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Nicely done! I really like your work with the leathers. That's one of my favorite minis, too. So dynamic. Nice back story you've provided him.

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I agree with them. That leather is fantastic. I don't know how to do leather like that. Can you describe how you did it?

 

I love that mini, too, but the dagger on mine snapped off and it's so small that I don't know how to securely replace it... Ah well. I think a cobblestone base would look really cool and thematic for him, but I get that basing can be hard. I'm still working on that myself.

 

Overall I think you did a great job on him! I like the backstory, too. I'm a sucker for backstories.

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 Nice work.

 

As far as the NMM, I always try to find a picture of a weapon in vaguely the same position and lighting if possible to use as a reference. A google search will turn up a lot of good reference material. It takes a bit of practice and studying a fair number of pics before you start getting a good idea where the highlights and shadows will be on an NMM object just by looking at it.

(If you actually happen to own a sword and a camera with a timer and tripod, you can get a pretty good idea of how to paint the NMM by positioning yourself directly under a light source in the same pose as the mini with the weapon held at the same angle.)

 

Stone and wood floors are some of the simplest, easiest things to sculpt. You're literally just slapping down a thin layer of putty and pressing lines into it with a straight edged object of some kind (hobby knife, thin ruler, whatever)... After that, all you need to do is scratch/poke in a few details with a needle or dental pick.

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Looks great!

 

I don't sculpt bases; I paint them illusionistically. Like, here's a way to do grass: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/50452-how-to-paint-a-base-to-look-like-grass-pingos-methd/?p=742814

 

Here's a base painted like stones: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/49261-02042-marith-of-the-flame-sandra-garrity/?p=715617

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For brown leathers like armor, I have a fairly simple recipe. 

 

Leather Armor

Basecoat - RMS Tanned Leather

First Wash - Seraphim Sepia (Citadel)

Second Wash - Argrax Earthshade (Citadel)

 

For leather belts, bags, or cloaks its similar, though I just change up the base coat depending on how light I want it.

Leather goods - Bags, Cloaks

Basecoat - RMS Golden Blond

First Wash - Seraphim Sepia (Citadel)

Second Wash - Argrax Earthshade (Citadel)

 

Leather Belts, Heavy Cloaks

Basecoat - RMS Leather Brown

First Wash - Seraphim Sepia (Citadel)

Second Wash - Argrax Earthshade (Citadel)

 

I apply the washes in varying densities to get the weathered look.  Also, unless I am trying to "just get done" I tend to apply a coat of Brush on Matte Varnish between the base and washes.

 

Thanks everyone for the kind words, and the pointers for NMM and basing!  I have a long way to go, but I am having fun getting there!

 

CAH

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Looks great!

 

I don't sculpt bases; I paint them illusionistically. Like, here's a way to do grass: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/50452-how-to-paint-a-base-to-look-like-grass-pingos-methd/?p=742814

 

Here's a base painted like stones: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/49261-02042-marith-of-the-flame-sandra-garrity/?p=715617

 

She looks great!  I was going to suggest something similar to what Pingo posted if you didn't want to carefully slip a hobby knife under her feet to pop her off her current base.

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