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Hey fellas, i'm pumped to be a part of the LO community and the Wh40K community at large. This is my first army and my first try with miniatures and I would really appreciate some feedback on how to paint these things better
For a first group of miniatures, I can honestly say I have seen much worse. You paints don't seem to be too thick - just make sure you mix in a small amount of water into the paint, it helps it to flow better.
You should now begin to look at shading and highlighting. Shading is a darker colour in the recesses - such as cloak folds - and highlighting is a lighter colour on the highest points - like the edges of a cloak. I wrote a short guide which you might find useful, if you check the "Completed Tutorials" and look for "Basics". Also, while there you'll find a good guide by minus-t on how to take good photos, it seems you have the flash on. The flash tends to make things look too bright and shiny.
Thx, I'll post better pictures as soon as i can.
New pictures from my army
Try washing the purples with a little bit of badad black then a load of Leviathan purple
FOr your first couple of mini's I must say I am impressed. Especially since you are doing cream and purple, 2 colours which I still haven't mastered.
Like Kuffy said previously you may want to think about washing your models.
For the purple I would have to Agree with Ooglatjama. The washes allow you to give the illusion of depth with minimal work, A golden chalice to those who can't lowlight and highlight yet. You need to apply this gradually to the recesses and water it down as you go up the scale.
I tend to work like this.
1st layer - Straight from the pot
2nd layer - 50:50 mix
3rd layer 75:25 in favour of water.
This tends to work really well for colours such as browns and greens.
With the bleached bown areas i must say that i think what you've done on the screaming banshee looks particularly good. the highlights are all in the right places and it pops in places. Good Work.
The only thing I would suggest is spraying your models black rather than painting them. Some parts of the model look thick. Are you watering down your paints? When watering down you need to look for the consistancy of milk.. Its watery but still stays together, it's hard to explain...
Another tip for awesome mini's is to base them before you spray them.. this way the basing gets sprayed black and thus you can paint it anyway you wish. This allows you to make your army pop alot more.. rather than just having GW sand stuck to the bottom like an after thought.
Your tank (which names escapes me) is awesome. the colours are crisp and work well. Your Bleached bone i'm even a little envious of.. hehe. The only advice I have forr that is maybe a highlight on the hard edges of the mini to make it pop.
Overall I really like what your doing. the colours compliment perfectly and for a first couple of attempt I think they work really well!
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