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  1. I finally got around to decorating the mantle this year. Nothing's newly painted, just gathered together for once.
  2. Over the past few weeks I've been teaching my wife how to play Kill Team as a stepping stone to 8th edition 40K. There was only one small flaw to this plan however. My wife intends to play daemons in 40K (already has her first box and codex) but the daemons are not a viable faction in Kill Team. So we had to find her a team so I could teach her the much smaller game first. She looked at the different factions and decided to try the Orks. This seemed like a good fit to me, learn a more melee than shooting team in preparation for a more melee army. Seeing as we're transitioning from D&D to 40K we also have a lot of Orks to immediately create a proxy team for her. I assembled a mish mash of miniatures and built her a fairly basic team. We started playing about once a week and I'd introduce new aspects of the game each time. This meant the first couple of games were pretty basic but were easier to pick up. This probably wasn't necessary as she had learned and played a ton of Song of Blades and Heroes with our friends but I know learning new systems can be daunting and a little intimidating for her though, so our first games were really basic. Now that we're pretty close to playing the game with all the rules, tactics, and abilities I'm realizing we may play Kill Team more than I expected. Which of course lead to the creation of this thread because now I have to build and paint my wife an Ork Kill Team for Christmas. I've already purchased two boxes of orks and finished all the preliminary work before painting, so tonight I started my wife's orks. I began with the skin and used Viper Green as a base. That received a wash of Citadel Biel-Tan Green, with a highlight of Muddy Olive which I thought made for a pretty nice effect. I used Nightshade Purple for the "armor" because my wife's favorite color is purple and I simply couldn't think of any other way to get purple on the miniature. And let's be honest purple "armor" isn't any odder than some of the "official" color schemes. Though I managed to start some of the other areas most of the focus tonight was on the flesh and armor. I've also decided to do this project in batches of only two figures; this being a gift for my wife I want them to look better than my Cadian team.
  3. Shadowphaze

    The Struggle is Real

    My first time entering any sort of competition. So here it is! My version of the Yeti Cheiftan 77434 for LadyStorm's contest. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/82989-ladystorms-winter-contest-yeti/
  4. Even with last month's minis still grumbling on the table, like a Lovecraftian protagonist I shamble onward further...for All Months Are One in Yog-Sothoth! IA! IA!...sorry about that...anyhow here are the upcoming victims.... Santa Mousling and Helper, who are mostly done thankfully. Two Mariel Twinspars. They will be the 3rd and 4th time painting her, and are intended as gifts for the long suffering waitresses who put up with me each Weds. These having an actual time limit, will be started later today. Two Shrines, an Obelisk, and an Eldritch Demon. Only 3 terrain pieces this time so hopefully grey fatigue won't be an issue. 5 Cultists. I'm hoping I can get the Witch Hunters done and off the table before starting these because they're gonna brawl if I don't! 5 Deep Ones. I may attempt some converting/limb movement on the Bones Priest so as to differenciate him from his metal counterpart. The Santa Dwarf is the only other actual Christmas mini in the lineup, (but who knows what the 12 days of Reaper might bring..) and both version of S'Kara the Skoli who I have a vague plan to work into a project involving York Peppermint Patties... And Vikings. Because nothing captures the spirit of the Holidays quite like Vikings! They're might wind up in the January thread however, depending on how far out of the hole I can dig myself...
  5. Because it’s never too early for Christmas themed kickstarters... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1398817948/geek-and-dice-themed-stockings-delivered-before-ch Although I must admit I prefer the term “nerd” over “geek”.
  6. All these Zombies I've been working on lately have got me wanting to get to started something a little less speed painterly. So I decided to pick up my Christmas Elves from my reaper order over Christmas and get working on them. I got into the grove painting up the naughty elf so all I have is where she stands now. I liked how she was painted up in the store so I used that as my start. Here is how she looks at the start of the WIP: And of course here is the nice one patiently waiting in primer to be started:
  7. sirgourls

    Gourls Ruins Christmas

    I actually bought 01589: Father Christmas two years ago, but I hadn't thought to slap paint on him until now. As I'm done teaching this semester, I had time to prime and paint this guy earlier this afternoon. Took me maybe three hours, which has gotta be some kind of personal best. I did chicken out on his eyes though. My brushes aren't super great and I didn't trust myself not to screw up the eyes/his face, so I didn't try them.
  8. I took out the BBQ and some stuff I bought. Used styrofoam for the base and a Styrofoam Ball ( half of it). Applied some snow an grass flock, glued some trees and figurines in place and done. The houses will light up at night and I added a string of Led lights. Put it in the garden in front of our window/door. So in the evening we can see it from our room. Just a silly idea, maybe you guys like it, because you know...most of you are silly too...
  9. LittleBluberry

    01578: Carol, Christmas Bard

    I've been meaning to make a show-off thread for this for a while, but the pictures aren't great and I no longer have the mini because she was a Secret Sophie gift to Inarah last year. Lots of things I'd like to have spent more time on, like the stray red brush stroke I noticed after I'd sent her off. Part of the point of an exchange is that there's a deadline, so that's just the way the cookies crumble. Figured people would really want to be able to see what the back side of the mini looks like now that she's available in the store again. Merry Christmas!
  10. SparrowMarie

    TARDIS Christmas Diorama

    So as some of you may know I'm making a diorama! This will be slow going for a while as I get the materials and then it should be full steam ahead. I've started by procuring another copy of the "telephone box" since I don't really like the first one I did a few years ago. It's not awful but not up to my standard for a Christmas present.
  11. Chris Palmer

    Santa's Helpers (01590)

    Even though I got these during last year's 12 Days of Reaper, I only just got around to painting them! I tried an experiment with these; painting them first with special Chrome spray paint, and then using Citadel gemstone transparent paints on them: Spiritstone Red, Soulstone Blue, and Waystone Green, in an attempt to given them that lacquered mirror look that real ornaments have. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. In the second photo, they are shown with Copplestone's "Lovely Assistant" to give a sense of scale with a normal sized human figure.
  12. This is from the latest Randomness thread (I can’t seem to quote directly into a “Create New Topic” page): Notes are cribbed from Wikipedia and other places because I am not an expert on this music. I just enjoy it. I expect to add more songs later. Here’s one of my favorites first. Ríu Ríu Chíu (Spanish, 16th century) Notes (cribbed from online sources): This is a Spanish villancico (a type of song popular between the 15th and 18th centuries) attributed to Mateo Flecha the Elder (d. 1553). It is known from a single manuscript presently in Uppsala, published in 1556. The Monkees, of all people, did a cover of it (this is not that version). The phrase Ríu Ríu Chíu is said to be the cry of an attacking Kingfisher guarding the riverbank from wolves (Sorry, Glitterwolf and Chaoswolf ...). Lyrics: Riu, riu, chiu la guarda ribera / Dios guardó el lobo de nuestra cordera / Dios guardó el lobo de nuestra cordera. El lobo rabioso la quiso morder / Mas Dios Poderoso la supo defender / Quizo la hacer que no pudiese pecar / Ni aun original esta virgen no tuviera. Riu, riu, chiu... Este que es nascido es El Gran Monarca / Cristo Patriarca de carne vestido / Ha nos redimido con se hacer chiquito / Aunque era infinito finito se hiciera. Riu, riu, chiu ... Este viene a dar a los muertos vida / Y viene a reparar de todos la caida / Es la luz del dia aqueste Moçuelo / Este es el Cordero que San Juan dijera. Riu, riu, chiu ... Yo vi mil Garzones que andavan cantando / Por aqui volando haciendo mil sones / Diciendo a gascones Gloria sea en el Cielo / Y paz en el suelo pues Jesus nasciera. Riu, riu, chiu ... Pues que ya tenemos lo que deseamos / Todos juntos vamos presentes llevemos / Todos le daremos nuestra voluntad / Pues a se igualar con nosotros viniera. Riu, riu, chiu ... English translation: Riu, riu, chiu The river bank is protected God has kept the wolf From our ewe lamb God has kept the wolf From our ewe lamb The rabid wolf Wanted to bite her But Almighty God Knew how to defend her He willed to make her Unable to sin Even original sin This virgin did not have Riu, riu, chiu... The one who is born Is the Great Monarch Christ the Patriarch Clothed in flesh He has redeemed us By making himself small Though he was infinite He became finite Riu, riu, chiu... He comes to give Life to the dead He comes to repair The fall of all mankind This Child Is the light of day He is the Lamb Of whom St. John spoke Riu, riu, chiu... I saw a thousand Angels Who were singing Flying around Chanting in a thousand voices Saying to the shepherds Glory in Heaven And peace on earth For Jesus is born Riu, riu, chiu... Now we have What we desire Let us go together To present him gifts Let us all give him Our will For he came As our equal Riu, riu, chiu...
  13. I got the Reindeer during last year's 12 Days of Reaper and I looked in the Special Edition figure listing and couldn't find it listed, so don't have a stock number. I recently finished it after several months of sitting on my painting table, half finished. I also painted up the Copplestone Lovely Assistant figure this past week, as I've started queuing up some of my Christmas themed figures for some seasonal painting projects the next couple months.
  14. Dilvish the Deliverer

    01435 2011 Sophie Christmas Ornament

    So, I've had this figure for a while and finally worked up the courage to paint it. I stated in mid-December and finished jsut after Christmas. Not in time to hang it from the tree, but it will be there next year. I wrote the names of of the family (including the rabbits), bu some of the names were too long, so I tried to give the impression that the list was folded over with the letter continuing on the backside.
  15. minibart

    A bit late Christmas mouslings

    I had planned to do a bunch of mouselings in november and december.. but work got in the way. I never had a more busy and stressfull december than this year. But in the end I managed to finish two sets... just to late to hang in the Christmas tree.. 😊
  16. Werkrobotwerk

    01589 Father Christmas

    Time was a little short to get this done before Christmas, but he is as done as he will get before tomorrow.
  17. My in-laws have a tradition of passing off a joke gift to all the male adults. Someone (it's forgotten who originally was gifted with the slippers) got a pair of knitted size 14 (my in-laws are all over 6'5, I'm the short one at 6'2) slippers in white, orange and green wool. They are ugly. This person then added a small change, like a patch, to each slipper and re-gifted it. The tradition continues. There's one more person I can give these to before it becomes a random (or someone else marries into the family). I'm adding a few quickly painted bones orcs. I would do different ones (because I have doubles of a couple), but apparently they need to be the same. If in the event it's legal, I will be replacing a sniper with a marauder 77042. I will document my quick paintjob in this thread, and then safety pin them to the slippers. I will also be painting a few other bones orcs too - the marauders and Rogan 77224. Photos soon.
  18. Glitterwolf

    Nativity Set Xherman1964

    I have painted up the Nativity Set as a gift for my girlfriend's parents. They will get it close to the holidays. I added the sheperd with sheep, the donkey and a cow. All Reaper miniatures: https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/nativity/latest/01430 https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/nativity/latest/01433 https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/nativity/latest/01439 https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/cow/sku-down/03719 I put the whole set under a dome. And made some barn soil with putty. WIP here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69198-nativity-scene-as-a-gift-by-xherman1964/ Only after all was glued together I noticed a small bit of yellow brown on the sheperd's clothing, oh well, let's assume he got a bit dirty dealing with the animals... I hope they will like the gift..
  19. LittleBluberry

    WIP: 01430 Nativity

    It's time to start looking at working on my Nativity if there's to be any hope of getting it done by Christmas 2016. (And if I can't get it done then I need to find another gift idea for my mom.) I've looked at a lot of other examples and I've got some ideas but I need to formulate a definite plan. The goal is to make a series of three dioramas: angel, shepherds and sheep; wise men with camel; Mary, Joseph, Jesus and stable. The idea is that then they can easily be arranged in different configurations with reduced risk of damage. (If there are 10 little people somewhere then guaranteed a child will try to play with them.) It is likely that they'll get put on either a fireplace mantle or the wide windowsill. Have I mentioned that this will be my first diorama? Nothing like jumping in with both feet! I plan to do the core piece first, and I actually bought the base nativity set last year during the 12 Days of Reaper. Unfortunately this is the part where I'm not quite sure about the composition. I've bought a bunch of wooden plaques and I've got a couple of possible candidates. So the choice comes down to round or rectangle. I'm hoping to include the donkey, which is why it's there. Obviously the barn/baby/Mary/Joseph bit has a traditional presentation. I've been pondering what else I should add to fill out the scene without making it too busy. This is more important with the round one since it feels a bit too large. I'm fine with purchasing more stuff like the farm animals but I don't want to add more people because I want this to be the quiet moment before everyone else shows up. I'll probably go with the classic approach and try and sculpt some extra hay to tie everything together. Feedback very welcome!
  20. I want to give my girlfriend's parents a little gift this X-mas ( well a bit before that). So I decided to make a little vignette of the Nativity Set. I found this nice dome for 5 euros.. I had to skip the idea of the three Kings. But my girl explained to me that they visited later, so it wouldn't be a problem to just use the Nativity set itself, a sheperd and a few animals. Else it would get too crowded on the little wooden plate. The Donkey and Oxen are supposed to keep Baby Jesus warm with their breath. So that's why they stand so close. The Cow will be mutilated converted into an Oxen. Here is the set up. I might have to move them a little more forward to close the gap. **** But Herman December is a long time away! Why start now?**** *** Have you noticed how slow I paint?***
  21. Some of you may remember that last week I posted the result of an experiment I did to see if I cold paint one of the Pathfinder Goblin Pyros to make it look like a convincing Christmas Elf, to go with my Santa-themed Enchanter warband for Frostgrave: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68561-pathfinder-goblin-pyro-as-santas-elf-89002-bones/ Well, I liked the results so much that this past week I was able to finish up the rest of the Elves I needed for my warband, and I'm happy with the results. They will represent four Thief-class soldiers Santa will use to help him gather treasure during his expeditions to the frozen city of Frostgrave. Note, that on one of them, I replaced his torch with a candy cane made from a bit of paperclip wire. (I love how easy it is to modify Bones!) As always, C & C welcome. And here's the whole group of them, with the Big Man, himself!
  22. This week I experimented with painting up one of the Pathfinder Goblin Pyros to see how it would look painted up as one of Santa's Elves for my Santa-themed Enchanter warband for Frostgrave. I had planned a while back that I wanted to use Christmas elves to represent the four Thieves I had added to my Santa the Enchanter's warband; and had originally prepped four of the Victory Force Miniatures, Unarmed Christmas Elves to use in this role. Then forum-member Pippin suggested over on my Christmas Eve as Mrs Claus post that I possibly use Goblins to represnt Santa's elves. The idea buzzed around in my head for awhile, as I wasn't totally happy with the Victory Force Elves. I felt they looked a little too Elf-On-The-Shelf modern. So, I thought I'd do this test on the Pathfinder Goblin kind of as a proof-of-concept as to whether using them for Christmas Elves would work. I'm really pleased with how this figure turned out, and I think the idea of using these fellows for Santa's Elves is going to be a winner. Even as I type, I have three more prepped and awaiting painting. As always, C & C welcome.
  23. This week I worked some more on my Christmas-themed Enchanter warband for Frostgrave, by painting the Special Edition figure, "Christmas Eve" to be the warband's apprentice, Mrs Claus. This is the third figure I've completed for this warband. I've painted Santa as the Enchanter wizard, and Yukon Cornelius as the group's Treasure Hunter. Here's a portrait of the Santa and Mrs Claus side by side. I think they go together pretty well. I like that he's all fierce and disheveled looking, and she's all serene and tidy. :)
  24. Late last year, I decided I wanted to do a Santa themed Frostgrave warband after completing a vary Santa-like wizard figure, which you can see here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/66121-darkrasp-evil-priest-77151-to-santa-claus-conversion/ While I have slowly been collecting the figures I wanted to use as the soldiers for this warband for a while now, I finally started painting them this past week. The first I painted up is Yukon Cornelius, Treasure Hunter. Yukon Cornelius is a character from the classic stop-motion children's Christmas TV special, Rudoph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Since the character is a prospector obsessed with finding silver and gold, I thought he would be an ideal candidate for a Treasure Hunter type soldier. I was able to make the character by using pieces from the Frostgrave Soldiers boxed set of multi-part plastic figures by North Star Figures. There was a wool-capped head perfect for Yukon Cornelius, but unfortunately that head didn't have a beard. So I ended up having to do head surgery; cutting the top off of the wool hat head, and gluing it onto a bearded head that I sliced the top off of. My next challenge was where to find a pickaxe. Then I remembered that I had a couple spare miner dwarves from the old GW "Skull Pass" boxed set, and they wielded pickaxes as weapons. So I removed the pickaxe from one of them, and re-glued it onto a Frostgrave solder's hand that had it's weapon removed. As always, C & C welcome.
  25. I finally got my light box put back up. Here are the photos I took of the awesome 2002 Christmas Sophie that Miss Melons sent me for Secret Sophie:
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