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ok...just got LoD yesterday, and looking through the minis, i started to get overwhelmed with the amount of detail.

this will be the second game ive painted, the first being Mansions of Madness: First Edition (which i still need to finish the cultists).

any tips?

like...should i use a white, grey or black primer?
should i use straight black for the drow skin, or lighten it up with some grey?

aside from the books, and BGG, where else could i get descriptions?

thanks!
 
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I personally use black primer as it is easier to hide mistakes. if you miss a spot in a shadow using white primer it doesnt look good at all.

A couple of good sites for mini painting are:

http://www.coolminiornot.com
http://www.reapermini.com

I have my own site but dont have any descriptions, just galleries of painted minis (been doing it for over 20 years). http://www.parvusmachina.com

Hit me up if you need tips or assistance, I'd be happy to help.
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will do!

thanks.

dragons, goblins, dwarves - im not too concerned about.
my biggest concern is getting the drow skin right.

plus my wife is an art teacher, so she's a HUGE help with color palette.
 
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From what I've seen of drow, they run the range of dark lavender to black.

Cool that your wife is an art teacher, big resource right there! Good luck with your painting!
 
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I haven't gotten around to painting this game yet, so take this with a grain of salt.

I'd prime in white rather than black, because you can get good bright colours with fewer coats.

I'd also avoid pure black as a skin colour, because it will be hard to distinguish the highlights and lowlights.

My personal plan for Drizzt is to prime white, basecoat purple, then drybrush lighter purple onto that for his face, and a longer session with the drybrush for his clothing. Some of his clothing, like his cape, will be done in light green for contrast. If something still seems missing, I'll try drybrushing some dark blue here and there. Once that's done, wash or dip and varnish, and done.
 
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i havent played around with base coats, inks or washes, but i think im gonna start when i paint these mini's.

i was gonna prime the drow's in black, then drybrush purple for the skin.

i think im gonna have to take copious notes about what i WANT to do before i do it.
 
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Prime black, dry brush purple to show all the detail. Than pick each area and paint up using art for color reference. I used the box lid to help with color choice ( main reason I dry brushed Drizzt purple first).

Black primer is an easy way to have instant shadow. Dry brush primary color over entire miniature than pick out different areas to work on.


All of the figs in this link were primed black first:
http://darksondesigns.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display...
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thanks!

that was really helpful.

gonna go get some black primer this weekend.
 
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Try to get your hands on different painting guides. Throughout my years of painting I have gathared quite a collection of painting guides that I am always refereeing to when I have questions about painting.

If you can find it try to get my favorite "Darkson Designs Painting Guide". (Yes it's my book ).

Main thing to keep in mind is you have to star someplace and you can only improve. Learn from others as much as you can and hunt down painting tips and techniques.
 
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would you happen to have any copies laying around?laugh

 
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I will have to check. It has been out of print for a few years now. (really need to do another print run).
 
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How much do you think it would cost to paint 80 D&D minis (Drizzt and Ashardalon)? Including paint, brushes, primer, etc. Wondering if it's worth it to get into the hobby.
 
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Depends on the quality. I bet you could get some decient paint jobs done for 10-15 for the creatures/monsters and between 20-25 for the villains/Heros.

Or most hobby shops have painting areas where you can sit and paint. Buy a can of black primer from Walmart for around $3. Prime your figs up and head over to your LGS.
 
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Just make sure you wash the minis with soap and warm water. The minis are usually coated with a release agent used in the manufacturing process that can make painting them a pain.
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of course.

havent started painting yet. maybe this weekend.
 
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Since you already have painted one game, this may not apply, but personally I wouldn't start off with Drizzt, who's possibly the most important mini in the box. Pick a monster to start with.
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i think ive come up with a solution.

the drow duelists will be my guinea pigs.

i will spray one using white primer and the other using a dark grey (i was unable to find black)

from there, i will see what works best.

i still need to finish my mansions of madness minis first, but im almost done.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/1221651/mansions-of-madne...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/1221650/mansions-of-madne...
 
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ok...here's what i did.

i primed 2 of the drow warriors in white and one in a dark grey.
i find that some of the detail was hard to see with the black primer.
I will be using white primer from now on.


I used Hormagaunt Purple foundation on one of the white primed figures and the grey one.
I used Adeptus Battlegrey on the other white figure.
Either one worked well. No preference here.


I drybrushed black over the entire figure, then did the hair.
Next up was the gold hilts on the sword hilt and pommel.
After that i did a light silver drybrush over the entire figure, except the face.
i followed that with a quick drybrush of the face in Liche Purple, then some red for the eyes, and more purple on the base.


All 3 Drow Warriors


I just have to seal them, but im pretty happy with the way they came out.

I will definitely be using white primer from now on.
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