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Figured I'd throw my hat into the painting race as well... Hell, half the reason I bought the core game (and the 5 sin expansions) was for the models!

I'm gonna use this thread as a log of my painting progress... seeing as I just got the game a 1-2 weeks ago, I've got a long way to go. So I'll be updating with pics as I finish them in clusters.

I'm trying to keep close to source artwork and/or the CMON paint-ups, whichever I like more. So here we go...

Pride Abominations:


Pride Controller:

I'm trying to teach myself to push for more contrast than I typically go for, since my normal style is pretty desaturated and "natural" looking as well.

Avatar of Pride:

I know the source art has the Avatar a little more yellow, but I wanted to use the same colors for the abominations for unity.

Originally, I was planning on painting all the bad guys first (core game only to start), but I really wanna paint Karl... so I think I'm moving onto Heroes next, heh. We'll see...
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Very excellent. I'm assuming this is airbrushed, correct? If not how do you do the blending so well?
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For these I prime in airbrush (black/grey/white), but for the most part, these models' details are too small for an airbrush to be of any real use. For blending, I "feather" out my paint. Some people call it "two-brush blending" (because you're painting with one brush while using a damp brush to blend).

So you can lay down some paint and before it dries, rinse out your brush or grab another brush that's damp (dipped in water, quick wipe on paper towel) and lightly brush away the edge of the still-wet paint.

Try it out on a test model or prime a piece of plasticard and do some tests. I've found for larger areas (like Avatar's muscle masses), this works well and gets me a pretty smooth blend pretty fast... but for smaller areas (abominations for example), I still stick to pretty diluted paint (1/1 to 3/1 water-to-paint ratio) and just glaze in my colors (keep in mind where your brush leaves the model is where most paint will end up)... drag your color from where you want the blend to start to where you want your color to be strongest.
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Looke really good. I like the contoller very much. Nice skills. i am gonna paint mine as well.
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Bruno Gaia
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excellent! I aim at painting most of my KS (I rarely do so) but I'm sure mine will be faaaar from this quality XD!
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Alpha Team:

Karl(s):

The mark on his chest is supposedly a scar, but with his necklace it was too hard to see, so I changed it to a tattoo. Also, my first attempt at glowing eyes for the werewolf... It's fun and from a distance, looks pretty dang good. I definitely wanna do more lighting effects in the future and get better at it too. =)

Rose:

Black is really difficult to paint... and this was the first time I tried painting different materials in black, as in dress vs. belt/straps.

Thorley:

He turned out a little bluer than I originally wanted (my demon ginger smurf!), but it's not bothering me THAT much. Lessons learned, though. I also figured he's the type who would wear leather pants, so I tried to paint his black pants (black is REALLY hard for me...) to look like leather.

Morgana:

Tried making her dress look like red velvet... still not quite there, but I like keeping in mind the kind of material to paint. Also, the source art has her eyes open, but the sculpt (at least the way mine looked) seemed like she was closing her eyes... no eye-lids in the sculpt and her eyes would seem like they were bulging. So it was just another chance to try my hand at eye-shadow, Rose being my first attempt.

Brad:

Honestly the least fun guy to paint, but the goggle lenses were fun and I'm trying to get better with true metallic metals.

Rocco:

This guy's armor was actually fun to paint, more surface area to try different things with metal color variations.

Leah:

I debated on whether or not to paint the shotgun silver like the source art, but in the ended decided to do so 'cause it seemed to balance out with the rest of the figure, more "techy". Not a fan of the nice-girl smile though... the source art has her with a bad-ass smirk instead, heh.
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Added Rose to the Alpha Team post.
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Wow - these are all amazing paint jobs.

Like you, I originally backed the Kickstarter just because the models looked amazing (and I was just getting back into painting after a 15+ year break). As it turns out, I quite like the game, which is a nice side-benefit. But I'm very slowly making progress with the painting, trying to practice new techniques that I haven't used before - glazing is the big one that's made a huge difference for me, and also making sure I use thinner paints.

I'm working on the Pride Avatar right now, so your pic is being referred to quite a bit at the moment.

Looking forward to seeing the rest as they get finished!

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stuartgturner wrote:
Wow - these are all amazing paint jobs.

Like you, I originally backed the Kickstarter just because the models looked amazing (and I was just getting back into painting after a 15+ year break). As it turns out, I quite like the game, which is a nice side-benefit. But I'm very slowly making progress with the painting, trying to practice new techniques that I haven't used before - glazing is the big one that's made a huge difference for me, and also making sure I use thinner paints.

I'm working on the Pride Avatar right now, so your pic is being referred to quite a bit at the moment.

Looking forward to seeing the rest as they get finished!

Stu


I'm in the same boat! Until about a year ago, I didn't really paint minis for 20 years or so (I used to be obsessed with it... more so now, heh). I did the odd mini for D&D maybe a few years back, but take it much more seriously now... honestly, strong/exaggerated contrast is new to me, The Others being the first time I've tried it. Played two games of it this past week and the contrast really kicks it up on the table.

Even now I look at my Pride Avatar and see that I should have kicked up more contrast, but it's sealed now so it's too late.
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Added Thorley and Morgana to the Alpha Team post.
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Alpha Team complete! (Post updated)
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Hell Club:

Dr. Gan:

...aka "Discount Pinhead," heh. I wrestled a little with settling on a skin tone for majority of these Hell Club members; I kind of like how this tone turned out, so I'll be using it on everyone (except Flay). There were a lot of obscured details from a bad cast, so I had to improvise a lot. You may also notice my Dr. Gan has a missing spike... I didn't notice it until I was in the middle of painting it. I contacted CMON and they're sending me a replacement... if the cast is better and has clearer details, I may re-do this guy.

Grin:

Tried some new techniques from here on and I'm in LOVE with the "loaded brush"! Helped with the muscle masses and blending so much!

Gourd & Vex:

These guys are creepy, heh. Does anyone know their backstory? I find The Others' lore intriguing...

Margueritte:

Red is hard... and so frustrating. =P

Flay:

I think this is the nicest booty I've ever painted, hah. Used a different shade for flesh tones with the Hell Club, and Flay's flesh, the healthiest-looking flesh of the bunch, seems to work pretty well with this alternative. I might have to do some more testing to see if it really can improve my flesh tone formula moving forward...
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Keep up! Really amazing work
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Love it, keep it up. And please, do a tutorial video on any miniature, it will be very helpful!
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Very, very nice work. Lots of careful attention to details, and great photography too. I'm about to embark on painting my own set, and I'll refer to this thread as inspiration as I go for what can be achieved.

Thanks for posting!
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Posted the rest of the Hell Club! Next, I'm gonna start working on the acolytes, starting with Hobos.

Trying to finish the core box before I paint the sins... Sloth will be the last thing I paint from Core, heh.
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Core Box Acolytes:

Corrupt Hobos:

For some reason, it was hard to find motivation to paint these, so my progress has been really slow in addition to being busy in life too. I think it's just all the brown, 'cause the old lady was fun to paint, but the two guys were kind of a challenge (motivation-wise).

Corrupt Nuns:

Red is still a challenge for me... tried going for a "velvet" kind of effect with their robes and such.

Corrupt Doctors:

I typically have cool shadows for my whites since most of the time I feel like warm/brownish shadows for whites look "dirty" somehow. But since the nurse's dress is a grey/blue, I felt like it would feel disjointed if her whites looked different from the other two. Keeping that in mind, I tried making smoother blends to minimize the "dirty" look... more or less happy with how it turned out.
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Those are absolutely stunning! Your painting skill far outmaches mine but I will try to steal some of your colour schemes.
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Awesome! Wanna see more!
Did you do any more of the "sins" themselves yet?
 
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Diegann wrote:
Love it, keep it up. And please, do a tutorial video on any miniature, it will be very helpful!


Oh yeah! I'm certain that would be very much appreciated by many, many people!
 
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Arboretum wrote:
Awesome! Wanna see more!
Did you do any more of the "sins" themselves yet?


So far, I've only done Pride. I'm trying to get through the whole core box first. I plan on finishing all 3 sets of core box acolytes, then moving on to Sloth. Once core box is done, that's when I'll hunker down and focus on the 5 expansion sins. When I'm nearing completion of those, I plan to get my hands on Apocalypse. =)

This is a huge project and I've also go Cthulhu Wars whispering in my ear from time to time, demanding completion, heh. I'm trying to work on my painting speed, but at the same time I don't wanna just base coat, wash, drybrush, move on... it's a frustrating balance sometimes, heh.

But this thread is where I'll be posting all my progress. Each comment I'll update with new paintups so they'll be grouped together, at least. I was thinking of just updating the first comment, but Roolz did something like that with his Cthulhu Wars and the first page just becomes a HUGE load, heh. We'll see, never too late to make that adjustment... Come to think of it, I'll probably do that once all are done, but for now I like the "timeline" aspect of it.
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Wow! These are amazing. Making me anxious to paint mine. I'm still working on the Z:BP kickstarter stuff... It's taking me forever.
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Added "Corrupt Nuns" to the Acolytes post.
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Added "Corrupt Doctors" to the Acolytes post. With that, I can finally start working on "Sloth" to finish off the core box! *psyched!*
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Awesome paintjobs Paul! Inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
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