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#53989
Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
Hi all,

Can anyone help me with painting advice? I have little to no skill with this. I'm trying to do these skeletons and I don't know what the next best step is (or if there even in a next step). To my untrained eye, they look ok, but can they look better?







I started with a coat of the Bleached Bone, then did an Ogryn Flesh wash.
What do you think? What do I do next?

Any advice/ opinions/ help would be appreciated!

Thanks,
-Bob
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#53990
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
Hi Richens,

You should read the free tutorials at hot-lead.org/
This is how I started anyway...

You very rarely need to start painting a mini before you actually assemble it and base it. Those exceptions include painting behind huge shields and the likes. I would suggest you to glue your minis together first, base them and then prime them with a white spray primer. This is because your paint job will chip easily if you do not do that prior to painting metal minis. Than, I would suggest you undercoat with a very slightly brownish white. Do washes with very thinned (diluted in water) brown. Perhaps after that you co do bleached bone highlights? For swords and other metal bits of your minis, do a black coat and paint with very little metal paint on top. Don`t forget a few coats of varnish at the end! Clean your brushed every now and then with a solvent such as Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer. Don`t damage the tips of your brushes! Make sure they form a nice fine tip at the end, unless it is your dry brushing brush.

Anyway, there`s nothing like trials and errors to become a better painter!
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#53991
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
This is an older site, and it does show it's age, but the information provided is awesome for a beginning painter. Make sure to read every section, there are multiple pages.

www.how-to-paint-miniatures.com/miniature_painting_getting_started.html

Reaper's forum is full of helpful people - I have actually been posting on there quite a bit lately (Username - Galladril...big surprise...)

www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/forum/3-painting-tips-advice/

Specific to Skeletons:

www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/47226-techniques-for-skeletons/

I will agree with biowizard that usually, you assemble the miniature before you begin painting it. That way, if you need to make adjustments, add green stuff to fill in gaps, pin, etc, you dont have run the risk of damaging something you have already done.

Slightly Off-Topic, with all the unpainted DF that will be arriving, would it make sense to ask the forum moderators for a dedicated painting section?
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#54001
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
Looks great so far!
I like at least 3 shades/tones to bring out the 3D.
Try adding a wee few highlight streaks of off white where you would see light reflection (ie. brows, skullcap, shoulders and high sides) and look at it side by side with other one so far?
See if it "pops".
Enjoy!
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#54015
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
Bob,

Skellies are the easiest to paint. Assemble and spray prime white. Base coat your weapons, any clothing, shields. Using an old brush (or a cheap new one), brush a wash using the Dip Method. You can use Army Painter Quickshade but I find MinWax Polyshades does the same thing for much much cheaper. Use another brush to dab off excess dip. Do not dip the minis in the can as some recommend, it puts way too much product on and you end up spending more time dabbing and shaking it off. Use a brush to remove excess product where it pools. Let dry overnight. Spray a matte varnish. Done.

It won't win any painting awards but its fast, cheap, and very simple. And it works.

crookedstaff.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=print&thread=4
theminiaturespage.com/workbench/632930/
seankreynolds.com/rpgfiles/miniatures/speedpainting_thedip/
warhammer-empire.com/theforum/index.php?topic=30594.0
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#54022
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
Wow! Thanks everyone for the advice and the links. Like I said, painting minis is not something that comes naturally for me so these links are a gold mine. Just gotta find the time to read them all!

Many thanks again!

- Bob
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#54131
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
I think you're off to a fine start.

I think your next step is to base the miniature. Might as well paint the other bits separately then fit and glue together?

www.paintingclinic.com/clinic/basing.htm

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#54182
Re:Painting minis (opinion, advice, help, etc.) 1 Year, 6 Months ago  
ced1106,

Thanks for the support and the link. Lots of interesting stuff in there.
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