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  1. Hey all, Painted these up for my weekly game. Clipped the ears on the crossbowman to mixed results. Enjoy! C&C welcome.
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    03814 D'mona female elven vampire

    It's all very well done. Particular standouts for me: face, black cape, skin, hair, tiara. A very nicely done base as well. I do feel like there is 1 angle from the front where the sword edge doesn't have a highlight and that's throwing my eye off - but maybe that's more about the way I want to paint NMM.
  3. Very nice velvets, and the face really works out.
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    My First Miniature!

    I think this is great for a first mini. Kudos to you for going right at black and white - probably the 2 most difficult colors to layer/blend with. As has been said before, you show some good brush control - the techniques will come in time, but the brush control will help with just about every skill.
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    77408: Athak, Undead Knight

    The blue-green is a mix of Reaper's MSP Peacock Green for shadows, Model Color Blue-Green for base, and a mystery bottle of a very light aqua from Reaper. The model color paint was used to normalize the colors with a glaze. The burgundy is MSP Burgundy Wine, Violet Red, and Pale Violet. Thanks for the advice - I'll see what I can incorporate to improve it.
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    77408: Athak, Undead Knight

    Absolutely - picture quality isn't great as I'm not so much with the photography, but here's a much larger version of a few.
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    77408: Athak, Undead Knight

    So I got this guy in the holiday grab bag - figured it would be a good test for NMM. (Funny side note: in my paint journal he's described as 'IDK - some kind of bat knight.') My objectives on this mini were: 1. Try to do more NMM. I've done a very cartoony rendition of NMM previously, so this is my first time in a semi-realistic method. 2. See if I could paint a convincing 'bad guy' using mostly non-traditional bad guy colors. 3. See if I could take a baby step towards OSL with the red glow from the visor. This was my 'bridge too far' -- I think this may have been the wrong model to attempt this on, as the feature is relatively small and has little interaction with other surfaces on the mini. It may have been better to work this on the gem. However, I think I'm also still missing some of the technique as well.
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    DSM Elven Princess

    I wouldn't feel humbled at all. You swung for the fences, and I think you had more hits than misses on this one. In particular, I think your successes include: -The cloth of gold fabric on the skirt is amazingly well done -The staff is nicely conceived and fits the mini well -Your lining is very tidy I'm always glad that I see I still have lessons to learn when I'm done with a mini - it means I've understood something new I need to work on. In a way, it's like painting your first few minis... the rate of improvement from one mini to the next (heck, from one brush stroke to the next,) is greater than I have today painting a dozen minis.
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    Age of Sigmar Liberators

    Real slick. Very nice job.
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    Painting Mid-Dark Skin?

    In my experience it comes down to your choice of base coat, if your techniques are otherwise solid. I've had very good results using the Reaper HD Sunburn Flesh (29821) or Suntan Flesh (29822) as a base coat. Both of these colors skew warm enough to really set a great foundation to build believable Native and Mesoamerican skin tones. From there you could build thin layers down to very dark and up to very light depending on the impact you were looking to make. The reference picture shows this range very nicely.
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    Progressing as a painter

    Welcome! I can easily see where your brush control has gotten better, and you're refining the skill of shading. I think you've already understood the key ingredient to painting better - time and practice. However, if you're looking for a few points to challenge yourself with, I can drop a few of my general observations. Please do keep in mind that this is only representative of how I enjoy painting - your own style may or may not agree. Additionally, the only 'right' way to paint a miniature is the one you enjoy. 1. Go bigger/deeper/higher. I see you've gotten better with this, but I think you could push to have darker darks and lighter lights. The contrast between the two on the same model really give it the illusion of depth beyond the properties of the sculpt. For instance, your recent giant's body is overall very dark, but you've picked out good places to start highlighting. With more contrast between your darkest dark and highest high, you would really pop the areas that my eyes should see as sticking up from the model. 2. Layer more. Start with 3 layers for every component of the model (shadow, mid, and highlight.) Some painters work from shadow to mid to highlight. Some paint mid, then shadow, then highlight. Some people do something entirely different, I'm sure. Find what works best for you. Add layers depending on what the component needs and the overall effect you're looking for. I'm going back to the giant's body as I would consider it one of the 2 or 3 major elements of this model - Maybe mix 2 layers on either side of your midtone going down into your shadow and up into highlight. 3. Work on blending. All the layers and all the contrast in the world are going to cause a very disconcerting effect if they are plopped down in isolation from each other. The blend is the tricky part and it's one I am actively challenging myself to do better. I've currently reduced it to: -Thinned paints in many transparent layers -Brush strokes that feather and draw the paint where you want it -Irregular transitions between layers that mimic the diffusion of light upon a natural surface -Glazing 7:1 water:paint mixes over areas with abrupt transitions 'normalizing' it towards a single color, but still preserving the gradation. I'm still not entirely decided if I'm doing this because I'm not following my own above advice as closely as I should, or if it's a legitimate complimentary technique. A little of both? Hopefully this helps. Put in the time. Challenge yourself. Most importantly, enjoy what you do. You're off to a great start.
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    SDE Nyan Nyan as snow leopard

    My spouse is running a 5k out of state, and I can't go because of work. To be there in some way, I painted her as the only running miniature I could find -- which as luck would have it is probably her spirit animal. This was my first attempt at NMM. I think the result suits the chibi style well, but I look forward to adapting what I've learned to a more realistic sculpt.
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    77337: Giant Scorpion

    The Rock would be proud.
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    Hasslefree Dynamic Lenore

    Thanks for the encouragement - it's nice to paint one where you get some clear wins and losses. I've got a ton of things to push myself on for the next one. Also, it finally happened - I realized the other day that I have what could be called an insurmountable backlog! Maybe it's time to work on some speed painting.
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    Hasslefree Dynamic Lenore

    Hey all, Been feeling like I leveled up recently. Here's my latest. I painted this one for my weekly D&D game. She's a sorceress with a draconic bloodline (green, ofc.)
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