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Cyradis

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  1. This one just went up. Seems like a smaller studio with some cool sculpts. The cost per figure seems reasonable, although shipping is a bit of a bummer. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1665755336/summoning-a-dragon-fantasy-and-sci-fi-miniatures-b?ref=project_facebook
  2. I began this bust last week. I preshaded as a guide then proceeded to cover it all up. My lighting scheme is supposed to be "bright from above and slightly into face". I am kinda at the point where I can keep tweaking the face, but I think I should let it rest and work on the neck and chest instead for a while. Eyebrows and deer-nose and lips still need shading and work though. Most work has been on the skin. In roughly sequential order.... I think I may have overdone the shadows but I will decide if I should go back to fix that up later.
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    Paint bins and my lamps get stickerified regularly.
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    There weren't any for Heroes of the Fallen Frontiers. Were there for Naughty Gears? Might not be their thing. Huge Minis flower tufts tossed one in for the heck of it for their KS. Got a Dark Sword sticker from my swag bag, and Bombshell's from an order. No Reaper or S75 stickers though.
  5. Thanks She's still very much WIP and I'll probably be revisiting the face. I needed to get to work on another section to clear my head and unify her a bit more first though. I also realized why some of the blending was a bit off earlier today - I'd been using the paint from the palette that I used on her nose to shade her cheeks, which are different colors! They're similar; both midtone browns. The nose base coat is Reaper Saddle Brown, and the cheeks are mostly S75 Bosh Chestnut, with a bit of S75 Merm Green and Arbuckles Brown, and Reaper Red Brick and Bronzed Shadow. So I mixed up the Bosh Chestnut and Saddle Brown on my palette, and started using the Saddle Brown. It is much lower saturation so it just made the cheeks start to look greyed out a bit. I think in the end it will work out for giving some depth, but in the meantime, I over-did the shadows on the lower part of the cheek. It will probably be the Bronzed and Golden skin triads to pull it back up. The base color is just Golden Skin.
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    77440: Masumi, Demon Hunter

    You could work on the directional smearing though; like on the sides of the weapon, go back and forth instead of circular. And you can change the angle of the brush; more tilted relative to the surface to smear more at once, directly perpendicular to have more fine control. *shrug* I definitely agree - smearing is tough in a small space.
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    77440: Masumi, Demon Hunter

    I am generically swapping to NMM on any figure that I care about lately because metallic paints just feel funny on the brush to me. I think you can still do well by mixing your colors and layering, TMM or NMM though. That should get some intermediate tones to work with; I don't think that is specific to paint type. Wet blending is something I can only just now do since moving. I get a bit of working time without drying retardant, but with retardant my paint is nearly turning into super thin putty to mix - it is kinda weird. Back in CO there was barely any point to bothering because the air was so dry.
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    77440: Masumi, Demon Hunter

    Good work! The green and golden skin look really nice. The pole reminds me of bamboo personally and I like it! I have some ideas for helping on the weapons specifically. I copied your picture into Paint and did a bad job of poking it with a cursor, but it is useful for reference I think. I did this really fast because Sir Cyr and I want to do the wine tasting a block away in a few minutes Okay, so I put black lines along the "seam" of the weapons. I think you can try to keep that seam more crisp. Two colors that meet there should form a distinct line. You have some white crossing into the black area and vice-versa. The right-most red circle I think needs to be at least generically bright, instead of dark. It will make the weapon have a glint of bright and seem more sharp and scary. Might not be perfect placement... but I think it works in theory of "it will look cool". The other circles are areas that need "blending". Not necessarily smooth - that takes time and patience and practice and everyone works on it constantly. My suggestion would be to just mix your dark and light tones and pop that at the interface. Instead of 2-tone weapons, you'll now have 3-tone. You could continue the layering like that to smooth it out more, and I think it would be beneficial. If you prefer glazing or wet blending or whatnot, go for it. I think layering with intermediate tones is the fastest way to achieve a basic gradation between the dark and light regions and you'll see the swiftest and most satisfying initial improvement from it. All this said - you have a really good composition I think. You have rocks with foliage in logical spots. You have contrast between the clothes and the skin. You have a pleasing match between skin and the pole - they're different, but reminiscent of each other. The red works really nicely as a special-weapon sort of thing and contrasts with the green and the bamboo both. The skin is nicely defined and you gave her a well muscled look (as a warrior woman should be!). Was this helpful? Too much? I am intending it to be encouraging - you can do it!
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    Okay, I guess it makes it useful swag for you and other glasses-wearers then. Not as bad as I thought. A button or pin or a sticker would easily turn me into a walking advertisement. Pins and buttons go on purse and/or hat, and stickers go on my paint tubs. Maybe wiper is useful but it is *boring*.
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    I know I'm the advocate for knick-knacks as Kickstarter incentives, but I think they made a mistake with putting a screen wiper as the 50k goal. The 35mm figures are good bonuses. I like the bottle opener (I have been using mine from their last campaign - it lives on my fridge and is useful). I like the art cards; the art cards from Aeon Trespass that @Paradoxical Mouse sent live on my fridge, along with the Heroes of the Fallen Frontier ones. A screen wiper though? I literally throw my phone in my pocket with rocks; I'd shove a cloth in my purse and it would be covered in rock dust. I don't even wear glasses. Sir Cyr sometimes wipes his glasses but also loses the wipes (and his glasses on rare occasion). Perhaps I'm a biased non-glasses wearer. But yeah.... the wipe cloth is lame incentive and the backer number has stalled. I'd put a dinky little pin on my purse happily for knick-knackery. .... I'll be backing soon. Can't resist. Waiting a few more days though for logistical reasons. Good thing I have a small TA gig for a little extra income.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I made eggs in a basket for breakfast today. Just simple, not fancy. Cut hole in slice of bread, put bread in frying pan with a little butter. Drop egg into hole. Fry them together. Seasoned with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Used a very dark rye bread from the bakery across the street. Was quite yummy. Sometimes if I am motivated I put cheese on it, but not this time. Made tea for me and coffee for Sir Cyr. We are awake.
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    New Bones Dungeon Dwellers Colors: How to Use

    I am amused by the title. I was kinda expecting a "put paint on brush and minis, not your face" sort of thing.
  13. I thought he was a math professor instead of a physics professor
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Oh HECK NO. Do not want. No no no. Have you seen Powerless? It was a short lived but very good TV show about normal people existing in a world with super heroes... and villains. C'mon, do you really want to live in a place where aliens can come to the world, poke a stick in the ground, and have everything die? Do you want The Hulk climbing up the building where you work? Or do you want Magneto deciding that your favorite car is an awesome weapon to throw around? Can't even get a break in the normal folks area; some elfhat suave Brit wearing purple will mind control you for shizngiggles. Nope nope. I think that the Marvel Universe would be absolutely awful to live in.
  15. I really want to see the portal, because I have Ideas. Much Ideas.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Please share?
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    ^^ also this. But uhh... it hits a bit too close to home thinking like that
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    HAH! Joke's on you, I already broke this one! I moved to the great Canadias, hahahaaaaaa!! Okay but uhh... different Earth? I'm going to go with the Earth that Charles de Lint writes about. People exist as they do here, but there is magic seeped into everything even if we don't see it. The world can be more hopeful and optimistic with the magic and creatures (fairies etc) that are there.
  19. Thanks for sharing ideas on iridescence in the WIP for her!
  20. My Reaper order arrived with the ghoulie bag, pink paint, and vampiress. Got some more paint and primer, Tinley and Rivani for figures
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    I have tea and sugar and cream. I started painting Bombshell's Morihalda bust, but I'm calling her MiniMori for now. She is going to have an autumn theme. My Cards Against Humanity recent booster pack arrived and it came with stickers!! Hmm.... I caught a Blissey in Pokemon Go. Yeah that's right, just a Blissey out in the wild. Heck yeah. My leftover soup is yummy. Pureed a monster zucchini and an onion with chicken brother, sauteed mushrooms and chicken and mild peppers and carrots and garlic. Mixed those two bits, and more chicken broth. Added more bell pepper. Cooked rice separate, added that. Savory and pepper and thyme added for herbs. It is yummy, even though I forgot to toss in the peas. edit: should I take pictures of rocks for you guys? Cuz... that makes ME smile at least.
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    I have the Orc & Goblins, Colors of Doom, Steampunk, and Creatures from Hell sets. The Orc & Goblin colors are gorgeous but the transparency can make them tricky for base coating. Glazing though? Heck yeah. I have been oodling at the Elven colors for a while - those blues! Willpower continues to dwindle. I am being tempted. Darned pretty things...
  23. The Frogwarters must be very proud. These are the stuff of horrors
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    Scale75 - The Chronicles of Run

    No. I like their consistency as-is, and even thin them regularly. Base coating doesn't need thinning, much like Reaper's. The bright greens and oranges are a bit transparent, but that's the case across many brands (Reaper's bright oranges and greens are like that too). You do need to shake S75 a lot though. Edit in: I use a brush, not an airbrush. I need to try their Scale Color stuff next. Currently I just have the Fantasy & Games and the Inktensity set.
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