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  1. Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    It's been almost a month, but still no minis. If nothing shows up soon I'll start to get worried (past orders from them have usually arrived in two weeks). Step 1 will be to contact Hasslefree and make sure they didn't just up and forget about me.
  2. [Pathfinder] The Dragon's Demand

    I'll follow Bregan from a safe distance.
  3. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    I suppose the Olde World KS given the creators just up and vanished. It wasn't a lot of money, but I could have at least gotten something had I spent it elsewhere. I was moving towards regretting my Bones purchases as I picked them up for gaming. I was then no longer gaming and they were just gathering dust. Now that I'm back to gaming though they may yet prove useful.
  4. for a 5E game. That's about all I can do for my WIP's theme after only one session. Mostly it will be monsters. Maybe I can convince the DM to tell me what's coming so I can paint it. These are just for tabletop, but my philosophy is you should still try something new on every piece, or at least work on getting better at something you can already do. Which is why I started a WIP I wasn't even originally going to bother with - for an experiment. I was looking at the marsh troll and thinking "this would be a good candidate for glaze painting." Now if you aren't familiar with glaze painting, it is where you prime white and then add washes/glazes of progressively darker colors. It creates your midtone and shadows, then you go back in and add back the highlights. You can do it for anything but it is ideal for textures. Now Bones are white, but you can't just go over them with diluted paints. Liner works well to prime, but then the mini is no longer white. But wait, I have a large bottle of white craft paint that I used for some terrain. What if I prime with liner, give it a heavy drybrush so the highlights are white again, and then glaze paint? Step 1: Brown liner + a heavy drybrush of white craft paint. Step 2: Green skin starts with yellow paint. Here is a potential issue - the liner shifts the shadows to green. As I want green skin this isn't an issue but it would be if I wanted my final color to be yellow. I am also trying not to be messy as I would need to make any messes white again later. Step 3: Sap green diluted to a wash. Now the skin is greenish. Step 4: A second wash of sap green in the shadows to add more depth. Step 5: His highlights are still pretty yellow in hand so I made a wash of anthraquinone blue. It will make the yellow more green and further darken the shadows. Oh, I hit his front too. It was really blue so I started the color shift with some phthalocyanine green ink. Interlude: Lem. Needed for a PC. Must be finished by Friday. The troll is optional. Step 6: All leather was hit with a couple of layers of burnt umber ink. Step 7: The wood was coated with a mix of burnt umber ink and titanium white. Some of the liner still shows through so the initial color is a little wonky in places. Maybe it'll add texture to the wood.... Step 7: Shade the wood. Initially I used a burnt umber ink wash, but it wasn't intense enough and would end up looking like the leather after a few more washes. So I used the obvious wood shadow color, dioxazine purple ink watered down to a wash. From the front. His belly got a wash of the burnt umber ink while it was out. A couple more and it would turn olive, but maybe I'll leave it bluish. While multiple washes have smoothed it out you can still see texture from the drybrush showing through. It's an interesting effect here but won't always be desirable. Step 8: Call it a night and go to bed. I have to work and make money after all. We can't paint all the time. Next update - unknown. I really do need to finish the halfling bard before I play around anymore.
  5. Pathfinder Version 2

    13th Age does that. Your race has two possible ability score increases (you pick one) and the class has two (you pick one, different than your race choice). The idea was to make all races good at all classes, and works pretty well. The proposed Pathfinder stat generation is not to my taste. Heck, my current 5E character couldn't even exist in such a system. That said, with a good adventure and a good DM it wouldn't stop me from playing it. It just wouldn't gain a spot on the list of systems I would chose to run.
  6. Now that there is a game going and my DM lacks minis, it's time to change the goals. We need: A halfling bard. I never painted Lem, the iconic pathfinder bard so he is now based. Once the glue dries he'll get the Bones brown liner treatment. The campaign is set on a newly discovered continent. So far we have met merfolk (some now dead), pirates (now dead), primitive humans (none dead), and their giant lizards *cough*dinosaurs*cough*. The Lost Valley expansion would be perfect, except for the tiny detail of me not having one. So instead I have out three jungle frogs and two turtle people. I also broke out a marsh troll. He is already lined but needed a base - on which the glue is now drying.
  7. Sometime last year I showed off a garage kit that I picked up. It has been gathering dust since, but recently I did a little more prep work on it and primed the head. Now I know a lot of times you'll see these kits given a sold coat of paint and not much else, but I've decided to approach it much like a smaller scale figure. First, some skin. I just blocked things in and then did a little smoothing on the upper right. I"m not too worried about the sides of her face because once she has the rest of her hair it won't really be visible. Still, while it's off I'll go ahead and give myself some practice working at this scale. Then tonight I spent more time fighting my wet pallet than actually painting. The consistency got off and now I need to go back a fix some blends. In the meantime I used my well pallet and blocked in her eyes. Next paint session I'll clean them up and decide what direction she's looking.
  8. Ah right, I'd forgotten about this. So my big painting session never happened because I got invited to a DnD game. The DM likes minis but doesn't own any (of course ) so I've made the switch from fun to practical gaming painting. Maybe I'll make a WIP for that, or maybe not, but either way this little lady is going back into her protective box for a bit. As for the hair, they do sell dynastic Chinese costume pieces and an image search will bring up a lot of options to look at. The sculptor is from Taiwan I believe and the influence is pretty obvious. Of course in the real world they use wire and other materials to shape the hair, but she's fantasy so I'm not limited to reality. Also the fox spirit has horns shaped in such a way as the hair mimics them. The current planTM is to do a similar style for both.
  9. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    Stylized maps can be neat to take a look at, but I haven't had a reason to make my own in a long time.
  10. Another day another book. I think there are only three hardcovers left, and I'm not interested in the adventures, so this round of collecting is almost complete. Next I might pick up some TSR books I never got back in the day, though this will require me to figure out what exactly I do have.
  11. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    I add agitators to my paints. Externally I have a vortex mixer, so my paints are swirled not shaken.
  12. Dreadmere

    Works fine for me in firefox but I get the error in IE & chrome. EDIT: Nevermind, works in all three.
  13. Kingdom Death: Pinup Wet Nurse

    Plastic is cheap and durable, which is why it is all over the place in modern living. The molds themselves are made from metal and so are quite durable as well. The downside is that making a metal mold costs a pretty penny so it is usually only economical if you will be casting a lot of plastic. I.e. the shell of a mass market coffee maker or a Hasbro game where there will be a million little plastic pieces. OTOH if you aren't making a lot of casts then you will need to charge more per piece to make your money back. Eventually it's just not worth doing, so if you only need 500 casts of something you don't do hard plastic. If you want all the gory details someone like Talespinner would be better to ask.
  14. Kingdom Death: Pinup Wet Nurse

    As I understand it this is due to the limitations of casting hard plastic. Since the material isn't really flexible and the mold isn't flexible you can't do undercuts or else you trap your plastic in the mold. Thus any kind of complex piece needs to be cut up in such a way that you avoid this issue. The more complex and detailed the mini the more pieces you will end up needing to make. Some of the KD hard plastic is way over 8 pieces.
  15. Best Version of DnD?

    I rather like hardback books, but yes, Hasbro does seem to insist on them. I've never priced out the cost of making softcover vs. hardcover so I can only assume that the margins are better for hardback. Yes, boxed sets are a money loser. TSR lost money on them and you can only sell so many loss leaders before it becomes a problem. You could charge more of course but then people would complain about how expensive boxed sets are.
  16. Best Version of DnD?

    One of my coworkers decided he wanted to DM again and managed to talk his Magic buddies into trying DnD. He had a character creation session today and I, by virtue of having played at least 5 different iterations of d20, became the assistant to help guide character creation as none of his other recruits has ever played DnD. Keep in mind that my total experience with 5E is the pbp that I was in on this forum. He has never played 5E but did buy all the core books. I think I more-or-less got their characters put together correctly, but I'm sure that there is a 5E detail or two that I missed. He kept their character sheets so hopefully he'll iron any issues out. I on the other hand spent all of my time helping them and didn't get a character created, thus I got homework. So the newbies created a sorcerer, a bard, a barbarian, and a rogue. I thought maybe I should try to help keep them alive and went with a cleric. For a background all we were told is that the party is on a ship sailing for a new land and we should decide why we were on the ship. The only reason for a cleric to be on a ship to a new land is if they are on a mission from God and their name is Elwood. Also, I grabbed 2d10s instead of 2d4 for the weight multiplier and ended up with a 292 lbs cleric. I decided to go with it and say that is what explains his dump stats (we rolled and I rolled a 6 & a 7 so I have two stats at -2). I was told this was my experienced player handicap. At the end I asked if he used minis, and he said he would but didn't own any. I said I had a few *cough*mostlyunpainted*cough* minis floating around. The plan is to dust off the ones I do have painted and then see what I have for clerics to paint up. At any rate, it sounds like next Friday may be the first playing session, and remain Fridays until one of the engineers gets back on day shift.
  17. I've gone from red to blue-green. I won't get any painting done tomorrow but hopefully Saturday I can get a nice long session in and see how it all looks with shadows highlights and midtones. If it all looks good it will finally be time to start finishing areas off.
  18. Actually I hadn't. With my idea of green gemstones I wasn't planning on anything else having a greenish hue, but now that you mention it jade would also be an appropriate material. Thanks! The only downside is that IIRC the jade paints I currently own are fairly translucent so I'll need to plan how to cover up the other colors with minimal layers. For such a big mini it has some shallow detail in spots.
  19. Those of you with perfect recall may remember that at this time last year I was working on completing my 4E bookshelf collection on the cheap. Eventually I just kind of stopped looking, but there were a few books that I never picked up because I could never win auctions at my low bids. Recently I started looking again and decided to just plug the holes in my collection even if it meant approaching cover price. For the first delivery we have... The auction said used, but it doesn't even have any shelf-wear. I can't remember, but this may have originally been sold shrink-wrapped so it can't be "new" without it. At any rate, like most editions this MM3 contains an assortment of lesser know/ lesser used monsters. The main draw of the book for players though was that it actually took 4E designers a year to figure out how to make good monsters with their new system, making MM2 and MM3 monsters more fun than the original book. Also, stats for Lolth - an appropriate encounter for a level 35 party (hint, 4E did not go to level 35).
  20. There's not a whole lot of progress, mostly because I can't decide on one of my colors. Also, I've discovered that sitting her down for pics has rubbed a small spot off on her hair. It will be an easy fix (especially given that it will be somewhat hidden) but I've taken to sitting her on my masters soap container instead. There was also a bit of paint transfer from her hair to her face. Not a big deal given than once the hair is attached it will cover all of those spots, but I've decided to keep the pieces separate until I finally assemble her head, just in case it would transfer somewhere important. I know that I want the metal parts of her outfit to be gold and I plan to make the gems green, which leaves me one color to pick. Red is a traditional choice but I don't believe it will work well with her hair. Black is also a popular choice, but who wants to look like everyone else? First, using ochre to block in the gold areas over white primer gives an idea of a gold/white look. White could work, but I was curious to see how purple would look. I'm not really enamored with it. Obviously it would look better with shadows and highlights And lastly, just to prove red won't work even though I really like red. It's just not going to pop as I would like. So I'm back to leaning towards cold white or black.
  21. Fireball Island Restored - Restoration Games

    My brother had this game. I'm pretty sure my mom still has it stashed away somewhere, though its likely pretty beat up. I'll have to look for it next time I'm in the neighborhood.
  22. Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Second box arrived today, so I now have everything from wave 2. It was not a large box, and I'm pretty sure everything could have fit in the first box. I now have way too much stuff to put together, much less paint.
  23. Pretty much the same as last month. That said, one of my coworkers was talking about starting a DnD group. If it happens and they use minis I'll look into painting a PC for myself. Given I have 20 20s of minis in Bones and another 20 20s of metal I should be able to find something...