|My attempt at painting a realistic looking cloak|
My best result was achieved on the cloak of the Chaos Cultist Champion (with shotgun) as pictured above. It was the first mini I had used for the cloth painting practice, so I still had the patience to slowly paint on many thin layers of paint to build up a smooth texture. The cloak was painted using various mixtures of Scab Red, Red Gore and Blazing Orange for the mid-tone and highlights, while Devlan Mud and Regal Blue was used for the shadows. Sadly, the shadow/highlight transitions were not as smooth as they should be as I didn't put in the required hours (more on this later in the post).
|Long flowing coats and hoods made good practice subjects|
|Lack of patience meant the blue hood (right) was just a simple midtone-wash-highlight|
|Another two cultists which was covered with coats and scarfs for ample cloth painting practice|
|Layering and glazing for all cloth parts except for brown scarf (right) which had the simple midtone-wash-highlight|
|Yet another two cultists with significant cloth parts|
|Can you guess which part was not painted with the layering/glazing technique?|
When painting the above six cultists, my patience was starting to wear thin. This resulted in some laziness in which I substituted the layering/glazing technique for a simple midtone, followed by a wash and finished with a highlight colour. By the time I reached the two cultists below, I was sick of the sight of them and the paint quality quickly went downhill from there. I didn't even bother to paint the final cultist in the squad i.e. the one with the heavy stubber.
|Sloppy work at its best|
|Things don't improve that much from the front view|
Results from my mini projects shows that I have a lot of practice ahead of me in order to achieve smoother transitions between the shadows and highlights that would make for realistic looking cloth. Some award winning painters have stated that they sometimes spent up to 15 hours out of a 20-hour project just painting smooth transitions for cloth. Seeing that I am nowhere close that number, I guess I shouldn't expect similar fantastic results from my efforts. What I lack and need is ...
|Even a future Golden Daemon winner has to start somewhere|