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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-24-12, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I used to paint figures a while ago in my younger years but decided recently to take it up again, I wasn't the best painter of our group at the time but fancied I could do better now I have more patience

This is actually the second one, the first was an ultramarine, I'm happier with this one, a salamander. if anyone has any suggestions of things to try to improve it that would be great.

p.s. it looked a lot better before I blew it up with the camera
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I cannot see any mould lines and the paint looks smoothly applied so you have an excellent basis upon which to build.

However, your highlights seem a touch thick. I suggest watering your paint down a little more and building them up in more layers as it will give better control. Also, if you are not already doing it, edge highlights are often easier by running the side of the brush gently along the corner instead of trying to use the point.
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I cannot see any mould lines and the paint looks smoothly applied so you have an excellent basis upon which to build.
Thanks! although I did notice a strange kind of moulding on his right arm under the shoulder plate that joins the plate to the elbow that isn't on the other side. Maybe this is just a feature of the model.

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However, your highlights seem a touch thick. I suggest watering your paint down a little more and building them up in more layers as it will give better control. Also, if you are not already doing it, edge highlights are often easier by running the side of the brush gently along the corner instead of trying to use the point.
When you say highlights you mean the lighter layer over the base? I have tried watering down the paints some but think I need practice, its easy to make it too watery and then it isn't spreading.

For the edge highlights, I did try using the edge of the brush but think as you say I was a little heavy handed. When I did it lightly it seemed like nothing was going on the miniature at all, so then I tried to apply more pressure. It looked fine at the time but you can see its not right when you blow it up.

I had problems doing that with the inner edge of the shoulderpads and had to use the edge of the point, that was the trickiest edge to do without painting the pad itself with the tip,

Thanks for the tips, I will try to put them into practice
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Nice work mate, the eyes look great
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Nice work mate, the eyes look great
Thanks, I think eyes are a bit hit and miss for me, its difficult to see where the point of the brush is going to land
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