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I forget exactly what this figure is called, but it's another old Mage Knight figure that I have repainted. I think it would work well as a (small) evil treant. I'd have to go through the Monster Manual, but I'm sure that there are other plant monsters this would work as, too.

 

Tabletop paint job as usual.

 

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ETA---Forgot to mention, this is part of my Morihalda challenge (do art every day in December).

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1 hour ago, Guyscanwefocusplease said:

Looks great!

 

i have a few Mageknight minis that I have considered repainting; how do you prep for repainting?

 

 The paint on Mage Knight figures tends to be pretty thick. If you're just looking to paint over it, a simple wash with soapy water before priming it will be fine. If you want to remove the paint, that'll take a bit of doing, and involve soaking them in Simple Green for several days before the paint begins to soften enough to start picking it off.

 

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Image result for tree bark

To me it said "rock" instead of "tree", so I took some time to figure out why my brain was doing that (the usual answer is "because it's broken").  Which led me to fixing a sticking point on my own painting desk, so thanks for that.  I think it's because it's painted as two layers, but it's sort of sculpted as three.  If the drybrushing was heavier, (dampbrushing) it would separate the scales of the bark layer from the inner wood layer, especially if it was a different hue (grey, for instance).  Then maybe a drybrush with anything grey or brown that's lighter than the bark scales.

Two layers would probably be more convincing if the sculpted bark was more heavily textured, like so:

Image result for tree bark

This is why it takes me forever to paint anything.

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SPLENDID!  That is one of your best. The Tree Fellow is a WONDERFULLY painted & base creation. I love all the tiny mushrooms.  VERY WELL DONE!

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I have one of those somewhere, and durned if I can remember what it was called... but you've done a splendid job. Eeeeevil looking.

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Thanks, everyone!

 

20 hours ago, Guyscanwefocusplease said:

Looks great!

 

i have a few Mageknight minis that I have considered repainting; how do you prep for repainting?

Like MadJack said, if you want to paint over it, just go ahead and paint it. In most cases, that's what I do. It's quicker and easier.

If you really want to strip the factory paint off of them, it can be done, but it's a little involved; Simple Green isn't going to do anything to the paint on them, though. I've tried.

 

Here's what you need:

Acetone

Chemical protective gloves

eye protection

an old toothbrush

a sealable jar/container big enough to hold the figures in question, filled with water

something to cover your paint desk/workspace

 

Here's what you do:

1.Cover your work space (this can be slightly messy)

2.put on the gloves and eye protection

3.dunk the figure in the acetone ( literally dunk, like 5 seconds or so, then remove )

4.use the toothbrush to scrub the figure and remove the old paint--this step may take a while, and you may need to dip the toothbrush in the acetone from time to time to rewet it; acetone evaporates fairly quickly.

5.place the cleaned figure in the jar of water--this will rinse off the acetone to stop it 'working' on the figure. I actually use 2 jars, 1 for a rinse, 1 for a prolonged soak--I usually leave the figure alone for at least a few hours

6.Take the figure out of the water and let dry. The acetone may have softened the figure while you were stripping the paint, leave it alone for a while (days) until it has reset.

7.clean the figure, then prime and paint as usual

 

A couple of pointers--DO NOT soak the figure,  you will end up with a puddle of goo. I can attest to this.

Experiment on a crap figure that you really don't care about to get a feel for what's involved before doing one that you do care about.

 

I hope this helps.

 

 

A final note: I've done this quite a few times; in most cases it wasn't worth the effort, IMO. I've only uncovered some really cool details that were smothered by the factory paint on a couple of occasions. Most of the time (like with this figure) I just paint over whatever's already there.

 

 

 

 

 

18 hours ago, kitchen_wolf said:

Image result for tree bark

To me it said "rock" instead of "tree", so I took some time to figure out why my brain was doing that (the usual answer is "because it's broken").  Which led me to fixing a sticking point on my own painting desk, so thanks for that.  I think it's because it's painted as two layers, but it's sort of sculpted as three.  If the drybrushing was heavier, (dampbrushing) it would separate the scales of the bark layer from the inner wood layer, especially if it was a different hue (grey, for instance).  Then maybe a drybrush with anything grey or brown that's lighter than the bark scales.

Two layers would probably be more convincing if the sculpted bark was more heavily textured, like so:

Image result for tree bark

This is why it takes me forever to paint anything.

I can see what you mean.  I think perhaps doing some brown glazes over the figure might have helped with that.

It is a little more brown in real life than what the pictures show.

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On 12/9/2017 at 10:11 AM, Guyscanwefocusplease said:

Looks great!

 

i have a few Mageknight minis that I have considered repainting; how do you prep for repainting?

I've repainted a few mageknight figs. Don't attempt to strip the paint. Just wash them, prime them and paint as usual.

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I process my repurposed Mage Knights almost exactly like Chaoswolf.   I have a pair of spring loaded tweezers for the dunkin' step.  I wash the mini with dish soap and warm water afterwards.  You have to be very careful with acetone... it can be hazardous, it is always flammable.  

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