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  1. Well; It has taken me a bit longer to get these mini's assembled and painted. It is such a joy to look at one completed. I went with the white horse because the color is so difficult. I used red just to experiment with the color on the surcoat, and gold for the emblems just because they are small and I wanted them to stand out. So here is Tom Meier's Sir Tristan (on Horse and On Foot). Hope you enjoy the efforts. Jay
  2. About this project Seet update #1 for details. Extraordinarily versatile, the Tablebreaker has as many uses as you can imagine: Express your individuality at work or home! Use it as a gorgeous, eye-catching desk display! Spruce up your game room with a colorful, themed accent piece! Incorporate your passion into your living space with a sleek bookend or mantle decor! With options for both Standard and Countdown number orientation, the Tablebreaker is the perfect life-counter that all your friends are sure to envy! The Tablebreaker was designed from the ground up with 3D modeling software; this allows us to ensure the greatest manufacturability and quality control. The Tablebreaker is then precision machined on a multi-axis CNC mill using a solid billet of 6063 architectural aluminum. After machining, the dice are color anodized to MIL-A-8625 specification. Finally, each die is etched using a CO2 laser. This process selectively removes the anodization and exposes the aluminum underneath to reveal the numbers on each face. Why Architectural Aluminium (6063)? Aluminum has a superb strength to weight ratio, making it the ideal material for a beautiful, yet durable display piece. Architectural Aluminum (6063) facilitates the most vibrant anodize colors. It’s always been our goal to bring you beautiful gaming accessories with as little risk as possible. Before launching this Kickstarter, we invested a lot of time, money and effort to make sure it was possible to bring our vision to life with a quality that we're proud of. During our testing, we’ve found that in order to maintain a flawless finish, a small, shallow hole needed to be made in the otherwise solid block of aluminum to allow the die to be hung during the anodization process. We worked tirelessly to incorporate this into the overall design for a beautiful and complete finish. We solved the design change by adding a second hole, and incorporating them into distinguishing markers for the 6 and the 9. Our final product will feature two small, flush, stainless steel accent screws to complete this modern look.
  3. I was wondering what kind of alloy the figures are made of. I want to have one coated in vantablack, but I don't know if they can withstand 300° temperatures unscathed. For those who don't know, this coating reflects virtually all light and makes anything appear 2D. Perfect for making shadow minis if this works.
  4. I'll just say Yay it is great to be back. I thought that I would never get to paint again. Start, stop, Illness, has been a nasty pattern going on. I finally (knock knock) got the bugs knocked away. I thought he was finished weeks ago, I was wrong and finally I came to a conclusion after I redid his base. So he's done. Like the rock base he has on him, and the the little accent marks. Friends have been picking him up and asking where I got the patience from...I've just been laughing. So after a great deal of time, Here is the Mouse Bard. Let me know what your thought. Jay
  5. I was looking for something else, when I saw the Goblins in the Bones III Kickstarter. Those guys are pretty epic. I have been working on a set of goblins and do have some Bones and Metal minis of the existing Goblins. I vastly prefer the newer sculpts (the football head ones with all the sharp teeth) but for the display set I have in mind I'm wanting to get metal versions of all of them. Will the Goblins in Bones III be made available as metal minis some time in the future? And is there a general way to tell on other types of figures? I can understand not having the Dragons translate across due to weight and size, but are there some things that make it into metal and some that don't?
  6. Just wanted to post some pictures of a few figures I finished up recently in an effort to clear off some of the stuff that's been gathering dust on my paint table, so they'd be ready for the game table. I'm not 100% sure of the identity of each of these figures other than manufacturer. The first is an old Heartbeaker Hobbies and Games sword-woman. The second is a pirate from Eureka The third was some sort of witch or sorceress (I can't exactly remember), from the Deadlands game.
  7. A little something I picked up from my FLGS's discount bin; this 54mm scale mummified minotaur comes with a choice of horns and pole-cleavers to attach to an otherwise simple assembly. Here are the parts laid out before priming. I still struggle to decide which horns and weapon to build him with. Using one means not using the other, after all, but I figure they'll find another place to go eventually.
  8. <<<MOD>>> Link to the Live Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dgsgames/eclipse-sisterhood-freeblades-fantasy-miniatures?ref=category_newest From DGS Games, "We will launch the Eclipse Sisterhood kickstarter campaign on the afternoon of February 14th 2017. This project will produce the six core models of the faction: leader, caster, two heroes and two followers. And as many stretches as our fans help us reach! For the Traazorites, that was four models. Let's show the Empire these fierce women can do even better!"
  9. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1013086270/mushimen-attack?ref=user_menu
  10. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141301719/fenris-games-rise-of-the-draugr Somewhere off in the mist comes the sound of creaking timber and leather, accompanied by a low wind and the first traces of a stink of dessication and decay. As the wind buffets the fog into damp shreds, shambling figures begin to appear in the middle distance - some as big as a man, some of them much larger, hulking forms. The shuffling becomes a rhythmic marching as ancient tendons and rotting muscles keep time and hurry the dead towards you through the swamp. Behind the giant humanoid forms now appears something still bigger, fouler, and more ancient - an armoured rider slumped in the saddle of the huge, decaying wyrm as its ragged head seeks to feed on the flesh before it... Fenris Games have been producing scenery and miniatures for tabletop gaming for 9 years now as well as working with other creators on renowned projects such as Cthulhu Wars. We're a two-man band of professional modelmakers with 30+years background in industrial, museum, architectural, film & TV work who now focus those skills on models for your wargames and RPGs, and we work with a huge pool of freelance sculptors to create the kind of models we use for our own tabletop. We're creating a small range of heroic scale (28mm) white metal and resin undead miniatures for your dark-age armies - including a huge zombie dragon centrepiece model. Kickstarter will allow us to make production moulds for all of these models and will ultimately lead to a widening range of minis and scenery to suit these settings. Sculptors Jo Brumby and Tim Prow (lead sculptors on Cthulhu Wars) have already sculpted all of the models included in the basic pledges - and will add more all-new sculpts if we hit our stretch goals.
  11. Decided to do a quickie for the Marie She-bot from Metropolis. Went with the burnished metal look and a quick sculpted base to resemble concrete. The eyes didn't come out as piercing as I wanted, so might have to quickly revisit that
  12. It’s lighter, innovative, yet beautiful and functional. Starting from the CUBBLE Dice concept, stripped it from everything that made it metal heavy. Only the essential part was kept: the PIP display - the new HOLLOW dice is built on a groundbreaking idea, and it’s ready to be yours. We have completely overhauled the traditional D6 dice again, producing a die unlike anything the world has ever seen. Made of anodized aluminum, this dice has no inside, making it an empty shell. An inverted version of dice that we already funded successfully, this dice weighs just 1.5 grams, making it perfect for anyone who loves tabletop and dice-based games. Processing these dice requires a lot of time and multiple steps. Not to mention that the die is so easily bent during the machining process, we need to pull together some additional resources for this dice. Making manufacturing more of a challenge for us. More about this project on kickstarter.com and search "Hollow" or click here
  13. 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
  14. Completed

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/584137481/tag-28mm-halfling-militia-rooster-rider-miniatures/description I backed TAGs last KS for their Dwarves which went nice and smoothly and has delivered to everybody before the due day (last few shipments just going out but they'll be in peoples hands before June which was the target) The minis were well cast and nice and characterful so if you need some Halfling chicken riders (or just some riding chickens) or some of their existing Halfling militia on foot which can also be selected as a reward get your pledging card out and jump in
  15. Right. So, I've been mumbling about this for a while. For me, this is an Ambitious Project (sezzhe who's done a Goblin Challenge). But I don't usually do bases, and I don't paint past 'table top', so ... this is gonna be a thing. This is a Thing I might both enter - if I can get myself to Reapercon - and will definitely be a gift. I have an uncle who's favorite mythological critter is centaurs, and I'm painting it for him. So, here's in her blister, bits and mold-lines and all. Glue's drying on her cork, post cleaning. I let that cure for a good long while, because her footprint is pretty small. ... actually, 'pretty small' doesn't quite cover it. Here we have her post-priming, with her new base in the background. No, I wasn't planning on using the one she comes with. ^^; And, here we have basic colours slopped on. Well. Slopped... It's not as good a picture; I'm having to pick angles because she's pretty nekkid, other than her quiver. Obviously, she's going to be a dark bay on the horse-end. I have some pictures to work with, but she might be less red when I get done. I'm sort of thinking of a specific mare while doing this, and she was a dark bay.
  16. I have been working on Brave Sir Robin Scaredy Cat Most of the week. As I am wont to do; this DSM is a real difficult assembly, and the assembly has to be done in two parts. Since he is holding his shield over his head, you will never paint face, or complete shield if you attempt to glue first. I know that I will be using green stuff on this one already. (shield is going to be a problem with attachment). Anyway. Here is the way he is coming together. I've been working the tabby backwards.. As I add one component after another, it wants to be darker by another step. So I just keep on mixing more darker tabby colors. The Red should eventually pop. Thought I would show how I am doing the more difficult Dave Summer Mini. Here are some photos. Comments, critiques, suggestions are very welcome. Jay
  17. now live https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1512506318/ghosts-of-gaia-post-apoc-badass-female-miniatures
  18. Not a lot done yet, it's likely to be slow going. I'm trying to think of a colour scheme I want to use for it. I suspect purple will be involved. I just finished finally putting him together, and removing mold lines. The epoxy is still curing atm. One of his... antennae? I think I may have put in a bit off, but it was quite hard to tell how those were meant to go unfortunately. I'm currently working on gap filling, which I suspect will take me quite a long time as I've not done it a whole ton before and this is the largest model in metal I've ever attempted so cross your fingers!
  19. Much to my amazement I just finished the Mini. I have to say that this one put me through my paces. I suspect that after three years of painting mini's I have gotten a lot tougher on myself when it comes to how I think my Miniatures should look. I've gotten quite demanding I fear. Since it only applies to my work, thats okay. I glued the mini prior to priming and painting, which makes things much more difficult. On the white front cloth I drew in light gold designs, they are barely seen, The cloak was a blast to paint as was the armor, face and hair. I had to give him that reddish hair just to make our resident Canadian Ranger happy.. Hope he meets your approval robinh. The base was a blast, but a lot more difficult than it looks.Painting the flowers in was a hoot. So, here is my interpretation of the Male Ranger With Bow. Thanks to those that shared their ideas. My hands are saying Rain and T-storms tomorrow, its wonderful being able to predict the weather (NOT). Any comments/Critiques greatly appreciated, and sought after.. Here he is:
  20. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2039472790/qthulu?ref=category_newest
  21. The Kickstarter is live: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1138228733/moonstone-fantasy-skirmish-game/description This one is for a skirmish game featuring their wonderfully fantastical minis many of which are available in either metal or resin.
  22. I've been keeping myself busy by painting up Friar Tuck The Toad, while everyone was at Reapercon ! Welcome back. I really enjoy painting the Anthropomorphic lines, and I really wasn't too excited about doing this one at first. Fun looking, but I felt SOO limited by color selection. Once I started the priming something hit, and I found myself experimenting up and down the color spectrum. Dark browns, to chalk browns...those brown robes have a lot of color building up to the color it is now. I took the advice of Gadgetman and used a yellow instead of gold on the mantle around his brown cowl, and with some brown used to shadow them. When it came to highlights I thought...gotta go into the reds, so I was experimenting and going up a down the brown red spectrum. I am Really happy with the way he came out. I, honestly can't tell if he is reaching up to produce a massive BURP, or to break into an ARIA.. Which of course makes me giggle when I see him. His eyes were quite the challenge, and I decided to give him eyes that looked at you with one eye, and checked the background with the other. I loved highlighting and getting the facial skin correct, especially all those warts !! Has been a great learner, and experimental piece for me. Here he is: Your comments/critiques are requested and solicited. Hope you like him.
  23. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zucati/zucati-dice-retro-classic-pure-aluminum-dice?ref=category_newest Dice made from pure elements and refined alloys. Zero Coating, plating, or paint. Simply the best metal dice ever made.
  24. 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.
  25. 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: