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French and Indian War first attempts

Posted by Rich W on 07 Aug 2018, 23:00

Thanks BB. If I'm honest, I don't have much spare time and very little patience so I'm not going to invest much more time in each set than I already do. I'll try and thin the paint out (although I don't feel like I put much paint on the brushes in the first place!) and see how it goes. But I'm not sure my figures will ever match the skills demonstrated by others! But that's ok, because what I'm achieving now is 100x better than what I was painting 18 months ago!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 07 Aug 2018, 23:26

Marginal improvements are all I can manage, myself. Keep painting and please keep posting!
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Posted by Susofrick on 08 Aug 2018, 07:55

I don't paint at all right now and fully understand the lack of time to try to change (or improve) one's style. I've started with brushes (!) (used toothpicks before) and washes. And that's probably it. The most important is that we have fun together and I really like to see more of this. Especially the trees!
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Posted by MABO on 08 Aug 2018, 08:12

I think the figures painted with acrylics are much better now. If you would like, give the white colours a washing as well. If you took a grey with a lot of water it should work. And as CM Dodson has said: A dry brushing is also a very good idea. You take a lighter colour, or mix the used colour with white. Then you take only a little bit of the rest of the colour left on the brush after brushed over a kleenex. Then brush softly over the corresponding part of the figure.

You can try if you want. But take your time. Nothing will work if you are not in the right mood for trying something.

I am far away to be a real good painter, but trying some simple techniques can change the level of your painted heroes. And that is a good motivation.
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Posted by Rich W on 27 Aug 2018, 00:36

Thank you to everyone who has given me feedback and encouragement on this thread! My first diorama has been completed and can be found on the gallery page. Enjoy!
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Posted by Rich W on 23 Sep 2018, 23:39

Bit of advice needed please as I continue my FIW project. When using a wash, should it go over the varnish coat or before the varnish coat is applied? Also, if I were to buy a ready made vallejo wash, could a black wash be used over the whole figure or only selected parts? For instance, would a different colour wash be needed for flesh compared to red coats etc. I've really struggled with washes so far and just want to keep it quick and simple!

Thanks for your continued help and support!
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Posted by Traveller1865 on 24 Sep 2018, 16:44

Use black wash for metals, like rifle barrels, bayonets and knives etc, you could use the black wash all over your figure but then it would be very dark! Instead, I suggest using flesh tone, either from Vallejo or GW on skin parts, face and hands, then depending on cloths, light wash for light colors, I prefer to use Army Painter Soft Tone on lighter colors like white, for red you can use a brown wash like Army Painter Strong tone. For grey you can use a black wash. For green use strong/brown tone, blue looks great with a dark tone. If you'r really lazy you could use just one wash like soft tone or strong tone, I tend to go with soft tone as I don't want my figures to look too dark or dirty.

I really suggest you invest in the small Quickshade bottles from Army Painter, buy soft, strong and dark tone, and use the dark tone on weapons, it's basically a black wash. There's nothing wrong with Vallejo but from my experience the quickshades are really better. As for varnish, don't use it, if you must before the painting, as the varnish will mess upp the effects from my experience.

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Posted by Rich W on 25 Sep 2018, 23:15

Thank you for the advice Traveller 1865, I have ordered the three bottles and will see how i get on.

Would you use it neat from the bottle or mix it with something else?
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Posted by Traveller1865 on 26 Sep 2018, 05:19

Use directly from bottle, wipe off excess, let dry. There's a mixing medium from same company but I haven't tried it yet. But experiment, use the shades that suit you best, personally I want my figure to stay pretty much in the same tone as it was painted and use a lot of soft tone, because the shades will make your original paint darker, so keep that in mind, a black wash all over your figure will make it very dark, I only use it over figures with a full or part scale armour over them, like knights.
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Posted by Rich W on 07 Oct 2018, 01:26

Here are more completed grenadiers of the 44th. They are Hat and Zvezda Prussians and will be used in the scene of the vanguard initially being ambushed. As always feedback is welcome!

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