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PostSubject: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 6:21

man ! I didn't know it was so hard to make a decent picture !
this is about the best I can do, although the shading/highlights/details didn't come out as good as they look to the naked eye...
Oh well ... any feedback on how to improve my picture and/or painting quality is greatly appreciated

here's the well known flamy head
(just trying out some different angles ; these are about my first pic's ...)




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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 6:31

a real old figure (think it is gw)
on his shoulder is kind of like a little catlike demon with wings





standard GW issue :





any comments welcome
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 6:58

They look great! Especially the last Witch Hunter. The eyes and the facial expression in general - awesome! thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:02

thanks Cianty
just found your lessons to taking photo's
I'm just trying out with the first buildings I made (guess they will be easier because they're not so tiny. I tried to make close ups of some faces, but didn't succeed)
buildings are coming up next, but I must admit, I miscalculated the amount of time it all takes !
I've been planning on preparing some rackham mini's for the hybrid game since this morning, and haven't even got started yet !
This forum is worse than an addiction !
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:32

I think the most important things to bear in mind when taking photos is to

- ...rest the camera. Maybe use books or whatever to place the camera in position. Holding it in your hand will rarely work - especially not with older cameras
- ...use the "macro" mode (usually indicated by flower symbol), which is meant for close ups on small things.
- ...never ever use flash.
- ...use natural (ie. sun) light. It's crazy how different photos look depending on the light conditions. Maybe try moving the objects so light comes from the side, front etc and see what works best for your models.

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This forum is worse than an addiction !

I know... Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:39

well, I've been experiementing some ...
that's the reason I won't have done any painting today ! lol !
I noticed that placing the object near a window doesn't give a very good result strangely enough ...
I think the pics of the buildings will be slightly better
the uploading takes forever though ... next experiment will be with smaller pics ; maybe that helps
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:40

WELL DONE! The Forces of Holy Sigmar NEVER looked better...or more unhinged. VERY nice job on the faces; the Witch Hunter in particular looks EXCELLENT & VERY in charater. I don't recall ever seeing the Wench...COOL mini & nicely painted. Keep'em coming!
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:46

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I noticed that placing the object near a window doesn't give a very good result strangely enough ...

Yes, direct light isn't good. I'm still far from taking perfect pictures myself... scratch

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the uploading takes forever though ... next experiment will be with smaller pics

Definately resize the photos before uploading. If you upload a 2000 x 3000 pixels image, then servimg has to resize it automatically and that takes ages. Use some free software to resize it to no more than 800px width and uploading goes really fast.

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:49

okay will do
thanks for your feedback guys !
this lifts the spirit of an unemployment man a bit !
really appreciate this

but now I definately got to start working on those rackham figs !!!

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:51

by the way, what do you think of my avatar ?
I just LOVE that mini !!!
Think it was from a german company ; payed it only about 2 euro ($) or less ... The paintjob isn't that terrific, but it must have been done about 15 years ago ...
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 7:57

He he, that mini does look cool (except that I am not a fan of the notorious bare-breasted-booby-babes - but the sculpt sure is great). I don't think the paint job on that one looks so bad... especially the eyes look very clean.

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 8:33

aha !
there we have a major different opinion !
I promised my wife I wouldn't buy any more figures for years now (since I probably won't ever be able to get everything painted in this life time), but every time I see a "booby babe", I can't resist.
It all started with Rackham fiana's... There were times where I didn't buy anything else than female figures (topless or not). Probably since GW didn't have much females ... I remember their female dwarf lord that was pretty cool ...
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 8:56

He he.

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 10:46

The figures look great! You've managed to bring out a lot of the expression in their faces, good job! I can't help but say it, though, something about that last Witch Hunter looks like Luke Wilson to me. I don't know what it is.
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 11:22

My Avatar LOVES you Avatar...VERY COOL mini!
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 11:29

Myntokk wrote:
something about that last Witch Hunter looks like Luke Wilson to me. I don't know what it is.

LOL! Awesome! You are right! That's crazy! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 12:49

just checked out wilson ; I think his head is even smaller ... lol !



okay, I tried the advice of resizing the pics myself, before uploading ; here's the first test :


just lemme see if the quality is still ok ...


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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 13:08

seems ok ..

so here are some more flagellants









and since my son didn't have enough figs for his orcs and skaven warbands, here a little ditty besides my upcoming witchhunters warband ; squig and skaven warlocks :







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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 13:38

okay, here are the last pictures (pfew !!!)
one basic plastic empire guy and Victor Pendrake, which I intended to use as witchhunter captain (tried to focus on his eyes, but couldn't quite capture the life feel ...) (by the way ; the plastic guy isn't as cross-eyed as he appears in the pic ...)

thank you all for your kind replies & have a swell evening y'all !

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 13:46

The color of this skaven is top notch! Way to show off your painting skills!

Lol, man I was posting as you were putting these great pics of your band, and man, your leader is the biggest bad oscar on the block! My possesed would think twice b4 turning that corner... nah they wouldnt but they shurly be inspired to put their best tentecle forward!
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 14:07

thanks mate !
I found the goggles of the first skaven were not exactly she-bang, but ... hey, I'm still learning after all these years !
is your possessed somewhere to be viewed ?
bought a box a couple of months ago ; the planning is ; finishing the last two witchhunters, then the 3 zealots from the box and finally some dogs
then i'll have to hurry to get the rackham dudes finished in time, and then i'd like to start on the possessed (hopefully before the end of the year !)
and then i would like to put all figures out of sight, to hopefully finish my buildings (see other tread ; wip : first self made buildings)
i also bought some WH 40K witchhunters which i would like to .....
AAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGG !!! I need 15 years in a monastery !
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Tue 22 Sep 2009 - 17:17

Alas no I dont have my possesed posted.. or any atm. Ill get on it tho.

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Wed 23 Sep 2009 - 1:56

hey, you really should
that is what keeps this site alive
and man, there is so much to see here !
and since I'm looking for inspiration for colour schemes for the possessed ...
don't take too long !
;-)
I think I'll go with the standard GW black/red, but am always open to suggestions and looking for nice base ideas

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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Wed 23 Sep 2009 - 2:16

NOW it becomes clear why Pendrake isn't wandering the Iron Kingdoms lately... he's on vacation in dear, old Mordheim. VERY NICE job on the good Doctor; he looks the part of a Witch Hunter...the glasses remind me of the Gestapo Guy from The Lost Arc. ALL VERY WELL DONE!
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PostSubject: Re: some witchhunters (just needing varnish & flocking)   Wed 23 Sep 2009 - 2:37

Those paint jobs are excellent, I particularly like the attention to detail such as the swirls on the warpstones and the facial expressions.

An odd thing you do (along with many many other people) is that you paint the fire backwards. Which is fine since it looks a grand deal better, but really the lighter part should be at the inside part of the flame. Sorry to knit pick.
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