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Whew! Sorry I missed the start of this, the past couple of days have been crazy busy for me. You're doing great so far!! :bday: I have so much fun seeing the different approaches everyone takes to these. Also I approve of Shiny Purple Guy. He's very shiny. And purple. :lol:

 

Now for a few responses I missed earlier...

 

On 10/27/2018 at 8:08 AM, WhiteWulfe said:
  • Do you think you'll succeed? I'm aiming for completion.  Will it happen?  Time shall tell if I succeed or fail, but I intend on having fun when going into this, and that's my main goal!
  • What do you hope to learn by doing this? In all honesty?  More speed painting techniques, more tabletop techniques, and arguably most importantly in my eyes the ability to go back to painting a mini and just being happy with it, instead of constantly fiddling with this and that, and taking downright forever to actually get one done.  That and I want an epic dragon of doom to put on our shelves to display!

 

This is a great attitude to have! :bday: Yeah, these things are wonderful boot camps for "PAINT ALL THE THINGS FASTER" especially for those that tend to fiddle endlessly instead of just calling something done. ^_^

 

On 10/27/2018 at 2:03 PM, WhiteWulfe said:

Ran out of paint in my palette, and stomach was all "GRAWWWWR, FEEED ME!" so I was like "okay, lower half of tower can wait for now, let's get food and a forum post going"

 

 

 

Pauses to make posts make great breaks to nom things, stretch, take pictures, and ponder the gameplan for the next few hours. Honestly, a lot of my ideas crystallized as I was typing them up!

 

On 10/27/2018 at 6:29 PM, WhiteWulfe said:

 

*snerks* If by victim, you mean grey liner trying to slowly soak your soul... Sure! :P

...

The dwarf (Barden Barrelstrap apparently) - black/grey/dark blue

The elf (Arathanel apparently) - black/grey/NEON GREEN (or a bright green of sorts)
the human (Sir Rathan Kranzhel) - black and purple, maybe some grey

the sorceress (Andriessa) - red, with black accents

The Rogue/Thief (Lanelle) - In actual proper leathers and semi-subdued colours.  Why?  She's the only one NOT WEARING A CAPE.

...

Yes, I was tempted to try and sculpt the dragon a pair of turntables and some headphones, but...  There's enough on the plate for a seven day challenge.  Silly shenanigans can come later on.

 

My soul is 95% Brown Liner by now. True Story.

 

Oooooo those colors sound AWESOME! I'm really looking forward to seeing how they turn out! :bday: 

 

Yes, there's always time for silly shenanigans after the Challenge, especially if sculpting is involved. I try to keep a handle on my "Wouldn't this be an awesome idea?!" tendencies by giving myself permission to get a little creative on the last or second to last day, if I have time. This seems to work well for me, but certainly isn't the only way to do things!

 

20 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

Sure, morning was a bit of a slower start today, but wheee, today is painting a dragon, plus getting colour onto heroes! :wub:

 

Mornings tend to be slow, especially if you aren't a morning person to start with; expect this to happen more as time goes on . I sort of managed it by picking something simple to ease my way into the Groove; terrain works nicely for this. :)

 

20 hours ago, Echoside_ said:

I'm tempted to do a Khanjira challenge as I have many days off in December, but the SO would probably have issues to it.  So I'll vicariously do the challenge by watching your awesomeness. 

 

Khanjira is by far the easiest of the 4; there's nothing tricky or complicated about him, no wings or big terrain or additional tiny figures to paint. I finished mine in 5 days without hurrying too much, and mostly stopped because I was tired of working on him. :lol: But absolutely discuss any Challenge with your SO; it's important that you're both on the same page about what this crazy thing is, and what it will demand from you. MrBoot's biggest concern for me (other than my general lack of desire to care for myself properly :ik_oops:) was that I was "wasting" a big expensive miniature on these things. After I'd done a couple, I explained to him just how much they'd helped level up my painting abilities, and he could see that while they weren't my best work, they were painted; the same cannot be said for any of my other big miniatures lol.

 

16 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

I had originally considered being in the Hangouts, and maybe even showing a live feed of things, but there were a few problems....

 

Do what works best for YOU! I gave Hangouts a try, but only lasted a couple of hours at a time, and wasn't able to handle it after the first few days. If rocking out to music gets you in your groove, keep doing that! :)

 

11 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

As for the dragon, I haven't chosen any colours yet (was too busy wanting to make sure the heroes had their stuff going right), but I strongly suspect it's going to be an orange/hot pink/black dragon kind of combination, because of various reason.

 

Oh man, those sound like they'd look awesome together!! Be wary of pink, though; you'll want to undercoat it with something (perhaps a solid red) because if you try to layer it on top of Grey Liner there's a good chance it will fight you as far as coverage, depending on which pink you choose. Do a small test area first to see if you'll need to undercoat.

 

5 hours ago, TGP said:

I think Oneboot? reported the heroes were the big time sink. 

 

Those were what I was most concerned about for me, since I looooove tiny fiddly detailed stuff, so I was worried that I would get sucked into wanting to make them awesome and neglecting the dragon. Everyone is different, though, and for some the dragon will be the most time consuming, or maybe they have an awesome idea for the terrain and that ends up being the most distracting. The important thing is to keep in mind what you think you'll spend the most time on and try to balance that against the rest of the things that need doing. Have a simplified game plan for the more complicated stuff so you can say "Well I didn't get to X idea, but at least I got Y and Z completed."

 

Now, stop reading my overly long post and get back to painting ALL THE THINGS!! :bday: YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Good progress!

@buglips*the*goblin are you watching this?

 

Many thanks!  Given that (at time of this writing) I'm "only" 47 hours in (despite it feeling like day 4 already o_O) I'm fairly happy with progress.  Sure, I wanted to have at least some paint other than liner on the dragon, but at the same time, I had fun working on the heroes last night, so I'm calling it even ^_^

 

5 hours ago, TGP said:

I think Oneboot? reported the heroes were the big time sink. 

 

Really digging the knight’s armored metal areas. 

 

I think it was her too, but I didn't spend too much time digging through the forums to confirm.

 

As for the armour... I won't lie, I'm fairly proud of it, and definitely glad people are liking it ^_^  Currently debating about whether or not to go with a highlight layer or two with the use of Shining Mithril and Skeleton key, but for now I'd rather get the rest of various colours blocked in on each of the heroes, then get things to a semi-tidy tabletop kind of look...  And then go further afterwards if there is time.  I have this rather strong worry that lining on the dragon will take a while (probably why I'll use a wash instead of outright lining)

 

1 hour ago, Rahz said:

Great stuff so far!  I love these!  I would love to try one, but I simply don't have the time...  

 

You do know that using your tail is not permitted as a brush, right?  

 

Wonderful start and wishing you the best of luck.  

 

They are indeed rather time consuming.  In the past two days, I've probably put about.. 224.5-25 hours of work into painting.  That tally would be higher if it didn't take me so long to wake up (I'm so not a morning person), and I hadn't lost some time yesterday Saturday to surprise contractors (and more will be lost today, wheee).  Also not bad considering I'm the cook in the house, and also the one that makes the coffee and tea...

 

As for tails, ohhh, things would look a lot different if tails got involved.  Only problem is I suspect @buglips*the*goblin might say tails that are as thick as shoulders are wide are "just a bit" larger than regulation.  That and five of them might also add to the complaint.  (Character/av in my... av picture technically has five tails, but doesn't in that pic because I never sat down for the twenty hours or so to properly mod such in SecondLife)

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Whew! Sorry I missed the start of this, the past couple of days have been crazy busy for me. You're doing great so far!! :bday: I have so much fun seeing the different approaches everyone takes to these. Also I approve of Shiny Purple Guy. He's very shiny. And purple. :lol:

 

Aaaand he's now officially known as Sir Purple of Shiny. :devil:  He will more than likely be the first mini where I try not to go overboard with the shadows and highlights, since omg, that Eldritch Purple is so nice.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

 

Now for a few responses I missed earlier...

 

 

This is a great attitude to have! :bday: Yeah, these things are wonderful boot camps for "PAINT ALL THE THINGS FASTER" especially for those that tend to fiddle endlessly instead of just calling something done. ^_^

 

It was a bitter pill to swallow on my Skaven Warlord as I wanted a bunch of things, and didn't really take the time to sort through the ideas as they came up.  Would I do things differently on him now?  Possibly, but I'm not sourcing out another one of him, since he's been out of production for a while, and now goes for the price of a new Doomwheel...  And I want a Doomwheel a loooooot more than I do another Warlord!

 

With this one...  I had seven weeks to sort through various ideas (not that I did much as much planning as a more organized person would do, in the end, but eh <_<), and since I don't have time to repaint things six times to try and get that one look that's in my head, I'm pretty much running with the first idea that seems to make sense.  Probably why there's even more dropper bottles on my desk than earlier, but that's life.  I'm also making use of some of the same colours on various minis, partially to add more colour and detail to said characters, and also partially because it's already on the palette so why waste it.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

 

 

Pauses to make posts make great breaks to nom things, stretch, take pictures, and ponder the gameplan for the next few hours. Honestly, a lot of my ideas crystallized as I was typing them up!

 

I've already had this happen twice now, both times for coming up with some of the highlight and shadow colours, as well as additional metallics.  It also lets you shut up that little voice in the back of your head that's complaining about how you won't get to watch a video on YouTube.  Something about eating spaghetti and painting minis not quite mixing or such, but spaghetti + YouTube = James Popsys video watched within a few hours of it being posted.  He's an awesome guy, if you're into photography channels anyways.

 

This is also the first time I've done a bunch of cropping on photos with any specific meaning/purpose behind them, and I'm slowly learning the workflow in GIMP.  Right now though, it's mainly just a case of get pictures close to how I want them, insert SD card into reader, copy files over, double check the copies are good, delete from SD card, start editing.  Editing is basically just cropping, followed by resizing, and then re-saving as a 90% JPEG - I try to get the light as close as possible within the camera.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

My soul is 95% Brown Liner by now. True Story.

 

Oooooo those colors sound AWESOME! I'm really looking forward to seeing how they turn out! :bday: 

 

I suspect mine is 50% grey liner... for added contrast, or something like that! ::P::lol:

 

As for the colours, if the capes and cloaks are anything to go by....  It looks like they'll be a nice diverse set of heroes ^_^

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

 

Yes, there's always time for silly shenanigans after the Challenge, especially if sculpting is involved. I try to keep a handle on my "Wouldn't this be an awesome idea?!" tendencies by giving myself permission to get a little creative on the last or second to last day, if I have time. This seems to work well for me, but certainly isn't the only way to do things!

 

I've been sort of keeping tabs on any ideas that come up, and if there's time...  They'll see light.  If not, such is life ^_^

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

 

 

Mornings tend to be slow, especially if you aren't a morning person to start with; expect this to happen more as time goes on . I sort of managed it by picking something simple to ease my way into the Groove; terrain works nicely for this. :)

 

I prefer graveyard shifts, and can get up a lot faster (and even need less sleep every night) when working a job that has such, so I suspect I'm not a morning person.  Heck, it takes me upwards of two hours to get ready for work in the morning, mainly because it can take that long to be fully alert, and one wants to be alert when they're driving... In rush hour....  On the Yellowhead (it's one of the major Canadian highways).  Doubly so because some people are doing 20-30kph over the speed limit at times.

 

Something simple...  Sounds like a good strategy - that's probably why I did sillier things like work a bit on liner, or just basic base coats...  Y'know, mostly "brain not required much" stuff.  Coffee kicked in faster this morning, but that may also have been the DEET DEET BLEEET alarm forcing me awake this morning, for surprise contractors that are, surprise, not here yet.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Khanjira is by far the easiest of the 4; there's nothing tricky or complicated about him, no wings or big terrain or additional tiny figures to paint. I finished mine in 5 days without hurrying too much, and mostly stopped because I was tired of working on him. :lol: But absolutely discuss any Challenge with your SO; it's important that you're both on the same page about what this crazy thing is, and what it will demand from you. MrBoot's biggest concern for me (other than my general lack of desire to care for myself properly :ik_oops:) was that I was "wasting" a big expensive miniature on these things. After I'd done a couple, I explained to him just how much they'd helped level up my painting abilities, and he could see that while they weren't my best work, they were painted; the same cannot be said for any of my other big miniatures lol.

 

I suspect that's why Khanjira would be the second one I'd look at.  It's still a big mini, but there's no heroes to worry about, and no terrain to numb your brain with.

 

As for spouse, I'll playfully say this.  We're only at a count of 3 on the "I want that dragon" meter, surprisingly.  I was expecting it would be closer to 5 or 6 by now (first one was when I test fitted things, second and third was on day one, with the first one being "that's really blurry, but I want him" (glasses were off) and the second being pretty much along the lines of "that's a really sexy dragon, I really really want one").

 

Surprisingly, he doesn't mind that it's being used for what's effectively a speedpainting challenge, doubly so the fact it's actually got me at my table, painting a good amount.  Here's hoping some of that drive can spill over into my Skaven after!

 

One big thing that it's helping me see though is that yeah, I'm going to want to thin down on how many projects I have on the table, because there really is a good feeling about being able to move something into the next stage.  Terrain for example.  The two pieces of the staircase are now just to the point where I feel they'll need some drybrushing, highlighting, and maybe a final glaze to smooth everything together before I feel that they're "done", or at least done to a level where there's enough "pop" to them.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Do what works best for YOU! I gave Hangouts a try, but only lasted a couple of hours at a time, and wasn't able to handle it after the first few days. If rocking out to music gets you in your groove, keep doing that! :)

 

Well, arguably it is music that's at 174.5-185bpm, so that probably helps too.  Either that or it's just a case of stuff I really enjoy, so that probably helps too. ^_^  I typically listen to Blackout Music NL's podcasts, as well as Traxtorm's Hardcore Italia podcasts...  Or an album on Spotify, since I try to space my relatively quick breaks every 1.5-2 albums, because I learnt my lesson really quick when on day one I sat down for over four hours without moving much, and man my knees were NOT happy about that.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Oh man, those sound like they'd look awesome together!! Be wary of pink, though; you'll want to undercoat it with something (perhaps a solid red) because if you try to layer it on top of Grey Liner there's a good chance it will fight you as far as coverage, depending on which pink you choose. Do a small test area first to see if you'll need to undercoat.

 

Thanks for the heads up on pink!  I was contemplating the idea of adding it on top of red and was uncertain about such, that just seals the deal.  I haven't decided precisely which pink will be used yet, but given that I have eight of them (nine if you include Prom Night Pink) I suspect I can find a shade that will work, doubly so since half of them are Bones paints.

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Those were what I was most concerned about for me, since I looooove tiny fiddly detailed stuff, so I was worried that I would get sucked into wanting to make them awesome and neglecting the dragon. Everyone is different, though, and for some the dragon will be the most time consuming, or maybe they have an awesome idea for the terrain and that ends up being the most distracting. The important thing is to keep in mind what you think you'll spend the most time on and try to balance that against the rest of the things that need doing. Have a simplified game plan for the more complicated stuff so you can say "Well I didn't get to X idea, but at least I got Y and Z completed."

 

Yeah, some of those heroes have a LOT of fiddly diddly bits, especially that ranger.  Wow, someone really did shop at the goth store, because there are TONS OF BUCKLES AND BELTS on him!  Given that the dragon is arguably the centerpiece, I sort of wanted to focus on him.  If terrain isn't as "high quality", I don't quite mind, provided it has more contrast than it currently does ^_^;;;

 

Definitely a good deal of great advice!

 

14 minutes ago, OneBoot said:

Now, stop reading my overly long post and get back to painting ALL THE THINGS!! :bday: YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

But, but...  *realizes coffee is finished* Fiiiiine, I suppose I could get back to work, or, more likely, start things up again for today!

 

 

22 minutes ago, EldritchEladrin said:

Great work so far! Everything is looking great. :winkthumbs:

Keep at it!

Many thanks!  Also, I ~JUST~ realized your av is a raptor, in a suit, with a tie... Holding a pipe.  That's awesome!

 

 

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So, I'm pretty much at the 48 hour mark...  How is the table looking?  Well, surprisingly tidy by comparison to the chaos I thought would be here by this point.  Sure are a lot more dropper bottles out than I was expecting too, but I don't see a point in constantly sliding them in and out of my paint rack will be rapidly moving through various ones.  I have been keeping the bottles arranged in the thought process of highlight>main>shadows though, just in case I get either tired, or am trying to move quickly.

 

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You can even see a project or two that hubby has going, as well as my neglected Ebonwrath rainbow dragon, that I really should finish at some point >.>;;;;;

 

Anyways, I'm more or less awake now (or so I think), so back to the painting!  ...Or choosing which of my like 12 9 oranges to use as the base shade for the dragon...

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Two hours in and surprise contractors still aren't done their thing, so I've been working on terrain because it's rather hard to do any detail work when you're randomly having to deal with the entire place vibrating to all sin because they're fixing the vent stack for our part of the building (again).

 

Paints used:

9437 Dragon Black

Secret Weapon Stone Wash

Secret Weapon Hard Body Black Wash

 

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^Upper half of the tower first.  Somewhat thinned dragon black to try and cover up some of the brush strokes from the liner, then SW Stone Wash over top of that, with it being thicker in the various grooves/nooks/crannies.

 

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^And the tower base.  First go-around was with somewhat thinned SW Stone Wash, and then I went over the nooks, crannies, and edges where things meet with Hard Body Black Wash to try and coax more of the shadows, and separation of various things out.  Y'know, so it doesn't look like some giant, amorphous blob that's masquerading as the base of a tower or something.

 

At some point I'll be starting on the dragon, because of various reasons....  Sort of figured out the paints I'm contemplating, although how they'll blend is a large mystery to me at the moment...

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^That's right... I'm going to pull some of reds from the sorceress, and most likely have Kobold Scale be the base/main colour for said dragon.  Main portion for the orange will be Vallejo Hot Orange, although it's tempting to go with Goblin Skin, even if that's a tad darker than I want...  And Punk Rock Pink will be the primary shade for the pink.

 

As for how colour will go on said dragon, uhm....  Very basic idea so far...

Main dragon scales: Kobold Scale

Wing frame/bones/structure: Goblin Skin

Wing skin: Hot Orange

Head: Undetermined as of yet, but I'm sort of suspecting some sort of hybrid of Kobold Scale and Goblin Skin

Horns: Probably some sort of fade from Kobold Red > Hot Orange > Orange Fire > Punk Rocker Pink.  We'll see about that part o_O

Tail plates: I'm thinking some sort of blend from Kobold Scale to Punk Rock Pink

Underside of tail (aka the soft part): Kobold Scale blended to Goblin Skin with Rosy Pink highlight?

 

As one can probably guess, I'm still trying to work on some of those colours, and won't be able to fully decide until I've started actually painting the dragon.  In short, I'm trying to find a nice balance to it all while keeping the whole hot neon orange / hot neon pink / black kind of thing.

 

Well, while I wait for these contractors to... Apparently take their time with fixing things that aren't even in my suite (but they apparently need access to mine, despite the fact they could have just fixed the one thing two days ago) I'm going to work on adding that Hard Body Black wash to the rest of the terrain pieces, because I like the effect and depth it's given things so far...

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1 hour ago, Rigel said:

I like that vivid dragon color scheme! The LARPers are looking great too; good color themes. 

Many thanks!  I'm hoping it works out, as it is technically a rather bold idea for colours, but some would playfully say I'm moderately insane, so.... ^_^

 

 

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Poor plumber, expects to have to just do work on one suite, winds up being at least four, possibly more.  But while he's been in and out, I've managed to keep doing work on terrain!

 

Paint used:

9434 Wolf Grey

9466 Dungeon Grey

 

I seem to be using a decent amount of Bones...  Or at least those are the shades I reach for without hesitation...  Even if I'm just going by feeling as to what might pan out ^_^;;;;  (I "wing it" with colours a lot, apparently).  Double dip drybrush dosage of doom! ...Couldn't resist.  Anyways, on top of all the previous stuff...  Dungeon Grey was liberally drybrushed, and then Wolf Grey was drybrushed as well, although slightly more selectively...  And by selectively, I mean I tried to not have it lighten things up too too much, but... Eh, it went a tad brighter than intended, but I like how there's a lot more colour and life to the stonework now.

 

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^Tower base drybrushed!

 

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^Bottom half of the tower base, drybrushed!  Tis "ready" now to be flipped over and have the other side done!

 

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^Small stairs, so alone and by itself...  Good thing we have friends for you!

 

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^Large stairs portion drybrushed as well!

 

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^What the tower looks like if top is placed onto bottom/base.  There's a ways to go to get the two matched up, but for now...  I'm quite happy.  Here's hoping that step I took doesn't cause too many problems...  Those white portions will see grey liner soon enough!

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Y'know, I've been putting off painting DDS2, and here you are attacking it with that teeny tiny brush :blink:

 

It's looking great, keep up the good work!

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4 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

Y'know, I've been putting off painting DDS2, and here you are attacking it with that teeny tiny brush :blink:

 

It's looking great, keep up the good work!

I hear you on that!  If it's any consolation, I actually mainly use a size 0 for most things, since I've yet to try out any larger brushes, but now that I've found a few synthetic and hybrid brushes I like I'll give those a try, to see what kinds of advantages they bring to the table.  But yeah, I can definitely see how those who've been in the hobby for a while are all "uh, uhm... Wulfe?  You do realize just how comically small that brush is compared to that dragon right?"

 

Intriguing part is it isn't just hubby who's finding a lot of joy with the larger dragons...  I'm kind of rather enjoying the scale this guy is at, which mayyyy be slightly problematic for my wallet in the long run!

 

 

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Drybrushing...  Much fun, many... Eh, I can't doge today.  Then again, arguably I suck at writing doge in the first place ::P:

 

But... At least I've found a use for those two Princeton brushes I absolutely hate painting with!  The Snap! brush does AMAZING work with washes, and since it's practically pure liquid, it's rather difficult for said brush to dry out.  As an added bonus, it has a nice tip, so fitting into the grooves of the cracks, or between bricks has been rather enjoyable...  With washes, it flows fairly smoothely too.  The other brush has done wonderfully for drybrushing, although I've seen bits of synthetic fibre-fuzz break off as I drybrushed...  But hey, it does do what I want it to, even if the back of my mind is a voice from the paintbrush that's all "YAAAAAAAY, he's using me again!!   ..... ...Wait, wait, WAAAAAAIIIT YOU DIDN'T DIP ME IN WATER!!!!  NUOOOOOO, YOU FORGOT THE WATER!!!"  and then, the sudden, shocking horror comes upon the brush that it's being used for... dryyybrushing....

 

Paints used:

9434 Wolf Grey

9458 Kobold Scale

9466 Dungeon Grey

 

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^Whoooooo, upper half of tower is "done" for now.  If there's time, like as mentioned with the lower half, additional basing will happen, quite likely with flock, or... Something.

 

Now, before we get onto why Kobold Scale is mentioned in the paint list, I really really REALLY want to mention something I keep forgetting to write.  So, two playful and silly things have happened with paint selection...  First and foremost, the highlight colour for all the heroes.  They're from the CAV line, or at least the initial set of CAV paints anyways.  Secondly, I find it kind of interesting that I've gone and picked out almost half of the new paints to be used in this...

 

Anyways, before I ramble on any further....

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^Oh... hi.  We're starting to see colour on the dragon....

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Very impressive progress! I have to imagine the most time consuming and tedious part is getting initial coverage on all of the pieces. So much coverage...with a single tiny brush. I admire anyone who has the mental and physical endurance to attempt this. Keep it up and look forward to seeing the completion!

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9 hours ago, Rahz said:

Awesome stuff!  Keep up the good work!  

Many thanks!

 

6 hours ago, Al Capwn said:

Very impressive progress! I have to imagine the most time consuming and tedious part is getting initial coverage on all of the pieces. So much coverage...with a single tiny brush. I admire anyone who has the mental and physical endurance to attempt this. Keep it up and look forward to seeing the completion!

Surprisingly, it's kind of zen-like for me...  It's somewhat relaxing.  I suspect that might change once I get back to the heroes, doubly so since I'm hoping to finish them up the next day or two.

 

Dragon is a TON of fun to paint ^_^

 

4 hours ago, Cygnwulf said:

he is such a cool dragon.  Looking great and I'm excited to see the progress.

Yeah, he's definitely an awesome/epic dragon ^_^

 

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So.  First update is a tad later than usual today, partially due to a few destressing things from yesterday's surprise contractors....  And today's surprise contractors too, where I got an amazing ten minutes of warning over the phone, and not even two minutes later there was a knock on the door.  But enough about that, this is about dragons, delicious heroes, and doom... Or was that drybrushing, I forget. ::P:

 

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^Sometimes you just need to go out and get something.  Local one can't quite make a strawberry-peach frappuccino, but that's life.  It was still tasty either way, and man, was it ever needed.  I also took the time to acquire a second Winsor & Newton Scepter Gold II 101 brush, so I have seperate ones for detail-ish stuff and metallic detail-ish stuff.  Oh, and stuff for supper too, because spaghetti is DELICIOUS.

 

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^Sure, it's a can of sugar and artificial caffeine, but it's SASKATOON BERRY FLAVOURED sugary can of doom....  And also has a beaver on it.  This was picked up to push last night after surprise contractors, but body decided that as nice as caffeine would be, it wanted sleep.  Okay, fine, it became an afternoon thing today instead.  Also BEAVER OF DOOOOOOOM.

 

Oh, you were wondering how painting is going?  Sure, I can show some of that....

 

Paint used this go-around: 9458 Kobold Scale

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Main plan is to get a base coat of Kobold Scale down across the board, and then work with that to get several of the other colours that are planned.  Still planning on having the various shades of orange, neon/hot pink, and the occasional black in there, just going to be a case of working out how I'll blend it all smoothely - something I'm slowly working on as I paint, and of course type up the posts.

 

I'm also tossing around the idea of seperating the dragon from the base he's currently loosely resting on top of, painting the base the dragon is on (as well as the dragon's legs), and then permanently attach them together.  Risky idea (hence why I haven't done it yet), but it would provide a much more stable platform for said dragon to rest on....  And let me do a few little touches here and there on said lower base....

 

But for now, back to painting a dragon!  (and maybe Sir Purple of Shiny, and/or the sorceress)

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Some more time with Kobold Scale...  Uhm...  I'm actually really, really, REALLY digging the whole dark red with black wings....  Chest will be filled in next, but... Yeaaaaah, that wing structure in Kobold Scale is really... Striking... Alluring...  Epic to me? :wub:

 

....And I still could do the oranges and pinks if I so wanted to....  Such a tough call... :ph34r:

 

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Like... Really tough call to make, eep.

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Decision made. ^_^ :devil:^_^

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Paint used: 9437 Dragon Black

 

 

Yeah, that combination of Kobold Scale with blackened wings just called to me waaaaaaay too much.  Still going to be various shades of burnt/neon orange as well as hot/neon pink too, just...  Gotta get a few more basics sorted out first ^_^  Kobold Scale as the main colour for the dragon also just happens to fit in with my playful theme for this too....

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So...  Slight shift in my strategy, but it's been one I've been mulling over ever since the initial coat of grey liner on the dragon himself....

 

But first, yeah, I'm going to thief what OneBoot did for paints used in a session.... ^_^;;;

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^Oh, hi grey liner.  Happy you've covered the last piece of terrain now, or are you going to try for more?  More you say? >.>;;;;

 

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^Yup, as we can see, I have indeed gone for a somewhat different strategy...  Although after taking these two pics, he's now on a piece of paper towel to try and reduce anything rubbing off.

 

That's right.  My thoughts on whether to finish off the hard to reach areas first, and then glue him down to the base...  That's pretty much my plan now, because it makes him a LOT easier to paint that way.  In short, no wobbling dragon if I push the brush too hard! ::P::lol:

 

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^Sir Purple of Shiny also got more paint!  ....And something sort of terribly not really resembling a face....  Beard still has to be painted, as with his hair (and of course the cloth/leather bits on him), but he moves closer towards completion!  Not quite as shiny now thanks to the armor wash, but at the same time, I kind of like the extra little bits of this and that it added in.

 

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^If anything gives away that I'm not that great with skin tones, uhm...  Yeah, she does pretty heavily.  But we all start somewhere, and her robes seem to call the most to me... Now if I could just figure out where that top ends, and where other parts of her clothing begin >.<

 

 

I'm just over three and a half days into the challenge, and while I'm not quite as far as I'd like to be on things, I'm glad I'm still seeing progress in numerous areas, even if some of it is, uhm...  Making me give weird faces along the likes Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) would make.  Heroes are still my biggest concern, not just because of timesink potential, but also slight indecision on some colours, but worse...  Just how terrible I am at skin.  But the goal is to keep pushing through, and then make use of things like Flesh Wash which will hopefully cover various sins and make it look more realistic!

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