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  • Sebastian - The tutorial

    Hello everybody! This thread is intended for the tutorial part of this group activity. Here I will post my step-by-step descriptions and you can ask questions about what I do. I will start a second thread tomorrow for your WIP photos and there I will answer questions you may have about your own work and I will give you feedback and advice. Others are of course welcome to give feedback too, but try to keep it short and to-the-point so that the thread doesn't get too long and difficult to keep track of. The same goes for this thread... do ask questions, and I will answer them to my best ability, but please don't chit-chat.
    Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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    Part I: Introduction

    Ok, this first part is going to be more of an introduction. I'll tell you a bit about the mini and what I've planned to do with it. The first hands-on part will follow in a few days.

    For those who haven't followed the planning of this activity, this is the mini in question:



    I painted this mini for Wyrd Miniatures a few years ago and it's a very simple, yet characterful, sculpt by Steve Saunders.

    Colour Scheme

    For this tutorial, I'll do a different colour scheme. I am going to do a bluegrey robe with a hint of green instead of the mousy grey. The apron will be something similar, whereas the gloves will be heavy leather and the saw will be yellow. I will also use real metallics instead of NMM.

    Below I will list the main colours I'll be using. The following abbrevations are used: VMC = Vallejo Model Color, VGC = Vallejo Game Color and VMA = Vallejo Model Air. I'll take some pictures of the paints tomorrow and add to this thread so you can see what the paints look like.

    For the robe I will use these paints for base coat, shadows and highlights: VMC Field Blue, VGC Black and VMC Ivory. I will then use various colours to glaze with afterwards, and I always chose those on a whim, so I'll let you know when it happens.

    The apron will be painted using: P3 Commando Khaki, VMC German Cam. Black Brown and VMC Ivory.

    The gloves will be base coated with a mix of VMC Leather Brown and VMC Flat Earth, shaded with VMC German Cam. Black Brown and highlighted with VMC Flat Flesh.

    The non-metallic parts of the saw will be painted using: VMC Dark Yellow, Citadell Chardon Granite and VMC Ivory.

    The skin will be painted using a mix of VMC Brown Sand and VMC Azure, shaded with VMC Black Red and highlighted with... yes VMC Ivory.

    I will use plenty of other paints as well, for smaller details and nuances, but I'll mention them as I'll go along. These are the main colours.

    Oh, metallics... I'll be using Citadell Boltgun Metal mixed with VMC German Cam. Black Brown for base coats and highlight it using VMA Chrome and VMC Metallic Medium. Shading will be done using glazes of all sorts of colours.

    Prepping And Priming

    First step, and something that it pays off to do carefully and thoroughly, is prepping the mini. If you want to do a quality paint job this is very important. Mould lines are of course unacceptable, but you can do a lot more than just removing those. I spend a lot of time filing and sanding the mini to get rid of the lines, flash, rough spots from the casting etc. By litterally going over every surface of the mini you'll minimise the risk of missing a line. There's nothing more frustrating than finding a mould line when you've already painted half the mini.

    After filing and sanding I assembled the saw. The mini comes with a quite good fitting for it so that you don't have to pin it, but I pinned it anyway. I always pin if it is possible for me to do so, at least with metal minis. After assembling the saw I had to fill some small gaps with Magic Sculp. I also took the opportunity to smooth out some deeply pitted surfaces.

    When the MagicSculp had set I mixed some Milliput Superfine and mixed it with water to the consistency of cream. I brushed this on to most of the mini (everything but the head) with an old brush. The purpose with this is to fill out all the finer surface irregularities. When the Milliput had set I went over the whole mini with a small piece of 600 grit wet-and-dry paper. I cut out a wedge shape and glued it to a cocktail stick to make an impromptu superfine "file". With this homemade tool you can reach most parts of the mini. After having polished the mini with the wet-and-dry paper it was ready for priming.

    I gave it a few thin coats of grey primer from Vallejo. A primer should be shaken thouroughly before using, and I also warm it a bit under the tap with warm water running. The water shouldn't be too hot, as you don't want the can to explode! You should have no problem holding your hand under the water. Slightly warmer than body temperature. By warming the can a bit the primer will go on smoother and it will not go grainy as easily.

    Now the figure is ready for painting, and that will be next session. I'll flesh this post out with some photos tomorrow.
    Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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    • #3
      Anders- Will the base be part of this paint along? Will you base the model first or afterwards? I base my models first cause I find it easier and I usually paint the base first as well. Should I wait?
      "Who needs weights? Animals don't lift weights, and animals are STRONG!"
      -Chuck "the Truck" Wallace

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      • #4
        I always paint the mini separate from the base. I will probably use a pre-cast resin base for this one. I'll paint it as part of this tutorial, but it will be the final thing. You can do as you please with the base.
        Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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        • #5
          I don't have a pot of VMC Azure. What would a good close match from another suppolier be, or maybe a close match from mixing some of the other colors? It's a Bluieish Purple?
          "Who needs weights? Animals don't lift weights, and animals are STRONG!"
          -Chuck "the Truck" Wallace

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          • #6
            Yeah, it's a light blue with a hint of purple. I think you could use Citadel Shadow Grey for more or less the same effect. I'll only be adding a small amount of it, to shift the hue of the Brown Sand I'll be using to base coat the skin. Thus, the exact nuance isn't that important.
            Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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            • #7
              If it's a small amount I won't sweat it too much. TY!
              "Who needs weights? Animals don't lift weights, and animals are STRONG!"
              -Chuck "the Truck" Wallace

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              • #8
                Should we be trying to emulate your version as things progress, or should we just take inspiration from your work to do our own thing?

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                • #9
                  Im so looking forward to this. I might use mine for the little angels contest too!
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                  • #10
                    @SilentBob: That is completely up to you! You may get more visual guidance if you emulate what I do, but you can also just try to use the same techniques I use with different colours (I will try to be as thorough as possible explaining how I do things, so you can follow it), or you can just use this as an inspiration source and motivation to get your own mini painted. I don't mind either way. I'll try and guide you as well as I can along the way, whichever way you chose.
                    Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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                    • #11
                      Hi Anders, I would like to try and emulate what you do as closely as possible however I am struggling to find a colour match for P3 Commando Khaki. Do you know of any alternatives?
                      Also I have never used VMC Metallic medium, what is it exactly?

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                      • #12
                        VMC Metallic Medium is more or less a metallic paint that is white. Its main purpose is to make coloured metallic paint by mixing it with a colour. But, I use it for final highlights of metallics. You can skip that if you want to, or you don't have it.

                        Instead of P3 Commando Khaki you can use basically any khaki colour. Citadel Desert Yellow isn't too far off. There are some khaki paints in the VMC range as well.
                        Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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                        • #13
                          This is fantastic! I'll be following along closely...Thanks for taking the time to do this Anders!

                          Best regards,
                          Sean

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for that Anders,
                            I canít wait to see how you use the Metallic Medium.
                            I usually struggle with metallics and would like to follow your example so I will try to get some this weekend.

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                            • #15
                              I'll probably do the metallics last, or at the end, at least. So, anyone interested in picking up some Metallic Medium have time to do so.
                              Combibo vestri peniculus quod fio a melior pictor.

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