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Everything posted by Pingo

  1. Squish's Minivember

    Yours looks noir and atmospheric and great for a quick paint.
  2. I just finished and posted these gorgeous giant wolves from Thunderbolt Mountain. The bases are 1.5 inch fender washers. These are big puppies. He has 3 different goblin riders that fit them as well.
  3. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.
  4. Grumpy Dude = Happy Cleric?

    He’s off to a great start. May I suggest, if you want to make him look more cheery, that you slightly lid his eyes and paint illusionistic “smile lines” from his nose to his mouth corners. Smile lines curve out as if following the shadow of a happy, bulging cheek. They then turn at or near the corners of the mouth. Hang on, I’ll find an example. Okay, um, here. I have painted things like this to soften facial expressions on blank or stern figures. Sometimes I add dimples too.
  5. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    Ooh ooh ooh, I was hoping it would actually be in the film! (Seeing it tomorrow)
  6. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    Give me a moment. I’m processing the pictures of the figure.
  7. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    The GM's (or rather, the ST's) stack of books for today's game: That's not sinister at all ...
  8. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    Never gonna catch up, but that’s where I was. Anyhoo, just made a sort of chicken salad based on khoresht fesenjan as part of dinner tonight for the gamers, and it seems to have come out pretty tasty. I used ground almonds instead of walnuts because of allergies, and it turns out they make a great gravy thickener. Which is good news for our player with diabetes. The color is a little peculiar. It’s made with pomegranate juice.
  9. 01450: All Hallow’s Eve

    Oh, she’s lovely! I think you did a beautiful job with the different colors, and especially highlighting all those folds and texture in her garments and broom and hair. They look satiny and distinct. I agree with the comments about the lighting. With a yellow that vivid one expects darker shadows. On the other hand, that would have obscured some of your lovely paint job. Nice one!
  10. If you had to make a costume from components that you had in your wardrobe and house right now, what would it be?
  11. His sculpts are exquisite. They were some of the first ones I painted when I came back to the hobby. I have some of his “30mm” wood elves (if so, they are slighter than humans) and they have realistic proportions and faces. Here are some images of Thunderbolt Mountain figures from my list of attachments:
  12. So, my eldest, who had such fun making the funny and erudite "Shakespeare Summarized" videos in high school, is now in college, and while time is short, has still managed to tackle the Greek classics that she is studying. I am obviously biased, but I think they are fun and educational. , is the longest, at 11 minutes, and is completely hand-drawn owing to there being no suitable available movie footage. *** The "Shakespeare Summarized" series remains on Youtube to educate and amuse.
  13. Randomness XII: Eighteen! Purple! Squirrels!

    I have just learned what polysyndeton is. And it fills me with hope and interest and possibilities and intrigue.
  14. While I have been painting realistic wolves, I have also been working on some of the gorgeous giant wolfmen sculpted by Julie Guthrie for the Koborlas faction in Reaper's "Warlord" game. This is #14528, the subtly-named "Rageclaw Slayer", or the testosterone-poisoned werewolf a friend of mine requested. He's a big puppy; I include a copy of Reaper's 60164, Vampire Hunter, for scale: This is my standard priming of a thin layer of Titanium White followed by a thin wash of diluted Burnt Umber, using my favorite Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. I left the base white in order to paint it as snow. Those who have been following my regular wolf painting thread will recognize the steps here. First I mixed a cool neutral grey from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White and painted it on his limbs, face, and belly: Then I mixed a darker version of the same grey and painted his back and tail: Then I mixed a cream-buff color from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue to take the orange edge off, and Titanium White, and went over his face, limbs, and belly again: And finally I took some pure Carbon Black (a color I rarely use except for special effects) and laid in his eyes, nose, lips, and claws (Although I just noticed I missed his toe claws. Oh, well, next time.). I also washed a little diluted black over his darker fur, most noticeable on the parts of the tail I had missed earlier: He still looks rough and terrible, especially up close, but I have to admit I am rather pleased with the overall color impression.
  15. I had a backlog of photos to post. I had already finished the figure by the time you posted.
  16. To be fair, I started the figure in April.
  17. BOO! October Hobby Goals!

    Well, I've done it, though it was a near thing. Wolves and werewolves (and a couple of more serious werewolf warriors), done in time.
  18. I think Aislinn's done. The last thing I did was touch up the snow and shadow on the base. The shadow is a dull medium blue-grey mixed from Ultramarine Blue, Red Oxide, and Titanium White. I laid it in a shadow shape, then while it was still wet I dissolved the edges with a clean brush loaded with water. Then I took pure Titanium White and brushed it in from the edge of the base to blend with the still-wet shadow color. I also took small amounts of the shadow color and painted them on the silver metal as if reflecting from below. It's just visible on the swords, the gauntlets, and the chest armor.
  19. This is a fresh start for a thread I feel I knocked off kilter. I feel it may be justified in that I've finally started actually painting the creature. This is Reaper's 14532: Aislinn, Shadow Tracker, a large werewolf (the base is a 40mm square) from the Koborlas faction in their Warlord game. I had a request from a player for a werewolf who can shift genders and appear gender ambiguous, and this seemed a good place to start. The sculpt is meant to be female, but it is lean and muscly and not over-bosomy. I filed it down somewhat and off we go. ... I don't seem to have done my usual practice of documenting the priming (a light coat of thinned Titanium White and a wash of Burnt Umber on the creature only, leaving the base white for snow), so here is the first layer. I decided to paint this one as a white wolf. I've observed that "white" wolves are actually a creamy light brown, so that's how I've painted this one. The color is mixed from Yellow (Iron) Oxide, Burnt Umber, a bit of Ultramarine Blue to tone down the brightness, and Titanium White. It came out a sort of dull buff, a good blonde color. The color is laid on thin and translucent. Where the Burnt Umber underneath shows the color shifts to a sort of bluish shadow. I indicated the nose, eyes, lips, and claws with Carbon Black. I don't use pure black much, but I needed a little facial indication to work from. Had a little blue on my palette, so I swished in some snow shadows. These are two mixes: Phthalo Blue with a tiny bit of Hansa Yellow Opaque and a great deal of Titanium White; and Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.
  20. I painted the bases of the wolves in the snow with the same shadow color (Ultramarine Blue, Red Oxide, and Titanium White). First I laid in the shadows. While the paint was still wet I softened its edge with a clean wet brush. Then I took pure Titanium White and brushed it in from the edges of the base, blending into the wet shadow color. I think these puppies are done.
  21. Here's something I have been meaning to do for a while, since apparently I have had Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain pack of three giant wolves (Thunderbolt Mountain #8560) and RAFM's three dire wolves so long I can't even remember when I got them or how on earth I got an RAFM product I can't seem to find mention of on the internet. I also nabbed a set of Reaper's #02830 Wolf Pack, which contains three smaller wolves, still impressively sized next to humans. Here they are, cleaned and glued to bases (all nine wolves were more prone to tipping over sideways than I like). Reaper, on one-inch fender washers: Thunderbolt Mountain, on 1.25-inch fender washers: RAFM, on 1.25-inch fender washers: And here they are together for a size comparison, from left to right: A Reaper wolf from the set, the Bones wolf from the Familiar Set #77176, Reaper's Willow Greenivy #03682, a Tom Meier giant wolf and an RAFM dire wolf. I would say the Reaper wolves are the most classically wolf-shaped. They are a bit large for wolves (see the picture above for scale). They are realistic and look well posed for various purposes. The two larger sets of wolves are almost the size of small ponies and look like they are begging for goblin riders. The Thunderbolt Mountain giant wolves have the elegant long, thin legs Tom Meier gives a lot of his creatures (I have also seen some astonishingly elegant wolfhounds and impossibly graceful insect-like horses from his hand). Here they look maybe almost a little too long and thin, but they are certainly beautifully sculpted, as are the ranks of fur sliding along the animals' forms. Their poses are realistic and expressive. The RAFM dire wolves, as large as the Thunderbolt Mountain ones, are a lot more cartoony. Their faces are kind of pushed-in and piggy and their anatomy doesn't make as much sense. They move oddly, although melodramatically. They definitely have a mood of menace to them. Something was a little off with the casting of the Thunderbolt Mountain wolves. Two of them had little pits along their spines, as though there were just not quite enough pewter in the mold or something. I filled them in with epoxy and tried to smooth it out to match the surface. At the moment the figures are glued but not yet primed. When I paint these, I am thinking of painting them mostly as realistic grey wolves, white arctic wolves, and perhaps some black wolves.
  22. I wanted to paint the leather straps like deerskin, which is a very soft pale leather almost the same color as this figure. First I laid down some buff brown mixed from Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, and Titanium White, doing a sort of darklining with thinned-down Raw Umber for shadows. (Oh, and I kept finding new rings I had missed painting silver.) Then I mixed a pale yellow from Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Titanium White and highlighted the leather straps.
  23. I touched up the bases. I used a blue shadow mixed from Ultramarine Blue, Red Oxide to dull it, and Titanium White to make it both medium-valued and opaque. The greens were mixed from Phthalo Green, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, and ultimately a lot of Hansa Yellow Opaque and some Titanium White. These puppies might be done.