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SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:02 pm

With such a high level of painting ability on display on the forum (so many beautiful models!) I'm ashamed at my attempts. But maybe posting these will give other beginners the courage to try. After all we can hopefully only get better.

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Same Talos, different background.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby AndyS » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:26 pm

Nice work SteamHammer. I can see some easy ways to improve if you don't mind me saying. Looking at your Beowa it seems that you have only put a metallic base coat on the axe. It needs more interest as it is a large area of flat colour at the moment.

How long have you been painting?
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby AndyS » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:29 pm

Looking again I would say that the best piece of advice I could give you (and anyone else) is to thin your paint. At least 50/50 with water. Extenders and mediums I'll not mention just yet!
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:40 pm

Thanks. Any advice or links to tutorials on working with metals without doing NMM?

I was painting GW stuff a couple of decades ago but then took a very long hiatus and only started up again two years ago with Malifaux. So advice is always welcome.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby AndyS » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:08 pm

I'm sure everyone will be happy to help on here. Have a look at my early Troll WIP. I think I wrote something about metal on there.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:18 pm

Do you thin the metallic paints too?
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby razormage » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:37 pm

I always thin my paints, regardless of the shade. Colors that are more opaque (blues, metallics, some reds) get 3 parts paint to 1 part water, while colors that tend to be thinner (yellows, whites) get 4 or 5 parts paint to one part water.
I was taught to mix the paint to be about the consistency of milk. Stick a toothpick in a few drops of milk and swirl it around - that's about where you want the mixture to be. It's thicker than water, but thinner than the paint just out of the pot.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby Azhrarn » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:00 pm

SteamHammer wrote:Do you thin the metallic paints too?


Depending on the finish I want I'll use different thinning agents for my metallics.
Water is always a good standby and won't change the paint much.

If you want the metallic to be slightly less shiny, then using something like Vallejo Model Colour Thinner is a good choice.
It'll flatten the metal colour a little (because it is a somewhat flat transparent medium), which makes colours like that ideal for base layer metallics.

If you really want to get your shiny stuff on, I prefer to use Tamiya X-20A thinner.
It's mainly Isopropyl Alcohol and Butanol combined with a light surfacant and a few other things. But the effect it has on metallics is pretty spectacular, it keeps the flakes in suspension better than water or the Vallejo thinner does, resulting in a really smooth, shiny metal surface. The downside is that it reduces your working time with the paint quite a bit as all those volatile alcohols evaporate rather quickly compared to the other 2 options. It looks great though if you get it right. :mrgreen:
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby Rick_Boer » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:04 pm

Weren't you supposed to be on holiday at the moment? ;)
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby Azhrarn » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:18 pm

Rick_Boer wrote:Weren't you supposed to be on holiday at the moment? ;)


I am, I'm typing this from the lounge area of a massive tavern/hotel in south-east Canada. :lol: About 9000 kilometres from home.
Resting up a bit, because the flight here by water-plane was more than a little rough, pretty bad turbulence because of the wind. :P

Relaxing means reading up on the stuff I like on the net, so I was just catching up to all the stuff that's recently been posted.
Still disliking this US style internet though, it's so damn slow. :? Not even close to the 60 Mbit I have at home, but I'll manage.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:35 am

Thanks for the tips, especially when on holiday.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby Azhrarn » Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:21 pm

SteamHammer wrote:Thanks for the tips, especially when on holiday.


No problem Steamhammer, now i have time to post stuff. :D
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby JLLongshore » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:49 am

You can listen to all them, but I think they are wonderful as is!
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:37 pm

Thanks. My attempts at stippling are so far failing. Just looks blotchy rather than the fine detail Andy S gets on his metal. More practice is needed. One more finished off:

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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby Azhrarn » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:23 pm

SteamHammer wrote:Thanks. My attempts at stippling are so far failing. Just looks blotchy rather than the fine detail Andy S gets on his metal. More practice is needed. One more finished off:


That is one serious brass bull. :D Looking good, can't see the stippling all that well, but my tablet doesn't have a large screen. :) Will need to remember to look again once I'm back home.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:50 am

Poor lighting but just to prove I am still alive. Just having a bad couple of weeks of real life getting in the way of painting.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby shadowbcfc » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:19 am

Great paint jobs mate I just recently bought myself the talos miniature. How did you go about painting him? Really like how he turned out cheers
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:47 am

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Just the standard bearer to go.

As for the Talos painting I roughly followed the first half of this tutorial http://www.tinyworlds.co.uk/blog/painting-aged-patina-bronze/ but stopped before the "Making it Shine" part as I didn't want it too shiny.
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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby SteamHammer » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:28 am

A couple more done

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Re: SteamHammer's models

Postby JLLongshore » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:07 pm

very cool, thanks for sharing!

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