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[Miniatures] Painting tips and progress reports (with pics!)

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Reaper miniatures are also pre-primed. I have found with both Reaper and Nolzur's (haven't tried any others) you still need to do a little prep work cleaning them up, although Dad may want to do that rather than hand the xacto-knife to the kiddo. I would also recommend one of these, Reaper Learn to Paint Kit to practice on. Pretty inexpensive and you get 3 basic miniatures to learn on, plus there is a basic guide book that lay's out the color scheme and takes you through the basic techniques.
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Skinypupy wrote: Sun Dec 27, 2020 12:17 pm (Apologies in advance, as I’ll sure this has been asked before.)

Little B 11.9 got an amazing Christmas present from one of the other players in our D&D group. She received a set of starter paints, brushes, and miniatures that matches both her (halfling rogue) and my (dwarven cleric) characters.

She wants to start painting, but I’m not sure where to help her begin. Is there a particular “Mini Painting 101” video or guide that you’d recommend?

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Painting black sucks...

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Yes it does. I found this to be helpful with my blacks. Not that they don't still suck.
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It was always white that gave me issues.
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https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/8631/dont-play-gray

This guy has been painting Night of the Living Dead minis in a color version, then in a black/white/grey version. It's kind of inspiring and helpful in hearing in how he gradiates his blacks to create dimension.
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Continuing my pulp run...

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Finally painted 2 minis again..., click right twice to see a video of both.




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hentzau wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:44 am Continuing my pulp run...

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Looks great!

Is that painted with those washes? I forgot the name..
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EzeKieL wrote:
hentzau wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:44 am Continuing my pulp run...

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Looks great!

Is that painted with those washes? I forgot the name..
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Any of you folks that backed the Reaper Bones kickstarters want to part with any of your pulp-era minis from the sets? Let me know.
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Nope. I'm hanging on to mine, likely for the exact same reason.
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Tonight’s work...

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That one turned out really well.
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Those of you with Bones minis...do you prime? And if you don’t prime, how do they hold onto contrast paints.
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I don’t prime Bones (or Nolzurs or Deep Cuts) but haven’t tried the contrast paint on Bones yet. There are sometimes a few patches that need to be brush cleaned or it won’t hold paint well.

I know I have a few Bones pulp duplicates where I already painted the metal figures.
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I always prime Bones. I thin my paints before applying them, and thinned paints do not work on unprimed Bones. The "Bonesium" (which is just PVC) accepts some brands of acrylics without priming (not all), but it is hydrophobic - it repels water. Thinned paints just run off unless you thin exclusively with acrylic mediums. On top of that, Bonesium, especially the earlier formulaitons, is slightly translucent. When you have thin detail enough light shines through it to effectively erase the shadows. That makes it really, really hard to see the details while painting them (although this was improved once they started adding the gray dye.) Priming them solves this problem, too.

I've never tried Contrast paints on them unprimed, but I can give it a whirl later on.
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Found this. It would suggest that the answer is no.

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Yeah, I was going to say, I did an experiment with a single bones figure (lizard person) and the green contrast paint. Without priming it wouldn't stick at all and ended up either beading off or now flowing correctly. Definitely need to prime them first.
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Some helpful tips and tricks.

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Tonight’s work...Green Hornet and Kato for you youngsters out there.
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Tonight’s work. No close up, they’re both Monets...look good from a distance but a big old mess close up.

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I want to highly recommend Scale75's Inktense Wood, which feels like magic in a bottle. Paint in a light-middle brown, add highlights and then add this ink and it really does look like wood. Feels crazy. I've been using it a lot painting Altar Quest (I have painted SO many doors):

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I just love the look of it and I want to find more things with wood in them to paint (although maybe not more doors for a while).
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Did 2 more of Mysthea: (you can press the arrows to see a short video too)



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Not happy with the last one but yeah, whatever. On to the next ones!
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2 more from Mysthea:



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I'm always paranoid about that. There are two times I force myself to wait longer than necessary: after washing before priming, and after finishing before varnishing. In both cases, I'll usually let them sit at least over night. If I finish a piece and I'm not using it right away, I'll set it aside for a day or so before I start varnishing. It's overkill, yes, but don't want to take the chance.
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I'll be doing that from now on as well :oops:
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