I've been asked more than once about how I made the photo background I've been using with my Cult of Vvolos miniatures. I took WIP photos at a few different stages in case I wanted to make a tutorial, and it turns out there is a demand for one. So let us begin.
|When the previous step got dry it was time to break out the DAS air drying clay and get sculpting. The trees' roots and branches took shape.|
|Took me a while to make all the branches. I went for this weird alien look, but realistic trees could also be easily made this way. Another way to do this, with much less clay, would be by using real tree roots you collect on a hiking trip.|
That's it. It's not too difficult to make something like this, and it really helps give context and atmosphere to figures you photograph on it. I'll definitely continue using mine and make more such backgrounds to add variety and interest. If you're new at the blog and wish to know more about how I make scenery I suggest you take a look at the posts labelled Cemetery Project and Wilderness Project.
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|Urion's Daemon and his elder brother Okko.|
I took a commission to convert and paint a daemon similar to my recent offering Okko. I was given nearly complete freedom with it, which is wonderful (and not typical in my own experience with working commissions so far).
|Urion, the client, gave me a couple images to demonstrate what sort of look he would like. This Miller piece immediately caught my attention, so we agreed I would make something like the critter above. I went with a different colour scheme, which, now that I look at him, gives him the look of Akki goblins from MTG.|
|I started with Bloodletter torso, Horror arms and Plaguebearer legs from my bits box. Once these were properly connected, I sculpted the rest with green stuff and Milliput.|
|The back was the most fun part for me.|
|This is at a very late stage of converting. The head was the last thing I did, and the most difficult. The painting was done in one sitting. It often happens when I paint a conversion; I just can't wait to see how it will look in the end.|