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Everything posted by CashWiley

  1. "Realistic" painting style videos/books

    I like both methods, for me it's more what suits the model the best. The thing about TMM is that you should learn NMM to learn the rules of both lighting metallic objects and how to exaggerate it for mini scale. If you look at the barbarian's sword, it's exaggerated way beyond what you would do with normally painted metallics, because I treated it with NMM-style rules. Desaturating for minis is a bit easier, because you can pick colors that are suited to that palette right out of the bottle. Just choose a muted red (I like Reaper's redstone triad A LOT) instead of a bright red like fire red. Something like a twilight blue instead of dragon blue, etc.
  2. "Realistic" painting style videos/books

    Euro vs US style. Note this is a bit of an outdated concept, since there is so much cross-pollination, but here's teh gist of it. Euro style = gritty, TMM, lower saturation, texture US style = vibrant, NMM, saturated colors, smooth blends A few years back I did two projects after attending Reapercon, each intended to be in the aforementioned styles.
  3. Check here for my first year of drawing and painting, 2016: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/66657-cashs-2016-art/ Onward with year two! First up is a sketchbook piece, 5.5x8.5 graphite. I'll probably keep posting stuff as digest, I dunno. Just winging it! And a study from the studio today, 18x24 charcoal on newsprint (my usual):
  4. Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    I survived my first Butcher, barely. No deaths, though I did have a sacrificial goat out for him (bad things happen to the character in the #2 slot at the table). I used the cat eye circlet to snoop the HL deck and his one crit location was on top, founding stone to knock him down. Then he (of course) traps and messes everyone up. But his mechanic of shuffling the HL deck every turn worked against him as I ended up drawing that crit location twice more, the second time as a hit for my crit specialist. And even though he trapped AGAIN on that round (he also rolls 5 dice to hit...) it was enough to wound him to the point where we could take him out before anyone bled out. Brutal encounter, and it was mostly luck that saved us. Awesome game! Also came close to getting the showdown reward that can be used to regrow a limb...would've been awesome to use on my settlement's leader who lost her left arm to the lion...
  5. Cash's 2017 Art

    Forgot to post this one, from the week before last. Slow session, focusing on improving my brushwork. I tend to make hair very helmety, and our instructor is really phenomenal at painting in a, well, painterly fashion. So I watched her for a while and tried to capture some of that in the treatment of the hair.
  6. Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Yeah, backerkit is unlocked to top off your pledges with more goodies. Downside to going all-in during the campaign, the unlock means nothing to me.
  7. Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    Of course you did :D Wait...do you mean Kev did a graveclad version of me!? Scandalous!
  8. Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    So little love for the graveclad :D Do you guys have any idea the research poor Kev had to do for that one? I'm not even kidding, he kinda grossed himself out with it...
  9. Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    I have to try really hard to not buy Kev's Skyclads across the board. His constant improvement at sculpting anatomy is impressive. He's always been a good sculptor, but the last couple years he has really elevated his game. If he sculpted a bit larger, I'd be in trouble (I do own all his larger nudes already). When I say I'm not really buying minis anymore...I keep a running list of stuff he's working on and buy once a year. It's tough because of the lag between when he finishes the sculpt and when it pops up on the store, but he is constantly putting out stunning stuff. Anyway....just got this email: "Looks like Kev White does Matt Dixon - Female Fantasy Miniatures is about to ship your rewards soon! If you do not need to update your shipping address, you do not need to take any further actions. You're all set!" Woo! edited to add: I may be the only person in the world excited for his first graveclad, too! :D Hmm..second if you count the Ghast he did (which I of course own, heh)
  10. Hasslefree Miniatures kickstarter

    Glory, Sole Survivor Glory Skyclad Winter Glory Aenglish Glory, Patriot Katarina, Dark Soul Katarina Skyclad Ksenia Graveclad Ksenia the Unlawful, Accursed Queen Living Ksenia, Accursed Queen Jaguar Shaman Boudi Mythic Helen Dawn, Stone Age Warrior Helen Skyclad Plus the kitties, dino and Glory base. Stuck exactly to my pledge, since I'm not really buying minis until I start painting them more regularly...
  11. Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Do not discuss retail stuff, I'll be pissed if this thread gets locked like the first KS thread. Keep it to KS stuff!
  12. Gloomhaven (Second Printing)

    Got mine yesterday. Looks amazing, so many parts though. I want to dig in, but the table is set up for KDM right now (and I end up playing Madden in my free time, since I just got a BoneX). Brady to Gronk for another 6!
  13. We do greens similarly, called Utica Greens (traditionally with escarole). Many variations, mine is just bacon, garlic, shallots and cherry pepper.
  14. The kill and processing of game meat has a lot to do with flavor, too. You don't want something that wasn't cleanly killed (ie chased and pumped full of adrenaline) and then dragged through the woods, tossed in the back of a pickup and butchered in Jethro's garage. I knew a lot of hunters growing up, you learn who kills and processes well and buy meat from them, avoid the others even for freebies. Roast elk is divine. Anyway. Question. What are your favorite things to make in a food processor? I bought one last year and like to grind burgers, fish cakes, etc and do sauces/mayo type stuff, but looking to get more use out of it.
  15. Cash's 2017 Art

    Here I’ve begun to refine the highlights, using the additional elements of local color I finished up last week. The local color of the background showed how relatively dull the highlights on the face were, though the shadows aren’t too bad relative to the black shirt.
  16. I hope Jim does pick it up, though I don't know if it's a good business decision. Maybe a KS, heh. I have a bunch of the elves and a couple native Americans Tom sold under TBM, stunning stuff. Hate to see such classic sculpts disappear from availability.
  17. I'm trying not to bore everyone with my traditional art purchases, since that's mostly what I buy these days. Ooo...an Italian green ochre....maybe not so exciting or relevant :D But here's a good one: Rhonda Bender recommended some pre-stretched canvases after attending a workshop by the manufacturer. I've just been using cheap hobby store stuff to learn on, but I do have a commission coming up (!!) so I was poking around my wishlist on Amazon and noticed that some of them were marked way down...Like $14 instead of the $50 they usually cost! 3 left in stock, bought 'em all, excited to try a real canvas!
  18. Cash's 2017 Art

    Continuing the local color stage, adding hair, neck and lips. Then I put in the background and clothing to better gauge relative values. I’m going to rush the early and middle stages this semester because I want to spend some time learning glazing, which is a later step.
  19. Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    I'm happy to have survived the prologue. I realized a couple rules I got wrong last time, so we barely scraped by because it was a grabfest. Not only did he draw grab early (putting him out of range), he grabbed as a reaction. Twice (thanks to trap reshuffle). Then grab was his last AI card, I was humming yakety sax as we chased him around. I was amazed to have escaped any rolls on the serious injury table, including one near brain injury. I named the settlement after the survivor who was the main grab target (cue Tom Petty stop draggin' my survivor around), who ended up with a wounded brain and heavy injuries to the chest, legs and feet. Such lucky hit location dice!
  20. November Hobby Goals!

    For November, I'm dropping figure drawing class in order to focus more on...figure drawing. The instruction was weak and the school has been having trouble booking good models, so I'm going to sharpen up my skills at home with New Masters' Academy and Croquis Cafe. I have a nice skull study up on the still life table, I want to do a grisaille in oils. Still working on the schematic for it, trying to get the angle right. I wouldn't mind painting up the remaining KDM starting survivors, either...
  21. Kingdom Death: Monster 2

    Testor's Model Master plastic cement is what I use. Great stuff for KD plastic. Kicking off the 1.5 campaign tonight!
  22. Cash's 2017 Art

    Continuing with the variation on the theme for doing more refined work at the early stages, the local color lay-in this time is much more vibrant than the usual dead color we use. Part of this is the desire to get to later painting stage instruction, despite the time limitations of the class. Model was running late, so only had around an hour and a half of sitting time, at least a half hour of which was mixing paint. So lots left unfinished, because of both less brush time and less mixing time (didn’t have time to whip up mixes for the hair or lips). As always, we lose a bit of the drawing at this phase. Getting a little better at not completely wrecking it, though!
  23. NMM with Reaper Paints

    I like the new gold triad, you can see what I did with them here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/76774-massive-darkness-agents/ As with most triads, it's generally better if you add another lighter value on top and darker value under. But for a quick tabletop job, it's perfect. For steel, I generally just use any grey or desaturated blue with black and white. NMM is more about the contrast and placement of light and shadow than the colors used.
  24. Taste the MSP Rainbow

    And that one is a good demonstration of why the Munsell color solid has an oblong shape, rather than the sphere it began as. Colors like yellow are inherently higher value and some like purple are inherently lower value. Actually, looks like you need to shift the lower right bottles, since there's a low chrome/higher value section there :D I will be fully unbearable once I actually study Munsell seriously! http://munsell.com/about-munsell-color/how-color-notation-works/munsell-color-space-and-solid/
  25. Taste the MSP Rainbow

    This is a nice demonstration of how browns and most bottled flesh tones are really oranges of varying saturation. I'd probably put that last row of violets over on the red end of the spectrum. Also, the whites/greys would go better on top, since they are just high value, desaturated versions of other hues, not their own thing (except in the case of the neutral greys, pure white and black...and even those probably have some chromatic aberrations.