Common Feedback Issues Index

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Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of a miniature painting contest judge? Or get feedback from an experienced painter and teacher on your painting? While we all love personalized feedback, it has been my experience both as a judge and as a painter that there are a number of common issues that people experience in painting miniatures. I have been working to put together information related to these common issues and their solutions to help painters better understand and visualize them. I am indexing those articles here.

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Common Issues with Painted Miniature Figures

Workmanship, Basing, General Issues
Judges (and viewers) don’t just consider the painting on your piece. They also look at the base, general workmanship, consistency, and other factors.

Painting Related Tips
These are the painting issues that come up most often when I am giving people feedback on their miniatures. And most of these are things I am still aiming to get better at myself!

Suggestions for Contest Entries
An earlier version of the two articles above, but with a few additional points or alternate ways of explaining things.

MSP Open and Medals FAQ
Answers to questions about the format of the MSP Open at ReaperCon, what kind of entries fit which categories, and some nuances of judging.

It’s not the only issue. But it sure is an issue. Here you’ll find articles with before and after photos, and tips for how to create more contrast in your work.

Colour Theory and Terms
Many of my articles use colour terms like value and saturation, and you can learn more about those here. Understanding colour properties is a critical tool to improving your painting.

Display Painting versus Tabletop Painting
Most of the issues outlined in the articles above apply equally to display and tabletop figures. The big difference between them is the level of finish and the time and techniques it takes to achieve it.

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Examples and Comparison Studies

Blacksmith: Critique and Touchup
I gave this blacksmith figure I’d painted a very thorough critique, and then did painting touchups to address the critique points. In addition to before and after pictures, the article includes a link to a video version of the critique and painting.

Bugbear: Critique and Touchup
I took a bugbear figure I painted some years ago and gave it a thorough critique. Then I tweaked the paint job to address the feedback. The article includes links to videos of my paint touchups and additional discussion of common painting issues on miniatures.

Beach Libby: Visualizing Lining and Contrast
I compare two figures and digitally edit those figures to help you see the importance of lining and different kinds of contrast. (There’s more than one!)

Victorian Lady: Visualizing Strong Contrast
I took a figure I’d painted with subtle contrast and revised it using much stronger contrast.

Anwyn versus Tara
I compare the strengths and weakness of two figures I’ve painted that are similar sculpts with very different colour schemes, and different levels of painting ability.

The Critique of Promenade
I received detailed critique on my Promenade figure from two of the best eyes for feedback I know. What did they say, and how do I feel about it?

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Other Helpful Information

Miniature Contests at Conventions and Shows
This article outlines the general structure of contests, explains some of the terminology, and includes a list of in-person conventions and shows that include a miniature contest.

How to Transport Miniatures
Whether you’re traveling to play games or enter contests, you need to find the way that works best for you to get the figures safely to your destination.

How to Paint Sturdy Miniatures
A good transportation solution helps. Sealer can help. But making your paint jobs sturdy begins before you even apply one drop of paint to the figure.

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Link Ups – November 8

I want to share some of the videos and information that help me learn or get me excited to work on projects, as well as general hobby news, so I’ve decided to do a periodic news/links round-up post.

Also I know my posting schedule has gotten to be a little erratic, but I’m working hard to get back on track!

In Praise of Mediocrity

I love the message of this short essay. The author theorizes that a lot of people don’t have hobbies because we increasingly feel that we need to perform something at an expert or professional level, or not at all. I think there are other people who do have hobbies, like miniature painting, but who torture themselves about whether they’re ‘good enough’. It’s okay to do something just to enjoy it, and to do it in the way you enjoy rather than some way you think you’re ’supposed’ to do it! I think that is actually what a hobby is meant to be. If you do it to an expert/professional level, it’s a calling/career/work/whatever you want to call it. (Which is more long the lines of what miniature painting is for me at this point, but my general artistic pursuits definitely fall more into the hobby category.)

Blogger Shout Out

Jen Greenwald is my blogging consultant. She is also an inspiration to me in how she doggedly and consistently pursues her miniature hobby goals. She takes classes and studies tutorials and seeks out feedback, but she also gets that butt in the chair time is really the key to improving. Which she very much has in the time that I’ve known her! If you enjoy regular work-in-progress updates, check out her blog. I always find it helpful to see WIP stages of what people work on as well as the end result.

Sculpting link

If you are at all interested in the sculpting side of miniatures, whether to do conversions, sculpt full figures, or just gain some insight into how the figures we paint come to be, you’ll enjoy this very thorough look at the process and tools that is chock full of excellent advice and fantastic pictures.

ReaperCon News

The dates and location for ReaperCon are set until 2023! The time – Labor Day weekend. The place – the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. (Which I loved, so bright and clean and friendly!) If you need a reminder of why you should come to ReaperCon, here’s my previous blog post on the subject.

And my post about why you should go to one or another miniature convention:

Reaper Paint Lines Info

Last week’s episode of Reaper Live on YouTube features Reaper’s paint guru, Anne Foerster, briefly explaining the different paint lines and products that Reaper offers. And she’s working on a Toolbox show, so there will be a lot more info about paint in the future!

Art Book Submissions

ArtOrder is soliciting submissions to a shared world fantasy art book. They fund their books via Kickstarter, and share 50% of the profits amongst the contributing artists. I’ve been enjoying their previous project, Tiny Dragons. Read more about the shared world and the project at this link. I figure this will be more of interest to two dimensional artists, but I’m sure there’s a creative way to create a diorama or other three dimensional work to photograph for inclusion!

Please let me know in the comments if you found any of that useful, or if there are other types of information and links you’d like me to share in future installments of Link Ups.