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  1. Marineal

    The 'Mere is a Cruel Mistress

    Y'all. It's done. I've probably sunk about 40 hours into this, and it's been so much fun to learn some new skills. But I am so, SO glad it's done. ;) Enjoy! And let me know what you think! I'm seriously open to C&C. Thanks so much for looking!
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    The 'Mere is a Cruel Mistress

    Yes! The more detailed WIP is on my blog @ www.pimpmypewter.com, and there's a WIP here titled Reapercon swamp (I think... Lol). Thanks so much! Somehow I missed your comment earlier, sorry about that! I didn't tint the resin; my results were just too inconsistent to depend on. I definitely am not married to the reeds in the back. I am toying with the idea of trimming them, because I don't think I like them all being a uniform height. Maybe I'll trim them one at a time? :-)
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    The 'Mere is a Cruel Mistress

    Underwater pictures!
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Hahaha! I mean, I do stab people every day... But they usually say I'm pretty good at it.
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    The 'Mere is a Cruel Mistress

    Thanks! I'll get some more today!
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    I don't really have a favorite fantasy artist per se, but I have alwasu had a special place in my heart for Tony DiTerlizzi. When my husband and I moved in together, I was tasked with going through and putting away all our books. He has from ad&d on, along with a bunch of other 'miscellaneous'. That's where I found the Planescape box that had this picture in it. the Lady of Pain has been a favorite of mine ever since.
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    The 'Mere is a Cruel Mistress

    Thanks everyone!! I'm glad y'all like it! I'll just keep looking at that arm.
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    Mori Tries Making Fancy Bases

    They look great! I'm so glad my failures can help others too! I can't wait to see how the greenstuff works as a mold! They look great! I'm so glad my failures can help others too! I can't wait to see how the greenstuff works as a mold!
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    'Meremaid Reapercon entry

    I decided to stop being silly and start posting my progress here. :) For this diorama, I'm using 02648: Schumacher, 03631: Quoralei, and 77511: Xiloxoch with some pretty heavy modifications. This is going to be a long post. Strap in and get ready! The concept for my diorama starts with me deciding what a swamp mermaid (or 'Meremaid) looked like. I got on pinterest and started looking around for evil mermaids, etc. I know that, historically, mermaids/sirens lured men to their death, but generally speaking people think more Ariel anymore. I didn't want that. I wanted something that looked pretty on top, was deadly under the water. When I was searching for miniatures, I would find one or the other, so I knew I would have to do some converting. I also knew I wanted a kneeling man, preferably with an outreaching arm. After some searching on my own, and asking around on the forums, I ended up deciding on these component pieces. The man was going to be the easiest conversion, so let's start with him. I pretty much just cut off his sword, modeled a thumb (cause I accidentally snipped it!), and bent his arm. it I'm going to go back in and reduce that thumb a little, but it was arguing and I was tired. :) It will be painted like a glove since it has some separation from the sleeve now. I would love it if I could either unbend his fingers or sculpt new ones on, but that did not look right when I tried it. I may end up doing a complete hand transplant, but we'll see. Next up, my 'Meremaid. The reason I've been doing all this practice resin is that I want her to be submerged from the waist down. I'm not interested in doing a whole lot of converting and painting and then having my resin screw up and wanting to die. :) So, started with 2 component parts: This is after both had some cropping done. I removed the head of the naga, and the dangly bits from Quoralei's arms. They were just getting in the way, and not what I imagined for her. Then a little more surgery: That was a scary cut to commit to. Even though I can order more and nothing is set in stone, it was worrisome. Test fitting her into her new legs: See how her neck is bent funny? I think she had some difficulty somewhere along the way. I straightened out her head and one of her arms a bit, and I think it made a big difference. I had started this mini last year sometime as a quick paintjob that I then hated. That's why she's got some paint on her. I also decided I wanted to redo the 'fins' on her back, so she has some weird growths for a bit. :) Greenstuff begins! I am by no means a master sculptor (see the above thumb), but I feel like I did this justice, especially considering it will be somewhat submerged. I knew I wanted some sort of dorsal fins on her, I just had to make them myself. I used pieces of the existing model and cut them up and thinned them out a bit to give the effect I was looking for. A little smoothing, a little priming, and she looks good as new! I decided to do a little zenithal priming on her so I could see the details and see if anything stuck out as 'wrong'. I also decided that I wanted her to have a little bit of a fin on the end of her tail, so I cut that out of some bonesium I had laying around. I like the asymmetrical, angular look of it. When I looked at her now, I wanted her to have a few more details, so I added some skulls to the base and gave her a crown. It's super fancy because it's made from toothpicks. lol I also threw on a coat of black green, because I want her to look more crocodilian than fishy... We'll see how she turns out. I also decided I wanted to add a bunch of foliage and swamp-y stuff, so I used my leftover green stuff to play around. Again, NOT a pro at this. Definitely have a steep learning curve ahead of me! I made a cute little lizard for her base, just because. I intended to use the snail shells in her crown, but they were just too big. I didn't think starfish and normal 'mermaid' stuff would work in her hair since she's not in the 'sea'. I may do some moss or net-type things eventually. For now, I'm happy with her conversion and hope to move forward with my resin experiments into actually pouring them onto practice bases instead of just into molds. Let me know what you think!!! I'd love any C&C since I'm hoping to enter this at Reapercon. Also, if you're a judge, look away!! :D
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    'Meremaid Reapercon entry

    No problem! I'm sure it was operator error! I used Vaseline, because I couldn't find anywhere that listed the ingredients in their mold release. I definitely don't recommend it! Hah!
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    The 'Mere is a Cruel Mistress

    Thanks so much! I wondered if the arm would still look unnatural. I think the problem is at the shoulder, and not the elbow, so I'm not sure how I would reattach it? Totally open to suggestions on that. And you are 100% correct, I haven't finished her tiara! I got caught up in the 'done'. Lol. I will have to fine-toothed comb it once I can see it with new eyes. Thanks again! I really do welcome all comments, be they complementary or critical!
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    'Meremaid Reapercon entry

    It's done!!! Barring some very minor touchups, it's done! I'm so so happy. The show-off is here Bear with me while I finish the story. It's been a doozy. ;) So, I finally attached both minis to the base. This allowed me to fill in some spaces on her and fit him onto the bridge. I also finally decided that he would have flowers in his drilled out hand. Then came the hard part. The part I have dreaded and worried about and couldn't find a solution for. How to pour this resin?! I bought a mold. Too small. Bought another one. Rough edge. Bought some PVC. Couldn't unmold the resin. Finally decided to just make my own mold. Then, while I was at HEB, I saw a container that just 'felt' right. That's right, boys and girls! A 4 oz meringue powder container is the perfect size for the 3 inch (huge) sized base. It was just absolutely perfect. Mirror finish, flat bottom, tall enough. So I decided to just go ahead and POUR! AND IT WORKED! Like I said, there are some spaces that need some touching up. But the resin was my #1 concern, and it's perfect! I couldn't be happier with it. HUUUUGE sigh of relief!!!
  13. Hey!!! I'm still fighting resin. Seriously, it might be winning. I want to ask a hypothetical question and have y'all give me opinions. Do you think a springform pan would work for a mold into which to pour resin? I'm thinking yes, and it might have some nice, smooth sides too...... What does the collective think?!
  14. .... well, I feel sheepish... lol. wow!!! Thanks so much! That is a perfect idea!
  15. That's awesome advice! Thank you!! @Zink Would you suggest just making my own silicone mold for this? I jsut want a cylinder that is about 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall and I'm having difficulty finding that.
  16. Thanks everyone! I am trying to make a water base, and trying to avoid 782 hours of sanding by using a mold box with shiny sides.
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    'Meremaid Reapercon entry

    Whew! Sorry it's been a while. It was finals week, valentines day, and GBO's birthday this week. Didn't leave a lot of time for progress. And the work I did was a little disheartening. I think I've reached the point where I'm getting bored and want it to be done. Which is not a great place to be. So I'm going to update, get my head on right, and get ready for the long haul. So, my test pour came out level, but had a weird void in it. Which means I need to do some research h into troubleshooting in case I have a void in my final cast. Can I pour into it? Can I make it look like I meant to do it? If I stand over it the entire time, can I pop a void before it's final? So, those are my next hints to answer. I decided to try my hand at sanding and determined I don't have the patience to do it by hand. So I'm going to order some things from amazing and try them. I was having some trouble with the fact that I will be throwing away the test piece that I spend 3 hours polishing. So I may try to line my mold with some plastic too. That way I have a shinier surface. Then I went to work on getting her pieces finalized so I could finally mount her on the base. I needed to twist her torso a bit to get their eyelines matching up. She's mounted! And of course I broke a piece of her crown and had 7 heart attacks while I was doing so. But it's better now. Phew! Oh, and I broke off her dumps like a truck. So I'll have to reattach those. I couldn't do it last night, I was too frustrated. So, that's where I'm at right now. I will try a few more test pours, because I read thst the shinier the mold surface, the less sanding necessary. And I definitely noticed a difference between the different molds I have used. Wish me luck! Let me know what you think!
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    Awesome! We loved the box lunches sorry others had issues. I wasn't a huge fan of the food truck because it took forever to get. We'll have a car and 4 feet between the two of us, so we'll see what we can see! Coming from a hugely Hispanic area, I generally steer clear of Mexican food in north of Dallas. It's just different.
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    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    2 years ago, they did a thing where you could buy boxed lunches from the cafeteria, is that an option in the new venue? I remember it was super convenient to just go grab your lunch, and they were really good sandwiches too! It made it easy to go from class to class without having to stress about eating. IIRC, we had breakfast, lunch, and all but one or 2 dinners on site.
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    03902: Bog Homonculus

    Oh! I love him!!! I think I like it matte, so that the spinedies on the back look more like pokey spines. :) Glad to see you back!
  21. Are these not actually streamed? We had been planning to watch it on twitch, but nothing was streaming. So I looked around and just saw the new video pop up on YouTube...
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    As long as you put the right enchant on the ring.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Meh? We're pretty disgusting and like each other a lot. So we'll go out to dinner or do something small. Considering grandma is taking the Tiny Overlord today, I foresee us watching reaper live and passing out in our chairs. Haha! Romance is Alive, people!!
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    Weight Loss Support Thread

    I forgot to update. At day 30,i was down a total of 10 inches between bust /waist /hips, and 12lbs. That means I'm back down a pant size, and I feel so so much better. We decided to do ankther 30 days to keep up the good results, and I'm going to start exercising 3 days a week. I'm a terrible exerciser, so that is actually quite a commitment. I've been mostly doing YouTube exercise videos so I can mix it up. I generally yell at the skinny girl in the video and curse the whole time. Lol The nice thing is, GBO is on the diet with me. So we're able to talk about changes and our struggles together. It's really not hard, it almost habit by now. But it does get kind of.... Boring? Tedious? We have to keep trying to find stuff we're excited about because it's all veggies and 'good' food. Considering we have spent the majority of our 12 year marriage celebrating with food, it makes things seem a little flat. Anyways, sorry! Results are good! I can see it in my face, and I'm gonna keep working. I'm proud of everyone! Keep it up!
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