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Well, I think you did justice to such a fine sculpt. And more importantly you did not give up.  

 

My critiques would be, firstly to not use metallic paint on cloth.  Instead use a yellow, to represent gold threads/textiles and to further differentiate between the two very different textures (between the armour and cloth).

 

Secondly, when painting a whole suit of armour, it would be better to make sure there is differentiation between the different  individual plates as well as between plate and chain mail.  So edge highlight or drybrushing a much brighter (but not your brightest) paint would help. A trick i like to do is to reserve the very brightest metallic paint i have for only dots to represent points of light to give the metals an illusion of shine.  

 

Please don't take my comments the wrong way, I mean to take nothing away form the fact that you did a very good job, these are just my opinions and stuff i wish I knew earlier on my own painting journey. 

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Nice work, love how the metallics look. Great result. Have u thought of matte sealing the skin and cloak? I think it would make your metals look even shinier, in contrast to a matte/rough fabric cloak/skin. Although a bald pate, would be a bit shiny wouldn't it?

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Nice work, love how the metallics look. Great result. Have u thought of matte sealing the skin and cloak? I think it would make your metals look even shinier, in contrast to a matte/rough fabric cloak/skin. Although a bald pate, would be a bit shiny wouldn't it?

Thanks for your comments Tricksay.

The funny part about that bald pate is the tuft of white hair in the middle of he head.

Was driving me bananas since it was TOO bright, too dull...Think the matte varnish will make it right !

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Well, I think you did justice to such a fine sculpt. And more importantly you did not give up.  

 

My critiques would be, firstly to not use metallic paint on cloth.  Instead use a yellow, to represent gold threads/textiles and to further differentiate between the two very different textures (between the armour and cloth).

 

Secondly, when painting a whole suit of armour, it would be better to make sure there is differentiation between the different  individual plates as well as between plate and chain mail.  So edge highlight or drybrushing a much brighter (but not your brightest) paint would help. A trick i like to do is to reserve the very brightest metallic paint i have for only dots to represent points of light to give the metals an illusion of shine.  

 

Please don't take my comments the wrong way, I mean to take nothing away form the fact that you did a very good job, these are just my opinions and stuff i wish I knew earlier on my own painting journey. 

Thanks Dunker79.

Your assistance iS greatly appreciated.

One of funky things on this mini is that I used some gunmetal grey in the colors I mixed.  It gives a different kind of

look, but can be difficult to highlight.  Will keep your suggestions in my notebook.  Thanks again.

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Well speaking only for myself, sometimes I don't get to check the boards as often as I would prefer.  Also there are plenty of times I hit the like button but have no additional commentary.  On this particular instance I really liked  your work, but I do have one suggestion.  I feel that given the really nice work on green grass tufts and the rest of the base, I'd have chosen a different color on the cloak.  The edging along the bottom does at least break it up a bit so that you have something between the cloak and the grass, but to me it diminishes the work you've done on shading because it makes the cloth stand out less.

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Thanks Matbar;

That is something I honestly would have never thought about !

I was trying to keep everything in a "grouping", but contrast would have been a better idea.

Your comment is one of those pearls we are always looking for.

I got lots of great information on this mini.

It all gets added to "things to improve, and consider"...

Thanks so much for your input !

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Well, for all the fighting he gave you, I'd certainly say that you came out on top; he looks great!

Thanks Chaoswolf;

The funniest part about the mini is that he is so blasted small.  The 25 mm ones are really tough to paint just because of the hand control.

Getting that face aligned took quite a bit of effort.  The eyes almost got left blanks, since I was using my thumbnail to control the amount of paint

on the belly of the brush, to get ONE eye where I wanted it.  The the second eye was just insane.  I was going for a "I'm lying, but I don't think anyone

is noticing look" ! 

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There is nothing easy about ds minis. As for feed back, the metallic paint looks rather thick. Do you dilute your paints at all? There are a few ways to do this. Most of which entail putting your paint onto a pallete and using water or flow improver to thin the paints. Another way of painting metallics is to dry brush the metal over a black base.

 

DS minis are very rewarding to paint and truely test the limits of our skills. At what stage do you paint the minis eyes?

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Having never seen The Game of Thrones or read any of the books that it is based on, I not only don't know what Tywin looks like, I haven't the vaguest idea of who he is, but I'm sure he looks exactly like you've done him up or he'd like to look that way if he could. The painting & the base are BEAUTIFUL...another step closer to perfection for you. VERY WELL DONE!

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There is nothing easy about ds minis. As for feed back, the metallic paint looks rather thick. Do you dilute your paints at all? There are a few ways to do this. Most of which entail putting your paint onto a pallete and using water or flow improver to thin the paints. Another way of painting metallics is to dry brush the metal over a black base.

 

DS minis are very rewarding to paint and truely test the limits of our skills. At what stage do you paint the minis eyes?

Thanks for your comment.  I dilute all my paint mixtures by 50 percent.

Both times that you have commented about paint thickness has been when I have been using "Vallejo Gun metals" in my mixtures. (Blue Gun Metal, and Gray Gun Metal).  This mini has Gray Gun Metal in the armor mix.

They give a totally different quality to the metal when used.  They are a bit "overwhelming".  I have been experimenting with them. DSM's are quite challenging.  This one is more so, since it is a Tom Meirer Sculpt also. 

I put the eyes in when I am doing skin coloring, and working on the face.  The size of this mini was the issue, not the painting of the eyes. I may "complain" about a mini being a pain in the butt; but it doesn't mean I haven't enjoyed it. Some are a bigger mountain to climb than others, this was an alpine hike..ROFL.

Thank you for your comment ! 

Off to the next Mini. (another DSM by Tom Meirer..I'm a glutton for punishment).

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