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Everything posted by aku-chan

  1. Oh no! A dreaded double post! Finally got over the worst of my cold, so its back to painting:- Considering how alien this method of doing skin is to me, I don't think that's too bad for a first attempt. I need practice though, lots and lots of practice. Also gave Tsuko a second skin highlight and he looks better for it, forgot to take a pic though.
  2. Poor Jody! I don't mind waiting or metal mini's, but I already spent a bit too much pledging for the complete plastic set, so I don't know if I'd be willing to pay for more shipping charges or a resin upgrade. Guess I'll just have to wait and see what options come up.
  3. I ordered the Liquitex stuff in the end, I wanted to pick up some brush soap (gotta learn to take care of my brushes if I ever want to upgrade to the fancy kind) anyways, and the artshop had both.
  4. Good stuff, the eyes are really well done.
  5. So that's where I've been going wrong! Once I've got over this stupid cold and my painting mojo returns, I'll give it a try.
  6. So that's why the pen option never worked right for me, I brought a Micro pen. One dot would cover the whole eye!
  7. RAAAGGGGGEEEEE!!!! Why is my Tsuko the only one where I can't see the highlights Looking good so far BlackDuck.
  8. Yay! A couple of months from now I should be getting mine then.
  9. Reading through that thread it sounds like the Liquitex stuff is a cocktail of all kinds of things, so I think it's that or nothing.
  10. Do you know if something like Vallejo's Matte Medium would work just as well? I can get the Liquitex stuff, but Vallejo products are just easier (and cheaper) to get.
  11. Yeah those things are a nightmare to try to paint neatly, and his hairbands were even worse! Yeah, Reaper did a really good job on selecting the mini's for these kits. Every bit of them seems to teach you something, or builds on things from the previous kit. Almost done! I went back over his belt and shaded it down again with the base grey, and painted up his weapon. Now I just need to fix up where the gold escaped (I hate painting with thinned gold, it seemed to lose all its sparkle unless I was really heavy-handed with it, but then it goes everywhere, of course). After that I'll finish off the base and post a finished pic. Then it's on to the dreaded Sorceress mini! I'm not as frightened of painting her as I was, the Monk was slightly easier than I thought he'd be and I feel I did a decent job on him. So hopefully it'll work out with her too.
  12. Sorry for the double post, but there's been a tiny bit of progress on the Kickstarter front. The banking issues are mostly resolved, so a few more days and their KS should go live, plus more art:- Best character concept yet IMO.
  13. Went back over his skin highlights again, I think I can see a difference, in places, maybe. Also painted his fancy trousers, had real trouble hightlighting the grey parts, I certainly need to redo his belt completely.
  14. I'm in the middle of painting one of my all-time favorite mini's, Bushido's Puppet Master:- And looking at that, I've realized my version has one arm in the wrong place
  15. Keep it shiny! Makes it look all crystally and stuff.
  16. My L2PK adventure continues in a new place! Here they are all primed up. I'm going to do the Monk first, as he seems like the lesser of 2 evils at the moment. Learning from my Man-at-Arms last kit, I did his eyes before basecoating (still don't get how anyone manages to paint eyes, I'm beginning to suspect they use witchcraft). I also lined him at this stage, not sure if I did it right (unfortunately I don't have a picture of him lined, I dropped my netbook while sorting out my photo's and it killed a few of them). Then on to his skin:- Looking okay so far, but I'm having trouble seeing where I've highlighted his skin, am I doing it wrong or is it supposed to be really subtle and my stanky old eyes just can't make it out?
  17. I'm not going to shorten it, but I might try to coil it into a more interesting shape.
  18. Exactly! And the truth is I preferred the original look of the shield. There are 2 elements to criticism of a work, technical and composition. We should listen to both, doing so leads to improvement. However sometimes for composition the answer to criticism is "not for this miniature it looks how I want even if others disagree", this is because composition is subjective. Oh there are well established principles of design that make good guidance, but as with all such things sometimes its how you break the "rules" that is more important. So always stop and ask yourself if you are happy with the composition as is despite criticism of it. Very true. In this case though, his shield was messy because I decided to break out my rather poor freehand skills at the last minute. The second version was always how it was meant to look, minus the green border.
  19. Thanks. Yeah, I'm a very lazy baser (it's only recently that I started filling in any leftover slot gaps). I've never thought of priming my bases though, I've already finished my Rat's base, but I'll try that out (and your other tips) on the next one. A tiny update, gave his shield a touch-up:- That's as neat as I get, sadly.
  20. Thanks, I think I'll give it a try. A red or green border might look nice. Nope, next is the giant rat (who's almost finished), then comes Kit 2. Thanks. Yeah, freehand isn't my strong point, but I should have tidied it up, at least a bit, before taking any photos.
  21. RAT ATTACK! Almost done. I went off script, and used some Vallejo Warm Grey and Bonewhite on the stones and skull, just needs to have a quick drybrush. Once the rest of the base is finished I'll move him to the Show Off section. Now the fun starts. I've more or less reached my current level of painting already, so everything from this point on will be new and terrifying. So prepare for my journey through Kit 2 to mainly involve me epicly screwing up.
  22. Here's the first finished mini in my L2PK journey:- Not the most exciting mini I've ever painted, but it was fun none the less. Comments and criticisms are very welcome, this little adventure is all about making me into a better painter, so I am yours to mold.
  23. My Man-at-Arms is having his base finished at the moment, when he's done I'll pop him up in the Show Off section. So, its Rat time! Stage 1 'Fur' complete. Using what I learned on the last mini, I put on more layers for the base coat (4 I think), thickened up the brown wash (I'm now using a 1:2 ratio instead of 1:4) and then brown seems to have worked better this time, or fur is just easier to paint than boots. Stage 2 'Skin' almost complete. Really pleased with how his skin and boils turned out, his ears aren't done yet because I had already packed my browns away at this point. Not sure why the ears weren't covered in the fur instructions, but I will not question the infinite wisdom of Reaper.
  24. While I've grudingly accepted that the future is digital, until I can stream or download any film or TV series I want, no matter how obscure, I'm keeping my DVD collection. On-topic: - Pretty much every SimCity review I seen has said it could be a good game, but not until a simple traffic jam can no longer destroy your city.
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