Sanael

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Sanael last won the day on September 19 2013

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About Sanael

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    God among Kender and Kobolds
  • Birthday 08/21/82

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    Pittsburgh
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    Minis painting (though I suppose that's obvious), D&D, cooking, reading, video games. I'm an actor, a stage combatant and a certified geek (not that you didn't already know).

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  1. I am a fan of most of the channel...there are some bits in some of the Shakespeare vids with which I take issue, but I know those were earlier in both the life and the scholarship of the author (and I know my own tendency is to nitpick when I have my own well-formed opinions). The most recent stuff is pretty great all around. I just watched "Pandora," (one of the multitude, apparently), and I've also been enjoying the Tropes series. A lot to be proud of for all those involved.
  2. Hooo boy. An inspiration as always, Kuro! She looks fantastic. I really love the black leathers...can you please share the colors that went into them? On my monitor they seem a bit olive-green-ish, which I don't think is a direction I've seen blacks taken before. I'm always of mixed feelings when it comes to blood spatter on weapons (I usually think it's unnecessary unless it's the point of the piece)...but yours here is a graphically striking (haha see what I did there) part of this mini. Against your really nice NMM, it stands out pretty starkly; even though I personally think it might be gilding the lily a bit, it is visually very cool. Looks like something out of a Frank-Miller-esque graphic novel. And thanks for sharing your method with the pants...I think I would have done the opposite, painting the stripes in right after the basecoat so they could help me cheat the shading on the white pants (as opposed to your shading the whites to give you guidelines for shading the stripes). But then, I'm a little afraid of painting white!
  3. Good work on the white! The shendyts look pretty great on both. Also well done with the skin-tones.
  4. Aah, the older Seraph sculpt. A lot of people hated that sculpt, I always thought it was pretty cool. But it definitely didn't mesh with the way the faction's aesthetic evolved. Regardless, I like the colors, and I love the base on this guy. Top-heaviness was a big problem with this sculpt, and you've solved it nicely.
  5. Phew! Nicely done. I browsed through some of the WiP, really nice work on the shield. I guess it's easier to mask at that size, I liked seeing a bit of that process. Really lovely work on the skin and leathers, too.
  6. I have to admit, these 7-day/size-0 challenges make my head hurt. I'm glad y'all have fun with them, but I'd have an aneurysm if I tried to do that. Maybe with a larger brush. That said, congratulations. The eyes look great, and I really love the base...colorful stone is always good to see!
  7. With those glowing eyes, I have to assume the shield is intelligent and controlling the ogre! Looks great.
  8. Your cleric is a D&D Chainmail figure, a sorceror I think. I have one somewhere. I like that rogue figure a bunch.
  9. Dig those colors! The open flower, especially, looks great.
  10. Cool, thanks! Tabletop Art has a bunch of cool styles. I definitely need to snag a few of those rolling pins, too.
  11. These are nice! I dig the purple/yellow on the one guy. Took a brief stroll through your WiP, but I didn't see if you mentioned: where did those bases come from?
  12. Thanks very much. There are certainly some forumites with whom I'd love to be associated, but preferably for my painting rather than my absence. I'm looking forward to being around a bit more, and I can't wait to check out all the new painters on these forums! Thanks, Wolf! Although...you know you shed now, right? Your old name was bright but didn't leave a trail...everywhere...there are disco pawprints all over the forum! As for sticking around, I don't intend to abandon the forums. Although I may wind up with something like Stern's old schedule, painting and posting September through March/April and being elsewhere in the late Spring and Summer months (for me, it's theater...I think Stern was golfing?) I already do that for all intents and purposes, might as well make it official; we'll see.
  13. I once had a party convert an entire tribe of lizardfolk to the worship of Pelor. The cleric even had a lizardfolk apostle that followed him around, Brother Steve (original name, Stevassiiik). The tribe didn't need a ton of convincing once it was made clear that Pelor was the god of the sun.
  14. Back in college,we were playing a 2E Dragonlance campaign. We had an NPC (meant to die in the first encounter, now several weeks into the campaign because we kept rescuing her) in an exhaustion-induced coma, slung over a fighter's shoulder, slowing us down as we were chased cross-country. The situation was dire, with agents of an evil god (Morgion, it turned out) hunting us. Finally at an inn, some respite. As we prepared for the coming siege, it was opined by some in the party that it would be helpful to have a talented abjurative wizard up and casting, rather than gently snoring off the effects of several months of sleepless running. Our cleric of Mishakal was exasperated: "She's not bleeding, guys, she's TIRED. I don't have a NOT TIRED spell!" About six months later, this has been a frequent pull-quote amongst the now mid-tier party. And one session the cleric's player takes a moment with his character sheet during some random encounter. When his turn comes up, he's quiet for a moment or two, then asks the group: "Um, so I have Cure Fatigue...is that actually a "not tired" spell? I believe objects were thrown. *** Guesting in an out-of-town friend's campaign one New Year's weekend, the neighbors in nearby apartments were doing kegstands while we were fighting eldritch horrors. In the midst of a particularly tense combat, a neighbor bursts in, drunkenly assesses the situation, and loudly declares, "y'all're crackin' books open like it's your job! Me, I avoid books whenever possible." He left after a few minutes of explanation, though he seemed to find the idea of killing monsters entertaining. But he came back a little while later. "What're y'all killin' now?" He asked, blearily. "Flesh golems." "Man, I hate those f*****s!" And he came back one last time, as his party was wrapping up. "Y'all're still at this? That's hardcore. I'm going home. All I can say is, eat it and be safe!" We spent a while laughing and pondering the meaning of his parting words, which are now sometimes uttered by hermitous sages in other D&D games. **** In the Eberron campaign I will soon wrap, the party was faced with a terrifying creature from Xoriat, a toothy beast of chaos and madness. It had an aura of confusion with a fairly high DC, a pile of ability-draining attacks per round...all together a highly challenging thing hellbent on eating the party and then the world. The party shifts uncomfortably as initiative is rolled. The rogue, then the bard, then the wizard, then the beast, followed by the rest of the party. Things seem grim. The rogue manages a sneak attack, but the thing's anatomy renders it largely ineffective. The bard inspires...something, courage probably. And the wizard...the wizard casts Baleful Polymorph, And the party's goblin puts her new pet turtle in a bag of holding. And for a time, the goblin had a pretty normal, if slightly insane, red-eared slider to play with from time to time. Then the chaos creature failed all its saves and was rendered permanently turtlish, and somewhat forgotten by most of the party as a line item on a character sheet. Weeks later, the party is wading through the Shadow Marches on the way to the lair of an ancient black dragon, sealed in stone by the Gatekeeper druids long ago. The sealing stone there is needed to repair the broken seal the Xoriati creature slipped through, so the party will need to unseal the dragon's prison in order to save the world. They're prepared for the worst...and then they meet the first kobolds. Now, you might guess from my deity title here in the boards, I like kobolds. And I took notes from a guy named Tucker. And I firmly believe kobolds should be a reasonable encounter for PCs of any level, up to and including epic PCs. Not just the little dog-lizards alone, of course, but if met on their terms? Kobolds are like Ewoks vs. the Empire, but legit. So the party meets a kobold. And they know they'd rather not deal with the crap I'm about to inflict upon them, so they choose diplomacy. After some palaver, it turns out the kobold and his tribe worship the spirit of the great stone dragon, and certainly the party is welcome to come worship at the shrine, but only if they promise no violence and bring a suitable offering to the dragon-god. So the wizard grins, and asks the goblin for her pet turtle, yes of course she'll get him back, just hand him over, this is important. Turtle in hand, the wizard breaks out the sovereign glue and diamond dust. Says I, "what, you're bedazzling the turtle?" "Yes. I'm bedazzling the turtle. Kobold wants an offering, right?" *sigh* "OK..." *rolls* *sighs* "The kobold smiles brightly and concedes this is one of the finest offerings brought by an outsider to the great stone dragon." At which point the party is escorted to the kobold village, walks right past most of the traps and whatnot, finds themselves embroiled in a tribal civil war which threatens to release the dragon through no action of the party, slays the evil kobold cleric and the dragon, and STILL IN POSESSION of the bedazzled turtle. And shortly thereafter, the party found a portable hole, sitting on a bench in a 3' by 3' single-roomed building outside a construction site. The goblin discovered the contents of the hole to be quite...fecund...and convinced the artificer to modify the hole to allow breathable atmosphere into the extradimensional space...so the bedazzled turtle has a lovely little contained ecosystem and can travel in style despite being folded up in a goblin's pocket.
  15. Hi, Pingo! Thanks for that welcome!