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#54191
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
dmalcolm, VladTaltos, Crazy Herald, Sorn, Thanks!!!

Law, I guess then that you could have done a white undercoat (or two?) on top of your black primer covering the books before actually doing the colored base coats. This is because the black is really hard to cover up and this could explain the "messy" appearance. I'm not sure if priming black helps save any time on the paint job of bookshelves. I personally used a grey primer because I wanted a dark library and I knew the hard time I would had painting vivid books on top of a black primer.
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Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
The paint jobs on those pieces just blow me away! Fantastic looking work!
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#54292
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 4 Months ago  
Biowizard, Your painted minis give me something to aspire to!
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#54633
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Ditto! After posting all my library pics, I realized two things:

1) I was VAGUELY satisfied with the paint job on mine.
2) I wanted them to look better.

I took a good hard look at your sets and decided to try some new things.

First, I went back and did brighter colors. I had made a deliberate decision to shy away from either bright colors or too many colors before, because I was afraid they'd look too "rainbow" like. I wanted a grim, realistic library, not a romper room. But after seeing yours, I realized how effective brighter colors, and a wider spectrum, could be.

Second, I decided to black line the books. I had just gone with a basic inkwash, but it hadn't been all that terribly effective. Going back and taking a very pointed brush and simply filling in the lines between the books, or in the little cross-bindings, brought everything out a lot. I would never have thought of that, since normally inkwashing gives you a much more natural detail work than actually taking black and filling in the gaps that way. But for some reason, on these shelves, the latter approach proved more effective.

I'll post pics eventually, but it reminds me of one of my standby tips to new painters: if you aren't satisfied, you aren't finished. Never accept a paintjob you don't like, it's very rare that you can't fix things by just keeping at it. (this advice only works when coupled to other advice: use a lot of thin layers and don't glop on too much paint! that WILL make mistakes impossible to fix, at least without stripping and starting over!)

Thanks for the inspiration!
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#54634
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Nice! I'm sure the results will be stupendous. Seeing how fast you painted your astronomical GW devices, I guess we will see more library setups from you soon. Blacklining the books will help them look a lot better, but don't forget the highlights too! This is unfortunately pretty time-consuming.
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#54635
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Highlighting is impossible to skip, the blacklining makes it a necessity.

Time consuming is an understatement! I had forgotten how involved this painting really is -- I had a whole set painted up back when these were cast in plaster!

www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=39097

Now that I have resin ones I'm really hoping this is the last time!
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#54809
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Great work biowizard! The paint job is very good and I especially like the octagonal setup. The bookshelves truly rock. I always played with the idea to get more of them myself and since they are now produced is resin and no longer in plaster I might even do that. Thank you for sharing! :)
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#54918
Re:My Evil Underdark Thomarillion Library 1 Year, 3 Months ago  
Awesome setup!
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