Two21B

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  1. Thanks so much for the kind replies and encouragement everyone! I will take all to practice I can get, feel free to send em my way! I am currently just using my iPhone camera. I don't have a light box set up yet, not in the budget. But I hope to have one soon since I plan to be painting a lot more. I am trying to slowly ease myself into the hobby again, and since I have a habit of purchasing things and never using them, I want to make sure I am spending smartly. :) I do have one question, if anyone is able to answer. I put a coat of matte varnish on her last night so I could start working on her base, but this morning I woke up and it is pretty glossy. Did I do something wrong? I know that the directions say to do two coats, and I've only done one at this point. But what is causing it to be so glossy still? Did I put the layer on too thick, or do I just need to add the second one to get the matte finish? If I did mess up the application, is there any way for me to fix it at this point, or is it doomed to be forever shiny? Thank you all, again, for the positive feedback and suggestions. I really appreciate it! Cheers!
  2. Oh! I forgot to add, comments and criticism welcome, please! Tell me how I can improve.
  3. Thanks so much! She's all finished and on the Show Off board. Now I just have to figure out how to put her in her base...
  4. Making my very first show off post and I'm so excited!! This mini was so fun to paint, even through all of the challenges. Not to mention, this is my first completed miniature that I am actually happy with!! I still have a lot to learn but I am so looking forward to leveling up! Thanks so much to everyone who provided advice and kind words through the journey. The community here is wonderful, and I am so glad to be a part of it.
  5. Another update! I've got the gloves and hair almost done. I'm off to work for a few hours though, and plan to finish the rest of her tonight. I am not happy with the gloves, more contrast issues, but I'm pretty happy with the hair! I'm gonna go up to leather brown I think. Hopefully the highlights look like actual light instead of highlighted hair, since that's not what I am going for. I am really struggling with the black and how to highlight/add more contrast. I've got a general sense of where the highlights should go, but once I put brush to figure it seems I lose any direction I had and just put paint on the figure wherever I can. Hopefully I'll get over that in time. Hopefully my next post will be in show off this evening!! Thanks everyone for all of your help! Oh, also. I decided to crop the photos so you can see the figure better, for some reason that never occurred to me until earlier today. So I am sorry if the pictures are blurry, shaky hands and iPhones don't mix well for picture taking. Also again, please excuse the blob of brown under her left eyebrow and the lack of a right one. Like I said, shaky hands and I don't have time to fix it before work. WIPs aren't supposed to be perfect, right??
  6. I've made a little bit of progress these past two days. I've been working a lot, so I haven't had a chance to do much, but I've been able to finish her gun and shoes at this point. @Pingo, thanks for the info about how to paint the guns. I tried both suggestions, and decided to go with the silver over a black base, and then do a dark wash over the top of it. I might change my mind later, but that's where I am at so far. The shoes were difficult for me, as has been most of this mini, actually. I thought she would be simpler because there are less parts to get hung up on, but turns out that the lack of over detail made it more diffult to determine where the shadows and highlights should go. I imagine I will get better at figuring it out as I paint more. Anyway, this is what I've got so far. The shoes I painted with a mix of Dark Elf Shadow and Pure Black, washed with Nuln Oil (which didn't change much) and then I did some highlights up to shadowed stone. I attempted glazing for the first time and found that I liked the effect a lot, even if my contrast is too low. It really helped to blend the colors together and I imagine that I will be utilizing this technique a lot. Tomorrow I will finish the gloves, hair, and hat, and then do some touch ups, and she'll be done! I hope to have my first Show Off post tomorrow! Thanks for looking and any wisdom that may be provided!
  7. Alright, I've done some more work on the dress. I'm still not entirely happy with it, something just doesn't look right to me. But I've added highlights and adjusted the size of my shadows and I think it looks much better than before. I have to move on though as I've already spent 3-4 hours on the dress alone. I've gotta keep trucking! I went from Brilliant Blue to Sapphire Blue and then up to True Blue. Definite improvements, but not where I would like it to be. Next I will work on gloves, her gun, and shoes. I hope to have her finished by Saturday so I can move on to the next one. I have absolutely no idea how to do her gun, so any tips or suggestions would be awesome. As well as any suggestions, critics, and the like for the rest of the project! Thanks for looking!
  8. Oh thanks for the tip @Doug Sundseth! That makes a lot of sense. I'll narrow it down and through some highlights on and see how I feel about it then.
  9. Thanks so much for your reply! My the solution is as simple as adding black into the base color and I'm just over thinking it. As far as the highlights go, I actually haven't added any in yet! Those are just from the overhead lamp I'm using, and im not sure if it's good or bad that they showed up the way they did. At least I'll have a reference for when I do add in the highlights! I think you're right about how much of a difference highlights on the skirt will have once they've been added in. I'll give it a shot and see how I feel about it then. Thanks so much again for your advice!
  10. Good people of the Reaper Forums: It's been a while since my first WIP (that I never finished) and I am currently working on the Deadlands Noir: Femme Fatal model. I love this sculpt and I am really liking my progress on her so far. She's so sassy! Anyway, I have been struggling with the blue of her dress and I think I'm finally gotten most of it to the color that I want. However, I think my shadows just make her dress look dirty instead of like a shadow in her dress, so I am hoping for some insight and advice. I think I know the problem, but just want to be sure. The blue of her dress is Reaper's Brillint Blue, and the shadows are a Regal Purple and some of the Brilliant Blue mixed in. I think there lies the problem, the purple is too close to the blue? I thought that help add some dimension to the shadows, but I think it just made it look muddy instead. Could anyone confirm? And if so, offer suggestions as to what I could use instead? Shadows and highlights are still a big obstacle for me, so any advice would be a godsend! Thanks a bunch!! Oh, also. Sorry about the picture quality. I am using my iPhone camera as I don't have a proper picture set up yet. If these are hard to see, let me know and I'll try to upload better ones!
  11. So I have finally been able to paint! I've made a little bit of progress, but not a lot. I finished the boots, and the skin. For the skin I went up to golden highlight, but I don't think that I've done enough shadows. It's so hard for me to determine where they would or wouldn't be. Mostly the highlights though. The boots i did using Scale Color. I based them with a 1:1 mix of brown leather and black leather. I did my shadows with black leather and then worked up to Walnut for my highlights. Again, it's still hard for me to determine when the shadows and highlights should go, but I am happy with the boots at this point. The robes I decided to change my color scheme on. I started with the red and liked it so much that I decided to do all of it red. However, I can already see how difficult it's going to be. It probably took me 5-6 layers to cover, and I think I still have some uneven coverage. Since I decided to change the colors on her, now I am unsure about her corset. Right now I have it leather with the intentions of making it similar to her boots, but I don't know if I should do that. I still want to make her accessories gold, and she has a lot of them. I am worried the gold will clash with the leather. Any suggestions about what color I could do the corset, or if leather would be fine? Thanks!
  12. I really appreciate everyone's input and helpful tips! @Guindyloo, I especially appreciate your comments about perfectionism. I know the desire to be really, really good has already overshadowed the learning process and even the fun that should come along with the hobby. I plan to work some more on it tonight and will post my progress in the morning. Thanks again, everyone!
  13. Thank you so much, Guindyloo! Those figures are absolutely beautiful! From the research I have done already I did know to add some complimentary colors into shadows, but color theory is a completely new concept to me having almost zero art background. I know that color theory will eventually be like second nature to me, but until then it actually scares me! Which I imagine is part of the reason why I have so many unfinished minis. I guess the only thing to do is just finish one and learn from it, and accept that it probably won't be as great as I imagined it would be. Until then, I'll be proud of myself for trying something new and stepping out of my comfort zone. Thanks again!!
  14. Thanks so much for the kind replies! I am really excited to be a part of this community, everyone seems so nice and helpful! I still have so much to learn, and the perfectionist in me makes it hard for me to accept that I'm not going to be winning any awards any time soon. However, I am looking forward to progressing and learning from everyone here!
  15. Hi everyone! I am a new poster, finally getting the courage up to post after stalking the forums for quite some time. This is my first WIP I've ever done, and probably my 3rd or 4th mini painted. I've started a few that I've never finished, but I am determined to finish this one! The miniature is Andriessa, Female Wizard from Reaper Bones line. She represents my PC in the newest 5e campaign that my group of friends is running. My character is a half-eleven sorceress with focus on fire spells. So far all I've gotten done is the base coat on her skin. I'm still new enough to not have a favorite skin formula, although I like the fair skin triad a lot. I wanted to try something new though, so this base was a 1:1 mix of golden skin and golden highlight, I believe (the exact colors are written in my notebook at home, I can verify that later). I am wanting to make her clothing reflect her firey nature and I was thinking about doing a red to orange ombré effect? And maybe some gold trim? I'm still unsure about that, I'm afraid that the colors will be too warm and there won't be any contrast on her. Anyway, I would appreciate any feedback, suggestions, tips; whatever would help a new painter level up! Thanks a bunch!