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Nate Straight

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I got my copy yesterday, and after spending far too long trying to get the tiles out of their sheets, I decided that I would take up even more time to get the game ready to play and paint all the figures before my first go at the game. I must be really bad at this or something, 'cause it's taking quite awhile.

In any event, I'm just going with a relatively simple paint scheme for each one, with the main article of clothing for each figure a different color (knight = red, barbarian = orange, dwarf = yellow, thief = green, amazon = blue, and wizard = purple), and I'll paint the outer rim of their bases that color, too.

I have five of the six hero figures almost done (touch-up, the rims of the bases, and the figure's skins [save the barbarian, which I did a different flesh tone; no extra meaning ascribed to that] are all that I have left to do); I haven't started on the wizard or the dragon yet. I guess that will be tomorrow's project.

I'll post picture when I'm done, but I was just wondering if anyone else had undertaken a painting project yet for the figures and what you did.
 
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John Maddening
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There have been numerous people who have done amazing paint jobs on their Descent minis who have posted them on the FFG forums:

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?boar...
 
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Nate Straight

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Well, I finished, but my stupid camera is not able to focus this morning for some reason, so no pictures for now.
 
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Nate Straight

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Alright, here's some pictures. Most turned out alright, but some are fuzzy. I'm no photographer.

Spread:



Amazon:



Barbarian:



Dwarf:



Knight:



Thief:



Wizard:



Drakon:

 
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Nate Straight

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Should I submit any of those to the database (maybe retake a few?)?
 
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Nate Straight

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I may give them a spray of some kind of protective coating once they dry fully... but what is "dipping?"
 
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Nate Straight

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Wow. The results are pretty compelling, but that sounds a helluva lot scarier than just painting them. I'd have to chip everything off and start over if I didn't like the end result. At least paint can be painted over. :-/

Were I to do it, do I just brush / dip it on evenly, or do I try to get "more" stuff in the "darker" places? What would it do to the overall colors... particularly the things like the gold, silver, and white parts? Would the metals still be shiny? I think I like the idea of what it might do to the "boney" parts of the dragon figure... but what about the dwarf's white beard, would it turn brown?

I'll definitely consider it, though.
 
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Nate Straight

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So, what color stain do I use? The "tudor"? Or should I use a lighter shade?
 
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I didn't actually paint the figures, but I did "wash" them. They are posted on the Drakon 3 page right now. I was too lazy to paint them, and "washing" them seemed to be the answer for a quick new look to bring out some detail. The dragon turned out particularly well I think- I did paint the gold coins around the base.
 
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Nate Straight

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I went ahead and did the stain trick, using Minwax "Antique Walnut."

I have mixed reactions.

Pro:
-The figures are even more "uniform" as a set now
-The satin finish is going to be much nicer
-The shading worked for the most part

Con:
-Most of my original paint was enamel; some thinned
-The stain was much too thin and puddled some
-As expected, the white is a bit muddy
 
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Nate Straight

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They're looking considerably better (less muddy) as they dry.

I think I'll be pleased with the overall effect.
 
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Still not sure how I feel about them... but here's the end result.



They don't look as blotchy in person. I think the less guady, less glossy effect fits in better with the overall look and feel of the game. I may just go back in and whiten up some of those whites.
 
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Noaceyet hired me to paint the set for him. I found the figures a bit more challenging than most I paint. The figures were pretty detailed for their scale, however a lot of times the details were not very well defined. That slowed things down a bit as I tried to figure out how to paint them effectively. In all it took about three hours per figure.

I posted them to BGG, they are up now.

 
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