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Hey all,

I just started painting again about a month ago. When I was in highschool and a bit younger (too long ago) I tried a little bit - I MAY have primed, and MAY have used more than 1 colour paint... but I'm not sure.

 

I found out about the second kickstarter, and figured I should get some practice in before that.

 

I have the first Learn to Paint kit, and a few mega minis that I grabbed before they closed.

There was a lot I found frustrating, and a lot that I picked up along the way.

 

1) I'm never doing eyes last again. Ever. (They still kill me, even though I've read and watched a lot of tutorials, and I can do it on paper).

2) Taking pictures is a good way to see what you've missed... like painting the pants up under the tunic -whoops -especially when it's not visible unless you look.
3) I noticed mold lines after I started. Some of it I couldn't conceive of removing without damaging the mini. They aren't so visible in person.

4) Some of my paints are waaaaaay runnier than others. I managed to cover up some minor issues but it was a huge hassle

5) I learned when to walk away. I'm doing these for gaming, so they don't need to be perfect.

6) These are much shinier than in person, due to needing flash.

 

Here's a group shot, I took quickly with my phone (all pics with the phone for now)

 

There's something I like about all of these... so I guess that's a success.

Now updated with LTPK 1 pics and 02303 Mason Rowan pics

 

When I was painting Rowan, I had planned out a tartan on the kilt. The blue paint ran over everything. I managed to clean it off, but I no longer had any interest in going through my complicated plan. I did a quick fake by just doing a few regularly spaced lines of different colours. It does the job. I had to redo the socks as well, and no matter what I did, I couldn't get rid of the grass stain on his knee.

 

 

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Welcome back to the hobby, nice color choices! Eyes will become less daunting over time, just keep painting. Happy painting and remember to have fun!

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Thanks, Citrine.

I wanted to try and do what I thought were more realistic colour choices for the Anhurian. I had fun mixing the teal on his shield. I wish I had a better pic of it. The "linen" was a bone colour, unnoticeably drybrushed with pure white, and there's an equally unnoticeable brown wash over it . I thought I did a better job with my linen on other minis in this batch. The green pants were because it was getting too "same-y" with the plain linen.

I had a lot of paint on the brush when I was drybrushing this batch. Didn't figure it out until I was working on the ghost monk.

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Yeah eyes are a pain (at least for a literal first timer like myself). I'm still working on the Anhurian (first mini I ever put paint on, though the rat is now further along) and I finally said "good enough" on the eyes after the third try. lol.

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If paints are coming out of the bottle really thin (it looks like the green may have been one of those) make sure you are shaking it *really*really* well. Some colors settle more than others. Also sometimes you get unmixed medium up the nozzle and it can't blend with the pigment, so you have to squeeze it all out before you get properly mixed paint.

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My current batch I'm redoing the eyes on three of them... if they don't turn out, I'm moving on. I think starting out it's important to be able to take what you've learned and apply it to the next mini... you can always redo it later when you're better.

I'm definitely having an easier time, but I don't have the hang of it yet.

Last photo update to the main post for today.

Mason Rowan, who was the cheapest mini I could find at my FLGS.

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If paints are coming out of the bottle really thin (it looks like the green may have been one of those) make sure you are shaking it *really*really* well. Some colors settle more than others. Also sometimes you get unmixed medium up the nozzle and it can't blend with the pigment, so you have to squeeze it all out before you get properly mixed paint.

Thanks. The green DOES come out thin... but I think in this case it's because I painted 1 coat over the finished "linen." From what I can tell I tend to paint with really thinned paints compared to what's recommended (definitely thin compared to what's recommended in LTPK3). The current batch I'm testing a few more coats and layering to see how that goes.

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Eyes are really a hard one to get down, but don't give up. Just keep practicing, they don't have to be perfect. I'm not sure if you've tried the Bette Davis Eyes technique or not yet, but here it is just in case you haven't seen it before. I've only painted 20 minis thus far, but I feel like after doing this technique I'm getting better at painting them.

 

Another thing you can try out is using the micron pens to dot the eyes, a lot of people do it this way and come out with decent looking eyes.

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I had problems with pens... resulted in one of the accidents I had to clean up (and one of the things I moved on from finishing).

I've been trying something similar to the Bette Davis Eyes - I might've even looked at it before. But I'm not getting it yet.

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Here's the last of this first batch - all done over a week, thereabouts. These are from Mega Miniatures (RIP)

I don't remember the exact names and numbers of these - I have to look up the invoice. Got these just before Mega Miniatures closed its doors.

 

The pythia figure (named after a character in game she resembles) was one where I tried doing eyes with a micron pen, and it bled all over her face. I quickly repainted it after cleanup, but didn't feel like trying the eyes again.

 

You can't see it in any of these pictures, but the spearman has some faint dots for eyes. That was my only success with a pen. I found it harder than the brush. I liked how his clothes turned out, but it looks much worse with all the detail. I missed his sack originally, and just left it as was.

 

The thief throwing the knife was a huge pain, because he had a million little buckles on the side of his thigh-high boots. I noticed after I'd finished that I'd painted the metal buckles where the straps were. Oops.

I was really happy with the ghost, but he's so shiny in pictures. I had a rough version with a blue-grey drybrush highlight. I thought it was too contrasting, and tried to redo a ton of drybrushing so that the ghost gets lighter the further from the centre you get. I'm happy how things transitioned despite it being more white than I wanted at the extremities (too much paint!).

The sassy lady reminds me of my friend Whitney (who is sassy). This was in some ways the hardest mini to paint. Some of the Mega Miniatures had tons of detail, but this one didn't. There wasn't much to work with in terms of muscles, or wrinkles in clothing. I tried some minor layering,

 

 

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Just keep up the practice and you'll notice that with comments and advice from the fine folks here at the boards will help you improve drastically.

 

I just want to point out that you should go check out Pixel's thread, she started out not too long ago either and now does some really amazing work. It's a long thread, but it's very interesting to see how well she's progressed in such a short time.

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