Stolen Content: the Master Manipulator (every store needs one)

Yesterday I mentioned the bar in my local store was set pretty high when it comes to painting.  In the same way you'd want to pick a fight with the top player in the store in order to improve, one's painting can benefit from the treatment as well.  If I'm working on something, inevitably I'll show it off to the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) or Little Barrera.  I have to be careful though, their scorn for shoddy work is legendary.
It's actually got to the point where I can look at one of my models with a critical eye and guess what would be said about it.  That happened yesterday when I posted pics of my Berzerker-inspired Brotherhood model.  The mold line on his right leg was going to get noticed... it did get noticed.

Ah well.  

Anyway, I decided to steal a blog post from the Master Manipulator (every store needs one)'s blog.  There's nothing special about this one - they're all good - it was just the most recent.  I expect it was inspired by my Tyrion model's lazy eye!

The Master Manipulator (every store needs one):  PS: Follow his blog already!

I spend a lot of time looking at others painted minis on the internet as well as in person. One of the things I think can really make a mini pop is the eyes. The face of a mini is normally a focal point and even a decently painted pair of eyes can make the difference.

Many of my friends comment on the way the eyes of my minis look. They are not spectacular in any way, but they do tend to say the right thing about the mini. So, as with all the other areas that people tell me they like about my minis I decided to do a step by step to help others who may need it with this area.

Some people I have seen start with the eyes when they work on faces. For me personally the eyes are normally one of the last things painted on a model. Since I typically use a wash on the flesh when I do the face I don't want the eyes getting covered in it. Anyway, we need somewhere to start so here I have the one decent picture from my failed faces post. This technique is fairly straight forward and does not need a lot of explanation so you may see more pictures than words here.

The first thing we do is fill in the eye as well as a small area around the eye with black paint. Don't worry too much if you cover a bit too much. You can always clean it up later. This will for the background we will paint the eyes on. You can also experiment with some darker browns as this can also look good.

Once we have a base we need to actually make the eyes. Paint a thin white line across the eyeball. Be sure to leave a bit of the black showing on the top and bottom of the eye.

What we have now is starting to look like an eyeball. Only problem is we need a pupil. There is really two ways to approach this step. You can use a dot or line. For mine I draw a straight black line from the top of the eye to the bottom. It may seem odd, but at this scale you won't really be able to tell when we are done. If you use a dot be sure to touch the top line with the dot at the least. The most important thing here is to make sure the lines are in the same place on both eyes. Otherwise your beautifully painted model will look like Sloth from "The Goonies".

Finally we need to come back in with our original flesh color as well as a well placed coverage of the same wash so we can clean up any areas we may have over covered. I hope this will help you in the future. It is the technique I have used for quite some time.


Jawaballs said...

Since most people have no idea how to critique painting, the only thing they can do is point at a mold line and shriek. I for one have never been all that picky about removing mold lines. But I have been trying to get them more of late. Case in point, I recently posted pics of some WIP Blood Angels. One was near completion and being used as an example of my new blending of red, but the pistol was obviously not touched, it was simply painted black to eliminate the grey. I had not cleaned off the mold lines yet, or drilled the barrel... I was not even sure if I wanted to use that pistol. Sure enough. MOLD LINES! JAWA YOU SUCK.


Brent said...

Lol - that's pretty true. The dude who pointed out the mold lines left a good critique though, and I do think a sometimes great model can be ruined by the odd line.

I've been getting a lot of 'drill the barrel' comments though. That's something I've never been that worried about, but I think I'll start. I have to admit, it does look good.


(A new favorite!) Anon: I haven’t even bothered playing a game of 6th yet, cause I have read the rules, and actually understand how they interact with units. I know my armies no longer function how they should, and so I need to change them.

Strictly Average: 'cause 6-inches is all you get.

Stalking Jawaballs since 2009.

Jawaballs: "My butt just tightened up."

Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

Brent: emptied the Kool Aid and DRINKING YOUR MILKSHAKE with an extra-long straw.

Unicorns don't exist.

Home of the Stormbuster, the Dyson Pattern Storm Raven.

I'm a comment whore and this whore is getting no play.

Not Brent hurts Brent's feelings.

I think, therefore I blog.

"You should stop writing for everyone else and worry about your crappy blog." - Anon.

Not Brent has been spotted lurking around with a green marker.

He's not like a bad guy from a cartoon, all devious but never quite evil, Not Brent is bad beans, man, bad beans.

Dethtron: "Again I feel obliged to remind you that trying to sound smart only works if you are."

MVB: "I am not one to join the unwashed masses of self-titled 40k experts out there distributing advice from their blogs about exactly how your list should be built..."

Shiner Bock on tap: that's how I choose hotels.

Strictly Average: The Home of Hugs and Gropings.

Don't feed the trolls!

MoD: "Welcome to Brent's head."

Competitive is Consistent.

Dethtron: "...you could use that extra time to figure out a way to get your panties unbunched and perform a sandectomy on your vagina."

Dethtron: “When calling someone an idiot, it's generally best to avoid making grammatical mistakes.”

Warboss Stalin: "You know, if it actually WAS funny, maybe I wouldn't mind."

Mike Brandt: "It's not a successful bachelor party if you don't misplace someone".

"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

Kirby: "I don't know about gropings. Seriously, Brent, keep it in the pants, please."

Loquacious: "No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get Hugs & Gropings or Stalks Jawaballs into Brent's little tribute."

Captain Kellen: "I rate this article a Brent on the Faith Hill to Nancy Pelosi scale!"

Drathmere: "Come for the balls, stay for the Brent? Kind of disturbing, man."

Go no further, lest thee see something thine eyes would fain look past!

Isabelle: "So, thank you for supporting your local and not so local unicorns. A noble gesture like that can show some scared kids out there that they don't have to hide from everyone and it's ok to be who they really are."

There is nothing more interesting than We The People... in all our beautiful, ugly glory!

On Internet Advice: You see, I have an almost religious belief that's it's a huge, colossal waste of time.

...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

Lauby: "Is it left over from that time you thought that you could just complete step one 12 times to meet the mandates of that court order?"

Not Brent: "I guess we'll have to read on and find out. Signed, Not Brent. Especially today."

Cynthia Davis: "I think the scrolling text is from Glen Beck's new book."

Grimaldi: "Spamming certain units creates interesting possibilities but also fatal weaknesses."

Purgatus: "Math can inform decisions. It cannot make decisions."

Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

You'd be that much quicker to figure out what I mean when I refer to a Unicorn if I covered it in a rainbow flag.

SinSynn: (To Brent) "Curse you and your insidious influence on the internets..."

Dave G (N++): "You know you're an internet celebrity when your following is more akin to tabloids."

I prefer the term Internet Personality (or IP) myself, seeing as how I coined it.

Lauby: "Your attempt to humanize him as failed. I feel nothing but scorn for his beard - it's like a warcrime or something."

BBF: "I've always thought you are a good player but I finally figured out that you are a great player. It's hard to see sometimes because your personality is engaging, sincere and quite charming - to me that is kind of a rare combination."

'Clearly cheating?' I didn't misspeak: you jumped to conclusions. If you'd like to apologize I'll be happy to send you an autographed picture of my ass.


I thought I was doing alright before I realized I was losing.

Age and treachery beats youth and vigor every time.

Popular Posts