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Well I haven't picked up a paint brush in quite a few years, and I was far from a master painter back then either. But having very recently started painting abit again, and even more recently found this nice forum here, I decided I want to show of my work and perhaps get some constructive critisism or something along those lines.
Anyway, after painting 3 starter kit Space Marines and a Tyranid therma-thingy to get myself warmed up I decided to get a box of Tau Fire Warriors and see how well (or badly) I managed to paint them. So far I've painted 3 of them, and while not to happy with the color scheme I'm quite happy with the result overall.
Camera work isn't the best, but here they are..
As I said, I'm not to happy with the colors, so my next little team of 3 will be painted differently.
Any input on my painting and notes for further improvement is much apreciated.
They're looking really good to me. Especially for someone who has not painted in such a time!
I in fact think the colour scheme looks great. The colours work well together, especially the subtle but effective use of orange. I think the bases aren't doing too many favours for the colours, however, and perhaps a black/grey combination would look better. I'm not sure, so you should have a play around with a few different looks, but either way the sand looks a little plain on its own.
But again, really nice work so far. You appear to have a good control of the brush and a good idea of what you want to do.
Kudos on getting the pics up so quickly (I've only just read your intro post) - you're going to fit in well here at LO.
Well Sgt. bakker I have to disagree with you about the colours I actually like the colours but I think the bases are to similar in colour and that's what I think makes the coolers look flatter then they are. Overall I would put some black lines on the edges where the cloth meets the armour plates. This will make it look a little sharper.
So just try to get more contrast between the model and the base and some more depth trough black lining. But overall a nice job for the first models in years!!!
Very good! Introducing one self and posting your first pics, all on the same day! My compliments!
On to the models: I likes the colors actually, so let met first comment on what we see now; the white in the logo on the shoulderpad needs another coat, it could be that much brighter. Secondly, all the edges could do with another highlight, just to bring the edges up a little.
As to another paint scheme, you seem to have painting the bone color down pat, so i would suggest perhaps another cloth color? Perhaps red (bright or clotted blood). Or mayby black? Light blue if you're feeling adventurous or dark green to get a camo feel.
Also, the base looks unpainted? It's often best to undercoat the model and the base in 1 go, that way you won't have to coat the base while the model is fully painted.
All in all, keep up the good work man! REP!
I'll echo what the others have said, and say that I really like that colour scheme. It's subtle, but very effective. I'd say that since these are the first models you've painted in a while that you've done a very good job there.
Thanks for all the replies and the nice welcome.
Regarding the bases. Yeah, they are just painted brown with sand glued on. Lazy way out I guess, but bases have allways intimidated me abit.
I did try basecoating and drybrushing the base of one of my marines, but the sand just kept coming off during drybrushing, needless to say, it looked horrible. But advise taken, and I'll try again on another batch of warriors.
As for highlighting, none has realy been done, as that's another thing I've never realy done much of, so I held it of on these first ones. But I will see what I manage on my next ones. Just been reading to much about light placement and getting all confused.
Way back when we we're just a bunch of friends throwing paints around, none realy read any guides or anything. So this time around reading up on LO and other sources I realise there realy is quite a few techniques and tricks to wrap my head around. But I'll take it one step at a time for now I guess and try to improve on every model.
Again thanks for all the input and advice so far.
- Sgt. Baker
Yeah, the sand can come off unless you really seal it down. When I do it, I glue it down, wait a day, then put another coat of PVA mixed with some water and a little washing up liquid over it to hold it down. The washing up liquid breaks the surface tension and lets it get into all the gaps. Then, after another day, I'm careful putting the basecoats down on it (I usually make them quite watery) because even at this point some of the sand can come off. After they've dried, though, it's usually fairly safe to start drybrushing it.
Yep, watered-down PVA over the sand will stop that from happening.
I feel I must echo the others. Your choice of scheme is really good, the grey works really well with the cream/white. The slight, subtle orange placements are really good as well. Everything else has been said, so I'll leave it there.