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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.

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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:

Scaly hide: Army Painter Hardened Carapace (I wanted to try the paint because of its name) highlighted with Citadel Eshin Grey and White Scar.

Skin: Citadel's Baneblade Brown mixed with a little bit of black. Highlights with a mix of Ungor Flesh and White in a separate well (to simulate Vallejo's Buff) and that mixed into the base color mix.

Loincloth: About 1-1 mix of Citadel's Steel Legion Drab and XV-88 with highlights done by mixing in further XV-88 and then Citadel's Screaming Skull.

Scale part of loincloth: Citadel's Stegadon Scale Green mixed in with Army Painter Necromancer's Cloak

Loin cloth stitching: Citadel's Ushabti Bone. Highlights with Screaming Skull

Rope: Karak Stone

Hammer's stone: Citadel's Dawnstone, Mechanicus Standard Gray and  Mechanicus Standard gray darkened with some black.

Hammer shaft: Citadel's Gorthor Brown and some black mixed into it

 

Now I just have the heroes to paint. Also, so excited for the balrog. The shadowy creature with flaming mouth is going to be a fun challenge to paint.

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Finished Coalfang! I had to improvise a bit since I didn't want to spend all that money on the contrast colors Sorastro used (hoo boy are they expensive). But I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.

Instead of the contrast colors, I used a roughly equal mix of Flat Brown and Buff, followed by a 2:1 ratio of Army Painter Strong Tone and Red Tone wash for the short fur. And for the rest, I used some Flat Brown with Flat Red followed by a similar wash (although I flipped the ratios, and added a touch of Dark Tone). I also thinned the paints down significantly so that they would flow better and show the zenithal highlights more prominently, but I left the shades basically undiluted to compensate.

With that done though, the only ones I have left are the troll and Atarin. I'll do the troll this weekend, and then wait and see how Sorastro handles Atarin. But I might just wing it if I get bored and don't want to wait.

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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.

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Also, just realized that I completely forgot to highlight and fix Bilbo's vest buttons. Argh! 😫

 

 

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Just asking, if you do white clothes fast. 

What ink you should use if you want to add shadows to white cloth and still maintain the white color near white or is highlighting the only way?

Is there good option in contrast paints to do white clothes?

 

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7 hours ago, Hannibal_pjv said:

Just asking, if you do white clothes fast. 

What ink you should use if you want to add shadows to white cloth and still maintain the white color near white or is highlighting the only way?

Is there good option in contrast paints to do white clothes?

 

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.

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Thanks! Now extra question. I am not familiar with mediums. There seems to be different ones of them. Is there any collected info about them somewhere? I did get an idea how They work, but how different mediuam work differently, or do they. And how medium is different from flow enhancer that to my eye does the same thing...

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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.

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