My miniature painting adventure (for beginners)
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I have been into the board gaming hobby for almost two years, and I recently started having a go at painting miniatures. My first attempt at painting is RoboRally, and my ultimate goal is to build up to being able to paint something like Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) (and be able to do it reasonably well). For anyone who is interested in trying this for themselves, I will include details of the resources I used as I go.
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1. Board Game: Pick a Paint [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:12840]
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Before I started to ruin my miniatures with my beginner painting skills, I decided to do a bit of research into how to start this out properly. But where do you start?

The following was an excellent starting resource and I recommend it to anyone who is is a beginner at this:

Painting plastic minis - A "how to" guide for beginners [Warning: Contains 175 images!]

Particularly follow the instructions around the materials you will need and you will at least have everything you need to start with.

Other resources I used to learn how to start my painting journey:

Base Coating
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6KHZnd-OL4

Applying washes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdTr51EJLCQ

Drybrushing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc7fcNZVT04

After getting everything I needed (using the list above) and watching these videos I felt I was ready to go with the basics. I picked Roborally as the first game to paint (I felt it was a good one to experiment on). Key lessons from this first attempt:

1 A size 0 brush is not small enough for the detail - I found a size 000 brush at the local paint store (which was also quite cheap) and this does the job quite nicely on the detail.

2 Paint consistency is one of the most important things to get right. If you don't water it down enough you will see brush marks and lose details, but if it is too watery then you don't get proper coverage. This is something I'm still learning to get right.

3 Shading and colour transition is HARD, and will take a lot of practice to get right. I need a lot more practice before I can do this well.

4 Learning takes a lot of time, and this first effort took a couple of hours PER MINI. I expect I will get faster as I improve. I however found it quite relaxing working on these and it is a great extension to the board gaming hobby.

A few more resources I have come across after painting Roborally and starting on Talisman:

How to Prime
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AcJCWk4YqQ

Layering
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7w08WjoxCQ

Painting eyes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhH-GWvHG00

Painting flesh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-rsH9wdaVg

Glazing (this is a very interesting technique and I have found it useful).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABIvvayN2NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MmphzHWBAA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V4qRcINf-I

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I have found the following to be good advice:

Acrylic medium - my secret weapon

While I am not anywhere close to being good at blending, I tried a Vallejo medium transparent product to help mix and also thin out the paint (instead of water) and it did create a smoother finish.

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2. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:368]
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The results of my first effort (some photos below).

d10-1 Priming the robots



d10-2 The first robot being painted (Zoom bot).



d10-3 The final results



Still much to learn, however I'm happy with this first effort (my favourite is hammer bot, which was one of the last to paint where I was able to put into practice a lot of what I learned on the others).

Next painting attempt? Talisman (Revised 4th Edition)
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3. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1292]
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Started working on painting Talisman. 18 miniatures total.


d10-1 Primed Talisman minis



d10-2 First one completed (the Troll) - trying out a couple of different techniques (glazing and the use of pre-prepared grass tufts). Was good experience, and now confident enough to do more than one at once.



d10-3 Toads were up next....

Eyes first, then initial base coat done, using 'mossy green'.



Toads in progress as colour built up using progressively darker greens, then moving to brown.



Toads following completion of highlighting and shading, just prior to finishing touches on the bases.



and.. toads completed (3.5 hours to paint all four, including setup, packup, and sealing).



d10-4 The Evil Wizard (very happy with how this one turned out).



d10-5 The Assassin



d10-6 The Talisman ladies (the Prophetess and the Sorceress). Tried out flocking to create a textured base and grass. Happy with the results.





d10-7 The Monk and the Dwarf. Getting faster now - my new silver and gold paints came in very handy for the dwarf.





d10-8 The Thief and the Ghoul (5 more to go - already started on the Druid)





d10-9 The Druid (fastest effort so far - about 1.5 hours)





d10-1d10-0 The Minstrel and Warrior





d10-1d10-1 The Priest and the Elf





d10-1d10-2 All complete!!



NEXT PAINTING ATTEMPT - Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
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4. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:82]
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Started the long process of painting the miniatures from Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition).

d10-1 Started on the shadow dragons on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Base coats completed as well as initial highlights and some dry brushing. Just need to finish the detail and work on the bases.



d10-2 Shadow dragons finished (master and minion painted in different coloured bases).





d10-3 Next up - Ettins. Initial base coats done prior to starting on the detail, highlighting and shading.

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