Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Winged colour attack

New project incoming!

A friend of mine and I backed the latest World of Twilight KS some months ago. You already saw what I did with some of the minis for my mutant tribe. But I had all the rest of the stuff pending. So it was time to start; I will be painting both mine and my friend's (I guess that by the end of the project I'll have trouble in identifying which minis are mine and which ones are comissioned!) :D

For a start I chose all the winged creatures. Lots of tiny models, but they would be fine to warm up the brushes and get into the mood. We agreed that an 'Avatar' approach would suit the minis. You can say a lot of things about that movie, but the design of the animals and stuff is certainly inspiring.

So let's get started! Avatar themed then. That means colour splash. Epileptic seizure would be too extreme maybe, but I could stay just one step behind that.

Rainbow flying lizards!
Avatar uses a predominant cold palette for all the creatures (but for the giant flying thing), so I stayed close to that, though I added a few warm colours to some of them; some variety seemed more pleasant to my eye.
I had terrible problems for the next stage. I committed myself to paint each one of them in a different way, and hard into the epileptic concept, with flamboyant patterns and gaudy colours all over. That went terribly wrong. It simply didn't work. From parrot-like schemes to WWII planes cammo, I made every kind of stupid mistake imaginable.
So I had to go back to square 1 again, breathe and begin all over. I had to see them not as individuals, but as swarms. Each model didn't have to incorporate twenty different colours, but just one predominant colour with patterns or whatever. I left the Avatar stuff aside and begun to google actual Amazonian frogs, lizards and whatever I could find. Then I saw it, oh, wise Mother Nature, you had it there for me to see and get inspiration. I came to the conclusion of leaving just one main colour for the body, light beige for the belly and lower membranes and darker tones of the main colour for the back.
I mean this:


So here are the Frenu swarms:

Casting for the Power Rangers pets
Besides, there are larger beasts, the two Kaopi and the Kosok:

Larger indeed
I dared to do different patterns here with more colours. These were the things that didn't work on a smaller scale, but looked better when at this size.

So this was it. The rest was just about the bases.

What a movie would Hitchcock have done out of these, not those dull birds...
Some close-ups:


Finally, the whole bunch:

Tiny and adorable
On the whole I must say that the real stuff proved to be more inspirational than the movie concept arts, which is quite unexpected. I'll dig in on that way for future references, but for the moment these are quite a start for the project.

More coming soon!

20 comments:

  1. wooo!
    really interesting!!
    they look really cool too! :D

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    1. Thanks! A lovely Discovery, I must say :)

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  2. You did a great job on the large birds of prey Suber! Great "natural" camo effect. I agree with you too, nature is a very good source of inspiration for believable colour schemes. I recall John Blanche commenting on that in an old White Dwarf, or something, to that effect too.

    Cool :)

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    1. Thanks! Right, actual nature was much more satisfying for getting inspiration. I was hypnotized by some crazy (bur somehow realistic!) patterns. I have to reproduce them!

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    1. Thanks! They are delightful tiny pieces!

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  4. Cooool!!!! They look great mate! I think your approach to grouping the little ones has worked perfectly, and the big'uns are spot on as well. Lovely job :-)

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    1. Thanks! They came as some fresh breeze. Being used to darker, gritty creatures, these light, bright guys are but a pleasure to Paint!

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  5. Incredible results from such simple stuff. Brilliant work.

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    1. Thank you! There is much more to the eye than one could suspect. The 'Amazonian' approach opened my mind to pretty curious patterns. Still more work to develop!

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  6. These look fantastic!
    The dinolike markings and characterized based are very well done!

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    1. Thank you! I got mesmerised by these fantasy dinos as soon as I saw them. I think I'd better read 'Dinotopia' again or something :D

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  7. Those look great - nice use of the bright colours!
    What are you going to use them for? Twilight, or something else?

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm so glad you like them! :D
      My pal and I will have to settle what to use, but one of the virtues of your sculpts is that many of your pieces can be used for fantasy, sci-fi o even prehistoric settings. So I hope these will see several games!!

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  8. Brilliant job on the lot! The world of Twilight is a really interesting range and I must admit I'm rather tempted by it!

    All the best!

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    1. Thank you! There are some pretty damn cool sculpts, for me it was love at first sight. Do not resist... :D

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  9. These look fab and certainly match the Movie theme you went with.

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    1. Thanks! I still have to decide what will come next, I think I should review the movie again!

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  10. I'm back from my self-imposed exile from the world wide web (to prevent Rogue One spoilers) and I'm treated to a wonderful assortment of colours in your latest post. ^_^ Merry Christmas Suber!!! :)

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it! MErry Christmas and happy new year to you too!

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