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The first of four almost complete.  I will be obsessing over a couple details before I call him done.  Trying to decide if I paint a pattern similar to that on the bottom hem along his hood.  A lot of black that isn't black.  Blue liner and nightshade purple have become my favorite "blacks".

 

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And a couple references I've been using.

 

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Yesssss embrace the wonder that is Nightshade Purple!! ::D:

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That is one gorgeous mini! 

 

... I'm thinking I'm going to need to pick that purple up as well... 

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Full disclosure-

 

On his cloak and outer robe are nightshade purple and blue liner.  I wanted to differentiate his inner robe so used brown liner with green ochre to bring in some warmth and then blue liner for the deep shadows.  And the armor is black green, pale lichen and blue liner.

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The 2 of 4 almost done.  Need to finish up some base details in order to call it complete.  Plus, you can see where I'm headed next once the 4 are complete.

 

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I'm on a roll today.  3 of 4 complete.  Maybe.  I'm not 100% happy with the gem, but after the few hours I've spent on it, I just can't do it anymore.  More practice needed on that kind of thing.  I might have energy tomorrow to see if I can improve on it.

 

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Okay!  Two things happened today.  I took a more careful look at images of green quartz and while running errands, the hubs wanted to hit the FLGS and so I ended up buying a new bottle of paint, Vallejo Yellow Green.  Also, worked on better blending.  Results - 

 

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Better. Happier. Done. Next!

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The hubster is an enabler.

 

The goal is to not buy minis to try and reduce the stock of unpainted ones that I already own.  But today, he hands me over some that he picked up over time from his visits to the FLGS.  Some were to represent characters he's played during his weekly game night and a couple he recently found in the random minis bin.  I love that he knew I would love a fat valkyrie pig lady.

 

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I know the pig lady is Helga the Conqueror and pretty sure the bird is a GW great eagle.  But I couldn't figure out who the big armored "orc" on the left is.  I love his bulk.  Does anyone recognize him?

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There's a few tiny touch ups I'll be wanting to do before sealing, but otherwise, 4 of 4 done!  Our Goliath warrior is a collector, thus his slightly incongruous equipment.  I think he might be my favorite of the group.

 

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Next on the list.  Cleaned up a couple Pathfinder goblins.  Picked a mix from 60017: Goblin Pyros & 60006: Goblin Warriors and the 60014: Goblin Commando.  Along with the little guy (Frostgrave soothsayer apprentice) lying down in the corner of the stand, they're all going to be part of a diorama.

 

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Had to do a touch of green stuff on the commando because he was floating above his saddle and to complete his reins.

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AND, in my search to find some foam to help build the diorama, I dug deep enough in storage (because it turned into a spring cleaning exercise) and found the box containing these -

 

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Finding original boxes surprised me because I had at least the dragons sitting in a case and one of them is on this year's list.  Thought I'd tossed the boxes long ago.  In the back of my mind I knew I still had a few loose old minis lying around somewhere, but what?!

 

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Supposedly, I have an old Blood Bowl goblin team too.  But sadly, it wasn't among these.  Hmmm. . . .

 

Trying not to let them distract me.  But the Ogres of the East are tempting.

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Life's been distracting me more than other minis recently, but I have been getting little bits of time in.  Got the goblins primed in a darker grey then started base coating skin bits using Muddy Olive and a wash of Brown Liner.  Ruddy Leather on the goblin dog.

 

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And as I mentioned, it's part of a diorama, so I started building some bits for it.

 

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Exposure is not the best sadly.  But those are books I'm building.  Milliput between styrene and then I'll use green stuff to build book spines.  I've started building open books and have done only one so far Sculpting exposed pages is proving a challenge.  Think I may see if using GS makes a difference.  I'll probably add more intricate details on the bookshelf and build a bench.  And the plan is to add some sort of patterned stone floor.  Been exploring some medieval library looks.

 

Also, when I've need a painting change of pace, I've started working on this guy -

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Outside of Ma'al Drakar which, because it was huge, I could get away with some stuff, this is actually the first Bones I've worked on.  I was not having fun trimming off the mold lines and actually at some point just gave up and started painting.

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Base of Camoflage Green, light Ruddy Leather wash, and a drybrush of Pale Olive to get started.  He'll get a pattern along his body based on the mojave rattlesnake.

 

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Taking a break from the goblin diorama.  I've gone a decent way on it, but I'm obsessing a bit too much on detail and its keeping me from moving forward.  So it's set aside for now.

 

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Book stack is all glued up, but the goblins and furniture are still separate pieces that I can pull off to paint.

 

The last couple days, I focused on the snake man.  He's almost done and I've moved on to setting up a Grenadier dragon as my next project.  Already pinned and green stuffed.

 

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