Insider 2-15-2011

An interview with Studio Painter Matt Dipietro.

What was the first model you painted for Privateer Press?

The first new release I painted for the Privateer Press Studio was part of the Pirates of the Broken Coast project. It was the lowly Sea Dog Rifleman. However, I went on to paint quite a few models for that book, including Fiona the Black, the Press Gangers, and Freebooter. It was a very exciting time, and I remember it fondly.

Of the models you’ve painted for Privateer press, which is your favorite?

It’s so hard to choose favorites, so I'm going to cheat and choose a few. I think my favorite work was done during WARMACHINE: Legends. Captain Jeremiah Kraye is still one of my favorites and Goreshade the Cursed is a close second. I also really like the Extreme Juggernaut and Extreme Destroyer.

How do you approach painting a model?

When painting a model, I start with the deepest elements of the figure. On a warjack this means the pistons and mechanical bits under the armor. On a trooper this means painting the flesh first. I paint each element to completion, and then after cleaning up any messiness, I move on to the next layer. With a trooper this process goes something like: flesh, hair, clothing, armor, belt and bandoleer, then weapons. The advantage of this is that my brush doesn't have to reach past finished areas while painting, so I make fewer mistakes. When I do make errors, they are on areas of the model that are unpainted.

As we talked about before, the battle engines presented unique challenges due to their size. Now that you have two under your belt are there any tidbits of wisdom you would like to share with everyone who can’t wait to have a go at painting a battle engine?

When painting the battle engines, it helps to paint them when they are only partially assembled. Each sub-assembly should be attached to a dowel or makeshift handle so you can easily reach all parts of the model and avoid handling the painted surfaces while you work.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Matt! Be sure to check back later this week when we sit down with Studio Director Ron Kruzie.