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    Here is one I started a couple of years ago. I got about half way done then it sat for a year or so. I tried to go with a rusty layer of the Abyss type feel for the base by adding part of a rusty gate and using the reds, orange, and browns. I also experimented with a wash of rusty water. I hope you enjoy. C&C is always welcomed.
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    After over a year of sitting on my painting table, I was finally able to finish this guy up last night. He'll see some game time at some point or I may through him up on Ebay and see if anyone wants him. I wanted to use some brighter colors on this guy. The colors go from Leaf Green-Green Ilse-Blue-Purple. I glazed in the darker green, the blue, and the purple, then highlighted up to where I wanted it. Simple browns for the leather and wood and black for the harness, eyes, and antennae. Thanks for looking!
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    I've been struggling with nmm more than usual tonight but I've at least gotten some done with it and I'm not completely unhappy. I know its rough and these pictures show me all kinds of stuff I need to work on but at least its progress.
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    In regards to the dwarfen paladin... the surrender must be given in good faith - and the orcs had already shown that they had no intention of honoring their surrender. I would not have even thought of nerfing the paladin in that situation. Part of the problem is people not being familiar with the mytholgy that paladins were drawn from - the twelve paladins of Charlmagne, or the Kiev cycle (which comes complete with magically summoned warhorse). They were hardcases - warriors as well as men of the gods. The Auld Grump
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    I think that alignment is a decent starting point for roleplay - it gives a core to build the personality around. I have played a Boy Scout paladin that always tried to do the best for everyone around him, a hardcase paladin with a bad case of hellfire and brimstone preaching, and a wily diplomatic paladin that was not above setting up a sting with the party rogue to catch a corrupt priest in his own church. (This last was a lot of fun to play - he had a high Charisma and Diplomacy, and was not afraid to use it.) I have had a Chaotic Good rogue/sorcerer with an 18 intelligence, an 18 Charisma, and an 8 Wisdom - a good natured con man by nature, he was also a sucker for every sob story that he ever heard. So, not as much of a limitation as a guideline. The Auld Grump - my girlfriend tells me that I am Lawful Good, all my protestations of being Lawful Neutral to the contrary....
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    Hey all I finally got around to starting to paint my Bones from KS 1 so thought I would show them to you all First the Pathfinder Dragon Eye Monster - being used as a beholder and the forces of nature All comments welcome and more pics to come
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    Here is each of them bigger
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    Let's see if I can get this posted (what with work having the forums blocked today...) Decided to start on the Flyders. Based them in Brown Liner (good base colour to go under metallics and hides any cracks or crevices I might miss later). Then got the base metallics on one. Same colours as the standard Clickers, Tarnished Steel and Clockwork Brass. Hopefully will get the wings prepped tonight.
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    If you're willing to put up with me again, Girot, I'd be happy to pass judgement again. I really enjoy this part! Bwahahaha!
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    I'll use my sneaky sculpey trick to hold the water in place. I'll try to take some in-progress shots of it. Thanks everyone! It's not exactly how I envisioned it, but I think I'm just going to go with it. I may still try to push it into real sepia, but if it doesn't happen, I'll just accept a "limited palette" effect.
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    Is it Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson? Because if it is, I don't know that she'll exist to the outside world for the next month or so. The thing is a ridiculously awesome 2.5" thick, over 1000 pages long, and weighs about 3 pounds. I got my copy on the 6th and am about halfway through it. My current Pathfinder character worships a sock puppet, is totally and completely convinced of its divinity, and tries to get everyone she meets to convert to Banjo-ism. Hilarity ensues. @Last Knight - If a letter or postcard were sent now, while you're on leave, would it be waiting at your ship when you got back? Or would it just get returned to the sender? @Siri - Huzzah!!!! That's so awesome, congratulations on your new acquisitions! (must...resist...being...jealous...) The other day, a couple of ladies from my church came over to visit (my visiting teachers, if you're familiar with the LDS church), and I'd totally forgotten that I had skeletons and lots of other half-painted minis strewn all over the corner of my computer desk closest to the couch. I normally pack everything away (which is annoying) because I was afraid of what their reactions might be, this being a fairly, erm, traditional town. I didn't realize it until we'd all sat down, and of course there was no way they weren't going to see them. They knew I painted "figurines", but I'd only shown them a couple of rats previously, since I figured they were pretty "safe". To my uttermost surprise, they thought the minis were really neat, and wanted to see them up close. I even pulled out a few of my already finished ones, and one of them mentioned that her son would think the bugbear (I don't remember what she called it) was cool. They wanted to know how I did such tiny details, like the eyes, and I showed them my brushes, and talked about how it doesn't have to be a tiny brush, just a really nice one so it had a good point to it, all the while feeling utterly flabbergasted that I was even having this conversation with them. Needless to say, the whole thing was a little surreal, while simultaneously being totally awesome. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    So, in an epic failure of my Google-fu to find some record of how Wizards of the Coast did or did not flub its advertising of Dungeons and Dragons 4.0 to earlier D&D players, I ran across a blog post unhappy with various aspects of the game. I was particularly struck by the issue the blogger had with the Alignment system: I found it interesting that the author considered keeping to the lawful good alignment to be boring and a limitation of player creativity. I happen not to agree, but I wonder how common the attitude is. I'll start with an admission that the alignment system is artificial and a little silly, a relic of Gary Gygax's infatuation with the work of Michael Moorcock and his whole law and chaos thing. But it is part of the rules, and it can be fun and challenging to take it up. I've played with lots of people over the years, and most of us have gotten as much entertainment out of the alignment system as any other aspect of D&D rules. We've played characters of all alignments, and I've seen my friends be inspired in all sorts of interesting ways by trying to act in accord with them. A paladin, to take one example, could be priggish, or boisterous, or slightly off-key and carrying a book of etiquette for every occasion, all while faithfully adhering to the lawful good alignment. He or she could be stern, merry, contemplative, ambitious, humble or pushy, all the while promoting justice and questy stuff the way the rulebooks say paladins should. Sometimes they don't quite make it. I'll just put in a mention here of poor Dudley Didwrong, the post-mortal not-quite paladin from a friend's campaign. He tried, the poor dope. My thesis is that playing to alignment rather than stifling individuality and creativity can be liberating and open up new possibilities in roleplaying. What are other people's opinions?
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    *Price is Right buzzer and music* I didn't get this project done in time for Girot's contest. Kind of bummed I didn't make a more concerted effort. BUT last weekend for Paint Day and Sunday, I did make some concerted effort to make it happen. There was just too much work left to do. Here's what did get done... The top of the burl wood base was painted with several versions of blue including Soft Blue, Worn Blue and Blue Liner Ezren's right arm was cut and bent so he could "grasp" a bit of flotsam. You can see the green stuff above. I added some green stuff to the larger wave to increase the depth and increase the peril to the half-drowned Ezren. The Maiden's right arm was partially replaced and placed at an awkward position for humans. Donor: Sinessa: Hellborn Sorceress The Maiden was attached to the middle with a tall pin from mini into the wood and then a green stuff "exit splash" was created to firmly hold it all together. The "wings" are just sitting on her. Then I primed the Maiden white and basecoated her entirely with Walnut Brown. Likewise I did her wings. I also primed and painted the green stuff waves. Ezren was pinned and primed as well and removed to a holder where I began work on him in earnest. The green stuff wave got even more blue paint and then some base white for under the water effect. There you go. Full update. Will plunge ahead and get this done before to long.
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    Hey all! I took a break from the Reaper Bones to paint some Tyranids, (shame! I know!), but now I'm back on the tutorial trail in my attempt to get all my Kickstarter models painted. I doubt that I'll make a video of EVERY Kickstarter model I received, but I'll try to hit models I like. Suggestions? Feel free to message me here or leave a comment on the video. Thanks for watching!
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    Is it Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson? Because if it is, I don't know that she'll exist to the outside world for the next month or so. The thing is a ridiculously awesome 2.5" thick, over 1000 pages long, and weighs about 3 pounds. I got my copy on the 6th and am about halfway through it. Nope, it was the latest in Abigail Goux's Cut & Run series, and she finished it that evening. SWMBO doesn't read a lot of 'traditional' fantasy or sci-fi, but she loves urban fantasy. It should be waiting for me on my return, since I'm still assigned to this ship. As an aside, though, even if I'd left the ship's company - as I'd intended - any mail for me should have been forwarded to my home address. That is awesome! It's good that they were such good sports. Same! So frustrating. I also like the sneak attack kills when my character slips up behind the enemy, wraps his shield-arm around them, and then slits their throat with his hulkingly big daedric sword.... So, the good news is that I hiked 9 miles through one of the local state parks yesterday with some friends. Made good time (about three hours), and despite being in worse shape than they were I hung with them every step of the way. Lots of fun! ...the bad news is that my shoes didn't hold up to the strain very well, being older hiking sneakers that I hadn't worn very often, and I now have a massive blister on my right heel, outboard, that's got me walking with a cane until I man up and drain the bloody thing.
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    Excellent question. I've run across the same stereotypical lawful goody-two shoes that the blog poster was complaining about several different times. The response to why the player was playing the character in that fashion was also pretty much the same, 'You have to play LG that way'. A lot of it is open to interpretation. I've only played in one campaign where someone ran a really fun, creative, LG paladin with a personality. It was 2nd ed and he was a dwarf (we house ruled a lot of the class/race and level limits stuff) In one of the earliest game sessions we had, the party was tracking a group of orcs back to their lair in order to rescue the teenaged children of some local nobles who thought it would be good fun to go 'adventuring' without any clue as to what was actually involved. At the conclusion of one fight we had three orc prisoners who had surrendered. The dwarven paladin reminded the rest of us that we had to show mercy to the prisoners, etc. So we stripped them of all weapons and armor, left them tied up, and admonished them to gather the women and children if/when they got loose and flee. A couple of hours later we were embroiled in another fight with more orcs when all of a sudden the party mage gets laid low (unconscious and bleeding out) by an attack. From behind. It turns out that the other 3 orcs had gotten loose somehow, went to the armory and re-equipped themselves and come after us. Eventually, we got the fight in hand, saved the mage and had 2 of the original three orcs again trying to surrender. The paladin said, 'Your surrender is not accepted. You were shown mercy once, and we have seen how you repay it. Defend yourselves.' The rest of the party was like 'huh?' and the DM asked 'Are you sure about this?' Fast forward a few minutes, and we had 2 dead orcs, a brand new dwarven fighter, and play effectively stopped while we all hashed out whether the paladin's actions were 'right' or not. Eventually, we managed to change the DM's mind and he rescinded the dwarven player's loss of paladinhood. One of the arguments used was that LG doesn't equal stupid, and leaving living enemies behind you is kinda stupid, as is falling for the same trick multiple times. I wish I could remember more, as there were some quite good ones. By the time that campaign ended, the dwarven paladin had gotten drunk, been seduced by the tavern keeper's daughter and forced into a shotgun (crossbow?) wedding which was interupted (and ended by the death of the bride to be) by an attack by the neighboring human kingdom, and convinced the rest of the party to join a rebellion to overthrow the (evil) ruler of said kingdom. Through all of that, the character was played in a very lively, memorable, and fun fashion without ever once falling into the lawful-boring rut. So, yes I agree with you. It can open new possibilities, and encourage different ways to think about things. It's getting late, and I've already gotten a little wordier than I had originally intended, so I'll pop in some time later to regale you with a story of a Chaotic Neutral character I played once.
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    Got my paint stuff all set up again here at work. Had emptied out the wet palette and rinse glass, and took my paints and light home over vacation. Then I finished up another Clicker. Tomorrow should take care of the last of these 5. The Flydars are primed but need a few touch ups, so will likely be next. The Harvester had some limb attachment problems when I went to prime it, so I've hopefully got those sorted. Guess I'll find out when I try priming it again. I also need to get the Harvester's tail and the wings for the Flydars prepped, and I need to paint up a bunch more bases.
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    Thats a great idea... I might or might not follow suit (my players tend to be a bit brutal to NPC's) Consider him added to my campaign world, Markshire, as well. Since he posted a lot of mechs, he'll be a steam engineer with the Tinker Guild in the main town. And perhaps a tech in Battletech if my local group takes up that campaign again. Always sad to have a forum member pass. Rest in Peace and welcome to Markshire.
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    On March 7, 2014 Long time member and prolific painter, not to mention inspiration and friend to many,Amalor Myrnnyx; passed away. He was always ready to participate in painting challenges, both here, and in the Battletech community as well. Best known for his mecha pieces, he was also quite keen on painting fantasy and sci-fi figures as well. One of the last things he posted was, in response to another painting challenge, a reminder that the real goal was to have fun. So that is what this is, an opportunity to do something in his memory, to paint something in his memory, and a reminder to have fun. To that end, there will be no prizes awarded,other than the congratulations and encouragement of a job well done. At present, I am thinking of breaking this into two categories. Mecha, and figures. Mecha in this case means CAV's Battlemechs' tanks and aircraft of all sorts, while figures are open to anything else. As there are not going to be prizes, I do not feel this needs to be limited to Reaper only figures. Anything that you think serves as a suitable memorial for James is acceptable. On that note, I have never run a painting contest like this before, so those with experience, and those willing to serve as judges, if you would be so kind as to PM me on what needs to be done. I would appreciate it.
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    Update for Nethyrmaul now. I’ve long admired the various Nethyrmaul minis painted by everyone else, and thought of what I would paint it if I had one. Now that I do, I can actually put that scheme into use! I’ve seen Nethyrmaul painted up as many evil type dragons, being black or red, etc. My idea for her was based on a dragon character I designed for a little story that eventually got scrapped, but I kept her idea because I liked it. My dragon is a gold dragon, a noble female who defended the innocent and fought alongside goodly knights against the evil in the world. Her name is Kessindra. [Kess-IN-draw] She fell in battle….and her corpse was raised to serve and fight for those she had sworn to defeat. Her mind and spirit remain, chained and helpless, as her body acts out their evil will. So here’s the progress on Kessindra! This is an entire’s day work >.< but I’ve been putting my best effort into her. She’s not done yet, she’s still too brown and not gold enough, but I’m slowly layering my way up to gold. I’m very proud of her eyes especially ^^ Each scale is painted individually [and I use craft paint, so hopefully her quality isn’t TOO bad for that fact]
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    Little update. Tried to boil Kaladrax after some serious strategy planning with our local goblin Buglips. He gave some excellent advice for the wings, but the tail of his Kaladrax wasn't warped so SIri embarked on an epic experiment in how to boil Kaladrax's long tail Two before photos, tail and wing, and one after photo of him put together just after being pulled out of the ice water If you note, the tail had warped out of its curve and into a practically straight line. Which meant, when i tried to put it on, he'd pop off his rock because it would go straight down instead of curving. I think i successfully boiled it into a curve with great care involved...the tail was actually too big for my pot lol, had to alternate ends under the hot water in order to get the whole thing flexible. HIs wing, as you'll see, had a severe warp at the shoulder joint which tilted the entire wing upwards as if he was waving
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    An ode to a fellow painter who has passed, Amalor Myrnnyx. I found his Battlemechs particularly enjoyable and inspiring as I have many Mechs from years of gaming. I've mostly been painting fantasy miniatures since joining the forums but I actually have many, many, many more Battlemechs painted. Pay your respects. A short story about Amalor Myrnnyx, Master Painter of the Tinkers Guild in Foothold of Markshire As Ederyn entered the Tinkers Guild near the heart of Foothold, his ears were assaulted by the cacophony of sounds coming from within. Hammering, sawing, boring, jingling, more hammering, bellows pumping, people talking and shouting, and more noises combine to create a dull roar. He winced once more from the metal-on-metal hammering. Amidst the chaos before him sits a young man at a painter’s table meticulously applying coats of paint to parts. There are many parts on or near his table indicating that he is a valued painter of the Guild. The recently conceived and chartered Tinkers Guild was now an integral part of Foothold and even Markshire. Some of the best mages and craftsmen of Markshire had gathered to support the Guardsman in the War of the Pass against Thrym's Frost Giant Horde. Many stayed to rebuild and now they were a newly formed Guild. Ederyn remembers the day he found the young boy amidst the refugees camped to the west of Foothold. The boy, Amalor Myrnnyx, had carved some wood into a Frost Giant and gifted it to Ederyn for saving him and his parents. Amalor seemed to be the only non-gnome visible but after a moment Ederyn could make out the voice of the burly ogre striking hammer to metal deep within the Guild’s depths. The strikes of his massive hammer resounded off the walls to make the building shake a bit. And yet the young man pays the tumultuous activity no mind. Ederyn approached the table and the young man looked up at him, grinned and said, “Ah. Lord Mayor Ederyn, your chess set is complete.†Amalor handed the Mayor of Foothold a small box with little figurines he had sculpted and meticulously decorated. “As you requested, sir, Markshire’s Guardsmen for the black and Thrym’s Horde for the white,†he paused, “I hope you like them.†Ederyn looked down inside the box and then back at Amalor. He said, “Quite exquisite as always, Amalor.†He pulled out a piece and held it up to the light. It was the Frost Giant Shaman that represented the king of the white side. He looked back at Amalor and continued, “I’ve met this fellow on the field. You’ve captured his horrid grin and continence. I feel sorry for the fools I can engage in games.†“Thank you, Mayor,†Amalor replied. It was then that Amalor remembered his idea and with a bit of eager anticipation he offered to the mayor, “Mayor, have you noticed how dreary the new eastern wall against the giants is? It would be my pleasure to create some bright adornments for this side to cheer the town.†The Mayor replied brightly at this idea, “Oh! What an excellent idea, Master Myrnnyx. I will call upon the council and arrange something with the Guild. Please draw up some ideas and think carefully upon something for the Eastern Gates and those who plan to travel Thrym’s Pass. The mountains crawl with Chaos Minions and cause trouble for those who wish to reach Gastlinyk Gate.†“Yes. Something inspiring but yet warning those of traveling such a dangerous place,†the mayor finished. Ederyn handed over the gold they had agreed upon for the chess pieces. He took a moment to consider if the old Sage would be ready for a rematch. He then looked back at Amalor and smiled at him. The Dragon Disciple and savior of the Foothold took his leave then. Amalor watched Ederyn furl his wings closer to his body and exit. Then he watched further as the mayor shook his head a bit when he reached the relatively quiet street outside just like everyone else that entered and left the Guild. With a faint, amused smile Amalor returned to his table and the latest parts for another clockwork golem. The refugee burgeoned town needed yet another guardian on the walls and the mages needed the parts to be made by masters in their crafts. Perhaps after this golem was finished he’d make his own chess set for a change. His imagination showed him a table filled with miniature clockwork golems firing the magical energies from within them at more miniatures across maps of Markshire and he laughed to himself as he considered what the mages would say about such strange ideas for their golems.
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    Yeah, I break them down like this: Olley Orcs - Normal 1HD Orcs Manor Orcs - Big Orcs (orogs, uruk-hai) And the manor ogres, who look like the orcs, I class as Huge Orcs. Or, in the parlance of my game: Norcs, Borcs, and Horcs. They make a nice mix all put together.
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    well they definitely upped the anti going from kit 1 to 2, at least for me. It's definitely harder to do the layering, blending, and highlighting!! Here is where I am so far, can't get the light right for the camera so the contrast of skins tones looks better in person... the sorceress is definitely tougher since she has much softer lines to work with.. the extreme highlighting really messes with me. I tried some on his hair and hers but it just doesn't look right to me. I did some on the skin, but did not go as far as I think the instructions are telling me.. the monk I did the skin once and then stripped him of paint as the first attempt just had to sharp of contrast between the skin tones... need to go back and touch up some of the details on the leg wraps and such. light highlights are on the paints are just there from the light. the pants are only base coated thus far. yes there is some slop from an attempt at glazing to blend the skin tones. but it should be ok to paint right over I think.
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    The biggest problem with D&D alignment isn't that it's occasionally enforced to get extra bags of biscuits. Rather, it's that finding two people who agree on what the alignments mean is nearly impossible. I generally ignore alignment for my own characters and just pick a personality and play it. Then my alignment matches what the GM thinks my alignment is and I get to play the character I want to play. When I do have alignment-restricted classes (usually paladins, because most other alignment restrictions have been removed, and for good reason, IMO), I discuss what kinds of rulings I'll make before the start of play and whenever hard situations come up. I don't promise to warn before violating a paladin, but it should never be a surprise. But as to the original question, I don't have any sympathy for a player who wants to play a class defined as a champion of good and order while not playing a champion of good and order. (I don't have much sympathy for an inveterate coward fighter, or heretic cleric, or whatever, either.) Don't want the restrictions? Great, play a different class. Of course I'm unwilling to run evil games, either. I don't have a problem with people playing evil characters so long as they find a GM that wants to run those characters. It isn't me.
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    I've never found it particularly rewarding to "enforce" an alignment stance on players. I also have never seen any frickin' point in alignment languages. That being said, I do believe in maintaining strictures upon paladins, barbarians, assassins, and suchlike. It's part of the tradeoff for the additional bags of tricks. These strictures don't necessarily have to be an alignment, but it should involve limitations on acceptable behavior. Truth is, alignment has been a PROBLEM more often than it's been useful. Far, far too many times have I heard or seen or heard about the ancient excuse for being a jerk, "Hey, my character is evil. I was just playin' my character."
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    The next post I start, regardless of the actual topic, will be titled "... a Gorilla Mask And Frilly Pink Tutu." Or perhaps just "...a smile and nothing else." All humor aside, though, the packages the underwear came in was very much like the packages you buy trail mix in at the grocery store -- pretty obvious when it's been ripped open, but resealable with a ziplock at the top of the package. Perhaps this serves some purpose for frequent flyers and travelers, but durned if I can think of what it might be; when I travel, I keep my underwear in the suitcase until after I've worn it, at which point it goes into the laundry bag. Perhaps some folks do not require very big laundry bags...
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    Here they are in one big group. I photographed them in sunlight so it is not the best picture. I will try to get a better picture at my FLGS next time I go there.
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    Lots of updates! I worked practically the entire day Saturday on the D&D game pieces...so...here's the finished line up. Again, I tried to have small differences in color for each one so that if all are out on the table, we know which color has which hit points/initiative 1. Blazing skeletons that were originally transparent blue plastic [i tried to keep the translucent blue for the fire] Also, the yellow skeleton isn't THAT yellow >.< 2. Giant spiders 3. Gargoyles [sandstone, Dark Stone, Light Stone] 4. Dracolich 5. Finished zombie dragon [who I really tried for a oozy, bloody wound look], 6. Skeletons
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    The skull rock was an accident. I was carving at the base to help the horse fit better and nicked the edges. In unrelated news, I finally got my motivation back! Yay!! So here's the base with the riverbed started. I tried to get the underwater ripple effect. I'm afraid it may be too subtle to hold up once I pour the water. I need to increase the contrast on the current lines around the rock behind the dog. But it's finally coming together! I started the pictographs, but I may need to add some more. Or change the arrangement a bit. Not sure which. I'm fighting that urge to rush the base again. I just want to get to the fun part of pouring the water effect. Patience is just not easy!
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    I wanted to see how far I could take the Bones up to as far as painting levels are concerned (low table-top, high table-top, display etc) and this is where I stopped. Probably high table-top level to just edging display (if I had done a base and worked more on the fish attached to his belt). I went with the RMSP Olive Skin triad for his skin. I used two different washes on it. First was Agrax Earthshade and the second was Army Painter Blue Tone. I worked the skin up to almost white and then glazed it back down with some Army Painter Strong Tone. The metal was painted GW Gunbolt and highlighted with GW Mithril Silver. His beard is black highlighted up using GW Mournfang Brown, Skrag Brown, and Deathclaw Brown. I did the wood the same way but added in some white to the Deathclaw and then a last highlight of Rotten Flesh on the edges. His fur wrap was done with Rhinox Hide, Mournfang, Balor, Bubonic browns, Rotten Flesh and then a little bit of AP Matte White. The hands around his neck were done in Reaper Olive Shadown, AP Tanned Flesh, RMS Rosy highlight and then Rotten Flesh. This was the same recipe for the skulls but then final highlight was Matte White. The left knee armor is Ceramcoat Bronze, Argrax Earthshade, Reikland Flesh wash, a highlight of AP Weapon Bronze and Ceramcoat 14K Gold. I wanted the points on the club in his left hand to look like teeth, so I painted them GW Shadow Grey, Astronomicon Grey, Space Wolves Grey, and Matte White. I used RMS Sky Blue for the veins on his hands and arms. The fish were painted RMS Brilliant Blue, washed in AP Blue Tone, highlighted on the belly with Rotten Flesh and Matte White, and on the back with Ceramcoat Victorian Medium Teal. The wrappings on his feet and arms are AP Leather Brown, washed with AP Dark Tone, highlighted with 50/50 Leather Brown and Matte White, and final highlight of Matte White. His Teeth are Olive Shadow, GW Ushabit Bone, and Matte White. Gums and tongue are AP Dragon Red and highlighted with GW Tentaacle Pink. The base is Shadow Grey, Space Wolves Grey, Matte White and the mold areas are Ceramcoat Hunter Green and Leaf Green. Hope you like him. I'm sure he'll be on my game table to terrorize my players soon. :D
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    Hi all, my adventures in sculpting continue! I am really pleased to present these two sculpts to you. I have been a big fan of Antimatter games' ShadowSea setting for many years so I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to sculpt a few pieces for the sunless kingdom faction (my favorites!). These models posed a significantly different challenge from anything I had done before - lots of equipment and highly detailed, true to the style of the line, and working from very specific concept art. All the detail work was very time consuming, but also rewarding. those little bits add loads of character and each allows me to practice new skills - how crisp can I make that angle? how smooth the transition? how to style the texture? each little bit a project of its own. Here is the first completed: Trog Witch Doctor, Jujazca I really like the ShadowSea trogs, probably the most original interpretation of a lizardfolk type humanoid I have seen. there are several warrior troops available and this was to be the first character. I did my best to blend the wonderful concept art with the existing models so that they would be a nice coherent group. lots of details and doodads made this model a challenge but also a fantastic learning experience. My personal favorite bit is the iron cross belt buckle, almost too small to see in these pics. concept art: https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/t1/1779690_668188083228190_1905188012_n.jpg and the second, just off the work bench / kitchen table: Clal-Chk Scavenger, Slithack Love these guys! they are the insect-men that I always wished I had, and now I've sculpted one. These critters are enigmatic, wielding alien technology for unknown purposes. This is a model that when I had finished it, I found myself thinking how I wanted to paint it. for me, personally, that is my ultimate goal. I pushed my new found detailing skills as far as I could. Three things stand out to me as particular successes: the face (it turned out exactly as i had hoped), the lock-picks on the strap (pics not shown, very fussy details) and the draped fabric (my first attempt at folds). the crisp geometry of the pack was a pleasant surprise as well. Concept art: https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1/1794642_668188073228191_524415439_n.jpg There are four more angles on the AMG facebook page Thanks for looking guys and gals, I would really appreciate any feedback you might have that might help me become a better sculptor. I really do hope you like them, though. On a personal note: I want to extend my deepest thanks to Eric Louchard (proprietor of AMG) for taking a gamble on me for these complex minis (something I had never done). I have been unemployed for 10 months now after moving halfway across the country and the chance to make art to fight off the cabin fever and - feel useful - has been invaluable. Second, my appreciation to reaper for allowing me to share my art here, to my friends on the web, even though it is intended for another company. class act, Reaper, class act. on to the next!
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    Got my paints today. No bonus bottle like I was hoping for a first time online buyer. They look so pretty but not sure I will be able to do any painting tonight. Lots of work left to do for one of the clients I deal with daily and I will prob be VERY tired by the time I get the daughter to bed and just want to veg until I work a bit more. Here is a pretty pic of the bottles though!
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    I wouldn't make it a contest so much as just a memorial event but I would definately be interested in participating.
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    friends. Now that some of the shock of the loss has had a chance to settle. I want to ask of you. What would you all think of a memorial painting contest in James' honor?
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    and also Flower Knight & Illuminated Lady resin encores in stock too Adam clearly knows how to work those occasional updates (and using the plastics box set as a test of their shipping system in advance of the KS seems a smart move too)
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    Also, a resin slender man! Ye gods, Poots. This hobby is not as fun when you're broke :)
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    Epic shot! That slaughterfish was as clueless to its doom as you were! Does Skyrim -just decide by itself- when it is appropriate to switch to cut-scene mode? <wanders off to google slaughterfish> It does that when you crit and get an epic kill. Of course, I've had it start to go into cutscene mode, then whatever I'm shooting at sidesteps and I miss. The best crit kills are with dual weilding and you stab the heck out of them. Stabbity stab stab!
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    Heh heh heh. Nice idea, Pingo. "I have killed your oppressors!" "You killed our cleric and our best fighter. And you killed the cook. In fact you killed every woman in the party." "Exactly! Live! BE FREE!"
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    Much relieved to find this thread is about the underwear that the package holds and not the package that the underwear holds.
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    +1 for the points about alignment being a guideline and that LG =/= stupid Alignment should only ever be used as a starting point to build your character around. In any situation, you should be thinking "what would my character do?" and if you aren't sure, then you can go back to your alignment to give you some guidance around thinking about what your character would do. The key here though is that you should still be thinking in terms of "what would my character do?" If you ever find yourself using alignment as a justification for your actions (ie "but my character is evil!") then I consider that a failure of roleplaying by the player. Another way of looking at this - think of the best evil characters in fiction. They all have a personality, motivations and act towards those motivations. The only bad guys who do random acts of evil are mooks who are there simply for the heroes to stomp all over. Don't be a mook.
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    My order just arrived from Reaper.. now if I can only paint it in time .. after my week away!
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    Ok here are the hobgoblins from the same set as those orcs. Seems when I painted them up I thought the red guys was a kobold. Oh well.
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    I'll be painting Yephima, with a splendiferous theme that looks amazing in my head, but which is likely beyond my current painting capabilities, so I'll be trying out the trickiest parts on other minis. I've also got the Colossal Skeleton with a little bit of paint on him, so he very well could see entry as well. :) I WILL NOT PROCRASTINATE THIS PAINTING CONTEST. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    Yeah, that about sums up my feelings about 5e as well. I don't hate it in the same fashion that I loathe 4e - but I like Pathfinder better. On the other hand... WotC didn't fumble their Profession [Marketing] roll this time. (A big hint - insulting your old player base is not an effective way to get them to use your new system when they still like the older one.) Now I'm curious (as I tend to be oblivious to ad campaigns and missed most of this). Can you point to some examples? I am afraid that could venture too close to the battlefied of the Edition War, hopefully I can keep from straying into the minefield.... But a quick Google will give you more information than you are likely to want. It became a couple of memes for a while - 'You're Doing It Wrong' and the ever popular 'Bad Wrong Fun'. But it came down to WotC trying to downplay previous editions of D&D rather than just trying to play up 4e. 4e was created with a distinct play style in mind, and WotC managed to make it sound like folks that prefered other play styles were 'doing it wrong', mostly in their internet statements and in the preview books for 4e. That distinct playstyle, I think, was about WotC wanting to simplify their goals - but the result was WotC playing up 4e as all combat all the time, to the exclusion of such things as 'traipsing through the faerie rings to interact with the little people'. (That line, in Races and Classes by James Wyatt, more than any other, was why I started disliking 4e before ever it appeared in the stores.) More anger over the Guards at the Gate comment - stating outright that 'An encounter with two guards at the city gate isn’t fun. Tell the players they get through the gate without much trouble and move on to the fun. Niggling details of food supplies and encumbrance usually aren’t fun, so don’t sweat them, and let the players get to the adventure and on to the fun. Long treks through endless corridors in the ancient dwarven stronghold beneath the mountains aren’t fun. Move the PCs quickly from encounter to encounter, and on to the fun!' A lot of folks have direct experience that contradicts that statement. (All that it needed was one more word - 'If''. Had Wyatt said 'If an encounter with two guards at the city gate isn't fun' then a lot of anger, angst, sturm, and drang could have been avoided. That was a pretty big 'if'.) Because WotC wanted to jetisson the OGL they made a lot of changes, mostly in order to prevent folks from using the OGL to emulate 4e. 4e was not so much a new edition as a new game - and I think that in a more ideal world WotC would have kept the 3.5 and 4e architectures in parallel - they did not occupy quite the same niche, and did not need to compete - 4e was more of a tactical boardgame than a classic RPG. (Not a complaint, by the way - I am very much enjoying Deadzone, which is marketed as a tactical boardgame!) Enough people have used 4e to run games that are not just combat scenarios that I think that it is fair to say that narrowing their marketing in that way was a big mistake for WotC. Even in the playtests enough people had negative reactions to the changes that WotC became more than a bit defensive of the new game. (The ad with a dragon pooping on critics does kind of stick in the mind. Way to keep it classy, WotC.) WotC tried to quash negative feedback rather than addressing it. It is a lot easier to try to defend your decisions than to admit that mistakes were made, especially when your goals are immovable. *EDIT* WotC had some largely unattainable market goals for D&D - Hasbro had changed some of their internal policies, and products under a certain value were likely to be marginalized. So... they looked at the numbers for 3PP sales and added it to their own current numbers - making the 50 meter conclusion jump into a pit trap. All was avoidable, but... there is a reason not to let the game designers do your marketing. (It is amost certain that some of the negative feedback was, uhm... vocal... energetically so - Wyatt & Co. likely felt that they were protecting their wee bairn of a game.) The early missteps with the GSL not being released until after the game itself became available, then needing to be rewritten because nobody liked it, meant that 4e had little 3PP support at release. It meant that WotC lost the support of many of the 3PP that could have been their biggest advantage - most especially the company that had been publishing Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Losing Paizo meant that they had created their own Nemesis. When I first saw that Pathfinder was outselling 4e... I just chalked it up to my personal bias - that it couldn't really be outselling D&D. Then I convinced myself that it was just a local phenomenom. Then I realized that, no, my local area didn't just have better taste in RPGs - that Pathfinder was outperforming D&D nationwide. Then Essentials came out, and, I gather, flopped. (Which I do not entirely understand - the price point was good, and paperbacks allowed them to avoid the returns that retailers hate so much. I may have hated 4e, but I had high hopes for Essentials - I wanted to see the market grow again.) But, however I may feel about 5e (I refuse to call it 'Next'), at the very least WotC has avoided the marketing traps that they fell into during the release of 4e. Also... I think that the comment that WotC saw the sales of 3e products as sales lost has some truth - but they were surprised to discover that just because folks are not purchasing your competitor's products does not mean that they are purchasing yours. Hopefully I have avoided being too much of an Edition Warrior - I really do not like 4e, and would not have liked it even without the shennanigans and perceived shennanigans. I have not bought any WotC products since 4e came out, aside from some Rhemoraz singles from the minis line. The Auld Grump
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    Hello everyone, my first bones figure test on a shade wraith...I did test it out initially without primer but found it to take far longer, so I primed it and went over the cloak as the starting area...the other areas (sword, stone and ground) are basecoat only... Has anyone found a way to get the weapons to stay straight? I placed this one in boiling water then bent the blade back and found that within minutes it went back to its curved shape. This was also my first experience painting with reaper paints and I loved them....Sorry, this a cell phone photo!
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    Well, what happened is, people pledged and/or increased their pledges, thus increasing the money that has gone into the project's total, bring it above the funding minimum. Presumably, they did this to get the various rewards associated with the project, in particular the book that the project is intended to create. Thus, it has gone from non-funded, to funded. Captain Obvious, away!
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    Was too tired to post last night, but the diorama is finished: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53459-jaspers-2014-showoffs/?p=845639 Here's a pic of the painted, black washed and weathered barrels. Back to work today, and back to the Clickers (hopefully) at lunch.
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    I logged on to find interesting notifications from this thread. "Pingo liked a post you made in Doc's underwear."