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  1. 20 points
    Okay all! This is the latest experiment as I needed some time off from Space Wolves and I wanted to play around with some ice effects. I stumbled across this old tutorial by Monkey Sloth on making ice, so I figured I'd see what I could do with them as I've been messing around with Space Wolves and all of their frozen misery. I picked up this mini at ReaperCon 2015 and figured I'd try her out as it'd been quite a while since I've painted something with this much cloth on it. I have to say that I spent way more time on this figure than I would have liked, but at least it was a great exercise in cloth, frost, and all things that have helped knock more brush rust off my brushes! You'll have to forgive the blurriness of the pics as I'm still learning to use the camera on this iPhone 6s. I'm used to my old Galaxy S5 camera that took awesome pics so... yeah. I'm learning. Anyhoo, copious pics.... Some things I liked about this project. Others, not so much. A few didn't even come through in the photograph: 1. I definitely liked the amount of PRACTICE I received as I'm really just starting to take off in painting after several months of no painting whatsoever. Hopefully the next project will reflect this. 2. I liked the tutorial on the ice. It made some lovely ice, in spite of my cat taking out one of the cups of ice crystals before they were ready. 3. I did NOT like how the frozen effect on the staff came out. You can't really tell in these pics but the staff is coated in Secret Weapons Snow Effects, giving it quite the bedazzled appearance in person. This did not translate to the photographs most likely due to the close proximity of the lights, AND the fact that I should have shaded the staff BEFORE coating it... I digress... Anyway... 4. Your girl got a big dress! It's hard to appreciate how much space she takes up on that checker. In fact, this piece was basically finished until I found out that she was doing the splits on the edge of the checker. The ice effects, like water effects, shrunk considerably leaving a bowl like depression, causing her to not sit flush with the bottom at all! I had to fill in the void with sand, then shade, then I reapplied a thin layer of ice effects... which then soaked into the sand and ripped half of it up. It was then treated to a drenching in thin super glue (some of which somehow got into the corner of my mouth...) then sealed and dullcoated until most shine from the glue was relieved. At the end, she still didn't sit level, which is why she has 2 extra shards of ice shoved under her dress as you can see in the pics. It was either that or see her rear pin, and she had no desire to show that off. 5. I liked the ink effects on the checker. Look great in person! Basically, she was a difficult lady to mount on an ice themed base of my custom design. BUT, she's there and done enough! LOL! Here's a panoramic view: Thanks for looking! Questions, comments and complaints are always welcome. LOL! -K
  2. 19 points
    USPS tracking has been a bit uneven for me this time around, but it lists a delivery time of today and has been in the correct town since 4:30am, so I'm going to call it good. It was marked as delivered while I was typing this. If however you go by SGHawkins09 and haven't picked up your mail today, stop reading and savor the anticipation for a bit.
  3. 17 points
    Last August or so I helped TophDNA with his Summer Exchange (I think) and he was painting a cowboy for someone. At any rate, I decided to paint up this Gunslinger as Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower Series. I believe we did these in one evening, although I didn't complete mine. I'd put some crackle whatchamacallit on the base and left it to dry. However, I didn't get around to painting the base until a few days back while I was waiting for something to dry somewhere. I figured I should finish him as he'd been waiting around for quite some time. Really the only thing to note on this one is that I finished it in a record amount of short time as I tend to fuss over things for wayyyy too long. It took months to just finish the base, and oh, I did add a 5 O' Clock shadow while the base was drying. *Spoiler ALERT* Oh, this is Book 2 Roland as he's missing 2 fingers off his right hand... Here you go: Again, with the funky camera, I apologize! I'll figure it out eventually... Thanks for checking it out! -K
  4. 15 points
    Some Games Workshop skaven, which I use for wererats :) I sort of went for a polluted/radioactive look for the base...
  5. 11 points
    I present to you Rasia Bladedancer. I stumbled across her while looking up Rasia from LTPK 5. I thought she looked really cool. While I loved painting her, I still haven't grown in love with basing. Mostly this is from not being good at it, yet. I just finally just decided to call it done. Here is what I settled on calling my Rasia Bladedancer done. Thanks for any C & C you feel inspired to leave. It is always appreciated.
  6. 9 points
    Swear I've seen this guy in a monster manual but I can't remember where. Anyone?
  7. 9 points
    This is Weglaf from RBG. He been waiting around to get finished and based. Not really happy how the boss on the shield came out. I am basing to make on big scene and I included a pic on that. As always comments and critiques are welcome
  8. 8 points
    In the process of painting up Darkrasp as a priest of Auril for a tabletop game. Decided to use my uv fluro paints to add a little secret easter egg on the spell scroll. Add a little wow factor for the tabletop when DM of the game places mini down. Can whip out the UV pointer and make spell effect occur. It's the simple things that amuse.
  9. 6 points
  10. 6 points
    one of my birdbaths now has a little birdy. This is all
  11. 6 points
  12. 5 points
    "I expect you to clean that up post-haste, mangy cur!"
  13. 5 points
    I went to Home Depot today. There are things there that are useable for bases. I could totally make a sci-fi space hatch out of plumbing flanges. But I bypassed them. This time. I acquired: 1 Gallon Simple Green concentrate. 2.5" #8 construction screws (a door had the screws stripped out of the jam. Hoping the longer screw works). 12" 12 gauge mending plate. Works perfectly to fix the bent metal bar in my fridge door. 2 8" mending plates (in case the larger one didn't work). Now to figure out what I can do with these...
  14. 5 points
    Acquired... Last night... I used my arcade tickets to pick up a grow-your-own-crystals kit and a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card (I saw Deadpool today)... Today... Jo Ann's Fabrics: A tube of glitter for $1 to use as gold coins for basing. Dollar Tree: I picked up a pretty trashed paperback copy of The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel for $1 that'll need some rehab before it's readable A set of 4 different styles of tweezers for $1 And an elf-ton of junkfood, most of which I ate at the movie. Best Buy: Labyrinth on dvd for $4. Books-A-Million!: Shifty's War by Marcus Brotherton (the biography of the sniper from Band of Brothers) Changeling by Phillippa Gregory Southern Vampires by Karen Kay Zweifel Unholy Night by Seth Grahame Smith The first two were $4 each and the other were $3 each. Book Barn (used bookstore): Ghost Of A Chance by Simon R. Green Seasons 1, 2, and 4 of CSI - Season 1 is in a different style case and the titles on it are I think in Korean, but the writing on the discs themselves is in English and it's a Region 1 dvd...
  15. 5 points
    I have almost completely failed at adulting today... I was a baaad Jack. All I had to do was go to the credit union before noon, pay my internet bill before 1pm and then do some shopping and make colcannon. Oh, and do hobby stuff, like painting and setting up the grow-your-own-crystals kit I picked up yesterday... I managed to pay the cable bill. Got out of the house too late to hit the credit union, so I went to pay the internet bill, but realized I'd taken the (slightly different) route to work instead of to the office of the cable company. As I happened to be driving past the movie theater, I stopped in to see what was playing, and found out that Deadpool was starting at 2:15. I decided to catch Deadpool since it would be starting less than an hour after I got done paying the internet bill and I'd just picked up a Regal Cinemas gift card yesterday. On the way back from paying the bill, I stopped in at Jo Ann's Fabrics and Dollar Tree, then went to see the movie, after which I stopped at Best Buy and Books-A-Million! on the way to the used bookstore to pick up the one book I'd intended to get. Last night I used my arcade tickets to pick up a grow-your-own-crystals kit and a $25 Regal Cinemas gift card, and I got a 1.5-cup Black & Decker food chopper at Big Lots. Today at Jo Ann's Fabrics I picked up a tube of glitter for $1 to use as gold coins for basing. At Dollar Tree I picked up a pretty trashed paperback copy of The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel for $1 that'll need some rehab before it's readable, as well as an elf-ton of junkfood, most of which I ate at the movie. At Best Buy I picked up Labyrinth on dvd for $4. At Books-A-Million! I picked up Shifty's War by Marcus Brotherton (the biography of the sniper from Band of Brothers) and Changeling by Phillippa Gregory both for $4 each, and Southern Vampires by Karen Kay Zweifel and Unholy Night by Seth Grahame Smith both for $3 each. At the used bookstore I picked up Simon R. Green's Ghost Of A Chance and seasons 1, 2, and 4 of CSI (I found season 3 at a pawn shop about a week and a half ago)... (Season 1 is in a different style case and the text is Asian, possibly Korean, but the writing on the discs themselves is in English and it's a Region 1 dvd...) And then decided that I'd already spent way too much money and chose not to pick up the one book I'd gone there to get (the third Game of Thrones book - I have the 1st, 2nd, and fourth)... Despite the fact that I "only" dropped about $60 on everything today, I still spent way more than I really should have. Feh. I suck. EDIT: I was just thinking that there's not a whole elf of a lot growing in my garden, but apparently a rabbit has shown up and there's now a plant growing in my birdbath... EDIT EDIT: I now have a total of one birdbath with a piece of grass growing in it, two cacti, a rabbit, a large-ish asparagus-looking thing that could someday threaten to become a tree, and something that looks like it could be the top half of a very tiny (half the size of the rabbit) octopus which appears to be sprouting out of the ground.
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    You beat me to it this time! Digging the Paladin!
  18. 4 points
    So this is one that I didn't have proper time to get a lightbox photo of due to it being a gift for my sister-in-law...it's her favorite animal, and I -still- hate painting fur.
  19. 4 points
    Wel, I was always wondering, why in the world this pair of epic and charismatic characters has no representation as miniatures, neiter oficial or fan-maded... but Every hamser has his day at last)) (thanks for my friends resculpt of Reaper bones barbarian)
  20. 4 points
    I ran a couple (maybe 1½ years ago?), which were fun. Then things got complicated and I haven't run one since. If someone sets one up that I can participate in, I'd try to be there.
  21. 4 points
    @canuck Google hangouts is probably the best for quick usage. I'd like to see a monthly painting meet up using it here, it'd be fun
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    First side of the neck finished. It's slow but I am getting a lot of practice on gems... i may have to go back and add a little more light to the second batch.
  24. 4 points
    Jos Gebbler - One of my all around favorite nasty guys - he has been an evil (undead) miller, an evil (undead) innkeeper, and a general purpose necromancer. The Auld Grump
  25. 4 points