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I put thin layers of silver over some of the black-primed areas (and a few that weren't black-primed, with some interesting results).  Because the paint is so thin the black still shows through.  The idea is to make the metal look not pristine.


I apologize for the variable quality of the photographs.  I'm getting used to a new space and setup.



There's just a bit of copper on one of the goblins.













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I've put on little bits and bobs of color here and there while doing other projects, just little bits at a time.  Then I realized I hadn't taken any pictures lately. 


They have progressed some, mostly in the green, grey, and buff brown directions.
















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Oh, and the ninja has been identified as a very early Bob Ridolfi from when he was just starting out, one of probably 50 copies of this figure out there.

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These are coming along nicely Pingo. I like the different effects you are achieving with the metals.  I tend to avoid buying mini's that even have metal armour on them as I've no real idea how to paint it. 

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These are coming along nicely Pingo. I like the different effects you are achieving with the metals. I tend to avoid buying mini's that even have metal armour on them as I've no real idea how to paint it.


Metallic paints, I think, look best over a colored primer. I find it possible to get a wide variety of effects with just one of each of a bright silver, gold, and copper paint using a variety of different colors under and over them.


So far these are just painted with a base of pure black and thinned silver paint painted on lightly. On the textured armor the silver is almost drybrushed to show texture.


Metallic paints are semi-transparent, so the color underneath makes a big difference. Black is traditional under silver and looks a little cold and grimy under gold. Brick red is traditional under gold and gives it a real richness.


You can wash over the metallics with different colors to make them look entirely different. Two coats of the silver will look shinier and purer. Brick red and orange over silver makes it look like rusty steel. Seafoam green over copper looks like corrosion. It makes gold look like brass.


I'm planning to paint rust on the goblins' helms.

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Paint has been applied, mostly in the white - cream - grey regions.


Because of the constraints of working on these while I am doing other things, the palette is a bit limited.  I rarely use pure black or greys mixed only from black and white, but I have here.


I have also violated the rule of working from inside to out.  In a few places (like the witch's little skulls or the human thief's coil of rope) I have painted things before painting what's under them.


The whites on the old Grenadier Cleric and Paladin are pretty stark at the moment:









These are a few bone - parchment - rope colors:







The old RAFM ranger has a bird of prey on her wrist (marked), still mostly unpainted.

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After the whites and buff colors I moved on to a cold grey and pure black.  These are unusual colors for me, but since I had them out I used them.

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I added preliminary highlights to the Bob Ridolfi Ninja.  They are still pretty rough.

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I left some of the brown underneath showing through the elf thief's cape.

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Black and then grey highlights on the Metal Magic witch:

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Rough grey highlights on these two:

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Nice progress; they're coming along nicely.


Good eyes; I hadn't noticed the rangers feathered friend.

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A bit of bright orange added to the goblins (and a bit of rust on their helmets).  It's Mars Orange, not normally considered bright but really useful -- and apparently difficult to find in acrylics.  My go-to brand is Golden, but they don't carry this pigment.  This is Winsor & Newton and an old tube at that.




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