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 My Minis (Velvet Mark update) 
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I started painting my SDE Heroes around Christmas last year. Because of family and work it took a lot more time to finish them up, than I hoped for, but now they are finally done.

I would like to thank the community of this forum for lots of inspirations. There are a lot of very great ideas and fantastic minis around here. Thanks.

The minis were painted in nmm and with matte colors to achieve a bit of a comic like style.

So, here are the first two:

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Hearthsworn Fighter, finished Jan 2012

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Ember Mage, finished Jan 2012

More to follow, as soon as I get around to take more pictures.

If you like to see more pictures, including close ups of the faces, have a look at my website: Grey's World

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June 8th, 2012, 3:39 pm
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Wonderful work! Looking forward to seeing more of it.



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June 8th, 2012, 7:04 pm
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They look great. I'd like to see more of your heroes. Did you dremel in the glyphs on the Mages hat? They seem very crisp.


June 8th, 2012, 7:33 pm
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Wow. Gorgeous work! I'm also looking forward to seeing more!

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June 9th, 2012, 12:37 am
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Very nice and clean paintjob Grey. It reminds me of the cell-shaded art style.


June 9th, 2012, 1:44 am
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Thank you for your replies. I hope I find time tomorrow to take more pictures.

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They look great. I'd like to see more of your heroes. Did you dremel in the glyphs on the Mages hat? They seem very crisp.


Nope, didn't change a thing on the glyphs.

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June 9th, 2012, 9:22 am
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I got around to take more pictures. Here are another two heroes:

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Royal Paladin, finished Jan 2012

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Glimmerdusk Ranger, finished Feb 2012


Again, if you like to see more pictures, including close ups of the faces, have a look at my website: Grey's World

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June 10th, 2012, 3:41 pm
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Two more heroes to show:

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Riftling Rogue, finished Feb 2012

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Hexcast Sorceress, finished Feb 2012

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June 12th, 2012, 4:58 pm
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Very good indeed. Good photos as well, they will help me when I get round to painting my models.

I like the way you have done the highlights, even down to the eyes where I detect two highlights either side of the pupil.

As a matter of interest, if we take the Hexcast Sorceress hair colour, how many different paint colours did you use to achieve that result. Was it "just" purple and various amounts of white mixed in or was it a number of different paint pots of purple / blue / lavender / etc. used.

If you have the time, some detail on your painting methods would be good (as well as they base construction).

And one other question, where are the bases from? They are not the standard SDE bases.


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xris wrote:
Very good indeed. Good photos as well, they will help me when I get round to painting my models.


Thank you. I'm not really happy with the photos, thought. I build a small photo setup some years ago using three lamps (top/left/right). Currently only one light is working (put that on top) and due to the large heads of the SDE Minis the body arent't lighted properly (as seen with the rogue).

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I like the way you have done the highlights, even down to the eyes where I detect two highlights either side of the pupil.


The iris of the eyes are done in one solid dark color and highlighted two or three times. Here is a larger pic of the eyes:

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As a matter of interest, if we take the Hexcast Sorceress hair colour, how many different paint colours did you use to achieve that result. Was it "just" purple and various amounts of white mixed in or was it a number of different paint pots of purple / blue / lavender / etc. used.


The hair of the sorceress was done with dark purple, mid blue and white.

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If you have the time, some detail on your painting methods would be good (as well as they base construction).


As a start I use white base coat for nearly all of my models, as it is much easier to achieve vibrant colors with a white base.
Then I paint the whole mini w/o any highlights or shades to make sure the colors work well with each other (no details like eyes yet). I use the colors which I want as the mid tones, when the mini is finished. After that I use darker variants of the colors, water them down and wash all the areas of the mini. This way I get a good feeling for the structure of the model and how the light affects it.
Now I start highlighting all the areas, going from the dark colors I used as a wash through the mid tones I used as a basis to lighter colors as final highlights. I usually use four layer of highlights. Highlight colors should be watered down a bit. This way you might have to apply one highlight color multiple times, but you get a smooth and strong color.

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And one other question, where are the bases from? They are not the standard SDE bases.


Those are the original SDE bases. I used structured crepe tape to cover the top of the base and hide the original structure. The flagstones are cut from old playing cards. I used a sharp modeling tool to add the cracks. Then I added some sand and/or small stones. After painting I used MiniNatur grass and moss to finish the base.

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June 12th, 2012, 7:56 pm
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xris wrote:
As a matter of interest, if we take the Hexcast Sorceress hair colour, how many different paint colours did you use to achieve that result. Was it "just" purple and various amounts of white mixed in or was it a number of different paint pots of purple / blue / lavender / etc. used.


Looks like a 3 layer technique:
- base coat with the darkest purple/lavender
- mix base coat with a little white to create the medium tone
- add even more white to create the highlights

There might be a 4th layer in there, it's hard to tell for certain, but it would be using the same principle as the other steps. Its a straight-forward method, and effective...as seen in the pics :)


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Thanks Grey, much appreciated.

Look forward to the rest of the pictures (already taken an advance look by browsing your site :D ).

Your style is certainly what I would be after for my models.


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Took some more time to get the next pictures. I wanted to fix my lamps to get better lighted pictures. Here we go:

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Deeproot Druid, finished April 2012

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Angry Bear, finished May 2012

Pictures of the last two heroes should be finished by tomorrow.

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June 16th, 2012, 6:56 pm
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And the two final SDE hero minis:

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Claw Tribe Barbarian, finished May 2012

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Candy & Cola, finished June 2012

Hope you liked my minis.

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June 17th, 2012, 5:52 pm
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I really like the angry bear. It's fur is quite neat. I like your (no insult intended here at all) simple NMM's too they get the point across very well.


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Veknoid wrote:
I really like the angry bear. It's fur is quite neat. I like your (no insult intended here at all) simple NMM's too they get the point across very well.


I agree with Vek here, that bear is awesome.


June 19th, 2012, 2:32 am
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I think out of all the SDE sets ive seen online, this one is my favorite. i love how close to the cards your color choices are. I model my painting after yours :D I hope i can get anywhere near as good as yours.

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October 5th, 2012, 1:16 am
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Thank you. I really enjoyed painting the minis and I'm eagerly awaiting the Roxor heroes to paint some more.

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Great job. Very clean, bright, good color scheme. The eyes look amazing. I think the eyes are were most people loose it. I know that I paint well, but I never paint eyes, specially not anime eyes. It will definitely be a challenge. Can't wait to see the rest.

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How do you paint the black outline in and around the eyes? is that just expert skill + small brush?

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