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  1. This is the classic Reaper 02551, Monique Denoir. There are some gorgeously painted examples of her out there. Some of this post is quoted from an earlier post, since I find that giving information in each thread is useful, even if in the big picture it's redundant. All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios. Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated. Monique Denoir is a Werner Klocke scupt. Her face is classical and lovely. She's certainly popular, and there are many beautifully painted versions out there. This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. (I seem to be having a little trouble with it crackling just a bit in some areas, though.) It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers (even though, as I've said before, with a vampire you don't necessarily want "warmth".) I like to paint skin first as something of the undermost layer. After I have the skin more or less smooth and correct I paint the features. I have been painting up vampires with stark white skin because I don't seem to have the knack to make them look undead if there is even a little flesh tone in their skin. This is almost the only time I ever mix grey from pure black and white (rather than a complex mix of brighter colors). The flatness of tone conveys that something is wrong with the individual, and the simplicity of color mix is very easy to shade. I started with a thin wash of pure Titanium White on her face, bust, and hands (I got her right hand wrong, I see in the photos. I missed her right thumb and painted up part of the sword instead. Be assured Werner Klocke's sculpt is much less clumsy than that. I will correct it later.). The first approximation of shadows are added, mixed from simple Titanium White and Carbon Black. And some darker and lighter greys. At the moment the shading is very stylized.
  2. These are a bit of resin terrain from Ainsty Castings in the UK, Fire Hydrant x2 Different Based, SKU 8205. They were really simple to paint. The gravel is molded on. They might be a smidgen oversized. Here's a scale shot with a figure:
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Something wonky has happened in Firefox on my laptop. I can’t post on the Reaper forums from it. Also it’s way slow. There’s a “Submit Reply” button but no text input field. If I hit “Submit Reply” the browser mutters to itself for a while and then says “This field is required” where there is no field I can input. And I can “Like” posts but only with the simple heart Like, which feels a bit off in the case of sad or eyebrow-raising posts. And again, the program mumbles to itself for a while before showing my Like. Looking at the New posts page, I get the entire text of the posts instead of the first three lines or so. And there is no option to see earlier posts. If I click Other People Have Liked This Post, instead of a little dialogue box popping up with a list of who Liked it, I go to a new page with info on the Likes. Any ideas about what may have gone funky with my Firefox? Sent from my ipad.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    We celebrate Thanksgiving today. Dinner is in just over two hours, and the kids are dressing for it. Everyone looks so spiffy! I love a lady in a tailcoat.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    That has happened to me so many times.
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    Happy Birthday Doug Sundseth

    A happy birthday to you, and hopes for a good year to come.
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    Happy Birthday Beagle

    A happy birthday to you. May it be filled with cheer and good companions.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I just noticed that the cap on the cider that explodedclaimed it was pasteurized. I have my doubts it was correctly done ...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    “John McLane and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day.” I think what I’m finding most jarring is the operatic Bugs Bunny-style background music. Clearly the fashions in movie soundtracks have changed.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    “Santa Claus is going to town, are you kidding me?”
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    ALAN RICKMAN! <3
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The kids are maybe ten minutes into “Die Hard” (while I make stuffing in the kitchen adjacent) and they’ve been shocked at smoking on the plane and in the airport and the jokes about drinking while pregnant. They were yelling at the limo driver to keep his eyes on the road. ”Is it the apocalypse?” ”Nah, the sky in LA always looks like that.” ”I thought watching ‘Die Hard’ would help me understand the eighties!...” ”Whoaaaaa. A touch screen in nineteen eighty something?” ”This is the future!” ”Whoa, how high tech this place is.” ”Yeah, they’ve got a whole camera.” ...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I appear to be designing an emblem, logo, or device...
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    The cider exploded early this year. We don't have space in our refrigerator for all the ingredients for Thanksgiving, so we usually put the potatoes and apples in an insulated cooler with a couple of ice packs and put the cider in a cold spot in the basement and hope. Looks like one of the gallons of cider was a little active this year. It swelled up until it sprang a leak around handle level and half of it fizzed out all over our laundry area by the time we discovered it. Of all the things the sticky brownish liquid could have been down there, that was probably the most benign. Anyhow, all cleaned up now and emergency cider acquired (Thanks, @PingosHusband!). Fortunately we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, an old family tradition dating to college friends with conflicting schedules. All we are doing today is baking pies and relaxing and having a no-leftovers dinner.
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    DSM8077, Ella the Cat Rogue

    Nice metallic effect on the goblet.
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    Mag's Minions

    What a lot of personality! The ratlike minions are perfect for the all-knowing, all-seeing Trash Heap (nyahhh!).
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    03823: Day of the Dead Duchess

    Wow, what a gorgeous contrast!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    It's interesting how specialty food items sometimes put what might be considered ... peculiar ... recipes on their packaging to try to encourage people to eat more of them I mean, I really like cranberries, but I can think of few things less appetizing-sounding than "Cranberry-Coconut Macaroons."
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Prismacolors are my favorite brand, recommended to me in art school and used ever since. They are permanent, pigmented, and relatively opaque. I do a lot of work with them on black paper, where they produce a striking glowing effect. ... In Phew What A Relief news, turns out we still have some kitchen cheesecloth so I don't have to sojourn out seeking some today.
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    Need some help trying to match Spanish Grey

    You could try mixing a bit of medium olive-khaki, one with a yellowish undertone, with a neutral-cold grey. Just a dab of test colors first, and then more if it works.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    We’re off to dinner shortly to celebrate PingosHusband’s birthday.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Okay, I am done. Brushes are washed and set out to dry and I won’t be able to use them again until they are dry tomorrow (I am painting in oils). I have cleaned up and I AM DONE. (Just one more Q-tip stroke —) NO! (Smack!) DONE!
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    Augh! I hate that “just one more brushstroke” feeling when I’m trying to wind down a studio session.
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    Randomness XIV: THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

    I meant about all my unfinished WIPs. My half-done figures amount to an army right now.
  25. I remember thinking it was bad even when I was a little kid with no taste or discernment. But then our local library had a huge book of collected Buck Rogers strips from its first years (debuted in 1929!) so I could compare. Erin Grey was delightful and a real trooper, though.
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