We have all seen the amazing pictures that Forgeworld makes to bring its models to life. They give 40k a truly cinematic sense and help give the models a more real presence. I know this is what most of us imagine when we play a game of 40k, well today I'm going to show you how I went about making an image similar to this.
I have wanted to make something like this for awhile and once I finished painting my Chaos Cultsists I knew they were the perfect test models.
|Inspiration from Forgeworld|
Like any good picture featuring miniatures the first step is to get good quality pictures of the models themselves. I use a Sony Alpha 200 Camera, a sheet of white paper, a tripod and an OTT lamp. I could go into a whole tangent about how to take pictures of models buts that's a separate topic. I use the OTT lamp (basically a super powered daylight lamp. I use it for painting as well, highly recommended) to light the model and the paper as a back drop. You also want to light the model in a more dramatic way then normal. You are not trying to show off every detail, you want him to fit a scene, so it helps if you have an idea of how the lighting will work in your final picture.
|Lit, cropped and tonally adjusted in Photoshop.|
|Picture with a mask|
Ideally you would want to have at least 50% of your picture consist of actual models and terrain. For this one I mostly just found images online to use. The downside to this is the only pictures I could find were low res which restricted the size of my finished image.
Then it just becomes a matter of making it seem like a believable warzone, commence more searching online.
|My main smoke cloud|
|The Hive under siege|
|The source of some of the smaller fires|
This was my original composition which I decided I was not happy with so I added in a few more guys and did a little selective cropping.
Which leaves me with my finished image. A Chaos Cultist scouting group venturing out into the waste lands at the siege of an Imperial Hive. These types of images are a lot of fun and help give your models a bit more character as well as a sense of existing in an actual universe. If you have Photoshop or another photo editing program I recommend giving it a try.
Are you a fan of Forgeworld's photography style? Have you always wanted to see your models making a heroic last stand in a ruined hive or exploring the depths of a Space Hulk?