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my first post here, just to display what i already painted. it are my first ones. I'd like to get some advice on what i can do to improve them. Do note that i don't highlight by hand yet since I'm still covering the basics.
i currently have 1 night gobo unit (with spears) painted together with a squig herd. I'm going for an all gobo themed army, just for funplay.
these pics represent my colorscheme
didn't have time to take pics of the whole unit, since cam ain't mine :p
plz feel free to comment, whether or not you like it
i'd like some advice on how to paint the banner's skull his teeth since i can't get them right. Tried a dozen times. the skull has very odd shaped teeth
edit: the top of the banner (skull + 'rope') is still unpainted since i ran out of the needed paint :p
Last edited by miljaar; July 13th, 2007 at 20:29.
I think they are pretty good considering you are new at this.
BTW welcome to LO.
I think maybe the teeth on the skull could use a watered down ink wash of some kind. that should fiix ta problem.
That is not dead which may eternal lie,
for in strange aeons even death may die.
Now, this is a great start!
Impressive to say the least. I love the checkers, they must have taken quite some time to do.
You've managed the first stage of painting very well, that's the "get the paints where they should be and nowhere else"-stage.
To continue you evolution as a painter I'd recommend you to go over the model once again. (many of us do this -paint the same model many times ) but this time you mix the paints with water and make them darker. Then the paint will naturally flow into the recesses of each of the parts. Red+brown+much water on the robe for example. You don't have to be very careful while doing this, just slab it on. Then when all the robe is covered with this (very) thin paint-water-mix whipe it crudly with your thumb. THen all the (new) paint will go away from the rised areas, leaving it only where it should be.
You now have a shaded model.
To make the depth show even more you just paint the rised areas with the next colour up in the brightness sheme (for the robe I assume this to be Blood Red).
This is quite fast to do and it makes some serious difference.
The teeth you say.
My advice would be to give them a drybrush with Bleached Bone (make sure the brush is dry- whipe any excessive paint of on a tissue, then paint some back and forth on a rugged plastic area, until you think "there's no more paint left" that's when you start (patiently) to drybrush the teeth. This will however eat paintbrushes so be sure it's not an expensive one you are using.
Then after a while you'll have a bonewhite set of teeth that are softly changing to yellow at their bases.
Then give the whole skull a wash (this is a very thin, opaque paint -plenty of water) with brown and black mix, whipe clean as before and voilá -teeth! You can add some skull white to the tips if you'd like that'll make them look even better.
Now, this is not the only way to paint, it's just how I do and it's quite an easy way to get a good looking model with not to much skill needed.
Hope it helps.
it took me a 10 days to finish the standardbearer guy, so yeah the checker pattern really took some time, but i liked it very much
about the teeth things: i'll try it
about the paint+water thing: i'm very noobisch with this and i'm scared to put too much water in it and make it 'run' on my mini to places where it shouldn't be :/
tx for the remarks btw
My old arts teacher used to say "You don't paint with paint, you paint with water." So you just try it on a model less dear to you and you'll see the water won't go where it shouldn't- paint do. The rather thick paint has a tendency to just stay where you put it (by accident or intention) but paint mixed with water goes to the deepest place it can find, that's where it should be (in this case). I started painting using really old paints, so I had to water them down quite heavily and all was well.about the paint+water thing: I'm very noobisch with this and I'm scared to put too much water in it and make it 'run' on my mini to places where it shouldn't be :/
Then I got hooked, got some money and bought me shining new paints-all models were ugly beyond belief. I never quite understood why until I tried to mix them on a palette (always, I repeat always) use a palette -be it a plate, a proper palette or...your desk, just use it.
Put a big nice drop of water on it and them get some paint (use your brush or something else) and place it a short bit away. Then start adding water and paint to your brush applying this mix to a third place, more and more water (the consistency should be like milk as Slorak says) then you start to paint.
Sure it won't cover as good as "pure" paint does, but give it a couple of layers and you'll have a great looking colour on your model and the paint will be WAAAAAYYY easier to work with. Guaranteed.
But as Andruisscias (I know I didn't spell that right :x) says, this is just MY way to do it. As AAA says, Your Mileage May Vary. :yes:
my only advice would be to drybrush a lighter green over the gobos skin to make it look more goblinish other then this i think you did a great job and a brilliant job for a first time painter.