Great to see the January thread. Want to repost this again from December:
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Here is my entry for the end of the year (scratch that the first entry for 2021!: grimacing:) I actually have a few more done but haven’t taken pictures of them yet, my NA models.
Ice Kin Huntress (I can’t use a detail brush for eyes to save my life)
Ice Dragon (My very first model… both in acquiring and painting)
Baby Ice Dragon (A.K.A. weaponized cuteness)
And now for my big question… Anybody know how to remove those black bases that come with the WizKids models without damaging the actual base. I’m basically gluing the models onto the round bases in order to properly use the citadel handle I bought. I tried nail polish remover and that only damaged the plastic base (who knew) and I used superglue to stick them to the bases.
So what I’m asking for this new year’s is
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Some great first efforts Prince.
Eyes? Eyes on a lot of races are a nightmare. Red eyes for Goblins, Undead and the like aren’t too bad - a spot of red or whatever and you are good. Human, elves and the rest require a lot more practice - an outer eye and then and inner eye. A lot of time a dark wash will look good enough to highlight the eyes and skip the whole process - a lot of tabletop gamers painting a lot of miniatures will do this at least for grunt infantry.
How do you do it if you want the outer and inner eye - practice unfortunately - there is no trick. I keep the skin colour on my wet palate to correct mistakes as I go.
Others might have more advice - if you zoom into my elves from the December thread you will quickly notice I am no eye expert.
Taking minis off bases that are attached with Super glue? I use a Stanly knife (carpet cutters I think in the US). Place between feet and base and a good blade will cut clean through. I fix all my minis to 20mm squares with Super glue before multibasing them afterwards. Off hundreds of miniature cut free none have broken or chipped.
Fred also had some good tips on washes. When they were first released mini painters called them ‘talent in a bottle’. You undercoat your mini as you have done above then you simply paint wash all over the mini next. The wash is very thin and will run into all the nooks and cranny’s of your mini leaving a shadow effect on the mini. You can leave the result or go one step further and highlight the washed mini - simply apply a lighter version of your basecoat colours on the highest points of the washed mini. You can apply more and lighter highlights to increase the contrast between shadow and light on the miniature.
Games Workshop washes are good but I love the Army Painter washes myself (I think GW leaves a glossy effect sometimes). AP also have a very neat system for quickly painting whole armies called the ‘quickshade dipping method’. Might be worth a look.
There are some great videos on youtube for new painters. Great resource for the hobby. Lots of them will walk you through the base coat, wash, highlight steps in twenty minutes. Check out wet palettes as well - they make painting much more enjoyable.
Army painter washes: https://shop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId=21