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    BONES 77127 Vermin:Beetles

    Thanks. I was looking at a photo of a red stag beetle for inspiration, but the mini doesn't match real life in the eyes. So, I figured I'd us them for a chance to add a complimentary color, and make them translucent.
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    This is Snake...

    No, this is the Escape from L.A.version since it's Bones! Seriously, I love the eyes and grey scales. I think the belly could benefit from more contrast. That would be my only advice to an otherwise great mini.
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    59040 Deadlands Noir: Grifter turned D&D Sorcerer

    I'm liking this so far. The mock up idea is so cool. I used to do that roughly with a sketch and colored pencils, but seems so much better visualization with computer software!
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    BONES 77127 Vermin:Beetles

    Thanks Ub3r.
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    77141: Townsfolk: Oswald the Overladen

    That's hilarious, Hawker. Just don't push it so much the Paladin's alignment shifts from too many frustrated backhand slaps. I really like the figure. So much going on. The lantern is great.
  6. Hi everyone. Can you give me advice on painting the Iron Golem to a really dark black? I want him to look like cast iron. I have seen the thin grey line on black base coat for Space Marines which looks sharp for tabletop standard, but was hoping for a more blended look. However, when I try to blend up highlights onto black, my minis just end up looking grey and lose their deep black character. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    02728 Iron Golem Paint Advice

    This is an eye opening article. I never would have thought the missing piece to blacker blacks was...color! Thanks Ub3r!
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    New Painter

    Welcome to the hobby. I would call that a good first figure. The color scheme is accessible/natural. The paint seems to be contained within the boundaries of each zone. The eyes look nice and appear to be staring in the same direction. What you will find is that as you improve and gain new techniques, you may come back to early figures like this to revise them. I keep a few of these early type figs to pull out and remind myself just how far I've come. Good job, good luck, and have fun.
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    Stonehaven Gnome Wizard WIP

    Looks so good almost fear bringing it to gaming table. Great job.
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    72moonglum's vacation WIP

    Looking great so far. You need to master the subtle arts of subliminal messages to get them to "go have fun without you!" :). Then, more painting time.
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    Privateer Press Curator and Infernal Discerning Beast

    Great work. Creepy. Quick question: why do you have the yellow bar on the base? Is it for facing in your game?
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    Kavorgh, Black Orc Warlord - WIP

    Great highlights. I like the backstory that the different leather colors are the skin colors of the PC races of your campaign.
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    Eye candy

    To me, that is the perfect representation of a Chaotic creature, and an Abberation. The eyes, all the eyes.... I can still see them staring at me even when it is off the screen! Great job.
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    OMG want....

    I tend to agree with this. Although a great sculpt, and I'm sure with 50-100 hours of painting would look epic, too risky to lug it out during a gaming session.
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    Advice needed for Bowling Alley bases.

    This, except I would not scrape them to create texture. When you scrape/sand/carve the styrene, it creates deep grooves and a lot of extra roughness that the wood in a bowling alley just does not appear to have. I would use the styrene strips to get the shape of the slats, but leave them smooth and paint the texture, and then gloss it. I agree with this, Brunwald. However, once the strips are glued down and trimmed to the shape of the base, they can be lightly sanded to decrease the depth of the gouges. Also, between primer, paint, and several layers of gloss varnish, it could end up quite smooth. One could even pour some clear acrylic resin on top (like they use for a water base) and make it perfectly level.
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    Grenadier Orc (or goblin)? Circa 1987ish

    You can paint on top of sealer. The paint on top of sealer will be vulnerable since it isn't sealed, but then you could re-seal it...
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    Advice needed for Bowling Alley bases.

    Strips of styrene from model train supply. They come very long and varying width and thickness. Use a saw to scrape along the length a few times, to give it "wood grain." Glue them to the base. They all will have perfectly straight edges, so will look like the planks in the bowling alley floor. Could leave a gap on an edge and then a double stack of un-scraped styrene for the gutter. Gouging one end with a hobby knife could make the fault line. When you prime, basecoat, wash dark, freehand aim arrows, and heavy gloss coat, I bet they would be spot on.
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    DSM-7924 Froggy Queen WIP

    Looks like a good start.
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    Year of the Giants: Part I - Kaya the Reaper

    Looking great! What color are you using for her leather?
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    Large Earth Elemental

    I really like it. The "magic control crystals" are cool, as is the fossil. I think I have this mini in blister, but never noticed the fossil. Is it a conversion you added? I like the high contrast. I also like the mossy effect on the rock of the left arm. Is that what you were going for? The only thing my eyes are hanging up on is the raw metal of the base. For some reason, it detracts a little from the overall mini, in my opinion. Great job.
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    "How Did You Come Across Reaper Miniatures" Stories

    I used to build model planes as a 6 or 7 year old. My best friend from the neighborhood had a dad who was very good at that. His son wasn't, so his son started miniatures. He introduced me to the hobby at that time. That was 30 years ago, and mainly consisted of Games Workshop and Grenardier. My first mini was a plate mail warrior with a sword. Dreadful paint job. My 3rd and 4th were Salamander Chapter Space marines. I tried my hand at dry brushing and freehand on the shoulder pads. I thought I did such a great job, I entered them into a contest and not even a certificate of merit! I was crushed... But I kept at it off-and-on, painting up stuff from Muscle Wrestlers to the figures from Hero Quest, Battle Masters and Dragon Quest board games. In high school I painted some Ral Parthas, but gave them all away. Finally, in college I really started trying to branch out into new skills like blending and layering. When I got a D&D 3.5 group together, I realized the BEST miniatures company pumping out figures for that game was Reaper, and I don't think I've bought from another company since. Between the pewter figures, Bones, forums and inspiration gallery, all the necessary components to learn to paint great minis is there in one place.
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    Ral Partha Chimera

    Looks great. If anyone criticizes your choice to have an abrupt transition between beast subtypes, don't let them. Chimeric organisms do exist in science, and some of them have abrupt transitions like this. It always amazes me how far miniatures have come since the old RP days, but you've managed to capture a lot of detail and added some real character to this old sculpt. Well done.
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    Rainbow (Assorted Minis)

    Good job. I remember you posting about the snake and saying you aren't even using miniatures paints, so what paint do you use? I am very impressed that you chose to try your hand at object source lighting with the undertaker and this is really your first batch of minis. It came out nicely and believably. Nicely done.