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Moving along...

 

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Had the wash for the cloth bleed into his one good eye. Of course. Despite my best intentions, I got out of order with the instructions. Still need to drybrush the blue and silver at this point.

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I was home for lunch, had twenty minutes, so I hit the bench for the drybrushing. I forgot how much I hate drybrushing, it gets paint everywhere. I drybrushed a few strokes and spent the rest of the time cleaning up the overbrushing and just painting in the highlights. I fail at basic technique. I think I'll count that as a win for how much I like the stuff I learned on the Drone project. Shield turned into a bit of a mess, though.

 

Should be able to knock out the remainder tonight. Really just finishing the leathery bits and painting the base...and maybe one more visit to the eyeball that got flooded last night....durnit.

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Went to the neighbor's for beer and pizza in the garage, but still managed to put almost all the final touches on. Just need to highlight the base and I'm calling it done. I don't recommend having a couple beers and then trying to paint minis, though...

 

My dislike for broccoli bases came back strong, though. They are brush decimators and a pain to get the paint into all the nooks, especially around the model's feet.

 

Between painting the swordsman's base and brush priming the rat (with several deep recesses underneath), the flat brush is all beat to heck. If I were sticking to just the kit brushes, I'd be leaning hard on the tiny detail brush for the bulk of painting, especially on the rat. The flat is just beat up too bad to be worth much.

 

And lest I be purely negative, the kit is really good at setting up fundamentals. The swordsman's detail is just right, the eyes and the straps give a bit of control practice without going overboard on detailed bits.

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Oddly enough, my detail brush was on its last legs by the time I finished kit 1 ( and died completely by the end of 2) but my flat latter pretty well. It's more or less dry brush only at this point, though.

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I've just got one of these new ones, for the nephew. He's taken a liking to this fun world of ours, but isn't quite settled in yet. So I'm giving him this LTPK1 and the new D&D Red Box to get him started out. See if it takes before I invest much into it.

 

But I notice this kit is very different from my old one. Even though it's only been six years, from the difference you'd think it had been thirty.

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Ok, slapped some highlights on the grass and blew some matte varnish on it while at home for lunch (hour lunch + 4 minute commute for the win).

 

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And on the subject of brushes, a comparison shot of the flat and my WNS7 #2. The #2 has now painted the Drone, the Ogre and most of this Anhurian Swordsman.

 

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I don't recommend having a couple beers and then trying to paint minis, though...

 

Wait I'm supposed to be painting sober?! I usually do have a beer or so while painting it helps keep my hand steady, at least that is what my liver tells me.

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I don't recommend having a couple beers and then trying to paint minis, though...

 

Wait I'm supposed to be painting sober?! I usually do have a beer or so while painting it helps keep my hand steady, at least that is what my liver tells me.

 

:wacko:

 

I taught a guy how to paint once. He had tremendous potential. Then he got in the habit of getting shifaced before picking up a brush.... or worse picking up glue. Lets just say there is $200 worth of Thousand Suns out there with upside down backs that have been glued together with industrial strength two-part epoxy.

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I don't recommend having a couple beers and then trying to paint minis, though...

 

Wait I'm supposed to be painting sober?! I usually do have a beer or so while painting it helps keep my hand steady, at least that is what my liver tells me.

 

:wacko:

 

I taught a guy how to paint once. He had tremendous potential. Then he got in the habit of getting shifaced before picking up a brush.... or worse picking up glue. Lets just say there is $200 worth of Thousand Suns out there with upside down backs that have been glued together with industrial strength two-part epoxy.

Ouch! Only in the painting phase do I have beers, I am not brave/dumb enough to work on mold lines and such while drinking :poke:

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Ok, made some time while cleaning the house for the holidays to whip out the rest of L2PK1. This rat was teh fastest mini I've pumped out, at 2 hours. I only took one set of WIP shots, because I'm used to taking pics after each session and this was only two sessions!

 

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At first I really hated the base of this mini, the way there were huge voids that were impossible to paint. But following the kit instructions, I didn't realize they just kind of wash it all away :) I guess that worked ok for a quick basic job. Other than that it was quick and easy.

 

My main complaint and the thing that slowed me down a bit was that the instructions seems a bit disjointed. There was pretty heavy use of walnut wash, but it was split up through the whole process. I skipped around and base coated everything that needed a walnut wash and it seemed much more sensible to do it that way. Ditto parts painted with tanned flesh, etc. Just seemed like the steps could have been streamlined, though I can see it was done to split out each element for the beginner.

 

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My favorite part was actually a mistake. I didn't read ahead to see the bit about washing the rocks as the final step for the base, so I had been slopping various browns on them as I based and washed...which made for really nice variation when I went back and washed the rocks. The white primer rocks looked greyish and the slopped rocks were variegated brownish grey. Cool effect!

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I meant to take in-progress pictures sooner of my 1.5 Anhurian, and maybe even did, but I forget where I put them. Anyway, since I have him and an alternate rat I figure I'll join in here.

 

Here's the Anhurian to date:

 

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Started my Angurian today. Trying to follow the instructions as closely as possible so I can learn the techniques I have thus far overlooked, and using only the paints and brushes that came with the kit so I can give the kit a fair review at the end. I primed both figs a few hours ago and have base coated the skin of the Anhurian and given it the intense brown wash. That puts me in the middle of Step 2. Was the first wash I ever mixed from normal colors and water, so already have learned something from this kit (or at least finally practiced something I had heard about).

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