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  1. So this is my first real foray into painting, and I'm painting Hannah. I'm painfully, incredibly, stupidly slow - so I'm trying to keep my workload at a minimum. I'm happy with 'tabletop standard' - I'm not going to be trying to win points at any tournament painting competition The power armour suit is dark purple - so far I've done a base coat with Vallejo Heavy Violet, using Chainmail (citadel metallics - the old name, their lighter coloured one) on the silver parts, and so far using Heavy Red to base coat a couple of the pieces behind her as an accent. Intending on keeping the armour a fairly deep purple, with the red accents going to a more vibrant red. So, I figure washing with Badab Black will help with the shadows - I figure Black will give a cleaner look than Devlin Mud (or 'Miracle in a pot') this time. I figure I'd wash the entire thing - some people promote using the same colour as the paint (eg paint over the purple with purple wash), but I'm concernd this may not give enough depth in the recesses. However, given that the wash invariably leaves some black on the raised areas where I don't want it, I was considering doing a thin purple wash over the black. Not sure if that will do anything. I've watered down the black somewhere between 50-50 or 70-30 (wash-water). But there are plenty of areas without recesses - such as the shoulder pads. I was thinking of washing over those anyway just for consistency in appearance and texture, but there's nothing really for the wash to hold into there. The feet/lower legs have a number of lines in them, like plate joins in the armour - the wash isn't filling those as deeply as I thought it would so I was thinking of using a micron pen in those lines. So, thoughts on my plan so far? I figure the closest online that I can see in terms of tutorials on how to paint her fast is in space marine tutorials, but given all of their armour has recessed or raised edges (like the shoulder pads), there's also some big differences. So, assuming I go ahead with my plan - what next? I know I'll need to go over the armour again with some purple over where the wash left black, not sure if a drybrush or just a thin but controlled layer will be best here.Will the same purple suffice? I'm concerned about going to a lighter one in case the difference is too evident and it looks stupid. From there, will I need to do anything to shade the armour? I was thinking of edge highlighting with some warlord purple, only in some areas - but her top shoulder pads, for instance, will have nothing. So what will I need to do in order to highlight areas like this? I know layering/blending is quite time consuming so my concern is unless I'm spending a very long time on the one part, the transitions will just be too 'sudden' and look stupid, and I'm trying to reduce my time on this. Also, I chose to go for a cleaner look rather than a weathered one. I figured the metal joins, bolts and things wil just need a tiny dab of chainmail again on the highest parts. Because the metallic is so thick I probably won't worry about painting over the flatter join parts as I'd just end up pushing paint into the recessed areas - and this way it just looks well oiled anyway. tl;dr: Inexperienced painter with limited time/skills. Base coated Hannah with dark purple washing with badab black, might use micron pen too Seeking advice on whether I need to wash with purple as well And how to highlight/shade the armour without risking it looking stupid and block with severe tone transitions, and without spending way too much time. Thanks brains trust!!
  2. So I am fairly new to painting miniatures, and most of my current ones are some level of experiment. I'm not sure if this is the right forum or if there is another one better for painting advice, but figured I'd try here first. That being said, I wanted to ask for some thoughts on shading and highlighting to get some good depth on some of the really numerous, small, shallow wrinkles in the cloth pants of some of the models. Specifically in this case I'm talking about Bayou Bushwacker #3, from the Mah Tucket box set. If you know the figure, or at least can see the photos I attached... Those pants are very, very small and the wrinkles in the cloth are numerous and very shallow. I've had a difficult time trying to shade and highlight them, and I'm not super happy with the results. For the base color I went with Vallejo Model color Orange Red. I like bright things, and this was a bit of an experiment with this color. I shaded with Citadel Agrax Earthshade. In retrospect, that may have been a mistake... it is pretty dark on that bright orange.. but the other issue is that those creases and wrinkles are so small that even the shade has trouble staying in place, and it ends up spreading and doing more tinting across the area rather than shading in the crevices. My first highlight color was to bring the ridges back to the base Orange Red, and that was accomplished but... it just doesn't look right with such splotchy dark areas. I probably need to re-basecoat and redo everything, but with how small these creases are I don't have too many more mistakes before I start losing detail... So considering that I'm a newbie, anyone have any ideas or advice on how I could have done these pants better? Anybody done these types of numerous, small creases before and know a good trick for it? I'm all ears. Or, eyes technically I guess... anyways thanks!
  3. Long time painter first time air brusher Thought I'd share my recent airbrush experience. Suggestions are based off my limited experience, and this view is from a complete air brush newbie. Recommendations 1. Pick up the harbor freight air brush compressor, braided cord, air brush cleaner pot, and air brush stand. Also double sided tape and nitrile gloves. 2. Go to hobby lobby and use the 40% off coupon on the iwata neo (my preference is gravity feed. While there get reducer and cleaner. The pre mixed acrylics aren't a bad buy either. 3. At Home Depot pick up a regulator and any adapters needed to attach said regulaor to the compressor, hint compressor is pre fit with a 1/8 adapter. Also get a respirator and don't go cheap and pick up the dust masks. Total buy in ~$200 Bonus extras if you have the cash, spray booth I decided to go as cheap as possible, and while I wanted a Grex xgi their starter kit comes in at $385 and the brush alone is $170. Instead I balked and went to harbor freight and got their kit. The siphon brush it comes with is worthless. Don't waste your time with it. Save the $20 and just get the compressor and the extras you need. The brush is a dual action (press down to control air flow and pull back for paint) but I found the trigger mechanism to be garbage, clunky and unresponsive. I bought the $80 iwata neo gravity feed dual action at hobby lobby with a 40% off coupon. This brush is smooth and responsive. It has a .35mm needle, for fine detail it will be meh, but for base coating and gradients it should be perfect. I picked up dust masks at harbor freight....that was a mistake. I'm still blowing pink paint out of my nose. Nitrile gloves are a must and make for easy clean up. The cleaner pot is nothing short of magical. All in all I'm happy with picking this up, mixing colors on the fly and being able to base coat in any color I want is AMAZING. Pictures with the next update.
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