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Consider this the first official post besides an introduction one that I have ever made on this forum. That being said, constructive criticism on any/all aspects of this post are appreciated .
For starters, I don't consider myself a fantastic painter by any means. I've played the game for a few years now and I've just now gotten into really making (or attempting to) make them look good- maybe not 'eavy Metal quality or even what's in the codex quality, but better than the one minute a model paint jobs that have been sliding by for me since I started playing.
I'm not really sure on how to effectively use washes or anything like that yet, so most of my models are pretty much "light vs dark". This model wasn't primed either (as I had run out and hadn't gotten any more) and I was too anxious to begin painting so I just kind of set into it- I realize this is a huge no no, but I can always just prime over this and start again with no hurt feelings ;D.
Without further ado:
It's also not done yet, so bear with me. I know there are still alot of details I have yet to cover but since it's ALMOST done I figured I would throw it out into the masses.
Looking at the pictures I see alot of silver spots that would have been eliminated if I would have primed him. baaaw to my mistake.
Images should be no larger than 700 pixels wide. ~LN
Last edited by Lost Nemesis; May 27th, 2008 at 06:54.
A small bit of advice that you may hear form a few others, try an thin out your paints a bit. It may mean you have to give it a second coat, but it looks better ovrall and keeps more detail.
But overall, its pretty good. Just try and neaten up your painting a bit, give all the little silver spots the touch of paint they need. Once you've done that, you can start to shade it a bit as alot of the areas of colour look quite flat.
Good luuck, hopefully see more of your work as you do it =].
With so many surface details not done it's hard for me to say much on the subject. Indeed painting a bit thinner would be nice, also a highlight or two would not go amiss.
Up, up and away!
Yeah thinning your paint is the way to go;Y , you should also highlight him, but what you have at the moment is quite nice for games of warhammer.
Look forward to seeing more progress.
CHK CHK BOOM!
Some shading and ink washes can go a long way, trust me.
Overall, not too shabby for a first shot. Yes, thinning your paints is a good idea, but more important are shades/washes and highlights.
For example, the blue armour can be improved dramatically with both. First, get a darker blue color (if you're using GW color, buy some regal blue, or take your UM blue and mix with black) and water it down significantly, to the point where you have a puddle of dirty water rather than a spot of paint on your palette (you might want to use the plastic from a blister pack instead).
Once you've done that, dip your brush in it, then touch it to a paper towel for a moment (don't want TOO much, or it will run all over the model) and then gently run your brush along the cracks, seams in the model, etc. (a good example is the ribbing along the model's back). Let the thinned-down paint flow into the cracks and pool there. Maybe do a couple of passes to make sure you get even coverage. This will create depth and that "3-D" look nicely.
Once that's done, do some drybrushing -- take a lighter shade of your blue (maybe ice blue or enchanted blue, or just mix some white with your UM blue), and put some on the brush, this time with no thinner at all (use an old brush). Then, wipe almost ALL the paint off on a paper towel, then GENTLY run the brush along the EDGES of the armour. This will leave very thin, fine lines that will really help make the details "pop."
You can use similar techniques on the model's face. A thinned-down brown makes for a nice wash, and elf flesh will nicely highlight the cheeks, chin, etc.