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  1. Well, I'm not actually painting anything at work today...because I'm not going to work today. Suffice to say, we tried a new Chinese restaurant the other day, and it has not gone well. BUT! I posted a teaser in my last Lunch Sessions thread, and now I can go ahead and start this one. Prep work is done, so when I do get back into the office I can actually start laying paint. Here's what's going on this time around: Privateer Press has just started their Minicrate program, a subscription-based monthly "crate" of, well, miniatures. They are all special edition minis available only through the crate subscription. When I saw the first mini they planned to release, I almost got a subscription before realizing I probably wouldn't care overmuch about most of the minis involved past the first...we'll see if I regret that decision later, but the good news is: @chaosscorpion did subscribe, and was willing to work out a trade for the Swamp Siren in exchange for a warlock for his fledgling Trollbloods army. (if you care to see the mini in question, @Ghool just posted a really lovely painted version) Chaosscorpion was good enough to send the Swamp Siren over already, so I have her waiting for the day I paint her up...I have plans to do a resin-water base for her eventually. And I have procured and prepped Borka Kegslayer: I do have one specific instruction for this fella: Tartan! Chaosscorpion also provided a specific family tartan for me to replicate: Now, I've done a good bit of freehand, and a fair number of stripes, but never any actual plaid. So I decided I'd get some practice in first, which is where this preview pic comes in: This is the backside of one of the new Wizkids Pathfinder unpainted line, from the "Merchants" set. By way of a quick review, these are cheap and nicely detailed. They are pre-prepped and pre-primed, and I was impressed with both the lack of mold lines (still a few, but nothing egregious. For NPCs or townsfolk I'm not too worried) and the complete coverage of the primer. I was surprised to find the primer was every bit as hydrophobic as bare Bonesium, but eventually I got a basecoat down. I'm planning to paint her dress in plaid, using the Aitken tartan: I chose this tartan because it has roughly the same pattern as Chaosscorpion's, although in different colors. It's likely I'm overthinking the process, but I want to be as accurate as I can when I get to the plaid on Borka. So that's where I am at this point. I likely won't do any further painting until Wednesday (there's an office Halloween thing tomorrow), but I've got a bit of a start!
  2. So I decided to at least try to not nitpick something. This is the fastest I have ever painted an item. It took prpbably 30mins - 1hr, mostly due to paint drying before a wash. Paint was determined by "fits purpose and is in reach without seeking". Not my best by far, but it is an achievement for me to NOT nitpick things!
  3. Lord of the Dish Pit

    WizKids Ghosts

    I used the same combo of copper verdigris wash and maggot white on these. For some reason any pictures I tried to take of other angles didn't come out well. Perhaps they're shy.
  4. Lord of the Dish Pit

    WizKids Zombies

    I refer to these two as "Mullet" and "Bub". I used Bronzed Skin with a wash of Druchii Violet highlighted with Bronzed Highlight which I really liked the results of. Bub's clothing was Vallejo German Field Grey and Luftwafe Uniform WW2, as I hadn't used those for anything yet and wanted to try them out. I discovered that after putting the Vallejo Matt Varnish on them that what once was dull is now glossy.
  5. Lidless Eye

    Lidless Eye Hobbies: Nolzur's Beasts

    I've been testing out the new WizKids ready to paints. It was just the simple beasts for now, but I wasn't too impressed with the PC sculpts. I'm hoping they improve the QC for the next wave, there's some cool designs coming. The pack: The Displacer Beast: The Blink Dog:
  6. So even though I haven't been W.I.P.ping, I have been painting here and there.... This is the WizKids Dreadlock Troll, that I decided to paint as an Ice Troll for our current Frostgrave Campaign.... He has various pale greys and off whites, then very dilute GW Blue ink Glazed on the skin, GW Snakebite Leather on his loin cloth, and SC75 SS Camo Shadow and SC75 Field Grey 50% on his hair.... Thanks for looking! The Mojo May Return....
  7. MelmothWanders

    Troll from WizKids Nolzur's

    Both pictures are of the same mini, but I actually did two of these at once for practice. Pretty pleased with the results outside of a few stark transitions, may go back and touch it up and try and add more depth to the hair.
  8. One of MrBoot's coworkers found out that I painted minis (apparently my husband has been, ah, talking about my skills at work ), and wanted to know if I would be willing to take a commission for his player character. He provided the figure, a Wizkids male elf sorcerer, with a neat translucent fireball spell effect surrounding one hand, as well as his character's background and some details he'd like. I asked some clarifying questions about color scheme and the base and such, as well as explained generally how much different paint job qualities would be. He opted for my "deluxe" level, which includes freehand details and a nice base, since he expects this character to stick around for awhile. His character is a half-gold dragon pyromancer, with "subtle patches of gold scales on his skin" and "gold eyes with red flecks" (I could not manage the red flecks, but did manage to get a wee bit of gold in there), as well as a "cloak with a subtle dragon scale pattern" (my suggestion to him, since he wasn't sure what he wanted on the cloak). I found this mini both a lot of fun and terribly frustrating to paint; the details were muddy or missing in some places while being oddly sharp in others, and trying to work around the cloak and staff were at times irritating. Also, I don't know what kind of plastic the thing's made out of, but it half-murdered my hand trying to remove the integrated base so I could re-base it. But I eventually finished it, and I have to say I'm really quite happy with how it turned out! Especially the fire, I took a chance on doing a couple ink glazes/washes to preserve the translucency, and it worked out exactly like I'd hoped it would! The base is from Secret Weapon Miniatures. Anyways, enough wordy stuff, here's the pictures! The lighting is darker in this one because I was trying to capture the proper color of the cloak. It's slightly more orange in person, and not quite as bright. The patch of scales on the back of his hand is visible here (I used metallic paint so it's actually shiny). And here's some close-ups of his face; you can see the shiny patch of scales on his cheek more clearly here, as well as the dot of gold in his eye. Colors used: (this is mostly for my own records) Brown liner P3 Red ink P3 Yellow ink Dragon Bronze (so shiny!) Mahogany brown Chestnut brown Ginger cookie Tanned leather Oiled leather Leather brown Spattered crimson Big top red Heraldic red Leather white Solid white Stone grey Powderburn brown Golden shadow Palomino gold Sun yellow New things I tried on this piece: *Eyebrows - those things were stupidly hard to get right, I ended up redoing them like 4 times *Freehand - I kinda just...figured out the scale pattern as I went. It's not great, but not as terrible as my usual attempts at freehand, so I'm okay with it. I'm surprised it turned out as well as it did, given that I was annoyingly shaky when I was trying it, but I was down to the wire and didn't have time to wait until I was steadier *Painting a translucent surface - I made a thin wash/glaze with P3 ink, Brush-on sealer, wash medium, and a little water. I wish I'd written down the proportions of each I used, since the resulting mixture worked great! He was SO happy with it when MrBoot gave it to him today that he paid me extra! Which was quite nice, since after I was a good part of the way through painting it I realized I had rather undercharged him for the level of detail he'd requested (I'd charged $35, thinking I'd have it done in about 7 hours), and I actually ended up giving him what I would consider a $50 paint job anyways. So overall, for my second commission, it was a very positive experience! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  9. Cleaned up my table today! Granted it's not spotless cause if it was I couldn't find anything..... Even more more exciting I painted a mini!! It's been awhile, as early Febuary was my last brush to mini attempt. Of course that attempt is now just sitting on my table saying "Hey when are you gonna paint me, hmmmm??" Anyways I'm gonna attempt to put up a WiP for this one as well. I'm not exactly sure how far I'll go with his WiP as I'm bad at updating things like WiPs & such. I forgot to take a pic of the raw mini but this is the other one in that pack of 2 & it's exactly the same (besides the pose of course) as the one I'm painting up: Clear plastic with a primered base I wanted to take advantage of the clearness of the plastic so I thought might as well use Tamiya Clear paints on them. Problem was my jar of Clear Yellow was goopy, ie old. So in the trash it went & I ordered anther jar from the local hobby shop. That was a few weeks ago...Anyways after I did a semi-clean up of the workbench I proceeded to just apply the Clear Yellow onto the mini: & to see how it looks under a light, in this case a Ott-Light: I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with this critter but I'd like to try & make it like the Advanced Hellhound pre-paint mini: (yes the one I'm painting has a spiked color as well, I just painted over it). Hoping this mini jumpstarts the mini-painting that I need to do for ReaperCon this year!!
  10. Evilhalfling

    Wiz-kids unpainted kobolds.

    I saw these on the rack of the gaming store and had to try them out (along with a displacer beast and griffon) They are far more spindly and lizardlike than the bones kobolds, and fit the artwork of Pathfinder and later editions. the Reaper ones are bulkier and more dog like. Also most of my kobolds were the first minis I painted, this decade, and the primer I used means they remain sticky 4 years later. If they work great I was considering on spending 4$ for each set of 3, and by enough for an encounter of 12-15. My review of Wizkids minis: 1)mold lines. yup, they needed some clean up. 2)flexibility and durability. - not bad they are stiffer than bones and feel more brittle, but they include spears and bows that are thin but so far sturdy. - no warping is obvious, 3) pre-primed: yup, it seemed to do the trick, but may be a little thick. I hit them with a wash to show the finer details. 4) Detail: here is where they suffer. the details were hard to pick out or paint. for instance fingers - very shallow grooves, mostly painted as freehand and some of the transitions - like hand on spear, and a tail touching a leg needed to be painted on. More like good quality plastic board game pieces (Mice and Mystics is what I am comparing them to specifically) then to Bones or GW plastics. Teeth and scales also suffered from this effect. I was free handing them more than painting sculpted features. I'll pick up a few more of the good ones, but not invest heavily. TL;DR decent pieces but fail at small details. These were painted fairly quickly - 2 hours per model perhaps.
  11. Welcome! This is my first thread here, and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the knowledge and inspiration that I have already received from this site. I painted some when I was in college about 20 years ago. Mostly GW stuff as it was easily obtained. Most of it was fairly flat. No wash, layering, glazes, ... However, I did do a little with drybrushing. The back of the cloaks on the Wood Elf Wayfinders very much screamed for drybrushing. I've spent my last few months getting an area in my garage cleared for me to paint., as well as picking up a few supplies. Most of my GW paints had dried out. At least one ones in the pots. I still have a few of the bottles that they used before the pots that still have usable paint in them. Most of my paints are the hobby paints that you can pick up at Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's. I got some paints someone was throwing out, so .... cheap. My one lamp (swing arm with magnifying lens) I also got because someone was throwing it out (they claimed it didn't work. Simple bulb change fixed that). This last week I have been putzing about with my camera (Polaroid i256 I think. Nothing special). I have been trying to figure out how to get a good picture, and keep the size of the picture down. So, let's see how I did. Living Elemental © Wizkids Not much so far. Just the basecoating. I'm looking to blend color into the "branches" for lack of a better word. I'm looking to have them be lighter at the tops as they should have the least growth/weathering. At least as I see it. Skeleton Archer © Wizkids I've noticed that I missed some armor on the left leg, as well as a spot on the box (visible from the back). I plan on adding metal to the armor at the ends, but feel that it should be mostly leather. I plan on doing the cape in blue and the fletches in red. The cape I want to blend into a dark brown/black at the bottom to give the idea of it being worn and used over the decades. Wood Golem © Wizkids I picked this because I thought it would be fun, and because of the contrast to be had between the bark and the exposed parts where it looks like it has been cut. I want to get a wash on those parts to try and show off the rings. I also want to do an overbrush on the bark to try and darken that up some. Potbellied Gremlin © Wizkids Nothing here yet. I was working with browns the other day and that just doesn't fit in yet. For whatever reason, I see this guy as a bit of a diseased creature, and am looking to work with a lot of glazing with yellows, brows, and greens. All of these pics are just the front photo. I have side and rear pictures as well that can be found in the link in my signature. The WIP pictures should all be around 60-70kb to fit the WIP guideline of 150kb. If you venture off into the Miscellaneous section, those pictures might be a bit larger (~500kb). But, you can look at my workspace (such as it is), lightbox, paints, brushes, and bitboxes. Thanks for your time. Any and all critiques are welcome. How else am I to learn?
  12. Patrik Strom

    DnD/Pathfinder prepaint re/speed paints

    Did some painting this weekend and I was pleasently surprised that I managed to finish my latest purchases, All are speedpaints with a heavy dose of Army Painters Strong Tone wash to finish them. A few gnolls (Gnolls, Gnoll Slaver and Gnoll Warriors) Two grimlocks Two kobold guards Three kuo-toas (one archpriest and two regular) Two lizardman fighters One roper. I'm really pleased with how this one turned out.
  13. A few quick repaints. I'm quite pleased with how the gnoll turned out with such little effort. Barghest Savagers (the photo is to bright but the minis aren't important enough for me to fix it :) Gnoll Barbarian Wolf Spiders
  14. FireElemental

    Paizo/WizKids - WZK71730-09 Maftet

    Maftets are a winged human/lion blend that I think are unique to Pathfinder. Since the pre-paints are the only minis for them that I know of, I got a three of them. While the other two looked like standard WizKids fair, this poor girl arrived with splotches of silver on her skin, so I figured I'd do a repaint and base her coloring on the bestiary entry. Warning: Nudity
  15. Was wondering what the consensus is on repainting LE figures. The figure I am looking at repainting is the wizkids Cthulhu. It is a LE figure in the horror clicks line. (Here is a rough picture) I am thinking of changing its color scheme to fit my idea what it is supposed to look like. I'm asking cause i don't know if it is taboo to do that. Then the next question is how best to go about it? Like if i need to strip it and how to. Also the best way to rebase it off the game base. I will probably never play the game so I don't need it on that clicky base. Thanks Joe
  16. I was debating posting this since there was already a zombie done for the V-Day challenge, but you can never have too many zombies, right? I figure somebody should represent the bah-humbug crowd for this holiday, lol, so since the other zombie was cute, I figured I'd be a contrary so-and-so and do this one more gruesome... Thus, a zombie ripping his own heart out of his chest to give to you... ::D: I call it "To Hell With From Hell With Love", lol... Better pics possibly forthcoming. (You can't really see the nice blood spatter dripping from the hole, lol. On the other hand, the filmed-over eyes came out better than I thought they would.) Here's a better angle of the heart in his right hand. This is also my first mini for the Resolutionary Painting Challenge for Feb. It's a WizKids Pathfinder zombie from the Undead Horde set I picked up on an impulse to check out the quality of the sculpts for the set. I wasn't impressed - the paid professional who made this guy's chainmail just poked random holes in the surface. Which my completely amateur self did almost just as well on as he did when I rebuilt the shoulders from brownstuff... So about half the "links" in the mail are painted on. (I just put alternating bright swishes and black dots inbetween the existing holes.) Conversion-wise, I lopped off both of the guy's arms, shaved off a fair amount of their area where they conected to the shoulder and pinned them in a new position, sculpted a new set of shoulders for him, then lopped off the left hand and rotated it so it was palm-up. I also sliced off all of the weapons sticking out of the guy, which looked ridiculous. I then drilled the hole in his chest and sculpted the reasonably realistic-looking human heart in his hand. Considering I'd never done one of those before, it came out fairly accurate.
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