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  1. Mocha

    03902: Bog Homonculus

    Hi folks, It's been awhile since I posted, and since I've been painting online with friends a lot more, I figured it was time to get back to it! Painted this one via Twitch livestream the other night when someone in chat suggested a freehand pattern similar to a marsh frog (to go with the "bog" theme). While I can't take credit for the idea, we took the concept and ran with it-- I think the freehand really makes him stand out! Below is a frog stock photo I pulled for general reference. The hardest part was picking a random pattern to draw on the wings and mirroring it on the other side. Oh, and trying not to make him look too cute, with big, cartoony googly eyes, though the sculpt is stinkin' adorable, I just can't stand it! Thanks Bob Ridolfi for creating yet another Reaper sculpt that makes me smile I can't decide whether I want to break up the beautiful matte paint finish (all Reaper MSP colors) with a gloss varnish on the egg-like-sac-protuberances on his back... part of me wants to keep it all matte, but another part of me wants it to look extra gross and slimy. Thoughts? I appreciate you taking a peek! Hope you have a great day Thanks, Mocha
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    Olive Skin

    Hiyo! Thanks @SamuraiJack :) It's true, it's one of my favorite triads-- not just for skintones, but for leathers. Many browns are just too warm (with orange/red undertones) and, when paired with an overall "cool" color scheme, can look a bit out of place. Reaper's Brown Liner + Olive Skin Shadow + Olive Skin is a great option for worn leathers. At the end, I'll take the Olive Skin Highlight and brush the edges where leather strips would have received the most wear. Hope that helps!
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    Paint suggestions

    I really like Reaper's Cinnamon Red– good coverage, smooth application/blending & matte finish. I use it as a basecoat for rich fabrics and gems where I can enhance it with darker red shadows to get a nice "blood red" color. Hope that helps!
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    NMM with Reaper Paints

    I played around with them a few weeks ago on Diva The Blessed, one of the 25th Anniversary minis. They're easy to work with– I really liked the triad and I added Brown Liner to the NMM Gold Shadow for the darkest shadow color (see below). As far as steel NMM, I use Blue Liner + an out-of-production blue paint that I became emotionally attached to + Pure White. I also took Michael Proctor's "Shaded Metallics" class a few years back which helped a lot– I'll often use TMM on silver things with different colored glazes, which shouldn't be discounted when you want to save yourself some time and still have a nice-looking mini. Hope that helps!
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    "Friendly Faces" thread?

    Haha, my first ReaperCon was in 2014 and I heard so many people teasing Haldir about his avatar, though he did have a blonde wig at the time LOL Tell you what, if someone has the Thursday photo, send it my way at mocha@mochaminis.com and I'll take a stab at it! It'll be a good test of how many folks I can recognize and then I'll need your help filling in the rest :) I'll tag the most public forumites first, and then be sensitive about the rest. I doubt folks like @knarthex, @Pegazus, @fanguad, and @klarg1 will be shy (just to name a few!)
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    "Friendly Faces" thread?

    I did one for ReaperCon 2016 that took a good bit 'o time but I think the pic is now a blue box with a [?] (possibly due to the forum update or a user error on my part). However, I worry that someone felt uncomfortable with their picture on there and asked for it to be removed (total speculation on my part though). If that's true, I'm hesitant to do another one since asking every forumite for individual permission to post their pic might not be realistic. Otherwise, if I'm able to get the green light, I'm in at least one pic (Thurs night) and I'd be interested in mocking that one up :) [edited to correct a subject-verb-agreement typo]
  7. Mocha

    2017 ReaperCon Forumite Bingo

    Heck yeah, thanks for doing this! I missed the boat last year, so I'm in for this year if there's still enough room :) •Mocha •Current Avatar •Wed-Sun :)
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    Reapercon classes

    Holy guacamole! It feels real now: ReaperCon Excitement at 200% and rising... I'm signed up for two classes: Matt DiPietro's "Sketch Style Demo" & Derek Schubert's "Good, Fast Painting" (I have to sign up for at least one dks class, it's pretty much tradition at this point). And I'm surprised & delighted that the two classes I'm teaching are sold out– that means other people are excited about what I'm excited about sharing! So many great options and instructors as always, there's truly something for everyone Shout out to @Reaperbryan for making the process smooth and always staying in great communication.
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    Happy birthday, Mocha!

    Yay, thank you all so much!! You make my face look just like my avatar– all smiles!
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    ReaperCon 2017 Classes Preview

    Yeah!! I'm super-excited I've learned so much since my first ReaperCon and can't wait to share my knowledge and passion with others :) It may be ambitious, but I'm most passionate about blending skin & fabrics and painting eyes, so that's what I'm teaching-- I can't wait!
  11. Hiyo! I'm here to brag about my mystery Secret Sophie gifter I've been out of town after a death in the family and disappeared for a month– I apologize for the delay! My Secret Sophie sent me chocolates, bases, minis, and a beautifully painted dwarf (more on that below). I also received a very cool illustration of a Beholder. My gift-giver is quite the artist! And the chocolate is delicious– in fact, I took this picture after eating one of the other medallions (whoops!) Their painted mini, titled "Still Easier Than Herding Gamers", is especially awesome since it looks like she's giving orders to a cat. Being a cat lover myself, I know that definitely won't be easy! It's a great mini and I'm proud to have it on my "minis painted by friends" shelf. To show my thanks, I wanted to take some nice pictures of the mini, in case the painter didn't have them already. Since it's a mystery forum member, feel free to personal message me if you're interested in higher resolution photos. In the meantime, I wanted to brag about your mini: Again, thank you! With everything going on, I was so grateful to receive this– it truly lifted my spirits!!
  12. Hooray! I received my Secret Sophie– I want to get a good picture of the beautiful mini, Beholder illustration, and all the delicious goodies so I can properly brag about them Update coming soon!
  13. Hi Folks! I wanted to share some pics before I send off my painted mini for the Secret Sophie Holiday 2016 exchange. I used 100% Reaper paints and the colors I used are listed below. See my work in progress photos here. Reaper Paints Used: Corporeal Shadow Clouded Sea Brown Liner Dark Highlights Desert Stone Driftwood Brown Aged Bone Linen White Royal Purple* Blue Liner Pure White Golden Shadow Elf Flesh *edited to add gem color
  14. Hooray!!! I'm so happy you like him! Hopefully, he'll be someone you can use in an upcoming campaign. I'm glad he's gone to a new, loving home
  15. Just posted my first mini in the "Inspiration Gallery" on Reaper. COOL!

    1. CorallineAlgae

      CorallineAlgae

      Congratulations! Your elf archer rocks!

    2. Mocha

      Mocha

      Thank you!! I hope my Secret Sophie person likes him :)

    3. Arc 724

      Arc 724

      I really like the Inspiration Gallery. So much great work in there. I'm glad you added yours!

  16. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, lovely forumites!

    1. Arc 724

      Arc 724

      Happy Holidays to you as well and I hope your new years is an eventful one. :)

  17. Alrighty! Added some subtle Linen White highlights on the tabard and he's now posted in the Show Off forum here. I'll be sending him off to my Secret Sophie recipient tomorrow!
  18. Hiyo! I started working on the second painted mini for the upcoming 2016 Secret Sophie exchange, Arthrand Nightblade from the Warlord series. He'll hopefully make a great ranger character for my mystery partner! While there are many great painted examples of him already, I wanted to paint him in something other than greens and browns. I chose a blue and cream color scheme for my main colors– the rest will be neutral browns. I'll paint lighter, worn leather (or maybe linen?) wraps around his quiver and darker browns for his boots and bow. I still haven't decided on his hair color though... More to come after the Thanksgiving holiday! I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. Thanks for taking a look
  19. Hello fellow Forumites! I always enjoy coming back from ReaperCon, as my creative battery has been recharged and I'm ready to paint again! I'm currently working on a special project for someone who plays fierce female barbarian brawlers in her Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. I'm even painting it in her image, complete with upper leg tattoos. Reaper's "Viking Girl" sculpted by Bobby Jackson was the perfect choice for this! I'm still not convinced I can pull off this freehand tattoos, but I try something new in every project and I can always paint over it in skin tone if it becomes too overwhelming. I'm using Reaper's Highland Moss & Pale Lichen for the cloak. After taking Rhonda Bender's "Level Up" class at ReaperCon, I've decided to experiment with more interesting shadow colors in my minis. In the past, I would have chosen a dark olive green for the shadows of the cloak, however, this time I've mixed the mid tone Highland Moss with a touch of Nightshade Purple for the darkest folds and recesses of her cloak. After that, I started to layer in more of the midtone color mixed with Pale Lichen (~50//50 mix). I blend as I go and make my way up to Pale Lichen on the highlights of the folds. While I may go up an additional level of highlight, mixing in some Pure White with Pale Lichen, I'll see how much contrast I have on other sections of the mini once she's almost done. Either way, the back of the cloak could use some additional smooth blending, so I'll be sure to revisit that at a later time. Here's what I've painted so far, each step follows each set of images starting from top to bottom. Step 1: Basecoats & shadows for cloak, hair and gems Step 2: Cloak highlights. Repeat steps 1 & 2 on front loincloth-cloak thingy. Blend, blend, blend... Step 3: Hair highlights (more to come), fur, gems, jewelry & starting on the sword Next up is finishing her sword, then boots, gloves and shield. And then maybe I'll consider giving her some dirt on the bottom of her cloak as a final touch (if I can bring myself to smear pigment over something I've painstakingly blended lol) However, I'm having a hard time deciding where to place her eyes since her hair covers a portion of each eyeball, which makes it especially tricky. I'll need to make sure to leave enough white sclera in each eye to make the direction clear. I'm leaning toward painting her looking left, toward her sword, like she's threatening someone or pointing at something on the ground. What do you think?
  20. Thanks! And Fruggs, you're right, he could stand to have some more highlighting on the tabard. I'll probably highlight with Linen White at the chest and highest folds since I still want it to read as an eggshell color.
  21. Hi all! Looks like this will be my last WIP update of my Secret Sophie mini before the final pics are posted and I send him off to my mystery person! While I still haven't painted his [will be warm brown] hair, he's been attached to a painted base and I cleaned up a few of the details. Speaking of details, here's a zoomed-in picture of the sword hilt/gem. Gems are both challenging and fun to paint and I never seem to get the white dot just right– it's either too small or too big. Oh well! I'd rather it look super-shiny and stand out since it's the only bit of purple on him. I'm really happy with how the overall muted, darker color scheme turned out! It's nice to paint a miniature destined for tabletop without feeling pressured to execute extremely high levels of contrast. Also, it's hard to tell, but I did paint a bit of dusty brown where the back of his cloak meets the ground. I decided not to do more weathering– I'll save that for another mini :) Other than that, I'll be posting the final pics in the Show Off section of the forum before I seal & ship him off to his new keeper. I hope Arthrand Nightblade sees lots of time on the board in an upcoming campaign!
  22. Mocha

    Reapercon 2016 pictures

    Bahahaha Sorry TaleSpinner. I'll see if I can get Christine updated as well :) Does she have a forum name?
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    Reapercon 2016 pictures

    Shhhhhh! I was waiting to see how long it would be until she noticed.... It's been a while :-( Aww but Mr Melons, I fixed it in the last version! http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/71359-reapercon-2016-pictures/?p=1461064 Though we now have some more updates trickling in, I bet I can get a "final final" version out :)
  24. Thank you Kuro! My creative battery was recharged after ReaperCon and I have a new job where I have a better work/life balance– you'll be seeing more of me around these parts! Feels good to be back :)
  25. I'm going to try this tonight– I think you're right! Warmer brown is the way to go :)
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