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Hi all... Trying to improve my painting radically and would appreciate any feedback. I did this figure a few years ago and have just got back into the game. *Sighs 40K is always there*. I don't use decals everything is hand painted.
anyway... here's the pics.
Things I can see wrong with it are
1. Paint not thin enougth.
2. Highlighting a bit careless.
3. Yellow was not covered properly on the shoulder.
4. My Gold technique is abysmal.. I will try NMM next time I think
Any other criticisms or comments gratefully received.
The armour highlights are all in the right places, they could just do with blending together a bit more.
Plus paper banners look tatty, you should look into rolling greenstuff ones.
base is boring, snow is always good for wolves.
Mouldlines on the back pack and banner pole.
Gem detail for eyes is always good.
hes a nice piece. Above average. But no means showcase. Its good that you want critism to help you improve. if you want to talk more and share pics of wolves, you can email me or msn on firstname.lastname@example.org i love talking about painting, and also striving to improve.
Thanks for getting back so soon.
Yes.. the mould lines are horrendous now I look at them. Always a half hearted effort to remove them or paint thick enougth over them to cover them.. No more.. sandpaper and nail files is the way for me in the future
I haven't got any green stuff at the moment but I will get some and try it out.. Be nice to make some creases and fold in the banner and could look quite effective. Also good for modelling the bases and conversions as well I suspect.
I've been toying around with blending this morning and Feathering.. Really impressed with the results and am going to use them soon
I have added you to my MSN.. Be really good to have a chat with you about painting and stuff
This is definitely a high quality gaming figure. Let me see if I can add something that hasn't been discussed. The model looks like it was painted over a black primer. I am wondering if that is what is keeping your yellows darker and slightly "muddy". Brighter colors tend to look more vibrant over a white base. Maybe masking those areas with white beforehand will help them "pop" a bit better.
I think dullcote or another flat varnish can really help improve the overall appearance of the figure. It kills any shine and I think makes the little details really stand out.
I noticed on the blow ups of the banner and shoulderpad that the blacks don't look very solid. I can see some of the background seeping through them. I would recommend going back over them with another coat.
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Thank you both for the compliments and advice.
I think I'm going to try to paint a Talos next. I'll take the advice above and try and do something really nice. I'll post pics here and we'll see if there has been any improvment. Maybe I'll make a project of it with shots before and after on some sort of webspace somewhere. I'll post a link when it's up.
I'd like to see more Space Wolves too.... getting Rended by my Deathwing! :ninja:Originally Posted by Gareth
Sorry to hijack your thread temporarily - couldn't resist bantering Gareth!
Nice work though - Gareth and Slorak are some of the best painters on the forum and always offer good advice! You're in safe hands with them :yes:
Got to be the Talos.
It a sizable figure with lots of detail. It has some harsh mould lines which I've been filing off since yesterday but I think it's nearly in a suitable state for an undercoat now. It has some nice flat areas ontp which I'm going to paint some designs.
Colour wise I think a dark blue for the armour with an ice blue sharp line to pick out the highlights on the very edges will make for a striking look. I plan to do a lot of blending with the figure. I had a go at blending and feathering on a space marine yesterday just for a bit of practice and I'm really pleased with how the blending turned out and learnt one or two things about paint consistancy but now want to blend in anger on a sizable piece and the dark blue armour seems the ideal place to do that.... maybe I can do some blending on the symbols but it depends on how much room I've got..
onto this armour I intend to paint some symbols... I think a pastel yellow will really go well. I want the symbols to appear part of the armour rather than as something on top if you get what I mean... The only way I can think of achieving this at the moment is by using some washes over the top of the blue and yellow to help hold the colours together. Maybe a white wash but I'll have to think about that.
I'm thinking about using some of the mould lines to my advantage such as on the nuts that the front weapons attach to and paint these a two-tone to look as though the mold line is meant to be there.
Tomorrow I'll get some green stuff and some other bits and see what I can come up with juicing the figures up a bit
It also has some nice blades on the model and I want to practice SE-NMM I had a good study of some pics of real swords and saw the individual colours which I want to try to replicate on the figure.
Now for the Deathwing Guantlet that was thrown down....
My Space wolves are in a state of shock at the moment.. For the past few years (counting it might be about 7 years.. it was before my time at uni) they have been in the void and have suffered a number of surprising loses... A Rhino.. gone without trace..only it's flags remain which I assume have been picked up by a plucky marine. Bjorn the fel-handed... another victim of the void and Njarl the rune priest has dissappeared leaving only the very top of his staff along with several marines 2-3 from each unit. I have no idea what happened to them which is a pity as they were all painted give or take a little to the standard of that one in the pics..
Give my wolves sometime to recover and bring it on