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  1. Why is there so little love for Beast? He's smart, he's hairy and he's blue! What isn't to love.
  2. Lineman's pliers are great for cutting wires and other metal things that are too big for you average soldering kit wire cutters. I've done chain link fences with mine. Every house should have a pair. Or, as Cash said, its a good start for a tassel. The sword looks great.
  3. That ogre is pretty awesome for a "quick job"
  4. Goblins are finished. I'm reasonably happy with the improvement in shadow and highlighting compared to my L2PK2 figures http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/51152-learning-to-paint-from-the-l2pks/. I was able to do a second thinned coat to blend them with the midtone without completely washing out either. Still need better control though, maybe a nicer brush would help. L2PK 3 and 4 are in the mail, hurry up!
  5. I added some more shadow and a yellowish highlight to the skin. I'm not sure it looks so different in this lighting with the phone camera. Next up, hats!
  6. I painted the various knickknacks (mostly on their backs) and then added shadow last night. I like the look of the goblins on the right, but over all I am not happy with how the shadow blends. I'm not sure if that's just the way it needs to be for contrast or I should go over with another coat closer to the mid tone.
  7. Awesome shelf. Now I know what to put on my Christmas list.
  8. Those are my normal painting conditions ... this might explain much. I'm struggling with blending too, good luck!
  9. Yes, that does help! I'm mostly working with the paints in L2PK[1-3] so I'm trying to figure out what will work for the highlights and shadows. I've ordered a couple of more paints to fill in holes (orange, purple, copper, brown liner), but haven't committed my budget to buying full sets of triads. I was thinking to just add a darker green (grass green) to the olive for the shadow and olive+sunlight yellow for the highlight, but I have six Goblins so I'll try your colors too.
  10. I've just started painting, so I thought I'd post things I'm working on and hopefully get some hints on where to go next. First up are some Bones Goblins. My two goals for this are to develop better contrast and tweak my techniques so that painting goes more quickly. I started with a base coat of walnut brown for 3 and blacked brown for the other 3. I'd definitely do them all in walnut brown if I had it to do again. Then I put down a base coat of olive green for the skin. The metals are true silver mixed with true black or mahogany brown. Then I put on either oiled leather or ruddy leather for the leathers and made various color hats (for tracking which is which when gaming) The next steps will be to finish base coating the cloth bits and the various accessories and then blending to add shadows and highlights to the skin, leathers and hats. I'll probably had some pure metal highlights to the metal bits too, they don't stand out as well as I'd like.
  11. Thanks. I can see now that the contrast definitely needs to be enhanced. I have plenty of miniatures, better get painting. I think part of the lack of contrast is from too heavy a hand with dry brushing and not enough layers with highlights.
  12. I just started painting miniatures in July, and the very first figures I painted were the L2PK1 ones. I then did a few more miniatures based on what I learned from that and I just finished the L2PK2 yesterday. I thought I'd post some pictures here and hopefully get some feedback on how to improve. I have the L2PK3 and I've ordered 4 and 5, which I think I'll actually do first. I've read through some of the WIP threads and the NMM looks like something I should have more practice before trying. These were all done using the paints from the first 3 L2PKs plus a tan sample bottle. Here are the Giant Rat and Swordsmen from L2PK1. Since these were literally my first miniatures I followed the instructions very closely. I needed some familiars and small animals for a game, so I did these next. I was inspired by the image from the Gallery for my werewolf, and I just noticed that the paint developer at Reaper uses it as her Icon so now I know where it came from! These guardsmen where done using very similar techniques as the Anthurian Swordsman, just different color cloth. The look of dry brushing screams SKELETONS! So I bought some to practice on. I like the Bronze Age look I got from adding a bit of brown to the antique gold from L2PK2. And here are the L2PK2 results which I just finished yesterday. I got ahead of myself and missed that the skirt was supposed to be blue, but I like having it all green. I'll take the metal washers off once the weather cools and I can get a coat of sealer on them. These are all for table top gaming, but I really want to have good looking miniatures to play with. Clearly the first thing I need to do though is get better lighting for taking pictures of my future minis to post.
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