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  1. Latest updates - Gon'Tarr got a bunch of washes! GW Drakenhof Nightshade for his blue tuft. GW Seraphim Sepia for the leather, base, and skills. GW Agrax Earthshade on the staff. GW Nuln Oil on the fur and hair. I tried using the wash medium as well in a mix with Military Green for the skin. His chest also got some Military Green for the nipples. Joeliyn got primed using Reaper's white primer. I also did few quick base coats to start planning out her colors (her cloak still needs some more layers to smooth out the color since I primed white.) I went with Imperial Purple for the cloak, Fair Skin for her face, Pure Black for her hair, Dark Highlights for her staff and sword, and Marine Teal for the stone on the staff.
  2. Last night's progress - I painted the skulls on Gon'Tarr. I used Aged Bone for the bone sections and a mix of 3:1 Bone Shadow to Leather Brown for the horns. With that he is fully base coated so I'll be doing some washes next. I also painted over his base with a layer of Agrellan Earth. Learned a lesson from that - I should have painted the base a coordinating color before using the texture paint because the cracks that appear in the texture show the green stuff through them - woops! Have to figure out how to retroactively fix that. I also cleaned up the flash and mold lines I could find on Joeliyn and gave her a bath. I put some green stuff down on a base and used the Happy Seppuku Temple Courtyard stamp for some rough stone texture.
  3. I've gotten lucky and have had a little time to paint for a few days in a row! Usually between work and family I can't fit quite as much hobby time in. Looking at his photos I was posting here, the rough patch of metal around his stomach was bothering me so I smoothed it out some with some liquid green stuff. I also did quite a bit of touching up some mistakes in the base coats I already put down along with adding another coat of primer to all the sections that will be painted light colors. My husband decided on a color for the staff fur bit (Dragon Blue) so I did a base coat of that as well. I roughed in some eyes with Desert Sand, Dark Highlights, and Ebony Flesh and put some Desert Sand on his tusks. Painted his hair/eyebrows/beard a mix of Dragon White and Weathered Stone. My mini and the bone triad came in the mail today! I wanted the bone triad for the skulls so I'll be able to base coat everything on Gon'Tarr now.
  4. Thanks, @Darcstaar! I got a moment to paint tonight so I added two more base colors - Ebony Flesh for the fur and Antique Gold for the armband. (Plus I reused all the colors from before to touch up all the spots I messed up when painting the fur... lol.) I like how the colors are turning out so far! For the tuft of fur? hair? something under the staff skull I want to paint a pop of color to add some extra interest, but I haven't decided what color yet. I was originally thinking red but I'm still thinking on it, since I don't want it to blend into the wood color of the staff. Maybe a teal?
  5. My husband and I are about to join a campaign to play through the Curse of Strahd adventure for 5e. My husband is playing as a half-orc sorcerer and I am a human fighter. We decided to go with 03879: Gon'Tarr Orc Shaman and 14604: Joeliyn Sister of the Blade as our respective PC minis. They will be the third and fourth minis I have ever painted, the other two being from one of the Learn to Paint kits. My mini hasn't arrived yet but my husband's has so I've made a little progress on him. I cleaned him up, glued to a square base, used some green stuff to smooth out his integrated base, primed him, and put some of the base coat colors down. I've used all Reaper paints so far - their white primer along with Leather Brown for the leather bits, Harvest Brown for the wood, and a hobbled together mix of Camouflage Green, Military Green, and Warrior Flesh for the skin. I plan on doing a base coat of all the colors first to make sure we are both happy with the choices before moving onto washes and highlighting. My shipment with my mini along with some bone colored paints that I need for Gon'Tarr's skull accessories should be here tomorrow!
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    I really like the slobber effect! Your color choices are great too. I like it a lot!
  7. Great job with the orb on the staff! The eyes are great too - such a character! Nice work :)
  8. I have Masters brush soap! I haven't broken it out yet for my cheap brushes though.
  9. I ordered Raphael 8404 brushes in size 0, 1, and 2 from Blick and they arrived today! I'm excited to try them out and see how they compare to the cheap Amazon brushes I've been using until this point.
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    77018 - Skeletal Archer - My First Mini

    Welcome fellow newbie! I also just started painting minis, and started with this kit - the skeleton was my first as well, and I'm just about finished the orc. Nice job!! :)
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    WIP - Learn to Paint Kit (Core Skills)

    Trying to get a feeling for when I am done painting a mini, without infinitely finding things to tweak, is tricky! I experimented with adding rust today by stippling Dark Highlights, Redstone, and Rust Brown onto the sword, shoes, and spikes. I did a final pass with Filigree Silver to add some fresh scrapes and brighten up the edges/tips again. I also did a little bit of lining where the armor meets the skin using a mix of Dark Highlights, Ebony Flesh, and water. I painted the base with GW Stirland Mud and brushed some of it up onto the edges of the fur and his boots. I was considering adding more contrasting highlights to the skin, but I feel like the skin already pops because it is the only color in the mini that isn't a shade of gray/brown. I'm also afraid of messing him up now that he's looking pretty good, haha. I do want to eventually base him but for now, I think he's playable. I think it is time to move onto Mangu Timur!
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    WIP - Learn to Paint Kit (Core Skills)

    I got a few minutes to paint tonight so I tried weathering the leather. I enhanced some of the sculpted scratches, added a few extra, and tried making the edges look more worn.
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    Iron Wind Metals - Battletech Atrean Dragoons

    I recently watched Toy Story with my toddler and the color scheme immediately made Buzz Lightyear pop in my head! These are neat, I like the cohesive color scheme! The green panels really pop, and neat use of insignia as well. I also really like the glossy look of the visors.
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    7580: Ma'al Drakar the Dragon Tyrant

    The shading/highlighting on this is so good - the scales really pop! I also love the lava spill on the base - such a neat touch. Amazing job!
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    Dead Man's Chest - Reaper 03518

    This is such an interesting mini! I really like what you've done with it - your creativity with basing a mini that is so horizontal is neat. I like the pops of color with the clothing too!