Crooks of London Blacksmith Miniatures



Today i'm very happy to show you the third realization for the Blacksmith Miniatures project around the univers of Jean-Baptiste Monge. Probably for me the most exciting work i've had to do for some time...perhaps because of the originailty of the subject, the dimensions of the figure or just because the exceptional work done by Valentin Zak on this character. In a few words, i loved painting this bulldog and his friend. From the point of view of the coloring, there is nothing special since i followed the instructions given, trying to adapt the J-B Monge color scheme to the requirements of a three dimensional paintjob. I opted for a spontaneaous and moving painting, playing with textures to give volumes and life to this piece and i had a lot of fun throughout the paintjob...this miniature is beautiful and the level of detail is bluffing...hope that those who will try it will have as much fun as me!



"Crooks of London"

54mm figure
Sculpt by: Valentin Zak



  



  


  


The original illustration done by Jean-Baptiste Monge. You can find the whole of his work on his personal site: www.jbmonge.com



And to finish, a big tutorial is coming and will be available for all the people who participated in the kickstarter ... it's always a big job to make a tutorial and hopefully it will be informative and fun to read! 

Cheers!


-Matthieu-


 



Kobold - Blacksmith Miniatures


Following the World of Jean-Baptiste Monge kickstarter campain from Blacksmith Miniatures i had to paint another little guy for a special reason i can't explain yet... Sorry :D .

I wanted to paint the kobold since a long time, his pose is really cool and characterful. The sculptors (Valentin Zak, Patrick Masson, Stéphane Camosseto) did an amazing job on all the models of the project. Another cool thing is i was free to paint it with the colors i wanted. Being free makes the work always more enjoyable!

Most of the paintjob has been done during a great painting day spent with my blogmate Matthieu. The kind of day i would love te repeat more often. Overall it has been a very pleasant miniature to colourize, with nice volumes, no useless details overloading the piece and not too much time consuming.





You can also see on the blog the superb boxart version painted by Matthieu some time ago.

Cheers!

Pirate bust sculpt



I'm always happy to get to the end of a project ...especially when it comes to sculpture. I like more and more the way of sculpting and I start to find some automatisms, some sensations that make me love even more the experience with putty. This project made me aware of one essential point ... the importance of the basic volumes of the piece. Indeed, it is tempting for me to work in detail quickly while the 90% of a successful piece comes from a good balance of masses and consistency of volumes. These elements give the general impression that no detail will be erased if this step is not good. Especially for small subjects, the basic structure should allow to identify by far the silhouette and the subject...the details remain ... details. For future achievements, I will try to go more towards something expressive, more dynamic ... to find the small movement that gives life even for static subjects ... a whole program. A big thank you to everyone who commented, criticized, explained ... it's really important for me in this learning path. Hope you like this bust! 


"Pirate Bust"
1/12e sculpture
Fimo Professionnal+Fimo soft


 



 




Cheers!

-Matthieu-

Pirate bust sculpt - wip III



Some adds on my pirate bust...who is close to the end! I tried to finish details at this stage...and add some textures, the wear of the clothes and belt and to clean the overall. I wanted to try to make scars on his shoulder to show more precisely in what context this pirate evolves...and i'm quiet happy with the result. The last step will be to complete hairs, back of th scarf and gourd...see you soon for the end of this project! 





 


Cheers!


-Matthieu-