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I finally finished my Mines of Moria set and wanted to share the results with you and hear some opinions. Well, I actually finished it over a month ago but just got to photographing it now. This is my first completed set. I started painting minis in January of this year and before attempting this gift from my lovely fiancee, I practised painting on a bunch of old miniatures I got cheaply from my friend. After I got some practice I started painting Moria.
I put a lot of time in this set as I usually try to make my minis look good to make a nice collection. In fact I don't even play any of the GW games, I just joined the hobby for the painting and collecting! Maybe I'll get to playing one day but I just don't have enough time.
Anyway, let me know what you think. I'm pretty happy with the results, I regret some choices in a couple of spots but overall I'm satisfied. Damn faces were probably the hardest and most annoying, especially the hobbits, they're so small! You'll probably notice a little glare, due to the matte (yes, matte) varnish I've been using. I actually got a can of Krylon later on and used it on the Troll and the terrain, so no gloss there. Sometimes this gloss is actually not too bad when looking at the minis, but comes out worse in the pictures. It's also good on materials like leather or metal.
Enjoy and tell me everything that's on your mind.
Last edited by M'ichal; October 30th, 2008 at 23:24.
looks really good. But i've got one question and one comment.
1. the cloaks look a bit shiny. What paints did you use?
and comment-legolas looks distracted. lol. he's aiming one way and looking the other.
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Oh wow, compliments on the amazing paint jobs! ( ^-^)b The one thing that stands out though.. are their eyes O_O perhaps bigger pupils so they don't look on the verge of insanity? o_o;
That said, I really admire the good job you've done on the tiny, tiny models (goblins and hobbits) (b><)b two thumbs up from me!
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Nice job. I always thought it'd be neat to buy a troll or similar large... thing from that range to paint, just for fun. You did a masterful job on the scenery, especially the sarcophagus. Very well done.
If there was a "complaint" (and I gotta dig to find one here, trust me) it's that some of the stuff doesn't look "old" enough. You might try doing a few light washes here and there over some things, particularly the skulls, which have probably been there for years. They look a little too clean for that as it is.
Still, that's a minor nit. Overall, nicely done. I did notice the "shininess" too, but that could just be the flash. Even if it's not, a quick spray with some matte finish would fix that.
Nice work! I think they all look really good! Your painting is great, lovely and clean, and the colours work really well!
Great, thanks a lot for the good words, it's definitely encouraging! I'm glad you like the set.
As to the comments:
Gloss - yeah, so like I wrote in the post, it's just the varnish I used (Delta Ceramcoat matte varnish). I've since stopped using that and switched to Krylon Krystal Klear spray and it's great so far. Fast and matte. I may fix the finish on these minis one day, but sometimes I like that shiny look on them when I pick them up.
Insane eyes - hahaha, yeah, Merry, Sam and Frodo do look pretty freaked out, but like I wrote the eyes are just soooo hard on these models. Once I got them to that level I didn't wanna touch the face anymore and was sick of painting nano-lines. I agree there's room for improvement in this area. Bigger pupils sounds like a good tip, I'll take that into consideration next time and maybe that'll make the eyes better.
Legolas does seem a bit distracted but ah, whatever, lets say he found a new target before shooting
And finally the clean skull - Canew, you're right, but I intentionally painted the various skeletons in this set using different schemes just to see how they come out and have a reference for the future. I think some of the skeletons look pretty old though, no?
And yeah, the cave troll was fun to paint, but picking the colour for him not so much. I had to do a few tries on a test mini until I finally came up with that blueish skin colour, but I'm glad I was patient as I like the colour. It was a nice change from the other tiny minis and I'm really hapy with him. Maybe next time I'd try to improve the blending between the dark and light skin a bit and. Speaking of 'biggies' I have a Mumak in line, but that'll be a while before I get to him. It should be cool, when done right the model with the crew looks sooo awesome!
So once again, thank you for the kind comments and tips, if anyone else wants to contribute, be welcome!