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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby elrodogg » Tue Jul 30, 1974 1:25 am

That pic looks much better. Having seen the rest of hte army, he'll go great. No need to change him IMO.
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Black Guard Test Mini

Postby AndyP » Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:26 pm

Here's a test mini for my forthcoming Black Guard unit. What do you guys and gals think? Is there enough colour definition between the robes and the armour?

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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby -rkl56119 » Tue Aug 30, 2005 8:07 pm

Looks really good...

I like the color choices you made.

The picture might be a bit out of focus or something but it looks either really grainy or the model had alot of drybrushing. Could be the primer coat...
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby AndyP » Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:17 pm

It's the drybrushing, I'm not a very skilful painter
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby Amazonwarlord » Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:37 pm

Looks nice Andy. Beautiful color
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby elrodogg » Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:43 pm

Metal looks great :eek , the robe does need to be a bit more different. At first glance I didn't even realize it wasn't part of the armor.
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby VectorAWX3 » Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:57 pm

Yes... the robes and armor are too similar. Other than that, it look really good! (gotta figure out the shaft of the weapon, too). I'm painting blue-armored minis myself... will post soon. :) I'm having the same sort of trouble figuring out the colors of the robes. They're black at the moment just as a place-holder. And forget drybrushing. Try 3 layers of color. It's a lot easier than you'd think, especially on the excellent dark elf armor. Just make sure that it looks good form "gaming distance".
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby mattbird » Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:36 pm

looks good apart from the crappy metallic paint- would be better in NMM :)
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby -the black prince » Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:49 pm

you know i like the look.

I would agree with nidal that shading up is really not that difficult. Hell - if he can do it?!

Otherwise - dry brushing with a glaze over the top works well. The metal does seem a little dull. Ryan posted way back about brown/purple/green washes looking really good on metal - you could try that on the halberd blades and then wipe it off the blade with your thumb - to make that a little shinier.
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Re: Black Guard Test Mini

Postby AndyP » Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:53 am

Oh no, you misunderstand me, the model is shaded.

When I say I drybrush, I mean that I underpaint the mini (black undercoat, then white drybrush, then I paint as normal over the top of that). There was virtually no underpainting on the metal, that is completely shaded. I may try a glaze on the halberd tip though.

On closer inspection of the mini in real life, the contarst between the tunic and the armour is more evident, but still slight.

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It's all a question now of whether I want to deviate from the army colour scheme to make this one unit look better.

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