Reaper’s Learn to Paint Kit featuring 28mm plastic goblins.
Why a Learn to Paint Kit?
Or “But I thought you already knew how to paint?”
Guess again, haha! Actually, there are a few reasons why I chose this kit.
One, I needed some goblins, and the Learn to Paint kits are a pretty good deal. You get minis, paints, brush, and instructions. Other than one paint, I didn’t have any of the paints offered in this kit. Two, tutorials on how to use Reaper paints are difficult to find, so I was curious to see how they paint things up. Lastly, I was thinking of gifting one of these to a friend who has expressed interest so I thought I would check out one of their kits first.
Overall value? Pretty good! The minis are typical Reaper plastics, sometimes soft on the details with tough mould lines, but I think they were good enough. The brush you can throw away or use as a dry brush. The paints were good, a few will likely go into regular use. The instructions seemed very clear for beginners. I would have changed the order a bit for the way I paint, but I think it was tailored to get beginners feeling like they accomplished something before they got too far into the arduous details. It was interesting to see how they used the paints. Since there were only a few colors in the set, some mixing was involved. The Nightshade Purple was used as black for shading, which makes more sense than trying to use it as a straight black with barely any purple.
I stuck to the instructions as much as possible, to get the best sense of how Reaper likes to use their paints. I think there is a more advanced paint kit, and maybe I’ll check one of those out later on. It might be a good gift for my daughter down the road too.
I primed the minis using a yellow Badger primer. Then added some contrast with Seraphim Sepia, followed by a layer of Lantern Yellow. The instructions had you just start applying base layers, but I primed them before I even read those.
The one part I did struggle with, was the skin. Following the instructions, the paint layers were very apparent due to only using a few layers. I tend not to do my skin that way, and so it looked really odd. Sorta “skeletal” to me. It’s not an unusual practice, as I see this in a lot of Citadel tutorials as well. To get the skin looking more the way I wanted it, I tried glazing back over to get a more gradual effect. That sort of works, but then wipes out some of the darker contrast. It’s a tricky balance, but I think they turned out okay for the most part.
“Goblin sores”. There was a defect on the one guy’s back, and I just chalked it up to some sort of skin sores. This is also the first time I tried a Reaper metal paint “Blade Steel”, and I wasn’t crazy about it. I’ll say it again, Vallejo Model Air or AK metal paints are my fave for metals these days.
That wraps up this pack! Overall, they turned out pretty well. It was interesting following the Learn to Paint instructions and it’s a good base kit that I would recommend for most beginners. It’s nice to have a second batch of small minions for our D&D games, especially since Goblins are a pretty common enemy at low levels.
Next Up: It’s kind of a toss up right now. The post I want to do, might not be ready in time due to work being an overall suckfest. But hopefully I’ll still manage something good next week!