Fourtytwo

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  1. Am I the only one who really doesn't like the pose of Maul in this miniature incarnation? Of the three Figure Packs, Ahsoka's pose is great, Palpi's is good, but Maul's... Fortunately, with his arms stretched out and his neck exposed, he will be easy to cut up and be converted into a different pose. I also found Ko-Tun Feralo's neck to be too long - I fixed that already, but will go a bit more into detail on that fix and converting Maul in a few days in my painting thread once Snips is all painted and varnished.
  2. Thank you very much - that means a lot to me coming from you!
  3. Thank you, Moeaswordusrex. I almost exclusively use Citadel paints and shades. In the end, you have to find the paints that work best with the techniues you use, so I always recommend experimenting with different brands until you know what works best for you. Today, I made some more significant progress and finished all the most challenging parts of the mini - in other words the montrals and lekku. I also painted Ahsoka's tiara, which means her head is now finished and I can move on to the easier parts of the figure. As for the level of neatness - talent is not a factor here, but practice and nothing but practice. Thin your paints, use a small brush with a very fine tip, and learn to sit and support your arms in a way that steadies your hand best. And remember: I also screw up. Regularly! Learn to press on and simply correct small mistakes as you go along.
  4. Chooper looks good - are you planning on adding a few scratches and subtle grimy streaks, because these would give the mini a lot of character.
  5. Today, I got my Heart of the Empire Expansion as well as the Palpatine, Maul and Ahsoka Figure Packs, and I started preparing, priming, pre-shading and painting my Ahsoka right away. The first important step is done. Normally, I start with blocking out all colours before proceeding to shade and highlight everything, but with a figure like this, I always start with the face, because getting the face right is crucial. Tomorrow, I'll proceed with the montrals and lekku, and then paint the rest of the figure. I really enjoy painting this mini after the long wait!
  6. I will get mine either today after work, or tomorrow. Then I'll start prepping and painting right away - I had to wait long enough!
  7. This is amazing considering the little time all of this took by your description - the minis look neat and I'd love to see some close-ups. Congrats - I always take my time with painting because I want everything to look the best, but it takes ages, so I'm always impressed by painters like you who get the minis to look good in such a short time.
  8. This is amazing considering the little time all of this took by your description - the minis look neat and I'd love to see some close-ups. Congrats - I always take my time with painting because I want everything to look the best, but it takes ages, so I'm always impressed by painters like you who get the minis to look good in such a short time.
  9. I am also writing a 'campaign' inspired by the basic premise of what HoTE alluded to so far, but with a spin. It's intented for a three-day tabletop convention in a few months, so I'm keeping it small and relatively simple. It'll be more of a series of two-player and multi-player skirmishes with pre-set teams and characters which I will all (and in some cases already have) paint. My angle is to not only look at the campaign from a purely strategical, tactical and logistical point of view, but to also tell a a story that revolves around the characters, because they are at the heart of everything that Star Wars is about, and it also helps to get players involved in the game beyond it being a mere tactical challenge. I will also create a few scenario- and campaign-specific command cards for the main protagonists and antagonists.
  10. The one character who could be an Imperial or a Rebel is Agent Kallus - pretty obvious choice. Han Solo could obviously also get a version where he can be Mercenary or Rebel.
  11. We don't get Darth Maul. We get (old man) Maul! Red is a colour that usually doesn't cover too well, especialy over black. I never use a solid black primer on a mini, but prime it black and then fog it with white colour spray. That way I not only achieve a pre-shaded base to work on, but also one which brings out base colours like reds much better than a solid black base. As for the black patterns on Maul's head, face and arms, the best way to go about it is to start with the largest ones and working your way down to the teeny-tiniest ones. I'd start with the back and sides of his head as well as his cheeks and neck. Then I'd paint in the black shapes around his eyes and his mouth. If you mess up, it's much easier to correct these, and it is important to get these larger defining shapes right, because they also help you later with aligning and proportioning the smaller elements of the black patterns. I also recommend using a brush with a small sharp point for this - I got myself a 5/0 from an art supplier here in Germany just for painting Maul's and Ahsoka's face. A little tip for painting very tiny details, especially if they are freehands: Try to put the tip of the brush on the mini while you slowly breathe out - your hands will be most steady while you are slowly breathing out. Do not try to hold your breath when painting tiny things.
  12. Thanks! And no, I'm not utilizing my skills professionally. I'been drawing and painting since I've been 3 years old, and got into miniatures painting in my early teens (Warhammer Fantasy Battle 3rd edition). I've also done 3d-models, textures and animation for a computer game mod and other creative stuff. Star Wars got me interested in production design, and I've spent a lot of hours at school drawing vehicles and characers from the Original Trilogy. It's always been a hobby, but one into which I've invested a lot of time and practice.
  13. How does it go? Ah yes: Do, or do not. There is no try! Right? I used this site's search function and looked for 'forum rules community rules' - didn't turn up any relevant result (which I find strange, because I'm sure there are rules). Okay, so here's my AT-AT from Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Miniatures Game from a decade or so ago. If these images violate any forum policy or rules for it being a non-Fantasy Flight product, I apologize and will comply with any requests for deletion. I plan on using this model in a custom scenario in the future, since it is perfectly in scale with IA's great minis.
  14. I'd love to, but since it's not an IA-product, I want to make sure posting images does not go against any rules on this site.