painting the new base for my Stegadon yesterday!

Here on the left yu see how it looks when all is painted, below I have added grass tuffs, some lichen, and the paper ferns. It actually does the trick!
Not much further to say about it, but ENJOY. I do :)

New base for Stegadon part 2

I could not leave it alone yesterday. I kept looking at that base I started (see my previous post), and just felt the itch to keep working on it. So sue me!

1. drawing leaves

While the milliput was drying, I went on with the fern leaves. Here's what I did:
After painting the paper as you an see in the previous post, I drew leaf-like shapes on to it.
Next I cut them out. I folded them a bit in half, so that they have that shape already. I would not be able to do this after the next step: cutting the leaves even further.
As you can see, I already have a nice collection of luscious green fern leaves, as well as some long tapered shapes. Gotta have variation!

2. cutting leaves out

3. folding leaves

4. more cutting
5. all done...so far!

So, after that was done, I went on with the base itself. I added some more tiles (had the big branch really push some of 'em upwards), and a air of leaves sculpted. Then I used a texture paste to give the soil some character.

I went on to priming (black) and did some quick drybrushing with Scorched Brown, Graveyard Earth, Desert Yellow and topped  off with Bleached Bone.

Last thing I did yesterday was priming the tiles in white (using Valejo's White Primer), and then generously applying a coat of Gryphon Sepia wash. This really works wonders for a soft yellow stone kind of color. Needs just a tad of tidying up.

zondag 15 april 2012

New base for Stegadon

The original Micro Arts base...
AAARGH! Earlier today I was told that the base my Stegadon is resting on will not be allowed in the Lage Landen Painting Competition, due to it being prefab from (I believe) Micro Art Studio's - to be more precise: it is not GW, nor home made. So, I have to build a new base and paint it, within one week...yikes...!

Neverthelless a nice opportunity to keep up the blog with some interesting posts this week.
First off, I started with the basics for the base. I wanted to keep the heavy jungle theme, but I have to keep in mind that it cannot be so elaborate as the Micro Arts version.
I started with a broken path of tiles, by pressing these plastic bits in to a blob of milliput (this is actually the byproduct of hard plastics recycling processes...don't ask!!!).
Around this theme, I added some tree roots that are branching out everywhere. A few big ones, and a lot of smaller vines. Oh, and of course the broken off tree stump, it is a must ;)

The next step, after this has cured fully, will be gluing very fine sand to give the undergrowth some texture. But as I am comparing this with the original base (see top), I think I should sculpt some heavy leaves as well. Then I will add some other, thinner foiliage, mostly ferns. Since I do not have the time to order some etched brass stuff, I will create my own. Here you can see I have painted an ordinary sheet of paper on both sides. the side with the blends will be the topside, the darker one obviously the bottom side. Next step here will be drawing and carefully cutting out the fern leaves. We'll do that later...

Lastly, yesterday I have been painting with my good friend Gert, and as a distraction I painted a Skaven converted model. It has been a long time since I did Skaven, and this is one conversion I really liked. It's a Warlock Engineer with a Warplock Jezzail and Warlock Optics for enhanced sight. It CAN be used in-game, but I doubt he will be very usefull :) Nevertheless, an awesome model.

vrijdag 6 april 2012

What good photo equipment can do for you...

I finally had the opportunity to get some better shots of some of my models.

First I will show the pics of my entry of last year's Golden Daemon UK. These pics REALLY make sure you can enjoy the pice as it really is.

Next  are some pics on a Stegadon I am doing as a piece for the  Lowlands Painting competition. Here the Stegadon itself is pretty much done, but the skinks aren't finished yet.

Then, lastly, pics of Saint Celestine, which I did for a good friend, and will also be an entry in the Lowlands competition. Vote for it on Cool Mini or Not HERE!

Next time (soon) I will post some pics of my other entries for that competition...

Thanks to Rolf Jurgens for the awesome pics!