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Thanks pete. After sleeping on (not actually sleeping on the figure that would be bad), I'm a little happier with how it is. Still can do some more work to make the shirt look a little better, but I don't think it needs quite as much work as I was thinking last night.

Pretty small scale. It's a 28mm figure. Just glued her to the top of an empty paint pot to help with painting. The locking tweezers just wasn't doing it for me. Here is a picture with a coin for scale.

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Reply with quote  #47 
Are you kidding me? I think your contrast is really well done Kenny. But you did get these in different scales because you wanted to practice scale reduction on the figures, am I correct? Keep going where your instincts take you because, my friend, they are serving you very well.

Oh, and get yourself some small brushes mate. The Army Painter series is perfect for these. They don't cost too much for the "Insane Detail" and "The Psycho" and it becomes far easier to get those details. I think mine were $8 a piece?

Plus those brushes work on 1/48 IP's like a dream lol.
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Thanks mike. Think the shirt and sash are the only areas that I'm not really happy with at this point. Belts and sheaths have only been blocked in, so not really much going on with those yet.

I think practicing scale reduction on figures is as good of an excuse as any for the figures I bought. Think it was more I was going through found the 90mm figure and liked it, but it was going to take a while to show up so I decided to get more. Looked at amazon and picked the first 2 that I really liked that I could get free 2 day shipping on. They just happened to be 2 different scales. lol.

Just went ahead and ordered a couple of those brushes. Ordered the insane detail the psycho and I think the character. Now I just have to wait for them

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Reply with quote  #49 
Don't worry too much at this stage Kenny, the whole look will change once all of the main colours are blocked in and you will be able to get an idea of how the whole figure will look. It will all start to pull together once you start shading

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Yep. What Pete said. Although I do tend to do flesh areas first and then move on from there. There are many ways to approach it, but Pete has got the right of it. I even have started doing this to my other builds (such as my Longbow pit) when painting. Blocking first, then I start shading. Not just a wash, and maybe a highlight here and there with some dry brushing, but actually shading things with many tones. Its a bit time consuming and pretty much unnecessary because a couple of dry brushed layers look the part just as well. I guess I'm just enjoying painting lol.

But that's what I was saying about figure painting and how it starts creeping into your other builds. The techniques just start making sense as to where else they apply. This really is a part of modelling that I see most modeller's avoid and the techniques they are missing out on that could give them that extra something.

I've seen some of the most wondrous builds (we all have), and you can see some few of them (artists), and how the entire dio was thought of in all the same way (with the same techniques throughout) and everything just blends seamlessly into one gorgeous scene. It all looks like it belongs there.

You are going to love those brushes. How much did you get them for?
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Thanks mike and pete. I think I'm just beating myself up over it, even though I've just started on the thing. When I sit back down I was thinking of starting work on making the shirt more to my liking, but I think I'll go ahead and work on blocking in the rest of the figure. Been watching a lot of videos on how to do metal for swords and armor, and it seems that everyone does it different. lol. Think I might paint it black for now so I can at least get it prepped for however I'm going to paint it.

Haven't gotten started yet today. Slept is like usual for a weekend, and then did some work around the house. Parent's are coming here in a few weeks, staying a night or 2 before all 3 of us drive out to florida for my brother's birthday. Actually now that I think about it they will be here 2 nights. My dad just had to buy plane tickets to fly in at midnight. So I get to pick them up from the airport at midnight on a work night. That friday is going to suck.

Amazon had all 3 of them for right around $7 each. the psycho and the insane detail were just under and the character was about $7.50. I had a few points saved up from my credit card which just happens to be linked to my amazon account. So out of pocket I ended up spending $2 [biggrin]. Also got free 2 day shipping since I pay for their amazon prime service. Read through some of the reviews on the brushes, and there were people saying that they liked them much more than the citadel brushes. So that was nice to see.

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Okay, one tip I've seen very rarely is to file the sword edges so they're almost sharp and then polish them with fine grit to make them shine like silver. I have been doing this myself, but the figs I've been painting have had effects done to them and it never shows through. But that is one option.  [smile]

Sounds a bit rough, but I'm sure your brother is going to at least love what you're bringing. You may even impress him. You've improved tenfold [wink]


Those brushes have taken a bit of abuse from me and they've stuck to their shapes wonderfully. Switching from acrylic to enamel and back can really screw a brush up if you're not careful, but these take it in stride quite well.  You even got a great deal on them. Now you just have to keep your cool while the tracking info updates lol.
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Didn't get much done, but I got most things blocked in, but not sure what I'm going to paint the thing in her hair. So that's not painted yet. Think I might paint it the same color as whatever I decide to paint the sword hilt. Also picked out most of the details that I could manage to paint. Some of the details on this figure are just too small for me to really get without making a mess with the brushes I have. Was really hard to paint the buckles. Still got a lot of shading and highlighting to do, but I'm pretty happy with how all the different colors are looking together so far.


Also painted in the eyes. That was definitely interesting with eyes that small. Also painted the frills out of the sleeves and the collar. Didn't go with white, but an off white. Was citadel's ulthuan grey. Looks really good against the flesh color, and the edge of the sleeve. Planning on using a sepia wash on those areas once I get to that point. Hoping that that will help give a sort of dirty white look. Also I didn't shade or highlight the flesh areas, but it seems like the detail on this figure is deep enough that it almost looks like I already did. Leads me to think that I'll have to be really light with the shading or it could look over done. Think I'm going to attempt to paint the eyebrows as well. Though the 10/0 brush still feels huge when working on the face. Half tempted to set this off to the side till I get my psycho brush next week. I am happy with the color I picked for her hair. It's tamiya xf-64 red brown. Was actually not sure when I grabbed the paint off the shelf, but after I got the hair partially painted I appreciated it more and more.

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If you haven't started shading yet than I can promise you it won't take much. That figure was really well sculpted and catches the light in all the right ways. Use your pictures as a light map and you'll have no problems seeing exactly where the shading needs to go.

You've got it all going on already. I can't wait to see what more you can do Kenny.
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Thanks mike. Yeah I agree. Wont take much shading. Think where I might have the most shading and highlighting to do will be on the blue. lots of folds and creases to work with there. Even the hair looks pretty good with just the single color on it so far. I'm hoping that the other figure turns out to be the same way since they are both made by the same company. Reaper miniatures. Was just looking at their site, and it seems like they got quite a few interesting figures that they make.

I'm really looking forward to what more I can do to this myself. Got ideas swirling around in my head, and not sure if they will work or not. Though I'm going to give them a try. Also need to decide what I'm going to do for a base. Not sure if the "base" that she is on will work that well. Might just order some cheap base, and just have her standing on cracked dirt for no other reason than I have that paint. LOL. Though having her stand on maybe a cobble stone street, or a wood deck would be more fitting.

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Reply with quote  #56 
Cobblestones and such are not hard to do. Basically you just need the basic shapes and a blank base to start from.



I used sheet styrene for this one. I scored some lines and roughed it up, digging chunks out and adding cracks as if it were very old. Added a violet and then a blue wash to it and all I need is to dry brush some shades of Grey.

Bases can be fun because you get to decide where your fig is standing. I have envisioned your fig standing on a beach til now.

If you can cut her free of her current base then pin a foot, she can be anywhere you want her to be.

Let your imagination run wild and trust your instincts. I mean, look what Pete did when he let it go. You can do that too, and why not? [smile]

After all, this is not just a learning experience, but a fun competition. Be bold! Uncage your inner child! Take chances! This is fun! [biggrin]
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Yeah just have to get myself a base. Not sure if anywhere around me would have it (at least not that's open till wednesday). But I was thinking for cobblestones I would take a thin styrene sheet and cut out the shapes, and then glue them onto the base as if I'm laying the pavers. That way I can shape each stone differently and give each of them character as i put them on. Even in my head it sounds like it could be a lot of work, but it should look pretty cool when it's done. I just remembered that I also have some milliput that I could use for that as well. Get it as flat as I can and then cut out the pavers from it. Would probably make it easier to shape than styrene too.
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Yes! Do that! [biggrin]

Oh, and you dont have to limit yourself in base size. For instance, she could be on a beach with a chest and a shovel about to murder her first mate so only she knows where the chest is burried.

Let your imagination run free Kenny. You are not limited by any restrictions in size or creativity. Just keep that in mind my friend. [smile]
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Reply with quote  #59 
You seem to be really stuck on that beach idea. LOL.
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Well couldn't help myself. Ordered another figure. Doesn't look like it has as much detail as the others, and it's 28mm again. Seemed pretty neat though, so had a hard time passing it up.

Other than that didn't get a chance to sit down at the bench today. Spent most of the day with family for easter, and when I got home I was tired. Running around with little ones really wears a guy out.

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