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Gnolls - technique practice : Eyes, TMM, Basing

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part of 8 gnolls.

Going about this systematically, and really work on my techniques. 


1. Paint all their eyes. 

2. when my new TMM set arrives from Scale 75, I will paint all of their armor and weapons. 

3. They all need basing, and I have at least some appropriately sized washers.  A mix of grassland and dungeon bases. 

4.  find a good tutorial for fur and work through some varieties.  (maybe)

5. finish them (maybe) 


I started with 4 copies of the base model, weapon swaped one with an axe, one with a toothpick spear,

I have bowmen, an alternate axeman and the shaman still to do. 


Putting my goals into practice I painted eyes on 5 gnolls,  (betty davis eyes) 

I gave their heads and faces a few other colors and some of the teeth. 


Some of them took several tries, and I am not sure the eye sockets are symmetrical. still I am happy with the results.





watching a fur tutorial (painting Buddha) than doing fur. 

at least on the browns, golden boy is still just a basecoat, no liner. 





Today I got my TMM set from USA Scale 75.  It comes with a cheat sheet of how to highlight an axe. 

so I did.  It may be one of my best weapons.   The armor is more my standard quality, all the little scales remind me or recent dragons, just much smaller.  The armor will see more work. 



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Nice work!

How do you like the Scale 75 Metallics?




they are terrific.  Thanks for all the advice I got from you and others on the scale 75 thread.

I haven't had trouble mixing them by hand shaking yet, but it sounds like I am going to need agitators eventually.


Its the small shifts in color, before I had gunmetal and, silver as my metallics, and would fight to add black or white while maintaining the metallic shimmer. 

now I am using a 5 color mix, and know which order to use them in.  Its so much easier. 

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I never knew what a Gnoll was until a few days ago and this is awesome. I'm about to start painting one of mine and this has been great inspiration 

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I may have an addiction. 

worked on this guy last night and then went into flow state panting for the last two hours as well. 


needs a few more fur highlights and his arm-brace thing painted, its just got a metallic base-coat atm. 





hmm not sure what I was going for with the middle of the shield, I will tone that down a bit.  It looks like paladin level shiny. 

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Apparently Tuesdays are a good day for me to paint.  

I think I am done with the first gnoll, except for basing/axe straitening.  The second gnoll is moving forward... his skirt needs some major work, more fur highlights, and I need to rework his fail.. anyone seen a chain painting tutorial? 


oh the green smear vs grey smear on the base is grassland vs dungeon basing.  I will have 5 grass/4 dungeon. 





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Pre-basing Gnolls.   The three on painting caps will be on dungeon flagstone, created from Basius (victoria) 

the last guy, and most of next month will be in grassland. 




hmm his face has hints of brown not seen in the rest of his fur.  If I add them to the rest of the fur it might add some contrast.. 









next month: 


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Tried leaving prints for feet.  

next time i will just do it straight, and carve the feet more carefully. 



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Further progress as I move into the Outside Bases part of the gnoll clan.

I took a painting class from Michael Proctor, and felt like I learned a lot.  

esp - color choice, base coats, under-painting for TMM and the some tips on eyes. 

Not sure I am going the right direction on basing, but this time I will do 1-2 at a time and see how each technique works. 

The first set was based on washers that were slightly larger than 40mm, this tiny base looks strange under the cork. 




Based on a striped hyena, this guy was fun to paint. 

You can see how the eyes moved away from centered.



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Finally finished the set.... 

I think I learned a lot doing so many similar models very slowly. 

my eyes and basing have improved since the beginning of the year.  Not sure about my TMM. 


The leader I practiced a "Lit from the front" technique and rushed the basing. It is one level higher than the others, as if standing on a hill. 

I cut off his half his staff as a jury-rigged bone staff it looked silly, and unusable as a weapon.  Magic wands are cheaper and I can see a gnoll having one, 






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