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  1. So, one of my personal mini projects atm is working on some of the NPCs my players in my homebrew campaign are encountering. And one of my favorite groups in that world are the Hunts - a loose-bound organization of groups (each called a Hunt) of fighters/mercenaries/warriors, each with their own specialty, who dedicated themselves to maintaining the roads and paths of Fidel during the millenia-long anarchy of the Mortal Wars. Now, what makes the Hunts distinctive from any other mercenary bands? Well, they ride BADASS FLYING MOUNTS. Gryphons, for the most part, although one or two specialize in pegasi, and a few ride more esoteric things... Four NPCs intimately intertwined with the group are members of the Red Hunt - a sort of catch-all for powerful, destructive mages. Faukner, her apprentices Formel and Tiercel, and her wife, Charr. So, I've had the Stonehaven Half-Dragon Duelist for ages. It's one of my favorite dragonborn minis, and I decided it'd be perfect for the swashbuckling Charr... It's a great mini, neat and clean with tons of personality. To give you an idea of who Charr is... Anyways, I've decided to do a WIP of this set of minis, starting with Charr's two forms. This is the thread for her humanoid form, obviously - I'm painting up the Temple Dragon for her dragonness form, and I'll try to do a WIP for that, too. So! I started off nice and simple - hit the face with some red, and decided on a blue-and-white scheme for the cloths. I'm trying to bring out some of the swashbuckler in this mini, so I like the naval colors. That said, I could use ideas for the cravat. Ordinarily, I'd paint my dragonborn's hair simularly to her scales and try to ignore it, but gonna go with dark for these dreads. They're sweet as hell. Wish DSM would give us a KS for these. And there's the face, pretty much finished, TBH! I washed it with Games Workshop's purple wash, pretty heavily so it'd sit well in the mouth and scale cracks, and then highlighted just with pure red. This is a proof-of-concept for the temple dragon, as well as a mini on it's own, and I'm pretty happy with it! Used Palimimo Gold for the eyes - something else that'll carry over!
  2. 50196 Devil Girl, Supervillain

    Straight from the depths of hell, it's.........Devil Girl, Supervillain! (cue scary music!) For a change, instead of painting the eyes looking straight on, I painted them so that she was looking to the right as if she just spied a do-gooding superhero & was about to lob a fireball in their direction. The base was created using the Basius "Dungeon" stamp with the river part painted up as lava - I imagined that wherever she walked, the ground morphed into fiery molten goodness. Thanks for looking, comments & criticisms are always welcome.
  3. 02048: Elquin the Daring

    I finally finished Jannus! For those who want it, my WIP is here. I decided to take the very first miniature I ever painted back in 1996 and paint a new version of him with using some of the things I've learned over time, even though I took about a 6 year hiatus from painting in the last 20 years. My goal is to show that yes, practice does improve skill. Also that if you keep painting, you can accomplish some fun and exciting things! This will be a present for our DM for years of herding us gamer-cats despite our varied schedules! This was one of reaper's earlier miniatures, sculpted by Sandra Garrity. Gotta love the tiny eyes! Here are the original and the new version side by side:
  4. Right. This project has been ticking in the back of my mind for awhile. The story starts about 20 years ago, when I painted my very first miniature for our D&D game, our NPC cleric from the Temple of Elemental Evil module. I love that module, and I loved our cleric more, since he managed to save/raise our butts more times than I can count. Jannus came from farmer stock, and took a tough love approach to healing, all stemming back to the dreaded 1 rolled on a healing check, subsequently involving salt in a wound. Good times. It became a standing joke for years to come. I love the way our epic failures are remembered far better than the successes! Here's my first attempt at painting him: The mini is a Garrity, Elquin the Daring. I was so proud of him!! I got paint in all the right places. His base is red since he was always wading through our spilled blood to save us. I'm using this WIP as a way to explain some of the changes that have occurred over time in miniatures painting, as well as to illustrate some of the things I've learned over the years. I like having my very first mini as a reference, because it shows we really do learn and grow and improve over time, and we should embrace that and feel good about it! Keep your old minis. Don't always just repaint them. you'll be amazed at how much things change even from one year to the next. Things I didn't know to do when I first stared painting: 1. prep the mini. 2. prime the mini 3. thin paint 4. color choices I'll get into all of those, but the first thing I did with my brand spanking new copy of Jannus was to clean all the mold lines, sand the metal smooth, wash it in dish soap and prime it. Then I put a base coat down. Right away, I've decided to go with a different color scheme. Clerics of St Cuthbert tend to be depicted in white and red, so I'm changing the plan rather than using the old color scheme. This still keeps with the theme, and I think will fit the character better anyway. Plus, I always need to practice red and white. Hard colors are good for me. Like spinach. The base coat colors are creamy ivory, mahogany brown, blonde hair and golden skin.
  5. Highlight advice

    So I'm working on this guy as a gift, and I finally think I've twitched the purple on the body into something I like. For the most part, I also like the red in the mane, tail, and bottom of the legs. However, I am somehow hitting a brick wall when I try to think of what to use for bright highlights on the mane and tail. I don't think any of the reds will be contrast enough, I really don't want to go pink, and I'm hesitant to try yellow for fear it will look too much like flames. Should I use something really far off, like the Sophie silver I blended into the horn? Or something else? Suggestions please!
  6. This is Reaper's 03681: Nazera Bloodraven, Vampire. I love her sculptural forms. Whichever way she is turned, there is some interesting movement going on. Bobby Jackson did a lovely job sculpting her. I used iridescent interference blues and violets on her armor. I am thinking about discussing how I paint reds. WIP thread here.
  7. color choice

    I am getting ready to tackle Cinder, as the name suggests should I go with red, or go with green due to the fact it resembles blghtfang who is a green? ahh help I am undecided.
  8. 77109: Fire Dragon

    Hi guys, next up is another dragon - the great Fire Dragon from Sandra Garrity. Painted in the traditional D&D red dragon color scheme of an adult dragon and encountered in a ruined keep. I think I'll go darker for an ancient dragon (Dragons don't share set) as they are supposed to get darker with age in Faerun. Please click on the images for a detailed 1000px version. C&C welcome!
  9. 03419: Vaeloth, Hellborn Paladin

    Hi guys, first mini after a 6 month lay off. Just saw the X-men and decided to give my take on Nightcrawler. Any comments to help me improve would be much appreciated.
  10. I present for your amusement, the Mint Chocolate Dragon Familiar: As an avid gamer, I have a few sets of dangling dice sticks to hold my hair up. Since I have been spending so much time painting minis the last couple years, I thought it was time to add something painted to my hairstick collection. And of course... Cute little dragon.... Anyone who knows me knows I bought at least two. Here he is flying in for his closeups: Edit: Autocorrect Fail.
  11. 89001: Pathfinder Red Dragon

    My first dragon. A little practice for KS3! Enjoy edit: So I have to admit I got a little exited playing with new toys last night and rushed the picture process. But I just wasn't happy with how dark they turned out. After another read through of the Miniatures Photography 101 I think I did a much better job today. Now You can see all the detail good and bad!
  12. 02324 - Inquisitor

    HerzogBrian talked me into this color scheme. I guess it works for an evil cleric.
  13. Bull

    I have a lot of minotaurs. I share them with you here. You can share yours too if you like. This one is big, 50mm toe to brow, nearly 100mm total height. Believed to be from Games Workshop in the '90s. Base is hand-built from wood, sand, and acrylic gel. I meant for the color to resemble a black Angus bull, but it turned out more like a gorilla. WIP More angles:
  14. So I'm working on a miniature for a a player in my game. She's a Half-Orc barbarian. I couldn't find one I really liked, and since I had just gotten my Norsgard KS rewards I decided to paint up the Mistress of the Hunt, since her face was covered and she had a greataxe like the player is using. I wanted to make the skin greenish, enough to look not human, but not comically green. I figured I would start with Clear Viridian along with a bit Ruddy leather for the base. I hoped the strong base would shine through and tint it. There are a lot of thin little strips of flesh between the leather straps, so I basically painted everything with the green base: Then I used Alien Flesh and Bathalian Chitin mixed with Viridian for the layers. I do like how the skin turned out, even though the colour is a little too close to the head: So the original plan was to paint the straps a darker reddish brown, but they actually look interesting green. I'm really torn over sticking to the original plan or finishing them green. The cloak is going to wind up white, the boots a darker brown, and the black on the leg will be metal. Any suggestions?
  15. 89001: Pathfinder Red Dragon

    My take on the Pathfinder Red Dragon. I wanted to go for a temple ruin in the middle of the Jungle vibe.
  16. Made this for someones' birthday. :)
  17. Pathfinder Red Dragon

    I've been a long time lurker and haven't been really good about tracking my painting, but I figured it was time. My current project is a Reaper Bones Red Dragon. So far, I have most of the base coating down (sans base and claws). I've been attempting a bit of wet-blending on the wings, but I think they need more work. Looking at the picture, I also see some more mould lines that could use some work. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the progress. Colors used so far (my base is my darkest color): Body: Blood Red Wings: Dark Elf Skin triad Horns, teeth, etc: Bone Shadow Belly: Tanned Leather
  18. The girl next door requested a dragon for her birthday, after she saw me give one to somebody else. I really hate giving away miniatures, because I feel my painting is not good enough for displaying to random people. But.. What can you do? :P Soo.. I figured I'd give it a go. Been working on these two on and off since yesterday evening: Based one black, the other white: The Valkyrie stood very low, so I sculpted a stand for her with a cork and some Fimo: Didn't fit perfectly with the ridges, but I think I can get away with it as a whole: And this is just about how it stands at the moment: I'd happily take some advice on base clutter. Something to make it more interesting.. I figured I'd just add some stones?
  19. 92790 Cinder

    So many dragons to paint.
  20. Wet blend - red

    One of my more recent techniques I'm starting to use more is wet blending on cloaks. I'm getting ready to use this on a paladin's red cloak (Isabeau from Reaper's metal line). I'm worried about coverage. Traditionally when I paint red, I undercoat with a medium brown to help smooth the coverage. Would it make sense to undercoat with brown, wet blend brown and then wet blend red over top of it or just jump in and wet blend the red without an undercoat? I would appreciate any experience or insight the hivemind could share.
  21. 02110: Darby Darkleaf

    This is 02110: Darby Darkleaf, or rather one of a set of three, 03359: DHL Classics: Female Halflings. They are not quite identical, since the individual figure has a larger base than the three in the set. All three halflings in the set are tiny and Old School style, with especially small faces with eyes that are shaped a little difficult to paint. They are, however, very cute. I painted her eyes rather larger than they were actually sculpted. I think this might be the first time in twenty years I've tried to paint a mini red-blonde. I'm not sure how successful she turned out.
  22. 77068: Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard

    So here is my take on Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard from the Vampire set from the first Kickstarter. I will be the first to admit that I might have gone a little crazy with the GW Agarax Earthshade wash on the robe (Especially on the back, you can see it just clumped and got goopy), but this was my first foray back into painting in about a year, and was kind of rushing it to get him finished for play. I know he doesn't look much like a Wood Elf, but that's because the player in my Campaign who I painted this for is quite fond of Fire Spells, so I used alot of hot colours, and then used the ice blue to sort of oppose the colour scheme and add some contrast. Doing the yellow line was also my first attempt at free hand painting. Like... Ever. I think he turned out a-okay for table top quality. Tell me what you think!
  23. Bones Deathsleet [Red]

    This is my old senile red dragon, Hezikiabadadia [who should be a lot larger than this, but we don't have the really big Bones dragons available yet] I started him on a small base, but he refused to stand up so I built a bigger base around the small one. His big base is unfinished but I don't know when I'll get around to finishing it
  24. 89001: Pathfinder [blue] dragon

    This was my first mini painted with Reaper paints and not cheapo Acrylic craft paints from Hobby Lobby =P
  25. 77109: Fire Dragon

    Red fire dragon painted up as my gluttonous, arrogant, fat Gorevander
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