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Here is a picture of my first Mini, a Dark Angel that is work in progress. I was told by a friend of mine that I need to drybrush on a few more layers of Dark Angels green before highlighting but I'm interested in hearing what the pros here say.
Keep in mind that it's my first mini and I'm not an artist. Also, I haven't painted anything but the armor yet. Still need to do the gun, eyes, chest, etc...
Dry brushing looks pretty good for a first attempt. You may want to add a couple more lighter layers. Also if you edge the mini with the side of your brush (using a much lighter green) you can also make the armour plates stand out a little more. That is an old mini for being your first. Any reason you are using him instead of the new guys? Looks good, just wondered.
Best of Luck,
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Why I'm using the old mini is a long story...I picked up a bunch of 40K stuff several years ago but never played. Recently friends wanted to start playing so I got back into the hobby. Luckily I already had about 1000 points of Space Marines.
Back to the painting. The Highlights are much lighter "in person" than in the picture so I think I'm fine there. My biggest concern was that you some of the primer coat is showing though. I didn't notice it until a friend looked at the picture and mentioned it.
I painted the model by drybrushing 3 coats of DA Green over black primer. Then used Snot green for the highlights. I wonder if I might be better served by painting the model DA green and then highlighting, instead of drybrushing.
If you paint it all dark angel green (leaving the black showing in the recesses of the armor) and then hightlight you should get a much smoother appearance. It does look like you may have spray primed your figures from a bit too far as it does look grainy. A general guidline is you really don't want to be further than 12" from the figure when you spray.
Otherwise not a bad look to start with. keep in mind the picture is bigger than the figure in real life so many of the "flaws" will probably not show off to bad in person.
I also notice just a hint of flash around the hand otherwise doesn't look bad.
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Grand for a first job The 'How To Paint Space Marines' book from GW is a very worth while purchase if your new, + it even has a special section on dark angles (ho)
Pick it up off ebay for about £8 I think
He looks pretty good for your first! The grainey look really doesnt look bad, it adds a little something to it.
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