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Just dark skin for the mid. Broke out Icy Grey for the white mid.

 

This part of the project is so slow and tedious, both getting a solid base coat without getting it too thick (the skin is four or five layers already) and choosing the colors. And then figuring out all the colors for things I overlooked in prototyping and making sure everything sits against each other properly, both in value and color contrast.

 

And I didn't realize the stockings/boots were all one piece, so I had to rethink a few things about the lower legs. This is why I like to base coat the entire mini before I start finishing anything, make sure it all works together and I know where I'm going. Also I'll then know when I can more easily use common colors on the palette, helps my painting order.

 

My enjoyment usually starts once I've got the base coats done and start shading.

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I did learn one thing about CMoN's plastic bases, they're not the 'good' model plastic that melts with model cement (as KD's plastic does). So I needed to break out the superglue and will keep fingers crossed she stays put. I may need to pin her if she breaks loose, and I hate pinning high heels! One upside to the failed model cement experiment: I pushed her down pretty hard, so her feet conformed a bit better to the base.

For feet like this I drill an angled hole through the flat part of the shoe and then bend a pin so the exposed part of it is perpendicular with the bottom of the shoe.

To get the bend in the right place I insert the pin into the hole and mark it with a sharpie when it is all the way in and them remove it and bend it with pliers.

I have to do this often with models in a walking pose but it works for heeled shoes with small heels as well.

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That's a great tip, thanks!

 

Now that I'm starting to get the den in a usable configuration, I'm hoping to be more easily able to sit down for short sessions, more frequently. No more need to break down the setup (because I usually paint on the coffee table in the living room!). Paint racks should be here in a couple days, which will help cut time spent pawing through boxes of paint bottles, too.

 

I've found that I got used to painting on my knee, so it was tough getting the model turned in certain angles. And I need a new chair. But it's a start! Good to have the inaugural paint session under my belt now.

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More or less base coated now. Takes so long trying to figure out all those contrasts and making sure everything works as a whole! But I think I've got a pretty good handle on it now. Also need to dial up my brush control in a big way :) So sloppy!

 

Scifi_TK_WIP_3.jpgScifi_TK_WIP_4.jpg

 

Being able to sit down and start painting was really nice! Still a little awkward in a different painting position than I've been used to over the last few years, but worth the trade off.

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The time spent honing your color selection was well worth it!  That is going to be quite striking!  ::):

 

Also, glad to hear you're finally painting at a desk; the ergonomics are definitely worth it!

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Roughed in the shadows and started highlights on the skin. My usual Muddy Soil mixed into the Dark Skin base. Then the highlights start with mixing Bright Skin Shadow into Dark Skin.

 

Scifi_TK_WIP_5.jpg

 

Also, set up the two new paint racks, so the workbench is finally coming together. Only took 4 years.

 

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You can see where I'm mixing skin tones on the lower part of my wet palette, the base coats are at the top. Haven't been on hangouts because my tablet is my tv set :)

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I like that brush stand.

It's shoddy quality, like everything else Games and Gears does. You might notice one of their brushes by my rinse jar, I use it for mixing paint. So I do get some use out of their stuff.

 

Some commentary that's been rattling around in my head. The detail on this mini doesn't /seem/ all that fine until you start getting into it. I was trying to paint her face and had to break out the bubbles glasses. Seems all my brushes are too big or not pointed enough, too.

 

I know some of it is trying to get back to where I left off on brush control, but it's frustrating to see what I want to do and be unable to execute it (and I'm trying not to blame my brushes, hah).

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It's soft in some spots but crisp in others. In particular I was trying to get in to paint the eyelids, which are quite well sculpted and cast on her. Very delicate and defined, but I just couldn't get the darn things painted. As I said, I loathe blaming the tools, as much as the brushes felt too big to lay a thin enough line.

 

I'm really impressed with KD's plastic, even if they're simplifying sculpts to achieve it. The new Percival is super simplified, but I also have the resin version, so *shrug* At this rate, I can dial up my brush control on their plastics and then be in decent shape for resin detail down the road a ways!

 

edit: and by 'soft' I mean by hard plastic standards. There's no comparison with PVC levels of detail, the Zombicide stuff I've been painting for example. Hard plastic is worth trying to give a good paint job, in my opinion.

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I don't remember what it was like painting the eyes on this figure. The nose, on the other hand, is like a tiny button and getting any sort of gradient was a PITA.

 

The KD plastic is pretty nice. I just bought another figure in their recent sale. I think it's plastic. Anyway, I'm excited to paint it. 

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