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#9458
A new member of the family 9 Years ago  
So I finally finished this mini, and I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I know it's not perfect though. If anyone has suggestions on how I can improve my painting skills I'd love to hear them, as I know I could do better with a little more know-how. Nice comments? Those'll work too.
Without further ado... Sandra Garrity's Amber Dragon, Reaper #02457. (I know it's not Amber, but is amber really a practical dragon color?)



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#9459
A new member of the family 9 Years ago  
First of all let me say nice job on the dragon. :)

Personally i think on larger models to highlighting (Like you have on the scales) can be a bit to much unless you get every single line the same thickness.

On a larger model i prefer to "drybrush" the edges with perhaps 2 or more colours to build up a nice variation, for example you could spray or paint the model in its base color, then use a slightly lighter shade (red in this case) for the first layer of dry brushing, then an orangy read, perhpas using the last coat as a briliant orange.

(Dry Brushing incase you are not aware is where you load the brush with paint so that all the bristles are coated and then use a tissue to wipe away most of the paint, so that the bruch is dry, then you flick the brush over the model in long strokes. Teh desired effect is to get a layer of paint on the raised surfaces only, i.e. the scale edges, and not on the main body.)

You may need to practice to get the amount of paint on the brush first.

The other thing i would say is that while the model looks great the base while lookign good, doesnt look as if you spent as much time on it. I always think that having a stunning model on a good base detracts from the over all look of the model. Perhaps some rust on the sheild or a dullign down of the sword, to make it look less "painted" (yes i know it sounds daft, but that can be the downfall, in my opinion of many great model painters.)

I must say though it looks fantastic, and i just wish i had the time to get back to painting again, Keep up the good work! ;o)

and remeber its just my opinion is all ;o)
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#9460
A new member of the family 9 Years ago  
Nice job, you know I've never been able to make the long grass do what I want it too.
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#9461
A new member of the family 9 Years ago  
(Dry Brushing incase you are not aware is where you load the brush with paint so that all the bristles are coated and then use a tissue to wipe away most of the paint, so that the bruch is dry, then you flick the brush over the model in long strokes. Teh desired effect is to get a layer of paint on the raised surfaces only, i.e. the scale edges, and not on the main body.)

You may need to practice to get the amount of paint on the brush first.

The other thing i would say is that while the model looks great the base while lookign good, doesnt look as if you spent as much time on it. I always think that having a stunning model on a good base detracts from the over all look of the model. Perhaps some rust on the sheild or a dullign down of the sword, to make it look less "painted" (yes i know it sounds daft, but that can be the downfall, in my opinion of many great model painters.)

Yeah, I did use some dry brushing here... I painted a base color of blood red, washed it with black, dry brushed blood red over the darkened scales, dry brushed some reddish-orange a little lighter, then a lighter dry brushing of a lighter orange followed by an even lighter dry brushing of bright yellow. I was trying to make each scale dark at the base and get gradually lighter toward the edge, which didn't work out as perfectly as I had pictured it, but wasn't half as bad as it could have been. Thanks for the suggestions on the base, I'll have to keep it mind for next time. I think I was too caught up in sculpting the rock at the front and getting the tall grass to do what I wanted to consider the sword and shield.

Nice job, you know I've never been able to make the long grass do what I want it too.
Yeah, I didn't realize just how fine it is when I bought it. I'm definitely going to think up a different approach next time I use it rather than just gluing it down and hoping it stays.
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#9462
A new member of the family 9 Years ago  
It is quite good. I like the laurel particularly.

The model appears to be pretty shiny. What did you use as a top coat? My favourite finish comes from touch-up products for wood finishing. Look at www.mohawk-finishing.com/ for some really nice laquers. I recommend their flat laquer products, Flat Easy Sanding Sealer, or the finishers choice line. Their products are considerably higher quality than anything you can buy at home depot. Maybe I'll see if I have any images to post that can show how dull a finish you can apply. I can coat a mini pretty well without any glossy look and the finish is very strong. On dragon scales, the look is magnificent.

I have also used their "flo-out blender flat" on old glossy minis to remove the sheen, but it only works with certian kinds of laquer. If a urathane was originally sprayed, your mini would become gummy.

BTW if you were going for the glossy look, it looks great.

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#9463
A new member of the family 9 Years ago  
I Know that there are Some Great Painters and Modelers in this Bunch, And Further that They have Gotten that Way by Striving to Ever do Better...

Personally On This Miniature, I Think it Looks Great... And I Love the Detail Work on the Base, The Grass Flowers, Sword Etc... My Only Comment For this Mini is that This Level of Detail in the Base Gives it More of a Diorama Feel rather than Being a Mini One Expects to Encounter... The Only Reason I Mention this is Because there have been So many comments on the Highlites, Drybrush etc... I THink that this is Appropriate for a "Showier" piece...
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