Laurana WIP begins

At the request of an Ozzie friend, I’m going to try to take more WIP shots. He said “Keep the camera on your desk and snap one at every stage!” Ok, Az the Oz, here you go.

Laurana from Reaper’s Learn to Paint Kit 2 is on the bench currently. Flesh base coat of darkened Rosy Skin:

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And then the mid-tone of Rosy Skin:

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The Rosy Skin mid-tone was going on really poorly, I tried at least three consistencies and just wasn’t getting a good consistent coverage (thin or otherwise). I don’t know if it was too cold in the den or what. My first attempt a painting female flesh, it’s so much harder than defined male muscles. Combined with the paint fighting me, I called it a night after this coat.

Tsuko the Monk

Well, that was a pretty quick session since the instructions don’t call for highlighting the sansetsukon or sandals. So I based those, ran highlights on the straps, sash, hair and pants. Then did the gold bits. Then just a matter of grass green on the broccoli, wash with brown, drybrush green and then I did a second dry of a yellow green (as instructed, optional step).

About four hours, I think. I tried a new background, but I think it messed with the colors too much, they’re not that saturated. I should re-shoot it, looks like the highlights got blown out in a few places, too.

It’s a sansetsukon

Yesterday I started on the monk from kit 2, wasn’t really feeling it so I only did the skin base coat and a first pass at shading. Didn’t take any pics, though. Today I worked a bit more and remembered pics!

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It was a bit tough to stick to the rudimentary ‘shading’ after working so hard on zenithal with the Drone (and somewhat with the ogre). That’s actually what stopped me yesterday. But I soldiered through it. Then I spent maybe a half hour trying to get the eyes, ye gods.

I actually LINED this mini! It said in the instructions that lining was optional, but hey. These kits are for trying out stuff.

I can probably finish the monk in one more sitting, so I need to get the girly primed ASAP!

You dirty rat!

Ok, made some time while cleaning the house for the holidays to whip out the rest of L2PK1. This rat was the fastest mini I’ve pumped out, at 2 hours. I only took one set of WIP shots, because I’m used to taking pics after each session and this was only two sessions!

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At first I really hated the base of this mini, the way there were huge voids that were impossible to paint. But following the kit instructions, I didn’t realize they just kind of wash it all away 🙂 I guess that worked ok for a quick basic job. Other than that it was quick and easy.

My main complaint and the thing that slowed me down a bit was that the instructions seems a bit disjointed. There was pretty heavy use of walnut wash, but it was split up through the whole process. I skipped around and base coated everything that needed a walnut wash and it seemed much more sensible to do it that way. Ditto parts painted with tanned flesh, etc. Just seemed like the steps could have been streamlined, though I can see it was done to split out each element for the beginner.

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My favorite part was actually a mistake. I didn’t read ahead to see the bit about washing the rocks as the final step for the base, so I had been slopping various browns on them as I based and washed…which made for really nice variation when I went back and washed the rocks. The white primer rocks looked greyish and the slopped rocks were variegated brownish grey. Cool effect!

Anhurian Swordsman L2PK1

More or less following the instructions of the Reaper Learn to Paint Kit #1.

This kit is great for teaching the fundamentals of mini painting. The included mini has just the right amount of detail to provide practice in painting details, but not so much to overwhelm the novice. The included paints are a good starter set and are full Reaper Master Series paint bottles. It also includes two brushes, a detail brush and a flat brush for base and drybrushing. I would recommend reading over the instructions a few times to get the feel for things, but they are pretty good, as are the illustrations.

Next up: the Plague Rat from the same kit.

The one where I learn to paint

Ok, Ogre in the bag and on to L2PK1. That’s Reaper’s “Learn to Paint Kit 1” all shorthanded. These are designed to take a novice painter through several techniques, each building on the last. This first one is washes and drybrushing, basically the way I learned to paint twenty plus years ago.

First up, Anhurian. I’m going to follow the instructions as close as possible, though I did spray primer and I’m going to mostly use my WNS7 #2 brush. I even thinned the Intense Brown wash with water instead of my wash mix! I did slightly thin the paints, but not as much as I have been…just seems like painting with spackle if I don’t at least get a little medium in there.

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Eyes didn’t show up well in the pic but obviously I just snapped it quickly on the bench. I have to get to making supper and the time taken posting this is putting my life in dire risk!

Looking over the instructions, these two minis should be pretty quick. I’m really happy for that given the duration of my previous three!

Ogre Chieftain rides again!

Awright, mini #3 officially off the bench!

I was hoping to hit something way closer to my initial concept and then I remembered I don’t have the skills to pull off most of that stuff 🙂

He was supposed to be sunburned, that was my initial concept. An old retired warleader who spent most of his time in tents and caves and rarely ventured into the sun anymore, called back in for a last ditch campaign against invading human hordes (I’m reading Dust of Dreams).

I went for a tribal brand on the shoulder, and cuirboilli armor bits. His eyes are supposed to have severe cataracts, the skirt is supposed to be tanned human hide. I went with a copper bracelet and bronze studs/banding figuring ogres didn’t work iron or have much in the way of precious metal – the leader only had two gold rings and of course an old GW-style gem. The club I tried to go for a mossy northern forest oak trunk, with greys and greens.

And lest I forget – a Lou Albano-style purple band in the beard.