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  1. 63 points
    I wasn't sure if I should post this in Show off or WIP, but I figured here and if you would please forgive the in progress parts in the subsequent post. Ron let me paint this lovely sculpt by Gene Van Horne. Actually, I think I might have begged to paint it and considered stealing it from his office if he refused. She'll be in the Greek Odyssey Expansion for Bones V. If by some miracle you have come to this forum and not heard of Bones V, it can be found here. Aaron Lovejoy was awesome and took some high definition photos of her after last Reapercon. I really love this sculpt, can't say that enough. She's got some fantastic detail, lots of good open space to work on blending or freehand, even a scenic base to play with stone effects. While I loved the original Yephima by Patrick Keith, and still use her in my classes, this one really screams warrior to me. I need to paint my bones version when I get it as Athena. I'll have to add a shield somewhere, though. Maybe convert the club to a spear. Decisions decisions. Anyway, feel free to ask questions. I'm happy to explain or help with anything! I'm going to post the WIP pictures I have in another post, so hopefully those will also be useful. Enjoy!
  2. 50 points
    My girlfriend has a new hobby. Stippling paint on porcelain here is what she did so far. Then oldest Stepvixen decided to join her, of course she outperformed mom. Here is what she did: Added new pics at the next page.
  3. 49 points
    Hello girls and guys, the slower painter in the world is back Finally accomplished to paint this pompous guy, the Burgermeister. I've chose a colorful palette to reflect the opulence of the office, but also the lack of style (purple and turquoise? why man?!?!). Painting the gems frames was insane... really peps: don't do that! just paint the gems In the end I'm quite happy of him, hope you'll like him too: Every C&C is more than welcome, let me know what you would have done different or what you don't like :) Thanks
  4. 46 points
    Madame Delia is available in metal as of this week, and is part of the Core Set in the Bones 5 Kickstarter, so I thought people might enjoy taking a look at my take on her. I talk about my thoughts on painting the cloth and colour scheme choices a bit on my blog. I do plan to give her a base, just figured I'd work on getting some paint on some other Kickstarter stuff and then circle back around to that. https://birdwithabrush.com/2019/10/17/madame-delia/
  5. 45 points
    So the head of the third figure in the Victorian pack was missing her chin. So a put her aside. Once I found this head in the bits bin of my local gaming store I knew what had to be done. A little snip and some green stuff work and I had my very own monstrosity. Very happy with this silly little custom. I'd love to hear what you all think.
  6. 41 points
    Ok, so you have no idea how hard it was to not show this stuff to everyone right away! I did take some in progress photos as I painted because I like to WIP. I find it helpful for me, because I can go back and remember how I did something or the colors I used. Because I forget these things. I try to take photos of the colors I use. For the skin I used ultramarine shadow as a base, then I worked up through ashen blue, mint green and in certain areas like the face the snowdrift white. After I had most of the skin blocked in, I glazed a lot and also glazed in some fair skin. Blue by itself can look weird, because our brains are wired to see desaturated colors for skin. If I go too intense with the blue, it may look cartoony, so adding some flesh to it towards the end makes it look softer. For the hair I got to play with desna blue from the new pathfinder colors. It's a purple, don't be fooled. The hair started with the desna blue, then moved through ivy violet, spectral white and some pure white. Note, the highlight for the skin was a blue white. For the hair a purple white. This makes the two look a just a little different. The gold I used the ebony flesh as my shadow, then the oiled leather, worn olive and lemon yellow. Note, the lemon yellow is a cold yellow. She's a frosty lady, so all my colors, with the exception of the oiled leather, are cool colors. I feel like green in gold is some sort of voodoo magic I wish I'd discovered years ago. sigh. The marble I think I fogot to photo, but I used the ashen blue and then some of the ebony flesh and... er... a white... um... Must remember to take more pictures next time. Here's how I like to set up my palette. You can see the difference in the hair in the middle and the skin on the bottom. When I start, I basecoat things in my darkest colors, just to cover the whole mini. It gives me a sense about how the colors will work with each other. This is a good stage to decide if I don't like something. I almost always start in on the face, because I can't stand an eyeless mini and the face is always the most important and stressful part of a mini. You can see how I work up from the dark to light. I decide where I want the highlights and light source to be early on. In this case, the light is coming from the front and slightly to the viewer's right. I played a bit with the hair and the gold bracelets here. Gene sculpted some fun locks of hair! It's a difference I've noticed between 3d and putty sculpts. The hair is more lock-like. just a early view of the back and the front. In this one I worked some of the worn olive into the cloak. I added some oiled leather to the gold and leather areas. I decided to do texture on the leather straps, because it needed some variety. Then I added the worn olive. See, I thought mint green was my new favorite color, but I was wrong. It's worn olive. And I worked up into the lemon yellow. Right now, see how soft the metal looks? I haven't gone high enough with my highlights or sharp enough with the transitions. It still looks like fabric. The sculpt comes with a groove in her right leg for the quad/hamstring definition, but the rest of the muscles I painted on. If you like painting muscles in (doesn't everyone?) then I suggest doing a ton of research on your friendly neighborhood internet browser. I searched for example, knee anatomy, and looked at images of knees to help me. It is also cheating that my profession requires me to know some anatomy and I know what I'm looking for, but there is no substitute for actually looking at examples in real life of what you want to paint. I can't stress that enough. My memory is never as good as google's. Ok, so I had grand intentions of taking in progress freehand steps but I hit one of those stupid painting grooves and paused here. Sigh. What I did was search for celtic/scandinavian patterns and pick the ones I liked, drew them out on paper, broke them down into simple geometric shapes and copied them on the mini. Because the cloak dips in an out I could NOT simply trace a straight line for the larger pattern. First I traced it, then watched how the fabric would pull, and moved it accordingly. I feel like it make it more natural. Here's a blow-up of the bottom pattern. See how it is circles with crosses inside and lines connecting them? I started by drawing a thick dark line, the adding the thinner light color in the middle. You can also see where I touched up the pattern a lot. No pattern is perfectly drawn at first. There's a lot of pushing and pulling. The muscles are more defined, the gold has more highlights. I think I might have a thing for feet. I loved painting her feet. Here's a close up of the breastplate. Now you can see some areas of high-highlight. I did add some titanium white near the end, I think. The leather did not incorporate the olive or the yellow, but it still used the ebony flesh and oiled leather. I like using colors in different parts of the mini to tie it together. hair mostly done. Most of the desna "blue" is gone, because I want the hair to look white. I wanted the base to look icy, so I used her mint green skintone on the bottom, but not in the column. Fun fact. I drybrushed the icy part of the base after this step. Why yes, I did! Hah! It can be used in competition, so take that technique snobs! This is before I blended on top of the column, so you can see the colors that go in to the marble. I like some lines in my marble, but take a soft overall approach. the key to marble is layers. I put down the colors, then blend a lot of layer over them to soften the lines. it helps it look like the lines are fading into the stone. Here's where I worked the fair skin in. And that's all the in-progess I took. hope it helps! Let me know if you have questions!!
  7. 39 points
    A large mini ragepainted sloppyfast in under an hour just to blow off some steam and get it off the tray it has been standing around for ages on. Well, large mini I say. Compared to most other dragons of the Bones kickstarters, this one is rather smallish. However, back in the day when heavy metal was king, this mini would be considered a large miniature of a dragon. pics below the clicks
  8. 38 points
    I saw Stawhat's post a while back, that he did them in different colors... I thought that was cool and since I normally prime my bones, thought that I might try the liners I have as base coat and see how they work out. I do not have the grey, but I did try the green, blue, brown, sepia and red liners. As many have noted the brown and blue worked well, but I found the red worked out just as well. The green and sepia flake too easily. Also tried some OSL - as I am still working on getting my skills there.
  9. 37 points
    Happy accident? Mixed too much putty while filing gaps on a mini. My daughter rolled it into a long stick & I decided to cut it into gold pieces. Next thing I know I’m making scrolls and goblets out beads & crafting a treasure pile token. This was a lot of fun to make. I decided to create Venomfang’s hoard from the D&D starter set module with the rusty dwarves axe inscribed with runes and all.
  10. 36 points
    This was my second diorama for ReaperCon but was the one not judged. The idea behind it was a Mousling adventuring party finding treasure but also finding that others were already there. I wish I had done more with it, such as adding more elements on the Mousling side and possibly a back drop but I was sadly running out of time and this was the entry that suffered for it.
  11. 36 points
    Finished this figure over the weekend. Some parts I like quite a lot, but the blending is a bit weak and the casting of the left side of the face is poor. I like the sculpt a lot, and I've put the metal version (03547) into my wishlist for my next order. I think it might make a very nice piece to spend more time on.
  12. 35 points
    The new Kickstarter got me motivated to dig up some old bones. I realized after all these years I have never painted a dragon, so I got after it. Rather happy with how this came out.
  13. 35 points
    This one of the results from the Bones Conversion class at Reapercon 2019. I used the grave marker off the end of the weapon wielded by the colossal skeleton, carved a bit and repositioned. The fairy is party of the familiar pack. Fairly simple mash-up, but makes a nice seasonal piece for display.
  14. 35 points
    Might try and do something for a base but for now this is it.
  15. 35 points
    It's been a long time without posting here...Her are some bones 4 Gauth was a little too big for my studio... Here is Gauth Gauth and an unlucky female adventurer, under it paw...) The Roc !! Size comparisson with a barbarian : The rock troll : And the cart^^
  16. 35 points
    Should have spent a bit more time cleaning the sculpt, but oh well :).
  17. 35 points
    These photos were posted by Jon Overton over on the Reaper Facebook page, “taken after the show”. I thought I’d share here so others could see them.
  18. 34 points
    Hey everyone! It's been a long while since I could post on here, I've been really busy with work. I've started a new commission piece from a client I won't name just yet but whom has given me permission to share my sketches/WIPs/ and sculpting process with you guys! The project is to sculpt several nereids/sirens/water nymph type characters. One full body and at least two others partially submerged. They should be gorgeous and make men want to leap to their deaths so I'm avoiding any monstrous type features. Although we want them to be mostly humanoid I will be adding in some little features to indicate their magical/watery/fey nature. Here are my initial sketches where I'm exploring posing, body types, and the kind of shape language I will want to use in the sculpts. My drawing hand was failing me today so these are REALLY rough but I got my ideas down and I'll have enough to move to the next stage which will be creating a mannequin in ZBrush. *Apologies for the more sexual images. These aren't intended to be offensive in any way merely educational on the topic of character design*
  19. 34 points
    Here we have 77281, a Succubus. Sort of. I needed an ice queen for an upcoming game, and I liked the pose of this mini. But the NPC I had in mind lacks wings, and only fights with one dagger, made of ice. I removed the wings by putting the model in the freezer for a few hours to make the superglue holding her wings on fragile; after that I was able to just snap the wings off, leaving a large hole in her back where it was attached. I plugged that with green stuff. For the daggers, I just cut off the one she had in her right hand; and then cut off the blade of the one in her left hand. The replacement blade came from my bits box. Back when I was working on Narthrax the White in 2017, I bought a bottle of Distress Crackle Paint in their "Clear Rock Candy" color. As part of my experiments with that, I just painted a bunch on some wax paper, let it dry, and then broke into bits. I didn't wind up using any of those on Narthrax, but one of them fit the bill for a blade made of ice on this figure. I also used some more of that distress paint on the base -- it didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped. The stuff hasn't been touched in basically two years and was beginning to harden up. I've added some fluid to hopeful restore it, but in the meantime it didn't make crackles quite as impressive as I'd hoped. Ah well. Anyway, after I was done painting her, I just glued an ice chunk on where the dagger went.
  20. 34 points
    Babar, Lord of the Jungle, ready to both smash and stun tespassers with his golden magnificence. 28mm scale resin miniature. Gold & green palette. My biggest issue: not jungly enough. I need more stuff to make plants and credible grass :s
  21. 34 points
    I have the cave spider, its about half the size this one will be maybe less. I have to double check, but I’m pretty sure the abdomen alone will be 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter. Total length of the body from fangs to bum should be around 4 in. Maybe a bit more. I’ll check the measurements tomorrow. As for the Shelob references, ...I mean it’s not like I’ve read LOTR 17 times or anything.. Not sure on the Shelob vs Ungoliant question, Tolkien wasn’t always clear on size. @Loim is a better Silmarillion scholar than I. I’m glad you all are liking her. Sorry to the arachnophobes. Gotta give a lot of credit to Ron though, he really pushed me to be better with this one than I would have done alone.
  22. 33 points
    Here are a few of the terrain pieces from the last kickstarter. I did not realize just how creepy the one on the left was until I started painting. I messed about with some water and other effects for the fountain. It's not terribly bright, but I used some glow in the dark paint with the water. Could be fun when it hits the table.
  23. 33 points
    Heya guys! I’m relatively new to the hobby and I’ve only recently discovered Reaper minis. This is my new favorite company, great pieces that even a broke dude like me can afford. I suffer from partial blindness so extreme details can be a challenge....but it’s just for fun so whatevs. I plan on spending my remaining years of vision painting as many pieces as I can. I’ve seen some really incredible work from you guys! Thanks and feel free to hit me up. I’m always down to chat about minis and always open to critique. I’m here to learn. - Jelly This is my first completed Reaper product: Athak, Undead Knight!
  24. 33 points
    I roughed out the basic head construction I'm going to be using for these sexy ladies. then customized it for the first figure.... I save the basic head as it's own file, combine all the subtools of the customized head, and make that a single Polymesh. I will save the now customized polymesh head as a tool and upload it into my main file. I size and attach the head to the mannequin I posed before and begin sculpting the details for this girl. This isn't quite finished, it'll need a bit more refinement, but I'm happy with the direction and I'm ready to run it by the art director. He's happy so I'll go ahead and finish detailing this one out before starting the head for the next one.
  25. 33 points
    Today I dressed up as an elf and traipsed through the woods and took fun birthday photos. I was going to make soup today for tomorrow and just throw it in the crock pot in the morning but I have a migraine migraine and only the bacon got cooked, potatoes parboiled, and some stuff chopped up. Will wake up early and throw it together before everyone shows up. Anyway, here's my photo I took of myself before I put the corset and ear cuffs on.