Ever opened a copy of one of the realm of chaos books when you were ten? Ever tried to own each and everyone of the Jes Goodwin chaos champion? Ever spent days lurking on ebay for a complete Kaleb Dark or chaos toilets?
You're at home here.
I don't and can't consider myself an artist. I'm deeply far too pragmatic and though I have some imagination, it's always tuned down by my scientific side.
Why do I say that ? Well, because I realise I always tend to stick to "realistic" treatment in my painting style (if I have such a thing). My artictic side though is visible through the trends I have and right now I'm in a red era. Since painting a chaos warrior in red In June, I've been putting red everywhere and I'm liking it a lot.
I've even been given the opportunity to work on this by a fellow oldhammerer on the forum who proposed me to paint something for him (whose blog can be found here).
I have to say that seeing a Bob Olley Techmarine was quite a surprise. I've had mixed feelings about his models for a long time and I've lately come to realise that these models have to be painted to be appreciated. I really believe you only truly know a model once you've painted.
Bob Olley's oldschool models always tend to have one of these points :
- they have weird textures you never truly know how to paint
- they lack flat areas
- Clothes always have an infinite amount of waves
- eyes are often hollowed
- you get organic shapes everywhere you never truly understand
- they are insanely detailed
So getting started with them is always kind of weird for me.
I started knowing these could be a tough job.
The only thing asked by the owner was to make it bright so I decided to give the armour a bright red to start with and to see for the rest afterwards. (Oh and did I mention how awesome the grey priming proved to be? I'll develop that later)
WIP with base coulours
The magic happend when I decided not to care about the textures and just apply the base colours where I wanted them. Once I did that, I realised the way to paint them came as an evidence, the texture on the legs just needed some drybrush, the stripes on the higher part of the legs just needed to be painted in different colours and so on...
Another thing I didn't know was how to paint the weapon. The very simple answer I chose was to paint a part of it of any colour used on the main body so that every colour painted on the guy could be found on the weapon as well.
For the ground, I wanted a retro feel but wanted to show the martian origin. I opted for a brown to redish orange soil. Though the difference between soil and armour is not clearly visible on the photos, I find it better on the actual model. I added a black part to have a clear definition betwen the soil and armour too.
The last thing I added were the golden parts which I painted in brass with little highlights to keep them not too shiny. I just wante dto keep the steel part to the bare minimum and for the blade only.
I considered doing some OSL with glowing parts but I was already happy with the general look and idn't want to do too much. I have to admit I kinda rushed on the last details because I wnated to finish it as soon as possible because (1) I wanted to see it done since I had fallen in love with it (2) I didn't want for the original owner to wait too long. I hope he'll forget me about this.
The blue details really hep to get a good contrast I think and I'm happy to have done them this way. The eye lenses had to be painted green since red had already been taken for the armour and blue for the details (see, how pragmatic...).
2 things I learnt in this process :
- If you don't know how to paint a part, then just paint the rest and the solution will come by itself
- Light cadmium red is my favourite colour to highlight red. I've been looking for the proper colour to work on reds for a long time, I f only I could find the same thing to work on yellows...
Anyway, hope you like it and hope the owner is able to take better pictures than I could just before moving home...
Now I'm eager to work on my Iron claw pirates to see how they turn ...