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I've had Koshrel done for a week now, he made his grand debut at last week's D&D session, and I even posted him on my dA account, but I've been busy, tired, and lazy, so I hadn't gotten around to editing my pictures for these forums. Until tonight. When I have two more family members.

 

First, our patriarch, Koshrel "Darkflame" SkaRae. He's 03316 Kar'Drakir of the reptus, with wings added. I also gave him Frulla's axe changed up his sword a bit. There's stuff I'm not entirely happy with, but he looks good on the table, and my husband thinks he's awesome, so it'll do  :rolleyes:

 

Hope you like him.

 

 

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And here's his wife, Shae'Narai SkaRae. She's been a challenge. I converted 03534 Sirithis, the succubus to be a draconian female. The head I got from 03022 Half Bronze Dragon, green stuffed a snout onto, not very well I'm afraid, and added a fin. I also used green stuff to fill in her armour, since the "armour" on the succubus was just a bunch of leather straps.

 

The huge thing on her left arm is a stone gauntlet and it's supposed to look too big, I'm pretty pleased with that.

 

Not as pleased with her great club. I'm going to have to practice much more green stuff, I really don't know how the sculptors make such neat weapons, I just couldn't get the stuff to cooperate with me :angry:

 

Anyway, here she is:

 

 

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And here's the last one for now. No, she's not a draconian, she's adopted.

 

Betsy Booms-A-Lot! The living doll! Yes, she's alive, she's fully sentient, and she's remarkably cute :wub:

 

Mini is from 14087 Familiars II(5) by Werner Klocke. I added a second eye though, because after she adopted us we repaired her. My husband had the idea of adding a hair bow, which would have increased her "awww" factor by +5, but she was nearly done by then.

 

Also, I used the carnival red colour which came in the swag bag this year for the top coat on her hair, really makes it pretty!

 

 

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love the axe colors. Nicely done!!

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Not as pleased with her great club. I'm going to have to practice much more green stuff, I really don't know how the sculptors make such neat weapons, I just couldn't get the stuff to cooperate with me :angry:

In a lot of cases you build the base form from something else, usually plastic like Plastruct or Evergreen and then sculpt details onto that. It's difficult to build a large Greenstuff shape without a frame under it and greenstuff doesn't hold hard edges that well since it has a bit of flex. Also, it's much easier to carve a blade out of rigid plastic. So for a sword or flanged mace you would build the weapon surfaces from plastic and then add detail with greenstuff. Sorry I don't have pictures, I'm really bad about not documenting processes while I model.

 

If you are going the fully sculpt everything route rather than build the base shape from plastic, this thread will be useful to you: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/45797-weapon-sculpting-redux/

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The first of the twins, Shenrick SkaRae! Pretty happy with this one, he was much easier than Koshrel, since I added the wings later on. Learned my lesson there!

 

Rawr!

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To try get an etched effect on the armour, I painted little swirls and whatnot, then covered it with thinned gold metallic paint, 2 layers, IIRC.
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The Star of Bahamut shield! It's pretty ::):
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Hope you like him! Suggestions, comments, and critique welcome, though I'm not likely to apply any of it to these minis, lol. They are DONE! ::P:
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And here is Vorelor. Took a few days to fix her cause I had to wait for the green stuff to dry and so forth.

 

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I put a pattern on this panel using shiney white paint. It's really hard to photograph, this is the best picture I got of it. It's a floral pattern, like brocade.
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Ok after looking over these minis my advice is "more contrast", at least darken the shadows more (the highlights seem bright enough).

 

The painting competition has an Open category where any Reaper mini goes (which includes a "door prize" for entrants).

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And here's Sularia SkaRae, Shenrick's wife. I learned a bunch of new stuff for this mini; kinda wish I knew the techniques for the other minis. But right now I don't really want to redo them right now. Too much work :upside:

 

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We all grow as painters, and the old ones will remind you what you used to do. I have a handful of my earliest painted figures, and they were a lot of fun but I paint much better now (and I'm faster!).

 

I'm certain you're seeing similar things, and this is a fun thread to watch.

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