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Miniature Gaming ERA - Modelling, Playing & Painting

Faiz

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Oct 26, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Finished up three more Iron Golem in between cooking for the feast.
Edit: at family request made my insta private and created a public hobby profile.
 
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Some updates, working on this new scheme for PanO

 

Burny

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Oct 26, 2017
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Damn, did you paint their bases? That's really cool! And really well done!
Thanks! :) Yes, I painted all bases of my Descent minis by hand.

It's much easier than it looks however, since you don't need to be too accurate with details. It's enough to manage to blend the bases with the game board's artwork. Just paint in layers from shadowy to brighter. Grass can be dabbed on in several layers from dark to light with a small bristle brush.
 

XShagrath

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Oct 25, 2017
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Thanks! :) Yes, I painted all bases of my Descent minis by hand.

It's much easier than it looks however, since you don't need to be too accurate with details. It's enough to manage to blend the bases with the game board's artwork. Just paint in layers from shadowy to brighter. Grass can be dabbed on in several layers from dark to light with a small bristle brush.
You say not that hard, but it's definitely free-hand. Or as non-mini painters would say, painting.

The ease of most mini-painting is you have a well-defined "canvas", so to speak. It's almost akin to paint-by-numbers to some degree, at least in the base painting stages.
 

Bombless

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Oct 25, 2017
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She fits! She fiiits!

This was a 5 hours or so build today. Deadline for the contest is saturday, will likely prime it tomorrow night so that leaves me a day of painting work. Pray to the Immortal Emperor for me, brothers and Sisters.
 

Burny

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Oct 26, 2017
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Thanks all! Now let's see if I can get the Shadow Dragons done before the end of the year... ^^

@Bombless Nice base! What kind of cork plates did you use and where did you get them?

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You say not that hard, but it's definitely free-hand. Or as non-mini painters would say, painting.

The ease of most mini-painting is you have a well-defined "canvas", so to speak. It's almost akin to paint-by-numbers to some degree, at least in the base painting stages.
I get what you mean, but being a bit overly hyperbolic for a moment: The detail definition of some Descent minis is less than good and if the paint job manages to bring out details, it's sometimes despite the sculpt not because of it. Mold lines conveniently running through fur where they are near impossible to remove, small straps being so small it's hard to paint them without smearing color on all surrounding details despite good brushes, face details being mangled or poorly defined...

In comparison, freehand painting the bases to that somewhat sloppy level feels like a breeze for me. 😅 It's very enjoyable and you can really be sloppy, since you can let the brush strokes guide you, not having to fear painting over surrounding details by accident. A rock shadow/grass is a bit larger than initially intended? Just paint a larger rock, two rocks or another patch of grass. I had the idea for a while and saw e.g. freehand painted cobblestone on other Descent minis, but initially hesitated to attempt it, since I had not touched the brushes for ten years before restarting to paint minis this year. But once I tried it, it just clicked.
 
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Bombless

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Oct 25, 2017
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Burny thanks!
For the cork, I was stunned to find in my local Lidl 2mm sheets for table use along with some thick glass coaster plates (I used that for the ground piece).
 

Bombless

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Oct 25, 2017
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How old is that ork? Feels like an 80s mini.

In other news...
I didn't expect for it to look this good tbh, I'm kinda shocked. I think I'll try to agrax the gold icons some more to make them look more worn but other than that it's pretty much done.
 

Jest

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Oct 28, 2017
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How old is that ork? Feels like an 80s mini.

In other news...
I didn't expect for it to look this good tbh, I'm kinda shocked. I think I'll try to agrax the gold icons some more to make them look more worn but other than that it's pretty much done.
This is gorgeous. That base came together incredibly well. Great job all around!
 

sackboy97

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Oct 26, 2017
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I saw a nice Paint Set with a few Warhammer minis the other day and I think I might try it out. They look cool, I think I might enjoy it. I'll probably have a look at some videos/read some tips in the mean time.
 

Griselbrand

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Oct 26, 2017
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The official Warhammer TV channel has good tutorials for beginners. And there are a huge a mount of other channels out there that offer guides for beginners up to experts about specific color schemes, tools, and techniques. Share your stuff here when you get something painted up! It's a very rewarding hobby.
 

Xaszatm

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Oct 25, 2017
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I've been chipping away at my Sisters of Battle but have finals to worry about so will continue after that point. Here's what I've done so far:









As you can see my quality and skill is around "At least he thinned his paints".
 

Bombless

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Oct 25, 2017
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It doesn't look bad at all but I think you need to thin your paints more and paint in thin layers. I like the colour scheme. Once you throw some washes on there it'll look much better!
White is probably one of the worst colours to start the hobby with haha.
 

affeinvasion

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Oct 26, 2017
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I'm very quickly coming around to the zenithal + one thin base coat style of painting. I recently tried painting some figures that I had primed pure white or black and they have been a nightmare compared to the ones I used a zenithal prime on.
 

Bombless

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Oct 25, 2017
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Potato pics of the finished mini and most of the contestants.
The Ravenwing is made by a pro painter, the Great Unclean by an arts teacher, the rest of us are common mortals, haha.
 

Foofaraw

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Oct 25, 2017
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I got the Paint Set yesterday, though I'll probably have to wait till the weekend to try anything out.
I wanted to give a wet palette a try; I'll probably start with an homemade version (like this article explains, for example), though I have to say this set looks very nice (albeit being on the expensive side).
Army painter just came out with a wet palette that is about half the price of the redgrass one. Peep it if you like the homemade. I use tupperware, paper towel and parchement paper for mine, but with the army painter one being so inexpensive, I'm considering the jump to the nice low profile version.
 

Boat Times

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Oct 25, 2017
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You do NOT need to buy that redgrass one. You can buy the army painter wet palette, or even a Sta-Wet palette for even cheaper and they are very good and will last a long time. If you are in the U.S. you can get the Sta-Wet for like $10-12 off amazon. Possibly even cheaper from a local Michaels or Hobby Lobby or something.
 

Griselbrand

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Oct 26, 2017
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The Sta-Wet palette is so cheap but it does the job exceedingly well. It's what I use now and I couldn't recommend it enough. The only thing I would say is that it's not worth using the paper it comes with as it's much heavier paper than baking/parchment paper and will not saturate with water unless it's soaked before hand. Instead use wax free parchment paper directly on the moist sponge and smooth out the surface with something that offers a hard edge, like a credit card or something.
 

Dbltap

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Oct 31, 2017
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Woodinville, WA
Well, I took the dive and bought 2 larger miniatures from Reaper. Both are Hill Giants. I also got two free extra mini's, some free paint and a ornament as some promotions they have going.

Is it true you don't need to primer the Reaper Bones miniatures?
 

Boat Times

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Oct 25, 2017
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Well, I took the dive and bought 2 larger miniatures from Reaper. Both are Hill Giants. I also got two free extra mini's, some free paint and a ornament as some promotions they have going.

Is it true you don't need to primer the Reaper Bones miniatures?
So, that is true to a degree. Reaper Bones don't react well to rattlecan primer, and they don't technically need primer. But they do need a coat of paint on top, and it can't be watered down paint. Something like their own Brown/Black liner or something along those lines would work. I primer all my reaper bones with airbrush primer and that works fine. Also if you aren't going to be using a primer you REALLY have to wash your Bones before painting.
 

sackboy97

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Oct 26, 2017
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The Army Painter palette comes out close to the price of that other set with the shipping unfortunately. I will most likely stick to a homemade solution, I was just pointing out that the set looked cool :(

What about the miniature handle instead? They look kinda nice, though they seem more expensive than they should be.
 

Dbltap

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Oct 31, 2017
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Woodinville, WA
So, that is true to a degree. Reaper Bones don't react well to rattlecan primer, and they don't technically need primer. But they do need a coat of paint on top, and it can't be watered down paint. Something like their own Brown/Black liner or something along those lines would work. I primer all my reaper bones with airbrush primer and that works fine. Also if you aren't going to be using a primer you REALLY have to wash your Bones before painting.
Thank you for the info.

I'm used to priming busts and figures with rattle cans. Does anyone use Army painter Primer? How do you like it?
 

Griselbrand

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Oct 26, 2017
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The Army Painter palette comes out close to the price of that other set with the shipping unfortunately. I will most likely stick to a homemade solution, I was just pointing out that the set looked cool :(

What about the miniature handle instead? They look kinda nice, though they seem more expensive than they should be.
I have four of the GW ones, three regular sized and a large one for big bases. Prior to that I just used blue tac to hold models onto old paint pots. I'm curious about the ones with the curved element over the top for anchoring your hand or the brush but I haven't tried them myself.
 

Boat Times

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Oct 25, 2017
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sackboy97 I own 3 GW miniature handles, but honestly you could also just make do with blue tack and pill bottles, old paint pots, wine corks etc. For bigger figures I use the lid on my old rattle cans.
 

sackboy97

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Oct 26, 2017
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Thanks for the replies. I'll see what I can find for the moment, and I'll probably grab an "official" one sooner or later. Probably sooner if they have it at my local comic book store.