Thursday, 18 June 2015

Something wicked this ways comes

I just noticed my previous post was actually my 50th one. Perhaps I should have done something special :-). But in the end, it is just a number.
Although I have kind off treated myself with a present.

After many years depending on natural daylight and my painting LED light, I decided to invest in a foldable light box.
Nothing special or expensive, but I hope it will help me to take better pictures.
The next step is a better camera, as I still depend on my smartphone to do the job, but a macro lens will probably yield much better results. But this is something which will hurt my wallet a lot for the moment.
My Wraith below is actually the first miniature to visit the box. But I still need to find the optimal placement for the lights and all. Perhaps I need to place an overhead lamp as well to reduce the shadows more.



Earlier this week, it became clear I wasn't going to finish Araka on time, meaning before Friday.
The main reason I chose too many colours to paint him with.
So I shifted my focus to my partially painted Wraith.
As I don't really like the official paintjob on him, I started searching for alternate colour schemes.
My first idea was to either do him in blood red or bright green with black armour.
A bit like this:
But looking at the rest of my Cult, both colour schemes would look out of place between my other gloomy miniatures. 
In the end, I decided to go a bit more ghostly, ... and I'm happy that I did as I think he is my best painted Bushido miniature so far.



What do you think?
The light box sure helped a lot with taking the pictures, but as you can see there are still some disturbing shadows.


Thanks for reading!

Wouter




8 comments:

  1. Very cool!

    I have exactly that same light box just always forget to use the bugger haha

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  2. Thank you Richard!

    The light box is an import from the UK, so it probably is sold a lot there. The downside for me was the fact that the lights are connecting to the electrical net with a British plugin, so I had to buy an adaptor.
    But I'm still very pleased with it.

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  3. I've got a little light box (Foldio) I got through Kickstarter a year ago, it's fairly handy (it's a little small for more than a few minis) to have when I can't get the weather to play nice when I want to take a few shots.

    Another nice looking mini too :)

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    1. :) Thanks!
      Yes, the box is a bit small. But as I paint one figure at a time anyway it doesn't really bother me (yet).

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  4. Wouter, you are supposed to put the lights facing the box on the left and right side so it diffuses into the box, removing the shadows. try that :) I use my daylight lamp to diffuse into mine from the top. I've got sort of the same one from the discount store, but haven't used it for over a year (as I have not painted for over a year :P )

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    1. That's a great tip, thanks a lot!
      I'll definitely try that setup out next time.

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  5. Very nice work Wouter. I like them both a lot. :)

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