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I'm just looking for advice I'm not very good I would like to know what is next and what I can do better. Secondly I would like to add that I want a worn army any ideas?
This is your 1st one?
Are you sure?
Yes, this is my first finished model. I have started many but never really completed one. I'm working on a dread I'll post it soon. Any tips or advice would be great.
First rule of painting is keeping within the lines. An you've done that, so off to the next thing: shading. Try out some washes for shading. That will liven up the model. Then maybe some highlighting as well.
Personally, I never go back to older models. 20 years later, I like to look how I progressed. This model is sooo much better than many of my earliest models, so keep up the good work
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Yes, a very quick and easy way to take this model a notch higher is to add some washes to it. Just a basic brown or similar wash over the red cloak and gold elements will look great. From that you can try to use a bit lighter one on the face. Possibly a light blue wash on the white elements. Try to stay clear of washing the armor itself - shading SM armor in that way can be tricky... In addition, washing tends to bring the colors down a bit, if you do not go back over them and lighten the raised areas - so be aware of it if you like very brightly colored armies. Otherwise, very nice 1st model indeed!
I cannot remember how many models I've painted and re-painted to the point of destruction. Brush control is a huge thing and with time and practice you will learn how to layer your highlights and blending. I learned an insane amount in a short period of time just by watching and reading painting tutorials, there are plenty on this forum and check out youtube as well. What I suggest MOST OF ALL is keep a good paint brush/set of brushes (don't use GW quality brushes) go to an art store and get a taklon 10/0 and 5/0 liner for detailing. Thin lines give a sharp, rigid effect where as thick lines make contours look softer, so with marine armor try to keep your highlights thin. A good 10/0 will help a lot with that!
Cheers mate, great job!
For your first model, I think you should be very proud of this mate. Its basic, but its a high standard of basic painting for sure. An earlier poster mentioned that it was important you stay in the lines, and they're right, thats the first thing you want to learn, along with not applying your paints too thickly, but from those pictures it looks like your paints are fine for basecoats and things like that. You paint very neatly, and that is going to serve you very very well in the future. Again, to paraphrase another post here, your next step would be to try a few washes, and maybe some basic highlights, tutorials for which can be found all over the internet.
As well as buying some good quality brushes, I would also recommend that you always thin your paints. two/three thin coats are usually better than one thick coat. Experiment with the consistency of your paints and observe your results. Another piece of good advice would be to keep a note of mixes you use and stuff so you can achieve consistency across larger projects. I know these tips are very broad and general, but there are a lot of painting tutorials out there so you'll get most of your advice from those.
Best of luck man.
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Nice work. Invest in those washes though.....
(by the way - the black lining between shoulder pad and gold trim is particularly good....best part of the whole model. Try doing the same with some dark brown/terracotta around the edges of the face - it will add definition).
Last edited by Fantasticmrfox; May 23rd, 2011 at 09:33.