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  1. Wouldn't be the first time I've been called special! And, LOL, actually, I do have a special place in my heart for yellow. I don't often paint yellow, but on the models that I've used it, it's been a lot of fun and done rather well for me. I'm seeing some white and yellow in my future projects, now! The color I struggle the most mightily with, is actually blue - my favorite color whenever I'm not painting. Go figure!
  2. I think most artists, regardless of discipline, can identify with that feeling. When you're "in the zone," everything flows so easily, things just feel inspiring and right, and time positively flies. It's the best! On topic, the mini is coming along nicely. And have I mentioned that I love that he's inspired by Solomon Kane? Because I do.
  3. Nicely done with the makeup! Don't forget to give her eyebrows when you're done touching up her eyes, it will put the finishing touches on her expression :) You've got some lovely blends going on - I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the model coming along!
  4. Another vote for Pig Iron. It's one of my current favorite metals - going on all the smokestacks on my warmachine 'jacks at the moment.
  5. I've had some really excellent luck on past red projects highlighting up with orange/yellow and then glazing back over it with the clear red, working back and forth between the colors until I get the saturation I like. For me, the key to red, as well as black (with whom I have a tense understanding), and white (my favorite, favorite color to paint, no lie) is in the amount of surface area covered by the color serving as the mid-tone. Keeping your highlight and shadow areas small and tight may help in this regard, letting your midtone do more of the work. For example, in your (beautiful!) grandmother example, the shadows in the skirt cover a large percentage of the available surface area, bringing the overall red into that more somber hue -- which works to great effect on that model, but I which I can completely understand might not be what you're aiming for the current project. YMMV, and please feel free to take the suggestion with a grain of salt - your grasp of color, not to mention your painting sensibility, seems to be quite a bit more advanced than mine!
  6. Thanks, Kuro and Mocha! Our paint space is always open to friends, especially if they come bearing food ;) Nothing new to report on Dain yet, hopefully early next week I can put in a little more time and finish him!
  7. Mr. M, we can totally be friends based on your inspiration source. I love the idea to use an Eva color scheme on this guy. Something I find helpful to remember about blacklining is that it doesn't have to be true black (you'll sometimes see darklining used as a term around the boards, and that's more my speed). You might try blue liner if you've got access to it-super dark, but thins and flows like a dream, and it will play nicely with the purple, too. Look forward to seeing this one come along!
  8. I'm up for a 12 hour binge, for sure, depending on finding an available day. Yep rehearsal schedule is packed these days.
  9. Congrats on finishing him, he looks great! The shift to red on his eyes really helps in drawing your eye around the model. Looking forward to seeing what you do next!
  10. These are a couple of my favorite sculpts - I like the colors you chose for them!
  11. QFT, KruleBear. Even though I'm on a somewhat flexible working schedule, the amount of time I have at the paint table is depressingly low these days. There are a lot of minis I want to paint, some of which need that display-level attention, but some of the rank-and-file gaming mooks and test-models (of which this is both), don't need that much time commitment. It's hard to shake the sense that I could make it better if I just put a little more time in, though! Anyhow, a quick update on good 'ol Dain: Now I'm painting something I actually enjoy on this model - hair! It's been a lot of fun playing with the transparency of the paints to build some richness into the color. I don't normally paint with straight-up yellow, but HD Mustard Yellow and a flesh tone (HD Maiden Flesh) are what are making these highlights happen at the moment, tinted with some Vallejo Rust Wash. I'm really liking where the color of his beard is headed at the moment.
  12. Agreed with all the points above. Washes and glazes I make using paint tend to be more matte than the times I have used ink, but only if I keep the number of additives down. As soon as I start to add flow improver or airbrush medium, the gloss comes in. Like everyone else, a quick shot of dull-cote brings everything back down to matte for me, especially if it's so glossy it's hindering my painting. You can always keep painting past that point and then seal it again when you're done!
  13. Gorgeous book freehand! Definitely a nice focal point for the mini. He'll look great on the game table!
  14. I've been looking for an excuse to run a campaign like this, I'll have to check out the Jade Regent path! Looking forward to your upcoming series of thematic minis!
  15. A while back I put together what I affectionately call my "DM Valet." It's a leather wrapped box, which originally was a presentation box for a fancy wine corkscrew. We didn't get the corkscrew, just the box. I gutted the box of its original foam, and it carried a variety of miscellaneous things until it was pressed into service as my DM dice box/partial screen. I lined the bottom in felt, and put a bit of magnetic sheeting in the lid under the textured felt there, so I can change out reference materials on the lid. Since I'm running a DragonLance campaign, right now it's a moon tracker (since the phases of the moons affect arcane magic, and there's a wizard in the party). My moon gems are on magnets, so I can easily move them about in their orbits, but they'll stay put between game sessions. It's large enough to store various bits and bobs, and will allow me to roll a ton of dice - great for what I need!
  16. Finally had a chance to return to the table for a bit today! I mentioned prepping and priming - my D&D campaign is heading for some dwarves, and I need to fill out the ranks, so this fellow is currently meeting my brush. (Reaper Bones 77074, Dain Deepaxe, if you're curious about his pedigree) Here he is all primed up and ready for paint. He's primed with a mix of black and white brush primer, pushed through the airbrush: Yep, that's a big fat craft brush behind his head. I took some classes at ReaperCon on shaded basecoats and glazing with James Wappel, and had a ton of fun painting in a method waaaay different from how I normally operate. I decided this guy would be good to continue experimenting with: One of the major ways this is different from my normal MO is the idea of painting the entire mini at once. Those basecoats were all put down in about 30 minutes, using the craft brush. I know, you can tell. Because I apparently need more of a challenge, I put some metallics into the mix: Painting with metallics is a constant struggle for me. But, the only way to get better at it is to keep trying, so here we go. Also, during this part of the process, my dwarven test subject did not want his face photographed - all those photos came out too blurry to be of use, but once I got a couple rounds in of glazing in some darker colors, he finally got a little less shy: Another round of adding in the darker colors, and bringing back a few midtones and highlights, and here's the progress on his backside. Progress specifically on the bedroll, his sleeves/pants, and picking out the design on his shield. Some shadows were darkened in the armor as well. So far, there are things I like: speed (at most there are two hours in him at this point, which is a huge jump for me), and a sense of unity in the color palette (so far there are only about 6 bottles of paint used). My transitions are rougher than I like, mostly because I'm still getting a feel for the technique, and because there are so many metallics involved - I never have gotten the hang of shaded metallics, and I really want to. I also want to push contrast on him, so the mantra of "higher highlights, deeper shadows" will definitely be coming into play as I move on. This guy is destined for tabletop, though, so I'm going to try to blaze through to get him completed--he won't be my best work, but he's a test subject and a gaming piece, and one of my other lessons I'm trying to learn is that sometimes "good enough" is an acceptable stopping point :)
  17. Along with what everyone else has said, he's got some nice eyes happening as well. I really like your color palette!
  18. Nice on the face! The furrowed brow really helps sell the expression. Any chance you could get a shot of it straight on for the next update? I'm a little biased toward the idea of blonde hair, but that's mostly because when I painted him a few years ago, I used blonde hair with an ivory tunic and cloak ;) Looking forward to seeing more!
  19. Nice! The clear colors are magic! And those runes are rockin. Kuro's on to something with a reddish orange, that would do nicely with the accents you've got going. Maybe something in the neighborhood of rust brown as a starting off point?
  20. I'm all about the purple and teal! There are plenty of fabulous examples of that combo around here. As long as your paints aren't being a pain, purple and yellow, as well as purple and green (all on the same model, no less), can absolutely be done. And, currently trending on the boards, Corporea is showing us that blue and orange can be absolutely stunning. I guess what I'm saying is I wouldn't discount anything out of hand - you'd be surprised what colors will work. Keep your palette simple from model to model to make your life easier, but switch it up as you go - it'll help you make it through 100 models without getting bored. Looking forward to seeing your progress!
  21. I'll chime in with a vote for the gargoyle; I like what you've got started on that one a lot!
  22. Nice paper plants indeed! The camo pattern on the pants is understated but effective. I see why this won Judge's Choice - congrats!
  23. Another factor that might be happening in the face example is paint drying on the brush while painting - a result of smaller/thinner brushes combined with taking more time and care to place the paint on the model. I have run into similar graininess from time to time, but far more often when using my small brushes (00, 000) than my 0/1/2 size brushes. I've not used brush-on-sealer in m paint mix, but sometimes I'll put a tiny bit of drying retarder in the mix to help prevent this - a little goes a looong way, since this will keep paint wet on the model as well (good if you like to do wet-on-wet blending, a pain if you prefer layering on top of dry paint.
  24. If you go with some kind of all-over pattern on the skirt, then that could continue up on the chest area, since they look like the same fabric, if not the same article if clothing. Or you could treat it as a tabard-like garment and put an insignia on the chest. As far as the eyes, it seems from the photo that she's looking over her shoulder. The folds in the fabric look to as though they would agree with the motion of her completing a turn from that direction, so they work for me with the idea she's looking back. I love the richness of that blue! Edited for logic and typos.
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