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    Basically painting now, wishy washy fades seem to come and go for me. Started painting minis back in the late 70's for game but that was just splashing paint any old way for some effect. well after 25 years plus layoff, got talked into trying it so I'm hooked again

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  1. The old method I learned a long time ago was to take a picture as Doug has said but under a red or blue lightbulb to see where the highlights are. opps... ps this is done before the mini is primed with just bare metal, because of the reflective nature, but might work but not sure. food for thought.
  2. again ty all, Necromancer, the cape was [old reaper] swamp green 09175 m/w pure black as a base. Than I used ancient oak 09412 mixed with Black Green 09236 (which I had recently acquired) and eventually pure black for my shadow. For the highlights I use ancient oak m/w a tiny amount of [old reaper] Luminous green 09147. my attempt was to kept the cloak dark as he is a thief, just not sure if I want to base him on cobblestones-city or grass-wilderness field.
  3. Ty all for your advice and comments. yes totally agree with the NMM comments, still trying to learn how to work it well or at least semi-well and of course it's giving me fits and nightmares, lol. the black-lining I disagree with, maybe if it wasn't against a white background ok, but it'll look too ugh hate to use cartoonish. And the hair and dress, yes agree again, believe it or not it started off as a yellow blond than took on a life of its own, a lot of times when I paint didn't attend to have that color but there it is. (well maybe a brown-liner now that I look at the pics again, I've just always tried to shy away from black lining too much, but again your comments gives me food for thought which of course [I'm always hungry] is what I'm looking for C & C. again ty all. For clearman: like above I had started off desert gold (old reaper pro) with a khaki was for shadow. but at some point wanted to try a platinum blood look and just kept on mixing up Golden Blond (old triad color) with exceeding adding more and more linen white to the mix.
  4. Who says the figure gotta be flat. you could glue a piece of slate or cork as rock he is about to leap off of onto his prey.
  5. hello, ty for the critism, I totally agree about the sword for some reason never occurred to me, think I was worried about the NMM because it causes me nightmares. you ask if it was bones, no srry only own two bones pieces and they are the baby dragons I was hoping to use as pets for a character someday. Did you try the boiling water method to try and straighten out your sword?
  6. Do you have a thin plasticstuct sheet I think they're called, say like 0.10 mm thick that's really bendable. Cut it in a 1/2 in.- 1 in. strip depending how u glue to balcony either covering the entire lip of the balcony or place it on top of the floor. Lip would be best. You can cut diamond squares evenly along its length also (exacto would be most you need) and you said you already have the piping which you can glue/melt on the top part (to give you an image like you would see in a garden or house fence). I suggested the diamond holes so that your summoner bottom half isn't completely obscured. (p.s. the plasticstruct is what I use to build houses, building structures when I was into model railroading way back when, should even be able to get at a hardware store like ace if memory serves me right...hell getting old, lol.)
  7. I think you should flip the 2nd floor balcony pillars around so that the large base is pointed towards the sky like you see in ancient ruins(roman, greek, egyptian, etc), just a suggestion since it's a balcony and not a floor so they seem 1 piece and not two pieces. But I like your style and look forward towards your progress. also too bad you don't have brass etchings in your parts box for the railings, (hint, hint) I know don't want too shop.
  8. I just started painting again a couple months ago, slowly trying to build back my paint bottles and my form, but since I've been giving comments and opinions to others in their threads I feel only fair they/you can help me with some criticism so I can improve. For instance I know one of my faults is I don't paint for the camera, meaning my hightlights aren't taking up far enough, but I guess that's just my style. Also, please don't be afraid to be harsh, I've been known to be thick-headed and I'll learn more from my flaws than any praise. Tried to take the best pics I can but using an old Kodak camera and my pic taking skill is weak. The figures aren't based yet, I have my sights on getting a flock box and don't want to do any basing til I can get my mitts on one. And here's my latest finished mini.
  9. Well it seems like whenever I start painting again I'm coming off a long hiatus, the first was 25 yrs and this recent one is alittle over seven years due to a couple heart-attacks and by-passes. I just started painting again a couple months ago, slowly trying to build back my paint bottles and my form, but since I've been giving comments and opinions to others in their threads I feel only fair they/you can help me with some criticism so I can improve. For instance I know one of my faults is I don't paint for the camera, meaning my hightlights aren't taking up far enough, but I guess that's just my style. Also, please don't be afraid to be harsh, I've been known to be thick-headed and I'll learn more from my flaws than any praise. Tried to take the best pics I can but using an old Kodak camera and my pic taking skill is weak. The figures aren't based yet, I have my sights on getting a flock box and don't want to do any basing til I can get my mitts on one.
  10. Again this is just my opinion and you should always go what you feel like best suits your style, now for my reasoning. The way I see it you have two main focal points, the summoner/keeper and the main focal point of the demon in battle. Having both on the same floor with a second floor seemed distracting to me that is why I thought you placed the keeper on the second floor. Now for calling it a balcony and not a floor, if calling it a floor would mean that the second story would have no line of sight with the first floor and placing the summoner/keeper there serves as a contradiction as the demon is half way being summoned, so line of sight is a must thus my conclusion calling it a balcony, (and along its lip a wall, like knee height or a little taller maybe or wire for a cast iron railing). Again the half circle balcony would on/y be sticking out an inch or at the most an inch and a half, what you said already shaved away. Now as for you saying you always like to go "BIG' and sometimes the judges take away for such. I totally agree sometimes less is best. IMO I'd cut out the bookshelf and the summoning hand completely in the scene and just have your summoner and the two columns on the second floor balcony. The reason I say columns and not the pillars (only recommended pillars of evil for more opitions to give you) is that they will frame your piece as a picture (square). This accomplishes some important things. Your two main focal points are now in the center, perpendicular in line of sight when viewing thus harmony in what is being achieved, a dark ritual. And with just the summoner being on the balcony in center of picture as with the demon I'd say the main focus of the observer will always go toward the combat on the first floor as the background of the fight (conflict) will draw them there, what you say you are going for, but in the back of one's mind a summoning. And you can even have your adventuring group not even realize that there is a wizard on the balcony the way you position them, as if they just went thru the first floor door (maybe have the doors opened a crack also [idea:another light source there possible as well]).
  11. Well since you asked for opinions I might as ring in. I really like you idea first off, coming along nicely and has me looking forward to more of your posts. Now, IMO I'd extend the second floor in a half circle the width and centered with the door (:so calling it a 2nd floor balcony) and place your summoning hand their. Also can make a little railing with wires forming a balcony. I forget the bookcase completely and either put more columns for artitecture harmony or maybe 77247 pillars of evil directly ontop of where the 1st floor columns are on the balcony. If you indeed decided to go with columns on the balcony, I'd make sure base is facing the top and not on the floor so columns seem to measure two stories.
  12. My thoughts were same as Clearman's in that the pin hole's weren't deep enough. Also have you tried using a 2-part epoxy instead of ca glue? Curious as to how your arm keeps falling off as well, dropped from a height by accident or from game handling? If game handling I'd say if possible drill deeper holes. Could try a super thin layer of green stuff between the two pieces so that the ca glue adhere's to both sides maybe, at least than you know both sides are flush. In any case would like to know your solution.
  13. metal, always metal whenever possible!
  14. the conversion chart I have agrees with strawhat yellowed ivory or tusk ivory HD
  15. So if you like to make your own washes (instead of using citadel's for example) you'll save ton of money, and like any wash, etc, ie they're might be a slight sheen/gloss after drying but once you shoot your mini with a shot of dullcote to protect it, it doesn't show.