Thanks! As I said, it was actually a lot easier than I was expecting; the tartan was done simply by starting with a flat mid-blue basecoat, laying down thick bands of a darker blue, then using a thin yellowish brush to run down the edges of the dark bands and a thinner orange one to run lines down the centre of the bands. The actual shading and highlighting was just laid down with soft black and white brushes on a separate "overlay" layer.
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2009 4:32:29 GMT -9 by Aestelon
If the pattern had been especially complicated, then I might have been tempted to do something like that (although I probably would have hated myself for it afterwards! ). But this tartan was so simple to replicate by hand, there didn't seem to be any excuse to rely on stock patterns (in fact, it was probably easier to draw from scratch than it would have been to find a decent swatch of it online..!).
This discussion got me curious about plaid patterns so I went looking for some and found this: Clan Patterns
* Photoshop has a technique using Displacement maps to recognize folds and valleys and "can" do a good job of warping a straight pattern convincingly. It can also work well if you are wanting to wrap ... say a skin texture.
I used the McLeod pattern on the back of the Kobold kilt as an quick example. It would have been more convincing to align the grain of the pattern with each piece of fabric...but it fairly illustrates the point.
That is very cool. I don't use Photoshop myself, so that particular route's probably not open to me. But it does occur to me that Artweaver has a set of Warping brushes, and the main one (appropriately called Warp) seems to do (I believe) roughly the same sort of thing as Photoshop's Liquify tool; you can literally 'push' the pattern around with the brush. That might be worth experimenting with for future attempts.
Beau - To be honest, I think even without changing the build of the figure, Conan's still too different from this to be a simple mod. I think it'd be easier to do a new one of him from scratch.
Last Edit: Mar 20, 2009 19:31:17 GMT -9 by Aestelon
Hmm... Aestelon...I'd like to see you do a Slaine figure. You are not too far off with that base figure. Shorten the hair and make it black n spikey. Add some face paint, a metal skull waste belt and a ridiculously large Axe and wahhlahh The Son God.
Hmm. Also one to consider. I'm not sure it'd be particularly any easier to mod this fig than draw a new one, but I'll see what happens. I'm not that familiar with Slaine, but I've grabbed a few reference pics to spark me ideas.
oldschooldm: Yup. More power to anyone who tries it. It will only whet the appetite for people who want paper minis that were designed to be paper minis. :-) Fronts and Backs FOREVER! :-) [... it's bait, don't bite it! ... ]
Mar 25, 2019 8:13:22 GMT -9
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9