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  1. 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 s
  2. 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 i
  3. 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.
  4. Here's the first of my finished cursed city models.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 rea
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. @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.
  10. 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.
  11. Well that's the thing. I paint the way that I do because it's engaging and fun which means I paint full time and as a hobby and not lose interest. There's no way I'd bother with production line painting even if I could earn more money. Also, from my perspective, there's a certain amount of time I have to spend on a model regardless of the quality of the painting. Assembly, basing, priming, varnishing, photographing and packaging all take time so the fewer models I have to paint the better.
  12. 15-20 high quality models a week? I can manage half of that. No wonder I don't earn much money
  13. Infinity models are perhaps taller than they used to be but the scale has become more realistic and the details are much finer. If you don't like to paint small details they might not be the models for you. That said there are lots of different ways to paint so maybe you can still enjoy them without spending a lot of time on each model. Marvel spam: For a long time it was hard to justify painting models for myself and anything I painted ended up on ebay. Business has picked up over the past year, which is an achievement in itself given everything else that h
  14. Honestly the Modok model was a lot of fun to paint and I've since added one to my own collection. Probably the best super I've painted so far. @Spatial after missing out on mu I'm tempted by the x-men version. The models are a lot bigger than I realised, look easy to paint and even the basic pledge has a lot of models. The only sticking point is that I backed Trudvang, the one cmon kickstarter that's gone into development hell. I'm sure it'll arrive one day and when it does it's a big project. I do try to keep my unpainted pile manageable so I'm reluctant to add an
  15. Here in the US they are easy to come by.as the manufacturer comes under the ownership of Asmodee who own a big chunk of the gaming industry. All of my local stores stock them as do the online gaming stores I use. Then there is amazon which is quite handy when it comes to birthdays and Christmas. I'd suspect it's similar in the UK.
  16. I don't like to post work stuff any more since it's gotten a bit mundane. But this was a fun little collection to paint and the results were pretty good.
  17. These have been on my desk for a while now. Thought I would get them finished before I start on cursed city.
  18. I'll probably do something similar. They're nice looking models, but there are 60 of them and getting them all painted is the goal. With that in mind a limited palette and a heavily stylized appearance will be my approach.
  19. Went to my local gaming store to buy some superhero models and they had a couple of boxes of cc on the shelves. How could I resist?
  20. Yes they are infinity models. I think the smallest legal army is around ten model. I have around 30 and each faction gets new releases on a regular basis. They are also a bunch of kickstarter exclusives that I'll probably add at great cost at some point. Then there are models that aren't part of this faction that I'll collect any way because they look cool.
  21. Between 3-5 hours each. Now that I have a better idea of the color scheme and method that should come down to 2-3 hours. If this was a commission this would represent a week's work.
  22. I've made a start on what will be my first big army project. Already had to make a few adjustments to the color scheme as the first models didn't turn out as well as I had hoped and also took too long. I'm happy to spend a lot of time on these given all of the detail but I've got keep things manageable given how many of these I have to paint in addition to my never ending superhero collection. Still haven't decided on the base either, just gone for something drab temporarily to boost the colors of the models.
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