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thanks for sharing your work so far. General question. Do a lot of people use the diluted wash to bring out the details? Looks handy on these more intricate figures.

 

I use a wash after priming to bring out details then I'll re-prime with a dry-brush to pre-highlight areas. It will make all the details pop out nicely.

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I agree with what ub3r_n3rd said.  I do more of less the same thing with the wash/liner.

I started adding some metals to the figure so I can see some separation in all that brown leather and fur.

I'm using my favorite gunmetal gray on chains, belts blades and metal braces.

 

That sure broke up that mass of undulating browns !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I aimed an LED flashlight onto the miniature to make sure it picked up that metal, and contribute to the focus of the

camera on my phone.  That helped a lot. 

Its a bit finicky when it comes to lots of close colors.

So here are the craven with a little more development.

I'm really digging these at this stage !

 

I am dying to get to the highlighting stage...

(Patience Jay, Patience)...le sigh.

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Horrible Discovery.

I opened up my Masterson's wet palette this morning, and much to my surprise, there was

mold growing on the left hand lower corner of the paper.  Seems the sponge underneath was rotting.

(ICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).  Ordered more sponges to replace the one that I had in there.

Didn't know that they can go bad.

I'll just use my small well palette for paints until the sponges get here.

At least I am doing Base work at the moment, I'll hold off the fine stuff for a bit !

I've successfully used copper pennies under the sponge to prevent mould growth! Tried and tested and it works well. Doesn't prevent forever but till you next use it :))

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Think I am rapidly approaching the highlighting stage.

 

Tre, sneaking in a skull in a barbarians lap is sneaky !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ROFL, but fun.  Was trying to figure out what the heck that was, and suddenly..He Didn't !

Yep you done did it !

 

Have a few things to get base color on.

Did the arrow shafts (Red I thought was appropriate).  Skulls are in,

chains, think I have the leathers covered.  Did a bit of mid tone on some of the fur.  Have to do bows, and touch ups.

Almost there.

 

So what does the gang thunk ?  Looking on course, or screw up  ?

Thumbs up?  Down ? 

 

Here are the latest photos.

 

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Has been a busy day; but I did get to paint this afternoon.

I've gone into the "FUN" zone.  Base coating is done. Highlighting has begun.

Got the flesh going with highlights, skulls have been worked on, and just picking up all the

places that need attention.  This is best part for me.  All the attention to detail pays off here.

Arrows have feathers, and little details begin to pop.

 

Here are the Craven as of 1830 (6:30 pm).

 

 

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Two hours later, and lots of back and forth...(Highlighting is so much fun).

 

My brain is totally fried from mixing minute colors of paint and applying same in washes

and glazes on these three miniatures.  Feeling like I have been doing "Paint Arpeggio's"

on a very grand scale !

 

I really would appreciate some input on these guys.  I tried to amp the photo quality on these

so you could get a good idea what they are looking like. One photo went weird, but it shows the color

on the muscles well.

 

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Critiques/Advice incoming!

 

Some higher highlights on the red and deeper shadows in the creases, remember you can use a dark green glaze to tint it darker and use color theory for this. I'd also like to see some shadows/yellowing/darkening of those skulls (temple areas and along the sides/bottom of them). You need to clean up a few spots, I see along the back of bottom picture that you hit his back (or looks like you hit his back) with the brown color.

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Critiques/Advice incoming!

 

Some higher highlights on the red and deeper shadows in the creases, remember you can use a dark green glaze to tint it darker and use color theory for this. I'd also like to see some shadows/yellowing/darkening of those skulls (temple areas and along the sides/bottom of them). You need to clean up a few spots, I see along the back of bottom picture that you hit his back (or looks like you hit his back) with the brown color.

Thanks Ub3r,

The BANE OF MY EXISTANCE is PHOTOGRAPHS.

Thanks for the input on the Red... However; the material is Cavalry BROWN, going up to a RED Highlight.

The light washed out the shadows on the skulls.. but I can make those darker.

I can see that the time has come to make up a Box to take photo's with. 

I will cleanup the back area (which is also the fur), so that it doesn't look like I hit his back...lol

(I didn't see that at all).

This is some of the most subtle blending I have done..so it just bit me in the butt !

I'll have to re-arrange the lighting when I take the next and hopefully final set of photos.

Really appreciate your taking the time to critique.

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No problem, Jay. It is hard to critique with sub-standard pics of low quality. So things like that brown reading as red come to pass and then we miss a lot of your subtle blending and can't see the highlights and shadows very well. You would get better/more critiques/advice with better pics, that's a sure thing.

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I use a photo box I bought off of Amazon from cowboy studios along with a couple of Ott light bulbs screwed into those clip on reflectors with an Ott lamp for direct overhead lighting. That and that night sky backdrop from hangar 18.

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Okay, I would RATHER be painting, BUT since necessity has insisted that I relearn an old skill.

I have found the canon A510 camera, new batteries, new flash card put in (bought but never used).

I downloaded a copy of the manual and have sat here taking photos.

These ARE better, but I will have to learn how to use the Macro to get UP CLOSE.

So here are few "Better" (in my judgement) photo.  Just cropping them made them small.

Is this an improvement ?

I will figure out the Macro tomorrow.

 

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Wow, MUCH MUCH BETTER, Jay!!

 

Honestly after seeing these, it looks like you are nearly done. A few touch-ups perhaps, some basing, and then good pictures again and you are probably only a couple of hours from calling it good to move to the next project(s).

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I will figure out the Macro tomorrow.

You don't need (and probably don't want!) macro mode for minis.  You'll end up with such a thin depth of focus that you'll have one arm/hand in focus and everything else will be blurry.  Take a look at this thread for some good ideas.  Both Doug and I put up some photos/suggestions.

 

That said, your most recent photos are definitely an improvement!

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