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Guindyloo and Buglips paint DHL 02818: Bugbear Warrior!

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Hooray for cake! :bday:


So I'm going to level with you guys...when we decided to paint this figure, I didn't know what a Bugbear was. I know, I know, that's very confusing for a lot of you but you must remember that I don't have a D&D (or any tabletop game, for that matter,) background, so a lot of the monsters that are so commonplace for a lot of people are completely new territory for me. Now, a lot of times when I'm painting some sort of monster that I'm not familiar with, I just decide to paint it however I see fit... but this guy just wasn't giving me any direction for how he wanted to be painted. I did have a brief thought to paint him blue, but then he'd end up looking like Beast from X-Men and I didn't want to go off into that territory (he would make a really great Beast though if anyone would be so inclined!) so I decided to see what Bugbears traditionally look like. So off to Google I went!

There are a lot of really neat illustrations available, but the one that spoke to me the most was this one:





He's a pretty neat looking guy and actually bears a striking resemblance to the actual model. So I had my reference picture.

Now, there are a couple of ways to approach painting with a reference picture. You can make it as exact or as loosely based as you want. Sometimes I'll use a reference picture just for a specific part of a figure and sometimes just as inspiration for an overall mood. Sky's the limit! 

So if you're going to go for a more exact interpretation of your reference picture, in case you didn't know, Reaper has an awesome tool on their site called the Power Palette http://www.reapermini.com/PowerPalette You can upload a picture to it and then click on different areas to identify matches in Reaper's paint line. It's really useful for finding a colour match, whether you're trying to match a paint scheme or just trying to find a paint version of a colour that you really like. It will also almost certainly lead to finding more paints that you absolutely need in your collection. You're welcome. ::P:


I don't want to do an exact colour scheme match, however, so this fine fellow is going to serve more as inspiration to inform how I approach painting him. 


So here he is straight out of his package:



He looks pretty great; not a lot of mold lines and just a minor bend to his weapon, which I very easily straightened out just by applying gentle, even pressure with my fingers.

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5 minutes ago, DefectiveDonor said:

I don't think I'll ever paint a decent eye. 

I don't believe that! Most of all, YOU shouldn't believe that!

When I first started painting, the best I could do was filling in the eye with white and then putting in black dots. I looked at how other people painted eyes and all of the tutorials and I thought there was no way I would ever be able to paint like that. I even avoided painting eyes as much as possible for the longest time. 

The important thing is to try...and then try again...and then try some more and more and more and more. The only way to get better is by doing, but you've got to believe in yourself too. It's way too easy to get bogged down by "I'll never be able to paint like that" and frustrate yourself to the point that you're too afraid to get better. I did that for a long time and it got me nowhere.

You've got to believe that you can do it and you have to put the work in to get there, but if you really want to improve, I believe that anyone can.

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