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What do you think about them?
This is the first model I finished (today and ever) and the first tank.
Leamn Russ, side
Leman Russ, other side
Leman Russ, top
Leman Russ, front
Since they are Catachan models I dont know but I might add some plastic plants to their bases and on the tank. Not sure yet but I will try it out to see how it looks.
Any comments and ideas are welcome.
Well, if this is your very first mini, then you show alot of promise. It looks to me as if you got the ideas down. There are others on this forum that will be able to help you out in specific areas, and practice, practice, practice.
Indeed, very well done if that is your first model. I like the colour scheme you chose for your Catachans; you normally see more jungle based/green schemes. You do a good job basing as well, with the static grass and all (though I'm glad to see not too much.) The mud on your tank looks quite good as well, as does the actual chasis of the tank itself.
Now for just a few small suggestions on what you may want to do. First I noticed one small brown spot on the pants of your trooper. It would be good if you went back and just "cleaned" up any such spots with your grey. I also noticed a small spot on the headband of the model as well. It adds a much more finished look to the model, and though it may appear to be a small detail, makes it look just that much better. I also think one more highlight of your skin colour just slightly lightened wouldn't hurt either. Just apply it to the very tips of the skin, where there muscles stick out the furthest for example. Just mix a wee bit of bleached bone or some other lighter colour with your brown and apply small amounts to the most prominent areas. Lastly for future models you may want to remove "mold lines" which are those thin lines of plastic that are prevalent on many plastic sprues. I noticed a small line up on your Guardsman's neck; it may be too late to remove it now, but on your other models I would advise fixing them up a little.
All in all a simply fantastic job for your first mdoels. I know it took me a lot longer paint to a level uquivalent to what you're already painting. Don't be discouraged if you ake a few mistakes, as you can always go back and patch things up. Also keep trying to practise as the more you paint, the better you get. It doesn't take too long before you're painting to an amazing level.
Here are a smattering of helpful painting tips. Your figures work for a table top quality and if your main interest lies in playing rather than painting then you are right on track. However if you are looking to build and improve upon your painting here are my thoughts:
Reserve drybrushing for things you want a rough texture on - mainly stone. If you were going for a stonewashed blue jean look to the pants you hit it spot on. Otherwise I would suggest using a technique called layering. Basically you lay down a base color over the entire area you are painting that color in and then keep mixing in lighter shades and "layering" them over the base color. You leave a little of each layer showing and each highlight is a smaller area than the last. Think of it like a contour map.
Make sure you thin your paints. Thin paints when layered will not look chalky and rough. You want your paints just thick enough to where the paint stays on the brush. Experiment with adding water to the paints - you will know when it is too thin.
Use inks sparingly and don't be afraid to highlight over them (such as the skin in your figures). Ink makes a great tool for adding quick shading to a figure - but in general doesn't look quite right as the final color.
Drill out weapon barrels. This is something quick and easy to do and makes the figure look much more complete.
On that same note make sure you remove all the flash before priming and painting. Flash and mold lines are very distracting on a figure.
As you gain confidence in your painting - don't be afraid to try new things, add little details, etc. The more you paint the better you will become. Trying new things could lead to techniques that allow you to paint better and faster. Above all else don't be afraid to ask specific painting questions as I am sure you will quickly find an answer you are looking for.
Good luck and happy painting!
You have some great advice already, ill just add my 2 cents worth now
Ok IMO, nice models, the colour scheme is very nice indeed. The arms are fine, they look good and you have got some nice shades etc on them. As RespectUrElders said, maybe add some small "super highlights" on the very high parts. I just thought the clothing was a little flat, which could be enhanced with some dry brushing/highlighting. I know it sounds scary but just try it, you'll find its not that bad. Maybe adding a bit more detail as you go along, like maybe next time try painting the belt a different colour. Then also try the gun, keeping some parts metallic, but others black etc, instead of a full metallic gun. Same with the sword. Same with the tank, maybe do some other parts different colours, just to break it up a bit instead of having it all the same colour, otherwise looks good.
Anyway, very good models for your first, believe me, my 8 year old sister could paint better minis than my first models that I did, so your doing great (Y)
I'm so sorry that I have mislead you all. This is not my first mdoel every, but it is indeed my first IMperial Gurad models. I have been painting Marines for a year or two.
I noticed the brown dots on the trousers and I'm going to correct them as soon as I'm done writing this.
The belt will get another color, forgot it before
The mouldlines will go away when I get my new models, this one where assemblied and painted on before so I were too lazy to remove them on this one.
A lighter highlight on the edges of the arms and face sounds good, I will do that.
Although I'm not good at layering...tried it some time ago and it turned out ****. Maybe I will try it again soon, don't know we'll see.
Thanks for the all the tips there were some that I didn't knew there. And again, sorry for misleading you.
As far as layering goes - keep at it. The more you do it the better you will become. Just as with anything that requires skill - unless you are just really naturally talented you won't be very good at it at first. However the next time you will do it you will be a touch better, after that you will be just a little more skilled, etc. paint up a whole army and you will be doing just fine.
Also if you post some pictures with your layering and tell us how you are doing it - we might be able to throw some pointer your way to make it easier. I think the key to good layering starts with a foundation of thin paints.
I also forgot to add that this army is for a little competition between me and a friend of mine. I challenged him in painting 1500p IG as fast as possible, but they should still be atleast tabletop quality. So I guess I will try the layering when I'm done with 1500p, just to be sure that I win
Agreed, and alot of patience. You have to slog at it, and it will take awhile, but youll get faster as you do it more, and you be pleased no doubt with the result.Originally Posted by slorak
I painted marines for awhile before I switched to IG. You do take alot of the techniques with you, but I found its still can be hard to adjust at first to the new type of model, unless your uber good at painting.
Something i live by: "My next figure will be better!"
Keep trucking! (Y)
i cant add to the advice, i just wanted to complement you on the colour scheme, its intresting and works really well on the figure.