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I found WIP minis while packing up to move that I didn't even know I HAD.    After the Great Unboxing, I've got my work cut out for me.   Huzzah!  --OneBoot :D 

Working on shading and midtones. Thought the blue would be darker. I'm going to have to go over it again with something.      The group so far:  

Wow so I had a goal of finished by midnight on sunday, didnt set an alarm, got lost in the fun of painting and I kid you not; I put my brush down at 11:59:57pm.    Here is Lysette, I'm calli

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Yesterday I made progress on the chaos toad sorceror and the chaos toad brawler. The toads are among my favorites sculpts that I've painted so far (which isn't many, granted, but still). I also added more contrast to last week's chaos toad savage. I'm planning on finishing ALL the things today ::D: so...here I go! 

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It's finally the weekend!!!!  Woo hooooo!

I'll be posting more of the details of this little guy in the WIP post, but I'm so far very happy.  This was a re-paint.  I originally tried doing a white with nuln oil wash on it back in early Oct (since then I've learned sooooo much!), but it was awful.  I sunk him into some Simple Green to resolve the issue of the poor paint job on it, and hadn't felt like coming back to him.  

 

I watched the White/Black techniques class this morning, which gave me a renewed sense of hope.  I decided to take another crack at it and I'm pleasantly surprised with the results.

 

Check it out.  

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Looking good R2ED!  

 

I got a little more work on Blink, and finished an orc this week.  Hobbying this weekend, but in outdoors mode.  Have to get the garden ready to plant. 

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Got another one of my 90s Ral Parthas done.  Woop woop! 

Testing gradient effects on sword. 

Improving hair (or trying) 

And doing dark skin tones. 

 

 

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Finished the other knight (minus base)

 

This was stated last week when i did the freehand on the other knight.  I think the other knight came out better, but the wins on this one are the subtle lines i added between seams.  

 

 

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So I am currently smoking a brisket and I decided to try and paint out doors.  It was of limited success.  I got some painting done but my paint was drying out super fast. Oh well. 

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@hibou I've often wondered about doing that, when it's nice.  I'm assuming you're using a wet palette and all?  I guess you could add a retarder to the paint? 

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I was using a wet pallet and drying retarder but still found it was drying too quick.  A friend and I used to do out door painting and it never dried out so fast before.  The only real change is my wet pallet.  I switched from a mastersons to any army painter about a year ago.  Maybe the black plastic  of the army painter pallet is the culprit.  

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@Hibou it could have been a case of more air blowing around. I notice my wet palette dries much faster when the overhead vent is open, even if I can't feel a strong draft.  Also, the depth of water in your palette can make a difference. 

 

I got 4 new figures printed this weekend, and a handful of Bones1 figures cleaned and ready for priming. Working all my Feb paint jobs through the spray sealer process. Then the newer stuff will get primed. 

 

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So I am currently smoking a brisket and I decided to try and paint outdoors.  It was of limited success.  I got some painting done but my paint was drying out super fast. Oh well. 

 

Exposure to airflow causes acrylic based paints to dry. Temp/humidity are factors but they are small factors, AIR VOLUME, is about 100X more significant. Just the raw number of air molecules passing by trying to snatch an unsuspecting water molecule…..that is where it's at.

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I managed to finish all 12 of the minis I started. They are a fun trio of minis to paint. They are more detailed than they first appeared.  
 

I did four different cap colors and started with two different stalk colors but opted for a unified stalk color. B93E3A1F-0783-4BFD-BAEE-CDF7FF0CF67B.thumb.jpeg.744762dd52969c8d248f73b153a5a150.jpeg

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