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I bought this little model at a local game store that had it in the clearance bin.  I thought it looked cool, I love Star Wars, so why not buy it?  However, a year ago, I wasn't at the level to paint it.  I primed it.  Based it.  And then let it sit for a loooooong time on the shelf without touching it.  

 

Today was the day.

 

 

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BATTLE REPORT!

 

This was a great model for me to test layers on.  Over the last 4 models I've painted, I've really picked up a new rhythm and life for painting, which feels so good to get some wind back in my sails.  I still have to finish the desert-ish base for Greedo, but I think his paint job looks solid.

 

Wins:

* Keeping my palette of colors out and planned helped so much!  I've picked my layering colors, laid them out in the wet palette and am saving time.  

*  Mixing colors is also much easier by keeping similar tones.  In his vest, and arm/pant panels, I used leather as the base.  In his pants and jacket, I used a stormy gray to highlight up.  

*  Alien Flesh!!!  I've been sitting on this color, I don't know how long.  I was thinking, "Gosh, if only I had a light green that would work with an alie...OH MY GOD!

*  Learning my own recipe of water-to-paint ratios to allow for washes feels great!  Gives my painting more flexibility.

*  Eyes.  When they are that big, it makes it pretty easy to do them.  I need to work on the reflections still, but I am happy with them.  Using Indigo Blue and up to Rich Indigo then mixing in white up to white.  Works.

 

Misses:

*  Got sloppy twice and ended up swiping leather color over my pants and jacket 2 times.  Thankfully I could catch and fix, but it was a few 'choice words' I may have said when I did it.  

*  Used a blue tack for the handle I was using and unfortunately, it didn't stick as well to my homemade metal base.  It nearly fell into the paint palette.  He nearly ended up as messy as my shorts.  I nearly crapped myself.  Also followed by more choice words.

*  I tried using brown liner around the jacket and separation in the pockets on the vest, but it just didn't work like I had hoped.  I need to learn how to darken in a similar color without going too dark and stark of a change.  

 

Would love to hear your feedback.  Let me know what you think can be improved or worked on.  I appreciate any and all comments.

 

Here's my process photos and my inspiration image.

 

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It has been a serious passion of mine since picking this hobby back up from when i was a child.  The progress is so much faster now with all the how -to videos and exposure to other artists (like you).  I am looking for things to improve and by targeting a few things at a time it had really helped me grow.  

 

Along with the feedback that gives me new ideas or targets, too.

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