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Thursday, 3 March 2011

How to Overcome Being Your Own Worst Critic & Other Tips

If you’re anything like me you'll always feel a bit hit and miss with your own models, most people are their own worst critics. Aslong as you strive for consistency within unit’s and gradual improvement you'll feel a lot more positive about your work. After drooling over a few 'Eavy Metal painted miniatures it can be hard to go back to painting your own without feeling as if you'll never be as good. Even 'Eavy metal will be keen to remind you that they didn't get so good over night and their are still things on models that they dislike doing or find difficult to do. 

I’d never tell a new starter to run out and buy a high elf dragon lord or Azhag the Slaughterer even though they are impressive models because heck they take a small amount of expertise before you even get to the painting stage, 'Eavy metal from time to time paint these models as a team in order to overcome any blindspots that an individual painter would have. Don't let this dishearten you however, start small and compare your models with people that have been painting and modelling for the same length of time as yourself, try to share cool tips and tricks that you've discovered and they'll be eager to share theirs with you with the added bonus being that they hopefully won't take a leaf from the 'Eavy metal school of teaching and leave a massive gap between stage 1 and stage 2, after all "if your any good you'll already know all those bits". White Dwarf and guides on the internet only have so much time or space to provide photographs and so they tend to omit those all important fiddly bits like what colour mixes look like on the palette etc. A friend or modelling store owner can just show you right then and there.

When starting out the best thing you can do is brainstorm ideas and bounce ideas off of friends and relatives. It's fun to experiment with different brands of paints as well as artist supplies in general and you should always have a tidy space to keep left over bits and old sprues to check if the paint reacts with  other acrylic paints, model plastic or the glue's used to put them together as well as for future conversion projects when you feel more confidant. 

Look into popular entertainment for sources of inspiration, I haven’t got enough fingers to count the amount of times I’ve dived right into a model and although it looks clean and well presented the colour scheme and any modifications I’ve made don't work together at all. Try to look at what colours and materials popular sci-fi characters outfit's use like Judge Dredd, Robo Cop, Xenomorph and Predator, most of the models in the citadel range use these as sources of inspiration anyway and you know what they say "If you can't innovate, emulate!". I'd love to see Space marines with yellow shoulder pads and black body suits or Kroot with lazor sights and electrified nets.

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