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Ok step 1 wash the Chainmail with black wash again.

 

Drybrushing:

Don't thin the paint.

Using the flat brush supplied or an old brush pick up a small amount of the paint on the end of the brush only.

On a bit of paper towel or old tea towel wipe the brush, taking paint off it. You have the right amount of paint on the brush when dragging the brush across the towel leaves paint only on the ridges.

Now you are ready to drag the brush across the mini, don't press hard, brush pressure is the way you control the amount of paint that goes on the mini. A light touch with the brush will leave the highest points only picking up the colour, a heavier touch will get the colour further down.

 

That's the basics, once you have mastered those you can start messing with amount of paint on the brush and how wet it is to achieve different effects with drybrushing.

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Thanks for the advice Obsidian. I decided to end the Man at Arms and move on to the rat, but the advice helped!
On to the rat. So... I primed it, did dishes, came back and pretty much did the entire thing in one sitting. Literally one sitting. My legs where a tad tired when I got up...
As such this isnt as much going to be a Work in Progress topic as the progress has stopped and its completed... BUT I'll still post my pictures for the hell of it! Eh, I forgot to take a picture between the drybrushing, the detailing and the end, so it makes a bit of a jump.

I gots me some primed rat!

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Next I did the fur base coat and snapped a pic, but I had too many already, so I'm not posting it, instead, here is all the rat surface done!

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Now on to the first wash. When I painted the skin tone, my model looked nothing like the instructions, it was WAY darker, and when I put the wash on it was even darker still!

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But then I did the drybrushing and it looked a lot better. Actually I was extremely happy with it in the end. After the complete failure that was my attempt to drybrush the Man at Arms, I was a bit discouraged, but this made up for it in full!

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So as mentioned at the start, I forgot to get a pic between this point and the end, oops. Trust me, you're not missing much. The Man at Arms in the background gets a bit closer, some green is applied to the base, the mouth is painted up a bit. I actually deviated from the instructions and gave him lips as I liked the contrast between the red and the white. But then I elfed it up a bit and got some red on the white, then tried to fix it and got white on the red..... in the end theres a lot of little pink areas here and there. STILL! I like the overall result a lot! Also tried to paint random rocks black.

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As a final note, I'm not sure if it was sculpted like this, or my model had a defect, or I just accidentally painted it, but you can see little rip looking things on his tongue that look kinda icky. I dont know how I did it, or what it is a bout it, but I really like it! Here is another pic and a closeup showing off what I mean:

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Once again, total accident, but cool!

 

AND THUS completes my Learn 2 Paint Kit 1 adventure! Hopefully you've enjoyed my single post image spam, I know I have!

I have L2PK 2 ready, unopened and waiting, I also ordered L2PKs 3,4, and 5. Should be fun!

 

Let me know what you think of the above. I do not think I'll be going over either of them, but I'd like to know what I can change for the future.

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So this is the first time that I've painted anything but as I'm getting all dem Bones I thought I should give it a go. I'm working on both minis at once doing base coats, washes, dry brushing, and details in that order rather than following the instructions as written.

 

First the armsman.

 

Primed:

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Base Coat:

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Next the washes. Black ink for the armour. I added a little water to the ink but I'm not sure that it needs it. It filled the holes but the silver is only a little darker than before the wash. The rest is a walnut wash, even the face and hands as using intense brown didn't really pick out the detail for me. Maybe I watered the paint too much.

 

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I still have the dry brushing and details to go but for a first effort it's not looking too bad.

 

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So now the rat.

 

Primed:

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Base coat:

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Now the wash. Everything is washed in walnut except for the skull what was painted in white and washed in black ink:

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So far so good. I'm really terrible at this sort of detailed work but I've been happy with the results so far. They stand up well to the paint jobs on the "box of minis" that I use in my table top game, which have been painted by various of my players or are pre-paints. I'm not sure how the detail work will go or the dry brushing but I'm sure I will get lots of practice once my Bones arrive.

 

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And blue. As you can see, I deviated a little from the norm on the shield, but this isn't my first mini, just my first mini with reaper paints. I love these paints by the way. Walnut is my new friend.

 


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and. Well, i kinda forgot to take pictures, i was really into the painting, but yeah... Not my ussual set up or my ussual camera, but this isn't a show off.

 

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I was looking at the post made by CashWiley here:

 

http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/45771-paint-kits/page-14#entry641785

 

which lists what paints are in which L2PK and I noticed that my L2PK1 also has a bottle of 09135 - Carnage Red, which Cash doesn't have listed. I'm not sure if that was an oversight. I know that the paints in the kits have changed a few times.

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So I thought I would create my first post and jump in on the L2PK bandwagon.

 

Here is my Anhurian, all primed and looking crisper than he will after I get done slobbering paint on him.

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First step, adding the tanned skin, followed by a walnut wash.

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I tried doing the eyes next, but it just wasn't working, after several attempts and retries, I had a (minor) realization, the picture in the kit show the eyes, with the other parts of the model finished around it. SO I figured that I could finish the base coats and revisit the eyes later. First variation from the instructions here. I wasn't crazy about all the same color for the tunic and the pants, so I switched the pants to twilight blue. Followed by a walnut/sapphire blue wash.

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Silver, black ink wash, and a silver drybrush.

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Here he is with the leather added exactly as described in the instructions, the eyes cleaned up, and a little basing done (it is my first attempt at a base). Any suggestions for good ways to apply static grass, flock, etc?

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I had intended to do in-progress shots for the rat as well, but it was so much easier/fun to paint, that I realized it was basically done before I got the camera out. I followed the instructions almost exactly as described except for the mouth, which got an extra carnage red wash around the teeth, to make it look more like gums. I need to do another round of wash and drybrush to get the spots I missed (but the camera picked up).

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My rat came out much more muted than the pictures in the kit, but I am not really sure why.

 

Any comments, suggestions, criticisms, etc. are welcome.

 

 

 

 

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Basic flock and static grass, just apply PVA glue and essentially dip the model into it covering the glue, take out and tap the base so excess falls off, use a brush to get rid of the bits that don't tap off and don't belong.

 

If you want more verticle grass that's a lot more fiddling and I have nothing.

 

If you want clumps of grass I recommend the Army Painter grass clumps and Meadow Flowers, which are easilly glued with a drop of superglue where you want them to go.

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Thanks ObsidianCrane! I will have to check out the Army Painter grass clumps, since so far my static grass experiments have been pretty messy and flat.

Ok, I used the meadow flowers and Army Painter Jungle Grass clumps for the Babu in this post. I realized that the Meadow Flowers and Jungle grass are the same color so mix them together when I want it to look like the grass itself may be blooming. There's also a couple of other colors, Swamp tuft is greener, Highland tuft is brown, just to name two.

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When doing static grass, I would recommend giving it a minute or so after initial application for the glue to slightly dry, then lightly blowing across it - this helps it all stand up and look less flat.

 

Army Painter has a decent pamphlet on basing and painting on their website; it is, of course, heavily slanted towards their products and "dip" style painting, butnI think there's enough in there worthwhile for any painter.

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