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Heyo! Been too long since I finished something, I know, but thought I'd do a quick model to start getting back up to speed before the imminent ReaperCon (since those How Not To Sucks don't teach themselves (yet)), and also as a test piece for some army painting I'll be doing all this week.


I thought doing shiny teal NMM, burnished gold NMM, and some black highlighted up with the stone greys would be a fun way to get the hand working again, and Monique didn't fight me too much. Since she was a quick paint job I didn't do any glazes or washes; what you see is non-optimized layerin' at its non-finest ::D:.


She was also a test for my new lighting setup (four daylight CFL's diffused with tissue paper) and for picture taking; I used both a Sony DSC-H55 and my Samsung Galaxy S phone in a macro-photography shootout, and the Samsung actually ended up taking much, much better pictures once I dialed it in (the Sony had some work too). All I did on the pics was crop and drop the black level a couple of points to get the pics almost perfectly color matched to the mini in hand.


As always, jeers, tomatoes, questions, and criticisms welcome.





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I love it! I painted this same model and posted pics maybe 2 months ago. I did a dark blue and gold, and people were commenting on how I made her look 'good' and most people usually saw her painted in 'evil' colors. Your teal goes at step closer to 'good' than mine did!

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First off: great miniature! The teal armor is cool and the NMM is awesome!


Because it's better than anything I've ever painted I don't feel as if I can really criticize. But, in my humble opinion, my only real issue with her is that the half cloak looks as if if "wants" to be black but has too much grey to actually register as such.

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I really like this figure haven't painted it yet myself though. I love the colors you chose and how here hair has a red undertone. For a quick job it turned out great.


Good luck with getting ready for Reapercon I was lucky enough to go last year and I really enjoyed your how "not to suck class". Not sure if I'll be making the trip this year yet, but if I do I will try to take another of your classes.


Do you attend any other cons that you may teach a class at?

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Solid. Welcome back to brushwork!


For the next 5 minutes' work, I would suggest faintly glazing some Rust Brown on her lips and cheeks (adding life to her face), and adding a few glints of white around the teal to help sell it as a shiny enamelled surface.


Is this photo setup "just yours" or will it become "Reaper standard"? This mid-value gray shows off the lights and darks of the painting well. Reaper's current standard light gray tends to make all figures look dark.



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Thanks for the comments all!


@DrBedlam: I used the Ocean Blue triad (Surf Aqua, Marine Teal, Deep Ocean), took it all the way down to 1:1 Blue Liner:Green Liner, and highlighted with 1:1 Ghost White/Linen White with Pure White on top. Figuring out placement of lights for it was mainly by looking at anything reflecting out to the horizon and down didn't go past Surf Aqua and anything horizon and upwards didn't go past Deep Ocean with the usual Golden Child rules of NMM engagement on top. I'd be glad to sit down with ya and show you it; I probably won't have my hands on Monique anymore but should have the army I'm painting with those colors tucked away somewhere.


@Goblyn, joshuaslater, Stern, and Silas, thanks! Feels good getting that oxidation off.


@Adrift: missed yours the first time around but I dug backwards to look at it. I've been looking at doing strong sunwards lighting for some of the western themed minis I have lying around and thought yours came out very nicely :). I don't know if it's the color choice that makes mine look less evil, or if it's that the teal on mine overall is a lighter tone than the rich blue you used?


Hey Captain Joe, I think you're right on the cloak on the front; it sweeps out to approach horizontal so I wanted it to be brighter, and I think if she was in a unit with cloth falling all over the place she wouldn't look as off, but by herself I completely see what you mean. I started at a mix of Shadowed Stone:Grey Liner at 2:1, and think I should try 1:2 on the next go around. And, now that I look at it more, the back too, really.


Hiya Marsya! My only other class this year besides a coupla HNTS's will be a freehand one. I was going to put a pattern on Monique but chickened out once I got her to the "Close enough to call her done" stage. Hopefully I'll be able to do something in the coming week or two to be worthy for the Gratuitous Freehand Brigade ("To Obfuscate and Distract!"). I went to GenCon once several years back but probably won't be rambling around anywhere besides ReaperCon and ArtistsCon this year.


Allo Master Derek! I painted the face first, and I really should have revisited it once I had all of the other colors established around her, but didn't get around to it. She'll be off to a new home soon I hope so I won't be doing any more touchups on her or I would make her a little more lively-ish, since I didn't go too nosferatuish (is too a word). The photo setup is my own; I made a lightbox out of a cardboard box and tissue paper, hung some daylight CFLs at 12, 3, and 9 o'clock with one facing the miniature in the bulb holders like what Reaper uses (or on the top of sculpting ovens), and made a semi-cellphone camera tripod out of a sack of rice. The gray was just a sheet of construction paper we had in a pack lying around in one of our closets; I was going to print out a gradient or a backdrop but decided to pass when the gray worked out well. I don't know what Reaper's using these days or anything but maybe I can bring a sheet up for Anne and Bryan to play with at our next Pathfinder game. The one thing I haven't figured out quite yet is how to adjust the depth of field setting on my phone, so it might butt-bite me on a more dynamic mini; I might have to spring for a phone app for that one.

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Judging from the number of painted versions of Monique, she must be one of the most favourite minis out there, and yours is another great version. It's nice to see another 'non-evil' colour scheme. I'm convinced she's a good girl really... :;):


By the way I thought she was called De Noir, but the shop has it as Denoir.



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