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    Default In which I paint Hell Dorado and Circle Orboros, among others

    Hello CMON,

    I've spent a long time gazing into this particular void, and I thought it might be time to post a few pictures in case the void wanted to gaze back. By which I mean: long time lurker, first time poster.

    I've been painting for perhaps 15 years, but with some lengthy breaks in there, and I've decided I would like to put forth a more concerted effort to become a better painter. Hence, I'm posting my work for critique.

    For the most part, you can expect this space to be filled mostly with Hell Dorado Saracens and Circle Orboros, unless something else strikes my fancy. No promises.

    Finally, two caveats. First, I am generally a slow painter. I hope having this thread will motivate me to paint more, but hey, this might be going at a turtle's pace. Second, I have next to no experience photographing anything at all. I've been reading about ISO and white balances and whatnot, but it could take a while before any of that translates into a decent photo. I should probably go buy another lamp...

    Without further ado, here's a Gnarlhorn Satyr, a Gorax, and some bases I'm working on for my Saracens. All comments, criticisms, suggestions, et cetera are welcome.
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    Welcome
    1. 'Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life's journey.' W. Churchill
    Thank you for asking but I don't do commissions.

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    Thanks for the welcome, ten ball.

    Three things I'm hoping to improve on: 1) TMM, 2) OSL, 3) painting realistic and varied skin tones. Here a few weird lighting, no tripod WIP pictures that feature some of those things.

    First, a before and after on some piggybacked Saracens. It took two or three goes at the guy on top to get a skin tone that looked human. The coat before this was close, but he looked terminally ashy.
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    Now, the same Satyr, but with dramatic lighting (because it was easier to rig up than good lighting). I'm working on the base, which is supposed to look like stones with vines growing on them to mark the front arc. I'm concerned they look a bit more like tentacles than vines, but I think adding some leaves and maybe a flower or two could help that. That reminds me, my original idea for this WIP log was "Furry Fury," because I would be painting a lot of Circle Orboros (get it, because they're warbeasts are furry and they generate fury?). I was worried the title might be a little misleading... Anyway, here's that satyr.
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    And now some other randos: Gotz (imagine an umlaut over that "o," please) von Berlichingen, Jafar al Efrit, and a Lancer.
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    My goals for next time: finish the bottom piggyback guy and figure out how to make these pictures a little less monitor-dominatingly huge.

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    Welcome to the forum. I'm liking the Satyr.

    Go to the photography section of the forum, there are some good tips on taking picts there.

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    Hello again CMONsters (does anyone say that? Is that a thing?)

    I've made some progress on my piggyback Saracens. There are still some mistakes to clean up and some changes I'd like to make, but we're approaching a finished model. Stuff I'd still like to do:

    -clean up the border between the top guy's robe and his shawl thing.
    -blackline (or otherwise emphasize) the string of beads in top guy's right hand.
    -darken top guy's beard. I want it to look graying, but the highlights look way too harsh.
    -finish the base. It fell apart a bit when I slid the paperclip through the cork, so I had to patch things up and haven't painted those bits yet.

    But, with all that said, I'm also trying to let go of some of the imperfections in my painting and know when to move on to a new project. So this to-do list might not really get done.

    Oh, and I'm still working on the whole photography thing. I think I'm starting to get a better understanding of it all, but if you look at these four pictures side by side, you'll see some pretty different white balances. Starting to play around with post processing as well.

    Thanks for looking.
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    I paint fantasy miniatures and post the pictures here.

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    Hi again CMONsters,

    I've mostly been assembling and priming, so I thought this would be a good chance for a WIP army shot. Here are all of my Saracens--some painted, some primed, and some bare metal. There's a long way left to go with these guys. Most of them are missing arms, heads, and there's a riderless flying carpet on the far left, but here they all are, waiting patiently for me to me to make them become who they are.

    Thanks for the views and comments. I look forward to showing you some more paint and less primer in the near future.
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    I paint fantasy miniatures and post the pictures here.

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