Pragma

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    Merci!
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    I've been painting a lot lately, but not posting so much. Time to fix that (the posting, not the painting)! I finished this antipaladin a while ago, but hadn't posted him to show off yet. So here he is: I decided to go with a rich color scheme, incorporating red, brown, bone, and three different colored metallics: steel with black, steel with brown, and gold with brown. I'm quite happy with how it all turned out. For the base, I used a technique that I learned from James Wappel's blog (wow, that guy is prolific). I made a round disc out of sculpey, and carved it with the sigil of an evil deity. Then I baked it, and after baking snapped it into pieces. It gives it a nice natural broken stone look, and I got three bases for the price of one! So now I just need to find two other evil characters to populate the other bases. I also used this mini to try out a new mini photography technique, a turntable that I made myself. I included a few details of how I did it in this old forum thread. This allows me to make nice 360 degree animations. I like the way it is able to show the shifting highlights on the metals; it's something you really don't capture with still photos. And the new forum can embed them directly. Cool! Following a suggestion from Cranky Dog, I also made a 3D version. It could still be improved, but I think the technique shows promise. Here are instructions for viewing: Hold your finger close to your screen, in the middle between the two images. Slowly bring your finger toward your nose, keeping your focus on your finger. At some point the two images in the background will merge into one. Shift your focus to the image on the screen, and behold the miracle of 3D! Laugh at all those suckers who wasted hundreds of dollars on fancy VR headsets. Please let me know whether the effect works for you! It took me a few tries to properly view it, but it becomes easier with practice.
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    Thanks! The shield really was the most fun part. The base concept worked out really well, I plan on using it again soon next time I paint a group of figures.
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    Thanks! The knight's face was a pain, but the artist gave us an awesome big demon shield face that more than makes up for it. I painted them after breaking it, since otherwise I would have to go over the break again anyway. But I painted all three pieces together so the scheme is exactly the same. This is what they look like together: Great! Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well though. Also, if your mother thinks that focusing your eyes a few cm away from your face for long periods is bad for you, you probably shouldn't tell her what you do as a hobby :)
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    Thanks! I don't remember if I actually did a reddish glaze, or if that's just the undercoat of ruddy leather showing through. But I'll go ahead and take credit and assume I did a reddish glaze. Glad you liked it! That's awesome! It's a bit addictive once it finally works. There are whole communities devoted to making and sharing these images.
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    Thanks! I really like that shield, it's like its own character.
  7. I like the fire and OSL. I picture him sitting around the camp fire telling ghost stories to his beholderkin about parties of adventurers.
  8. The shrooms are great, I love the glow. I tried a similar thing with some acorns my son found me, it's a great little trick.
  9. Nice work! I like the metal on the golem especially.
  10. Haha, nice! That guy does not come in peace ...
  11. I like the dark wash in the fingernails, makes them look nice and dirty. For the nails themselves I would try a yellowish off-white like reaper's yellowed bone.
  12. Let me know if you want help making one! My current setup consists of: Arduino UNO (or compatible, with USB cable) 28BYJ-48 stepper motor ULN2003 stepper motor driver (to connect the motor to the Arduino) 6 male to female jumper wires LEGO chassis Modified reaper base to act as a platform I managed to find a cheap Arduino-compatible kit on a slow boat from China for ~30$. It came with all the required electronic components listed above plus a ton of other stuff. You might be able to find just the required components for less, but probably not much less. The construction is a bit more involved than the clock version because it requires some programming to get the camera and the Arduino to sync up. The code itself is very simple in Linux, but will probably be slightly different for different operating systems.
  13. I recently made my own little turntable for shooting 360-degree pictures of minis to turn into animated gifs. Some forum members were interested in hearing how I did it, so here it is in detail. It was pretty straightforward, so hopefully by following these instructions you will be able to make pictures like this: Things I used An analog clock A screwdriver, to take apart the clock A 0.7mm mechanical pencil with a removable tip A round plastic lid to act as the stage Some glue A digital camera The manual for said camera, you will probably need it A tripod Deep-seated obsessive-compulsive tendencies Turntable construction First, acquire an analog clock. In this case, a clock that was left in the laundry room of our apartment building, in a place where people usually leave things they don't need any more. Then ponder how we see fewer public clocks in the age of smartphones. Once you're done pondering, take the clock apart to get the mechanism that drives the hands. The one I have contains three circles to drive the hands of the clock - an outer plastic tube for the hour hand, an inner plastic tube for the minute hand and a tiny little metal pin for the second hand. It's the second hand we want, or else it will take an hour to get our picture. The challenge is attaching something to this tiny little pin. Fortunately, it turns out that this little pin is just the right size to fit snugly over the the end of a 0.7mm mechanical pencil. So I removed the tip from a mechanical pencil, and glued the pencil tip to the bottom of the plastic lid with white glue. The pencil tip has to be well-centered on the lid or else the mini will wobble back and forth in the photos. Finally, stick the cap on the clock mechanism. There, a simple little miniature turntable. Camera setup The main thing with the camera setup is to turn off all automatic features of your camera. Usually a camera will automatically determine things like the white balance, length of exposure, and focal distance. This is bad for an animation like this, since those parameters will change every frame and lead to flickering in the animation. On my camera (Canon EOS 400D) there is a switch on the top that I have to point to "M" for manual, and another switch on the lens that you have to set to "MF" for manual focus. The downside to manual mode is that you have to know how to choose good settings for your camera. I don't know how to do this. Luckily, a simple way to find good settings is to first set up the camera on the tripod with the mini in front of it and shoot a picture in automatic mode. Then once you switch to manual mode the setting should hopefully (!) be preserved. Image capture We have to set the camera up to take one photo every second for a minute. I couldn't figure out how to get my camera to shoot that fast, but I managed to get it to shoot once every two seconds. To do this I used tethered shooting mode, connecting the camera to my laptop via USB. Since I run Linux, I can then control the camera via the command-line utility gphoto2: gphoto2 --capture-image-and-download -I 2 -F 30 This tells it to capture 30 images, one image every 2 seconds and download them to the current directory. Once this command is done I have pictures named capt0000.jpg through capt0029.jpg in the current directory. Image processing To process these images into an animated gif I used another wonderful piece of software called imagemagick. First I import one of the images to my favourite photo editor, gimp, and adjust it as needed. I crop the image, do a global levels adjustment, and resize. As I go along I keep track of all the settings I use so I can put them into the command to imagemagick: convert capt*.jpg -crop 1200x1200+368+44! -resize 300x300 -level 0%,90%,0.8 -layers optimize damien.gif This tells it to load the jpg images we shot, crop to a rectangle 1200x1200 starting at a location (368,44) from the top right, resize to 300x300, then apply a global level adjustment with a white point of 90% and gamma of 0.8. It then converts the whole series to an optimized gif animation. A 30-frame image at 300x300 comes out to about 1.5 megs, which is small enough to attach to the forum. Conclusion There it is, hopefully others will give it a shot. When you do, post links in here. I'd be happy to answer any questions, or take suggestions on how I could improve the process.
  14. Mmmmmm ... sacrilicious.
  15. Nice! I always wanted to paint this guy as Tim the Enchanter.
  16. Good call! Also a little more brown will tie it nicely to the rest of the piece. Now I just need to decide on a brown. I have HD umber brown and muddy brown, but they are a little on the grey side. Ruddy leather might be too red, and blackened brown is perhaps too dark. Hmmmm ....
  17. I play a pathfinder game with my wife, where my character is a halfling druid. Recently he found a magic egg that hatched into a gryphon. So naturally I now need a mini of a halfling riding a gryphon. For the rider, I chose 77218: Woody Stumpwimple, Halfling Ranger. He has a bow and a sword and a cloak, just like my character. He has a nice wide stance that will make it easier to put him on a saddle. And he is in a heroic pose that makes it look like he is about to lead a charge. The first step is getting the main shape of the saddle in sculpey on top of the gryphon (77157: Griffon). I pressed the rider into the saddle to make sure he would fit the way I want. It makes the top of the saddle look weird, but it will be covered by the rider. And here he is on top: As a next step, I need to bake the saddle. Then I will start adding straps, stirrups, maybe a bridle and reins. There is a bunch more converting to do before I start painting. So, has anyone attempted this sort of thing before? I searched online but I only found one example. It seems like it should be the kind of thing people have tried before, and I'd love to know what works and what doesn't.
  18. Thanks! I was worried the mushrooms were too much and I might have to tone them down a bit.
  19. Back from a work trip, finally got down to painting the base. The stone is lots of drybrushed stone grey, with some blue and green washes particularly in the shadows. The stump is all mossy greens and browns. I added some craft moss into the cracks, which gives it some green to set it off from the rest of the piece (but not too much). And just to mix it up a bit, I made the mushrooms purple. Now all that's left is to attach all the parts together, and touch up the paint job to blend everything together.
  20. If I ever make it to ReaperCon, I'm definitely bringing my little photo turntable.
  21. I think that's because I cheated :). I didn't actually move the camera, I just had both of the sides render the same video, with a relative delay of a few frames. That way it shows the mini from a different angle in each eye. But unfortunately it means the angle of the background doesn't change, so the background is not receding the way it should. Of course, the right way is to take photos from two separate angles. And perhaps having a background that isn't just one solid colour. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time to shoot 512 frames, so I haven't had a chance to do a proper stereo photo. I'll see if I can find an online guide.
  22. Edit: oops, I didn't think I actually posted. Am not good at forums. And now everybody answered all the questions.
  23. I think perhaps you meant to attach a picture? In any case, I think you have the right idea. Painting blue over white is certainly better than the alternative of white over blue! I prefer the look of the Heather blue, but maybe having an intermediate color between the white and the blue, like a purplish or greenish tone would make it look even more magical.
  24. So I finally taught myself how to view cross-eyed 3d. Good suggestion, I think it works really well!
  25. Here is the fixed up result with 512 frames. I increased the framerate to 60 fps, so it should look smoother. And it seems the new forum can embed it directly ... spiffy!