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Baranovich26 Sep 2017 10:58 p.m. PST

Hello all.

So after several months of assembling and priming on a mass scale (several hundred miniatures for five different Warhammer armies), I have finally reached the point where I could actually get into the painting of them!

This is my first attempt at painting after having taken a hiatus from it for a few years.

This is a GW plastic dwarf warriors regiment from 7th/8th Edition.

I used paints from three ranges, Citadel, Foundry, and Vallejo. I used a combination of layering, some washes, and drybrushing. There were a few areas where I was able to use the straight three-color Foundry triages, particularly on the purple cloaks.

The banner was a design I thought up, it's just three simple mountain peaks with a sky above it. I thought of the name "Three Peaks Clan" for this particular regiment. Seems appropriate enough having a mountain hold theme.

I did the banner free-hand after blocking out the basic shapes in black liner paint.

Doing this regiment taught me a lot and really helped me get back into using the fundamental techniques of light and shadow. I applied a lot of what I've done with painting resin buildings and carried over some of those techniques.

I'm not going to win any painting contests with these, but I am painting entire armies after all and this level of painting is perfect for wargaming.

I'll put more time into individual character and monster cav. models, etc. but I'll be pretty pleased if I can get the rest of my armies at least to this level.

Please provide constructive criticism, I'm curious to know what you think!

Some pics:


nsolomon9926 Sep 2017 11:22 p.m. PST

Well done, they look great.

paintingden26 Sep 2017 11:54 p.m. PST

I think they look really good.

Khusrau Inactive Member27 Sep 2017 1:38 a.m. PST

Nice clean look. I prefer more contrast, but it's a matter of personal taste, and a lot of my painting s smaller scale, so you need brighter colours and high contrast to make them 'pop'.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 3:25 a.m. PST

Better than any I've ever done.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 3:47 a.m. PST


Dentatus Fezian27 Sep 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

Those look great. Well done.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

They look great 'cause they are great – and I have painted more dwarven warriors than I can count!

Fantastic work and I like the bright colours as a contrast to all that metal

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 8:14 a.m. PST

Baranovich: Nice work indeed! The banner is excellent. I wish I could free-hand half as well!

I have one more unit of dwarfs to paint up and I'm done with my own dwarf army project. (It's only taken me 4 years!)

Very inspiring.

Baranovich27 Sep 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

Wow, thanks for all the positive feedback guys, I'm seriously humbled! There are some seriously talented painters in the TMP membership base, I can only hope to try to come close to achieving some of the amazing things I've seen on here!

I think one of the things that painting again reminded me of is the idea of diminishing returns in painting.

The camera has absolutely no mercy when it comes to miniatures. You zoom in on the Flickr photos and the miniature's detail just breaks down, it becomes pretty clunky and blocky.

But if you look at this regiment at tabletop height, or even from a foot away or so, the contrasts of the colors and highlighting and shading are all perceived collectively by your eyes.

I'm a fairly neat painter, but my hands shakes a lot so I kind of compromise with myself and decided that hey, I'll do the neatest job I can with what I've got and not obsess over it! The other thing is that with miniature dwarves or with halflings, or goblins – they are the hardest of all the fantasy races to paint because they are so darn small! It's hard to find enough surface area to drybrush without interfering with other areas of the model. For many components, you can really only do one basecoat and one highlight.

I found that doing more than that really didn't make a difference in terms of how it looked at tabletop height.

Another interesting thing is that if you look at this type of painting job compared with like something you see in White Dwarf or a GW army book and all the eye candy they produce, at tabletop height the differences in the level of painting begin to lessen. LOOK, I'm not saying that I'm a White Dwarf-caliber painter! BUT, it does show that even GW's level of painting breaks down if you get close enough to it.

One final thing I thought was interesting. If you look at the purple cloaks, those were done with one of the Foundry purple triage sets. I did a classic shade, base, and light exactly using the Foundry technique. If you look at the cloaks from about a foot away, they look like pretty nicely blended shades of purple with the recesses darkened and gradually coming out to the brightest part of the folds of the cloth.

But, if you zoom in on those, you can see that even the Foundry system begins to look clunky up close. The Foundry system is really about the illusion of blending and transition. You don't have to do it perfectly for the effect to work!

Baranovich28 Sep 2017 6:25 a.m. PST

Some progress pics, bases painted and finished with static grass:


Andy ONeill30 Sep 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

If your hands shake then I have a tip.
Use a very high table or a table with something like a box on top.
Rest your elbows on this and rest your hands together.
You pretty much need a pair of magnification glasses as the figure will be close to your eye level.
I like a kneeling chair as well.

doublesix6601 Oct 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

They look great and remember that they will be viewed from 3 foot away so if they look this good close up will look great on the table, look forward to seeing your next unit

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