I just realized I didn’t put up a group photo when I finished my Dark Judges last week. Here it is.
This is the second round of Dark Juges. I really like the Judge Fire figure but the Judge Fear figure leaves me a little cold. I wasn’t really inspired while working on it and it shows I think. I tried to strip the paint from Clix figure but that didn’t work, so I just primed it and painted right on top of the old thick paint job. As a result, there wasn’t much detail to work with and the figure didn’t even fit together properly. On the other hand I’m very happy with Judge Fire and he was a cracking figure to work with.
I wanted to talk a little about painting Judge Fire because he caused me the most hesitation. Painting fire is something I have never been able to do very well. I’m really happy with the way that the flames turned out this time.
I have painted another figure with a flaming skull and I’m not happy with the way that he turned out, but I have to say that I very well may go back and repaint that part of him, something I’ve never done before. My inspiration for this project was the great work done over at the Sho3box blog. When I asked him how he painted the fire on Judge Fire he showed me a tutorial which he used, it turns out I was familiar with it. I had previously tired it with DISASTROUS results, so I had to come up with another way to do it. Here was my method, I hope it helps someone.
I started off with a base coat of white. This helps to make the bright comic book colors even brighter. Then I painted all the flames bright red.
So next I wet brushed on some orange. What I mean by wet-brushing is, I pop a dollop of orange onto my painting tray, don’t water it down. Then I put an OLD brush in and wipe it across a paper towel ONCE to remove some paint. Then I swipe over the red as if I was dry brushing, but there is still quite a bit of paint on the brush. What you are hoping for is that the paint lands on all of the raised surfaces and some of the recesses. Kind of a ‘reverse wash’ effect.
Once this was done, I painted all of the white surfaces black. I knew I’ll have major touch ups to do, but this will make sure I won’t have to work so hard when I do them and I won’t have as many nooks and crannys to get my brush into in the final touching up. So, now he looks like this.
Now it’s time for another wet-brushing, but this time with bright yellow. I really tried to make sure that I fully covered the base of each flame where it touched the body. As this is the last coat of paint on the flames, this took the most time as when I finished this coat, the flames would be finished and there would be no more opportunities to cover any mistakes.
Now it’s time to clean up the effects of all that dry brushing. Not a tough task thanks to putting down the base layer of black earlier. Here’s the final look of Judge Fire before I put some final highlights the burnt and crispy bits.
A fairly simple technique that more basic painters like myself can pull off for some reasonable fire effects.
I have been eying these models for a long time, but never really got around to ordering them. That is until I saw the awesome work going on over at Sho3box, he’s done a fantastic job showing off his work on various Judge Dredd models. It gave me the inspiration and push I needed to make a go of it.
These models were pretty intimidating for me as a Judge Dredd fan. I leaned heavily on the paint schemes used by Sho3box but added a lot of my own opinions to the colors.
I’m not sure if they will ever see a games table, but they were a lots of fun to paint.
I’ve also made quite a bit of progress on Judge Fire who will be appearing soon with Fear.
This is my third set of Judges and they just keep getting more fun to paint. These are some of the most over-the-top figures I’ve painted yet. I mean the badge on the SJS Judge is rediculous, but for some reason with Judge Dredd around, it doesn’t seem to phase me.
This group also contains a Brit-Cit Judge. Most folks that I have seen seem to paint him to fit in with the Mega City Judges, but I wanted to keep him true to the comics and paint him with his equipment in a funny blue-green color. I think I missed the exact color, but at least you can tell that I tried. I also like the effects on the yellow shoulder pad that I kept true to the picture I was working from.
Overall, a fun little group to paint. The Wargames Foundry prices are simply out of site and while I love painting them, I really have to question my commitment to finishing the group, $20 for three figures is up there in the prices and the shipping is harsh as well. The best place to get them in the US that I have found is the War Store.
I’ve had a request for the photos I’ve based my Brit-Cit Judge on. Here are three photos I have, two from Judge Dredd Magazine, and the third I found on the web through a Google search. I suppose it could be the comics aging, but they are consistent. I’d love to see images from other comics if anyone has them.
I’ve got some more lovely Judge figures on the way. Based on a blog that I read, sho3box, I have ordered the Dark Judges. You can see some of his work here. Now the Foundry Dark Judge set only comes with three of the Dark Judges out of four. So I found Judge Fear from the Heroclix range and ordered him to fill the fourth slot. Apparently the same sculptor created all four of the models, so I’m told he’ll fit in.
Painting and rebasing HeroClix models is quite common in the super hero circles, but this will be the first time that I’ve attempted to do it. So here is Judge Fear in all his prepainted glory. Tomorrow he gets a bath in green stuff to try and remove as much prepaint as I can before I primer him. Wish me luck.
I’ve finally worked up some more Judges. After deciding that I was going to do them in pairs so I had something to show on a regular basis, I went a different way. I prepped and primed all four because it saved some work, then I thought, well I might as well paint all the blue while I have that out, then I’ll just paint two. Then I thought, as long as I have the green out, I’ll just paint all the green, then I’ll concentrate on two models, and so on. Until I had painted all four together.
I”m really happy with the way these turned out. The style of the sculpts allows for some easy painting. Lots of deep lines and flat surfaces in between. Pretty standard fair. Though the more I look at these pics, Joe Dredd has some pretty crazy proportions, but I still like the model.
Here’s a few more pics.
And just to show I’ve not been idle, I’ve got a bunch of stuff on the workbench ready to go.
I have wanted these figures ever since I first saw them on the Foundry website, but the prices always stopped me. My interest in Judge Dredd goes way back. I was a big time comic reader when I was younger, it helped that my mom had an uncle with a news stand that used to bring her loads of comics missing covers every month to read. So she was all for it and I got into it full on. I never read 2000AD, but started with Dredd when the Dredd compilations came out and he was basically my introduction to sci-fi dystopian stories, I’ve been a fan of them ever since. I owned the Judge Dredd RPG in the 80’s, and many of the Citadel Judges back then. I owned the block wars board games, sold off in recent times on ebay (I regret that), and couldn’t wait to see the Judge Dredd movie when it came out (yeah, even though it essentially sucked, I still enjoyed it). So, essentially a big Dredd fan.
I managed to aquire a large collection of Judge Dredd comics on my iPad and have been re-reading them this summer. I also started acquiring zombies to paint for the Akula’s AR:SE rules. I thought to my self, I’d like to get those Dredd models, even if I just get a few to paint and never use. Well, then I read the Judgement Day storyline from Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000AD, ZOMBIES AND DREDD I said to myself. Game on.
I also ran across some great threads on Lead Adventure Forums that really made me appreciate the different Judge figures out there. So, I place an order and voila, I’m the proud owner of 9 Judges and am smiling ear to ear as I paint them. Now these can best be described as pure, unadulterated fun to paint. You can use comic book colors run wild.
This is Judge Dredd and Judge Giant, the first two Judges to hit the streets in Vermont.