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Here's for painting naked bonesium:  http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/48669-bones-the-first-coat-is-the-difference/

TL/DR:  Wash the bones with soap and prime--the plastic is highly hydrophobic;  so water-thinned paint/primer won't stick to it.

 

Looks good though.  Sounds like it was unintentional, but the partially mixed colors gives it the impression of different clays not fully mixed together.  If you don't want that to happen next time, give'em a stronger stir (could be those two paints are not intermixable, like oil and acrylic, but I haven't heard anything about it).  Keep it up!

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Actually, I was hoping for 'something' to happen when I mixed two so different paints together. I guess I was just lucky.

I did wash the mini first, but may not have used the right soap.

(I'm in Norway. Most US brands doesn't exist here, or are licensed and produced under other names)

The AP Army Green did seem to stick better, so I suspect the Liquitex.

 

I'm aware of those topics, and have glanced at them.

I hope to get time to read up on it properly during the holidays. Fingers crossed, knock on wood...

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Nice to see more Norwegians here. :) 

 

It's a nice paint job, too. 
Give him a dark brown wash (Agrax Earthshade), all over, then drybrush a light skin tone on top once dried, and this mini would be perfect enough that you don't ever need to be embarrassed about it. 

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That's a Citadel wash, right?

I may take a look at that after the holidays.

(I have the washes in the Army Painter Mega kit, but have yet to try them out. Just ordered a pair of Skeletal Swordsmen and a Stone Golem. We'll see... )

Drybrushing is a skill I hope to attain later on, when I level up. ;-)

Not that I think it needs a skin tone.

(I may order another Clay Golem to mess with later. )

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That's a Citadel wash, right?

I may take a look at that after the holidays.

(I have the washes in the Army Painter Mega kit, but have yet to try them out. Just ordered a pair of Skeletal Swordsmen and a Stone Golem. We'll see... )

Drybrushing is a skill I hope to attain later on, when I level up. ;-)

Not that I think it needs a skin tone.

(I may order another Clay Golem to mess with later. )

 

I am sure the army painter versions work just fine. And no, he doesn't need a skin tone. But it's a cheap way of highlighting the brown details in a quick fashion. You'll most likely read and hear 'highlight all the way to white' when doing research. I find that using a quick drybrush of pale skintones is a quick and dirty way of faking the effect. I think it's considered a bad habit, but for tabletop painting, it's a godsend to me. I, myself, am in no way very good at painting miniatures. I recently came back to the hobby after 15 years hiatus. But it's always amazing how much of a difference the wash makes, so I try to let new people know that even dipping the biggest brush they have and splashing wash all over the miniatures are usually an improvement to just having basic colors without shadowing. Can tell from the miniature you posted that you have good brushwork. All you need are the extra techniques; to have some professional looking minis in no time. :)

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My main interest is in electronics, and back when I built my first 3D printer, I soldered the RAMPS1.4 shield myself.

(It contains 0805 SMDs... That's kind of small... )

 

I must admit to using a cheap headband-mounted magnifier while doing the painting.

(Too cheap. It gives me headaches if I use it for more than 30 minutes)

 

Also, before I did this mini, I made this:

http://www.thingiverse.com/make:175648

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Welcome to the forums!!

 

That's a nice job for your first painted figure. Keep practicing, you'll see improvements pretty quickly. Make sure you keep this fellow, though. This time next year, you can look back at it and see how much you've improved.

 

Also, don't forget to have fun!

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