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I finished another Dark Sword Miniature this afternoon. I got some upsetting news, so I painted it off, intead
of letting it bother me. So, with that said... This is a HEAP OF FUN to paint. I actually did it twice. When I looked at number 1
I liked it, but it was boring. So I got out the paints AGAIN, and figured out another paint scheme. I based my second set of painting
on "Night Watch", and that is what is here. Very complicated Sculpt to paint, and get into. Multi level highlighting also makes the
brush work that more complicated. 28mm is SMALL, so keep tips well pointed !
Do have fun, its worth it on this one.
Comments (negative or positive) are greatly appreciated !
Here he is:
I've been on a painting tear since ReaperCon. Here's one from last week.
Pathfinder's "Iron Gods" Adventure Path crosses over into science fiction, including robots and androids, such as the android priestess Meyanda.
Wayne Reynolds painted the cover of the Adventure Path where Meyanda appears: click for link.
Bobby Jackson sculpted the character. I like what he did with this delicate sculpt.
I decided to give her a sci-fi-styled base, not my usual rock/grass/leaf palette.
I started with a piece of plasticard shaped like square floor-tiles, gouged out some scratches, and added some debris (a robotic "piston" of two brass rods, a "cable" of brass wire, and a few chunks of rubble that I carved from the plasticard).
I have been threatening to finish Zoe The Golden Retriever sometime this week.
Last nights sixteen degrees F provided the impetus ! I was too cold to sleep well.
So Here is ZOE. This is a beautiful, soul full piece to work on. Capturing the emotion in
that small face, getting everything painted and mounted proved quite the challenge to me.
In the end Zoe was a real treat to do. Not that often I really get into a feeling level while painting
a miniature. Mr. Summers must have had a beautiful and loving companion in Zoe, it came through
the Sculpt ! Hope I did it Justice.
Let me know what you think of my efforts on this mini please !
I like to speed-paint.
This past year, I spent a lot more time on other projects and didn't do much painting, but I got in a few rounds of speed-painting at KublaCon (in May) and at Origins (in June).
I don't know why I didn't post these photos months ago, but here they are now.
At KublaCon, the speed-painters get to use sets of about 30 little plastic pots of craft paint, like you might find in a paint-by numbers kit -- joined in rows of sprue with flip-off lids, and all set into a routed piece of plywood.
I don't know who makes the paints. The range of colors is pretty good, but some colors just don't cover well.
KublaCon first qualifying round: big medieval zombie. 45 minutes.
Man, was I rusty. I didn't have a strong idea about the colors, other than green skin, for whatever reason.
David Diamondstone was in this heat with me, and he won. He pointed out that my paint-job was too clean for a zombie, and he was right. His version had more dirt and blood. I stole that for my next figure.
(David has won the KublaCon painting contest, and gold medals and Sophie Trophies at ReaperCon. Check out his work in the ReaperCon galleries if you haven't already.)
I painted a second coat of black around the edge of the base.
KublaCon second qualifying round: modern zombie. 45 minutes.
It had less surface area than the first zombie, which meant more time per square millimeter and a more deliberate paint job.
I had a better plan for the skin -- deep purple shadows, then green-and-pale highlights, plus zombie-riffic blood and bone -- then thought about the rest of the colors while my hand was putting on that paint.
I also painted a second coat of black around the edge of the base.
I couldn't attend the final round of speed-painting because I was running a game at that time.
Three weeks later, at Origins, Reaper's own LadyStorm was running the speed-painting tournament.
The paints were a 12 Reaper paints (black, white, red, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, Tanned Skin, silver, gold, and ... I don't remember the 12th color).
Origins qualifying round: a Bones sci-fi trooper. Small and simple. 45 minutes.
Three lines of freehand on the chest make for a basic rank insignia.
I haven't done any more painting on him beyond those 45 minutes.
Origins semi-final round: Bones deva (#77363). 45 minutes, maybe 50. We all thought it was a cruel joke to give us such a big figure. Cruel yes, but no joke.
I got at least one coat of paint on almost every surface. (Those few feathers behind the shield eluded me. Because this was the flexible Bones plastic, I could pull the wings back to paint their inner surfaces.)
I started with the wings: brown at the base and wet-blended to Tanned Skin. If you squint hard enough, they actually look OK.
I chose the aqua-green skin and yellow-gold sword to fit the image of a planetar angel from D&D.
I haven't done any extra painting on this one, either, but I'm wondering how much better it would look after another 45 minutes!
Final Round: we had our choice of 2 figures -- a bigger hippo-man or a smaller rhino-man. Both will be part of the Bones 3 release. 60 minutes.
I chose the hippo because I had a vision of the gray and brown-pink skin gradations, but I couldn't do them as smoothly as I imagined.
Not a win, but still fun.
I think his big mouth and teeth turned out well, and his bright tropical fruits look yummy. No further painting on him.
Thanks for looking.
So, I got this pretty cool figure a few years ago at my first Reapercon.
I don't think I've ever seen him painted up, so I figured I'd give it a shot, and I'll be bringing him to this year's 'con.
The base on the figure was slightly miscast, so I removed it and attached the figure to an urban rubble base ('old factory' by Basicks).
His pants are painted up in an WW2 German 'ambush pattern' camouflage scheme.
Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I decided to try some freehand tattoos on him. I'm doing something vaguely reminiscent of the tribal tattoos that George Clooney's character had in From Dusk 'Till Dawn. In the movie the tats were on his left arm; I'm doing them on the right 'cause there's more room there. I also added a word tattooed onto the fingers of his left hand.
....and that's where I'm stuck. I know I need to try to do something to make 'em look they're under the skin, not just painted on top of it, but I'm not sure what/how to do it...I tried what I thought was a light wash; that ended up looking terrible. I ended up repainting his arm, it was that bad. (On the plus side, I think the second version of the tats looks better.)
So please let me know what you think, and any advice would be great;y appreciated.
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