Friday, 16 May 2014

Painting Dmitrij, zenithal priming, and having no idea what I'm doing.

I was at our local gaming club, Emperors Pride, last with Johan, and feeling a sudden urge to start painting the warband, I took a deep breath and grabbed my brushes.

I had already decided that I was going to try out zenithal priming (read more about this technique here ), and started out by priming Dmitrij.

From there on I started splashing paint on him, very thing glaze-like layers of paint, washes and inks. It was a very complicated process, much more than it needed to be, because I had basically no idea what I was doing (I still don't). His armour has also gotten some edge highlighting, to sharpen up the edges.

I like the result so far, but to be honest, I struggle with painting to a really high standard. I can do good tabletop quality pretty well, but exhibition grade painting sort of eludes me, and I'm a bit annoyed by it. Oh well, I'll just have to keep practicing.

I deliberately kept him in very cool, muted colours - I'm trying to get some of the feel of John Blanches paintings and palette. Of course, he still needs some detail work, and his back-banner-thingy done:

Let me know what you think. :)


  1. Very good result so far, only two things I would comment on (since you've asked).

    First, many parts are more washed than painted, and look decidedly unfinished - probably because they are :D

    Second, if you really wanna go Blanchitsu, may I advise you to highlight the colours much much more, up to almost white. I think Kari from Spiky Rat Pack is the best reference here, just check out how light his colours are at the end.

  2. I think this is terrific work; you shouldn't be so hard on yourself! I do like the armour, in particular, and he has a wonderfully expressive face. Great tones. Which red(s) did you use for the armour?

  3. It's beautiful mate! I really dig the style - though if you're going for Blanchean it's needs to be a bit grittier, dirtier - it's pretty clean at the moment. Really looking forward to see him finished and the rest of the crew painted up!