Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

Review: Coat d'Arms and Formula P3 paints (in brief)

I've bought these bottles of Citadel Colour sometime in the late 90's. When I opened them after years and years without any use around 2011-2012, I was stunned to realize they were still ready for use after almost 15 years, while the generation of Citadel Colours since early 2000 would usually dry up in the bottle after a few months, even without ever having been opened. So when I realized paints identical to these were still available, I thought I had to give them a try as candidates for switching to a new range of paints.

A couple of years ago, I've been really annoyed by GW changing completely its paint range. The perspective of being forced to move towards a totally new range was mostly bad news to me:
  • new colors & names means all well-established habits/knowledge/intuition in terms of color schemes and mixes are lost, 
  • the total change in the composition means a need for adapting my technique, which is something very problematic for me
  • I had very little confidence in GW working on the improvement of the previous problems (premature drying, high cost, ...).
That and the almost certain perspective of having to switch again in the future every time GW would do a similar move. Among the small time I have for painting, I don't want to spend much of it readapting my technique to commercial changes of paint ranges. So I started looking more seriously for alternatives. And I found what I was looking for in my early painting days...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Ice Cream Man project (update 07/01/2016)

First post of 2016. Celebrate good times motherfucker, come on! For the last days, I have been struggling with the color scheme of the skull vato going along with the ice cream truck. And I must say I have very little inspiration. Two options:

1) stick to the color scheme of the "Darth Vatos", in the continuity of my earlier work in this west coast/G-Funk/whatever background

2) go for something more balanced with respect to the truck color scheme.

I've opted for the first option, with color shades that are the same as those used on parts of the truck. In the end, it will look like one of the vatos on the back side of the truck. In the (bad) pic above, I've only put base coats for evaluation.My only regret is that I may have been a bit more ambitious in the clothing/accessories of the dude. I can try to compensate this with tattoos, to be in line with the drawings on the truck, but I have even less inspiration than for the colors at the moment.