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I painted my High Elves up yesterday, thing is I did their white skirts quite thick, now they look ugly and I feel ashamed of them. And when I saw the new Stegadon I really wanted to do the Lizardmen and quit High Elves especially after the Spearmens skirts turned out crappy.
Plus I bought some Silver Helms are useless so I only really have 2 or 3 useable units.
What should I do Im itching to do Lizardmen but it was my New Years Resolution to make my first over 1000pts thats high elves and I dont want to break it, but now I cant paint the High Elves well I want to quit them.
you shouldn't quit just because the skirts turned out badly!
Theres always room for improvement. always. You'll get better with practice. Also, There's nothing wrong with having two armies. I myself have two as well.
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Especially over a black undercoat, the number of layers of white needed to get a good, even coat can 'blob up' and make it look pretty nasty. At least you know for next time!
Heed the advice of your fellow painters and players! I had the same thing happen to me when I had entered the hobby. There area lot of cool armies out there to choose from, each with their own "cool units".
Here's what I'd do: Tell yourself that you can't buy any other army until you get two units completely done. Painted, based, the full works. You'll be impressed how much your painting has improved from model to model, and if you're like me, you'll be encouraged by your progress to finish up your entire 1000 pt force!
It's a slow start but after an hour or two, you really turn into a painter and begin to understand the models a bit more and what works best. Just try it out!
Aside from upping your painting skills (more time painting, even with models you don't care for as much = more experience= great skills after a while!), it's always awesome to have armies that are fully painted, whether you have just two or nearly a dozen. It's always great fun to play with painted forces!
Good luck and keep to it, bud!
Get some brake fluid, or other stuff that will remove paint from models.
Let them soak over night, and give 'em a good wash with some soapy water (wear gloves).
Re-spray them, and start over. tip: If you want to paint white, firsts paint a thin layer of grey.
Grey covers all, and is covered by all. Don't forget to always water down your paint, models will look much better.
I myself have started and given up on more armies than I like to recall. But now I have an almost fully painted WE force that gives me great pleasure (in gaming, you perv).
If you really don't like HE anymore, I won't force you to finish what you have. But if you stick to them a bit longer, and finish painting what you got, you might start to re-like them!
Don't swap armies just because the other army has cooler models. The grass is always greener on the other side.
And that is how GW keeps you in the hobby and spending allot.
When you finish painting your current models, reward yourself. Buy a hero or another cool model (from HE) and really try to out do yourself in painting it.
No matter what you decide, I hope you find your spark!
You didn't mention how many spearmen you're working on. Suggest breaking them up into groups of 4-5 figures at a time. That way, you can apply lessons learned from one group to the next. Post pics here for C&C's as you finish each group. By the time you finish the last group, your skills should have improved. Then, when you play, make the last group your first rank and hide the earlier models to the rear.
I did a bit of painting with the Spearmen with some Chainmail and its came out bloppy and I bought it yesterday apparently when I took it into the store it was 2 years old, so they gave me an up to date Chainmail and 1 paint of my choise, wasnt that nice of the guys at miranda?
Plus I stayed there for 2 hours and got some help from the staff they did a lot of washes and highlighting on the skirts now they look great, they said I did a great job on the chainmail skirts and to bring them back when there finished if I want more help.