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My journey from complete beginner to pretty OK in mini painting

by Jan 13

Bonus: you vs the guy she tells you not to worry about. I quit the mini on the left due to a lack of inspiration. I'm glad I stuck around with the hobby as long as I did to get to do the mini on the right.

My first mini. I got into the hobby to connect with my mom when she got sick because we don't really have too much in common. We used her thick acrylic paints. I stuck with those for waaay too long. I was under the impression that because this was fantasy, I would want loud primary colors, like with super heroes.

I spent a long time on this mini, it was for a friend in my campaign. I think the loin in the back took me 3 or so hours because I was desperately trying to make a gradient. I was really happy with the blood too.

I spent even longer on this one. I was inspired by the liches from Warcraft 3 and their association with frost and wanted my lich to look frosted over. Even with thick acrylic paints I think the cape came out super well. I don't know how I managed it.

I was super happy with the opalescent dress on this deva. I tried to highlight the center of each feather individually.

I finally discovered Vallejo paints, wet pallets, washes, better brushes, and Miniac's tutorial videos. I was ecstatic with this piece. I even tried to fit in a little bit of NMM on the gauntlet holding the staff.

I made this for a friend in my game and I really wanted to do NMM. I kept putting the highlights in the wrong places, and I'm not sure I realized that his pauldrons aren't supposed to be metal. Or are they? I tried to follow a Sam Lenz's power weapon tutorial, and I think that came out as the best part. This was also my first attempt at wet blending, which I thought went well, but distracts from the mini's face.

Almost a step in the wrong direction. Looking back the color scheme was not the smartest choice. I was really struggling to keep my paints the correct consistency too. I don't know about you, but I'm never stuck a brush into skim milk, so I'm not really sure what that's like. I think I did a good job with the wetblend on the bow.

This mini is when things really started to click. I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with my wet palette and got my paints to behave (mostly). This was also when I realized that I don't need to have crazy colors all over everything. I airbrushed an undercoat of white shadows on black primer and my skin tone was thin enough for it to come through on the chest. I do regret the power weapon, I should have stuck to the lesson.

I'm really happy with this one. I tried to follow a printed tutorial for the shield and even though it doesn't look as good as the instructions, I'm happy with the outcome. I still want a color pop, so I went with a blue scale mail.

I took what I learned from the last mini and refined it. Practice really does seem to pay off. Even the NMM was looking better, and I didn't even bother using that many layers. I thought I could do better with the skin however.

I immediately got the next mini in the set and pushed this one out. I'm pretty proud of the skin on this dude. I don't have that much time to paint, so to knock this out in about 3-4 hours was really neat for me. I'm really looking forward to painting more minis.


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