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  1. I'm so berating myself for not ordering the Villains of Eriador expansion. Now it's sold out in most places 😞 The figures in it look so cool. Nothing to it but to wait for the reprint. I still have Gimli, Aragorn and Beravor to paint from the base set.
  2. I'm not really an expert with the various mediums and flow enhancers. That said, I've tried few different ones. I think flow enhancers might be the same thing for the most parts. Usually, mediums are the same stuff as the washes and glazes but they don't have any pigment. Vallejo's Glaze Medium also slows down drying time making it great for wet blending. I have Army Painter's quickshade medium too but its consistency seems weird so I don't like that. Citadel's Lahmian Medium is probably the best medium I've used but unfortunately Citadel is costs 50% more than Army Painter or Vallejo. My guess is that you'd be fine with mixing some flow enhancer to a wash to dilute it but maybe someone more knowledgeable than me can help with that.
  3. Don't know about contrast paints but white can easily show as uneven. You can paint the white areas first all gray and then highlight to white. Or you can paint white and then use shades to darken the shadows. This sort of thing works very well on sleeves in my opinion. Just dillute the wash with medium since pure wash is going to be too dark. The fastest way might be to wet blend. Paint shadowed areas gray and upturned areas white and blend the transition with a brush. You can then use dilluted wash to darken the darkest areas further. If you try it with washes, remember to dillute it with wash medium such as Citadel's Lahmian Medium. It's better to be careful with the darkening effects so that you don't go too far and then have to work hard to highlight back. That's a mistake I've done plenty of times and always regretted it. Now I always mix in Lahmian Medium with my washes. It's easier to add a second layer of wash than highlight.
  4. First half of heroes finished. These are the ones currently in our campaign which is why I prioritized these. They are painted using Sorastro's video and PDF guide with the exception of Legolas's quiver where I took inspiration from the gorgeous prop in the movies. It should be lighter from but I really liked the dark red leathery look so I went with that especially since it contrasts so nicely with the gray inscription. Incidentally the red color of the quiver I used follows Sorastro's Diala robe recipe from his Imperial Assault tutorial video. Also, just realized that I completely forgot to highlight and fix Bilbo's vest buttons. Argh! 😫
  5. Finished Hill Troll today. Went with lazier option and I didn't add any tonal variations to the face. And I skipped highlighting the hammer shaft. I feel like I should have highlighted the left side of the troll's belly more though. Overall I'm really happy with it and my color choices (except for my laziness). I didn't have any vallejo colors so I went with Citadel and Army Painter but I feel like I got the skin tone pretty close to what was in Sorastro's video. I love the closeup shots of the color mixing in these videos. It makes it so much easier to get a close-enough color mix done. I usually compare paint pots to the screen or paint few strokes to a paper and compare that to the screen to get a closeish color mix. Here are my substitutes in case anyone finds them interesting:
  6. Finally got to painting LOTR. So far I've painted the ruffians, orcs and goblins and now the wargs and wights. The wights were the most surprising to paint since I for some reason loathed painting them somehow convinced that they'll be so difficult. They turned out to be great fun although I found myself struggling a bit with the lighting effect. I didn't have access to those fluorescent paints so I initially went with dilluted Citadel glazes. Since I wasn't really happy with the results I got with them, I finally painted one figure (the middle one) with Citadel's Temple Guard Blue (heavily dilluted with Lahmian Medium), mixed in some white and kept adding layers. Turned out perhaps the best of them. Oh, a sidenote, with the red warg, I tried Citadel's new Contrast paint with the darker red fur. It works on this kind of figurine but I'm a bit skeptical on how I can apply it elsewhere. I love your LOTR painting tutorials, Sorastro. They have a different approach to the Imperial Assault or Descent videos yet I feel they're also a very good starting point for anyone who's starting painting.
  7. Hera Syndulla painted: Ugh, with this closeup I can see that I didn't neaten up from under the gloves properly.
  8. I really like the clone trooper's face. It's just saying "I'm too old for this s`**t." But at the same time, you know he gets the job done. Nice work!
  9. Thank you for the tips. I didn't actually know about the White Balance function. My camera is an old Canon Powershot 240HS and it didn't have a manual setting for White Balance but it had presets. "Artificial light" was the closest thing that showed basic blank A4 paper as white. So I went with that. Here are a couple of shots: Hondo again: Death Troopers vs. Rebels: Pirates! I think I need a new desk light. Maybe a LED with a decent arm so that I can move it around when I paint and position it better when taking photos. The camera I'm actually fairly happy with it. It seems better than my phone at any rate. And it has a lot of other manual settings that I don't know how to use but I probably should in order to take better shots.
  10. Hondo painted: Also, got a new phone and decided to test the camera. Not sure if I like it.
  11. This is my storage solution. I have a large aluminium briefcase which is made for tools. And I have all the stuff except the rulebooks and the map tiles which are in the game box. The small figures are in a plastic sort box which is sold in stores usually in the tool section. They're probably meant for screws, bolts and other small things. The 2x2 figures (Nexus, Jabba) and Wampas are in a plastic box that's below the character sheets. It has a tray which is perfect for damage and stress tokens and below that is enough room for the figures. Jabba cannot be glued to his base though or the tray won't fit back in. And the large figures I have just somewhere in the box where there's enough room. Here's a closeup of a rebel figure box: Some figures share a "room". The varnish protects them well enough so that they don't stick to each other and rub off paint. I have similar boxes for scum and Imperial figures. And I have all my deployment cards in a collector's album to make browsing them easier. This is my solution and it's a compromise between space saving and protection. For better protection each figure would need its own "locker" or "room" where it would go. But my briefcase wouldn't be big enough then. And this is already bordering on what I'm willing to transport with me. The game box with map tiles fits into my backpack and then I carry the briefcase.
  12. We have a similar method to paint the stormtroopers, 54NCH32. I use a different kind of shade nowadays. >I prime the figures white (Army Painter Matte White) > Paint black areas (with Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak as I can't find Vallejo paints in the local store anymore but Necromancer Cloak is pretty close) > Cleanup areas > Shade with 1-1 Nuln Oil / Lahmian medium Or, more recently 2 parts Nuln Oil - 1 part Drakenhof Nightshade - 3 parts Lahmian medium. The blue will not tint the figure blue but it will give it a colder, less "dirty" looking look which makes highlighting easier as you can leave the shade in some recesses and it looks like a shadow. > Highlight > Matte Varnish (Army Painter's Anti-Shine Varnish) > Citadel's Ard Coat for the white armor pieces
  13. Ezra: Not a great photo. My phone doesn't have an awesome camera. Also...Ezra's right eyebrow seems to be gone in this photo but I checked. I have that painted.
  14. I'm an average painter but my advice for stormtroopers is: Buy Lahmian Medium or some other medium for thinning paint. When thinning white, use a little bit of the medium and as well as water and it'll flow much more nicely than with pure water. Also, when washing, mix in a little bit of blue into black wash and again Lahmian medium or some other glaze medium. It won't be as dark and you'll save yourself so much work highlighting. You can always darken some recesses etc. with added layers of the wash. It's way easier than using a darker wash and highlighting up. And finally, welcome to painting Imperial Assault! It's a fun game to paint.
  15. I haven't gotten to painting Sabine yet. I finished Ezra today. So next on my list is Sabine. Then probably Thrawn or Hondo. Also, I too found the Loth Cats annoying. But then again, since they are animals, the markings don't need to be consistent since I think they would be unique. But yeah, it does take some extra work to add them in. So, I hope at least you're happy with the loth cats you ended up with.
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