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  1. My New Year's Resolution is a 2-part thing. First, no buying of minis. . . .until August. Because I know I won't be able to stop myself when we Gen Con this year. And second, paint these - Not my whole collection, but the ones I'm really interested in right now. Some are to be conversions. And some are going to be in a diorama I'd like to bring to Gen Con if I can complete it in time. Gathering it all together now, I think I just intimidated myself. Eep!
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Been awhile. Had to go out of state for a bit. This is where I left off before I left. And we'll see how far I get in the next month. Life transitions! Moving out of state so much packing and tossing of stuff to be had.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Before bed last night, the polar bear was mostly base painted, while I had to do a little touch up and more fill with the lizard rider after priming. Found a couple more mystery holes on the lizard's cheek and had to further repair the damage I'd done to the rider when I had bent the legs to have her sit. Today, I got all the fur and body on polar bear done and started basing the lizard and rider. Amazon's eyes and skin are mostly done too, though we need a little more highlight and definition on the skin. And here are some of the color/pattern inspirations - For the polar armor And for the lizard, komodo dragons -
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Today's progress. Much green stuff. Original saddle horn removed and reimagined. Removed and added on skulls from Citadel. I have hundreds. Have to use them up somehow, ha. And I added some tusks and horns to those I did not remove. Nothing too dramatic. Just wanted them to express not human. And then also filled in a lot of seams as well as removed a couple elements I simply did not understand. I think one was a tab that might have been there to attach a piece of equipment of some sort.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Next on the list - three figures. First is the Polar Bear Warrior from Dark Sword Minis. Already glued and green stuffed the seams. And then I'm taking two items I picked up from Iron Winds Metals a few years ago, a lizard mount and an Amazon woman, and combining them. Amazon was a standing figure that I manipulated to get her sitting on the mount. There's quite a bit of green stuff that's going to be needed for those two. As well as some other modifications, like I will be removing the big skull saddle horn and adjusting the saddle to fit her better, and converting some hanging skulls to be more monstrous. Monster hunting, lizard riding Amazon!
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    And the rocks changed color again! We are on the home stretch. I touch of highlighting on some points, but pretty much done. I wasn't completely happy with it the last couple days. Then the hubs said that a fairy dragon should be glittery. Yes! Not the easiest thing to see under the desk lights, but, oh yeah, the glitter from interference paint is joyous.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Last major set of colors, green bits. We'll see what color the base stones end up being. I'm being indecisive. They've changed colors 3 times already, ha.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Today's progress was on the belly and then some work on the purple of the body. Mystery purple for the basecoat because it's such an old bottle the label has faded.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    I'm on a break from work at the moment. So lots of painting will be happening for a little while. Today, I used GW shades for the first time. They're a happy thing. And also now there are eyes! Was scared of them a bit, because they were so bulbous. But after much internet searching, Toothless from "How To Train Your Dragon" became my inspiration.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Basecoating. Right now it looks like a 5 year old got a hold of the crayolas. Which is amazing. Hehe. The inspiration is this guy.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Taking a break from the goblin diorama. I've gone a decent way on it, but I'm obsessing a bit too much on detail and its keeping me from moving forward. So it's set aside for now. Book stack is all glued up, but the goblins and furniture are still separate pieces that I can pull off to paint. The last couple days, I focused on the snake man. He's almost done and I've moved on to setting up a Grenadier dragon as my next project. Already pinned and green stuffed.
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    Gencon: The Loomining

    I managed to get into paint & take this year thanks to the fact that they were taking hourly reservations. Ended up doing it Friday afternoon while the hubs had a seminar. By then they had run out of brushes to pass out and that left us with whatever badly treated brushes were left on the table. Combined with the strange variety of paint colors near where I sat and that we had only an hour before we had to leave to let the next group sit, it was kind of like a demolition speed paint challenge, haha. Coupled with good convo with fellow painters, it was a fun little hour though. Ended up with this guy -
  13. I've yet to meet an old mini that doesn't have big gaps, ha. I have some Grenadier dragons on the list of things to do that need GS help for sure.
  14. I return from Gen Con with too much loots, if such a thing exists. My wallet cries, but discounts are hard to resist! Magna racks from Battle Foam, 4 Guild Ball teams and a limited edition Critical Role Vax'ildan. A visit to Iron Wind Metals booth to get some Ral Partha recasts. Concentrated on beasties, both animals and monsters, about 25 different pieces. But among the bin mix I also found this guy - And I have no idea who he is. Even the cashier was surprised to see him and couldn't remember seeing him before. A later piece seeing as he's marked the year 2000. Driving me crazy not knowing. Also picked up, at a good discount, a couple Rackhams. Love the sculpts and since they're getting hard to find, I couldn't pass it up. Wish I could have bought more. And last, but not least. My favorite find. The hubby was a bit bewildered by my OOOOOOOOH! A Checkmate Dragon! Not the original box, but who cares. Price was awesome! Super excited to paint it up.
  15. About a year ago is when I picked up a brush again after decades and it was because I started playing D&D again. Unable to quickly find proper representations of our characters, I settled on some Dark Sword Anthropomorphics for the time being. As our characters have developed over the year, I was able to get a better sense of them and finally able to find minis to truly represent who they were. Our Wood Elf Swashbuckler (02543 - Elladan, Elf) Our Half-Elf Warlock (03381 - Satheras, Elf Warlock) Our Dragonborn Cleric of Talos (03389 - Deckard Nightveil, Bone Pander Death Priest. Converted) Our Goliath Warrior (03724 Thund Bloodwrack, Barbarian. Converted)
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    D&D Party - 1 year later (Pic Heavy)

    It is. What's funny though is since I finished his mini, he died and his contract got traded to a Celestial being who brought him back to life. So now we're in need of a new, less death and destruction mini.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Life's been distracting me more than other minis recently, but I have been getting little bits of time in. Got the goblins primed in a darker grey then started base coating skin bits using Muddy Olive and a wash of Brown Liner. Ruddy Leather on the goblin dog. And as I mentioned, it's part of a diorama, so I started building some bits for it. Exposure is not the best sadly. But those are books I'm building. Milliput between styrene and then I'll use green stuff to build book spines. I've started building open books and have done only one so far Sculpting exposed pages is proving a challenge. Think I may see if using GS makes a difference. I'll probably add more intricate details on the bookshelf and build a bench. And the plan is to add some sort of patterned stone floor. Been exploring some medieval library looks. Also, when I've need a painting change of pace, I've started working on this guy - Outside of Ma'al Drakar which, because it was huge, I could get away with some stuff, this is actually the first Bones I've worked on. I was not having fun trimming off the mold lines and actually at some point just gave up and started painting. Base of Camoflage Green, light Ruddy Leather wash, and a drybrush of Pale Olive to get started. He'll get a pattern along his body based on the mojave rattlesnake.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Next on the list. Cleaned up a couple Pathfinder goblins. Picked a mix from 60017: Goblin Pyros & 60006: Goblin Warriors and the 60014: Goblin Commando. Along with the little guy (Frostgrave soothsayer apprentice) lying down in the corner of the stand, they're all going to be part of a diorama. Had to do a touch of green stuff on the commando because he was floating above his saddle and to complete his reins. AND, in my search to find some foam to help build the diorama, I dug deep enough in storage (because it turned into a spring cleaning exercise) and found the box containing these - Finding original boxes surprised me because I had at least the dragons sitting in a case and one of them is on this year's list. Thought I'd tossed the boxes long ago. In the back of my mind I knew I still had a few loose old minis lying around somewhere, but what?! Supposedly, I have an old Blood Bowl goblin team too. But sadly, it wasn't among these. Hmmm. . . . Trying not to let them distract me. But the Ogres of the East are tempting.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    There's a few tiny touch ups I'll be wanting to do before sealing, but otherwise, 4 of 4 done! Our Goliath warrior is a collector, thus his slightly incongruous equipment. I think he might be my favorite of the group.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    The hubster is an enabler. The goal is to not buy minis to try and reduce the stock of unpainted ones that I already own. But today, he hands me over some that he picked up over time from his visits to the FLGS. Some were to represent characters he's played during his weekly game night and a couple he recently found in the random minis bin. I love that he knew I would love a fat valkyrie pig lady. I know the pig lady is Helga the Conqueror and pretty sure the bird is a GW great eagle. But I couldn't figure out who the big armored "orc" on the left is. I love his bulk. Does anyone recognize him?
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    Gencon: The Loomining

    Since we drive in, we always stay outside of town. Even with the fee for parking, it ends up cheaper, which is good. Near the airport has been our go to as it's been the easiest to get in to the convention center from there. We were high on the registration queue this year and even though a few things opened up later in the day and we snagged another one or two events, I, in particular, didn't get everything, sadly. But after some time I've accepted it. Frankly, I always tend to over book so maybe it's a blessing in disguise this year. And I haven't had issue popping in to some things with generics. It is a huge affair, but it's never really bothered me. I only went for the first time 6 years ago, so I've only ever known it as big. And we only go every other year. It's sort of a special birthday trip for the husband too, since his has landed during the convention. And maybe it's the type of work I do for a living. I'm surrounded by environmental distractions constantly. I also tend make sure to drag the husband out of the convention and set aside time to explore the city's culinary delights because said work compels me to. Anyway, I've learned a certain balance I think. So I've always enjoyed myself. Did stop by Adepticon this year. Only other game con I've been to. After Gen Con I actually thought it was cute. Haha.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Okay! Two things happened today. I took a more careful look at images of green quartz and while running errands, the hubs wanted to hit the FLGS and so I ended up buying a new bottle of paint, Vallejo Yellow Green. Also, worked on better blending. Results - Before After Better. Happier. Done. Next!
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    I'm on a roll today. 3 of 4 complete. Maybe. I'm not 100% happy with the gem, but after the few hours I've spent on it, I just can't do it anymore. More practice needed on that kind of thing. I might have energy tomorrow to see if I can improve on it.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    The 2 of 4 almost done. Need to finish up some base details in order to call it complete. Plus, you can see where I'm headed next once the 4 are complete.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Full disclosure- On his cloak and outer robe are nightshade purple and blue liner. I wanted to differentiate his inner robe so used brown liner with green ochre to bring in some warmth and then blue liner for the deep shadows. And the armor is black green, pale lichen and blue liner.
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