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Another great update! When you do this at this level of detail, about how many hours are you putting in? 40 hours a week, or 2 a week?

 

Looks great regardless, just want to know how much more I need to practice

 

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Thanks, DMAgamus, Pochi, and Loth.

 

Loth, the time per week just depends on what I can spare.  On an average week I'll have 2 or 3 nights where I can paint for a couple hours.  Then, on the weekend, maybe get another 4-8 hours depending on what we've got planned.  For a typical 54mm figure (keep in mind, this one is 90mm), I'd say it takes me 40 hours total to finish it.  So something like this, this, or this would take about 40 hrs.  The samurai, on the other hand, is about twice the size and a lot more detailed.  I haven't really been keeping track, but I'd say I've put in over 100 hours into it.  It'll probably be close to 150 by the time I'm done.

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I appreciate the response, it looks incredible and I can see where the work is going. Seeing you write it out step by step is really letting me see that it's an obtainable goal to shoot for, great work!

 

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Wow!  The Dedication, patience, and skill boggles the mind.  Like many before me have said, thank you for showing us your 'secrets' for freehand.  I am still working on the basics, but someday.  I also appreciate the information on how long it takes you to complete minis at this level.  It will be some time before I even have the patience to put that amount of time into a mini let alone the skill to make them look this good.  Keep it up, you are awesome!

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Thanks, everyone.  JDizzO, don't let the freehand work scare you.  I wouldn't never have thought of doing anything this complex a year ago.  Just start out simple, add a stripe to the bottom of a cape or down the side of an armor panel.  I started out doing freehand on Ultramarines, adding the Omega symbol and the arrows to the shoulder pads instead of using the decals.  Back then I'd also lightly draw on the design with a pencil before filling it in with paint.  I used a pencil to sketch first for a long time before I felt confident enough to just do the whole thing with the brush.

 

As for time spent on the figures, I'll fully admit I'm not the fastest painter.  I do most of my work by layering.  But, other techniques like wet blending, loaded brush, or two brush blending will definitely work faster.  There's a bit of a steeper learning curve and I haven't put in the time, so I stick with the steady and slow approach I've always used.  And of course, if you're handy with an airbrush, you can use that for base coating and to lay down the basic shadows/highlights before going in with a brush to do the final work.  So there are many ways to get similar results in less time.

 

It's funny, you expect that the more experience you get, the faster you'll paint.  But I used to paint a 54mm figure in a weekend, now it takes me 3 or 4 weeks.  Part of that is putting in more time to do detail work and get good blends.  Another part is that I try to do something new with each figure.  Maybe it's a color I'm not comfortable with, a more intricate base, more extensive design work, etc.  But, because I want to keep pushing myself, there's usually something on each new project that makes me say 'hmmm... I'm not sure how I'll do that.'  As a result, I spend extra time trying to figure things out.  Yes, I'm know I've sped up my painting over time, but since I put more into the new projects so it still takes me longer.

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Thanks, everyone.  JDizzO, don't let the freehand work scare you.  I wouldn't never have thought of doing anything this complex a year ago.  Just start out simple, add a stripe to the bottom of a cape or down the side of an armor panel.  I started out doing freehand on Ultramarines, adding the Omega symbol and the arrows to the shoulder pads instead of using the decals.  Back then I'd also lightly draw on the design with a pencil before filling it in with paint.  I used a pencil to sketch first for a long time before I felt confident enough to just do the whole thing with the brush.

 

As for time spent on the figures, I'll fully admit I'm not the fastest painter.  I do most of my work by layering.  But, other techniques like wet blending, loaded brush, or two brush blending will definitely work faster.  There's a bit of a steeper learning curve and I haven't put in the time, so I stick with the steady and slow approach I've always used.  And of course, if you're handy with an airbrush, you can use that for base coating and to lay down the basic shadows/highlights before going in with a brush to do the final work.  So there are many ways to get similar results in less time.

 

It's funny, you expect that the more experience you get, the faster you'll paint.  But I used to paint a 54mm figure in a weekend, now it takes me 3 or 4 weeks.  Part of that is putting in more time to do detail work and get good blends.  Another part is that I try to do something new with each figure.  Maybe it's a color I'm not comfortable with, a more intricate base, more extensive design work, etc.  But, because I want to keep pushing myself, there's usually something on each new project that makes me say 'hmmm... I'm not sure how I'll do that.'  As a result, I spend extra time trying to figure things out.  Yes, I'm know I've sped up my painting over time, but since I put more into the new projects so it still takes me longer.

+1 on this one.  That has been my approach as well.  Along with the same results in terms of time spent on mini's (I'm quite far from your level).  

 

That being said, your works is beautiful.  I'm glad you started posting to this forum.

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Hmmmm... it's been a while since I've posted an update here.  While the main body was essentially finished, there were still a number of parts that had to be painted and layered on top.  I finished off the remaining armor panels around the waist, then attached the swords and quiver.  This past weekend I finally added his left hand with the bow and the arrows for the quiver.  The bow and arrows still need to be painted, but he's getting very very close to being complete.  The last big hurdle is going to be the base.  Hopefully I can come up with something that will fit the figure.

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