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37 minutes ago, Konas said:

I used it on my Stormtroopers helmets to give them a plastic feel with a gloss. I always use matte varnish to protect my minis without gloss, so you can see the detail in the paint better but sometimes I want a gloss effect. Like on a beholders big eye or some slime spouting from a monster's mouth.

I did gloss on everything, then another coat of matte.  For the alien eyes and green tubing, I went back with another layer of gloss.

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Been awhile since I painted a humanoid figure. Here is my recent one, before I have sealed her.

I too have had the painting bug recently. Here are some shots of my latest ones from the Cthulhu Wars game. Really cool minis to paint. Plus they are pretty big, which helps my sawdust filled eyes. Th

Ok - so haven't put any sealer on these yet.. but my first attempts at painting minis in probably over 30 years -- From the Reaper "skills" kit:  I like how these turned out for the most part.. a

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11 hours ago, Barb Bliss said:

My new favorite in Monster Slaughter.  I'm particularly happy with how the bucket turned out and "fabio's mane" too.  Team Crittlin:

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Those eyes are fantastic! Wonderful blending. Do that more places, like on skin. So cool to see you push it further and further!  Well done.

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4 minutes ago, Konas said:

Those eyes are fantastic! Wonderful blending. Do that more places, like on skin. So cool to see you push it further and further!  Well done.

Painted deep yellow with black pupil.  Then yellow glaze.  Then an orange glaze along the bottom part of the eye.  I put a green glaze on the body, but it didn't do much more than the green wash.  Maybe dabbling on some yellow glaze on it???

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14 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

Painted deep yellow with black pupil.  Then yellow glaze.  Then an orange glaze along the bottom part of the eye.  I put a green glaze on the body, but it didn't do much more than the green wash.  Maybe dabbling on some yellow glaze on it???

Sure. Try it. Why not! I was more talking about trying wet blending on skin. So, for instance, start with a yellow on the top legs then morphing down to a green through wet blending.

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22 minutes ago, Konas said:

Those eyes are fantastic! Wonderful blending. Do that more places, like on skin. So cool to see you push it further and further!  Well done.

Another thing to bear in mind is that these are really small.  It's hard to do things like dry brushing.

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Just now, Barb Bliss said:

Another thing to bear in mind is that these are really small.  It's hard to do things like dry brushing.

Good point.

Here's one of mine that I wet blended...but yeah....it's a lot bigger and easier to do. I couldn't wet blend on a small mini. Not with my eyes.

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3 minutes ago, Konas said:

Good point.

Here's one of mine that I wet blended...but yeah....it's a lot bigger and easier to do. I couldn't wet blend on a small mini. Not with my eyes.

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I haven't done very much wet blending.  It's kind of intimidating.  But when I have used it (e.g. my hell hound) it turned out really nice.

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Just now, Barb Bliss said:

I haven't done very much wet blending.  It's kind of intimidating.  But when I have used it (e.g. my hell hound) it turned out really nice.

I'll tell you what I used to tell my college students when they were too intimidated to try a new technique....you're not curing cancer, you're painting. Try something new. Be fearless!

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1 minute ago, Konas said:

I'll tell you what I used to tell my college students when they were too intimidated to try a new technique....you're not curing cancer, you're painting. Try something new. Be fearless!

I'm more protective of game pieces.  Maybe I need to buy some minis I don't care whether they turn out great or not.

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4 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

I'm more protective of game pieces.  Maybe I need to buy some minis I don't care whether they turn out great or not.

Now you're talking! Do it. 

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1 hour ago, Barb Bliss said:

Team Werewolves turned out pretty cool.

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An attempt at wet blending on the cloak

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These look great, love all of the color in them. Wet blending is solid. I would push it even further. Mix a bit of orange or yellow into red and use that at the top of the cloak, then move to a straight red for the mid levels, then add blue for the bottom. Keep trying new things. Again, impressed with your production. You are crushing my painting speed by a ton.

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34 minutes ago, Konas said:

These look great, love all of the color in them. Wet blending is solid. I would push it even further. Mix a bit of orange or yellow into red and use that at the top of the cloak, then move to a straight red for the mid levels, then add blue for the bottom. Keep trying new things. Again, impressed with your production. You are crushing my painting speed by a ton.

That's a good idea.  I went from true red down to black red.  Then a crimson wash that made it feel too glossy, so I dry brushed red on top.  Then light dry brushing with magenta on the top part of the cloak folds.  I tried to keep them true to the cartoon look/feel.  I only have 2 other teams (sans clowns) left to do.  I'll be sad when this game is done.  It's been a lot of fun.

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8 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

That's a good idea.  I went from true red down to black red.  Then a crimson wash that made it feel too glossy, so I dry brushed red on top.  Then light dry brushing with magenta on the top part of the cloak folds.  I tried to keep them true to the cartoon look/feel.  I only have 2 other teams (sans clowns) left to do.  I'll be sad when this game is done.  It's been a lot of fun.

Do you use a spray varnish? If you use a matte finish, it will take away any gloss. I use this stuff and it is marvelous.

https://www.amazon.com/Army-Painter-CP3003-Anti-Shine-Varnish/dp/B005WH4C2S

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1 minute ago, Konas said:

Do you use a spray varnish? If you use a matte finish, it will take away any gloss. I use this stuff and it is marvelous.

https://www.amazon.com/Army-Painter-CP3003-Anti-Shine-Varnish/dp/B005WH4C2S

I use a brush on gloss, and  then a brush on matte.  If I want something to say glossy (e.g. big eyes or magic orbs), I put a little more gloss on.  I've been avoiding things that have to be used outside.

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8 hours ago, Barb Bliss said:

Team Ghost!  Trying to decide if the gloss is more ghostly than matte.  Note: There are more color variations than the flash is letting be shown...

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I vote gloss. The high contrast in the lights works great. If there is one thing that I try to do is create as much contrast for my minis. Bright lights and dark darks. It just reads better on the table. 

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2 minutes ago, Konas said:

I vote gloss. The high contrast in the lights works great. If there is one thing that I try to do is create as much contrast for my minis. Bright lights and dark darks. It just reads better on the table. 

I would have picked different colors, but was trying to match the spirit of the card.

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6 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

I would have picked different colors, but was trying to match the spirit of the card.

I think you made the right choice. The colors feel very ghostly.

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Last team: Zombies  (note: forgot to take picture of cards before putting everything away)

I did some wet blending on the skin and the nightgown.  Took a lot longer, and I'm not sure how much it helped the skin after I added the wash.

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10 hours ago, Barb Bliss said:

Last team: Zombies  (note: forgot to take picture of cards before putting everything away)

I did some wet blending on the skin and the nightgown.  Took a lot longer, and I'm not sure how much it helped the skin after I added the wash.

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The overalls look great! Keep pushing it with the wet blending. Minis can take a huge amount of contrast due to their small size. Try it on a mini you don't NEED for a game and go 3 steps further than you ever have before. Low risk, high reward.

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