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My normal painting approach for ages has been base colour, brown wash. Works OK for some things (grungy orcs, cowboys) and not so well for others (brightly coloured Elves). More recently, I've been practicing using base colour, an appropriate wash for that colour and then a highlight shade.


Feeling more confident with that, I've been working on the Bones Ogre Chieftain today, going up to three layers on most parts, and have to say that as well as being a joy to paint, it really pays off putting the extra effort in. At normal tabletop distance it's probably my favourite paint job to date.


Just waiting on gloss varnish to dry, then a final matt varnish to stop him being too shiny.






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Looks good! Personally I'd lay some deeper shadows between the steel bits and anything under them, just because I think it gives the steel harder edges and more weight. EDIT: probably only for the shoulder pad, actually.


I bet he looks nice on the table; from the photo you've come up nice and bright on the skintones, which is something I really have to work on. Normally I paint very dark, but the brighter highlights look better and crisper especially at a distance.

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Thanks smokingwreckage, I agree about the steel parts, would like more contrast on them. I used boltgun metal with a black wash, then Coat D'Arms chainmail...but this is just as dark as boltgun metal, so didn't show up as well as I'd have liked.


GW Foundation/Basecoat paints went on with no problems at all without undercoat, Coat D'Arms (which is original Citadel paints) tended to run off or not stick to the plastic, so needed a few coats for those parts.


Wasn't sure about the no undercoat claim at first, so this was started out as just a test, but am sold on it now. (Also, for the price, you could do a few tests and pick up another when you had it worked out).

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If you didn't already, wash fresh Bones with detergent and rinse really well, and paint will stick a bit better. For the shoulder pad rather than wash or drybrush I'd mix up a transparent brown-black like Reaper Brown Liner, or Reaper Blackened Brown paint, or Vallejo Smoke, thin it a bit, then carefully paint in the crack.


They call it "blacklining" or "darklining" and it takes a little practice but can be very quick and effective. Some of GW's new washes would probably be good for it too, just use them like you were a master calligrapher working with brush and ink :) I've also used Army Painter INK Dark Tone but it's a bit too transparent for my tastes.


Of course, it's all about what you want to see, and how you like to paint. And like I said, this is a solid job! Wait'll you get a bit of a horde painted together, it'll look even better!

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Very nice work to be sure. A game piece anyone should be proud of, but more than that congratulations on successfully pushing your skill set a little further. Few things are as rewarding (in the painting hobby) as trying an new technique and getting results you're proud of. Keep it going!

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