Hey guys, just a quick post to show my latest painting. This one took AGES and I’m glad it’s over. Looking forward to getting a little more productive with some airbrush work now this is done!
Lately, I’ve been finding myself becoming more frustrated because I’ve not spent as much time painting as I could. After making a start on a batch of ten Plague Marines and a Noxious Blightbringer in early October, I found I was slowly running out of steam. And so, rather than grinding to a hault altogether, I decided to single out the Blightbringer just so that I could put a line through another model in my collection and hopefully spur myself on to get the Plague Marines finished.
Thankfully, I’m feeling much better now that I have another painted model to put on the table. And you know what? I think the Plague Marines won’t be too far behind…
Until next time,
I thought I better finish Kairos, just in time for the new model to come out otherwise he risked never getting done!
I really enjoyed painting him up, and it’s a real shame a model that has caused such misery for such long time to all my friends is going to be nothing more that a daemon prince from now!
This time I’ back with the Gaunt Summoner of Tzeentch, but don’t worry I haven’t come over all Age of Sigmar on you (not that there’s anything wrong with the game!), this is just a herald on a disc for my usual Daemon army.
Click the pictures if you want to enlarge them and next, possibly something completely different!
Until next time, good luck!
In this latest instalment of Master Crafted, we caught up with one of Poland’s finest miniatures painters and one-fifth of the talented quintet that ply their craft under `The Brush Brothers‘ moniker, Adam Halon.
For several years, I’ve engaged in a sort of casual ritual that I’m sure many affiliates with the hobby will be able to relate. When the inner demand for inspiration boils to the surface, I often load Google Images into my browser, search for what I’m looking for, then scour the results for innovative, new techniques in the hope that I’ll be able to use some of them on my own models. Indeed, the internet is a wonderful medium for finding cool colour schemes, basing tips or quick “hacks” to get us the max’. But doing so can also lead the unwary hobbyist into a hazardous predicament: The wont to repaint one’s older figures. To some, this mightn’t be such a bad thing. Especially if channelling ones inner creativity isn’t considered a mammoth chore. But for someone like me, whose productivity is both flawed and lacklustre at best, it can lead to complete disaster. Put simply, we ain’t ever seeing that fully painted army on a table any time soon.
Of course, painting whole collections isn’t everyone’s thing. Unlike our last guest Brandon some hobbyists prefer to spend hours perfecting their technique to produce the most exquisite, dramatic-looking single figures they can possibly achieve. And that’s exactly how Adam approaches his hobby.
It was about five-years ago now that I discovered The Brush Brothers blog, and, incidentally, Adam’s quintessentially moody artwork. It shouldn’t come as a surprise – at least to the returning reader – that it was a Nurgle figure that first drew my attention to his individual painting style, too. Over the past half-decade, Adam and the guys have gone form strength to strength. Their knack for turning out excellent Si-Fi and fantasy pieces without compromise has seen their popularity rise, indeed justifiably, on social media and websites such as `Cool Mini Or Not’. Adam’s own style, however, is one that constantly evolves as new techniques emerge and he works tirelessly at perfecting his already prodigious gift. In recent times, he told me, he and his friends set up `Fellowship Of The Brush‘, a kind of social group for like-minded hobbyists to meet up, paint and party. Sounds like fun!
For me personally, it’s been a joy watching Adam’s skills develop within the goldfish bowl of the internet, and I hope to keep tabs on his superb artwork for many years to come. It is with great pleasure, then, that I present the man himself:
John: Hey Adam – how you doing this evening?
Adam: “Hey! I am great, thanks. I’ve just started my holiday, and I finally have some free-time to spend on my hobby, which was really hard to find during semester”.
John: What was it that got you into the hobby, and roughly how old were you?
Adam: “It all started around 2004, when I was 12. One of my parent’s friends used to collect Warhammer Fantasy armies. It grabbed my attention when I saw his Orcs and Dark Elves – everything was just so nicely painted and I loved it. That was the first time I encountered miniatures, but I first got my own when there was a hype for the Lord of the Rings range. I liked painting, but in the beginning I was more of a player. A year or two later, I switched to Warhammer 40k and played for a few years with my Iron Warriors. Now I don’t play any games; I just paint, preferably single miniatures”.
John: Tell us a little bit about The Brush Brothers and Fellowship Of The Brush, and how they came about?
Adam: “The Brush Brothers came first. Me and my friends – Redav (Krzysztof Kobalczyk) and Gimiak (Michał Gmitrasiuk) – thought that it would be a good idea to create a place where we could post our projects and armies as a group of friends. We were all from the same city, so we used to play a lot together and it seemed like a cool idea. People also liked our blog and it encouraged us to do more. The Brush Brothers expanded recently, and we now have Dexter and Czys in addition to the old crew. As for Fellowship of the Brush, that’s basically just a fun gathering of me and my friends from around Poland. We like meeting up and partying together, then doing some painting. It’s not really a big deal”.
John: Do you guys ever argue over who is the better painter?
Adam: “Not really. I think we help each other improve by judging one another’s work, but there’s no arguments”.
John: Over the past few years, I’ve regularly found myself in awe of the quality works produced by Polish `miniatures artists’, a term which – for me – sums up this type of painting. Would you say the painting aspect of the hobby is more or less popular than war-gaming itself, or is the scene fairly balanced in your country?
Adam: “There are far more gamers, I’d say, but painting is becoming more and more popular here. Of course, there are some tournaments that focus on having painted armies, which of course puts pressure on some gamers to paint their stuff, but it’s mostly about the gaming itself”.
John: I mentioned above that I’ve enjoyed watching your style develop over the years. What is it exactly that drives you to hone your skills and constantly improve your painting technique?
Adam: “There are a few things that inspire me to improve. Firstly, great painters who go crazy with their skills. Especially those who continually make my jaw drop with their freehand work and monsters. Some good examples would be Kirill Kanaev’s realism and texture skills and Dmitry Fesechko’s amazing ideas and extraordinary detail work; but there are so many others, too. Seeing the work of other painters always makes me want to paint something better. Also, looking at older projects is a good indicator to see how far you’ve come”.
John: I’ve got to admit, I found your earlier stuff – you could say – easier to relate to. It’s probably because it was almost achievable for someone like me. What advice can you give readers to help them `raise the bar’ in terms of their own painting methods?
Adam: “It’s always great to have a `painting buddy’. Someone who can point out your errors, discuss different techniques and exchange tips with. I know that it’s not always easy to find someone like that in your neighbourhood, so posting your work online and asking for comments and criticism can also help you improve. That always motives me to do better. Also, read tutorials; there are loads online. And stay inspired – keep an eye on other people’s work”.
John: You’ve mentioned before that you mainly focus on painting exquisitely-detailed single figures. Do you ever get the chance to paint entire armies, and, if so, how does your approach differ compared to your usual projects?
Adam: “Yes, I prefer single figures. I get bored easily when painting similar miniatures. I sometimes paint squads, but never entire armies. I’ve painted two armies in the past – Iron Warriors for 40k and Lizardmen for Fantasy – but that was years ago. Now, If I had to paint an army, I would approach it more like a job that I had to do rather than a passion. I’d paint it as fast as I could, focusing on all the same coloured parts before moving onto the next… Boring!”
John: As you know, I’ve been a fan of your work for many years. What do you think it is that draws people to your style?
Adam: “I think one of my strongest suits is my attention to detail, especially freehand work, textures and other tiny things that are often missed. I also try to use interesting colour combinations or contrasting colours to draw the attention to parts that I want people to see”.
John: How would you describe your style in three words?
Adam: “Detailed, colourful, shiny”.
John: If you had to choose one GW figure that you enjoyed working on the most, what would it be and why?
Adam: “Hmm… That’s really hard to answer. I’ve had a lot of fun painting GW miniatures, but if I had to choose one it would probably be the Warriors of Chaos plastic Nurgle lord, the one holding a two-handed axe. It’s a simple, yet extremely atmospheric miniature. It has a grim appearance, but the sculpt is really cool and finely detailed. It was a true pleasure to paint!
John: Before I go, what are your plans for the future, and where would you like your painting go?
Adam: “My plan is to paint more larger scale miniatures, as I really enjoy working on those. I would like to do more monsters as well but also try some more serious sculpting”.
John: Adam, It’s been a pleasure. Thank you!
Adam: “Thanks, the pleasure was all mine!
If you’d like to see more of Adam’s awesome miniatures, get yourselves over to The Brush Brothers BlogSpot or follow the antics of Fellowship Of The Brush on their Facebook page.
I’ve done my best to hold off of posting until I had something worth showing. It’s been quite a while since I last finished painting a mini and that’s something that I’m certainly looking to correct. Hopefully blogging with James and John will help keep me motivated and actually see me build and paint an army! I’m currently working on putting together a Renegades and Heretics army. The rules in Imperial Armour 13 and Imperial Armour: Siege of Vraks (2nd Edition) are a great deal of fun with lots of fun choices and most importantly for my short attention span a huge amount of variety for minis to use. The backbone of the force will be Renegade Militia Infantry Platoons – your ‘standard’ Forge World Renegade Guardsmen for the most part. However, other units such as the Mutant Rabble, Plague Zombies, Marauders and Renegade Ogryns provide a host of fun conversion possibilities. The challenge will be in allowing my attention to wander to create a menagerie of freaks to make up the army whilst still staying on task enough to have something resembling an army at the end of it all! I’ve mostly finished a Renegade Champion to lead one of the squads of the three squads of 20 that will make up a platoon. Not the best photos but they show the look I’m going for well enough. He still needs some work, not least some foliage added to his base (although I’m tempted to grab some of the new Martian Ironearth paint and give that a go for the base rather than the Agrellan Earth) . I used a few of the Games Workshop Technical paints that I hadn’t gotten around to using before including Typhus Corrosion on the armour and Blood For The Blood God. I used the blood technical paint on the blade (a jagged sheet of metal strapped to the Renegades arm, simple, brutal, effective and just plain awesome looking!) but also used it to do the red lenses on his breathing apparatus. For the eye lenses I just added a spot of Wild Rider Red to create the highlight. The good news is that once I’ve tidied up the basing he’ll be my first finished mini in about 2 years. The bad news is that he’s about 8pts worth of miniature if I’m being generous when he’s more likely to be around 3pts. Lots to do! Alongside the Renegade Militia Infantry Platoon I want to have at least one large Mutant Rabble. Not least because it opens up a world of possibilities as far as converting all manner of creepy minis. These guys are the mutant underclass of a world, rising up against the rest of humanity that have kept them trodden down perhaps working as some kind of slave labour. I’ve got a few of these part built whilst I wait for a few more bits that I’ve ordered to arrive so that I can finish them off. The key thing I want to try to do with these is have as many different silhouettes as I can to really exaggerate the idea that these are a rabble of the dregs of humanity bound together by spite and a shared hatred of their oppressors rather than any true organisation. A couple of examples for now and I’ll hopefully have more to show in my next post! – Elazar
In this first article in what will eventually become a run of staggered features in the Master Crafted series, we are incredibly excited to present the prodigious talents of Mr. Third Eye Nuke himself, Christopher Poole.
Through staying true to his trademark moody, gritty and ultra-realistic painting style, Chris’ horror-inspired miniatures are instantly recognisable, thus garnering the artist a steady following online. Until its recent demise, Chris’ models were also regularly featured on the Games Workshop blog.
John: Hi Chris. How are you today?
Chris: “I’m good, John – just had a day off after painting three new releases in a row”.
John: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Chris: “At the moment I’m working on the new GW Plasma Obliterator building and an Adeptus Mechanicus Dunecrawler”.
John: Cool. What was it that got you interested in the hobby in the first place?
Chris: “Back in the 70s my dad worked in London and one day came across a newly opened Games Workshop store in Hammersmith. He bought me a few models from the Fiend Factory range as he knew I was very much into monsters and all things sinister. Being arty, I got really into painting. In fact, I never got to play the actual game much. I even won a regional painting competition when I was 14.
“When I got older, I didn’t stick with the hobby and forgot all about it. A few years ago I came across a GW store and got interested in the miniatures again. And it kind of went from there”.
John: With the amount of new figures you’ve turned out recently, it would seem you’re firing on all cylinders. What’s your secret for staying motivated?
Chris: “Well, I am fascinated by the game, its rules and models. I do have an addiction to researching everything Warhammer. When new models come out, I am always interested to try them out and see what I can do with them. But of course I won’t lie – painting in bulk can be boring and tiring too. Imagine painting 40 dark elves for example, such detailed work, mostly by brush! I tend to watch a lot of films while I work. Nothing new, just classics that I love, like John Carpenter’s horror films”.
John: You mentioned the other day that you were trying out some new paints. Can you tell us about those and how they differ from what you were using before?
Chris: “The new paints are from Com-Art Colours. It comes in a slightly larger bottle than the Vallejo range, but unlike Vallejo it’s a bit thinner in consistency. It’s a very smooth paint, great for airbrushing, but can be used with a brush too. I found that their white and black are the best of all the brands that I use, as it doesn’t splatter or clog the airbrush. It’s good for blending colour and they have quite nice bright colours in their range. I would use those for smaller more detailed miniatures, as it sprays in fine layers. I’ll still use my other paints, such as Vallejo, P3 and Citadel, as they work great in different ways”.
John: One of the things I truly admire about your work is its uniqueness. In three words, how would you describe your own painting style?
Chris: “Realistic, dark and gory”.
John: Were these aspects of your style applied consciously or did it just happen naturally over time?
Chris: “At first I tried to stick with a more traditional style. As I grew confident with my painting technique, I started to experiment with paint combinations, trying to achieve a more realistic style. As a fan of the horror genre, I guess it makes sense why my style turned out a bit on the dark side”.
John: Out off all the figures you’ve painted, which did you enjoy working on the most?
Chris: “I really liked working on Forge World’s Greater Daemon Prince of Nurgle with wings”.
John: I’ve noticed over the past year or so that the majority of your figures feature at least one area painted black and finished with a layer of gloss. I guess it’s become a bit of a self-styled signature. How did that originally come about?
Chris: “I generally like using black. I think the first time I used glossy black on a model was on the [then] newly released Tervigon a few years back. I actually took a lot of my inspiration for the Tyranid colour scheme from the film Alien. I guess since then I just tried it out here and there and decided to stick with it”.
John: When you paint a figure, do you adhere to a specific tried-and-tested process or do you tend to just go with whatever feels right at the time?
Chris: “I do a bit of both. For some models I have a worked out recipe which I stick to. And for some, especially models I’ve never worked with, I like to experiment with my painting. I also do work on self-improvement; I always look out for new techniques, paints and methods. Sometimes I learn something new and I apply it to a well-tested colour scheme to improve it”.
John: Okay, Chris, what would be your top tips to any budding figure painters out there?
Chris: “First of all I think it’s important to enjoy painting and have fun with it. It’s good to learn from different painters out there, and there are many resources online to do that. And don’t be disappointed if the first results are not perfect. It takes time to build on your skill and knowledge, but it’s a great reward to see your work looking better and better over time”.
John: Chris, it’s been a pleasure. Thank you.
Chris: “Cheers, John”.
If you would like to see more of Chris’ handiwork, head over to his website Third Eye Nuke Studio where he offers a high-quality miniatures painting service. Chris also occasionally blogs on the popular war-games blog Tale of Painters.