Mike’s Minis #6: Layer Up! Part 1, The Wizard

As you may remember I started this segment with the Reaper Learn to Paint Kit, so naturally I graduated to the Layer Up! which teaches you how to do highlighting, and shading. These techniques have made me nervous for some time primarily because it requires decent awareness of how much paint you use to achieve different levels of light or dark shades of your base coat. The kit starts off simple; with a mini that has a large surface area with plenty of peaks and divots to apply the techniques too. I found shading to be the most rewarding part of this process. There was almost immediate results and it definitely enhanced the mini. I think I may have gone a bit overzealous in some spots, but overall I think I did fine. The highlighting was a bit more disappointing. I was hoping for more contrast between the both but it was somewhat lackluster. I think it might just be because it is a beginner set and what I envisioned is a bit more advanced, but it doesn’t really matter.

Since my first experience with Reaper kits I have added probably too many tools to my collection. I have a new hobby lamp that has a bendy stem that grips to the end of the table. I love it so much, it’s a game changer. I have added several new paint brushes, I finally have a dedicated drybrushing brush along with an intense detail brush from Army Painter. Probably the best additions would be the wet palette and the grip. The wet palette changes the damn game. It keeps paint perfectly moist I almost never have to thin my paints, and it’s just really nice to be able to stop a project and not have my paints dry up. While a medicine bottle worked perfectly fine, I certainly enjoy an actual grip far more. The one I purchased has a screw top similar to a soda bottle so you can use any old bottle caps to hold onto your minis.

Overall I was very happy with the results and I can’t wait to continue! Thanks for reading Dungeoneers, I hope you enjoyed this new installment. If you enjoyed what you read please consider donating to my ko-fi! Till next time.

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