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    77019: Orc Swordsman

    I really dig some of the old-school style orc sculpts by Bob Olley and Sandra Garrity. This guy just oozes White Box cool. If you don't mind me asking, what colors/paints did you use for the skin? It might not have been what you were going for, but I think it turned out great.
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    I'd echo everything said here, plus I love the tasteful but deliberate basing. The flower tufts really place the vardo in a scene. Me, I imagine it parked in a high mountain pass for the night as the owner travels between villages.
  3. Thank you all for the great advice and for sharing your experiences. It's always heartening to hear that I'm not the only one with these sorts of struggles. I've started paying more attention to the WIP board, and I find it particularly inspiring to see the variety of ways people manage to turn chaos into art. My hope is to come up with some sort of simple photo station and share more of my stuff. Maybe not any proper WIP threads -- my method doesn't lend itself well to the awesomely detailed writeups many people do -- but at least getting my work out there in the name of charting progress and asking for some C&C. I'd also like to respond to some of the specific advice ya'll have given, but perhaps a bit later; it's late here and I'm not focused enough to dive in too deeply. But I wanted to express my gratitude for all the feedback!
  4. (Wasn't sure where to post this -- if it belongs in a different forum, please let me know!) So, with January come New Year's resolutions. One of my resolutions this year (aside from the Big Three: being kinder, handsomer, and richer) is to break out of some of my longstanding painting ruts and, hopefully, discover some new things. The question for y'all is: What approaches have worked for you to reawaken your sense of painting adventure and expand your skillset? Some things I'm considering: Posting more work on this forum, even if it's just a running tally of the stuff I've done. This is #1. Starting a painting blog. I've never blogged before. Creating a smaller "core" paintset from my sprawling collection, and working just from that. But good lord, I love ALL THE COLORS. Moving on from humanoid figures. This is a big one; I haven't completed many monsters, and fur, feathers, and scales intimidate me. Working on more simple figures to practice technique and color choice. Modern minis often have this wonderful, Wayne Reynolds-level of detail and fiddly bits, but sometimes that's a rabbit hole that distracts me from practicing composition. Finding a way to value finishing over fiddling. This is a big one; I want to sling some lead and get practice-by-repitition. It's time to give up on the idea of getting each mini perfect. But for someone like me, it is a tough mindgame to win. Have any of these worked for you? What other tricks, tips, or fun distractions have changed your mindset and opened up new possibilities for you? Thanks in advance! -slate
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    In Praise of Grey

    I do too, and it's causing me fits trying to choose my essential earth tones. They probably account for half or more of my total collection, and for a good reason -- I find brown variants are tricky to mix. Personal MVP mention here (aside from the obvious Oiled Leather and Walnut Brown): Ashen Brown is another awesome HD color, and I'm very, very sad it's being discontinued. Wren suggested it as a great way to shade a variety of flesh tones. She was, as always, spot-on.
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    In Praise of Grey

    In the name of "less is sometimes more," I'm trying to filter my 350+ paint plus collection down into a (relatively) small, personalized set of 100 or so. I'm doing it on the theory that sometimes restrictions are helpful creatively -- fewer options equals more time spent painting and experimenting, and less time paralyzed by decision overload. One shade that I thought I might be able to minimize were the greys. After all, grey is simply white+black in different proportions, right? So just get a white and a black and mix it up. Seemed like a perfect place to kill my darlings in the name of art. I was so wrong. After going through my grey tones, I realized that I have far too many that I consider indispensable. Like, twice as many as I have room for in my reduced set. For example, how could I do without: Field Grey (Reaper HD): It's grey. It's green. It's the color of moldy stone and a great shade for olive, orcskin, and the the mossy triad. Gotta keep it. Sad it was discontinued. Ash Grey (Reaper HD): A middling grey. I like it as a neutral starting point. Military Grey (Reaper HD): Pretty dark with a touch of blue. Shadows. Coated Armor (was it a CAV color?): Lighter blue, lots of character. I use this one quite a bit -- it reminds me of Army Painter Wolf Grey, which I like as well. Wolf Grey (Bones HD): A fantastic lighter shade. Perhaps cooler? It makes a great drybrush on darker shades for a dirtier cast, or is a good base on its own for fur! Dark Elf Triad (MSP): An MVP. Can't do without these, and the touch of purple adds a sinister and inviting look when shading up blacks or down from whites. Dusky Skin Triad (MSP): When the elf triad isn't working, Ill go with this one. So good for shading and highlighting brownish blacks and whites and giving a warmer touch. The Fang and Fernisian Grey (GW): These two are like peas and carrots, and make me think of winter. Would use them on every mini if I could. Warmgrey and Cold Grey (Vallejo): Different from anything in the other lines (that I can find); provide a great contrast to some of the others, sometimes as a spot color. ...and so on. What are a few of your favorite greys, and how do you use them?
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    Hello, it's been a while. Have some picspam.

    Late to the party, but I had to comment: love your beholder. Awesome gums!
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    Fire Giant

    Fantastic. This might be what finally inspires me to try some subtle OSL myself. Love the simple yet effective color scheme. You have a good eye for balance.
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    New Bones Dungeon Dwellers Colors: How to Use

    My short answer would be yes. I've got most of the HD originals. I even did a comparison of some of the greens last night, since I'm trying to fit my HD collection in a slightly-too-small Plano case and need to jettison any near duplicates. I didn't notice any close matches, though. Based on the swatches, I was expecting gnoll pelt (or is it fur?) or troll skin to be very close to jungle camo and mossy green. They're really quite distinct, and both a bit more vibrant. I've been painting with troll skin today and like it a lot -- it's got more "pop" to it than you'd expect from the swatch. The goblin skin is a unique orange brown. And orc skin is really great. It seems a natural fit for depicting faded natural or decaying things. Among other things, it's a fantastic rotting zombie color, which the set doesn't otherwise have. If there were any similarities, I might say the kobold color is pretty close to some of the other dark bricky reds in the HD set, maybe crimson red. But I usually have a hard time distinguishing dark reds, so take that with a grain of salt.
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    New Bones Dungeon Dwellers Colors: How to Use

    I just wanted to say how much I'm digging these sets. The monster colors, in particular, add some really nice less-saturated colors to the Bones palette. Can't wait for future additions to the line!
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    Review: Mini Palettes by Stephanie Law

    Fantastic review -- I'd love to have one of these. Thanks for your impressions. Also, that fox mini is beautiful. If I could paint as well as you, that'd be a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for my gal.
  12. Apologies if this is a topic that's been discussed elsewhere, but are there any plans to produce more of the Bones 3 Armory hard-plastic sprues? They seem like the perfect solution for replacing bendy-wendy Bones weapons. Plus, I love the clean designs. I'm just afraid that there won't be any more after I use up my current supply.
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    Reaper MSP HD... washes?

    As a heads-up, HD Umber Brown might not be the best yardstick in the HD line. Other posts here have indicated that its coverage is less than ideal, and I've found that to be the case, too. Hopefully, others can chime in on this and confirm or refute. Solid black has never given me problems, though. It's pretty... solid.
  14. Dixon -- Yeah, I can't imagine giving up certain Core paints, particularly the liners and a couple of the skin triads. Thanks. And this brings up an interesting question -- if I have only Solid White and Solid Black HD, am I missing out if I skip Dragon White and Black? Since getting more seriously into painting, I've been shocked to discover how different two "pure" blacks can be.
  15. Long version short: I want to hear about your favorites from the HD Bones line; which ones would make a "best of" list? Like many here, I have way too much paint for my own good. My friends and family give me the side-eye when they see my sprawling collection in full. It's a look -- part pity, part horror, and always dripping with reproach -- that says, "We're concerned. Your hobby will be the end of you. Expect an intervention." So, I don't really need those shiny HD Bones paints I've been eyeing. I've got almost all of the original HD line, plus most of the must-have triads (Royal Purples, Warm/Cool/Bright Greens, Liners, all of the Blue and Bone triads, most of the skin triads, more earthtones than you can shake a stick at, etc. etc. etc.). When you add in P3 and some personal favorite Warpaints (Goblin Green! Orc Blood!), there aren't many "holes" in my collection. But still. But still. There's something really appealing about owning the full range of HDs. I picked up the HD metallics recently and was suitably impressed with most of them (Dragon Gold is awesome). Now I'm looking to buy another bunch -- maybe 15-20 or so. So far, I'm set to get: The fleshtones (can never have enough of these!) Wolf grey (love that swatch) Spectral Glow (I've seen several people here wax poetic about it, plus there's nothing like it in the other lines) Naga Green Dungeon Slime Icy Violet Nightsky Indigo So, I guess my question(s) to you, the Hive Mind, is this: What are some of your favorites from this line? And are there some in the line that are standout enough that even a Reaper painthound like me would benefit from their inclusion in an MSP-heavy collection? Subjective answers ("I love it because I love it so much!!!!") are totally welcome.