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  1. Finally got the Cleric all painted up:- His green shirt was bascoated in Vallejo Sick Green and shaded with 1:1 Sick Green/Brenonne Blue (which made a lovely colour I'm going to have to use for a robe or cape one day), his trousers were basecoated in 1:1 Vallejo Andrea Blue/Brenonne Blue and shaded with pure Brenonne Blue. Couldn't find anywhere to highlight either of these parts, can highlighting be an optional step? His boots (which were sole-less too by the way), were basecoated in 2:1 Ruddy Leather/Ravage Red, shaded with Darkened Brown and highlighted with 2:1 Oiled Leather/Ravage Red. Then came the part I've been dreading, the gems! And, as expected, it didn't go too well. They were basecoated in Vallejo Hexed Lichen and then I tried to do that bottom highlight thing in Vallejo Warlord Purple but it did not want to go on, especially on the smaller gems where it simply wanted to flood everywhere. After several attempts I just dotted on the white shine spots and called it a day. Next time I try gems I'll pick an easier colour. And so he's finished, there's a few rough spots that could use a bit more work, but I've reached the point where I just want him off my painting desk. I'm going to concentrate on other things for a little while, but this WIP will return with the Knight (male) and the Deathknight.
  2. And another one is finished, this time it's The Miner:- I wasn't looking forward to painting this guy originally, he looked pretty boring, but it turned out to be rather enjoyable.
  3. She's looking really good so far. I have the same sort of problems with colours, I try to learn colour theory but it never sinks in, so I just tend to go with what I like at that moment.
  4. I think that's rather good, I like the gradient on the horn.
  5. Did the last little bits to the Miner:- I shaded the leather bits with 1:1 Oiled Leather/Ruddy Leather and highlighted with 1:1 Oiled Leather/Linen White. I also discovered his boots have no soles. I edge-highlighted the metals with either Honed Steel or Vallejo Brassy Brass, I wanted them to remain mostly dark and grimy looking. Once the varnish dries, I'll do the base and he'll be off to the finished thread. While I was in a Dwarf tackling mood, thought I'd try and finish this guy:- It's the return of the Cleric, I only got as far as finishing his basecoat though, I'll do some more tomorrow.
  6. Thanks for the piccys. These minis seem to be getting even more amazing with each new one.
  7. No add-ons for other Babes.... I don't know if that makes me happy or sad. Retro sci-fi isn't my thing, but I wish you success in your endeavours.
  8. Ugh. Don't remind me of her, my worst paintjob in ages. At least the Miner is turning out better:- At this point I've basecoated and washed the metallics like usual, his shirt has been shaded with a 1:1 mix of Ravage Red/Ruddy Leather and highlighted with 1:1 Ravage Red/Vallejo Orange Red. His trousers were shaded with 1:1 Brenonne Blue/Ruddy Leather and highlighted with 1:1:1 Brenonne Blue/Ashen Blue/Linen White. Still not entirely sure I'm doing this layering thing right, I couldn't find many places to highlight, but he's looking good. And here he is with his face and beard done. His skin was highlighted with pure Vallejo Dwarf Flesh and a little dab of 1:1 Dwarf Flesh/Linen White on the end of his nose. I left the little bit of visible arm skin unhighlighted. The beard was tricky, it was too small to drybrush but also too small for me to layer. I tried shading it with 1:1 Darkened Brown/Ruddy Leather and highlighting with 2:1 Orange Red/Ruddy Leather to varying degrees of success. I also dotted the goggles with Vallejo Andrea Blue, and his hat lamp is Sun Yellow with a dot of Linen White in the middle. Since I didn't want to waste too much paint I didn't thin down my Blue,Yellow and White and it was terrible to use! So sticky and unresponsive! I can't believe just a few months ago I painted whole minis that way.
  9. Has anything been said about the existing Babes being made available through this new Kickstarter? Depending on the answer this month could get VERY expensive.
  10. Yeah, if I was after troops I'd rather have the one on the right. I thought they were just making them smaller to give the Heroines a slightly larger than life appearance, not mucking about with their proportions. Next time I'll actually read things and not automatically jump to the conclusion that arguements on Kickstarter = pointless whining. On a nicer note, Raven looks fantastic! Pity she'll probably won't be a $10 figure.
  11. Back to Dwarfs! I still can't face finishing the Cleric, so I'm starting on the Miner:- Just basecoated so far. Colourwise I've used: Shirt - Ravage Red, Trousers - a mix of Brenonne Blue and Ashen Blue (can't remember the ratio, I kept fiddling with it until it resesembled jeans), Glove, boots and leather bits - Oiled Leather, Metal bits - Blackened Brown for steel, Ruddy Leather for Brass, Skin - 2:1 mix of Vallejo Dwarf Flesh/Ruddy Leather, Beard - 2:1 mix of Ruddy Leather/Vallejo Orange Red.
  12. Basing is still my great weakness, I was going to add a bit of grass and drybrush some highlights on the rock he's standing on, but I couldn't work up any enthusiasm to do it.
  13. I see, it sounded like the typical 'why isn't this model an exact replica of the artwork' nonsense, but I hadn't looked at the Trooper renders (they don't interest me) and now I totally get why some people would be annoyed. But it looks like they get it too, so hopefully things will work out.
  14. System checked! Yay! Trying not to get too excited though, even after it ships there's still a month of customs men prodding my package to go.
  15. Well I'm in for the painter pledge (and maybe a motorbike and the Lulus). Had a quick skim of the comments page while I was there, so how long have they been arguing over 2mm?
  16. I'm jumping on the bandwagon and painting a lot of Bones! As I finish them off in my WIP they'll be displayed here, comments and criticisms are, as always, most welcome. Here's the first one, a Werewolf:- I think the skin could've used a bit more work, but I'm happy with him.
  17. that's right, you get Drusilla in addition to your choices Edit: Or rather, it's Drusilla and $80 worth of stuff Thanks. I thought that was the case, but I figured I should check, don't want to miss out on Dru.
  18. Been looking at this one again, the painter level is 8 heroines + Drusilla right? It doesn't just unlock her as a heroine choice?
  19. I like the leggings, they're very funky.
  20. My first battle against the Horde ended in defeat, but I must fight on. Painted the Minotaurs skin, and it didn't go very well. From the basecoat I layered on midtones of Oiled Leather (which didn't want to go on) and highlights of 1:1 Oiled Leather/Linen White, it doesn't look too bad in the photo, but its really patchy in real life. I tried saving it with a glaze of Oiled Leather, but I couldn't fix it. I admitted defeat and put him back on the shelf to tackle another day. I moved on to the (I assumed) easier Werewolf:- Here he is with a Vallejo Heavy Brown undercoat. And here he is basecoated. The skin is done in a 2:1 mix of Vallejo Dwarf Skin/Ruddy Leather and the fur is a 4:1 mix of Sun Yellow/Oiled Leather. I finished off his fur first. The basecoat was washed in Oiled Leather, then I reapplied the basecoat as a drybrush followed by a drybrush of 1:1 Sun Yellow/Linen White. I got a little heavy-handed in places with my second drybrush, but it does look rather good. ....Then it all went wrong. I started working on the skin and ran into the same problem I had with the Minotaur, it came out very blocky and patchy. I went away, had a think, came back and ended up with this:- I re-basecoated his skin in pure Dwarf Flesh, washed it in a 1:2 Ruddy Leather/Dwarf Flesh mix and applied some very thin Ruddy Leather in the deep creases. I then went back over the skin with Dwarf Flesh and added some 1:2 Linen White/Dwarf Flesh highlights. It doesn't look that great, especially on the legs, but it's serviceable and I now know how to fix the Minotaur when I start on him again. I think I need to tackle my L2PK4 sooner rather than later, learn how to paint muscles. And here's the little details done. His claws and fangs are done in Vallejo Bonewhite with Linen White highlights, he also has Blood Red eyes and a Vallejo Hexed Lichen tongue. Now I just need to finish the base and I can claim my first victory over the Horde!
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