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Working on some brigands, Red Box Games

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Once again I'm trying to pull myself out of a painting slump (this one stretching for most of the year). I recently attended my first paint workshop. While I mostly learned how much I have to learn, and that air brushes are pretty cool, I did rekindle some of my desire to paint. And in an atempt to keep it going until the holiday break I thought I'd try a WIP thread. I've been holding on to the brigands from Red Box Game for some time now... so no time like the present.

 

First up (actually second...) is Smarty Sean. And his hood going from highlighted then shaded (first pic) to mostly done for now.

 

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And the first miniature is Burt the Brash (but I didn't take any pictures until now). So here he is with his face and hood done for now. Next will be the tunic I think.

 

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Not much progress today. I worked abit on the tunic, trying to get more highlights (first two pictures) and then finally doing a wash of Army Painter Soft Tone (last two pictures). I also did a small wash of green ink on his hood. I'm not sure if you can tell by the pictures if there has been any progress. I really can't. The tunic is turning out to be problematic. I think I'll move on to some other bits, like the belt or the gloves/leggins and see if I can make a greater difference there. 

 

Visible highlights?

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Visable ink wash?

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And while Burt got a wash of green on his hood I figured I do the same for Sean. Same as the previous, I'm not sure if it made much of a difference. Next step for Sean is doing the face.

 

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LOOKIN' GOOD! An orange wash over the yellow tunic, then a couple of progressively lighter/brighter yellow dry brushes/highlights would give you some depth. That aside you seem to have emerged from your period of idleness rust free. Keep up the FINE WORK...if you feel like it.

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They look very good!

 

The pics are washing out the shadows and highlights a bit, so it's up to you if you're satisfied in real life or if they need a little more.

 

The overall colours are great, well done.

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LOOKIN' GOOD! An orange wash over the yellow tunic, then a couple of progressively lighter/brighter yellow dry brushes/highlights would give you some depth. That aside you seem to have emerged from your period of idleness rust free. Keep up the FINE WORK...if you feel like it.

 

Didn't have any orange ink but I did have yellow and red. And it did work. Way deeper impression overall. The tunic is abit glossy but that's nothing I can't fix. Thanks for the advice!

 

Of course the pictures doesn't show it :)

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And Smarty Sean got some work done on his face. A base flesh color for the base and then some purple and brown trying to get some contrast. Then working on some of the areas with the base flesh color and some pink.

 

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I was kind of digging it but it felt abit shallow. So I thought I'd try a skin wash ink I rarely use. 

 

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Woops... that's not good. Now I know why I rarely use the skin wash... Still, hopefully something I can fix. 

 

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It ended up kind of all right. 

 

They look very good!

 

The pics are washing out the shadows and highlights a bit, so it's up to you if you're satisfied in real life or if they need a little more.

 

The overall colours are great, well done.

 

Thanks! And yeah, the light isn't doing me any favors. Or rather the light + the camera. There is abit more contrast in the real world.

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Didn't have any orange ink but I did have yellow and red. And it did work. Way deeper impression overall. The tunic is abit glossy but that's nothing I can't fix. Thanks for the advice!

...my pleasure; I'm glad it worked out. You can use watered down acrylic paint (whatever type you normally use) instead of the inks. That aside, the yellow does look richer...WELL DONE!

 

My photos were great for not showing things that looked well in person. Then I found a setting to match the lighting I was using on the her menu (I think of my camera as female). I was & am using a florescent & another type lamp. SO I set her for florescent, & the quality & the true-to life of the colors improved. I have one of those florescent lamps with a magnifying lens in the center of the ring. The lens is no longer there; I take my shots through the hole...strange but it works.

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Didn't have any orange ink but I did have yellow and red. And it did work. Way deeper impression overall. The tunic is abit glossy but that's nothing I can't fix. Thanks for the advice!

...my pleasure; I'm glad it worked out. You can use watered down acrylic paint (whatever type you normally use) instead of the inks. That aside, the yellow does look richer...WELL DONE!

 

My photos were great for not showing things that looked well in person. Then I found a setting to match the lighting I was using on the her menu (I think of my camera as female). I was & am using a florescent & another type lamp. SO I set her for florescent, & the quality & the true-to life of the colors improved. I have one of those florescent lamps with a magnifying lens in the center of the ring. The lens is no longer there; I take my shots through the hole...strange but it works.

 

 

Hmm, I might have to spend some time trying to get to know my camera then. 

 

Well, the tunic is done for now. Think the leathers are next. No picture of the back because until I learn to adjust the light or camera it's just going to look the same.

 

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Some highlightningish activities around the face. Next step is the tunic.

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Some more work done on Burt, all the way to the finish line. I found that need to try and work faster. After all, a painted miniature is better than a unpainted miniature.

 

 

Working on the shield

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"Free hand" on the shield (had to do something). Also some work on the shoes I think...

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The finished product

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Moving on to Smarty Sean

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Back at it with a vastly delayed set of pics.

 

Smarty Sean got a finishing coat of some pants work, painting the still black areas and various washes.

 

Pants work

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Spear and axe handle, among others

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And here he is before getting the varnish treatment (a process I've started to dread after messing up two finished minis)

 

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And the next brigand in line was Ugly Jack, who was a fairly quick process.

 

Starting out with the face, hood, tunic, bat and backpack (or everything except his pants, shoes and belt....)

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Some hightlights on the tunic and hood, as well as a base for the pants and shoes.

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Some highlights for the bag.

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The finished product before being dunked in floor polish.

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