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    These are the first minis I've finished from my Bones 3 KS loot. An inglorious choice, I guess, but I really like painting simple things between more involved projects. I completed these minis in a single sitting.
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    I was thinking of giving her a cheap looking blonde wig and some poorly applied red lipstick, but decided to give her a little more dignity.
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    I call him Charles Bronzen or Bronzie for short.
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    We are starting a pirate campaign this week. I whipped this mini up as a gift for the game master of the Boot Hill/Call of Cthulu mashup game that we just finished two weeks ago. I'm also building a to-scale pirate ship for this campaign. Stay tuned for that. Will post photos in a few days when it's complete. I hope you enjoy!
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    Good evening all, so I finished these two this morning, that come from an old Ral Partha set called I think Dwarven Steam Cannon, that was resurrected in a recent Ral Partha Kickstarter. I don't have the actual steam cannon, but I do have two of the three dwarves that operate the contraption, which are here: I made them pretty much the same color of uniform, because they are running the same big machine, just varying essentially their hair color. They do both have eyes and they are painted, but they are under those furrowed hairy brows. Here they are together: There is a third engineer, who is actually working, he's got a shovel and he's picking up coal, but that's a figure I just don't happen to be the proud owner of. I'll have to pick that one up one of these days to complete my little trio of dwarves. Remember that these are old school Partha, so they are pretty small sized figures. They probably take up about 1/3 to 1/4 the lead of a modern dwarf these days and are probably about 20 mm tall. I really do like these figures, as they are some of the few non-bellicose figures from that time, no weapons, just working (even though they are running a cannon). Anyhow, simple paint jobs, and I hope you enjoy them!
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    It's been a while since I posted anything I'm working on, quite frankly I've not been working on anything the last couple of months, I ran outta steam on a couple of projects I was doing about 3/4 of the way through on them and will finish them (eventually). Anyhow, I'm working on 3 tabletop plus figures for 3 of my D&D group friends who are playing in my current campaign entitled "Broken Gods." All the characters were gods 5,000 years ago. Then the event happened, the peoples of the world stopped believing in them. They were cast down to the earth and have just now awoken... The PC's are all Demigods with extraordinary powers, but they have no memories of their former selves yet, they gain those as they progress and level up. The three PC's I'm currently working on are the party warlock, party eldritch knight and party bard. I have included inspiration pics of their characters they provided to me. Bale the Eldritch Knight, god of thunder and battle - the figure is from the Minx kickstarter, I modified him by cutting off and filing off spikes that were protruding from his back and bare arm, I noticed he has 4 fingers, but this is so close of a figure to the pic that I ran with it. Next is the party Warlock, Cairan (pronounced keer-awn). He's the god of death and war tactics, think Valkyrie. The figure is reaper 03505 (Karahl Farstep). He has an affinity with ravens so I took an eagle or hawk from one of the reaper bones familiar packs, mounted it on his shoulder and am painting it up as a raven. Finally we have Cadence, the goddess of Sunlight and Music - she's the party bard. I took DSM-7437 (Female Rogue Dual Wield by Jeff Grace) and modified it, cutting off the dagger in her offhand, used a reaper accessories lute I had and attached to her side/hip under her arm. If you've followed my WIPs before you know my method of priming is to prime everything in black first and then go back over it dry-brushing with white primer to pick out details and highlights. If you have questions, please ask and I'll continue to work on these for the next week or so. I don't want to put more than like 5-6 hours total in each figure, just enough to have a nice tabletop plus paint-job and to make them represent their characters in the game. Thanks for following along and please enjoy the ride!
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    Snakes don't bother me. Even the venomous ones are not super worrisome (as far as I know, we have none in my area). I might be concerned about finding a random /furry object/ in the nest - I know a coon or possum could fit through the chicken hatch, and I suspect either could jump high enough to reach it. I don't know if either could or would navigate the fence to do so. Funny story about snakes. When I was a kid; somewhere older than six, younger than ten, I lived out in the middle of BFE. Specifically, slap in the middle of a corn/wheat/potato farm. There was a fair about of everything. And a very few children around my age. I wandered out one fine summer day to find one of said kids bouncing around - the boys had Found A Thing. They weren't sure what it was, but did I want to see it? Sure, sez I, because I was a kid, and who knew, it might be interesting. It was. It was coiled on a rock, having a nice nap. It was a snake. It was a fairly large snake; I had never seen one that big before (little over a foot long, but larger than the garter snakes that were much more common). It was brown. The boys were terrified of it. Me? I wandered over and horrified them all by picking it up. It didn't seem to mind that, curled itself happily around my wrist and forearm. Harmless! Nice snake. I took it home and showed my mother, who immediately began hunting about, trying to identify it. This was somewhat Pre-Internet, so it took her a couple of phone calls. While she did that, I eventually managed to convince the only other girl in the local child population that snakes are not horrifying - or slimy - and that touching it wouldn't hurt her. Or it. The words 'it's soft!' might have been spoken. It was, in the way that snakes are... Mom finally came back with the news that the snake was, in fact, harmless; it was a rubber boa constrictor and, judging by size, a fairly mature one. We kept it for a while, but when we couldn't convince it to eat, we ended up letting it go. It was a nice snake.
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    Hello. I'm the Nebulous Mistress, or Nebulous Missy for the family crowd (some people claim NSFW). I answer to Neb, Nebulous, Hey You, and various others. I started gaming in 1997 with a freeform Star Wars RPG where we just made stuff up. Actual rules were introduced when I joined an AD&D group in 1999. I got roped into GMing a Pathfinder game in 2006 and that's been my lot ever since. I think the last time I got to actually play as a PC in anything was in 2009. I've been painting since 2005. I won a minor prize in 2007 at KublaCon which led to me painting stuff for sale and burning out on the whole thing. I put down my brushes for a year, picked it up again, burnt out again, picked it up again, etc. I've been in a nebulous (ha!) state between wanting to paint and not for over a year now. I love starting a mini but detail work can feel like pulling teeth because it takes so much time for tiny differences it seems only I can see. I literally just moved cross country from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. As in within this past month. I'm still getting everything unpacked. I bought a desk and I need to mod it because of busted corners. I'll be replacing the paints that I had to get rid of/lost in transit/dried out over time/were found empty. It seems I'll have a gaming group by the end of this month, I'll be GMing Pathfinder. I'm looking forward to the Bones 4 Kickstarter as I haven't had a big box of random minis for GMing purposes since I left San Jose. Many years of bottlecap orcs...
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    I've tweaked this a little bit since taking these (namely a brass rod to keep it from eventually drooping) but otherwise it is representative of how it turned out mostly. I really like this model despite having to put a rod on it to keep it from drooping.
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    Some little friends ........for dangerous adventures Cheers Eric
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    Did a couple of Frostworms. Turned out Ok I think. I did add a little brown ink after the fact to the fangs and such and I don't think that is represented in these pics.
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    A Morning in the Life of a Chicken Owner. Go out with bucket of scratch. Have chickens attempt to eat from bucket. Allow rooster to do this, because it puts him in petting range, and he needs to understand that I get to handle him. Dust grain off hens. Empty bucket, move on to egg extraction. Find two eggs more or less where they are supposed to be, note that egg production is still down, implying that I have /still/ not found all the nests. Mutter under my breath about sneaky birds. Notice that there is an egg near the human door. Hm. Open door to retrieve egg. Note that there is /another egg/, out of line of sight of the first one. ... this is a strangeness. Peer around doorframe. ... discover HUGE CACHE OF EGGS. Look at bucket. Look at egg-splosion in the corner. Look at bucket again. Resign self to returning to the house to retrieve the egg basket - and Mr. Thorne. Resign self to finding random nests throughout the rest of the summer. Chickens, man. Xenomorph queens could learn a thing or two about nest-concealment from my hens. o.O
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    Went to Subway for lunch with Work Bestie and Work Friend. Got the best chips ever - Sun Chips Veggie Harvest - Tomato, Basil & Cheese. 200 calories well spent. And even though I haven't been to Subway in like 3 months, the chick there still remembered my usual sandwich - 6inch sweet onion chicken teriyaki on 9 grain honey oat, no cheese, toasted, with lettuce, tomato, onion, light mayo and sweet onion sauce. Still have successfully avoided the returning work chick. Even if I finally run into her next week, I'm going to act like I had no idea she was here. Am I a terrible person? I think I'm a terrible person. Oh well.
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    This is just one of those "OMG I can't believe 4 hours have gone by without anyone posting here!" posts.
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    They might... Maybe... Possibly be able to make it that way. But it wouldn't stay that way for long. Enjoying an okay beer. So full from visiting my aunt... She can't not put out a spread!
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    Hubby and I are trying to decide if we want to take the leap into home ownership (gulp) or remain renters. It seems daunting. Very daunting. Like, super duper daunting. No one in my family has ever bought a house. But I've been researching it and I'm thinking we might want to wait a bit. Our credit could use more polishing, and our savings some more building up. Might have to curtail funtime purchases for a while
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    Here we have a blind bag Marvel 500 figure, series 8 Red Guardian. Why? Mostly just because. Impulse purchase, never seen them before, curiosity driven I suppose. Sure, but why paint it? As it turns out this fig has been a great exercise (thus far) in blending that I am in most need of. Also I have been enjoying the process of basing. Something that I am finding every bit as enjoyable as the figure painting. At this point I based and initial shaded/highlighted the blue with an airbrush. I used some liquid masking, won't do that again. Tough to remove. Luckily the blue paint withstood the shower and gentle toothbrush scrub that I had to resort to. The lower face area has gotten a little attention. The blues have been getting highlight brush blends. The red and white are still in the basecoat stages. More to come.
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    I, in fact, work with 20 paints all the time. Actually, more like 15. I can attest that you can mix literally thousands of different colors with them.
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    No need to apologize - I generally post about my ragey moments so that y'all can laugh with me... Sometimes my complaints are ridiculous and I'm well aware of it, but if I don't vent, then I become a raging ball of stabby hate... and sure, it's nice to have some new kids around but one can only take over so many terraforming colonies before attracting the attention of some colonial marines.
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    I apologize for laughing at your situation. But, in my defense, it is Monday morning, and our computer systems are down, and every one of my finger tips is in pain. Besides, whether I laugh or not, you'll just implant offspring anyway.
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    But if you have a house, you can have all of us over for Game Night. I'll bring nachos!
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    I just moved cross country. I packed about 2 dozen colors. I'll have to collect back up to the 50+ I had before. And acquire the minis to paint...
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    Thanks! It was looking a little rough, so I smoothed out the blends a bit. It's SOOOO dry here right now that even with a wet brush it takes a few seconds for paint to dry on the tip and cause it to look pretty pebbly. I think the humidity is at like 2% in Vegas right now.
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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone! A bit more progress, been working on Cadence here - getting skin/eyes/base done. Wow, it's been a LONG time since I've painted 28-32mm faces and eyes, don't think I did too bad for the first time in probably 6 or 7 months, right?
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    My first painted Bones figures. I enjoyed painting these.
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    Bones 4 is next month, but I'm still working through my backlog from Bones 2, lol. Here's my version of Narthrax, my favorite dragon from that KS. This was a really fun mini to paint. More pics and a detailed WIP over at my blog (link down in my sig).
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    Definitely want to have the 20% plus extras for closing costs. Also, you want to make sure that it is somewhere that you want to live for a minimum of 7 years... because that first 7 years is all interest and you lose money if you change your mind and move. Anything after that and you are into your principal, but that is the rule of thumb from Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Do the lists Aryanun talked about and look into your options on GAP Insurance. It can make a big difference if you have problems with any of the big ticket items that go in a house. Or keep enough cash cushion that you can replace 1-2 big items. If you ever use it, rebuild it, because you can bet it is going to happen again. If you want to know what happens when you move family into your new-to-you house, let me know. I can give you some things to watch out for and anticipate... but if that isn't a concern... HOORAY! Carrying the check to the title office is both scary and exciting... so you have that to look forward to at some point. [Adding Space] I'll still take finding random nests to finding random... cool scaled predators in the nests... particularly by feel. My preteen self learned a lot about himself that day!
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    I honestly love having a house... But we have 4 kids living with us and our mortgage is much less than rent for that many people. Doesn't hurt that hubby makes decent money so we've been able to do things like repair leaky roofs & stuff. We started with a townhouse condo, which was easier when we were young and didn't know much about house maintenance. (It was also the only thing in our budget.) But yeah, we ended up staying both places much longer than the original plan, because it's expensive to move to a new place. I suspect that we'll end up in this house for close to 20 years before we move, which is a big time commitment. So yeah, check the schools and whatnot, because even if you don't have kids it will affect the market appeal if you end up selling later. Completely unrelated: tried scrubbing my sepia liner snake with a soapy toothbrush and surprisingly little liner came off. Looks like it was easy to rub off surface corners but wouldn't come off flat or recessed areas. Not sure that I can be bothered to dip the thing, I think I'll just do grey liner on top.
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    Make sure you save that 20% down and enough for closing costs. Look un your area for seminars for new home buyers. Make a list of Must Haves, Must Not Haves, and Would Be Nice But Optional. Each of you make a list, then compare. Think about future needs (5-10-20 years). Take. Your. Time. Don't rush to buy the first thing you fall for. Consider costs for repair, rent costs vs. mortgage + insurance. Get your credit in a good place to get a fixed rate. Most important, know it is a place you'll be in for at least the next 10+ years. You'll need to be in that long to get equity built before thinking of selling/moving. Really look at first-time homebuyer seminars or classes. They really can help.
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    I was thinking "buy a house, have a hobby room"
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    It's the light. It's more golden amber than it looks in the picture. And yup, kinda why I posted it! House buying really is... It's scary, and suddenly you own something that will immediately start to fall apart, need cleaning, looking after... On the other hand knowing its yours? Makes the effort worth it!
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    True, but to be honest I would probably go a little mad if all I had were primary colors. Better to split them and have, at a minimum, a warm and a cold of each primary. And OMG, earth pigments are too beautiful not to have a few.
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    I have probably 300 err 20 paints now, but you are absolutely correct of course, it's not really needed to have all these different colors, it's amazing what you can do with just primary colors and a bit of experimentation with them.
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    Bring a little notebook as you'll undoubtably create your own colors with those 20 paints you bring with you. That 20 colors could easily become hundreds if not thousands of different colors depending on how you mix them.
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    Last night, after tiring of video games, I decided to speed paint a basilisk over a glass (or two) of Port. Now @Beagle may instruct you that fine English gentlemen do not speed paint with Port, but my family hasn't had to worry about what those guys think in a couple of centuries. I can even drink my Port out of a coffee mug if I desire. But I digress. The only real failure here is that my sealer has frosted the shadows a bit. It was more vibrant before that little mishap, but the non-painter is unlikely to notice the difference. Also, edge-highlighting the one in the middle works reasonably well.
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    "Did you know that the model for the Mona Lisa had a smiley emoji shaved into the back of her head, and was wearing a cape of rainbow colors like Evel Knievel, and that's why she had that silly grin?" "Seriously? "I don't know, because THERE ARE NO PICTURES OF THE BACK OF THE MONA LISA!" Last night, after considerable effort, I got Death Dealer to the point where he looks pretty good; his lighting still bothers me, but he looks like the painting. And then I turned him around. His other side remains primed, but unpainted. Whatthehell does the BACK of Death Dealer look like? He's wearing a sword slung across his back and right side, as seen in the painting above. He's wearing a tatty cape. He's wearing the same chainmail nightgown seen above. (Side effect of this project: I've realized that illustrator Mike Ploog learned everything he ever knew about medieval arms and armor not from history books but from Frank Frazetta; nowhere but in Frazetta and Ploog illustrations will you ever see anyone wearing what appears to be a long sleeved chainmail nightgown). Whatthehell does the BACK of Death Dealer look like? Can I just go back to using standard source lighting theory? I quit for the night and went to bed. And I had a strange dream. I travelled to Pennsylvania and the Frazetta Museum, and through effort and expense, got access to the original painting. It was smaller than I expected. But I had an idea. I put my fingers in the pinchy position, pressed them to the glass protecting the painting, and spread my fingers, like when you zoom a picture on your phone. It worked. The painting got bigger. Not just the IMAGE, but the whole PAINTING, which was now half life sized. I did it again and again, and soon, the Death Dealer painting took up the entire wall. I got my phone out and stepped into the painting. I would simply walk around behind Death Dealer and get a few pictures to use for reference in painting the miniature! And as I attempted to walk around the horse, Death Dealer abruptly leaned over and smacked me with the flat of his axe. "No," he said. His voice was not what I expected. Not gravelly, not deep, not rasping, not ... what you'd expect from Death Dealer. His voice, and his terse, short "No," sounded exactly like a substitute teacher I had in fourth grade. The woman was four feet tall and looked about sixteen, and was terrified no one would take her seriously, and consequently, she was as terse, unpleasant, and authoritarian as she thought she could get away with. In later years, we came to call her the Micro Nazi. Now that I think about it, her short, sharp "No!" sounded just a bit like one of the Knights of Ni from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." I looked at Death Dealer. Had I actually SEEN that? My cheek smarted where he'd smacked me. I frowned, and tried going around the back of the horse. He suddenly leaned back and smacked me again. "No," he said again, as if daring me to bring him a shrubbery. I woke up every bit as frustrated as I'd been when I went to sleep. I was wrong. Frank Frazetta isn't going to eat me. Wherever he is now, he's laughing himself sick at a middle aged schlub who's going to take longer painting the MINIATURE than HE took to paint the whole PAINTING. Hssss.
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    After AN HOUR in the kitchen, they moved into the hallway right in front of my office. I hate everything.
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    So at this point, toward the end of this project, I get along pretty well with most everyone who's at my particular site. Everyone except for like 2 people but I just pretend that they don't exist unless I directly pass them in the hallway. This morning, a person that I'm not a fan of who had moved to a different project in a different state has now moved back. And I am a super mature adult, so I'm putting off having to interact with her for as long as I possibly can. But she and one of the other people that I avoid have been in the kitchen chatting for the past 30 MINUTES. This is mainly a problem because I need to go in there - I need a water bottle, I need to put my breakfast in the microwave and I need to put my lunch in the freezer. I usually do those things much earlier, but I got distracted by a bunch of emails in my inbox and now they won't go back to their desks and I'm hangry and getting hangrier by the second. GO PRETEND TO DO SOME WORK SINCE THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE BEST AT.
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    I agree. Since we own our home, if something breaks, we have to fix it. On the other hand, we know it gets fixed. During my last years of renting, the property management company was becoming less and less responsive to work requests. For example, one of the showers had a faucet that would drip a fair bit if you turned it all the way to off. You had to find the exact point to get it to stop. Instead of replacing the seals and valves, which I think would have fixed it, the guy they sent out angrily said "Don't turn it all the way to off." and left it as is. Gee, thanks.
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    Made progress on his swampy base
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    You might find more than a few suggestions for that around here...
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    Today I am acquiring... a headache. I've been seeing Frazetta's "Death Dealer" since I was a child; the original was painted in 1973, and Big Frank painted it in a day and a half, empty canvas to complete painting. It was a commission, a book cover for Flashing Swords #2, edited by Lin Carter, paperback. A few years later it was used on the cover of Molly Hatchet's first album, in slightly altered form; Frank insisted on retaining his original art, and he liked to TINKER with things, meaning several of his paintings no longer EXIST in their original forms; he went back and painted over parts of them. Use google image and type "Death Dealer painting," and you'll find at least three variations on the painting above, in which the color of the horse changes, as well as background colors and details. Rrrrgh. Part of me says that aping a master is a perfectly acceptable way to learn and grow as an artist. Part of me wants to go hide under the bed. I'm gonna screw this up and The Ghost Of Frank Frazetta is gonna come eat me. The figure required very little prep; I couldn't FIND the mold line. Scrubbed him good and then coated him with Brown Liner in lieu of primer; it's a trick that works, and I didn't want to obscure an atom of the lovely details, particularly DD's Murder Chicken on his shield. Let everything dry real good... and then sat down... brush in hand... ...and froze. I'm working from a painting in an art book, and attempting to match colors, shades, highlights, and so forth as closely as possible. And in the process of this, I realized that Frank cheerfully ignored lighting and standard color theory when it pleased him to do so. Death Dealer is on a burning battlefield in broad daylight; he shouldn't have much of ANY shadow, particularly considering the haze. And yet, you can see the horse better than you can see the rider; Death Dealer's steady feature is his horned helmet, the face of which is ALWAYS in shadow. Regardless of lighting, source, angle... ANYTHING. This is a constant in all five versions of Death Dealer I, as well as Death Dealer 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; Frank liked this guy, and licensed him out quite a bit, and several novels were based on the character, and needed covers. I'm STILL working on mastering lighting points in miniatures work, and now I'm having to discard what I know in favor of what Frank did. And I'm STILL gonna screw it up. And Frank's gonna come eat me. Whimper.
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    The friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought this was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that: Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.
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    I'm currently learning a great deal about how NOT to make this particular amigurumi (crochet stuffed animal) pattern. This has resulted in my figuring out what the final result is intended to look like, though, so I was able to modify the pattern to suit my needs and start the whole thing over from scratch. It's already looking much better than the first attempt. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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    He is ideally going to be rising from a frozen lake, trying to get the point across with expanding cracks