Friday, 13 July 2012

Golden Daemon Masterclass

Last weekend I went do to Nottingham for the Golden Daemon masterclass, where Darren Latham and Joe Tomaszewski showed us how to paint non-metallic metal (NMM) gold, object source lighting (OLS) and free hand. The day was brilliant; Darren and Joe were friendly and extremely helpful. I was really impressed with their enthusiasm for painting throughout the day offering tips and advice about how to improve the figures that everybody had brought.

Below are pictures of the three figures that I painted using the NMM technique. The first was a Sanguinary Guard in NMM gold. We painted the shin and top of the foot of one leg due to time restraints. I was pleased with the way mine turned out. I will have to paint a few more figures to learn the technique properly but I thought it was a good start.

Next we did some OLS. This seems to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. Essentially just a glaze of the light source colour carefully applied to the areas that the light would shine on. I think this will be a technique that will be easy to learn but difficult to master. Knowing where to apply the glaze and how much OLS to use on a figure, too much will just not look right. We applied this technique to the eyes of a Dark Eldar Warrior. I think I will use it on my Necrons as well, around the guns and the eyes.

The last technique that we were taught was free hand. The focus of this tutorial was how to plot the design before you start and choose an appropriate design for the area in the first place. I wasn't massively happy with my attempt But I think that ws due to the lines being too narrow. I'll have to keep trying and next time I will spread the design out a wee bit further.

I have been painting up one of the Forge World show only skin wolves for a friend and only have to finish the poor soldier he is holding. On Saturday night after the masterclass I decided to do the soldiers helmet in NMM silver. The helemt pictured below is the result of two and a half hours in Warhammer World on Sunday morning.

Pictures of the rest of the skin wolf will be in a blog all of its own in the future.

Hopefully I will be posting more often.


  1. Wow! Very impressive indeed! :)

    1. Thanks very much. I'll finish the rest of it at some point!

  2. Glad you had a good need to show me that OLS step by step!

    1. No bother at all! Its really not a hard technique.

  3. Wow excellant work. I was wondering if you cold show how to do the NMM step by step, that would be really helpful.

    Btw I came across your blog because of the Tale of Painter Network comments. Just to let you know that it can work for you.

  4. Awesome job on the NMM gold.

    Quick question: What water to paint ratio did the instructors recommend for this effect? I'm guessing at least 1:1?

  5. Thanks guys.

    @Pr0Golf3r I'll take some picture when I do some more of it but dont know when I will get a chance.

    @Junction Yeah pretty much 1:1 they didnt really give a definite dilution mix just that the paint had to be thin. I always go with about the consistancy of milk.