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  1. I know!! I Know!! It is BatBugs, our hero!!!!
    43 points
  2. I'm maintaining two personal WIP's on purpose. I want to keep my Reaper Projects together in one place. Mainly because this is a Reaper Forum and I want to be certain that the balance of my work favours Reaper. This is the quickest way for me and for them to know that. Secondly, I hate clutter. A single catch all WIP will drive me bonkers because it will become crowded up with too many projects. PROJECT #1 Stonehaven Gnomes Priestess Page 1 I'm finally getting round to painting up my Heroe's of Sprocketshire Gnomes from Stonehaven. These are so terribly cute, I just love them and now wish I had gotten the entire collection. I have Sprocketshire and McKrakken's Glory Squad. First up is the Priestess from Heroes of Sprocketshire. I can't find her name in the Character Bio sheet, so I'll name her when she's done. The basing and my whole approach to these figures is based on the work I've seen done by fellow forum member Catdancer. I've been inspired by his work since I came here and I hope to achieve something approaching his work. At the very least, I would hope they "sing" in a voice he would recognize. She is almost there, but she needs a bit more work. More highlighting is needed on her boots, the gem needs more work and there needs to be more contrast on the stone she is standing on (which is made from a piece of garden mulch). Also I think I need to add a very, very tiny bit of flower to cover the stems of the mushrooms. This will be difficult as I make them from the heads of a pin and they are quite tiny. Further, I feel the base is still lacking some indefinable something. It's just "off" and I know it's not "there" yet. I will have to let it percolate a bit and see what I can come up with. I like these so well, I could paint an army of them and just might do so when they become available in the online store.
    16 points
  3. One of the figures I was most looking forward to getting from the Kickstarter. I painted this guy up using Quickshade Strong Tone, as I've decided that I really like the look it gives skeleton bones - nicely weathered. I expect my DM will find a reason to throw this one at us soon. :-) I'm not convinced the base is done yet, and I would like to add some rust effect to the blade, but getting to that really depends on what else I start working on. (iPhone photos - in keeping with tradition on these forums, I don't currently have my lightbox set up. I hope to get a permanent place for it when we move house early November).
    15 points
  4. Here is my take on Hajad, the pirate from the Bones kickstarter. I am now going to go paint all the other Bones pirates to go with him (and my non-bones pirates). Having a blast with it all so far.
    12 points
  5. my latest sculpt has hit the public, the classic jerk DM monster: the Lurker Above I wrote a pretty extensive dissertation on my creative process for this guy in my blog, if you are interested (see sig), but either way I'd love to hear your opinions and critique. I'm pretty new to sculpting, but i've done my best to breathe some new life in to this old school horror. Note that the skull on the 50mm base is appropriately scaled for a 28mm heroic humanoid. (edit) these are technically WIP shots as i corrected some errors revealed by the camera since taking them, but they are close enough to show. next up: pterodactyl men!
    11 points
  6. So I've decided I'm going to paint my Kaladrax using Quickshade. I'm sure there are a number of people out there that think this is some form of sacrilege, and part of me certainly agrees. However, I've recently been experimenting with Quickshade on bones, using my Bones minis as guinea pigs, and have decided that I really like the way it looks (see my Colossal Skeleton in the Show Off forum). Cleaned and Prepared Part of the decision was based on my very limited painting time, and I hope this will allow me to get it done quicker. I'm not aiming for a Buglips level of quick here, but hopefully it's not too much longer. To start, I decided to try out the theory on one of the tail sections. I figured this would be one of the easier ones to strip back if I changed my mind (I've already glued the legs on). Base coat - Vallejo Game Color Bonewhite Quickshade Strong Tone Well, I think it's going to work, so I'll keep going with this. The coloring looks better in the flesh as it were. One thing I'm really not looking forward to is going over the whole thing with matte varnish. I believe I'm going to have to buy more. Just to outline my full plan - I'm not going to be Quickshading the base, only the dragon itself. For the base, I intend to use the same scheme as Buglips (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery), as I really liked the way the stone/foliage colors worked together. Edit: Was this a wise choice for my first WIP? Well why not.
    10 points
  7. If I have to paint all night, this guy WILL be done in time to mail tomorrow. THERE IS NO OTHER ACCEPTABLE OUTCOME. Shading and highlighting done on the pants and shirt sleeves. I mixed 2 drops Stone Grey + 1 drop Pure White + 4 TT Walnut Brown for the shade color. My first attempt (which I neglected to photograph) looked less like shading and more like he was wearing oddly striped pants. So I mixed up some of the base color and made most of the lines smaller, as well as smoothing the edges down. Next, I mixed 2 drops Stone Grey + 2 drops Pure White for the highlighting. I know I could easily have pushed both shading and highlighting, but I'm not real confident yet in placement of both and don't want to press my luck here, and I'm satisfied with the final result. Next is shading on the skin, yay! I've been looking forward to this part, since shading/highlighting skin is what really seems to make the mini come to LIFE. To start off, I tried out my new Golden Shadow to see if it would be dark enough. It wasn't, but I really liked the color a whole lot better than the Tanned Leather I'd used before. So I gave his skin a quick once-over with the Golden Shadow, and I like the overall look much more. The slightly darker, more golden color suits him better; he looks a lot healthier, I think. :) Next, I mixed 2 drops Golden Shadow (by accident, I'd only meant to start with one) with 2 TT Walnut Brown. His musculature isn't very defined, so I did quite a bit of what felt like freehand to make his six-pack and other assorted abdominal muscles visible. I also shaded his face, hands and tail (though the tail bits really aren't visible). Then, after looking at him under regular lighting (rather than the one from my visor), I realized with a sigh that I needed to go darker. So I mixed in another 2 TT of Walnut Brown and went over all of it again. I'm much happier with it now. (and yes, I know I very well could go deeper, but this guy's a mage, and I didn't want him to be all I'M A MAGE BUT I'M ALSO TOTALLY RIPPED WITH MY -1 STRENGTH MODIFIER SOMEHOW, so I'm intentionally downplaying the muscles a bit ) Highlighting is my favorite because it really makes things pop. I started by mixing 1 drop Golden Shadow with 3 TT Pure White. Not light enough. With the mantra of "higher highlights, deeper shadows" chanting in the back of my mind, I added another 2 TT of Pure White and tested it. STILL not light enough. Another 2 TT later, and I got a pretty good color. I'm very happy with how his hand turned out, and since it's not very visible from the front, BAM here's a side shot. I realized in looking at various painted examples to see where his muscles went that I neglected to add "paint his nails on" to my to-do list! Can't forget that, it's very important. Yay! I'm getting closer! But right now, it's food time. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    10 points
  8. More odds and ends done. Worked up the purple, leather, a little more highs for the blue and greens, about three seconds on the gold (my dependents are starting to get restless for dinner).
    10 points
  9. Over at Caffeineforge.com, we've had a feature every Monday going on for quite a while dealing with all the new mini projects that crop on Kickstarter. Any serious crowdfunder knows how easy it is for a great project to slip through the cracks. Recently, though we have added a weekly painting feature to the column. Every week we pick one of the vampire level bones figures, and everyone paints the same mini. Last week we painted the mimic, and the week before that the iconic Witch. Take a look and leave a comment for one of the painters, better yet, join us with next week's painting. 1/27/14: http://caffeineforge.com/2014/01/27/monday-miniatures-storm-giant/ 9 participants 1/20/14: http://caffeineforge.com/2014/01/20/monday-miniatures-the-strumpet/ 7 participants 1/13/14: http://caffeineforge.com/2014/01/13/monday-miniatures-the-swarm/ 7 participants 1/6/14: http://caffeineforge.com/2014/01/06/monday-miniatures-goblins/ 6 participants 12/29/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/12/30/monday-miniatures/ 7 participants 12/22/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/12/23/monday-miniatures-the-sarcophagus/ 10 participants 12/15/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/12/16/monday-miniatures-stone-golem/ 13 Participants 12/8/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/12/09/monday-miniatures-virina/ 11 participants 12/1/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/12/02/monday-miniatures-vermin/ 6 participants 11/25/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/11/25/monday-miniatures-astrid/ 10 participants 11/18/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/11/18/monday-miniatures-yephima/ 7 participants 11/11/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/11/11/monday-miniatures-galedon/ 8 participants 11/4/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/11/04/monday-miniatures-clay-golem/ 10 participants 10/28/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/10/28/monday-miniatures-the-griffon/ 8 participants 10/21/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/10/21/monday-miniatures-well-of-chaos/ 12 participants 10/14/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/10/14/monday-miniatures-mummy-warrior/ 8 participants 10/7/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/10/07/monday-miniatures-the-undertaker/ 9/30/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/09/30/miniature-mondays-eye-of-the-beholder/ 9/23/13: http://caffeineforge.com/2013/09/23/monday-miniatures-the-mimic/
    9 points
  10. VIGNETTE TITLE...IT'S DOUBLE TROUBLE FIGURES...Reaper (Sugar # 50176 & Candy # 50024) NOTE...The whole vignette is scratch built except for the (2) miniatures...it is an oval base of (4" x 2 3/4")...the stone walk is my own plaster casting. EXECUTION...During my planning stage...I wanted to feature these (2) miniatures on the same static base (as a display type vignette) where the figures sort of mirrored each other in both weapon hand & out stretched hand. But my dilemma was in the choice of motifs... (A). Execute them in a really hard rock punker motif with darkened eyes, tattoos, torn hose, etc...or... (B). Execute them in a softer semi hard rock punker motif and still maintain the cuteness of the two figures... I chose to execute them in the option (B) style. I hope you like this little piece.
    9 points
  11. I decided to get back to some normal sized miniatures after the Dragon, Ogre and Ettin I recently completed and chose Arthrand as one of my favourite Bones conversions. He's got all the detail you would want and an excellent pose. I decided that Elven Rangers are like Jedi in that they are spiritual warriors deeply attuned to the natural world and doers of good deeds. Well thats my excuse for using this colour scheme anyway and i'm sticking to it! Apologies for the shiny finish, its a result of me needing more practice with my new light tent. C&C very welcome.
    8 points
  12. I haven't finished reading the whole thread yet, so somebody may have already suggested this. One of the things you need to determine is if R is even capable of or willing to roleplay another type of character. If she isn't, your problem is probably insurmountable. Others suggested asking R if she'll play a different PC - while this is a workable suggestion, it also has the potential for major conflict because it singles her out. There is a much subtler way to see. Run an adventure that requires the players to take on a different role temporarily and see how they fare. The first time I did this in one of my games, it was strictly for story purposes, but it had the side effect of showing us that our problem player could indeed throw himself into a different role than his usual PCs, if only for a little while. In my game, I wanted to impart some historical knowledge to the players/PCs that they would need in the upcoming adventure. Basically, they needed to know that the long lost magic item they were seeking was last seen in the hands of the lost heir to a fallen kingdom. I could have just given them a handout, but decided that they would more effectively remember that important point if I presented it another way. And so I came up with idea of letting my players play out that fateful day in the kings throne room where the overthrow began. The players PCs started the session by going to visit a mage contact who could give them information. When they got there, the mage had them all put their hands on an artifact, and "sent" them back to see the events for themselves. At that point, I handed the group a pile of sealed envelopes and said "pick one. For the next hour or so, this will be your character - you're going to play out the scene you asked to see." The envelopes had merely the character name and a 2-3 word description of the character. Inside was the character sheet, a description of the characters personality and their goal for the session. For the next couple hours, my players threw themselves into their temporary roles, roleplayed a brilliant scene where the king was ursurped, and learned that the heir and the magic item had escaped via a specific secret tunnel. Even our problem player - the one who always plays an optimized combat character - got into his temporary role. Anyway, by throwing a scene like this at the party, you won't be singling out R. And you'll have complete control over the temporary PCs she'll have to choose from - meaning you can make them nothing like the characters R typically plays. The results of how R copes will give you knowledge with which to have future conversations. For example, if R does brilliant at playing another type of character, you can point that out when asking her to try a different character type next game. But if R doesn't even try, or worse, complains about the experience, you'll know that she's probably not there for roleplaying anything outside her fantasies, something you can point out should you ask her to leave. Hope that helps.
    8 points
  13. Tonight I painted up her flesh overall I spent an hour painting.This included taking the time to paint a face on a prepainted mini for a friend, I figured save paint and only have to mix up the colors once. I took a few photos to show the steps I took. Sorry I did not setup a light box just used my ott light on my desk. This picture is simply her skin base coated with Tanned Highlight. It took me about 3 coats to get good coverage on her. I noticed some unevenness on her face while painting and took some brush on sealer to her to try to even it out, but I don't know how much it helped at this point. So I just kept moving on with her hopefully after more is painted it won't be as noticeable. For the next steps I took my Tanned Highlight mixing it with my Tanned Shadow for her shading, then I added fair skin to Tanned Highlight to bring up some highlights. I lined her lips with Chestnut brown and while I had it in my palette thought it would also work to line her skin. The next step was a quick one I simply used Brown liner to begin the work on her eyes. Then I used Polished bone for the white of her eyes added a pupil with brown liner once again. I considered adding a touch of color to her eye at this step but decided that it may cause me to mess up her eyes and since it will be a gaming figure that it was an unnecessary step. So I just opted to add the pure white highlight spot and call her eyes finished. The last thing I did with her tonight was take my flesh wash to add a little ruddiness to her cheeks and deeper shadows. Once it dried I decided it may be a bit harsh so when I pick her up next I may consider fixing it. I may paint her hair and eyebrows and see if it distracts enough from her face prior to trying to fix it. Oh and I painted a highlight spot on her lips.
    8 points
  14. For a little while now I've been putting pics of my painted minis onto a blog which I'm using as a gallery (link in my sig). I thought I'd also start posting some pics up here. I wont put my entire existing gallery up here, I'll just start with my newest stuff and go from there. Most of my miniatures are painted to tabletop quality at best, mainly because most of what I paint is intended for use in the various games I play/have played/will play. To start I have a couple painted dragons from the Bones Kickstarter. These were painted for a close friend of mine. And a griffin, also from the Bones Kickstarter
    7 points
  15. Here's some Bones lizardmen and a shaman from the DHL line, along with a Pathfinder Chronicles soulstone, from Paizo. They are based on metal washers for stability. Comments welcomed.
    7 points
  16. In Spoilerblocks, please. I like to be surprised during the actual KS :) Here you go :P
    6 points
  17. 6 points
  18. Quickie tabletop paint work I did last weekend while supervising the paint and take at my local con. They are based on metal washers for stability. 2885: Khalith, Mummy Lord (expertly painted by Jabberwocky) stands in the background.
    6 points
  19. Here's my take on her. I think either I need to thin my skin tone down a bit more, or Lysette needs to take it easier on the foundation. Mostly happy with how it turned out though. My initial thought was to make her a druidy character as it would seem appropriate, but I decided against it so I guess she's a bit more of an arcane magicky person now. I'm thinking I need some of this paint retarder that people talk about, might help blend things since I can't seem to manage it otherwise.
    6 points
  20. Just wanted to start sharing some of my finished works. I'm pretty randomly going through and painting things that look interesting at that moment. All were done using black gesso as a primer and mostly Citadel paints and washes. I'l try and note when I used something else. Leisynn, Mercenary Mage This was my first time trying out wet blending and I think the robes turned out decently. I liked how the colors came together (except maybe for the piece around his shoulders). I custom blended a couple of colors to get the "parchment" color for the book (though like an idiot, I didn't write it down). I used a bit of sepia wash around the edges and then "splattered" a little on the pages to give them a "I spilled my coffee on the book" look. I did the writing/runes using a micro marker. Mummies The first mummy was an exercise to show my daughter (who is showing an interest in painting), how a simple paint job can look good with a wash and 45 seconds of drybrushing. It worked out well enough that I found another one of the mummies in my pile and did him up too. Golem This was just an experiement with flesh tones. I don't love how he turned out and I'll likely strip him down, but I got what I wanted out of experimenting. He was based with Rosey Flesh from the Vallejo line after the gesso prime. I wanted to see if any paints I had would work to layer on top of this color (thus leaving a pink tone in the crevaces). My pallette isn't quite right as a match, so I'll be doing some more shopping before my next fleshy guy. Hell Hound / Winter Wolf My son asked that I do this figure as a Winter Wolf, which sounded 100% more interesting than doing a Hell Hound. I mostly drybrushed layers on him and he turned out really nice. Duke Gerard I wanted to play with a Folk Art paint I had - Metallic Pearl. The only real problem with the stuff was pigment density. The stuff is fairly easy to see through on its own, and by the time I thinned it down enough to paint with, I knew it would require a half dozen layers to cover properly (especially hard to use to fix areas that needed touchups). His head was pretty stupid looking. I tried to fix it up a little with some liquid greenstuff and it looks better than before, but still bad. From what I've seen, even the original model had a funny head, but still...
    5 points
  21. While clearing my mind on the Privateer figure I'm going to paint up a sounder of boars. The main reason is I've got a few Baintaac's from the Darklands line and I want to paint one up as kind of a moss covered beast. Going to do this just by paint by trying to imply that it's either some forest colors or has moss growing in it's hair. I figured I needed to do some experiments so I grabbed a bunch of pack boars from the Wreck Age line. Here's a shot of the 4 boars to show size difference. I based the critters with either Reaper Pale Lichen or Highland Moss then, gave them washes of either P3 Sanguine base and Reaper Dusky Skin shadow (as the sanguine was too strong) or Reaper Mahogany Red. Two of them then go washes with GW's Devlin Mud (as they were too red or purple) and one I left to just play around with. On one that got the Devlin Mud was and the one I didn't I started to highlight up with Reaper Olive Skin mixed with a bit of Pale Lichen--this will give me a base color to start highlighting up too. For the 3rd one I haven't decided on what I'm going to highlight up too yet.
    5 points
  22. o.O Sometimes the single life sucks... But marriage is awesome because it gives your two extra hands to hold your models together while the glue dries.
    5 points
  23. In case anyone wanted to see the nice photos of all the guys I recently painted. not Bones... but I didn't have anywhere else to put him. I really dislike these minis. I had to paint them anyways, just cause. But they are the only ones in the bunch I was disappointed in getting. I can see what the sculptor was trying to go for, a very old wasted away zombie... but the anatomy makes me cringe.
    5 points
  24. lol Yeah, I know stuff happens sometimes. It just happens more often than normal here, since the town I'm living in (and by extension, the university) seems to think the Internet is this new shiny thing, and so they keep messing around with it and doing weird stuff. They also went with 100% wireless because it seemed like the cool thing to do, and they've had problem after problem with it since before we moved here. At least it's usable now... Paint mixing is fun! My next Reaper cart is full of all the paints Anne mentioned some time ago as being the base colors used to mix all of Reaper's other paints. As well as the two sparkly paints Reaper has. Because SPARKLES. ~~~~~ My Reaper paints order came today, huzzah!! Just for fun, I'd asked them to draw a picture of a single boot on my invoice. (the caption reads: "It's not you, it's me) Yep, Reaper is awesome. I also tried to take a picture of my shiny new paints, but my camera was acting up, no matter which batteries I put into it. I'm going to try my rechargables next in the hopes that they work, because we REALLY can't afford to replace my camera right now. I did get a lovely warm purpley paint sample that instantly made me think of the beautiful purple that CashWiley used on his pirate couple. It also exploded all over my hand, glasses and wet palette when I accidentally pulled the dropper top off while unclogging it. Now for the painting stuffs yesterday. Really wasn't in much of a painting mood, but I pushed through it and things are coming together! I painted his staff, and the color you are seeing is 1 drop Muddy Brown + 3 drops Blood Red. What you are not seeing are the FIVE other attempts I made to get a color that was not a) too red, or b) the exact color of chocolate pudding. I was trying for a lovely mahogany brown color, but lately I've discovered that no matter what I do to Muddy Brown, it stubbornly remains...muddy brown. I eventually gave up and just went with the color that was close-ish. It looks exactly the same color as the stuff I've painted just plain Muddy Brown. I got his shirt sleeves painted with 2 drops Stone Gray + 1 drop Pure White, changed his coat cuffs to Oiled Leather (which took just as long and was just as annoying as I'd anticipated it would be), and got a solid basecoat of Oiled Leather on his hair (his horns became hair because he's a lion guy, not a devil guy). There's a funny little triangle thingy sticking out of the back of his right sleeve. It's probably supposed to be some fancy doodad or other, but my ability to do fine detail was diminishing quickly, so I just made it part of his shirt sleeve. The silver lining to not being done this morning like I'd wanted to be is that with my new paints in hand, the next steps will go much much more quickly. The Golden Shadow in particular is going to speed things up significantly. Side note: I compared the two greens I'd ordered and originally planned on using for his coat color with the color I'd mixed up. They...look nothing alike. The top bottle is what I was going for (it doesn't look at all yellow in-person), with the bottom bottle planned on being the shade color. Yeah...that's not gonna happen, they're just too wildly different! I debated (very briefly) whether to repaint his coat in the new colors, but if there's one thing I dislike more than redoing a bad job, it's redoing a good one. The current color is distinct, and while it doesn't convey the "savanna camouflage" vibe I was originally going for, it's a nice color. Plus, it would simply take too much time, and I'm already overdue on this. Onwards and upwards! I've got quite a bit still to do, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    5 points
  25. Heres my entry! Zara, Druid of Harken forest. Dont take her kindness for weakness, She is quick to anger. Pulling vines from the ground itself, she is the guardian of Harken and needs your help. A large goblin warband has made camp in the woods and is cutting and burning with there wicked weapons of iron and steel. Not much is known about her past. A young wolf pup sits by her side obediently unless she has commanded otherwise.
    5 points
  26. Here is Tsuko sealed and based, from the L2PK #2 Open Wip thread. really nice to be back doing the L2PK's they are alot of fun
    4 points
  27. Ah. I bet it was the piece she was working on at Reapercon. It was lovely. :) So what was she working on during ReaperCon? From what I remember of mythology, a chimera has the heads of a lion and a goat, with a snake tail, and no wings.
    4 points
  28. Thanks Sanael, feel free (you and everybody) to contribute with whatever crosses your mind. This is about learning, and getting new ideas after all! Open your eyes We all see a lot of gorgeous miniatures around. In great environments. Superb dioramas. And we ask ourselves... what can I do to DO that? We talk and talk and talk about painting technique, contrast, dilution, mixes... but there is little talk about composition. About framing the scene. And I am an honest believer that the frame of a mini (in many cases, the base) helps add a lot of character to the miniature, and complement the paint job. The truth is there is a lot of stuff out there you can use for your bases. You just need to open your eyes. Plastic toys. Scraps of wood. Little branches and flowers. Leaves. Roots. Gravel. Cheap decorative plastic pieces from china. Fake coins. Gears from something broken. A whole world of things you can use. Loot! I will give you an example, something I use for basing. Here in Argentina we drink "mate"; an infusion (wikipedia link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(beverage)) The infusion is made out of the dried remains of a plant called "yerba mate". This is the yerba in our home dispenser: As you see, it included a lot of dried leaves, some are big, and also a lot of small material. Sifting them gives you these: Something similar to small grass for texture, and some rough stuff that can be useful for some purpose... they make great submerged swap foliage, for example! And like this, you can get a lot of nice things out of the spice rack! Tea leaves also make great terrain, for example. If you are also far from places where Woodland Scenics actually means something, clump foliage is also hard to come by. However, there are some "hard" kitchen sponges that can be broken into convincing bushes: The small rocks above, for example, are the kind of little stones you can buy for cats to do their... things on. A handful goes a long way. The big rocks are typical broken granite used in railways. I live next to one, so getting a dozen or so is very easy! Sand is also very easy to get from construction sites, and a cup will go a long way for us. That sand is usually very coarse, but you can sift it and separate thin texture from rough: Sifted, fine sand and the remains, above, as rougher texture! If you don't have pigments and want to experiment, you can also ground some pastel sticks and use the powder... I have read they are basically the same thing and still need to test it, but hey, at 0.50$ a piece this was a cheap experiment: The containers above where also sourced by my wife, for me... they are small 10ml containers for cosmetics, and I got 34 of them for about 12$... they even have screw on tops and I am very happy about them. What are your favorite sources of non-hobby stuff for modelling and painting? Share them with us!
    4 points
  29. No, it's cool Willen. I agree with everything you said in your last post. However, I don't trust my brush control to fix the mouth and eyebrow and it doesn't look /that/ bad to me, so in those cases I just leave it alone and call it the spirit world driving my hand I did do another pass of highlighting on the green and blue and I'm still not happy with them but I'm dancing with my issues of painting things to white highlights causing chalkiness, again. PurpleBoot, I did a kind of simple nmm feel with some mixed purples. I've been using the blue of the dress with the pink from the pastel triad for purple and haven't been happy with the shadow values, though I'm trying to keep everything at a medium value at the lowest but the browns got a bit dark and the nmm needs the dark for contrast so I did bring in a little blue liner just to achieve that. I'm also shifting the gold away from a Palomino mid-tone to a Buckskin mid. Hopefully the end result will be her face being the most saturated element. As always, my reach exceeds my grasp but it ends up looking pretty cool even if it's not quite what I was after, so I continue on that path
    4 points
  30. No, f*ing scary is going to be my bill after the KS is over.
    4 points
  31. My work schedule has been kind of hectic, so tomorrow evening, I plan on going over all my PM's (I've read them, just not really acted on them yet) and let anyone whom's partner said they would be late know. (Grammar check, anyone?) If you're running later than expected (e.g. not shipping this week), and have not let me know, please do so. And remember, if the feces hits the windmill for you, I do have a backup plan. ;) -Dave Actually, about that back-up plan. You guys should know, a member who wishes to remain anonymous donated three mini's for this exchange; two were backups for any who are unable to complete their piece, the third was a gift for our normal Exchange Moderator recruittons (since he was sadly unable to run, or even participate this time). I gotta say, you guys on this board are awesome. -Dave2
    4 points
  32. I've done some more practicing before moving in to the next learn to paint kits, so Goblins. The WIP thread is here.
    4 points
  33. o.O Sometimes the single life sucks...
    4 points
  34. Hello everybody! Some time ago I asked on a suggestion for placing a thread about alternatives to many materials that you modellers in the "first world" use and take for granted, but are more difficult to find when you are away (and shipping ends up being more expensive than the material itself). It was suggested this subforum, so here it is where I am posting. But I intend to make it even more than a simple "materials alternative" thread. As I thought about placing it in the WIP subforum, I realised... all these tips and stuff are very intimately related to one particular Work In Progress: myself, as a miniature painter/modeller. So, I cannot warranty entertaining posts, but at least a dumping place for a lot of stuff I came to realise, mostly on my own, and that can perhaps stir in you, fellow hobbist (hobbier? urgh), an urge to try something, if you haven't already. First, a word of caution: my native tongue is Spanish. In many ways Spanish, as a language, is more twisty and flowery. Please forgive me if my English, other than being grammatically wrong at places, is also full of twisting sentences. Sometimes language is more a rhyme than a simple statement; if you don't understand something I say, please, speak up and let me clarify. To start, allow me to -briefly- describe myself. I am Argentinian (Argentina is a south-american country waaaaay to the south, reaching into the South Pole area lengthwise), 32 years of age, married, one daughter, and a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. I work in an airline, corporate official, which allows me to browse the web when the job is "slow". I love airplanes mostly because of their grace, of their aesthetic glory. That some fascination comes with certain forms of art; and since I could never draw well some time ago (about 10 years ago or more) I did some miniature painting (stemming out of my RPG hobby; I've been deeply involved in that for about 15 years). I was never that good, but I loved to learn about techniques and trying to apply them. I converted every Space Marine I was about to paint (and that is the reason I never had more than a dozen of them painted). I painted alone, for I could never find a group to paint with, to learn and share ideas. But of course Internet is there to teach us, in a way. This is the first community I actually post to because it is so nice, and so full of people not only willing to teach, but also willing to learn. And I find that is when you do not fear to give your opinion of something you learn the most, out of your own suggestion, and out of other people's. So, sorry for the lengthy intro, and soon I will be posting about alternate materials, and things I find valuable in this modelling hobby. It goes as a given, but anyone that feels like sharing, please do. Take over the thread if you want, the more stuff for thought/experimentation, the better!
    3 points
  35. This challenge is now closed. Reaper Bones Beauty Pageant Sept-Oct 2013 The challenge: 1. paint Lysette. She was included in the Bones Kickstarter Vampire Box and should also be available wherever Reaper products are sold. Remember that the base is part of the figure and should be painted as well. 2. (optional) Include a short paragraph of fictional backstory for your entrant, beauty pageant style. Be creative and have fun with this. 3. Post your entry to this thread by midnight CST on October 28, 2013. Anyone can enter at any time before this deadline. The week of Oct 29 I will set up a poll and entrants will be able to vote on which elf sorceress they find Most Beautiful. Please, no chatter on this thread, entries only! If you have questions or need help, please post in the discussion thread.
    3 points
  36. Since Inarah started a beauty pageant for Lysette I thought it would she would be a good break from the current creatures and monsters I have been painting up lately. I will try to post the steps I paint while painting her up here. I took a page from Buglips's or Buglips' (not sure which is right) book and have been trying to paint up my bones as quick paint jobs which I do not spend too much time on. It has made the bones fun minis that I will pick up wash with soap and paint in one sitting. This has been allowing me to paint more than usual and since they are for gaming purposes no need to worry about mold lines and such at least too much. Thank you Buglips for your inspiration with the bones line. Anyhow I haven't yet painted a bones humanoid only creatures and the like. I always tend to take more time on people especially females so my goal here is to spend less time while still making her pretty for the Beauty Pageant. I will not accomplish this in one paint session so to keep me moving on her I created this WIP. Last night I dug her out and took care of the glaring mold lines (missing quite a few I may add), then she was cleaned with some soap and water . Here she is cleaned and ready to paint.
    3 points
  37. A bit rusty, but I am trying to get started back to painting again. Here we go! SK
    3 points
  38. Here is the aftermath, and the last post. I received a second place finish. Curiously I was beaten out by a wooden ship.
    3 points
  39. My first attempt at non-metallic metallics: To atone for the terrible things I did to Barnabas (post #1), I picked Garrick the Bold to practice NMM techniques. No metallic paints used, no washes. Colours: Steel: Soft Blue, Stone Grey, Pure Black, Pure White Gold: Leather Brown (vallejo), Desert Yellow (vallejo), Yellow Ochre (vallejo), Blond Highlight Tabard: Walnut Brown, Leather Brown (vallejo), Carmine Red, Blond Highlight Leather: Walnut Brown, Leather Brown (vallejo), Blond Highlight
    3 points
  40. I was lucky enough to find this year's ReaperCon Sophie in a brick-and-mortar store over here in Australia. Could not believe it! Of course I had to buy it; she's currently sitting un-assembled (the Avengers would be sad) in one of my mini cases. One day I'll paint her up all nice-like.
    3 points
  41. Some of my latest works: Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode IV Knight Models (54mm) MORE PHOTOS: http://www.coloureddust.com.pl/2013/06/obi-wan-kenobi-episode-iv.html MEDIEVAL KNIGHT 70 MM FIGURE Scale 75 MORE PHOTOS: http://www.coloureddust.com.pl/2013/06/medieval-knight_2.html SPARTAN KING Scale: 1/10 Material: Resin Yedharo Models MORE PHOTOS: http://www.coloureddust.com.pl/2013/05/spartan-king.html and more in my gallery on blog: http://www.coloureddust.com.pl/p/gallery_6.html
    3 points
  42. I ordered: 77005: Ogre Chieftain 09108: Brush-on Primer 09100: Pearl White 09021: Snow Shadow 09064: Brown Liner 09061: Linen White 09035: Olive Green 09036: Pale Olive 09070: Mahogany Brown 09071: Chestnut Brown 09091: Golden Shadow The last 5 paints were specifically for this project, but I know they'll be good solid colors that I'll use in the future. :) As for the colors I use most, let's see... so far, those would be MSP Pure White, Stone Grey, Oiled Leather, Tanned Leather, Tanned Skin, Fair Skin, Blood Red, Aged Bone, Walnut Brown, Brown Wash, Muddy Brown, Antique Gold, Honed Steel, Sapphire Blue and Grass Green. Oh, and Molten Bronze from P3. The rest I haven't used as much mostly due to the fact that I haven't painted many figures yet, and of those, most have been rats. I imagine as I keep painting I'll have a better idea of what I'll use on a regular basis, and as I get new paints, that will change as well. :) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    3 points
  43. A Haunted Door - hands and screaming face reaching out from the surface of the door (or being sucked in - depending on the GM's needs). The Auld Grump
    3 points
  44. In the long run, it's just better to spend the little bit of extra $ up front for GOOD brushes like W&N, Da Vinci, or Raphael. Dick Blick usually runs some good deals (right now 10-30% off and can get free shipping if you spend enough) on brushes and I highly recommend you try to go with the Kolinsky Sable. They are absolutely amazing. You'll have a your sable brushes around (as long as you take care of them) for a long time, they will totally outlast you buying cheap brushes by 10-20x so you'll end up saving money over having to buy so many cheap brushes. Taking care of your brushes is a huge thing for us mini painters. Here's a good site on how each type of brush measures up and how to keep them clean. As for paints, sure you can use the higher end craft paints, but as others say they aren't as pigmented and don't cover as well as the good paints like the RSP, P3, Citadel, Vallejo, etc. So yes, you'll spend a little extra money on the paints (they are about $3 per paint), but they will cover better, thin better, and give you a much better looking mini in the end. My biggest recommendation is to check out the Learn to Paint Kits from Reaper. They are about $25-$30 each (order in which you should buy them are LTPK1, LTPK2, LTPK4, LTPK5, LTPK3), you will get 10 paints, 2 Sable brushes, and 2 metal miniatures. This is a great way to get some extra brushes, great paints, minis, AND instructions on how to improve your skills.
    3 points
  45. With a decent brush, all those 5/0's, 10/0's etc are really too small to be very effective (the one's in the 2nd link). I recommend a good-quality kolinsky sable brush; Davinci and Winsor & Newton seem to be the go-to's for that, but there's a company in the UK (Rosemary & Co, look at watercolour -> Pure Kolinsky -> Series 323) whom's brushes come highly recommended by Jess Rich (a professional mini-painter, and all around cool gal), and are rather less expensive than DV or WN. Taklon will make you hate brushes forever (granted, this is my experience). Remember, the key to a good brush is how fine a point it can make, as opposed to how few fibers they can wrap around a handle. As for the paints, the Folk Art metallic set is meh. It looks like it comes with two silvers, and some other colors to tint said silvers. And the colors are in bottles that are notorious for drying out quickly. If you're going to go with craft paints (Folk Art, Ceramcoat, Apple Barrell, etc) I recommend getting the 2oz bottles in the colors you need as you need them. Ideally, wait 'til they go on sale at your local hobby store. I personally do not condone craft paints for mini's (they're great for terrain!), but many people here love them, and they can work. The artist acrylics are better than craft paints, but require lots of thinning. While the starter set you linked looks like decent, keep in mind those 10ml tubes are tiny, and I cannot attest to the quality of that particular brand. When I use artists acrylics, I usually go with Golden, and for the gods sakes, avoid the student-grade (Basic or Beginner) acrylics. They're not that much cheaper, and have significantly less pigment (thanks, Pingo, for that tip!) So, that's my take. Best of luck! -Dave
    3 points
  46. Hectic weekend! My nephew's birthday was saturday, so I was in charge of face painting. My knees hate me, but it was fun! Brief moment of terror when asked to do spiderman- but succeeded in deflecting to a nice scary spider. Lots of butterfly requests. I did manage to get a bit done sunday when I finally returned to my painting desk. Ebonwrath and his swamp are coming along. I decided to add some acidic drool and an unfortunate bat. I still have so much to do with this one! Large models are intimidating. here's the swamp all poured and polished and the bat/drool in progress. I used hot glue for the drool and envirotex for the water effect. And him sitting on his base- still removable until I finish his wings: Is he still reading as black, or do I need to shade him down a bit? Debating whether to do more water effect on the front of the base or just some mossy growths. Also debating repeating the wing pattern or some green stripes on the body. And of course, had to work on the beauty pageant contestant. I'm going for an autumn theme. Needs an olive green, I think. I used heather blue, sun yellow, saffron, blood red and pure white for the clothing. The hair is ruddy leather with clotted red, blood red and some saffron thus far. Sword just walnut and pure white. She's still trying to accessorize... I plan to add some free-handed autumn leaves to her dress
    3 points
  47. A friend of mine has started to teach a couple of kids and their mother how to play D&D, and he is DM'ing a game for them. They've been playing with unpainted Bones from his kickstarter, and he asked if I would paint the three PCs and his NPC that rounds out the party. Each kid has a favorite color that needs to be in the mini, and I wanted to make them really fun looking for kids. First up is Throromane (89013: Ezren, Iconic Wizard), who needed to feature red and black. I think that color combination can easily read as "bad guy" so I wanted to work more colors in to make him clearly a hero: As always, C/C welcome! Thanks for looking, Heidi
    3 points
  48. OK...so this conversion is at the first stage of "done..." Which just means I've hit the first moment of "y'know, I think I've done everything that needs to be done." So I've taken a bunch of photos in the light tent with the good camera, so I can actually look at this objectively. So here's where it stands, and my thoughts on the matter. Please add your own. Let me know what you think, where I've done something very cool, where I've missed something, whatever you want to tell me. The above show the whole of the additions to the sculpt, from either side. Looking at the top of the wing, I need to put some flesh over the join of the two wing-bones, and maybe stretch some wing membrane up onto the upper half of the wing. You can also see the stub of tail I did. Otherwise, at this distance, I'm fairly happy with what I'm seeing. Let's go closer. Since the upper wing was the thing that stood out to me in the wide-angle view, here's a close-up on the front shoulder, and the underside of the wing. The foreleg and shoulder are OK, perhaps the wing needs a little something at the joint. Under the wing, you can see where the flesh and bone is attached to the mechanical wing. I need to polish the area around those two bolts on the underside, and there are some places where I used two pieces of putty to form the wing-bone but didn't blend them well, so that needs some polish. I'm also starting to regret not cutting out the wing membranes and sculpting an entirely fleshy wing...I'll have to think about that. In the shot of the front shoulder, you can see the horn on the dragon's head that will be the "original" horn. That spiral needs to be polished a bit so it blends with the horn itself. Or maybe the horn needs more texture. Here's a good shot of the face. I actually really think this lower jaw looks pretty cool; might be my favorite part of the work I've done. It does need a little sanding/polishing in some places. I'm trying to decide, when it comes time to paint it, whether this side or the other side of the face has the "live" eyeball. Here you can see the rump and the underbelly. A bunch of polishing needs to happen on the scales hanging free of the muscle on the underbelly... The rump is...ok? Maybe needs more mass, I don't know. This is also a place where I feel like the scales overall need more definition, but I really don't know what to do about that now they've all cured. I may be happy with them, and just fix the soft detail with paint later. And finally, a shot of the whole thing, standing on the base and with the other wing dry-fit in place. I'm pretty well convinced at this point that I want to go in and remove the plastic membranes on the one wing, put in at least half a "real" wing. The wing that isn't attached I want to be entirely mechanical, so I want the partial wing to really be incongruous. The asymmetry of the concept appeals to me. I also notice here that I need to remove the toes on that front leg and resculpt them to actually be on the ground once he's on the base. So that's where I am. Not so much "done" at this point, but feeling pretty good about where I am. What do y'all think?
    3 points
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