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Oh, this is a follow up to my color scheme post. I ended up getting a really nice colored spray paint, a bit glossy though which i didnt know but it came out real nice. I bought some flat blue to use also, and there a nice difference in color so i thought id use it on my SMs as a shade. Worked out real well,
I spent most of my day today working on my first terminator which came out the best, although he still needs some touch-up. The apothocary needs some work in shading and stuff, and the head i only temporarily added details to. He needs a lot of touchup too, i just got a hand cramp and didnt feel like continueing. I have another terminator with minigun on the way, which might take me a while, and a nother basic SM from the command squad with plasma. Still have 3 more terminators, 3 more command, and 5 more veterans to do so expect updates every few days.
Enjoy! Comments would be much appreciated!
They look fine to me. The only issues I have are with the white and the bases (where are they ?). The white looks a little too white to me, if that makes sense. The color scheme looks good but for the aquilas on the chest you might consider painting it a light grey and highlighting it with white, just to give it some definition. Also, the white on the Apothecary looks like it needs a little tidying. Still, they look good as a whole, but what I really want to know is how did you take such clear pictures! I can't manage it, and I've just spent the last hour looking through my digital camera instruction booklet .
A good first attempt. When I look at your models I am reminded of the first squad that I painted 15 years ago ( I too chose the UM's, and it was the first SM pack - 30 beakies for $30, but I digress)
Rather than overwhelm you with all the things you could do to improve on them, let me suggest some basics
1) Highlighting - It looks from your pictures that the minis aren't highlighted. Even if they are, then it's at least clear from the pictures that they need more. I would suggest trying a lighter shade of blue, and to drybrush them, which is a fine introductory and fairly simple highlighting method. If you don't know how, there is a sticky in this thread or some article on this site explaining how to do it. Eventually you will outgrow highlighting for most things, but it is a basic skill that all painters shoudl master.
2) White is a VERY difficult color to highlight well. With your color scheme, I might use a light blue inkwash, but an alternative is to basecoat the white areas with lightning blue and highlight up to white. Again, the highlighting/drybrushing article may help.
3. Make sure to file off as many of your mold lines as possible. Trust me, I also can get very impatient with wanting to paint, but it really is all in the preparation.
Liek I said, a great first effort. Keep up the good work.
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THanks for the comments guys, im gonna go back and apply your suggestions soon.
Otherwise, my camera is a digital camcorder so it doesnt take good stills, i was surprised you thought they came out well. I think you mean the lighting. I just found a good bright lamp, put a white piece of computer paper at the base, and put the model on it. That makes it clear if that's what you were asking. I think the light i used was too bright though, it made all the colors look the same lol :rolleyes:
And Superfreaky, highlighting as in the edges and other parts right? I think i had too much lighting because i highlighted the edges mostly, and some other areas. I can't seem to find any inks anywhere because no one sells em, and i've tried mixing water and/or paint thinner with a small bit of paint to wash them and it never works. Got any suggestions? oh yeah and where's that highlighting sticky?
Thanks again guys, ill post some more picks as i finish em.
Actually, I meant the focus. My pictures are all blurry and I can't understand why (I've tried everything, seemingly).
GW inks work great so you might consider buying some of them. They also mix well with water or alcohol.
Not that bad man for your first attempts.Especially the highlighting,you did a failry good job in most areas for your first attempt at it,but you need to clean a few areas up abit.
Yes white is very hard to paint.For the chest eagle i could suggest watering down fortress grey so its like an ink and give it a wash.The grey should go into the cracks if you watered it down enough.The once thats dry some of the grey will be on the little feather things or whatever you want to call it,or in areas you dont want,so go back over those areas with white.I have tried this and it worked really well.
Yes they're quite nice for a first time, follow the advice from previous posts, there really isn't much more to give. How come they don't have bases though? That's kinda awkward.
Last edited by gundamfan; August 24th, 2005 at 19:15.
Oh i always make the bases last. I'm makin a board to put them all on, like a woodland terrain and stuff, so im gonna make the bases when i know how the terrain is. I have some good ones on my old tau, i might just make more of em.
Oh, I see what you're doing. I'd love to see how that turns out!
You could do well thinning your paint out with some water, otherwise it looks like a good first attempt. Also you might want to have another color on the skull on their chests, for good contrast.
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