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  1. ^^ Link to the WIP. My Stephanie Law Kickstarter loot pack had their first goof up! Lucky for me, they rectified the situation immediately. At any rate, I had a spare necromancer body and a spare bard arm. I decided to do my first ever conversion and connect the two! I told my friend about this, and we came up with the idea to make The Necrobard an emo-punk rock musician, with heavy influence from My Chemical Romance (specifically The Black Parade). See inspiration: Instead of a summoner, we settled on a "everything hurts" idea of the stereotypical depressed musician/comedian who has very high charisma, but hides a lot of pain. And he wears a lot of black. My friend is indeed going to play this character (his initials are hiding in red in the crook of the lute). Bardic party buffing plus necro debuffing of bad guys. I attempted to make it look like he was casting a necromancy spell by freehanding his hands to have the skeleton glowing through the gloves, and the lute glow where he holds it, and out of the center. I picked "The Punisher" character's logo for an easy skull to freehand on the back. The red stain is because the character beat his brother over the head with the lute as a backstory. I added the skull to the base for the heck of it. If you look closely at the bard-arm, it doesn't line up perfectly... but good enough for a first conversion, yeah? My epoxy was being a butt, so I settled on pins and super glue. If not for the inspiration being bleach blonde, I likely would have given him dark hair. But hey, crazy pale was an adventure to paint. As was the absurd amount of black/gray. The photos I think are over-bright, so I will be tweaking them in the future; I think less light but longer exposure (if I can hold steady) would do wonders - better ones to come in a week or so when I can pin Doug down with my camera. Comments, critique, musical expressions of sadness or joy - all welcome!
  2. I got my Stephanie Law KS pack from DSM. Its awesome. There are many more pieces to glue than in Reaper figures so I'm kinda worried about that. Anyway, onto the not so pressing but very fun matter. I had the honor of being the first one to get a goofed up package in the kickstarter. I got the male necromancer (arms and body), the arms of the male bard, and a second male necromancer body. DSM swiftly sent out a replacement bard, complete with a body and arms. Goal: The Necrobard Now I have spare bard arms and a spare necromancer body. Dilemma: the arms are well, arms. The body needs a single arm. The socket is also not perfect due to slightly different clothing but it is darn close. The arm and the arm-hole that are needed are both at the elbow joint. How would you recommend taking the right hand off the lute so that the male necromancer can be holding a lute in front of him in his left hand? Thus he would become the necrobard, who would sing the dead back to life.
  3. Sorry, I had to get punny with the title. This is DSM's Musk Ox Warrior. I will admit, I got a bit tired of him towards the end. The thickness of the fur is such that even 95% done I was finding nooks and crannies that had no paint applied to them. Michael Proctor did DSM's gallery version. For one, I wanted the figure to still look like a musk ox, so we are pretty similar in that respect. And the colors we chose are similar although not the same. I deliberately did some things different as to not copy Mr. Proctor's excellent beast. Nonetheless, his freehand on the purse and the loincloth served as an inspiration for mine. When I did the rainbow fairy I was asked if I was going to line the intersection of colors on her skirt. I didn't, but for three reasons: I liked how it was without lining, I'd already planned it without lining, and I was worried about fudging up the good work if I tried. For the musk ox's freehand parts though, I tried, but I cheated at it a bit. I painted the outline color first, then painted the main color inside the "liner". Also: @Doug Sundseth, I am bringing my camera next paint-meet-up to pick your brain on getting my settings right. My depth of field is suffering on photography. As always, C&C, rip it to shreds. Inform me of my failures. I also accept praise in the form of (literal or figurative) cookies.
  4. Not much, just a photo of the figure with some primer.
  5. Well, I finally got to a point on these where it would be worth it to post. These are my major projects that I will be working on for the next few months and all four are planned ReaperCon entries. Right now there is not much to see as they are just at the primer stage but the bases are built and also ready for paint. So from left to right we have the Dark Elf Assassin from Scale 75, Tarko from Scale 75's Fallen Frontiers line, Dark Sword's Wood Elf Warrior, and Reaper's own Crimson Herald. Please excuse the blurry pics, I am cleaning my apartment and this was the best place to take pics.
  6. Thumper the ranger. His family was eaten by the same Ogres that slayed the Tortoise Cleric's Brother. So he joins him.
  7. And here we are - after 36 hours of building time and another 18 hours of drying, the owl mage is finally done. Check here for the WIP Thread ->Let's Make a Present! Owl Mage<-
  8. I got the critters as an addon to the DSM kickstarter recently. The first thing I am painting is this guy, a musk ox warrior. He's big, so priming took a while. And I am using a crummy brush for base coating all this fur because it is a brush mangler until I get to the nitpicky stuff. I'm trying to make the small bit of chainmail 1) NMM to see if I can do it and 2) slightly tarnished. I don't think thia guy is good at cleaning. Armor color themes I am thinking dark red primarily, with black, blue, and green accents. I was looking up eskimo art for the sake of doing his belt-thing justice, and those seem like reasonable colors to go with. Thanks to the CMPA for the poster tack and the jar idea - had to find a big jar for him!
  9. Here we go again. If you don’t want to know what led to the whole “Let’s make a present”-stuff, feel free to scroll down to the first picture. I have to admit: I am not world’s best painter. To be honest – I am far away from that. I cannot remember color theory, keep forgetting important steps or read a tutorial just to throw it away ‘cause I cannot imagine how I should turn the advices into actual results. Life is hard … Anyway – it seems that persons in my proximity have caught attention of what I am trying to do and figure that it is actually *good* and from time to time ask me to do some presents. And that’s what I am doing for them. Presents. Often those presents have got something to do with my boss. She is the driving force behind this whole “You do wargaming! You can paint! You make present! Ugh!“—stuff. A specialty of her is to ask me to think of something and prepare something just to then remember me that I have got like 5 days left until the specific gift is needed. Thank you, ma’am! And – oh, yeah – there has to be an owl in it. She loves owls and she wants everyone to know. Therefore a typical process of creation looks like this: 1st. Not much time left 2nd Owls are needed 3rd No owls available 4th panic rises 5th awkward moments are happening 6th The badly needed inspiration comes to mind 7th realization of lacking skill follows badly needed inspiration 8th panic rises further 9th Finally! Owls are available! Construction may begin. So – Let’s make a present. The following present was the very first “big” present I made. I want to run you through the process of creation as it was a lot of fun for me to improvise and think of that whole stuff, and I think it would be a shame not to share it. The present was for a colleague who left us. Normally she would have gotten some kind of standard present from our workplace, but she didn’t want to. She had bad experiences regarding standard presents, so my boss was a bit unhappy. She didn’t want to let our colleague leave without anything in her hands. Normally my boss would have done something on her own. She is a good painter - I guess like Bob Ross (just different hair style … and not so many little happy accidents). But she didn’t have got time, so I stepped in. I had Five days left, and of those five days I was away for two days – not much time to come up with something. So when I came home from work first thing I had to do was checking the materials available. My boss wanted the present to be an owl. Well … as I don’t care about owls (only time I do is when they start screaming at night and keep me awake), I didn’t have got any owl miniatures. And then there was the question of what kind of present I wanted to make. I thought of a diorama, went through some stores in my area, didn’t find any helpful inspiration, and after a few hours of searching the Internet, I finally found what I was looking for: an owl mage. And that triggered a thought on the meaning of the present. Our colleague had been forced to make some hard decisions beforehand, which did not only have an impact on her work but also personal life, and my idea was to give her some kind of advisor to lead her through the upcoming time of her life. I figured this idea to be on one hand quite good and on the other hand to be somehow hilarious, so the idea was settled. Next thing I needed was a showcase. Luckily enough I had some miniature tanks which showcases I didn’t need. One of them seemed to fit the figure and leave enough space to create a small scene around it. Hm. I only had an overall idea on the topic by that time, but finally the whole concept rushed into my mind. Why not make a path, where the owl mage has a decision to make? The decision might be easy – go left or go right? Both paths will lead out of the diorama and therefore he cannot see what awaits him. He asks his crystal ball for advice but that doesn’t provide the answer and so the mage has to decide himself which way he wants to take. So I bought the owl mage and went on my two-day-trip. When I came back, the mage had already arrived. Time for me to start. First things first – I had to take the dioramas measurements and to make a plan … Then I did a first test fitting of all the elements I had thought of and made a plan, just to ignore it and continue with a second test, in which the owl mage was put together with a tree which I took from my forest box to create an outline I wouldn’t be able to read later on and started. A main element of the diorama would be the path. Therefore I had to carefully outline how I wanted to create it, especially as the parting of the ways should be clearly visible. After that was done and put away to dry, the next thing to do was the road sign. Checking my materials box, I found some balsa wood and plastic styrene. Using a scalpel, a rough file and some glue, those two elements became one to make a great road sign. Then I had to let it dry. Next thing to do was painting the owl – but that is a different story for the next post …
  10. I have been on a holiday and only now have some time to paint. This is the lovers from dark sword miniatures. I am happy how it looks, the painting could be better but I have not painted for a while so I am happy with it. The base with the flowers works well I think. Enjoy
  11. Camera had a tough time separating color from white in the eyes, but looks fine in person. I was a little sad I put quite a bit of detail into a base nobody will ever see because he takes up the whole thing. oops...framed this one
  12. So I went in on a Kickstarter a while ago (I know, shocking, right?) that Dark Sword did for their Critter Kingdoms line of anthropomorphic figs. I was mostly in it for the bunnies, but it got three cats in with all the other goodness. I was thinking of painting something for my wife, and thought of doing up those cats styled after our cats (I'll need to order a 4th cat fig from Dark Sword at some point). Looked at the figures I had, and the Paladin definitely would have to get painted up as Marty. (I might as well, not continue, everything after cute cat pic will likely be ignored.....ah well). So this is what I was able to come up with. Sorry the pics aren't lit as well as I'd like; I've got a lamp out of commission. Tomorrow is my wife's birthday, so we'll see how she like it then.
  13. Heck yeah! I almost spiked the mini when I saw how nice the pics came out. Been struggling for 4 years now to take a good pic. For a friend, 2 more Dragonkin to go (one Reaper and another Dark Sword) oh and here are some larger pics for my picture sized challenged friends out there....
  14. This was one of my diorama entries at ReaperCon 2016. The idea came to me while watching Once Upon a Time and seeing the "Troll" bridge. This bridge is a toll bridge in Storybrooke that someone renamed Troll Bridge. I was then looking at Dark Sword's Critter Kingdoms Anthropomorphic line and came across the Horned Toad Assassin and thus the Toad Bridge came to be. It was originally going to be a larger piece with a troop of three or four facing off against the toad but it would have taken up most of my carrying case. So it got shrunk down and became just the cat against the Toad. The name also evolved into "Contention of Ownership." "Contention of Ownership" Silver, Diorama, ReaperCon 2016
  15. I basically cheated and copied Jessica Rich's version, but oh well. Sue me.
  16. First painted mini of 2017.
  17. I finally got around to taking show-off photos of my ReaperCon entries. I had quite a few so I will not be posting them all at once. First up is one of my entries in the Painter's category. I had three entries in this category and this was the one chosen for judging. She is the Wood Elf Goddess from Dark Sword. She is the start of a tradition for me to enter the Dark Sword freebie from the ReaperCon swagbag into the contest the following year, she was the one from 2015. I pictured her in the ruins of a building that the forest has reclaimed and I used ruins from Morland Studios that I roughed up a little. I made the tree out of wire and Vallejo's plastic putty and while it is not perfect, it was my first tree. I am still not happy with the foliage but it was the only kind I had and when I realized it, it was too late to get a different color in time. I had issues with the feathers and major issues with the gem on the staff but the green cloth turned out exactly how I wanted. Also I think this is my best skin to date. She got me a Silver medal and I received great feedback from both Rhonda Bender and Jessica Rich. Any feedback from you guys would be greatly appreciated.
  18. Alright, with two months to go until ReaperCon, I need to get cracking on my entries. I currently have two maybe four entries for Painters, one for Open, and two for Diorama. My definite Painters entries are: Reaper 14131: Elsabeth, Necropolis Captain in purples and blues prancing through a graveyard. Dark Sword DSM7442 Wood Elf Gooddess-Avatar Form in green among forest ruins (started in my previous WIP) My maybe Painters entries are: Kabuki's The Hunter in black and red on a simple base Reaper 03730: Jahenna, Female Vampire, back and white study. This is a commission for a friend and I may bring it with me if I finish in time My Open entry is: Hasslefree HFX004 Gen. I will need to link her actual pictures as she is nude. I am going to be converting her into a blue fairy. I have removed her horns and will be adding fairy wings. My Diorama entries are: "The Toad Bridge" which will feature some of Dark Sword Anthropomorphics facing off against each other. "The Hunt" featuring two Mouslings and a spider, but who is the hunter and who is the prey? I have ambitious plans but unlike last year, I am not going to force myself to finish everything. I will work on what I feel like working on and if I get it done, it goes. I won't stress about trying to get everything done as I have a few finished pieces already that I can easily bring. So now onto the pictures. First up is a group shot of all the models except for Gen, followed by a group shot of their bases. I have the bases on my Tablewar tray to make sure everthing fits. I did have to rethink the base for "The Toad Bridge" as the original took up half of the tray.
  19. I'll call this one done as well, though I may touch up a few areas. I love this sculpt. It's so full of life and happiness. I just had to rain on the parade... I added some faint OSL from the spirit on the surroundings. At the last minute I decided to go ahead and use the flower. My WIP is here. Enjoy! C&C always welcome! See y'all at Reapercon!!!
  20. Okie dokie, I have a new idea! See, I love the SL Dark Sword sculpt The Lovers. It's just so sweet. Normally when I look at a sculpt I try to accentuate whatever emotion I imagine the artist trying to evoke and build on that with my paint choice, basing and composition. This one reminds me of a wedding. I get all teary-eyed just thinking about the happiness. Lately though, I'm in the process of killing off my main protagonist in a story I'm writing. Don't hate me. It's necessary to drive the character arcs for my 3 main supporting characters. Plus, I feel like a story always means more when great sacrifice is involved. So I've got this sad ending ticking in the back of my brain. While pacifying my fitbit the other day I was struck by a bolt of figurative lighting! Why not use the above sculpt for a bittersweet story of eternal love. Meaning, I'll paint up the male as a spirit and the woman at the funeral remembering him. Yeah, I know. Depressing. Sigh. But, I betcha no one else has taken this tack, so at the very least it will be unique, the complete opposite of what the artist intended and it'll give me an excuse to play with Hard Colors. Yeah. That's when it hit me. White. Black. Sigh. I took the opportunity to try some experimentation while waiting for the primer to dry. I grabbed a bunch of colors I thought of as potentially working well to depict a spirit, knowing I'd need to use something fairly warm in the woman's palette to offset. I figured the warm white in the last pic wouldn't work, but I'd go ahead and paint up a bones victim in case I needed it another time. So, here's the result of my puttering. It might as well be useful: Now, before I painted them up, I'd have picked the green as being the most spirit-like and spooky. Plus I could go pink fleshy on my lady and get some red-green plus warm-cool contrast (which is usually a win-win.) As it turns out though, I like the blue example best. Hooray for experimentation! I'll add that these are very simple, done in about an hour overall (stupid paint-drying time) and usually with white it needs to be a bit more complex to look right. Remember that white is essentially a color of pure reflection. it's only highlights and shadows come from its surroundings. That's why I painted myself a bit of intense color around each of the "white" cloaks- it gives my a "reflection" to paint into the cloak. Normally, reflections are more complex, so it wouldn't be so one-note or flat. I'd use other colors in the mini or the base to add some depth. Then I chose my other colors: I took a pic because lately I'm leaving a lot of time in between painting sessions, so I'll forget otherwise. hah! So, base coating, just to make sure I like it: And painting! I forget sometimes to take in progress. Took about 3 hours or so. I wanted to tear the opposite head of the one I was working on at least twice to get to a corner. Sigh. worked less on the back, but here it is: Here's a closeup: the hair is coming along nicely! I'll try to get back to it soon! I'll be making a little vignette using the bones sarcophagus and some walls with fancy gothic-type windows. the floor will be a simple mosaic and I want to put some swirlies coming from the sarcophagus to the man. I'll try to figure out how much blue OSL to put on the walls and on the woman without it being too forceful and overwhelming her colors.