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On 10/21/2017 at 10:01 PM, OtterlyTrying said:

Thank you all.  These comments were what I was looking for.  I had been concerned that there was different techniques required.

 

I guess the only issue I have now is storage!  Haven't figured that one out quite yet.  Maybe we can clear out the china closet.  Hmmmm, fancy dishes from our wedding that never get used or dragons....

 

Dragons. Definitely dragons. 

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On 10/26/2017 at 9:36 AM, Pingo said:

A hog’s bristle brush is very good at quickly getting paint into the sorts of holes and crannies that fray sable-type brushes.

 

If you’ve ever winced while trying to poke paint into a hole with a nice brush, you’ll know what I mean.

 

You do need to watch your paint consistency very closely though. A hard-bristled brush like hog bristle can leave a heavily textured surface behind if the paint isn't thin enough.

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You may want to consider using washes and glazes of inks to bring out textures, like scales. Smooth surfaces like wings still require blending but many large creatures with textured surfaces can be done really efficiently with washes and glazes. Here is an old example a dragon done this way. 

 

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When I started the Rainbow Dragon challenge, I realized it would be the largest mini I've ever painted. Having just finished painting a halfling, I was pleasantly surprised at how fast I was actually painting it. Though it made sense, as I was able to cover large surfaces without worrying about detailed nooks and crannies measuring less than a millimetre.

 

I thought about purchasing a hog bristle brush in the past, but never knew if it would be too stiff for miniature painting. I'm glad to read that it really does work well for base coating large surfaces. I'll likely buy some once I head back home.

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