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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2012, 03:39:50 AM »
I'm just glad you went with the fantastic 4 and not the green lantern sticker!


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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2012, 06:26:20 AM »
Those would probably do well with a light to medium black wash.  It would really bring out the detail on the tanks, especially from a top down perspective.
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2012, 07:25:38 AM »
Forgive my ignorance on the subject but what does washing your model mean in the context you guys are talking about?

I've been toying with the idea of revisiting my childhood hobby of model making as a teaching tool for my kids so I'm genuinely curious.
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2012, 09:35:57 AM »
Forgive my ignorance on the subject but what does washing your model mean in the context you guys are talking about?

I've been toying with the idea of revisiting my childhood hobby of model making as a teaching tool for my kids so I'm genuinely curious.

A wash doesn't mean "soap & water" (though washing your models before you prime them is often recommended, that isn't what we're talking about).

A wash in this context means: after the paint job is final, putting a finishing coat on it to add shadows and such.

A wash can be a watered-down color or it can be a special finishing coat. In any case, the idea is that a darker coat (and this can be brown, blue, grey, black or something like it) seeps into the cracks around the model and darkens them. It creates a higher contrast and brings out certain details. The wash also will cling to the edges or raised parts of the model such as a hatch, to help define those better, too.

This article seems to explain the concept and also provide some decent before-and-after images: http://www.scalemodelguide.com/guide/painting/paint-washes/

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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #34 on: August 07, 2012, 09:45:10 AM »
^Thanks LB for the article.  That is a neat little trick to bring out the small details. 
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #35 on: August 07, 2012, 06:47:37 PM »
A wash is also helpful for people like me who are not the best at painting the details or "painting within the lines."  It can cover up small mistakes and blend things while bringing out the detail so the figures look good while you stand above them moving them around the battlefield.  Just don't inspect my figures with a magnifying glass.  ;D
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« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2012, 12:45:16 PM »
Just to add to that; a little dry-brushing can also bring out the high-lights and, if done carefully, can really enhance the finished look. It does take a bit of practise, but its worth the effort.
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2012, 12:54:52 PM »
Just to add to that; a little dry-brushing can also bring out the high-lights and, if done carefully, can really enhance the finished look. It does take a bit of practise, but its worth the effort.

I still can't make dry-brushing look quite right on my figures.  However, I use it when I build terrain and it really adds to the finished look.
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #38 on: August 08, 2012, 01:34:34 PM »
Just to add to that; a little dry-brushing can also bring out the high-lights and, if done carefully, can really enhance the finished look. It does take a bit of practise, but its worth the effort.

I still can't make dry-brushing look quite right on my figures.  However, I use it when I build terrain and it really adds to the finished look.

Part of the secret to dry brushing is to have very little paint. Dab the brush in the paint, then wipe maybe 70 - 80% off. Then do the dry brush.

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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #39 on: August 08, 2012, 01:39:19 PM »
^Absolutely. Its a skill worth gaining, without doubt.
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #40 on: August 12, 2012, 03:14:27 PM »


Just finished up some 28mm archers for my campaign world.  I call them The Archers of Ashwood.  You can read their backstory on my blog.

http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-archers-of-ashwood.html
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #41 on: August 12, 2012, 03:39:32 PM »


Just finished up some 28mm archers for my campaign world.  I call them The Archers of Ashwood.  You can read their backstory on my blog.

http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-archers-of-ashwood.html

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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #42 on: August 12, 2012, 04:06:12 PM »
They are good! What do you use for the grass? It looks thinner than what I've seen on most of the minis out there.
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #43 on: August 12, 2012, 04:32:37 PM »
Thanks guys!


@Stagger - I am just using Woodlands Scenics Medium Green static grass flock

http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/Item/FL635/page/1
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Re: Whats on your painting table/workbench?
« Reply #44 on: August 12, 2012, 05:14:56 PM »


Just finished up some 28mm archers for my campaign world.  I call them The Archers of Ashwood.  You can read their backstory on my blog.

http://thecommandtent.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-archers-of-ashwood.html

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