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I've been working on my eldar army after having dipped 2000 points of tyranids. I like the way dipped nids look, but it didn't do much to improve my more "traditional" paiting skills.
I figure i share my first decent minis with the great (and gentle) crew of librarium to see what i can improve etc.
A note: none of these have been dullcoated yet, but they all will, assuming dullcoat and metalic paint are compatible.
First up a firedragon. i wanted the red highlights to be subtle. The base isn't finished.
now half a squad of dire avengers. Here i was trying to amplify the look of the armor plates, trying to really make them pop
and finally the two together.
apologies for the quality of the photos, my camera was dropped in the ocean at one point and has never been quite the same.
Things i'm working on:
learning to wet blend to make transitions of colours smoother
highlighting metalics properly
edit: going over the photos again, i can't believe how much they flatten highlights! Any pointers to eliminating this problem? Is a light box required? I took the photos with some direct and some indirect light, attenuated with a filter (piece of white paper) and with the camera on a long exposure on a tripod (no flash).
Edit: changed the title to actually say what's in the post!
Last edited by king88mob; April 12th, 2007 at 06:43.
Terrible, just awful how do you expect us to see any deta... you know those are pretty nice and clear good job on the pics and the painting
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These paint jobs look really good. The layering on these is good. Spending a lot of time wet blending troops is brain damage and half. Save it for the HQ.
If you have the opportuntity, pick up the last White Dwarf - it has a couple of good painting articles, including one about painting Sammael, which gives good advice for highlighting metal.
I was going to rip you apart for using the word gentle, but its too hard. You set me up as if I was going to see the most horrible/blurry painted models, but your better than you say. I'm just gonna have to say you need a brown wash on the bronze helm. Its like a solid chunk of raw material.You gentle little Sissy man
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You don't seem to have a problem with red basecoats, thats a good sign. Only advice I got is practice your highlights getting thinner highlights.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: Are you wounded?
Clouseau: No. Fortunately I was saved by the darkness.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: So what we need is more light.
love how they are based.:w00t:
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self-deprecation is a common trait in a lot of what i do.
Bellum_Gerreo: i'm going to try and get more layers onto all the subsequent dire avengers (15 to go). After painting the firedragon, i reallized how much easier it was to have the dark and the light shades in little puddles together in my palate and do some "live" mixing of colours whenever i needed a slightly lighter shade. I had been taking regal, then regal + magic then magic, but if i do 5-7 mixes on a pallete, it turns out better
Being in canada, i believe our White Dwarves are different (and lighter) in overall content then the US WD. I'll see about tryign to get a copy of the US one, because i didn't see anything about highlighting metals in the last one i have (dark angels on the cover)
Another thing i just noticed, i haven't painted in the eyes on the dragon yet! >_< Any thoughts on colour? I was debating either Yellow to match the tabard, or a contrasting colour (green?) to really make them stand out.
The bases are about half home made and half resin bases bought on ebay. The two dire avengers on the left are the home made ones. My later bases have become much more interesting, i've thought of casting them in resin so i can make batches for my friends.
Thanks for the kind comments.
Those are nice. They only problem is the straight bronze chunks. Throw some highlighting on them and it'll be pretty good. I'd suggest a drybrush of Tin Bitz* and a lighter dry brush of Mithral Silver or a Mithral Silver/Tin Bitz* mix over that. Highlighting metalics is hard, but trust me... It's worth it. Plain metalics lack depth, and that detracts from the mini because your other parts have plenty.
* - Been a while since I cracked open my Tin Bitz pot... I think it's lighter than bronze, but no promises. Might want to test brush something before you try it. If I'm wrong and it's darker, another good way to add depth to those bronze parts would be a Chestnut Ink or watered down Scorched Brown wash with a light drybrush of Mithral Silver or Mithral Silver/Bronze mixed.
Very good job overall, on particular on the guns. The metal coats seem a bit undiluted though. Surprising considering that your other highlights look sufficiently watery.
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I like the idea of green eyes on the fire dragons. It would make them stand out a bit more, and make them look tough... well, as tough as a waif with an overgrown cigarette lighter can look anyway :shifty: