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#37639
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
I decided to start with a Kobold mini and bought some basic colors through Reaper.

I started with a white primer and then laid down a green base coat. I haven't decided on the final look of the skin but I want to go for a brown/yellow/green look.






I've tried to start on some details but I'm making a lot of mistakes. I think I need a magnifier or something.

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#37640
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Hi Swanton -

Looking good so far !! That's a great color green and would be great to add as a wash (thinned down) over copper to give a weathered look.

One thing that will help anyone's painting, especially when you drybrush, is model prep(aration). You'll want to remove "flash" or mold lines (see the back of the skull that the Kobold is holding in the second pic and also his left bicep in the third pic). Those raised edges will interfere with paint application and become really pronounced if you dryprush over them. They can be easily removed with simple files or even an x-acto (I prefer a #11 blade).

In general, you'll typically want to paint any model the way it would get dressed. Start the layers with the bare skin, then the shirt, pants, shoes and then the armor and finally, the accessories. Faces are always a focal point so it's worth spending a little extra time on them. Eyes are difficult, especially at a small scale so look for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do those right (or skip them until you feel more comfortable attempting them). I have too many models of wild, googly-eyed heroes that don't look nearly as heroic as I'd intended.

For your Kobold, you might try a brown wash over the green, then add another coat of green (but not in the washed recesses). Next you could mix some yellow with the green (I typically work in 25% increments measured by "drops" of the butt end of my brush in the paint pot). Start with 75% Green to 25% Yellow and apply that to the the raised areas of the model (not covering all the green previously applied). Repeat again with a 50/50 mix to a smaller area and finally again with a 25/75 green to yellow on just the highest areas (the crown of a muscle, bridge of brow and nose, cheekbones, knuckles. I use a gloss glazed white tile as a mixing palatte. I've used aluminum foil but that visually distorts the color too much as I try to mix.

You might also consider developing your skills on a creature larger than a Kobold. Maybe try a minotaur, an ogre or something not so small. But hold off on the huge, multi-part dragons for a bit ;)

Regardless, you're off to a great start. What you've done is clean and that's half the battle right there.

I hope that helps. Oh, and as far as making mistakes ... that comes with the hobby. Your hands will get used to the action and you'll make less and less but mistakes will happen anyway. If you do need a magnifier, take a look at the "extra hands" type that also has some adjustible "arms" with clips to help hold your model steady. You can also look for what's called a "loop" ... I want to get this one myself armorcast.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=118_88&products_id=641

Most importantly, HAVE FUN !!! :D
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#37641
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Or pick up some reading glasses at the pharmacy. Seriously. They cost about 15 bucks.
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#37642
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Or pick up some reading glasses at the pharmacy. Seriously. They cost about 15 bucks.
Oh, yeah, or reading glasses ... I never even thought of those :rolleyes:
I saw that Staples has them, too ( But they don't have lights ;) )
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#37643
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
The problem with any type of glasses is that I already have glasses. At least with 3D glasses (think seeing Avatar), they fit over my glasses. I think something that is external would work better.

And I forgot to get an Exact-O knife for eliminating flash; that is next on my list.

Perhaps my eyes will adjust, but it is still difficult for me to "see" the different parts of the mini in terms of clothing, gear, etc. So between that and trying to paint those tiny details . . . it's a challenge!
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#37644
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Okay, two pair of glasses definitely won't work.

You can pick up a magnifying glass on a little stand (with clip arms) at your hobby shop, or at Radio Shack.
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#37645
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
I will definitely be getting a file or something to trim the flash with future figures. I'll probably leave this one alone as I already started painting . . . although it's not like it's a masterpiece that I would be ruining!

The lighting for these pictures is terrible, but I wanted to post an update. I may get a lamp with a strong light; I've realized that painting during dark hours is a real trouble. However, last night I really relaxed and just "played around" with colors and techniques while listening/watching the Sweden/Great Britain curling match. lol

I attempted to mix a green/brown wash for the skin that seemed to work pretty well. I attempted some dry brushing on his belly but still need a lot of work on that. I'm undecided on the colors for his cloak although I'm leaning toward a red/orange. The top of the staff will ultimately be white/blue because these kobolds are serving a young white dragon. :-)

I made the mistake of looking at some Reaper forums and seeing their paint jobs . . . and sobbing.






As always, I appreciate any and all feedback.
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#37646
How to start mini painting? 4 Years, 8 Months ago  
Would this lamp be a good buy? The magnifier is only x2 though . . .

www.dickblick.com/products/ott-lite-truecolor-magnifier-lamp/
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