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Hi,

Just wanted to show off my slowly growing collection of painted SDE figures. I paint amazingly slowly (you have to use time-lapse photography to capture it ;)), and I like to paint a wide variety of gaming figures (Warhammer Fantasy, 40K, Warmachine, Dust Tactics to name a few) so this might only be updated a couple times a year...

Nevertheless, I hope you will enjoy!

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June 22nd, 2015, 6:14 am
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Wow! They're stunning!


June 22nd, 2015, 7:12 am
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I really liked the pally and the archer. Your painting is very neat!

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June 22nd, 2015, 1:59 pm
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Very nice work. Super clean and super smooth


June 22nd, 2015, 7:20 pm
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Wow, crisp! that's amazing!


June 23rd, 2015, 2:05 pm
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The lining on those is spectacular! Fantastic job!

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June 26th, 2015, 4:23 am
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So smooth and clean-looking! Well done! <3


June 26th, 2015, 3:25 pm
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Very nice! Super clean looking. Great job!


July 2nd, 2015, 11:38 am
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Thanks everyone! I have an update of the herpetological variety ;)

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July 6th, 2015, 3:16 am
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Wow man these are excellent! Clean and well executed! cannot wait to see more.


July 7th, 2015, 4:25 pm
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These look gorgeous Tranc, awesome job!

Love the paladins armour, and the red of the drakes and star fire is top notch. Love your style!

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July 8th, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Very good job !

I really like the paladin.


January 6th, 2016, 2:52 pm
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Very clean! Good job


January 6th, 2016, 5:16 pm
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Incredible!! =D

You make it seem easy to get that high quality paint jobs done!
The tiny details on the Ranger are truely amazing!


January 6th, 2016, 6:14 pm
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Spring has come and gone, but I have an update from those greener times:

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My two-year old says he's "cute"...

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and she makes "Grrrr... Grrrr...." sounds when I let her hold Angry Bear :)

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Both shiny, and scratched up.

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Alas Royal Warden, if only your rules were better!

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The leaves were very quickly airbrushed; good enough for the most basic of denizens?

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July 2nd, 2016, 11:24 am
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Wow! Those are so crisp and clean! Inspirational! What's your process?!


July 8th, 2016, 4:12 am
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Hi Em Yu,

If there's one tip I would give to new painters, it's thin your paints. I think most people thin by adding a little water (and I use to, but I've gotten attached to how Reaper flow improver reacts with old GW paints). You want the paint to be thin enough that it goes on smoothly, but not so thin that it's runny or pools. The trick is to paint many thin layers rather than one gloppy thick layer. Thin layers have the benefit of not hiding details, and allows you to make corrections without the area getting too lumpy. If you thin with water, you may also consider using a wet palette.

If I have a process, it goes something like this

1. Clean up mold lines and prime the miniature. I currently use Reaper's brush-on white primer because it's a little bit of a hassle to go outside sometimes to use a spray primer. I've also tried Vallejo's brush-on primer, but found that it leaves lots of bubbles that then dry into imperfections.

2. I often undercoat my miniatures in a darker shade of the color I want to use as my base coat. E.g., Angry Bear's fur and gold areas were undercoated using a dark brown. This helps keep the primer from showing through when I apply the base coat. Another option is to just apply a couple thin layers of the base coat. But some metallic paints tend to look better over certain undercoat colors (e.g., silver metal over black undercoat).

3. I apply a base coat using the hue I want each area of the miniature to have, but a bit darker than how I want it to look in the end. I tend to like to highlight up from a darker shade because I feel it allows me to make more gradual increments in value. Whereas if I start with a light base coat and shade down, I feel I have less control because adding a little bit of black might darken the color too drastically. On the other hand, because it takes more effort to lighten a dark base coat, some painters prefer to start with more of a mid-tone.

4. For each area of a single color, I use various layering techniques to paint a color gradient. An example of this is the Questing Knight's head, how it's the same hue but lighter on the top than on the bottom to simulate light hitting it from a certain angle.

5. In the recesses of the miniature, where different colors meet, I dark line (i.e., I paint a border line using a dark color like black or brown). This adds some shadow and helps make the areas look distinct.

6. Along the edges of the miniature, I will apply line highlighting (this is the technique that Games Workshop loves!) These will be the brightest of the highlights, and I will often accentuate them at certain points to simulate glare spots, particularly on areas that are supposed to be metal. I feel that step 5 & 6 help the miniature "pop".

7. I rarely varnish my miniatures unless I'm trying to hide the gloss of decals, or super glue spots, and even then I only apply the varnish in very specific areas. I have found that multiple thin layers of paint hold up to handling better than a single thick coat, and I usually just hold them by their base.

Hope that helps!

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July 9th, 2016, 10:50 am
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Thanks for the detailed reply. Can't argue with the results! I'll definitely be trying out some of your techniques on my next mini!


July 11th, 2016, 9:48 pm
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Snapped a photo before my toddler absconds with them again:

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(Beta testing SDE 2.0 gave me a new appreciation for Okoshroom!)

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November 4th, 2016, 10:20 pm
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Nice work. I am impressed at how even and clean you get your whites, I have always struggled to paint white.


November 5th, 2016, 7:02 am
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