Mike’s Minis #8: Layer Up! Part 3, The Pirate

Today I finish the Layer Up kit with the Pirate. This was by far my favorite miniature from this set. Up until now the part of the mini that draws the eye has been large areas (cloaks) and If I’m honest I was only okay with. I thought the shading itself was good but the highlights did nothing for me. I thought they could have been better, but I digress. This time around I was much happier with the highlighting. Unfortunately the matte varnish I put on at the end decided to be far shinier than it usually is so it’s not as good a result as I would have liked, but I am still very happy with it.

My favorite part of this guy is how the pants and the sash looks. Not only do the colors contrast really well but the shadows add a lot of depth to the figure. I was finally able to get a good grasp on how much paint to have on the brush and how to maintain a sharp point to nail the precise shading and highlighting. I still have a long way to go to master these techniques, but I feel like I’m on the right path.



Well here we are, at the end of the second learning kit from Reaper. Overall I have learned a ton and enjoyed the experience. I will say that I got more out of the first kit than this one, perhaps because the first contained intro techniques that I had no knowledge of, or whatever other reason. At the very least the Layer Up kit gave me more framework knowledge to build up on and get better with. I plan to do plenty more research and experimentation with highlighting and shadows. The one technique that I am dreading and excited for is Non-Metallic Metal painting. I’ve watched a few videos about it and it looks taxing and I can not wait to give it a go.

I am proud of myself and my journey so far into this hobby and I can’t wait to get better. One way I hope to improve is through the use of my new dedicated painting station!

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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