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  1. I'm reaching the point where I would like to invest in slightly higher quality brushes. I know all the recommended brands and what not, but before I do so, I'm curious as to the best way to store brushes between sessions. I typically, rinse out my brushes after each session, clean 'em up with the Masters Brush Cleaner and Restorer, rinse back out, place a little plastic "sleeve" over the bristles and plop them handle down/tip up in a jar. Anything else recommended? I've made some brushes that are low in quality and recommended away from last a loooong while by doing this, and some of them are now leaning toward a dovetailed natural state, hooking, and splaying out a bit. Thank you folks.
  2. Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try next go around.
  3. Thank you Glitterwolf. I like how autocorrect "fixed" his name from Denethal to Dental...and the fact that I missed it.
  4. Painted this little fella up a few years back...before my skills became rusty. Now trying to get back into the game and learn new things outside of dry brushing. Either way, enjoy.
  5. Thank you Glitterwolf.
  6. Heisler, I have General's Kimberly watercolor pencils. Cheap, multipack I picked up a few years back. I mainly use these on hard line panels like on the WizKids Transformers, or CAV type of minis. May consider weathering pencils. You've been helpful, thank you.
  7. Practiced some glazing and using transparent paints on this one. I am pleased with the outcome, yet C&C welcome. (I have a light-box/photo box on the way, so my lighting has washed him out a bit.
  8. Finished Lou up. Posting the final product in the "Show-off" forum. Thank you for your help again.
  9. Thanks Heisler. I'm painting the WizKids Transformers models right now...using Reaper Paints, and I couldn't get a sense of depth on the hard square panels. I noticed as I worked around touching up some places here and there that the water color pencils easily rubbed off...wanted to prevent that. Once again, thank you.
  10. Any of you who happen to use water color pencils to make "extreme" edge highlights, have any of you also then sprayed down with a matte varnish afterwards? If so, does it negatively effect the pencil lines?
  11. Next step. Went with the clear blue. Liked it, darkened things up a bit so I did a lot of glazes also of varying shades of purples and blues. Not the effect I was originally going for, but this turned out quite all right for my skills. Still need to do more shading and a bit more highlighting too...and other areas to "finish" him up. I have been dry brushing a light aqua blue and a light "pea" green color and have been happy. I think in the end I will also gloss coat him or use water effects to make him appear slimy.
  12. Thank you. I do have transparent paints, including a blue. This is my first foray and I'm mentally prepared to strip as necessary. I do think as I continued to slap paint around onto it last night, that I inadvertently did some wet blending. I'm at a point in my hobbying where I want to pay attention to what I do as I stretch my "tool box". I got base coat, wash, and basic highlighting down...as well as dry brushing too. Just stretching now and being intentional with new stuff. Thanks to all and once I give some more effort, I'll post more pics along the way.
  13. Playing around trying something new. I'm fairly rigid with my thinking and just trying to do something where colors that don't blend really fade into others is stretching me. Would a glazing technique work here? Or does that really only work when one color and doing highlights/shading?
  14. Thank you. I've tried it with spray primers...not a lot of control on the white part. I don't own an airbrush, so I shall try brush on.
  15. Do you have a link to how you do your black/white priming? I've tried without getting decent results. I'm sure I gave up too easily, but am wanting to get some pre-shading/highlighting done on the primer level myself. Thank you.
  16. Odinsgrandson and James Wappel do some bang-up jobs. I'm thinking of leaning toward the Playmobil look and trying to figure out if I needed a "separation line" between the brown eye and the flesh of the cheek. Thank you for all the tips.
  17. So, I'm working on this Rivet Wars figure. I'm thinking of giving him brown eyes, but didn't know if it would look better by leaving a black outline around the eye. Not looking at painting his eyes to look like regular eyes, but any thoughts on what to do rather than a brown orb with a black dot for an iris would be welcome. Thank you. BTW, can't remember where I found him, but he isn't from the game, he is about 3 inches tall.
  18. For some reason, I liked him green and wanted to practice with green. I also have a tendency to ignore fluff. That's the best metallic I've done. I used the P3 blighted gold which is very close to RMS's Ancient Bronze. Gave it a wash with P3 armor wash, then some old fashion GW Devlan Mud, threw the older GW Purple wash on there. Then rusted it up with SWM Rust Brown, Rust Red, and a tad of Rust Orange. (Just in case you were interested.)
  19. Lost all my pics for my WIP, so no overly wordy link to blog. I did try some new things. (I'm not brave with pushing my limits to improve, but getting there.) First time using weathering pigments. First time with Scale 75 paints. Still need to thin paints more and layer up more, but I'm quite pleased with the results if I don't allow myself to be over critical. C&C is welcome and appreciated. Thanks for looking.
  20. Just to pipe in, I've left metal minis in Simple Green for months. No ill effects to said minis. Have done plastic GW'a for a month also no ill effects. Have not tried Bones, but did put Finecast in Simple Green for a few days; the tiny fiddly bits like a mummy's wrap blowing in the breeze and the spear became quite pliable.
  21. @redambrosia: both. The paints were old Reaper Pro Paint metallics leaning more toward pink. Then did a red wash which deepened the tone. @inarah: blank sheet of paper, gotcha. Plain white paper?
  22. So, finally managed to get some larger pictures up thanks to some folks in my last Show-Off topic. I'm still working on cutting out the "background noise" of the photos. I downloaded Gimp and am in process in cutting out the entire background on my next posting. We'll see if I figured it out or not by then. WIP is posted on my blog for those who are interested. http://wumbysworkshop.blogspot.com
  23. Seriously, thank you. I use Picasa and have a "web folder". It's a google program which works well with the google based blogger. I've only been able to find an "image address" through the anti-climactic Google+…which has rendered me with tiny images on forums. I'll do this on my next completed project: Super Dungeon Explore's Princess Ruby, who looks very much like Princess Peach from Mario games.
  24. @Mierot: Metal. I have the Riddler, Robin, and the Heath Ledger Joker. All are metal. @MiniCannuck: I don't play any games, I like the painting piece, don't like the prep piece, but painting is therapeutic for me. I need to stretch my skill not only with painting, but photography, and posting photos. I'm thankful for TGP for the larger pics and for CashWiley for the gentle prodding to be more friendly in posting pics.
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