Thursday, April 28, 2011

A to Z: X-Ray

Miniatures painting has really come a long way in the last few years.  When I was a kid, playing D&D, wishing I could afford minis and paints there wasn't 10% of the clever aids there are now.

The painter today has: inks, washes, powder pigment, rust effects, extender, 'dip', interference paints, and now, the science of washes has created X-ray washes!

With a simple wash application you can have the most amazing effect!

Just look at these historical Egyptian Infantry after one coat of X-Ray wash:



Just brush on X-ray wash on any human miniature and the flesh becomes invisible to the eye, revealing the skeleton underneath!

Now, some call this cheating.. saying it takes skill to paint on the skeleton over the flesh to create the illusion of no flesh, like the Halloween costumes, but as good as that can be, it still looks off at certain angles no matter how talented the painter is.  But you never have that problem with X-Ray wash!

Maybe X-Ray Spex aren't so far away afterall!

Speaking of X-Ray Spex, sadly, Poly Styrene died this week. A foundational talent.
Time really does march too fast.

Enjoy the movie & music!


Paul´s Bods said...

Great post. Are X-ray washes a real product or a self made thing?
Bloody nice skellies.
A shame about Poly Styrene :-(

Laughing Ferret said...

Just a silly spoof ;) But if it existed sculptors would be obligated to first sculpt a skeleton before adding the flesh and clothing, just in case we want to use X-Ray Wash! ;)

Just poking a bit of fun at the extremes of both sides of the 'wash' debate: no it's not cheating, & no, dip doesn't look amazing ;)
Very nice skelies painted from GW though.

Laughing Ferret said...

I added a 'before' to make the spoof more clear ;)

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