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    Hi folks,

    I thought I'd start one of these myself to try and keep me motivated.

    Although I painted as a teenager, I stopped for a long time, and now in my thirties, I'm giving it another go. I had a quick dabble back in the hobby in 2013, but was about to move house so my attention was dragged away and it's basically taken me 4 years to give it get back on the bike.

    Anyway, enough of an introduction, after catching a bit of "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" on TV, I thought I'd have a crack at a couple of Games Workshop Lord of the Rings models. Closest to hand was a box of Mordor Orcs that I thought I'd give a go:

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    Unfortunately I could only manage a couple of hours in the evening, and an hour this afternoon so I'm not that far along, but I've made a start. I'm aiming to paint more frequently even if in short bursts, and aiming just to try and develop my brush control, technique and generally improve.

    Comments, criticisms and tips more than welcome.

    Thanks for looking!

    Jake

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    Welcome back to the hobby. Your brush control doesn't look too bad, so it is all a matter of finding time to paint and keep learning-- from your own efforts and from the forum members input.

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    Thanks for the welcome!

    I've got to say finding the time to paint is one of the biggest challenges I've got. It's one of those things though that if you want to do it, you've got to make time.

    Only had an hour spare today, some of which was taken up by needing to transfer a few more paints from citadel pots into dropper bottles. Made a little more progress on various bits.
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    I'm not that happy with the highlights of the tan leather, I think I've been a bit heavy handed, but I'm chipping away at the guy. The bow I'm particularly not happy with, I don't know if it's just I've loaded on too much paint, or its a combination between that and there's not much detail to it either. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to finish that part off.

    I thought I'd also test a closeup shot, as it really helps show up the messier parts and errors that I need to work on, I was shocked at how much I just don't see otherwise.
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    It's definitely given me a new found respect for other people's skills!

    Thanks for looking!

    Jake

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    welcome back to the hobby, your keeping things tidy with is a large part of the battle and the colour scheme is working well, the bow doesnt have too much paint on, its just a little lacking in contrast. use some darker glazes and build up a pit of shadow, should improve things no end.

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    Cheers for the feedback, I'll give it some darker glazes a go and see how I get on. I've always struggled a little with shadows, so maybe that's something I should try and work on on this fellow. However, for now I've distracted myself with something a little different...

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    This dead fellow kept staring at me from the other side of the painting table so I thought I'd slap a bit of paint on him.

    He's not quite done yet as I want to do something about the base. I have a proper horde of zombies to paint if I want to do a full set, so simple bases would be a good idea, but we'll see.

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    Back to the Orc, as usual just a little bit of progress...

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    Added a few highlights, and a few shadows. Tried to glaze in some shadows to the bow, following Coyotebreaks suggestion, which needs a few more layers, but has started to make a difference.

    Painted the furry scarf (not a dodgy euphemism), which I quite like the look of from a distance.

    cheers for looking!

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    Quick update for today after a weekend of no painting due to pet sitting, and let's just put it this way, a cockatiel is way too curious to risk doing anything potential messy! Having said that, I did get a chance to quickly add some sand to the Mordor Orcs base on Sunday evening after he'd gone back to my parents house.

    I was looking forward to getting a bit further along today, but for some reason I've got a really sore and achy neck. No idea why as I hardly did anything all weekend, but it's been really uncomfortable all day at work and this evening. I find painting whilst uncomfortable just leads me to get impatient, so rather than make a mess, I just did a little to move things along but stopped before I got irritable. Hopefully a good nights kip will sort it out.

    Did a little work on some shading, using a kind of "selective washing" approach to try and add some contrast, and added a first coat of black to the base.

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    I'm not sure how obvious the effects are, but I think it has removed a little of the starkness of some of the highlights. I'm probably not going to go with the base edge being black at the end, but just cleaning it up whilst painting the first layer of the base materials just makes me feel like I've made a little progress.

    I've spotted a watermark ring on the bottom half of the bow I want to clean up, that I didn't see earlier so hopefully I'll sort that out tomorrow evening.

    Cheers folks

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    nice one, glad to see things progressing, the bow look better for some tonal variation. if you feeling brave, id try to take the highlights a little brighter, even if you go for some GW style edge highlights, will help it pop a little.

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    Good to have you about Droid! I'm a 30something myself getting back into it and as such have no criticism at all. You're here, you're re-learning and putting yourself back in the driving space. All pluses from me. naturally you won't be an A ranking star overnight but I like what your muscle memory has retained and regained so lets grow on that. Best I can give is to watch the WIP threads, they're chock full of great bits and pieces of info. In light of what you're doing, i'm liking it and keep it up!
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    Cheers folks, I appreciate the tips and suggestions. I must admit just snooping round the forums is really handy, there's so much that I've picked up from other threads and the galleries, I think the practice is the key bit, so I'm committing to an hour a day painting in the evenings to keep momentum.

    Ive tried building up the highlights on the various leather, cloth and skin bits, but I've left the metal as I'm OK with where it's at.

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    The paint on the base is still a bit wet in that picture. The closeup shots really shows up the roughness of the highlights, I had particular trouble with the thinning of the paler brown I was using to highlight the cloth, which is a little chalky. Similarly with the glove. I might experiment with using an acrylic medium for thinning over water next time and see I find that easier to get it smooth.

    looks better from a distance where the roughness is less obvious and appears more how I see it when I'm working on it

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    I must admit I'm enjoying painting a lot more than when I last gave it a crack, it's less frustrating and actually pretty therapeutic after a day of looking at computer screens!

    cheers folks

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    Youve sort of gone to thick paint from more fluid. Mix with water and add bit by bit to lighten the colour for fairer blends. Water is your friend but do not drink deeply from the water cup.... We have all done this tawdry thing. Tastes like...painty... not coffee. If that happens you need more coffee.
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    Thinking about this, while the advice is sound, this is really a 28mm mini. Advertises as 35mm but..it's not really. it's mush smaller and flaws will be more harsh on macro close shots. I've seen LOTR minis and they are preeeeetty puny. SO with that in mind i'd say yes, the advice is good but you're doing a great job of it especially coming back into the hobby. Keep it up matey!
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