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The Laughing God
20-05-2009, 19:03
Hello everyone, This log is to show off all my single mini's.

I'm only a youngblood (14 years old) and hope that this log will really help me improve my painting skills so that next year I can try to win a youngbloods golden daemon.

Hopefully this will get me one step further to actually having a shot at winning.

With that being said here are some "For fun mini's."

The ones that I really focused on is the Sister and the Big Mek, the goff rockerz and telion were just to get something different while painting my armies.






The Laughing God
20-05-2009, 19:04


20-05-2009, 20:19
Excellent stuff.
Please tell me these are not you first minis.

20-05-2009, 20:22
Excellent stuff. Some really nice neat painting and brave highlighting. One thing I would lke to offer as constructive criticism would be to get more definition between the colours. In places (the white Ultramarine symbol onthe blue is an example) this lets the overall look of the mini down.

Still, as a youngblood, I was no where near this good - keep it up :D

20-05-2009, 21:50
The white came out great.
I like the hair.
The fire is a lil too dark but otherwise great.

21-05-2009, 18:52
Some really nice work there!

You're definitely on the right track. The bases are great, nicely themed to the model.

I'd try to add a bit more depth in places, ie the ork skin, you could add a few sharper highlights to make it 'pop' more.

Keep up the good work!


21-05-2009, 23:16
Great job! This log will be very interesting, especially with a goal in mind. Do you mind telling us how old you are?

I think you have proper skill already, at least enough to battle the greater majority of the logs here on warseer.

A great way to learn is to pick a few simple minis, like chaos warrior, night goblins, regular orks or space marines. Then pick the different tecniques you want to learn and apply them. Do one with washes, one with highlight, one with shading and one with drybrushing. Later you can move into more extreme skillz such as blening (the good one), NMM and light reflections. Finaly, take a final one and apply them all, but take your time!

Good Luck, just let us know if you need any special advice!

Hjalmar Cirkus
22-05-2009, 10:48
Amazing work! You have good potential to win the youngblood golden deamon!

22-05-2009, 15:47
You are not a youngblood! That is a lie!!

I wish I could be more constructive, but what I am trying to say is: AWESOME!!
Keep it up, great stuff.

22-05-2009, 17:31
These are great!! as a youngblood you should be over the moon with these results! My first attempts were not even in the same league as these (using enamel paints, standard art shop brushes, and a pin!). Really excellent work, looking forward to seeing more.

22-05-2009, 17:37
You are not a youngblood! That is a lie!!

Certainly true.

Assuming that his avatar is another piece of his work he is a youngblood by no means.

The Laughing God
23-05-2009, 02:18
Wow thanks everyone! I really appreciate the comments and the tips.:)

@Harry, Thanks,I have multiple armies, but they're all really simple. My deathwing and daemons are extensively washed. My necrons are drybrushed, and my tyranids are all dipped. So I guess you could say these are my first "real" painted models.

@Crube, Thanks for the tip and compliment, I should work on my shading a bit more.

@SonofSanguinus, Thanks!

@BoyMilla, Thanks, and the Ork looks better in real life, he actually has a bunch of green layers on him but the pictures don't show it at all but I see where you're coming from.

@Leonathion, Thanks man! I'm only 14 years old, so I only have this next year to win the youngbloods. I've actually tried a bunch of the easier techniques with my armies. Now I'm trying to get more quality in them. It would be awesome if you, or anyone for that matter could give me some tips for blending. Usually all the daemon winner models are blended. Not to much in youngbloods but If I could pull it off it would be awesome!

@Hjalmar Cirkus@ Thanks a lot!

@Daniel 36, Thanks that means a lot to me.

@75Hastings69, Thanks, I'm glad you like em.

@Malorian, Thanks, the nid is mine, but they're not very good. I used dipping to paint the army because I couldn't face painting that many models.

Just if anyone wanted to see my armies, here are some army pics. If you want to see more check out my other logs.


Daemons: Me and my brother (Light of the Emperor) are doing this army together. We call the tzeentch skittles as they are so bright.:D More stuff has been added to the army as well. I painted the nurgle, 1/2 of the horrors, and the bloodletters.


Celestial Lions: Counts as deathwing, they're 1st company.




Thanks again, and I'm hoping to start painting some of the chaos over the weekend.

23-05-2009, 05:40
Ah, at the age of my youngest brother, if only he had your patience! :P
Your welcome! I'm actually suprised to see that you have several fully painted armies at your disposal, thats great!

If your looking for good tuitorials then check out coolminiornot:

several are awesome and I bet you can find something new in there. Let us know what your next project will be ;)

23-05-2009, 07:10
Well they may be dipped but those Nids look fantastic. What a great army.

I can't believe you are only 14.
I am 30 years older and I would be happy if my sisters turn out like the one in your first post.

Do get into more extreem highlights.
Do have a play with the new inks.
Do read tutorials and experiment with things.

Do keep painting ... Your doing just fine.

Adeptus Mechanicus
23-05-2009, 08:07
That Canonness is looking amazing mate!

The Laughing God
24-05-2009, 03:09
Thanks for the comments guys, it's really cool that you like them.:)

Change of plans from the chaos warriors. I'm currently working on a kislev miniature. I hope to get some WIP shots tommarow. Hopefully you guys can tell me what else to do, because he's seeming a bit to easy right now.


The Laughing God
25-05-2009, 01:18
As promised here are some WIP pics, he was painted blue first but I wanted a more striking contrast with his snow base that he'll get in the future.



I'm not sure if I'm liking how he's coming out so far. The red, fur, blue and skin are finished unless anyone has a suggestion for me to try out.

Don't worry the blue boots are going.:D

26-05-2009, 22:43
Wait one DARN minute! Laughing God, you're FOURTEEN?? I'm impressed. You have some really nice stuff. I resign immediately. I am now off to put all my models into the furnace.


26-05-2009, 23:14
Great work sachel keep it up.

The Laughing God
27-05-2009, 20:26
Thanks guys,

I managed to finish the Kislev model. He's not my best work but he'll do for now. His base will get switched in the future but it gets the job done.

Ignore the bad pictures,



And my first time trying blending on my blood crusher's horn.
EDIT:Better pic

As always CC is welcomed! Let me know anything that I can improve on!

28-05-2009, 02:22
Great Job on those minis! I always find that although it atakes a lot of time, more higlighting on a model makes it stand out more, don't be afraid to be a bit excessive as long as you keep it clean and smooth! Try two different hhues to the pants and the jerkin, maybe adding white to the red colour for a highligt to the pants, and yellow to the red for the jerkin.

You can also hihglight fur (apart form the obvious drybrushing) along the edges, much like you would a regular cloak. As always, keep it clean and simple ;)

The bloodcrusher looks very nice! You can still see where the color takes of into another though. I find that when blending, mixing in the new color while the previous one is still wet works pretty well. If I were you, I'd try to highlight the edges of that horn to sort of "mask" the blending a bit.

Great to see some new work! Good job! Keep it up ;)

28-05-2009, 12:44
Great Job on those minis! I always find that although it atakes a lot of time, more higlighting on a model makes it stand out more, don't be afraid to be a bit excessive as long as you keep it clean and smooth! ;)

I was going to say the same thing. It took me a while but i finally realized that on show pieces you really want to get some extreme highlights, just as long as they are subtle, to really make the model pop when you step back and look at it.

30-05-2009, 13:41
Looking good bro. I cant believe i missed this log, I remember you telling me about it on XBL. I have to say those Goff Rockers are up to standard with your bro IMHO.

Lord Pree J.
31-05-2009, 09:09
Most of your work/hobby is at a consummate level. Might I suggest, on your big mek's backpack, highlight the red a bit more. Pardon me for being critical, but it doesn't seem to be at the standard of level your white armour painting is.

The Laughing God
09-06-2009, 22:47
Thanks guys,

I actually did try wet blending on the crushers horn, but it didn't come out to well. I guess practice makes perfect.

I'll go back in the future and repaint parts of the ork model, however I painted him a while before I actually painted the sister which is why the sister seems to have turned out better.

Some progress on my newest model. Creed!



Yet again I manage terrible pictures, but you get the idea of how he's coming out. The red actually has some really nice shading and highlighting but doesn't show up well in the pictures. I'll make sure to get better ones as he progresses more.

10-06-2009, 17:44
some really nice work here.

i was a youngblood getting close to 2 years ago, seems like such a long time now i have to enter with all the big shots and team spain.

but any way the thing with young bloods is about the colours you chose, always try and pick something you know that no one else will do, but also keeping to the original gameswork theme. Also the model you chose, i know how tempting it is to chose a model with lots of detail and extra things you can paint, but this makes painting the model even harder because you have to make sure all these little details are painted up to the same standard as the actual model. So sometimes chosing a simple model is the better option because it means you can add your own input into the model by adding in little details your self which were not already on the model, giving you extra points with the judges.


there are just some simple but very affective techniques you can use, and remember the whole point of golden daemon is for you to really create the best piece of work you can. and i hope you the best of luck, and il be looking out for you in the american GD winners

The Syko Ward
10-06-2009, 20:20
Wow!! Some really great stuff here. A lot of it painted better than I painted my stuff in my mid 20's! Keep it up and you could become very well known.

The Laughing God
13-06-2009, 03:19
@ Luna-Wolf, I agree 100% about less detail. Thanks for the thread too, some really awesome techniques in there that I need to try out.

@ The Syko Ward, Thanks for the kind words, my goal is just to win the youngbloods for now. Maybe when I'm older I might have a shot at winning the older golden daemon.

Finished Creed, let me know what you think. CC is always welcomed!
http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/4879/1005954.th.jpg (http://img44.imageshack.us/i/1005954.jpg/)

His back coat remained the same as the upper pics.


13-06-2009, 03:28
Great work it looks like your nearing the quality of your brother

The Laughing God
17-06-2009, 02:47
Now that I have a full summer with nothing to do it's time to get painting again. My next model whom I'm currently working on is Jerran Kell. Not sure on how I want to paint the huge banner yet. I'm thinking about making it red and white to tie in with creed but not sure yet. Any suggestions?


17-06-2009, 19:53
The rest of LOTE's banners are green so id go with that.
What are you gunna do with the word Cadia on the banner?

17-06-2009, 20:19
great mini's love creed and the sister keep it up man, i used to be a youngblood but i am nowhere as good as you man :)

The Syko Ward
17-06-2009, 23:25
Sweet! the Creed fig turned out great! He looks like he's ready to kick major butt! Keep it up! :D

The Laughing God
08-07-2009, 16:23
Thanks for the kind words guys,

I think I found the model I want to paint for Gamesday. Yes, it's early... in fact it's really early however I want to get a feel on how to paint him. Then in the future I can combine everything I've learned and repaint him.

I also finished a nurgle daemon prince for my daemon army and thought I'd share it here to see what you guys think. He still needs his base painted and dullcoat.




de Selby
09-07-2009, 20:16
Put me down as another one startled to discover that you're only 14!

All the stuff looks great (particularly the goff rockers but that's because I haven't seen any for ages). I'm no expert, but I think in the main your stuff needs more shading, everything looks a bit bright and flat at the moment. Shading into a darker or bluer colour will tie the model together more and make the highlights pop. I'd be proud of those minis even if they didn't win any competitions, though.

09-07-2009, 20:19
Yay another youngblood on Warseer, thought I was the only one. My computer is crap but I can see some of the pictures, they look good! Check out my log (in sig.)?

09-07-2009, 21:41
Great stuff, young man! You would not want to see my minis from the days I was your age ;)

A good choice for your entry. But maybe one piece of advice. The real good stuff takes time. So do not plan on repainting him, but paint him slowly. Try new techniques on your armyŽs minis and then apply them to your entry piece. Watch it grow. Also, if you give it some time youŽll find new perspectieves, new ideas of what you want to do.

I am sure youŽll end up with an entry you will be proud of!

As Harry said, keep painting.


09-07-2009, 23:10
You are not sitting still are you? You can be very proud of what you have accomplished so far. Keep it up and you will have Slayer Swords like it's nobody's business in a few years time. Not just saying that.

Now, last time I commented, I wasn't very constructive, but you want some C&C, so I will give you some. Firs of the stuff that I totally dig. Your Kislev guy is awesome. Simple, yet elegant. Your Sister of Battle is absolutely amazing!! Very dynamic, and the base totally brings the whole model to another level. Really well done.

Now for your Bloodcrusher. You did well on the Bloodletter, but the whatsitcalled Beast could do with some shading. A mix of Red and Black Wash (don't know the names) into the recesses of the model will bring some more shading to the model, as I think it looks a little too flat right now.

If you decide to repaint the Ork model a bit, instead of Lord Pree's suggested highlighting of the red, I would actually go for a darkening, again with Red and Black Wash, perhaps throw in some Brown, to dirty the model up a bit. It's a bit clean now.

And I hope you are not getting down from my comments here. That is most definitely not my intention. I think your work is amazing, especially considering your age, but the reason for my feedback is to hopefully help you get even better.

So I will be honest about your Daemon Prince. I don't really like the green tone on your Daemon Prince. Especially the green on the Mark of Nurgle is too artificial, plastic looking... if that makes sense. I would've preferred a Catachan / Camo Green colouring. The same goes for the armour. It's a bit too clean and dark for my taste. A highlight of Catachan Green and Rotting Flesh mixed would make it a bit dirtier and flow better with the other colours.

The flesh, bone and metals all have a very earthy, natural tone, and your green just seems to be out of place here. These greens just look a little 'plastic' to me, not natural.

I hope this makes sense and that my feedback helps you evolve. If you disagree with me, that's perfectly fine. I am in no way a Golden Daemon winner, so it's just advice from a mediocre painter. Keep it up, your log is very enjoyable, especially the fact that each time you post something, it's something totally different! Variety is the spice of life, they say!

Light of the Emperor
12-07-2009, 00:10
I agree with Daniel. Perhaps a camo green or green mixed with grey could do the trick.

Other than that, he looks good!

13-07-2009, 04:04
Not enough layers of paint. Everything just looks like its based one color and completly coated that way. I'll be honest because thats the only way people learn. Bring up the colors more with maybe 3-4 other layers to brighten them up then give em a good coat of ink washes to make the transition alot smoother. Dont take all this as bad criticism but your stuff does look good, just needs to be pointed in the right direction.

The Laughing God
01-08-2009, 18:53
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the CC.

@Daniel36: That's what I'm looking for! Thank you for taking the time to write all that and help me. I'd really be greatful if you gave me some CC on the ork below.

I also took your advice and repainted the nurgle symbols on the daemon prince. In my opinion, it does look a lot better than before!

As for the big mek, I was trying to paint him in a cartoony style, however I think I'll go back and try your suggestions to darken him up a bit

Very WIP Ork Pilot,

(Anyone know how to paint goggles?)



With some research I have found last years young bloods winners from the 2009 Baltimore Gamesday. Hopefully I can get better to beat that 1st place marine.


(Are the judges strict about base sizes?)

02-08-2009, 00:03
with goggles all you have to do is exactly the same you do with gems, but just using really light blues, greys and white.

powa bear
02-08-2009, 02:42
Hey nice work you got there, last week I got third in young bloods, The judges are not strict about the size of your bases. looking good so far. I would suggest to work on the smaller details especialy. you'll do fine.

The Laughing God
03-08-2009, 20:05
@Luna-wolf. Thanks, I'll give it a shot.

@powa bear. Thanks,

Congrats, what GD did you go to?

powa bear
04-08-2009, 04:01
Chicago it was at the rosemont center

06-08-2009, 01:23
Your stuff is great, especially the Orks skin. Truly inspiring!

The Laughing God
06-08-2009, 16:12
Here's another test for blending. Pics don't show the highlights to well, so I'll see if I can get some new ones.



06-08-2009, 16:22
Looks good, but you need to ramp up that contrast, take a gander at some of the European GD's, and the contrasts there. Be bold with your painting, keep on tweaking and don't be afraid to experiment, and do things you're unsure of, it'll all pay off :)


06-08-2009, 16:58
Very good sir, can I suggest a strong highlight on your models, perhaps it the camera, shadow/lowlights are fine but it just needs a little something to sharpen the high spots. Very impressive work though.


07-08-2009, 02:55
And here i was thinking i was the only one with celestial lions. Bravo sir, Bravo.

The Laughing God
12-08-2009, 21:55
Thanks guys,

I'll practice blending a bit more,

Meanwhile I posted the sister on CMON

Not as bad as I thought she would get. I'm actually happy to see I didn't get torn apart.

Been thinking of re-doing some things on her to make her even better. What do you guys think?

13-08-2009, 22:57
WOW lil sach! great work. The cloak looks great. Keep at it

The Laughing God
28-09-2009, 01:39
After a long break, I've got back into painting and finished the ork pilot.



I think I did a good job on the skin, however I could improve on the browns.


The Laughing God
28-09-2009, 21:03
Just noticed my log is for some reason in the imperial section. Could a mod please move it to random for me.


only joking...
28-09-2009, 21:16
Well done! As a painter of a similar age it's always a pleasure to see your work and how good it is. Kepp it up! As for the blending maybe head towards orange at the edge and a very subtle purple glaze for the recess? It can help bring the colours out.

01-12-2009, 02:36
Awesome job man. When I was 14 pretty much everything I painted turned to crap. Fantastic work.

01-12-2009, 05:57
The ork squadron pilot came out really well. great work on the skin. You're right though, the browns are lacking some depth, but your painting has definitely improved alot!

The Laughing God
01-12-2009, 19:17
Cheers guys,

Sorry I have not been updating much. I've been busy with my new chaos army and I found out that the US Gamesday was pushed back into August. The problem is my birthday is in late June and I will be turning 15 and then I would just miss the age limit cut.
I emailed GW about this but no luck.

I guess this doesn't stop me from painting mini's though so I'll try to get back into this log again.

01-12-2009, 20:17
This is great stuff! Your painting just as good if not better then me, and ive been on it for 12 years. Keep it up! I think you're doing the blending well. If theres anything you could work on its whats been said before. Try starting darker and blending to lighter. Also try working with a wider palette of colors besides the colour your blending, for exsample brown washes and/or a brown base on ork skin. Purple and greens on metal and so on. If you check out GD minis they often do this. In the end thats what makes a great stand out from a well painted mini.

The Laughing God
06-12-2009, 04:37
Thanks for the tips LordMoriar, I'll give them a try.

Here's a wip shot of Huron and his finished pet.


The Laughing God
06-12-2009, 22:33
Here's finished Huron. I'm really pleased with him, I think he's my best work so far.



Let me know what you think,


07-12-2009, 09:24
Just had a scroll through your blog and you have some exceptional work here...

Huron looks fab and you should be really pleased. Thank you for sharing your works with us!


My name is Daniel and I am a wargamer

07-12-2009, 10:50
Damn! I wish I'd been painting like that when I was 14. That's some nice work. You've clearly got the hand, the eye and the - rarest in your age-group - patience to do well.

I'd say you need to take charge of glazes and washes and to give some wet blending a go to push your skills to the next level.


07-12-2009, 18:15
damn lookin good alex.

By the way i wont make it to the next tourney, its the girlfriends birthday and I dont wanna be in the dog house.

The Laughing God
07-12-2009, 19:41
Thanks guys, I really wish I was better at blending, but I guess I'll just have to keep practicing.

Ghostmaker, we need to find a tournament that you can come up to.:p

09-12-2009, 18:08
You show some real talent, boy! I only wish that I was this good when I was at your age. If you keep up with your painting and don't get distraced by loveaffairs and other real-world nonsens, there will be no stopping you!
Great work, really.

The Laughing God
18-01-2010, 02:14
I haven't really focused on this anymore since the Games Day plan failed, but I thought I would post some pics of my single mini's that I'm working on for my chaos army.

Currently I am building a chaos army, so here is my Kharn conversion,




I'm happy with how he came out,

Let me know what you think.

18-01-2010, 05:20
Lost track of this log after the big reshuffle.
Your painting is really improving!
The huron is excellent, the face especially stands out.

Your take on Kharn is very good too, the cape is very well done with both the shading and the weathering.

Keep up the good work!

18-01-2010, 07:17
That's a great take on Kharn! My only observation is that the plasma pistol and backpack don't seem to be quite enough to place him firmly in the 41st Millennium. I would recommend adding just one or two sets of frag grenades to his belt and maybe give Gorechild a power cable made from guitar wire or similar.

Sorry your Games Day aspirations didn't pan out but, believe me, you're we on your way to being a top-class painter. Feel free to drop Precinct Omega Studios a line when you're legally employable.


The Laughing God
24-01-2010, 04:00
Thanks guys,

precinctomega, I was thinking about adding some grenades but just couldn't make them fit without making it look crowded, he also has pouches on the inner parts of the belt.

I wish I thought about making the axe more 40k like before I started painting him.

13-02-2010, 23:53
wow thats great work!

The Laughing God
01-03-2010, 02:30
Dark Elf Lord I painted.




Painted it against Light of the Emperor...needless to say I lost...by a lot.


30-06-2010, 22:16
Oh wow, I feel so humiliated! I am 15 and my minis are not even close to the quality of yours!

The Laughing God
06-07-2010, 01:34
Hey everyone, thought I would update this log. I recently picked up Saint Celestine and couldn't wait to get started on her. She's a really nice model and has a ton of details. I really want to try my best here so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out some NMM gold. I'm pretty happy with the results as it's my first try, but would still like some feedback.



The halo and sword will change. The halo will be white like the trim. I'm not sure yet how to paint the sword.

Thanks for looking, CC is welcomed.

The Laughing God
08-07-2010, 03:16
Quick Update, I'll post better pictures up tommarow.


Tried NMM on the sword.

The Laughing God
14-07-2010, 01:26
Almost finished,



14-07-2010, 01:43
the saint is coming out great so far. keep up the good work, also i have a package waiting to be shipped to you for this little project.

14-07-2010, 17:32
How old did you say you were? If only I could paint half as good as you and I am sure I am atleast 4 years older than you.

14-07-2010, 21:21
Some really excellent stuff you've got going on here, mate, I had meant to comment much sooner than this.

That Saint is coming along nicely- I can even see an eery reflection of your young self in one of those first shots... *shudders*

That cloak looks so rich and vibrant, brilliant :)

The Laughing God
18-07-2010, 19:21
Thanks guys, here's the finished Saint. Pretty happy with how my first experiment with nmm came out. I tried doing somethig different with the base too. I found some really small pins and used them as flowers in the snow.





CC is welcomed.


26-07-2010, 09:58
I'm not sure about the pure white on the halo, it just stands out and looks unfinished. Keep up the great work!

14-08-2010, 04:04
The cloak of the DE Lord is very well done!

19-09-2010, 08:57
holy smokes, batman! you are 14? and this is your current level of painting? you gotta be kidding me. when i was 15(started at that age), my minis looked a whole lot worse. more like little balls of featureless paint. :)
seriously, if you keep this up you're gonna turn into one hell of a painter. just going from page 1 to 5 one can see you improve quite a bit. very, very nice.

20-04-2012, 03:38
My only feed back is when taking pics against glass always be at an angle to the glass so the flash dosent come right back to the camrea from the glass and you will get better color balance that way.

The painting is way above what I do so no help there.

18-05-2012, 10:05
You've got solid brush control going on, there. I'd concur with the earlier poster that the pure white halo doesn't work. To convey the sense of "pure" whiteness, I would have recommended starting from Ice Blue (or whatever these newfangled paints call it) and working up to pure white from there.

The NMM also doesn't work. As I say, the brush control is excellent and the blending is fine. But with NMM, you have to start thinking in different ways to conventional highlighting and shading. For a start, the highest points of highlight need to be white and the darkest points of shading need to be black - regardless of you choice of metallic colour. Gold and silver and everything else always come to white (or so near white as to be indistinguishable) at their highest lighting and black at their deepest shade. Then you need to look at real shining armour and see how the deepest areas aren't always the darkest, because it's to do with the angle of the light: sometimes the deepest areas are angled such that light falls directly into them, making the deepest recess lighter than the areas around it!

Technically, your skills are solid. I would restate my opinion that you should explore the use of washes (a great way to apply deeper shading after the fact), and also recommend that you dive into some of those CMON articles linked to earlier in this thread, as you've now got the technical skills to apply their guidance for real results.