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As the title says, this thread is all about Kingdom Deaths plastic pin-up set.   With Twilight Knight and Forsaker already finished, meet the remaining girls:-     Since I don't batch-paint ver

They're undercoated with Vallejo White Primer and washed with Army Painter Strong Tone (Brown) Wash.     Progress!     Tidied up her leg. Painted her hair, which I think turned out quite good

Got her skin finished:-     Though looking at these piccys, I think her right leg needs a bit of work. Any ways, I reclaimed the basecoat, then added a drop of Yellowed Bone (it was supposed to

I'm still intimidated by cool whites and haven't really done a good one yet. Still, I think following a guide is a good way to learn and Scott is pretty approachable if you have questions. He's on WAMP or you could ask in the KD:M KS comments, as he posts there, too.

 

They're very good guides, but they're aimed at someone with a lot more skill and (perhaps. more importantly) patience than I have.

 

The official colour scheme is growing on me though, so I may try something similar.

 

 

 

Let the amazing Scott Hockley be your guide!

 

Too much white, white is scary!

 

I don't know how much Vallejo you have in your paint collection (though obviously you have some), but here's an easy white if you have the paint and don't mind a bit of layering:

 

Base GC Ghost Grey

Highlight GC Dead White

Shade GC Wolf's Grey

 

If you want deeper shadows mix a little GC Shadow Grey into the Wolf's Grey.  The greys contain some blue so it will look cool.

 

 

I don't have those exact colours, but I should have something similar.

 

Let's see how brave I feel when I start painting her.

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They're very good guides, but they're aimed at someone with a lot more skill and (perhaps. more importantly) patience than I have.

Ah, padawan, therein lies the secret to improvement.

 

My second mini was painted by following a guide written by Ali McVey, with some assistance from althai. Both of them at the time were way better than I am now, it was pretty daunting and I didn't really have much idea what I was doing. But it ended up ok.

 

While I've not gone back to 2-brush blending, it did teach me that pushing myself out of my comfort zone (especially with hand-holding!) is critical to improvement. You might say it's almost become an obsession at this point, since I am always trying new stuff.

 

You've been fearlessly painting minis that most of us have on the 'when I'm good enough to paint it' shelf. I really think you should consider approaching new techniques the same way. I wish I had patience, I might actually be a good painter :p

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I've found that when I paint things I consider nice or too good to paint I tend to actually paint them better as there's some mental switch that happens and even though I'm taking a risk (and trying out new techniques that I've never done) I'm amazed at what's actually done.  It's never perfect or as good as the pros but I'm always quite happy with it.  New techniques are actually never as scary as they seam if you have a solid foundation to build on of other skills.  Take freehand, horribly scary but if you good brush control it's actually not that hard at all--though color selection can be daunting (finding the right combo to make it be visible).

 

The figure here was my 3rd time ever doing freehand and the second time last year.  Ya, it's not complicated, but it does sometimes freeze you up whether or not you want to mess up what you've already painted as you could mess up but adding those simple lines really changes the piece for the better.

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Architect went back on the shelf, I'd managed to mess up here skin quite badly (too much Flesh Wash I think), it's fixable but left me very demotivated.

 

With my confidence in painting skin shattered, I needed a pin-up who isn't showing off that much flesh, which brings us to Hunter with her fancy pants:-

 

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Technically they're a pair of of elaborate stockings not pants, painted with stripes of Vallejo Hexed Lichen and Orange Red.

I think I did a pretty good job on the highlighting, I have spotted a bit I missed though.

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Same.

 

If you're going to rely heavily on flesh wash might I suggest to do all your highlights and such before applying it? I find it easier to get a good look that way then trying to highlight up from a strong wash coat as blending is much more difficult once the wash is applied. The was will bring down the highlights a lot but it's much easier to reapply them as the old highlights just became a transition color for you.

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Thanks. I suspect I may have "borrowed" that colour scheme from somewhere else (colour combos aren't usually my strong point).

 

 

Same.

If you're going to rely heavily on flesh wash might I suggest to do all your highlights and such before applying it? I find it easier to get a good look that way then trying to highlight up from a strong wash coat as blending is much more difficult once the wash is applied. The was will bring down the highlights a lot but it's much easier to reapply them as the old highlights just became a transition color for you.

 

I'll give that a try on Hunter, see how it works for me.

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Progress:-

 

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She now has a pair of (poorly photographed) metallic blue boots, they're Vallejo Artic Blue with 1:2 Artic Blue/ Chainmail Silver highlights. I think I may glaze them with some blue ink, make them a little bluer.

Also started on her cape, just a Splattered Crimson basecoat so far.

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I just put my X-mas mini together a few days ago which really has me wanting to do some of these pin-ups. I'm still staunchly entrenched in the scared to screw them up camp. I guess on the upside, the price means I'm not messing up a $25 resin each time!

 

Keep up the awesome work, I look forward to seeing more soon.

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