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  1. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Thank you! They are quite a bit smaller than what I usually paint that's for sure ! Looking forward to getting to paint the giants heh. Hide your minis, hide your figures! Haha thank you for that
  2. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Augur Grisom is done and here he is: I love this little mini. He's just got so much expression and character in his expression. Such steely resolve! But by little mini I mean...these Descent minis are tiny and to top it all off he's a dwarf! I can only imagine my feelings about this scale by the time I get down to Tomble or Ravaella, the gnomes/halfling types...I may go mad by then. The upside being, that when I paint my 'normal' minis they seem like I'm painting on a mural...so I've got that going for me at least which is nice
  3. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Hey thanks DaMaz, I use Magic Sculpt to do almost all of my conversions or touch ups on minis. This material is my preference over Green Stuff. For me at least, it's easier to use and has less of a learning curve...although it's still ridiculously challenging to sculpt anythign for me, definitely not my strong suit, but I still feel the need to modify minis from time to time, especially if the face is going to let the mini down once it's painted. Hey thank you JSM, indeed they must be getting thier kit from the same stall in Ahrynn! Thank you rugal, I appreciate it Yeah some of the minis are quite nice actually but some of them, yeah, even a nice paintjob can't save them. I really like some of them like Corbin though, he's looks great and can't wait to paint that guy. Some of the monsters are pretty bad too but some of them are amazing like the new Giants. It's very 'hit and miss' and I'm definitely thinking about proxies for some of the minis that I don't like such as the Goblin Archers. I have lots of ideas about proxies...
  4. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Alys Raine is done. Resculpted her face and hair a bit, the mini was a little lackluster for such sweet character art. Not much, just enough to fill out the volume of her hair and balance out her features more. The mini I had was very...sallow and narrow. I'm sorry to let you down man but I'm going to carry on alphabetically, no offense intended, I'd just rather tackle this project in my certain approach since I paint miniatures for a living and it's very rare that I get to paint minis for myself and my own enjoyment. Rare as in it never happens, I'm super busy and had to carve out two hours a day to paint for myself by literally waking up two hours earlier. Which is now 4:30 am! Hurray! Can't wait to see those Darkstar! Having all Descent 2 stuff and awaiting the latest Hero & Monster Collections, I have an entire line up of miniatures to paint in upcoming months... Progress has halted a bit, but seeing your fantastic results is the hint to reserve plenty of time on a weekly basis for this grand project. There's so many miniatures in this line that running out of steam is an understandable reality! I'm glad I can serve as an inspiration to you. I got Leoric's face and hands done at least so when I get around to him I've got a headstart. Painting minis is my stress release haha. I get something good on Netflix to listen to and just tune out the world...only stress I have is when the shows I watch start to run out of seasons! Almost to the end of Warehouse 13 and I'll miss that corny show when it's run out
  5. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Hey thanks you two I'm glad you're enjoying them! To answer your question 455, I plan on painting ALL of the collection of figures from this game over time. I just picked up every expansion and hero and monster pack available last weekend and over time I will get around to painting it all up. May take a year or two total but I will get there. I've got a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks and I've got the Lieutenants coming down as "gifts" to finish the collection, and as another 'gift' to myself I'll be picking up the newly released hero and monster box around the middle of the month from my FLGS. I'm stoked! I'm painting these hero figures alphabetically in order, and since I just acquired so many new heroes, I had to start at Alys Raine from the Manor of Ravens set. I've almost got her done as of this evening and I should by rights have her posted up here tomorrow in a finished state. Then it's on to the next! Next year (just around the corner already can you believe it!) my plan is to paint the monsters and lieutenants, one per week and put up a weekly video on my youtube channel showing how I went about painting these. I'll be leaning on painting those with my airbrush, especially the larger monsters so if you guys have an interest in watching others paint or want to pick up a pointer or two from me as I go, then watch this space I'm the kind of guy who gets stuck in to multi-year long mega projects and sees them through, so this will be a fun ride over the long haul and I'll end up with a ton of content for Descent fans (and miniature fans) on my channel over time, which it sorely needs anyway.
  6. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    I finished up Jain Fairwood before the weekend, here she is Next in line is Leoric of the Book. Hey, thank you! I'm glad I could inspire you to get busy airbrushing and painting I love that airbrush by the way, I'll probably use it just as you did when I get to the monsters, especially the bigger pieces. Reference is great to have on hand while painting, that's a big bonus to painting these Descent minis, we've got artist's renditions to paint by! To answer your question about brushes, I only use Winsor and Newton Series 7 brushes when I paint, I'm just used to them after 10 plus years of practically daily use. For the tiniest details I pick them out with a W&N series 7 Miniature size 0. They taper down to a single hair. I usually don't paint with the Miniature series 7 as the normal size 0 is plenty fine, but for the tiniest of details I lean on it, otherwise it doesn't hold enough paint to be too helpful usually and I prefer the standard size.
  7. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Hey thanks, the triangles were not that bad on this sculpt although yeah some of the detail can be in very bad shape on some of these pieces. I paint over anything that is awkward, on pieces like this that are for my own games and collection and SO small I don't worry about it too much if it's odd shaped or disfigured in the cast. I just paint over it and "fool the eye" with fancy highlights and shading. A good example on Grisban would be his belly where that linework is. That detail was barely there on the cast so I just painted it all in while kinda following the barely perceptible lines. In the end you wouldn't know. In regards to filing, all I do with these is just trim away the mold lines as best as I can with a super sharp xacto. Now, for my professional commissions I take as much time as I need to make sure the surfaces are free of defects even if that means resculpting pieces entirely. With these personal minis...I don't want to spend too much time on them in the prep phase, (or painting phase for that matter) I just draw the line between what I can live with personally and what I'd really feel the need to fix. But about the filing, with something like this if I were to fix it I would just fill it all in with epoxy and smooth it down flush then paint over that. This kind of plastic that FFG uses doesn't really file that well but it's nothing that filling in the detail with putty wouldn't cover up. Hey, thanks for the question! These took me about 8 to 10 hours to paint, gosh I don't think I could realistically charge you a price that would make you and I happy though. Because these are just little descent minis and not full scale high quality collectibles that I normally paint, but it still would take me as much time...man that's tricky. 8 to 10 hours is still 8 to 10 hours for me and I'd have to charge accordingly which, I personally think would be too much for a little mini like this. Thank you though
  8. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Finished up Grisban over the last week: Hey thank you for the kind compliment! Hey thank you I appreciate that Never too late to roll and add a new feat, takes practice though (for me about 10 years of practice and counting!) Next up will be Jaina Fairwood. I work on these about an hour a day so it's slow going but it will one day be a completed project.
  9. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    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. 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! 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.
  10. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Hey thank you! I will go and setup an account there and take a look around, thanks for the tip They are less than perfect ( I see all the flaws haha) Thank you though! I kept the bases simple as I too like them like them like that. I'm painting them each with their associated archetype color, in Avric's case and in Ashrian's case, the priest indigo color. I think the colors are balanced out that way and it's kinda neat looking on the table. Hey thanks man I appreciate it
  11. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Hey there, I've finished up Avric Albright and well...here he is: That's two down! This one took awhile due to the shield, that thing has all kinds of crazy detail to paint around and it was tricky to get to look halfway decent for sure.
  12. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    I wish 2 hours! Haha, no this was over 2 hours 'here and there' at a time over a week. When I had time for my own projects. I am indeed a full time commission painter for the last 11 years, and I'm not a fast one either. Thank you for the compliment, I wish I could knock out something like this in 2 hours! Hi, thank you. For the eyes I use a regular old detail brush, in this case, the figure is very small so I used a smaller than normal brush, a Winsor and Newton Series 7 "Miniature" in size 00. I don't typically paint with the miniature versions of the Series 7 but they're good for this sort of detail once in awhile. They're practically made for it. As far as time taken I'd say 6 to 8 hours. Would be longer had I done a base, would have been shorter had I not spent so much time on the fur and left out the freehand detail. Why thank you Hey thanks! Ya know, I was thinking about this the other day. I should set up some time to paint the descent figures and show my process for these to help others looking for ideas and inspiration for painting their own sets. I can't promise anything because I have too many irons in the fire right now but I'm not going anywhere so this may be a thing down the line. I'd like it to be. Need more hours in the day!
  13. darkstarminis

    My Painted Descent Minis

    Thanks and don't be afraid to jump right in and paint, it's a wonderful way to relax. If I have one tip it's to make sure you're using some kind of eye magnification as these Descent minis have some seriously tiny detail and it will help to see it all Thank you haha Thanks I had to outline it a darker color because the white of the under-eye marking got lost against her skin. Thank you, I had to use some magnification lenses while painting this gal for sure! Thank you, there will be plenty more in this thread as I get them painted up. It's currently my 'off time' project to paint all these wonderful minis and I'll be showcasing them here over time absolutely.
  14. Hey all, I'd like to create this thread here to showcase my painted version of the minis for Descent 2nd edition as I paint them. I think players here will get a kick out of seeing these as I finish each one and share it. I'll keep this post updated as each figure is finished. These miniatures are SO tiny compared to most minis that I paint, but my philosophy is that if there is detail that can be sculpted, it can also be painted. Sometimes the detail on these figures is so...small...that it's hard to distinguish what it is that I should be painting, but the card art is very helpful to have as a reference. I just finished Ashrian this morning after a couple of hours at a time here and there over the last week and here is my rendition, trying to keep as close as I could to the wonderful character art on the card, while adding my own touches to personalize my figure and bring it to life a little more. Here she is:
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