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Everything posted by Baldur8762

  1. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    While I have absolutely no clue as to the validity of your statements, numbers are scary to me and thus I must accept it as fact simply out of fear that my Basic School Maths teacher will somehow know . She was very scary. At the same time, I prefer to believe I am special, and often choose to ignore empirical data, in favor of my own perceptions of the world
  2. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I miss painting...I have been so busy this semester that I have not touched my paints for months. The only fun thing I have done recently is play some of my old PC games from many years ago because they can be played for 30 mins and then stopped. Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is still amazing 18 years later. I also just saw that the original Baldur's Gate (MY GATE!) is available, so maybe I'll get that for Christmas. I have been dreaming about painting though...i miss it. There are so many unpainted minis staring at me from my shelf....
  3. Kind: Yes, I have gone above and beyond for my students in the class that I am TA'ing for. They are tragically under-prepared for life at university. And yes, no good deed ever goes unpunished. It is a fact.
  4. Don't ask me anything. Tell me something.

    Which is why one day, Iceland will rule the world! Fun Fact: DNA evidence displays that my ancestors have been present in Iceland since the late 9th century. Before DNA was known of, my great grandfather insisted that our family is directly descended from Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson, one of the first settlers , who, upon seeing the ice of the fjords, named the land Ísland (Iceland). We thought he was just being foolish, but now there is evidence that he was right.
  5. Werebat: 03791

    That looks phenomenal! That is some talent.
  6. 60182: Hakon, Iconic Skald

    I love this sculpt, and I think you did an amazing job with it! I especially love how vivid and bright the blue is. It is also a very interesting interpretation of it, most I have seen have him blonde haired and wearing earth-tone colours. Great work!
  7. 03767: Nemesra as "Jezebel"

    That is utterly stunning work. You are a brilliant artist! I love the diaphanous clothing especially!
  8. A Study in "Good Enough"

    So I have been in a major painting funk and I solicited advice from the community and got a lot of GREAT feedback. A lot of people recommended painting a mini to "good enough" standards and not my own exacting ones. This seemed like sage advice so, despite my innate resistance to the idea, I did just that. The mini is a WizKids pre-primed mini which I picked up on a whim several weeks ago to use as my PC in my current Pathfinder game. I really had grand designs for this mini; I was going to customize it and add some green-stuff accouterments to make it fit the character better...then I opened the package. The mini was TERRIBLE upon closer inspection. There were severe flaws, limited details and overall I was just disappointed. But it wound up being a good piece for this experiment because 1) I still needed a mini for my PC and 2) I didn't care if it looked terrible because it was already terrible. 3) This mini would not have been painted otherwise by me. The mini took me maybe 2.5-3 hours from start to finish, over two sessions of painting. I was not completely displeased with it to be honest. I do believe that it is, indeed, "Good Enough".
  9. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    I am jealous of everyone who got to see the eclipse. It was very cloudy where I am in Florida so basically it was already dark and cool, and then it got a little darker but we couldn't even see the sun so it was sad. I definitely want to try and make it to an area under the path of totality for the next one in 2024.
  10. Goblin Pyro! First attempt at OSL, C&C please?

    Wow, that is a great first attempt at OSL. I think you did a spot on job! Well done!
  11. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    It's too early for theoretical archaeological thought....damn you Lewis Binford. Context: Classes start tomorrow and I already have a billion pages of reading to do. One class is on theoretical archaeological thought. Archaeologists apparently suffer from massive inferiority complexes and like to write very, very, very, very, very long articles articles, utilizing esoteric and overly bloated language to say simple things like "we dig stuff up." English is not my first language and I am spending as much time reading as I am looking up words in the dictionary.
  12. Reaper Bones 4: Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I don't know if this question has been asked or answered in another location but I am curious as to why/how Bones minis are "expensive to produce" and yet are so inexpensive? I mean I get the mass production of PVC products allow for cost efficiency, but what aspect is expensive? Is it the molding process? Is it the design phase? This is just pure interest, not a commentary or anything.
  13. Reaper Bones 3: Executioner

    I think you did a phenomenal job. Your tabletop is my current idea of "display worthy". I think it came out exceptionally well I feel the same way as you. Since I don't play with 99% of mine (i did finally paint one as my PC in my current Pathfinder game), I seek "perfection" and i too wish to make my paint jobs "worthy" of the model. Especially the metal ones I bought recently. I have one that I primed, started and was instantly disgusted with and stripped it because the results were not matching the vision I had in my head. Poor Ishara Snowfinch sits primed and waiting for me to feel confident enough to paint.
  14. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    I absolutely adore cats and melt around them...which if you actually saw me in person is utterly ridiculous because I am am slightly under 2 meters tall, have a large beard and very broad. I love cats.....But that cat is about to steal your soul for your diner.
  15. Leprechaun and Owl (Reaper 03579)

    Looks amazing! Your "table top" work is extremely good!
  16. Getting to Know Each Other, August 2017

    Preparing for the semester. All day...both days...and then into Monday. YAY!!! Seriously...that makes me truly happy. So glad to be back in school!
  17. 80s nostalgia thread.

    That movie is like the Brother that no one wants to acknowledge because he was arrested for selling meth to minors. Can't argue that...but dang it, EVERY line in that movie is extremely quotable...
  18. 80s nostalgia thread.

    My head almost exploded...what on earth is there NOT to love about this film?!?!?!?! I may be a little biased here, I do actually have an original film poster in pristine condition, framed and mounted in my home-office. I may be able to recite the dialog for every scene verbatim, start to finish. I may have had (and still might) have a crush on Sandahl Bergman.
  19. Behir / Chinese Dragon

    That is a LOT of amazing colours! It looks really beautiful! Great job!
  20. DSM8036, Hamster Mage with Staff

    Wow that is incredibly vibrant and utterly stunning!
  21. Metal or Plastic miniatures

    A very common question...and one you will literally hear a hundred different opinions about. Most people will probably say they can work with either, many have a preference as to which kind, some are proponents of the "If it ain't metal, it's crap" school of thought. I started painting myself with the Bones minis and I have also now worked with metal minis. I do think that metal offers crisper details like you said and since my main goal in painting is "display quality", I at this point do slightly prefer metal minis. Personally I think Bones plastic is a great way to start painting since they're very inexpensive and you can experiment and learn before investing more time and money. The larger Bones minis do hold their details more and are way less expensive so I wouldn't hesitate buying a large plastic mini (like the crazy over-sized dragons that are very popular among the forumites). Many people here paint on to "table top" quality however and thus the Bones plastic is the PERFECT medium for them. They don't worry about details as much as others and the plastic offers them an opportunity to get way more for their money. There have been postings comparing identically painted plastic and metal minis and some artists have the skills to make anything look stunning and most couldn't tell the difference. A lot of us just move back and forth, especially if there are minis that are produced solely in either plastic or metal at this point and we love the sculpt. In the end, it comes down to your wants, needs and means as a painter. Don't agonize over it; you don't have to "pick a side". (Seriously, because I REALLY did when I first started painting and it was pointless) Just enjoy painting and your own preferences will evolve as your skills do.
  22. Getting to Know Each Other, August 2017

    Speed Paint: 3-5 hours max. It is a "I need a NPC and this will do" scenario. Base coat, washes, a little highlighting and dry-brushing. (I.e. My latest posting) Table-top: Varies in time, can take days or weeks. You put a lot of work into it to look good, but you don't go crazy worrying about the most minute details. Maybe do something with the base, probably not. Covered in varnish and most likely Bones. Show Quality: What I aspire to whenever I paint, but have not yet achieved. Every last detail is agonized over. It is a labor of extreme love and commitment. The whole reason I paint in the first place.
  23. A Study in "Good Enough"

    Thanks for the kind praise! I agree, it's good to get back to doing something with my minis. I also agree with you about learning what can be improved on. I learned from this mini that: 1) I don't fully grasp the idea of washes, or rather I should say, I don't seem to use them effectively. 2) I am very poor at doing skin tones. I mean I know they are very complicated in general, but I am apparently missing some key concept when it comes to skin shadows and highlights. The same can probably said of my ability to properly paint hair. Perhaps the most important thing I learned is persistence. I really thought this mini looked horrible when I finished doing all the base coating and washing. I didn't think it would come together as well as it did and I was tempted to ditch it at one point. I am glad I didn't, completing this mini and feeling like it isn't half bad, gives me a lot of confidence.
  24. Reaper DHL 2991: Ghost King

    That is an astounding paint job! I LOVE the sword especially, it looks so realistic and that colour is beautiful. The rest of the mini is stunning as well, you have phenomenal skills. I am still learning about OSL, hopefully one day I will be able to do something like this!
  25. 77251: Bloodhoof, Minotaur Barbarian

    Ok now I feel a little better. I mean your work is still astounding and I would LOVE to be able to reproduce this level of nuance in colour in only 4 hours, but when I hear "speed paint" I think one to two hours max. I have hope now!!!!