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  1. 16 points
    As a change of pace from my fantasy miniature painting and fantasy terrain building; I work in the modern era in areas that deal with modern mercenary models and figures. This is a (Congo Keel Boat). On the river it is known by the common name of (river taxi)...the version depicted here is (23'6") with a draft of (2'4")...used for moving just about anything on the Congo river system. The most famous version of this boat (a longer version) was depicted in the 1951 movie (The African Queen) with Humphrey Bogart. The model is 97% scratch built in the 1/35th scale area and in the " princess " line of such boats that were common from about 1928 to current day on both the Congo and Nile river systems. My figures (in the works currently) are a modern day (5 man) mercenary team using converted pieces/figures from the 1/35th scale U.S. Ranger team produced by (Shanghai/Dragon). The 3% non-scratch built items are all items from my parts box...all lumber used was scale hardwood...As you can see, the cabin section can be removed.
  2. 10 points
    This is one of my favorite Bones Mini's. He has a lot of detail work left to do, but I think he's coming along fairly well so far. More to follow in a few days.
  3. 9 points
    During his quest to Bring 'Em Back Alive, Frank Buck wandered deep in the jungle. There, he discovered untold treasures from a lost civilisation. At the heart of the wild, he came across a strange Exotic Idol. It was carved in volcanic and marble stone, decorated with jade, ivory and gold. Silently guarding ancient artefacts, warning foes not to pass. I painted them using only the Master Series Paint available in the Kickstarter options. I hope you'll enjoy. 03514, Exotic Idol scultped by Jason Wiebe 50204, Frank Buck the Adventurer sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
  4. 9 points
    03514, Exotic Idol sculpted by Jason Wiebe. It was painted as if it was made of volcanic and marble stone, ornated with jade and gold. I carved the stone tiles on the base, added plastic plants and static grass. Comments are very welcome.
  5. 8 points
    50204, Frank Buck the Adventurer Sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. I think he turned out to have Mark Ruffalo's face playing Bruce Banner in the Avengers movie. Maybe he's looking for rare medicinal plants in the jungle. But then, would he really need guns? Or could it be that... We meet again, Dr. Jones. Anyway, this model was a blast to paint. I used only Master Series Paint and added plastic plants on the base. As usual, Your comments are always very welcome.
  6. 7 points
    Since my current postings deal with older figures (vintage, if you will) and display my very early figure painting attempts (which began about 18 months or so ago)...I decided to post the (very 1st fantasy miniature that I ever painted). He is a chaos lord/knight from the old Citadel figures...I have no SKU data on him...This was/is the 1st miniature gaming piece I painted for my RPG group. Prior to using metal miniature figures (I used Steve Jackson card figures for both the adventure group and all enemy)...He is finished in a heavy gloss finish so that he wears well during all the heavy game play handling. The figure was named (by me) The Dark Lord " Vazar of Darth "...all of you can guess who the figure was based on.
  7. 6 points
  8. 6 points
    Ok, so a brief run down on this guy. I painted this entirely with craft paints except for a couple of washes that I keep pre-mixed. I started off intending to layer shadows, and highlights, but I got pretty tired of fighting the paint. I had a lot of trouble getting the paints to thin down thin enough for layers without going too thin. I eventually gave up. My bad. All the metal was base coated with Craftsmart Dark grey. Then I put down two layers of thinned FolkArt Metallic Silver Sterling. I then washed with a pre-mix black ink wash, and dry brushed on highlights. The cloth is Delta Wedgewood Green. The fur is a mixture of FolkArt Coffee Brown and Moon Yellow to make a nasty mustard color. All the leather was done with the Coffee Brown. Nails and teeth were done with Delta Fleshtone. The wood on the shield is Coffee Brown mixed with the Wedgewood green. All non-metal areas were washed with a burnt umber pre-mixed wash, and dry brushed highlights. The base was a mixture of Craftsmart red and Coffee Brown and Moon Yellow with a black wash. Comments and critique welcome.
  9. 5 points
    I still need to glue the arms/head in place and base it... but he's pretty much done.
  10. 5 points
    Took the bones goblins to use as my warhammer quest hobgoblins. Still amazed at the detail that is captured on these super inexpensive miniatures!
  11. 5 points
    Monte Cook Games, LLC, and Reaper Miniatures announced today the release of miniatures for the Numenera roleplaying game. The miniatures set features 10 miniatures of characters and creatures, gorgeously sculpted to Reaper's famed standards. The sculpts are taken directly from Numenera artwork created by incredible artists like Kieran Yanner, Jason Engle, Scott Purdy, and more. They will be released as a box set in August, with a limited quantity available via Monte Cook Games at Gen Con 2013. "As you would expect with Reaper, they went above and beyond to create cool models for us," commented Monte Cook, creator of Numenera. "Sculptors Patrick Keith, Brett Admunson, and Kevin Williams really captured the look and feel of Numenera well." "We're very excited to finally work with Monte Cook," says Ron Hawkins of Reaper Miniatures. "The Numenera setting is amazing, and we're honored to provide these miniatures for Monte Cook Games." Monte Cook Games was formed in 2012 by Monte Cook and Shanna Germain, with the aim of revitalizing fan passion for RPGs through high-quality, innovative releases. The first Monte Cook Games product, Numenera, releases in August of 2013. Numenera is the forthcoming RPG from Monte Cook Games. In this science fantasy game set in the far future, humanity lives amid the remnants of eight great civilizations that have risen and fallen on Earth—the Ninth World. Numenera releases in August 2013, as a gorgeous 416-page hardcover. The Numenera Player's Guide and several other products will release simultaneously, including a deck-building game from AEG and other licensed products. The Torment: Tides of Numenera CRPG, from inXile (itself funded by a Kickstarter campaign that topped $4 million), is a successor to the famous Planescape: Torment computer game and will release in early 2015. Reaper Miniatures is a worldwide leader in the design and casting of metal science fiction and fantasy miniature figurines. Based in Denton, Texas, Reaper products are available in fine hobby shops around the world. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Monte Cook Games at info@montecookgames.com.
  12. 4 points
    Did half my Bones rats this weekend, with the help of my airbrush. They're a quick job, meant for gaming.
  13. 4 points
    I always liked the flautist here. Reminds me of Jason and the Argonauts (or was it the original Clash of the Titans?)I like him but, oh dear, does he have one hand backwards? When playing a fipple (horizontal) flute, it extends to the player's right. [ ... ] A skeleton playing a flute has so many problems to contend with... ...the lack of air for the flute... ...caused by the lack of lungs ...the awkward hand position and reversed fingering may just be his [or her?] sleight of hand attempt to distract the audience from the larger problem.
  14. 4 points
    Hail, hail the Remarkable Farkle McBride! His glorious, big box of minis arrived! Three vamps all sorted and not a mini misplaced, (some minor rebending is all he will face). Two Kallys, a Nethyr and Cthulhu to slay, With no problems at all (‘cept that shipping delay). The forces, the giants and one big ol’ skelly, Are now ready to turn all his players to jelly. Ready, of course, with one small exception … Farkle’s still gotta paint all these plastic injections!
  15. 4 points
    My inventory so far: (Got the pledge with two friends, we check only two boxes) Missing: One Bonnie, Futuristic Heroine & one Ice Giant King´s Head. Surplus: One Ice Giant King´s Arm, one Isiri Arachinid Archer torso & 1 bag of NOVAs. Very very happy!
  16. 3 points
    I am working on an entry for a miniatures/modeling competition in September. A month ago I found a very old model of an interceptor from the tv show UFO. So I thought that would be good to enter. In the show the interceptors were hidden in a secret moonbase. They would be lifted to the surface on elevators inside lunar craters. So I cut the center out of an old GW crater. The elevator floor will be a lid from a plastic container.
  17. 3 points
    Whooo!!! I get to make post #1000!!!! Ascension! Now to think of a clever motto for Goddess-hood involving Sculpey. Any ideas?
  18. 3 points
    After all those years of pitching AOL disks in the trash, now I discover an actual use for them!
  19. 3 points
    Ok this is my first try with a sci-fi miniature.... to be honest the casting of this one is a bit subpar, there are lines appearing and disappearing and the weapon is a huge blob of plastic, a bit disappointed with the quality i'm used to see for the other bones! That being said i've tried to futurize the nova corps going for a tron style (it is a great training for painting lines almost freehand):
  20. 3 points
  21. 2 points
    Tsathoggua (Grenadier # 215). This is a gaming piece and depicts the creature on his rock bluff...the open area on the right is a space that allows a reclining semi-nude female figure (can not show due to being topless)...or...the placement of an adventure character that the creature might be talking with during game play. The concept/idea of this piece is based on Star Wars with Jubba the Hut & The Princess dressed as a harem girl laying in chains. This is another of my first few painting attempts at the start of my paint miniature figures career.
  22. 2 points
    Really appreciate your comments of liking the piece. I got a great smile in your calling me (you young'uns)...I know not your age (not listed on your profile)...you know mine (73); so by your statement I am to assume that you are older (if so, I send my great respects to you sir). No rock music though (classical is my taste) and as far as the painting skillz (I was born with the talent(s) that I may have in this area). Best regards...catdancer! Hadn't checked your profile for age. Didn't even know I could do that. I meant "young'un" more in respect to your involvement in the hobby. While I'm half your age, I have been doing this for almost my entire life. I always think I should be better at it. I hope you continue to enjoy the hobby and keep sharing your work.
  23. 2 points
    I'm not sure if it will help but a cheap (as in free) option that works well with larger models, especially the Bones ones, is to use a disc shaped base from something else. The picture below is the bones Worm based on a Pasta Sauce lid. It was super easy to drill a little hole in the middle and use a 3cm screw to attach the figure to the base. I've been thinking about alternative cheap bases recently with the coming Tsunami of Bones incoming. I normally buy resin bases from http://www.tinyworlds.co.uk/ but with so many miniatures to base that might get a bit pricey.
  24. 2 points
    Thanks, all, for the good advice. You're right, Doug, I'm not too interested in the esoterica of the names of the planking patterns. The rigging is going to be fudged, but I'd like it to be plausibly fudged. I think it's going to be some combination of a big triangular sail (like on the Venetian galleys) and a couple of winglike sails. TGP. do you recall mentioning or seeing someone's suggestions for a material for the (doesn't know terminology) rope ladders that extend upwards? I don't want to weave the blasted things, but needlepoint canvas didn't look right. Spelljammers have helms which are the sort of control chairs wizards and psis get stuck in. But this model isn't meant to be a literal spelljammer, more of an artistic interpretation of one. So ... anyway, more work, mostly on the railing that goes on top of the cabin. I painted the little wall at the back of the cabin top first, figuring it was easier before the railing was glued down. I painted it to look like there were little electronic monitors. The railing I started like most of my minis, with a priming layer of white, then a wash of Burnt Umber (the white is left where I was holding it for the first layer). I then brushed on a wet layer of Burnt Umber and wet-blended in highlights with a mix of Titanium White and Yellow Ochre. When that was dry I glazed the whole thing with Burnt Sienna (still wet in this photo). Then I painted gems on the railing. I'm putting this down slower than the time I painted them before, with more steps to help people see how it's done. First I painted black rings on the front and back of the balusters, leaving an off-center space where the color will be (it's sort of diagonally down in the direction opposite the way the lighting will appear). The lower gems are round like the ones on the rest of the ship, but I painted the upper ones oval-shaped. I also didn't bother painting gems on the lower front of the balustrades where they would be blocked by the cabin roof. Then I filed in the spaces for the color with pure white. The last prep was the glaze of thinned-down white in what will be the shadow of the gems, to show the effect of light passing through the gem into its shadow. Then I started glazing transparent colors onto the gems. Note how horrible they look at this stage, and don't worry about it. More color glazes, until the colors are pretty intense and deep. Tiny, sharp dots of pure white make the gems look more real (Note I also sharpened up the black line along the bottom of the green gem at the very far right). I painted the hand railing differently from on the rest of the ship because I felt like it. Then I scraped away the paint where the railing was to be glued down. I pinned and epoxied the railing, and here it is on the ship. You can see a bit of the details on the little electronic monitors at the back. I added colored lines and the appearance of readouts.
  25. 2 points
    I can probably translate a fair percentage of that passage you quoted, but I suspect you don't really care about the pattern used in the boards that make up the skin of a medieval cog. (Let me know if I got that wrong, btw.) For sail rigging, it might help to just think of what rigging lines are for: You have standing rigging that holds the masts in place. They need to be held in place from all four sides. You have running rigging that controls the sails, which includes lines to raise the yards, lines to reef (pull in) the sails and lines to change the angles of yards and sails, which need to pull on the ends and corners of those things (mostly). If you do those kinds of rigging, I think you'll be fine. Anyone who would complain about the historicity of the rigging of a fantasy ship might need to find a hobby.
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