About a week ago, Rushputin over at Warpstone Pile posted a great pair of articles (here and here, read them) on the statues of the Imperium, and specifically the verdigris version thereof. He was extremely kind to mention that he’d, at least initially, based his approach on my verdigris posts (which you can find here and here).
I’m generally both tremendously pleased and dreadfully nervous when a reader experiments with a recipe that I’ve suggested. I’m flattered, naturally, but I’m also terrified that he (or, I suppose, she) will not be pleased with the result, and that I will be responsible for any ensuing disappointment, befuddlement, calamity...
At the time I read the articles mentioned above, I’d just decided to revisit a pair of my own statues, which I’d started then abandoned (the photo above is an early WIP, and I promise that I’ll not moan about the horrors of October again). I’d been hoping to create a version of highly-weathered copper, or tin, or whathaveyou for these statues.
Like Rushputin, I began with an inspirational photo (pictured here) that I’d taken in Copenhagen a year or so ago, and thought that I would simply press my recipes into service in the traditional capacity while sticking quite closely to what I thought I already knew. The way I figured it, I’d only need to pull one color or another forward in order to more readily match the inspirational hue: more turquoise, less green, etc. The problem, however, was that I was only looking at the colors, and not the actual statue I'd taken as a starting point.
Well. I suspect, by now, you know where this is going. As fate would have it, both my hopes and my fears came true. Rushputin painted up some stunning models, but he did so with very little help from my suggestions. In fact, Rushputin quickly discovered that something was rather amiss with the recipe when applied to statues.
The premise of my recipes is, quite simply, that the worn edges maintain their metallic shine, while the recesses hold the rich patina. It works for my CSM Terminators, but statues don’t really have worn edges the way armor will.
I had never thought of that. Go figure.
So. Rushputin inverted the approach (if not the entire recipe) and worked from a metallic base toward the greens and blues and general verdi coloring as a kind of highlight rather than focusing on the shaded recesses. Brilliant! -such an intuitive solution. The weathering on the statue now settled on the parts that would be most weathered, while those areas more protected from the elements would maintain more of the original metallic hues.
In that one simple gesture, Rushputin illuminated the theme for this week: I need to take a new look at my old habits. Cheers, Rush. The statues aren't yet finished, but they're a world better than they would have been if I'd stuck to my routine.
See you Sunday for more WIP…