The Tallyman of Nurgle, Finished!

I've been working on a commission for the Tim That Can, and of course painting character models is both the best and worst part.  Best, 'cause it's fun; worst, 'cause it has to be done right.  If things aren't going well, one can invest a ton of time into one model.

This one went pretty well, at least from where I'm sitting.


Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

Does the Michellin Man know you put clown makeup on his daughter?

I stopped commenting on your table top quality models a long time ago, but his is not good. Not good at all.

Gauthic said...

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Brent said...

Laugh it up! You are entitled to feel however you want about it, of course, but I like it. I'm happy with the way it worked out.

Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

I guess if your client is happy it does not matter. If I paid for this model and you handed it to me I would be pissed. I know you are not looking for perfection, it is a time v money paid issue. Having said that, at some point you have to either say you won't paint a model for that low amount or just know you are going to lose out.

This is a model that should shine in his army and it won't and really can't.

First off, the model is two tones. The body, and then everything else. Don't believe me, take a copy of the pic and make it black and white and see what it looks like. So the pale dimensionless skin you have painted stands out way too much. Take that lack of dimension and add in that you have used a blue to shade it and it looks ridiculous. This model should look pallid, dead and decomposing and it looks like a clown costume from a crappy horror flik.

Then there is the OSL. I know you like to use it, and often you pull it off ok. The problem is when it is done poorly as this is, it looks like hell.

Then there is the Nurglings on the bottom. You could have mounted that chair on a fresh turd and it would have looked better. This is an area of the model where you could have spent 10mins picking out a few details such as teeth or claws but instead you choose to simply drybrush the model and leave it as is.

Finally there is your normally sloppy prep. I understand not wanting to take the time to drill out bolters or missing small mold line here or there, but there are three large extremely noticeable mold lines on this model. The left leg has a line running up both sides, the sword is the same, and then again on the right leg.

Know, I know you will probably ignore all this advice the way you always do. That will definitely happen if one of your fan boys chimes in to how good it looks. The bad part about this is that you are taking money for this kinda shoddy work and telling yourself it looks good. Muse or no muse you should be better than this. I know you are capable of producing better stuff even in short time, but since you think it is good and I know your customer is not going to complain (he never complains about anything).

Anonymous said...

The armchair Tallyman: "Bring me closer so I can hit them with my sword!"

Brent said...

Lewis, I'm pretty sure this is why you got kicked off the new Confrontation forum.

When you're out of your Batman PJ's, don't fool yourself that this was the act of a friend. You framed this as a shit sandwich - which means you still expect me to swallow your crap.

An email would have been a huge step in a better direction.

Master Manipulator (every store needs one) said...

No, I framed it as a shit sandwich because you don't listen otherwise. My civil comment at the top that it was " not good" was ignored with " we'll I like it". If you are happy with the model it should not really matter. My points are valid though, take from what you want.

David Gaither said...

Hey Brent, where do the spider chicks come from?

Muskie said...

There seems to be a very visible mould line in the second picture on the white body and leg of the 'special character' model.

Brent said...

The spider chicks are from reaper legends.

Muskie: yup.

Except it is more a displacement from the metal halves of the model. I could have fixed it, but didn't. The owner gave me the models cleaned and primed. The mold lines aren't that visible in real life. Pictures using macro are unforgiving.

All of which is my way of saying I don't care. It's meant to be seen on the table. I'm happy, the client is happy.

Except the one on the sword. That is driving me nuts, so I will end up fixing it.

james fenton said...

Hey man I maybe wouldn't have gone with the blue tone, but to be honest, dead dudes are generally blue to be fair. I wouldn't call it a shit sandwich mate, that's just harsh. Ok the nurglings could do with their bony bits painting up in, well, bone. But who gives a shit really. If you and your client are satisfied that a tabletop model that has been commissioned for tabletop quality has turned to be exactly that, well then job done. Give yourself a pat on the back and take no notice of a hater in Batman pj's. I mean really? Batman pj's? Everyone knows that optimus prime pj's is where its at.

james fenton said...

Oh yeah and don't kill yourself over the mold lines if the model was given to you already cleaned and primed. That shit was out of your hands, its the clients fault on that front as far as I'm concerned. Or am I just being an arse and pedantic.

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