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  1. They look great @Mikes I'd like to get into 3d printing if I had the time and space in my garage. Instead I'm focusing on painting for fun and money:
  2. Thanks. It was a surprise to see how many I had painted. I've only been a bit each day after work and on the weekend and yet it's added up to a decent looking collection.
  3. One of the downsides of painting for a living is that it has been difficult to justify personal hobby time and if I did paint models for myself they would eventually end up on ebay whenever money was tight. This past year has seen an improvement in the business, still not earning much but it's enough to give me a comfortable life, which has meant I can finally use my skills to paint my own collection. Here is six months of hobbying:
  4. There are lots of ways to apply lighting to a model, not sure which is the most appropriate for a beginner to learn. My advice would be to focus on the basics and from what I've seen those marvel minis are good practice models. Learn how to apply a smooth even basecoat. Then practice edge highlighting. There's a lot you can achieve with just a basecoat and edge highlight which is why at one point during their lean years it was what gw studio painters used. I think a mistake a lot of painters make, myself included, is to rush to paint the shiny stuff without developing a good foundation. That said I get the impression from youtube that I'm old fashioned in my ways.
  5. I'm not sure how many models I have. I initially bought some during a quite period to sell on ebay but I picked up work before I could paint them. Then a client gave me an army box in lieu of payment. That gave me about 20 models, enough to swing the decision when I thought about collected an army. I've bought more since then but I'm not familiar enough with the range to say from memory what I have. And more models have been released that I'll want to add at some point. Maybe I'll aim for 50. They are things like this which are bigger armored dudes. I'm already working on one and it's proving to be a pain in the ass to paint. No prizes for guessing what color scheme I'm going with.
  6. I've added a few more models to my infinity army. One of the problems I've had in the past with painting armies has been sticking to a color scheme over time which would result in me losing interest and has been one of the reasons I've focused mostly on character models. With this army I decide not to bother with consistency beyond a vaguely similar palette and have been painting each model however I saw fit.
  7. Here's the first of my finished cursed city models.
  8. I hadn't given adeptus titanicus any thought before. Seeing the models on here is tempting me. I've almost painted a cursed city model so I think I'm justified in buying another box set.
  9. I wouldn't put much into the number of likes, unless you want mental health issues. I post on instagram because of the community. It's a place to share my work with my fellow painters and seeing what they are working on. It's not been useful for picking up new clients, the majority of my likes come from the same core group of followers, and once I gave up thinking about building my brand it became a much more enjoyable experience. Like @Nicky says there are ways to game the system. The algorithm pits us against each other, and post boosting is a lot more common than you might realize if the number of ads that I see is anything to go by. But for me it's better to not think about the metrics at all.
  10. I have decent selection of the fluid range. Compared to regular hobby paints they are much more glossier and transparent and for me they are too much effort to use for regular painting. Instead I use them for glazing or adding them to hobby paints to boost the color. I do like the new so flats though and I think the two ranges work well together. Of course it all depends on your painting style. I paint from dark to light with high contrast and as few layers as possible and I'm willing to sacrifice color intensity in favor of opacity.
  11. Thanks. It's taken a lot of work to get to this point and it is paying off. 18 months of continuous work is pretty good going especially given how things went last year. I guess I'm a lot more ambitious than I realise and I'm ready to push things on to the next level.
  12. @NickyIn all seriousness this is a tough time to be a miniature painter. No tournaments and, if instagram is anything to go by, there's a lot more competition. So far, I've been up to the challenge but I'm not quite as comfortable as I'd like.
  13. With my apologies to @Mikesin advance, here is a recent commission. 20 models in 10 days which is pretty good considering I'm lazy, and I'm trying to use synthetics as much as possible even for all those tiny details.
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