Painting Dog

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    Pittsburgh, PA
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    Mini painting, gaming, dog training & dog agility trials.

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  1. So much painting, so few pictures. One of the things I'm starting to realize about the Tootsie Roll is that it only has one good side. Not when you're looking at it in person, but when it comes to photos. It kind of leans over onto itself (towards the right when you're facing it head on), which means that side ends up looking shadowed and weird in a photo. Or at least in my phone photos. So since I haven't really done anything with the mouth yet (so no "full frontal" pictures), you're all gonna have to get sick of looking at the same basic shot over and over again. After whining about chalkiness in my highlights last time, I re-acquainted myself with some techniques for dealing with that (including your suggestion to go over it with a midtone glaze, @Pochi). I'm pretty happy now with the highlights -- including the blends. Today, then, I spent a bunch of time just going over the entire body and blocking in highlights. Got very tired of tracing edges and making little lines. The detail of the scale striations kind of peters out toward the bottom, so I got to use the "subtle little lines" technique that I tried out on the little guy in my first post. I think it ended up OK. I'm hoping to get the chance to do some more painting this weekend -- since I now have a whole buncha blending of all the edges and scales to do! And I've got to finally decide on what I want to do with the tummy. Do you think I can get away with basing it in the same Griffon Tan I'm using for the highlights, then highlighting up from there? Comments and critiques welcome, as always. Thanks, everybody!
  2. I got to put in a few hours on my sandworm today, although I'm not sure that's obvious from the results. The only part of the worm I worked on was the very front rill. Before this, the only big things I've worked on have been some of the previous Bones dragons -- and I've never been 100% happy with the results. I don't have a very good track record of getting big pieces to look the way I see them in my head. So I'm leery of just attacking the whole huge piece until I'm at least a little sure about what I'm doing (and how). So I did a few layers of building up some highlights using a mixture of the Ruddy Leather base with progressively more Griffon Tan, aiming for eventually getting a final highlight of pure Griffon Tan. I tried to leave the recesses alone so the Ruddy Leather was still visible. Still, by the time I got to where I wanted, I felt like I'd lost the dark areas. So I hit everything with a brown ink wash to try and intensify the recesses. That, of course, dulled down the highlighting! Which I wasn't confident was enough anyway. So I put a smaller, brighter, more careful layer of Griffon Tan over the high points. I'm actually a little annoyed, because it looks better in the photo than it does in real life! I don't think I was very successful with blending. In addition, the lighter parts are very chalky, and I can't seem to knock that back. Don't know if that's a function of the lighter Griffon Tan, or the way I'm mixing up the paint, but even the ink wash didn't help much with the chalkiness. In either case, I feel like this is a place where I often fall down. I'm timid about punching up contrast -- but whenever I try to be brave and go for more contrast / brighter highlights / darker shadows, I don't seem to be able to find the happy middle ground between dull / muddy and a model that looks like somebody painted blotches of lighter color all over it. Don't mean to whine, but I'm feeling very frustrated with today's work. Thanks for listening.
  3. Thanks, fellow canid! That was actually a "happy accident" while experimenting with the colors -- I'm going to try for that kind of striation on the big guy, but more following the existing ridges.
  4. Since this will be my very first ReaperCon, I thought I'd memorialize the occasion with my first Work In Progress post! My hope is to have this finished in time to bring it to ReaperCon with me, but I'm sufficiently inexperienced that I'm not sure if that's realistic. Still, I find all the encouragement and insight you guys offer really inspiring -- so I'm being brave! The plan is to transform Goremaw into an Arakis sandworm, complete with little Fremen rider. Haven't decided yet how I'm going to do the riding hooks. I'll jump that worm when I come to it. Started with a basecoat of Reaper MSP Ruddy Leather over good ol' Brown Liner. Teeth and spines are MSP Creamy Ivory. I've got some other browns lined up for highlighting, with something lighter and more sand-colored for the belly. I'm hoping to incorporate some orangey tones (maybe as a wash over the brown?). Nothing stark, just something to tie in to the orange-colored spice that the sandworms are associated with. I'm admittedly very intimidated by this whole project! I don't think I have a very good ability to do interesting things with colors, so am a little worried that I'm just going to end up with something that looks like a stale Tootsie Roll. In an effort to avoid that, I've been using this little guy as a mini-me sandworm to experiment on before putting colors on the big model. Rawr! Comments and critiques always welcome. Shai Hulud!
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    I was also in on the Stones KS, and I really, really like the tiles. Good weight to them without being bulky, and they paint up well. My players really enjoy having lots of props and terrain, and I like making the stuff -- especially fun when you have an appreciative audience. :) So I'm all in for these! The fact that they can also be used as scenic bases is just a bonus! :D
  6. Yay! :D Thanks, Kate!
  7. Just wondering if someone more familiar with how ReaperCon works knew the answer to this: I was checking on the ReaperCon website to see about adding some more classes (I'd already signed up for 4 or 5). When I looked at my itinerary on the site, however, there are no classes listed -- just the meals and such. Are the classes normally there? If so, does anybody have any idea as to why they might have disappeared?
  8. Thanks, guys -- especially @haldir for having the forethought to post the actual TSA rules! Good to know about the superglue issues. I wasn't planning on using any or bringing any, but still something I'll want to keep in mind.
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    LOL! "That blonde one" is the young'un, affectionately known as "The Baby Monster." You know how to read your dogs, my friend! :D
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    D'oh! You definitely win. The Border Collies bark, "All hail the Mighty Fenris!" "Can we have your sheep??"
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    The entire Thunderpuppy Household says, "Border Collies! The farmers need sheep, and the sheep need Border Collies!"
  12. As the title suggests, this will be my first trip to ReaperCon! Very excited. While I've traveled plenty in my **cough cough** years of life, I've never traveled with minis, paints, and supplies. So some things occur to me: What's the best way to transport paint, given TSA restrictions on liquids? I'm assuming I'll have to pack things into my checked baggage. But then doesn't temperature / pressure in the cargo hold become an issue? Is there an ideal way to pack up paints for travel? Conversely, is there a an absolutely HORRIBLE way to do so? My current plan is to bring just a few colors, plus some of the townsfolk for light, easy painting when / if I get the chance. (I'm planning to feel inspired.) It seems like using the Reaper paint travel case would work well, since I could use holes not being taken up by paint bottles to hold little people. (Most of these are Bones, so I'm not worried about breakage.) It is not lost on me that the black Reaper paint travel case could be mistaken for a handgun case. So pack that into checked baggage, too? Is there something really obvious I'm not thinking of?? Thanks, oh, great and generous group mind!
  13. Hey, fellow yinzer! :) I guess I knew I couldn't be the only mini painter in SW PA, but it feels like it sometimes. :) Thanks for the tip. So far, I've just looked at flights going to DFW, but am glad to know there might be another option. You guys all rock, BTW.
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    Got my confirmation email at 3 minutes after -- and was still backer #282. Hee! :)
  15. Am I correct that the best airport to use to fly in for ReaperCon is Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)?