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#23224
FINALLY SOME DWARVEN FORGE 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
Very cool, Jester. I love the NMM (Non-Metal Metal) technique but haven't had the nads to try it yet. ;-}~

I just asked L a little bit about his technique and he was kind enough to share some of the details. If you'd permit me to do so, I've love to ask about your technique. How do you get the figures so bright and crisp looking? Do you prime in white? The colors in those figures look absolutely smooth. Are you using any kind of flow agent in your paints?

I think that I'm starting to get to a point where I'm going to cross another milestone but I'm missing a few key techniques that I'm hoping to pick up on soon. Thanks in advance for sharing the knowledge!
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#23225
FINALLY SOME DWARVEN FORGE 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
@Dante: My figures are primed in white, as I once was a black primer guy, but the coloration is much brighter over white than black.

I really do thin my paints well. Both of these pieces were painted using some Vallejo and some Reaper Master Series Paints. But my key is just thinning the paints well enough and being patient while working the colors to a good saturation point (pigment-wise) on the miniature. Too much and the paint will pull, so you do have to wait for layers to dry as necessary. But it's at least 1 drop of paint to 1 drop of water for most, if not thinner. And I used purified water, not tap... no impurities if I can help it. Also, I like the control that using dropper bottles of paint allow.

I hope that helps a bit.

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#23226
FINALLY SOME DWARVEN FORGE 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
Jester--thanks for the info. Not far off from how I'm working really. However, I go between white and black primer depending on what I want the finished product to look like.

Couple more questions for you if you'd be so kind... Would you say that you use more blending than washes, or would you say you use both equally, and do you use a wet palette, just mix on a palette, or paint "out of the bottle"?
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#23227
FINALLY SOME DWARVEN FORGE 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
@Dante:

I do a base coat, shade and then blend for most of my stuff. The smoother the color transitions I want (tabletop versus contest level) the more layers are on the figure. If needed, I then line AFTER the layers are all done.

I do not use a wet palette. I have ceramic palettes that I use, and for quick work I also use paper palettes for just small mixes.

I always make sure to thoroughly shake my paint before using it.

I hope that helps. Good luck!
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#23228
FINALLY SOME DWARVEN FORGE 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
Jester;

Just out of curiosity; GW suggests using a standard ceramic wall time, preferrably in white for color contrast, as a mix palette.
Your thoughts?

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#23229
FINALLY SOME DWARVEN FORGE 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
You could use that, and as long as it was a fully GLAZED tile, clean up would be a breeze. I just prefer the ceramic (also glazed) palettes. That way when I need to create a glaze or a wash, I don't have to worry about my paint running off the side of the tile.

But as I have found, there are many ways to paint a mini. Best to find what works for you and go from there.
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