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Lord Wehrmacht

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  1. I had much the same issues recently after coming back and what I have done is basically invest in the distilled water. It is cheap. I also use "gunk" which is 4:1:1 water, retarder, flow improver. For the most part the paints are fine. However some will take a bit of mixing in the pallet. (I use a porcelain 7 well flower from Dick Blick) My only issues have been some of the whites, but they are frequently grainy in my opinion anyway.



  2. Thanks for the vote of confidence guys... I just keep saying to myself "have patience, learn from each, and it will always get better!". I mean the reason I started all this was because I want to be able visualize and execute what is in my head on these miniatures. It will just take time!



  3. Heya folks,


    I'm starting to remember things now lol. Of course some of those are things I was doing wrong, but at least I feel better about my brush!

    Anyway this is Elmore Angel from Darksword miniatures. I picked up her and several others from the booth at GenCon. Truthfully between Reaper, Darksword, and Privateer, I could probably live on these miniatures.


    Anyway only the face is done at the moment, but as many of you saw before that is one of my trouble parts in most miniatures. I think very often the highlights are slightly off, and my skin tone tends to be washed out alittle bit. I would like more of a glow to the skin. Oh well something to work towards. Without further ado...




    Truthfully I think my camera helps this mini out a bit. As always comments and suggestions are welcome!



  4. Welp it turned out better than it started, which is good. I think it was a good warm up for remembering what I am doing. I still feel rusty and impatient but I think that will pass with time. Without further ado...








    I appreciate comments and suggestions!



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  5. Heya folks,


    Welp, here it is. The first mini I have painted in three years. To be honest I was tempted to not share this with anyone but I figure maybe by posting it and commenting myself on what all I screwed up it won't happen again.


    First the pictures:






    Here is what I see. Mind you this is probably being over zealous in critique.


    1) I should not have started with the face after such a long time being away from painting. I just over did it, then tried to correct issues, then over corrected right into thick paint.

    2) The lipstick was a horrific mistake.


    3) I watched the new DVD out by Natalya Melnick from CMON and tried, unsuccessfully, to emulate the techniques. My gut says to back up, go with what I know and relearn the brush control before trying fun stuff like wet blending and feathering. (Opinions?)


    4) White primer... I've never done well with it. Despite that many respectable painters feel that white is the way to go, there are equal number of painters that go with black. Black has always been more forgiving for me so I should have led off with it.


    5) The range of hues in the face is wrong, obviously the paint is too thick, but depth should have been created via deeper shadows and less highlight over the high spots.


    6) The hair... oh god the hair. I tried to get cute with the color and ended up making her look like she hasn't colored her hair in awhile. Dark roots and blonde highlights = not good.


    7) The purple isn't bad, which gives me hope. Yes I think the shade hues should be smaller and maybe a broader highlight on the hat but it could be worse.


    8) Something you can't see in the pictures. I can barely sit there for an hour without needing a break... I'm either super ADD or sitting is harder than I remember.



    9) I need patience, thinner paint with better brush control. I need to worry less about layering a.t.m. and focus on clean lines.



    That is all. Comments are always welcome and I will post more over time.



  6. Looking to work in a public library, or at a school district/university? If its the latter there is often jobs to be had in schools south of the Mason Dixon line. However the unions there are very week. So working at a school in the South isnt always the greatist experience by a long shot.



    I would prefer to get a job at a University, however beggers can't always be choosers at the moment. At this point I would be happy with a job in the profession!

  7. Welcome back! Lots of new faces around here since you were here last, and a few of us old ones too.


    So what did you get your masters in?





    Thanks Andy, I am finishing up my masters in Library and Information Science. The real trick will be finding a job in this economy. I might be stuck in the retail world longer than I wanted to be.

  8. Heya folks!


    It is a good bet no one remembers me but I used to regularly paint and post here. Unfortunately, and I know fieldarchy will laugh at this a bit, I took some time off to do the grad school thing. I am now within 4 months of finishing that up and I find myself being drawn back. This time with, I hope, alittle more patience and depth. Having just returned from GenCon (all I can say is wow) I am looking forward to getting back on the horse. To all my old acquaintances, hello again! To everyone I have yet to meet here, I am looking forward to it greatly!



  9. Is there any way to determine, easily without borking up a mini etc.. what is bad paint and what is not.


    The reason I ask is that I seem to spend more of my time fighting the graininess of my paints than I do actually doing any sort of technique. Its getting to the point where I am seriously considering scrapping the whole damn thing till after the holiday and look to another vendor for paints. Im at the point where I cant tell from pot to pot if, when I put it on the mini, its going to grain up on me or not. Its not as though I have no idea how to thin paints. I can put down a very nice skin tone, wash the palette out, and try to put down a yellow or a green and BAM its a POS, which does me no good at all. The ONLY clue I get is that if it comes out thicker than other paints, in a glop say... then I might be fubar'd, until I put it on the mini its never a sure bet.


    And god help me if I attempt to mix paint before testing out each bottle.


    Honestly Im about to hang it up and go back to First person shooters... at least if I got someone dead center the bullet will hit.

  10. Meg,


    I was thinking about the white thing. You know that it is skin, it will diffuse out quite a bit more than cloth or armor will, mostly due to the fact that fur has a ton of little hairs on it that naturally reflect in many different directions. Ultimately that means that the fur will not be as bright as the rest of the model.


    Therefore I think your safe!


    The deepening of the recesses makes it look alot better, and with added spots I think your gonna be ok!

  11. The skin looks great! I wouldnt alter it much at all.


    I think the leopard print is letting it down though. If you notice the thing that makes the real leopard 'work' is that the spots are much closer together and breaks up the overall form the animal. The leopard on the model has much less spot than the leopard skin on the critter. I think you would be best served by expanding the size, or the number of spots. Ya gotta break up the overall look of the skin. Right now it does indeed look like standard leather with more of a runic pattern.


    Just my 2 pennies... ymmv.

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