Ash Adler

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    In no particular order: reading and writing fiction, single-player video games, cooking/baking for a grain-free lifestyle, calisthenics, and apparently also painting miniatures.

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  1. I'm not sure which part I like best, between the wings and the scales. Awesome work!
  2. I had a really good time with this kit, and I feel like I learned a lot from it, too. Win-win! This is probably my best paint job to date, and it was pretty cool to see those highlights and shades build up layer by layer. Similar to the skeleton in the first kit, this one was quite fun to work on despite being a fairly simple model. If the wizard was the best paint job, this one was the most fun. Sadly, something about the posture just confounded me when it came to trying to take good pictures of it. Also, those lips I was a bit sloppy with this one, probably because I wanted to just finish with the kits and get on to doing my own minis again. Nevertheless, it was a neat challenge to try doing so many layers of colors for this one, and if nothing else, that left eye is probably the best eye I've painted (right one's a bit of a mess ). On the whole, I'm very grateful for all of the people who suggested getting the LTP kits. Definitely a great couple of learning tools. Many thanks!
  3. Thanks for the kind words I know that cover art! It's the one where the beholder looks really bored and the intellect devourers have cat bodies for some reason (maybe freaky crossbreeding with displacer beasts? )
  4. Thanks for the advice. I'm sure some future minis will end up with better paint jobs because of it All glory to the hypnotoad!
  5. Wow. Looks great. I'd missed that color connection at first, but that makes it look even better now!
  6. Intellect devourers were always one of my favorite D&D monsters, so I'd been planning on painting this mini eventually, but I never got around to buying it since it was kind of plain compared to most other minis. As fortune had it, though, I got it as a bonus with my last order from Reaper, so I decided to just do it. Color scheme was based on a mixture of the AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual intellect devourer, the more "realistic" 3rd edition version, and a smattering of actual crabs. As usual, the process of working on it is on my blog: link Unfortunately, I wasn't sure how to handle holding a mini without a base that I could stick on top of a shot glass. I held it by unpainted parts for as long as I could, but in the end, I held it by the brain to finish off the talons. Sadly, that led to some of the paint getting rubbed off (probably could've avoided at least some of that if I hadn't been squeezing it so hard, but it's easy to forget my strength at times). Aside from that, though, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out . It was a simple mini, but I enjoyed it. C&C welcome (especially any tips for how to avoid damaging finished paint on baseless minis, short of varnishing a completed area to hold it by for the final parts).
  7. Thanks for the kind words Hopefully, between this experience and working through the second Learn To Paint kit soon, I'll be able to make some good strides with improving the smoothness of my color blends.
  8. Gotta love the roper
  9. Love the carapace and scales. They sell the look of something that'd live in a stony environment.
  10. That fur looks amazing! Very nice!
  11. I'm glad I got talked into checking out these kits. Having someone walk me through what exactly to do really helped me to focus on what was happening with the mini without getting distracted by thinking about the next color choice or whatever. Honestly, the skeleton was probably my favorite of the 3 minis. Sure, it doesn't have as much going on with it as the other two, but the simplicity makes it good for learning, it's the one that seems best suited to "drybrush EVERYTHING" approach to highlighting, and besides, the dopey look of it is rather cute This one, on the other hand, was kind of a nightmare. It's not so much that there was anything particularly difficult about the model itself (it's actually posed to make things pretty easy to access all around), but it was just horrible trying to drybrush it with any real sort of cleanliness (not talking so much about how I clearly overdid it in some areas as stuff like the random brown smudges on his skin, metal sparkles on his leather parts, etc.). Well, that, and I had a hell of a time getting the brush to survive banging into the spikey bits no matter how careful/gentle I tried to be with it when doing the leather bits. Getting more eye practice is never a bad thing, at least. I even managed to keep the black outline all around the whites this time! This one annoyed me to start out because I just couldn't get the sword to set straight no matter how much I overbent it in the other direction while doing the whole hot/cold water thing. Once I decided to just give up and go with it, though, it was pretty smooth. Probably the best looking of the three in the end. All in all, it was a very valuable learning experience. Hoping that the learning keep going on through the next kit as well!
  12. Amazing work. I love that veil!
  13. Went back to try doing some glazing. I started with trying to build up the yellow, but I went overboard in thinning it and could barely see any difference after about an hour (as in the little white mark just under the notch in on the front side still looked almost like pure white). Adding a bit more yellow paint and trying again built it up more, although I guess I must've built up a crease in the dried paint at some point since I ended up with a kind of streak of stronger color in the middle of the blade face near its base. Anyway, for the sake of more experimenting, I did a bit of the same thing with the darkest green in the opposite direction over about half the blade on the front and over almost all of it on the back. Having a somewhat better idea of the translucency to aim for helped, as I started to notice the tinting starting to shift towards the darker side after just a few layers. Here are the results: It's definitely a better transition than what I had before. If I was to do it again from scratch, I'd want to work through the intermediate shades as well instead of glazing with just the lightest (non-white) and darkest colors, but one step at a time . I'll keep in mind to try doing some more color blending like this on the next mini where I've got a nice flat surface to work on. Thanks again for the advice!
  14. Thanks for the tips. I'll try glazing it and seeing how that affects it. Yeah, I think it was definitely a good mini for a beginner like me to practice a lot of things on without too much fuss. My only problem with it was that it has some nasty mold lines, but even that gave a bit of practice in trying to clean them up without damaging the actual figure (not that I did a very good job of it, but at least those photos hid most of it apart of the one above the forearm holding the skull/talisman).
  15. Special Edition: 01608: Reaper 25th Anniversary - Diva the Blessed Bones: 77018: Skeleton Archer 77042: Orc Marauder 77068: Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard 77134: Hajad, Pirate 77148: Mangu Timur 77167: Ingrid, Female Gnome 77229: Mind Eater 77283: Necromancer Pathfinder: 60025: Gray Maiden