JJ painting, many of us are familiar with James Wappel and his fantastic painting ability. Would've loved to get into his kickstarter but always spent the money elsewhere. Hope to purchase all the discs someday. That day will be far in the future. Til then I'll learn from visiting his sites, there are little things that catch my eye. Piece by piece I'm starting to put together his technique. Through pics and videos, his replies to my comments and something special (more on that in a future post) I felt fairly confident it was time to try his technique. Originally wanted to do it with one of Suijin's priests for his Sisters army. However, my character in Friday night Pathfinder game is a female Half-Orc Monk. My brother Bryan said I can use his Orc mini. Been using it in the game and holding onto to it for a couple of weeks. When he handed it to me he asked if I was good at painting scars and tattoos, said yes. Well, only after starting to make this post did I remember the scars and tattoos, oops.
This is my first time painting like Jim so please be kind.
|Taking Jim's advice literally here's my pallet of colours.|
|Undercoat airbrush Army Painter Mat Black.|
|If I'm going to try to paint like Jim it'd be best to use his techniques as much as possible.|
|Don't have the same brushes as he does. Will use his technique my weapon of choice.|
|Of all the information Jim shared this made no sense until the other day. Then something clicked and it made sense.|
|Flash Gitz yellow|
|Vallejo Model Air Field Green|
|Reaper Dusky Skin Shadow and Vallejo Model Air Blue. This was the result of pulling paint from the pots and pallet and rinsing the mixing brush.|
|Doh! Forgot clean water. This will be important.|
|Colours on the pallet. Like Jim.|
|Time to make them into glazes. Don't usually paint with glazes. Will probably take me several more times before glazes make sense. Like Jim went by feel, no ratios. Some needed less water, others needed more.|
|Starting to mix the colours. Mixed Reaper Dusky Skin Shadow and Vallejo Model Air Field Green for basing.|
|Based with Dusky Skin shadow and Field Green.|
|Because its a glaze it is rather easy to flow around the model. The paint moves into the crevices easily.|
|Now to start mixing the paint to start the highlighting. Some Field Green and Flash Gitz Yellow.|
|Woah! Who turned on the light bulb? Way too bright. This would be ideal for a finishing highlight.|
|Probably like Jim there was no do-over. Kept the first highlight colour and added more field green to it. Now it was looking better.|
|Not quite right though. Now to add some Flash Gitz Yellow, going back and forth like Jim said.|
|Added more Flash Gitz yellow and started with another highlight. This time picking out specific areas.|
|Water is looking better and better everytime. Perhaps too grey, still works though.|
|Mixture of Vallejo Model Air Blue with some Nurgling Green. Then adding more Nurgling Green to the mixture and only hitting extreme parts of the clothe.|
|Here's the mess of the pallet. Surprised how orderly it looks. Next time, that mother will be wrecked!|
|Time for the magic that Andrew and Jim mentioned. Here's my wash to finish the model.|
|Will be buying a plinth soon.|
|Thanks for the inspiration, Jim!|
Now, what did I learn?
* Wrong colours, more variation, or work with colours more.
* Put too much paint on the pallet. A lot of it wasn't used.
* When using a new highlight need to start from the opposite side of the light source.
* Isn't nearly as difficult to highlight as one would think
* Keep moving around the model, don't stay in one area.
* When applying a highlight mix the brush strokes around, start one area moving down, other moving up, other sideways, light does funny things.
* Brown washes are easy to make, no need to purchase them.
Hardest part when painting? Believe it or not
* Not rinsing the brush after every colour. At first it was surprisingly hard to break myself of the habit to not rinse the brush when going to the next colour. After a bit I sort of got used to it, sort of. The paint brush was rinsed once, when the model was finished. More on that in the next post on this topic, as hinted at earlier.
Showed the model to my gaming buddies. They all said they liked it. 40k buddy Connor said it was good "not like JJ's usual highlighting". Which I take as a compliment. If I didn't show him the model he probably would have never thought I painted it. Let's face it. Painters have their techniques. You can tell who painted something if you're familiar with their work. Very much like an artist's signature.