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I love blue! I like how you've added blue to more of the model and that gem looks fantastic. I started from the beginning of your thread and must say that you've improved rapidly from that first entry.

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Thanks Anne :) That's the main reason why I started this WIP thread - so when I get frustrated and bent out of shape over something that's not working properly, I can go back and look at how bad it was. That, and to be able to get helpful pointers from experts.

 

Went ahead and did the fur loincloth and beard.

 

I was trying for a dark grey-blue for the fur, like KruleBear suggested above, didn't quite turn out the way I expected, but I don't think it's all that bad. I started the beard with Ashen Blue as it's the closest I had to a light grey, trying to get an old man ogre look going on, turned out to be way too blue. So I mixed in some Aged Bone, and then did some highlighting (I was so tempted to dry brush, but I resisted) some straight Aged Bone, and then a tiny bit of Linen White, then glazed the whole thing in a thinned out Aged Bone to try and take most of the blue out of the Ashen Blue.

 

 

The fur loincloth I started with Nightsky Blue, and then worked my way up through my different grey-blues that I had (Nightsky Blue -> Winter Blue -> Twilight Blue - > Ashen Blue) drybrushing a little bit less each time. Overall it looks a lot more blue, than it does blue-grey, but I'm OK with it. The blue doesn't look as horribly wrong as I though blue fur would look.

 

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Getting to see the end of the tunnel now - have to admit I'm getting a little tired of this guy. All that's left is the shield/belt buckle, face (and beard tie), and club, oh, and a little touch up on the left bracelet, I'm not happy with that at all. I'll need to clean up some lining/mishaps when I've got my skin tones out for the face, as I've got a little bit of overlap in some spots.

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ZOMG HE KILLED COOKIE MONSTER! I like how Cookie Killer is coming along, it's an interesting take on the model and you are getting in good skill development both in physical application and the impact of color selection.

 

That's the main reason why I started this WIP thread - so when I get frustrated and bent out of shape over something that's not working properly, I can go back and look at how bad it was. That, and to be able to get helpful pointers from experts.

Indeed. My WIPs are half for you guys but also half for me to get a better look at the mini and mull over things. I can point out lots of things on each project I'd like to go back and change. With the dog I'm painting now, I didn't realize how much it's calling for another pass of highlighting on the fur. So try not to be too hard on yourself and develop good habits like using WIPs as constructive tools. When I'm putting a WIP together, I sometimes take a few more odd angle shots, just to look over things on the computer...on my hdtv a poorly painted eye can be blown up to several feet across...so it's VERY humbling, but I'm starting to get more comfortable with what a great tool it is.

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ZOMG HE KILLED COOKIE MONSTER! I like how Cookie Killer is coming along, it's an interesting take on the model and you are getting in good skill development both in physical application and the impact of color selection.

 

HAHAHahahahahah. I had a friend ask me this morning what he killed to get the blue fur, all I could come up with was a displacer beast. I like cookie monster better :D

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Got a little busy with other things for a few days, and neglected the Ogre for a bit.

 

I did find some time to throw some paint at him this morning though - True Silver on the shield-belt-buckle, and got a good start on the club and his tusks (did his tusks because i figured I'd do them the same as the tooth sticking out of the club).

 

Highlights on the club didn't come out at all in the picture - I think it needs more anyways though. And then the face...

 

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The club could use more highlight, even working the highest points to a buckskin colored highlight. The iron bands around the club look good.

 

Also you may want to take the gray of the leg wraps and use it to highlight a few hairs on the blue fur...but be fairly stingy when doing this so as not to over do it..

 

Looking nice so far.

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Didn't take any pics of the last few steps, but I did another round of highlights on the club, managed to not mangle his face too badly, and did a little bit of basing. You can find him over in the show off section.

 

Now, I know I put a base coat on my minotaur, but the KS vampire box I won on auction was delivered yesterday, so I'm thinking I might have to do something out of that, or I've got a few other minis I picked up because I though they were cool, or because I want to give them as gifts, I also have L2PK4 that I haven't touched yet... not too sure yet. The hardest part about painting minis might just be deciding what's next. :unsure:

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So, after several hours of pawing threw my bucket o' bones (still leery about painting my metal minis for some reason), and picking first one, than another mini to start with next, I finally settled on the Blacksmith. I've always had an affinity towards smithing, and it's one my bucket-list to have my own forge and, at some point, learn how to use it.

 

Of course by the time I picked him out I was stupid tired, and my lining is pretty bad, but that's OK - I'm kind of happy I remembered to do it first, and I think Buglips would be proud.

 

Learning from the Ogre Chieftain, I'm going to attempt to have the lining be more consistent through out, instead of thick in some places and thin/none in others. Hoping for a happy, middle, not too thin, not too thick, we'll see how it goes once I get base coats down.

 

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And now with a base coat. More browns.. seems to be a recurring theme for me. I picked up a Golden Blonde (among other things) on my last order from Reaper and decided I needed a go with that - I think I really like it so far. Metals are HD Military Grey for now, not exactly sure what I'm going to do with them, I don't have any black metallic paint - I may end up attempting my first NMM. I keep leaning more and more towards that idea, even though I've got no real clue what I'm going to be doing. I wasn't sure what to use for the wood... I don't have any paints named after wood (and of course, colours are still hard), I don't actually remember what I used on the wood on the stump, but I used HD Armadillo Tusk (do armadillo's have tusks?) on the hammer handle, and I think that's much better - I'll be redoing the stump wood with that.

 

I tried to go a little more consistent on the lining, but it's really hard to see on the dark colours, and really stands out on the skin/hair border - I might thin that out even more, if I can.

 

Overall thoughts so far on the blacksmith all seem to revolve around how much smaller he is than the Ogre Chieftain I just completed.

 

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Before completely repainting the stump, just try painting the raisedv texture with the armadillo Tusk. You could drybrush the texture if you like. If it still does not speak to you, then paint the whole thing. Just my two cents.

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Don't worry about the name on the label of the paint. Colour is colour. I use Russet brown for woods and then highlight up from there using skin tones. Desert Tan is great for highlighting wood. Then I go to Caucasian Flesh and then a final dry brush with Tusk Ivory. I just dry brush these on real quick and light.

 

I'm still struggling with lining. I always do it last and tried to do it first like your supposed to and it was rubbish. I painted completely over the lines and am going to do it like I normally do, but try to do it better at the end.

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Don't sweat lining the dark colors. The shadow tones are usually enough to break up the transitions, and actually with two darks side by side you might want to run a highlight (or reflected highlight) to break them up. Dark lining is most effective between two lighter tones.

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Haven't had a whole lot of time for painting, but I did manage to squeeze in a little bit tonight.

 

Washed and dry-brushed the stump, washed the hair (Oiled Leather), washed the skin (Flesh Wash) and attempted to thin the lining around the hair. Starting a little shading on the apron, but it's only the first layer and still pretty rough yet. The whole thing is pretty rough yet, one of those "it looks like hell and I have no idea how it's going to turn out" stages.

 

Also printed off a couple of photo backgrounds, farted around with them too, I think they'll work better in my light-box than just with the flash.

 

Speaking of - the stump if catching a lot of the flash glare - it's not dry-brushed as hard as it looks. If only I had room to leave my light-box setup.

 

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And I just noticed now that he's tacked onto his craft paint bottle custom-made handle crookedly... ah well, I never hold them straight anyways.

 

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