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Inspiration for a Miniature Pose

I saw this statue at a mission in California. I love the pose and I think it is perfect for a Blood Angle character. I think this would be the real pose for Dante, not the generic pose Games Workshop gives him.

I think it is the backhand of the sword combined with the expression on the face, but something about this figure is haunting to me.

I am not convinced the expression is perfect for Dante, but it is engaging on the statue.

You are left with the impression he is about to deliver a death blow, but his face does not show rage or anger or even intensity.

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Warlord Titan Project

I saw a friend’s Warlord Titan at the Gateway, 2011 con and decided then I need one too.

Titan Inspiration

This is the guy that made me want a Warlord. It was the first Warlord I had seen and I knew I would build one soon. Big and bad as they come.

As you can see, my friend is serious about Titans. He brought a total of seven for this game.

Shortly after getting home from the con, I started planning my Warlord.

 

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Scabeiathrax the Bloated

I was fasinated by this model for a while and I knew I would paint him someday. The opportunity came to pick one, so I had to give it a shot. He is now the start of my new Chaos Daemon army.

Scabeiathrax

Pure evil.

Scabeiathrax

As nasty as he is from the front, his back is worse.

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Acrylic Paints Change the Game

Back in the day, I used enamels. In fact, I learned modeling using Testors enamel model paint. At the time, I thought enamels were about the best available. We used it straight from the jar and cleaned our brushes with the thinner Testors sold. It went on thick, but we thought that was good. I guess I just did not know better.

Then I learned about acrylic paint, and for me no going back to enamels. There is a lot to like about them, here are a few thoughts:

  1. Acrylics are safer for your respiratory system. This is particularly true if you are using an airbrush.
  2. They are far easy to clean up (in my opinion).
  3. Because you are not using harsh chemicals, your brushes will generally last longer.
  4. They dry faster than most other paints. This is a real advantage when you are starting out. You can do all your layering and highlighting in a single session without waiting hours (or days) for your miniatures to dry.
  5. They tend to be less expensive. You also save money by using water to clean and thin.
  6. Most people playing Warhammer use acrylics so you will have a lot of support from fellow players.

All these wonderful things about acrylics and I have to admit I do use oil paint for a few things. Primarily, wet blending, weathering and panel lines (I will do posts on these techniques soon). In each of these techniques, the longer drying time of oils make them the only real choice. The good news is water soluble oils are on the market now, so clean up is still very easy and you can still use water to thin the paint. I prefer the Winsor & Newton Artisan brand, but there are a couple others on the market now.

Keep painting.