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  1. I bought this little model at a local game store that had it in the clearance bin. I thought it looked cool, I love Star Wars, so why not buy it? However, a year ago, I wasn't at the level to paint it. I primed it. Based it. And then let it sit for a loooooong time on the shelf without touching it. Today was the day. BATTLE REPORT! This was a great model for me to test layers on. Over the last 4 models I've painted, I've really picked up a new rhythm and life for painting, which feels so good to get some wind back in my sails. I still have to finish the desert-ish base for Greedo, but I think his paint job looks solid. Wins: * Keeping my palette of colors out and planned helped so much! I've picked my layering colors, laid them out in the wet palette and am saving time. * Mixing colors is also much easier by keeping similar tones. In his vest, and arm/pant panels, I used leather as the base. In his pants and jacket, I used a stormy gray to highlight up. * Alien Flesh!!! I've been sitting on this color, I don't know how long. I was thinking, "Gosh, if only I had a light green that would work with an alie...OH MY GOD! * Learning my own recipe of water-to-paint ratios to allow for washes feels great! Gives my painting more flexibility. * Eyes. When they are that big, it makes it pretty easy to do them. I need to work on the reflections still, but I am happy with them. Using Indigo Blue and up to Rich Indigo then mixing in white up to white. Works. Misses: * Got sloppy twice and ended up swiping leather color over my pants and jacket 2 times. Thankfully I could catch and fix, but it was a few 'choice words' I may have said when I did it. * Used a blue tack for the handle I was using and unfortunately, it didn't stick as well to my homemade metal base. It nearly fell into the paint palette. He nearly ended up as messy as my shorts. I nearly crapped myself. Also followed by more choice words. * I tried using brown liner around the jacket and separation in the pockets on the vest, but it just didn't work like I had hoped. I need to learn how to darken in a similar color without going too dark and stark of a change. Would love to hear your feedback. Let me know what you think can be improved or worked on. I appreciate any and all comments. Here's my process photos and my inspiration image.
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