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  1. Nephal, Shadow Prince Demon size?

    Hello! Derek (the sculptor) here. Sorry I didn't catch this thread earlier, but I'm glad @TaleSpinner and @alchemist gave you the answer you were looking for. Yes, I intended this figure to stand about 9' tall at 30mm scale. AD&D 1st edition said Graz'zt was 8' tall, and 3rd edition said he was Large-sized. The base of the painted example is 40mm-diameter. Anyway, thanks for choosing this figure, and have fun painting him! Please post your version to Show-Off when you finish. People around here will be glad to praise you for what they like, and (if you ask) suggest ways to improve. Derek
  2. Half-drow allowed?: http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/lysette/latest/14022#detail/IG_288_1 http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/lysette/latest/14022#detail/IG_288_2 Derek
  3. 60189: Kevoth-Kul, the Black Sovereign

    Great work! Yours seems to be the first rendition here, and an outstanding one (as @malefactus wrote). I like the way your colors and contrast delineate the different materials on him (fur, leather, metal, vapor, etc.), and the golden goblet draws my eye. I like the stone base that you set him on, too. Is it something that you sculpted or assembled, or a resin piece, or something else? Derek
  4. Thanks, everyone! @Pingo: I like seeing the closeups of your figures' faces, too! @Glitterwolf: This was the first time I had done a dark-sclera, light-iris eye to this level of detail. It's an interesting detail of the character design. @hotdogthebarbarian: Welllll, "same scale" but slightly exaggerated. The character is supposed to be tall, so the figure would be 35mm (=7', if 30mm=6') if he were standing straight. @haldir: Yeah, I rolled out a few spheres of putty for the globes of the bombs, then after they hardened I stuck them on and added the string and necks/corks, so the whole mass would be suitable for casting. And thanks for remembering the gunslinger! Her eyes still follow you everywhere ... @Metalchaos: Now that you mentioned it, I looked up Johan's contact info at his website, so I just emailed him with a link to this forum thread and the photos. Sometimes illustrators like seeing their work translated into 3D. @Darcstaar: Yes, I make most of my figures' noses and ears rosy, especially when an inhuman color like this needs to look a little warmer/"natural". Many of my past figures seem to have colds or be drunk.... @Clearman: My size 0 Kolinsky sable brush by Escoda holds a very fine point. I could probably touch up the sides of the lines to make them even thinner, but ... there are other projects on my desk awaiting paint! Derek
  5. 60194 Kul-Inkit, female barbarian

    Thanks, folks! @paintybeard: Good! Post some pics when you've painted yours. @Metalchaos: I shot the photos for this figure and Skreed yesterday, and I thought about spacing them out over two days, then decided to post both today. And yeah, I guessed that those little scratches would imply a metallic surface/shininess but wasn't sure it would work. Usually I paint a much cleaner/smoother NMM. @Darcstaar: All the damage on the shield is painted. You can see photos of the original sculpt in the Reaper Store: http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Pathfinder/latest/60194#detail/60194_g_1_dks http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Pathfinder/latest/60194#detail/60194_g_2_dks @Guildenstern: Have fun playing Iron Gods! I tried not to spoil too much here. I subscribe to the Adventure Paths, so I've read almost all of them, but I've avoiding reading the latest (Ruins of Azlant) because a friend has offered to GM it for us soon. Derek
  6. Here's Kul-Inkit, a character from the fifth installment of the Pathfinder "Iron Gods" Adventure Path (#89: "Palace of Fallen Stars"). I sculpted this figure in early 2017 and painted her last week (January 2018). She is a great warrior but unhappy in her role as consort to Kevoth-Kul, "the Black Sovereign", nominal ruler of Numeria. (He is also Reaper figure #60189.) Your characters might meet her in his palace. Numeria blends fantasy barbarians with sci-fi. A spaceship from another galaxy crashed there many years ago, and people have been plundering the wreckage. The overall color scheme is from the art in the book, but I posed her differently when I sculpted her, since the pose in the book wouldn't have worked as well for casting in miniature. The concept art reminded me of the model Linda Evangelista, who I think had this hairstyle at some point in her career. For the non-metallic metals (NMM) on the axe and shield and back-plate, I used several colors and scratchy strokes at various angles with very fine brushes. Just trying something different. Enjoy, Derek
  7. Here's Skreed Gorewillow, a character from the first installment of the Pathfinder "Giantslayer" Adventure Path (#91: "Battle of Bloodmarch Hill"). I sculpted this figure in the summer of 2016 and painted him a few weeks ago. He is a tall and gangly half-orc, whose blond hair probably means his mother was Ulfen (Pathfinder Viking). The magical tattoos on his face let him change his appearance ... the better to pursue his deceitful agenda! The colors are from the art in the book, by Johan Grenier. He used a lot of fine brushwork in the piece -- such as the tattoos on his face and shoulders, and the scratches and wrinkles -- so that influenced how I painted the figure. (You can find the image by doing an online search for "pathfinder skreed".) Enjoy, Derek
  8. Colors for painting snow

    When I've painted snow, I've used Deep Amethyst for the shadows, up to Sky Blue and Pure White. (Stipple the highlights with a dab-dab-dab motion, to simulate the slight texture of the surface.) That's how I did these: King Axehelm dark elf sorceress Liela Have fun! Derek
  9. Iridescence Ideas

    I tried to make my Acid Beetle critter look iridescent -- green on the areas more directly reflecting light, shading out to blue-purple on the areas turned away: link. Marike Reimer ("queen of the bugs") found an actual iridescent-carapaced beetle outside Reaper HQ one night just before I painted the figure, so I had real-world reference material. I've also done some subtle green-purple iridescence on other figures, such as the feathers of my tengu samurai and tengu rogue, and the dress of Bourbon Street Sophie. (click for the links to their Forum posts) Enjoy, Derek
  10. Good test of the contrast and composition by looking at your photos in B&W. When you come back to painting this guy... Some areas will need higher highlights and/or deeper shadows to look like the materials you intend them to be, and/or to make the composition more interesting. Leading questions for you: What are the differences in how these materials reflect light: metal, leather, cloth, scales, slimy skin, hair/fur? How can you tell from a B&W photo whether an object is new/clean/smooth/shiny, or old/scuffed? Derek
  11. ZOE The Golden Ranger.

    Strong work! Your extra effort on the face really shows, and I like the red scarf. Dave Summers sculpted this figure, but the real Zoe was the companion of Michael Proctor (one of Reaper's superstar painters, and a Reaper MSP Medalist). You could send Michael a message ( @Clever Crow ) to tell him about this thread, since he would probably like to see your rendition. Derek
  12. 60184 Meyanda, android priestess

    Thanks again. @JGroeling: It's all with a brush and paint. (Well, the steps 1-to-5 is with the touchpad on my laptop, and electrons....) I know that some people use pens on miniatures, but I learned to do everything with a brush. I imagine that the color options with pens would be limited, and I could not control the consistency of ink (from a pen) as well as I can control my painting. @Guindyloo: Glad to help demystify the freehand. And thanks about the texture of the bodice. It was supposed to be fine chainmail, and I think Bobby Jackson sculpted the links for it, but my succession of priming and blending and stippling and glazing obliterated the original surface and turned it into this vaguely metallic textured garment. Bobby also sculpted some tiny detailing/runes on the upper bands of the left gauntlet, but I think they disappeared under layers of paint. You can compare those areas of the figure to Wayne Reynolds's art for the character. When the details on a miniature would be that small, I prefer to have a smooth surface where I can freehand the details/textures. Derek
  13. Yeah, this is going along well. Keep it up! I'm enjoying seeing your process, including the modeling on the feet/base. Since you already have ideas about what to do next, any suggestions from me now wouldn't be as relevant as when you think the whole figure is finished. Everyone paints differently, every figure goes through its awkward middle stages, and many colors can seem to change after you've put a different color next to them. Once you've highlighted the teeth as much as you intend to, for example, you can revisit the interior of the mouth. It might look more striking (higher contrast) if you take it darker. You could use a darker red/black, or even purple. Since this is a demon rather than a real mandrill, a slightly unnatural color would be fine. I like your reference material on the mandrills' snouts and manes. I might darken the fur again right around the figure's faces, to give more contrast and visual weight to the heads overall. In effect, you would be making those hairs look like they are dark at the base and lighter at the tips. And now that I think of it, you might choose to differentiate the two heads, using slightly different colors on their snouts and manes. You could do that with glazes (such as green or blue or purple on one head's blue snout, and orange-red or purple on one head's yellow-brown mane). Derek
  14. 60184 Meyanda, android priestess

    Thanks, everyone! @Sanael: I achieved the fade on the skirts by glazing purple on the lower parts, and restricting the ivory highlights to the tops. Yes, the hexes are freehand. (You don't have to look too hard to find irregularities and errors!) As with most freehand, it's a matter of breaking it down into steps. Step 1: horizontal borders at the bottom. Step 2: short vertical lines from the border, evenly spaced, shorter in length than the spacing apart. (For a perfect hexagon, it would be a ratio of 1 : square-root-of-3. These aren't perfect.) Step 3: angled lines from the top of each vertical line -- 60 degrees left and 60 degrees right. Try to make them symmetrical and meet in about the middle. Step 4: a new vertical line from each vertex. (Actually I made them taper them slightly, and made each row shorter/smaller than the previous one, to accommodate the tapering shape of the skirt overall.) Step 5: repeat. Then touch up the worst of the mistakes. I practiced once in pencil on paper, but I didn't realize I would have to make the hexes smaller at the top until I was a few rows in on the actual painting, and they started getting smaller on their own.... Derek
  15. 03774 Tengu Warrior/Samurai

    @Cyradis: Whoops.... here you go. <pick up and hand back jaw> @Loim : I look forward to seeing your "mockingbird" take on one or more of the tengu. Sounds great. I hope this version encourages you to do something different. The tengu wizard is in my own queue for painting. Derek
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