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  1. That is utterly stunning work. You are a brilliant artist! I love the diaphanous clothing especially!
  2. 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".
  3. 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.
  4. Wow, that is a great first attempt at OSL. I think you did a spot on job! Well done!
  5. 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.
  6. Funded

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Looks amazing! Your "table top" work is extremely good!
  10. 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!
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. Bones 3

    That is a LOT of amazing colours! It looks really beautiful! Great job!
  14. Wow that is incredibly vibrant and utterly stunning!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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!!!!
  20. I seriously hope for your sake that when you forget your lovers name, it is not in the midst of flagrante delicto. That would be hard to explain lol.
  21. Thanks everyone! I must say it is a little liberating to not stress over the details as much since this is just a tabletop piece. It also really started getting me in the mood to paint more and reminded me of some of the skills I feel have atrophied during my painting hiatus! I think that is an unfair assessment of your skill. I have seen your work and I think it's great! Honestly the only reason I think my work here isn't too terrible is because i managed to actually get the eyes and the face on the first attempt. I have started to learn how to gently use the brush to paint delicately. If my hands didn't shake as bad as they do I might actually be able to do better. I wish the pupils were slightly darker but after I got them not looking wonky on the first try, I dared not tempt fate by going back again. It's "Good Enough" lol.
  22. Yes. I am terrible with names. They are the only thing I can't seem to remember about a person. I had a recent encounter which although I wouldn't describe as embarrassing, I would say that I wasn't very proud of myself that day. There was a girl in two of my classes last year. From August to May, I saw her in class at least once a week, spoke to her on occasion and even went out with her (not dating) as part of a group night out. I am certain on numerous occasions I heard her name. A few weeks ago, I was waiting for the bus and she so happened to be waiting at the same bus-stop. She didn't notice me at first and I didn't say anything to her because I still couldn't remember her name. At some point she did notice me and waved. There were a lot of people at the stop and I was wearing sunglasses and headphones and was not directly facing I pretended that I didn't see her. She waved again and I kinda turned my back as if I completely didn't see her. We got on the bus, stood a few feet apart from one another and I continued to pretend I didn't notice her for the entire 10 minute ride. The next day I ran into her again and she commented about me not seeing her so I apologized, told her I was simply exhausted from working too much (which was true) and was not paying attention to the world that day on the bus. She accepted this, there are no bad feelings between us and all is good. The saddest part of this story however is the fact that I STILL don't know her name...I am not a good person lol.
  23. I think you did a phenomenal job with your painting! The lines and highlighting are very clean and beautiful. I agree, she has a luring personality about her.
  24. Looks amazing! Define "Speed Paint" I can cry over my paltry skills...
  25. Beautiful work! I love the tone of purple you used and it stands out so vividly. On a side note: