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  1. Here's something I have been meaning to do for a while, since apparently I have had Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain pack of three giant wolves (Thunderbolt Mountain #8560) and RAFM's three dire wolves so long I can't even remember when I got them or how on earth I got an RAFM product I can't seem to find mention of on the internet. I also nabbed a set of Reaper's #02830 Wolf Pack, which contains three smaller wolves, still impressively sized next to humans. Here they are, cleaned and glued to bases (all nine wolves were more prone to tipping over sideways than I like). Reaper, on one-inch fender washers: Thunderbolt Mountain, on 1.25-inch fender washers: RAFM, on 1.25-inch fender washers: And here they are together for a size comparison, from left to right: A Reaper wolf from the set, the Bones wolf from the Familiar Set #77176, Reaper's Willow Greenivy #03682, a Tom Meier giant wolf and an RAFM dire wolf. I would say the Reaper wolves are the most classically wolf-shaped. They are a bit large for wolves (see the picture above for scale). They are realistic and look well posed for various purposes. The two larger sets of wolves are almost the size of small ponies and look like they are begging for goblin riders. The Thunderbolt Mountain giant wolves have the elegant long, thin legs Tom Meier gives a lot of his creatures (I have also seen some astonishingly elegant wolfhounds and impossibly graceful insect-like horses from his hand). Here they look maybe almost a little too long and thin, but they are certainly beautifully sculpted, as are the ranks of fur sliding along the animals' forms. Their poses are realistic and expressive. The RAFM dire wolves, as large as the Thunderbolt Mountain ones, are a lot more cartoony. Their faces are kind of pushed-in and piggy and their anatomy doesn't make as much sense. They move oddly, although melodramatically. They definitely have a mood of menace to them. Something was a little off with the casting of the Thunderbolt Mountain wolves. Two of them had little pits along their spines, as though there were just not quite enough pewter in the mold or something. I filled them in with epoxy and tried to smooth it out to match the surface. At the moment the figures are glued but not yet primed. When I paint these, I am thinking of painting them mostly as realistic grey wolves, white arctic wolves, and perhaps some black wolves.
  2. This mini was in with a collection that a childhood friend gave me. My original idea was to put him in a field of tall grass, dark and moonlit. After three attempts to make a grassy field, I gave up. The right arm broke off with all the messing around so I had to pin it back on. I ended up just attempting a snowy field with some grass sticking up out of the snow. It's definitely not my finest work. But, it has been occupying space on my painting table for too long. So, I'm calling it done. Advice on how I could have achieved either the grass or snow effects better are gratefully appreciated.
  3. Hi all, I'd like this guy to be on a grassy hill, but I want it to appear to be night time, so I don't want to use bright green grass. How do I achieve this?
  4. Here is a group of speed painted bones skeletons I painted back in February. I spent maybe 4 hours total on all of them. I am still planning on adding some plant materials to the base. Skeletal Spearmen (77001) Skeletal Archers (77017) Skeletal Swordsmen (77018) All the bones skeletons I have painted so far: And all the skeletons I have ever painted, because I love me some group shots. The ones in front (and back) was painted over 20 years ago, before I started basing. Miniatures from Grenadier, Ral Partha, Rafm and of course Reaper.
  5. This is one of a pot-luck batch of modern adventurer women figures I got from RAFM, a real mixed bag. Some of them are terrific, some ... kind of goofy. This one seems to fall a bit closer to the goofy end. She is in a pose my martial arts friend called "Kill Me Now", and her face is rather unfortunately flattened front-to-back. I figured I'd paint her up quickly tabletop style for use as a mook or opponent. I did get a little bored painting her just plain, though, so I gave her Goth-Egyptian makeup.
  6. So while in the google hangout thing we've been trying, I've been busy. I thought it might be an excellent opportunity to burn through some of my RAFM that have been lurking about for years, so here's what I did this week. Some of these will be hilariously infamous to people who have been listening in while I worked. I started with 3926 Female Druid: Then on to the troll butts, consisting of 3722 Troll Chieftan: And then 3723 Troll Warrior: Then I did 3910 Female Cleric: 3733 Lich Summoning Demon: Then the infamous egyptian pope lich... uh... box thing. (aka 3743 Lich Priest): Then 3610 Hill Cyclops: Then 3909 Male Cleric: And finished off today with my personal favourite... 3737 Lich Magician with Skeletal Rabbit:
  7. This is another of the Old School cluster I started in March and finished on the Memorial Day Weekend Paint Binge. She's the RAFM Ranger (Female) 3903, a classic figure from the early '90s which is still being sold. For the early '90s she's pretty big. She fits in well with modern 28mm figures and towers over the little Partha ladies I painted her with. She's a little cartoony but she has some nice details, including a bird of prey on her right wrist and a feather in her hair I painted up like a bluejay's. I tried to paint reflections on her sword and armor. Original WIP is here.
  8. This is an old RAFM dwarf warrior released in 1989 if I remember correctly. He was released for the 'Death in the Dark' miniature skirmish game that RAFM produced way back in the day. I never played the game, but I do have a few of the miniatures in my hoard. This is one of them. He's a little short by today's standards, so I decided to give him a little 'step up'. C and C is very welcome. ETA---and I can see the mistakes, now that they have blown up a gajillion percent.
  9. This is an old drow elf made by RAFM that I've had mostly done on my shelf for way too long. All I needed to finish was his boots and base; I have no idea why I didn't finish him up before. Anyway, he's done now. Most of the paint is from a couple years ago...
  10. As has been a theme this year, the minis I manage to paint will all count towards the resolutionary challenge. As per the resolutionary painting challenge guidelines, I will post them here, and link in my post in the challenge thread. This month I am doing some horribly horrid horrors. Once upon a time I bought some monster miniatures in metal for Call of Cthulhu, made by RAFM. For some reason or other, I only ever got around to building and painting two or three of them. Well, I think I know why. They are in really hard metal, have horrible mould lines, and to top it off, the parts do not fit very well. To get them all well and proper, power tools and prodigous amounts of filling (and filing!) are required. Basically a real pain to prepare for painting. Needless to say, I recently rediscovered them in the ancient box of wonders under the stairs. Here is the Shoggoth: "It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train - a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter." from H.P.Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness. 1936 I put it on a 5x10 cm wooden oval base by Warbases Those oval bases have proven to be quite the problem solver for several oddly shaped minis I have been wondering how to base. Those mould lines were so hard I would have had to put it to a grinder to get them off. And that would have ruined the surface details more than some lines do.
  11. since it is now officially delivered and received I can now put up my pictures of my summer exchange mini! For whatever reason, between reapercon and life in general, it took forever to figure out what I wanted to do with this one. and I honestly came upon it by accident. We have two monks one by RAFM and one by Reaper. the reaper piece had a sword or knife but it was broken off when I found the piece I wanted so I sculpted an open hand instead and went to town. I am still trying to master the tattoo so the bald guys head got a dragon around the ear for practice. The base is Cocobolo wood with basswood strips for the dojo they are fighting in. Comments and critique are always welcome Enjoy!
  12. I spotted this set and got it originally for the woman in the slinky circa. 1930 gown, not yet realizing that it had two other great figures as well. RAFM sells three-packs of adventurers for "Call of Cthulhu" showing a progression: first the person in his or her civilian life, then out on the hunt for otherworldly horrors, then gone mad with the horror. They are kind of mixed in quality, but have a certain charm. I did not paint these as a progression of one character, but as three separate women: A society dame, a sporty modern young woman from the Indian Raj, and a madwoman out on the moors -- or tidal flats of New England, anyway. There are lots of fun details with these three. I tried to paint the madwoman's slip as transparent. It's eau-de-nil, an extremely fashionable color in the 1920s. Her feet and arms are supposed to look a little grubby. I added gloves to the society lady since no lady would be out barehanded at the time (her furs really should be a wrap around the back, not be two separate pieces; I think the artist did not have a visual reference for her back). And the sportswoman's boot is resting on a block carved with the most wonderful tentacled thing, although I did not paint it as clearly as I would like. The bases of the society woman and the madwoman were a little small for stability, so I glued them to pennies. I didn't do anything fancy with the society woman's base, but I added painted foliage and rocks to the madwoman's. The madwoman's base can be seen from above in this post: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/49565-i-hate-to-base-so-i-painted-them-instead/
  13. Whenever I take pictures of my new paint jobs I try to get some snapshots of my older minis too. So here is Rafm 3721 Ice Dragon Yearling, painted in 1994. We didn't like the gaping holes in the wings, so we filled those with putty. You can see the not so great patch job in the photos. And here is Grenadier 9904 Skeletal Dragon sculpted by Julie Guthrie, painted around 1994. It had suffered some damage, so I recently glued it together and patched up the paint job.
  14. The painting may not be awesome, but the photos turned out so cool I just had to share them. I started the set about a year ago. I painted the brain case first....because it was easy. So this weekend I finally picked up the mi-go themselves. I took a long time deciding what colors I wanted to do on the Mi-go. They ended up a little more parti-colored than I had intended. Perhaps if I had kept the blue tones darker. The gloss clear coat works well I think, and I loved the green tone (wash) I used on the heads. The shadows make the pictures a little creepy.
  15. A friend asked me to paint some more of his Call of Cthulhu figures. I obliged by picking out one of his three-part RAFM figures: Parapsychologist. It shows a character in three stages of sanity. For this figure I wanted to use purple. I guess I was thinking Miss Marple. The cat I was initially going to do black, but went for an orange tabby just to challenge myself. To enhance the different stages of dementia, I went with different sized and shaped bases and went from verdant to progressively bleaker landscapes. Let me know what you think! Argh! I see now in the close-ups that I misplaced the eyes in the madness version!
  16. I found these guys via the daily overstock markdown via a certain online retailer. Absolutely loved the looks of them. Was not disappointed. They're really simple and I think it's fair to say not as highly detailed as a lot of stuff, but they totally feed my ongoing dwarf addiction. As best I can tell, they're from RAFM, a line called "Death in the Dark" per the Lost Minis wiki. I regrettably do not know the sculptor--I'd like to, so if you know let's hear. ETA: sculpted by Bob Murch. Many thanks to Darsc for that info. Thanks for looking!
  17. Just my WIP photos from start to finish! I have a bit of an unorthodox technique thus far and I'm still experimenting. :P Critiques are welcome, as always! Vanja Crossbow Dwarf (Rescued) Beastman of Chaos (Rescued) Nagendra Stalker
  18. Hi all. This is my not entry into the Halloween contest which is a RAFM scarecrow. I decided that I wanted to make the pumpkin head really look like it's glowing so I used a strong contrasting color to yellow (the highlights of the pumpkin), purple, and then desaturated to make the scene appear at night. This makes the head seam much more intense. Sadly I had painted up the pumpkin on the base before deciding this route so I did bring them down some but not enough, and I didn't want to repaint them so I tried to bring them down which doesn't quite come off in the photo but it works on the mini itself. C&C always welcome.
  19. I was reading an article Bogleech wrote about dragons and their medieval depictions. Basically, he was bemoaning the relative uniformity of dragons. They're usually portrayed in games as big, majestic. Often quite intelligent, magical. Powerful and graceful. Almost not a monster, in other words. But the old pictures done in the MIddle Ages portrayed dragons as hateful, almost pathetic creatures. Dangerous, certainly. Wicked, yes. But also wrong in a way that modern dragons never are. He wanted to know why there wasn't room for both the modern, majestic dragons and the old, truly monstrous dragons. A day or two afterwards, I received a package from eBay. It contained a bunch of old minis. I hadn't looked too closely. It was a good price for a lot of minis. I opened it up, and went through the lot, and I found some real treasures, including this guy. There's a lot of things you can call this dragon, but majestic isn't one of them. If goblins were dragons, this is what they would look like. Painted primarily with Reaper's Christmas Wreath paint. I hope they bring that back next year. It's such an excellent color. Underside of the wings was done with a mix of vallejo livery green, reaper sun yellow, and reaper tanned skin. I went with the blue facial markings to help break up the green. They started with breonne blue and went up to sky blue. I tried to fix the mold line here, but it was just too difficult to get to without damaging the belly scales. Belly scale and back of the wing color was done with a mix of sun yellow, Christmas wreath, and oiled leather. Highlighted with the color from the bottom of the wings. Claws, horns, and other such bits were colored with GW Ushbati Bone, highlighted with some pure white mixed into the bone. Basing was probably the weakest part. I just heaped up the elmer's and foundation dirt flock, and then added some summer undergrowth from GF9 and Army Painter. The Army Painter stuff just kind of looked like bits of broccoli, and it had a really weird, chemical smell. I actually had to move the bin away because I started to feel a bit sick. Dunno what's up with that. I lack Sir Forscale, so here's Sam Ayers for a size comparison.
  20. One completed shadow demon. Parts come from three manufacturers and four different sculptors. Link to WIP thread
  21. My latest experiment; combining parts from Reaper, Wyrd, and RAFM. Part of my effort to represent the old Fiend Folio in miniature.
  22. Since I had so much fun with the last one, I thought I'd go for a second. Only this time leave it up for a week so more people can get in on it and tell me what to do. Er, paint. *channels cylon* By. Your. Command. Anywhat, here's what we've got in the ring. 1. Representing Reaper Miniatures, weighing in with three skeletons and a hot chick, give it up for: 03100, Thanis, Bonecaller! *crowd cheers* *camera flashes strobe* 2. And from RAFM miniatures, for your entertainment with his whacky bag of tricks and prestidigitation, it's 3737, Lich Magician with Skeletal Rabbit! *hand goes up in audience* "Um, excuse me, is that rabbit really dead?" No, sir. It is undead! 3. And from Ral Partha, the woman who wrote the book on dragons, 03-092: Ellana, Dragonmistress. Smaug: "Boo! Hiss! You suck! Bring back my cookware!" 4. And last but not least, straight from the infinite layers of the Abyss, it's a trio from Ral Partha TSR 11-651: Dretch! *Three Stooges Sounds* Who will be crowned Miss Macross . . . uh, I mean who will be painted? You, the Reaperinos, will decide!