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  1. I've recently bought a set of Shadow Warriors/Sisters of Avelorn from GW and assembled 5 Sisters. After applying the primer, I've noticed the box only lists recommended paints for the Shadow Warriors (with blue cloaks), but nothing for the Sisters (in green cloaks).


    I know colours can basically be "whatever you want", but I'd like to paint them in some recommended colours as I'm still pretty new to minis. I've not managed to find a colour scheme for them anywhere online though - does anyone know where I might be able to find some recommended colours?

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  2. For future reference, if you look at horse's eyes you can see they are almost all black or dark brown and are almost always rimmed with black, even on white horses.

    Wow, I never even thought to look. That's a lesson a didn't think I'd learn; look at the real thing that you're painting before you do it xD The hooves probably aren't silver either; I was thinking "oh horseshoes, yeah silver" but really they're just a small ring on the underside. Thanks a lot for that, I'll definitely consider it for the second horse.


    As for highlights and shading, I'm probably going to just drybrush parts of it and then wash it for an easy life with the first model, to get an idea of where I should be painting the highlights and shades. If I can just look at a previous one and pick out the places I'm light/shading, I think that'll be a bit easier for learning, for now :-)


    Thanks a lot for the nice words and advice :-)

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  3. Well I've been going slowly on horse #1 over the weekend, spent about 6 hours on it. I'm sure I'll speed up later on but for the first one I'm taking my time and being patient with it. Some of the finer details haven't worked out amazingly (particularly the eyes) but I'm OK with that, I'll get more accurate as it goes on I'm sure.


    Here's a few photos of him so far - I'll probably make a WIP thread after these pics, but if anyone has any thoughts or comments to close out this thread, I'd appreciate any tips or pointers you can give me :-)








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  4. Again thanks a lot for the replies - it's really nice to be able to ask a question and get a few ideas :-)


    I actually have a set of 5 cavalry to paint (the 40k models I mentioned), Dragon Princes of Caledor. They seem a bit fiddly, but that's OK - if I ruin them it's no biggie, they're my first proper model to make sure I can actually manage a full set.


    I think the order that I need to do things in is this, but could someone check over it and let me know if I've got something mixed up please? :)

    1. Cut the parts out of the mold
    2. Remove flash with a craft knife (I'll get files for a later project)
    3. Assemble the horses with superglue
    4. Attach the horses to the bases (using the long foot-bars through the slot in the base)
    5. Spray horses with primer
    6. Base-coat the horses with brown
    7. Start painting the horses from the inside-out: eyes, hooves, tail, skin, leather under-armour, scalemail barding
    8. Drybrush and then wash the horses to get highlights and shade
    9. (at this point, the horses are complete)
    10. Glue the arms etc. on to the people (again, I'll pin it for later projects)
    11. Prime the people
    12. Basecoat the people with a medium fleshy tone
    13. Paint from the inside-out: eyes, skin, armour
    14. Drybrush and wash the people
    15. Glue the people onto the horses (again, I'd pin for later projects)

    The main thing I'm not sure on is whether it's feasible to glue two painted surfaces together, or would I need to glue everything together before priming anything, then paint it all in one go? I suspect that's the normal way of doing things, but for learning I think I'd like to try to do them separately and glue at the end if it's not going to make them fall apart.


    If I'm completely wrong on anything, feel free to tell me :P

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  5. The next things that I'd work on are going back over any place where the paint has drifted out of where you want it (there are only a few that I can see) and start painting in highlights and shadows.


    I'd focus on contrast on the next figure, and probably highlights & shading on the one after that.


    That's a few people mentioning highlights, shading and contrast now - at present I only have the 6 colours (one blue, one grey, one flesh, one silver, one white and ... something else that I forget off-hand. Maybe a darker grey, or a green?), so I'm just wondering how I'd go about getting shading/highlights without any extra colours?


    I guess highlights I can mix white into the colours, and I can also do some drybrushing (thanks Dr Faust!) if I get a larger brush, but is there any way to get darker colours? As a sub-question to that, is that the normal way to do shading, or would you typically have a few different shades of paint which you can use?


    If I was going to get some different paints, I know Dr Faust mentions Vallejo paints - would something like the Game Color Intro Set be worth getting, or would something else be a better starting point?


    Again, thanks for all the positive feedback :) I'm not going to get much time in the next couple of days to do any painting, but I'll hopefully get some done at the weekend and report back on my progress :-)

  6. Thanks a lot to everyone who's chipped in - I really appreciate it :-) I'll definitely check out Dr Faust on Youtube, that seems like an excellent place to start out.


    @Egg and Cranky, I think I'll probably get more out of your posts when I've watched the Faust videos so I'll re-read those and reply with any thoughts/questions after I get that done.


    I'm just updating the first post now with some photos of my first mini which is very roughly painted, if anyone wants to take a look to see where I'm starting from :P

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  7. I've just been given an old Warhammer miniature kit and decided to have a go at building it and painting it to see if I enjoy it. I don't actually intend to play tabletop wargames with the minis once they're painted; I'm more interested in learning how to paint them properly.
    I've been down to my local Games Workshop to get a couple of brushes and some paints - the guy was very helpful in terms of getting everything I'll need to assemble and paint it - I've got some black primer, two brushes (standard and fine detail) and half a dozen little Citadel paint pots (plus things like superglue and a pair of cutters to put it together in the first place).
    He also gave me a small plastic archer model to practice painting on just in case it all went terribly wrong the first time I tried and said not to worry too much, because it's more about technique than anything. I've done that and it doesn't look too terrible, but I don't really know what kind of technique I'm aiming for. I'll try to get a photo of that when I get home tonight, if anyone reckons it might be useful to see.
    I've looked around online to see if I can find anything to actually learn how I'm meant to go about painting the mini, but haven't really managed to find anything. Does anyone have any advice for starting out painting minis?


    OK, here's a few shots of my first mini: Front (1), Front (2), Back

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