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there really not that bad, i don't like the mixing of the colors all that much, i like crisp clean Imeprial Guard, but if there straight from the battlefield it gives a good effect, maybe try and blend them together a little more though, but other than that they look goo, much better then my first models.
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thanks, I kinda wanted to go for the rough and worn look so i didnt really blend the colours too much, maybe on my next few i will try a more clean look, waht would you suggest?
Which washes would you suggest for the light armour though?
A VERY watered down wash of asurmen blue over the cloth/armour then re-highlighted and a VERY watered down wash of badab black would go a long way on this scheme.
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For your first attempt at painting, I'd say they look good. There are several things I think you should know when first starting out (I like to call them beginner traps)
1. ADVANCED PAINTERS ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST SOURCE OF ADVICE. This may seem silly, but many people with painting experience will tell to you wash, highlight, blend, mix paints, etc. Not many remember how it was to first start out. A lot of what they say may be daunting, so I would ignore a lot of this stuff for now. You can practice this stuff later.
2. NEATNESS IS KING. This is essentially "coloring within the lines" like a child. Make sure that you keep the white areas white, flesh areas flesh, etc. Practicing this will help you paint minis faster and it keeps the mini looking cleaner. Also, keep your colors "flat". This means using only one color on each part of the mini (using only elf flesh on the skin, only codex gray on the armor, etc.) Shading can always be done later when you're confident.
3. AVOID THE LITTLE THINGS. The black and yellow stripes, the bloody blades, the camo scheme on the cloth. While these details add character, I would avoid it when starting out. When done well it'll stand out! When done poorly, it'll stand out...but for all the wrong reasons. Again, a lot of this can be done later, so I wouldn't worry about your mini looking too plain.
These are just a few things to consider when starting out. Obviously this is just advice, not the definitive way to start painting minis. Ultimately, you should do whatever works for you. Maybe I'll post a picture of a mini later to show some of the stuff I mean.
I agree on the washes. You will be absolutely amazed at how much better they look with a wash over them.
I am a huge fan of Devlan Mud but that probably wont work on your guys since they are artic themed. I would try the blue and then some sepia on the flesh.
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