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  1. Here she is! This is meant to be painted to a tabletop gaming standard. Lots of fun and lots of airbrush practice.
    30 points
  2. Repaint of an existing mini... great thing about older "practice" minis... you can practice over and over :)
    25 points
  3. Huts made from coconut halves, here seen as a Cytherean Parrotman village occupied by invading colonial British forces. The hardest part of this whole thing was cutting the coconuts into even halves. The tastiest part was eating the coconut meat. The doors were just two parallel hacksaw cuts up into the shell and then snapped off with a pair of pliers. The post and lintel are bamboo skewers, washed with brown ink.
    13 points
  4. Miniature 1 for the month was this classic Citadel (Games Workshop for you young whippersnappers) official AD&D Umber Hulk, yes in the late 80's this is what Umber Hulks looked like (though I didn't worry about checking for colours). The second miniature I finished was the likely leader for most of my Sisters of the Blade forces for Warlord, which is appropriate as she is one of their warlords anyway (and fairly unarguably their better one). Not really happy with these photos but its enough for the forums here, I'll have to reshoot before posting to the Inspiration Gallery.
    12 points
  5. Hi all, this is my entry for the team painting challenge. When Metalchaos posted his excellent version of these guys, I had just finished the Shrine and ready to paint the Pygmys. His color scheme was similar to what I had in mind, so I decided to go with a lighter skin tone (based on the olive skin triad). There were still a couple of bits I wanted to fiddle with, but I had to cut it short to submit it. Hope you like it. As usual, C&C are welcome! Edit: spelling
    10 points
  6. Hi all, this is my entry for Themed category of the Pulp painting contest. Compared to the movie, I switched the colors of the sash and pantaloons, to give it a bit more color. This was kind of a speed job (7-8 hours, that's FAST! for my standards) so I did not fuss too much with the black and used metallic for the sword's blade and crossguard (P3 Pig Iron, washed with black ink and thinned walnut brown). The skin is based on the MSP Olive skin, but compared to the Pygmys, here I started from Russet brown and went up only to Olive skin + a little bit of olive skin highlight. The base is Cthulhu mansion (or something like that) by Fenris Games Comment, critiques, remarks, etc. are very welcome.
    10 points
  7. Egyptian Queen 2594: Egyptian Priestess I am not sure of the concept art or the sculptor's inspiration, but I took mine from the classic Frazetta cover art: Egyptian Queen,
    9 points
  8. Another addition to my Nefsokar force. Simple figure, simple paint job.
    8 points
  9. Grognard the Barbarian 2247: King Angus Stormhand This figure will be going out to a lucky participant in the Summer 2013 Exchange, and per the recipient's wishes there is no gore and the figure is based simply for handling during game play. I took my inspiration from Frazetta's classic Conan the Destroyer.
    8 points
  10. Yeah I need to replace one of the globes in my room, it doesn't effect painting but it seems to be messing with photos (at least with my camera, guess I need to tweak settings on it again..) Thanks for the feedback :) So I finally finished the model that probably terrifies my usual DnD players more than any dragon, for no enemy has brought the party to its knees wuite like animals, giant snakes in particular! For extra amusement I finished painting it while "watching" the 1982 Conan:The Barbarian :) Reaper: 02675: Giant Snake
    8 points
  11. Hey Reaper peeps, I've picked up my first Bones figure, the Ogre Chieftan and I'll be shooting video of the entire painting process and posting it here via my youtube. Here's the first video: Now, that's just me ramblin' on about the mini and why I'm shooting video on this project without any painting, so if you're only interested in the painting parts, just skip this intro here as it's just a monologue and I tend to go on about my favorite subject, minis, if I have a platform to do so. I'll be posting a video once a day, about 5 times a week until this project is done. I'm going to go into detail about everything I do on this mini regarding the paintwork, all filmed in HD here in the studio and I'll try to be as verbose as I can be about whatever it is I'm up to while painting this guy. Sometimes in painting videos, the painter can get pretty quiet, I'll try to keep to words flowing to make it so you're not just literally watching paint dry. I'll learn as I go but that's my plan. I'm not aiming to do a tutorial this is more of a step-by-step looking glass into my method for tackling something like this in my way. I will explain what I'm doing as I'm doing it but I won't be going into basics or anything. So if you like stuff like this, stay on board as there should be something worth watching here when all is said and done.
    7 points
  12. Multiple posts in one. Cheek knees ... wooldings ... futtock shrouds ... gahh. Okay, actually the book on building ships is pretty cool. I just love an excuse to say "futtock shrouds." Futtock shrouds, futtock shrouds, futtock shrouds. Whew. I find the vocabulary of ship building still a bit dense, but seeing how they work and running my fingers (mentally) along the models is helping. I have had some ideas and things are (as usual) changing. I had a difficult time finding hardware small enough for 28mm scale at the hardware store. I have the smallest screw eyes they make, and they still seem a bit clunky. I don't have a model railroad store or anything like that nearby, so I was wracking my brains to think of what could be used. Then I remembered jewelry-making supplies. Craft stores sell little baggies of tiny chains, clasps, rings, earring parts, and other extremely useful doodads, as well as small pliers, cutters, and other useful tools. They also have small to microscopic glass beads, very useful for embellishment, glass floats on fishing nets, tiny bottles and jars, etc. I also found little packages of minuscule stick-on gems for crafts and fingernails which I hope will come in handy. The major change is in the sails material. I had been planning all along to paint the sails, but then a yard or so of some silk organza fell into my lap (It was supposed to be for a garment, but it didn't work out.). Silk organza is like minis-scale window-screening, a stiff, transparent fabric made from fine silk so tightly spun it's like little wires. The nature of the silk tends to make the colors shimmer, and if they make all the warp threads one color and the weft threads a very different color, it will shimmer with iridescence between the two colors depending on the lighting and the angle. That's what I've got. The threads one way are an intense deep blue and the other way are a pale bright green. It looks like this: I think I would like to make the ship's sails out of this just for its beauty and otherworldliness, rather than painting imagery. The moiré effect visible is an artifact of having more than one thickness of the fabric. I am considering taking advantage of that, too. I have started drilling and fitting the flagstaff at the back, the mainmast, and the bowsprit (I decided to wimp out and put the bowsprit in horizontally after all, as both easier and better support for the main sail). I am using a hand-cranked drill to try to keep dust and bodily injury under control: The flagstaff will be a common kitchen bamboo skewer such as are used for shish-ke-babs. I'm checking the angle here: I decided to paint the mainmast a deep blue-black, several coats of plain black and then a layer of phthalo blue to give it a deep intensity, then a gloss varnish. I started with a simple stain of thinned-down black on the principle that acrylic paint soaked into the wood is less likely to chip later. It doesn't look like much to begin with. While I've been doing this I have also been giving the whole ship a couple of coats of gloss medium as a protective coat for the painting. It's not a final coat, really, but it is a little bit of insurance to protect what I've already done while I work further. I brush it on and smooth it out as it dries. I don't know if it's the best way to do it. It does take some time and concentration to keep the glossy stuff from foaming. This is the stuff that needs to be smoothed out with a very wet soft brush, frequently wiped clean, before the paint dries: I am also adding painted details to parts of the ship as the ideas come to me. These are reflections of the "monitors" at the back end: I tested the bowsprit as mentioned before, horizontally: And here are the various masts and staves tested for length: Mainmasts had ropes or iron bands around them because they were often made from partial sections of cylinders put together. These were called wooldings. I started doing the ones on the mast with some gold lamé craft thread I had from some weird old project. I just noticed I did them a little wrong, but I can fix them easily. The loose ends are an artifact which will be removed. I tried the mast in with a woolding just to see how it looks. I decided to make the bowsprit bright red and bind it in place with brass wire. I laid in Mars Red for a foundation color, glazed over it with Quinacridone Magenta, and applied a gloss glaze. Here are the parts as they are at the moment. (My husband liked this picture because the slightly rumpled brown parchment paper I like to use under my work area makes it look like a beach scene.)
    7 points
  13. Continuing on. Two (very) quick paintjobs of the War Dogs that I got from the Otherworld Indiegogo campaign. One of the eyes on the left dog came out kinda wierd on the photo. Looks better in person.
    7 points
  14. And because I have a handy shot now; My current Sisters of the Blade force hanging out on some Ice Wind Dales tiles from WotC.
    7 points
  15. He talks about Australia, but it could just as easily be New Zealand, or any number of other countries which are unlucky enough not to be the U.S. (no doubt the U.S. sometimes gets shafted too, but I'd bet its infrequent by comparison) I'd like to say we get used to being "picked last" for most things, we certainly understand that there are (some of the time) reasons for it which are out of a company's control. But I hope people can understand that when we put our trust in a company that we think might treat us differently... only to have those beliefs shattered... we get... disappointed... to put it lightly... very, very lightly. Wow, I missed that PA arcade post but it's so true. I was at PAX Aus and despite is pouring down with rain (I spent most of each day walking around in sodden shoes and wet socks because I stupidly decided to wear suede heels. Oh how stupid am I...) and there being thousands upon thousands of people cramming into every corner of the Con in big lines - the overall air was so positive. Everyone was so thrilled to have their own Con like this -in Australia- that nothing was going to dampen (bad pun) their spirits. I'm not questioning Reaper's motives at all, but from the start it seemed as though they were fairly going to work between U.S., Canada and RoW. Things reasonably beyond their control came about which understandably pushed us a little bit back the queue, but their lack of communication and current inaction does seem to indicate a 'who cares about those few remaining overseas people' whether it was their intention or not. Especially given some of the comments that TheBucklandBrewer specifically pointed out, the ' those figures don't package themselves' 'and we have a factory to run' Gee, that's great. I don't really recall any comments like this while you were packing U.S. orders, are you trying to make us feel bad for simply wanting our figures that others have had for months and expecting the same level of service you provided them with? If I could come and help you pack Bones, I would!
    7 points
  16. Paizo puts a lot of details in their art, and Reaper faithfully captured it in this sculpt. This was, by far, one of the most challenging paint jobs I've attempted, but I must say I'm (mostly) satisfied with the results.
    6 points
  17. Here's a bunch of cake toppers I did recently, tooled out with similar weaponry. Best zombie fighting weapon I can think of.
    6 points
  18. Ever since my grandson saw the movie (300)...he has asked me to paint him a spartan miniature...he also plays on an international flag football team that are called the (Spartans). So this piece was painted for him and mounted on a varnished walnut display base...He requested that I keep it simple with no trees, flowers, etc...just the spartan warrior with helm, shield and spear (like the characters in the movie). FIGURE...Ral Partha (Titan # 01-108)...circa 1985-86.
    6 points
  19. Horace "Action" Jackson Craft light for window effect. First mini after a nine year hiatus!
    6 points
  20. OK, it's been awhile since I've posted anything, but I just completed this bust. Not familiar with the character, but a Google search indicated he's some kind of perpetually pissed-off warrior dwarf. Picked it up from a vendor (Bobe's Hobby House) at the Dallas LoneStar Figure Show back in March. Resin cast with good detail. Facial features have a chiseled, angular look about them - much like the illustration I found on the interweb. Not sure about the scale; maybe 120mm / 1/16th bsed on head size. Primed with Floquil Model Railroad Gray Primer and painted with Reaper Acrylics. Scaled back on the highlights some when the hair and beard started looking like it belonged in a women's shampoo commercial... Questions and comments welcomed. Slainte, Glen
    5 points
  21. Nearly there... The Thing! [still a stone golem] Some Reaper Paints made it on to Grimm here thanks to LTPK1.. Sapphire Blue Carnage Red Intense Brown Along with some mixes from other sources. Also, a variety of techniques. Couldn't begin to lay it all out because I got in the zone painting. Hulk and Jug should get more paint soon. Thank you for you feedback.
    5 points
  22. thanks man, I thought the skirt looked pretty good when I was done. Just got to touch up his head with some stuff now. In the meantime I did a few more of my boneses.
    5 points
  23. Here's my second version. I think the shades in the gray rocks don't show up as well in these pictures, but they're there. He's meant to be mostly dirt instead of all rocks, hence the brown and the tufts of grass.
    5 points
  24. Don't know if this guy has a product code yet, but it is the Bones version of 3065: Kellen, Nobleman Adventurer. This was my first experiment with Bones painting from the Kickstarter. I did a quick base paint, a little drybrushing and a wash to bring him to tabletop standard. I had a lot of problems with Dullcote over the weekend, which is why the back of the cloak is such a mess.
    4 points
  25. Aug Weak 1's progress on the barbarians This figure reminds me of Den from the movie Heavy Metal. The remaining figures will just have to limp along through the rest of the month, as I paint other stuff.
    4 points
  26. Thanks all. I showed it to my wife and she said, "Eww, gross!" and I said, "Goal achieved!"
    4 points
  27. I call this "I hate cows!" Aliens are always coming to Earth and mutilating cows. There's been a long standing estrangement between bovine and alien. The aliens claim cows are always horning in on their action. It's udderly ridiculous. The cows response is a surly "MOOO!" and a burst of methane. (You didn't know they communicated with smell did you?) Now without further ado: Front view (please excuse the glare. It's nearly impossible to get pictures of this without it): The alien is a reaper special edition 2011 figure from "Terror on planet X" (SKU 1517). The saucer is made from the container panty hose are sold in. On the bottom and top are repurposed plastic parts from a milk container (the seal and the pull ring for the spout). The seat and dash board were sculpted from Sculpey. My thanks to Bob Ridolphi and Froggy for their inspiration.
    4 points
  28. Along came glow-in-the-dark spiders! Drows from House Kenafin Beware house males! The spiders, crystal base, mushroom, and cleric eyes all glow.
    4 points
  29. Straight from the Temple of Doom: the Thugee Cultist Compared to the movie, I inverted the color scheme: red pantaloons and black sash. Kali Mah! Kali Mah!
    4 points
  30. This is in reply to a requested scale shot of the Ral Partha Titan (posted earlier today). It shows the size of that miniature vs. a standard Reaper male figure and a standard Ral Partha female figure. I hope that this meets with your request.
    3 points
  31. Love the super bright pink...it adds something to the 'that's just not right!'-ness of it.
    3 points
  32. (finally) Finished my entry for the painting contest, team division. A blue dragon and his (blue) kobolds: Opinions? :) I don't like how all the highlights turned out, but am glad I finished all of them :) I'll post some more pics later, fninally some time off! :D
    3 points
  33. Here are some barbarian figures I am working on this week I am basing this figure on a character on the Khanutu woman from a Star Trek episode called Private Little War And here is a shot from that episode:
    3 points
  34. I am in the process of painting (for game play) some older figures (vintage, if you will) from yesteryear. I love painting these older figures...for some reason, I feel that they have a certain character to them that for some reason is lacking in a lot of the modern era figures/castings. Posted here are the following miniatures; PHOTOS 1-4...Ral Parth (Giant Skeleton # 02-940) circa 1985... PHOTOS 5-6...Grenadier (Death Lord # 150) circa 1986... PHOTOS 7-10...Alternate Armies (Chicol The One Legged # CM19) circa 1992... PHOTOS 11-14...Grenadier (Beholder # 104) circa 1984... I hope that you like these old figures...I have the next (4) mounted on sticks & will prime them later today.
    2 points
  35. I feel that there is nothing that I can tell you that might be of help or interest to you as a neuroscientist about my miniature modeling career. As I have stated in past postings...I do everything with an artistic eye (both visual eyes & my minds eye)...be it making a junk pile...doing serious weather on a building...doing a landscape for a vignette. I work on a piece until it " sings " to me! I also don't care about actual correctness (as a member pointed out in my Streets of San Francisco vignette...that I had the wrong type of streetlight for San Francisco)...the streetlight that I used looked proper and in place...it " sang to me "...so I used it (correct or not). I can see something that clicks in my brain and I start seeing (in my minds eye) the varied possible looks that I can do with the seen object...I sketch and see how it can all come together...if it " sings "...I have a possible project. I guess that I was born with this ability/talent...who knows. I can't give you anymore insight into this topic. It may sound like I have a few screws loose...but that is how I approach all my modeling pieces.
    2 points
  36. I'm curious as to whether or not you have a large number of swallows in your area.
    2 points
  37. You see? You see what happens? I start an entirely innocent thread about the over abundance of dwarf kickstarters. It all starts quite civil and we discuss Elves and some nice models, but then it has to descend into talking about where to buy Dwarf Zombies. You people, you're Dwarf obsessed!
    2 points
  38. It depends what you mean by "pooling." It should settle into the cracks and crevices to lend definition to the mini, but you shouldn't have great puddles of it just sitting there, or it'll dry funny. For the most part though, you can't go too wrong with just slathering it on there as a beginning painter. Really, the best thing to do as a new painter is experiment. Play around with washes. Try thinning one a whole bunch, and one not enough, and then slather it on, or use the lightest touch you can manage. Eventually you'll find a happy medium that works for you. No one can describe exactly what to do, especially given that every painter has a slightly different style. Pay attention to the techniques others describe, and be sure to ask questions when you have them, but there's no substitute for practice.
    2 points
  39. whoot! just finished the froghemoth! sooooooooo excited! really happy with how the big fella turned out and i had to holler. pics soon!
    2 points
  40. OK I'm closing the contest for entries. Thanks to all of those that entered. Results will take a bit longer then normal as they usually take 7-10 days for me to collect and at the time that I created this contest I wasn't planning on going to gencon (which I leave for in about 8 days) so I most likely will not get to posting the winners until the week of the 19th.
    2 points
  41. This is my entry for the Pulp Themed Competition. She was a lot of work, but I learned a great deal by doing her. I did a detailed W.I.P. also http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/49983-olearys-wip-thread-of-everything-reaper/page-4#entry750121 I've enjoyed painting Pulp so much that I've bought more Reaper Chronoscope Pulp and am participating in a Pulp Painting Club. Can someone tell me how to link to text as I have no idea how to do that. Also I have no idea why this added that attached Thumbnail to the bottom and I can't get rid of it. My apologies.
    2 points
  42. I've got a second one of these in the works, but finished this one today. Again, meant for table top, so not meant to be super high quality. The crystals in particular...I've done better.
    2 points
  43. Did some work on the candelabras: And a closeup because I like how the gems came out, again :P Note that the gold looks a lot less like candy in real life, it's night here so no good lighting. And the two altars a bit further along: Painting that jade on the fountain, and now following it up is making me come up with this whole deity thing in my head. I'll have to write stuff down soon so I can use it :P
    2 points
  44. This is another one of my older fantasy figures that I just finished. I tried to keep the look of both the figure and the base very bland, barren & bleached. I executed the skin color of the mummy (the way I would envision it)...a grayish rotting green flesh with corpse maggots in the eye & mouth (but executed in a dull dark aged feel, look and manner)...did the same with the cloth wrap...I hope that you feel I succeeded in my attempt. FIGURE...Grenadier (Mummy Lord) # 512...circa 1986...
    2 points
  45. So I knocked out the Shadow from my Vampire Pledge first. As always C&C Welcome.
    2 points
  46. The amount of excitement doesn't help indeed. I'm not much bothered about their communication, we had an update a week ago and somewhere I expect we'll get another one soon... (although they could have explained the reasons a little more in detail, so we could actually have a chance to understand what's taking so long) But what buggers me most of all is that US-orders went out at a speed of 14000 orders in about three weeks, while rest of the world takes three weeks for about 1500 orders... US-customers were important enough to make a max crew work non-stop to get the orders out as fast as possible. As soon as the ROW-orders started, this as-fast-as-possible-statement didn't matter anymore... Of course, "unfortunately those figures don't package themselves and we have a factory to run", I can understand that... but I don't see why this makes sense though, they had to be packed for US-customers aswell... (or not?). Now it's more important to run the factory then finishing the row-orders while earlier it was like "sorry, we won't have to time reply, we're kinda busy right now". I'm not saying they do this on purpose, but it leaves me with a feeling that we are not important enough to keep as potential customers, as if ROW is more like a burden to them at this moment or as if... it's only ROW... you know... the bloodbags who consume oxygen at the other side of the ocean... I've ordered directly from them in the past and was really happy with their service. But this kickstarter-service turned into a huge disappointment last three weeks, and if these bones would have been my first Reaper-mini's, it'd probably be the last aswell. There's still a lot of candy in their shop that I'd love to buy, and some of their sculpters have been added to my list of favorite artists so I hope I will still feel like buying their work, but they're getting really close to convince me that rest of world really is more of a burden to them, so why should I care to buy miniatures of them in the future if I'm nothing more then a burden? If my order isn't important enough to them, then I won't bother them anymore buying something. I'm not saying that's what it is, it's what they make me feel right now, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. They're losing potential future international customers here, and the longer it takes, the more it makes me think, the worse it gets. I still hope the exitement of opening the box of bones, if it ever comes, will erase all the negativity.
    2 points
  47. A couple of things here. 1st. This is not excess glue we're talking about that can be wiped up. This is the glue holding the foam together being soft enough that it allows the compartments to shift just enough to expose the tacky sticky glue. It's not something that can be cleaned up with goo gone unless one wants to disassemble all the trays, and even then you'll likely end up with more of a mess than you started with. 2nd. Assuming that you haven't overlooked the problem in your cases and your glue really is not tacky, then that indicates there is definately a production problem. This is something that is not noticeable at first glance, and I'm very thankful that someone brought up the issue here before I started putting painted minis into my cases. And I'll add a 3rd. Like the problems with some of the Bones figure, there is no obvious way to fix this at first glance, and by discussing it here and bringing it to everyone's attention, perhaps we can resolve it. Where you see whining, I see a group of people attempting to work together to find a solution to a problem.
    2 points
  48. Team ORC: Orcish Reconnaissance Contingent. United in their quest for Elvish blood and Doombat on a Stick. Yum! (these are the bones orcs)
    2 points
  49. I'd love to see a kickstarter focus on either classic Tolkein-esque Elves, or else one that takes inspiration from European folklore and the Fae. But I expect we're more likely to get Dwarf traffic cops or Dwarf pole dancers next.
    2 points
  50. Slowly starting up the project again after a two week absence. Only the one miniature finished this week. I’ll have to quicken the pace for next week since wave one of the Otherworld Miniatures Indiegogo campaign arrived when I was away. 48 unique figures (counting familiars, treasure loot miniatures, henchmen and character miniatures). Hopefully I have some of those finished until next week.
    2 points
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