Arc 724

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  1. Hurray it's your birthday! Have a happy one!
  2. Finally got my cards in as well. Going to start the process this weekend.
  3. Looking good. I'm sure the camera is not doing it justice. Take a look at my first attempt at OSL torch light. What helped me was using a small LED light I had and shining it on the guy from the point of view of the torch. Additionally, as you move away from the source it begins to dim, obviously, and that color is different from the one at the origin. From my studies of what other people far more skilled from me said is that red and orange are your go to for torchlight. Yellow would only really be super close to the source. Unless the source is super close to the object in question then yellow is all over the place. But the same rules apply for a more realistic approach. I found that if I didn't have bright enough colors in my collection I would glaze the area with white then reglaze it with the color i had... after it dries of course. If you don't let it dry you get a pink color from the white/red. Dilute the white and build it up. The farther you get from the source the more the color of the tunic or what have you starts showing up. Lastly, contrast (as TheOldGuard said) is what sells the illusion. darken the spot around the bright spots and the bright spots stand out more. If you have a fear of messing it up, do it in diluted layers until you get to what looks good to you. Again, I'm no master but It was far less scary once I started doing it. I now look for ways to add it to miniatures. Here are some links that Ub3r gave me when I started trying to learn it. You came to the right place... Here you go:
  4. So I finally got this book and began prepping the miniature that came with it. I'm really impressed with the design of the new Primaris. Very well done. To start I felt like the over all miniature needed some more weight to it. I mixed up some sculpty and green stuff and filled in his base and pressed the remaining into his back. It still fits together cause there is a lot of hollow space in him. The only reason I knew it was light was they had a few on display at the Games Workshop store so I got to pick one up.
  5. This is going to be Furtastic!
  6. Sketching out a few Dioramas and new Framed diorama! Oh what Lives we artist live! ::):

  7. Wow, I really like what you have done here! Thank you for sharing. Your rushed armour looks great!
  8. Over all, I'm pretty pleased with how this is turning out. SURPRISINGLY, this is my first Sci-fi piece.
  9. THANKS! Then you're going to like this new update! BASE: Used a Vallejo Brown on the base then washed it with Brown Wash BASE: Vallejo German Grey on the "rock" pieces then washed in Black Wash. After that I dry brushed all the "rocks" with Misty Grey BASE: Next, I used Terran Khaki to dry brush the base and then used it to stipple on the legs and base. In combination with the darker Greys and browns it turned out rather well. FIGURE: Right leg, Left shoulder thruster: I tried something new by using white to armor-line then stipple random "dotting" for armour wear and tear. You can see it on the second photo. Please let me know if it looks alright. I experimented with new filters on my camera, white balance filters. One is for florescence and one is for bulbs. I'll get this lighting and photography thing right eventually. Next to be done is touch ups and adding glow tot he eyes. I'm thinking about adding a heat glow to the gun barrel as well. I saw a picture on FB yesterday of it and thought it looked amazing. Like the gun was just fired off repeatedly. I need to working on the shading on the backpack as well. And finally, I'm thinking about keeping the base color that brown shade instead of my usual black.
  10. Ok screen shots this time. Trying out some white balance filters on my camera. Things to notice: As stated above I added a bit more purple/red to his face. I liked how it turned out. I messed up the buckle when attempting to put a design in so I redid it... I'm not happy with this one either. I'll figure it out eventually.
  11. 50147: General Drake Sculpted by Bobby Jackson I went with the non-broccoli base version. I got inspired to this one after a Battletech game that involved the rescue of a general. Now I do the Massive Voodoo 2-step priming method. It really helps me to wrap my mind around the shading. 2-Step priming then grey Scaled the photo. I did some white, diluted, and began bring up all the light spots for even more contrast. Diluted Ginger Bread Brown(2:1 -water): With a focus of lifting the brush off in the darker areas. The Real Magic is applying a Brown Wash (3:1 - using Flow Improver(FI)) to the entire jacket. Multi-stepped process: Taking a New color from the CAV:SO KS I use it to trim the appropriate areas. I then when over them with Leather White. Next I under Brown Wash again (2:1 - water). Re-highlighted with Leather white. Dry Brushed leather white along the bottom of the jack. The photo doesn't display the effect very well. Then Re-washed in a 4:1 Brown Wash, until it all blended. Finally I took a VJ Brown and use it in the mid section of the highlights to give the Leather a multi-toned effect. 1.} 2.} 3.} 4.} I'm still not done with it but I'm pleased with the effect. I used Massive Voodoo's Leather Tut. for inspiration and some photo's of Worn learn. My efforts lately have been to do it in a timely manner. I would say I did that in less that 20 mins. But I was watching Netflix and screwing around so it was about an hour. :P
  12. Using Doug's wonderful description above here are mine in order from greatest to least: Resin: I enjoy the high level of detail, the almost feather weight and the ease of conversions. Metal: Detail is nice, durability is outstanding and sometimes I just enjoy my 25-28mm piece being super heavy. Especially with metal bases... that reaper doesn't carry anymore Polystyrene (Plastic Model): I feel less pressure about messing these up, throwing them away and starting over. This is mostly due to the cost being cheaper than resin and the miniatures come in batches. Unless it's Game Workshop and there stuff is super expensive. PVC (Bones): The detail is not great to what I like. The miniature is way to flexible and feels cheap. In my mind Bones are meant for mass troops; rats, thugs, etc. Although, I vaguely remember something about Bones getting a new formula so they are a bit stiffer(?)
  13. So I did a thing! Latching onto other post of similar title - most notable being @Willen's "Homemade Paint Shaker" - I wanted to create one myself. The objective was to be fast, easy and easy to manage while being multi-functional (it can still be used as a jigsaw). I caught the jigsaw on sale for $10 at Harbor Freight... The Aluminum piece is a sample for some of our material we use here at work. I've seen similar shaped piece at Home Depot. You would have to cut them down and drill the holes for it. I use it cause it was free. The great thing about this is the paint bottle rests against the bolt at the bottom, the Velcro holds it in place horizontally and the rubber band holds it in place vertically. Now I will warn you it is not silent... but well worth it. I did a test on a paint i had not used in over a year: 1-Right out of the bottle, 2-Hand shaken, 3-Jigsaw Shaken. And I can tell you what, that jigsaw shaken bottle was FAR better than I thought it ever was. I mean I really shake them well when i do it with my hands but not nearly as well as that Jigsaw. Hope this helps someone. Please feel free to ask question or anything. If you have any other homemade paint shaker links feel free to post them in here too so we keep them all connected. Removed the hardware (shiny bits) from the jig saw. Using the an allen wrench. Bent the guide rail up and out of the way. It's useless anyway for the jigsaw. I would cut it off if I had the tool. Took Angled aluminum with pre-drilled holes and screw in in place over the existing blade clamp on the jigsaw. ON TOP not under where the blade clamps in. Adhesive Velcro: Cut a length and doubled it over leaving one end ope to stick to the aluminum piece. Cut Velcro section (opposing side) and stuck to aluminum piece Placed bottle onto new apparatus & used rubber band to secure vertical movement. (rubber band doubles as wire management when not in use)
  14. So I re-tired the belt buckle and was not happy with it... again. I can't seem to find a design I like. So I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it. I think I will practice a few designs on the side to see if I can come up with one I like. Very disappointing. Additionally I added some more red/purple to his face in the shadows. It turned out better and gives him a rougher look... Although I took pictures on the fly and they are so dark you can see anything... HA! Picture updates later.
  15. Got some more work done over the weekend and Monday: Silver shading on the shoulders Gun highlights More work on the reds... Grey shading although I'm not happy with the transition so I'll be working on that too. Next I need to finish the metallic shading, then jewel the rifle scope and work on the pouches on his back. Need to work on the parchment as well as the base and dirty up the first a bit. I'm also thinking of trying out scuffed up armor... AHHH!
  16. Hahaha, my apologies.
  17. There are RiffTracks on AMAZON PRIME!!!!!! OMG!
  18. YO!!! Hey everyone! missed randomizing with everyone. Been busy lately. I hope all is well with everyone!
  19. I think I'm about to step into learning how to draw. I've always want to be better at it and I think the Jake Parker stuff is the right direction.

  20. MMmmm tasty. Strangely enough I've never been that good at card games but I do like the art work. Since I was kid I've always wanted to collect a whole set of something... I've only done it once with some of those old x-men cards back in the day. I wanted to do it with the Battletech Card game but i missed that boat. Thanks for the link! Looking it up right now. Found it on Fantasy Flight games... 39.99... but does not appear to be available... Amazon... One review says it's not in production anymore... Mmm
  21. Cool!!!!!!!!! I wonder if they will ever do an modern one. I imagine it would only use the cool art work they already have.
  22. I wonder if there will ever be a WH40k will have a card game?
  23. Cool! I thought of the aliens from Galaxy Quest when I saw them.
  24. Well done! What I found with HEROFORGE is you have to clear coat the base model. One the coat holds it covers over all the pores and you can prime it and paint it as normal.
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