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Subject: First time painting minis - Finally finished! rss

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Mae
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This is my first time painting game minis, so I thought I would share the results. I've done some craft painting, but not much and never anything as small or detailed as this.

They are far from perfect, but my family and I are happy with them.
(Sorry my pictures aren't better. It was the best I could do.)











Now we need to get it to the table!
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You're too modest - they look fantastic!
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Fine looking minis. They turned out really nice.
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Peter van der Helm
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Awesome work. Very nice
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They stink! Please PM me for my address I will take these "ugly" things off your hands!

Looks really good! Nice Job!
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Thanks everyone! I'm really glad I decided to give painting a try.

Thanks too to all of the talented mini painters who share their knowledge here at BGG and all over the web.
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Really beautiful! My girlfriend wants to try her hand at painting our pieces...please pay it forward if you have any particular tips or tricks for novice figure painters.
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Mae
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The Professor wrote:
Really beautiful! My girlfriend wants to try her hand at painting our pieces...please pay it forward if you have any particular tips or tricks for novice figure painters.


Sure! Though, I really am a novice, so take that into consideration when looking at my tips.

I think the two most important things I learned were to:

1) Thin down my paint. I used acrylic craft store paint. Since I hadn't done this before I didn't want to invest in expensive paint. Un-thinned acrilyc paint gets gloppy easily, and fills in the great details of the mini. Try painting with thinned paint, and let the details of the model do the work. You can always add layers to deepen the color.

2) Washes are cool. To further highlight the details of the figure, and give the minis that aged look, I washed them with a tinted wash as my final step. There are washes you can buy, but I went cheap again, and made mine using ink and future floor wax. There is a lot written about the Future "Magic Wash", so I won't go in to it in detail. Some people love it, some people hate it. It got me started with results I am happy with.

Some links:
Painting Over Camelot
Experience with Painting the Minis as a First-Timer
http://theminiaturespage.com/boards/msg.mv?id=265390

And for LOTS of info, she should look in on the guild here at BGG
Miniature Painters Guild

Most of all, she shouldn't be afraid to give it a try!
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Joe Pilkus
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Thanks, Mae! I'm not great at small, detail work, but my girlfriend is a phenomenal painter, so I would love for her to try these techniques.


Cheers,
Joe
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