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  1. While I have been painting realistic wolves, I have also been working on some of the gorgeous giant wolfmen sculpted by Julie Guthrie for the Koborlas faction in Reaper's "Warlord" game. This is #14528, the subtly-named "Rageclaw Slayer", or the testosterone-poisoned werewolf a friend of mine requested. He's a big puppy; I include a copy of Reaper's 60164, Vampire Hunter, for scale: This is my standard priming of a thin layer of Titanium White followed by a thin wash of diluted Burnt Umber, using my favorite Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. I left the base white in order to paint it as snow. Those who have been following my regular wolf painting thread will recognize the steps here. First I mixed a cool neutral grey from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White and painted it on his limbs, face, and belly: Then I mixed a darker version of the same grey and painted his back and tail: Then I mixed a cream-buff color from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue to take the orange edge off, and Titanium White, and went over his face, limbs, and belly again: And finally I took some pure Carbon Black (a color I rarely use except for special effects) and laid in his eyes, nose, lips, and claws (Although I just noticed I missed his toe claws. Oh, well, next time.). I also washed a little diluted black over his darker fur, most noticeable on the parts of the tail I had missed earlier: He still looks rough and terrible, especially up close, but I have to admit I am rather pleased with the overall color impression.
  2. I thought I would start my own Frostgrave terrain thread, since I started on my second ruin this week, and don't see my self stopping anytime soon. And, I didn't want to keep posting links in David's excellent Frostgrave terrain thread found here, http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65272-frostgrave-terrain/ , and detract from his efforts. For those that missed it, I already posted my first ruin here in the Frostgrave thread in the Fantasy sub-forum: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/63635-frostgrave/?p=1252554 This week, I thought I'd take things to another level and try my hand at a two-story ruin... Two improvements I wanted to try this week were to add more debris on to the base; and to mount the building on a squared base to help it feel more like an urban building. The main structure is made from cork tiles, and the extra details are made with balsa and bass wood. IMG_5605 by cnjpalmer IMG_5606 by cnjpalmer
  3. I have started painting Blood Rage the Boardgame's figures lately. The first two are the Frost and Fire Giants. For both I have followed Sorastro's uncanny tutorial to the letter (Youtube link here). It was a joy to follow his splendid instructions and I have learnt a lot. The snow was made from baking powder (using baking powder + pva glue + vlc dead white) since I did not have the means to procure any snow effects where I live. Comments and critique is always welcome. My photography skills are still lacking but thanks for looking.
  4. 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!
  5. I had to try out the Sparkling Snow paint I bought during the Christmas promotion. What better victim than the Winter fairy? Her dress and trail are the Sparkling snow paint, it is actually a very white silvery color.
  6. As I'm sure most of you do in these exchanges, I end up picking parts of the request to focus on. In this case I went with a winter base and OSL. Generally when we think of OSL we think of a mini painted with a zenithal light source and then the OSL is a secondary light source that colors part of the mini. I decided to do something different though and make the OSL my primary light source. Initially I wasn't going to have any secondary lighting, but that made things a bit boring from certain angles so I added in some moonlight. In the scene below the primary light source is the end of the staff. Anything illuminated by the staff I painted "normally," though with the highlights and shadows were orientated to it and not zenithal. Anything not lit by the staff is lit by desaturated "moonlight." For some reason I had difficulty getting the light balance correct on the photos but it's still pretty close. The mini itself. Here we start with normal colors: But as we get to her back the light desaturates until eventually the light source is blocked. Also, a bit of freehand. And a bit of milliput dust on the black base. It wiped off but I didn't redo the photo shoot. From the side you can see how I tried to put all of the highlights towards the staff with deeper shadows further away. The base. So far the battle has not gone well for the undead. I cut two of them apart so they could be caught in the moment of being blown apart. The inner light is a bit subtler on the armored skeleton. The eyes are so deep that you can only see the brightest parts from a very small angle. Now that I think about it I would have been better off to fill the sockets and freehand the surface. Ah well, for next time. : Here's probably the angles where you can really see the desturated vs lit areas best. And the top view. I don't currently have a way to do a light box for this angle on something this size so it is just sitting out on the table. I think these might have turned out the most color accurate though. I used some crackle medium to make the ice, and didn't realize that it did not adhere very well. My first drybrush took some of it off and I had to put it back in place. One thing I couldn't quite decide on was the cast shadows. Normally I just consider the scene to just end like it has been chopped off, but that leaves a gap of vertical snow in some places. Maybe I should have taken them down to the wooden base... I had initially planned on more freehand, but ran out of time. Thanks for looking.
  7. Frulla Krung The Frost Giantess Frulla Krung was chosen as the next project by popular vote on the forums. The miniature was sculpted by Sandra Garrity and the base was composed of a piece of slate, sand, ballast, and bark. You can see for yourself in the WIP post. The miniature is depicted as a frost giant so I gave her blue skin and instead of a classic blond look as most seem to get, I decided to keep hers dark blue. For the eyes I went with a bright grey iris to make them creepy, intense and stand out. She's clothed in the latest fashion of yellow fur trimming a classic leather bikini top and loincloth bottom. Her "Ugg" boots are wrapped with leather thongs and she likes a fur bracer. She's sporting a tribal necklace of teeth but with a pendant to match the bracelet on her arm. Her other accessory? The family battleaxe. A classic double headed axe with some amazing filigree work on the flat of the head. She'll claim a few heads with it next go around with the humans below. Her ancestral home is high within the mountains and thus covered in snow, ice and hoarfrost. Here she is ... Frulla Krung, the Frost Giantess! Enjoy. Check her out in the Inspiration Gallery. (Approved) Added to Thrym's Index of Reaper Miniatures & Thrym's General Show Off List
  8. Okay, this is a WIP of the making of the vignette, not the entire paint process. This is my first post here, so bear with me if I have to modify stuff. If the descriptions come out by the right photos the first time, I'll be pleasantly surprised :-) The post is going to be photo heavy, so I reduced the size of all of them. Hopefully it won't be too bloated. #1 The 99% mostly finished unicorn. -- EDIT -- grabbed the wrong photo, this one also lacks the mane & tail highlighting. If I add the corrected photo it will screw up the order. Whoops :-) #2 I "built" this tree using things from the yard. I couldn't find one exactly the way I wanted, so I cut and glued in pieces until I had what I wanted. #3 A spray primered piece of floor tile for the base, with a framework for the hill I wanted. The hill bit is the cardboard from the middle of one of those drink carrier things, Gorilla glued onto the base. I used Gorilla glue rather than one of the other kinds for enhanced sturdiness throughout. #4 I didn't want too much green or too much brown for my ground cover, so I mixed some static grass with old coffee grounds. #5 Putty time! #6 The oil slick, aka black primer so I'd have a steady color under my grass. #7 Some steps along the way getting my ground cover in. #8 I covered up the unicorn because for the last step I wanted an extremely light dusting representing the first snow of the year, but I didn't want any on him. *** edit *** Have to do a second post with the finished product, ran out of allowable photos. Also I didn't get the steps above each photo, but I think ya'll can figure it out.
  9. Seems that everyone is getting into this game, my group and I included. We have only read the books at this point, gathered our rough warbands and talked a bit about what we wanted to do with the game. I grabbed a bunch of terrain from 4Ground, awesome stuff, pre-painted, fairly easily assembled, it came in a pretty large box, happy times. A good amount of buildings. Vehicles too. I thought we needed surfaces to play on as well so I picked up two play mats from Deep Cut Studios. I went with the mouse pad material and it is pretty fantastic. Doesn't move, great color and detail AND pretty importantly it can get rolled up to save a little space around here. More to come as I get all this assembled and add a little paint.
  10. Old man winter is coming soon! In a follow up to the custom base tutorial, I made a video about how I make snow themed bases. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  11. I owe an extra-special thanks to all the Reaper Forumites who helped win this beastie and allowed me to paint her! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I loved this project. I wanted to paint this resin master sculpt all in blue with an ice and snow theme. Also, I wanted to create what seems like the perfect camouflage for an icy dragon hunting after dark. So the dragon from below is blue-black like the night sky, invisible when she soars overhead, while she is icy and pale on her back to hide in the snow by day. But I couldn't resist carrying the aurora pattern on to the back of the wings. I tried to match it up as carefully as I could to seem like a translucent wing. I have a fairly (hah!) extensive WIP encompassing several different threads: May-Aug '15 Sept-Dec '15 most recent She took...sigh... FOREVER. But she's worth it. She's also kind of hard to photo. I had to use the icky white background, but it at least worked. C&C always welcome! Let me know if I can fix anything in terms of the snow. I'm still exploring the whole icy creating aspect of mini painting...
  12. When I asked my girlfriend witch mini to paint she choose Ostarzha. It is a very elegant sculpt and a joy to paint. I tried a to paint it very light, almost pastel colors. The combination of colors I am very happy with. The wall is carved out of styrodur foam. A new technique for me. The foam is lightweight and easy to shape but a bit fragile. Also, don't use spray primer on it.. It melts.. This is also the first mini I have done with snow. I like the effect, but the snow is a bit difficult to control where it settles. The snow I used is from Krycell and is a powder. You first spray the base with sealer or lacquer and then sprinkle the snow on top. It worked better on the back of the wall then the front. The sphere in the picture is just temporary, I still have to make a stand for it. This is the base without the snow.
  13. For the next game of Frostgrave, we're adding a fun element where a treasure marker may instead be a zombie, so clearly, we all need to bring a casualty/treasure marker of some sort. A dead body clutching a treasure chest sounded just about perfect, so I went through my bits, and pulled a tiny treasure chest from GW's Brettonian infantry. For the body, I looked at a whole bunch of options, but settled on using one of the zombies from Bones II. It's the hunched over one on the far left. I chopped off his base, added some cork and the chest, and decided that was good enough. I used grey liner to prime it. Blocked in the base colors. Had a bit of a spill with the red, most of which ended up on a demon. But that's for another post. Then I sloshed the body with flesh wash, and detailed the chest with bronze. (not shown). The pics don't show it well, but I used wood glue when I initially applied the snow. This isn't ever a problem when I'm doing grass, but the yellow of the glue tinted the snow. And while there are times yellow snow is appropriate, this isn't really one of them. So I'm trying a variety of things to fix it. We'll see how my experiments look when I get back to my desk. One thing I can say is that just painting it didn't work.
  14. I wanted to add some snow to my figure bases, so I went and bought a package of Woodland Scenics snow. I wetted the surface, then put on the snow, and tried to soak and bind it with wetting agent made from a mixture of matte medium and flow improver, just like I do with Woodland Scenics foilage material. But when I did, the snow material didn't soak up the wedding agent, but instead beaded up into my setting mixture. What am I doing wrong here? Is there some trick to putting down Woodlands Scenics snow?
  15. Hey all! Just figured I'd post the current mini that I'm working on: Reaper's 60149: Winter Witch. I think I picked her up at last year's ReaperCon, and she's been sitting around waiting to be painted. I figured it'd be a good opportunity to get some practice in as well as experiment with ice bases for all of those Space Wolves I'm supposed to be painting. Anyways, enjoy! -K
  16. I decided to build some terrain on a a snowy day. It started as a cave for a monkey spirit: 10:38 am A few hours later I expanded it to a tower with battlements, Nathvarr came out for a look-see. 3:23 pm Then some princess finally came out to help. With more occupants some expansion was necessary. 4:20 pm Then I had to go make dinner. The princesses took possession, later inviting a young prince to help. The castle survived their occupation. 2 days later:
  17. Howdy! So I guess this is a combination intro/show off post. I recently finished this kitty that's been sitting in my to-paint box for *mumblety* years, and I'm quite proud of how it came out. That's a Groundwerks base insert with LOTS of snow flock on it. Anyhoo, about me: I first started painting in 1999, when I discovered Reaper minis at the Game Depot across the street from Arizona State University's main campus, next door to the Utrecht art supply store (I was a crazypants art major). I took to miniature painting like a duck to water, and wound up making most of my spending money painting for others all through college. I wound up taking a hiatus until fairly recently, and didn't paint much between 2003 and now, but I'm adding it back to my ever-growing list of hobbies. I'm a senior video game tester by day. I also draw, occasionally write stuff, dabble in costuming, leatherwork, and chainmail, and tinker with electronics--all usually with the world's snuggliest cat in my lap.
  18. This week I painted up the big cat figure that came with the Bones II KS original set of figures. He belongs to the Animal Companions pack in the online store. I chose to paint him as a Snow Leopard to use in my Frostgrave games. I just did a quickie tabletop paint job on it, but am pleased with the results. As always, C & C welcome.
  19. Where to begin... I bought an airbrush to paint this guy, I base coated the base but when I went to base coat the monster the air gun was clogged. I cleaned it, still didn't work. I took it apart and cleaned it, still didn't work. It will only spray water and occasionally a glob of paint. I thinned my paints, I cleaned the thing a million times. Still doesn't work!. So I have up for a while. Finally I decided to just paint it by hand. What a paint THAT was! Just trying to hold this guy constantly takes paint off I already put on. GRRRR. Anyway, I check the internet to see how other people painted this guy, pretty impressive stuff out there. I didn't see any snow tarrasques so that's what I went for. Good thing too because any Bones white showing through goes unnoticed.
  20. I couldn't find the model number for this Frost Giant. I like doing snowy bases, and I tried to make his weapons look like they were hewn out of ice. I could have highlighted his skin better, looking at it now, but I think it serves well enough.
  21. Yay Ub3r got my mini! When his package arrive I thought it was hilarious we'd been assigned each other!! So, here are the finished pics. Below I'll go through a quick WIP on how I did it if that's ok in the showoff forum. If not, I'll move it to a WIP thread. But there aren't too many pics. I had a lot of fun with this one. It gave me an excuse to play with a wintery theme. I tried to paint an ermine, but with them being all white, I'm not sure the contrast works. there's a touch of freehand on the dress and on the crystals. I dullcoated her Ub3r, but she's not sealed, so when you game with her, just be cautious. the snow is baking soda. I used brilliant blue, snow shadow, leather white, pure white, deep ocean, deep twilight, nightshade purple, fair skin and porcelain rose. I was trying to make the crystals look like a spell effect, but in hindsight I'd probably add something swirly around the staff to connect next time. Here's a quick step-by-etc-etc: Sort of how I approach eyes and shading. I like to block in some of the colors. It took me awhile to decide what color to do the border of the skirt. sorry for the focus. here's a quick way to approach gems. she's got these little circles on her belt begging for something shiny. I shade the belt first, then do the gems because I think it's easier. remember they're light at the bottom and dark at the top, with a little hotspot in the center of the dark area. so here's the base: I used a combination of sculpey for the bottom crystals and actual crystals for the long ones. I bought the crystals in bulk (about 300 or so) from a girl on ebay. you can get them cheap. I also sometimes make them out of bones sprue. I baked the sculpey after positioning the crystals, but I took them off for the bake. the tree is twisted wire with greenstuff on top. I tend to paint up the base then attach the tree later because it's easier for me to paint. For crystals, the base is whiter and the tips more colored due to where the imperfections form. The edges are light to illustrate reflection. each plane acts as a unique surface. it's fun to try to get contrast between the planes, but still give the illusion of a solid form. I use the edge of my brush run along the edge of the crystal to get the thin line. Enjoy! C&C and questions always welcome!! I can try to explain more if you want! What I love most about this mini is trying to figure out exactly how to attach that staff arm: where exactly is it supposed to point?!!!
  22. Hey everyone, I've been side tracked for a while but still managed to do some stuff on my models for my Ice diorama. I wanted to use my 2 Shaerileth spiders http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65465-77180-shaerileth-spider-demoness/ together with a Frost wyrm in an ice cave diorama. I bought some Fimo effects clay to see if I could create a cool ice effect. I bought a pack of translucent white and a pack of ice blue I tried 3 different things, first I did a thin layer(about 2 mm) of blue and on top of that a thin layer of the white, made some cracks in it and baked it. When it was backed I added a bit of a blue wash on the underside and filled the cracks with a white wash. Next I made a blue layer, again about 2 mm thick and a white layer of the same thickness, made some cracks and baked both Blue, with a light blue wash on the underside and some white wash in the cracks White, with only a bit of white wash in the cracks The translucency is a lot less than I expected, but the sort of bubbles/patches in the material look pretty convincing for ice with snow or air trapped in it. I am still not sure which of the 3 I will use and maybe I will come up with something completly different to mimic an Ice sheet. Getting the Fimo to a nice thin sheet is a lot of work and took me close to 3 hours for the three of them. Which one do you all think looks like the best replication of ice? While baking the different Ice sheets I started on my Frost Wyrm. I cleaned most of the mould lines, washed it, glued it together, added some green stuff in between the parts and primed it with my airbrush and Vallejo Game air Wolf Grey. When it was primed i noticed a lot more imperfections so I redid the whole thing and added some more green stuff. It seems I find it hard to leave things without some modification so I added an extra horn on his head, redid his right jaw and added some feelers to the side of his head. I also added some green stuff to have all the rocky/scaley things on his back to cover the transition between parts. I then primed the wyrm again with my airbrush and Vallejo game air Wolf Grey. I have been trying a few different color scemes on paper to find what will best suits him but I am still thinking about which I will use. Progress will probably be slow, since I have a ton of other things to do and I am also working on a side project.
  23. The Ice Storm in Texas and Oklahoma is winding down, but I was wundering-does anyone in Texas and\or Oklahoma have any storm reports? (e.g., ice accumulation\accretion, snow\sleet accumulation, power outages, road conditions, etc.) As I live in Illinois, I am just getting plain ole rain. Had a flash flood watch this morning. Any reports?
  24. Back with my second mini! This guy is the dwarf berserker lord / slayer from the Avatars of War line. It was only after I'd primed him that I realized what poor quality the casting seemed compared to my previous mini, I filled in where I could with GS, but unfortunately nearly half of his face was missing... But rather than try and sculpt him a new left eye and cheek, I took the lazy way out and made it a feature. I tried a lot of new things on this mini, blood, snow, aged bronze/brass, and was my first time painting so much skin and hair. I'm not totally happy with how he came out, overall he seems too brown, and the wash I applied to his skin made the recesses between the muscles a bit too blocky, but maybe I'm just picking faults after spending too many of my evenings for the past week with him. Good enough for the table at least. Funnily my favorite part of the whole model now he's done is how the ork's head he's standing on came out. As always advice is welcomed, as I'm still new at this.
  25. I painted this wolf as a large animal companion for my husband's hunter. The medium sized version of the wolf was painted in April. This kitty was a quick color and pattern check for the wolf. Random Toad!