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About maelgwynn

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  1. I paint in oils on canvas anyway, and I'm old enough to remember that artists oils were considered the ultimate figure painting medium back in the early 80s when i first got into this kind of thing, but I can't recall ever painting a miniature figure in oils before. Well, not entirely, I'd done the occasional oil wash of Paynes grey or burnt umber over an acrylic base, but not the whole figure... Well, first time for everything! This guy is being painted with "mixing" white (titanium is the only pigment listed, but whatever additives are used must tone it down a bit), burnt umber, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson permanent, and viridian hue (pthalo pigment). Yes, it takes forever to dry - days versus seconds for acrylics - but blending is a dream, and I love the slightly transparent, porcelain look of the skin tones. I'm quite looking forward to tackling a more human subject with oils! Does anyone else use oils on figures, even if only occasionally?
  2. Here's a few more progress pics. The steel is Humbrol metalcote enamel, and the bronze is Coat d'Arms bronze acrylic. Still some lining and detailing to do, and I'm planning something freehand for the shield design.
  3. Thanks all for the comments and welcome! I'll have another progress pic up shortly, as apart from the shield I'm nearly finished with this guy. Loth, the sensible answer to "why enamels" is in my experience, metallic enamels tend to have a finer ground pigment than metallic acrylics, and thus look more like metal than glittery paint. At least as important, though, is that I just enjoy playing with different mediums when painting, and I actually enjoy the smell of enamels and thinners (in small doses). Thanks again! More pics coming up!
  4. Still have to do the shield, metallics and some details, but I've loved this sculpt since I first saw it in a magazine ad in the early 80s, and I'm thrilled that The Viking Forge is keeping these old figures available. Painted with Reaper paints over Humbrol enamel primer, though I'll probably use enamels for the metallics when I get there. Comments and criticism welcome!
  5. I've had a few years away from gaming and painting miniatures, new business and two new kids tend to throw a wrench into hobby time... Now that things are kinda settling down, I'm trying to get back into shape with some Bones figures left over from the very first kickstarter. C&C welcome, thanks!
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