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It has been a good long while since I have been able to paint, both because of being busy, and being lazy...0: Anyways. So A friend of mine gave me a model of his to paint, because he wasn't very good and he also I needed to get back into the swing. It is supposed to be a templars chaplian...I think. It is a very bad conversion model...anyways. I painted it well I think, and the inscriptions look really cool I think. So without any more delay here ya go.
[SIGPIC]http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb136/nekopurrs21/nerdsrule.jpg[/SIGPIC]"I've got the kind of beauty that...moves."
There is quite a bit of apparent ambition in your figure. For a "comeback" miniature you have tackled some advanced stuff...
From what I can see there are several things that can be worked on.
The first thing that stands out to me - is that there are several areas where the paint colors run off into each other. I would recommend taking some thinned down paint and going back over these "overspill" areas with the appropriate colors.
There are areas on the model where the paint seems thick and clumpy. It looks like you are using paint right out of the pot. I would recommend thinning your paint on a pallete with water to get a smoother consistency.
Drilling out the gun barrels and gently scraping/sanding the mold lines will vastly improve the overall look of a figure. In my eyes when you see mold lines it automatically sets the figure as a toy rather than a piece of art. I know that it is time consuming but it really does make a world of difference.
I see that you were going for an extreme highlight for the figure. This is a difficult look to pull off. In order to do so you really need to keep the highlight lines very thin and perhaps even a lighter grey. It is easier to apply such a highlight to straight edges. Try to avoid using the tip of the brush - but rather drag the edge of the brush over just the edges. I know that there will be odd shaped surfaces - or surfaces that you can't get with the edge of the brush. Carefully painting a line by dragging the brush should suffice. Where the lines appear too thick - I would go back over those areas with black - trying to be as neat as you can in thinning out the highlight line.
Personally I would avoid adding writing to the figure at this point. Practice your other techniques first and get those mastered. The writing while good intentioned and does as an element of interest - comes off looking clunky and oversized. My suggestion would be to paint over it and perhaps come back to it when you have had more practice. Perhaps even brush it onto paper first to get a hang for how the brush performs for you when painting lettering. Another trick would be to look into pigment pens (though white may be hard to find).
Eyes are a tricky matter. It may not be easy but I find outlining the eye with a darker color than the flesh will help get rid of that open eye stare that is so easy to do. I would also recomment making the pupil fill the entire eye (top to bottom) rather than a pin point in the middle. Unfortunately I am afraid this is just a skill that will develp with practice.
Lastly - I alwasy find that pre-basing the figure helps you to capture the scene better. This is a personal opinion but one you might find useful. I know that this figure has a bit of a "scenic" element to it so it won't be so bad - but I have found that with most figures - when you glue them to the base and then flock it later you end up with a "sunken feet" syndrome where the basing material rises over the sole of the foot. There really are quite a few ways to do basing but in general I like to build the base and then attach the figure later.
In general though - good effort was made. I encourage you to ask specific questions on where you might need help. I am sure you will find a plethora of insight and guidance. Also welcome to the forums.
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