Painting the froadle – Kimera single pigment paints for the win!
I really wanted to up my painting game and decided to invest in some single pigment colours. The idea behind this is, that most convenience mixes (but not all) contain a variety of pigments, sometimes a bit of white or black is also already mixed in. Naturally if you mix such paints, the results are unpredictable. You also will often get very desaturated colours with a greyish appearance. In addition it might be difficult if not impossible to mix a proper chromatic black. So I got myself a set of Kimera colours.
They won’t make you a better painter, but more control over your results is – at least in my opinion – important to get better. Price wise they are as expensive as other brands, but contain 30ml per dropper bottle and an agitator ball. They are also highly pigmented, which results in more vibrant colours.
The basic set is enough to mix every colour you can imagine, but you might still want some premixed flesh tones. I am not advocating to throw away your other paints by the way. You can mix and match. However, for the contest I decided to just use Kimera and take them for a spin. The only thing not-Kimera used is a Schminke Titanium white in the ‘hottest’ sections of the chaos projectile. For me mixing your own colours is an important step to advance: learning color theory by applying it.
Chasing contrast- colours used
So, which of the colours did I use and where? I am not able to take you through it step-by-step, as I mixed colours not only on my wet palette, but also on the miniature blending the skin and other areas. These days I usually add a drop or two of Vallejo Glaze medium to any paint I use. It slightly extends the drying time and makes any colour more transparent without it separating. Together with the wet palette it really makes your life much easier, less stressful and you can even come back a few days later using the same pre-mixed colours. That implies you can feather transitions on the miniature to get a smoother blend or colour shift a section applying a glaze .
The skintone is Pthalo green with some Cold Yellow mixed in and Red Oxide for the shadows (green and red can be used to make a chromatic black). The lighter skin sections are a Warm Yellow with Red Oxide for the darker areas.
My overall goal was to really push the contrast. This can be done with lighter and darker areas, but also with warm and cold colours (as in the two skin tones) and via saturation.
Two other areas that I wanted to add some interest to, were the loin-cloth and the chaos projectile. The loin-cloth was painted using a Phtalo Blue Green Shade to work with the main skin tone, while contrasting with the warmer yellow skin. This time I darkened the blue mixing some Phtalo Green in it as well as some Carbon Black. Highlights were done with a bit of white mixed in. A subtle texture provided even more contrast to the surrounding sections.
The chaos projectile was supposed to burn from the inside, but given I decided to go for daytime conditions, I did not add an OSL effect. Truth be told, this would have been my first serious attempt at OSL and I didn’t want to ruin the paint job a few days before the deadline. The chaos projectile is going from a Carbon Black with a bit of Violet mixed in to Magenta and up to pure Titanium White.
What about the swamp base? The base was a reasonably simple affair. I used a mossy twig from the great outdoors and cut it to size. The water effect was done adding a bit of murky green to Modge Podge Gloss, and the tall grass was made using tinted straw fibres.
So, one last question to answer: did I place? No, unfortunately not. The competition was strong and some really excellent submissions deservedly won. You can check them all out if you are on Facebook!
I hope you enjoyed this weeks showcase. If you have any specific questions about the paint job feel free to ask below. As this is the last post before Christmas, I wish you a very pleasant festive season and hope you find something wargaming related under the Christmas tree. Christmas or not, always remember to wield your brush with honour!