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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Ashran » Tue May 01, 2012 12:13 pm

Seeing these makes me think of Portal 2 and the blue robot in the coop campaign

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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Blue » Wed May 02, 2012 4:44 am

Try a mesh bag Mike. Sometimes fruit or garlic comes in them, they are kind of stretchy and have the grid laid out for you. Stretch it over a mini and airbrush over top.

I was going to use this to get a sort of fish/snake scale pattern to some minis. In the end I needed a smaller bag with smaller grids.
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Epic Duck Mike » Wed May 02, 2012 7:21 am

I might try that for larger things like battlesuits, but I'm thinking I want to do some very small CF inlays on my Fire Warriors, just exposed panels of it here and there.

So I was doing some searching for reference images, and thought I'd post my results/thinking.

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This is straight Carbon Fibre sheeting... it's basically composed of a black square, a light grey rectangle, and a lighter grey square.

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Applied to a motorcycle helmet and glossed, you really don't notice the three tones though... I think black and a mid grey might be sufficient.

Turns out that first carbon fibre is a "twill" pattern, which gives the appearance of diagonal lines from a distance... probably the most recognizable form. BUT...

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Carbon Fibre is also available in 'Standard' weave, which produces a checkerboard pattern. No doubt easier to paint... but also likely less recognizable.

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This is a Carbon Fibre Radiator cover from a Ducati... while it looks like it's using Standard weave, it also seems to have that diagonal pattern when the light hits it just right.

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This isn't real carbon fibre, just a look-alike skin for a Logitech mouse... but I think working at a smaller scale and not having the visual depth of carbon fibre, trying to match this might be my best bet. A series of rectangles, evenly spaced, with small gaps between them. I'm thinking that adding a little bit of metallic to whatever colour I use would help create that look of physical depth that carbon fibre has, then finishing it off with Gloss Varnish.
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Lady_Soria » Wed May 02, 2012 9:17 am

Woof. Good luck Mike, if anybody can do it you can.


Also how on earth did you look at all those patterns of Carbon Fibre without your eyes bleeding?!
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Epic Duck Mike » Wed May 02, 2012 9:48 am

Lady_Soria wrote:Woof. Good luck Mike, if anybody can do it you can.


Also how on earth did you look at all those patterns of Carbon Fibre without your eyes bleeding?!


As a web developer, my eyes have built up a resistance to spontaneous hemophilia ;)
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Lady_Soria » Wed May 02, 2012 2:25 pm

That is a rather handy talent to have.
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Epic Duck Mike » Thu May 03, 2012 2:10 pm

I haven't got Gloss Varnish on this yet because, apparently I don't actually own any. Anyway, this was a first test of painting Carbon Fibre. Photo is pretty crappy unfortunately, I think it looks much better in person.

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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Oceangrave0 » Thu May 03, 2012 2:35 pm

it looks really cool man! I approve!!!
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Lady_Soria » Thu May 03, 2012 2:36 pm

Extremely realistic. But I wouldn't expect anything less from the Master of Paint.
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Epic Duck Mike » Thu May 03, 2012 3:28 pm

Well that's that then! Next I need to try applying it to parts of my mostly-white Fire Warriors... Honestly think they'll be easier, flat panels vs curved will make this simple.

I'm also thinking it should be done at about a 30 or 45 degree angle to the horizontal, so your eye isn't quite as drawn to tiny imperfections in the grid spacing.
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Rex the ork » Thu May 03, 2012 7:47 pm

Mike, no Epic Hobby? (Goes in corner and cries)

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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Epic Duck Mike » Thu May 03, 2012 9:40 pm

You cry in a corner? I've had 20 whole minutes of time to paint in the past week. It's 9:40PM and I'm just now done work/dog-walking/dinner/errands and sitting down to relax for the first time all day. I have about an hour before I need to hit the sack, and repeat (though today was an unusually long workday, big event took place and it was most-hands-on-deck).

I spent last night drawing up plans and putting together a materials list for my basement renovations, which are *specifically* designed to give me somewhere to film and edit painting videos - so please don't assume I'm just ignoring what people want. Fact is, it's quite difficult making a decent video in the tiny spare bedroom I'm using as my painting room right now, especially with my dog in there with me... my new painting room will have ceiling-mounted, dog-proof cameras filming me :D

Right now, I really need like... 30 hours days, so that I can produce painting videos and sculpt/design new models at a rate I'd actually be happy with.

So please... please just bear with me. There *will* be new Epic Hobby videos when I have time, and when I actually manage to film something I'm happy with in my temporary situation. Honestly, I've filmed quite a bit, but the majority of it has ended up looking like utter crap and you wouldn't get much from watching it... cameras out of focus, over/under-exposed, my head/shoulder/hand in the way of the shot, poorly situated lighting, etc... nothing I've filmed in about the last 3 months would have resulted in a video worth watching, which is honestly REALLY getting to me. I feel like I owe you guys, and I'm just not pulling off anything I'm remotely happy with.

I feel like I'm losing my touch... I used to knock out a Quick and Dirty every week or two!
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Epic Duck Mike » Thu May 10, 2012 10:16 am

I need the Painting Bug to bite me again.... in a bit of a paintless funk lately. Anyone have any suggestions here?
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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby azzerath » Thu May 10, 2012 10:32 am

Epic Duck Mike wrote:I need the Painting Bug to bite me again.... in a bit of a paintless funk lately. Anyone have any suggestions here?


I just grabbed a few mini's from hasslefree.

Painting them will require learning a new technique for me. I'm a rookie painter though, so not sure if that would help you or not.

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Re: Mike's #thedailypaint

Postby Lady_Soria » Thu May 10, 2012 10:38 am

I find reading fluff always help me. If all else fails, do something that remind you of the models you want/need to paint but not actually paint. Like with my Brets, I watched a lot of docs and program on Medieval periods ( and watched Horrble Histories) to get the mojo going for them.
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