Monday, April 26, 2010

It's For Your Own Good... (To Check Out My Commissar)

See what I did there? Unfortunately for you, I don't shy away from lame humour...

Anyway, I've finished the Commissar I showed you here. Here he is - Commissar Waechter!

For those of you playing at home, the reds and blacks were done in the following way:

1. Basecoat with Mechrite Red. Even though this is a foundation paint, I found it needed a couple of coats to get good coverage. Make sure you thin it down though, so the finish is smooth.
2. Highlight with 50:50 Mechrite Red and Blood Red.
3. Highlight with pure Blood Red.
4. Highlight with Dheneb Stone mixed with a little Blood Red.
5. Finally, highlight very carefully with Dheneb Stone. I went for an off-white in this case because I thought pure white would be a bit too bright.

Don't worry if the original layer of Mechrite looks a little dull - once you add the Blood Red, it brightens up a lot! (Compare the last photo I showed you to this one).

For highlighting the black, I used a colour called Payne's Grey. It is a very, very dark blue - it looks black at a glance. I bought a tube of it from my local art store.

1. The basecoat was kept as the chaos black spray I primed the model with.
2. The highlights were then done starting from Payne's Grey, progressively adding more and more Adeptus Battlegrey to the mix. Highlighting with a blue shade rather than just grey gives more depth to the black. I did 4 layers - they were: pure Payne's Grey, and then 3 layers with roughly the following ratios of Payne's Grey and Adeptus Battlegrey: 70:30, 50:50, 20:80.

That's it! I've got at least one more Commissar to do, so he'll get a post once I get around to him. As always, thanks for looking - and please leave any thoughts or questions you might have in the comments box!


Dean said...

Very Very Nice!

CylonDave said...

The commissar looks great. The paint job looks very good. I think the current Commissar sculpts are the best GW has put out so far.

Master Darksol said...

That's certainly one of the better Commissar models they have. Great paint job!

Admiral Drax said...

Wonderful model; beautiful execution.

No pun intended.

Well done!

Frag_Dad said...

Thanks for the comments! It's a really nice model, and it was very enjoyable to paint. I'm looking forward to painting my next commissar, although I don't know when that will happen!

Magiler said...

Very nice painting! One technical advice for the photo - it looks like lacking in contrast. Go to Photoshop/lightroom/whatever editing program and increase slightly contrast. Try Auto settings or (if too harsh) play with sliders. I hope this will make your picture even better...

Frag_Dad said...

Thanks Magiler! I'll give the contrast settings a go for my future photos - I've actually been thinking they look a little 'soft', so that might fix it!

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