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    I am in the process of painting (for game play) some older figures (vintage, if you will) from yesteryear. I love painting these older figures...for some reason, I feel that they have a certain character to them that for some reason is lacking in a lot of the modern era figures/castings. Posted here are the following miniatures; PHOTOS 1-4...Ral Parth (Giant Skeleton # 02-940) circa 1985... PHOTOS 5-6...Grenadier (Death Lord # 150) circa 1986... PHOTOS 7-10...Alternate Armies (Chicol The One Legged # CM19) circa 1992... PHOTOS 11-14...Grenadier (Beholder # 104) circa 1984... I hope that you like these old figures...I have the next (4) mounted on sticks & will prime them later today.
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    Progress! I won't be completely satisfied until I give him a proper base, but right now he is good enough to throw on a table for a game. Wish I had filled the shoulder gap, but for a speed job I'm happy with the results.
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    Lysette is finally finished! This is the Bones version, colors inspired by Megurine Luka. 77076: Lysette, Female Elf
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    Well just spent the last five hours at my moms place painting minis with her, she kept bugging me to let her paint some so we decided it was mini time. Good i needed a push to start painting again. Played around with my new GW Texture paints I picked up, certainly faster than PVA Glue and sand lol.
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    Hello everyone, Some of ya'll seen me pop in and comment once in a blue moon. I lurked around and ooh-ed and ahh-ed (still do) over everyone's painted miniatures. I joined this site back when the kickstarter was active and I have received my pledge (a few days ago actually). I remember reading somewhere that Bones were created to be simple to pick up and do stuff with. So I am going to try it out. My life with art: I have none. The last time I painted something was back in kindergarten or first grade (23-24 years ago) and it was water colors + hands on paper. Or according to my parents, same age, same tactics, but their walls instead of paper. My first miniature I bought was the Bethlanian mindflayer of the Bones line. I also picked up some Citadel paints during a thrift run. But there were no brushes and so these items sat in limbo. A few days ago, art store run! I didn't purchase the recommended brushes (kolinsky and uh..others?). Just grabbed a cheap pack of brushes to see how well I can do painting. I read some tips and tricks, I watched some youtube videos, I even pretended in my head that I was painting. After a week, I just wanted to jump in and test out the waters. Sink or swim so they say. I got the materials ready, I shook the paint like I would be shaking a tambourine, I made my wet pallet. And in I go! My first miniature began at 9:00 pm. And it is this guy: I painted his cloak with "Imperial Purple". I began with one drop (I do not know why I thought that was enough...) I added another drop, the brush soaked it up. I added two drops. Yea that didn't work either. Forget it, I said. 10 drops. Still have a lot on the pallet. Learning my lesson with the purple, I decided added more than enough drops for "Pure Black". Aw, looks kind of plain. Looking through the paint selection. Oooh "New Gold". That sounds awesome. This took 2 hours. Hmm, this "Yellowed Bone" sounds interesting. Skull here, skull there. I like this color. And then I added "Blood Red" to the eyes, some jewels on the shield (I think those are jewels), and the runes on the sword. Sooo sleepy by this point, but I wanted to finish. Added "Tanned Leather" for the hilt and the shield strap and the trunk (that changed). Here's what came out at 1:00 am. I didn't realize four hours had past while painting the little lich.
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    I can't remember the name of this mini, but I'm using it for a character of mine in a Pathfinder campaign for Jade Regent. I do remember that it was from the Anima line... I love the Asian touch to all of Anima's stuff. What do you guys think? I'm not great at them yet, but I am getting better. I did put a face on her later... but I forgot to get a picture of it. Faceless or not, what do you think?
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    Hello! The arrival of the bonenami was initially elating and then overwhelming. Where to start? Do I dare put aside my terrible craft paint and start relearning how to paint with Reaper paint? I was seized with indecision. After two weeks of avoidance I came to the amusing (to me) decision to just keep working on the stuff in the queue, keep using crud paint while gradually working in a Reaper color here and there, and ignore the Kickstarter stuff altogether until I felt like it. Now I feel better. Meanwhile, here is something I did recently. I wanted to go bright as an experiment: no blacklining, not much shadowing etc. The result was underwhelming but then I made this base out of Liquitex Modelling Paste and just kind of smushed the broccoli base into it while it was still soft to create an appropriately shaped recess. (It's not that I'm lazy, it is that I don't think ahead.) Then, continuing the make-it-up-as-I-go-along approach, I painted it up according to the accidental swirls that emerged in the dried paste. It looks a bit like tomato sauce but it is supposed to be hot lava. Cheers.
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    I love seeing these bones show up!!! I'll throw the maiden in the mix.
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    First, for this paint job, I have to give huge thanks/props to paintminion, who did an unbelievable job on this guy earlier. Her paint job was so perfect, that I couldn't see this guy any other way, and I ended up using her's as my primary inspiration/guide for this effort. So thank you for your wonderful color selection! If you like my paint job, please go like hers as well! The basing on this was a lot of fun, and the first time I've ventured beyond simple gravel and flock. The rocks on the base are made of cork board, and a bit of modeling paste to give some more texture on flat surfaces. The water is mostly painted, although I covered it with some woodland scenics realistic water and water effects. Hope you enjoy, and C&C welcome as always!
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    So... I got my bones a few weeks ago, if not a month. but with the new job i havent had a fraction of the time to jump in... but tonight I'm goint to start in on Nethyrmaul... a strange choice I think, considering the sheer number of minis I now have to paint. I'll post some pics later but I wouldn't expect any leaps and bounds... I intend to take it very slow and enjoy every second of it... Haven't yet decided specifially on coloring yet but i think I'm going with an iguana look to the scales and a dirty white/ yellow-teeth/brown look to the protruding bones. any advice or general thoughts are always welcomed... EDIT: it must have been the size of the pics that was hindering the upload. Anyway, I don't seem to be suffering from the "lean" that I've seen in other Nethy wips. Mold lines arent too bad, there are a couple spots where the detail of flesh around bone isn't stellar but all in all this is an awesome sight! Everything dry fit here and its apparant ill need to fill some gaps but again its not too bad. I definatley need to reshape a couple wing "fingers" should be easy from what i've read. I really don't know how I'm going to paint her yet, i've been looking at alot of iguana pics and there are a few I ceep going back to. Questions for myself at this point are : Am i sure i want to paint this assembled? Should I pin when assembling? Tonight I'm just going to clean the pieces and take care of the mold lines.
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    I did more work on her. Since I have a cold, I did not interrupt the painting to take many in progress pics, sorry. I actually think she is done and I need to move on. Sans the base, of course. I will do that in a few days. Work done: - Highlighted the hair with different blues, a dash of silver for the top highlight, then washed back into the blues. - Done the metalics; dark steel as a base, black/brown washes, silver drybrush and brass touch-ups for a few pieces I choose to believe are coins used there for rattle/bling. Final very small touch-ups of pure silver (a craft paint I have, Palmer's Acrylics, that is the best metallic silver I have seen). - Done the little sash with yellow, orange wash, then yellow to pick up raised areas again. - Cleaned the skin and the skirt where I messed up because of a sloppy brush stroke. - Toned down the blacklining with Vallejo Model Color "Smoke". It is a rich, very dark red-brown that I had never tried before and boy, I loved it. It's tone is just perfect for lining skin and reds. Without more words, the pics. As always, C&C welcomed and encouraged. Rip my work apart :)
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    Here's Juggernaut or Red Hulk depending on how shading goes. Basecoat is a desaturared red. A mix if RMS Carnage Red, Delta Ceramcoat Tompte Red and Delta Soy Red Clay as well as Vallejo Stencil. Trying the basecoat is my highlight method on all of these. Did this before dinner, tacos, tonight at Family Game Night, Settlers of Catan with house expansions. More this weekend.
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    #50150 Betty, Space Heroine Project #4 Page 2 What follows is so horrifying you may want to avert your eyes and I'm not responsible for damage incurred to your retina's by viewing this monstrosity of a base. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED-PROCEED WITH CAUTION. So this is what happened when I first tried to do some "advanced" basing with Betty. It's hideous, I know.And her familiar is the WRONG colour! But what I didn't know was how to fix this bloody mess. So I turned to my friends and asked for some serious critiques. Here are a few examples of the advice given to me. From the Laughing Ferret: As mentioned above, the quickest way to improve her is to tone down the base so that she's the bright spot. Now, sometimes a bright base can work just fine, if it's a spot-focal point, like a glowing crystal, a lantern on a dungeon floor, etc, because then the light is interacting with the miniature and once the eye is drawn to that light source it will then travel to the miniature if it's illuminating the figure. But here, the very bright bio-matter draws the eye and doesn't let go. Is that a Micro-Art Studio base? I used some of those on the Genestealer Cult project- I wanted the bases more muted and less saturated,but the client wanted them to be equal which I still don't think worked as well as it could have- but to go more rich & bright than the mini is detracting from her. I'd probably go with a light flesh color for the bio-matter and then use drab-pale color in light wash targeted layers to bring color to the ends of the strands, letting the color fade out in the middle, and color for the round nodules. Transitioning from a neutral flesh to a color will give the alien bio stuff the feeling 7 impression of color & bright, pulpy alienness without actually requiring much color. Then Astrogirl will be able to be the center of attention. along with her friend, although he too is more saturated than she is, so he's drawing the spotlight from her too. Maybe for her alien friend, mixing some flesh color, or beige or pale green into the red, layering up for highlights would work for him. Also for Astrogirl, I'd change the blue belt out for the same aqua green she has for boots & bracers. I like the pink & aqua, it has a nice retro-future vibe to it, which will be stronger without the primary blue. From Rich McGee You also mentioned wanting to add height and texture. Maybe some small vertically-oriented crystals, maybe with a gentle lighting effect coming from them? Alternately, how about some random silvery-metallic wands as science instruments or probes spiked into the biomatter? Pulp scifi art is rather fond of unidentifiable technological widgetry, and there must be something in the old bits box that would suit - or check the kitchen or bar for decorative skewers or something. You just want something slender and oddly shaped. From Heisler (I know him as Kris) Hi Anne! Some seriously good advice already so I'm not sure there is much more I can add at this point. I'm going to ignore the base at this point, as pointed out we are losing Betty as the center of the piece. I agree with changing the blue out for the aqua. The blue just looks awkward there. I think you should go in and finish here, getting the highlights in on the skin is going to lighten her up and draw attention back to her. I would highlight up her black hair with blues, stay away from gray here as it will dull down the hair to much. I'm not reading her as pink as much as other folks are but I can see it moving from the lavendar to pink. I would glaze it back with a darker purple that will shift it back to your lavendar and smooth out the blends a bit. Glazes are great for smoothing those blends and I tend to use them a lot. This will also get add some more depth to the shadows on her and make her pop a bit more. Don't forget you can use glazes on her skin as well to help darken up the shadows and keep her skin warm. Seriously you are close on her and it won't take much to make her the center of attention. The little alien familiar should be an easy fix and your right even if you strip him down he is pretty simply. He needs to be less intrusive color red, red really draws the eye and he is a big blob of it. I would be tempted to go with blue, but he might clash with Betty. You might consider a darker version of the aqua. Look at the Ocean Colors Triad from Reaper (9726), the individual colors are 9076 (Deap Ocean), 9017 (Marine Teal) and 9078 (Surf Aqua). I have since taken everyone's advice and she now looks completely different. I put her on a different base, took the advice given to me and changed my approach completely. I stripped the demon as Kris advised and he's a different colour. I did exactly what Kris told me to do when finishing up the painting of Betty. The reason I'm posting this as part of my personal W.I.P. is to enforce the value of good critques by people who have superior painting skills. I will post the new version of Betty in a few days.
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    Been a little while since I was able to paint, but here are a couple new ones. I haven't done the bases yet, as I can't decide if I want to keep them as is or do something more complex. Sorry about a couple of the pics, for some reason my camera doesn't always do well. Ragnaros the Evil Warrior: Mangu Timor: Black Orc Hero: Battleguard Golem (looks way better than these pictures show....): And Anvall Thricedamned: I used my dark flesh technique for Anvall. Worked pretty well on him :)
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    Last one for me, not sure how I managed to get this much stuff painted the last 2 months. 77059 - Orc Berserker Link to inspiration gallery. Link to forum thread.
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    77132 - Barnabus Frost, Pirate Captain Link to inspiration gallery. Link to forum thread.
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    I caught myself treating miniatures like work, so it was time to do a "fun" miniatures. I just got my hands on a container of Golden Coarse Pumice Gel and covered a square base as an experiment. I started painting it kind of like snow and I really liked how it looked, so I decided to make my fun miniature match the base. I wanted something I could stick on the already completed base, but that wouldn't take a lot of time, so I decided on the small spiders from the Vampire box. Those are fairly low quality sculpts, so I didn't feel bad spending less than 2 hours on him. Some people don't like spiders, so I'm putting this in a spoiler block.
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    The Thing basecoated: And now the start of The Hulk:
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    the gold numbers will be the hardest part to make look good, I think
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    Well, someone had to do it. Feel free to post your Bones goblins, kobolds, and rats in here. A lot of n00bz people new to miniature painting (including myself) had expressed interest in painting the rats first. They're small, don't have much detail, and are generally non-threatening. Just like a CR 1/3 creature should be. So here are mine. After some attention with my needle files and a good scrub, I started off with some black slobbering. Most of these were done with 9037 Pure Black, the two all-black tail-up rats with 9289 Noir Black, just so I could see the difference. Noir Black is just a tiny, tiny bit lighter than the Pure Black. Someone with more experience could probably explain it better. I can only tell the difference when they're side-by-side. Here's some base coating. Straight 9384 Lonestar Leather on the brown ones. About a 5:2 mix of 9086 Stone Grey : 9289 Noir Black on the bases. Of course, you HAVE to have an albino. I basecoated this one with 9039 Pure White with juuuust a bit of 9286 Punk Rock Pink. I guess we'll see if that was a mistake or not. I also hit the bases with some 9086 Stone Grey. That's as far as I've gotten thus far. I kind of forget that I should be thinning the paint going on after the basecoats. I guess I'll get the hang of this. I'll probably hit the bases with a darker wash, then go for some highlights. Mr. albino will get a closer-to-pure-white coat, and the rest... I'll figure out as I go. Good painting everyone! -Joe
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    Friday night I prepared my new nigh-invulnerable army list: Overlords. It was a simple list: Andras AriK 4 Onyx Phalanx 3 Crossbows ______________ Lorena Strach 3 Onyx Phalanx 2 Crossbows _______________ Onyx Golem _______________ Incarnation of Flame The strategy was going to be simple, using my Ranked and Lock Shields, pelt the enemy at range and rely on First Strike to murderize my opponent. All the while my mages would pound any troop concentrations with fire. So, what did Jason bring? That's right, Overlords! It was an Overlord/Overlord power struggle. He'll probably chime in with his list to correct my lousy memory but it was something like: Andras 2 Bondslave Survivor 3 Daughter of the whip 6 troops of: Corvus 2 Bonslave Survivor 3 Daughter of the Whip Battle Totem He had the advantage of numbers and initiative. I had magic and ranged and First Strike. On the first turn he advanced as fast as he could. At my last activations, I had Strach teleport the Incarnation of Flame into his back field behind his troops. I was going to have him charge the totem and negate it while daring his troops to pass Ld checks to charge his Fearsome-ness. He promptly charged it with one troop and got all but one Bondslave Survivor into b-t-b and hit it enough times to kill it's parents and grandparents too while I got ONE hit back. The game kinda devolved from there. He spread out enough to limit my magic to a few kills, my dice did the rest. My ranged killed a few but otherwise my dice abandoned me pretty fast while his hit.......a lot. He rolled up one side and then mobbed the other. When I needed 3s and 4s I got 1s and 2s. It was a funny game watching my troops melt faster than butter outdoors but a sad fate to troops who could have done so much more. I could have made it a tougher struggle for Jason had I retreated and fired on his troops but with my dice, i don't think the extra 2 or 3 kills would have justified the extra time it would have taken. That and I'm too much of a grab-you-by-the-face-and-scream kinda tactician. Next week's re-match will be interesting though. Jason suggested a 1000 pt 10 model max army meeting. Should be fun. DRG
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    I just completed another novelty vignette for my private collection...I have titled it (The Streets of San Francisco)! The figures used were (Hasslefree - Old Man # HFV005 and Reaper Young Lady # 50157...Townfolk/Ladies of the Night). Hope that you find it as cute as I do!
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    My favourite of these has to be the Deathlord.
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    In my tack prototype, no, but I hope to somehow work that in when I kneadtite it up. I've got a bunch of tiny rare earth magnets that I can use to make some type of removable "lid" with the electrode on the bottom, so that's the idea so far. We'll see how it works out :P
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    Here is my second entry into the contest. Unfortunately, she's the exact opposite of pulp (she's pop culture) so she doesn't get to go into the themed category. The colors were inspired by Megurine Luka's character art.
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    Face Your Mangatar sounds like a cross between a self-help book and an early 80's coin-op arcade game.
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    Had to share this. Someone found my Vampire box :P She was quite fascinated with the transparent big ones.
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    Well alright, Here are some more up close pictures of my Goblinz. I feel like they look realistic, but, I realize they don't have nearly enough contrast. Any tips or advice are welcome. edit: I think these were taken before I lightened up and retouched the bases where the paint had worn off.
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    Very good brush control, good use of colors. My honest opinion would be that the paint is a little too thick. Try using a wet palette. When doing pale skin really try to stay with the skin tone paints and move up to a white using skin tones lighter and lighter. Unless you were going for the porcelain look. And you will only get better with time. Try making the highlights stand out a bit more unless it is a base coat. Keep up the good work and your miniatures will be superb!
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    An hour on and she is still standing straight. Next update in the morning. Good night Deathsleet, don't devour me as I sleep.
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    No offense to any of you, but I say screw it. Take off and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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    Here are some barbarian figures I am working on this week I am basing this figure on a character on the Khanutu woman from a Star Trek episode called Private Little War And here is a shot from that episode:
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    This mini has been on my desk for a long time. She has been WIP for a long time. I wanted to redo the tattoos to include some of her skin color, so they would blend better. I had to attach her sword, tweak that, etc. I also had to work on the 'glow' on the hand, which I am frankly not that good at. Glows are hard. Since my players are meeting her this thursday I sort of had to go and finish her. So here is Isabella 'Inkskin' Locke, from Skull and Shackles! And here she is with another pirate lady. They blend pretty well, even though the color schemes are quite different. I like it. PS: Isabella's legs are so tiny that I had to borrow a smaller pinning drill from a friend!
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    I think he's just about done. Just a final varnish and maybe some base decoration left to go.
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    I had Phalangites once. The number of shots it took to get rid of it was awful, but the Doc says I'm all better now.
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    I´m not normal because I´m not worried about the delays? I mean, I would prefer to have them but... I suppose is some kind of zen thing
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    Not trying to take this thread sideways too much so early on, but their models are really cool. And how can you not want one of these? Also, so I can't be accused of thread-jacking too badly, this: (all of these images were pulled from AMG's Facebook page, btw) ~v
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    Still painting, but not finishing much yet. I can't seem to complete a mini before needing to move on to another for one reason or another. Because I'm on a time crunch I forced myself to try some speed painting tonight. I think I picked a bad mini to try speed painting on because the Owlbear eats up paint like no tomorrow. At least he doesn't need to look pretty. All Owlbears deserve crazy eyes.... Added some skin tone mixed with a drop of orange and pink for the tongue and around the more fleshy spots near the claws and wing membrane. Then went over the brown with another thinned down black coat to further shade the recessed fur. Tomorrow I'll add a lot of warmer colors to the fur and feathers to brighten it all up. I would also like to give this miniature a new base if time permits tomorrow, although he's a bit big for the 1" square bases I have available at the moment. The current base is a bit too flimsy.
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    Suddenly I have an urge to paint a drag queen.... Do you think that this would work for Ru Paul? - The Auld Grump
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    Edited for censored version. You can find the original here.
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    The grass really is greener on the other side. Unless Nocturne has to paint it.
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    Guess this belongs here, did some drilling and testing with a LED I removed from one of those cheapo LED candles. I think it looks very promising, and the big elemental looks like it could be cool too. Can't wait to see how they look on a base in the dark. Not yet decided how I'll paint them.
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    Updates, Updates! Since I am no longer on vacations, now I only have time to work on painting on the weekends. The mrs also want her share of time, and then the daughter... tough life But I put about 2 more hours on her this Sunday. Taking pictures is interesting, because I get to see the mini from new angles. A lot of mistakes also come to life, and the ones I cared about are sometimes lost the whole image. Anyway, I borrowed my brother's good camera, printed a background and snapped some pics. I have a whole lot of them to show, but will only post a few here. More can be found in my G+ album if you are interested. - I fixed the purple on the skirt hem some, and then decided to tidy up its border... and make a little design out of it. I think it looks fine, and also is more forgiving of sloppy brushstrokes (you need a single continous line to be perfect for it to look good!). I might need to go over the yellow again to smooth it out around the triangles but also feel like calling it done and move on). - I worked some on the face, eyelids, eyes, lips (including shine). I feel she looks much more feminine now. The eyebrows are way too dark, I need to smooth them over with dark flesh washes. I also need to accentuate the shadow of the right side of the face to make the whole face and forehead more rounded but I didn't have time to mix some more skin tone. - I basecoated the hair in blue, because it is going to the black. Doing so I messed up trying to clean a blue spot in a place of her elbow (not visible actually) and tinted the whole left arm with blue :( Will have to touch it up with more flesh when I mix it again. The following is one picture of the mini with a white backdrop. All those photos came out as quite dark and required color levels adjustments in GIMP. I tried the colors to read to my eyes as the actual mini. - The ones with the backdrop looks "washed up" so I did a Auto - White Balance thingy in GIMP. Only that and cropping - resizing done digitally. I include a "RAW" image at the end so you can compare how GIMP affected color levels. Don't really know how to enhance the image without touching it more, and I am trying to preserve the real thing for you. I need to learn about photography. This experience also made me want to buy a camera; the phone takes great pictures and is also easy to carry around for tourism, etc, but nothing beats a good lens and dedicated device, even if it is low-end like my brother's Lumix Fz47. After the photo session I washed her hair black, three very thin layers. I also touched up the skin in her arm with base flesh; it still needs depth correction with at least a dark wash and then highlighting... again :( As I was leaving for the office this morning I picked her up and nodded. The hair looks "black" under regular light, but still it is not black as in "light-eating black". It has tone. This is the first time I try this and so far I am liking the effect. As always, no comment is a bad comment. All opinions, especially those that help me improve, are welcomed and desired!
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    I've painted up the Necropolis bones I received to reinforce the already mighty undead. First up is probably the mini I'm most unabashedly proud of! This was the first bones miniatures painted in my house! After the excitement of me unpacking everything, my previously uninterested daughter chose Malek and painted him up. She's 7...and this is her first mini. Here's the group based. I mounted them on square bases so they would match the rest of the Necropolis force, and used milliput to smooth things out. And here they are painted: I was definitely concerned about how the bones would paint up, but found that things went very smoothly. I had a hard time getting rid of mold lines, and you can still see them on these, but for tabletop games, I think they will still be OK. I know I'm missing the ghast, but I'm still working out the color scheme for him.
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    Dude you may have just saved me from having to learn things, I love it.
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    It might help to understand why gems are painted the way they are. The gem look comes from three things: 1) A specular (front surface direct reflection) highlight, usually near the top. This should be either white or very close to white and quite sharp, because the area that will give you a direct reflection is usually quite small and because speculars pick up very little of the color of the underlying object. 2) A refracted highlight from light that enters the gem and comes out toward the bottom. This is the part that gives a gem its color. It will have a much softer blend profile than the specular and should be bright and saturated, but nowhere near as bright as the specular. 3) The rest of the gem, which should be dark. What color there is comes mostly from internal reflections, so there's not much light to see. For this backpack, I'd make sure that all my specular highlights reflect the same light source. The position of that reflection will depend on the angle of the surface, but you would likely have a specular on each horizontal ridge at least. The refracted highlights should certainly go at the bottom of the backpack and possibly at the bottom of the head and other details. The bottom of the backpack would probably have the brightest refracted highlight. A tip for painting gems on metal figures: If you take a photo with a single light source in the position of the light source you want to represent on the figure before you prime the figure, you can usually get a good feel for where the speculars would show up. I suppose you could prepaint with metallics and do the same with plastic figures, but it would certainly be more work and might reduce the adhesion of the gem paint layers. HTH
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    Very nice job. To add to the constructive criticism, do you have a good painting light? I find that a good light will reveal as much as a camera flash. I'd try a little dry brushing on the cloak. Just take your purple and add a drop of white to bring it up. When you paint it, take the brush against the folds (left and right on the mini) If it works well, do the same with some grey on the black armor. If it looks bad just paint it over with the purple again. As for making your own washes, I find that mos Reaper paints thin down with just water great. Other brands I have to use a mix of flow improver and water to get any consistency.
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    1.) I love this. It has tons of character and you really are talented. 2.) I have an NMM question and I'm cheap and lazy and like free advice (this means I'm trying to avoid buying the very much suggested L2PK for NMM). I understand blending. I understand that the sword is simply using blended greys and whites to create the illusion of metal. But - how do you determine the pattern? Meaning this - the left side of the blade (as you look at it) is dark/light/dark from top to bottom, and the opposite side is the...opposite. Light/dark/light from top to bottom. I suppose I understand why one side is the reflective opposite of the other, but was it arbitrary that the left side was dark/light/dark? Meaning - could you just have easily done light/dark/light on the left side and the opposite on the right? What sort of logic goes into how the pattern is determined? I have a feeling I am seriously over-thinking the NMM here but I'm just trying to wrap my little monkey brain around how the pattern is chosen. The effects are self-evident and look really good. I need to learn to do this.