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  1. 34 points
    How would Medusa feel if she couldn't help turning everyone she met to stone? Julie Guthrie sculpted this Sad Medusa figure. It was a special giveaway at the Hall of Fame dinner at ReaperCon in 2015 (...or was it 2014?). I painted the figure earlier this year, and she was my entry in the Painters category at the ReaperCon painting contest (Master Series Open). I think it was the first resin figure I've painted. Julie sculpted a rattle at the end of the snake tail, so I looked up the colors of diamondback rattlesnakes and took my inspiration from them. I glazed and stippled a lot of colors into the stone areas. They kept looking too much like skin or simply too dull. I hope the snakes are placed strategically enough to let this pic stay here.... Enjoy, Derek
  2. 28 points
    I've been on a painting tear since ReaperCon. Here's one from last week. Pathfinder's "Iron Gods" Adventure Path crosses over into science fiction, including robots and androids, such as the android priestess Meyanda. Wayne Reynolds painted the cover of the Adventure Path where Meyanda appears: click for link. Bobby Jackson sculpted the character. I like what he did with this delicate sculpt. I decided to give her a sci-fi-styled base, not my usual rock/grass/leaf palette. I started with a piece of plasticard shaped like square floor-tiles, gouged out some scratches, and added some debris (a robotic "piston" of two brass rods, a "cable" of brass wire, and a few chunks of rubble that I carved from the plasticard). Enjoy, Derek
  3. 22 points
    I've been on a painting tear since ReaperCon. Here's another, from last week. Pathfinder's "Wrath of the Righteous" Adventure Path features some especially nasty villains, including Xanthir Vang, a wizard who used to be human but is now a colony of worms with a hive-mind (a "worm-that-walks"). Wayne Reynolds painted the cover of the Adventure Path where Xanthir Vang appears: click for link. I sculpted the figure last year. This more active pose shows off his magical ability as a "blackfire adept". Among my favorite parts of the figure are his wriggling worm fingers. The fire effect has a few rough-draft layers under this one -- darker, drabber, more purple, stronger green, etc. Truly black/gray fire just wasn't interesting on the miniature. I sculpted a few worms on the stock figure, crawling out of the sleeves and through holes in the back, and I sculpted a few more on the base for this version. Here's a close-up of the extra worms on the front. Enjoy, Derek
  4. 16 points
    Alright, so I needed to do the crystal. First I lined the inside of the bones that hold the crystal with Blue Liner. I SHOULD HAVE done the outer portions at that point with Brown Liner, but I didn't and I was kicking myself later for not having done so. I also basecoated the crystal with the Moth Green and Blue Liner mix that I used earlier. Now I have no idea how to paint a crystal other than there should be dark points and light points and you line the edges with white. Now, you may have noticed that when I don't really know what I'm doing and/or there are no clear step by step pictures to take, I just mess around with things and we wind up with a done picture. Sorry about that, but yeah, I just messed with it until it looked crystal-like. Also, someone convinced me that I should do OSL with the crystal as well, so I glazed in some Moth Green in the highlights of her hair on the side that the crystal's on. Then I Brown Linered the whole staff, again, totally kicking myself for not doing so before I painted the crystal. Then I proceeded with the same steps I used to paint the bone parts of her armour. So NMM Gold Shadow. Then I added some Graveyard Bone. A little more Graveyard Bone. A little more Graveyard Bone. Then Graveyard Bone with white added. I also glazed in Moth Green to the bits closest to the crystal. And with that, Thanis is DONE!
  5. 15 points
    I speed painted Aglanda while helping my son's girlfriend paint her first mini.
  6. 15 points
    Howdy, For my twelfth day of International Mini Painting Month I present Ungorth, Cthon Summoner - Reaper Con 2016 exclusive... Kev!
  7. 15 points
    This makes me unreasonably happy... Also, on various tangents, lol...
  8. 14 points
    Ok, so in order to try to recapture the translucency of the glowing areas so that they look more like light is being thrown on them, I took MSP Ritterlich Blue and thinned it down to a glaze and lightened up some of the areas of the cloth on the skeleton. Then I took MSP Dirt Brown, also thinned to a glaze and went over the dirt areas. Then I thinned MSP Shadowed Stone to a glaze and went over the stones and thinned MSP Rosy Skin to a glaze and went back over the skin. And for better or worse, that's where I'm going to leave the OSL. I could work on this for the rest of my life, but sometimes you have to reach a point where you call something good enough and move on, armed with the knowledge that it's something that you need to keep working on for future figures.
  9. 12 points
    I'm pretty sure a platypus is already a xenomorph. Or possibly a particularly incompetent attempt to create a spy that will blend in on this planet.
  10. 12 points
    The farthest we can trace the Thomsons back is to my great grandfather. We know about most of his descendants. He spelled it without the 'P' but I've seen official documents with it spelled the other way too. Supposedly there are relatives with the 'P' but we take great pride in never having 'Peed' ourselves.
  11. 12 points
    Water heater flushing is complete! It's been heating for a good half hour now. In another 45 minutes or so, I'll have ample hot water!
  12. 11 points
    Hey everyone, I’m pretty happy with the way these two came out. I hope that you like them too. The Dwarf; I’ve been seeing some of these popping up on the forum. I’ve really liked the model, so I decided to give it a whirl. This was my first attempt at yellow NMM. I learned a lot doing it. Next time think I’d add a little more White into it. The Revenant; I stumbled onto this one creeping the Reaper store. I liked it, but there were aspects of the model that I wasn’t crazy about. Out comes the green-stuff! The non hammer hand was missing fingers (as per the sculpt) and was thin and wimpy-looking. I tried my best to fashion a glove. The feet were open-toed, and the hood was added as well. My green stuff skills need work. I wish I would have spent a bit more time fiddling, but honestly I didn’t really enjoy it, so the “good-nuff” attitude took over. C&C welcomes and appreciated.
  13. 11 points
    So the OSL wasn't sitting well with me because the skeletons weren't bright enough to be a light source. This is because I didn't plan for OSL from the start. To really sell OSL, you need a lot of contrast, so things need to be darker to really make the light show. Since I didn't do that from the start, it was never going to work fully. So you have 2 choices when OSL goes awry. You can either repaint all of the areas to get rid of the OSL attempt, or you can keep fussing with it to try to make it work more. I chose to fuss with it. So I started out by taking MSP Moth Green and adding some MSP Green Liner to make a duller version of Moth Green. I went into all the rocks and whatnot that I'd painted to show the glow to try to knock that back some. I decided that wasn't dark enough so I added some more Green Liner. And knocked back the glow a little more. Then I needed to make the skeletons brighter, so I took MSP Maggot White, thinned, and went over the highlighting. Then I took Moth Green, thinned to about a glaze, and went over the white. Then I went back in with the Maggot White. At this point I also decided to try to help the glowing effect by darkening up the grown and cloths, so I went in with Brown Liner. Then I went over that with MSP Candlelight Yellow. Then I went in for a final highlight with the Maggot White. I'm still not very happy with it, I liked the skeletons much more the way they were. I really think I should have gone the other route and painted over the OSL attempt. But this is where we are, so I think I need to play around with the areas where the glowing light is being thrown to make it more translucent. Unfortunately, sometimes this is the way it goes when you go for an ambitious paint scheme, especially if you don't plan well enough for it. 1 step forward, 2 steps back.
  14. 11 points
    There are only four official Houses. The others are single-member free-agents. Asking to join one of those will get a puzzled Kaiju.
  15. 11 points
    Back to judging the merits of the various houses. House Forum mom - even though I often act like Mr Mom not sure this one suits me. I play with toys and hang around here to escape reality. House Polychromatus - All about getting your shiny on. Use as many colours as many ways as you can. Sounds cool but might be more suitable to what my oldest did years ago. He looked at some of his first paint jobs and asked me, "What was I thinking?" I told him I wasn't about limiting his options. House Procrastinus - never need to worry about ever completing anything. Sounds good because I still have minis from the 80s I haven't painted. On the down side I'm actually working at finishing something, anything. House Figmentius - the collectors dream. All about owning it even if you never look at it. Might work because I've got thousands of minis in two houses. Some have been painted but there's a growing number that have never been played with. House Frogwarts - home of the mad scientists. Joy from conversion and mutilation. I love kit bashing but don't do a lot of hard core conversions. I've also heard that you need to be very careful if Froggy the Great asks you for a hand. You never know where he's going to put it or what you'll get in it's place. House Tabletop - not the prettiest, not the biggest but possibly the most active. Almost everything I have was bought with the intention of it seeing use on the table. They may not win painting contests but they look ok doing what they do. If I had the rule some people do about unpainted minis not being played with I think I might have had 10 games in my life. Anybody I'm missing here? I'm not as familiar with some of the smaller houses lurking around. I successfully painted for a bit today! Would've done more but a nap ambushed me this afternoon. There's still hope for after supper. Work day ended up being short and easy. Had to pull two hunters out of a snowbank. Seriously I think they found the only snow on the farm deep enough to get stuck in and they had a tiny old SUV. Painted, napped. If somebody feeds me soon I might be in heaven.
  16. 10 points
    The next round of my experiments with Bones Translucents and the Tamiya Clears. The blue translucent Bones are not as receptive to the Tamiya Clears as the clear and purple are. First up, untouched. You'll note there are two here. That's because Reaper changed their color slightly at some point. The one on the left is the older color, the one on the left is the current one. The reason I post both is because my Water Weird done with the Tamiya Clear blue was done on the older color. All the other clears used the newer figures. First up is the Clear Blue: Here's my original Weird with the Blue, and the two untouched minis before I used the Clear Gloss on them: Here's the two previously untouched after I hit them with the Clear Gloss: With Clear Yellow. As you can see, unlike the purple of the shadow demon, the blue still shows through, meaning I got more of a greenish tint: Likewise with the Orange. It's rather ugly: And the Clear Red. I like this effect - it makes it look like blood. This water weird is going work well when paired with a demon: The Green came out well: Here's with the Smoke: Here's my four favorites - Blue, the two clear gloss and the smoke. These will work well together - all look like water, and yet are different enough that it will be easy enough to tell them apart: And finally, here is all of them together: Final assessment on the Clears and Blues - the Blue and Clear Gloss work well. The Green and Yellow will give a nice green, at least on smaller pieces, thinner pieces, I don't think it will work well for thicker pieces. Orange is ugly. Red works well on the Water Weird if you want some sort of Blood Weird. I'd avoid Red on the larger pieces.
  17. 10 points
    My son and his girlfriend visited this weekend, and she and I painted miniatures together. We had a blast painting together! Here is her first mini, which is light years ahead of my first mini:
  18. 10 points
    Still alive. It's healing after applying some ointment. No longer hurts, but going to see a doctor regardless. Platypus xenomorph. Hehe hmm
  19. 10 points
    The beauty of being the chef is that everyone else eats what you want to cook. Or not and you have plenty of leftovers for yourself.
  20. 10 points
    Back safe and sound from the science fiction convention. Tired, but happy, and in possession of some good new books and a steampunk bolero shrug.
  21. 9 points
    Finished off this little guy as a break from other projects. Fun figure. Experimenting a bit with my brush on this one. Like how it turned out with some of the textures and colors, but not 100% if it captured well enough on camera. Think I need to build a mini lightbox to shoot my figs in.
  22. 9 points
    @pcktlnt- r u d3d? Was it folitilitis and you got some topical abx? or did guidyloo’s prodigy take you?
  23. 9 points
    Which relative of yours is this?
  24. 9 points
    Mmm, chili DOES sound good. I think we've even got all the ingredients for it (the regular version, as opposed to the Mexican-inspired version). However, I made a giant pot of "OneBoot's Accidentally Awesome Minestrone-ish Soup" just a few days ago, so most of the tupperware we own is full of delicious soup. Perhaps later this week, chili will happen. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  25. 9 points
    Hi all. Just arrived at Tokyo Haneda. We are tired but happy. It is sunny though partially cloudy. 12 degrees. Will meet my host mum again. Looking forward to it. Pics later of you want me to present some. Rhini-kun already hooked up two stewardesses and a guy at the customs(!) Man. Forget about all that teddy bear stuff. Next time I'm reborn I need to become a plush rhino.