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  1. 77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior

    Thanks! I don't have a black ink for painting yet. I wonder if something like HD Solid Black plus Wash Medium would work for lining instead. (Sounds like an experiment for a future mini.)
  2. Any suggestions for the grey-brown? I'm away from my paints. Thanks. I'll try this on a future mini. I think her midtone is fine right now but she needs more shadows for definition. (And maybe a different, darker background for photos.) Thanks. I'll try this on a future mini, or on this one if Tanned Highlight and Tanned Skin don't work out. Thanks for the suggestion for the cheeks. I'll try that. I won't be getting any work on her done tonight. I'm on no more than four hours of sleep thanks to a late night work activity and then having to be in the office at the normal time and I'm concerned I won't be awake enough to paint details properly.
  3. 77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior

    I'm not as concerned about the epoxy on the top between Anval's integral base and the base he's on as much as the sloppy epoxy on the sides. I see the axe head as a single piece but it's separate from the axe blade itself. I could have stood to paint the axe head darker and/or make it a little rusted to increase the contrast between it and the blade. Since he's an orc (and isn't known for having great equipment), I'm not sure the axe head or blade would be a different color.
  4. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    Too many shoes is subjective. Some people really like having shoes as fashion accessories and I'm sure some of those people would say 18 minis is too many. I have five pairs of shoes right now, I think, my sneakers, my work shoes, my nice dress shoes, a pair of hiking boots I use when I'm working outside, and a pair of slip-on shoes for when I need to go outside briefly and don't want to deal with tying shoes. (We had originally got these when we were painting rooms in the house.) I would like a new pair of sandals. We'll see if that happens this year.
  5. As part of my tour through the Reaper MSP skin triads (and eventually the HD and Bones skin paints), I decided to tackle the Fair Skin triad next. This might have been a bad idea. Oh well, nothing ventured... Thus far, I have painted her skin and done the base coat for her hair. This time out, I'm trying to paint one section at a time, so everything else has only seen a Brown Liner wash. (This will hopefully help me keep track of what I've painted.) Her skin has been done using the Fair Skin triad. I tried using 09069 Rosy Highlight to put some red on her cheeks but I don't think it's worked well so far. Her lips, fingernails, and toenails were done using a mix of 09067 Rosy Shadow and 09279 Fresh Blood. Her hair is thus far painted with 09071 Chestnut Brown. These are the colors I currently plan on using for midtones: 09047 Fair Skin will be the midtone for her skin 09071 Chestnut Brown will the midtone for her hair and her staff 09030 Leather Brown will be the midtone for her corset, leather jewelry, sandals, and the wrap on her staff 09226 Peacock Green will be the midtone for her dress 09430 Polished Leather will the midtone for her pouch 29846 HD Spruce Green will the midtone for the beads on the leather cords (or I assume they're beads) I haven't decided whether I will use Peacock Green or Spruce Green to paint the orbs (one in her staff, one in her hand). The base will probably feature a gray-ish paint (e.g. 09433 Mountain Stone) and some hints of moss via the Moss Colors triad. Things I need to do with the skin and face: Review it with less tired eyes and make changes. Deepen some of the shadows. Any suggestions? My instinct is to try using 09044 Tanned Skin or 09045 Tanned Highlight. Clean up around her lips and her fingernails. Add a shadow between her toes. Fix her eyes. I thought her right eye looked fine but, ye gods, in the picture... Her left eye got hit by a pool of Rosy Highlight when I was trying to glaze her cheek so the pupil/iris needs to be redone. (I may try to add an iris in the style of dks' eye tutorial if I have to go back in and redo the eyes.) I believe the sclera looks fine. I should probably do these before I do more work on her hair lest I forget.
  6. 77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior

    This is 77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior, a Bones mini sculpted by Bobby Jackson. The WIP thread is over here. My goal was to demo a skin tone for orcs. I wanted something slightly green but not the standard green of Warcraft or Warhammer orcs so I tried using the Khaki Brown triad, with 09128 Green Ochre as the midtone, and washed with 09253 Flesh Wash. Unfortunately, the Flesh Wash brought the skin more to yellow brown but it'll work. (I may try painting my next orc with an actual green skintone, because I like the idea of a photosynthetic orc, but that'll be a different project.) When/if I repeat painting this mini, I will pay better attention to the mold lines (like the one on his left boot) and try to be a little less sloppy with the epoxy when gluing him to the base. (Or just paint the rim of the base black, which will hide at least some of it.) Constructive criticism and comments are welcome.
  7. I think I'm just about done. The gold bits and the tabard were washed using a Brown Liner wash. The silver bits were washed using an HD Solid Black wash. Drybrushing used the original paints and these paints for highlights: 09051 New Gold for the gold accents on the shoulder and helmet 09053 Honed Steel for the armor 09054 Polished Silver for the sword 09075 Buckskin Pale for the tabard The base is supposed to look a little like snow. It used these paints: 09021 Snow Shadow 09066 Blue Liner for the wash 09063 Ghost White to drybrush the sand 09689 Sparkling Snow for the final drybrush The base is painted using 29843 HD Solid Black. I think this is a nice effect for framing the mini.
  8. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    What?!? I'm awake. I've been awake. I'm working (and therefore quiet) but I'm awake. The county library system's public book sale is a week from Friday. The sale consists of books being phased out of the libraries and donations made to the libraries. Some years, there are interesting finds. I'll have to make room for more books.
  9. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    No. There have been times when I've wondered if it would be a good idea to do so, for exercise and discipline if nothing else.
  10. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It is now up in their Cafe Press store. And it is wonderful. I'll have to ask my wife if we can make room for one more mug.
  11. Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Non-Cavendish bananas are out there but may require hunting to find. One of our local Asian markets usually carries Burro bananas. Someone my wife knows claims another variety can sometimes be found in the area but I have not seen it myself. Gros Michel bananas can still be found but I think only in southeast Asia, which doesn't help many of us. Fun fact: My wife was an author on a research paper regarding a banana disease. The journal who published it had a hard time finding enough reviewers because apparently there aren't very many banana pathology experts these days.
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I backed the last KS but I haven opened the box yet. It’s on my list of games to try playing, but that requires playing the game instead of painting minis. I took my travel paint kit for a spin. Encountered a couple problems with this run but they’re fixable. (For example, I didn’t bring a dropper bottle of distilled water and none of my brushes will pick up enough water on the handle tip.)
  13. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    No used books today Timing, closings, against us. Adventure anon
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I have done something to my right foot. The muscle on the inside at the heel end of the arch is angry and possibly swollen. It makes walking... interesting and painful. Taking off my shoe seems to help when I'm sitting down. Good news: I'm travelling tomorrow so I won't be doing too much walking during the day. Bad news: I have dinner reservations at a restaurant that's a ten minute walk from the hotel and I'm not certain the hotel has a shuttle service.