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    Lightbulb Peer Assessment

    I've been painting for nearly 5 years now, and in that time I've grown in confidence, and even got faster, but I'd like a check up please.

    You've seen my work (and if not my Flickr gallery is here).

    What I'd like is not crit on a particular model, but some overall assessment from you folks.



    Where do I generally need to improve? What are my weak areas? What are my strengths etc.

    I would like to improve this year, but I don't want to get bogged down in the details of certain pieces but rather get a sense of myself as a painter.

    No holds barred - go for it. It's very unlikely you'll hurt my feelings.
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    Firstly, big up you, this is a brave post and to be honest quite a good idea.

    Right, If I was you I'd be looking at my modelling abilities, especially pinning and basing. I have read a couple of your threads now where this area has left you down to a point where you have abandoned the mini.

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    Brave man Shane - thanks for posting.
    I think I'll try and collate everyone's suggestions and comment on them all in a few weeks time.
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    The only main things I see is to improve your photography, I think your photographs really let alot of your minis down. Also, on some minis your blends are fantasticly done and on others they are a little sloppier, this might be a disparity in the painting level of the mini (tabletop versus display). Take what I said with a grain of salt, as I am in no way the worlds greatest photographer and blender, but those are the twothings I saw the most in each picture.

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    I think you are over planning figures some times, there is alot to be set for picking up a model and just painting it. I have seen your lead mountain so I must say you need to work on a TT style. Have you tried just paitning a whole mini with no outside input, I find that sometime I am trying to please to many people and failing all.
    I think you have all the skills you need you just have to trust yourself more.

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    How about experimenting with a few different washes? It may be down to the photos washing out the colours lightly but parts of your minis seem to lack depth, the metal on the croc and the Yoda's face being two examples. Other parts of the minis seem to have far more contrast which heightens the flatness, more consistency overall would help.

    It's time to try more freehand, the stripes on Grogspar's shirt are a good start but I reckon you can handle some more complex patterns. Have a go at a harlequin or something and give yourself a real challenge.

    I'll have a look at your stuff first hand at Hammerhead so I might be able to come up with some more suggestions then.

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    Simple for me.

    THROW AWAY THE PAINT STRIPPER!!!!!!

    Don't be tempted to lob a model in the bubbling vat just cos you couldn't get the eyes to line up or whatever. Trust your ability to paint through.

    You are progressing, but you are too aware of making mistakes and your work's shortcomings. Focus on polishing up the positives and try out the odd new technique here and there.

    Also, if I were you, I would have a go at only painting what you are going to enjoy painting too. I know that you end up spread out a bit thin with SI, comps, events and stuff, so sometimes it's better to cherry pick the events that you want to do rather than feel that you have to do something for everything. There aren't enough hours...
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    Thanks everyone, keep 'em coming.
    "Resin...I think I just threw up a little" - ARG
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    I'd pick a model you've looked forward to painting but not painted because you were concerned you would waste it and just go for it, with some colour choices you have chosen before but want to improve on, perhaps concentrating in particular on one area..flesh, clothes, etc.

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    Well I think that I'd concentrate on bases. (something I should do myself. I wouldn't say they let the models down, nothing as extreme as that, they just could with a little more effort. You put so much heart into the figures, the bases would benefit from the same level of care. Quick example, the Jena Oricaeal figure (I know its an old one) and base is excellent, just the colours of the stone and the parchment are too similar and a little soft. I really don't mean this to sound the way its typed I know you say we won't offend you but I hope it doesn't come across as insulting, thats why I don't often suggest things.
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