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Keep at it, you will get there.  These don't actually look that bad, I've seen (heck I have painted) worse.  The key is to ask questions here and don't get too frustrated at first.  It's a process, kinda like learning to use the force.

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Hi Heidi.

 

Welcome to the Reaper forums and to our shared obsession hobby. ::D:

 

You've already got yourself over the biggest hurdles; getting started, being afraid to fail and learning that practice leads to improvement. Keep at it and don't be afraid to ask questions; this is easily the friendliest online community (of any kind) I've ever found.

 

Also, don't worry about they eyes; they're the bane of every mini painter everywhere. :poke:

 

Cheers,

Dan

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The saga continues...
Having painted a mini I like, I decide to see if I can paint another one. For the next batch I tackle the Klocke Classics, because I didn't know what that meant. I ditched the crap primer my local game shop sold me and used the sandable automotive primer. I make Les's wash mix and do a black wash on all four minis after priming so that I can see the details I kept "discovering" while painting the first four minis. I also use Les's wash mix instead of water to thin my paints, which now behave much better. I invest in a nicer silver paint. But I still can't do skin, I still paint CRAZY EYES, and turns out I am not paying enough attention to color choices. Also it rains incessantly so none of these have dullcoat:
03364: Isabeau Laroche, Female Paladin and 14093: Finari, Crusaders Hero

 

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But this one is OK:
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14022: Lysette, Elven Mage

And, inspired by Kaylee's colors in Firefly, I actually like this one:
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03098: Astrid, Female Chronicler

I have now painted 2 minis I like, out of 9... But I am notorious for starting and quitting hobbies. Will I feel like painting again? Continued in reply...

 

Thanks,

Heidi

 

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Keep at it, you will get there. These don't actually look that bad, I seen (heck I have painted) worse. The key is to ask questions here and don't get too frustrated at first. It's a process, kinda like learning to use the force.

 

Thanks! I've painted a few more I'll add below. You are sure friendly here!

Heidi

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Hi Heidi.

 

Welcome to the Reaper forums and to our shared obsession hobby. ::D:

 

You've already got yourself over the biggest hurdles; getting started, being afraid to fail and learning that practice leads to improvement. Keep at it and don't be afraid to ask questions; this is easily the friendliest online community (of any kind) I've ever found.

 

Also, don't worry about they eyes; they're the bane of every mini painter everywhere. :poke:

 

Cheers,

Dan

 

Yeah, actually after the next set I'm posting, I gave up on eyes for a while! I decided monsters are OK with crazy eyes, lol!

Thanks for the welcome. Hopefully I can get the rest of the pictures posted and get some constructive criticism.

Thanks again!

Heidi

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Yes, I paint some more, but nothing with human eyes. Because they upset me. I try the BBEGs, paying more attention to color pallet and getting a bit more comfortable with paint textures. And this time I paint two I think are pretty good:
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03451: Norgol, Irongrave Knight
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03084: Virina, Female Demon

And one I am actually proud of:
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14560: Kavorgh, Black Orc Warlord

I made the mistake of looking for inspiration on google for the fourth (03361: Shaeress Nashanneth, Dark Elf Queen), and get too intimidated to continue. I put her back in the drawer for a braver day.

 

One more set coming up...

Heidi

 

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There is nothing wrong with a camera phone. About half the pictures I post on here are taking with my phone, because I'm too lazy to bust out the DSLR and macro extension. Looking at your photos I see you're steadily improving, so keep at it. You have good brush control, and that's a big step. You're right about one thing, we can't agree on what's best. Mainly that's because what works well for one person, doesn't for another. That's why it's so important to try different things, you never know what you will like, and what not. Welcome to the boards. Happy painting.

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Most importantly, if you have questions about anything specific be sure to ask here. Lots of good, knowledgeable people here.

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Ok, last set for now. I tackle more baddies - the golems. This time I spend a lot of time thinking about color and even look up the character types on pathfinder, so I know what kind of baddie they are supposed to be. I think all four turn out pretty good, tho I went overboard on the wash with the flesh golem, and I like the clay golem the best.
02751: Stone Golem
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02865: Flesh Golem
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03204: Battleguard Golem (inspired by the Green Knight story in Arthurian legend)
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02706: Clay Golem
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So turns out painting minis is fun! I look at everything around me with new eyes, wanting to steal colors and patterns. It is a big escape from my soulless engineering job. I've been googling in between painting sessions, discovering "basing" and such, and I found this forum. The criticism seems to be very constructive here, so I thought I'd take a shot at posting what I have so far (even tho the bases aren't complete. I hope that doesn't break the rules) and see if I can get some tips to get my painting up to tabletop quality without getting too fussy. I'm working on basing the painted figures I like and also painting some goblins next.

Thanks for any inputs!

 

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There is nothing wrong with a camera phone. About half the pictures I post on here are taking with my phone, because I'm too lazy to bust out the DSLR and macro extension. Looking at your photos I see you're steadily improving, so keep at it. You have good brush control, and that's a big step. You're right about one thing, we can't agree on what's best. Mainly that's because what works well for one person, doesn't for another. That's why it's so important to try different things, you never know what you will like, and what not. Welcome to the boards. Happy painting.

I'm glad the camera phone picture are acceptable. I no longer have a separate camera.

 

I think part of the problem I've noticed is that it is hard to figure out what context to take recommendations in. For example, many people thin with water. I tried that with my crappy paints and it was a disaster. But with nicer paints it probably works. But that context was missing from most of the places where I read the recommendation. There's just a big learning curve!

 

Like you said, I'm having the best time just trying stuff. Thanks for the welcome and the comment about brush control!

Heidi

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Most importantly, if you have questions about anything specific be sure to ask here. Lots of good, knowledgeable people here.

I appreciate that! I guess my first question is if there is anything that I can use like dullcoat but brush on? It's raining here and soon it will be cold, and I haven't been able to dullcoat anything for weeks.

Thanks,

Heidi

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Oh, and another question - how could I get the "gems" on the battleguard golem's sword to look more...well..gem like?

Thanks,

Heidi

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Heidi,

 

First off, I'm sorry you had such a rocky start - it sounds like you did your due diligence beforehand, it's a pity you didn't find us earlier so we could have advised your early purchases (don't get Liquitex Basics, do get Reaper Learn To Paint Kits), or helped with your issues making your paints behave, or picking colours.

 

But despite your troubles, you persevered, and this anonymous stranger on the Wired is impressed with your progress and happy you've found our pastime a pleasant one. I have no doubts that, before long, your work will be top place.

 

Welcome to the forums!

 

Also, I'm totally stealing some of your colour choices - Astrid, for example. ::D:

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Last Knight,

Thanks for the kind words! I wish I had found this place earlier too. I bought the cheap paints because I wasn't sure I'd like painting, but I think I will invest in better ones soon. Do you recommend the Reaper paints?

 

You are welcome to any color choices you think I got right!

Thanks,

Heidi

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