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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. Angelica is finally finished. I went back to my WIP thread, and I realized I started her over a year ago. She has been sitting on my desk waiting to be based for a while now. I decided to go with a relatively simple base. I really enjoyed painter her up.. I hope you enjoy seeing her finished up. I certainly do. Thanks for looking and any C&C you feel to give.
  3. Cleanliness is next to Dragon Godliness This ancient blue dragon sculpt from Tom Meier from way back at the beginnings of Ral Partha got cleaned up and is ready for a new life on my shelf. I rebuilt him onto a 2 inch square of Sculpey I did a test stamp on a while back. I removed the mold lines and such but have yet to Green Stuff the wing join. I also applied a bark parquet flooring of sorts. I sanded it down to get it sort of level and fill in some of the gaps with left over Green Stuff from gap filling and likely some Green Putty. I'll cover the somewhat awkward spacing around his integral base with some small amount of treasure coins, gems, etc. But so far, I like the flooring even if it isn't even and level. Makes it that much cooler looking I think. Enjoy and Stay Tuned!
  4. Nan is completed. Thanks for everyone's input from the WIP I did. This is something much much different that I usually would do. I went out on a limb, and am very happy with the results. This is experimenting out on the ledge for me. I actually had no idea what I was getting into! ROFL. The sculpt (being a Meier) is exemplary, and astonishing. I wanted earth tones in this mini, and I was keeping her grounded in many ways. I was trying to amp the emotions that were displayed, and get that in focus. No hero with bow, shield, sword, or mace; just an old lady with her convictions, and keeping in focus what it all comes down to. I did utilize the autumn leaves, fresh snow, and a piece of manipulated bark as the stone to tell a story. I really like what this says to me. Here is "Old Nan" as I see her. Your comments and critiques are most sought for, and respected. Jay
  5. So here are four I just finished yesterday and got photographed this morning. I tried to get them photographed yesterday afternoon, but it was way too cloudy to get any good light. Anyhow, here are four figures, a Lord of the Household, Max Mentalus the wizard, Frea Koolblade, and a Larry Elmore chick from one of Partha's Elmore boxes. Have a look and I hope you enjoy. I keep seeing little things that bother me in each one, but oh well, as a buddy of mine tells me, you're never satisfied with your own work when it's done.
  6. Hey Gang, I'm messing around with Old Nan, sculpted by Tom Meier. I tend to experiment the heck out of his sculpts. This one is no exception. I am staying in the darker more subdued browns/greens as I go about this figure. It has been primed, brown lined, I've used black walnut over the brown shadows. Darker blues where the figure is blueish, and the shine on the apron is black walnut, a touch of Orange, yellow, and Bronze. I kind of really like that look. She has eyes, and face and hands. Need to start looking at highlights, and refinement. Keeping in mind how small this one is, (not much bigger than a quarter) any suggestions/Comments ? I've put two days of painting on her. Jay
  7. Prepping...prepping...prepping...
  8. This has taken a lot longer than I anticipated! First of all, It's a MAGNIFICENT piece of work by Tom Meier. It is 30mm (small). Like any Meier sculpts I do, I provide myself with an extra challenge. I am going to have to either dig down deep, or reach to the stars to paint it where I am happy, so I go all out. This one is no exception. I was really keeping myself to control, color wheel mixing, and having a vision besides the show off work at DSM. I wanted something different. I went with a bit of simplicity, and I placed him on a rocky terrain (another challenge to myself). The satisfaction of painting this was quite a rush ! Your comments, and critiques are great appreciated and I look forward to your feedback. Jay. Here is Meier's Elf Warrior w/Sword.
  9. I saw this Mini and it was a gift from my son. I saw the way it had to be constructed, and that the sword was very bent in shipping; it was a Tom sculpt.. Deal with it was all that went through my mind. Mieer sculpts are teaching sources for me, so I set out to learn from this one. Don't think I had one kick my Elf so bad in a long time..ROFL. It took four tries to pin it, and the small size made it more challenging. I ADORED working and learning on this one. I had to baby it in some ways, and some how it caused me to work with more simplistic colors, pay more attention to detail, and work my color wheel (or colour for our friends above in Canada, and across the pond). So here is Hans the Loner. As usual, C&C are always solicited and desired. Let me know what you think ! Jay Here are some photos:
  10. This has been an extremely delightful miniature to paint. I created a WIP (link below) since I decided to break with my standard way of doing things. I made mistakes along the way, and learned from them. I simplified this miniature in line with the sculpting that Tom did. I went for the "feel" of the actions, and didn't try to "pretty it up". I like the power this mini protrudes. So here is The Ancient Wizard. I've included a photo with a quarter to give an idea about scale. As usual, comments and critiques are valued. Here is the Link to the WIP if you are interested in seeing what I have done here. Jay http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/70602-ancient-wizard-wip-dsm7316/
  11. I'm finally abandoning this project!!!! This is Tom Meier's version of Tony DiTerlizzi's painting "Portrait of a Young Tiefling" It's Dark Sword's first foray into busts as far as I know, and it was a joy to paint. Although the sculpt with the base is very vertical, making the overall basing challenging. I ended up just pinning it to as flat a wood base as I could find to keep it from becoming too tall. I have my WIP here if it helps, with the step by steps and all the color info. I'm always happy to answer questions. C&C always welcome! Enjoy!! here's the painting: And the bust: A few closeups: I experimented with a full front lighting, so there is much less contrast on the backside which I'm not happy with. In a perfect world with infinite time, I'll fix it...
  12. My Iron wind speed paint. He was just a little guy but I liked him. However I was disappointed when I accidentally over washed him in black and it darkened his purple and red scales too much so that you couldn't really tell the colors. Normally I don't add any more paint a mini that's done, but I felt I needed to add some more purple when I got home to bring him closer to my original "vision".The "Before's" The "After's" I may base him up some day if needed but for now this is what he is.
  13. The Temperature here has been in the Ninety's since I finished painting The Hawkman. I didn't think I finish this next one today. Too hot to go outside, so had extra time to devote to it. Firstly, this is 25MM (that is the size of a U.S. Quarter). The shield is about 1/4 inch in size. I usually keep the basing simple on the Arthurian's since I intend to base them all together into two Dioramas when they are done. When I learn something new, I go back to my beloved Tom Meier sculpts and repeat what I have learned on a much smaller scale. I adore Tom's work, and I will always come back to them to learn to control the new technique. I have added a few adjusted photos, to incorporate some requested modifications by UB3R, and robinh. Think they were RIGHT ON with their suggestions. I have done the mounted version of him already, you can find it by clicking the Jasonator tab above. Your Comments/Critiques are earnestly sought after. Please leave me a comment if you like what I have done. Here is the Dismounted King Pelenore.
  14. So here are my last in a series of umpteen dwarves. This last set I think I got a little lazy with as I gave them more or less the same colors of capes, but it's kind of a blue and red color scheme I've been trying to hold on to any way. Anyway, hope you enjoy them!
  15. So as I chug right along, painting these Partha dwarves, my latest two, Elite Armored Dwarf Guards from Personalities and Things that Go Bump in the Night that were also incorporated into the Chaos Wars Kickstarter campaign for Ral Partha. So with this set of two, I actually have a goodly number (I think three) of blue dwarven shields with big empty spaces on them waiting for some art, but not sure when or if I'd ever get around to providing something on them. If I was just working on an individual figures, it probably would be a little easier, but if I put something on them, I might even want them to match. Oh well, something to consider for the probably far-flung future. I must say that with the NMM I've been trying to do, not always happy, but doing it again and again and again is certainly a good way to practice. And ultimately, when figures like these are mostly armor, it ends up being the main part of the figure and really being one color element kind of makes them a little simple. Anyhows, hopefully you enjoy!
  16. He is from the Thunderbolt Mountain set #8046, Wood Elf Huntsman w/ Dogs. Like all Thunderbolt Mountain figures they are sculpted by Tom Meier, the legendary talent behind Ral Partha. The set includes two dogs; I painted four of them up here. The wood elf huntsman comes with empty hands and a bow, a sword, and a beautiful curling hunting horn. This is the first time I have glued things into hands and it took a lot of fiddling. The site claims these are 30mm but I don't think they are even 28mm. They are very delicate compared to Reaper elves and their faces (and eyes!) are impossibly tiny, albeit beautiful. I painted him quite dark because I've done enough pale elves for the moment. For now he is primed with white and washed with Burnt Umber. I nearly finished his base because I painted it at the same time as the hounds. His face includes complex blends of Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Red Oxide, and Titanium White. His eyes and brows are pure Carbon Black.
  17. This is another piece of Old School lead from the Box O' Goodwill, Ral Partha's"Elf Thief", 01-319B, circa. 1986. It was sculpted by Tom Meier. For a time Ral Partha had sets of adventurers at three stages in their career: Starting out, mid-level, and high-level. This is the middle figure of the male elf thief set (01-319). Original WIP here. The elf was finished in a speedpaint over the Memorial Day Weekend paint binge.
  18. So here are my latest three figures, from the old 3-Stage Player Character line and ones that were also included in the dwarven forces for Ral Partha's latest Kickstarter. I thought of doing them as the same character progressively in his career, but didn't quite end up that way, even though I thought I gave the most experienced of the three in the plate mail a bushy white beard! Anyhoos, enjoy! Long live old school!
  19. So with only a few hours to go in the Ral Partha Chaos War Kickstarter, here are the last few dwarves I was able to finish before it comes to an end. I still have a few (eight or so) pending to paint, but I'll get to those as soon as I can. I tried keeping somewhat with the original blue and red theme I was tasked with, and I realize I should have probably put a design on that big blue shield, but just ran out of time. I also wonder if I should have given that guy some eybrows. Believe it or not, that figure has eyes, you just can't see them at that angle. Anyhow, hope you enjoy and if you ever thought you wanted some of these the Kickstarter is still open for about two hours..
  20. Hi there all, so with the Ral Partha Chaos Wars Kickstarter in high gear, ten more days left, I've been painting some more of their figures, and I just finished this Greater troglodyte. I really like these figures as they seem so lizardlike in their poses, much more than a person with a lizard head and tail. Working on a few more with the same color scheme, but this is the first one I got done as he didn't have any armor, just his naked trog body and a sword. I also like their size scaled against other Partha figures. If I saw a troop of these rushing down upon me, I'd probably start running the other way. Hope you enjoy!
  21. Hi guys, Here's another one of the Ral Partha dwarves currently on their Chaos Wars Kickstarter. I think he's referred to as a standard bearer, but with the skull and such, along with just kind of his demeanor I've always thought of him more as a Dwarven Cleric or something similar.
  22. Hi all, so two more of those grand old Ral Partha dwarves, just finished that up last night. This time I've got a hornblower and a drummer getting geared up and going either to war or a concert, not sure which. Anyhow, their Kickstarter is going on right now, so feel free to show some love for some great, classic figures!
  23. Hi again, still working on more Ral Partha dwarves, and here are my last two additions, two dwarves with axes, but one kind of a barbarian feel, decked out in furs and a bit of scale mail, and the other one more of a rank and file dwarf, kind of skinny and in a coat of chainmail. I'm enjoying painting these dwarves actually, as it keeps torturing me with different armors and keeps me working on the NMM. The barbarian dwarf was kind of interesting in that I could get the white of his eyes on the left eye in, but couldn't reach it for a pupil, as he's got these big, shaggy eyebrows. Made it a bit challenging, but I don't think it's very noticeable, especially at these angles and the other eye was very easy to do and reach.
  24. So here are two more dwarves from Ral Partha's old Fantasy Collectors Series that will eventually be in the next Ral Partha Kickstarter, hopefully coming out sometime this month. A crossbowman and a spearman, nice little figures. Like the last ones I did, they are really pretty small. The square bases they find themselves upon are 20 mm bases.
  25. Hi again everybody! So my last little chunk of miniatures, another quartet, is a group of miniatures that will be re-released under the Chaos Wars Kickstarter guise in the near future at Ral Partha. Their next Kickstarter will highlight dwarves and undead, as well as a nice assortment of new and old figures, one of which is a new 25 mm scale Vampire Queen from Julie Guthrie which is just beautiful. So anyhoos, here they are! I added three different views of the dwarf with the mattock/pick and shield because he's kind of interesting from all angles with his pose. The other three are pretty straight forward. I should also mention that I took these photos with my new iPhone 6S, which really did end up turning out a lot better than my little Canon.