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    Monthly Painting Challenge - July

    @lusciousmccabePretty much exactly this! Without some contrast variation, the greatcoats (and similar fabrics) become very boring. With too much contrast, they look a bit contrived. I took an extra couple of photos to show the greatcoat surfaces. These photos are very close in terms of being a true representation of the colour, hue and contrast. There's still a little work to do on this coat, but I was very pleased with the smoothness of the colour gradation / contrast compromise. I'm now wishing I hadn't taken these photos. I've found two sprue spurs and a mold line that'll need cleaning. Dang.
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    Monthly Painting Challenge - July

    Who says Malifaux is too fine for an airbrush? So, yesterday, I had the opportunity to have a play with the airbrush. It must be noted that I am very, very much an airbrush amateur. I would have used an airbrush for, honestly, about 4 hours in total before yesterday. I was using an Iwata Revolution CR airbrush, and a repackaged ALDI compressor, and using Reaper Paints (which are not natively airbrush friendly) in an approximately 8:1 ratio with Tamiya Airbrush Thinner. I learned that it'd be near-impossible to use an airbrush for an entire Malifaux miniature (unless it was something that was both huge and essentially one colour - looking at you, Ice Golem!), but if you have something that is mostly fabric, or mostly one colour (Hoarcats!), then you can definitely save a lot of time by using an airbrush for the basecoating. In a few hours, I managed base colours on eight Mindless Zombies, a Flesh Construct, a Desolation Engine, three Punk Zombies, eight Guild Guard, three Guild Riflemen, one Pathfinder, three December Acolytes, three Hoarcats, one Ice Golem (yep, I started again!), two Effigies and a Guild Autopsy. After doing some basecoats (always starting ultra-dark), I worked up the courage to try a few highlighting layers. I grabbed a quick snap as I worked my way through a Rifleman. In sequence: I was super-pleased with the final results. If, like me, you're better at buying miniatures than getting around to painting them, this might help! Caedrus, over and out.
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    Monthly Painting Challenge - July

    Time for a quick update! Well, after a successful (I think) prototype Guild Guard, rather than finishing painting the remaining eight of them, I instead decided that it was time to finish my gamin. Obviously. Then I decided that rather than properly finishing my gamin, I should finish my Ice Golem. So then I needed to make some Ice Pillars. And then, before I could base them, I needed to build a few other things that would need a similar airbrush base coat. So, in short, I have finished one Guild Guard (I was quite pleased with the coat, and the subdued colour scheme), I've nearly finished my gamin, closing in on the Ice Golem, haven't touched my Arcane Effigy, and I added a dozen more models in built and undercoated form! Clearly, I have a problem. See you at the end of the month!
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    Monthly Painting Challenge - July

    Greetings All, Well, July is going to be a crazy busy month for me, so I carved out some time to get started on my Guild Guard so I could meet the monthly target. I also managed to do some blocking in on my fire gamin, because I'm World Champion at starting a miniature and then taking forever to finish them... The guild guard you see is my colour-scheme prototype (my guild are all brown, red and brass - my Malifaux is a fairly steampunky one). I'm just adoring that massive, massive mold line that I inexplicably missed. Sheesh. ...and I have absolutely no idea what I'll get finished this month. Caedrus, out.
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    Monthly painting challenge - June

    @bedjy: The miniatures are delightful, but that Tavern is very, very pretty indeed. Kudos!
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    Monthly painting challenge - June

    Caedrus, reporting in. @Franchute: I report 12SS of painting this month. Well, it's been a month of not getting much done, so my four Guild Hounds are it for this month. I did manage to get the airbrush out, for some preparatory work for July - jump over to that thread if you're so inclined. So many lovely models! @Phinn - a pity you won't be involved, that's a delightful Miss Ery! Please post her when she's done! Caedrus, out.
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    Monthly Painting Challenge - July

    Caedrus, checking in. For July, my pledge will be a single Guild Guard (of which I have nine in real or proxy form), at 3SS. I have a ridiculous amount of stretch goals, including finishing my Arcane Effigy: ...and I took a little time to break out the airbrush for the first time in two years, to do some prep work: ...and did some Arcanist airbrushing as well! I still have a lot to learn! Have a great time painting in July, everyone! Caedrus, out.
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    Monthly painting challenge - June

    Well, my basic pledge for the month is done: 4 Guild Hounds (my Guild all use red and brass as their unifying colours). I was tempted to do different fur colours, but these make them a bit more like faceless minions, which I kinda like. The base attachment points still need to be cleaned up. Now onto something fun... Have fun with those brushes! Caedrus.
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    Monthly painting challenge - June

    A quick update: After a productive day of casting, basing, gluing, and undercoating, I'm here: Those hounds will not take long. There's two primed guild guard to go with these 3 TTB models as proxies. And yes, I've hacked Lady Justice's hair off. Time for greenstuff! Watch this space...
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    Monthly painting challenge - June

    Caedrus, checking in! I pledge 3SS of Guild Hound! ...and whatever bits and pieces from my tray of shame. Including, but not limited to: 3 other Guild Hounds; Arcane Effigy; 3 Mindless Zombies A Performer; Guild Guard; 2 December Acolytes; Lazarus; 2 Ice Dancers; and A Friekorps Trapper! Yeah, I'm having myself on, pretty badly. Have a great painting month, fellow painters!
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    Monthly painting challenge - May

    Caedrus, checking in! This month, I have painted 41 SS. (9 Mortimer, 8 Lust, 9 Taelor, 15 Von Schill) An eBay rescue (note the broken pickaxe). Messing around with OSL. Needs an inscription on the headstone base. Maybe some grass tufts as well. My first adventure into sheer cloth. Reasonably happy. Limited palette. Double sheer cloth. The shirt worked better than the sheer gloves. Pleased with the palette here. I glazed some redder lips after these photos. An annoying miscast on the shirt. Another eBay rescue. Broken kukri, broken foot, ruined chest plate. You do the best you can. Needs more water layers on the sunken statue. I'm loving some of the painting this month. A huge haul by @bedjy - love the Crossroads, particularly. @Burnin' Coal, love the highlighting, obviously. @Viruk, I love the tones you've worked into the swampies. @wizuriel, loving the electric - some nice bases would really set them off! @Rikk - I'm now super keen to create a steampunky version of that wagon! @prof_bycid - yep, it seems that that's added the dapper lycanthrope onto my purchase list. Nice! Have a great end of May, and in June, it'll be my Guild's turn to get some love (and maybe my tray of shame, as well...)! Caedrus.
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    Monthly painting challenge - May

    @Burnin' Coal: Lovely ghostly colours there; are you able to list the colour(s) for the ghost blue / green highlights?
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    Monthly painting challenge - May

    @misterfinnI have! I'm not great at NMM, and considering the amount of metal in Malifaux miniatures, I spent a fair bit of time experimenting. My opinion is that Scale75 metallics are excellent. They have a very fine metallic component. I suspect aluminium is in there. Downsides: You have to really, really shake them before use, as they will separate readily. You'll have limited use (probably) on some of their coloured metallics. Upsides: In my opinion, they have excellent coverage. Very strong pigments. Smooth finish. I'm a particular fan of the Scale75 Victorian Brass. Here are some reviews / tutorials: Pirate Monkey, Massive Voodoo, and a massive metallics comparison. I don't mind Vallejo's Model Air range, and I also like the (more painful to use) Vallejo Liquid Metals. Nice skin tones on the TTB figure, by the way! Caedrus.
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    Monthly painting challenge - May

    A quick WIP on a couple of stretch goals: Lots more to do, obviously! Enjoy your painting!
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    Monthly painting challenge - May

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