Yep pretty much . It takes some practice but after a while it will be easy. I would suggest a detail brush. It would make yuor life easier when painting small areas.I agree with the white, it is a pain. So you layer the white starting with brown using gradually lighter colors till you get to bright white? Progressively coloring a smaller area so the recesses look darker, right? Having been able to do much blending as of yet, but I will definitely give it a shot! The highlights give me a pain, I need a detail brush, but I tend to be rough on them and they don't last so long.
ooo i haven't used the photo technique before sounds interesting.Yeah sorry, the contrast is a little much and as LTP says the lines need to be thinner.
They are in the right places and pretty much the right colour but they stand out too much. A highlight should be subtle, just a slight change of tone to show where the light is hitting the area. Another good tip I found on here (can't remember who it was that said it, sorry!) is to take a photo of the mini with just the base coat done. Aim a bright light at it from whatever direction you want, take the pic then either print it or have the image on you computer. Use this as a reference.
Build your highlights slowly, one layer at a time then using the thinest of lines (I find using the edge of the brush rather than the tip is best) paint a line of very bright colour. If you can get the line thin enough you cant actuallu see it from normal distance but it really brings the highlights to life.
Use this technique sparingly though, only on the points that need the brightest of highlights.