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Guindyloo last won the day on November 14 2017

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About Guindyloo

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    Xenomorph Queen
  • Birthday 08/22/1982

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    I like xenomorphs, painting minis and goblins.

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  1. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I haven’t tried to cut back my paint purchases at all, honestly. I like having a lot of different options and then I mix a lot on top of that. I’m always finding new favourites and figuring out different uses for different paints. My only limitation is the apartment. I have a one bedroom and my paint desk is in the middle of the living room because that’s the only space I have so I have to make it work. If I had a dedicated hobby room, I’d gladly just add some more racks. I wouldn’t mind being entombed by paint. She does that while I’m looking. At least she doesn’t curl up right on top of the figure I’m painting. Yet.
  2. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Whew, that ended up being even more labour intensive than I thought it was going to be. I decided since so many of my paints were outside of the racks anyway that I might as well reorganise how I keep them. So that involved pretty much taking everything down from the main racks and then putting everything back up and at about 90% done I realized that I’d outgrown my racks entirely between all of the paints I took home from Reapercon and a couple of purchases since. Soooooo I ended up having to put most of the washes away in a pistol case to free up enough space. The good news is, doing that freed up so much space that now I have more space to buy more paints!
  3. Guindyloo

    01416: Sophie in Cat Costume

    Thanks all for the kind comments! A lot of the credit for that lovely face goes to Bob, he sculpted her so nicely!
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Behold the chaos!
  5. Guindyloo

    Need advice on paints, matte or satin?

    The answer is, genuinely, use whatever you prefer. If you like the satin the most, use the satin. Now some people will tell you that's not the "right" answer and that's because traditionally, at the scale of most miniature figures (28-32mm) a matte finish looks more "correct" to the eye when painting metal or plastic figures to look organic. The satin, being more shiny than a matte finish, will give your figures more of an artificial look. For that reason, most of the paints aimed at miniature painting are formulated to be very matte. Reaper certainly is, I believe Army Painter is as well, and Vallejo is usually matte, though some of their paints can be on the satin side depending on what line they're from. On the other hand, GW and P3 paints can be a bit more on the satin side. You can certainly mix matte and satin paints, but there are 2 issues that you will come upon. 1. They may look a little different on the figure. 2. You may have difficulties achieving certain techniques, especially when it comes to blending. A matte paint may not like to layer or glaze over a satin finish and vice versa. One of the ways that you can sort of get around that would be to use paints with like finishes on different areas without mixing the two. So, for instance, satin finish paints only on the skin and matte finish paints only on the cloth. Then you can make a judgement call from there on how it looks to decide whether you want to bring both finishes to matte with a matte sealer, or even bring them both to a satin finish with a satin sealer. So you've got options as far as the paints that you've already purchased and like I said, they're your figures so you should use whatever finish you like. But, the general preference in the miniature painting world (and certainly speaking in competition terms) is generally a matte finish and since it's your intention to continue building a collection of Reaper paints, which are formulated to have a very matte finish, I think you would probably serve yourself best by purchasing craft paints with a matte finish where possible so they'll work a little better for you at filling in gaps in your paint collection.
  6. Guindyloo

    10 Rookie Tips... From a Rookie

    I think that's a perfectly fine way to look at it. It is YOUR hobby, after all. You should certainly approach it in whatever way makes you happy and keeps you doing it. I think some people forget that not everyone is working toward the same goal and moreover that there's nothing wrong with having your own different goal. I think that's it great to strive toward painting like *Insert awesome painter here* and to make that a goal to work toward. But if your goal is to get minis on the table and have them painted better than prepaints, that's awesome too. Besides, comparing yourself to others' painting can be a dangerous demotivator if you don't properly temper your expectations.
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    Chibi Gloomhaven (spoiler free)

    Beautiful work! I especially love the Inox Brute. The fur texture on his head is especially lovely.
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    01416: Sophie in Cat Costume

    I finished up this lovely lady last night. She was wonderfully sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. I really enjoyed the details on her and she was a lot of fun to paint. I always mean to paint a Halloween figure before Halloween but am usually too busy to actually manage it. I got this figure while at Reapercon though and decided it was meant to be, so I put aside a couple of other things to make time for her. I had a lot of technical issues with her due to my clumsiness - I dropped her THREE times which resulted in extensive repair work and having to reattach her to the pumpkin each time. There’s no indentation or any other indication for how she’s meant to be attached to the pumpkin and assembly is not my strong suit so I struggled a bit with that part. The way I have her attached leaves her foot hanging past the base by a good bit so I’ll need to build the base up on a little bit of cork, but she looked the most correct to me this way. (She is currently still sitting on top of foam tape and the craft paint bottle that I used as a holder, I just painted them black for pictures.) I was asked over on facebook how I painted the wings, so I’ll copy that info over here as well: I basecoated with MSP Black Indigo. (That’s one of this year’s Reapercon swag bag paints. I think Nightmare Black would probably be fine to use in its place.) Then I layered up using paints from Nocturna’s Imperial Purple Set. They’re Vallejo paints made for Nocturna and I highly recommend both that set and the Crimson Red set. Both sets come with little painting guides and the purple one walks you through how to do both cold purples and warm purples. I went in the warm purple direction starting from the darkest colours and layering up to the lightest. So Imperial Purple > Purple Hex > Amethyst > Witch Purple > Lipstick. Then I glazed over everything with MSP Gothic Crimson which was also a LE Reapercon paint, I think from the 2016 swag bag. (I can’t think of a replacement for that off of the top of my head but it’s a wine-maroon colour.) Then in the areas that I wanted to darken, like the transitions going back into the shadows and the backs of the wings, I glazed with the Black Indigo.
  9. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Taking us all down with you, I like your style.
  10. Guindyloo

    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Thanks, Doug. After they announced it last week and forgot to mention that it wasn't starting until this week, I totally forgot about it. Now we'll see if I can remember to watch it when I'm back home....
  11. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oh man, this is a mean one, Andy. Ok, I'll accept your challenge of shaming myself into cleaning up my desk, it could definitely use it....I'm back down to only a few inches of workable space. I'll have to take a picture when I'm back home from the office though. Cleaning it is definitely going to have to be a weekend project....I need to reorganize my paint racks (again) to include all of the paints from Reapercon, as I haven't done that yet.........probably should unpack my suitcase too.
  12. Guindyloo

    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Most movies are more enjoyable than they are good. Not everyone knows the difference. I happen to enjoy quite a few terrible movies. I have also long been a horror fan and as all horror fans know, we're subjected to quite a lot of terrible movies and there is a big difference between a bad movie that's still fun and a bad movie that's just bad. However, probably my favourite of the bad horror movies is a rather blasphemous pick - I love the remake of The Omen that came out in 2006. Don't get me wrong, I'm well aware that it's not a good movie and it's not even good by the standards of bad horror (although I will note that despite most other critics giving it a poor review, Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs up.) But I have always loved it. I was super excited about its release into theatres - they premiered it on June 6, 2006 (666 ) and I dragged a friend with me (it was a Tuesday night) and loved it and bought the dvd the day it came out and have probably watched it a good 666 times. I used to have pretty severe insomnia and on nights where I couldn't sleep, this was one of my go to movies. It's not good, I wouldn't recommend it, but I love it. Where to buy most xenomorph related paraphernalia. If I have a really good week and am able to paint every day, which is ideal for me, I easily put in around 30 hours of actively working on something at my desk. If it's not a good week, then it's closer to 15-20.