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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    I was working on turtle folk armatures last night, and couldn't resist putting a little time in on this as well. I decided to start by re-positioning the ewe that will be turning into stone. I'm going to name her Edith (mega points if you can figure out why). Anyway, I started by cutting out Edith's throat with my jeweler's saw: Then I used a carbide burr to essentially grid the area down to her spine: Next, I used the saw to make cuts at several of her joint points to facilitate bending where I needed them and re-positioned her legs so she is going down hill. I also re-positioned her head (I bent the horn in this process but didn't notice until after taking pictures): Here she is with the basilisk as she will be in the scene: I still have some refinement to do on her before sculpting the fixes, but this is pretty close.
  2. Well, ReaperCon is about 3.5 months away, so I guess it is about time for me to blow the dust off of the brushes and get an entry or two done. My Open entry this year will feature three goats from Reaper's 03719 Animal Companions set that I sculpted: One of which will be coming around a rocky outcropping nose to nose with this guy: Dr. Burns of Dark Fable was awesome and sent me my sculptor's copies right away, so I could have time to prep and paint this guy. You can check out the KS with this mini in it here. The Players: The goats will be based on the Bezoar Wild ibex: With one male and two females. Obviously, I will need to adjust Billy a bit to add muscle mass and to increase his horns. The basilisk will be based on the Gila Monster: But instead of pink, the light areas will be either flame color with a bright yellow belly smoothly transitioning to scarlet red on the spines or acid green. I am currently leaning toward the flame tones as I think it fits the desert theme better. The Scene: Imagine a desert rock outcropping similar to this: Billy is standing on top of it, surveying his domain. At the base, a couple of his ewes are feeding. Directly under the out-jutting stone is a hunting basilisk that has just come face to face with one of the ewes, who unbeknownst to Billy, is swiftly turning to stone. It's a bay day for Billy and his flock. Challenges: - Finding time. I am committed to 6 sculpts this summer, plus summer time with the kids. That said, I do have some vacation I can use if needed. - Black: highlighting shiny black is always a bit of a challenge - Highlighting a gradient - Re-sculpting Billy and one ewe - Possible OSL on the basilisk's eyes - Making the stone to flesh effect look right and like it is traveling down the ewe's body. I have one sculpt I have to finish by tonight, then I can spend some time prepping these minis. I will try to post WIP photos after each session.There may be considerable periods between posts due to sculpting activities.
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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    As much as i like that guy, I'll probably do something like this so I can still actually get to the neck to paint it. (I also really like the colors on this one.)
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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    Nice. That is a good trick. I typically use photos in black and white to better see shadows. I never thought of playing with the color contrast and saturation. I liked that picture too. Lots of good cool colors to work with to contrast the warm basilisk and goats.
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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    Check this guy out! Do you think anyone would believe it if I went that wild with the horns:
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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    Desert to semi-arid. Basilisks and these goats are both Middle Eastern in origin, but I'm not going to let that stop my artistic license. Here are some shots I found: And some from where the goats actually live: As you can see, these animals live in a wide range of rocky arid/semi-arid lands. The one I am most interested in using as a pattern because of it's beauty is the Persian Ibex, but may take some license with it as it is fantasy after all.
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    Used to be sculpting/painting, but then I businessized that so now it is more often than not a source of stress. Now I dance like a fool in my basement for 45 minutes a night for cardio and health. Used to be, but not anymore. Now my skill isn't an issue, time is.
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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    Will do! I'll likely want your thoughts on shade colors and stone colors to ensure the best look with the bright colors I have planned for the Basilisk. Bright colors are definately out of my comfort zone. My Reaper order came! I got two more animal packs so I now have 3 goats to work with. I also got the colors I intend to use as the mid tone gradient for the basilisk (yellow on the belly to red on the back scales. Next step is to start hacking up the goats so I can repose them and add Billy's alpha male traits.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    A client of mine has commissioned me to produce a new line of oriental-themed turtle people, based on box-turtles. I'm pretty excited about this project as I love the subject as well as the challenges that it will present me. We are going to take a modular approach to this, with me creating a fully sculpted shell with arm and leg armatures. This I can then cast in bronze and use to make many different minis. I am also planning on making several heads and casting them to be added to each sculpt. A turtle head is pretty generic with little possible expression, so I should be able to make a few variations and reuse them. I will also be sculpting and casting various oriental weapons, hats, and other accouterments to be added to the sculpts. After all that, I will be making three sculpts to begin with, and we'll see where we take it from there. If it all turns out, you'll likely be seeing all of this on the KS page at some point. Here is the basic concept (this is very rough and I am not very good at drawing; the 3D sculpts will be a lot better): Here is a close up of the basic armature concept: Last night, I began the project by making the armature and underpinning the shell Here is the top view: And the side view: I will be basing the turtle parts on the Eastern Box-turtle: And finally, as I was typing this, the bronze came: Now, I am going to have to figure out how to cut that up into chunks that can fit my crucible. More to come soon. Andy
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    Miniature photography thread?

    Done, thanks.
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    Directory of Tips & Advice Resources

    Added Miniature Photography 101 link.
  12. This topic contains links to the topics and articles that are frequently referenced by the Reaper community for information on painting miniatures. If you wish to add a resource to the list, please PM me or another Moderator. New to the Hobby and Want to Know Where to Start? I have received a request to make a list of tutorials for beginners. If you are new to the hobby, I suggest you read through the following in the order presented. (Note that these links are also shared in their respective categories as well.) The Craft: A Beginning Mini Painter's Shopping List Working With Bones Minis: This link takes you to Rhonda Bender's excellent series on preparing and painting Bones minis. The link takes you to the first article which has links to the other articles. Glossary of Painting Terms: A running list of miniature painting terms and their meanings The Craft: Let it flow: An excellent tutorial on thinning paint (note: this was written before MSPs came out and includes a fair amount about additives that are not needed with MSPs, but the rest of the information is spot on.) The Craft: Dire Wolf: Part 1 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert (Don't let Derek's reputation throw you off; these are meant for the beginner.) The Craft: Giant Spider: Part 2 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Onastaa the Sorceress: Part 3 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Brigette of the Blade: Part 4 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Brand the Barbarian: Part 5 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Elladan Swiftbrook: Part 6 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: A Beginning Mini Painter's Shopping List, Part 2 The Craft: Bette Davis Eyes: A tutorial on painting eyes General The Tutorials Database: A running list of miniature related tutorials on the internet that people have found useful. Note that this list is not updated to fix or remove links that no longer function as time goes by. Books Helpful for Painting: A running list of miniature related books that people have found useful. The Craft: A Beginning Mini Painter's Shopping List The Craft: A Beginning Mini Painter's Shopping List, Part 2 Working With Bones Minis: This link takes you to Rhonda Bender's excellent series on preparing and painting Bones minis. The link takes you to the first article which has links to the other articles. Reducing the Flexibility of Bones Minis: This link takes you to Doug's science page where in he and others experiment using chemicals to leach plasticizers from Bones in order to harden them. Try this at your own risk! Your favorite Youtube channels: This link takes you to a member-generated list of YouTube and other video tutorials on a wide variety of Hobby-related topics, including Painting, Conversion, Terrain, and Sculpting. Paint Color Charts MSP and RPP Color Equivalencies: A running list of equivalencies between Reaper MSP and some other paint lines such as GW and Reaper ProPaints Color Usage Discussion - MSP and Others: A discussion on how Reaper paints compare to others and information on paint make-up and chemistry Paint Product Descriptions: A discussion on the Reaper paints and how they differ from each other and other paints Miniature Prep The Stripping Materials Compendium: A running list of materials used to strip paint off of minis and how to use them The Craft: When the Quartermaster Just Doesn't Understand You: Basic weapon swapping made easy The Craft: Replacing Those Huge Bendy Swords: A basic guide to fixing/changing sword blades The Craft: So, You Want to Remove Your Bases?: A guide to removing integral bases on metal minis The Craft: Assembling Cinder: A guide to assembling large, metal minis The Craft: How to Assemble 03465: Shaerileth, Spider Demon: A guide to assembling this large mini by the sculptor The Craft: Digital Mock-Ups: A guide to using PhotoShop to plan your color scheme on a mini before painting Painting Glossary of Painting Terms: A running list of miniature painting terms and their meanings How to Blend by olliekickflip: A tutorial on blending using glazes Airbrushing: The Compendium: A running list of tutorials for using an airbrush Painting Recipes: A running list of paint mixes that people have made for various uses Shaded Metallics (TMM): A basic guide to painting shaded metallics (TMM) Flame Reference: A pictorial view of flame colors and dynamics. The Craft: Dire Wolf: Part 1 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Giant Spider: Part 2 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Onastaa the Sorceress: Part 3 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Brigette of the Blade: Part 4 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Brand the Barbarian: Part 5 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: Elladan Swiftbrook: Part 6 of a 6 part tutorial series by Derek Schubert The Craft: 2003 Holiday Sophie: Tutorial by Anne Foerster The Craft: Let it flow: An excellent tutorial on thinning paint (note: this was written before MSPs came out and includes a fair amount about additives that are not needed with MSPs, but the rest of the information is spot on.) The Craft: DHL 3000 Kyra & Lavarath WIP: A step by step account of assembling and painting Kyra & Lavarath The Craft: Camo on a CAV: A guide to painting realistic camouflage patterns The Craft: Bette Davis Eyes: A tutorial on painting eyes Painting eyes by dks: A guide to painting eyes by Derek Schubert Basing/Finishing Creating Ice Bases: A guide to using crackle medium to create realistic ice bases. The Craft: Birch Seed Leaves: A tutorial on using birch seed pods to make leaves for bases The Craft: Making Money: A guide to making coins for bases The Craft: Big ol' Pile of Treasure: A guide to making large treasure piles on you bases The Craft: Realistic Drool: A guide to making drool and dripping water effects The Craft: Making Tracks: A guide to making tracks on bases The Craft: How I Made the Water for 03353: Pirate King and Queen: A guide to making water bases Miniature Photography Miniatures Photography 101: A guide to taking good pictures of your minis. How to Make a Cheap Light Box: a guide to making a photo light box.
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    Billy's Bad Day (03719: Goats and Dark Fable Basilisk)

    1 sculpt down, 5 to go...
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    Reapercon 2018 Enthusiasm and Chatter

    Yeah, we all just started submitting our class concepts last week, so it will probably take a bit as Ron herds us cats. I submitted my 4 classes. I'm even doing two totally new ones this year. I'll share what they are when I am sure they will be approved. I started my contest entry last week. Progress is slow as I attempt to clear my plate of my current sculpt load to ensure that I can do it justice.
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    Alignment Check

    So I guess I am Lawful Good with Chaotic Neutral tendencies, since I twist, tuck, and then put bread and bag in the Tupperware container we use as a bread box.
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    Orc Warband - Minions of Evil!

    Orc Warband - Minions of Evil!, by Dark Fable And my Basilisk:
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    Godslayer

    That Stagotaur is a great concept and execution. Wish I could get is singly.
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    I could probably do it, in the right circumstances. I am considering a retirement career as a Ren Fest Jewelry artist, but then I like the Ren Fest crowd. When I was in college in Mankato, MN, I worked for a summer as a cook at the local Hardee's. The Hardee's in question happened to be next to the off campus hip bar. Since I also had my internship job, I always worked the closing shift. As a large beefy guy, I also served as our unofficial bouncer, which was fine from June through July. All I ever had to do was to suggest that a few rowdy folks and drunks leave, etc... Everything changed in August, as the MN Vikings came to campus for their summer training. I'm not a sports guy, so I really didn't realize how this might affect me. One Friday night, shortly after they came to town, I was working. It was about 9:45, and we had a fairly long line that night for some reason. I had just thrown down a full grill of quarters and was preparing to fill the fry bin when the front door slammed open and in walked 3 of the largest men I had ever seen. The leader walked up to the front counter, grabbed another client by the shoulders and shoved her aside; then banging his fist on the counter began yelling at the young lady who was our cashier that night, "Give me ELFING 10 ELFING bacon cheeseburgers and 5 large fries right mother-ELFING NOW!!! It ain't out here in ELFING 30 seconds, I'll be late and you motherELFERS will have to pay the $10,000 fine I'll get for missing ELFING curfew." I looked at the grill, the patties still had 3 min to go and there were only 8. Like a Vegas card dealer, I threw out frozen patties and filled all grill tops slapping them down and then ran up front to save the now shaking and terrified girl (I think she was about 16). I explained to the guy that the hamburgers were still cooking and that it would be at least 6 minutes before I could give him 10 that weren't at least partly raw. He got right up into my face and shouted, "Thats ELFING ELFED! I want my ELFING burgers now, ELFER." (This guy had more uses for the word ELF than I knew had existed back then.) I looked him in the eye and said I could serve them to him right now, but they would be under-cooked. If he was willing to sign a release clearing me of wrongdoing should he get ill, I would be glad to serve them to him immediately. At this point, his two buddys were looking very ashamed and were starting to try to get him to leave. "I ain't ELFING leaving without my ELFING burgers! I ain't signing ELFING anything for this prick. You probably just want my ELFING autograph." I looked him up and down and said, "Why would I want that?" "Because I'm ELFING ________ _____________, that's ELFING why." he shouted. And before I could stop myself, I said, "Who?" He just stopped, glaring at me, boiling a head of steam inside, his buddies positioning to grab his arms. Just then the timer on the grill started beeping. "Ah," I said, "Your burgers are done, sir." and I ducked into the kitchen, threw his burgers together very quickly, sacked them and gave them to him, on the house. His buddies ushered him out. As soon as the doors closed the store gave me a standing ovation and I went back to making their burgers. And that is the story of how I bought a football star a meal (I had to pay for the burgers out of my check, but it was worth it to get rid of him; and I got a good story).
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    Basilisk

    I recently got a commission to sculpt a basilisk. I'm really excited about this one as I've been wanting to do one for several years. Due to cost constraints, I can't quite do the version I had originally wanted to do, but my client and I worked it out and I am very excited about what we came up with. He also gave me permission to share it with you. This one will be featured in a indie campaign later this spring I believe. Here is the rough concept (please don't laugh at my rough drawing skills; I really need to take a page out of @Morihalda's book and work on drawing more): From that, I created the armature. Note that the rear two legs on the left side will be on a rock which spans under the beast as it is climbing over it, touching the inside of the right-side rear leg. This allows me to account for all 8 legs and still have a one-part casting. Right Side (head pointing to the right): Top (head to the right): Left Side (head to the left): Angled View (head tot he left):
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    Basilisk

    Kickstarter is live!
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    Well, not with that attitude anyway.
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    Getting to Know You, May 2018

    Deviled Eggs. I make a kick butt deviled egg. Know, no; but I am dangerous with French and know a bit of German and Spanish. As a linguist and 30 year veteran tech writer, I can recognize most written languages, even if I don't know what they say. ReaperCon the clock is ticking.... Glazing. I love glazes. I pretty much use glazes on everything these days.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Worked on the legs, arms, eyelids, and neck. I also started preparing the other two armatures (no pictures yet).
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    I soldered the sword in place. Then I sculpted it's legs.
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    I have the first one assembled and ready for sculpting: I'll add the sword later; it will be in the hand above the head.
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