Recently, I picked up the latest in the Dark Sword DVD sets. This set is led by the multi-award winning painter Jessica Rich.
What’s in the Box
Topics on DVDs (with review)
Sheer fabrics – This is one of the techniques I see from time to time that can make or break a miniature. If done incorrectly, it looks like a wash over the base coat. The way Jessica laid out how to achieve this effect is straight forward and something any basic painter can practice until mastered. It opens up a whole bunch of tricks to try on your miniatures.
|Shea with sheer cloth|
Non-metalic metal (NMM) – Jessica demonstrates both NMM gold armor and NMM iron swords. In both cases, she walks you through the steps to achieve the perfect glint of light off your metal surfaces, with out using any metallic paints. Her process is amazingly basic given the results she achieves. Everyone will want to watch this section twice or more since it applies in so many cases while painting. I have always struggled with this technique. Jessica’s instructions helped me understand what I was doing wrong and how I can get better results in the future.
Object source lighting (OSL) – One of the easiest effects to take your miniatures to the next level is OSL. Throwing light from an object onto your miniature, brings the second in time the miniature is capturing to life. This technique is also very easy to overdo and mess up your miniature.
|Arston Whitebeard with OSL|
Freehand designs (amazing) – The freehand sections of the DVD are MIND BLOWING! Jessica is an amazing artist. She is well known for her freehand art and design work. She walks you through her method for taking a sketch on paper and moving it to the three dimensional surface of the miniature. Her abilities are nothing short of inspiring.
|Rabbit Ranger with Green Man art|
What do you use to get more educated about painting techniques and grow you hobby skills?