My little Mithril fellows

MMP Mithril in Middle-Earth The Art Gallery of Mayor Samwise My little Mithril fellows

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  • #14243
    Milo
    Participant

    Wow !!!!
    These orcs look fantastic. One hase even a nice tongue…
    Looking at your pictures, I wonder if you use metalic paint, it seems not and the result is even better !
    Maybe you could provide some tips in the painting section here:
    http://mmp.faerylands.eu/viewtopic.php?id=98

    #14249
    elroi
    Participant

    Master Milo, I used metallic paints (Citadel ones), but I use also a lot of washes and thin layers of non metallic ones.

    I have prepared I little tutorial with some basic steps, I wil post now there.

    Master Gildor, by now, my only dioramas are GW LOTR, not mithril. If you want pictures of them, just tell me. And for the single miniatures, as soon as I paint a decent number of them (10 or so) , I will submit you.

    #14251
    Gildor
    MMP Elder

    well GW dioramas would not fit a “mithril gallery” would they ;) so I don’t think it wise to use them… About single ones though I am indeed interested feel free to send them when you want

    #14252
    elroi
    Participant
    Gildor Inglorion wrote:
    well GW dioramas would not fit a “mithril gallery” would they ;) so I don’t think it wise to use them…

    Hehehe, I supposed. I´ll send you soon the pics-

    And now, some “new” things (I´ve been very productive in this holidays, wow)

    Frodo at the chamber of Mazarbul

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/593_m_287.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/593_m_287.jpg[/imgz]

    And Aragorn and Akargun, now with some painting details added, and a new base

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/593_m_96.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/593_m_96.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/593_m_124.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/593_m_124.jpg[/imgz]

    #14288
    elroi
    Participant

    A “little” addition for my gallery, Dwarven infantry, one new and one with details added:

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/593_m_159a.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/593_m_159a.jpg[/imgz]

    [imgz url=http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/593_m_159b.jpg]http://mmp.faerylands.eu/uploads/thumbs/593_m_159b.jpg[/imgz]

    #14298
    Milo
    Participant

    I am speechless…:D:D:D:D:D:D

    #14299
    Arthadan
    Participant

    Very nice! Love the dragon in the shield, is it NMM?

    #14306
    elroi
    Participant

    Thaks, Masters milo and Arthadan

    It´s not an NMM effect (at least, that was not my intention). It´s more an aesthetic (this is, simulating something with no a real reason) effect of lightning, to give a more dramatic pose to the Dwarf. I simply added some no metalic colour (bleached bone) to the last highligt on the border of the shield (wich is painted in metals)

    I have done something similar on the chainmail of the other dwarf, and on the edges of the weapons and armour plates (Frodo´s blade is another example)

    #14309
    Turambar
    Participant

    Yes, I will follow Arthadan and milo. A nice colour choice as well and also nice gradients.

    #14332
    Thingol
    Participant

    …. so what could I say after all those compliments… again… again and again… great… after all those pictures I will repaint some of my early figures… again… and again :)

    I’m usually satisfied with my work… but I will improve some details on some old painted mithril guys… and girls…

    #14373
    elroi
    Participant
    Thingol wrote:
    I will repaint some of my early figures… again… and again :)

    I’m usually satisfied with my work… but I will improve some details on some old painted mithril guys… and girls…

    That´s a neverending but satisfactory work, improving all the time. I think some of my miniatures have been repainted at least 3-4 times: my early works with Humbrol enamels, my firsts trys with acrilics, and 1-2 post-paintings

    Neverending work :P

    #14376
    Thingol
    Participant

    I still use Humbrol enamels and Model Master colors, and I’m happy with those colors… some of my early painted miniatures are repainted and some of them will be soon. I do not like acrylic and specially not oil paint. Almost same effect you could achieve with mixing mat and satin colors. Could you take a look at my gallery section under Thingol.
    I would like to hear or read your ( it is evident ) professional opinion and comment :)
    Thanks

    #14396
    elroi
    Participant

    Hi, Master Thingol

    I prefer to use acrylics better than enamels or oils. With all kind of paints is possible to achieve the same effects and results, but there are big differences between them. But there are not better or worse ones, just different.

    I use the acrylics mainly because they dry very faster than the others (and this is important for my painting style, because I apply lots and lots of thin layers of paint, for shading and highlighting) and because they use water to dilute (not toxic thinners).

    I have seen your gallery, very nice compositions, mixing naturalistic scenarios and miniatures.

    Regarding the painting work itself, I´ll be sincere: I think your miniatures are painting in a very basic style (this is, not much shading or highlighting work, dull colours, not much tones… )

    But for judging your work in a right way, I need to know some things:

    – How much time do you spend painting a single miniature?
    – Do you have time enough to spend on painting?
    – Which is your aim when you paint a miniature?

    If your answers are close to:

    – Not much
    – Yes
    – try to improve a little from the previous miniature

    I assure you that it´s very easy to get very better results in not much time. I think the best way to do that is to open a “step by step” post, painting a single miniature and posting pictures of every step. I will help you in every step, with advices and tips ;)

    #14398
    Thingol
    Participant

    Thanks for this answer Master Elroi ! I think you are right in your thoughts and I’m ready to improve my painting style as soon as possible. Especially after I saw here panting works of Master Turambar and in last time – yours.

    Also I have around 250 repainted miniatures with much more shading, highlighting works and much more tones, not bright colors etc. and I’m going to repaint others in some short future period.

    And my answers are

    – one figure – around 6 hours ( not much )
    – sometimes when my family goes to sleep and it will be more time this year after I’ve fulfilled some of my educational and business aims
    – my aim is written above :) ( in number of repainted miniatures )

    Also I’m happy with you on this forum and I hope that you’ll stay… here of course

    And thanks for your offer. In some future period I will send you some pictures of my “work in progress” for advice and comments.

    I think many of us could do this.

    #14403
    elroi
    Participant

    6 hours in a miniature are enough to get good results in a miniature (even if you use enamels, with a slow dry). But I do not recommend to paint at night (unless you have a very good light… light bulbs that simulate the real day light), it´s very better to paint with natural daylight (this may be easier in Spain than in center or north Europe :rolleyes:)

    I´ll try soon to make a step by step post of one of my miniatures, with pictures of all the steps, to show how is my process in painting

    Thingol wrote:
    Also I’m happy with you on this forum and I hope that you’ll stay… here of course

    Thanks a lot, I think I´ll be here for a long time ;)

    PS: 250 are A LOT painted miniatures, congrats for such great collection

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