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  1. 16 points
    Hello, These were painted while waiting for the Kickstarter. That's my only excuse. That, and I fished them out of a dollar box at the friendly local. These guys gave me some headaches but looking at them now I can live with them. They remind me of Runequest, which is nice. Hope you find them interesting to look at. Cheers and hope you are having a great weekend.
  2. 15 points
    Here's the first of my Marvel Stone Golems Team Up: The Thing! You can find more about the Work In Progress on all of the Marvel Team and please give him a thumbs up in the Inspiration Gallery.
  3. 13 points
    HI all, Everyone is doing it, so I should too! This will be my dumping ground for this years painting. My goal is 52 minis, but it seems like I might blow past that given my need to paint faster or die in a glorious minis avalanche. I have already completed 44 or so minis this year, so expect a lot of posting. I, much like many others, have started to ease in to my KS haul with the undead horde. They are fast and fun. As a plus, I have always enjoyed skeletons from a thematic point of view, no doubt dating back to watching Jason and the Argonauts as a child. Note that each is unique. Converting these guys is a cinch. More to come!
  4. 9 points
    I've recently had this thing about painting various arthropods. I think part of the attraction is that there are so many cool species in nature, which I can base my paintjobs on. For arthropod type bones, I've completed: 77125: Vermin:Scorpions You'll note that I trimmed out the excess material from between the legs and the body on these guys. I used a very thin tipped xacto knife for this and I think I adds to the sculpts. 77127: Vermin, Beetles Much like the scorpions, these guys recieved some clean up prior to painting. I'll be getting more of these once they are available as they make great fire beetles (IMO) 77126: Vermin, Spiders and 77130: Vermin, Beetle Swarm I swapped halfway through on these from a green, gold, and red scheme to what you see here.
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
    First off - 77196 Familiars 2 : At this point I have completed the little death: His base is a combination of corkboard, green stuff, and static grass. Next is the rag doll: The books are made of balsa wood and green stuff. The base itself is painted to look like some sort of carpeting. I was trying for a wizard's kids room vibe, think D&D meets Harry Potter, but I'm not sure I pulled it off. Last of this bunch is the fire elemental:
  7. 8 points
    Indeed, D3. Leather and fur. Time to go spend some time with my beautiful Princess. Have a good night, folks!
  8. 8 points
    Oh Rats! I've only completed two of the rats (of the 12 in the vampire kit). These are going to be a chore to get done, so I'll throw a couple in here and there. 77016: Rats
  9. 7 points
    I wonder if it would be possible to upscale the Pathfinder Red Dragon, kind of like how Kaladrax was (though probably not THAT big!). I really love that sculpt and can't help but think it feels kind of small in the presence of all of the other Bones dragons.
  10. 6 points
    Mr.Potato Head Horror. Crawls through dungeons eating goblins. Particularly tangerine goblins.
  11. 5 points
    I asked my group for suggestions to pass on here, and my DM was very insistent about a kraken. That's why I never mentioned it as a Bones I'd like to see.
  12. 5 points
    I think I'm running out of pictures for this painting binge! Next we have 77010: Kobolds. Now, as someone who has been collecting miniatures for 20+ years, I decided I had pleanty of kobolds already (plus I'm more of a reptillian kobold guy myself, especially if they resemble the ones from Kobold press!). I started looking around the interwebs and my monster manuals (and other books) for some other monster these guys would work well for. Eventually I stumbled on to the Pugwampi art from the Reign of Fire adventure path and I knew I had a match. The spear weilders are pretty much unmodified The sword and shield guys, on the other hand, have had their shield arms brought down to be at the side. The original sculpt with the shield in the left hand raised overhead is one of those poses that just don't work for me. I'm pretty sure this guy was meant to be just another mook, but I like how he is standing tall and confident. A little knife work removed his sword and made him look a little more like he's threatening some big folk from his perch. While he might not be a ruler type figure (I'd like to get the metal kobold king for that), I think using him as a champion of some sort in my games will go over well! Finally, we have the group shot. In Pathfinder, Pugwampis are gremlins that idolize gnolls, so I went with sandy colored / weathered bases for these guys.
  13. 4 points
    Calling these two done. Now onto the other two.
  14. 4 points
    I would be more likely to buy the Kraken than the deep dwellers. The Kraken works for the wow-factor and plus, as the DM, I then get to say "Release the Kraken!"
  15. 3 points
    I bought this pair of Pre-KS Bones over a year ago, but they got put to one side for most of that time when I had to pack up to move, then move, and unpack and so forth. Recently I finished them, and finally we had some decent light, so today they got photographed. There's a bit of mould line that I missed on one of them. Noticed it when it was too late, and I didn't want to butcher my paint in order to fix it. You barely notice in person, anyway. I used some Woodland Scenics Water Effects to create the beginning of the "drool", some WC Realistic Water over the top to smooth it out, and some Vallejo Model Colour Clear Yellow to add a touch of colour to the discharge. These suckers took awhile to get going, but once I actually sat down to make myself paint them they were quite an enjoyable experience. Originally they were all-purple, then I looked up the D&D colouration, which said they had yellow bellies/undersides, which I thought would look far too cartoony, but it kept bothering me. A day or two later I came back to them and used some sand and ochre shared for the "yellow" to make them look much more like natural colouration, and it worked for me. I used some pinky-purple for the transition ridge between the ochre and the main dark bluish-purple for the main body. One of the things I enjoyed most was the fact that since these are cheap Bones models, I allowed myself to play with them a lot more. I used drybrushing, blending, a purple oil paint wash at one stage, the aforementioned realistic water products, and a few weathering powders in the end. Basically a lot of experimentation and "play", and I think they turned out pretty successful in the end! More pics on my blog, including a scale shot with a SM, an Orc and a Gobbo. I didn't want to overdo it here...
  16. 3 points
    And here, at last, is the finished version. JD
  17. 3 points
    Thanks guys! @KruleBear - Not sure how much "finesse" you'll see in my work on this figure, lol. Thinned paint behaves very differently, and I'm learning as I go. I forsee many paint floods on Tanya in my near future. @Corporea - I'm glad you like it! :D @Shogun - I agree, these do look sooo much better; it's amazing what a good backdrop can do! The visor was http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UCODIA/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1'>this one and I paid about $8 (US) for it. Granted, I got free shipping on it through Amazon because I'm an Amazon Prime member, but regardless it's much much cheaper than a $60 Optivisor (which I'd like to get someday, the quality of the lenses in the one I have leaves something to be desired). ~~~~~~~~~~~ Not much in the way of painting to report, since I've found I get way too distracted during Pathfinder when I'm doing anything complicated, but I did get a "primer" coat of 2 layers Pure White on the PC wizard mini (his name Aerodus)). I'd fixed his staff earlier to repair the big chunk missing out of it next to his hand (which appears to be part of the sculpt). Pictures of that step are here. I plan on shoving a pin into it next to straighten out that bend, I've boiled him three times already, but the thing's so skinny it just keeps re-warping. Also, through delicate application of my Exacto knife and with the help of my magnivisor, I was able to carve the remnants of the shield on Etune's left arm into some semblance of a bracer (thanks again for the idea, Loim!!!). Yay! The back of it needs something, I think, but I'm not sure what. I'm going to check out pictures of real bracers to try and get some ideas. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  18. 3 points
    Probably went too far and need to smooth this back out. Learned a nice lesson on evening out values when glazing to preserve contrast...I went too dark with my shadow glaze and my mid-shadow glaze against the previous highlights took out about 4 layers of blending :| I continued highlights from the last update, moving through Ghost White into a Ghost/Pure White for the highest high. Then I started putting in some colored glazes to spice it up. Glazes (I call them that even though I don't glaze over the whole area, maybe 'targeted glazing' is appropriate?) run Nightshade Purple, Imperial Purple and Violet Red. Then a wee bit of one of the highlight Ghost/Pure White mixes glazed to a few spots where the highlights got lost.
  19. 3 points
    In the last few days I've completed : 77196 : Familiars 2, Death 77196 : Familiars 2, Rag Doll 77010 : Kobolds (1 'leader' looking type, 3 spears, 3 swords) 77016 : Rats (2 different sculpts) In progress (with better pictures!) are: 77196: Familiars 2, sprite, treant, and couatl 77161: Ghost King, 77098: Spirit, 77158: Skeletal Warrior, 77097: Grave Wraith, 77096: Banshee 77171: Stone Golem and 77032: Oxidation Beast
  20. 2 points
    My first and second bones have been done - sorry about the photo's it's going to be a little while before I can get a new one. The first Ape-X. Such a cool miniature. The game for Ape-X - see if you can spot the metallic and non-metallic metal. I have trouble telling the difference between them, but maybe my eyes are even more shot than I thought. The base is a gimme, it's metallic paints :D I got a bit creative with the base for this one. She's not 100% done as I am going to try and get silk strand to come out of her... ah... butt.
  21. 2 points
    Last year when the Kickstarter appeared, I got tempted by it to start painting. A friend of mine had been showing me her own painted miniatures and when I was 15 I used to build model tanks along with a friend - but painting camouflage does get boring pretty fast so I hadn't done any real painting. Several Youtube tutorials and about $500 later (Bones Kickstarter, 48 HD Series paints, 72 Vallejo Game Color paint set, Army Painter starter kit, 8 brushes, Army Painter shader, needle file set, cutter set, 200W 5500K desk light, etc. etc.) and a lot of patience for my Bones to arrive, and I finally got to paint my first miniature! Here it is: These pics were taken right after I dunked it in the shader so it's now drying and will be less glossy when dry. What do you think though? I still need to touch up the teeth to reduce the messy blood and add some highlighting but I'm quite happy with my first attempt.
  22. 2 points
    ... others are a joy! This is a dark sword mini. He can be found here: http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/shop/index.php/miniatures/easley-masterworks/male-thief-dual-wield-easley.html As you can tell, I converted him a bit. The original sculpt had a weird flesh mustache thing which I filed off (that was not easy!). Then I removed his dagger (again, not easy due to his tiny hands). I primed in black then dry brushed white in order to accomplish some pre shading. It worked pretty well. It worked so well, that if I am ever trying to speed paint a fig (to table quality) that is something I will do to save time. Once the base coat was on I didn't feel the need to shade him. I did, because I wanted this guy to look great, but if he were going to be just a table mini, I could have skipped the wash stage and moved straight into highlights. After I washed him I gave him his highlights. I then NMM'ed his sword and metal bits then took the photos. I give you The Pilgrim. The first in a long line of adventurers who are given the chance to right wrongs using the immortal title of Pilgrim. When one assumes the mantel of The Pilgrim, one leaves everything behind and dedicates their life to righting wrongs (basically a counter part to the Dread Pirate Roberts). C&C welcome.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Mistakes are merely lessons. Reflect and learn what the mistake is teaching you and it no longer is a mistake!
  25. 2 points
    And she's done. So the breakdown: The copper-to-gold highlight was a partial success. It's something that will work, it just didn't quite work all the way here. It needs practice, because that gold paint fought me hard. But it's laden with possibility. The sword... not so much. Better, but not what I was hoping for. I think at this point I'll probably stop screwing around and just read the pamphlet for Kit 5 and demi-metallics again. I added the highlight to the dragon, and he wound up looking so neat that her cloak looked drab. So I broke my highlight rule and added a quick third highlight to the inside and outside. The last pair of lady lips I painted was on Vanessa Redstorm, and she wound up with fishmouth. I thought Janan deserved better, so I thinned down some pro paint chestnut brown and carefully did a thin layer until it looked right. No fishmouth! The scales were given a bit of old pro paint dragon red to enliven their colour. This was also partly why I chose the make the slain dragon blue. She's already wearing the hide of a red. Now she's looking for boots, maybe. A girl's gotta accessorize. I gave the teeth a wash of brown liner thinned 50%, then used msp aged bone to highlight them back up a bit. Didn't go with a white top layer because I don't think "toothbrush" is listed in a common dragon hoard. The gem on the sword hilt was very tiny, so I just dabbed some pro paint emerald on it for colour and called it done. And finally I gave the dragon's eye a quick dab of pro paint buckskin to lighten it up. His tongue was painted ral partha dragon tongue purple, and given a quick highlight of pro paint fairy blush. So overall she turned out pretty good and pretty quick. A reasonable analogue for the example picture. Mostly the sword blade makes me unhappy, but like Vanessa's fishlips rather than mess with it now I'll work on it going forward to the next mini in my uncountable horde.