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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 08/21/1982

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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. Four miniatures at various levels of progress

    I'll echo everything @OneBoothas said above, and add that I really hope the halfling gets cast somewhere. She's really fantastic and would fit nicely as an Eberron halfling from the Talenta Plains. All of your faces are really great. There's still enough fleshing out to come, so I'm not certain on this, but the halfling's right hand looks a bit large. It appears that she could stretch her thumb and little finger across her face and touch both ears. The Knight is a really awesome piece, I love how lanky he is. That said, the hand holding his mace is a little awkward. He has a break in his wrist that would significantly weaken his grip if he struck something that way (it may just be the camera angle, but it looks like the dorsal surface of his hand is at a right angle to his forearm rather than in line with it). I really love what you've got in your concept art, and I'm looking forward to seeing the armor on the Archer guy...and more of the magic-lady!
  2. I like this a bunch! Will you use it as a photo stage for future minis? I live on top of a hill with two cemeteries on the slopes... The neighbors are generally quiet: they mostly come out at night. Mostly. Seriously though, I love cemeteries as good places to take a meditative walk, and your scene captures that feel nicely. Although the caretaker needs to take better care of himself, does he ever eat?
  3. Everything I have now is metal. But my pledge was relatively small: I specifically pledged for the Asura, the Piper and the Forest Elemental. So really, only 33% of the things I specifically wanted are done (less if you consider the size of the Elemental)... But I have a use for the goblins coming up, so I figured what the hey. Have him send these. I have found that Jody is quite prompt to respond when you have a specific question, but not great if you're waiting for him to follow up on something. Very friendly in my interactions, but I'll never back another KS of his. Which is a shame, since the minis are really very nice.
  4. Ok! I just received the first few pieces from the *first* Imbrian Arts Kickstarter. For those not familiar: at about the same time as the first Bones KS and the first Kingdom Death: Monster KS, Imbrian launched their original campaign... It went wildly of the rails and has been in a state of non-fulfillment ever since. Jody, the artist behind Imbrian, has been working to catch up for a long time. Some things are done, others are not, and he's made the offer to ship whatever is done to his original backers, then ship other things as they get done. I finally decided to take him up on that offer. I'm pretty pleased with the minis. Some flash, but nothing egregious. The minis themselves are cleanly cast, and the sculpts are crazy detailed and every bit as weird as I expected. There's a lot about the campaign and subsequent years that are a good guide of how NOT to do things in Kickstarter-land, but the end result (so far) is pretty good. The gnoll and the (beautifully bizarre) necromancer bat: Lots of pieces to the gnoll, but it has one of the best UK-punk "I'm gonna cause some severe property damage" looks I've seen on a gnoll, so I like it. The bat is just crazy-creepy. The Shrikes: I got these because he didn't like what he ended up with for the free-with-$x-pledge "forest goblins," and I'm totally ok with that. These have a pretty great Harryhausen-meets-Henson-in-Pan's-Labyrinth vibe. And the Asura: (Not sure why the photo is upside down... Silly phone) One of two reasons I pledged for this KS, and I like her a bunch. Very delicate sculpt, but there are at least two points of contact for each separate piece. This one is weird and lovely and a little haunting. I still have a few pieces coming... eventually. At this point, it's hard to say whether this is all worth the wait: if I'd known how long it would take, I definitely wouldn't have pledged, but now the money is so long spent these are like little free gifts in my mailbox. I'm pleased with the minis, so there's that!
  5. Foods of yester-yore

    There are some great Uneeda ghost signs all over the place. I'm a big fan of this one in the quite-trendy Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, not least because it has several layers of signs, including an ad for tobacco and another for toothpaste: It's actually an ad for a grocery, and it looks like they periodically painted over some things to advertise different products, with Uneeda clearly being a perennial favorite, with pretty clear ghosts of two different instances of the word "biscuit." (The street-level artwork is for the New Amsterdam barstaurant... They added a rooftop deck a couple of years ago and had Dan Kitchener paint a new mural. The Kitchener is spectacular, but the photos tend to focus on the mural and you can't see the ghost sign as well, so today you get the old New Amsterdam skull mural.) Cooking wise, my mother has a German cookbook from before WWII, and an English translation of a Turkish book from shortly before the end of the Ottoman Empire. It is a reprint, but it's still 60 years old or so. Both books were well used when I was growing up. I love spaetzle and borek!
  6. Just saw Isle of Dogs. I loved it. Really tight writing, excellently realised aesthetic. People who do not love Wes Anderson will almost certainly not love Isle of Dogs, but it is a very well put together movie nonetheless.
  7. Paint brushes

    Well, the mildly astringent qualities of bergamot would help in cleaning, I suppose. Ultimately, though, the milder profile of a white tea is probably better for the brush in the long run. But really, using tea as rinsewater is similar to using bourbon for the same purpose. At best, the paint adds nothing to the beverage (besides poison)... And why waste a good beverage? (Edit: all of this is meant to be purple...)
  8. Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Me, too. I'm gonna want the whole line so I can make a crazy WuXia turtlescape.
  9. Paint brushes

    Everyone knows that Darjeeling makes a poor rinsewater...
  10. Paint brushes

    As @Kuro Cleanbrush mentioned (edit: no, he didn't, don't know why I thought he did. Clearly I need to read the words on the page and not the words I expect to see), Wappel's brushes come from the, as Wappel calls it, "magical land of Haab-ee Laab-ee." They're something like a dozen for four bucks. Although I don't use his techniques all the time, I use those brushes a bunch, especially for metallic paints. They hold a decent point through much abuse, which is a must for metallics, and they work well for fast, rough basecoating. That said, my go-to brushes are all WNS7s, either a 0 miniature or a 1 depending on what I'm doing. I also have a 2 that I love, though its point has faded a bit. I will mention, I have had some really rough luck with Windsor Newton brushes by mail (from several vendors), so I only purchase them in person any more. My WNS7 0mini is over ten years old at this point and I can still dot eyes with it.
  11. Getting to Know You, April 2018

    A Heward's Handy Hobbyrack? ...I might know a guy.
  12. Fun with big minis, finari

    Link in my sig to the WiP for her, my last "Lunch Sessions" thread. I still haven't had a proper photo session with her, so she isn't in Show Off yet.
  13. Fun with big minis, finari

    I just finished my first 54, too: the Maria Roseblade from the same Masters Series line. She was a lot of fun!
  14. Fun with big minis, finari

    I dig your colors! I think the common term is "butt cape." It seems like a weird version of a tabard, which would hang from the shoulders, over the armor and under the belt.
  15. Synth-ia (Cordelia from Infinity)

    *applause* All of it awesome. I really like where you took the gun!