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I've never painted a completed mini before and with my epic swag of Bones on the way I figured I'd better get some practice in, so I bought Reaper's 'Learn 2 Paint Kits.' Just finished up the first figure from the first set, Anhurian:



Went a little side-ways off of the original instructions and used a bit of Leaf Green on the grass as well as some Sun Yellow for the extra highlights. I also painted in the freehand rampant lion and extra line details on his tunic and sleeves.


Having worked on this mini I can honestly say that I'm really looking forward to getting into the non-metallic-metals kit, I've never been fond of metallic paints and having worked with them now my feelings towards them haven't changed much. I'm very picky when it comes to placing my shadows and highlights and metallic paints / washes make me want to pull my hair out.

I can understand why they exist, they certainly make things very fast but personally I'd prefer to spend the time to shade my own metals by hand.

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You're a good candidate for non-metallic metal. I think you'll enjoy Kit 3. You should still leave it til last to get the extra layering practice in, and Kit 5 will show you something in-between pure metallics and non-metallic metals. It's good coverage of the primary toolset across all the kits.


Your Anhurian looks good, and I love the Lion Rampant on the shield.

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Thanks buglips! I will save kit 3 till last, I'll just be chewing at the bit until I get it to. *non metallic metals, nomnomnom!*

I was nearly tempted to do a rampant unicorn, but decided on the lion. I'll save the unicorn for some flamboyant Paladin from my Bones minis later on.

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Yes, I shall definitley be keeping an eye out for your work. I know how talented an artist you are (still waiting for that portrait of me and my cat as Homestuck characters ::P: ) but to see that talented so well translated to such a medium as this will be something very interesting indeed.

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Yes, I shall definitley be keeping an eye out for your work. I know how talented an artist you are (still waiting for that portrait of me and my cat as Homestuck characters ::P: ) but to see that talented so well translated to such a medium as this will be something very interesting indeed.

Guuuuuuuuuh Homestuck. I must admit, it's not that I *hate* Homestuck per-say... I just don't 'get it.' I've tried to get into the comic several times, but no matter how far I get through it it still never clicks with me. I just assume it's one of those things where I'm too old now to fully comprehend what it is or why people think it's good. It's my first real, 'oh you kids these days and the crazy things you're into' besides shaking my head at the appeal of modern music.


Thanks for the comments everyone, I may get a chance to start the rat today!

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