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  1. Here's a quick vine/root monsters I painted to try and get myself back into the swing of things: I've taken a break from running Pathfinder, so a friend has started a Dark Heresy campaign. I'm playing an Assassin in the campaign, and bought a figure from the Infinity line that I felt fits into the 40k world well enough: And here's a Winter Fairy:
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    Firepelt Cougar

    Eep, I've been away a long time! I've been busy working on my novel and developing my own tabletop RPG, so there hasn't been much painting done these past few months. I needed a Firepelt Cougar for my Pathfinder campaign, so I painted the Cat from Reaper's Animal Companions Set 2 based on colours from Paizo's concept art: I painted this guy so long ago, that I've forgotten exactly what colours I used, except I know there's Nightshade Purple used for the fur, and the flames were built up from dark red/orange to sun yellow. They may look like blurred/bleeding colour in the photos, but those really are distinct shades of red/orange.yellow. Then I did something incredibly stupid: I started painting a new figure, took a break, and finished it a few months later. The result is a horrible mess that I'm just going to upload without further comment: I'll post other (better) paintjobs over the next few days.
  3. Now that a new year is upon us, I've decided to retire my old Thread of Total Noobary and start a new one. I've grown a lot since I picked up this hobby in August, and I really wanted the first page of my Show-Off thread to show some work I'm actually proud of :) Click here to jump to my latest work! I'll kick it off with a few highlights from last year, then immediately follow-up with my first figure of 2014. Highlights from 2013: Pathfinder Red Dragon: Garrick the Bold: Skaveling (Undead-themed Dire Bat): Bones Skeletons: Pathfinder Technic League Captain (painted as a Monk/Fighter PC): Troll: Green Wizard:
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    Yesterday, my Pathfinder players found this running towards them: The Scarecrow, a self-aware Flesh Golem composed of human, horse and dog meat. Colour scheme is based on Paizo's artwork. Skin: Olive Skin Shadow > Olive Skin > Yellowed Bone Shirt: Olive Shadow > Olive Drab > Worn Olive Hat: Uniform Brown > Green Ochre > Fade Khaki Trousers: Walnut Brown > Yellowed Bone Scythe Handle: Walnut Brown > Cloudy Grey Scythe Blade: Stormy Grey > Cloudy Grey > Misty Grey Viscera: Walnut Brown > Spattered Crimson > Gore Red I used a Black Wash to mark edges and to make the stitching pop, and Flesh Wash on parts of the skin to create a mottled impression with slightly pinker/redder patches. When mixing for skin and clothes, I routinely added a few drops of colour from a different material, to give everything a unified sense of age and grime. The base was constructed using cork and sand, with static grass and leaf flock added after painting.
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    Some last-minute Pathfinder preparation forced me to do a couple of speed-paints. Skinsaw Cultist: 1 Hour from base coat to highlights. Cloth & War Razor: Pure Black > Splattered Crimson > Marigold Yellow > Blond Hightlight Leather: Pure Black > Cloudy Grey + Splattered Crimson > Misty Grey I tried to give the impression of golden runes on the cloak, but was rushed so they really just look like blobby highlights. Flesh Golem: 2.5 hours. Skin: Amber Shadow > Fair Shadow > Fair Skin + Dirty Bone Pants: Walnut Brown > Tanned Leather > Dirty Bone Finished with two washes, one Pure Black the other Splattered Crimson, applied selectively.
  6. Given how helpful I found my Pathfinder Red Dragon WIP Thread, I've decided to start a new one for my next large project: Ebonwrath! Here he is assembled: And here's a base. I started with a Renedra 120mm Elipse platic base, then built it up with cork, glue, sand and bonsai stones. Here's the final assembly: I added a little more corck to support his feet, as he doesn't sit perfectly flat, and added green stuff to his joins and the base. For a colour scheme, I decided to stick with making him a panther-like black dragon, but I wanted to experiment with lighting a bit. I've settled on an obsidian theme - high contrast, gleaming skylight from above contrasted with gold and red lava flame from below. Here's a mock-up I did in Photoshop: Next step: Base coat! I'm glad I bought a spare bottle of Pure Black...
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    <Bragging Mode> I submitted Ebonwrath to the Inspiration gallery, and now Reaper are using my paint-job in the online store. YAY!!! </Bragging Mode>
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    A few people over in the WIP forum suggested I try a darker backdrop for Ebonwrath, so here are some more pics:
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    Okay, FINE! You want a dark backdrop, here's a dark backdrop: Huh, that actually does look better. Good advice, thanks!
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    Thanks for the praise and advice, everyone, it has been greatly appreciated! I opted for a neutral grey backdrop based on feedback and have now posted the final photoshoot in my show off thread. Here's a preview:
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    Ebonwrath! My largest figure to date. After laying down the pure black base coat, I started by painting the underglow on the dragon, then after each layer was done I applied it to the base as a wash. After all the layers were done, I finished the base with a black drybrush. I then painted the toplight using shades of grey mixed with soft blue to contrast the warmer underglow. The eye is a sun yellow base, with a lava orange wash and a blond highlight dab in the centre. Underglow: Pure Black > Splattered Crimson > Lava Orange > Sun Yellow Toplight: Pure Black + Soft Blue > Cloudy Grey + Soft Blue > Misty Grey + Soft Blue > Pure White Eyes: Sun Yellow Base, Lava Orange wash, Blond Highlight The base: Details that show my brushwork: This guy was so hard to light and photograph, that I decided to build a DIY lightbox, using a cardboard box, white paint, plastic-coated freezer paper, bulldog clips, staples and a cloth backdrop. Here's what it looked like during a test shoot: The lightbox, combined with the fact that I have finally worked out how to import RAW photos from my camera to my old copy of Photoshop, should lead to better photos in the future. I made a WIP thread for this figure, if you're interested.
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    Okay, he's basically done now, so this is your last opportunity to say "Really, you're going with *that* look?" Close-up to show off his eye. It's Sun Yellow, with a Lava Orange wash, and a dab of Blond Highlight at the centre: These photos were taking using a new DIY lightbox that I bodged together today from a cardboard box, plastic-coated freezer paper, white paint, bulldog clips and staples: Obviously, I need a larger backdrop for a figure of this size, but I'd like your thoughts on whether the pure white background is the way to go, or whether a more neutral grey (or another colour entriely) would work better.
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    Top light is done: Pure Black > Cloudy Grey + Soft Blue > Misty Grey + Soft Blue > Pure White I drybrushed the darkest shades, but did the brighter ones by hand so I could highlight individual scales. It's easier to see what I've done from overhead: Next step: Fixes and final clean-up. Yup, it's a great little shop, though I wish they'd stock a better range of Reaper products.
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    Underglow is done: Pure Black > Splattered Crimson > Lava Orange > Sun Yellow I was planning on pushing the bright spots further than Sun Yellow, but I'm currently thinking that it works as it stands. As before - the lighting on the dragon was hand painted, then I applied the colour to the base as a wash. I was a little more precise and selective with the brighter washes though. I've also finished the base off with drybrushed black: Next step: the top light.
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    I've now layered the underglow up to orange: Pure Black > Splattered Crimson > Lava Orange It took another four layers to move from red to orange with thinned and mixed colours. I'm hand-painting the dragon now (no more dry-brushing), and then using the brightest shade as a wash on the base: The base will look much better when I re-blacken the rocks. Next step: From Laval Orange to Sun Yellow...
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    The first stage of the lava glow is done: Pure Black > Splattered Crimson I haven't bothered with colour-correction, so ignore how yellow/brown everything is :) Washes for the base, so the colour settles into the cracks, and regular brushwork for the dragon, so the cracks stay black. Next step is to continue building the red to orange and then to yellow using the same techniques. When these colours are done, I'll carefully drybrush the base back to black again. I'm doing the base and body simultaneously to save on paint, but yes, I'll have to be careful. Since the base is just washes until the final layer, I'm not too worried about it. Well Bunnings (Australian hardware franchise) stocks them in Bonsai supplies :P
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    77102: Ebonwrath (A Study in Obsidian)

    I'm flattered and humbled by all the interest, thank you all! Base coat is done: So he's black now. Not much else to say about that, except that base-coats are hard to photograph, and no matter how much paint I slap down I always seem to miss a spot. Oh, I also prepped his eyes: They're going to have the same fiery colour scheme as the base. Tomorrow I head to The Tin Soldier (local hobby store) to look for a good shade of deep red. I like VJ's "Burnt Cadmium Red", but it's a bit too glossy for my taste. I'm hoping to find something with a more matte finish.
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    Wow, I've slowed down, haven't I? This is another character for one of my Pathfinder players. He picked both the mini (Parraway Ambercane) and the colour scheme: This one took a few weeks, due to the complexity of the model (so many different materials!) Frog Skin: Pure Black > VJ Yellow Olive > VJ Golden Olive Frog Belly/Lips: Olive Skin Shadow > Olive Skin + Black Wash Frog Eyes: Sun Yellow, Pure Black Gnome Skin: Olive Skin Triad Gnome Hair: Red Hair Triad + Blond Highlight Leather: Walnut Brown > VJ Leather Brown > Blond Highlight Leaf Armour: Same as frong skin, but at different levels Staff: Walnut Brown > Ginger Cookie Skull: Walnut Brown > Dirty Bone Metallics: Pure Black > Soft Blue ? Pure White
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    77068: Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard

    Basically, everything that Darkmeer said. I'd advise against using VJ Model Colour straight out of the bottle, mix them with some matte medium (Vallejo also sells this) and/or water even when base coating. They are great paints overall, though, so don't take that as damnation :)
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    77068: Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard

    Damn fine work for your "second ever mini". I think the glow effect turned out nicely. Re: the "crusty effect" - what paints are you using? Are you thinning them at all?
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    Xanesha, Lamia Matriach. Another encounter for my Pathfinder players: Based on this concept art from the source book: I opted against matching the concept art 1:1, since it is highly stylised and wouldn't translate well, but I did keep the high contrast and strong blacks. NMMs, lots of layers. Base was built up with cork, sand and green stuff. Gold: VJ Leather Brown > VJ Desert Yellow > VJ Yellow Ochre > Blond Highlight Tail/Scales: VJ Leather Brown > Yellowed Bone > Blond Highlight Belly: Golden Skin Shadow > Yellowed Bone > Blond Highlight Skin: Reaper Golden Skin Triad + Flesh Wash Base: Pure Black > Stormy Grey > Cloudy Grey
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    This coming weekend I'm stepping outside my comfort zone to attend PsyCon Nougnt, which is being held at my local hobby store. This being my first session of Pathfinder Society organised play, I need a character to play with. I therefore present Nairith, Half-Elf Alchemist: Since his primary attack is throwing bombs, I've decided to build him around the concept of constantly throwing stuff at his enemies. This began when, as a young teen, mobsters raided his family-run general store, to extract protection money from his parents in the currency of fingers and ears. With his two parents immobilised by sleep charms, and the mobsters readying their knives, Nairith started throwing merchandise at them out of desperation. One item he grabbed at random was a vial of Alchemist's Fire. It was startingly effective, and gave birth to his obsession with mixing unstable potions and throwing things. Thus, in addition to his home-made bombs, extracts and mutagens, he carries two throwing axes and a bunch of daggers. If he runs out of bombs, axes and daggers, he improvises using the "Throw Anything" feat (that Alchemists get for free). EDIT: Forgot to mention that this figure started out as Elquin, High Elf Adventurer, but I converted his staff into an axe.
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    theleast's thread of Bones and things (2014 edition)

    Behold (heh), my first paintjob of 2014! I painted the eyes first: Sun Yellow > Lava Orange (Wash) > Splattered Crimson (veins) > Pure Black Then the skin: Nightmare Black > Auburn Shadow > Marigold Yellow / Yellowed Bone Then the Teeth: Olive Skin Shadow > Dirty Bone Doing the eyes first meant I didn't trust myself to drybush the skin later, so I did it all manually.
  24. Well, I've decided it's time to take a deep breath and starting working on my dragons. To start with, this guy: I love Wayne Reynolds' concept art (above) so I'm trying to stick to it as much as possible. Here he is, assembled and based: The base is an unholy mess of glue, cork, green stuff, stones and sand. Here he is with some base coats: The red is Vallejo Burnt Cad. Red (+ Pure Black), the base is Stormy Grey + Swamp Green + Pure Black, the eyes are Sun Yellow, the chest is Vallejo Yellow Ochre and the horns etc. are just plain Pure Black. Next I'll base coat the teeth, clean up the red coat, and start layering...
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    theleast's thread of total noobary

    I now present Rosie the Chronotechnician in a piece I like to call "Tiny Faces are REALLY Hard to Paint": No amount of boiling could convince poor Rosie to stand up straight, so I marked her as a practice piece. Painted in a single session, 3 hours max.
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