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  1. Wow! Very cool nmm on the knife (which kinda looks like a cat claw to me). I also like the scarf. I'm curious if you followed a real life example or just came up with the striped pattern. Looks like a real scarf but also hard to just invent. Well, hard to copy too I imagine.
  2. These are really nice! The first group reads jade to me and the second are a spectral, magic, almost ghostly looking armor. Great job!
  3. Just caught up on the frostgravy goodness. Impressive hauls and surprisingly little loss of life for what sounded like a dangerous scenario. How much would you credit to experience with the game? Can't wait to hear about the next episode!
  4. It might be a bit late to come up with July goals, but since my remaining June goals were pushed aside when my Dwarven Forge castles arrived, my one goal for the month is to finish painting the pile of dwarvenite. I'm down to the more fiddly decorative bits. Also try to get my photo area set back up so I can start posting pics again.
  5. I have yet to assemble a complete figure from any of the Frostgrave sprues of plastic parts, so I thought I'd start slow with a head swap. Enter Anval Theicedamned, Evil Warrior. His head is just begging to be chopped off. I figured I'd swap one hooded head for another so I chose what appeared to be an armored hooded head from the cultists sprue and after chipping away at Anval's neck area, applied the super glue and commenced to hold it in place for several minutes. Yes, there is a better way, and it involves drilling and pinning things. Bah, details. It eventually stuck and I decided on a paint scheme. Much metallics of various kinds. Sadly I only have a few. And a non traditional skin color. This guy with no visible face lends itself well to an exotic or alien race. Also, there's some nice detail on that axe. I decided it must be some kind of magic weapon, perhaps of the air, storm, lightning element kind? So I applied an unusual color and effect on the blade. Sparking snow and yes, alien goo. Also tried to give him a lightning tattoo in alien goo on the back. Here is the finished piece. So how convincing is the new head? A view of the axe And tat
  6. Eldest digit is turning 10 in two weeks. There will be a pathfinder party and I get to be the dungeon master. I also get to prepare minis for the party. While most will make characters a couple days before (end of next week), Indy the eldest wanted to make one this weekend. Went with a female half-Orc ranger wielding a double axe. Sounds fun, right? Well, I don't seem to have a lot of double axe wielding minis. Actually have a prepainted one, but it is an Orc and he's definitely male, so that was out. I figure I can convert an appropriate figure that's wielding a pole arm without too much trouble. But it would have to have the right positioning for the weapon. Came across Vernicia and Indy says, that's her. It turns out I have this figure from years ago. Pulled it out of the box of shame, primed black. Here it looks after dusting it off pre cutting. cut the standby end off and made a point out of what was left of the shaft. Also found a couple of prepainted orkz to remove axe heads from. They are big and ridiculous so they'll be perfect! drilled out the shaft end of the plastic axe heads a little to give them a chance to hold onto the sharpened shaft and applied super glue. Also glued to a base at this point. Then hit the whole thing with a heavy drybrush of white primer. And did a quick paint all in one night. Left it on the table and we will see what the reaction is in the morning. I think she turned out pretty good. What do you think?
  7. I'm putting together a monstrous warband for frostgrave and I did a quick paint of these three bones today. 77148: Damien the hell born wizard as my apprentice 77036: medusa as an archer 77198: barrow rat as a war hound. This last was a super quick paint as I finished the other two. Dressed the gorgon/medusa with knife and paint, so she's Sfw. Still, I'll spoilerize the pics: i want to include the horned hunter I did as well in this warband. Still not decided what to use as my wizard and other band mates. I want to try to keep an even gender ratio, but there are very few monstrous women and the few that are out there have a hard time keeping their clothes on.
  8. Got my bones this afternoon, inventoried, ate lunch, and decided to paint for a couple hours. These will all be used in an adventure his weekend. also only painted with bones 3 paints. The shield may be used by the dwarf pc in which case I will glue it to the arm holding the spike. Painted the spike and shield in mushroom themed colors since this character took as her skills craft (mushroom smith) and craft (alchemy with mushrooms). Sorry for the poor photos. Bones 3 have not yet gone downstairs where the photo station is.
  9. Recived my Frostgrave Ulterior Motives from the Nickstarter. Strange enough, the package made it to Wilminton, DE last week. Thought it would make its way the last 30 or so miles by Monday but instead over the weekend it went to California according to the tracker. Then came all the way back to Wilmington and arrived this afternoon. Now I understand why I paid so much for shipping. Besides the cards, I went in for the terrain and added to my order one frame of the plastic Gnolls and the metal "young elementalists"
  10. Had a little paint sesh with the elder digit today. Can you guess which I did and which was the ten year old's?
  11. I am reading this question two ways. I'll just answer both. 1) Have I ever taken a miniature that I have painted to completion, stripped it of its original paint job, and then painted it again? No I have not. Although I do have a pretty crummy old paint job that I'm thinking of just turning into a statue. It is not exactly finished and I won't have to strip it. I have also repainted terrain/ dungeon tiles when the first scheme turned out too bright green. 2) Have I painted multiple copies of the same sculpt? Yes. Goblins, skellies, zombies, bugbears, spiders, beetles, and recently bones 3 centipedes.
  12. First character. I called him... Ishmael. Ismael was a 2nd edition cleric of an invented deity of oozes and slimes named Ughoolzo. I guess we were into randomly generated names in the early 90s.
  13. Thanks everyone! The Axeman was one of my mvps of yesterday's Frostgrave game (used him as an infantryman). Took no hits and killed a thief for his treasure and fought off a construct until he could get off the board. He has earned the magic (+1 damage) two-handed weapon I rolled in treasure.
  14. Thanks to Chris Palmer and Knabe and the rest of the folks at Critical Hit for the warm welcome as I got in my first "away" game of Frostgrave. Before this I'd only played with the kids and their school mates. snapped one pic late game from my end of the table. Highlights of the game included controlling Knabe's snow leopard only to have it die fighting the imp he summoned, having my apprentice kill himself by failing to cast heal with 2 hp left, and putting a fog wall between my infantryman who had stolen a treasure from the enchanter and the construct who subsequently came alive and attacked. Ended up with three treasures, seven spells cast, and one defeated statue. Although I lost over half the warband and the apprentice, only the warhounds had lasting impact (one killed, the other badly wounded), though the apprentice had a close call and lost only his staff. Here are the survivors and their treasures:
  15. It's check in time. I managed to paint the rest of the frostgrave warband and put it to good use yesterday. I'll have to put up some pics when my photo set up is back to normal. Also finished the pc minis for the party. The birthday digit helped out with a couple and we ended up with two extra painted (and statted) characters. I also did an oxidation beast (rust monster) since I had to put the fear into the players early. orepping the adventure was a lot more work than I'd bargained for. But I do tend to over-prepare my adventures. Started converting the Father's Day mini last night. Decided I'd do a few of the graveyard expansion terrain pieces before the fences since I may need to put together some catacombs soon. Also decided I need to make a couple "fog walls" for frostgrave. Either will meet the goal of terrain making for the month.
  16. He looks super in his primaries. Those wings smell of dragon. Is he perhaps dragon blooded or some such? Also, this may have come up elsewhere so forgive the naive question, but how do you achieve such luxiurious grasses? Are those all tufts or do you use an applicator thingy? I marvel at your miniature landscape architecting.
  17. I'll go next. I'm InvisibleThumb, Thumb to some, or IT for short. Real world name is Jamie, but that's all you're getting. I have a spouse and two growing children. They and their friends are my gaming group. I play Pathfinder and Frostgrave and lots of board games. I started out gaming in high school with d&d 2nd edition. A group of friends from high school needed a healer for their group. They got a diplomat. Took time off during college. Got back into it in grad school and was turned on to 3rd/3.5 edition and miniatures (preprinted at the time). After finishing the PhD, moved to Texas and became the DM for a great group there for a while. One was quite the painter and I got bitten by the bug but did not have the skills or tools or time really. Then came the children and memory fades for a bit while they were babies and little to no sleep was gotten. Somewhere in there we moved to Delaware and kickstarters and bones and dwarvenite all came together at the perfect time when the kids were getting old enough that I could think about hobbies again. I have been a lurker here for a while and as I got over the initial painting learning curve I finally joined two months ago. I paint for gaming and for fun. Initially I saw miniature painting as serving my gaming interests. Now I see gaming as serving my painting (and terrain making/collecting) interests just as much. In reality they both serve my story-telling and world building interests. Okay that was probably way too long. But it's been a blast getting to know people on here so far and I hope to keep it up.
  18. These look fantastic. You've been very productive since Saturday. I'm especially enamored by the green and growing things on the shrine. Wyrmgear looks very nice. I say go ahead and dirty it up some. It'll add interest to the look as long as you don't overdo it.
  19. Ooh pretty! And reminds me of a saying. "Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn."
  20. That's a great scene! Really feels underground and dark and dank. I like your beholder with its colorful eyes and creepy smile. Looks ready to play with its new miniature!
  21. I did two more quick PC miniatures last night. The gnome sorcerer (gonna be a halfling for the game) and dwarf rogue. Again only with bones 3 colors. Took a pic at the end with all 12 colors used. I'm very happy with the ultramarine blue on the sorcerer's robe. paint!
  22. Great job on the goat guy. He looks ready to rumble in record time.
  23. Very nice! Colorful and yet not gaudy. I think I would be happy to fend off this baddie as a reprieve from the living clowns. Though his little clown puppets are giving me the creeps.
  24. Despite the draw of bones 3 I made myself put an hour into these. Used new bones 3 colors. Nmm gold base and shadow for the straw on the broom. Burgundy wine to shade the witches clothes. Driftwood to highlight the broomstick. but the real magic happened after adding some colors to he cauldron steam and putting it on the fire pit. It fits just right. so to finish up I just need to paint the frog on her hat and maybe darken up the bat some more.
  25. As I pondered my choice of wizard for my new monstrous Frostgrave warband, I slowly realized there was only one choice really. I put his witch, cat, and cauldron into he shopping cart around Halloween time. I knew I needed one for any legitimate Halloween display of miniatures. But it had sat unpainted in the blister for a few months while other things took priority. Back to the frostgrave war band. So I chose witch as my wizard's school and proceeded to fill the ranks of soldiers with monstrous members like the horned hunter and a medusa archer, couple of tieflings, and even giant rats as warhounds. I think I am meant to paint up this witch as the wizard. She comes with a cat that I'm putting on the base with her and a cauldron that I am not. The cauldron will make a great prop when playing pathfinder and I already have a place for it in the birthday party adventure I have planned for next week. However the cauldron needs to sit on a fire or bed of coals or something. I realized I do not even have a campfire token so that became part of this project. okay, so first I grabbed two 20 mm bases and glued some small pebbles and gravel to them like so: Next I had to put the witch and cat on a base. I cut up an old bones base to fill out the bare base with flagstone shapes and glued down more gravel to fill in some of the gaps. Finally everything got some black primer. Witch and cat: fire pit: The black Cauldron: All of this happened over the last couple of days. Have not had much chance to paint since Friday night since we currently have house guests, but still managed to just start to lay down base coats while everyone else was entertained by part of a movie. Out pale saffron on the Inside of the cauldron and emanations, the cats eyes, the center coals in the fire pit, and the bat in the witches hand. No, I am not making the bat yellow. Honestly did not realize it was a bat until I got the yellow on it. Now I know. also mixed wreath green with dusky skin to start on the witch's skin. Oh and also some vampiric skin for the witches hair and for a quick dry brush on the rocks in the fire pit. Here is where things stand right now. Cauldron Witch Fire pit. I would love some ideas for colors on that witch besides black and green. I can't seem to picture anything else.