Sunday, December 14, 2008

More about Custom Decals, a 15th century masterpiece and Chaos

A week ago I did a post about some favorite medieval paintings and how they inspire me to do some conversions and other modeling. Well, here's a good example. I created some custom decals for a Chaos Sorcerer that I am working on. This is the model:

He is not finished so I won't show any more, but the banner is all done and I used an old Hieronymus Bosch painting (from about 1490) for his banner. Here's the original painting:

Here's the decal sheet, sized in Photoshop to 8.5x5.5. In the end I only used the top two of the bigger designs, the others didn't not print up well.

Here's the front of the banner...

here's the back..

It's not a typical Chaos banner with the usual symbols, but to me the original painting and the end result both wonderfully exemplify the world of Chaos. It's great fun making those banners. I did do some painting and washing over and around it to make it blend nicely.
Mike

7 comments:

  1. those look fantastic! Wow! Absolutely in keeping with a Chaos feel. You could go even further back to the 12th-13th century for similar paintings that have an apocalyptic feel to them.

    Totally going to do this for my army.

    Any tips on blending the decals in so they don't look so obvious? obviously microset / microsol them in place to avoid silvering, but do you paint the edges? give them a wash to tone them down?

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  2. WOW, that looks amazing. I thinkk it comes through very chaos to. Well done.

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  3. That looks really nice, definately give that a try with some of my Banners.

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  4. I do paint the edges and I washed the whole thing with devlan mud (very light wash). I couldn't cover the entire surface with the decal so I painted everything else black, with highlights up to very light grey.
    Mike at SCW

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  5. Wow. I've not really seen much work done that uses custom decals but this is utterly superb, it just looks stunning.

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  6. Hey thanks. I think I am on to something here. This would work really well with all kinds of armies and there is enough artistry in it to make you feel good...
    Mike at SCW

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  7. Firstly - your modeling is incredible. Awesome work, and a really inspired idea.

    Secondly - that version of "The Temptation of St. Anthony" isn't the Bosch version. It's by Mathias Grünewald. I love Bosch, but I think you chose the better painting, by far. Grünewald's piece is far more terrifying.

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