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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

"DOUBLE TAKE OF THE TWO HEADED MONSTER"

Recently Steve and I both set about painting the same two models at the same time, neither of us showing the other what we were up to, in this article you will see the results.


"QUAFFIG"


First up is one of the other nobles on Traventi Quaffig, in the Traventi culture a rotund physique denotes great wealth as they always have the best food and plenty of it, they celebrate their shape and flaunt it at lesser nobles and common people.


She has a pet eyeless squiggle sat by her leg, these helpful little creatures help keep her free from food scraps, which could attract the ferocious Terats that are a plague on the planet Traventi.

"STICKS"

This second model could be a court adviser, army general, or simple butler depending on how you paint it. For my example I went with adviser to the house Vallatrix denoted by the purple in his jacket.




"ALIEN GOLD"

Next up is a quick SBS on how I paint alien gold :

Step 1 First lay down a even coat of hammered copper.


Step 2 cover all the gold areas in purple wash. 


Step 3 Next apply brassy brass over the areas leaving the deepest shadow areas in the colour of step 2. 


Step 4 Highlight on the top surfaces and vertical edges with glorious gold.


Step 5 Spot highlight on the highest points with polished gold.



Hope you find this useful, now I'm off to play with some green stuff, until next time have fun and over to Steve . . 

Cheers Dave.

Interesting just how differently we approached these new models. I deliberately painted mine without looking at Dave`s photos first, because I didn't want anything to influence my take on how I see this world and the cool (and sometimes not so cool) characters within it.



For me, when I think of Lady Quaffig, I see Augustus Caesar's daughter Julia (from the old BBC TV drama series "I Claudius"), in her mannerisms and her character.


Vain, overtly sexual, somewhat overweight, and yet flirtatious and rather unorthodox in her attire; tries (somewhat unsuccessfully) to pull off sensuality in her manner and in her dress sense... i.e. a thirty five year old still trying to dress like an eighteen year old chick, and is all in all a bundle of hot trouble for her austere noble father - the Lord Mallatrix (Lord Vallatrix`s brother). 


Stix whispers in Lord Vallatrix`s ear that the kitchen servants have accidentally dropped his niece`s Birthday cake all over the floor. There will doubtless now be an additional (kitchen staff)  arena display in tomorrow`s games.



I gave her a light matt spray undercoat of white, followed by dark blue and gradual brushed lighter dry brushing in various blues to affect highlighted changes in skin tone. Eyes are edged with WWII German Uniform Grey, with egg yolk yellow eyes and goblin green pupils. Her Sari is Warlock Purple with shading of German Luftwaffe Green and Uniform Grey, with gold and bronze flake trim on her belt, arm torques and on her forehead beading. The eyeless pet squiggle resting on her thigh is painted in Green Fluo and touched with Goblin Green... and the whole thing then washed with burned Nut Brown ink (three parts water to one part ink).

By the way, Quaffig means "intoxicating one" in old English. 

Stix, the ancient and venerable family retainer, summons up an image (in my mind) of Mr Flay from Mervyn Peake`s Gormanghast/Titus novels.


This spindly tall stick insect of a Traventi servant knows EVERYTHING there is to be known within the myriad chambers and passages of his Lord Vallatrix`s vast labyrinthine place court. I painted my model with a light flourish of white spray undercoat, followed by gradual layers of Mole Skin Grey, and progressive lighter grey dry brushing on top, to build a multi toned grey suited, drab old fashioned fuddy-duddy; out of touch with current style and although rich garb... looks tired, old, and as though he has seen better days. And yet he looks comfortable, if you know what I mean.

His eyes are painted just like the Lady Quaffig`s, only with black pupils instead of green. The ears of both Lady and servant are painted in dark grey, then highlighted with a dry brush in a light contrasting desert sand colour.


 Cheers for Now,

Steve.

33 comments:

  1. Really like your renditions Steve, and always great to see another take on the same models, and background as well, this is the first time I've seen Steve's version the same as everyone else

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  2. So THAT`S why you got out of bed at six this morning and closeted yourself away for an hour. You were finishing off Stix. I heard you mumble the word last night and thought you were talking about wood kindling for the lounge inglenook fire LOL. very nice Stevie, and that Palace collection is starting to look most impressive.

    Dave, I really like just how different your two styles are from one another. They would both go together side by side very nicely, yet remain totally dissimilar in technique approach and tone.

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    1. Thank you Hils, we all work differently, and there is no right or wrong approach, just what works for each individual. Great that they still work next to each other

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    2. {{{{You were finishing off Stix. I heard you mumble the word last night and thought you were talking about wood kindling}}}}}

      HAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAhahaaha!!!! oh how cool :-)

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  3. Oooooh I DO like how you did your eyeless squiggle, it looks more `natural` looking than mine, and the colour and shading on Quaffig`s gown blends in nicely - easier on the eye maybe?

    Your Sticks is masterly, and the purple really suits those Royal colours nicely. I love the two takes on the same theme, magic all round really. This is such fun :-)

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    1. Cheers mate, with her robes I went with a complimentary colour in orange to work with her skin tone, but a contrasting colour can work just as well.
      Was thinking of a naked molerat when I painted the squiggle as I imagined it being a cave dweller so not having much skin pigment.
      Sticks I wanted to do in Vallatrix's house colour to tie him in

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  4. Brilliant to see the two different versions, just goes to show how versatile the miniature is - great job chaps.

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    1. Thank's Michael, I always like to see different takes on models we produce, not just copies of the colour schemes we show on the website

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  5. dont ask me to say which i like the best i really couldnt say. i think i like the sharp detail of dave`s quaffig woman, but i think i like the overall look of steve`s stixks servant best. both painting styles are so good its really hard to tell. so easier not to try to, and just enjoy the whole thing as a perfect united concept. this is all very good and exciting as well. for the first time i feel a real sense of vallatrix`s palace coming together in miniature. the background helps bring it together too and i like how it all slowly being revealed in each new chapter.

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    1. Thank's Luke, varying styles can work for different models, and approaches can help as well, and lastly never be afraid to give it a go.
      Glad your enjoying the reveals as they appear, will keep adding more as we go

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  6. Hat has to sweep majestically off my head in a deep bow of respect for the two new gorgeous sculpts. The lady herself is simply sublime, and I really dig that butler man; I can practically smell the scent of a thousand kitchen wood fires, and ancient pipe tobacco off his trusty clay pipe, no doubt thrust safely into one of his deep dark coat pockets.

    Count me in for these two new sculpts. Collection simply would not be complete without them.

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    1. Thank you Dave, I simply adore how each person see's a different take on these models, have already started to release the new models, with the two Traventi guards being made available this Monday, intending to continue releasing two a month right up to Salute, need to save Simon bringing his suitcase ! LOL

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    2. HA, yes can quite see why. I`m lucky as no one knows just quite how many TWT minis I`ve actually bought over the last while, because I have either had them sent to family members and friends in the uk (ones I know I will be visiting on my work travels, so easy to pick up from along the route) or I get peeps to pick stuff up for me at the shows. These new additions are indeed most interesting.

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    3. Stealth purchasing ! Very clever, saves having to go to those addiction meetings if no one knows what you've got ! ROFL

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  7. Wooooot!

    Gimme a P, now gimme an E, now throw me a R and a F, add in a E and an C. Finish it off with T I O N, and what do you have --->>>>> PERFECTION.

    Those sculpts are to die for. All making me more and more interested in picking up the lot at next Salute. Wonderful work guys. Amazingly inspirational, and intrinsically divine.

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    1. Thank you Tarot, glad your enjoying them. I had a vision of you with pom poms while reading the first part, while trying to type at the same time ! LOL just goes to show there is no end to your talents, as I love your Creminisci concepts

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  8. Very nice! Interesting to see different ways of giving them life...Great job!

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    1. Thank you Phil, while we're still developing lot of these characters, there is a massive of input from both sides, to give the best finished product we can achieve

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  9. What an interesting post and nice to see two takes on the same figures. I really like how the Traventian court is growing and can't wait to see what else you have in store.

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    1. Thanks Jez, we have some more of the Traventi court to finish and show plus I also want to do some glads, and common Traventians and maybe even some pirates

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  10. Two different approaches to the same piece. How lovely to see your individual perspectives on what she should look like ;-)

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    1. Thank's Andy, a different take can be what makes a model appealing for an individual

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  11. So, when will the results of the Competition be announced? And what extra goodies/figures have we to look forward to? Or is it "confidential" 😉

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  12. yes, me too: what he says >>listens<<

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  13. Will be announcing the winners over the weekend, while Steve's visiting, and might even show the new commentator model if your lucky

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  14. chuckles* yep, see ya at the airport tomorrow morning Dave :-) ^^

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  15. Omg is the three of us, is the world ready for such a conjunction hahahaha.

    seriously though, see you tomorrow Mr Stone,... not him <---- points to the Army G man **grins**

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  16. Oow shucks, spoil sport :( >>chuckles<< ok see you in Cork (Other Realms) in a few weeks, I`ll buy the coffee this time LOL.

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  17. Roger that. Your turn the fish and chips then :-)))

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  18. The world may not be ready for such a conjunction but it would be very memorable ! LOL
    Look forward to meeting you in person Dave at Salute if not before

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