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TaleSpinner last won the day on December 5 2018

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  1. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    Grilled rare, well seasoned with a touch of wood smoke. Blacksting; Julie leveled up artistically speaking on that one. Can't chose one, but the top three are Creme Brulee, Key Lime Pie, and Tiramisu Sure, but I don't need another hobby. Valley of the Giants in the Quinault Rainforest. I'd like a Bearded Dragon, but my wife says, "no." I grew up in the 70's; it appears that my brain has wisely blocked all memories of the clothing of that era. No
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    How the heck would a wolf in flashing neon colors be a ninja?
  3. Squeeeeeee! I'm after @Pingo!!!! Last time I did this I scored a hand drawn sketch from Pingo, Siri, and TGP. Those three sketches are on the wall in front of my studio table. I look at them every day and they are among my favorite possessions. @Chaoswolf:Are tools something I can put in? I was thinking of forging a couple sets of my sculpting tools for the box.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    That was my foot, inserted at the last moment for scale. Wow, that describes it perfectly!
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    To be brutally honest, while I'd like to take credit for the cool swirly part in the center of the portal, the one I did wasn't nearly so dynamic, being more of a simple whirlpool. Ron approached me after the KS and asked me about removing it and I did. They were then going to cast it in resin and scan it so they could have one of the zBrush people (something I hope to be soon) add a more dynamic swirl that you could actually put a mini through. I agreed with this plan. They did all this, but something went wrong with the scan and the model itself was damaged and the zBrush sculptor (I wish I could remember his name, but I only heard it once) was forced to essentially copy my masters in zBrush for a lot of the sculpt (though I suspect not all, as those symbols on the balls got into the notches originally because I sculpted the balls first, let them harden, then sculpted the notches around the balls, so if he redid that part he really was was copying everything I did). So in the end, the portal was still my concept and sculpt, and yet the finished product is not my sculpt, at least not directly. I'm conflicted on that. For instance, I don't feel like I could paint that up as a ReaperCon Open piece because the forms there are not directly my tool strokes, unlike the Chaos Toads which were my sculpting directly. On the other hand, the portal was my design and concept, unlike the Chaos toads which were the product of a design session between Izzy and I.
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    ReaperCon 2019 -- Classes I Would Take

    I'm thinking up new class ideas for this year, and a post @Sirithiliel made about the new bones t-rex got me thinking. Would there be interest in a hands-on Miniature Reposing class, where I walk you though how to cut, repose, and patch/resculpt a mini? I do this so often, that I don't really think of it as a skill, but the other conversation made me wonder. If enough people would be interested, I'll build the class.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    but you are a sculptor, just fix it. You have the chops to repose it to darn near anything. Don't Fear the Scalpel!
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I should note, that model adjustments are often needed to ensure proper molding and cutting. I suspect that that happened to the T-Rex. The images you see in the KS are just that, images; unless it is a physical green, it is just a render from zBrush, and adaptation may need to be made to get it to mold right. Even physical models go through a similar process (the portal was completely digitized from my original and had to have some resculpt done there to the point where I feel more like a 3D concept artist than the creator of the final). These steel molds are something we sculptors are still getting used to and we don't always know what will fly and what won't; doubly so with the new Bones Black; thus I am sure China made adjustments. That doesn't explain the size shrink on Argent though, unless it had to do with fitting him on a mold or something like that.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I can definitely understand your disappointment, since that is a 4 inch difference. I wonder why? Personally, I'm excited by this. I almost didn't get Argent because it was too big for my needs. If it is 8" tall it fits a niche in my collection between T'rauk and the rest of the bones dragons.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Mine came, but I can't open it until Friday night as I have after work obligations tonight and work tomorrow.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    There's a saber-tooth pug in the Troll pack.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I can't see a weight either. Then when I go in through the Pledge Manager and click the UPS link there, it gives the weight. Mine is 29.10 LBS I was much more reserved this time around.
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    Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Got my email notification. Wave 1, 9/14 lock in
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    77103: Nor'Okk, Ettin

    A friend of mine (@Dalth) sent me a picture of this mini painted yesterday. I guess we'd both decided to paint the same mini without even talking about it. Anyway, his paint job inspired me to take a night off from sculpting and put some paint on this guy (that and I had a medical infusion yesterday and that always fuddles my head a bit, so sculpting for clients in that state in not advisable). I worked on bringing his skin tones up a couple more levels, then worked on the leather of the pelt and washed the pelt with Blue Liner. I'm really not sure how much more I'll be able to do on him or a ReaperCon entry now. I suddenly have 12 sculpting commissions, none of which are the ones I said I was expecting. It is going to be a very green (stuff) summer! This is all great though because I am trying to earn enough to purchase a new zBrush computer system, so I can learn to sculpt digitally. I doubt that I will stop sculpting in GS, especially since some of my customers don't like or want anything digitally sculpted, but others are starting to shift toward only wanting digital. So if I am going to stay viable, I need to add it to my tool box.