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I know some people use liners to prime Bones, but I don't have any of those. So, I'm using an Army Painter wash, Dark Tone, aka the closest thing I have to a liner. 




Any comments or suggestions as I proceed are appreciated - I really want to make this Dire Bear display quality (if I'm capable of it)

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14 minutes ago, Paradoxical Mouse said:

Seriously, Army Painter. What animal has fur this reddish brown mess?


Ok. I need a much darker brown. Do I paint over it? Use a wash? I'm a bit lost here.



The Cinnamon Bear (a color phase of the Black Bear native to North America), the Red Panda, several breeds of dogs, and I'm sure other species have fur very close to that color. But to take it away from red, you could wash with a dark brown or highlight with a yellowish brown. (I'd consider doing both.) That will both give you some of the contrast the figure needs and will shift the color that it reads significantly.


Fur tends to be made up of hairs of many colors, and the angle at which you see them gives you even more variation. Washes, highlights, and dry brushes of a variety of colors actually give you a better final result than a single color that is close to the way the animal reads from a distance.

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You can give it a wash of your dark tone again. If you want it overall darker, after the wash drybrush with a darker brown. You can drybrush a few different colors, give it another wash and then highlight the fur.


Like Doug said, not a big deal with the brown. Grizzly bears are even different shades of brown. My best recommendation is to google pictures of bears, whatever species you are going for. Then have a good look and choose colors that it looks like the bear has in its fur. I always use pictures from google when I am painting an animal.

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I'm going to guess that you "dry" brush was too wet. (This is not unusual when first starting this technique.( For drybrushing to work right, the brush needs to be quite dry indeed. Dip the brush in paint (just the tips of the bristles), then scrub off most of the paint. When it's right, the paint should only be coming off on the highest prominences of the figure.


One of the ways to check this is to run the drybrush across the back of your hand. If the paint is only barely visible, you're probably about right.

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2 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

And use a cruddy brush to drybrush stuff. The method destroys brushes. 


Tools for tasks. Drybrushing will absolutely murder a good detail or general purpose brush. But hog bristle rounds work really well, they're dirt cheap, and they last quite a long time.

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4 minutes ago, Cyradis said:

Huh, if I see a hog bristle brush I'll consider it. In the meantime, I have a handful of junkers that are used for drybrushing and other degrading tasks. 


Dick Blick has "Loew Cornell White Bristle Brush Sets" for under $5 for a dozen, including quite large ones. They're especially nice for terrain, but they work for quick jobs on minis as well.

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