|Inspiration from Forgeworld|
|Lit, cropped and tonally adjusted in Photoshop.|
Once you have the picture you may want to slightly adjust the tones or exposure in Photoshop. I then take the Magic Wand tool to select the white areas. I have to use a mask to go around the edges and refine the selection from the wand, otherwise I will have a halo of white around the figure.
|Picture with a mask|
I decided early on that I wanted a muddy, blasted battlefield look. After much searching I found this, which I think is just a slightly large puddle, but after some cropping became my battlefield.
|My main smoke cloud|
|The Hive under siege|
|The source of some of the smaller fires|
I then went through the same process of using masks to cut away the parts of the images I didn’t need and arranged them together. Using varying sizes and clever cropping I made that puddle look like a battlefield that stretches away miles into the distance. I also had to go through and add translucent layers of color over most of the objects to tie the color scheme together and painted in a few lighting effects. The trickiest part is making the objects seem like they are interacting with each other, I had to search for splash and ripple images to put my cultists in the pond. The fog in this one helps hide some of the transitions in the background.