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This is similar to what the vast majority of my models currently look like. I'd like some advice on things I can do to improve so my next squad looks better. As far as what I've been doing; I use Vallejo model color paints (the red is burnt cadium), I have never been able to get highlighting or shading to come out well, and it takes me a horribly long time to complete a handful of minis.
Well, you obviously have a decently steady hand, so that is a good start.
Most of what I do to make my models stand out somewhat is fairly straight forward. I will list some tips for this. I am far from perfect, so pick and choose ideas you like.
-drill out gun barrels
-the paint looks like it may have been a bit thick; need watering down?
-blackline the joins and panels
-use a watered down black ink on silver, and a watered down chestnut ink on gold
-simple highlights for rank and file need only be a lighter shade of the base colour on the edges of panels, plates etc
-a contrasting colour for the eyes?
Of these, I think blacklining will have an instant effect, and it can be done with a fine brush and ink, or a thin technical pen.
Hope these help!
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Hi I think it looks good for gaming purpose.
But you are asking how to improve so here I go.
1. Most important, thin your paint. It looks a bit thick. Golden rule, use allots of thin layers and not one thick.
2. Your eye are red and so is your armor. I shod paint the eye in a different color or use a dark wash around the eye. This makes it stand out more. (black wash, can work)
3. Silver. After you have painted a few layers of silver, try to use some wash so it get some shade. Maybe a black, brown or both.
4. Gold. You can highlight your gold with some silver. It looks like you have some wash in there, maybe use a few more layers of wash. I usually use different kind of brown washes for my gold. Some that are dark and others that are more brown orange.
5. Iâ€™m no fan of gloss vanish (it looks like gloss vanish any way). Try a matte and I think the result will look better. It is possible to make a gloss vanish matte. Just cover it with a matte vanish.
6. I shod start with a darker red and then ad multiple layers of brighter and brighter red, keep the last layer showing and you have some highlights and shade.
Good luck and feel free to ask for more help if you need it .
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I just LOVE your colorscheme. :w00t:
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I like the color scheme as well. I second all of the comments by And Eng. A green eye color would really stand out well on this mini, as would blue ( I probably would use green, though).
I am also a fan of matte varnish rather than gloss.
The chapter symbol is very well done ( I think it's a transfer, but if not, even more kudos to you). The only other thing that I would add is that technically, you have the shoulder pads reversed (usually the chapter symbol is over the LEFT shoulder, and the tactical mark the RIGHT). Minor point, I confess, but since you're saking for feedback...
Finally, highlighting red is tricky, but you should consider it.
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I agree with most of what has already been said. One thing you can do to get a darker red and still have shading is to wash the burnt cadmium red with brown ink and then re-highlight up with burnt cadmium leaving the recesses darker. Then I use vallejo game color gore red for the highlights. Keeping it thin will lighten the area but keep the same darker tone of the paints below it.
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Same comments than Ang Deng.
THIN OUT YOUR PAINT. Add 20-40% water to your paint in all occasions (except for drybrushes). It'll allow to pain to slide better and you'll get a lighter, more even coat that will look leagues better.
Just use a palette and dip your brush in water after dipping it out in paint. In most cases, it'll be enough!
Thanks for the all the pointers everyone. I'll definetly be trying to put some of them to use, especially adding more water; that seems to be the most common theme. :yes:
Oh.. and the reason the shoulder pads are reversed is because I have about 50 of the rouge trader era marines that have studs on the left side and I figured the chapter insignia was better to have showing than the squad designation.
Very nice looking figure overall and all of my first impression comments have already been covered. That said I'll say it anyways because I think these three would improve the general appearance in a major way. 1) thin down the paints 2) drill out the bolter barrels 3) the eyes absolutely need to be another color.
Does this chapter have a name? What traits or codex are you using?
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