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    Sculpting, kitbashing, scenery/terrain, painting.

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  1. Jordan Peacock

    Equus Erectus Sapiens

    Yep, I definitely wish for a Wonderland-ish "knight" mini along these lines. Or, a bag o' plastic Bones horse heads and tails for conversions. (I dunno, maybe bill it as the "Godfather bitz pack.") 77303 "Male Paladin" has the Rook angle covered. Certain models from the Iron Kingdoms line (Menoth faction) would be perfect for Bishops. I suppose I could convert a couple of Chibi Reaper minis for the King and Queen? Not sure what would make good Pawns. Maybe the Heroic Dollies? :D ('Cept they seem to have been discontinued. Closest I can find would be 75008 Non-Heroic Dollies. Or just use some halberdier minis and replace their heads with round beads.)
  2. Jordan Peacock

    Farm house

    Amazing! I was just thinking about trying to hunt around on Ebay for an Ertl "Farm & Country" farmhouse for a wild west scenario (which, incidentally, would be on the small side at 1:64), but after seeing your work, I feel like, wow, why should I settle for THAT when I (in theory) could try to build something more like this? :D Very inspiring! What did you make the little balcony posts out of?
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    Kingmaker Exploration Party

    About to get a little weirder. Our half-orc sorcerer (player was just using a Mage Knight mini I slightly touched-up) "retired" and is being replaced by a Summoner, whose critter, I've just learned, is a two-headed snake. ("Surely you have a miniature of a two-headed snake!" "Not YET.") For the spellcaster character, I pulled out a Reaper mini that I made up for a spellcaster character he was going to play in a previous fantasy (Iron Kingdoms) campaign, where he bailed out (i.e., wrote up his character, submitted the concept, decided he didn't like the system). So ... HA! We're going to use that mini anyway! (I just need to re-base it on something smaller than 30mm.) The two-headed snake will require a LITTLE bit more work. Oh, and during a visit by the party to some elven ruins, we ran afoul of a wretched little super-fast invisible back-stabby fey called a "Quickling," who destroyed all the pavilions. (The PCs holed up in a ruined tower and decided to camp for the night, and I'm like, "But what about our horses and the wagon with all our stuff?" But they're like, "He's not going to FIND it." He found it. It's a wonder the horses survived, but the camping gear didn't, nor did the hunting trophies.) Oh, and the party's holy-frog might actually be a follower of Erastil instead of Sarenrae ... somehow. So I guess I need to go back to the drawing board on a few things. I happened to look up an entry on the pavilion tent and found that it's supposed to house *10* medium-sized creatures, so maybe not every member of the party needs a personal pavilion after all. (However, it didn't give any sort of dimensions. If a pavilion is able to house *10 people* AND a campfire in the middle, then how big should that be on the table? Is this a jousting-match-style pavilion, or more like a circus tent? ;) )
  4. Jordan Peacock

    Gaslands Camaro

    I positively LOVE "Mad-Maximizing" toy cars for post-apoc settings. :D Alas that the scale gets a bit SQUISHY with Hot Wheels cars. I regret not snatching up a bunch of those Jada "Battle Machines" when I had the chance a while back.
  5. Jordan Peacock

    03321: Damien, Hellborn Wizard with GW Familiar

    Wow. I just can't get over the fine detail to that FACE -- it makes me appreciate the potential with this miniature all the more. It sure makes me wish I had a steady hand and better eyesight. :D Oh, and more patience, of course. Splendid work all around!
  6. Jordan Peacock

    Kingmaker Exploration Party

    Not a Reaper mini, alas, but rather this is a composite of several Mage Knight minis, and it was done long enough ago that I'm not really sure of what the "donors" were, specifically. I used some putty to gap-fill, and to make a creased dress. Originally, this miniature was used to represent a sickeningly cute gnome NPC (who turned out to be a wicked adversary to the party later on) for a d20 World of Warcraft RPG campaign. More recently, when we started our Pathfinder "Kingmaker" campaign, I offered to paint up minis for anyone who wished, and let folks dig through my collection of minis -- painted and not. Some went for minis from my Reaper Bones Kickstarter box, but in this case, the player went for an already-painted one. The character is a gnomish rogue, but has a penchant for dressing up in frilly, ostentatious attire, and carrying wands and other devices that might suggest some profession OTHER than "rogue" (so as to avoid undue suspicion, I suppose?). The tree piece is from an old Happy Meal "Pocahontas" toy, I think -- something I got in a thrift store ages ago, since I thought I could paint it up and have a quick way to represent a really big fantasy tree (as opposed to the typically tiny trees that come with railroad hobby sets and so forth).
  7. Jordan Peacock

    Kingmaker Exploration Party

    This one is Reaper #77208, "Devona, Female Wizard," used to represent Kelsa, the Ice Kineticist (hence the snowy details on the base and overall frosty look). I modified this miniature by removing the staff and hand, and using a bit of putty to roughly represent a hand posed as if the character is making a curtsy. I also used some putty to add an underskirt. For scene-setting, I used a "cracked ice" tile from an expansion for AT-43, plus some resin "winter village" pieces in the background, and some novelty fabric for the "sky."
  8. Jordan Peacock

    Kingmaker Exploration Party

    They're really rush-job paints. I think I might have posted a couple to another thread, where I thought there might at least be some interest in the kit-bash/conversion aspects (i.e., "the craft") even if they didn't look too pretty close up. But since my memory AND my search-fu are weak, I'll scrounge up some posts I made to my DA account, with notes. Starting off, Sir Greys (first name STILL UNKNOWN), Paladin of Erastil -- now LORD Greys of Elkhaven, and Defender of Stagshelm: in I put a bit more work into this model than most of the lot, because of all the players signing up for the Pathfinder campaign, Chris Stadler has been the most reliable attendee (aside from myself, since I'm hosting the table space), so I most figured that if I went to the trouble of kit-bashing a mini, at least it would get USED. (Chris Stadler also supplies many of the minis I paint up, and the Hirst Arts castings used for the staging scenery here (though I did the assembly and painting -- as most of these were "rejects" and "mis-casts" from his own far more precise projects). He occasionally stumbles across some bargain of bits that he passes along to me to see what I can do with them.) The base model used for this is Reaper Bones #77197, Erick, Paladin Initiate, which was picked out of my "Box o' Kickstarter Bones" by the player. He specified a red-and-white "Crusader-like" scheme, and in order to reinforce that look, I tried to make the bow-and-arrow sign of Erastil look as "Crusader-cross-like" as I could manage on the shield. Originally, he started with a greatsword, though he's switched weapons so many times (when we pick up a new and powerful magic weapon that only HE of the group can actually USE) that I couldn't hope to keep up with "WYSIWYG." (In fact, the armor outfit is more "aspirational" than actual, as he started off with chainmail, and I think he's only worked his way up to scale as of late.) For the "halo/wreath" modification, I was inspired by Duke Gerard of the Crusaders (Warlord version - #14068), who had this big, ridiculous-but-AWESOME cross-and-wings piece on his back. I was extremely disappointed when the Bones version -- #77063 -- omitted that distinctive piece. I can see why they chose not to, as I suppose it looks ridiculous to imagine he'd be running around with a huge metal thing like that on his back, but I personally imagined that it was a visible SPELL EFFECT -- like something from a fantasy anime, or fantasy computer game -- like he's just buffed up with "Holy Aura of Smite-o-Rama" or whatnot. And, besides, that piece just begs to be used separately for terrain conversions, and you can't get it separately in the Boneyard anymore. But I digress. I had a couple of sprues of Warhammer Fantasy Empire Militia that had this "wreath" banner topper piece -- or, more importantly, TWO sprues with the same piece, because I wanted from the start to make both a standing AND mounted version of the mini (since, as he's a paladin, I figured this would come into play eventually -- say, circa level 4 or so). It was of course far smaller than Duke Gerard's "halo," so I opted to just paint it up as if it was a physical addition to his armor, rather than a "spell effect." Sure, it's awkward, in a world where fantasy heroines run around in chainmail bikinis that somehow actually PROTECT them from being disemboweled with a casual sword-stroke, this is small potatoes. In the background, I have a couple of #77246, "Pillar of Good." I've actually picked up several of the Pillars of Good AND Evil, and they've often gotten used on the fly in games -- either as pillars (naturally), magical relics, shrines, or some other sort of "we need something to represent a strategic objective that looks either good or evil." I really need to go back and do some more detail work on them sometime, especially seeing as how often they get used for something. In the background, meshed in with all the Hirst Arts castings, there's a "magic mirror" from an old Grendel resin set. I love those old Grendel kits -- they're so chock-full of little details! :)
  9. Jordan Peacock

    Kingmaker Exploration Party

    In the Kingmaker campaign, a lot of time passed (in-game) -- as one feature of this campaign is that once the PCs reach a certain point and establish their own "kingdom" (duchy? barony?) then a lot of time passes in the scope of "kingdom rounds" (each representing a month, of which a PC presumably spends at least a week going about his duties as ruler or other officer of the fledgling "kingdom"). Well, that still left three weeks each round for my character Rook (a hunter, tanner, dye-maker, cook, taxidermist, and leather-worker, among other things) to work on some crafting. Over the course of a few months, he managed to create four more pavilions, each one personalized for a different member of the Court. And I kind of "cheated" and just made these things as simple papercraft "models" (triangles and trapezoids, using the original Sculpey pavilion model as a rough guideline for dimensions) so that I could get them quickly done for the game, keep them lightweight, not use up TOO much putty, AND I could actually stack them up (as space is starting to become a premium in that Portable Warfare APC box I've been storing all the PC minis, mounts, animal companions and travel/camp props in for the campaign). So, from left to right: Lis the Gnome Rogue (with the bubblegum-pink hair) gets a bright magenta tent that's as fancy and frou-frou as I could make it. (I did a little bit of freehand scribbling on the Wacom tablet to make a basic "filigree" design, then mirror-flipped, perspective-warped, stretched/squashed, and duplicated it as necessary to give a semblance of a repeating pattern around the edges.) Kelsa (Selana) the Ice Kineticist gets a snowy-white pavilion trimmed in cool blue, with little snowflake designs on the pennants. Gruush the Half-Orc Shaman gets a more basic tanned-leather look, rather than colorful dyes, though the flaps are still decorated with some hand-prints and orcish "wards" for an arcane-but-barbaric sort of look (I hope). Chirp the Grippli Oracle has a pavilion in azure blue with gold trim appropriate to a follower of Sarenrae (and I worked in a hint of the angelic symbol of Sarenrae on the over-flap trim). Rook still sleeps in a pup tent. His cook pot, hide rack, bear traps, and other gear take up too much of a "footprint" when we set up "camp" on the table as it is (for the occasional random nighttime encounter while the PCs are traveling overland). Well, that, and we only went through enough kingdom rounds for him to churn out that many pavilions -- and now he really ought to focus on making some winter gear, as the weather gets colder.
  10. I recently read "Thrawn," by Timothy Zahn. Then I read "Pawn," also by Zahn. I could go on. No, seriously, that's just how things turned out. More recently, I started delving into some of his older 1980s sci-fi books and compilations, including "Deadman's Switch" and "Cascade Point." Some of the tech details of his older stories haven't aged so well (particularly when the story gets too specific about data storage and the limitations of computers) but many of the concepts would be just as relevant today (perhaps even surprisingly prescient), with a few superficial tweaks. "Thrawn" is now my favorite Star Wars book. (Most of my other favorites are by Zahn as well, and not just those featuring Admiral Thrawn.) I'm definitely picking up "Thrawn: Alliances" as soon as I get a chance. (I failed to schedule time to pick up another "airport book" for this trip, and I've been sorely missing it. Now I'll just have to pace myself not to read the book AS SOON AS I GET IT rather than saving it for my next journey.) I also finally got around to reading "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" earlier this year. I found it to be a fascinating read, but mostly on account of the STYLE of the novel, rather than its plotting. The story starts off as a fascinating bit of world-building, but the resolution of the major plot threads feels like a big stellar ACCIDENT that somehow resolves itself just as much IN SPITE of the protagonists' actions as because of them, rather than anything very satisfying. Or, in another way, it felt as if the author was getting toward a certain page count and thought, "How dreadful! The book has gotten this THICK already? Horrors! Let's gather some loose threads and start tidily knotting them up, forthwith! Annnnnd ... THE END!" Unfortunately, none of my gamer-friends has the least bit of interest in the book. Not even Wendy has found the time to read it, and it's HER BOOK, sitting on the bookshelf, looking mysterious and enticing with that nifty raven logo embellishment for some time now (coincidentally perched right next to the Twilight Forest Raven she knitted for me a while ago). I tried to get through a Stephen King compilation of short stories ("Everything's Eventual"), but there were certain ... /trends/ in the stories that made me feel a bit embarrassed to be reading it in public (or in the airport, anyway). And then, I recently discovered an anthology of stories called "Welcome to Bordertown" -- a continuation upon a concept I stumbled across way back in the 1980s: a series of anthology books set in the "Borderlands" -- a real-world city and its surrounding environs swallowed up into a sort of pocket dimension occupying a shadowy space between the mundane world of mortal technology, and the recently returned faerie world of magic (where the effectiveness of things is dependent to a great deal on how beautiful or how POETIC they are, rather than how logical). Some of the stories had authors just trying a bit too hard to be "edgy" to be worth reading (IMHO), and some of the big-name contributions consisted only of some brief and obtuse poetry ("Here, I'll whip something up to contribute, just so you can put my name on the book!"), but there was still some interesting exploration of the idea of a land caught between how things work in the real world, and how things "work" in the faerie realm. Overall, I figure it was worth checking out for the nostalgia value alone. :)
  11. Jordan Peacock

    Fitz's DragonLock Skeletons

    Obviously, the finest detail is the nicest for the figure ... but the coarser detail actually makes for a more interesting-looking base, I think. :D
  12. Jordan Peacock

    The Last Hurrah Project..Photo Heavy

    There's something kind of funny about seeing these monstrous mushrooms popping out of a box that says "For Kittens and Adult Cats." (Noooooo! I wouldn't let cats anywhere NEAR these things! Who KNOWS what will happen to the poor cats?)
  13. Jordan Peacock

    Can anyone think of a use for these?

    Modern/Sci-Fi: Painted orange: Devo hats. Or painted NEON orange: futuristic pylons? Spaceship rocket nozzles. Fantasy/Supernatural: Pedestal. Place a skull, trophy, treasure, crystal ball, etc., atop it. Brazier. Invert, paint in metallic colors, place some "burning coals" and/or "fire" inside.
  14. Jordan Peacock

    Gravestones and Pillars

    Inspirational! Okay, when I finally get these finished up, I can see that I can't just settle for "grey dry-brush stone" effects. The overgrown, mossy look is what really gives it appeal. :)
  15. Jordan Peacock

    Kassandra of the Blade Conversion, Painted as Snow White (77322)

    Wonderful! :D And, yeah, I love the apple detail, too.
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