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Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I've been getting my paints and brushes together and finally started to paint the... well, not the tiles. I started with the pile of skulls and then the gold piles.

Next, I tried the barrel and messed it up a bit because I didn't let the paint dry enough on one coat before applying the wash.

Lastly, I did the two tables and chairs. My 5 year old did the bench. She did I great job, I think.

I'm really enjoying the painting. The last time I painted was about 15 years ago in 1st year Visual Arts at my local university.




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#58777
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Love the treasure piles! You're making me want to change my prepainted ones to a 3-tier system...
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#58781
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thanks!

I decided to do that for some good variety, after all the adventurers can't always find piles of gold! ;-) The silver one could represent platinum as well, although that would be a hell of a platinum pile!

I got the 5x set so I have 4 more piles to paint which I think I'll do the rest all gold so I can use them with the dragons that come in from the Reapers II Kickstarter (whenever that will be).

I may try painting some of the coins red and green, etc. to represent jewels amongst the gold... the details are small enough that I should be able to get away with that.
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Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#58782
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Btw, what paint is used for things like the barrel steel rings and the hinges/metalwork on the doors of the prepainted pieces?

It seems to be some sort of metallic but doesn't seem, to me, to be like my silver. Is it a darker metallic paint or just a combination of brushwork and paint?
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Proud Father of two mini-geeks; Daughter: "Dad, what does that say?" (after enchanting a diamond sword in Minecraft).
Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#58785
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Great painting... you may be off to a slow start, but you are better than me (heck, your daughter is better than me!) -- i am slowly getting the hang of it

Remember, when you get to the Stone edge... dry your brush, then dry it some more, when it is perfect dry it even more... then paint the back of your hand and realize there is still too much paint on the brush!!!

Congrats on being brave enough to go unpainted... I went painted and now i want to pick up some unpainted because they are fun to paint!

Love the background for your pictures - yet another use for that handy DF tote bag!
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#58786
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
kitenerd wrote:
Great painting... you may be off to a slow start, but you are better than me (heck, your daughter is better than me!) -- i am slowly getting the hang of it

Lol! I was pretty proud of her brush handling. She was very controlled and gentle with the brushes. But she did have a bit of help from Dad with the finishing ink washing.

My wife is doing a gold pile with some silver and copper pieces interspersed, and, I think some red and green (maybe blue too) to represent jewels so I'll post those pics when it's done - it's looking good so far, though. In fact, I might do it with my other gold, copper and silver piles as it adds much more interest to the pile. It can be a bit hard to not make it polka-dotty, though.

I'm also finishing the other tables, chairs and benches and going to try the grey edges like in the prepainted pieces - see how that turns out. I like having some variety after all not all furniture is going to look the same.
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Proud Father of two mini-geeks; Daughter: "Dad, what does that say?" (after enchanting a diamond sword in Minecraft).
Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#58788
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
The metal door fittings are probably a steel color, not actually silver. Your local hobby shop probably has several shades of steel paint to choose from. Or you could try mixing a little light grey into your silver.
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#58995
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months, 1 Week ago  
Here are some more images. My wife came up with the idea of painting jewels and other coins into the pile. She started, but has been sick so I've finished. I picked up some Liquitex High Gloss Varnish from Michael's to paint over the jewels and did about 3 coats (might do one more) to get that glass look since the flat colours were not working at all.

I also painted the two of my 4 tables with a more 'Dwarven Forge' finish after seeing some closeups on ebay. I've posted the original, more brown paint job so you can see a side-by-side.

Next, I'm in the process of doing the liquid insert for the pool of sorrows. I've started with the clear water insert first using the same technique from this thread with the tin foil as a removable liner. The plan is to do a blood pool and a slime pool. I'll have pictures and more details when that's done. I also am considering trying the other technique in that thread of adding inserts at the bottom for added detail and use such as a sewer grating, for instance. However, I think I might try an insert that doesn't require I drill a hole in the bottom such as adding a tab that can be pulled to remove the insert.


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Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#59349
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 11 Months ago  
Looks like you're making great progress!

You asked about metal colors for iron door hinges, etc. One thing I've done that gives a pretty good result, I think, is to paint 'em matte black and then add a thin wash of one of the steel colors... I have one called "gunmetal," another called "cold steel," either would be fine I think.

Here's a photo of a giant's gate (an original sculpt of mine) with the iron on the doors painted that way. It's not a great closeup but you can see it reasonably well:

i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y385/ElyeAlexanderImages/GiantsGate_zps341cc0b9.jpg
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#59360
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Thanks for the info. I went out and bought Vallejo's Pig Iron... and when I came home and was rearranging my paints I found I already had Gunmetal, but amongst my greys instead of in my metallics.

Btw, very nice door sculpt.
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Proud Father of two mini-geeks; Daughter: "Dad, what does that say?" (after enchanting a diamond sword in Minecraft).
Me: "Sharpness 1, Knockback 1"
Daughter: "Oh man, that's sweet!"
 
#59376
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 10 Months, 4 Weeks ago  
Thanks! I've started working on a series of large dungeon entrances of various sorts and this is the first. Once I get all the details sorted out I'll be casting them in polymer resin.

Meanwhile I'm just getting a start on painting up all my great DF game tiles. Like you I'm starting with the small dungeon dressings... so far I haven't found a day (or two) to set aside to tackle all the tiles themselves!
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#59648
Re:Haven't Painted Minis Before. Starting Out Slow. 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
They look great jchunick! If you don't mind I'm going to take your idea and change a few of my own gold piles as you did! Just hope they come out as great as yours! I think the little gems and jewels add a great look to the piles!
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