Today I'll try to show you how I painted texture on the red cloth around Grinder's hair, and recreate the same effect on a blue mantle.
I'll tell you how I achieved this texture on Grinder and them I'll try
to do step-by-step on the Wraith and Viking, as the used technique may vary a little.
the beginning I was going for plain and smooth red, so I basically did
all the lights and shadows as smooth as possible. Then I noticed that it
doesn't look good enough, especially next to the leather elements.
Besides with this scale it's almost a sin not to try some freehands.
I noticed that foldes and recesses of the cloth look almost like
feathers, first I was thinking about emphasizing it with adequate
freehand, but I was worried that it may look too girly, so finally
decided against it. Then I tought about simple fabric pattern. It
shouldn't be to difficult to do, and should look real/believable enough.
I had only a general idea how to achieve desirable effect I simply
jumped into a deep water and took the brush with a bit of 'Jack Bone
(P3) and started to paint thin lines on the brightest parts of the
Why 'Jack Bone? No idea, honestly. I guess it might be
simply because it was already on the table and I was to lazy to look for
off-white. I trully doubt there was any clear thought behind it.
course not every single line was nice and thin, but I decided it's OK.
Sometimes manually weaved fabrics have thicker threads as well.
keep colour nicely red I did some red lines on the bright areas too. It
helped to create even more contrast between threads. Then I used the
same red to create light threads in the shadows. And finally some
Leviathan Purple (GW wash) to create dark threads there as well. After a
while I added few beige lines in the shadows at the back of the cloth,
in the shadows. And when threads were more or less done, I applied a
layer or two of red ink (Deep red W&N). Few more touch ups and
little corrections and the cloth was ready.
I think that using
wash instead of ink would also do the trick, but probably I'd need few
more layers (as inks have more pigment than washes, while still being
For this piece I was planning to do mantle full of mystical symbols and signs.... but I was too affraid that I'll spoil the whole paintjob, so decided to do something simpler.
The technique used here is pretty much the same as with red cloth on Grinder, first smooth blending, then thin and faint white lines, then some turquoise glazes, turquoise lines and some more glazes. I decided not to introduce really dark lines here, because the whole mantle should stay rather light in colour, ethereal. Also I tried to do the lines thinner than on the Grinder, mostly because the mini is much smaller, and I didn't want the fabric to look fake or extremely thick.
Colours I used to paint the mantle:
- VMC off-white (70820)
- VMC blue green (70808)
- VMC medium blue (70963)
- VMC black (70950)
At the photos below you can see few steps of the process:
The noticable differences in the hue of the cloak are mostly my experiments with painting, and only a little inconsitency with lighting.