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Its self explanitory really, but hey, im looking for advise to improve my painting. My camera crapped out on me today so i only got a few pictures of any good quality but it should be enough to illustrate what level i am at (dont expect to be impressed, thats why im here). Although, retrospectivaly the flash on the camera does show up a few mistakes that arent really visable in-the-flesh, so to speek, even some ones i didnt know i made. For example i know now to definatley do two base coats.
ok so basically these are pictures of the whole squad i just painted with the dreadanought i bought and also a couple of the squads i got with the battle for macragge set and a couple of individual shots of the backs and fronts of two of the squad.
Quick edit: i really hate the sergant i painted as im rubbish at faces. oh and i dont really play the game so if the models dont abide by the rules just look past it.
Last edited by bt94; April 13th, 2009 at 20:32.
I must say that you seem to have the black templar cross down pact for hand painting.. I applaud that.
As for improvements.. I am seeking them myself, and one thing that was pointed out to me in my miniatures is that it looked like I didn't thin down my paints before applying them.
Yes, you have to use multiple coats, but it will look smoother.. This seems evident in the face of the Marine without the helmet.
Also they pointed out to me about highlighting. Highlighting and the extras on the black templars are the only thing that make them stand out.. Otherwise they are just black.
Then your shadowing on the tabbard.. Looks good for starters, deffinately looks better than my attempts.. I can't shadow white, so I changed my tabbards to grey, and am still not getting the right depth to blend up to.. You may hear some comments about adding a few more highlights on the tabbards though.
But then again, I am not a Master Painter.
yeah i think thats partly it (thinning the paint i mean) it almost looks splodgy on the camera and i definatly heard about the highlighting. i will try both in my next endevour. practice makes perfect i geuss and i can only get better, right?
well if this is what your starting quality is, then you are further along the learning curve than I was when I started...
My initial painting was all about keeping the paint where it belonged, and ensuring an even coat.
I never blended, didn't know anything about drybrushing or black lining... From there, I learned to drybrush and found that blacklining (which i am not perfect at since I do it freehand and not with washes or inks).
I am just now trying to learn how to get my highlighting to look decent.
And I have been paining since 96'
Looks pretty good but my suggestion would be trying to have more distinct line between colors that are not gonna be blended for example the white on the soulders and the black. I know its kind of impossible to keep everything in a line (at least I cant ) but if i paint somewhere i dont want to even 1000th of a mm, I wait until it dries a little bit , grab my hobby knife and try to take that excesive part of being really gentle. Sometimes this causes you to scratch the paint below or even the primer. In that case I would just paint over that scratch.
It does take time but it changes the look a lot imo.
thanks guys, there is some good advise in there, ill be sure to try it out.
It looks good to me, here are just a few thing i found that helped me. As stated before try watering down the paints and apply several coats. It would be a good idea to try starting out with darker or deeper colors and working to lighter one. If you want white or ivory start with a tan or brown, or you could start with a grey and work up to white. Also its easier to start at the inner most part and work out. on the marine with a beak it looks like you went back in and painter the indents on the left, paint them first and paint around them with black. As alway practice makes perfect and you'll get there sooner than you know
what do you mean? like different highlights on top of each other or do you mean going over a whole surface different times? if so, what differences does it make?
He is referring to the blending process where the lower layer shows through..
here is a decent video.. I am sure that there are better out there, but this should give you a good idea.
YouTube - Blending Technique
thanks for the link. +rep to all who helped.