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  1. That is a fantastic face, especially for that scale. I do like the palette you've been using. It feels very grounded.
  2. I have very little experience here, except to say I've got a bottle of Army Painter's Mithril Silver/Chain Mail Silver (it's marketed in two different lines) and I much prefer it to my Reaper Filigree Silver. It has good coverage and is very smooth - no metallic "graininess" to speak of, just shine. No experience with the rest of their products, but I've read good things about their latest metallics line.
  3. I rather like the crowned king. The saffron yellow goes surprisingly well with the gilt armor. I don't know what other color would've liked right for the tongue, but pink suits well enough.
  4. Purple was a great choice for the cloak. Seems like a stone tile mausoleum would be a good base.
  5. Wanted some sci fi minis and I saw this box of Star Wars Legion Rebel Troopers on sale, so I bought it. They've sat in the box since May, as I was a little intimidated at assembling and army painting. Now I feel a bit more confident, so I'm going for it. Started with basing first. I debated on what theme go to with, but I opted for a desert with warm, Kalahari-like tones. Mixed up a few different sand sizes, added some stones here and there. I noticed the commander has his gun pointed down and it was on the same level as his feet. Rather than drag it through the sand, I made a rock for him to stand on. It's actually made of a hickory nut shell I found in the back yard, sanded slightly for a smooth bottom. I debated whether I should glue the minis before basing or after. I decided for after, so I pressed them into the still-wet PVA and sand to make little footholds. Hopefully I won't regret it. šŸ˜„ Primed white, then put down some thinned red before a layer of Marigold Yellow. Drybrushed with various densities of Woodland Brown and Bleached Linen. The rocks got a shot of Dark Highlights before drybrushing. The pic isn't great, but I like the way the texture and color turned out. Again, potato-quality pic. But you get the idea. Superglued the minis to the bases. Now I'm making decisions about base colors. My palette is fairly limited - I have the starter set from the Layer Up kit, and a starter set of Army Painter D&D paints, as well as a couple Folk Art blues. I'm trying out different color combinations to find what I like. I'm being inspired by the Rebel Pathfinders from Rogue One: So a lot of khakis and dark blues. Being Rebels, I'll give them a bit of variation in exact color coordination - maybe this one has khaki pants, and that one has brown or navy. I also want to add at least one non-Human species besides the Duros. I'm thinking either a green-skinned Mirialan, or fuchsia-toned Zeltron.
  6. Love those patterns and colors. Great job.
  7. For your second mini, this is great! I think the color tone is good - a balance of realistic and cartoonish. Perfect for the sculpt. Keep painting! Can't wait to see more!
  8. I'm liking the vibrancy on the fern and in her hair. Nicely done.
  9. Great color choices. That blue is stunning.
  10. Yeah, after I had trouble with coverage, I read a few articles about painting with yellow. I'm working on some desert bases right now that I wanted to have a warm yellow color, so I primed with white and underpainted with some thinned out red before putting down a yellow base color. Definitely helped with the coverage. I'll keep in mind about using red for shadows.
  11. Finished painting up the fifth in the pack, labeled as "Bandit." I painted the desert version first some time ago. There was a lot of experimentation here. I tried to use straight yellow for the first time, applying Marigold Yellow over the gray I primed her in. Bad move, it took 7 coats to cover up the gray. I also tried to make my own brown wash by heavily watering down Ebony Flesh. It ended up somehow sitting more on top of the folds in the clothing rather than in them, and gave the whole figure a muddy appearance. At least the desert base looks okay. I feel better about her autumn forest counterpart. I mixed a green out of combinations of Marigold Yellow and Heather Blue, with added browns for shadows and tans for highlights. I used Daler & Rowney sepia ink as a glaze on the leather, though it came out unevenly. Also used Flesh Wash for the first time. The brown part of the base is tea leaves sealed with PVA, with some painted dried parsley for the red leaves.
  12. I've heard this! I'm going to try it out the next time I paint yellow.
  13. Nice evaluation of its lore. Great choice of color.
  14. Spectacular! You really nailed the subtle highlights in the skin tone. Love the flame effects of the armor and hair, too.
  15. Some time ago, I received a set of Drunk'n Dragon miniatures as a gift. I am strictly an amateur painter, having only gotten into the hobby in the past year (well, at least since high school 20+ years ago). The set has five copies of five models, so I thought it would be good to experiment and practice on. I've been progressing through them pretty slowly, but below are what I've done so far. This sorceress was the first one I painted out of the box. I had just finished the Reaper Layer Up kit, so I used the same instructions for that kit's Anirion for this one. The staff she came with looked like spaghetti, so I swapped in a piece of wire wrapped around a pebble. The base was dried coffee grounds sealed with PVA. The eyes came out googly, but overall I thought it turned out pretty well. I got a set of Army Painter D&D paints, so I tried them out on this ogre. I also experimented with basing. The base is a cut 1" dowel rod disc. I used a mix of plaster, sand, PVA, and cheap brown acrylic paint for the mud. It's hard to tell in the pics, but I was able to get a pretty good ogre footprint in there before it dried. I also had a better detail brush here, so I was able to get the eyes and teeth down. Pics didn't come out great on this goblin, but I feel like I did a pretty good job on this one. Instead of the Goblin Green from Army Painter, I mixed my own green with Reaper Marigold Yellow and Heather Blue. Purple was a mix of Heather Blue and (I think) Dragon Red. I used the same material on this base as the ogre, but I press a stone into the top to get the rough pattern, then carved out the flagstones as it was drying. I'm keen on the effect. By the time I got to this kobold, I was feeling bold about color mixing and layering. The result is a volcano kobold(?) with maroon skin, an orange tunic, and green and blue eyes. I got pretty hit or miss with the color mixing, and some of my shades turned out pretty splotchy. I also experimented in making my own wash with watered down black. It didn't do much for me. Again, pic quality isn't great (trying to figure out how to photograph better), but the skin tone layering turned out pretty good. Followed up the volcano kobold with a tundra kobold. New tools at my disposal: some Folkart paints I picked up at Michael's (Navy Blue, True Blue, and Black Flash), some basing sand from the same, Reaper washes (Black Wash, Flesh Wash, Brown Wash), and a set of bases from Amazon. Still learning how to really use the washes - I toned him down darker than I meant to with the brown wash - but I think the base turned out nicely. I painted the fifth sculpt in the kit, a bandit archer, but I haven't been able to get a good photo of her yet. In painting it, however, I learned that painting yellow over gray is a fool's errand, and I'm already working on version 2.0. for her. Anyway, that's the nonsense I've been up to. Hopefully I'll get better working on these guys and maybe come up with some real creative versions by the time I get to the fifth in each line.
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