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...in a sense, that producing stunning - well, good looking models does not require 10 layers, 5 washes and hours of back breaking labor at the painting station. Observing my own painting style over the last two years I noticed that as I was steadily improving, I went over the "top" of my abilities at some point, and started cutting corners here and there when producing squads of models at a time. Singles I can still spend hours on, but not whole armies, those I want done quicker. I love perfect display models (buy odd miniatures from different companies just for the fun of painting them), but I adopted a rule that if I set a model on the table, and can't tell where the last stroke of my brush went, without picking it up and getting close to my face again, it is probably time for a coat of matte varnish already...
I also noticed how I started moving toward "overdone" colors (highlights and shading), comic-like palettes and stark contrast in my models. Paint strokes became more free, not always perfect or tidy, aimed more and letting the color do the talking. It is hard to explain, but perhaps looking at this picture will illustrate what I am talking about. I have no idea whose model is it, and I ask forgiveness for using it, but I can prize this model with giving me a concrete idea of what my "style" of painting will become, or I would like it to become...
Do you guys have similar experiences with your painting? What do you see when you look at your models that you did over the years? Can you actually define, more or less, WHAT IS your painting style, theme, preferred colors? Do you ALWAYS make your models perfect?
Bellow, my squad of 14 Grey Knights, done in a week, not including home-made plasticard bases that took several days to put together. Idea is that Knights are still aboard their Strike Cruiser and waiting for a ride to the battlefield. One Knight is standing on a nameplate for the Cruiser (what movie is the name from?), and another one is standing on a sandy base, with a custom-made (Chimera flamer, Necron Destroyer gun, SOB Immy control panel) teleporting homer stuck behind his back in the dirt...
Game over man, Game over!One Knight is standing on a nameplate for the Cruiser (what movie is the name from
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I thought I recognised the Sulaco.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
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those look great form the group shot, but dang! you seem to be able to make the ultimate tabletop miniatures o_O
Answering the question under the DP: My style is perfectionist. It really doesnt help that I hate having to water down paints, and cant seem to keep them out of the recesses of ork skin... I tend to water down my paints to make them smooth, then highlight from orkhide shade up to goblin green in ~10 layers. It also doesn't help that I suck at painting really fine details, so I usually do eyes first. What perplaxes even me is that I am a perfectionist on miniatures, but my hobby desk is extremely messy (models strewn about in varios painting states). Oh well, I guess I'm just an artEEst.
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I hear you on the change in use of color, thinness, the layering, and etc. Just something that happens over time to serious painters that continue to improve.
Ten layers indeed, three is ideal.
They're really nice- you've clearly got a good eye- but where do you go from here?
Up, up and away!
funny you should mention it, i can not stand to paint a model that isn't to the best of my abilities...i tried to paint mediocre guardsman to save time, but i kept going back and touching them up until i hadn't saved any time...thats why it takes me two days to paint my space marines
chaos marines have the chaos gods on their side, but space marines have games workshop on theirs