Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Perils of Low Light Painting

No no no no NO. How many times will I fall into this trap of stupidity.

So, there I was, painting up some Sedition Wars Vanguard troopers. They weren't anything special, just tabletop quality. A little clean, a little dirty. I have enough of these that I can use a few to get a feel for the model before I try to make anything look nice. Still, I was pretty happy with the overall effect.
30 points of shooty goodness
For reasons of sheer laziness I had painted under my kitchen overhead lights instead of my Ott or gooseneck CF lamps. I thought, "Hey, the light isn't that different, right? I mean, how much could light affect my ... OH MY LANDS WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE, WOMAN?"

Looks like phase 2 infection to me
Seriously, what looked like a smooth skin tone and decent eyes from my overhead light looked like horrible acne scar makeup death mask under real light. On top of the acrylic texture issues, the mold line remnants don't help one bit. So are they getting repainted? Noop! Like I said, I have so many of these that I don't care all that much if some look like crap. I'm certainly capable of painting faces (shameless, I know) but this one is going to stay disfigured. Maybe I'll paint a big scar there. I dunno.

I still haven't come to grips with this plastic either. The mold lines are just torture to remove for me. Maybe I should have bid for the chance to spend the day with Mike & Aly at their paint studio just to learn how to clean the models. Sigh.


  1. Hmm, maybe just play all of yours games in the kitchen? Problem solved!

    That's a pretty extreme closeup mind you, at arm's length, tabletop quality I'm sure they're very passable.

  2. Self-criticism time ?

    Hmn... anyhow, I know how it feels. Light is such a b*tch to deal with.

    As MIK said, enough for tabletop, and maybe you could use that to experiment a bit (like adding scars or an acid burnt face!)


  3. You ain't kiddin' about that plastic. It's such a pain in the butt to work with, I've lost count of the number of times where I've sat down to prep and assemble some Sedition Wars minis, decided it was too much hassle, and did something else. It's _terrible_.