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A quick disclaimer: I'm not a great painter, and I know that. On the other hand, this is by far the best painting i've ever managed, though the fact that I was 10 last time I tried may have something to do with it.
Criticism is welcome, constructive is preferred, but at the end of the day i'd rather get honesty
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I personally like it - the paint lines are relatively clean (although you might want to do a one-over on the left hand weapon). Could you get us some more angles? It would be better for us to hate on your work if we could see it fully
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it looks good for basic painting and as GrandDukeJerot said your lines are clean and that is good.
to help improve it alot and fairly easily i would start experementing with washes for your skin and metal. this will give more depth and a better final product and is easy to do and with time a quick process.
looks good buddy, looks good
also more angles is better for pictures =D
Simple and clean, not too bad. One thing i think could very easily help improve the mini is apply a badab black wash to pretty much the whole model. Cloth, metal, fur and all. It would add automatic shading and doesn't make it too glossy.
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Considering you haven't done much since you were ten, I'd say it's pretty good
Now for the constructive help! As mentioned above, you have the clean aspects of painting down, which is very good. This means you have good brush control, which is often a skill that takes a while for people to develop!
You have a good sense of color combinations as well. The contrasts you have between the skin and the fur are good as well are the colors you used for his copper coil thing on his back and his weaponry.
Suggestions! This very point took me a while to learn, but try using thinner layers of paint. Don't be afraid at all to thin the paint down a little. Doing this, you'll achieve very "smooth" looking colors on your mini and you won't have to worry about loss of detail. It may take a while to get a strong basecoat using thin layers of paint but coming from personal experience, a basecoat made up of many thin layers of paint looks miles better than one thick layer of paint. I tried it a while back and I was amazed to see the difference!
As C/-Rt3r said, try some of the new washes by GW. They provide very good methods of adding a bit of contrast to the model. More contrast makes it more appealing to a person's eye and allows them to find focal points. Your model is great, but you'll be amazed at what a simple wash can do!
Going along with contrast and thin layers, learning to layer between two different colors is incredibly rewarding and will make your minis pop. This skill is a long-learned skill, and I'm getting the hang of it and all I do in this hobby is paint! By learning to achieve effective layering, it'll appear that your colors will blend from shadows to lit areas and really give the different parts of the model the contrast that defines it. Just practice, practice, practice
For metallics, here's a great tutorial Matt Sterbenz published about applying washes to metallics for making them look like the real thing; it was a great article to read: http://www.coolminiornot.com/article/aid/744
Overall, I think it's a good looking mini. Welcome back to the hobby! If you have any quesitons, feel free to ask. Everyone on here is willing to help out and give advice, so there's no reason that you should dread the replies . Just practice practice practice, you'll see an incredible improvement in the next few minis you do. Never throw them out or stop halfway to restart, use the past minis as a progress map. You'll impress yourself! Good job though and I look forward to seeing more of your stuff
I can't think of much to say, but that's a really nice model.
I guess the only help I can say is to fix where the left arm weapon was attached to the sprue. Although that would mean repainting that section. Things like those stick out like a sore thumb, at least to me they do.
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Cheers for the encouragemenet guys
At the moment I don't own a Badab Black wash, so i'll probably pick one up. A mate used one on his chaos warriors and they really came to life after it.
redarmy, on my next mini i'll thin down the paints a little before I use them and see how they turn out.
For now, though, I don't have any more models to paint Hopefully my Plague Censer Bearers will arrive soon!
Looking good, again the same as everyone else i'm going to suggest using a wash, but instead of Badab Black you could try the Devlan Mud wash from GW. It's a good little wash that will result in giving your metals an oily/dirty look. My mate Scarred uses it on his Iron Warriors and it looks fantastic he doesn't really highlight after this stage but I think if it had a little bit of chainmail/shining gold highlights would really finish it nicely.
Here's a a couple of images to give you an idea of the results.