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Author Topic: Urbancohort has started this painting thread and is keeping it wholly clear of apostrophes although it is all about his painting skills developing.  (Read 40896 times)
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« Reply #15 on: 28 March 2017, 07:33:49 PM »

Pleasure. If the black is hard to make out, try a light grey/off white drybrush before you put any detail on - it should just pick up the raised bits, make them visible and add a little lighter tone to the high points.

That said, I do agree with D-Guy, DFlynn and the others - don't sweat it Cheesy
Thanks for the good advice. Everyday a school day!

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« Reply #16 on: 28 March 2017, 07:36:00 PM »

I use a grey primer and a black wash to bring up the raised areas so I can see them . It also gives a sort of  black lining . I am an average painter I think and looking at your photo the paint seems a little thick but again might be the photo being zoomed in . I find a semi opaque brown wash helps an awful lot as well
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« Reply #17 on: 28 March 2017, 07:38:22 PM »

Hold it at 3' away, turn off the macro lens,be impressed by your amazing work!

DOUBLE apostrophe in title warning  ⚠️
Youbare quite correct! In my defence on the original post I had put the 2 apostrophes but realised I had posted in an inappropriate forum. I copy and pasted the original post but wrote title on a rush on a train to a funeral in Gloucester.

Mitigation, as a grammar nazi myself I have no defence and plead guilty.

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« Reply #18 on: 28 March 2017, 08:06:22 PM »

The whole unit based but still work to do making base look better

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« Reply #19 on: 28 March 2017, 08:13:06 PM »

Let's try those photos again...

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« Reply #20 on: 28 March 2017, 08:15:06 PM »

Perhaps someone can advise... I am using matt acrylics, and matt varnish... why do I get shiny patches whilst avoiding getting white patches from too thick layers of the latter?

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« Reply #21 on: 28 March 2017, 08:50:52 PM »

Here is the final article. I used Citadel Middenland Tufts to try and recreate the sort of sedge grass (? Not a botanist I am afraid) that might be found in a rather boggy area like the Somerset levels in 1685. Used a dark ink to try to stain the painted sand a bit darker. Now to start on some flintlock/matchlock men and grenadiers.

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« Reply #22 on: 28 March 2017, 08:55:26 PM »

Very nice work on that whole base.
I was not trying to be a grammar nut, sorry, just the apostrophes stop replies.

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« Reply #23 on: 28 March 2017, 09:16:53 PM »

Very nice work on that whole base.
I was not trying to be a grammar nut, sorry, just the apostrophes stop replies.

Sorry
No apologies required! I went to Grammar school and am quite anal about it!

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« Reply #24 on: 28 March 2017, 09:25:00 PM »

Finished article looks great!

I like a spray varnish tbh and haven't had a problem with shiny puddling - some Matt  varnishes are matter than others though...

Another technique I like is similar to Fred's suggestion. A light undercoat (white, sometimes gray, sometimes the base colour if it's not too dark), then block paint and use a wash (magic or "proper" depending on taste) to shade.
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« Reply #25 on: 14 April 2017, 07:20:37 PM »

So, I now also have the first stand of matchlock men to go with the pikemen. Have adapted my technique and based the next batch in black paint.
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« Reply #26 on: 14 April 2017, 10:14:48 PM »

Here is the final article. I used Citadel Middenland Tufts to try and recreate the sort of sedge grass (? Not a botanist I am afraid) that might be found in a rather boggy area like the Somerset levels in 1685.

Just for the record: sedges are sedges; grasses are grasses; (and rushes are rushes)  Nerd

They look pretty effective to me Thumbs up

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« Reply #27 on: 14 April 2017, 10:26:59 PM »

Looks good to me! How did you find it - think they're "crisper" for less work, or harder, or... ?
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« Reply #28 on: 14 April 2017, 10:58:19 PM »

Just for the record: sedges are sedges; grasses are grasses; (and rushes are rushes)  Nerd

They look pretty effective to me Thumbs up

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« Reply #29 on: 14 April 2017, 11:05:34 PM »

Looks good to me! How did you find it - think they're "crisper" for less work, or harder, or... ?
All I really know is:
1) there is a point when the main colours are on the figure and it is looking truly pants and I want to give up and take up needlework.
2) the figures look better to my eye than the photos show.
3) I am and always have been a looney perfectionist so unless all my figs look like Clib's I won't be happy with them..

Don't know I would describe my efforts as 'crisp' but I think that the high quality of the castings helps.  As I said, I have painted the next batch black as per advice given earlier on this forum.

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