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Title: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Valkerie on 30 December 2021, 01:42:56
Howdy all.  Hope the holidays have treated everyone well.  I participated in a Secret Santa Battletech mini exchange this year.  Now that everything has been sent out and received, I can share what I did for my recipient.  They had a love for the Combine, so I choose to do a metal Thunderbolt in Legion of Vega colors for them.  I had not done the scheme before, and it was listed as a favorite, so it seemed like a fun idea.  It was a fun scheme to paint, and I may have to add a company to my collection.

Wish I could share what I got in the exchange, but it is a MWO print, so that can't happen here.  Suffice to say, it was hilarious, awesome, and a fine tribute to the Federated Suns.  8)

Questions and comments are welcome as always.  Happy New Year all!  :thumbsup: :beer:
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Mecha82 on 30 December 2021, 08:22:02
Sweet! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: jimdigris on 30 December 2021, 08:45:57
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: worktroll on 30 December 2021, 14:03:44
You've come a long way! That's a great looking Thud. Walk us through the paint work, thanks?
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Daryk on 30 December 2021, 15:28:52
That is a gorgeous Thunderbolt, and I'm happy to hear you got something in exchange that pleased you too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Xan on 31 December 2021, 01:10:49
That is a very good looking mech!  Really great job on the base too!
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Valkerie on 31 December 2021, 01:56:28
You've come a long way! That's a great looking Thud. Walk us through the paint work, thanks?
Thank you all for the kind words.  Here's the walkthrough:

Primed with Krylon ColorMaxx Gray Primer
Black Ink Wash
Gray:
Wetbrush Vallejo Charcoal Gray
Wetbrush DecoArt Zinc
Drybrush Vallejo Wolf Gray
Ghostbrush Vallejo Ghost Gray

Red:
Base - DecoArt Deep Burgandy
DecoArt True Red
Pro Acryl Bold Pyrrole Red
Finish - Blue Ink Wash

Gun Barrels: Drybrush Vallejo Gunmetal
LRM launcher: Drybrush Vallejo Hammered Copper

Sealed with Krylon ColorMaxx flat clear acrylic.

I think I have a better pic that shows off the gun barrel effects.  I'll post that with the write up for them.
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: worktroll on 31 December 2021, 02:21:45
Blue ink wash on the red? ???
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Valkerie on 31 December 2021, 12:47:14
Blue ink wash on the red? ???
Yeah, I had the same reaction.  As it was explained to me, the blue ink wash can add some shading and depth to the red without making it look dirty like a black wash can.  I still didn't believe until I tried it.  It does work.  My wash was one to one mix of Vallejo Blue Ink, flow improver, and water.

EDIT: Before and after pics of the wash added.
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Daryk on 31 December 2021, 13:59:05
Nice!  That does look good...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: worktroll on 31 December 2021, 14:30:03
Going to have to think about that ...
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Mwenski on 31 December 2021, 20:32:21
This looks great, Valkerie! Great job on the mini, and an excellent unit choice. It was fun seeing it come along. Thank you for sharing the progress along the way.

I got the idea for blue as a shadow for red from Gunji's incredible paint along tutorial. Cooling off that warm red and creating a purple transition really helps with making red pop. Adding a sand or tan flesh as a highlight can help with the contrast.
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: avon1985 on 01 January 2022, 12:25:51
Very nice! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Schwerpunkt Prinzip on 09 January 2022, 22:10:56
Really gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing your recipe, too!
Title: Re: A Christmas Exchange Mini
Post by: Daemion on 01 February 2022, 09:56:21
I got the idea for blue as a shadow for red from Gunji's incredible paint along tutorial. Cooling off that warm red and creating a purple transition really helps with making red pop. Adding a sand or tan flesh as a highlight can help with the contrast.

Yup.  A very thin tan. It'll let the underlying layer show through.

On the flip side, if you don't want the red to dull, I've found that tan as a base to the raised plates covered over by a True Red looks brighter.  That's how I got Optimus to sport his truly 'Prime' colors.

I've been hearing a lot of counter-intuitive color mixes, recently, like shading gold with purple.  Blue on red does not surprise me one bit.