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  1. This is 77008: Garrick the Bold, a Bones mini sculpted by Bobby Jackson. The WIP thread is over here. I was trying to minimize the amount of time spent painting while still resulting in tabletop quality. This took around six hours. The colors are largely the same as my painting of 14352: Unforgiven, Crusader Grunt. (click on the images for larger versions) It took around three hours to basecoat because my paints were too thin. In the future, I will need to focus on actually testing my paint consistency before starting. Still, six hours is an improvement over my last two minis (77210: Sarah the Seeress and 77158: Arrius, Skeletal Warrior). Constructive criticism and comments are welcome. I won't be doing further work on this mini (except maybe sealing it) but I can always use advice to improve my next one.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    It's logical Monday! (Or, if you prefer, it's "Monday (Observed)".)
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Independently wealthy professional student. For something closer to reality, I'd like to work on software development. Since I have a very heavy operations background now, that probably means working on tooling and automation for IT operations.
  4. This is another time trial to see how quickly I can paint miniatures to tabletop standard. So far I have the most of the basecoat finished at about two and a half hours. (click on the images for larger versions) I have some bits on the basecoats to touch up. The armor spikes on his armor and shield will be done after the leather bits have been washed and drybrushed. The leather straps going over his shoulders weren't very well defined on the mini so I have had to invent some of it. I hope to make it look "good enough". I'm not too happy with his eyes. I may go back and make some adjustments to make the iris/pupil darker. I may also try to tighten the lines around his eyes. Next up is washing, drybrushing, and highlighting. Applying Reaper MSP Flesh Wash to his skin should make it a little more yellow (this is what happened with Anval Thricedamned), which is fine. I'll wait on finishing this before I revisit his lip color (is it too dark?). Constructive comments appreciated.
  5. Here's where we are after another 45 minutes. (So about 3h15 so far.) I cleaned up the basecoats, made an adjustment to his left eye, and applied washes. I used Reaper MSP Black, Brown, and Flesh Washes rather than making my own, just to see what happened. (click on the images for larger versions) As expected, his skin now reads more yellow than green. There are some parts where the flesh wash has made him look sunburnt, which wasn't intended. So next up is sunscreen (i.e. knocking down the sunburnt patches), highlights (mostly drybrushing except on the flesh and sword), deepening shadows, and then working on the spikes.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Right now? Appropriately enough for today, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Partly for buzzy reasons, partly because I don't really know him as a person and he seems like he'd be patient enough to answer questions and just talk about things.
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    77008: Garrick the Bold "For Scale and Glory!"

    The three hours does include the paint drying time, but paint doesn't take all that long to dry here. The drying time only catches up with me when I only have a single section left to do. (Otherwise I can go do another section and come back.) Two to three hours total would be nice but I'm not sure I can get down to that point. I know I spent a fair bit of time basecoating (and fixing basecoating) and working on the eyes on 77042 Orc Marauder (my current WIP), which I didn't have to worry about with Garrick. I didn't find the raised shield design difficult to paint. I paint raised designs using the side of the brush rather than the tip. (I believe this is called sidebrushing.) It's a similar technique to drybrushing but nowhere nearly as hard on the brush. (This is incidentally how I painted the chain mail as well.) I had a harder time with the raised design on this chest because I couldn't get my brush in there to use the same technique. Thanks, all!
  8. Originally, there wasn't going to be a WIP thread for this since I expected to finish in a single evening. That didn't happen. And I've been sick this week. With "20" miniatures waiting to be painted (not to include Bones 4 coming next month), I need to decrease the amount of time it takes to paint a miniature, defined as going from "primered" to "ready to be sealed". For this and the next few time trials, I will be focusing on basecoat/wash/drybrush and then neatening up as required, aiming for tabletop quality. After about three and a half hours, Garrick has been basecoated and washed. (The black paint for the base will be done last.) The colors are intended to be the same as for 14352: Unforgiven, Crusader Grunt. (click on the images to see larger ones) Two things to improve so far: Basecoating took so long because the paints were overthinned, meaning it took more than two coats to get good coverage. The only paint that didn't have this issue is the Polished Leather used for his belt. The buildup of the base around the integrated base was done using Liquitex blended fibers texture gel, which I found to be less than desirable. I had hoped the texture gel would yield a texture similar to the broccoli base. The blended fibers texture gel shrinks a lot when it dries though. What's seen here is the result after two or three coats. I would probably have needed another four or five to actually get a rounded hill. I don't plan to use it again, unless I have a lot more time or I build up a substrate under it first. I plan to primarily use stamped greenstuff for bases in the future. Things left to do: Drybrush. Line. Deepen some shadows, bring out some highlights. Glaze the armor to add more shadow and knock down the reflectivity. (Note to self: Take a TMM class at ReaperCon this year, if possible.) Constructive comments appreciated.
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    77008: Garrick the Bold: Xiwo Xerase's time trial #1

    Posted the Show Off thread.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I'm not sure. All of my vacation plans are rooted in reality. I'd like to spend a week or two in Japan. I'd also like to spend a week or two on a Rhine river cruise. I'd also like to see the Cirque du Soleil show "Kà" in Las Vegas.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    Begrudgingly, yes. I much prefer tea but sometimes coffee is the better or more expedient option. When I do drink coffee these days, I drink it black. If the caffeine doesn't keep you up, the taste will. (This said, I do tend to have a peppermint mocha every year around Christmas, but that's more as a treat than a commitment to coffee.)
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    77008: Garrick the Bold: Xiwo Xerase's time trial #1

    I didn't bother to time this. I drybrushed the base with Basic Dirt, Redstone, Redstone Highlight, and Linen White (on top of the existing Stone Grey and Linen White) and added a tuft of grass, cloven in twain. (click on the images to see larger versions) After the glue is dry, should I go back and trim some of the fray blades of grass or leave them as is? Anything else to do before calling Sir Forscale finished?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That’s up to the rest of you! I’m trying to take pictures of tonight’s work.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Well, see y’all in the next thread.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: Did someone say cookies?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I’m sorry I’m not helping to kill the thread. I’m trying to figure out whether I want to try mucking with flock again.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    CGL says we shouldn't see that issue with the new starter boxes (the ones being released next week). We'll see if that is actually the case.
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    77008: Garrick the Bold: Xiwo Xerase's time trial #1

    My issue with flock is that it tends to get everywhere, including small bits with PVA glue attached. I agree that flock or maybe small tufts would break up the seam around the integrated base. I'd like to keep the base looking like stone, which is what I'm trying to go for. I suppose I could try heavily drybrushing a red-gray (e.g. Redstone) or light brown (e.g. Tanned Leather) so it looks more varied.
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    77008: Garrick the Bold: Xiwo Xerase's time trial #1

    I wasn’t planning on it. I haven’t had good experiences with flock so far.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    The new starter sets are supposed to be released next week. The beginner box comes with two plastic minis. The Game of Armored Combat box comes with eight plastic minis. CGL is being (understandably) tight-lipped about whether or not we will see additional plastic minis being released. I don't have better words than this to express how I feel.
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    I decided I wanted to paint BattleTech miniatures. The most recent intro box contained 26 plastic miniatures (24 one piece minis and two "premium" minis) and I decided they'd look better with paint. I had seen several painted examples on the BattleTech forums and wanted to try my hand at it. (I also saw some of the excellent conversion work and decided I wanted to try that some day.) This was... mid 2016. How did I get into painting fantasy minis? I thought I understood the basics of painting (basecoat, wash, drybrush) but I wasn't too happy with my results. This led me to buying the first Bones Learn to Paint Kit. And I think I found painting the fantasy minis to be more fun, or at least more manageable in small chunks of time. (Basecoating a lance of 'Mechs takes a while.) And here we are. It wasn't until after I started painting that I learned my mother had been painting miniatures when I was a wee baby.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    If you come to ReaperCon, there's one within walking distance of the hotel.
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    77008: Garrick the Bold: Xiwo Xerase's time trial #1

    Another two hours of works brings us to this: (as always, click on the images to see larger ones) Since the last pictures, I drybrushed, lined, and edge-highlighted the sword blade. I also tried making the ornament in the hilt into something like a pearl (although I'm concerned it's just a touch too bright). Does anyone have some suggestions for small things to be done before I call this one done?
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Randomness XV: Now We're Thinking With Penguins Randomness XV: Abort, Retry, Ignite Randomness XV: Take That, Land Before Time! Randomness XV: Playing Chess With Mr. Bones
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    Getting to know you: January 2019

    No. I started a degree in Computer Engineering but didn't finish due to life issues. I keep meaning to go back to college and finish but it's so expensive these days and I don't think I could get enough of a break from work to actually study for my courses, do projects, etc. If I won the lottery and had retired, I'd consider going back to college for something related to bioinformatics.
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