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My biggest issue is that we use a solid ink printer, which leaves a waxy (read: reflective) finish, so there's often a band of reflection from the top light interfering with pics.

 

 

If you light from off-axis to either side instead of from above or near the camera, you can move the specular reflection far enough that your camera won't see it.

I do light from the sides as well (about 45 degrees in front), but I find adding the top light helps reduce shadows. I have a pet peeve about cast shadows obscuring painted shadows, but it seems many of the best painters go for mood lighting over showing off the paint job. I'd also have to reset the white balance :p

 

Upon further review if you look at Death Dealer on page one then this one here I believe old Ral Partha was pulling a fast one not to pay Mr. Franzetta

Indeed. I have the mounted and foot version and the casts are underwhelming.

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My biggest issue is that we use a solid ink printer, which leaves a waxy (read: reflective) finish, so there's often a band of reflection from the top light interfering with pics.

 

 

If you light from off-axis to either side instead of from above or near the camera, you can move the specular reflection far enough that your camera won't see it.

I do light from the sides as well (about 45 degrees in front), but I find adding the top light helps reduce shadows. I have a pet peeve about cast shadows obscuring painted shadows, but it seems many of the best painters go for mood lighting over showing off the paint job. I'd also have to reset the white balance :p

 

 

If you light from only one side, or more strongly (brighter or closer lights on one side), you're right; you'll get shadowing from the photo lighting.If you use even strength light from 30-45 degrees off the center line on both sides and on the same level as the subject, you'll get almost no shadows and very limited specular highlights. (When the subject is a flat piece on a table, it's called "copy stand lighting".)

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Some of my old, old, old minis.

 

I don't know if I ever 'finished' any of them, and I used a combination of oil paints and testors. (Wouldn't recommend it)

 

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I show her off only because I actually attempted free hand. Though it looks like she is of the order of the Jack-o-lope.

 

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I included this guy to try to show off how I used to do Metallics. I would just buff the metal with the dull side of my exacto knife until it gleamed. You can see it a bit on the shield and helmet here. I have a better example but my iphone didn't like taking a picture of him, possibly from the gleam.

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Some of my old, old, old minis.

 

I don't know if I ever 'finished' any of them, and I used a combination of oil paints and testors. (Wouldn't recommend it)

 

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Wow those are pretty neat. It is great to see how far the industry has come. The orc and blue knight are my fav

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