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I like your paintjob especially the work on the axe.  I wonder if the issue you were having on the mane is paint flaking off.  I think I see some white bits in the creases between his muscles.  Is this a Bones miniature or metal?  There have been reports of Walnut Brown and some other paints flaking off of Bones models if not first primed with other more adhesive colors, like Brown Liner.

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Any time I've seen that type of problem with the paint cracking and showing through to the white or metal it was because either the basecoat wasn't allowed sufficient time to dry or the clear coat was put on too thickly.

 

I like your use of complementary green and red without coming off as Christmas. The golden/bronze really goes nicely with those shades as well so again, good choices. I like that you continued with a warm tones 'feel' and brought his skin up with tones of red instead of increasingly lighter brown tones.

 

The mane looks like the highlight tone matches up with the mid-mid dark tone of the skin which makes it disappear a bit but it's more forgiving on a piece of this size. I like the rust effect/wear on the weapons as a nice touch. Overall a very solid tabletop piece.

 

When you say better painter...what goal do you have in mind?

 

In general if you want to get better takes the highlights higher and darker regions darker for greater contrast. A nice glaze of any mid-tone smoothes out rough highlights nicely, easier said than done however.

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I like your paintjob especially the work on the axe.  I wonder if the issue you were having on the mane is paint flaking off.  I think I see some white bits in the creases between his muscles.  Is this a Bones miniature or metal?  There have been reports of Walnut Brown and some other paints flaking off of Bones models if not first primed with other more adhesive colors, like Brown Liner.

 

Good call. He is a bones, and walnut brown is exactly what was his base color on his mane. I hadn't heard of any issues with it. I used to religiously prime. Then I wondered if I was just needlessly doing extra work, so lately I haven't been priming beforehand. But I'll keep that in mind with that color now.

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When you say better painter...what goal do you have in mind?

 

In general if you want to get better takes the highlights higher and darker regions darker for greater contrast. A nice glaze of any mid-tone smoothes out rough highlights nicely, easier said than done however.

 

Thanks. I guess I just see a lot of other show-off or stuff in the inspiration gallery and think "wow, why can't I paint like that." Yeah my layers don't always turn out as even as others, and some folks appear to be doing some crazy detail lining work that I'm not even attempting. So now work on layers, and as a future non-metallic metals (though I am very scared of that and putting it off).

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How did you get the gold bracer to look like that?  My gold bits always turn out looking passable but bronzey.

 

Edit:  I should clarify, what colors are you using?

 

Amazing job, btw.

 

Thanks that's just tarnished brass (over walnut brown as the base, I always like to put golds/bronzes over dark browns) with a black wash over it. If I don't want the thing to look as dirty I'll use a brown wash over bronze/gold which is a lot more subtle but still doesn't come off looking brand new. I think I have the opposite problem, always worried my gold parts will look too gold.

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When you say better painter...what goal do you have in mind?

In general if you want to get better takes the highlights higher and darker regions darker for greater contrast. A nice glaze of any mid-tone smoothes out rough highlights nicely, easier said than done however.

 

 

Thanks. I guess I just see a lot of other show-off or stuff in the inspiration gallery and think "wow, why can't I paint like that." Yeah my layers don't always turn out as even as others, and some folks appear to be doing some crazy detail lining work that I'm not even attempting. So now work on layers, and as a future non-metallic metals (though I am very scared of that and putting it off).

That's good planning. From an artistic/aesthetic position I noted all of the positive stuff you pulled off so it's just a matter of practice, practice, practice.
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