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#58375
Learning to paint 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
So a while back, i posted for advice on painitng with the concern that i had just bought a green miniature. (LINK)

More experienced (and very patient) people explained the concept of greens to me and offered me encouragement as i made my first foray into painting. Thought i would share the results. They were (as we would expect) fairly comical and less than impressive. The good news is i had fun and plan to try and paint more. If at first you don't succeed spend more money and time, it is good for the economy ;)

Painting the altar. (remember, i said "if i can't paint a big square block, i have no business ordering anything unpainted again")

First off, despite my silly worries, when it came it was metal - bonus! This is an Otherworld Miniature at the time i ordered i didn’t realize they were friendly with DF (handle the european shipping) double bonus!



I primed matte black



Painted base gray



Added all my earthstone highlights. So far so good. The surprise is, this is kinda fun! Who knew i would like it? I definitely need to get a magnifier though. Even with my reading glasses on i thought i was doing a good job, not until the pictures came up on the computer did i realize how badly i was missing the lines ;)



Did my olive drybrush. Didn’t take a picture, but it obliterated all my earthstone so i re did every little detail a second time (still having fun and being positive). For some reason i decided to color in the crack at the top too.



Then came the stone edge drybrush... ugh! Everything turned chalk white (i think the brush was dry enough but my touch was WAY too heavy, going back and watching the videos, Stefan barely flicks the edges, i was counting on the dryness and just hit the piece). I panicked. I added a bit of olive to the stone edge (it was soooo light) and dry brushed again, it just got worse.





I cleaned everything up (it was the wee hours by now) and headed for bed, convinced i would repaint it at a later date. By a few days later i had made my peace with it. It is not horrible, just not what i intended, but it is definitely usable.





It is clear that i have a lot to learn before i consider myself a painter. When i get to my FLGS i will buy some reaper metallics and colors and try some of the small bits that came along with the altar. Despite the anxiety and the panic, it was still fun. A magnifier and practice will make it a lot more fun.
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#58383
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
You did fantastic! Just in the effort and stick-to-it-tiveness. :)

I'm a new painter, too, and watched a billion videos. Nothing prepared me for the experience of putting brush to paint and paint to mini. Experience only did that.

A month later and I still drybrush heavy, struggle with painting small details and finding the right mix of water and paint - but, as you said, having fun.

I'm taking the advice I saw given on these forums of letting a piece "be done" and move on. They suggested keeping early pieces as they were and not try painting them over and over. They were right - I have a record of my work and improvements!

Keep at it!
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#58424
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Not bad at all, especially for a first experience at painting. I guess you're just getting used to the concept of dry-brushing; you probably just did not dry your brush enough and you will do better next time. I would not advise the use of a magnifying tool for dry-brushing something. There is no need for ultra-precise painting when you dry-brush. You let the brush itself do the work by you, picking up the outer edges of the piece.
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#58443
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I think this looks pretty awesome, actually, especially the top....
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#58455
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
That looks great! It looks like stone and even has various tones to it...what's not to like?

I have no idea what you wanted it to look like but it sure looks good the way it is, in my humble opinion...

Great Job!
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#58458
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Thanks everyone for the kind words.

In my head all the little details were going to be earthstone and it would have been a more formal altar. In the end it looks very old and worn and after i got over my expectations it looks just fine.

I have some unpainted Dwarvenite here and some Liquitex Glossies on the way. Next attempt will be CoS floors, but god knows when i'll have time for that ;)
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#58499
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I really like that piece and your result is something to be proud of.

I just bought some Reaper paints, and some small figs to get myself going again as well. My first experience painting miniatures years ago was poor only because of my lack of education on the matter; now, I'm more prepared.

Dwarven Forge game tiles have given me a solid reason to try again
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#58533
Re:Learning to paint 5 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Looks great to me, a very nice worn old stone effect.

Keep going with it and once you master the techniques your painting will improve in leaps and bounds.
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