Omg you detail is amazing! i love Ashrians eyes/makeup, and the work you did to her rope! Not to mention that small seem on her shirt under her arm. How the hell did you get in there?
I've thought that I should share my attempt on painting Ashrian and Avric, I've never painted before. So the Descent board-game has to suffer my amateurish attempts. But I'm really loving it, it's like meditation for me. Except when I miss, or can't get the details right
What kind of brushes do you use? if you are using a brush at all?
for me i find it really hard to use the thinner brushes since they can't hold the paint properly, and it find it impossible to get the strokes right. I would love to get more detail on my paints.
Hey thank you and you're right it's a kind of meditation when you are in the 'zone' after painting for awhile. Believe me it's a huge draw for me doing this all the time, it really is a meditative practice.
Regarding the brushes I use Winsor & Newton Series 7 size 0 for practically everything, sometimes I go to the W&N Series 7 Miniature range for tiny details. These brushes are designed to hold and release paint in a very consistent way. You will have to practice much (and watching others paint really helps) to get the feel for the consistency. It takes time and most people struggle with it until they get it. My video series on painting the Ogre Chieftain from Reaper demonstrates my entire technique in exhaustive detail from brushes to paints to consistency to everything else I ramble about. My youtube channel has those videos somewhere which you can find at youtube.com/user/darkstarminis
Be warned though these are long videos with no shortcuts but I do show my personal approach and the series was designed to give insight for those new to the hobby as well as veterans, but they're not short little how to videos at all. They are rambly and long but that's the point, to show everything.
your pics are certainly good enough for gamer quality. What the original poster is doing is overkill .. cool sweet pure awesome overkill.
They are indeed! And our little group here is excited to game with these pieces when they're all done someday in the distant future!
What the original poster is doing is overkill .. cool sweet pure awesome overkill.
I never tried to paint because i'm a perfectionnist and the "awesome overkill" is a minimum to me. But i'm never going to have thoses skills by doing nothing fearing to do not as good as aggerhomes.
This is true you have to practice. But there's nothing to fear at all. I still hold on to my first painted minis to show people that ask, believe me they don't look that great...although they would be fine in a game on the table. But the key is to just go for it, jump in and get some practice and see what you can learn. For every smooth blend or pleasing detail you see...what you're not seeing is the hundreds of minis I've painted before these to learn how. Each of those was necessary to get to this level, and each has it's own challenges and hurdles. It all takes time, and devoted practice, and you really have to be the kind of person that likes enjoying a 'process' when it comes to painting minis, because really it is a process. Step after step, layer after layer, thousands of untold times over and over again...if you're a perfectionist who enjoys the process (and learning from the mistakes that come with it) this is the right hobby for sure!
Keep a notebook handy when starting in case you stumble on something that you like for later, mine goes back to '03 when I first started and I reference it all the time.
Edited by darkstarminis, 05 September 2014 - 11:50 AM.