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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Finally got ahold of the Beholder - decided to go check Miniatures Market and squeezed into that tiny shop refresh window. Ordered when there were 8 in stock, like 20 minutes later they were sold out... My FLGS owner ordered the last 6 Umber Hulks from his distributor, so I'm hoping to scoop up two or three of them, as well... The one I painted up is fantastic, but I'd like enough for a high level encounter. The Adventurer's Campground is hard to get ahold of, too... I'm expecting the Modrons and Gelatinous Cube will be, too, with this new set. We never even got the Xorn or Slaad... All in all, some great monster sculpts, IMO, but they're almost as hard to get ahold of as the prepaintes for some of them. It's frustrating, a bit - I wanted to be able to grab these as I need them, but I'm having to hunt down ones I want special...
  2. Just managed to get ahold of the Nolzur's Beholder. Really pumped - I've been looking for one for two months.
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    Shield Guardians - Iron Golem x2

    Shield Guardians, for those who haven't encountered them, are easily one of the best magic items in 5e. Controlled by an amulet, they're large enough to carry a character, and can be used to store one spell of up to 4th level in addition to their powerful regeneration and ability to redirect damage away from their controller. My original 5e character had one, and so does a member of my current adventuring party, represented handily by a dice box lid. That said, the Reaper Iron Golem is exactly perfect as a shield guardian, and I fell in love the first time I saw one IRL. I'll be honest, they underwhelmed me in the original KS page - but the sense of scale was the main issue. I was picturing that figure as maybe half again Mangu Timur - which these, most certainly, are not. They're flipping huge - and great, bulky heaps of armor, with it, with no little fabricky bits to get in the way of a nice easy paint job. So, without further ado: I've started these two off with a basecoat of Dark Elf Shadow, which is rapidly becoming my new favorite basecoat under silver. Not too dark, not too blue, it's great. Then, hit the whole thing with a pretty solid coat of Model Color Silver. Washed it all in P3 Armor Wash, and then I brushed silver back onto the flat planes - the gauntlets, the boots, the head: smooth areas that I didn't want too much texture to distract from. With that done, I shaded in the eye, and based up on a tile base I extended from the integral with greenstuff, painted in, and stuck Battlefield XP grass in the cracks, easy-peasy. All together, they're not a great paint job - I can already think of several places I could have put more effort into: smoothing blends on the eyes, neatening paint on the metal, more detail on the bases. But, like most of what I'm working on right now, it's not about that: these will look good on the table, and I'm trying to tidy up the STACK OF SHAME in time for Reapercon, when my huge stack of melt and extensive excel sheet will drag me into the hell that will be THE MONTHLY MOOKSTORM PROJECT! There's a lot of work to go, but the Drow are chugging along, and I'm well on track to meet my goals for this month, so... I'll leave off with a pic of the pair together, and a hearty recommendation of this mini to anyone who plays 5e!
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    Shield Guardians - Iron Golem x2

    @Rat13 Just be advised that these are very large. They're on a 2" base, not a 1" - they're around 4" tall, almost. Mangu Timur is an excellent mini for regular-sized animated armor, as are many of the new "Crusader Knights" from the latest kickstarter. This guy is really fantastic, and I 1000% recommend him (hell, I might get another pair after Reapercon) but he lorge.
  5. Just ordered my second case from battlefoam, to fly to Reapercon with me! Its a custom loadout, 4 1in trays, 4 1.5in trays, and one 2 inch tray should be plenty of space for my crew!
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    Nagyr - Iron Cobras x5 + Lore

    In the furthest southmost corner of the broad farming nation Kuur, there is a forest much like any other; a deep and verdant wild of elm and spruce known as the Murrain. At its center lies an ancient temple long lost to time - the forgotten home of a dead god. It has been a long time since Kairus walked the halls of his ancient Forge; his body rusts, now, and rots eternal, strewn across the broken artifice of his last and greatest creation. The Wyrm Engine, half-ruined, is silent, now; no longer does it crack with lightning and the souls of dragons. Even the Wyrmgear slumbers, mostly, waking only when Kairus' lesser creations call upon him. The green earth has reclaimed the stones of this forgotten place: ivy lines the walls, and the glass ceilings long ago burst open, letting the rain and sun in to dance across the stonework of the entry hall. The air, once thick with smoke, is now sweet with the scent of dark earth. But there is a serpent in this ancient eden. Not all of Kairus' great works slumber. The Nagyr yet endure, his assassins and spies - slender beasts of coiling metal and blistering venom forged in iron and bronze. They coil through the overgrowth, all but invisible, and weave their age-old paths through the darkened hallways of Kairus' Forge, guarding it as they always have - and as they always will. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kairus' Forge is an adventure for 4-6 players between levels 6-8 that I wrote a while back, and have run several times. The party has to stop a wizard from activating the Wyrm Engine, stripping several dragon eggs of their souls, and using that power to become a god.They've been geased by the mother, and they die if they don't; it's a whole thing. It's got a couple of cool monsters; the Hunters of Kairus, giant metal tigers of murder, a Wyrmgear/clockwork dragon, and these guys: the Nagyr. They're metal serpents, pretty standard, but they do a couple of cool things: - inflict Poison on party members. Not a high DC, but fun for ambushing wizards. - have an ability that lets them become invisible (DC30 to Perceive) in other clockwork - provide the Hunter of Kairus who they're hiding in Advantage because of the Hunter's Pack Tactics They're a great little murderous beastie, and unlike Iron Cobras, they travel in groups, so you can be fighting a lot of them, potentially without knowing it. I got some of the minis a while ago, and have been putting off doing them, so I finally said broccoli it and painted them all this morning. Badabam! These guys were a little weird to base - too large for a 1" round, but way too small for a large, and too small for a cavalry base also. What I wound up doing was just going with the 1" base anyways, and building out to the brocoli, which is quite thick. I stippled in the same texture with a toothbrush, and it looked pretty much perfect once it was primed. The sneks themselves I hit with a basecoat of Dark Elf Shadow, before doing the silver in Model-Color Silver and the belly in Heavy Gear Gamma Shielding Gold. The spines I tapped with Big Top Red, before giving the back a wash in P3 Armor Wash (which is the best wash I've ever used) and the belly and spines a hit of Game Color Umber Wash. Tapped in the eyes and gems, and called it a day - I just wanted them painted at this point, I wasn't looking for anything special. I'm pretty pleased with how they came out - I've still got to re-blacken the bases, but other than that, they look good from a distance, which was the whole goal! I've got a lot to do before Reapercon, so here's crossing my fingers I can have a few more sessions like this where I just bang stuff out!
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    Figures you can only get at the factory? (For melt)

    @Doug Sundseth Do you know if we can get the con Sophie with melt? This one is cute.
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    Figures you can only get at the factory? (For melt)

    IDK about specifically OOP miniatures, but I will point out that you can also use the melt metal to get ahold of minis that are locked up in sets. For example, I'm going to try to grab a dozen or two of the crab from Aquatic Familiars II to modify onto a couple of large bases as Crab Swarms, and a handful of the Stingrays from Familiar Pack VII to paint as Ixitxachitls. Even stuff like the Tiny Beholder, painted up as Gazers, have a lot of cool potential if you can get them outside of their packs...
  9. So I've been painting stuff in anticipation of Waterdeep, and I'm working on a set of six Drow, since they'll probably come up at some point and I'll need them anyways. I want them to be pretty classic looking, but I don't want them to be overtly spider-themed, since there's a couple groups of Drow in Waterdeep that don't worship Lolth. What do you guys think of this color sceme? Just something quick I knocked out - I'm trying not to spend too much time on these guys, just get something that'll look good on the table. I think I like the red sash with the purple; mostly I'm wondering if the purple shirt with the darker armor is too much? I feel like they're not too close, but I'd appreciate any input... Also, P3 Armor Wash is my favorite thing.
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    Getting Ready for Waterdeep

    So, what do you guys think we're going to be seeing in Waterdeep, monster-wise? I figure I should start painting now, if it's coming out in September, but there's not that much about monsters/enemies... Personally, I'm expecting - Drow - Zhentarim - at least one Manshoon, but probably more, TBH - Town guards - maybe some devils, IDK but I'm having a bit of trouble fleshing it out too far beyond that. Gith, possibly? Also, does anyone know where really good maps of the 9 Quarters can be gotten?
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    July Goals!

    I have a bunch of stuff for this month, actually... - Six Drow Warriors: five Reaper elves, and a Wyrd miniature. For September, when Waterdeep comes out; I can only assume there'll be some Drow missions, since it's on top of the Drow ancestral city, and is the home of most of the good Drow of Faerun... - Two Village of Kulhaven Box Sets. Now, most of the figures are painted - these are some of the first sets I painted, in fact - I just need to base them and touch up the many, many chips. - Five Iron Cobras. Just 'cause. DONE! -Either my Hobgoblins or my Ogres or my Orcs from KSIII. I'd like to have them all done by Reapercon, just so I can have them out of the way... if I can have one done this month, I'll be satisfied. - Added! Two Reaper Iron Golems, if I can find them! DONE! - Added! Finish GW Fenrisian Wolf Pack as large Dire Wolves! And assorted other minis as the urge takes me, of course. I've been looking forward to the Drow, in particular - it's such a great group, and I've been meaning to do some up for a looong time.
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Just ordered my all-access! Already got a ticket and a room, so all thats left is paying my card off...
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    Recommendations: Travel Cases

    I have a Battlefoam Air, and it's awesome. Got it for around 150, on sale - they do a 4th of July 25% off sale, and a few others through the year, so it's coming up soon. Large - pretty much a suitcase - but the pluckfoam is incredible, and it's in two parts - if you removed the smaller sheets, you'd have plenty of space for a ton of minis on one half, and all your gear - even a lamp or small/medium airbrush + compressor - on the other. Also, it's plywood construction under kevlar, so pretty sturdy, and it's designed to fly, so the dimensions should be right!
  14. On Mondays, I've been playing in a homebrew 5e campaign at my FLGS. Amongst a mostly-monstrous party (several tabaxi, a kenku, firbolg, and centaur) I decided to play a sphynx - or more accurately, an Aarakocra sorcerer with two levels of rogue using the fire-Draconic Bloodline, reskinned as a catgirl-style sphynx. I've been in need of a mini, but it turns out, medium-sized sphinxes are hard to find, and lion-sorceress tabaxi minis to graft wings onto are also hard to find - until today! At paint day today, I grabbed a great couple finds out of a huge case of minis that someone had dropped off for sale, including one that's perfect for this character: the Grenadier Sphinx from their lead box set "Monsters of Mythology". Now, this is a tiny figure, for a monster. Her crouched position makes her look even smaller - next to a human Reaper mini, though, you can actually see that she's perfectly to scale in terms of an ordinary person. The wings are incredible - easily the best I've seen on a mini of that period (opinions may vary) in terms of looking like realistic wings. It took about two and a half hours to paint and base her - I GS'd her at the shop around three, got home around eight, grabbed a shower, and just banged her out, since I wanted her ready for Monday and I'm working 10AM-12PM tomorrow... Painted a basecoat of Intense Brown on the wings, and Golden Blonde for the whole body. Then I did the face - nothing too fancy, though the lips are redder in person; just some Kohl makeup. Added the bars on the wings, then coated the whole thing in Game Color's Umber wash - indiscriminantly on the wings, and just to shade on the body. Touched up the highlights on the body, then highlighted the bars on the wings again, added the hair and shading on the throat (Game Color's Flesh Shade) and based it up with some split glass and Battlefield XP Highland Tufts. Gotta say, she was a lot of fun to paint, and I look forward to playing her on Monday! A couple folks in the group love monstrous female minis, so she's going to be a great surprise, and she fits the character perfectly! 10/10 would recommend getting one, if you can!
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    Getting Ready for Waterdeep

    Oozes are a really good idea! Rats of all types, (regular, swarm, and giant) probably, too?
  16. So, I've been eyeballing this set, the Citadel Wood, pretty much since I started painting. It's so pretty, on the boxart, and I love the idea of terrain, even though I can't afford it and it doesn't really work with my group's playstyle... I've always sort of hoped someone would ask me to paint one, just so I could get my hands on it. Now, for all it's a Citadel set, the Woods aren't very expensive. I got ahold of this set at my FLGS for 30$, and I know I could have gotten it cheaper online. What made me purchase it now? Well, Reapercon is coming, and I and my growing collection of melt are coming for some freaking twig blights. I get so much use out of them for low-level encounters, and in 5e, they've got an interesting backstory - the spawn of a Gulthias Tree. What's a Gulthias Tree, you ask? An evil vampire tree. Yes, sprouted from a still-green stake drave through the heart of a vampire, they lure people to them to become enslaved, produce twig blights, and have magic healing/harming apples once every six months. There are... only two I can think of, in DnD cannon - one in the 3e module Sunless Citadel, where they originate, and one in Ravenloft. Still, they're cool as hell, and since they're actually an enemy in their own right, I figure they should have something a little more dignified than a circle on a Chessex mat. So I'm going to create three, out of the Citadel Wood, and then... IDK, sell two on eBay or something. To the minis! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, these are Citadel plastics. Grey. A little crispy. Easily filed down. Almost completely unremarkable. They come in two sheets of leaves, and two sheets of logs, with a huge base to use to assemble the forest: These are easy to disassemble - I twist-and-pop, then file. Others may prefer Xactos, but I have a bit of a thing about them for sprues. Nopenopenope. Then, I assembled the first one, and greenstuffed the base. I filed the branches as I glued - there's a fairly heavy center seam along them. Then came the gap filling, which is substantial - each potential branch-attaching point is also designed to serve as a knot if left empty, so there's a good-sized hollow to fill in, and the stump and trunk aren't perfect. A silicone chisel added smooth texture, which I'll sand/resculpt if necessary after priming. It looks pretty smooth now, though. The base is designed as a 2-inch presculpted round pog, on the mini itself. It's made to fit a precut slot in the main base. However, trees in 5e are usually Huge, and I wanted to represent that - thus the Gulthias Tree got updated to a 3" huge base. I just popped it in and backfilled around the roots. I built up in a ring around it using some fine cork. If I was doing it again I might prefer a larger cork, to better match the stones in the roots, but once covered in tufts and rocks this will do fine. The ring shape of the cork is intentional: the Gulthias Tree has the ability to absorb people and turn them into servants. The ring will fit up to a 32mm base - enough for a PC mini that's been captured, or an NPC prisoner or servant of the tree, depending on the situation. Here it is with one of my favorite druid minis sitting in it: It should be pretty subtle, once it's flocked and tufted (with black, scorched-earth terrain). So, what's next? Hoping to prime this one tomorrow, and get to this stage with the other two - I got home around 11.30, and this took around 30-40 minutes, so hopefully it goes a little quicker. If I can have all three greenstuffed and cured by the time I get home from work, I'd like to prime them tomorrow night, maybe even get the first coat of color down, if it goes really smoothly. They're going to be silver-wood with blood-red leaves and blackened soil - classic vampire colors for the OG vampire tree. Saturday is Paint Day at the Citadel, and while I have another commission to finish first, I'd like to get the chance to work on these, too. I don't want to spend too much time on them - if I can nose-to-grindstone have them done in a week, I'd like to.
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    Gulthias Tree (Citadel Woods)

    Got another big chunk done on these! First off, I finished GS the last tree. Didn't do anything with the base on this one, I wanted some flat area to fiddle with once it's dry: This is probably my favorite of the tree shapes, although all three are lovely. I really like the swirled-back shape of this one though. Then, I primed the two dried trees. Grey primer, and it's incredible how the greenstuff (which I'm never confident with until it's primed) just blends right in there once you can't see the color of it. Real pleased with how these two are coming out: (Both trees got primed up, but only posting pics of one since I forgot to take them of the other. Still, you can hardly see the line of GS around the trunk and up the side in these!) Then, I basecoated the trunks of the two primed trees. I used a mixture of 3/1 Pure White to Intense Brown, which gave me a pale, almost flesh-pink. The more angular of these (first two pics) is going to be done up without leaves, I think. I stumbled upon the branch arrangement, and liked it so much I kept it even though the leaves won't attach right. The second is going to be fully-follated. Next layer is going to be a lot paler, and grey rather than brown. Gonna have to pick a good bluer grey, more like the primer, to tint out... But! Paint day tomorrow! Gonna see what I can get done!
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    Gulthias Tree (Citadel Woods)

    To respond to Dish's updated question - nah, I'm not gonna do anything too fancy. Some skeletons around the base, maybe, but no extra sculpting. My understanding is that they feed through ambulatory roots, anyways. So, I had to get my oil changed, which killed my morning, but I did have enough time to base and GS a second tree, which I'm pretty pleased about. They take around 40m to an hour to do, just because of the amount of GS involved - it's like 3 inches a tree.
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    Gulthias Tree (Citadel Woods)

    I'm gonna go with silver for the trunks, and then do the leaves in blood-red, with individual leaves picked out in rust-red, blood-orange, and brown. I'm planning to wash the whole thing in dark-reddish purple ink before I start picking them out, which should darken it up nicely. The silver's going to start with a very silvery brown, and work up to a very pale silver (not metallic); I'm going to do that without any washes, except one very early on (after the basecoat) in a very thinned black ink to give the wood some definition. Then the base is going to be black, scorched earth, with a reddish-brown tuft used sparsely; really dead-earth. I may fiddle with that, though - it'd make the roots show up awesome, but I want to match the base on these to the blights I'm painting for it, so I might do the one I'm keeping up a little differently.
  20. Posting comparison for the wings @haldir is talking about below: And the PF Red: They're a very simular size length-wise, but I'd say they're a lot too narrow. They don't look like they'd support the dragon, IMO.
  21. 03662: Griffon is gonna work very well for you for either of Reaper's Fire Dragons (the one you posted or the Pathfinder Red). ETA: And they're the only ones I'd really recommend; most of Reaper's other wings are either too small (Deva) or are built long and narrow compared to what a dragon'd need. These are nice and broad. I'd be prepared to do a fair bit of sculpting to get it to fit right; they don't flush up evenly at all. And, since I was taking pictures and had it handy, I'll include this for future threadgoers:
  22. So, I've just finished thinning my herd, so to speak, and it looks like I'm going to have between seven and eight pounds of melt credit at Reapercon after tradein. I've got a couple things in mind to pick up, but what I really want to do is up my RPG enemy game. Last time I did a melt (several years ago, someone took the metal for me) I wound up getting tons of cool PC minis that only some of got painted... This year, I think I'm going to try to pick out mobs of enemies and paint them up in groups: one type of enemy per month for a year, or as far as my melt will take me, until I have enough mooks for all my low-mid tier encounters. Partially because I need mooks, partially as a challenge to force me to step up my speed- and group- painting game, since I haven't done much painting this last year... I've already had a few ideas, which I'll toss up as examples, but the basic idea is this: between 20 and 30 figures, some multiples, some singles if that works better, that work to cover many possible iterations of certain types of encounters. For example: This was the set I came up with that'd have everything I'd want for vampires: spawn, weaker vampires, beastshapes, giant bats, bat swarms... quantities will probably change based on how much the minis weigh, but this'd be around 25 minis, so I'm guessing 9-11 oz at most, unless the giant bats are really heavy... Now... If people could help me spitball ideas for eleven more of these, that'd be really helpful! Smaller monsters, preferably - I already have things like ogres, hobgoblins, orcs and bugbears in Bones - and not just types of catagory, but what you'd use with the main enemy? So far, my ideas are: Twig Blights (saprolings and the blighted dryad for sure, and wolves to round out forest encounters?) Kobolds (maybe young dragons? I found these great giant weasel minis from another company, too, but what else goes with Kobolds?) and Goblins ( a nice big group of the PF goblins, plus the riding one... If I could resculpt a few of those w/o the saddle, that'd be great, but IDK what else would go with them) and a month that's a medley of different floating sheets (cloakers, banshee, wraiths)...
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    Metal Trade In Approved Company List

    So, question: Is this still true, or is this, quote from the ReaperCon site: "for the same weight in new metal" More accurate? How do painted vs unpainted vs greenstuffed minis work nowadays? I realize that quote is now several years old, but that's a weight difference for trade of... almost a pound, at this point, for me, so I'd appreciate any clarifications I could get!
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    Assistance with tactics

    Derelict and set your 'jammer adrift near the asteroid, wait for someone to come out to salvage it, and jump them? Then take their ship and fly it in with yours in tow?
  25. I'm trying to get a sense of scale on these kids. For the four Young dragons, in metal, could someone who owns them with access to a scale get me their weights? Specifically, I'm trying to find out how big they all are compared to the Temple dragon, who weighs just a hair over 3oz without his column.
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