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    Utforskarn reacted to Gerontius in One year of IA painting!   
    Hello! I've been slowly chipping my way through the IA miniatures my group owns over the past year since we started playing, and... I'm nowhere near done. But I thought I would post the progress I've made so far. Comments and suggestions would be very much appreciated!



    Starting with some Imperial forces. Someday the completionist in me is going to have to return to the last squad of Stormtroopers, but it is not this day.

    The heroes of our first campaign, showing a little bit of battle damage.

    And the heroes from our second campaign (plus Diala). I was really proud of my work on Gideon especially, but man these three were a pain to play imperial against!

    These guys are a nice little painting clinic- I'm excited to paint the elite ones to see how my highlighting has improved!

    Meanwhile painting the second E-Webb is very low on my priority list.



    That's all from the core set. Luke and Darth Vader both seem like they would be tricky to get right, so I've put them off.

    Hoth heroes! Loku might be tied with Diala for my favorite hero mini.


    Despite being such a simple and easy paint, these are some of my favorites.


    Finally, some Coruscant minis. I only noticed today that I interpreted the map gridlines as part of the actual tile pattern, haha

    Lastly, my current progress on the Coruscant heroes.
    Thanks for viewing!
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    Utforskarn reacted to rdennett14 in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    I ended up finding a fair amount of time to paint this week although it was more sporadic. I got the rest of the Core Heroes done along with Vader, the Vipers, and one squad of Stormtroopers.
    Not particularly happy with the Stormtroopers but I figured that until I find a technique that works well for me and I like the results of I would just do one squad at a time instead of a huge assembly line.

    I kept the probe droids pretty simple: a black base, a dry brush of gun metal and color to a couple of lenses. I decided to do the main lens red on all of them and the secondary lens a color that matches that of the unit markers. 
     
    Vader I also kept pretty simple and just went for some mild highlighting. Figured I could always go back later.

     
    Out of the Heroes I was most interested in Fenn and Mak so I put more effort into those and am satisfied with how they turned out. Gideon also wasn't too bad. Diala, I just didn't have much interest in so a lot less effort went in. The wraps were quite annoying for me.
      
      
     
    The gang's all here..

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    Utforskarn got a reaction from Bitterman in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    Nicely done!
    gaarkhan is looking great and you really nailed the eyes. I find these forums are a great way of sharing and learning painting techniques just like @Bitterman did with painting eyes. 
    The royal guards are looking very good too  
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    Utforskarn got a reaction from rdennett14 in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    Nicely done!
    gaarkhan is looking great and you really nailed the eyes. I find these forums are a great way of sharing and learning painting techniques just like @Bitterman did with painting eyes. 
    The royal guards are looking very good too  
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    Utforskarn reacted to rdennett14 in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    Spent my afternoon getting some more painting done while catching up on Netflix since next week will most likely be a bust.
    Got the finishing touches put on Gaarkhan. Still haven't figured out what I want to do for basing on most of these so that part will stay incomplete. @Bitterman's method for eyes actually worked for me this time!
     
     
    Decided that the next group to start was the Imperial Guards. Once I've spray varnished them I'm going to gloss varnish the hoods to match their look in the movies.


     
    Decided to play around with some lighting and my makeshift backdrop so here's Sorin and Jyn again.
     
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    Utforskarn got a reaction from rdennett14 in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    Great work, man!
    Pretty **** nice for your first five (!) minis ever. My first couple of minis were so bad they are now nothing more than ”test-minis” that get experimented on  yours are far better. 
    I really like Sorin, nice brushcontrol and his face looks great. The imperial officers are tricky to get as good since the sculpts just aren’t that great to begin with. 
    I’m looking forward to more pics! 
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    Utforskarn reacted to Fourtytwo in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    It's never too late to get into this amazing game, and it's always better to paint your minis, whether you are a beginner at painting or a veteran. So: Keep it up! There's no right or wrong way to paint your minis - the only right way is that which works for you and is enjoyable. Sorastro is a great primer for your first steps, painting basics and also advanced techniques. I also recommend Vince Venturella's YouTube-series 'Hobby Cheating', which is also very inspiring and encouraging.
    I always light up when beginners at painting simply start painting and are not shy to present their results. If you enjoy the process, keep painting and experiment with the various techniques and methods out there and you will improve and eventually find your own method.
    👍
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    Utforskarn reacted to rdennett14 in Rdennett14's adventures in painting   
    So, I just got into IA, unfortunately it appears at end of life so I'll be probably spending more money than I want to make sure I get the things I want. I've decided to try my hand at painting to add a little more excitement to the game and seeing so many other works of art has been a real inspiration. I've looked at countless images on the forums, instagram, etc to come up with ideas and realize what I do and don't like. Although I appreciate most forms of art, I have never been an "artistic" person myself. Give me a set of directions to build things whether it be Legos or Ikea furniture and I'm happy, lol! So this is going to be quite the adventure. I don't expect to produce amazing pieces right away or even quickly but hopefully with practice and studying other pieces my work will improve.
    Like so many others it seems like my first introduction to painting was through @Sorastro's amazing videos. While I may be cutting down a few steps to start with, these videos have given me a great appreciation for the artistry as well as instruction on certain techniques. There are so many other great pieces on here but @Fourtytwo and @Utforskarn have really amazed me so hopefully I can model some of my work after theirs while keeping it unique. My current goal isn't to try an make artistic pieces, must semi-realistic pieces to enhance gameplay.
    My first pieces were the Imperial officers. I went with an ISB officer as my elite. This was my very first piece and I'm not really happy, but will probably keep most of these as is for the time being just to track improvement. I hate faces, lol. That is the one thing that will eventually get fixed.

     
    Next up was Jyn Odan as I was using her in the tutorial LotA tutorial campaign. I really started feeling a little more comfortable on this one and used it as a way to play around with some various techniques for shadows/highlights.

     
    The last one that I have completed was General Sorin. This one I was really excited to try and am actually quite happy with the result for my 5th attempt at a miniature. 

     
    My next one will be Gaarkhan, who is already in progress and then either some Rebel Troopers or Stormtroopers. Between the Core, Stormtroopers add-on, Blaise and the Jet-Troopers who will be arriving today I will have plenty of those guys to deal with. It is definitely more exciting to jump in and paint the characters I like the most, but at the same time I kind of want to push some of them off until I have improved my technique.
    Thanks for looking. I'll post more as I go. Even though they aren't as masterful as most of the others on here, maybe they can still provide some inspiration.
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    Utforskarn reacted to CECtheRonin in My attempt at painting IA   
    Wow... these are masterwork!
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    Utforskarn reacted to rdennett14 in My attempt at painting IA   
    I just picked up IA core game a couple weeks ago and have been playing using the app and am absolutely hooked.  I've also decided that I want to paint my minitures and have already spent hours watching @Sorastro's videos among others and looking at tons of photos. It truly amazes me the detail you folks can get into these. @Utforskarn, I must say these are among the best miniatures I've seen and absolutely love Captain Terro. He has not been on my "to get" list but after seeing what you've done with him, especially the leather work, I think he will get added. I wasn't a fan of the clear bases either as I think basing is such a unique artform in and of itself but yours look great. I'm not going to lie though, I'd love to see some of yours with terrain bases.
    I'm in the process of finishing up my first few. They definitely aren't that great, but better than if I had never tried learning from others' work and I'm happy with them for enhancing gameplay so I guess that's what matters!
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    Utforskarn got a reaction from rdennett14 in My attempt at painting IA   
    There we go. Had a difficult time photographing these, but it turned out ok in the end I think.
    I'm happy with most of them, but jedi Luke looks like crap. Especially up close on a photo.
     





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    Utforskarn got a reaction from rdennett14 in My attempt at painting IA   
    Next up, the rancor!
    It was a great mini to paint. Very nice model and also fun to paint something this big that wasn't an AT-ST.
    Got to try out green stuff a little bit for the first time which was more difficult than I thought.
    And just as with Jabba and Terro, wetblending is so much fun!
    Still trying to learn how to take proper pictures.. any helpful tips or pointers are much appreciated.
     




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    Utforskarn got a reaction from rdennett14 in My attempt at painting IA   
    Finally completed captain Terro and the dewback rider!
    Progress have been very slow lately, but that's life with a one year old kid who doesn't like to sleep when he should
     
    I'm kind of pleased with the results and it was fun to try more wetblending. Next mini will be the rancor because of that very reason.
    I'm still having a hard time photographing and this time I asked my wife to help me take some pictures with a real camera. Does anyone have any good advice how to get everything in focus and not get too much light or too little in the pictures?
     




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    Utforskarn got a reaction from Fourtytwo in Fourtytwo brings a brush and colours to Imperial Assault   
    Very impressive and inspiring as always.  
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    Utforskarn reacted to Fourtytwo in Fourtytwo brings a brush and colours to Imperial Assault   
    I've painted two Royal Guards from Legion to replace my two from IA. They don't stand out from the IA-minis since Bespin Gambit regarding their scale, and I also put them on IA-bases to blend them in even more:

     
    My custom-created map-project is also making progress, and I will post results here, soon...
     
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    Utforskarn reacted to Spidey NZ in Character App Update (CT-1701 ) Images   
    Here is the Final Character for the Imperial Assault Character tracker App.  everything is now with my App developer and they are putting together 2.0.  Im using this development time, to one take a rest, and two, learn some simple app development to work on another simple project as practice.  thanks for all your support, it has been grueling.  if you want to help the project along, you can, by heading to the app page on my website.
     
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    Utforskarn reacted to Castlecruncher in Core Set Painted   
    Finally got around to painting my core set of Imperial Assault a few weeks ago. There's still a couple more touch ups I need to get around to (cleaning up the bases, finish some details on the Nexus and Vader, etc.), but overall I'm very happy with how they've turned out. Not gonna win any awards, but very pretty to look at all bundled together.

    The whole set together, along with some paper terrain too keep them from looking totally barren on my desk.

    Luke Skywalker. I used the same two paints to get his skin, shirt, pants, and boots; lots and lots of blending.

    Jyn, Gaarkhan, and Diala. The heroes were definitely my favorite to paint up. I gave them all a matching paint scheme, to try and make them feel like a cohesive unit. In hindsight, it kinda makes them feel less unique, but I still think they all look cool together.
    I mixed a lot of paints together to get Diala; I imagine it's the sort of thing most experienced painters are used to, but I hadn't done any mixing before this project. As such, I'm really proud of the colors I got on her.

    Mak, Fenn, and Gideon. I really like how Mak's skin came out, plus Fenn and Gideon just look cool. I realized after painting Gideon's coat that I'd used the color I usually use when painting dark skin. Had a fun time figuring out how in the heck I was gonna get his skin right without looking like the coat or being too light/dark.

    Vader. Pretty simple, really; half-and-half black and gunmetal for the chestpiece, then just gloss for the shiny bits and a red saber. He still needs the colored lights/buttons on his chest and belt (something my sister pointed out, and she's not even a Star Wars person).

    Royal Guard. I painted these guys last, so their simplicity was a huge relief. Red base, black wash (with gloss on the helmets and gloves), then black and silver weapons.

    Stormtroopers. I did all my Stormtroopers first thing, so they're some of the shoddiest painting; the white I have is atrociously thick, and I had to lay down a heavy wash to get them looking anything like clean. Still, they were some of the easiest to paint, and they still look decent.

    E-Web Engineer. At first I was loathing to have to paint these guys, then I realized I could do just the white armor and leave the rest black. I plan to go over the gun with at least a metallic drybrush, maybe some glossy bits, but still. Stormboys are delightfully easy for how bothersome the paint I use for them is.

    Officers. Did some research for these guys; turns out the grey is the Navy uniform, while black is for Stormtrooper officers. I really like how the Elite turned out; simple, but effective. I would have considered trying white, but a) that would be ISB, and b) atrocious paint. These are the guys I did my first skin-tone tests on.

    Probe Droids. Another wonderfully easy group; black base, metallic drybrush, glossy eyes.

    Trandoshan Hunters. Basic is in Yellow, Elite in Red. These were some of the earlier guys I painted, and they're probably my favorite. Admittedly they had a bit too much wash pooling, but I really like how much they pop with color. I really need to invest in a wider range of paints so I can get more colorful models like this on the table.

    The Nexu. The one on the left is the traditional style (minus the stripes; can't be bothered just yet), while the one on the right is meant to be like a black-panther deal. They both still need their eyes and tongues painted, plus maybe some other greebly bits.

    The AT-ST! One of the most fun to paint, and one of the most satisfying results. It's so big!

    Back shot.

    Bonus Rebel Troopers. I've run a couple of solo games, and included these guys as much as I could; they kind of developed their own story, so I had to paint them up. Sergeant Billy, Private Gubbins, and Captain Philip, of the infamous B-Team (the guys you call when the A-Team can't be bothered). They may not get the job done, but they'll distract the enemy long enough that you can!
    Overall these guys were really fun to paint, if exhausting (I kind of spent an entire weekend painting non-stop to get them done). I plan to take the rest of my guys from the expansions much more slowly, first painting the guys I like most and getting to the less exciting characters later on.
    I still need to finish up everyone's bases, and while I'd really like to give them some actual flocking (I love basing minis), I still want them to work on any tile from the game (can't have a grass base in the middle of a desert!). The biggest trouble is I want them all to have the same basing, which gets awkward with Snowtroopers. Any suggestions from other painters would be appreciated.
    But anywho, them's my minis! Hopefully y'all enjoyed them. I'd love to paint up Murne Riin next (I love Ithorians), but I suppose we'll have to wait and see. Best wishes to you all!
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    Utforskarn reacted to Spidey NZ in My attempt at painting IA   
    mmmmm those leather Shoulder pads on the weequay.  Breathtaking 
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    Utforskarn got a reaction from ManateeX in My attempt at painting IA   
    Thank you for those kind words, combusticator
    It’s very encouraging to read stuff like that. I feel like they look ok but nowhere near as good as some of the minis people are posting here. But I’m still glad I posted my work because of comments like yours and perhaps most of all to get some tips and help from more experienced painters. It helps a lot! I think you should totaly post some pics of your work as well for those reasons and I would love to see it
     
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    Utforskarn reacted to combusticator in My attempt at painting IA   
    Another example of why I'd never post my own on here 😁. They pale in comparison to these amazing works. The skin on the guard looks so amazing! 
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    Utforskarn got a reaction from combusticator in My attempt at painting IA   
    Time for an update.
    I have now painted almost all of the Jabbas realm-minis.
    I tried painting these a bit faster than what I usually do. In part because I wanted to practise painting faster and not get stuck in the smallest details and in part because I just wanted to be done with painting the game and actually start playing it. Very excited to start the campaign soon!
    I'm mostly happy with how they turned out, even though I know there's much room for improvement :)
     



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    Utforskarn got a reaction from Etheneus in My attempt at painting IA   
    Thanks guys! 😊
    The skin and faces are wetblended, I think it looks quite good too, so thank you
    I superglued the clear acrylic rods included in the box to some of the clear bases I use for all the other minis. I wasn’t sure it would work at first but wanted to try anyway and it did!
     
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    Utforskarn reacted to thinkbomb in My attempt at painting IA   
    Where did you get the clear stands for the jet troopers?  Those look pretty nice.
    But yeah, top notch on these minis.  Group differentiation really stands out with the Weequay, very legible!
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    Utforskarn reacted to Etheneus in My attempt at painting IA   
    Very nice! Especially the skin on the Gamorrean face.
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    Utforskarn got a reaction from thinkbomb in My attempt at painting IA   
    Time for an update.
    I have now painted almost all of the Jabbas realm-minis.
    I tried painting these a bit faster than what I usually do. In part because I wanted to practise painting faster and not get stuck in the smallest details and in part because I just wanted to be done with painting the game and actually start playing it. Very excited to start the campaign soon!
    I'm mostly happy with how they turned out, even though I know there's much room for improvement :)
     



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