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  1. So, as of... two days ago... I have my Reaper Bones III pledge in hand. Rather than buy single figures, however, this time I bought swarms of *multiple* mook monsters - lots of giants, tauren, ect - and have committed myself to getting them all painted to tabletop in the next month or two. I've made a bold first step in that direction with the completion of these crazy kids! I got three packs of the yetis, since they come up in Against the Giants (the main campaign I was playing at the time of the kickstarter) a lot, and also since they were awesome sculpts done cheap. I wanted enough for a decent band for AtG or a random encounter, but also some to paint as bigfoots, since the tribal clothing they had seemed to work for either. I decided to give these guys a shot as a speedpaint, and see where that got me. I expect most of these will end up as speedpaints; there's an aweful lot of them. So, first: Proof of Completion on the Yeti warband: \ Real blurry, yeah. They weren't obliging me as a group; my old foe Focusmort come back to haunt me, perhaps. There we go. A little more obliging, on there own. So, to paint these up, I basecoated with Ultramarine Blue straight onto the plastic, then drybrushed on Linen White. Deadrose Red in the mouths, mixed with the white around the eyesockets, with Walnut brown for the eyes. Quick and easy - all eight took a bit under 4 hours, with the basecoating done all in one night, drybrushing before work, and then picking out details after. Nothing too fancy, but I'm happy with them, and my other players thought they looked amazing. They have low standards, but they're also the only ones I need to impress, so... Next up, the Bigfoots! These I'm much more excited about. Group shot: Based Walnut Brown, drybrushed Ruddy Leather; mouth is one of the lighter reds, and teeth and eyes are Linen White over ultramarine. These look rocking - they really work as bigfoots. All in all, I'm thrilled with these for 5 hours work. Gotta base them somehow though... And since we haven't all seen them: the sculpts for these are amazing - heavy and substantial in all the right ways. Enough diversity to make 2-3 sets not look like clones, with great accents. Totally worth getting for forest monsters if you don't do a arctic setting, and they'd probably make a neat swamp monster too... Next up... probably some taurs.
  2. Imma be there for 5e if there's no painting.
  3. if i don't have work!
  4. Just ordered 4 pounds of Chessex dice. Also some basing grasses and 4 packs of those good pvc bases (can't remember the maker)
  5. Link to the site? this sounds incredible...
  6. Happy birthday!
  7. I can def. do the 8th - I'm on a random schedual at work ATM so I'd have to see week by week otherwise.
  8. So, I've actually been doing a fair bit of painting lately! This is my most recent piece, finished up tonight, and there's a bit of a backstory to her. So, several months ago I got in contact with StrawberryZombie of Flight Rising fame. I had seen a thread she was offering with custom character adoptables from the website AyanaSolstice, a to-my-knowledge out of play RP, and decided to get in touch to see if she was still willing to do them. Thus began a pretty good little relationship. I commissioned around five character designs from her, and they were incredible - she did a gorgeous job coloring and assembling them! Among them was this beautiful girl: Originally I had intended her to be an ice-witch, but when I saw the beautiful marine colors Strawberry had used, I decided that she had to be something marine. Eventually, I settled on the name Myrqab - the goddess of deep waters in my homebrew campaign universe - and set to designing a character for her. She's been my primary D&D 5e character for several months now - a human swashbuckler rogue. Finally, having reached 11th level, I decided it was time she get a miniature to match herself. It took quite a while to decide on a figure - longer than I ever expected. One of the defining traits Myrqab the PC had was her shortbow, which she uses to great effect - as a swashbuckler, she almost never loses Sneak Attack, so Myrqab is almost always encountered on the very edge of the battlefield, sniping into combat. That is, when she's not being reduced to using her bonus dash action to dive into the fray and carry injured teammates off the battlefield! Finally, I decided that two miniatures from my melt bucket aquisitions might work! I took 14025: Kyla, Bounty Hunter: Who I felt had a good pose for a rogue, and the right hair and outfit for my girl in particular, and I added the almost exactly perfect bow of 14116: Caerwynn, Elven Hero ($5.99): To get pretty much exactly what I was looking for! Then I took of the slotta, pinned the whole thing onto a nice rimmed base from a Bag'o'Crap, and called it a day! So, what we've all been waiting for: here's Myrqab! She's looking ready to go off on a treasure hunt - which, in fact, was the plot of out last session! As a Sailor, she gets advantage on all Survival rolls to steer ships and marine vessels - which helped a great deal while we were trying to pilot our ship around the Red Rock Isles, since she has a +0 modifier on survival checks. But hey! We made it! Here's a better shot of her map - and her eyes! The one thing I hate about this mini is the strand of hair in her face - it makes the profile view look misshapen, but nope, that's an intentional detail, not a miscast! Would be less noticeable with darker hair, to be fair. The back was, admittedly, a little lower effort... the fabric between the armor and bolts was amazingly hard to get to. I'm really happy with how she came out! Now, what goes in with this character, you might ask? Well, there's her portrait, again by the amazing Luciana-Lu (yes, she does do commissions!): And then she has a written biography. I like to take the "background tables" 5e does, where you choose a defining event, two personality traits, an ideal, a bond, and a flaw, and interpret them a little differently: by rewriting them as quotes from the characters perspective, as if they were describing their life story to the reader! I find it gives me a good way to get into the character's voice, and a fast way to get the important details to the DM. So, in my binder of characters, there's one of these, formatted to take a single page: Being a massive lore nerd, I also like to write up a little one-page backstory for my characters, something that gives me my character's life so far and a good explination of where they're going and why, all in a format that's easily digestible - and since I've got it all planned, it's easy to condense into 3-4 sentences when we introduce ourselves at the start of game! All in all, really pleased with how Myrqab came out - she was a lot of fun to design and paint, and she's a lot of fun to play! Any thoughts/opinions/critiques are welcome!
  9. I'll probably be showing up around 12:30 to 1 gotta buy a suit my new phone # is 2039895430 if anyone wants to reach me tho!
  10. So I'll see you all in Groton tomorrow?
  11. good for me!
  12. I'm down for whenever!
  13. So, some of my NEMPA friendos may have seen this gal at our paint day last month, and I actually finished her a couple of weeks ago, but I've held off on posting her! She's going to be my new 5e Adventurer's League character! Allow me to present Wysteria Fabaceae, the human druid: The figure I painted for her is 03786: Andowyn Thrushmoor, which is just a phenomenal sculpt - really great detail, gorgeous hair with a lot of really fantastic flowers sculpted in, and a ridiculously cool outfit. The flowers in her hair were very distinct, so I felt kind of bad painting them all into sprays of wisteria - but they came out looking awesome! I may well pick up a second copy of this sculpt to do more traditionally, though. I will admit I was a little unclear on the leg. There's some kind of stitching on it - I think the upper thigh is supposed to be clothed, but I couldn't really tell... I liked it bare, so bare it was! And the back was a ton of fun to paint. Really rich texture, so it came out pretty nice! I tried to get some good highlights and lowlights into the fabric! So that's Wisteria - I'm really happy with how she came out, and I'm writing up some neat Faerunian lore for her ATM. I also took the chance to hire one of my favorite artists, the fantastic Luciana-Lu, to do a bust of her based off of the miniature: I'm just so in love with this picture! What I like to do is print out my backstory and a picture of my character and put them, back-to-back, in a page protector - then have a second page protector for my character sheets and spell-list, and a third for my journal for that character. That way all my stuff is tucked neatly into my binder, and I can easily take the page out of the binder to show other players what my character looks like and let them read the background if they're interested! Deviantart has a ton of artists who work for reasonable prices, and I personally think everyone should look into getting something for their most-used characters or ones that they play with a lot of new groups - it makes such a fast, cool introduction to just be able to show people exactly what they look like!
  14. Huh! Yeah, I'd actually really reccommend this if the price doesn't matter - painted super-easy, REALLY bendy and nice, good detail. Not super high-detail - there's none of the fancy cloth or anything you'd find in a decent metal mini - but that's kind of to expect with the ones you design yourself I think. And thank you so much for the comments and complements! I'm hoping to grab a couple more commissions in the next few days/weeks - one guy says he has a horde of 120 ogres to paint, and he didn't balk at 8$ a figure for a basic paintjob, so I have high hopes for that!
  15. So I finished~! This is a 30$ commission I did for another player in my group - it's his PC from another party. Gonna go today to drop it off with him! I got the figure from him (and the job) yesterday, and a list of how he wanted it painted. I took some liberties, however! For example, he wanted all the armor black, but the staff (a magic item he has in-game) silver with a gold ball - since he gave me artistic freedom with it, I added the red and silver accents to his armor to balance it out with the cloak. The cloak itself was originally supposed to be one color, but I split it up into a fade, which I ran past him before I did it and he loved! All in all, really pleased with how this guy came out. Probably took around 3-4 hrs for everything? So not bad money at all, although I'd've charged a bit more for someone I don't play with.