Second 'Special Project' in 2015! It was emerging between my thoughts once in a while for some time before I was finally motivated to work on it. The crucial point for me was to accidentally bump into an online Painting Contest at Data-Sphere forum. I already had the concept and materials to make this piece so an opportunity for a nice competition was the final push I needed.
This time I choose a Nomad miniature as a centerpiece of the Diorama. It is my favorite faction in Infinity the Game, and the Grenzer model I've picked just 'screamed' to let him ride that awesome haqqislamic bike. The pose was almost right if only I done something with the coat and the only thing holding me at bay was a pair of hands. In the end I used original Sniper Rifle left hand of a Grenzer, Shotgun right hand of a Jagguar and stripped a Spektr of both arms.PanOceanic antennae was added and after rearrangement of the pose some Green Stuff Sculpting had done the rest.
A 'concept art' which shows my overpowering drawing skills.
First step was to arrange the miniature on a bike.
Some conversion and Greenstuff sculpting.
Next step was to create a diorama thus fulfilling my mind's eye concept. I've picked a nice candle for a diorama's base and starterd to work with main arrangement of things...
Preparation of diorama.
Basics of diorama and miniature composiotion.
Then came the 'Painting Time'. Usually I start by painting the miniature but this particular project was an exception. I've started with diorama instead to be certain that in the end I will be able to paint it correctly. Painting rust and dust is still new to me.
Diorama paintjob in progress.
Once I was sattisfied with diorama's result I've focused all of my attention on the miniature. I tried to begin in accordance with Angel Giraldez's online Kum Bike tutorial and it wen't rather off at some point. Still I was able to create something unexpected and extraoridinary if compared to my other miniatures.
The actual miniature preshaded and with red armour in midpainting.
Something to look like NMM appeared on the bike. Armour lined and shades appplied.
Closing to finish line I've figured that something went really wrong. I couldn't pinpoint the cause - just felt taken aback while observing the pice. It took me half a day of painting different miniatures to finally understand: The diorama sucked! It was a total disaster! There was not enough space for the biker which was posed so that only a small part was visible. Black rant of the base made too much bad contrast while the candle... oh the candle justed didn't fit...
It went wrong in the forums too as I was told that my 'OSL looks more like a nuclear blast' to which I actually agreed...
Bad - bad diorama... bad nuclear blast...
I've made my mind then and remade the diorama totally. I cut the stuff into pieces which I used to create foundation for another 'faster, harder, better, stronger' diorama. This time I picked a much more suitable base for it too. I also fallowed an advice of Claudius Sol and dimmed the OSL.
Diorama cut and rebased.
At some point the diorama needed just the final touches.
Here's the final piece:
More pictures can be found at:
Steel for humans...
Silver for monsters...
Brush for miniatures ;)