I’ve been painting more with oil paints while I am abroad.
The first model I have worked on is an old metal forest goblin on spider. A very simple paint job, which allowed me to get more comfortable with mixing oil layers and oil washes (wait for the layers to be fully dry!) and blending from white highlights down into darker colours as opposed to trying to add white highlights (that’s possible, but less effective, possibly due to the relative poor quality of my paints?)
Next, I’ve completed this test model Sylvan Elf / Wood Elf archer. Initially I had tried a gradient from dark green to bright red on the cloak, and it wasn’t working. The result was a purplish red cape. Not a great paint job, but this was a relatively quick process, which means very quick for my standards.
After the test I’ve done three more archers. With a clearer idea in mind, I worked even faster and with better results. I focussed on trying to get good edge highlights and blends. I think the front of the minis is pretty good.
I still have some doubts about the capes: maybe it’s just me not being sure where to put the highlights, maybe it’s because I did end up having to do the highlights by adding white, which is almost entirely “eaten” by the darker layers, unlike with acrylic paints.
As soon as the weather dries up I’ll go to the park to scavenge some moss and other basing materials… In the meantime, I’ve begun painting the big Rackham minotaur.