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  1. Skeletons and Hellhounds and Procrastination, Oh My! Been trying to work out a good way to do weathered bone. Tried a couple of variations here, but can't seem to get the dry brush technique to come out right. The bone white plus dark wash combo works pretty nice on these small fry, but I'm worried that it won't work well on the big boy looming in the back. Does anyone have advice on getting dry brushing to not look so chalky? Or should I do the big one with more traditional layering for shading and highlights? I'm excited to do a WIP step by step for it, as I learn new techniques. I also wanna show off my first attempt at translucent paints, on a hellhound, and my first actually completed, varnished, and ready for basing miniature. The wizard from the LTPK; I spent two months agonizing over him before forcing myself to declare him done and move on. Does anyone else have similar trouble with continuous minor tweaking, or is that something that experience and confidence gets out of your system? Ugh, the reflections really mask a lot of the work, I need to read more of the Shutterbug subforum to learn how to properly photograph my minis.
  2. They really are really awesome. I placed my order on the last day of October and the ghoulie bag wasn't available any more; but I put a note on the order asking if they were still available and they dug one up and left me a very nice note.
  3. - Aarakokra/Birdfolk - Varying ethnicities Would love love love love aarakokra/bird ppl that aren't kenku/ravens. This is a race I haven't been able to find, apart from tons of ravens and maybe one eagle somewhere. Would also love more variation in the Hero minis. Differing hair types or facial structures would be delightful. While I'd love to see, say, hijabi paladins or dwarves in turbans, I get that wouldn't have enough of a market to justify. But cornrows or textured hair seems innocuous enough, or something along those lines?
  4. I used Army Painter's Strong/Dark Tones on those, are those known to be shiny? I didn't know that about the finishes. I'm trying brush-on for primers and finishes, so got the Vallejo bottle. I'll look around for flat brush on finishes. And I'll try not to use floor varnish on my minis, I guess.
  5. Oh man, this is FANTASTIC. I adore the very hyperreal colourfulness; it makes me think of pet turtles and fancy lizards. I wanna put him in a terrarium and feed him crickets.
  6. Hey! So I've been putting paint to minis for about two months, and I've yet to finish one up satisfactorily. So I thought I'd come here and ask y'all for some C&C for a struggling newbie. The Tiefling is an NPC baddie for my DM, and I'm struggling trying to get more detail on his face. I tried adding highlights to his t-zone to make it less flat but getting detail in such a tiny space is driving me mad. I'm also not happy with the highlights on the tail. How do ppl do faces on minis without much detail to the sculpt? I've been struggling with transitions and blending/glazing. On the mouseling the transitions are supposed to be glazing but it just comes out more of a wash with a heavy load of pigment where it settles. I've tried wet blending, but I don't know how to get that on smaller or more detailed/textured areas. I'm a lot happier with my skelly boys, and I'm going to try NMM on the swords. I'm wondering how to reduce the shininess on the varnish (the middle one). I'm using Vallejo matte varnish, but there are still reflections under light. Thanks so much if you've read down all the way here! I know I've got a long way to go, so I'm looking forward to any and all C&C. Edit: Cut this down to just the ones I'm not happy with, and need advice on.
  7. Cool! Super glad you told me about the KS, I didn't know they'd have paint sets as rewards! I'm going to be ordering the second LTPK direct from Reaper, since I'm having trouble finding it for a reasonable price in Canada, somehow. So I'll look into filling out those triads or grabbing a few figures that aren't at my FLGS. Actually, that reminds me of one more question I had; what's other Canadians' experience with the free shipping option? Is it still worth it, with the lack of tracking, or would it make more sense to order less and pay for shipping with tracking? Thanks again for all the great advice!
  8. So like a lot of you, I'm building my paint sets by starting with the wonderful Learn to Paint kits, and wanna figure out what others to get to have a good base set of paints to work from. I'm really liking the look of the dungeon dwellers monster set since I'm starting off on orcs and lizards and frogs and other fun swamp beasties. I've got AP washes in dark and strong tone, and Vallejo white brush-on primer and thinner medium, and was wondering if the clear triads would be a good idea to have, to mix colors I don't have? Or would there be specific paints that would serve better? The liner triad for that good good brown liner prime? A skin tone set? A metal or NMM triad? Or should I avoid MSP paints and get Bones paints instead? I want to avoid going overboard on paints I won't use. I've got a few other newbie questions that I've only managed to find semi answers for. The consensus is that a liner is the best prime for Bones? I've been brushing on Vallejo white prime, but I'm feeling it's coming on too chunky, and I know I can't water it down cause of the plastic's hydrophobic properties. I've read through the First Coat thread but figured it couldn't hurt to double check. The next big headache I've been having is with mold lines. I've been taking a knife to them but they show up again after I put that first layer of primer on. I've had to cut a bit into the plastic under the line to get rid of it entirely and that takes off detail in highly textured areas. These pics show both the line and the primer issues. (Sorry about the poor lighting, I need to get a better light set up for taking pics in) Thanks @Wren for the great kits and the forum as a whole for a whole lot of great info!
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