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  1. I'm working on this model at the moment: I'm looking ahead towards the base for the tree portion. I want the tree to be erupting from wet, chunky, sloppy mud. Something like this this stock photo, minus the two guys. Just mud. Any suggestions on materials for making that? Plaster? Red oxide paste? Something else?
  2. http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2017/07/mv-challenge-2017.html?m=1 Peace and blessings, brothers and sisters. The crew at Massive Voodoo have let loose their call for their 2017 Challenge. The crew at Massive Voodoo set out challenges to their viewers in order to push our abilities past our comfort zone. This year they have two (2) Challenges for us! 1. Create a base using water effects. 2. Paint a Disney Infinity character. There are limitations in this challenge - like on the basing Challenge: the goal is to create a base with a water effect, not to focus on a figure. They said we can use a small animal to accent the base, and Reaper has some awesome Familiars we can use. Also, Infinity Challenge is one figure, not multiple, which allows us to focus doing our best on one figure. Full details can be found by clicking on the link. I heard that little voice too: "I cannot win this! Why should I even try?" Well shut the front door little-voice-in-my-head! I know I have much to learn and improve in my own Art, which is why this is a Challenge. We cannot lose: we win just by pushing past our comfort zone and learning more about our beloved hobby. :D I said it before and I will keep repeating it: I believe in you. I see the awesome work you all do, and you believe in me too. That love helps me believe in myself and makes me want to work harder to push past my own limits. Plus we get to paint a character from the Disney franchise - which includes Marvel and Star Wars! I didn't even consider painting these as well as playing with them! ( Don't judge too harshly. Elsa kicks butt.) For a full list of characters available, check 'em out here: http://www.portalcharacters.com/disney-infinity/figures.asp You can find them individually and inexpensively on eBay. Now, if you will excuse me: I have some Reaper Familiars to peruse. :D May your efforts be rewarded and blessed!
  3. My brother was cutting up cedar limbs to use for a project for his wife. I figured I might as well grab a few just in case I might could turn them into bases or platforms for miniatures. I have several sizes and several heights, but when I started looking I was not finding much on integrating something like this into a base. Lots of things for already prepared woods, but not many ideas on fresher wood. Now, most of these limbs were dropped from trees, so, not exactly full of sap: I am thinking I would need sealer but wasn't sure how that would interact when trying to get a miniature to adhere, or should I strictly use the taller ones as a plinth of some kind that the completed miniature sits on? Thoughts? Ideas? Practical experience? Also need to find the best way to handle the bark (leave it, clear it, etc.).
  4. Here's my attempt at Narthrax in a Smaug inspired color-scheme. She's defending her kill which is hidden at the back of the base. The base is a 10cm MDF board with some 3D printed rocks attached to create a cross-section effect on the edge of the base. I coated the 3D printed parts in plaster filler to add texture and used some cork, gravel and sand to finish the base. The horse parts are removable to make a less scary version. They're made from some old citadel horse and skeletal horse models. The horse head has a small metal pin on the side that inserts into a hole in Narthrax's hand. The ponies in the last shot are from Impact Miniatures Chibi Pony set.
  5. It took a bit to get here, but I finally got the latest tutorial out. This video shows how I go about making swamp bases. Let me know what you think.
  6. I've got a couple of pewter minis I want to rebase, and the clippers I've been using in the past are probably not going to do the trick. One has a a long sweeping dress that covers almost the full base she's on, and the other has great big gallumphing feet that kind of sink into the terrain. So I've been thinking of trying a jewellery saw. Any recommendations? I'm not sure what to look for in one of those, but I hear the blades vary in quality quite a bit.
  7. Quick (hopefully) question on using cork as a basing material. I'm currently working on making a few rock bases using cork for my rock. The question I have is that on one of the bases, I noticed that I had a particularly large amount of overhang with the cork (i.e. the cork cuts in quite bit as it goes from high to low, leaving a nice gap between the top of the cork to the base). So that said, how sturdy is the cork? Will it still support the mini? One side of the mini will be plenty supported and the mini itself is plastic, so shouldn't be too heavy, but of course I am hoping to avoid having the base fall apart in the near future. On a related note, is there anything you can do to reinforce the cork? (and yes, unfortunately I have already superglued it to the base). There's room to get some green stuff in there, but that will also likely break the "look" of the rock if you know what mean. Anyway, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
  8. This is the wise and brave street urchin, Parilli, the Shining Company's ertwhile guide in the city of Tephu in the Pathfinder Mummy's Mask Adventure Path. This is my second Bones mini, and I'm a convert. Speaking of conversion, Bones make weapon swaps and mods super easy. I removed his blade and drilled a hole through his hand, cut the studs off his armor, filed his fuzzy feet smooth, and based him with green stuff and sand. After sealing him, I added an actual twig as a camel stick/wooden sword he uses to emulate his hero, Zekir Safakin, the Sword of the Dawn, paladin of Sarenrae. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the sculpt and the limited palette, and had a good time with the stripes. His WIP is here. Please share any comments and/or constructive criticism.
  9. WARNING! HERE THERE BE SECRET SOPHIE SPOILERS! YE HAVE BEEN WARNED!! Please excuse the crappy phone pictures. It was all I had at the time. I now have access to my mother's camera (my digital is broken) but there are delays getting pictures from it to the computer. Note: Some of the images are sideways, but if you right click and open in a new tab, they show correctly. Don't know why this is happening... So here it is, the WIP of my Secret Sophie. It is taking me a while, but that's because I'm putting a lot of work into it. There are a lot of pictures included as I've been taking them along the way, so you can see the progress. The first thing I did when I received the information on my partner was look up their profile and started looking over their own work and some of their comments. I needed 1) An idea of what kind of mini to do, since they weren't super-clear and 2) What kind of color scheme they'd like. One color seemed to jump out from many of their comments, and that color is what inspired my color scheme. So blame my partner. But before I had a color scheme, I had to peruse the Reaper catalog for what mini to paint. A few jumped out at me, and some of them were purchased and will be included in the final box (so they can paint them up), but I finally had a mini that struck me with a very clear image in my head: Along with this mini I wanted a tree. Not just any tree, I needed a tree that was spooky and hanging with Spanish moss, so off to the interwebz! So I had my pictures. But... now what? Well, I decided I wanted the tree up high and the figure lower and a stream of water in between. I had my layout. Toss in some old gravestones, and I was set. Off to my Reaper Order! But... tree. Where was I going to get a tree? Then I remembered recently reading a post by Corporea about tree sculpting. So off to ask questions via PM. First attempt: Too small. So... before I even put greenstuff on it, I made a new armature. Better! So off I went. While I was busy sculpting the tree, I was also painting the mini... Then I started looking at all my paints. I finally settled on these: So I needed to do my base colors... With the initial blocking in done, it's down to blending... Then I started freaking out that my colors weren't contrasty enough. That's when I did the black and white image shown before of the colors. Satisfied there was enough contrast, I moved on. Here is where I am currently: Still not done, but hope to provide regular updates here as I move along. Comments and suggestions on this are greatly appreciated as so far this is my best work. I have a lot of cork I'll be using to build up the base, along with all sorts of basing supplies I've been collecting and water effects for the stream. I was going to mount it on a tile, but have been reconsidering as of late onto a plinth. Here's what I've had: Hope you enjoy the ride with me the rest of the way! Note: Going to try and fix the sideways picture issue... don't know why that's happening...
  10. This is the place for any questions, chatter, and pictures regarding the Basing Box of Goodwill. Arrival/departure thread is now up: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67606-box-of-goodwill-basing-edition-arrivaldeparture-thread-no-chatter/ Here are the groups; if I missed anyone or screwed something else up let me know. SGHawkins09 Evilhalfling Morihalda Marineal Aryanun Guindyloo tiniest rhombus Hibou Keianna Dilvish the Deliverer Knarthex Chaoswolf NomadZeke Flamehawke Von Krieger OneBoot redambrosia jcg pcktlnt SGHawkins09 Keianna Inarah Hungerfan MissMelons Guildenstern Bonwirn Generic Fighter Wyvernfire Aard_Rinn Mad Jack Dilvish the Deliverer
  11. For my latest group of models I wanted to paint some monsters- preferably with tentacles. I thought this "roper" would be easy enough but I decided to spice it up a little on the base. The 'shrooms are just little acorns The kids helped me collect last fall (painted the rounder ones as pumpkins). I really don't know if I put the tentacles in the right spots but I like how dynamic they make this model look.
  12. As I tend to do, I had a side basing project today for our Paint Day here in the Finger Lakes of New York. So I present the ... Mountain Base w/ Marble Boulder. The pieces are obviously, Bark (from Home Depot Mosser Lee garden bag), Marble stone (from Lowes, loose in the parking lot), Play Sand, and Super Glue. All of that is mounted on a 3.75-inch Square Trivet from the dollar store. The bark and sand has Reaper Brush-on Sealer on it to allow a good surface for painting. Once the sealer dry, I primed it with Reaper Grey Primer and then washed it with Reaper Coal Black. From there, I coated the sand that I could see with the Reaper Sparkling Snow. Finally, I started working on my finished rock colors. I went with Reaper Redstone Shadow, Reaper Turkey Brown, and Reaper Tanned Shadow as a highlight color. Amusingly, this brought it back towards the original bark colors. If you hadn't guessed it, I am leaving the marble piece alone for the moment. I do expect to coat it with DullCote later which should dull the sheen making the boulder fit in with the scale a bit more. Enjoy and Stay Tuned!
  13. A friend of mine recently received a bunch of resin minis he'd ordered from Brother Vinni (of Russia) last year. He sent the bulk of them off to someone else to be professionally painted, but he had a few left over that he was willing to let me give a go at. The intent was to paint these up as Fallout miniatures, as (great minds think alike!) my friend has been interested in running a Fallout-themed game. (I think originally he was going to do something at GenCon or some other big game convention like that, but the minis ended up getting here a year late.) A large part of my work consisted of just trying to assemble the things. They're resin figures, highly detailed, without the disfiguring bubbles that have characterized certain expensive resin figures I've dealt with in the past. The resin is slightly flexible but delicate, prone to a lot of flash (very filmy), and there are lots of parts. The "Mr. Gutsy" robot knock-off was the worst, at 9 parts (3 delicate arms, 3 delicate eye-stalks, main body, lower body, and flight rod), so I've set that aside to work on much later, once I've tackled the bulk of the figures and can feel as if I've made some sort of progress. The female figures are challenging, as the limbs are very thin, granting very little surface area for pinning their arms to the body (and OF COURSE the arms had to be separate pieces). These troopers (scafrifle & scafgatling) from Brother Vinni's "Nuclear Sandlot" line look blatantly like the Brotherhood of Steel in the Fallout series of games. For "scafrifle," parts consist of main body, 2 arms, 2 shoulder pads, and head. The weapon is a pretty clear attempt to represent the laser rifle from Fallout. One was missing a shoulder pad (far left), so I faked one with putty, but I couldn't quite manage to duplicate the "tab" with the hole through it ... so I guess this fellow had some "battle damage." Minor pose variants are possible since the head and arms are separate pieces, so one could get several of these guys to form the bulk of a Brotherhood of Steel force. I ended up adding some small bits of wire (not shown) to the top of the laser rifle for the final version in order to make it look just a little more like the game model. For "scafgatling," parts consist of main body, left arm, laser-gatling (recognizably patterned after the game model), helmet, backpack unit, and 2 shoulder pads (though these are slightly smaller for some reason than those used for "scafrifle" rather than just using the same ones over). Although the backpack unit has a bump that's apparently meant to fit into a hole in the figure's back, it didn't fit for either model, and I had to shave it off in order to glue the pieces on. Aside from which way to face the head, there really isn't much possibility for posing, since it's a two-hand weapon and one arm is fused with the body, but this is supposed to be a "support weapon" anyway, so I figure one could get by with just one for a squad. (Well, apparently TWO, but I didn't make the ordering decisions here.) The gatling gun and left arm assembly is especially clumsy, as there's nowhere for the gun to rest against, and the left hand didn't seem to line up quite right with the presumed location of the "handle." A tiny crumb of putty in the gap between gun and leg is helpful to give glue an anchor point. Brother Vinni's "veteran" looks like nothing so much as the iconic NCR Ranger depicted on the cover of "Fallout: New Vegas." The figure comes with an empty right hand, and a left hand holding an SMG, yet the bag also included a sprue with two revolver hands (one right, one left), making for an easy conversion to get the figure to hold the Sequoia pistol that's a mark of the NCR Rangers. ... Okay, not REALLY so easy after all, as the hands of the figure have protective wrist guards, so I ended up having to chop off the empty hand at a slight angle, and do the same for the replacement gun hand to get it to mesh and look at all right, and pinning the tiny hand and wrist was a very delicate operation. Brother Vinni's "sniper" looks very, very Fallout-ish ... but for the life of me, I can't actually place just what this guy is supposed to represent. This figure comes with a small backpack/ammo pack that's optional (and I considered NOT adding it, because the back texture of the armor is fairly interesting), and likewise the two tiny shoulder pads with the figure could just as well be left off and he'd still look great. I'm just painting him up as some sort of generic "mercenary" type without any particular faction insignia. The three guys to the left are the "Nuclear Adventurers" (n-adve), and come as a group. There are no instructions, and it's a slight puzzle to match up which weapon arms go with which figure (as two of them have two-handed weapons, and there's only one way to arrange them so the wrists line up properly). I really like the figures (yay, gas masks!), and they nicely capture the look and feel of Fallout adventurers or raiders or generic adversaries, without being blatant property rip-offs. (It helps that they actually have backpacks, knapsacks, and other indications of inventory that are often woefully lacking on representations of typical PC types. "Where do you keep that thing, little buddy?") Oh yeah, and at some point I ran out of 1" diameter washers, so I ended up using a few 25mm round plastic bases instead. I ended up using Instant Mold and some impressions of terrain bits to make "rusty techno-plating" and "cracked earth" textures for bases -- plus to give myself enough of a layer to drill into for pinning the feet down of the minis. In a few cases, I was able to keep enough of the resin "flash" on the bottoms of feet to embed them into putty (if it was still uncured at the time I started assembling), but most of the time it was easier to just drill and pin. For a few figures, I added threads of putty (for cables), bits of sprue (for misc. techno/junk thingies), or whatever other bits I had lying about, for variety. The rightmost figure in the picture is a more generic power-armor (or "armour") trooper, though his face plate looks suspiciously reminiscent of the Enclave. (The odd thing is, Brother Vinni already has a blatant Enclave rip-off in the form of the "Ant Soldier," so if that was the intent, why not just go ahead and add the antennae/head-cables and make it official?) Due to the similarity, I'm painting him up in dark armor and going for Enclave imagery. I haven't yet resolved as to whether or not I'm going to attempt adding a couple of loops of cable to the top of the helmet for the full Enclave look. This figure was actually much easier to assemble than the "scafgatling" figure: the gatling and attached hands notched into place with the arms fairly easily, and the backpack fit in place properly. The tiny shoulderpads were (as with scafrifle & scafgatling) a challenge to trim from the sprue properly, but even they fit a little more easily on the shoulders. I suspect this must be a later sculpt, building upon experience with the earlier ones. Lastly, my friend picked up two "Hooligan Girls" (hool01, hool02) from Brother Vinni's "Action Girls" line (most of which are NSFW). These were among the rare models actually bothering to wear clothes while leaping into combat, although they didn't look particularly appropriate for a post-apocalyptic setting. The one on the left came with the SMG and brass knuckles, but I opted to give it a gas mask and neck-strap via some putty, for more of a nuclear-wasteland-survivor vibe. The middle one came with a baseball bat and an empty left hand, but I used the leftover left-hand pistol from the Nuclear Sandlot "veteran" figure so both Hooligan Girls would have short-range-and-melee options. Both figures consisted of main body (with head attached), with two separate arms (joined mid-arm, at their shirt sleeves), so there's some very slight posing possibility by varying the positions of their arms ... and I suppose the arms might be interchangeable between the two Hooligan Girl figures for a little more variety if building a "gang." The one on the right is one of another 3-figure set from the Nuclear Sandlot, billed as "Post-Apocalyptic Citizens," and they rather blatantly look like Fallout vault-dwellers. (A view of the back would make that even more obvious, as the back of the belt has the "Vault-Tec" look from Fallout 3 & New Vegas ... though that particular aspect didn't seem to show up in the Fallout 4 vault-dweller jumpsuit design for some reason.) The rifle arm and left hand (holding binoculars) are separate pieces, but there's no room for alternate-posing without some conversion work. The right left is slightly bent, with the foot resting upon a stone, and that was pretty easily incorporated into the base. Overall, the figures are of fairly nice quality. I'm a bit put off that it took as long as it did for the figures to actually be delivered, and that there was a part missing, but they're nicely detailed. Assembly was a bit fiddly, but since it was resin, it was nowhere near the nightmare I had when trying to assemble pewter boutique minis for a friend (e.g., Relic Knights "Kisa" with those super-thin multi-part ARMS -- what sadistic person decided to break up the mini THERE?!?).
  14. The official arrival/departure thread for the Basing Edition of the Box of Goodwill. Remember, NO CHATTER, chatter thread is here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67383-box-of-goodwill-basing-edition-chatter-thread/ SGHawkins09 - sent 3/17 Evilhalfling - arrived 3/19, sent 3/22 Morihalda - arrived 3/27, sent 4/01 Marineal - arrived 4/01, sent 4/18 Aryanun - arrived 4/20, sent 7/11 Guindyloo - arrived 7/13 tiniest rhombus -arrived 11/24 Hibou Keianna Dilvish the Deliverer Knarthex - arrived 3/19, sent 3/22 Chaoswolf - arrived 3/24, sent 3/31 NomadZeke - arrived 4/02, sent 5/09 Flamehawke - sent 6/2 Von Krieger - arrived 6/23 OneBoot - arrived 7/11, sent 7/15 redambrosia - arrived 7/20 jcg - arrived 8/27, sent 8/31 pcktlnt - arrived 9/2 SGHawkins09 - arrived 5/16 Keianna - sent 3/18 Inarah - arrived 3/21, sent 3/25 Hungerfan - arrived 3/28, sent 4/4 MissMelons - arrived 4/6 Guildenstern - arrived 5/3 Bonwirn - arrived 5/12, sent 5/26 Generic Fighter - arrived 5/28, sent 6/4 Wyvernfire - sent 6/21 Aard_Rinn - arrived 6/23 Mad Jack Dilvish the Deliverer - arrived 7/28
  15. I started painting Narthrax the other day, and I've worked on him a little more today... So the bulk is done, I'm mostly at details and basing and stuff atm. However, to try and make sure I stick with this, I've decided to pop up a WIP thread. So this is where I'm at =] Yep, I'm still painting on a tray, on a teatowel, on my couch =P
  16. Here's my first (real) efforts with basing. Did some cobblestone with the Anhurian Spearmen a while back, but these were my first semi-ambitious basing endeavors. The ogre is pretty much done, but the dragon's base needs some paint and sand/rock. C&C most welcome! ETA: Forgot to add sculpting details! Ogre: Cork base under the ogre with a layer of procreate over it to elevate him and give the appearance of a small knoll. The log started with a #2 pencil, then built up with procreate. Grasses and plants were some model train terrain style stuff bought from Michael's. Dragon: Several layers of cork served as filler/skeleton for the mountaintop, followed by layers and layers of procreate. I clipped off a fair amount of the broccoli base on the rear legs to fit into the base I sculpted, but a good portion is still there. I think it blended fairly well. Primed with RMS white primer and then threw on some brown liner. Even with vaseline and, later on in the process, latex gloves, it's amazing how many fingerprints stuck around on this :-/ Luckily, a lot of them look like appropriate texture! Edit2: Finally went back and filled the junction gaps on the dragon's tail while I was at this! It didn't bother me much before, but I'm glad I did it. It looks a lot better now! Just needs some paint.
  17. Found this while combing through a blog today.. https://sproketsmallworld.blogspot.com/2016/05/making-waves.html
  18. I recently (& accidentally) came up with a technique for creating wild meadow type flowers using pre-bought grass tufts which I thought I'd share here. Someone may have already thought of this so apologies if I'm standing on anyone's toes. Here goes..... A short while ago, I was creating a wintry base for a mini & I wanted to have some grass tufts that have had a soft layer of snow settled on their tops like you see in nature. I did this by dabbing some PVA glue on the ends of the strands of a "GW mordheim turf" tuft, I then dropped some grains of "army painter Battlefields snow" onto the glue. It looked ok but it didn't look right for the mini. It did however get me thinking that I might be able to develop it into some sort of flowering plant..... This is what the original tuft looked like: I then created some more tufts but with a smaller density of "flowers" on them. This time I was more careful & sparing with the glue & I turned the tufts upside down & carefully dipped the tips in the snow flock - this prevented the sticky part at the base of the tuft from getting flecks of snow in it. I made three & tried to vary the amount & distribution of flower heads on them: I then painted the flowers up with base, wash & highlight colours. The snow flock being white helped greatly here: I am quite pleased with how these turned out & thought they could work well as flowering grasses or wild meadow flowers. Here's all three clumped together with the white one: And, for some context, here modelled by Rafael Maladoni (& friend): I think that could be a lot of scope here for variation here. You could use more or less glue to produce bigger or small flower heads, you could mix up different flower colours in the same tuft & there are many different tuft colours out there to experiment with. Have you seen this sort of thing done before? Am I barking up the wrong tree? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks for looking!
  19. Ok, I have these two minis that I have 2 weeks to finish and get based. These are going on display bases and I will consider any suggestions you all have. This one: Has been finished for several months and I just can't decide what to do with it. This one: is not quite done yet, but he also needs a nice base. I don't know what is wrong with these two, but nothing I have come up with seems quite right. I appreciate any suggestions or ideas. Feel free to post pieces of ideas as well. I don't know what will provide the inspiration I am looking for. Thank you for your help.
  20. In a gaming Facebook group I'm a part of, someone asked a question - do you prefer plain black bases, or detailed terrain bases? The question seemed obvious to me. When I started painting miniatures, bases were either broccoli or square, and a plain black base was looked at as an unfinished base. At the very least you sanded and drybrushed or flocked them. The answers in the group surprised me. Out of dozens of answers, the overwhelming majority preferred plain bases. They felt that detailed bases took away from the miniature, and that it was counter-immersive to be playing a game and have a dwarf with a snow base, and elf with a forest base, and a fighter with a desert base wandering around in the same stone floored cave. It was also notable that the vast majority preferred round bases. Some of those that did didn't just prefer them, the vehemently hated square bases. I wonder if some of the change in views on bases are a result of the popularity of the pre-painted D&D minis line over hand painted miniatures over the past decade? Anyway, it was an interesting enough discussion that I thought I'd bring it here and see what people had to say.
  21. Hey everyone, I have some metal miniatures I would like to base properly. I am not sure if my hobby knife will be able to cut through the thick metal base that comes with the minis, and would prefer not to break a blade. I am wondering what all of you use for this? Thanks in advance.
  22. Allright Reaperites! This is what took me so dang long to get finished and shipped out to Marsya, which was supposed to go out last fall, I believe. At any rate, the crazy whirlwind that is life delayed the project by several months, and I am happy to report that she had received it! At any rate, I knew it would have to be special as she'd requested something along the lines of fall in Krynn. I was able to track down this: Goldmoon: And this: Riverwind: These two are a couple of the main characters out of the Dragonlance novels, and I figured they would be a great pair for the nature scene that I was planning to prepare. So I purchased them, stripped the old paint that was left from God knows when (these minis are from 1989), and proceeded to paint them up! The base is a simple birch section from Michael's. The leaves and tree trunk are from Secret Weapons, the plants and such are Army Painter (I think) and everything else is sand and paint from various places. The bowstring is from my little girl's hairbrush. One thing that was driving me nuts as these were the first two minis that I started painting once I started up again, and they seemed so small! Turned out that they were smaller than what I was used to. They gave me fits for a while as I readjusted to painting. At any rate, here's the result: And a collage: So I finished my exchange! I hate that it took so long, and I'm going to do my best to never allow that to happen again! LOL! Questions and Comments are definitely appreciated! Thank you all for viewing! -K
  23. Okay all! This is the latest experiment as I needed some time off from Space Wolves and I wanted to play around with some ice effects. I stumbled across this old tutorial by Monkey Sloth on making ice, so I figured I'd see what I could do with them as I've been messing around with Space Wolves and all of their frozen misery. I picked up this mini at ReaperCon 2015 and figured I'd try her out as it'd been quite a while since I've painted something with this much cloth on it. I have to say that I spent way more time on this figure than I would have liked, but at least it was a great exercise in cloth, frost, and all things that have helped knock more brush rust off my brushes! You'll have to forgive the blurriness of the pics as I'm still learning to use the camera on this iPhone 6s. I'm used to my old Galaxy S5 camera that took awesome pics so... yeah. I'm learning. Anyhoo, copious pics.... Some things I liked about this project. Others, not so much. A few didn't even come through in the photograph: 1. I definitely liked the amount of PRACTICE I received as I'm really just starting to take off in painting after several months of no painting whatsoever. Hopefully the next project will reflect this. 2. I liked the tutorial on the ice. It made some lovely ice, in spite of my cat taking out one of the cups of ice crystals before they were ready. 3. I did NOT like how the frozen effect on the staff came out. You can't really tell in these pics but the staff is coated in Secret Weapons Snow Effects, giving it quite the bedazzled appearance in person. This did not translate to the photographs most likely due to the close proximity of the lights, AND the fact that I should have shaded the staff BEFORE coating it... I digress... Anyway... 4. Your girl got a big dress! It's hard to appreciate how much space she takes up on that checker. In fact, this piece was basically finished until I found out that she was doing the splits on the edge of the checker. The ice effects, like water effects, shrunk considerably leaving a bowl like depression, causing her to not sit flush with the bottom at all! I had to fill in the void with sand, then shade, then I reapplied a thin layer of ice effects... which then soaked into the sand and ripped half of it up. It was then treated to a drenching in thin super glue (some of which somehow got into the corner of my mouth...) then sealed and dullcoated until most shine from the glue was relieved. At the end, she still didn't sit level, which is why she has 2 extra shards of ice shoved under her dress as you can see in the pics. It was either that or see her rear pin, and she had no desire to show that off. 5. I liked the ink effects on the checker. Look great in person! Basically, she was a difficult lady to mount on an ice themed base of my custom design. BUT, she's there and done enough! LOL! Here's a panoramic view: Thanks for looking! Questions, comments and complaints are always welcome. LOL! -K
  24. How are people basing the Simba? I prefer to have all my minis on bases and this one ain't fitting on a regular hex. And how are people basing the ground vehicles? 25x50mm?
  25. Not sure where this belongs, but I could use some advice on it so here it is. I'm working on this for my pathfinder red dragon that will actually be green ;^). The logs aren't glued down yet and they will have some moss growing and a splash of realistic water on them. It seems like it could use more detail...just don't know what. This is my first attempt at anything like this so I am at a loss. Any suggestions to improve it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!