Monday, 26 March 2012

A Newbie Guide: Painting Miniatures part 3b


Read part 3a here

So, if you remember, last time I had a decision to make about whether to leave the coat as it was or work into it more.

It's me! Of course I worked into it more!


I took some more of the Devlan Mud wash and painted into the shadows. Once thoroughly dry I added some fresh Bleached Bone highlights followed by tiny white highlights.

I also took the opportunity to paint up the patches on the back of his coat, using various browns and highlighting with the Bleached Bone.


Next I looked at the skin. I wanted Francisco here to at least look related to his sister Perdita, so chose a similar colour scheme. I base coated the areas in Bestial brown, which is a much warmer brown to the Burnt Umber used earlier. At this point I would normally paint in the eyes, but Francisco has such small, dark eyes I've decided not to bother. I mixed in some Vermin Brown and then started to highlight with Bleached Bone. I will go back with a wash of some kind before a final white highlight.


Francisco's jeans were next on the painting list. I painted out the brown overspill from the coat with Black before basecoating the area with a Black/Fenris Grey mix. I highlighted this up with increasing amounts of White before giving the area a Blue wash.

Lesson to be learned here – I was too quick to give the model a blue wash, not letting the highlights dry thoroughly. The result was a complete obliteration of the crisp lines and a muddy blue colour covering the entirety of his jeans. Must remember to give paint time to dry thoroughly.

I went back later with some final White highlights.

You can probably see the process I use now, applied in various areas and with a variety of colours. I will continue to paint Francisco here and give a final update once complete.

I hope you have picked up some ideas for your own painting, and of course if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

12 comments:

  1. Great guide again, things are looking good....

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  2. You really have excellent painting skills and a great eye for colour.

    But damn! Those figures are expensive! I almost fell out of my chair when checking out the figure price list. Gorgeous quality, though - knocks the crap out of GWs metal figures.

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    1. PS: sorry to hit you with a second post straight after - but have you played 'Warhammer 40k' the pc game? If so, I was just wondering what your thoughts were on the customisation of the multi-player skins?

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  3. Oh God, this is great! I think the jeans look fantastic with the highlighting and the white selectively used in some places. I really, really like these figures too. After I get a few more of what I have done, these are next on my list. Then I can follow your guide with the figure and get really depressed because I'm not as good as you!!

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  4. @AL
    Thank you. I have to admit I'm really enjoying painting this guy – can't understand why I didn't do it before. Maybe I needed a break from all those brown coats.

    @Mark K
    I don't really see them as that expensive because, compared to what I used to spend playing 40k, they are a lot lighter on the wallet. Plus I spend more time painting them, so get more out of it on a model by model basis.

    Sorry, I don't play Warhammer 40k or indeed have a PC, so I can't help you there.

    @Anne
    As I mentioned above, I'm really enjoying my time painting at the moment – thank you for the inspiration. certainly find these particular miniatures great to paint because they look so amazing. I am toying with the idea of doing a painting video sometime so people can actually SEE me paint, mix my paint, etc.

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  5. Hey thanks for the follow! Your blog is amazing I am going to need more coffee top catch up on all this great stuff! Fantastic tutorials I love anything which shows fabric as a texture rather than just some magically hued material and you have really pulled off the lived in denim look.

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  6. Great Blog I will def be reading your blog so I can try and paint figures fab read

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  7. Ditto what Anne says about the Jeans, they look great. Nice skin tone too - be brave, do the eyes... ;)

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  8. great tutorials there. Thanks mate. I'll read them thoroughly.

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  9. They're 32mm? Wow! With that much detail (sculpt and painting) I'd assumed they were 54mm or larger

    Fantastic painting mate

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  10. Thanks guys, the support is appreciated.

    Andy – deep down I know I'm going to have to go back and do the eyes, I'm just in denial at the moment!

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  11. It would be great if you did an instructional video. You're so busy now I don't know how you'd find time for it. But there is money to be made in those videos.

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