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  1. 34 minutes ago, The Bag said:

    Like a silver/grey gem?  You could add some glazes of colours to make it look like it’s reflecting.  Unless you want to go and paint actual reflections.


    I think reflections of specific things would be a bit ambitious but yeah, I was thinking a vague impression of reflections. I just kind of don't know where to start. A silver base plus glazed lines? 


  2. On 15/06/2021 at 23:26, stephen129 said:

    A nicoise salad I made today (there were green beans too but I forgot to put them in until after I took the shot). I used a fancy can of Ortiz white tuna for this too which was quite nice (not sure it's worth £4.50 though).





    The Ortiz stuff is just like regular tinned tuna in oil. Very disappointing. Try the Sainsbury's stuff I mentioned before, it's a totally different texture, perhaps because they cut the fish differently (it looks like small, loose fillets in the tin. Or maybe that the fish in the tin is quite loose, so it is more coated in the olive oil? I dunno, but it's not like any other tinned tuna I've tried.

  3. The area you say you struggle with (how and where to highlight) is something I also struggled with, and still do. I also found that I’d get a mini looking great with just a base coat and wash, and then make it look worse at the highlight stage.

    Partly it’s the “fault” of the prevailing GW style of painting which I found challenging to emulate when I was starting out (and also still do!), which is basically:


    Base Coat


    Re-establish base coat


    Thinner highlight

    Final highlight


    The trouble is, doing the above is great in theory until you start wrestling with things like paint thickness and flow, accuracy, and the tiny size of these models. Any one of the above steps can go wrong if you for example, do too thick a base coat, or re-paint areas that are still wet, never mind deciding where to highlight a curved surface or a million folds in a cloak. Edge highlighting is HARD, but also not necessarily what you absolutely have to do.


    What I find, and recent GW tutorials seem to have shifted this way, is that using a greater array of tricks and shortcuts is a better way to get to the end goal. For me this is heavy use of contrast paints and dry-brushing, both of which are considered “n00b” techniques but are super effective.


    For example, the recent Cursed City GW tutorials use a dry brush over the initial base coat, plus a contrast paint, to essentially give you a “free” highlight. This clues you in to where best to further emphasise raised areas, and I think provides a huge confidence boost as it just looks good immediately and you can then just enjoy “colouring in” all the little details.


    Have a look at this video - the initial stages on the cloak are very easy to apply to any miniature.



    More generally, dry-brushing a model once base coated and shaded can just visually tell you where to put highlights, even without the pre-shading and contrast method above. You can always “cut in” with the base coat colour if you go too heavy on the dry-brushing.


    Finally, if you do over-highlight, as I frequently do (sometimes deliberately nowadays) a final coat of contrast paint can apply a filter which subtly changes the overall hue of the model, whilst also toning down any over exuberant highlights. I thought I’d finished this guy the other week, but someone on Instagram said it had looked better before I’d done the bright edge highlighting. I thought about it and realised I agreed so I applied contrast paint to tone it down again:





    So yeah, once you feel like spending again I’d make my next purchases some contrast paints, and a cheap set of makeup brushes for dry-brushing. Dry-brushing is magic really - if you just get some scenery, like some rocks  or stone ruins or something, paint them grey, apply a wash, then dry brush them light grey or white, you’ll feel like a painting ninja. 

    Caveat - of course this is just what has worked for me as a beginner. I’m still working all this stuff out as I go!

  4. Beans are a good way to make a salad feel substantial.


    I like Borlotti beans as they're not too mushy from the tin, with thinly sliced red onions which I steep in balsamic vinegar. That provides the acid of the dressing. The oil of the dressing is provided by the olive oil from a can of fancy tuna. This stuff is amazing, a world away from regular tinned tuna





    I drain the beans and add to a bowl, then put the tuna in, oil and all, then the red onions. I then add either salty black olives, or capers. Combine. Then I add lots of chopped flat leaf parsley, black pepper (no salt because olives), and whatever salad leaves you like. I am currently enjoying butterhead lettuce and halved cherry tomatoes. 


    If you add some flatbread or similar it can be a pretty filling meal.




  5. 5 hours ago, Stanley said:

    Yeah I’ve been playing it on Series X and it’s a wondrous thing - I don’t know quite why it is so much better but it’s now the game they talked it up to be right from the start. 


    It’s waaaay beyond what they talked up at the start now. :)


    If anything it’s too complex and busy for me now but I’m glad you’re enjoying it, and glad it’s making you think fond memories of your Dad. 

  6. 1 hour ago, Cocky said:

    I wouldn't put much into the number of likes, unless you want mental health issues. I post on instagram because of the community. It's a place to share my work with my fellow painters and seeing what they are working on. It's not been useful for picking up new clients, the majority of my likes come from the same core group of followers, and once I gave up thinking about building my brand it became a much more enjoyable experience.  


    Like @Nicky says there are ways to game the system. The algorithm pits us against each other, and post boosting is a lot more common than you might realize if the number of ads that I see is anything to go by.  But for me it's better to not think about the metrics at all.


    Oh, I'm not putting much into it at all, I was just puzzled by the spike. 


    And I agree, the Instagram community is a delight, I get so many lovely messages and comments, and it makes me want to do the same. 

  7. I don’t really understand this. My Instagram posts usually get about 150-200 likes, with a few outliers. 

    For some reason this guy has got nearly 1k likes!




    Which baffles me as it’s literally just a base coat, contrast paint on the fur and skin, and a rather heavy handed dry brush of Ulthuan Grey. I’d considered it the starting basis for the full paint job, using the dry brush highlight as a layering guide, but I’m getting comments saying “It’s finished, stop there!” and so on.


    Meanwhile this guy, the piece I’m proudest of so far, and which took ages, isn’t doing anything like the same numbers:




    I dunno, I’m not really in this for the likes, but I am a bit perplexed. I’m wondering if something in the algorithm is just getting one post more reach? 

  8. 3 hours ago, Nicky said:

    Just remove the theme, let people paint a model they want to paint in the style they want to paint it?

    Isn’t that just what people do on daily basis? 

    Painting to a theme chosen by someone else is the whole point for me. I’d never have tried a violet colour scheme, or whatever, if not for the theme of the contest. 

    If it’s “paint a model, most popular wins” then I don’t see the point, and people might be even more put off, if indeed they are.


    I dunno, I guess I’m mildly surprised such a gentle, benign idea is even remotely off-putting. If folk don’t want to contribute just...don’t? 

  9. The thing about photography is that I know what works for me, in my house, using an iPhone, on a black background. That's it. So any advice I could give would be very, very specific. 


    Didn't stop me doing a couple of little videos on my Instagram about it, if anyone wants to take a look.






    Something I've only recently realised though, and this is pertinent to the issues you had regarding getting all of your diorama in shot @And, is that you don't necessarily need to get the whole thing in frame. Of course, if you're going for a GW "studio" shot then you'll want to do just that, but increasingly I'm looking for dramatic shots, and for that it's sometimes better to leave out certain elements, or shoot from below (the opposite of what that GW guide recommends).


    For example, most of the foreground mini is missing from this shot, but it's far more fun to mess around with them like this, for me anyway.




  10. 51 minutes ago, moosegrinder said:

    I'm out for the foreseeable, real life shit is just getting in the way and I don't have the wherewithal to get down to painting.


    Given that most people in this folder are way beyond competent skill level it's still worth bearing in mind that some people will see things like this challenge as out of their skill range. It's definitely out of mine. Thought I could be in the minority but it seemed relevant to bring up.


    Sorry to hear about your life shit. 


    Regarding the skill level thing, I don't agree. I've voted for stuff in the past that wasn't the "best" executed, because I liked the colour choice, or the theme, or whatever. 


    But equally, it's a (very, very friendly and encouraging) competition. So naturally people are going to try their best - the whole point after all, is betterment. I've pushed myself loads as a result of these challenges, and I've never won. It doesn't matter. It's all about improvement and learning.



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