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Hello all,

Since I have registered on the reaper forums, I have had nothing but a great experience. Finally got pictures of my crafting area, and some miniatures that I am working on. Well here it is and I look forward to continuing this thread for a long time to come. I'm always looking to improve; comments and pointer are very much welcome!

 

Here is my work station. Starting out is my office where the epicness ahppens: - 10 points to if you can find the LED Binohead Magnifier that Galladril recommended.

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My first project was a light box, I think I may make a smaller one in the future.

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  1. 77019: Orc Swordsman (3)

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  • This was my first attempt at using the program GIMP that was recommended to by ub3r_n3rd on this thread.

Base coated:

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Washed with diluted ivory black and the armor plates washed in diluted black ink:

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I have recently added eyes to the orcs: Yellow with black dots and since I've NEVER done eyes before, this was a HUGH jump!

- more to come...

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2. 77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior:

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The base is attached to a coin and the gaps are filled in with spackling:

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Good looking work station!

 

As far as GIMP goes, what I usually use it for is the Auto White Balance and cropping/resizing.

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Good looking work station!

 

As far as GIMP goes, what I usually use it for is the Auto White Balance and cropping/resizing.

Thank you Sir, Just moved in about 5 months ago and have been taking forever getting it set up!

 

I have to get better lighting for my lightbox, the photo is taken with my phone (Nokia Lumia 1020 w/ a 41 mega pixel camera) and i messed it up. That was the best I could do with GIMP to make it visible. :)

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That looks like a great workstation!

I never got the hang of using GIMP. I'd worked with photoshop for years (until the computer it was on died) and the controls on GIMP were all way too different for me to work with. I switched to Paint.NET (http://www.getpaint.net/) which I find to be a lot more user friendly with a bit less steep of a learning curve, if you're finding yourself perplexed by GIMP like I was.

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So here is the final version with the eyes. I always want to do more, but i cant seem to figure it out... I did and entire set of goblins (9 of them) in batch painting and I think they turned out better than these three... 

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Your tips or links to improve would be great! feel free to be as harsh as you like. :)

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I think you did very well with the eyes! I would paint their teeth for sure - dingy and/or yellow, as they're orcs afterall. I think maybe all over you should take the highlighting up just a step or two small steps lighter.

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I think you did very well with the eyes! I would paint their teeth for sure - dingy and/or yellow, as they're orcs afterall. I think maybe all over you should take the highlighting up just a step or two small steps lighter.

Ill give it try, thank you!

 

Also I think I am going to learn NMM cause I have used Metallic and I'm just not satisfied with the results...  

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You did fantastic on the eyes! I agree with guindyloo about the teeth needing to be hit with a dirty yellow. You could paint them white, then go over them with glaze of the dirty yellow to give more depth as well. When I speak of glazing I mean making sure that you make the paint is transparent, then make sure your brush is just damp with the paint (wipe excess off on a damp sponge for example) and lightly run over the teeth, it'll take a few coats to get where you want it, but you can control how dark/gritty they look.

 

Also, check out this TMM (True Metallic Metal) tutorial from Massive Voodoo. I personally prefer TMM to NMM, but there are plenty of people who love doing NMM, try them both out and see for yourself what you like better.

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You did fantastic on the eyes! I agree with guindyloo about the teeth needing to be hit with a dirty yellow. You could paint them white, then go over them with glaze of the dirty yellow to give more depth as well. When I speak of glazing I mean making sure that you make the paint is transparent, then make sure your brush is just damp with the paint (wipe excess off on a damp sponge for example) and lightly run over the teeth, it'll take a few coats to get where you want it, but you can control how dark/gritty they look.

 

Also, check out this TMM (True Metallic Metal) tutorial from Massive Voodoo. I personally prefer TMM to NMM, but there are plenty of people who love doing NMM, try them both out and see for yourself what you like better.

That was a fantastic article. Exactly the same concept as NMM but with Metallic's. 

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Yep, Massive Voodoo is a treasure trove of excellent articles and tutorials. Roman Lappat is one of the best miniature painters in the world right now, has won many many awards.

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Lots of down time at work - slow season  - so I have been reading on Massive Voodoo and watching video on YouTube... that being said (typed) I feel a challenge coming on to make those orcs better before I move on to another project. I'm a "Monkey see Monkey do" type of learner. MORE TO COME!

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Off to a great start...that workspace looks great! Great start on the eyes...with peactice, you'll have more detail and consistency in no time. I'd definitely say try both TMM and NMM, and you'll find your preferred groove. I love the look of both, but definitely have an easier time with painting NMM. Looking forward to following along with your upcoming projects!

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Here is a practical re-do, not a huge change: I used an Opaque green on the skin to make it pop a little more and highlighted the boots with lighter brown and a slight grey around the armor plating. I also attempted a NMM on one of the Orc's - it did not go as well a I thought... I'm having to be more patient. 

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Two different lightings 

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