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#52651
Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
First off, I want to make clear that I am an avid collector of DF Sets with way over 40 Sets in my collection and also backed DF KS with 5 unpainted sets and several add-ons. But I recently (about one month ago), started with casting Hirst Arts stuff in order to complement my collection with some unique pieces.
What I will be mainly aiming for are some rooms with stairs going up and a system of pillars to make a second level of DF fit in more naturally than before. The latter is still in its planning phase and will have to wait for now.
Here is a picture of the first Room Tile I made. I chose one from the Narrow Passage Set because this is one of the few sets I still don't own (yet). First thing I noticed was that the floor pieces were too low so I had to glue something under it to complement it. This is about the height that fits best.
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#52652
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Another one:
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#52654
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Now was the time to paint it. What I did first of course was undercoating it. The difference between this one and the Game Tiles is that this one doesn't come pre-undercoated so I had to do it myself and did so with a matte black undercoat. I used the Games Workshop Black Undercoat (since I work for them and have all that stuff handy here). After that I had to brush diluted black paint into the deepest recesses in order to make sure all was pretty black.

Next step was to find the ratio of the first coat of colour. I went for a nice Tau Light Ochre and Mechanicus Standard Grey mixture. The ratio was about 2-3 to 1 (ochre to dark grey). Then I used drybrushing (like Stefan did in his painting tutorial) to give the whole piece a good 1st coat.
After that I mixed in more and more of the ochre and a bit of a light grey (Ulthuan grey), but only a tidbit.
The last step was to drybrush a slight coat of Underhive Ash but only very lightly. If I hit a spot a little too much I immediately brushed over it with my thumb again. Here and there I also hit certain stones a little more with it, just like the original. The end result was not 100% the same like the original but I think I can work from there.

What do you guys think?








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#52659
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Your painting job is simply amazing.
In french we have an expression saying "les bras m'en tombent".
It means my arms are falling down.

About the piece itself it's a great job but the floor ... it's not exactly that see just below :



(I hide the half bow ties with green stuff. It also give an interesting extra look for a secret passage ^^)
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Cavern & Cavernous passages set / Cavernous Lake & River & Wall set / Advanced Builder set 1 &2 / Room & Passage set / Narrow Passage set & Wicked Addition set 1 & 2 / Deluxe Room set & Octagonal Room set / Trap set 1 & 2 / Fantasy Floor & Starter sets / Den Of Evil set & Room & Wicked Additions sets / Medieval Building & Expansion set / ROTA set 1 & 2 & entrance / Hellscape set / All Accessories
 
#52665
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Looks great.

I know you work for GW and probably get a discount on paint but a good tip for everyone else is to find a good base color and have it matched at a paint store. A good mid grade, flat exterior latex works very well and you can get a quart or gallon for between 12-25 dollars. If you really get into Hirst the gallon is the way to go, just remember to thin it.
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#52666
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Thanks TheBigTeacher and HeroQuestFrance!

I am aware of the cost involved, but honestly, this drybrushing uses so tiny bits of paint that it's prolly not worth it getting it done in larger amounts. The only thing is that hitting the exact colour all the time might be a bit tricky, so I guess I will either mix it beforehand in an empty painting pot or just live to the more alive difference between the different tiles I create (just like the original is never 100% the same).

The Green Stiff part was done excellently HQF, I recently spent hours glueing the bow ties into the holes. It certainly looks better but nowhere near as good as yours.

Concerning the floor, I was aware that in the original it's strangely diagonal, but I decided to stay with the more mundane way.
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#52679
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Excellent job, Dwarf! What did you glue under the floor pieces to match the hight?
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#52682
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Those look amazing! Great job!

Being as I have never painted before, I am feeling a bit daunted by the task ahead of me, 5 sets and 6 add ons to paint. Stefan makes it look so easy, but he does it for a living. Im sure I can do it, just might take me a bit more time.
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#52709
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Great job, Dwarf!
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#52712
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Thanks Kronos, Swcorwyn and Richens!
@ Kronos:
I glued Hobbycolor found at Obi's (I think) plus a layer of 2mm Plasticard beneath it. Basically any material with a thickness of between 5-6mm is fine as long as it doesn't deform when you use PVA glue on it. I glued the floor tiles onto the Hobbycolor and then used super glue to fix the plasticard beneath it all.

@Swcorwyn
Don't worry. If those are your only sets then you won't have the problem that your painting will have to match your existing ones. Plus the GT already come with a natural grey which will be the same on all of them. That fact will make it way easier to make them look similar.
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#52721
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
I gotta say, Dwarf, those look awesome, and I thank you for posting actual colors and ratios you are using. I have 5 sets and 8 add ins coming from the Kickstarter, so since it ended, I have been trying to figure out the best way to paint them.

I know Stefan stated that he likes Reaper paints, you are using GW, and I'm actually a Vallejo guy.

Do I buy a bunch of bottles of Reaper and hope I am matching Stefan's colors?

Do I load up on Vallejo?

Do I start re-collecting GW? (Nothing against you or your company, Dwarf, I just never liked the pots, though I liked the way the paint itself covered.)

Do I buy Wal Mart paint and use the HA painting guides? (I'm really against this - HA tiles are way too bright for me...)

I'm hoping that when Stefan posts those painting videos, he gives actual Reaper colors, and a suggestion of how many bottles to buy...

The fact is, more dungeon grey sets were ordered vs painted ones, so I'm sure I am not the only one wondering...
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#52743
Re:Painting Tests with Hirst Arts 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Excellent job Dwarf! Thanks for taking the time to post all the details.
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