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Joe the Revelator

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  1. I'll start with the darker skin tones and work my way up to mid tone, back down a bit on the shades, back up to the highlights. Use very thin glazes as I work to add depth and each progressive highlight will be a smaller and smaller area.

     

    I also recommend checking out these tutorials:

     

    CMON - Ethnic Skin Tones

    WAMP

    Massive Voodoo

    Fantasy Games

    Chest of Colors

     

    Sweet vesuvius, those links are helpful. Thus far I've been guilty of doing a flat "skin" color for everything flesh, using highlights on leather, armor, metal, etc, completely neglecting complexion. So thanks for this thread!

     

    Also, shoulda named this thread: Dexter Morgan: Skin Recepies

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  2. It's gorgeous! Where did you pick it up?

     

    Powell's Books in Portland Or.

     

    In no way was I implying anything about Christian bibles, or a LOTR vs. Bible kind of thing. But as an aside, Galdolf would stomp Elijah or Enoch like it was his job.

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  3. So I just purchased the 50th anniversary Lord of the Rings collection, and I gotta say, it looks kinda like a gold-lined book I've seen in motel drawers before... Something, biblical?

     

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    Anyway, figured I'd share. :upside:

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  4. Nice! What made you choose the yellow highlights on the fleshtone? (or am I seeing that wrong?)

    Either way I like it in that lighting. I absolutely love the white ribbing over the black cloth. And the heighlights from her dress into the plant vines bring it together in the best way.

  5. I see you didn't go with the hobo-Radagast, as seen in the Desolation of Smaug. Are you sure you don't want to reconsider your position? Maybe add a funny Canadian hat with bird droppings on it?

     

    Great job, though. I wish the wizards that hit our game table looked half so nice.

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  6. I don't see why. Batman went from Arthur Conan Doyle style detective, to leather-daddy, to Muay Thai fighter. I mean, I like Batman, but he's changed genre/style so often he might as well be a catch-all for moody-broody sleuthing.

     

    I say we all celebrate Conan sword-in-yer-arse day instead.

  7. Pewter or lead I strip (with caution!), but there are so many awsome new bones to buy, if I shame myself with an old paintjob, I hand it off to my gaming group as community property. It's a time vs. effort equation.

     

    Having said that, I repainted a dwarven army (pewter) recently with a new, cohesive scheme, and it was totally worth it. I was able to vary the skin tones and hair, yet keep the same cloth/armor scheme. The satisfaction of repainting an army to your most recent ability is unparallelled. If you can't do better, and faster, in Bones, then it pays to update an army to its fullest potential.

  8. That moment when someone stops you while you're shopping at 7-11 and asks "why are you whistling 'a lot like christmas' in July?"

    And you responed: "No, it's 'alot like fish-men'." and when they look at you funny, explain; "Reaper introduced me to it. This is the mp3!"

     

    So yah, any day now, straight-jackets!

     

    In other words (as I've said already) thanks for turning me around on the eyes thing.

  9. One thing rather than carve out the paper on the foam core, use Drywall patch on the outside and while it is still wet put in the lines.  Also works for adobe buildings or Tutor buildings with beam and plaster outsides.  (I know that is not the right name for tutor outsides, but I am having a brain freeze for the correct name)

     

    Funny you mention that, I was originally going to try for a black beam on white adobe look tudor, and I even had the spackle to do it. I think my inclination to try to stack the finished stone block-segments into a fortress won out. Which isn't as impressive as I originally pictured, since the flat tops lack the crenellation to really define it as a fortress.

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    With this new #1, I'm tempted to go back in and attempt those steps...only risking screwing up the eye on a more or less complete project :)

     

    Do it on the next project. If you go back to fix all your old projects as you learn new things, you'll never start a new mini. At some point, you need to declare, "It's done now."

     

    (Different story for contest entries, but even there, after you've entered it, it's done now.)

     

     

    To keep myself from doing this with some of my older creatures (read: poorly painted) I hand them off to my players as community property to be used in their side games, unless they're special somehow and deserve to be retouched.

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  11. Even back in Zer Old Days I can recall most of the minis I had (Ral Parthas, mostly) had exaggeratedly large eyes to be seen, I guess.  I didn't have too many male figures to compare, but I have noticed these days how it seems that female figures' eyes on average are larger than male figures' eyes.

     

    Then there are places like Hasslefree, whose sculptor makes all his eyes realistically sized.

     

    Jen painted this Hasslefree mini with little, tiny, realistically-proportioned eyes.

     

    I don't know how she managed it, but they look great.

     

    Wow, this changed my mind. I've just been on a mystical adventure thanks to you. I checked the old galleries I used to haunt for inspiration and realized that the eyes I love the most are the most realistically proportioned. I guess some of the professional work with bigger eyes were wierding me out-- pinging off my "uncanny valley" radar.

     

    This kind of solves eyes for me (at least on a conscious level). Thanks.

     

    Oh, and that Trista looks amazing even with big eyes.

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  12. I hate eyes on miniatures. There...I got it off my chest.

     

    I'm not bad at painting eyes. Some of the FAQ's on these boards are top-notch concerning the subject. And when I see what the pro's can do, the first thing I think is "Wow, what talent. Those are amazing peepers." Which is usually followed by "And I don't like them."

     

    Maybe it's because they look too cartoony. Maybe it's the scale. Maybe it's the flat or amorphous features around the face, or the size limitations, or maybe (most probably) my brain is broken. But I seem to gravitate toward implied eyes with shading, glasses, goggles, and low eye-hiding helmets.

     

    Don't get me wrong-- some mini's I've seen absolutely look better with eyes. But for your standard soldier or wizard, they look goofy to me. This is probably just me.

     

    Anyway, thought I'd bring it up and see if anyone feels the same, and if they approach mini-painting differenly because of it.

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