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  1. I finally got around to putting paint on some Frostgrave figures the past couple of days!



    I started by doing a basecoat of black primer with some brown mixed in, followed by a zenithal highlight with some white ink. There are a couple of wolves and a boar in the foreground, to be used as hounds.



    I chose this piece to be my brother's tracker. She may not have a qurterstaff, but she fits the vibe, and I'm not not hell-bent on WYSIWYG. She's hiding on the left of the baove photo.


    While taking these WIP shots, I was wondering to myself, "should I change out my wet-pallette sheet? No, I should be fine."



    ...then this happened. I'd absentmindedly set my pallete on the chair to take pics, and then sat on it out of reflex :lol: I know where I'm not setting that down again, even if for "just a moment."




    While I had the airbush out, I decided to get some quick basecoats on some big-boys I plan on painting soon.



    Sorry for the dark pic, but you're not missing much, This is where I stopped last night. Got some decent colors and gradients established. It was nice to paint something that I didn't feel any pressure about doing "perfectly," for a change.



    I used some trageted shading in the recess areas to add some needed contrast and definition. Looks nice, now they all just need some little finishing touches.



    I decided to tackle my brother's apprentice, too. I mostly used paints that were thinned to the point where they almost acted like contrast paints, and did a couple layers. I also did some needed washing on the drown and tan. This was a nice and fast way to get some good contrast and defintiion on a mini. I think I only spent 20-30 minutes getting him to this point.


    Thanks for reading, as always!

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  2. This turned out great! I was unaware of the story behind the scene, it's a lovely one. AND it's a gift? That's heartwarming ::):


    I think your compostion of the scene is superb. It has good balance, and the shapes/lines really draw your eye to St. Meinrad. I think you could have done a little extra highlighting on the head and shoulders of both the ravens and Meinrad, just to make them stand out a bit more from the background. The crucifix gets a little lost next to the log, too. I think an edge highlight would have been a good candidate to better separate the two. Nonetheless, it's a great looking piece!

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  3. On 9/2/2020 at 12:29 AM, Glitterwolf said:

    Yup the wings are getting even more amazing.

    Really cool!


    On 9/2/2020 at 7:29 PM, DragonWyrm said:

    The wings look so good, with the bones having the red skin show through and the texture.

    Thank you both very much!


    I did some more work on the wings, mostly getting the areas on the fronts that I hadn't yet done, as well as a little bit of extra highlighting in some areas.




    It appears I didn't thin my paint quite enough when I was doing the folded wing, so I'll need to go over that to soften those lines. There's also a good bit left to do on that wing, and then there's the backs of both. I won't worry too much about the back of the folded one, expect what's 1) easily accessible and 2) would have enough light for it to matter.


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  4. I did about 90 minutes of work on the outstretched wing tonight.



    I covered a fair bit of the wing, using some dashes of thinned Kantor blue, and then some thinned Sotek green. The blue ends up being more noticeable IRL and has a very slight purpley tone to it, which I hadn't previously noticed, but am fond of. I'm reallllly liking how this is looking, and I'm confident that this is the way for me to proceed.

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  5. On 8/31/2020 at 12:10 AM, Glitterwolf said:

    This model is worth all the effort!

    It absolutely is! It also helps that I seem to be enjoying myself when I paint it.


    Short update for today. I went ahead and did some airbrush glazing to tone down the wings.



    Here's a quick shot while I was working on him. Here I did a pass with fairly thin Kantor blue. Definitely a step in the right direction. You can also see that I masked off the model with some saran-wrap. I highly recommend it for larger figures, as it was fairly quick, and it's reusable.



    And here's a shot of when I finished. I did one step between the two pictures, which was to add some black into the mix, and be a little more liberal with how much I was coating. After that, I cleaned out the airbrush and did a highlight pass with some thinned Sotek green. I think I'm starting to see it coming together. Now I just need to start building up all those dashes with a brush.



    A close up of the texture. I'm liking the...soft roughness? of it. I think it's starting to walk a line between velvety and leathery, which is good. I think applying that technique with these watery colors will get a result close to what I've envisioned. Oh, and ignore those little coffee stains, the airbrush was being uncooperative. But, overall more cooperative than it has been, which I think means I'm starting to figure how to balance out my paint/thinner/air pressure levels.


    I think I'm going to continue some work on the wings until I'm more confident with how I'll do them. I have most of the other model figured out, so I want to add this to that list. Then, I can just keep working on whatever grabs my attention most, until I've checked off everything on the list.


    EDIT: The second picture kept uploading upside down, so I rotated it 180 to compensate. It's worked on my end, please let me know if it's somehow upside down for you, and I'll re-upload it.

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  6. 8 hours ago, Samedi said:

    Thanks for your kind words, @AussieAusborn! I always enjoy reading how others have tackled their problems and what techniques they used, so I tried to give something back. Maybe that way I can help someone not run into the same issues as I had.

    You're quite welcome! And I agree, the sharing of processes with both their successes and failures is part of what I love about these forums.


    8 hours ago, Samedi said:

    I learned a lot during this project. There are three youtubers who really helped me with all my questions: Vince Venturella/Hobby Cheating, Lukes Aps/Geek Gaming Scenics and finally The TerrainTutor (thanks @Standifer). I would highly recommend them to anyone who hasn't watched them already.

    I wholly agree, these are great channels. They're invaluable learning resources!


    8 hours ago, Samedi said:

    At this point I would like to thank all of you for your help, your input, your encouragement and your support! Sometimes a simple "looking good so far" went a long way in getting me back to the table.

    It's remarkable how powerful a simple encouraging comment can be.


    I'm looking forward to seeing it without a bowl covering it! ::D:

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  7. On 8/29/2020 at 12:57 AM, Glitterwolf said:

    It's beautiful!


    As for the superglue spillage, if you can't get it fixed, paint that blood red ( vallejo has some cool fresh blood and dried blood) it's a barbarian, being covered in the blood of his enemies would not look bad.

    Also..use a superglue gel or use a wooden skewer to apply it.

    Spillage can ruin a mini.

    Thank you! And that's some great advice, thanks! I could go a few different directions with it, but I agree, blood does seem to make the most apparent sense...:lol: I have set of super glue applicators I've been using, to great effect. They're essentially a nozzle extension, that's rather long (~3" or 75mm) and narrow, maybe 1mm interior diameter. It's made controlling the glue much easier, and as a bonus, I don't have to mess with taking the cap on and off.


    I have another small update on the dragon for today. I worked on building up the color on the wings, and I did some work on refining the light and shadows of the red on the tail. I remembered to take some pictures in between some steps, to help see what the process is like. I'll strive to do this more in the future.



    I started by doing a heavy drybrushing of an aqua color I mixed using my previous blues and bone/cream. I had just watched a Vince Venturella video about doing fine hair/fur textures on animals, and wanted to try using that texture. I found that doing a "sloppy" drybrushing yielded somewhat similar results, and in a fraction of the time. Since I'm still 'sketching'/figuring out what I'm doing, I'd much rather save the time and further iterate on ideas, instead of investing a load of time into something that doesn't work out. Overall, I though this was a step in the right direction. And now to add some much brighter highlights, using the same method....



    The wings are both now much brighter and messier :lol: I had a hard time replicating the nice, short strokes I got with the previous color. It still looks pretty alright, and is again, a step in the right direction. I do like the feel of the texture, I think it's worth trying a section in the controlled way shown by Vince. However, I think it's too bright overall. So I'll try using some very thin blue and black glazes with the airbrush to bring down the overall brightness, first.


    I tried hard to get an overall shot that has the tail well lit, so you can also see the work I did on the it. I brightened up the shadow a good bit overall, and also extended the brighter areas that sandwich it more. Overall it looks good, I think it needs to be a smidge darker in the middle of the shadow. I kind of miss how much contrast there was.



    Here's another shot of it. It's difficult the get a good shot of something with so much curve.


    After all of this, I spent a good while cleaning out the airbrush. I've only used it about a dozen times, so I'm still learning all of the ins and outs, and all of the variables that go into making do what you want it to. It's now ready to be used, and I think I'll do that tomorrow.

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  8. 2 hours ago, Samedi said:

    It took some time to blend the new parts of the base with the rest, somehow it looked off all the time. I just randomly washed and drybrushed and washed again - and then, suddenly, it fit. 

    This is my experience when working on rocky textures. It turned out quite well! You have some nice tones going on in those rocks, too.


    2 hours ago, Samedi said:

    The lichen was a bit tougher. I tried to make a wasch of walnut brown, but it tended to stick to the wrong parts or not at all. The dry brushing attempt (olive green) did not go well as the lichen was still too soft. Finally tried some very careful overbrushing with a fairly wet brush using slightly thinned paint - that worked. Adding the walnut to the thinned PVA-glue would have been the better way - or even soaking the whole lichen in thinned and tinted PVA-glue before applying it to the base. 

    Thanks for taking us through the process. And I think you're right about soaking the lichen in a PVA mix, that would have saved some trouble. Good to know for next time!

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