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November 17th and 18th 2012 – Workshop with Tue

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Workshop Review

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Hello folks! Once again I find myself having to take time from an epic weekend of painting! Tue flew over to Manchester on the Wednesday, I spotted him in arrivals as he was kicking the remaining snow off his boots (NB see note at bottom of page), after navigating the depths of Manchester airport we finally found the train station, we spent the trip home discussing the details of the workshop and the students attending.

Friday quickly arrived and we travelled up to the Scythe with our workshop equipment in hand, the evening went by quickly as Tue’s pulled painted and sculpted miniatures from his slowly thawing cases. When the students and I were not drooling over Tue’s miniatures we were putting together Grey Knights, to help Tue get to the main subject of OSL quickly the next day, the models were primed, basecoated, highlighted and shaded using an airbrush using P3’s Trollblood base and Sanguine base. The evening drew to a close and all returned home.

We arrived the following morning fresh and ready to teach, the mornings chill was quickly dismissed with the Scythe’s gas based, jet engine inspired heating solution, my cat like addiction to warm things and my human like addiction fire made it difficult to resist standing in front of it for at least a few moments!
Tue started the day showing the group his shading technique, I can honestly say it’s a technique I have never seen or heard of before. Tue uses an acrylic binder to modify the paint so it doesn’t pool and create tidemarks, he use this property in a very unexpected way, he applies a thin layer of water on to the model, and then dots the acrylic combined paint on to the model, the water then disperses the paint so you get a strong block of colour with soft borders and no tidemarks! If you’re the the type of painter gradient of colours prepared before painting, you could use this technique to shade very quickly.

Next up was the OSL, Tue started with the Grey Knights eyes, using his Grey Knight entry from Gamesday Germany this year Tue described the how the light source interacts with the objects around it and the properties colours take up when they reflect off a surface. Tue continued the demonstration on his workshop model, starting with the darker colour he mixed the osl colour in to the shadow of the armour colour, then applied it, next came the midtone of the osl and the midtone of the armour, next highlight/highlight, then extreme/extreme, it takes a few minuits to get your head around it, but once you start to apply it, the technique gives you colours that have a lot of depth and complexity, it also gives a more realistic effect. The workshop attendee’s worked for nearly two hours before on the eye OSL before we broke for lunch, a quest was made to the art shops of Liverpool to find acrylic binder to buy, but alas it returned unsuccessful!
Next up was OSL from the sword blade, the same principles applied for the sword as it did for the eyes, although the area effect was large and a little more complicated, Tue took some time whilst painting his demo piece to explain how the light would interact with the different sections of the armour, and the intensity you would expect from the light, the lads sat down and worked, myself and Tue sat down with everyone individually to see how they were progressing, help answer questions and concerns. We worked up until around 6pm, then fatigue and rumbling bellies took hold and we retired for the evening.

Sunday arrived and we moved on to freehand, Tue sat down and explained that a lot of the freehand we see on miniatures can be broken down into simpler shapes and forms, Tue demonstrated how he draws curves, triangles, circles and squares, first using a pencil to construct the shape, then painting over the lines to construct the shape, once the students had tried that we moved on to painting skulls, a more complicated shape but still something that is constructed using circles and lines, Tue drew a large skull on to the paper table cloth of the table, showing his pupils how he uses simple shapes to construct a complex shape, Tue then recreated a much smaller version on a piece of plasticard, the students then tried to emulate that. After showing how he draws his skulls a few more times the students started to recreate some great looking skulls!
The last part of the workshop

NB Any reference to snow/ice/thawing or Artic like weather effects is a falsehood, to my immense disappoint it turns out that the Scandinavian region isn’t in a constant state of battle with snow and ice, in actuality Copenhagen was warmer than Liverpool, however this will not dissuade me from painting Tue as what he is, a painting and sculpting god born of snow and ice and beer and polymer clays.

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