A to Z by Angel Giraldez

//A to Z by Angel Giraldez

 

Earlier last month a copy of Angel Giraldez book on miniature painting turned up, which if you had been following any of the pre-release hype you would think heralded the second coming. As Corvus Belli’s star miniature painter, Angel’s book is unashamedly ‘Infinity’ centric and covers in some detail his signature technique of applying acrylics using a combination of airbrush and brush to achieve soft colour transitions and contrast with sharp edge highlights; a method that particularly suits the high impact anime style of the Infinity miniatures.

Is the book any good though? Especially when you consider this was his own pet project and all of the content was ostensibly by Angel himself.

In my humble opinion yes it is. In fact it’s very good! Angel’s methods are covered in methodical detail, each step supported by clear photographs and context, all well considered to best emphasise and educate. Although the use of airbrush is a big part of Angel’s approach, it’s not the only method  covered in the book. The opening chapter describes other techniques including washes, glazes, stippling, NMM and light sourcing. Taking each in isolation none are anything new that you won’t have encountered elsewhere either online or seen covered in a lot more detail in other publications. Briefly covering the basics of each technique in the opening chapter however does lay the groundwork for the rest of the book and it’s from that point onwards where it really shines.

Each step by step miniature walk through is a mini master class in how each of the different tools, techniques and mediums can be layered to great effect. The miniatures Angel selects for the walk throughs are diverse, each emphasising different aspects and finishes. The photos are clear, tips and advice  scattered generously throughout exactly where they are needed. If you have followed any of Angel’s work for Corvus Belli and other miniature companies such as Studio McVey then it should be no surprise that Angel is a good painter. What may be more of a surprise is how well he articulates his methods via the medium of a book. For me this was a solid 9/10 for content, quality and value making it one of my favourite purchases so far this year, not to mention a useful tool in its own right.

The only question remaining is who is the book aimed at helping, the novice painter or  a more seasoned campaigner? I would say it was somewhere in between personally. I don’t think you need to be a brush master to appreciate the lessons within, but some basic knowledge and experience of miniature painting is probably a pre-requisite to get the best out of the book. Although many of the techniques covered such as glazes and stippling describe how he makes best use of them alongside the airbrush, he doesn’t go into detail of the science behind how glazes work. A degree of prior knowledge and understanding of the different mediums and their properties is definitely beneficial.

Worth the hype?  Yes, absolutely in my opinion and a great addition to my workshops book shelf.

By | 2017-09-13T12:18:59+00:00 April 7th, 2015|News|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. redtrombone April 7, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Mr. Giraldez is a legend.

    I’ve always pondered the difficulties in using the airbrush, but I’m talking about the logistics more than anything else moreso on a tight schedule(as in, when you’re painting for one or two hours) for cleaning the brushes is a quick matter but after using the airbrush it takes quite some time to restore entropy.

    Thanks for the article, now I want the book.

    • Carl Woodrow April 7, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

      The logistics become easier with familiarity. I had a lot of difficulty justifying the time sink early on, but just like a regular brush the more you use it the more efficient it becomes I think.
      Now I just view it as another tool to use where I am looking to achieve a particular result quicker than I could with a brush alone.

  2. gameoftravel April 7, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    good review, and pretty convincing too – I’m going to buy the book for sure. it seems to be a logical step in develpoment of my painting skills:) thank you for this post

  3. Woody April 13, 2015 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Got to agree with your review as well, got the book when it was released. Well worth it, some good advice, tips and techniques on miniature painting.

    Whilst on the subject of miniature painting books, Painting Wargame Tanks by Mig Jimenez is well worth a look.

    • Carl Woodrow April 13, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Thanks man. I’ve got the Painting Wargaming Tanks book also. It’s a nice book with some good tips, but if I’m being honest the layout lets it down a bit as it makes it difficult to see what Mig and Rubén are demonstrating. A good book by two amazing painters in their field with just a few areas that could be better. Will maybe look to do a review at some stage also.

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