Friday, September 9, 2011

Coolmini Space Marine Competition

Ok, Cool Mini or Not hosts a lot of painting competitions. I generally think of Coolmini's site as a painting competition that's always open. But it doesn't have any declared winner. (If it did, it would be Fabrizio Russo... and well earned).

When Coolmini does prize supported competitions, usually you have to buy a specific miniature- usually something new by a smaller manufacturer. I've never looked at one of their contests and said, "Oh, I already have one of those that I wanted to paint."

Except for this time. To generate buzz over their new Space Marine videogame, game developer THQ is sponsoring this competition. The best Space Marine, Chaos Space Marine and Ork are going to be awarded special edition copies of the vidoegame.

Sure, that doesn't compare to the prize support from thing like the P3 Grandmasters, Gencon Open or Crystal Brush- but you also don't have to travel to a convention to enter. And if you've been a painter for a while, the chances are that you already have a Space Marine or two you could be painting up.

Entering is free, and you can enter as many times as you like, so there's really no reason not to. I happened to be working on a few marines, so they'll be entering into the contest.

So head on over to the competition page, vote on your favorites and enter your own.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sergeant Lorenzo

Here's a mini that I painted recently for my own Space Hulk set. For the colors, I went with a dark magenta rather than the cadmium red that I normally associate with the Blood Angels. I mostly did this to have a big change from the Space Hulk sets that I've painted for commission.

After painting that up, I realized that in order to really bring forward his composition, the other colors needed to be rather light.

The jewels especially worked well to this end. Most of the time, when I paint jewel effects, I use pure black as the darkest shade. This time, I decided to use a bright base color as the darkest shade, overall giving the jewels a much brighter look.

I really feel that this helped all of the many details on this mini to pop.