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06023 Anhurian Man-at-Arms (L2PK1)


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Here's the first finished mini in my L2PK journey:-

 

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Not the most exciting mini I've ever painted, but it was fun none the less.

 

Comments and criticisms are very welcome, this little adventure is all about making me into a better painter, so I am yours to mold.

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Looks great! For stuff like that cross, or anywhere that you have to be super neat where two colors are next to each other, I like to keep both colors on the palette. Put the white down, then go back in with the blue and clean up the edges. If you need to hit it with white again (I usually would, I'm super sloppy) then just keep hitting it with white or blue as needed to clean it up.

 

It's a pain in the butt and not easy at all! That's why I do so little freehand :)

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Not bad. One thing I would do is add a border on the cross, something to set it off more from the blue on the shield, and clean it up a tad. Otherwise, good job, and hope to see more as your painting develops. (l2pk 2 next?)

 

Thanks, I think I'll give it a try. A red or green border might look nice.

Nope, next is the giant rat (who's almost finished), then comes Kit 2.

 

Looks great! For stuff like that cross, or anywhere that you have to be super neat where two colors are next to each other, I like to keep both colors on the palette. Put the white down, then go back in with the blue and clean up the edges. If you need to hit it with white again (I usually would, I'm super sloppy) then just keep hitting it with white or blue as needed to clean it up.

 

It's a pain in the butt and not easy at all! That's why I do so little freehand :)

 

Thanks.

Yeah, freehand isn't my strong point, but I should have tidied it up, at least a bit, before taking any photos.

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Nicely done, and I agree the shield needs a touch up.

 

The base could use some work. In the future, unless you're going to leave the sides black, put primer on them just like the figure, so that your paint adheres. Paint the top side of the base the color of your gravel or flock (brown or green.) Then when you put stuff down it won't show so badly when there's gaps. It's easier than trying to get paint in the cracks afterward.

 

Drybrush some of that tan color onto your sand, like you did on the armor.

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Nicely done, and I agree the shield needs a touch up.

 

The base could use some work. In the future, unless you're going to leave the sides black, put primer on them just like the figure, so that your paint adheres. Paint the top side of the base the color of your gravel or flock (brown or green.) Then when you put stuff down it won't show so badly when there's gaps. It's easier than trying to get paint in the cracks afterward.

 

Drybrush some of that tan color onto your sand, like you did on the armor.

 

Thanks.

 

Yeah, I'm a very lazy baser (it's only recently that I started filling in any leftover slot gaps).

I've never thought of priming my bases though, I've already finished my Rat's base, but I'll try that out (and your other tips) on the next one.

 

A tiny update, gave his shield a touch-up:-

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That's as neat as I get, sadly.

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I like the messy cross, it looks hand-painted. Not every soldier is going to have a beautifully-emblazoned shield.

Exactly!

 

And the truth is I preferred the original look of the shield.

 

There are 2 elements to criticism of a work, technical and composition. We should listen to both, doing so leads to improvement. However sometimes for composition the answer to criticism is "not for this miniature it looks how I want even if others disagree", this is because composition is subjective. Oh there are well established principles of design that make good guidance, but as with all such things sometimes its how you break the "rules" that is more important. So always stop and ask yourself if you are happy with the composition as is despite criticism of it.

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I like the messy cross, it looks hand-painted. Not every soldier is going to have a beautifully-emblazoned shield.

Exactly!

 

And the truth is I preferred the original look of the shield.

 

There are 2 elements to criticism of a work, technical and composition. We should listen to both, doing so leads to improvement. However sometimes for composition the answer to criticism is "not for this miniature it looks how I want even if others disagree", this is because composition is subjective. Oh there are well established principles of design that make good guidance, but as with all such things sometimes its how you break the "rules" that is more important. So always stop and ask yourself if you are happy with the composition as is despite criticism of it.

 

Very true.

 

In this case though, his shield was messy because I decided to break out my rather poor freehand skills at the last minute. The second version was always how it was meant to look, minus the green border.

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This is a very solid attempt, there is good contrast, and a nice face. I do think I liked the shield without the green border better, but this might be one of those cases where it looks better in RL than it does in the photo.

 

My only comment on the base is that the green under his feet on the original base isn't carried onto the new square base. If the both were the same color I think it would work better. (But that is just my opinion.) ::):

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