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  1. So I recently posted Rozmina, the Half-Orc Pirate from Derek Schubert. Here is the other half-orc I was working on at the same time, but as this one had a lot more going on with armor and such, he took quite a while longer. Really cool mini sculpted by Bob Olley around 2003, large figure, good heft to him. the only frustrating part on this one was the chainmail and trying to get all the paint into all those little holes, and I can see some spots where it didn't work quite like I wanted it to. Also what color would you guys call his metals that aren't "steel" colored? Referring to the hilt, the belt buckle, and that heart looking thing protecting his manly parts?
  2. 77002: Orc Archers

    I'm a pretty new painter this guy is my 20th or so miniature and is the first one i'm willing to brave showing off. Any creative criticism is not only accepted but is greatly appreciated, I've seen the beautiful pieces that people have done on here and aspire to be half as good! This is also my first post to the forum so I apologize in advance if I've misplaced anything.
  3. Anubis 02734; Bast 02733

    Here are two of the statues I finished for my Ruined Temple terrain piece. Bast spoilered so it'll be SFW as she's topless. I still need to put another coat of gloss over them, to protect them, but otherwise they're just waiting for the temple to fnish.
  4. Hi all and happy new year! Here are two figures I recently finished that Ral Partha has re-released, a ranger and a female fighter. The ranger was sculpted by Jim Johnson and the fighter was Bob Olley. Fun figures to paint, kind of bulky and a larger scale than the old Partha stuff I'm usually working on. and just for fun, I took a close up of the lady's face, because it always seems to happen that when a character has something raised over his head, the detail becomes smaller because your picture is so much higher: Anyhow, really enjoyed painting these figures, loads of fun, full of personality and a good hefty size. And they're metal, which is another plus for me!
  5. I'm an ogre! Ogres have layers...

    Apparently my light box set up creates some specular reflections because these boys are not so shiny in normal lights. Anyhow, I really like these old school, Bob Olley ogres. I hope you do too.
  6. 06015 and 06009 Orc Army Packs

    Orrrcs! I got two reaper army packs of these bad boys, and they look awesome. One pack, 06015, only had the two Sandra Garrity orcs and not the two Bob Olley ones. Their fantastic customer service has already sorted this out for me, so a Bones orc of the same type is standing in as a stunt double to show the other one that comes in the pack while his compatriots travel by mail. But these six funtime fellows are getting some paint, and I've been looking forward to this!
  7. 02658: Stone Lurker

    I love the tradition where I get minis that my daughter picked out. This is one that she described as "a Squid-Octopus." Also "He looks like he's gonna eat me." I believe he's supposed to be one of the stranger D&D creatures (a sort of stalagmite that eats the rare creature to walk into a cave- sort of like a carnivorous plant, except larger, deadlier, and living in environment that doesn't have plentiful creatures to support it. Naturally, we had to incorporate it into our Mouslings game, and I found this encounter was my favorite moment as a GM. - Mouslings are at sea GM: You hear singing. It sounds like children waying come and play with us. Make a will save. (4 Year old makes will save, fails. Her mother passes. GM considers saying something about being compelled to believe the voices, then thinks better of it). Yep, you hear children singing "Come play with us." 4yo: We need to go play with the children! Let's go right now! We get out of the boat to find the children. Mom: Maybe it's really a moinster... 4yo: No, silly. They said they're children. We go play with the children! - The mouslings disembark, and are attacked by a strange tentacled monster that was impersonating children singing 4yo: (astonished) He lied! I went for a fleshy appearance rather than making the stalagmite look inorganic. It seemed to me like a more horrific creature that way. The base I made for it was based on some Kingdom Death bases that I've made. For some reason, this creature just strikes me as so extremely strange that it fits right in in that hell dimension setting. Plus, I had made several of these Plains of Faces bases for clients, but I hadn't had a chance to paint one myself yet.
  8. 02313 and 02320 Treasure Hoard 1 and 2 by Bob Olley
  9. Today's update shows off an "Oldhammer" Warhammer Goblin Unit made up of 2nd-3rd Edition models, almost entirely sculpted by Kev Adams back in the day and based on Rounds and turned into a KoW regiment by virtue of some blu-tac and a movement tray. These figures have been painted over quite a few years, with many painted 5-10+ years ago, a couple last year, and the last stragglers done in the last few weeks as part of my "finish those bloody things" drive. I'll show them off in threes to start with. The command group of the unit (not that these things matter in the new edition of KoW, but I digress). The leader is "Kleaver" from the Goblin Battle Chariots box set with the addition of a Marauder Goblin Shield. The rest of the crew also found their way into this regiment. I think I started painting them to add to the chariots, which I never got painted and slowly faded into the depths of time. I'll have to do something about those sometime soonish. Perhaps they can have some plastic crewmen? The other two are simply command figures from the late 1980's, probably painted sometime in the 1990's. I didn't feel a need for a flag or pennant. Not all standards are giant flags, after all. I gave the musician a Nine Inch Nails back tattoo, since as a gobbo musician he's clearly really into his industrial music. The leader got a red hood to make him really pop, especially given his chainmail coat and plate boots take away a lot of the opportunity to add colour and interest. The next three feature two more from the 80's command figures - the mod-posed figures are a Champion, a Leader and their cohort is a regular goblin from '91. Though I think he looks like the sort to be a unit champion with his cute little glaive. Two of these three also came off the chariot sets mentioned earlier. The centre spear and hammer. Clearly the "red" spear is a close relation to the Hammer, and no doubt that helped me decide to paint the pair of them at the same time. All three of these were originally painted in the 1990's... ...and then the two on the outer were "re-finished" this year. The copper and Bronze scale mail were originally red, and purple. Hideous, you might say? Yes. The shield was originally absent entirely - just a shield boss sticking out of the back of the figure, painted black - so I decided to add a shield. I went for a leering goblin face design. I'm not entirely happy with it, but it falls under "good enough" for me. I could spend time trying to figure out why I'm not satisfied with it, or I could just move on and do a better job on the next freehand shield. So I've chosen the latter. These three are a little more interesting. The first goblin, with the hammer and net is an early slottabase figure, from the C13 Small Goblins range, circa 1885-ish. I haven't managed to find this specific figure in the catalogues, but it looks to be the same style as figures like "Spear Thruster", so possibly/probably sculpted by the Perrys. This one was entirely painted recently, and while I'm not super happy with how his musculature came out, the head is fine, and the mohawk was a fun old-school touch. The other two figures were also painted years ago. The middle figure is one of Bob Olley's Iron Claw Goblins from 1988. It's from the same range that the recent Fanatics I shared came from, and he was probably even purchased in the same blister that they came in. I went for something entirely different on his shield, trimming off the edging and painting it in a kind of pseudo-3D goblin moon-face style. Why is the moon red rather than yellow? Probably so it'd stand out more against the green of the goblin's hide. Dunno. It was an experiment, after all. That's what the more individual metal models did for me back in the day, before mass plastics were the norm. I liked to experiment with a lot more of my models' paint jobs, even if it meant that they lacked a unified unit look. The final figure, another of the late-'80's "champions" also had a shield experiment. The narrative to that figure, if you will - is that he painted his shield himself. I always wondered how brutal creatures like Orcs and Goblins, who had brutal and crude weapons and armour always had such fine, delicate and artistic designs on their shields, banners and gear. I decided to paint this guy's shield as though he'd painted it himself. [see boxout above] Recently. The skull is crude and simple. The blue (and red) paint is messy and spattered everywhere (including on his clothing) and the paint had also pooled at the base of his shield, leading to a mess on the metal where it was leaning on the ground in a pool of paint. Cast yourselves back to your Primary/Elementary School Art Room, and you'll feel the inspiration for this guy. On the backside of these three, both the Iron Claw goblin and the art-school candidate had their clothing repainted. Iron Claw boy lost his garish purple and yellow 1990's tunic and skirt while The Artist's blue scale mail was repainted in a bright copper. Are Heartbreaker miniatures "Oldhammer"? Technically probably not since they were sculpted after Kev Adams left GW's employ, but then again their aesthetic follows the 3rd Edition Warhammer Fantasy look and feel quite closely. This guy is still available today from Ral Partha Europe/RPE as part of their range of Kev Adams Goblins. I should buy some more of them sometime, but at 2 quid a figure by 12 or 24, that comes to £24/48 or a little shy of AU$50-100 for one unit, which is a bit hard for me to justify to myself right now. I just wish they had discounted unit prices for sets of 10 or 20. Basically, they're super-cheap for heroes and unit leaders but it adds up quickly if you want to build whole units. (Though they're probably still cheaper than whatever GW is charging for plastics these days!) Still, this guy is a great figure and for only 2 quid, an easy and easily-justified purchase. And now, The Unit Shot! (Lots more over on the Wordpress)
  10. 92669 Brass Bull

    My take on the Brass Bull. He seemed to cry out for a little Verdigris, so he got some. Inert for years, an adventuring party stumbles upon him, his eyes begin to glow as he detects movement nearby. The overgrown base was sculpted with milliput, I then added various flock, dried tea, Static grasses, and tufts. As always comments and criticisms welcome.
  11. Wyvern In the New Year

    With my shelf of shame needing some new residential zoning, I have decided to tackle a few unfinished projects and actually complete them. 2013 was the year of the dragons...nope, didn't finish. 2014 was the year of the giants...nope, didn't finish. Oh gloom, despair, and agony on me! With that out of my system, first off the shelf is Blacksting. I started working on him maybe five years ago? Here is his current state: I believe he was the first figure I ever gap filled with green stuff. He has taken at least one dive off the shelf of shame, undoubtedly trying to fly onto my work table. I don't think I'll change the colors too much, except to do something about that gray on the wings. I don't remember what I was thinking there. I think the blues are the martial blue triad, though the neck scales look like midnight blue. I'll have to try to match the yellow.
  12. Presenting: Kaglin Busystone!

    Nah, it's just Nord Kegbreaker, by Bob Olley. A great sculpt that's going to make a nice marker at the D&D table for my Dwarven cleric and brewer, Kaglin Busystone. Same-ol' thing for me, painting this, except I did switch palettes to one of the "egg-carton" ones, as I childishly call them. But that did let me really water my (crappy craft) paint down more than usual. Trying to smooth out my application of the paint. And then this picture, not-good, because I was trying to get the coloring on the cap to show in a photo which I otherwise wasn't having any luck at all doing: Thanks for looking! Any comments or criticism is appreciated.
  13. 02373: Balan Ironbreaker

    I fiiiinally got around to painting my Balan Ironbreaker after having him on my desk for months. I'm so in love with this sculpt. Don't quite get the tongue; but I so love this sculpt. I was really happy with his hair. I got some brown mixed in with a wash, and it was layered brown/gray/white pretty nicely (for me), but it didn't want to show like I wanted in the photos, I think. I'll be honest and say I think this is some of my best work so far, though there's a lot on which I'd like to improve. Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism are most welcome.
  14. 77019: Orc Swordsman (3)

    Finally did some work, last week, when the wifey left town. A trio of Bones orcs for your viewing [dis]pleasure: Nothing groundbreaking, obviously, but some new stuff for me. I lined them up and painted the three all at once. One to the next to the next with each bit of paint. The only real difference I went for with each was the washing--I used, entirely as an experiment, an orange, green, and red (Citadel's, whatever their silly names are), as they sit in the photos. And followed with Reaper's brown afterward. It was an experience, I guess, if nothing else. I didn't kill myself agonizing over these guys, aiming mainly to use them for a Pathfinder game, and that, honestly, was a bit of a relief in and of itself. Hopefully they're good enough to go--and still, any advice for improvement is greatly appreciate. Thanks for looking.
  15. Ral Partha dwarf with Crossbow

    So here is the third of my Ral Partha dwarves to complete my trilogy. It seems like they took forever to finish, but now at least they're done! I don't know why I've been having such issues with my front shots, but I don't like the lighting on the one showing his face, I might try to play around either with the photo or retake it. In the meantime, the back shot came out okay I think.. So I have all my partially done things that have been sitting around on my desk since my dragon complete, so now it's time to decide what to work on next. Oh, choices.....
  16. So I got this one done right under the wire, the last miniature of 2013 for me, bringing up my grand total to 18! It is a bit less than usual, but four of the figures were giants, and one was a dragon, so those probably took longer than normally. Anyway, here's an old school Ral Partha figure from Bob Olley, and I've got front and back view on this one. I'm not too very happy with the front view photo, but it's better than nothing I guess. The picture also doesn't seem to want to show my white highlights so well, like on the warhammer. But oh well, not going to worry about it too much any more, on to more figures next year. Which kind of makes me think: I only really, at my most efficient, paint up to a figure every other week, so maximum of probably 26 figures a year and probably less than that. So I'm wondering if I should attempt to program my figure painting or should I just kind of let things flow as I'm inspired. I don't really do anything with the figures, just show them off. How does every body else get their figure priorities straight?
  17. Ral Partha Dwarf with Axe

    So working on a few dwarves right now and this first one is finished, two more to go. These are some old nineties Bob Olley dwarves from the Fantasy Armies series. They're quite a bit smaller than the Reaper Olley dwarves. Anyway, hope you enjoy!
  18. Alternate Armies Space Goblin

    I still say this guy's oversized for a goblin. I compared him to Reaper's human figures. He comes in at just one head lower than most of them, which, given his stance, would make him a little taller than the average human if he stood up straight. Goblin indeed, sir! Anyway, the WIP thread is here. I have some forgecraft steampunk bases, so I decided that would fit him a little better than building fantasy-style terrain. This is a space goblin, after all. Putting him on there would have been a lot easier if I'd thought about putting him on the base before painting him. Using the saw was a nervewracking affair, and needless to say, some emergency paint repair was needed. He needed some touching up anyway. I added some highlights to his shirt with a mix of linen white and imperial purple, then deepened the shadows with some drakeshade. I also worked over the sword some more, though I don't think it's quite where I'd like it. Still, if I keep fiddling with it, it'll never be done.
  19. Olley Space Goblin

    Another from the Great Lot of Mystery I bought from a buddy a while back. The mini looks goblinoid, but it's about human-height for 25mm scale, so I assume it's an orc. Confusing the issue further, the clothes actually look a bit more modern/futuristic than medieval. I only know that it says Olley 1990 on the bottom. Maybe one of you has a better ID? The paint job thus far took about three hours at the office, in case any of you were wondering where your tax dollars go. Skin is a mix of leaf green and tanned, which I think worked fairly well. I used some GW camoshade to give him some green shadows. The jacket and shoes are actually drow skin with some imperial purple highlighting. I'll probably add some white to the imperial purple to add more prominent highlights. The pants and shirt were done with blackened brown, with some of their yellow shade applied more as a glaze and then agrax earthshade to dirty him up a bit. The pouches and the strap are oiled leather, with earthshade to bring out details. His hair is a mix of intense brown and blood red, then given carroburg crimson shade to redden it further. His eyes were a bit of a challenge, since I didn't have any white paint. I ended up using white primer. They may be the best eyes I've done to date. The sword I'm not entirely happy with. I did it up in blackened steel, some true silver highlights, and tried tying them together with a glaze of tarnished steel. Didn't work as well as I'd hoped. One of these days, I need to crack open LTP3. The other metals are simply aged pewter and ancient bronze. At this point, I need to add some more highlights to the boots and jacket, maybe some to the shirt and jacket, and dirty up the pouches. I should probably also highlight his skin, but I'm tempted to try it with a very different shade, the way Buglips went with his orcs recently. I have some of that orc flesh he used... I'm not sure what to do with the sword. For basing him, he looks kind of urban, but I don't have anything of that nature. I think I'll just use some fine grit, maybe with some "dead" static grass.
  20. 02288: Garnuk the Ogre

    Nothing like an ogre to liven up the day. This is Garnuk, sculpted by Bob Olley. I enjoyed working with this mini, and trying out working with thinner paints than I usually use. Comments and critiques greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  21. After a few years of lurking in the corners, admiring everyone else's work, I decided to take the leap and share my own. I was looking for a model with plenty of skin and muscle to practice with, so I pulled Garnuk out of the pile of minis and got started. After about one hour of prep (oh, those mold lines) and about two and a half hours of work (yeah, I'm a slow painter), his skin is base coated and I started in on the shadows on his torso, arms, and legs. I decided to go with a yellowish skin color, so I am using the Reaper tanned skin triad along with Tanned Leather and Amber Gold to provide the yellow tint. For the deepest shadow, I added in some Midnight Blue to Tanned Shadow to try to create a cooler tone, which will hopefully give it additional depth. This is the first time I have tried the trick of adding a bluish/purplish color to my shadows, so I hope it works out. The next step is to start highlighting the skin and then on to the face.