Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Weathering a Kastelan Robot – Part 2.

When lockdown started I assumed it would result in lots of painting time. But that isn’t the way things went for me. In reality navigating life in lockdown was a lot more complicated than anticipated and the past few months have seen a mix of highs and lows.

I decided to forget any pretentions of deadlines or schedules and take time out from blogging. I’ve spent my time reading, cooking, gardening, building Lego and (when I fancied it) painting my Kastelan. All in all it was a time to pause and reflect. However, as lockdown has eased and the pace of life has picked-up a little, I’ve begun painting more often and that has had results.








The Kastelan is finally finished and it’s about time too! I’ve very much enjoyed the process of painting this model. It’s given me an opportunity to develop my own approach to dirt, damage and corrosion. I started working on the Kastelan in March but it feels like I’ve been at it far longer. On top of that I painted this model during a difficult time in my life so it’s very rewarding to bring things to a satisfying conclusion.

As this stage of the project comes to an end I’ve been able to start looking forward and, in my head at least, I’m getting my future hobby schedule sorted out. The Kastelan needs a base and I’ve already begun to work on it so I can, hopefully, keep the momentum going. I will be posting a series of detailed tutorials on the painting techniques I used to create the dirt, damage and corrosion.

But before anything else I must write and post the third, final and, (in my view) most important, part of my series on creating a colour scheme. In  part one I looked at what to do with colour via an understanding of colour theory. In part two I showed how to do it by creating a colour palette. But now I need to talk about the rationale behind why we do those things. The reasons can be varied and often hard to pin down but without them all the theory and technique is meaningless!

12 comments:

  1. Fantastic work David! Really looking for to the tutorials 😊

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  2. Incredible work. The cracked paint looks better and better the longer I look at it. This glows like it has stepped out of some classic sci-fi illustration.
    Part of me feels that there might be too many colours at work here; I think the left hand and gorget might be better off using the ivory base to help tie things all together. But I'm struggling to find faults; this really is great. Super smooth!

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    1. I sort of agree with you about the left hand and from a purely visual aproach it would look better in the cream. However, the paint scheme was put together so that the Kastelan could function as a demonstration model for a painting workshop. The idea was to feature a wider range of surfaces and effects that I might usually put on the same model.

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  3. Frik'n awesome. Lost for words. Your time on this has really paid off. :-)

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  4. Hello, I cohost a daily 40k podcast called 40k Today. Would it be ok if we featured this model as our Model of the day ? We highlight amazing models every day of the week on our show. Its a daily 15 minute show all about the hobby we all love. You can check it out to see if it meets your quality standards at 40ktoday.com

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    1. Hi and thank you! I would be very flattered to be featured as 'Model of the day'!

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    2. Your Model is on today's show. 40ktoday.com if your interested to hear about it.

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  5. Some really well-observed weathering: the surfaces look real, and full of interest. And your choice of colours really makes the piece work. I'm very much looking forward to your thoughts in Part 3. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

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  6. Love the colours. The work on the glass visor is awesome.

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  7. Hi David...
    It’s good to see you posting again... I must admit that I was starting to wonder if everything was okay with you......

    The Kastelan Robot looks splendid... I love all the different wear and tear effects... they bring a lot of life to what is basically a big tin man...

    All the best and look after yourself.... Aly

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    1. Hi Aly & thanks! My Family has been through some dificult times as very sadly Dad's brother passed away during lockdown. On top of that I had to attend the inquest into Dad's death. So I just stepped back a bit from blogging & social media until things got a bit more setteled.

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  8. Really nice and usefull! Thanks for all your work and sharing this with us.

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