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Learning to paint from the L2PKs

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Welcome to the hobby, you are off to great start! I would be proud to have your painted minis on my gaming table ::): For feedback, I will just say, deeper shadows, higher highlights.

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The first two kits are all about the fundamentals. Kit 4 reinforces them, and Kits 5 and 3 use those basics to show you some neat new stuff.

 

Questions on how to improve at an early stage can be tricky to answer, mostly because so much of improvement is just tied up in practice. The more you paint, the better you get. And the more you learn your tools, the more creative you become with them. For some people, this progress is rapid. For other people (like me) it's slow. I mean, where you have started is better than where I was after ten years of doing it (of course, it did take me 14 years to get around to buying any learn to paint kits).

 

So the only two tips really worth much at this stage for your goal are:

 

1. Practice, practice, practice

 

2. Contrast, contrast, contrast: darker darks and lighter lights. If you're like most people, this will be a bit of a bugbear for a while. It can be intimidating. Even after the kits my first 30 miniatures still looked flat because I was afraid of going too far with contrast. But while there is such a thing, it's harder to overdo than underdo. Tsuko the muscle monk is good for practice here, deepening his shadows and bringing up the highlights. Laurana has less definition, so she's tougher.

 

How you go about making adjustments as you learn is a personal choice. You could practice on Tsuko, even stripping and redoing him a time or two while you figure out things. If you're worried about keeping up volume of painted production for game use (my primary concern) then you can build in new experiments and lessons as you move forward through more miniatures.

 

But the bottom line for this hobby is that everybody's got the Right Stuff to do it. Sling paint, have fun, and the more you do the faster you'll start amazing yourself.

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Thanks.

 

I can see now that the contrast definitely needs to be enhanced. I have plenty of miniatures, better get painting. I think part of the lack of contrast is from too heavy a hand with dry brushing and not enough layers with highlights.

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I'm just wondering... am I the only one who hears xylophone music in my head when I paint skeletons?

That is the most G-Rated thing I have ever heard about going on in your head...

 

As for the minis, they look great! You are well on your way!

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Ninjas! This started out as further practice before doing L2PK4, but I also had some fun playing with non-paint basing. The WIP starts here. Next up will be the L2PK4, promise.

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I haven't posted in awhile but I have done some painting, and am starting to build back up momentum after losing it during the Kickstarter.

I've finished my Bartok and Nymph from L2PK4.  There are a few parts I'm not thrilled with, especially his hair and axe.

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And an assortment of dungeon fillers.  I've had some fun learning to paint fire. These are my first few attempts.  I should have more to post in a few days.

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edit: switched in a better pic of the nymph

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Some fun little elementals.  I was trying to get lots of contrast on the air and water elemental while keeping with basically 1 color schemes. I think they magic a nice red, white, blue and brown set.

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While well-painted, your fires are inverted.  They should be yellowmost towards the center/inside of the fire, orange to red (or even red-black) at the edges.  Not that I'm complaining, I think you've done a wonderful job on them, and I want to see more regardless of being inverted or not!  I personally don't find either way disconcerting.

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While well-painted, your fires are inverted.  They should be yellowmost towards the center/inside of the fire, orange to red (or even red-black) at the edges.  Not that I'm complaining, I think you've done a wonderful job on them, and I want to see more regardless of being inverted or not!  I personally don't find either way disconcerting.

I have two more fire creatures on deck to be painted, so I'll try that with them. Thanks for the observation. 

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Two other recent paint jobs (done before the elementals I post a few days ago). The first is a "flame zephyr" quickie
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Edit: Sorry ladystorm, I didn't think of that shading as overly suggestive of nudity.
 
And my new PC, an Unseelie pixie swordmage and his fey beast companion. He was going to carry a shield, but then I gave it up but I really like the look on the miniature so I haven't taken it off.  The pixie character is actually inspired by one of the goblins from the recent Stonehaven Elven Adventures KS, but of course I don't have that figure yet. The dog is supposed to be a black panther (medium sized, this fire is way too small) but I haven't found a good figure yet.  If you know of one, let me know so I can pick it up.
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