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An actual art background translates well into painting minis - nearly all the same basic principles and techniques apply... It doesn't take long to learn how to adapt your 2D knowledge to a 3D object.

(And works the other way, too. In fact, I credit my nearly three decades of practice painting minis for most of the knowledge and skills I use in my photoshop-type work. Being able to visualize the image in three dimensions really helps when dealing with lighting, perspective, space and manipulating/warping objects before pasting them into the mage...)

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An actual art background translates well into painting minis - nearly all the same basic principles and techniques apply... It doesn't take long to learn how to adapt your 2D knowledge to a 3D object.

(And works the other way, too. In fact, I credit my nearly three decades of practice painting minis for most of the knowledge and skills I use in my photoshop-type work. Being able to visualize the image in three dimensions really helps when dealing with lighting, perspective, space and manipulating/warping objects before pasting them into the mage...)

This is especially true when you realize that the best minis are half freehand anyway: you can get "good" results by just painting what's on the figure, but the really great minis all have little details that weren't originally there, or have some inventive shading that wouldn't be intuitive by the sculpt itself. Even simple shading is all about adding depth where it isn't, just like on a flat canvas.
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I just realized you FREEHANDED THE BASE on your metal barbarian girl. I've never seen that before! THAT ROCKS! (no pun intended)

 

Thank you!

 

Of course, once I learned about basing and making the base itself 3D I lost interest in painting 2d bases. >.>

 

I finished a 3pack of bones orc swordsmen yesterday. I'll get some photos up once my roommate returns. I use his phone to take the pictures XD

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Welcome to our mini painting world! I would say you creamed most of us as first miniatures painted, but you have a lot more resources than some of us old guys had in the 70's and 80's. I used to use enamels on the metal without primer (I know, I know!).Even the miniatures are better for painting now. Anyway, your work looks great and just think, it gets easier from here.

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Technically my first minis were Hero Quest but the first I ever tried to paint were three or four Space Marines (the first plastic ones that came in more than three pieces). A friend's older brother gave them to me. I had no idea what they were but I was obsessed with them for months. I'd post pictures but I traded them away for Eldar about 10 years ago. The Eldar on the other hand..... I still have a couple of the first real wargaming boxed set I ever bought. I knew nothing of the painting side of the hobby back then, I only knew I needed them painted to play with them. I didn't know what primer was and couldn't afford real model paint so I used second hand craft paint right onto the plastic. I also used E6000 instead of model glue. Ironically I was much braver with freehand back then. I found a HeroQuest orc I freehanded a shooting star pattern onto his shirt.

 

Meh. Maybe I'll start a thread for folks to post pics of their early work.

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