Welcome to Privateer Press' Painting & Modeling Forum!
This place exists to promote discussion about the artistic portion of the tabletop miniatures gaming hobby. Show off your latest masterpiece, ask questions, post a tutorial, get feedback on a project and everything in between!
[Guideline]: What can be posted?
Any and all miniatures produced by Privateer Press, or relating to the Iron Kingdoms. Sculpture's great, too! Additionally, any discussions on miniature painting in general are welcome.
[Guideline]: What can't be posted?
This is Privateer Press' forum, and it is maintained for use for discussion things relating to Privateer Press products. In that regard, anything unrelated to Privateer Press products, characters, worlds or IP may be removed at a moderator's discretion.
Terrain belongs in the Terrain forum, and other forms of art not involving miniatures likely belong in the Fan Art forum.
Additionally, symbols associated with hate speech are absolutely forbidden on the Privateer forums and in official Privateer sponsored painting events. Our forums and painting community aims to be a welcoming and inclusive place and there will be absolutely no tolerance of any miniatures paint schemes that contain symbols associated with hate groups. Appeals to "historical context" are meaningless due to the fact that none of the Iron Kingdoms fictional characters and groups have any relation to real world history.
This policy is not open to discussion.
tl;dr: Don't be a jerk; good feedback is both positive and negative but most of all it's useful. The [CC] tag is used to request detailed criticism and in-depth discussion on a project (see below).
A common language...
Feedback: Any observations given about the poster's project, be it positive or negative.
Praise: Feedback that points out the things done that were done well (Positive Feedback).
Critique / Criticism: Feedback that points out the things that need improvement or that don't work (Negative Feedback).
Good feedback includes both praise and criticism. Positive feedback tells the poster what they're doing right; where they have had success, and that's very useful. The negative feedback helps identify areas that need improvement which the artist may or may not know about.
Just because we try to engender a positive environment doesn't mean it's "illegal" or "not OK" to offer some helpful critiques or criticisms. It means don't be a jerk when you post your feedback. There's a huge difference between, "I was always told that if I didn't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." and "This is a solid beginning to the studio scheme - have you researched how to do shadows and highlights? Here are some helpful links for your next steps." They both tell the poster that their work is below average and needs improvement, but one effectively attacks the poster and the other provides useful information. Good feedback is useful, above all else; that's that "constructive" keyword in "constructive criticism".
[Guideline]: Constructive Criticism
Due to the text-only nature of the forum, unsolicited critiques on models can come across as abrasive or mean. While critiques are not prohibited, the forum has generally adopted the old rule of "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
In an effort to engender more critiques and critical feedback, posts wishing to get constructive criticism on a project should be marked with [CC] before the thread title. Doing so establishes the following expectations for both the content poster and the commenters:
- Critiques of the photos and/or models posted by the OP are welcome and encouraged.
- Feedback will be meaningful and kindly worded(For instance, "Try an ink wash to help separate the armor plates and frame the model." "This is crap, set it on fire." is unacceptable.).
- The OP will be good-natured about receiving feedback (After all, the whole exercise is pointless if you get upset about getting the criticism you asked for).