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  1. A little late to the party but some of the things that help me. Picking one "focal point" per mini has helped me to increase my paining volume. I used to fall into the same cycle of either never starting a particular mini or starting and not finishing because the task seemed impossible. There were to many things that needed to be just right. Instead the compromise I've made is to work on speeding up my personal "table top standard" on the majority of each mini but then choosing the cloth or the metallics or a tatoo or whatever technique you want to really "go after". It kind of scratches both itches of getting things done but at the same time "perfecting" at least a part. Next, I try to keep several different styles of minis (wizard, martial class, beast, monster, skeleton, etc.) basecoated and available at all times. With a little one running around and dance and drums and gymnastics and etc., my hobby time is usually short and random. As such I never know when I'll get a chance or what I'll actually feel like painting. This way when the time comes there's usually something I'm happy to paint ready to go. Just to reiterate @Chris Palmer 's point, a gaming deadline is probably the best focus and motivation I can find these days. If I know I've got a week to paint 6 goblins, 12 zombies, 3 bugbears and an evil wizard, good enough gets good enough real quick with the henchmen. That way I can spend a little extra time with the BBEG. Also give yourself the chance to step away sometimes. There are times ya just get burned out on the hobby and it's okay. Other times you just can't get a technique to work and it can drive you crazy. I've found those periods last much longer when I actively try to force myself to paint or beat my head against a wall on a technique. I've always found my way back and it usually didn't take much effort on my part. Finally, catastrophic leg injuries. Best to keep them below the hip so you can still sit up. When you've got full days for several weeks and you can't really move much outside a 10ft radius or so, your miniature productivity will skyrocket. (not really recommended but I think I knocked out 3/4 of bones 1 in couple of months)
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    77505: Dragon Plant by Glitterwolf

    That looks so great. I really like the limited palette. I've had this sitting on the table and keep passing it by because I can't decide how to tackle it. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    Reaper Holiday Miniatures Party Celebration! (Open Thread)

    @Chris Palmer i would imagine good old corrugated cardboard would make a decent enough gingerbread replacement. Then any of a number of "snow" formulas could work both as icing and hide any exposed corrugation. A whole gingerbread village/dungeon could make for an interesting one-off D&D/pathfinder/frostgrave scenario.
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    @RigelThat looks really great. Which brand of metallics are you using? Also, thanks for sharing. My brain frequently gets hung up on semantics. I always forget that metallics may have uses outside of metals. I had honestly been avoiding the minis with spell effects because I didn't care for my available options (I had to be talked into the Aasimar by a six year old little girl that auto passes most persuasion checks). Now between the color shifts and metallics there's almost too many options.
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    @Loth- I did not intend to use it as a wash, it just kind of worked out like one. The folk art color shift paints are a very strange consistency and very translucent. As such I haven't bothered much with thinning them. My initial intent was to paint all over the wings with the color shift (straight out of the bottle) and then "target wash" the recesses. However I noticed the pigment concentrating a bit in the recesses on its own. In the end all I did was paint on a coat, use the brush to reduce the amount of paint on some of the high points, wick a bit out of the recesses and then followed that up with a second application. I wish I had some experience with golden iridescent paint so i could provide a little insight but I've never used it. If I happen to see any while I'm out and about tomorrow I'll pick some up and try to report back if the two are similar or not. I can think of a few things I might wanna try it out on. Just to verify which # iridescent do you have. I see they carry a few different versions (fluid, heavy body, OPEN, high flow and a couple different consistencies).
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    @Pillpeddler - Thanks. It definitely looks better in person. The "color shift"/iridescence is completely lost when photographed. The hope was that the provided picture would get across the idea that when using the color shifts you don't lose the clear effects on the Wizkids minis. I've tried several different "clear" paints, some of the GW technical paints as well as various washes and glazes but I wasn't really happy with the results and usually resorted to just using standard paints on the effects. This was one of the first times I found a paint that really worked well with the clear effects even with a quick and dirty application. Because of the nature of the paint it almost acts like a recess wash with very subtle coloring of the high points while adding an iridescence to the entirety of the surface.
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    amuller33- The iridescence doesn't really show as much in this pic but I think it gives the general idea. This is undiluted paint. 1 or 2 coats. For the amount of effort I was more than pleased. Inarah- agreed. They behave so differently from any other paint I've encountered. They've definitely been fun but frustrating too.
  8. If you're wanting to add a little color and some iridescence to the clear portions of the unpainted wizkids line, the folk art color shift paints do a great job. They are transparent enough that the clear effect isn't "wasted" while at the same time adding little more life/interest to them. I was just messing around with the wings on the Aasimar female and was really happy with the results. Unfortunately don't have a pic (the iridescence would probably be lost in photos anyway) but thought I'd share.
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    Fire Elemental...

    You should be happy, it looks awesome. I love that lighter fire color and the extra hot spot on the face is a nice touch. I have a tendency to frequently go darker than I would like when I do fire. Well done.
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    How to paint scars?

    vince venturella has a hobby cheating video on his youtube channel called bruises and cuts that covers the scars as well, if I remember correctly.
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    Faces are hard

    A bit of advice from someone less than artistically gifted. My skills are still far from exceptional but I'm happy-ish with their current progression. Faces really challenge all of your skills and then some. The battle of face painting followed 4 main stages for me. Now you will still continually progress in all four stages but personally I had to hit kind of a minimum level in each before I felt like I could advance the next stage. Also during these stages you may find yourself convinced that you're doing everything right and either painting is stupid or "I just can't do faces". These feelings pass. First was getting the basic painting skills up to snuff. Brush control, proper thinning of the paint, etc. Getting the paint where you want it, when you want it and how you want it. Judging from your picture I would say you've got this stage. Again you can and will continue to progress but just getting the basic shape of the eyes and lips on a 28mm figure is no small feat. Next is just figuring out where the shadows and highlights should be. This step ended up being much more difficult for me than I initially imagined (this has gone for pretty much all highlighting and shadowing). Frequently painting models shares more similarities with painting on a 2D surface than I realized (Pingos advice here is priceless.) It's funny sometimes how frequently we see things (such as a face) and while our brains will definitely tells us what does and doesn't look like a face, it hiccups when we try to apply that knowledge. Here my best advice is to really study some faces and practice, practice, practice. It was just as helpful to practice on a canvas or a piece of paper as it was to work on models. Also decide where the light is coming from, we're rarely bathed in equal lighting from all directions. The third step is taking shadows/highlights to levels that make you uncomfortable. This isn't necessarily difficult from a skill perspective (blending can be but your blends don't have to be perfect to get a good face) but it's scary (seems strange to describe a painting technique as scary, maybe intimidating is a better choice). Taking shadows deeper and highlight further than you might in think necessary is frequently required to fool the eye on these tiny canvases. Take a look in the mirror and really focus on how significantly the color varies on your face, its pretty extreme. On your figure I don't think you took the highlights too far, rather it's an issue with the previous step. They're just not quite in the right places and the shadows could be deeper in a few spots. Finally (and this is a step I still struggle with) the eyes. You can flub the previous steps quite a bit and your brain will forgive. This doesn't seem to be the case with the eyes. The difference between normal humanoid and recently kicked in the head by a donkey or "eyes by picasso" can be infinitesimally minute. To some degree this can be avoided by having the mini looking off to the side but its still tough. Again I would suggest time in front of a mirror or looking at pictures of eyes and practice on 2D surfaces as well as models. Looking at your figure I would say there is a bit too much sclera (white part). Also be careful going with a super light colored iris unless you plan on adding a pupil. Look at that I've written a novella. Now looking at your pics, I don't think your too far off. Just a few tweeks and I think you'll be at a level your pleased with. I like your idea of practicing faces with the bones figures but maybe not so many and not so fast. With that limited amount of time your bound to develop bad habits and take shortcuts that will leave you disappointed. Better to learn to do it slow but correct and then work on speed. I don't know about you but 50 nights of faces would burn me out and I would be doing helmeted figures until next year. Hope this helps and Good Luck!
  12. Man your work is so epic in the truest sense of the word. The imagination and creativity in every piece is literally awesome. I'm always excited when I see a post of yours pop-up and this may be one of my favorites. Having just read a study on the unappreciated hunting skills of some fungi and their symbiotic relationship with large trees, those gobbos better hope that the fairy door isn't craving a nitrogen fix. I've been meaning to make one of these overly complimentary replies to one of your posts for a while now but I'm usually too quickly inspired to hop up and slop paint on something. Great work and thanks for sharing this world with us.
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    NecroMancer painted a... Necromancer

    I will continue the sword love. That thing is awesome!
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    77536 Female Wraith and Friend

    Like Glitterwolf said, you really knocked it out of the park with the skin tone. They make a neat pair and I love when there's a story attached to the minis. Kudos.
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    Desert Snuggle Rope

    I'm sorry if you were going for snuggle rope but the eyes read much more danger noodle to me. Still a very nice job:)