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Time to finally get this painted up and to the table.

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Eclypse

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Eclypse

Only Dart and Bixie to go! As slow as I am at painting, I actually think I’m getting a bit quicker. That’s not really my objective as I paint to relax but I guess it’s happening anyways.

Gallery Question

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I have a question for everyone: do you use/prefer single images in entries or galleries?

In theory I’d use a gallery but the images are just thumbnails and, when I click on them, there’s no way to click forward to the next image. I have to click back and then click the next. For me, this dramatically decreases how often I click on the images in a gallery and seems a shame.

Am I alone in this?

Prysm

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Prysm

I didn’t initially have the leg stripe and wasn’t sure whether to put it in but I’m glad I did.

Yellow is usually a pain but I’ve been having really good luck with Montana acrylics for orange/yellow. They’re actually paint pen refills but they’re very opaque and very bright. They all work really well in the airbrush. Some of their other colors can be a bit chalky (see the kilt blue before the tartan on Murtair) but the oranges/yellows are impeccable.

My yellow recipe is, in ascending order, from base to highlight;

  • Shock Brown Light
  • Shock Orange Light
  • Shock Yellow
  • Shock Yellow Light

Taowu

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And with that, Smoke & Mirrors is finished. Only Human Fate left to go before I’ve painted everything I have currently for the game. And with that, Smoke & Mirrors is finished. Only Human Fate left to go before I’ve painted everything I have currently for the game.
LloydLloyd

I know that NMM is held up as a standard of excellence, and in terms of painting skill I agree. I have yet to even come close to mastering it. I have discovered, however, that I often like the glint and glitz of metallic paints on the table.

I’ve had good luck for golds with:

  • A base of Vallejo 72.060, Tinny Tin
  • A coat of Nuln Oil
  • A highlight of Vallejo 73.055, Polished Gold

It’s quick, gives depth as well as shine, and isn’t overwhelming.

No really. Now he’s done. For realsies.

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So I took another look at real tartans and realized there is almost always some finer lines. 15 minutes or less later and Murtair is finally done. The fine lines, in my opinion, take away the blocky look and soften things up further, helping sell the idea of fabric. Thanks, Romain, for planting the seed of the idea! So I took another look at real tartans and realized there is almost always some finer lines. 15 minutes or less later and Murtair is finally done. The fine lines, in my opinion, take away the blocky look and soften things up further, helping sell the idea of fabric. Thanks, Romain, for planting the seed of the idea!

Tartan

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Tartan
Tartan

Thanks to the encouragement of Templar007 and Soapdodger, and Romain’s tutorial, I tried my hand at painting plaid. It’s a little ropy but I’m quite pleased with the result as it helps break up that expanse of blue.

 

BTW Romain was right: it’s harder to do this well without a reference image. I tried to paint it from a memory of a tartan I saw and…it would have been better if I’d gone with a pattern.

Murtair

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LloydLloyd

Either my photography sucks or my painting sucks or…both. I will say I’m much more pleased with these in person but when is that not the case? Obviously, I mean outside of the dynamic duo of Giraldez and Bostria.

I still have to decide if I want to try for a tartan pattern on the kilt. It would definitely be a stretch for me.

Mendoza, Take 2

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After I thought I was done, I discovered he sports a cross on his tabard. So here he is again, this time with cross. After I thought I was done, I discovered he sports a cross on his tabard. So here he is again, this time with cross.

Another afternoon well spent.

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Mendoza frontMendoza front
Mendoza LloydMendoza Lloyd

Finally back at it

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More KozmoMore Kozmo
ValkyrieValkyrie
Valkyrie 2Valkyrie 2

This completes Soldiers of Fortune and begins Smoke & Mirrors. Only Human Fate left to go after that as I hav, against all odds, restrained myself from buying the expansions past that point.

Laxmee

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Much more fun to paint than I anticipated.Much more fun to paint than I anticipated.
I swear I’ll take better pics soon. I swear I’ll take better pics soon.

Hannibal

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Slowly but surely I’m getting close to finishing up my Aristeia! collection and starting on Infinity. Slowly but surely I’m getting close to finishing up my Aristeia! collection and starting on Infinity.

Soldiers of Fortune

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Señor Massacre is already painted. Only these three left to go from the first expansion. Señor Massacre is already painted. Only these three left to go from the first expansion.

On the table

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First time on the table and I am pleased with the gameplay! Now to get back to painting the rest of the characters. First time on the table and I am pleased with the gameplay! Now to get back to painting the rest of the characters.

Bases

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Bases

The bases are from Custom Meeple. After assembly I primed them black, masked off the lip of the base, and then went to town with the airbrush. My plan was to use a hexagonal stencil but I discovered that A) it was going to make things look far to busy and, more importantly, B) getting good results with stencils requires technique and patience, both of which I was in short supply of for 24 bases. In the process, I used 3 or 4 different reds on a base and discovered that, while it seems counterproductive to paint over something you’ve already painted, using multiple shades creates depth and realism.

with this knowledge, I went to town on the rest and then went back over all of them with a red/brown mixture airbrushed along one side of the lines between the tiles. I then went back in with a brush and some red lightened with Vallejo Sunny Skin for an edge highlight, again on one side of the lines. Finally, I pulled off the masking and edge highlighted the black rim and grates with grey.

I’m quite happy with the result, although some of my highlighting got a little out of control.

The base characters are done!

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The base characters are done!
The base characters are done!

Maximus

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Maximus
Maximus

Bases

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Stage one for the bases: assembled and primed. Stage one for the bases: assembled and primed.

Restarting

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Finally, after cutting the bases off a year ago, I’m going to slap some paint on these guys. Finally, after cutting the bases off a year ago, I’m going to slap some paint on these guys.

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