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  1. 14 points
    Hello all! here is my newest terrain WIP. It's a gothic cathedral. I just have part of the facade done right now, still gotta add most of the windows and do some gap filling to the front, then I will do the sides, back, and roof. But here is the front at least. I have a few weeks invested in this already. All hand carved from foam, the pieces hand cut then the brick-work hand carved. The circular window was made with a few different pieces of old jewelry, and I am pretty pleased with how it came out. The door is balsa wood, cut up jewelry for the handle, and ultra thin foam for the decorative straps on it. It's my own design, but I was inspired by St. Patrick's Church in Ohio. Still got a ton of work ahead of me, but I think it's coming along. EDIT: I completely redesigned the cathedral, not happy with what it looked like. I got done with the redesign and i am pretty happy with it. The roof is a for sale sign cut into strips to look like shingles, and placed individually, which took hours upon hours. The large rose window and other large gothic window were purchased from shapeways as frames, and I cut acrylic to their sizes and put them behind the frames, and colored them in. The large window I used a glaze pen to make 3-D lead lines for a leaded glass window effect. The two smaller circular windows were made from jewelry I found at the local salvation army. I still have to fille some gaps with spackle and make a door knob for the back door, and put it on a base and paint and flock it, but this was hours upon hours of work so far.
  2. 14 points
    Quick table top job for a friend. Tested shading the skin tone with purple and tried out the Citadel blood effects. Happy with both. Any input would be appreciated.
  3. 11 points
    So I was commenting on one of Willen's threads and promised I'd post some of my thoughts on blending. Feathering is one of the primary blending techniques I use, and the below is the basic gist of it. Keep in mind that this is a really quick and dirty tut, so it's not the prettiest painting I've ever done, but it should get the idea across. The basic technique comes from the class I took from Rhonda Bender (Wren) at Reapercon 2013. Anything useful you find here should be credited to her; anything that totally destroys your paintjob should be blamed on my poor understanding of her techniques. (And Rhonda, please feel free to correct/suggest/etc if you see this!) I'm painting on a Bones Bathalian figure. My paints are all RMS: Military Grey (HD), Ghost White and Nightmare Black. First up: the basecoat. It's just a few smooth layers of Military Grey built up to an appropriate opacity/saturation. Next, the first layer of feathering. I'm using about a 50/50 mix of Ghost White and water to make this layer: I'm using much starker gradients than usual so the technique is very apparent; if you look at the top fold in this photo, you can see an initial layer that I would normally put down (it's Concrete Grey, I think, from the HD line), but it's subtle enough you can't see the brushstrokes...which is the idea, but doesn't help illustrate the idea. As you can see, the brushstrokes are perpendicular to the peak of the fold. You can also think of this in relation to the gradient, to the direction of dark to light. If your gradient is bands of color in order from dark to light, the feathering stroke runs perpendicular to those bands of color. This was the most counterintuitive part of what Rhonda taught us, but it is well worth the brain-bending! The stroke starts as close to the "dark" as it can (without losing the midtone) and pulls up to the brightest peak. In the photo above, the brushstroke moves upward. The reason for this is that paint tends to leave the brush at the end of the stroke more than at the beginning, so your featherstroke is naturally creating a gradient by concentrating the pigment at the top of the fold. With fairly gentle folds like these, you'll do this from both sides of the fold (with pleats, or heavy creases, you'll only use one side, usually, since the other side of the peak is in deep shadow). Here's an image of the same layer: There are strokes from left to right and from right to left, meeting at the peak of the fold (shown in the inset by the red line; this is the line that will end up with the most light). Next, I do the same thing for the shadows. Again, about a 50/50 mix of water and paint, this time with Nightmare Black. Brushstrokes still move toward the point of greatest pigment (for shadows, that's the deepest part of the fold). SO, at this point, things look pretty rough. So what's next? Next is a glaze. I mix about a 70/30 water/basecoat puddle of color and smoothly cover the whole area. In a lot of ways, this is like a wash, but I want to wick enough off my brush before touching the mini that it brushes off rather than pooling. I want to cover the whole area, both shadow and light, with a unifying, nearly transparent, layer of the basecoat color. Here you can see the Ghost White has been knocked down quite a bit and the Nightmare Black has come up a bit. The feather-strokes are starting to fade into the midtone. I may apply several layers of the glaze at this point, and I may apply it in specific places rather than globally, until I have a smooth look. Next, I'll go back in with the highlight and pull it up again, this time in a smaller area than before: The glaze down/pull back up may happen several times, depending on how smooth I want it. Generally, the more times you glaze and reapply, the smoother your gradient will get. I'll do this with the shadows, too, of course. Other fun tricks are using a glaze that isn't your midtone to globally shift the color a bit, for example giving a basic grey a hint of teal, or skewing the shadows of a blue into purple. Also, once you get used to making tiny brushstrokes like this technique requires, playing with the kind of rough-woven textures that Derek frequently uses gets easier. For some examples of this technique fully realized, I invite you to check out these paintjobs of mine. I'm not a master by any stretch, but these have all been painted with my understanding of the technique. Charnel Grub - My low-to-mid display level. Deathstalker - Armypainting. Meant to be high-contrast to show up well on the table. Phoenicia - Near-competition quality. She was at Reapercon '14 and was nearly the piece the judges looked at, so I'm guessing she would have picked up either a Certificate or a Bronze if I'd just entered her (the piece they did pick brought a silver). I hope this has been useful to someone. If anyone has questions or comments please feel free. Specific to Willen: we were talking about wet-blending and 2-Brush Blending in your thread. I don't know enough about 2BB to say for sure, but I suspect the perpendicular brushstroke could be useful for pulling pigment the way you want to in 2BB. For wet-blending, if you can start putting the next feather-layer down while the glaze is still wet you can get some really smooth transitions.
  4. 11 points
    Sculpted my first mini. He is good size. You can check out the sculpt wip here. Last night I broke out the airbrush and got the primer and first base coats on. Think I am going to try out 9659 Ginger Cookie that I got at ReaperCon for a base coat on the tongue. Here we go! wheeeee!!!
  5. 11 points
    Rounding up the recent work. More old Grenadier minis (I super-promise I will work on something Reaper soon, very soon). First, a wraith: I was really trying to up the ante with this guy. I base-coated in black and tried highlighting up with three different shades of blue. Really wanted to capture the floating-along movement of the pose. Next an illusionist: I really liked how she turned out. The dress reads bluer than it is in the pictures, but I was very happy with the highlights all around. And two skeletons: I got all stupid-excited about these guys right off the bat. I just washed them (the guy with battleaxe with a green, the other with a brown) and dry-brushed with a slightly-browned white. Easy and pretty effective, I thought. Though I'm sure there's room for improvement. Please feel free to head me the right direction. Thanks for looking.
  6. 11 points
    I took someone's advice about keeping track of projects & colors, so here's #21 in my new MSP lineup, Almaran. I'm pretty sure everyone has one of these, right? Great character. I'll have to update this photo. I ruined the immersion with the corner, but otherwise gets the idea across. I keep seeing little things I could improve the longer I look at these, not to mention he needs a real base. My wife and I use all my figures to play various games, let alone my son's fascination for them, so there's even a little nick at the tip of the sword. Argh! Guess I'll be fixing a couple of things.
  7. 10 points
    OMG OMG OMG!!! During phase whatever in my hobby cleanup and organization I stumbled across several of my very old game boxes that I haven't seen for years and in the D&D box I found my long lost DM screens which I have to say I'm very excited about. These were the tools of my trade as a DM for many many years. Unfortunately the Gamma World box was empty, so those contents are still waiting to be rediscovered, but I also found my old certificate of membership along with a couple of stickers for the RPGA (RolePlayersGameAssociation) Also found were a book of forms of the old AD&D character sheets, a set of the Dice from the Expert set still sealed in their bag along with the crayon, and a Judges Guild solo module. The most unexpected find was my handwritten list of names, phone numbers, and ages of 17 D&D club members from a local now long gone store. These were the very first people I played D&D with and includes those who explained the game to me. None of those guys were in my later groups whom I became very good friends with... But what a blast from the past this is. Have to admit going through all this brought to mind my gaming buddies who I haven't seen for years, those I've lost track of, and those no longer walking on this earth. It's all made me a bit misty eyed to be honest.
  8. 10 points
    Two years ago today, I went to the bathroom. It was a very memorable bathroom visit. Not because I make a point of recording them; I go to the bathroom most every day, usually at least twice a day, not counting baths and toothbrushing. Most of my bathroom visits are quite unimportant, unimpressive, and dull; those that aren't, you probably wouldn't want to hear about anyway. But this particular visit was different. Apocalypse was just a kitten then, filled with bouncy kittenish fun, and he and Doom were playing tag all over the house. At this particular moment, Pocky was "it," and he ran like mad with Doom in hot pursuit, when he abruptly took a hard left into the bathroom. Where I was peeing. This took him a bit aback. The normal racetrack pattern led right through where I was standing, and then into the bathtub where they'd do a sharp racetrack turn and then back out the door. My presence in the middle of the bathroom forced Pocky to improvise, so he leaped up to my right, and rebounded off the wall, rather than trying to run through me. Regrettably, he hadn't thought it through; once he'd leaped and rebounded, his only possible trajectory carried him right into the toilet. Into which I was peeing at the time. This is how I learned an important lesson: when one is peeing, hysterical laughter causes loss of bladder control. I felt so bad afterwards. Poor kitten!
  9. 8 points
    77135: Mariel Twinspar, Female Pirate
  10. 8 points
    I'm pretty sure "tequila" is the Mexican word for "ill-advised"...
  11. 7 points
    I pinned my first mini, today. Hobby drill, cut-off piece of paper clip, super glue, BAM. I felt special. Very special. And I'm pretty sure I didn't even do it entirely right! But there it is. Bam. Yes. And with that, fair all thee well through the night.
  12. 6 points
    My youngest girl has a PC that is unique. Just not allot of options out there for a Genesi Race. The Infernal binder is a good base to convert on I think. So at reapercon '14 I asked Julie Guthrie for some pointers on sculpting fire hair, and she offered to sculpt the fire hair for me and show the process. Heck Yeah!! I am going to sculpt and add a acid ball spell effect... Or i've already sculpted it.. For the colors on the figure, I am using this image I found on google images. It's been color modified. First, the skin color is a warm, desaturated purple. And the Green "fire" hair isn't generating any OSL in the image. It's a choice the artist deliberately made I think. To keep the contrast and drama high. I decided to test paint. Never done skin tone like this. My instinct is saying that the skin tone isn't bad and the tattoos look good. But the hair colors aren't working like I hoped. Not sure how much of that is the sculpt just being regular hair. Comments and advice would be much appreciated. Ohh, and I'm thinking I may cut away the top cape and resculpt the back of the figure to show more skin for the elaborate tattoos.
  13. 6 points
    Does anybody here recognize this box? My very first box of fantasy adventurer miniatures.
  14. 6 points
    I was going to wait for Flamehawke to post photos of the minis her mother received from me, as I've noticed that her photography skills are better. She has not, however, been on (that I've noticed) in a while. Please excuse the poor quality, they were cell phone pics.
  15. 5 points
    When little balls of fried dough are made with doughnut batter, they are "doughnut holes." When made with corn meal, they are called "hush puppies." I have never seen the point to this. So when I encounter them in public, I call them "corn holes." For some reason, no matter when and where they are served, no one else ever seems to want any after I say that. Hm. Whatever. More for me...
  16. 5 points
    I gave up tequila years ago. For much the same reason Dr. Jekyll gave up foamy colored potions and werewolves should give up full moons.
  17. 5 points
    Starting on tequila after drinking quite a quantity of Jäger is...ill-advised. Not that I would know from experience or anything.
  18. 5 points
    I started with three Blue Moons and followed with Kraken on the rocks with a splash of Coke. Crazy storm outside. Haboob followed by a monsoon. It is pouring rain.
  19. 5 points
    Bah to beer. Kraken rum is where it's at.
  20. 5 points
    Thanks. This is a great sculpt and very fun so far. It did need to be filled a lot but I have been taking my time with it. I was able to get the eyes glued on and filled around each one to make sure the line/gap was covered. Took me some 3+ hours to do but was worth it. Now it is ready for some primer then "Let The Painting Begin"!
  21. 5 points
    Family dram = Bleh. I am going to counter it with beer and nachos. Maybe rum will follow.
  22. 5 points
    Worked on the base some. THey're a bit discolored because i had to use interior lighting, which is of course yellow, so they're not completely accurate color-wise
  23. 5 points
    Got to paint at work today (in the nice air conditioning.....). Spent the whole hour working on Rex's face. I think it came out decent...I even did an eyebrow!
  24. 5 points
    I added an adventure to Chore Wars called "Making phone calls." As one of the possible random encounters, I put in "automated voice menu." I then derived an unnerving amount of glee from stabbing the automated voice menu to death. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  25. 4 points
    Truly, a grand and glorious thing, like finding a twenty in a coat you haven't worn lately!