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  1. I had just finished a miniature, one I was kinda happy with, and decided to varnish since I was gonna use it on tabletop. Once I had it varnished I realized... I used the wrong one. Instead of Vallejo Matt Varnish, Citadel's 'ardcoat, which is a glossy barnish. Now I have a shiny miniature. Is there anything I could do to either diminish the gloss or remove it completely? Is there any very specific remover to dissolve varnish without harming the paint job? If there isn't I guess my only choice will be to remove it all completely with paint stripper and start again..... :(
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    Neutralizing Gloss Varnish?

    Oh, good to know! thank you so much :) The issue is, that wasn't even a work for me: it was for a friend, I'm painting his "Gloomhaven" miniatures, and I intend to give the best result possible...
  3. I'm about to start working on my first small diorama. I don't really have enough space to display big ones, as much as it pains me: so I never tried, but I've seen this one on Reaper's catalogue and since it's not too big, monster base size, I will give it a try. My idea is to pay hommage to my all time favourite Disney movie, "The sword in the stone". The miniatures themselves as Reaper sells them are just perfect to represent a "live image" versions of Merlin and Arthur, on Merlin's laboratory. I also bought one of the familiar packs to have an owl to represent Archimedes. Initially I just wanted to work with these items, from this amazing set http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/wizard/price/03186 + the owl. Then I get a bit too excited and I added an open book & a wizard staff leaning on the table. So, two questions: Is it too much? do you think it will look too busy? Is the base not big enough for all of that? And the other question... I have to create a stone floor to level the miniatures with the base. I've never done such thing on that scale. I was gonna use that putty, wait till it was a bit solid and mold the floor's texture. Will anyone recommend another method? Part of the reason why I want a big book open on the floor is just to hide how badly will probably look lol
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    Help & advise with a diorama

    XDD I will have all that in account, thanks! I doubt thought that I remove the base. I don't have access to that kind of tools, fitting as I do the stereotype of an indoors bookworm nerd lol Right now, since on my local hobby store didn't had the supplies you people pointed, I tried to make it work with white & green putty, stuff that I already had home. The white putty I have is a bit more liquid, so I pressed the miniatures against it to mark their placements; and when it dried, I added some green putty till I had the required thickness, enough to level the minis base. It's not finished yet, and it looks really really... rough, but I feel I can make it work
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    Help & advise with a diorama

    I see, I definetely need to think carefully about what to do then. I was playing with that idea of completely removint the miniatures own metal base because yesterday I found a beautiful stone textured mosaic resin base on sale on my local hobby shop. But even if I could manage to completely remove their metal base, I'm not sure it will look cool. That base's pattern is too fancy for that vignette, maybe...
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    Help & advise with a diorama

    Wow thanks to all! Good advise! there is a lot that I haven't actually thought about at all. I think I will keep that square base after all, but I won't use the staff or the book on the floor atm. Maybe if I had a pile of smaller books, it could look more natural and occupy less space, but that open book is too much. Now I'm thorn between trying to remove those figure's bases or to level the floor around them. If I decide to remove their base, how do you advise to do it? With Arthur will probably be easy; the only union point is one of his feet. But with the wizard and the stand there is a lot more metal to get off
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    Help & advise with a diorama

    I see what you mean... right now it's a piece on each corner: Merlin, Arthur, Table, Owl. So it's like each angle is equally important, when it should be as you say, with the table as peripheral. Idk, I will see if I can find a bigger base. I must have some meant for GW chariots, rectangular, about double the size of that one.
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    Warhammer: Demon Prince Be’lakor

    Here my latest work. I keep trying and trying with black: highliting black. I tried with blue for a while till I was quite happy with it, and now I’m trying with grey which is more difficult... it does show here, since it completely reads as grey skin but oh well, it’s still a job I’m happy with. That’s Be’lakor, one of the finest demon figures ever made by any manufacturer. First chaos everchosen, first mortal to ascend to demonhood, blessed and cursed, the lord of the dark...
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    Warhammer: Demon Prince Be’lakor

    Thanks! Yes, I guess it helps evoque that part of his bio :)
  10. The project I've been working on for the past two weeks: Ariel and Orion, queen and King of the wood elves from Warhammer fantasy setting. Their background is quite simple actually, clearly inspired on Titania & Oberon of the fey people. Ariel is a mage, Oberon is the hunter. I decided to paint them with opposite schemes: Ariel with an autumn palette (the flow of her dress made me regret it many times: it could have looked great in blue) and Orion with an spring one. Both are classic characters from Warhammer. Both metal models. Ariel's is really old: probably around 4th-5th edition; there was also an Orion model back then, but mine is the rework from 8th edition. While Ariel's original model shows its era aesthetics but it's still appealing, I thought Orion's original model was outdated and not that good. While painting them, Orion took a lot more time (a lot more), since it has a lot more detail.
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    Warhammer's Royal Couple: Ariel & Orion

    haha now you say it, I would love to do something with summer & winter... but I just don't know (yet, at least) with which miniatures. These two are demigods on Warhammer setting, and their size is bigger than that of a regular elf: I think they must be equivalent to a 54mm scale figure. There is not other elven characters that scale that I know... Thank you! For the Lady's dress I used "Dryad Bark" as a base, then lighten it with "Karak stone", and finally highlighted with "Karak Stone". All washed a couple times with "Agrax Earthshade". All of them are Citadel. Dryad Bark is a deep kinda greyish brown, and Karak Stone... I don't know how to describe it xd Believe me, I wasn't sure about painting it that way till it was almost done. I think one of my strong suits is that I have - Or I think I have - a good eye for color, and combining color... and that usually saves it for what I lack on technique. And thank you for what you say about the bases ^^ Basing is not my strong suit, and I can rarely work on improve it just because I don't have space for escenic bases...
  12. Well, and yet another of Reaper’s 25th anniversary miniatures. The second one: Domur. There’s really nothing original here, tried to copy their scheme. I only added a cat, so Darius’s rat has someone to play with.
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    "Darius the blue", 25th anniversary

    I actually started a WIP for this miniature: but the idea was to show how I tried to copy the blue mosaic on the clothing that reaper did. I couldn't. That's the story of a failure. So I finally just painted him on a slightly different color scheme, and here we have the results... That's my Darius the blue and his cute rat familiar, Kyorli.
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    25th Anniversary "Darius the blue" WIP

    I'm afraid this will be the story of a failure... I tried the spotted pattern: I can't make it work. It just looks awful. And that was probably the main point of that WIP, so yes, kinda failure... Anyway, I kept going highlighting a bit more and drawing some freehands over the blue clothing, highlighting the green inner clothes and the purple cape.
  15. I have all the 25th anniversary minis and now it's Darius turn. It's one of my favourites; and while frecuently the "official" painting scheme wasn't for me, because many of them were too colorful (let's say Ametrine or Dain) and I painted them somber, I like the scheme on Darius. The issue is... I never tried to replicate such an ambitious pattern: that blue mosaic. I'm not great with freehands, and to cover his entire clothing with it looks almost scary. So I decided to start the project sharing it here. First things first, I primed Darius Black. On second thoughts I should probably used white primer, but well, it's done now... Then based him. White putty to fit his base to the plastic base. Then I decided to try a few colors, and to do that I used another mini I'm not really interested on right now. As you can see on the pic, I tried three different blues for the base color. They all look darker than they should because before I start with the mosaic I will highlight them: the idea is choose one, paint the entire clothing with highlights. I'm still not sure which one. I'm inclined to the one I'm pointing with the brush; but on photo it looks slightly different... I will try other mixes to see if I can find something a bit more turquoise. Now on photo I think that there is too much contrast between the two blues; and when I'm working with Darius, the pattern will be also more neat, small and precise. Now it's a bit rough because it's just all about color. I'm also undecided about the mosaic. I will highlight it too, once applied. I'm using a pale blue, which will be paler when I highlight it. Any advice so welcomed because that's totally new to me...
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    25th Anniversary "Darius the blue" WIP

    Well, I went to sleep with these first coats; but today I wake up and changed my mind. I can't make this yellowish-browns work on the inner clothes: I don't like either how they combine with the blue. So I changed them to that sea-weed green that I will highlight a lot more. Right now I'm done highlighting the blue: just superficially, because it will all be covered by the mosaic. Also first coats on skin and beard; on the beard, a light wash of black.
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    Vordakai Cyclops Lich 60082

    I've painted him too! it's on "show off" ^^ I love your purples, it's a color that somehow always works with lichs :d looking great so far!
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    25th Anniversary "Darius the blue" WIP

    Ok, first coats done on Darius. I decided on a turquoise blue. Just a couple coats, a wash and another coat. With citadel paints: - Blue: Ahriman blue, wash of Drakenhoff nightshade, ahriman blue again - Purple: Naggaroth night + khorne red + screamer pink, wash of carroburg crimson - Yellowish/browns: Balor brown + doombull brown, wash of agrax earthshade
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    03843 Aurelio Endrino, Druid

    Here's my version of Aurelio Endrino. I feel that there's a certain disconnection between the fact that he is obviously a druid, with a ragged cloack, with a racoon on his shoulder... and his perfectly groomed hair & beard. I guess beeing nature's paladin doesn't mean one should look like Radagast from "The Hobbit" trilogy. I tried a very similar look as the one reaper used. Leathers could be blended better I think...
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    Photo box

    I've been struggling to take good photos for months, since I joined the forum. The light was wrong, or the background, or out of focus. Recently I bought something that really helped me. A photo box for close up photos: I guess we really don't need such a thing to take good ones, but overall, I'm happy with the results. That way I don't have to worry that much for the light and the background. Besides that, I still use just my iphone to take the photos, so they are still far from good: and since the light on the photo box comes from white leds, sometimes it's a bit burnt. Judge yourselves. EDIT: here I was talking about that thing I bought and I haven't seen that there is a post about how to build your own :s sorry for kind of a redundance. Anyway, that one cost me about 20$ and I guess it's main advantage is it folds completely
  21. Wow. Please do. Do step out your comfort zone, because that's just a gift for the eye! The eagle what can I say, perfection. I have the very same miniature and I also tried a freehand on the shield... just a tree. Looks more like a broom. The blending and the face are perfection too. Just amazing.
  22. Well, that one was a bit challenging. Mostly for the patience it takes to go through all his gold decoration lol The palette is nothing special: I tried to copy Confrontation's official painting, except I used true metals because NMM are far beyond my hability. Confrontation was well known for a while as one of the top miniature companies in the market. Tons of figures with a bold and eccentric design. I have a few of them but Misran is the first I actually paint. I think it's pretty original, fun, and a good example of Confrontation's fantasy style where proportion or logic matters less than eye appeal. All critiques so very welcome!
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    Andrea Miniature's Khaerus

    Here a beautiful sculpt from the spanish miniature studio "Andrea miniaturas". It's the wizard "Khaerus el invocador", which I painted with a piromancer palette, and included kind of a flame-familiar invocation. I'm pretty happy with the outcome, particularly with the red-oranges that work, I think, beautifully
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    Cyr's Mom's First Mini!

    Looks like talent runs on the family :) Mouslings are so cute & a good way to start!
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    Dwarf King On Throne

    It is not a terrible job at all! Lovely miniature & paintjob If I may my only advice would be not to use what seems to be pure white on the horns & teeth.
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