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#26027
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
So my old camera died. And I picked up a new one, which is taking some getting used to. There are some ways my old camera worked that I miss; it took me some time to figure out how to do the same stuff on the new camera. But on the plus side, I have a MUCH more powerful zoom now.

So I was taking pictures last night, and I realized just...HOW...CLOSE I can get to my subjects now.

I cannot WAIT for the Tavern set to arrive so I can see the gnats on the bread, but until that happens, I give you -- EXTREME CLOSE-UPS of minis!

I think I'm a decent painter, but I admit that I am not very good with faces. I can get SOME degree of precision on a face, but I am nowhere near the roses-in-the-cheeks, eyes-looking-a-certain-direction level of some expert painters. Still, my stuff frequently looks pretty good, I think.

But it's amazing to me how the faces look when REALLY close up, when you can see all the textures and different colors I've used to build up a face. It's not really flattering to see all the imperfections at this size, but I do think the resulting images are pretty fascinating. I am not sure if anyone else will care, but I wanted to post a few of my "head shots" here. Maybe it's because I just love art, and I'm always fascinated by all the tricks and complex illusions that painters rely on to create an appearance of something for the viewer.

Also, because this is how it started, some pics of the GW Fortified Manor I had just finished painting up. Yes, once I got those flagellants and wizards I couldn't resist giving them a home -- and a centerpiece for my DF townships made with MBS... (the manor is nearly finished in these pics, actually, I did some final touch-ups this morning)

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#26028
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
I think I see a booger in the vampire's nose ... a "nose thrall" ?!!!

Man, those are close !!! What kind of camera are you using? Do you use a tripod? My Olympus has 2 macro settings ... 'macro" and "super macro". I can't use super unless the camera is stationary. It takes nice pics but the exposere and refresh speeds leave a little to be desired.

I love that Fortified Manor, too !! Just started building mine. I love all the misc bits and accessories. How did you paint yours? What color primer do you start with ?

Thanks for all the informative posts, L !!

- Mike
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#26029
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Don't have the camera info on me, but I didn't use a tripod. As for the manor... very slow, painful method. Primed the whole thing matte black, on the sprues. Then painted a mix of raw sienna and black on the stones, and a lighter mix of the same with white and a touch of yellow on the walls. Then a brown inkwash on the whole thing. Then -- Very light drybrushing on the stones to bring out the detail there, and many, many, many coats of drybrush on the walls with a light brownish grey -- very similar to the mix I use for matching DF, actually. Raw sienna, touch of white and black. Because of the brown inkwash, I had a nice natural blend into the recesses. With each coat of drybrushing, I started with a small circle in the center of the wall, then gradually built out -- and with each coat, I moved out less, so in the end the brightest spot is in the centre, and it darkens as it moves out until it hits the stonework etc.

Takes FOREVER, but I'm very pleased with the result. Unfortunately, after all that work, the stupid thing fell apart in my hands as I was touching up final details -- the center section walls came unglued (all the weight pressure from all the painting took its toll) and the watchtower and chapel came unstuck from each other (but each was whole, luckily) I had to glue them back, and the result wasn't 100% what I'd had the first time, so I had some ugly no-longer-matching sections I had to touch up.

But I agree with you, all the little details they included are pretty great. Three types of lantern (well, two and then torches), many types of windows, the little hanging hook, the sun and moon... very neat.

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#26030
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
L, don't sweat how the faces look at extreme magnification. My minis definitely suffer as the magnification increases, showing how rough they are. What's amazing is how good the faces look for the top notch painters at that level of magnification. It's downright scary to see how they paint the iris and pupil, then highlight the darned iris!

I saw some gorgeous minis at GenCon, and I know better work than mine when I see it. I wish I'd brought my camera, but there should be pics aplenty on various websites.

And hanging out with Stefan was a blast, of course!
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#26031
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Well, I couldn't leave DF out of the picture for long! Here are a few more shots, some of them just getting up close and personal with some of my favorite DF elements. I would love to put together a full catalogue of my favorite DF elements, "in play" as it were.

And I'm throwing in some other minis, too. For the record, I am still pretty satisfied with the way they look, even though the close-ups reveal a lack of realism to my style. I don't mind being "impressionistic," actually, and while I admit I'm not as talented as the really great minis painters, I don't feel as though my work suffers under the microscope so much as it just... I don't know.. "changes."

Oh, and I'm also showing off a GW flagellant who got left out of some previous pics -- a wizard prisoner, his face caged to prevent him from doing any of his "tricks." I like the rusty chains on his arms, and of course what wizard doesn't wish he had pecs like that?

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#26032
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
One more set, and then I'm done -- except, perhaps, there may be another series I take tonight. It's just so much fun! I can't wait for the new DF to come out so I can snap shots of it!

Anyhoo, enjoy!

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#26033
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
One final, small series. I really like showing off DF with close-ups, and while before I only took a few shots of particular DF elements, this time I wanted to show things off in the DF environment properly -- interacting with the setting more. So I've got a fireside bard, and some guys winded from a long climb...

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#26034
EXTREME CLOSE-UP!!! 7 Years, 3 Months ago  
Another great round of photo's. Love the big building and tower set.
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