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  1. 23 points
    This is the mini that I painted for Fanguad for the Spring Exchange. Got it out late due to life interfering and had to be satisfied with a more simple paint job then originally planned. Please excuse the photo quality, I had no time to get everything out to take proper ones.
  2. 20 points
    Hi, Here is my first painted mini from Bones 3: the "Great Maw". I really love the size and weight of this "miniature" (not sure if we can still cal it "mini"). Most of the paint was done with washes on simple black and white primer. I added some high gloss varnish and some 2 part epoxy glue in some places for added slime effect. C&C Welcome. And at least, now, my Mashaaf has a friend to terrorize players with:
  3. 16 points
    Good evening everyone. Part of my June hobby goals was to paint more non-human minis so I thought I would start with this one because I really thought it was interesting. I prepped it yesterday afternoon, primed with brown liner and had intended to paint it over the next few days until my June Reaper order arrived. Well, my June order arrived today, several days before I had expected it to arrive. The June order was all metal minis and I was super excited to start painting metal for the first time so I was going to abandon this one and focus on the new minis. After prepping and priming my first metal mini tonight, I knew I had to wait a day or so to let the primer cure on it so I figured I would give myself a fun challenge and see what I could do in two hours with this mini. I hate starting a project and abandoning it so I figured a speed painting session was better than either leaving it undone or tossing it. From first coat to photo, it took 1 hour, 42 minutes. It's noting spectacular but I thought for under 2 hours it wasn't have bad. Enjoy!
  4. 15 points
    I find your lack of tolerance Disturbing.... The inspiration for the piece... Prepare for disintegration.... Link to thread
  5. 15 points
    Began blocking in body colors
  6. 14 points
    A little backstory: At PaizoCon, there's a fella named Cosmo who runs a TTRPG survival game, where you have to last at least 20 minutes against...killer clowns. Yes, that's right, you get mobbed from all sides by wave after wave of malevolent, monstorous clowns of all kinds. @Reaperbryan paints at least one clown mini for him every year. And if it wasn't originally a clown, he MAKES it a clown. Last year, he and a few forum members (myself included) painted up a whole nightmarish Ronald McDonald clown crew. It was glorious and terrifying and a whole lot of fun. But this year, Cosmo had a special request: he'd gotten Hecklemeyer and Styx, and asked Bryan if he could paint them up. Being a good management type, he delegated the job to me, since he was already working on turning a giant into a rubber chicken-wielding clown (which came out amazingly). I had originally planned on purple and gold, with perhaps some red or green accents. Instead, purple and teal happened. It's almost as though it was inevitable. (pardon my fingers in the picture; it was the only way my camera would show the correct colors. Since I was at the con, I didn't have access to my normal photo-taking setup) Here's a shot that shows the puppet hanging off of his belt. I gave it a clown nose too, of course. Group picture! Cosmo was a very happy Cosmo when I gave them back. He did, in fact, squee loudly (followed by maniacal giggling). It was extremely gratifying. EDIT: I should clarify that when I say Speed Paint, I mean that I painted it in 3-4 hours, not during an actual speed paint event. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  7. 14 points
    Man... this thing is intimidating. I had a little bit of time after work, so I decided to try to get a baseboat down and block out some colors. I know that my greens are pretty good, and I've got a good 'formula' for layering greens up, so I'm starting with the green head. First, I black lined the horns, the eye, the mouth... You know, a mini like this makes you ask yourself weird questions like 'What color is a dragon's gums?' and 'Do dragons gums change color based on the type of dragon' and Id a dragon had five heads, would each head have the same color gums?' I also added a basecoat to the horns. I'm going to take those from brown out to khaki at the tips. I also started the teeth out at a shade of tan. The next step here is going to be washing down the mouth, teeth, and horns, then starting on the bigger scales. I also started adding some color to the wings, just as a test. I wanted to see if the 'fading' idea on the wings would really work... and I think it did! I washed the membranes down with black ink, and brought the bones up to the same color red as the rest of the body. I think that pre-priming with the black 'fade' on the wings was a good idea, in retrospect. Doing that with a brush would have taken forever! Quick tip, if you're going to spray this bad boy, use a good miniature primer, not just 'model' spray paint. I used citadel black and Army Painter red and all the detail's there, and it dried really nice and even. I used Testor's blue on the blue head, and it is no where NEAR as good as the rest of the model. Lastly, I got one more test assembly pic, because pretty soon I'm not going to be able to take these until the end! Hopefully, I'll have some more time to sit down with this model tomorrow.
  8. 13 points
    *strolls in gulping down a frappacino* Wut?
  9. 12 points
    Thanks guys! I'm on the home stretch now, woo! I discovered that I'd never painted the claws on his wings, and had forgotten the group of spikes near the end of his tail, so I decided to do them in Sky Steel (aka ReaperBryan Steel, another limited edition paint), because it's one of my favorite metallics. Such a purty color. Next, as promised, are Seaweed Head's eyes! I was in a bit of a quandry with his, since for the rest I'd already picked out a colored metallic I own; I don't have any turquoise metallics, though, so with the power of Metal Medium and Spectral Glow, I decided to make my own! FOR SCIENCE! Here's what 2:1:1:1 Spectral glow : P3 Turquoise ink : Vallejo Metal medium : Brush on sealer looks like. I'd originally just done the Spectral Glow + Metal Medium, but it felt like it needed a little something more, so on a whim I added a drop of the Turquoise ink. And here's what my concoction looks like on Seaweed: I think it'll look even better on Ma'al, since I'll be doing more of a verdigris wash on the scales than I did on Seaweed. Lastly, a little half-almond pupil with Adamantium Black: Seaweed Head LIVES! It should look really sharp once I get the gloss sealer on; this is the same method I used on Khanjira's eyes, and the sealer brings out all the sparkly bits in the metallic. It's a really cool effect. The rest of the eyes will have to wait a day or two, unfortunately; there's a small muscle in the base of my thumb that's been twitching on and off the past few days, and while it's mostly just annoying, it does make me hesitant to paint any small details. I'm so close to being done, though, that it's driving me crazy having to wait! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  10. 12 points
    WINGS! I had so many lightbulbs turn on as I worked on the bottom of his wings, it was amazing. The fact that I was mildly sleep deprived and working on it at 4am might have had something to do with that, lol. Firstly, I basecoated the underside of the wings with two coats of Blade Steel, right over the Brown Liner that was already there: It looked quite different than when I'd put it on over the Bleached Linen on the top parts; here it's a much darker gray, with a hint of blue to it. It's a lovely effect that I'll have to remember for the future. I then pondered over how to shade it, while still keeping it shiny (I tend to have an easier time highlighting than I do shading). I roughly stippled over a fair amount of it with Shadowed Steel, which turned out okay. I then sketched in some of the areas that I thought would be the darkest, using Blackened Steel. I rather liked the effect, so I started stippling it on more thoroughly. As I got into the groove of doing this, though, I had my first epiphany; in order for it to look good, I needed to place it where shading would normally be when painting with normal paints. The fact that the paint is shiny just means that the effect isn't visible from some angles, but when it's not in direct light (as you can see in the above picture), it will show up. My second epiphany was that the metallic flake in each of the paints is pretty much the same (in that they're all just bits of metal); it's the fact that the paint it's suspended in is different colors that gives each of the metallic paints a different look. So basically, I realized that metallic paints are essentially just regular paints with shiny bits in. Truly mind-blowing observation, I know. But it seemed quite profound when the thought struck me. It also helped guide me in placing my deepest shade, which is where Adamantium Black comes in. This is really a fantastic paint; it's a very very dark gray, nearly black, with just a bit of shine to it. So, perfect for what I used it for next. After my mind-blowing epiphanies, I got very excited and roughed in the deepest shadows with the Adamantium Black. The effect is best underneath the "arm" portion of the wing, I think (I know it's hard to see in this picture). I may have gotten a little too excited and overdone it a tad, but it looks substantially less rough in person that it does in the following picture; I had to mess around with lights and camera angles quite a bit to get a shot that showed my shading in all it's rough sketchy glory. Here's a shot comparing the top and undersides of the wings, as close to side-by-side as I could manage: That's not just the lighting, the color difference really is that stark. So, yeah. It was a rather exciting night, all things considered. And just for fun, here's a picture of all the metallic paints I used on Shiny's wings: Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. 11 points
    And Viruses are non-living particles, not another form of life as I was taught in my grade school bio class. When i retook bio in college they were just discussing "The Dino's are alive today, their called birds." And my thought was 'cool.' But when they said viruses were non-living particles, I almost fell out of my chair. It took me a while to accept, but viruses are dependent on living things to reproduce. They don't have the machinery for making there own proteins and therefore not living. So that's my encounter with "the new world" Some of the wolves would glitter/snow bomb each other. If given a chance.
  12. 11 points
    Pluto's not a planet. Dinosaurs have feathers. The Bride of Frankenstein had red hair. There's no toys in boxes of cereal or crackerjack. It's like I'm living in some weird alternate universe.
  13. 11 points
    It's still around, it just got reclassified as a dwarf planet. I did a report on it in my Astronomy class, since that happened while I was taking the class. I'm...awake. Also quite groggy. I hadn't planned on sleeping for 8 hours, but it happened anyways. Waking up in time for my 9am food preservation class tomorrow is going to be SO much fun. In other news, I'm going to attempt to make jelly for the first time today. This is the second year I've taken the food preservation class (we cover a lot more than just canning!), and it's only just now that I'm feeling brave enough to attempt things on my own. It's going to be pomegranate jelly, so it should be super pretty when it's done! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  14. 10 points
    My tracking finally updated. It's in Portland, yay!
  15. 10 points
    *sigh* It's a strange universe where the barbarian drinks coffee in the manner of dandelion eating elves, and the hamster Jedi/archmage takes it black! Frogs and otters and tigers all playing together nicely! Mass hysteria!
  16. 9 points
    Nothing fancy, just a basic simple paint job. I use and abuse the Necron Compound....lol. Comments and critiques are always welcome.
  17. 9 points
    @Unruly If you want a source for reliable, safe recipes, I can highly recommend homefoodpreservation.com. It has USDA tested and approved recipes, and I just saw that there's a recipe in there for pickled eggs. http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html is also where you can find (and print out if you want) their Complete Guide to Home Canning. The Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, produced by the Ball canning company, is another fantastic and safe resource; it's what I just used to make my jelly! If you ever have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them (or pass them along to my teacher; she's the person in charge of the Master Food Preserver program for a good chunk of the state of Washington, and has been doing it for many many years). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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  19. 9 points
    Yep, that's exactly what my teacher said! A full sugar jam or jelly is not only fairly easy, but fairly safe as well. Canning low acid foods (like vegetables) and meats, on the other hand, are a bit scarier. I just need to keep reminding myself that as long as I follow the proper processing procedures and times, that it will be just fine. Those procedures are research-based, and science is awesome. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  20. 9 points
    Bearly a mouthful indeed
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  23. 9 points
    Pluto is still a planet in my personal head cannon.
  24. 8 points
    So, I freaked out when I saw the green of Mal'adrakar... what... two years ago? I haven't been paining in several years for a few different reasons. For the last several years things have been up in the air, and I need to be in a certain 'head space' to calm down and put brush to paint for any considerable amount of time. I'm super glad that I've gotten the painting bug back in time to paint this one up. I did a LONG WIP post of Kyra and Lavarath many years ago, and I was hoping to followup with something similar. That one was a long weekend when I had the flu... This one I'm recovering from surgery, so I might be able to get some progress done over the next few weeks? I mean, it's a little bigger, so maybe a little progress? I think that base on Lavarath is a little deceiving... Lets try this: Okay... I'll admit it. I feel out of my depth here. This is one INTIMIDATING 'miniature'. It's bigger than anything I've ever painted... except for my garage, but that didn't have a lot of details. I know how I want to go... old school 'Tiamat' all the way... 5 heads, 5 colors... I really want to do some airbrushing on it, but I'm afraid to screw it up. My first step is priming it, and I'll be using colored primers.... I've got them, so why not, right? I primed the body in red, then test fit the heads and wings. I threw in the 6-sider for scale again because OMG this thing is HUGE. Now, I've been looking at pictures of Tiamat since I was a kid... yes, I watched the damn cartoon, and yes I'm THAT old. While looking for photo references my eye kept going back to this image: I especially liked the fade from black, to red, and out to the various heads. I wanted to recreate that! I decided to start early, and go for that 'fade' from the get go... with more colored primer. So, I wrapped up my primed miniature to minimize splatter and overspray, and went to town Then, I sprayed the heads... one green, one blue, one black... and the last one, I just washed with GM 'Nuln Oil'. And, that's roughly a weekends work. With drying time, multiple pieces and coats, and all the damn yard-work that got in the way, I think that I made some decent progress! I'll update this thread as I make more progress. This is going to be a LONG one, ya'll!
  25. 8 points