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  1. New WIP - Bones III

    Thank you so much, everyone! I am pretty proud of the cloak. I used a purple trio from Reaper: Monarch Purple as the base, working down to Regal Purple. And then the highlights were worked up from Monarch to Royal purple and a little white. I glazed like crazy, I am obsessed with glazing now that I know how to do it.
  2. New WIP - Bones III

    Finally made some progress. I've finished the cloak and the staff/bow. I attempted some freehand to add the grains into the wood on the staff, but I think it looks a bit too cartoonish to me. Not bad for my first attempt, and definitely good enough for tabletop standards. I'll have to practice more on it. I am pretty much much obsessed with the cloak though! I really love the way it turned out. On to the armor now. I have about 12 more hours to go before D&D, fingers crossed I'll get it finished! Comments and suggestions welcome!
  3. New WIP - Bones III

    Hair is all done, and I am really happy with it! I am sure that I have my highlights in the wrong place, but this is the first time I've tried any unnatural colors for hair before and I think it turned out really well. Please feel free to offer and suggestions and advice you may have though. Cloak and staff to come next!
  4. New WIP - Bones III

    Oh @Pingo, those eyes look so great, and so does the rest of her!! I love the purple cloak, that's what I am doing for mine too! Thanks a lot for showing me the pictures and giving me the name! I just can't get over those eyes!! I can't wait until I can make eyes that well.
  5. New WIP - Bones III

    Alright, flesh is done! Her eyes were a bit difficult, but I managed. She has a very intense look about her and some big pouty lips that I didn't realize until after I painted her! Still trying to work on my contrast in my skin, pushing shadows and highlights. I went up to linen white in a few places, but it's hard to tell. I'm deathly terrified of obvious color transitions, so I err on the side of less to prevent that from happening. Tomorrow will atart the hair and cloak, along with the staff, fingers crossed. Hope everyone is havig a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!!
  6. New WIP - Bones III

    Starting my next WIP! This is from my Bones III shipment and I unfortunately don't know her name. She is going to be for a D&D campaign I am guesting in occasionally; an eleven Moon Druid named Phyraa. I'm very excited about her! I tried to go for a Zenithal Priming technique using spray Duplicolor primer. I'm having issues getting this technique down though. I'm not sure if it's noticeable in the picture, but the primer is pretty "grainy". This is actually better than it was before, I scrapped off a good portion of the first coat and just reapplied it. I've done a lot of research and I think I've figured out what I did wrong the first time. I think I was spraying too far away. And I may have over applied in the hopes of making the grainy look disappear. Oh well, it's all about learning, right? Anyway, here she is primed and ready to be painted! More posts soon!!
  7. Deadlands Noir: Femme Fatale

    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!
  8. Deadlands Noir: Femme Fatale

    Oh! I forgot to add, comments and criticism welcome, please! Tell me how I can improve.
  9. Femme Fatal

    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...
  10. Deadlands Noir: Femme Fatale

    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.
  11. Femme Fatal

    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??
  12. Femme Fatal

    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!
  13. Femme Fatal

    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!
  14. Femme Fatal

    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.
  15. Femme Fatal

    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!
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