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My girlfriend and I painted our first ever miniature (Mr. Bones)


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So I received my Kickstarter package a week or two ago and after enjoying the rather later mass of miniatures I decided I better get painting. My girlfriend isn't a gamer and wasn't really into miniatures, but I surprised her with a decent order of paints and all these Bones and she was down to paint! I started with the L2PK 1-5 for paints and then added in another 10-15 to try and round out some of the colors. I realized that I don't really have a grey though so I will be ordering some more soon. She has a good amount of experience and talent painting with acrylics on a canvas medium (and I've tried once or twice as well) but other than that, this was the first attempt at painting a miniature for both of us. I never started the L2PKs, I really just prefer the Bonesium over metal I think.


It was hard to figure out what miniature to paint first, we looked over and through the pile and found a few simple miniatures, some of the hooded elves and townsfolk looked easy enough, but in the end we decided what better miniature to start with than the Kickstarter mascot himself, Mr. Bones! I was very thankful to find that I ended up with about 8 Mr. Bones miniatures when I only ordered 2 or 3, so it seemed perfect since we would have extras and would get to paint the same miniature.



-We cleaned the miniature.

-Picked our colors.

-Started painting, I used a #1 W&N 7, she used a #0 Da Vinci and a #0 W&N 7, she wanted a smaller brush though so I might be ordering a 00 or 000 even.

-I only basecoated and then painted on Army Painter Quickshade soft tone.

-She painted basecoat, then painted on shading (we didn't thin our paints this first try) I think it looks a lot better than mine. I don't think she did the highlighting step, we plan on working on the L2PK and our shading and highlighting and drybrushing, but didn't get into it for this try. Then she thought it needed some gloss finish, I don't have any gloss sealer, just the AP matte and the sealer that comes with the L2PK. She ended up using the Reaper brush-on sealer. She liked some parts of mine better so she then used a little bit of quickshade to help with the smaller details like the fingers and stuff.


I don't think I need to point out who painted what, because it's fairly obvious I think, lol.


Thanks for your time and interest, any and all comments are welcome! We looked through the show-off forum a bit and she liked it so I think she'll be joining at some point lol. We also looked at Anne Foersters paintjob of the metal version Mr. Bones is based from and she couldn't believe the detail lol. If anyone else has any Mr. Bones pictures we would love to see them as we couldn't find any anywhere!!


Pictures were taken with an iphone 4 with and without flash. No lightbox or anything fancy, I think they turned out decent enough, but we will definitely look into making a lightbox as we get more into the hobby and pile of bones!









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They look great. Keep it up and with practice, reading the boards here and following the L2PKs you'll be painting like the pros in no time.


Wooo a reply!


Thanks, yeah I think we are going to hit the L2PKs next or maybe a few more bones. We knocked these out in an hour or two tops without priming or anything. I thought the L2PK might take a little longer and we didn't have much time. Excited to keep it going though.


Thanks for checking it out everyone and for commenting Kay.


BTW: I painted the red one :P little messy, needs better brush control and a better eye I guess ( couldn't tell that bottom part was part of the rope lol).

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brush control will come with practice. Yes, the L2PK's will take a little longer, you have to let the primer dry for one, I think you will find your skills take a noticeable step forward when you do get to them. That said, you are off to a fine start, it looks like you have the right ideas, all you will need now is a bit of learning, which the kits can provide well, and a bit of practice, of which the Bones will provide you no end. First rule still remains though, above all, have fun.

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I have to agree with ShadowRaven- make sure you are having fun. Don't look at other people's work and compare yours to theirs. Don't even compare yours with your girlfriend's and vice-versa. People naturally have different techniques, strengths and weak areas when it comes to skills and they are as individual as each person.


Learn some basic painting steps and techniques and make them your own. Make sure you are happy with the end result and if you aren't, figure a way to get it the way you want it. Post pictures and ask for help. (a lightbox, or any better lighting, will help us see what you see)


DO look at other people's work for inspiration and ideas though. Striving to make fabric, skin tones, shadows, etc. look like someone's you admire is a good way to push your own skills.

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Nice work. And these can be considered masterpieces for your first mini.


I am painting my Mr. Bone in similar colors as our red one...except i m treating him as a cultst with a bronze skull mask.


And wecome to this addictive hobby.

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