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Ash Adler

77124: Dark Elf Warrior

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Well, looking to invest a bit more in this hobby, I got the Jen Haley/Anne Foerster miniature painting video set from CMON recently.  I think it was a great resource, and I decided to use this mini as a chance to practice some of what they showed.

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As usual, more pictures and thought process are on my blog: link

 

So, this was my first time trying a few different things:

  • Glowing eyes: Yeah, this didn't come out right.  I think I needed more glazing to cut down how much of it looked bright white.
  • Hair without drybrushing: I splotched up the hightlighting a bit, but I can see the potential for this approach, and I do rather dislike drybrushing in general.  I'll try this at least a few more times before deciding whether I want to stick with it or not.  The idea of "highlight hair as if it was cloth with texture" was helpful, at the very least.
  • Black as a major color: I rather like how the cloak turned out.
  • NMM steel: Okay, not technically my first time trying it, but it was my first time doing it to any appreciable degree.  Obviously, I needed some more practice to get a better feel for where to put the highlights/shadows, but at the very least, the right-hand sword and the plates on the abdomen do look pretty nice at arm's length, so I'm not entirely hopeless at it.

 

On the whole, I'm fairly satisfied with the results.  I still need to clean up my brush control (I think this is going to be a long struggle for me, since I'm usually rather bad at handicrafts), but I'm making progress, and while there's still a lot of room for improvement, I'm at least making some progress with NMM, and I did a slightly better job of painting in buckles than I'd done in the past.

 

C&C welcome ::):.  In particular, I noticed that the white (specifically, Maggot White) spots that I layered on tended to focus the pigment at the edges of the brush strokes instead of distributing evenly.  I know I'd read about white doing that before (presumably because the titanium acts different from other pigments?), but I can't remember what the suggested solution to it was, so advice in that vein would be appreciated greatly.

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Nice!

A good dark vibe!

 

I like it, but I do think it would look better if you added more contrast.

My suggestion would be to paint the cloak in a red or purple to make it stand out and add contrast.

 

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4 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Nice!

A good dark vibe!

 

I like it, but I do think it would look better if you added more contrast.

My suggestion would be to paint the cloak in a red or purple to make it stand out and add contrast.

 

Fair point.  I did try adding a blue glaze to the cloak to give it some more depth of color, but like with the eyes, it ended up being too subtle to really do what I'd wanted it to.

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2 hours ago, Ash Adler said:

Fair point.  I did try adding a blue glaze to the cloak to give it some more depth of color, but like with the eyes, it ended up being too subtle to really do what I'd wanted it to.

 

Don't get me wrong, I like it and it is well painted.

You asked for some comments, and I think if you add more contrast, your minis will "pop" more.

 

Keep posting painted minis.

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