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  1. 18 points
    Female adventurer with appropriate clothing.
  2. 16 points
    So while Buglips mixes up his midtone, but basecoats with his shade colour, I mostly basecoat with my midtone and then shade and highlight from there. This isn't always the case, but for skin it usually is. So I mixed my skintone up with a half and half mix of MSP Palomino Gold and MSP Faded Khaki. That looks pretty tan on the yellow background of my wet palette, but ended up being more of a mustardy colour. It's important to note that I did not thin this paint at all, not because it was a basecoat, because I do typically thin even my basecoats a little bit, but because it didn't need thinning. It's always important to check the consistency of your paints rather than diving right in to thinning them because different ones will have different consistencies. These 2 mixed made for the perfect consistency without me messing with them further. They were just a touch translucent, however, which wasn't a surprise, as yellows often are, so it took me about 3 coats to get a solid basecoat. The next thing that I like to do, once I have a solid basecoat down on the skin, is to do the eyes. I like painting eyes, but they still don't always go exactly as planned for me, so I find that doing them right after the basecoat is what works for me so that I can easily clean up any mistakes. So I started by painting in the sockets with Brown Liner. This is going to serve as the overall outline of the eye, so I wasn't very careful about staying within the boundaries, I just wanted to make sure that I got every little nook and cranny. Next I painted pink a little more carefully. I'm really only going to leave this showing in the corners, but I find it easier to just go ahead and paint in the whole eye, rather than trying to get a specific shape in there. I used MSP Entrail Pink. I got a little messier with that than I'd intended, so I went back in with Brown Liner and cleaned up the edges. There's often a lot of back and forth with eyes (and most areas of painting) so it's important to take your time and try not to get frustrated with yourself when you make a mistake. It's all a part of the process. Next I painted in the "whites" of the eyes. You don't ever want to use pure white for this for 2 reasons - first of all, using a bright white will contribute to that surprised look that you can sometimes when painting the eyes on a miniature and we don't want that. The second reason is you want to reserve bright white for the reflection point, as the reflection point being the brightest spot in the eyes will help to sell the realistic look that we're going for. So I generally use Warcolours One Coat Beige for the "whites" of my eyes. Any off-white will do when you're dealing with small eyes. I left the pink showing in just barely in the corners of the eyes. Next I decided that with his yellow skin, green eyes would stand out the best, so I painted in the irises with MSP Peacock Green. You want to try to get these as circular as you can and take up about half of the eye socket. Again, we're trying to avoid the surprised look, so you don't want to leave too much of the "whites" showing. It's also best to pick a direction for the eyes to be pointing. Doing eyes facing forward is difficult to get right as any small difference between them will really show and if your placement is even just barely off, you will almost certainly get a cross-eyed or wall-eyed look. So it's easiest to place the irises off to one side. With this guy, I chose to have him gazing off to his left since his head is facing that way anyway, it will give the most natural look. Often the eyes on miniatures will have very slight differences to them that you'll need to work with. In this case, his left eye is open a little bit wider and set a little bit higher. See how much white you can see from this view of his eyes? I didn't realize that until a bit later when I was reviewing the pictures that I took. This is often the case with eyes - you'll think, in person, that they look perfect, but once you look at a picture, you realize that things are a little off. I highly recommend taking pictures of the eyes while you're working on them and reviewing so that you can spot any issues that you're not seeing with your eyes alone. Because as you'll see in this next picture... The placement looked just fine on this eye from this point of view. So next I wanted to highlight the irises. This is one of those steps that is a little more advanced when you're painting eyes. If you don't feel confident about putting a second colour in there, then I recommend painting in your irises with a lighter colour than I used at the start. If you do want to do it this way, then start with a darker colour and then with a much lighter colour, which I made by mixing Peacock Green and Palomino Gold... And placed it in the lower half of the iris. You want to treat highlighting the irises somewhat like painting a gem where you'll have a lighter colour at the bottom where the light has passed through the globe of the eye. You can see I went outside the line, but no worries because I can clean that up later. Not sure if this was the point that I expanded the iris in his left eye or not. Next I took MSP Pure Black for the pupil. You want to do your best to get the placement right on the first go for this, but it's not the end of the world if you don't. Have a blurry picture... And another blurry picture! Next up was the reflection spot, which I have a couple of tips for. As I said, you want this to be the brightest spot on your eye, so use a pure white. Another thing to note is that the reflection spot should go in the same area on both eyes. A very common mistake is to make the eyes mirror each other (I know because it's a mistake I've made!) by putting the reflection spot either both on the outer side of the eye or both on the inner side of the eye. If you look at reference pictures of real eyes, that's not how reflections work realistically. Pick a spot to place it and stay consistent from one eye to the other. If you put it in the upper left on one, put it in the upper left on the other. Also, try to place the reflection spot halfway through the iris and the pupil. You'll get the most impact from that spot. If at all possible, try to make a slightly curved line rather than a dot as this will help to follow the round globe shape of the eye and look a little more realistic. However, this is something that I generally only attempt on larger eyes, like on a dragon. For smaller eyes, sometimes doing a dot is your only option and it will be much easier to just put a dot. Lastly, speaking of dots, have you ever gone to make a dot in an eye and by the time you get your brush from the palette to the eye, the tiny amount of white paint has dried on the brush? It's super common and a pain that can lead to a lot of frustration when you're trying to do eyes. So to eliminate that problem, I started using Warcolours One Coat White for my reflection dots. If you've never worked with Warcolours paints before, they use a gel-based medium, which has a longer drying time than most other acrylic paints. I haven't had that drying on the brush from palette to eye problem since I started using it for eyes. Alas, these pictures are blurry. Lastly, I went back in with my skin basecoat colour and cleaned up around the edges of the eyes. Since his brow is so prominent, I left Brown Liner above the eye to shade it, but made the line at the bottom of the eye much thinner. Eyes are done!
  3. 15 points
    MrBoot doesn't really do forums, not like I do, so you're unlikely to see him around here much at all. He's used a couple of gaming forums in the past, but he primarily uses them as information gathering devices rather than social platforms. He doesn't paint or assemble models or sculpt, so he doesn't really feel the need to visit the forums. Same reason he has no interest in attending ReaperCon, actually, though he fully supports my going. He goes to conventions to learn things, and he doesn't see the point in spending all that money for him to come with me to a convention that has little to do with his interests. Yes, there's gaming there, but since that's not the primary focus of the convention, he doesn't feel like he'd get his money's worth if he attended. I'm glad I married a gamer, since I was a closet gaming enthusiast but both afraid and uncertain what to do about it (given that my parents heartily disapproved of anything roleplaying-ish). He managed to coax me to a small D&D game that his cousin was running, where I decided to play a cleric since they were the "good" class that help and heal people, so I thought that might be okay. Once I realized that THIS was just what I'd been searching for my whole life without realizing it, I was like a flower in springtime sunshine. I gleefully chose a rogue for my next character after that campaign died, and I've never looked back. Now here I am playing Pathfinder on a weekly basis, occasionally DMing my own games, collecting and painting a young ton of plastic miniatures, and even teaching a painting class at ReaperCon. Life has some crazy turns sometimes. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  4. 14 points
  5. 14 points
    Oh my goodness. Dark Sword is so cool. They sent three and a half freebies with my stress shopping order! And it got here so fast!!
  6. 14 points
    Nothing wrong with a little poop 'n' post, yo.
  7. 13 points
    I don't believe that! Most of all, YOU shouldn't believe that! When I first started painting, the best I could do was filling in the eye with white and then putting in black dots. I looked at how other people painted eyes and all of the tutorials and I thought there was no way I would ever be able to paint like that. I even avoided painting eyes as much as possible for the longest time. The important thing is to try...and then try again...and then try some more and more and more and more. The only way to get better is by doing, but you've got to believe in yourself too. It's way too easy to get bogged down by "I'll never be able to paint like that" and frustrate yourself to the point that you're too afraid to get better. I did that for a long time and it got me nowhere. You've got to believe that you can do it and you have to put the work in to get there, but if you really want to improve, I believe that anyone can.
  8. 13 points
    Congratulations. You didn't die via electrocution. Yeah. One of the big reasons I didn’t marry the Japanese guy I could have. As my former gaming store boss said: “There aren’t enough female gamers to go around. Can’t have those that are around marrying non-gamers. “ I figured he was probably right.
  9. 12 points
    To Pingo's Post, not the poop post! I never believed in aromatherapy until I woke up to the smell of cooking cinammon, and realized that just the smell had reduced me to a warm, safe puddle.
  10. 11 points
    what?? No, never! Not this fine upstanding group of... Beings... My players got hit kind of hard by the curses in the dungeon tonight, and decided to head back to town to deal with them... leaving the door to the sub level open. The Mummy Priest found the open door... things are gonna be VERY different when they go back into the dungeon...
  11. 11 points
    The first time you get a serious massage, it usually gets a bit sore afterward since it takes a bit of doing to rub out all the knots and tenseness. When you get a bit more used to it and your muscles unwind a bit, you won't feel sore.
  12. 11 points
    My husband spent this morning and evening teaching High School Kid his special cinnamon roll recipe. It’s Kid’s turn to bring snacks to advisory tomorrow. Husband and I met at Student Activities Night my first week of college. He claims I was glowing with delight. I just remember thinking an entire club devoted to roleplaying games was brilliant.
  13. 11 points
    Just for the ease of mind of everyone here, I post from a desktop computer.
  14. 11 points
    You would not believe how long it took me to get him to stop calling himself "The Least Romantic Person In The World" when he was bringing me flowers every week, and baking cinnamon rolls when I had a bad night. I can testify to the effectiveness of chocolate dipped strawberries.
  15. 10 points
    Got my refund. I am now a $37ionaire. Woot!
  16. 10 points
    Today has been long and taxing. I got my first massage and it went...okay. I'm not sure if it helped or not. A couple hours later I was sorer than I was before. However, my migraine that has been on and off for about 10 days now has gone away. On another note, I got paint down on the Eye Beast! I'm probably about 1/4 of the way done with the base coats and a little dry brushing.
  17. 10 points
    Better than letting us know that you're typing while on the toilet. I know many must be guilty of that.
  18. 10 points
    I don't know why he's surprised. About one in four of the players in our adult games were jocks when they were younger, and two still play hockey. And HALF of them put on armor and beat each other with sticks!
  19. 10 points
    I think there should be more Reaper couples communicating through the medium of this forum. I feel the need to know all of your little secrets . still in the bath but contemplating a relocation to bed
  20. 10 points
    I decided that the first thing to do would be to sort out this guy's skin, being that it was very likely I'd have to mix together an appropriate fleshtone. Bugbears are traditionally somewhat yellowish, so I wanted to keep in the spirit of that. I do have some nice yellow flesh, but it is gnoll flesh and I intend to use it on gnolls. I don't want the bugbears and gnolls to look too much alike. But anyway, the good news is that "yellowish" does cover a lot of ground - so there's room to play around. After surveying my available paints for something neither too close to gnolls flesh nor too brightly lemon yellow, I settled on a combination of these two: So I put 2 drops of each into my well, roughly equal, to make a 50/50 ratio: And then mixed them up: That is a pretty good midtone for Bugbear flesh. So I like to start with midtones because I consider midtones the "basic colour" of a piece. So long as that part looks good, then it is usually only a matter of darkening it to make a shade and lightening it to create a highlight. So since I work from dark-to-light, I hard to darken this fleshtone up. Black, or even brown liner, would be too dark. Usually for flesh I'd use a chestnut brown, but as both these are Coat D'Arms I thought they might overpower any Reaper paint I added. So I opted for the nearest analogue in Coat D'Arms: Rat Brown. I added that in until I thought it looked dark enough to have effective contrast against the midtone: Satisfied with how it turned out, it was time to put some on. For my first pass of a fleshtone I tend to thin it 1:1 water to paint or sometimes 2:1 for the basecoat. Then I start blocking it in on prominent areas or open spaces to see how it behaves, and also map out what parts should be fleshtone. If it all checks out, then I work my way layer by layer inwards to where the border of flesh meets something else. So here's the first mapping pass: And here it is after another pass or two to tidy him up: He's looking pretty good, off to a great start!
  21. 9 points
    Zuun Akos and Old Wolf from Hasslefree Miniatures. These were a great opportunity to mess around with a few different skin tones.
  22. 9 points
    The kids have decided that a pirate party needs a barroom brawl.. My only part in what is going on right now? Telling them than none of the characters are allowed to use anything lethal, and that unconscious characters are allowed to sleep it off. Right now, Sam's character is winning - she came prepared with three different versions of Sleep, and a non-lethal version of fireball. (Metamagic feat.) Plus, she took Owlbear Jenkins as a cohort when she had the chance. The bard and the mage are staying out of it, and Dain's dwarf is taking bets.... The Auld Grump
  23. 9 points
    Usually a toilet is to remedy the condition of being Full of Broccoli. I should stop now before I get moved over to the buzzy area
  24. 9 points
    Just returned from Doctors Office for Annual Physical. Best report in a very long time. So good that I can drop the last of my blood Pressure meds. And, Red Robin sent an invite for a free burger today only, the strings/fine print being you have to buy another burger and two drinks, which works out just fine for one Green Eyed Monster and his Wife [AKA Tag-Along]. Why did they do this? "Because it's Tuesday." GEM
  25. 8 points
    Everyone tells me I'm the lucky one. I dunno, I hear my various friends go out and visit exotic destinations, have nice cars... I stay at home and steadily build up my empire of miniatures.... And walk or catch the bus to get around. It is nice though, having a spouse that's into sooooooooo many things you are (except first person shooters, he isn't really into those, especially Overwatch. I like being a crazed maniac playing the pyro (TF2) or D.Va (Overwatch)). Also convenient to want to get something and have them to "oh, I wouldn't mind (insert item here)" and it helps you hit that minimum order requirement for Reaper.... :p I'd be using my desktop but I think everyone else on the bus would be annoyed with the triple monitor setup and tower of doom, not to mention mechanical keyboard with clicky switches... Bus driver would probably be impressed I was pulling 10A of power of power out of thin air though.... So phone it is for now while I travel to the giant tourist trap in town to go look at miniatures... And clothes. Shiny stores in West Ed. Because we never go there due to it being so far away (says me going there for the third time this week....)