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I spent roughly 3-4 hours on this guy trying out all the various techniques and trying to learn the various styles such as washing, dry brushing, basing, and high lighting. I primed him with krylon black and varnished with Krylon crystal clear. It is too shiny for my tastes and will be recoating him with matte varnish later. I was going for a gritty and dirty look for my guys, not the cartoony and clean style that GW uses in their codices.
Any tips and advice would be much appreciated. The base is not done and I did not drill the gun since I do not have the tools required to do it. I mainly used Delta paints.
Damn, for a first mini, good job! Very nice. Miles better than the first one I ever did.
Overall, it looks very good. Now that you have your first mini down, put him on a shelf so he can serve as a bookmark. You're on the long journey to become an excellent painter.
From here on out, look at thinning your paints down a little and begin to practice highlighting and shadowing. The mini you have now looks good and has a bit of depth, but once you master the skill of highlighting and shadowing, your minis will pop that much more.
Now for the most important piece of advice: read up and practice, practice, practice! The more you paint, no matter how minuscule, the better you'll get. Keep posting your work on this forum and any of the lovely members will be here to assist willingly. Keep up the good work and go for it!
Feel free to pm me or ask anymore questions if you ever find yourself in a jam! I'm still learning myself and I've been at this for almost five years now!
Is this you first mini, or first COMPLETED mini?
It just looks too good for a first.
Try watering your paints, and the gun looks a little unfinished. It's rather difficult to give any more advice.
If thats your first painted mini then congrats. Your odveusly a good painter i cant weight to see stuff you do when you been painting a year or so!
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Sorry I was a little vague. It is my first miniature. I played the game for about 5months back when I was around 10-12 years old and I painted a couple of SMs then, but I pretty much just sprayed them and based them then.
This is my first miniature since I've "grown up." I read a ton and watched videos before attempting it. I did water down the paints on this guy, I just need to practice to get a smoother transition.
How are the pictures? I don't know how to get the depth of field bigger. The whole miniature is not in focus.
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The mini himself looks great for a rank and file trooper. Only comment would be the 'slot' of his base showing
Another thing that will help with Macro on a Canon is change it off full auto onto P mode and you can then teach it custom white balance settings. (P keeps the 'hard stuff' related to exposure on full-auto but lets you tweak less 'significant' things )You won't in my experience get decent whites indoors in macro without flash if you don't teach it custom levels. It's simple to do, essentially get your shooting area set up and put just a bright white piece of printer paper in front of it and hit the button in the White Balance menu for 'custom'. Being able to shoot without the flash is important for getting really nice shots of minis.
So I took sometime to look over how I took pictures. I increased the aperture, lowered the ISO, and increased the shutter speed time. Here is what I got after a little tweaking.
There is still a little fuzz to the picture, but it isn't as bad as it was. I still need to tweak a bit. Any suggestions on shooting?
Oh btw, I only had one tungsten light on the miniature and had to use 1/4 shutter speed on a timer.