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    Satheras in the Autumn

    One of the more inspired Satherases I've seen. He goes along very well with the scenic base. Well done!
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    Female Paladin with Morning Star from Dark Sword Miniatures

    Thanks everyone for the kind words. It's nice to hear. May the gods reward you for the NMM compliment, but actually I used metallics. I'm not very good at NMM. I do a version of TMM (True Metallic Metal), which I love doing because it's easier, really fun and there are so many variations. Every bit of metal I do is different and I never quite know what I'm going to come up with. Basically it goes down like this: 1. Base coat of chosen metallic color (in this case I used Cobalt Alchemy from Scale75) 2. Throw down some very thinned and controlled glazes (between 3-10 glazes, let's say, but you could certainly do more). Depending on the paint and how strong I want the color to be, I use something like 1:4-8 paint to water ratio. You have to kind of eye ball it. Start with less water and when you start applying if it's going on too strong then just dilute it a bit more. You don't want to just slap it on there like a wash. You want to control where it goes and you don't want it pooling all over the place. The goal is to make a subtle change. With each glaze, you are slowly changing the color of the metal. You want to start from the lighter colors and work your way up to the darker. In this case I only did 4 glazes. I started with a bright red, then a purple, then a light brown, followed by a dark brown. 3. In the shadowy areas lay down some washes. In this case I used Agrax Earthshade from Citadel, which has become one of my favorites. If you do enough glazes in step number 2 then you might not have to use a wash. 4. This is where the TMM comes in. I just go back and highlight with a watered down version of the base coat color and add in some white for the final bits of highlighting. It looks like a lot of steps but it doesn't take as long as it sounds. The base coat is one pass (with Scale75 paint anyways, because their metallics are awesome), the glazes are quickly applied and should be thin enough that they're dry by the time you're ready to pass with the second color. The wash will take some drying time, so just do some push ups, move on to the shield, or something. For me the hardest part is figuring out where to put the final highlights. I'm kind of a dunce when it comes to that. I use online examples to give me an idea of where to place them.
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    90 minute challenge - Vegascat rolls the bones again

    Can't go wrong for 90 minutes. Good job!
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    #3095 Damar Hawkwinter, Adventuring Wizard

    Actually no, just several thin layers of paint. Glazing I guess they call it.
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    Ithamar, Pale Reaver #03259

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    Painting headaches

    Yes, LED puts out white light.
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    Painting headaches

    Perhaps more light and/or different types of light, i.e. L.E.D.? I use three L.E.D. lamps (all different brands, so it looks kind of ghetto) and I can paint for hours without any headaches or eye strain. My backs hurts if anything because I do this kind of hunch over thing.
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    03160: Krass Omenthrall, your honest opinion

    I love your paint jobs. However, this one is definitely down the list of your best work. It's still pretty darn good though! No one has ever offered to paint a mini for me and I'd be thrilled if I got a mini painted half this good.
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    02986: Eldessa, Necromancer

    I took my inspiration for this mini heavily from Natalya Melnik's (Alexi-Z) version. Fantastic mini to paint.
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    77091: Nienna, Female Elf Ranger

    cannuckotter, forgive me for hijacking your thread a bit here. I tried out the "sketching" per the links above and it worked out pretty well. I spent 3 hours on this mini. I used an airbrush in the first pic, then I did the sketching in the second and the last picture is the final product, of course. I'm pretty happy with the results here. Without the huge base, I probably could have painted this in 2 hours which is pretty good. So anyways, my suggestion is to try out the sketching
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    77091: Nienna, Female Elf Ranger

    Awesome article! I'm going to try this out later today.
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    14576: Crow's Nest Willy

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    03732: Arathanel, Elf Ranger

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    03381: Satheras, Elf Warlock