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This was my entry for the Reaper Fan Facebook Page Paint Your Giants Contest.
This is the biggest thing I ever painted not on a canvas.
The last time I entered one of these, I felt like it would have done better if the base told more of a story, so that is what I tried to achieve with this one.
I wanted it to portray REVENGE!
The Jarl had his left eye gouged out by a young upstart white dragon. He healed, regrouped, and hunted down the dragon to enact his revenge.
I hope you like it.
The final results have now been posted. He placed 4th behind some mind-blowing work.
I wanted some orange on the model to play against the blue skin, for color theory.
Originally, it was going to be glowing runes on the rock and skulls, but I abandoned that for the sake of time/completion.
I settled with orange tones in the leather.
I wasn't really sure how to get the TMM of the crown to look like a gouge, or how to make his blue skin look like a scar.
I'm not entirely sold on the result, but I'm sure I'll try again some day on a different model.
The Monster Manual suggests blue skin with white/gray/dirty blonde hair is the usual coloration. I tried to go to full white for the highlights of the face to make it the focal point.
I wanted him to look like he was wearing a polar bear pelt, and that all the fur trim was also polar bear.
I tried to make it look a little muddy on the bottom, and on his shoes.
This was how I wanted to weather the inside of the bear skin, to make it look like it had that dried cracked appearance. Not sure how well it shows up in the picture.
These were some WIP shots. The black and white was to figure out how to highlight the sword.
I wanted the sword and stone items to look like shiny flint. I hit the sword and most of the other stone items with high gloss varnish to help sell the effect.
The front and back of the sword.
Finally, some more details of the base and the white dragon victim.
I wanted to base the dragon as a purple in the recesses, similar to the effect going on on the cover of Hoard of the Dragon Queen module.
This was the BONES Temple Dragon I sacrificed. He is smaller, but his tongue sticks out perfectly to sell the dead dragon effect. And he's not as expensive to replace as Deathsleet!
I pained his eyes half-rolled into his head to complete the idea. I tried to freehand some anatomy on there: vertebral body, muscle groups, esophagus, carotid arteries/jugular veins.
I also tried to be accurate with the blood spray coming from both arteries, and didn't want to go too crazy with the gore. Finally, I wanted it to look like his hot blood had melted some of the snow.
Overall, this was a wild ride. The early part of the contest saw him at #2. Then he gave up some ground and sat at #3 for a long time.
Then another Frost Giant (Queen) made a great surge at the end to unseat me out of #3 into 4th place.
To be honest, there were so many awesome paint jobs, I'm just humbled and honored to be in the top 20.
Thanks for looking.
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Non Reaper models and Busts over 40mm wide/tall Reaper contest: -- entries must be Reaper figures. Any 40mm or larger figure, metal or Bones, in production or OOP can be entered -- any figure which was painted and finished in 2018 is eligible -- figures that have won a statue level award as a ReaperCon entry are ineligible. This includes a Sophie, Golden Maelee, etc. -- the deadline for entries is Dec 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm CST -- a diorama is defined as two or more figures on a scenic base that helps to tell a story. The diorama may have smaller figures, as long as there is one large sized Reaper figure in the entry -- you may enter as many times as you like, but only one prize per person will be awarded -- each entry needs to be uploaded to the appropriate thread. Please attach your entries using the forum uploading feature or hotlink from the Inspiration Gallery. We want to make sure they're visible at all times. -- you may submit between one and four images of each Single Figure entry and up to six images for Diorama. They do not need to be stitched into a single image file. -- you are allowed to enter miniatures that will also be entered into other contests that might overlap ours. -- the judges or Reaper reserves the right to remove entries if deemed inappropriate, but we're pretty laid back here and this is just to cover our butts. -- the judges and Reaper can clarify and amend rules at will. Prizes: Reaper has approved prizes in each category: 1st prize $50 2nd prize $30 random drawing prize $20 If there are fewer than 8 entries in any category, only 1st prize and the random prize will be awarded. Image Enhancement: -- digital enhancement ("Photoshopping") of your entry is strictly prohibited. -- no clone brush, healing brush, airbrush, or other brush work. Fix your paint with paint, not with Photoshop. -- no adding or removing background elements from the image -- if you add a logo or a watermark Reaper cannot use your image in their gallery. Note that if your image is selected for the Reaper gallery, you will be credited by name under the image. -- cropping, global color balance, and global level adjustments are allowed ("global" means "the entire image." You may not "pop" colors by only selecting some areas for level adjustment. Non-Reaper contest: -- entries which fit the above requirements (40mm+) or busts that were not made by Reaper can be entered here. -- there is no Reaper prize support for this category -- 3rd party prize support will be determined by donations near the end of the contest.
This year is the year of giving miniatures as birthday gifts to the friends I game with. One of these fine fellows--my oldest and dearest friend--has a birthday in a couple weeks. He loves magic-users and is obsessed with Harry Potter, so I painted up a 25th anniversary Domur as a classic "Gandalf the Grey" style wizard for his present:
Tried to layer the flames to give some interesting and pleasing texture. Let me know how I did.
Also, given his love for all things Potter, I did my best to modify Domur's spellbook to a more familiar book cover...
I'm actually surprised I could keep the brush steady enough for it to come across at all similar, to be honest.
This is pretty done besides the jewelry I plan to sculpt on it. As my scultping is Meh, I'm calling this the final product. I did something different with the eyes as I didnt really want to give her human or dragon eyes so I did neither.
I kind of like how they turned out considering she sat unpainted for weeks because I wasnt sure on what to do with the eyes!
By Paradoxical Mouse
So, 2017 was my first year in this hobby. I discovered the joys of miniatures. I discovered Reaper. I discovered Bones 4, and the Reaper forums with it. I'm going to post pictures of everything I've painted this year, more or less in order...with a bit of a blurb about my journey. Starting with before I joined these forums, my first miniatures.
KOBOLDS - WizKids Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures - 72557
These were my first miniatures I painted. Yeah. I started with small kobolds... And with WizKids... (I didn't have primer on hand to start).
GOBLINS - Reaper Bones - 77024
What comes after kobolds? Goblins. I have no idea how there are only 9, when they come in packs of 6....I only remember painting 9, as well...This is a mystery... Also, these guys got painted based on a Runescape quest...yeah. I'm a nerd.
ADVENTURERS - WizKids Deep Cuts - 72596, 72597, 72600, 72601
So I used the WizKids adventures for Acolytes in my Hoard of the Dragon Queen game...yeah...these were my first human paint jobs.
Golanth, Half Dragon Warrior - Reaper Dark Haven Legends - 03463
Golanth was the first metal mini I painted. I remember loving tinting his armor. I also had to base him to keep him from falling over.
Various Furniture - Reaper Bones - 77319, 77138, 77137
I wanted some dungeon dressing...
Swarms - Reaper Bones - 77129, 77128
Thanks to Hoard of the Dragon Queen, the enemies my players are most afraid of are...RAT SWARMS. Yeah, the rat swarms in ch.1 almost ended up with a TPK. Good times.
Halfling Rogue - WizKids Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures - 72627
This chick was my first painted player mini. She was a halfling bard. I remember giving up on her eyes.
Dracolisks - Reaper Bones - 77379
I was super proud of these guys when I first did them. I loved how the washes looked!
Cultist - Reaper Bones - 77351
My goodness, I started to do detail with this guy! I'd actually discovered Reaper's forums with him, but I stayed just a lurker for a while.
Andriessa, Female Wizard - Reaper Bones - 77386 OR 77381 (DDS2)
I really spent a lot of time on her. I wanted to try and see just how detailed I could paint.
More Goblins - WizKids Deep Cuts - 72579
Black Bear (Companion Animals) - Reaper Bones - 77216
The druid kept turning into a bear. It made me angry, but I still painted him up a mini.
Phoenix - WizKids Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures - 72563
I just kind of stuck some red ink on this one.
Deep Ones - Reaper Dark Haven Legends - SKU ????????? (None of my searches are finding these guys)
Peryton - Reaper Bones - 77392
I actually used reference photos for this guy!
Spiders - Reaper Bones - 77025
Mister Mouse is scared of spiders and hates these guys. He insists I keep them put away.
Cassie, Female Gnome Wizard - Reaper Dark Haven Legends - 03340
Recognize her? She was the first mini I posted up on these forums! She was used as my mini for my player character, Ashes. She was also my first attempt at basing. Additionally, you might remember her being my avatar for a long while.
Zombies - Reaper Bones - 77053, 77014
I played with some special effects with these guys. I still love the results!
Skeletons - Reaper Bones - 77242, 77241, 77244, 77238, 77237
So many skeletons! I also think I have the wrong sku for my spearman...
Ghast - Reaper Bones - 77159
Wraith - Reaper Bones - 77097
I tried adding a tuft of grass to this guy, in the back.
Plant Thing - Reaper Bones - ?????
I got this from Stoneskull...don't know the actual SKU.
Bear - Reaper Bones - ??????
I have no idea the SKU on this bear - it came with Bones 3 core. He was my first attempt to paint for display, instead of tabletop.
More Cultists and a Circle - Reaper Bones - 77351
I tried to get a glowy effect on the circle...I still like the first cultist I did a little better...
Tombstone - Reaper Bones - ?????
From Bones 3 Graveyard
Necromancer - Reaper Bones - 77283
I hate the paint job I did on her...she's the last mini I painted using only Army Painter Paints...
Level Up! - Reaper Learn to Paint Kit - 08907
And so, I leveled up (I have no clue where the gnome went, and the pirate apparently needs a touch-up)
Adventuring Kid - Reaper Dark Haven Legends - 03783
And so, I tried to apply what I learned and also do NMM...this kid didn't turn out so great. But I tried!
Hot Foot - Reaper ReaperCon 2017 Mousling - 01616
My FIRST MOUSLING!!!! I'm still really happy about how the bubbling lava came out. Also my lesson in painting before assembly.
Bandit - Reaper Bones - ?????
And so, I went back and tried speed painting something...
Lizardman Archer - Reaper Bones - 77425
Speed painted to test Eldar colors...
Wrapping Dragon - Reaper Special Edition - 05193
I finally start to be getting shading and eyes! Yay!
Christmas Speed Paints - Reaper - ???, 77436, 77435, 77433, 01552
And so, I now speed paint at a much higher quality than I even slow painted at in the beginning.
I feel like 2017 was great. 92 painted miniatures later, I think my skill has improved drastically. I hope my skill keeps improving in 2018!
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