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In some ways I agree, though i think there is room for both, even in the higher tiers of painting. Brush control is great, and very important, but there are certain tasks, Such as eyes, where a fast and easy shortcut is in many ways not only desirable, but an improvment.

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I'll give you the guidance of Jen Haley on painting eyes;


"Pupils were dotted in with Pure Black to help them stand out. This just takes practice--for most painters, lots of practice--and good brush control. I also put on my headband magnifier (Optivisor) for this step. In my early painting, I liked to use Pigma Micron technical pens to dot in pupils. As I learned to paint better, though, I found that a brush offers far more control and precision. It's easier, too, to repaint or touch up mistakes on paint than on the opaque waterproof ink of the pens."


Source: http://www.paintrix-miniatures.com/articles.php?&art=7&page=3


That's pretty much all I need to stick with brushes. Note though for tabletop the pens remain great for a whole lot of applications.

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Started on kit 2 today, preparing my bases at least any way.



I bought some milliput and green stuff and I've been making little bamboo poles to put around Tsuko's base. When the green stuff is dry I'll sand them back a little and make them look a bit more uniform and polished. My plan is to paint the bamboo separately and put them on the finished base last in some pre-made holes to glue them into.

As for Laurana I've just put some milliput on her base and added some texture by pressing a rock into the surface.

Will start priming tomorrow when everything has hardened up nicely.

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Indeed! I'm really trying to push myself and get used to using things like milliput and green stuff and re-basing before my Bones arrive. My thinking right now is to experiment with the Learn to Paint kits as much as possible and not to worry too much if I mess them up.


After the milliput on Laurana's base had dried to I glued some small pieces of kitty litter (hooray for having cats!) around her feet so she looks as if she's standing on a pile of rocks. Here she is all primed:



And with her skin base coat:


I haven't started highlighting her flesh at all at this point, just painting in her eyes and adding some pink and shadows to her cheeks and lips.

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Update to my last post, and to my last WIP post. I decided screw Laurana, I'm just going to base coat everything, be a bit messy if need be, than just completely re-do all of her skin from scratch. So far thats not going too poorly, and I'm pretty happy. Also her hair looks quite nice.


To the main point, I DID IT! I did eyes! The right eye isnt perfect, but I think the left is spot on!


I think I'm also starting to get some basic brush control down, getting the paint to go to the places I want it to, stating to figure out what sort of consistencies are good for paint thickness and such.


I dont have pictures at the moment, but I'll throw one up once the base coats are all done (including the re-skin)

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Congrats on your eyes jaryth! Can't wait to see photos.


Worked a little more on Tsuko's base, built up some milliput around his feet and have stuck the bamboo poles in temporarily so I can take them out and there's a defined, keyed position to glue them into later. (No way I'm going to try to paint Tsuko or those poles with them in there already!)


Going to add a little more texture to the milliput and clean it up a little as it dries.

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My finished LTPK2.

Again, in real life, I like'em shiny, but I had a hard time to take an acceptable picture.


Hey, nothing wrong with shiny!


So I had a friend staying over the other night, and hes using the air mattress in the livingroom. This being where I normally paint, I decided (Both to see if I could do it, and to give me motivation to paint) to try and see how small of an area I could set up for painting. This is what I ended up with:




My slimline painting desk. Based with paper towel over a small wood TV tray/table, with tiles for spillage, paints, brushes and my lamp. Not all that bad if you ask me! And now i know I can paint in my room.


An update to Tsuko, after posting the previous WIP images, and the kind words people said, I've come around about his skin colours and now I like it a lot more, so I decided to move on for the moment. Base coated his weapon and his pants (but not his belt or hair yet, and no metallic at all yet).


I like this brown, it has amazing coverage and it goes on so smooth! I think its one of my favourite paints so far.




I have no idea how I got red on his chest...


Anyway, now onto that OTHER model.... the one thats given me all the troubles...


So I finished all the non-metallic base coats (except the scroll/ground I guess), and completely painted over the previous shadow/highlight skin she had. Yep just painted the entire thing over. Since there is not much detail in the skin, I didnt have to worry about clogging it up, so I just went for it. I'll try re-layering it again now that I've gotten a bit more practice, and see how it turns out then. This picture does not do it justice (I'll take more in the finished product) but I like the way the hair turned out. The hair is the only part I've completed the shadow and the highlights (because I cheated and did a wash and drybrush).


Oh, and eyes! I did her eyes! While not the best, I think its passable. Right eye is a little.... off, but meh, who cares?



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