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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

    Last few days, I haven't been able to work the snail. As I've mentioned, shaky hands. Since I'm ready to do some detail work, it hasn't been the best time to get into it because of them. So I've diverted the energy to working on what I have next in line. A bit of conversion work. Working on some evil things. More Ral Partha recasts from Iron Winds. First one, Iron Winds calls "Undead Horse I". A little research, I found that it was part of a set, "Hag on a Nightmare". I've chosen to give it some wings, and those come from a Ral Partha "Blue Dragon". I clipped off the middle part, then trimmed them to fit the shoulders of the horse. Didn't have a simple base he could fit on, so I created something with some slate and milliput. Then added pins on his feet and the wings to secure all the bits together. Filled with green stuff to complete the build. And voila! My nightmare pegasus. The second one I also chose to add wings. Sold as a single figure he was known as Drako, but was also the 3rd figure in the 3-stage Anti-Paladin set. Couldn't find out what the wings were originally a part of. Needed to do some carving out and pinning to get the wings to fit firmly on the back. Then needed to add some green stuff because I trimmed a little too much and to make it a molded fit. Skulls on his base because why not, and now he is a demonic knight. Wings are just tacked on. I'll be painting them separately.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Spent tonight deepening the purple base coat and then tossed on some orange on his skin highlights. It's a base for a graduated color pattern that will run along his body. Also started better defining the details of his back accessories. Not quite sure yet what to do with his eyes.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Not bad for shaky hands. Some clean up and detailing needed, but a success nonetheless. This back side looks way better than the front because there's more shell to show off the colors.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Our gentleman mage is pretty much finished. Moving onto this guy. All these colors are going to be just on his shell because I've decided to do some freehand work. It'll be a challenge because the hands have been shaky lately. The inspiration - I started with some garish base coats on the rest of him because I'm still trying to build up the courage.
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    Sessairs Minotaur

    From the Rackham Confrontation game, I fell in love with this minotaur some time in 2005, after I started playing World of Warcraft and fell in love with Tauren. Ever since, I've had an obsession with collecting what I think are great representations of minotaurs. For the Horde!
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Progress on the mage. Not too happy with the blue undertone of the beard. But I'm going to work on his coat and hat before I decide if I want to change it. And under him is my next victim.
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    Sessairs Minotaur

    Thanks! I really think he's one of my favorites so far. Both in sculpt and paint job. Had a lot of fun just putting on the hide pattern. I'm sure my husband thought I was weird as I giggled with glee while doing it.
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    01-325: Ral Partha - 3 Stage Druid

    He goes from "Oh gods, I hope nature is on my side" to "Okay, I think I got this" to "I will destroy you with divine winds!" A fairly quick paint really, vaguely expressionistic.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Have moved on now to working on the Dwarf Battlemage On Pony. Face is a little rough for my taste, so I'll see if I can clean it up. Was using the Tanned Skin triad and am also wanting to give him some rosiness. I figure he likes his ale.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    I decided I didn't like the initial color on the rune pieces. Wanted them to stand out more, so turned to a more brass/copper tone. Working on the armor and weapon now, which I'm thinking will go a sort of green gold direction with the edges and decor leaning towards that coppery tone. But we'll see how it all works out.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    A bit of pre Turkey dinner detailing.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Finished up painting all the flesh bits, popped out the highlights more on the robes, and am close to finishing all the detail and base bits. Then I go back to the lovely minotaur.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Decided I couldn't go to bed without painting the ideas I've been having for the robes. Need to clean up the details, but at least it's not rattling around just in my head anymore.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Today's project were the faces of the druids. Ruddy Leather for the undercoat. Then eyes and Blue Liner washed on the beard. Levels of mixed washes of Ruddy Leather, Tanned Shadow, and Tanned Highlight for the face. Then Ruddy Leather with Golden Highlight and Weathered Stone with Pure White for the beards.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Painting up some cow skin. I'm liking that the pattern gives him a kind of tribal warpaint look.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    I'm attempting to pick up the pace a little since I still have a number of miniatures to attempt to finish by the end of the year which is looming. The beginnings of base coating. And a couple references for the direction I'm headed on with the minotaur. Texas longhorns!
  18. First time doing a snow effect. I like it! And I'm really happy with his face.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Next in line, a Rackham Confrontation Minotaur. Not a recast, he's a pretty hefty fellow. I got him in the mid 2000s when I first visited a FLGS and was considering taking up painting again. I got as far as prime coating him and never finished and never really got back into painting much at all then. But wanting to paint him has nagged me for years and so he's one of the reasons I'm finally doing it now. I think he's my favorite minotaur figure. It took quite a bit of elbow grease to clean off the old chipped primer. Lots of nooks and crannies to deal with. But now that it's all cleaned up, I'm giving him the proper attention which will include some gap filling.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Was able to do a lot of work towards completing this guy tonight. A touch of clean up and landscaping and he'll be done.
  21. Here is a conversion using a couple old school Ral Partha recasts I picked up from Iron Winds Metals at a con a few years back. I did some research and found out that the lizard is called a Death Jaw and would originally come with a variety of orc riders. The amazon is Glorinthia - Amazon Guard who was originally a standing character. I think her face looks a little derpy, partly the paint job and partly the sculpt. Love that poofy 80s hair. Changed the saddle horn and added some GW skulls along with sculpting in a few extra tusks and horns on the model's existing heads so they were more monster than human.
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    Amazon Monster Hunter - Ral Partha conversions

    I tried a couple iterations and touch ups on the face, but I just couldn't get passed some of the unevenness in the sculpt.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Fleshed out the details and am now working on the rider. Decided to get away from the brown leathers on her as it was looking a little stale and boring.
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    Vacaroja's New Year's Resolution

    Back on the wagon! Did some work on the lizard rider. Toned down the skin color quite a bit from the golden color it was and decided to go a little wacky and highlight with some Pale Green. I'll probably bring a bit of the golden back in strategic places once I start getting more colors on from the details which I then started blocking out with their base colors.
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    Elven Dragon - Grenadier (1985)

    Finished this guy a couple months ago. But before I could take pictures, we had an out of state move to get through. Of all my minis, he was the only finished one to suffer damage. Being an oldie and made of heavier lead, he didn't stay put in storage and bounced around a bit. So, obviously, he was my first project in the new place. Final photos! I was playing around with the light quite a bit trying to show the iridescent finish.
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