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I hope I am doing this right. I tried to shrink the picture sizes so they weren't massive. Anyway. I was introduced to minis when I asked a gamer friend to teach me how to play D&D. He has thousands of minis. I bought some rats and beetles and he gave me tips on how to get started. I enjoyed that so I purchased some minis, paints, and brushes and started painting. Then I found the forums and I started reading the posts and following the WIP's to learn to get better. I checked out many of the "how to's" and started trying new methods. I think they have helped and I feel I am getting better. So, I am going to post some pictures starting with my earliest stuff (2 months ago) to present (finished last night.) I will post a few photos and make subsequent posts with the rest so I don't jam everything into one post. (If I am posting wrong, please give pointers!) Also, this is the first time I have tried taking photos of my minis so they aren't super great. Mocking Beast #77048 Mouselings Archer and Wizard #03529 Treasure #77138
Part of 03529 sculpted by Gene Van Horne. Constructive criticism and suggestions welcomed. I've been postponing starting this mouseling because of the difficulty of tight spaces. I've become more adept at using a long brush with a tiny amount of paint on the tip to reach hard-to-reach places without smearing what is already done, but it was still a trial that took a number of fixings. My image of this mouseling was the wizard Radogast from the books of Lord of the Rings (not that shown in the Hobbit movies, much as I love Sylvester McCoy) but couldn't really fit a forest and cute creatures on his base. We are left with soil (reaper muddy brown with Citadel sepia and earth shades), grass (Army Painter battlefields wilderness tuft 4mm) and autumn leaves (Secret Weapon Fallen Leaves Fall colors). I felt the 'staff' was much too thick for him to carry, and that it must be a way-marker. (Does anyone else make up little back stories for their characters?) Radogast is very much looking out from under his hat, so I've included a shot of him tipped back to see his face more clearly. This is photographed using a home-made light box and my nice macro lens. It did take a while to get the balance of light and f number correct. Apologies that its not all in focus.
Helpful suggestions welcome - I have a number more to paint. Especially suggestions for fur painting, but anything else as well. I'm still very new. Having posted Mouseling Knight (http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/52511-mousling-knight-part-of-03542/?p=802507) I have been slowly working on more, and becoming faster. Less angst before each choice :) I'm still learning how to use my new zz macro lens so apologies for the loss of focus in points. I'm proud of the duellist. I did consider giving a border to his tabard but in the end decided not to, as you can see. I love the pirate. Wish I could have done more with his wooden leg but mice only have short legs so that's OK. The last mouseling I painted was the archer, and I'm very proud of the shading I did on his cloak at the back. I only realised the casting mismatch on the archer once I'd done much of the painting and was not willing to go back to scratch, so his hood has been repaired or something. Getting around the cloak to finish the base was a right pain. Just to remind you that the mouselings are even tinier than the normal mini figures, here are my mouselings with Ezren the iconic wizard (89013).