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I love a methodical paint too. Good luck! (Two of your figures are among the small batch I picked for my first minis painted in twenty years, a year and a half ago. I love those sculpts!)

 

This is gonna be good!

Quick question, though--what is TMM?

"True Metallic Metal" I believe. Using metallic paints to shade each other to give an effect of metal by using their hues and their tones, but also their metallic properties.

 

Like Non-Metallic Metal, but with actual shininess.

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This is going to be fun to watch, but what do you mean by "shopping the bin"?

If you go to the Reaper factory, you can see where they have shelves of these yellow bins that have all the minis they currently sell. You find the ones you want by catalogue number and pay by weight, which is an incredible deal! No blisters so you have to take care to keep all the bits together, but on the other hand if you want a specific mini and its bin is empty, they'll cast it for you! Mmmmmm, warm pewter!

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I love a methodical paint too. Good luck! (Two of your figures are among the small batch I picked for my first minis painted in twenty years, a year and a half ago. I love those sculpts!)

 

 

This is gonna be good!

Quick question, though--what is TMM?

"True Metallic Metal" I believe. Using metallic paints to shade each other to give an effect of metal by using their hues and their tones, but also their metallic properties.

 

Like Non-Metallic Metal, but with actual shininess.

Yes, I think this is what I mean, although thinking about it I guess I don't know the difference between TMM or shaded metallics (if there is one) or which I'm planning on. I know going more extreme on my highlights and shadows on my metallics was a critique I got from several judges and something I want to improve.

 

Which minis are the ones you did? I'm glad the methodical thing is appealing to someone besides me! I'm almost done with the skin tones basecoats, and I have to say I'm already liking this process. I got better at working with skin tones and getting a smooth basecoat through all the repetition. I do have to keep reminding myself that the point is to take my time and get better, not speed through each step!

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Which minis are the ones you did? I'm glad the methodical thing is appealing to someone besides me! I'm almost done with the skin tones basecoats, and I have to say I'm already liking this process. I got better at working with skin tones and getting a smooth basecoat through all the repetition. I do have to keep reminding myself that the point is to take my time and get better, not speed through each step!

Nalani Dancing Girl and Trina Sabor were two of the first group of minis I started building my new collection around (although I have also since got that female halfling, and that Harrower looks like a terrific figure ...).

 

Methodical approaches are interesting and provide a good basis for alternatives. Once you know thoroughly how something works you can go wild with variations without losing control or being unable to reproduce them.

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At least out here Shaded Metallic is the more common term. Clever Crow has taught a couple of classes on that and Tory is really good at as well, so hit them up on a second Saturday for tips. I'm still working on really making it look right.

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Ok, skin basecoats are done! Totally weird for me not to jump straight into eyes and highlighting next, but that's not the plan, this time. Here they are:

 

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The fey are the hardest to get the feel for since the shading and highlighting of the skin will really change their look, but I wanted a bright base to start with:

 

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Ang ideas or tips are welcome. I'm picking colors for cloth next!

Heidi

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Working my way through a slightly more canny reading of Color and Light, trying to get a firmer grasp of what I'd like to do with color in this experiment and pick some more colors. First up for me was a red. If possible (for a bit of efficiency and in order to really get to know the colors I use better) I wanted a red that would work across five figures I knew would have red as a main color or significant accent. I wanted a red that read as red (say that three times fast) but had decent coverage and was a bit desaturated. I painted up some swatches and immediately felt drawn to Big Top Red. I tried blending it into the skin tones of the minis that would use the red to see if anything horrible would happen:

 

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It still looked good to me, but I was worried about coverage since red is bothersome that way and Big Top is not an HD paint. I decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised. A thin layer still had decent coverage and a few thin layers gave very nice coverage. I mixed in some Reaper brush on sealer but very little water and it had a nice consistency. So here are three that have big red areas. I'm still considering whether I want to use this shade on the Red Fairy, and the red on the Scary Elf is just an accent on her belt, so that will wait:

 

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Thanks for looking! As always, any tips are welcome!

Heidi

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big top red and it's near cousin, carnage red are great for a base red. They cover extremely well, read as red right away, and in my experience go on super smooth. Big top is just a little bit of a brighter red than carnage red, so if you are looking for something to begin your shadow colours with, I would strongly recommend it.

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I am liking all the different flesh tones so far.

 

So, why did you blend the red into the flesh tones?  Did I miss something?

 

I will go read the entire thread now to find out.

 

EDIT:  Okay, I missed it in the first post... :down:

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