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@Everyone :: Please feel free to share your pix of creations from the Bones Conversion Classes in this thread.
I will **start:
As a beginning exercise Gene Bobby and Jason had everyone pick a body, add one thing, and pass it to the right. That was repeated three times. These were the result.
**Be warned I have moar pix...
Despite life being awry, Number One Son and I made it up to ReaperCon for a few hours. One of his favorite features of it is the Paint and Take table - he's really beginning to get into mini painting, and tries to finish at least one while we're there. As I am a social wreck who's very set in his ways, I generally hate to paint away from my comfy setup at home (even though it's been a while since that setup has been used). However, as NOS was asking for some tips, I figured I'd need to lead by example and eventually painted...this...
He's pretty rough, but hey - he's a ratman, innit? Fairly fun, simple sculpt - easy enough to do even with unfamiliar brushes and less than optimal lighting. AND I actually managed to paint something!
Think I'll add him to my "dungeon crawl critters" box.
Time to get back to thinking up excuses why I haven't worked on my Chariot of Fear in the "Works in Progress" forum :D
At Reapercon, I realized that a lot of people aren't aware of this trick, so I thought I'd share it here.
When assembling a bones mini, you can get a perfectly seamless fit that has no need for gap filling. The way you do this is to boil some water, and stick the end of one of the pieces in. Then press it into the other one while it is still hot.
I discovered this while assembling a Cinder where warping made it so that the wings and arms couldn't go on the mini at all. After boiling, they fit on perfectly- and there was no need to pull out green stuff. In one instance, this worked as a "dry fit" and in another, I dried the still warm end and glued them together while still warm.
I've only done this a few times now, so I'd love to hear what other people's experiences are. But I'm really excited to never gap fill a bones mini again.
By Ash Adler
This one was about doing some more experimenting, such as:
Painting eyes before skin (I think I'll keep doing this) Painting the base for the eyes with a color instead of just black (I went with purple, and the fact that I feel compelled to say that probably shows how ineffective it was at looking like some colored eyeliner instead of a black outline) Painting the base early (I don't think I'll keep doing this, unless it's for a specific reason with certain minis) Trying to create a fair skin tone with warm undertones (I liked what I was able to do for this) Trying to do blonde hair (turned out a little darker than ideal, and it needed more highlights, but at least it was reasonably blonde-ish) Trying to combine washing with layering highlights on the same part (I think my biggest mistake here was not doing some layering on the shaded zones, since I relied too much on base coat+wash to fill in that side of the gradient) More blacklining (really liking the effect this has, though I need to work on the neatness and thickness of the lines)
More pictures and thoughts as I worked on it at my blog: link
Overall, I like the results, but I'm really annoyed at how stark the transition between the shades and highlights on the skirt turned out. Looking back, I'm not sure why I didn't do some glazing on it, because I could tell that it was too much even while painting the rest of the mini. I guess I'm still new enough to the hobby that I'm going to have stupid oversights like that. Anyway, C&C welcome
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