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I started painting my new Warriors of Chaos. This is my first real attempt beyond just toying with the BFSP set. I'm looking for CC, so please be as brutal as necessary.
And another view, with the blur in a different area...
Mind you, it's still VERY WiP but I'd like to get some CC before I go to far.
Good effort so far. ;-) Looks neat which is vital for good looking figures.
The main things that jump out to me are too do with depth. Getting a range of tones into your colours will really bring a figure to life. With the horse I'd do a wash of Devlan Mud and would have done a light dry brush of a light brown prior to doing the wash and painting any of the other parts of the model. Devlan mud over Gold colours works well followed by careful picking out of highlights with a gold/mithril silver mix. Good old Devlan Mud will also breath depth into your reds too. Ogre Flesh wash on skin works a treat for quick looking skin.
Hope that helps and good luck with your figures.
I agree with AJFA.
I'd also reccomend that when you are painting a light colour, put a white or light coat down before the main colour, (like the blonde of the hair or the red) as I can still see your black primer through the thin bits. Also, more than one coat, it may be thinner and take longer but you'll get better coverage and a smoother look.
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For a first attempt it's looking rather fine. As mentioned you've got the neatness down to a good level, although a couple of extra coats on the red would make it look a little more solid as there's currently some black undercoat leaking through. If you want it brutal, I'd have to go as far as to say his eye looks huge and messy, but that's a pretty easy thing to deal with.
Some simple washing would also add some depth to the model, and it may be worth trying out some simple layering and highlighting to give it that little extra touch. All you really need is a wash followed by a couple of extra highlighted layers on the skin and hair and it'll look great whilst still not being too advanced.
I have hardly any of the Citadel paints, so to make a decent "Devlan Mud" wash could I take a dark brown and heavily water it down? Also, What's the easiest way to paint eyes? Thanks for the speedy replies.
Watered down paint AKA old school washes.
Yes that should work, although the citadel washes are well worth investing in
I can't really add to whats already been said, you've got a neat style which is a great starting point to painting really well (something I struggle with tbh!) now you have to get used to maybe painting several thinner coats to get an overall better coverage on base coats, particularly with those hard to cover colours like red and yellow.
The next step for this mini for me would be to introduce some highlights, a lighter red on the armour, some light gold on the harness and a lighter brown to accent the musculature of the horse. Also try experimenting with washes, back when I started painting there wasn't as good a range so it was commin to use heavily watered down paints to introduce easy shadow and depth to models, try and make up a flesh wash for the skin and a very light brown wash for the hair, and then highlight back up after the wash is dry. If you are making your own wash by watering down normal paints though just be careful to control where the colour runs, having tissue paper handy is invaluable for this process.
Eyes are tricky, particularly for us cackhanded painters. The way I do them is by starting flesh off with a light brown base coat (Snakebite leather is perfect for this) then when I put the first flesh coat (I typically would use Dwarf Flesh) I leave the eyes in the brown. Whilst I paint the rest of the face (using two or three progressively lighter flesh tones) I am careful to avoid painting over these eyes. Finally all I do is put a small bit of white in the eye sockets, and then a dab of black for the pupil- the brown then gives a nice definition against the face without having such a harsh 'kohl eyeliner' look.
This technique works for me anyway, and once youve gotten used to it its quick too. The way I USED to do them, which I think used to be in all the old Citadel 'How to paint' pamphlets was to paint the socket black and then put two small dabs of white on either side. Personally I never had much success with this method, either it would have the aforementioned eyeliner look or all my minis would be either cross eyed or wall eyed.
Last edited by Sir Theobold the Lame; January 21st, 2010 at 23:11.
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