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Al Capwn

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    Painting, Woodworking, Music, Games (both Tabletop and Video).
  1. Al Capwn

    Best 15 - 20 Reaper Paints to Get

    Pros: It's fairly inexpensive and better than craft paint. Cons: Coverage is pretty poor, and the mica size is a bit large. It tends to look a little more gritty/sparkly compared to say Vallejo's Air. For metallics, I have either owned/used: Army Painter, GW, Vallejo Model Color, Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Color and Reaper. By far the best water-based acrylic I personally have used is Vallejo Metal Color, with the runner-up being Model Air. Metal Color is a bit expensive though. I haven't tried them, but high praise is given to Scale75 as well. Each paint brand has their strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion and experience, Reaper's weakest paints are/were their metallics, some of their brighter flesh tones (tend to chalk easily) and some of their HD paints (which were discontinued). Their advantages are being a US based company that makes their paint in house, a wide range of colors, dropper bottles with agitators, and a thinner consistency (added flow improver) that is more friendly to certain styles of painting, and certainly for beginners who often do not thin their paint at all.
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    Best 15 - 20 Reaper Paints to Get

    I think Doug's list seems really spot on. As others have said, I would pass on Reaper's metallic colors. I use Linen White pretty extensively. Burgundy Wine is another solid suggestion. Other Votes: Ghost White (cool white compared to the warm of Linen White) Candelight Yellow (pretty strong for a warm yellow) Liners (Brown, Blue, and Red) Clears (Red & Magenta especially, for pumping up vibrancy)
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    Deus Vult! Militi Christi Bust by Glitterwolf

    Yep, and I would go fairly bright on the warm browns towards yellows: https://www.aclens.com/Most-Common-Eye-Color If you take a good look at the references there, you can see (ha!) the inner part of the iris has some fairly bright striations of color before diffusing into the darkest colors at the outer edge. Also note that the placement of the reflection (be it more on the iris or pupil) is determined the the angle of the light source. Hopefully that is useful.
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    Deus Vult! Militi Christi Bust by Glitterwolf

    Skin tones are really starting to come together, solid work on the shading so far - you are doing great! Like you mentioned, your photos are overexposed and it is blowing out a bit; might need to diffuse/soften the lighting a bit more. It might be just me, but the eyes look...backwards? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupil That is to say the reflection spot is where the pupil should be, the iris should contain the color and is darkest in both the inner and outer-most edges. Where is your primary light source coming from? Directly overhead, I presume?
  5. Didn't see a post on this one and it is in the final 24 hours. It is from Mythic Games, the originators of Mythic Battles series. This one is a bit less serious and more along the lines of Arcadia Quest/MOBA comic-fantasy theme. It is a skirmish game for 2 or 4 players. Miniatures are on 45mm bases and fall in the 32-45mm range. It appears that the bases are pre-sculpted. If MB:P is any indicator, the quality of the miniatures should be pretty solid as well. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1162110258/super-fantasy-brawl/
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    77279 NARTHRAX

    Very well done! Also a neat use of color theory with the contrast between orange and blue hues; adds a lot of visual interest.
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    Bones 4 Alandin, Elf Paladin

    Very nice free hand and the trim on the robe is very nicely executed; the pictures are seem really overexposed though! Gotta soften that light a bit, because I can tell this is a really good job but the photos are making it look worse than it is.
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    Display Backdrop

    If it is for a competition, I would say a reference picture and freehand. If it is for yourself, do whatever you like. I know James Wappel and a few other artists lay out their idea with a rough pencil sketch, and then start refining from there.
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    Scale75 Inktesity

    Same, only I used Testor's Dullcote (though I'd love to get my hands on the AKI Ultra Matte, it is difficult to find in the states); a quick spray after painting knocks down the shine easily. I think Army Painter and MIG also make an anti-shine, but I can't vouch for them as I haven't used them.
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    ReaperCon 2019 Ribbons

    Is there an old man in a red robe nearby? If so, I would imagine that it is only customary that you take it and hold it above your head as a mysterious jingle plays (da-da-da-daaaaaa).
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    Citadel Contrast paints

    I would also imagine that color correction is a bit more challenging too, if this is essentially underpainting/grisaille. I have found that opaque paints tend to be a bit easier to fix instead of the inherently translucent layers of washes and inks. Edit: Miniac (SDubs) confirmed what I suspected as well.
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    CMON Zombicide: Black Plague

    May/June Something-Something-Dark Side No pictures taken, but additional steps taken for my own reference and when I am able to post some pictures: The flesh was a little more palid than I liked, so I glazed some GW Reikland Fleshshade over it to give it a bit more warmth. I layered up some Desert Stone and Linen White on the torn fabrics. Applied some Scale75 Inktense Green over his lower torn robe-kilt thing. Once again I will be taking a brief hiatus as I am in the middle of packing up for a move...so no ReaperCon this year, and will likely be not picking up a brush to work on this guy for a solid month or two... I will however pack up a travel kit of paints and brushes, so I should be working on something to keep me from going too crazy.
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    Recommendations for "True Colors"

    Ehhh, yes and no. I think what @Cicciopiu is saying is that there are some colors that cannot be built off on the primaries. There are also hyper-bright colors that cannot be mixed. These neon colors are pretty unique. Long story short, it sounds like you are wanting to experiment with a limited palette. Wren did an article about this, and essentially you need a pair of Warm/Cool of the primaries, plus White/Black. Also a brown (such as Burnt Umber) I would highly encourage watching Draw, Mix, Paint on YouTube on the foundations of color mixing and color matching. Specifically Color Mixing Rules to Remember and How to Match Any Color with Oil Paint. The same rules apply to Acrylic as they do to oils. Individual colors are very useful for time purposes, colors that cannot be mixed (ultra neon vibrant colors) and for visually seeing the color you want immediately, rather than by building it up by experience. It also uses less paint in building up particular colors.
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    Herbalist from Bones 4

    I am not an expert, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express one time... @Wren had some good advice on how to apply fabric texture, which would be close to what I would try to do: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/74421-how-to-painting-fabric-fabric-texture/ My gut instinct says that this would be a good exercise to attempt some texturing, and I don't think it should be too challenging as the shape is a single cylinder. Maybe someone more experienced with textures would be able to chime in, as I am far from a texture expert. Otherwise I would eyeball some reference pictures of what looks cool and try to replicate that. Just depends on how much time you want to sink into that part, but as it is molded it is a a simple cylinder that will need a bit of love to have it appear interesting. Worst case scenario is you reset and cover the crosshatching and go with leather or alternatively glass.
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    Moonlit Halfling Archer - broccoli pics

    Very nice, cloak and tunic blending/highlights look very good in particular.