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  1. 19 points
    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.
  2. 16 points
    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!
  3. 16 points
    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!
  4. 14 points
    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!
  5. 13 points
    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...
  6. 12 points
    This is just one of those "OMG I can't believe 4 hours have gone by without anyone posting here!" posts.
  7. 12 points
    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!
  8. 11 points
    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.
  9. 11 points
    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.
  10. 10 points
    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...
  11. 10 points
    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.
  12. 10 points
    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?
  13. 9 points
    My first painted Bones figures. I enjoyed painting these.
  14. 9 points
    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.
  15. 9 points
    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.
  16. 9 points
    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.
  17. 8 points
    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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    You might find more than a few suggestions for that around here...
  20. 8 points
    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.
  21. 8 points
    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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  24. 8 points
    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
  25. 8 points
    He is ideally going to be rising from a frozen lake, trying to get the point across with expanding cracks