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  1. One of my current characters for AL Season 7 - Escape from Dino Island Tomb of Annihilation is a Lizardfolk Druid named Cull. The weakest of his clutch, he was forced from his nest at a young age by his hungry siblings... a not-uncommon fate for young lizardfolk who fail to meet the standards of the tribe. Certainly nothing to hold a grudge over. So he set off alone into the wilds... a lesser lizard would have died, but Cull thrived in the savage hindlands of the marshes, and with time, came to worship the ancestors he saw in his dreams - great hulking beasts of scale and claw, not magical beings like dragons, but real creatures of flesh and bone like himself - the dinosaurs. So, he became... DINOSAUR DRUID. This mini is one of the forms he can take, a Deionychus. I decided to give it some skins as armor to help distinguish it from the other piles of Deionychus that he will summon and/or fight... One thing I will say is that GW 'ardcoat is *way* too glossy... Now, I had two of these already, and then I ordered three bags of them... So look forward to another 10 of these guys in the near future? Input on my color choice is appreciated!
  2. Ah, Tabaxi - the bane of one of my fellow player's existence. When Volo's Guide came out, she converted her wood elf rogue to a Tabaxi, and it's been great - tons of RP opportunities, loads of fun - but Tabaxi minis, as it turns out, are hard to come by, particularly if one isn't looking to do something egyptian with it. So, she went out and ordered Julie Gunthrie's Cheetah Girl. Now, unbeknownst to her, I already had a copy. Would've just given it to her, but I didn't know where it was, and by the time I knew she wanted it, it had already shown up... So she's been fiddling around with this little bare-metal mini. She's done some other fun stuff, like get a commission of the character, so I knew what it looked like... So I went out and found mine, and painted it up! Here's kitty: The basing is something new I'm fiddling with - my character for the new sourcebook is a lizardman druid who turns into, summons, and is bonded to deionysus, so I've ordered tons of deionysus minis - the old long-face Ral Partha veloceraptors - and gotta base em up. Rather than my usual broccolity pin jobs, I glued the brocoli to the base, build up around it with pumice glue, and painted it and added Army painter tufts that I had broken up nicely. I like how it came out! Very savannah.

    Oh god yes. I love featherdrakes so much
  4. @Maglok You can (and should!) always mention who made the minis you paint here! Just can't *link* a retailer.
  5. Thirded! Need dinos for the new corebook for 5e!

    Personally, I remain hopeful for some more common stuff: I'd like some of the dragonman sculpts to make it over, yeah, but I'd freaking love some more small things - common Animal Companions like dogs and cats, as well as magical AC like Young Dragons and Young Gryphons, standard mounts like hippogryphs, horses, pegasii, and wyverns, and more non-sentient monsters like owlbears, sabreteeth, and dinosaurs. More small-medium elementals, too - the ice troll doesn't really do it for a medium water elemental. That said: DINOSAURS. But I'm pumped for whatever RB throws at us! I'm not into chibis, but I don't mind em... I'm looking forward to this, and it being so close is getting me back into painting my other stuff from KS3!
  7. I got a real sweet steal for y'all to be jelly over - 72 painted GW LOTR minis for 70$. The 9 Nazgul, the Fellowship, Arwen, two Gandalfs and a Sauruman, plus around 25 each goblins and 'orcs' - who are small enough I'm just gonna call them hobgoblins. And a troll. And all in a Feldhurr case!
  8. 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.
  9. Imma be there for 5e if there's no painting.
  10. if i don't have work!
  11. Just ordered 4 pounds of Chessex dice. Also some basing grasses and 4 packs of those good pvc bases (can't remember the maker)
  12. Link to the site? this sounds incredible...
  13. Happy birthday!
  14. 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.
  15. 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!