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About ThePolo

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    Buffalo, NY
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    Um, painting... Also, Shadowrun, and Bloodbowl. I'm also a tech-geek, a bass player, an internet junkie, and a dad.

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  1. I picked up a super cheap remote control strip light package from Amazon... I thought about going to Ikea, becuase their lights are a bit more polished, but these did the job. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075F6NTKP/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Ah! Also, whoever moved this... thanks! I wasn't really thinking when I posed it where I was posting it :)
  2. It's a 43" LED TV ... For reference, the white mat around the screen is 12" out from the TV in each direction, and the stained area with the cup holders is 5.5". It's not huge, but it does the job. If more space is needed, I typically throw a mat on the table. Most 'rooms' are much smaller than the TV can handle.
  3. Two from Hasslefree

    Exactly why I painted these up... My GF just found out about the show in December. They're really well done, too. For some reason, if there's a TV / Movie character model out there, I end up buying the durn thing... If you search their site for 'Cartwright' you'll find them.
  4. Thanks, and I certainly am an 'old' face these days ;) I'll try not to be such a stranger, but being an adult takes up so much damned time...
  5. So, aside from my gaming group, I've got no one to share this with. Most folks just wouldn't understand, but I know that there's a lot of RP'ers on the forums (or, at least there used to be?) Long story short, my gaming table in the basement has been an 8x4 whiteboard bolted onto an old kitchen table for years. It works great for miniatures, decent for board games, and it's alright for DnD or the like, but it was wobbly and the whiteboard's starting to wear off and stain... I've needed an upgrade for a while. This year's tax return went to some power tools that I've been needing for a while, and a few hundred bucks in parts for a new table... I think I went overboard? Yes... I decided to do the whole 'TV in the Table' thing... I've never built much furniture, but I've built shelves and framed out walls... similar concept, right? I very quickly deviated from my plan due to some mis-measurements. You know that whole 'measure twice' thing? You should totally do that. The plan was to have a nice 6x4 table, and an addon GM Station... The 6x4 ended up being closer to 5.8x4.6... like I said, measure a few times, folks. I haven't stained anything since I was a kid... all told, I think it came out okay. I ended up covering the top in fabric covered rubber... the same stuff some play mats, or mouse pads are made from. Like a lot of other folks, I'm using Roll20 to control the center screen. Works pretty well, but I'm often just dragging photos out there, as well. Yeah.... I installed mood lighting, and I wired the table for sound. I never realized how big of a difference background noise makes. I've been using soundboards at https://tabletopaudio.com/ for the last few weeks, and it's amazing how much you can crank up the tension with a few well placed creaks and clanks. Anyway, like I said... I wanted to share with some folks who would 'get it'. Super happy with how it came out!
  6. Two from Hasslefree

    Hey everybody, long time no post. Painted these two up for my girlfriend as a late Christmas present, and just thought of posting them (since I made a big Reaper order yesterday). It's the 'Cartwright' brothers. Resin figures, and my first time ever doing a diorama of sorts. I've built and painted terrain before, but never something for display. Hope you like it (I didn't make the car, obv).
  7. Some Sci-Fi stuff for my Shadowrun Campaign

    Hey! Thanks for the praise, all. I've been using minis occasionally for SR for years, and Hasslefree's stuff's been a contender for a while... Heck, Kev White's stuff was good for SR back in the Void days, as well. Well, let's see... I'm fairly sure that my mix was something along the lines of Citadel 'Foundation Red' as my base, highlight with GC 'Firey Red', and a liberal use of 'Carroburg Crimson' wash. My final highlight was Citadel's 'Pink Horror', for sure. I'be been messing with the new Citadel paints, since the FLGS carries them all... and not a lot more. Thanks for the tip! I will totally try that out.
  8. Been taking a break from painting big dragons, and working on some stuff for my ever-ongoing Shadowrun campaign. I needed some opposition to teach my players 'professionalism', so here's Team Alpha... Mostly Hasselfree, and as always my photography is terrible :) And, some group shots: I'm just noticing now how dark these are... I need to figure out white balance!!!
  9. Okay, so I've made a little progress in the last week. With it being the last week of school for my kids, and a few off-site meetings for work, things have been hectic. I've managed to get the green head closer to complete. I added another layer of highlights to the scales... the thought here came from a conversation I had on this board a while back. I don't remember what mini I posted, but I thought I was done. Someone recommended that I take the highlights up a bit.. I said that I was comfortable with where everything was. Nearly immediately the response was 'Well, get out of your comfort zone'. I said that I'd give it a shot and *BAM* that sucker POPPED. Once I took those highlights up, it brightened the whole mini up a bit. There have been so many times ever since that once I thought I was done the thread comes back to me and I take it one... two... three steps 'up'. I think it makes a real difference, and I think it's started giving my newer stuff more of a consistent look? I also worked on the horns a bit... although they need some serious love, and I added some layers to the eyes, teeth, and gums. I may be done with them, or I may hit them with some finishing touches once the final model is assembled. I started one the other three heads the other day, as well. A layer of wash, a little lining, and I worked on the horns to establish the duo of colors that I'm working for... I know that I'm going to have problems with the Black head. Gray fading into white is 'white'... black fading to gray... is that a gray dragon? Or a black? Should I go for that 'blue/black' that you sometimes see? Or, should I just not worry about it? I've always had an issue with shading/highlighting black.
  10. I kind of buried it in the description. I used Citadel black primer and Army Painter Red. Citadel's not my favorite, but it was perfect over the red for some reason. It was my first time using the Army Painter spray, and it dried really nice and even, with good thin coverage. I'll be using the airbrush on the body, I think... just to do some shading.
  11. Making some progress... I added a few layers to the green dragon head. Then washed, then layered some more! I've decided to take the necks to a pretty firm transition, then either blend them in later, or airbrush the 'fade' to the red of the body. I'm still on the fence with that one. We'll see what happens when I finish all four heads.
  12. I'm happy with them, honestly. I got a 'Bone' colored one for some army priming, as well, and it covers nicely on plastic and metal, too.
  13. I kind of buried it in the description. I used Citadel black primer and Army Painter Red. Citadel's not my favorite, but it was perfect over the red for some reason. It was my first time using the Army Painter spray, and it dried really nice and even, with good thin coverage.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!