The one where I learn to paint armor

On to Reaper’s Learn to Paint Kit 5: Intermediate Armor. I prepped both the minis; Dain got primed and mounted on my painting mount thingy.


He’s my favorite mini from the Kits thus far. We’ll see how I feel once I get into the increased amount of fiddly bits. As has been my self-imposed restriction thus far, I’ll be painting as close to the instructions as I can manage.

Bertokk postmortem

A rambling brain dump this morning on the Reaper forum:

I guess at this early point in my journey (Bertokk is mini #8), flesh tones are my ‘thing’. I struggle with pretty much everything else. I even snuck in a custom mix for ze nipple (the slightest dab of the red from the kit into the mid-tone).

I also really like how the lining turned out on him. After not being a fan of the technique, I’m shooting for a real subtle implementation. Stumbled in a couple spots, but overall really pleased with that angle.

Leathers are all pretty meh. I need a better technique at some point. The hair turned out kinda cool, tough to see on camera, my idea was from old Superman comics, clack hair with a blue sheen. The green cloth is the method for Laurana’s outfit in Kit 2. I like the rope, oiled leather washed with a veeery thin walnut, re-apply oiled mid-tone and two highlights of oiled+linen.

Another thing to note is the difference angle and lighting make on a photo. Look at my last WIP shots, some of the shaded areas, the lower back and the chest straps especially, look kinda jacked up in the WIP. But in the finished mini sitting on the table, you can see how it accentuates the shadows.

I think this was my favorite L2PK mini thus far; fun to paint, good details, nice character to the sculpt.

Bertokk the Barbarian

This was a tough one, as following the Buglips the Goblin official order of L2PKs (1,2,4,5,3) we only have Kit 1’s metal method (tm Doug Marks). Which is really the only way I ever painted metallics, and it’s pretty prehistoric. Other than that I’m ok with how Bertokk came out, pretty fast for me – about three sessions of two hours each.


I think I’m going to skip the other mini in this Kit for now. I’m pretty comfortable with this basic method of layering skin and want to move on to Kit 5’s Intermediate metallics.

Final Bertokk WIP

Did the drybrushing bits and finishing details. The rope I washed and drybrushed, but painted in the highlights so it didn’t get too messy. Knocked back the laces that the highlight went out of control on previously. Used the colors for the rope to do the grip of the dagger, trying to keep it a textile feel. First pass of steel parts.


Doing the metal was difficult, because I have caveman technique when ti comes to metals. I basically just slapped some paint on and hoped for the best. Meh.


Pretty much just paining the base and calling it done.

Bertokk goes Green

More base coating, I did the straps and leathery bits and decided on a color for the colory bits. By popular demand, I went with green. I dunno, someone mentioned it earlier in the WIP thread on the Reaper forum. I just grabbed the trio of paints from Kit 2 and I’ll do Laurana’s green in the spirit of keeping this Kit project in the realm of Kits.

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Base coated the iron parts with the bluish brown/black from Kit 5. Some other leathery and ropey bits with light brown. Hit the green again for coverage.

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A Barbaric WIP

One nice thing about the L2PKs, I can bring a stripped-down setup into the living room and paint on the coffee table in front of the big screen. So I got in a little time with Kit 4’s Bertokk the Barbarian while watching the Bills lose…

First up is Brown Liner lining. You can see how messy I am, though I did switch down to the #1 brush and obviously didn’t worry too much since most of it will be painted over.

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And then the Tanned Shadow base coating, back to the #2 brush (and failed attempt 1 at eye)…

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And the first highlight of Tanned Skin. Apologies for the focus issues!

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And the second highlights using Tanned Highlights. Attempt #2 at eye…success!

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Laurana WIP 3

Managed to finish her off this evening, so to speak.

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Forgot to snap WIPs again, so I’ve jumped ahead a bit here. Did the hair, leather and undercoat for the gold.

Hair was going ok but got really blocky on the highlight. I was kinda rushing at certain points where I needed to get up and stretch my legs.

Then I powered through to the finish. The back of the scroll also got pretty blocky, not super happy with how messy the gold went on. Starting to dislike metallic paint a lot, it dries out extremely fast on the brush. Got messy with the base, need to designate a better drybrush. The included reaper flat is so beat it splays out to roughly the size of Rhode Island.

I’m pretty tired of broccoli bases at this point in my L2PK journey. I foresee a lot of chopping in my future with Reaper minis.

Laurana WIP 2

Change of pace today, I brought a minimal setup into the living room to paint closer to the wood stove. Had to paint on the coffee table, so my legs fell asleep about ten times. I suffer for my art.

Started with flesh highlights and eyes. Oh, the eyes. I do love a good sculpt/cast eye. I did her right eye in one shot, and it’s almost perfect (for where I am, anyway). The left, maybe a dozen tries and I called it ‘good enough, she has a condition’. Also did some lining, which I’m fairly horrific at.

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I moved on to base coating the blue and green areas.

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And finally shade and highlights for the blues and greens. The blue highlight went on too thick.

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