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Last night I took a painting lesson from a friend who happens to have won many awards for mini painting and this year won Grand Master in Lock and Load 2018. So for the model of choice we choose to paint the Reapercon Sophie. We both painted one and this is what I ended up with.
First model I have painted fully in maybe 10 years.
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I thought this year would be my last ReaperCon. Somewhere along the line, I forgot the joy of speed painting and just painting miniatures for tabletop quality that I can use for gaming, etc. Somewhere along the line miniature painting became something that had to 'wow' or be appropriate for competition.
I rediscovered my love of miniature painting at the Speed Painting, Sophie Says, and Paint by Die Roll tables at ReaperCon 2018; having 45-60 minutes to paint a miniature was such an exhilarating challenge and I present to you my fun!!!
Barnabus the pirate was a Paint by Die Roll.
Esme was a Speed Paint.
Judas was a Sophie Says.
Michelle was a Speed Paint.
Ogre was a Paint by Die Roll.
Sekhmet was a Paint by Die Roll.
Trista was a Sophie Says.
Reaper released a new miniature for each of the 4 factions at ReaperCon this year.
This was the release that represented the River Widows: a woman and a big axolotl, both sculpted by Bobby Jackson.
(I figured that "Cailleach" was Gaelic but I didn't know how to say it. A web-search says it is like "Kal-ee-akh". The diphthong "ai" is the sound in our word "pal", not "pile".)
I put both figures on one 30mm round base, with a tree stump that I sculpted for her to stand on.
I did an image-search for axolotl colors. There are black, brown, green, yellow, pale pink/white ... but apparently the lighter colors are rare in wild specimens and more common for pets. I chose light olive-green (with dark mottling) with reddish gills, similar colors to what Cailleach is wearing. (But see below for how it would look as a lighter color.)
I can imagine people getting this axolotl figure to use on its own, for dioramas, etc.
I changed her hair a bit to match Talin's concept art more closely (shown here in a photo from the ReaperCon program).
The stock miniature has wavy hair covering both ears. I cut away the mass of hair on the right and sculpted a new ear and curls. I also added some sharper curls on the left side.
If I hadn't done that conversion, the figure would have looked more like this:
A quick experiment to make the axolotl lighter-colored:
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