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  1. Painted this up for a client. About 10 hours of work on him. I wish I could have gotten closer to the soles of his feet with my dremel though. Didn't want to lose the detail of his toes though. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!
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  2. This is the third of my hellborn sculpts that I have painted recently -- and the last until I sculpt another hellborn! I used a palette similar to those of the earlier two, but Damien's colors emphasize purple and red-brown, with a few little green accents. As a wizard (or warlock or sorcerer or whatever he is), he has an image of prestige and otherworldly power to project. Tiviel the female rogue has more dark brown and crimson in her palette, and Vaeloth the male paladin has more red and orange. For the Damien figure, I also sculpted options for a wand or an orb in his left hand. I thought it would be weird to paint all 3 options and swap them out for different photos, so I simply chose the staff for this rendition. The base is made of putty, sculpted around the figure's integral metal base. Enjoy, Derek
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  3. Here is my take on the impressive piece, the Dark Maiden by Chaz Elliott.
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  4. Ok, I am by no means an OSL master, but here is my 2 cents worth of advice. I think the first problem here is that the effect is not pulled off convincingly enough. What I mean by that is areas directly around the flame should be intensly lit. Like the cobblesontes right around the lower patch of fire. Also, the areas lit need to be more purely orange and yellow, they still look like there is too much blue showing around the flames as well as under the OSL you have done. As far as the yellow symbol is conerned. I'm a bit stumped. You could try outlining it with black, and then glazing orange as far as you want the glow of the fire to be. The reason you would outline with black, is to keep the distinct shape while still allowing you to make a more intense glow effect. I hope that made sense. Basically, make sure that all of the areas near to the flame, that it has "line of sight to" (pretty much the way you paint OSL) have a more pure and intense glow (but not more so than the flame). And you could try what I suggested with the emblem, but I have no idea what to do with it. So you might want to get more than just my opinion on that. Otherwise, fantastic work on the mini! I really like the symbols and the pearl colored armor. EDIT: also check this three part series out. Ron does an amazing job of explaining this topic. http://fromthewarp.b...-powerfist.html
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  5. Sure thing, there are other products on the market, such as ProCreate which is a bit more expensive but you get a lot more volume too for the price.
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  6. With any luck, that figure will show up cheaper in the Bones line (eventually). Closest match for the prepaint 20020 I can find is this one: http://www.reapermin.../sku-down/14091 No shield, but has a spear in the shield hand. Looks like they changed him up for the LE line.
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  7. thanks, glad you like it Silas
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  8. TY, Silas. Although when I compare to the other fine painters here at Reaper, I'm a very, very lousy painter. I love the tips I get from them, it is helping to improve.
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  9. Varashia has that look about her, that she's been around 5 times longer than you've been alive and yet looks twice as young. Confident and beautiful, poised and a little arrogant, ready to take down her quarry and slip away back into her tower to polish her armor to a high sheen all before anybody knew she was even on the field of battle. Or something like that.
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  10. Yes, quite a lot of them from what we can gather from the historical record. Ahmad ibn Fadlan, an Arab diplomat (and the historical personage that Antonio Banderas's character in The 13th Warrior is based on), wrote extensively about the "Rus," or what we now call "Vikings." In one passage where he is describing the typical Rus warriors, he says "Every man is tattooed from finger nails to neck with blue-black trees, figures, etc." So not only where Vikings tattooed, they were probably heavily and extensively tattooed, with what we would these days call "full sleeves" that cover even the hands. They apparently did not tattoo the face however. The word that ibn Fadlan uses to describe the color of these tattoos can be translated as green, black or blue-black, but they were likely a dullish blue-black -- that's the color one gets when one tattoos with wood ash (think of the faded bluish black of prison tattoos), which is the only source of ink that vikings would have had ready access to. Color tattoos are a far more modern invention. I'd paint them on with really thinned paints, nearly translucent, and maybe even do a light glaze of the base flesh tone over them, to give them a properly faded and set in look. (Of course I'm advising you to do something I'm completely incapable of doing as an artist, so take that for what its worth). For designs, I would do a GIS for Norse Designs or Norse Patterns. There is a lot of crossover between Norse designs and Celtic designs, but Norse designs tend to feature stronger and more angular lines, while Celtic designs tend to feature more swirling and circular patterns. I'd also look at futhark runes to get some ideas.
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  11. You're going to have to go out of your comfort zone to improve and it may suck, but if it does you can simply strip the mini and start over. Your color choices are good and the painting is clean so I suggest reading up on various ways to highlight and shade, because you don't need to use washes and dry brushing.
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  12. Well, here's my finished first attempt at painting minis. I had a lot of fun with this and I think I'm definitely hooked~ ^____^ You can check out my WIP page here~
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  13. Next week we'll be previewing two brand new Bones polys. One by Werner Klocke, one by Bobby Jackson. Neither have seen the light of day in any Reaper product line before, so they are unique to Bones. And they're awesome. There, chew on that for a while.
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  14. I figured that since both miniatures are Reaper figures I'd post my entry into Iron Painter 8, Round 1. Each round is two weeks. I did not use the whole two weeks, I spent about a week figuring out how I'd line the piece up to the theme. Hey, I finished, so I'm happy! Enjoy!
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  15. I like the eyes. It's like she's daring you to pick her up.
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  16. 27 February, 18--, Lord Delabrough STOP Crown has received intelligence that forces of Martian Free States and High Cytherians have engaged on collusion against Her Majesty's forces STOP A punitive expedition mounted of course STOP The operation disrupted forthwith STOP Prisoners awaiting transport to secure facility STOP If intercepted by Prussian agents this information is deliberately misleading STOP Prisoners showed resistance Cpl. Willoughby pregnant STOP please advise for further course of action STOP. -Hon. Col. Edward Titchener, CDR. Heads are by Reaper (50136 and 14517), bodies from the old Dreamblade game (reposed), feet are resculpted.
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  17. Kaladrax told me he wasn't quite done yet so I've tried to improve the wings a bit :). I daren't do much more to him now though as his leg is slightly cracked under the weight of the wings. I fear to much movement might cause irrepairable damage :(. Plus Cang is calling me.. DSCF6933 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6932 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6934 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6932 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6927 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6923 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6920 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr DSCF6906 by kittykat23uk, on Flickr
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  18. Sleeping Beauty by Julie Guthrie.
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  19. Reaper 14560: Kavorgh, Black Orc Warlord by Bobby Jackson I painted this fella for a friend in my D&D group. The shading isn't overly exaggerated due to the fact that it's primarily a gaming figure, so I won't exaggerate it just for the camera. The larger base is magnetic, along with the smaller base that he's on so that when he has "enlarge" person on him, he can just stick to the base. The base itself is home-made with bark, cork, greenstuff, and flock. Reaper 03275: Barnabas Ironbrace by Bobby Jackson Again, another figure painted for a friend in our gaming group. This one represents and Duergar Cleric. The base, again, is magnetic and fits into the larger base for the cleric's special ability to enlarge. The base is another home-made one with greenstuff and cork. Here's some pictures of him on the base as a whole, and just him (he fell off the base lol... but now he's attached just fine!) These figures were more practice on NMM (different colored experiment types) and were the first time I got to use my new lightbox I got for Christmas from my hubby. I love it. Enjoy! Comments and Crits welcome and appreciated :)
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