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    Default RGM Review: Miniature Painting Secrets with Natalya

    Another video tutorial has come along and, like others, this one is from one of the best mini painters out there: Natalya Melnik.

    So, how much do we learn in this video series?

    NOTE: This is for the videos, not the DVD set.

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    Thanks for that. You covered all I would have thought about had I been inclined to pick up a painting video. I dare say doing a review of this could have felt more awkward to face than a product by a big and faceless company, but good for you for a quality. constructive review. Cheers.

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    ditto
    thanks for the review
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    Thanks for the comments, folks!

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    Nicely done Hinton!

    How about a review with nothing but the ARG?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supervike View Post
    Nicely done Hinton!

    How about a review with nothing but the ARG?
    Thanks!

    I do those from time to time, but it's usually just movies/entertainment. Not sure how it would be with just him for a hobby/mini review. Something to think about, though.

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    I was wondering about some of the points you covered. The impression I got from the clips was just that; Watching her paint. I concur with the statement that you really won't learn anything of note from this alone and passive comments. I'd also concur with your encouragement for her to make another one with more in depth info on what she's doing. Straight to the point, no nonsense review. Nicely done.
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    Default Thank you!!

    you always help with my decision. As cool as her video looked it did seem that she wasn't talking enough. You nailed it yet again.
    Cudos on the great work
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    Thanks, folks!

    @TBS: It would be interesting to see if she does another one. If so, I hope it does go into a lot more detail, especially in regards to her painting style and how to approach it.

    @neon: Happy that my input helped with the decision, whichever way it went. Always nice to hear comments like that.

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    What interested me in your review was the video being aimed at intermediate to advance painters but it still having a section on figure prepping. Really? You are trying to learn wet blending but dont know how to file?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrEvilmonki View Post
    What interested me in your review was the video being aimed at intermediate to advance painters but it still having a section on figure prepping. Really? You are trying to learn wet blending but dont know how to file?
    Just...lol. I hadn't even thought about that.
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    Figure prepping is actually extremely important and often overlooked. Speaking as someone who actually watched all the footage, you'd realize that her method is much more involved than "figure prepping". A considerable amount of time was spent making sure the figure is perfectly smooth, including filing the cloak and painting on dilute milliput to perfect smoothness. She isn't a 2 time winner for nothing, but scoff away if you like. There's going to be a chance to prove your mettle in a throw down next year
    I like it firm and fruity!

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    Again with the teasing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chern Ann View Post
    There's going to be a chance to prove your mettle in a throw down next year
    Such a tease!!!

    BTW thanks for the review once again Hinton! Appreciate you putting the time into making those, always informative and entertaining~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chern Ann
    Figure prepping is actually extremely important and often overlooked.
    Roger that!

    I suspected she went to the kind of effort you mention from the photos of some of her pieces, which look way smoother than a white-metal casting is likely to be straight from the manufacturer.

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    To be honest I think if you are spending that kind of money on a tutorial video, I want it all, even the basic stuff and I don't think that there is anything wrong with having a prep section on it. There really is no point in skipping anything as the main thrust of this video from what I gathered, is showing off some figures from start to finish - the whole process by an award winning artist. It's always interesting to see how people work and I am sure that there are a whole bunch of people on here who we would all like to spy on and steal techniques from!

    I think the lack of discussion on the video is a problem, and I think if a follow up is made (yes please!!!) more detailed discussion and explanation needs to be given. This is perhaps down to the fact that Alexi does not speak English (I believe), not sure if the russian version contains more dialogue, maybe it does. I personally got what I wanted out of it - to see one of my favourite mini painters do a whole mini in the comfort of my armchair with a beer and of course a large bag of jelly babies. I did pick up a few snippets of wisdom to though. The erm, cover is great to.....

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    Yes. But it has Natalalya....Do I sound like a stalker yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chern Ann View Post
    There's going to be a chance to prove your mettle in a throw down next year
    Yeah and all I need to do is fly 8000 miles to do this? Yeah right.

    Oh and I didnt say that prep wasnt important but it didnt sound from the review that she covered anything that the target audience wouldnt know.
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    I think figure prep is essential. Maybe its more intuitive to those of us who do conversions or model, but it certainly belongs in any video on painting. Wet blending, which seems to get hearalded as the ne plus ultra of miniatures painting, is a pretty basic technique to someone who has been trained in oil painting (though sitting around for a month or more waiting for your oil painted mini to dry might be tedious). Its a little more technically difficult with Gamer Paints, but conceptually its not all that hard. Some artists brands make acrylics with longer open times that make wet blending pretty easy, or you can add retarders to paints and get the same thing.
    In all honesty, the techniques used to win golden demons are not that mysterious-the exceptionality lies in the talent of the artist and the time and attention to detail, and of coursse the creativity and vision. These are things you can't learn in a video. I would be surprised if many of the painters I would consider "advanced" based on their work here, would have anything to learn from a video like this. Of course its interesting to see her process, and who knows what you might learn? In the end, every one of is should always be trying to improve our technique and take lessons from each other any time we can. To me this hooby is a lot more fun when we put our egos aside and try stuff out. But I am glad my buddy spent the money on the video and shared it with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebonbuddha View Post
    Yes. But it has Natalalya....Do I sound like a stalker yet?
    That depends. Did you buy it for that reason? =P
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