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  1. I have an excuse as to why my mini painting has been a little slow, I'd been working on a new comic project that came out this past Thursday: Dynamite Comics' 'Legends of Red Sonja' issue #2. (My name is even on the cover! Eeee!) I drew a story written by fantasy author Tamora Pierce, it was so much damn fun! I've been published before but this is by-far my highest profile gig to date, plus I adore the character of Red Sonja and it was such a treat to be able to draw her so early in my comic artist career. I still have goosebumps!
    43 points
  2. I did my best with her, but found her a bit confusing to paint. The Raek was my second attempt at a model I painted and posted earlier this year. Hopefully I am showing some improvement.
    11 points
  3. Swamp Troll: Between Orcs, Goblins, Undead and this guy, I'm getting really comfortable working with green skin :) Washes applied to base only, no drybrushing. The skin tones were built up from shadow to highlight using thinned paints. Skin: Swamp Green > VJ Yellow Olive > Blond Highlight Cloth: Walnut Brown > VJ Leather Brown > Blond Highlight Eyes: Sun Yellow Hair/nails: Pure Black > Stormy Grey > Cloudy Grey
    11 points
  4. Did your parents ever do the "Christmas and b'day gifts combined" thing? I have another friend who's birthday is in that range, and they totally did to her. Oh nonononono! My baby brother has a birthday close to Christmas, and when we were little he always got cheesy "combined" gifts, poor kid. I felt so sorry for him! When one of our children was born less than a week from Christmas, we vowed to always make birthday celebrations solidly differentiated from Christmas ones. That one receives a full complement of birthday presents wrapped in proper birthday paper (and a cake and a proper party with friends, even if it is a few weeks away from the real date), as well as just as many Christmas presents as the other kids, who do see the fairness of it.
    10 points
  5. This is my first show off post to the site so go easy lol. Nothing special just thought I would put it up to see what people think. Suggestions or tips are encouraged.
    9 points
  6. Why-fore are you describing my wife? On topic, I've got things together for my recipients (yes plural, I am an over-achiever) and am getting ready to pack them up. However I'm not an over-achiever enough to paint them up as I've been working nights and weekends the last week and a half (and I started college again) so my brain is going *whirrrrr, clang, sputter foom* But there should be much coolness to be had. You know, if you're one of my recipients. But you won't know, will you?.
    8 points
  7. On gaming, I've mostly given up on games these days - but I still play a goodly bit of Birds of Steel (as my 25,000 air to air victories attests... I daren't look at hours played). Anyway, this game is overall pretty boring. And the AI is, overall, very stupid. Online play is, overall, very broken. So why do i play it? Well, the planes are pretty - that's one. And there are a few Italian planes, and that's a nice touch. They get neglected a lot. But that's not why I play. See, having played so much of it I have discovered that one in a very few AI pilots is a ringer. Somewhere between 1:500 and 1:1000. Mostly it's very routine, hardly much of a challenge. With barely any effort I am King of the Skies, Ace of Aces, killing seven with one blow. But then one decides no, he has had enough of my shenanigans. He comes roaring out of the sun and my steed buffets in his turbulence. I turn to engage, and he locks it up. We start at 10,000 feet and slowly spiral down - trying Immelmans, and Split-S's, and rolling scissors trying to gain advantage. Altitude decreases, the ground is close. But teeth are firmly locked into flesh, and we're riding it all the way down. By this point I can't get my guns on him, I'm hoping he'll eat trees so I can break away and check on my AI comrades. And he's close... he's going in... I can see it... an evil smile crosses my face. But no! He pulls out, mircaulously, splitting grass in his wake. But he's all out of room now. I roll lazily, let the sight settle. Pull the trigger up tight. Tracers reach out, and he jinks. They hit the ground. Now I'm behind him, both of us at low level. I pursue him down a road, treetops higher than our canopies. Through the stately architecture of a european main street. Over hills and through valleys. I get a piece, and white smoke pours back over my windscreen. Now it is done. He pulls hard back, trying to lose speed and make me overshoot. It works. Now we're climbing in shallow turns. 1,000 feet. 2,000. I ram the throttle to full power and claw for every inch of sky. I look back, and he's below. The damage was done, the bird wounded. He can't keep up. He's half a mile away. I roll over on my back, pull the stick into my gut. It's head-on now, and he's still fighting. I see him fire, and hear the ping of bullets passing through the skin of my plane. But this is the end-game, because neither of us will break. We'll crash if it comes to it in this game of chicken. I wait for the distance to close, and then fire. The end is short, his plane disintegrates into an arcing comet that hurtles dangerously close over my canopy, blazing against the purple sky of evening. I look back and see a chute deploy. I roll and turn back, he is in my sights! But I don't shoot, because that's just wrong. Instead I fly in close, and waggle my wings in salute. He's an AI man, a bot, and nobody will ever know except me because nobody will see it. But bot or not, he earned it. And then I fly away into the sunset.
    7 points
  8. I'm vainly hoping I can get a third stocking on the 15th...but that's about as likely as Hell freezing over...which given current weather I could believe happening...I got kits 4 and 5, the only ones I didn't have yet... Am I the only one that thinks this is a love/hate relationship? "I love reaper's products! I hate that I'm broke because of them"
    7 points
  9. Mr Chimpy McChimperson is all done! I couldn't resist including a little cross-comic reference: Overall I'm pretty happy with this little ape, though I kind of forgot what I was doing and fluffed the jeans, and I think maybe the belly sticking out should have been covered in black hair. Not sure if the bloody bat is too much; I may be overdoing it with the gore lately because I have a recipe that I'm really happy with. Also, I need a better name for him than Chimpy McChimperson. Maybe... the Bear Chimp?
    7 points
  10. My coffee is made with Irish Cream, thank you. Also, found out we should all get a bonus this year (despite having to lay people off...?); apparently the minimum bonus is $250. Why, hello, Reaper. What lovely figs you have.... ;)
    7 points
  11. I've started viewing hours of overtime in terms of minis.
    6 points
  12. Thanks, guys. Ghast. Just a ghast. Lurking in graveyards or dark alleys. Thanks for looking.
    6 points
  13. I think you should just go with 'special' >.>
    6 points
  14. The correct answer would have been, "Eat this, and die. It's not for you." To the point, and indelibly etched into memory. ;)
    6 points
  15. Hey Everyone! I know I have not posted pics in forever and I have missed being here. I have been super busy (which is a great thing). Figured I would drop by and say hello. Hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays so far. Here are 2 of the most recent pieces that I have completed. Hope you enjoy them! Also in other news: Metalhead Minis has a new website: www.metalheadminis.com and a Facebook page! facebook.com/lynstahlartist =)
    5 points
  16. It's time for another Bones Beauty Pageant. The theme this time is "Bad Boys." How does this work? Using the poll we will select a figure that we, as group, want to paint. Each participant will paint the same figure, and then we will compare them, beauty pageant style, at the end of the challenge. The first step is to go to this poll and select the figure you would most like to paint, You can make up to two selections. http://freeonlinesurveys.com/app/showpoll.asp?qid=387442&sid=khcte49w052aux3387442&new=True
    5 points
  17. This falls under the "How come I didn't know about his until now" heading. I was listening to the latest Game Classy podcast and found out we have fantasy and gaming based bar here in Vancouver B.C. called The Storm Crow Tavern. I had no idea. http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ Probably wont be able to check it out until after the holidays, but it does sound interesting. For example their "Roll a Shot" menu. Just curious how many other cities have bars like this.
    5 points
  18. I placed a mini order on Magnus day - all minis I hope to paint up for Genghis Con. Today I added a few more minis and a HD paint set, so I can get the snow goons AND a stocking. Merry Christmas to me!
    5 points
  19. Slashhamster - Bourbon Street Sophie originally came with lamppost, and I believe the cowgirl came with the wooden post. I imagine they would both still ship with their original accessories. What will likely differ is what's marked on the package, so that collectors can distinguish one from the original ReaperCon release against a rerelease.
    5 points
  20. Tried out my idea with the base last night. I think it works....
    5 points
  21. I like my coffee like I like my women, trapped in a vessel to be released on command to improve my disposition. (I date a lot of genies)
    5 points
  22. Sooo, when I woke up yesterday, I found out that my sister in law has pneumonia and we're responsible for taking care of the niece-monsters for a few days. I will not go into the particulars, but I will lay odds that my mom will get sick before long, having the candle burned at both ends. Going to do my best to mitigate this, so don't be too surprised if I'm MIA for a few days as my sleep schedule gets completely whacked. On the bright side of yesterday, I woke up to having two art commission availability checks and my art promoted at a G+ community by one of the two people. Am mildly flustered and quite pleased.
    5 points
  23. http://www.newsarama.com/19669-all-star-all-female-red-sonja-team-simone-brook-pierce.html
    5 points
  24. Here's mine... 2013 Core Set x1 Narthrax Dragon x1 Unleash the Kraken! x1 Gelatinous Cube x1 Greater Demons x1 Water Elementals x1 Hill Giants x1 Demon Lords x1 Dungeon Decor x1 Blightfang Dragon x1 Cinder Dragon x1 Expansion Set 1 x1 Troll Slayer Sophie x2 Master Series Paint Set 2 x1 Dragons Don't Share x1 Expansion Set 2 x1 Thank You Set x1 Cadirith x1 I have alot of catching up to do with everyone else, since I'm new to the hobby, so I ended up with quite a bit.
    5 points
  25. Meet Nistilar Minore, Dirivita's least favorite wandering mage. Let's just say his moral compass doesn't always point north. Power is all he's interested in and he'll do what he has to to get more. Alternately welcomed and banned in Avengaard he has placed the city in danger almost as many times as he has aided in it's defense. A powerful ally, but keep your eye on him. Thanks for looking. Comments welcome.
    5 points
  26. Here are some pictures of a minotaur I made for one of my Blood Bowl teams. He's pretty big for the game, but reposing the plastic minotaur was a whole lot of fun. The colors match the other minis on the team. Here he is:
    4 points
  27. This surprise news may turn out to be very welcome. It may provide me with just enough breathing space to get in on everything.
    4 points
  28. Before we start panicking about how delays/extensions now might mean our minis ship later, remember that delays were planned into the production schedule and shipping starting in autumn of next year was seen as a worst (or at least poor) case scenario. Plan on early birds coming in September (or at least starting in September) next year, and you'll probably be okay.
    4 points
  29. You're welcome. ...and now it has progressed to its logical conclusion in my messed up brain and morphed into Weird Al's "Who's Fat".
    4 points
  30. Both come with the posts shown. Both figures are 28mm and have integral bases sculpted on. Plastic bases are not included. I like to use a 40mm or 50mm base with these, to do a little landscaping.
    4 points
  31. It's from mama lips, and she made me open it to make sure it was the right kind (i.e. - played BR and DVD, because while most do, it's not a given. And presently I only have DVDs) Anyway, we can be friends. Set up went like this: *plug in adapter and HDMI* *power on* "Select language" *Hooman English* "Would you like to connect to network?" *No* "Okay" *insert disc* *press play* *disc plays* *Buglips gives player nice kiss* So the very first thing after Christmas I'm buying a spare, just in case anything happens, so I won't wind up stuck having to choose something which won't be so nice about being denied network access. And to be clear, I'm not opposed to the option of network connect, only its inclusion as a mandatory requirement. So long as I'm not being forced into stuff, I don't really mind. This unit will not, lamentably, connect to my home theatre sound system. But that I'll forgive, since that sound system is pretty old and even for the time was mostly made up of legacy components. It's unrealistic to expect fresh new hardware to be that retrocompatible.
    4 points
  32. A bit of work done on the Mutant and his base last night. I'm trying to take all the advice to heart about the contrasts and went deeper with the shadows and lighter with the highlights here. A few more touch-ups on the skin (which I think is looking pretty good now) and worked on his face, hair, pustules, and gun holster. The base I worked on, adding some primer and color to it. The bricks I'm thinking of chipping and gouging a little bit to make them look broken. I sacraficed one of my older LTPK brushes to give some green acid splatter effect. I also used some realistic water in the green pool to give it a more liquid feel, I'll slap some more paint on it as well as add another layer of the realistic water to it. The plan is to eventually have a bit of the acid goo coming out of the acid throwing arm. I would like some advice on the rebar to make them look 'rusty' if anyone knows a good technique on this I'd appreciate it. C&C Welcomed & Appreciated!
    4 points
  33. I may scrap the idea for the hay bale if the donkey comes out in time... in the meantime, here's the family in progress: The star's pretty much done. I need to finish the wooden elements and smooth some blends on the figures, bring up my highlights and finish that shepherd. They aren't as much fun to paint as I'd hoped- there are some deep creases in Mary's robe that were hard to sand smooth and hard to paint cleanly. I'll get a closeup shot when I finish detailing. In the meantime, I've been steadily puttering along with a few projects. I'd totally forgotten to pick a barbarian for the Santa contest, so now I present Goldar, the Cranky. Why is he cranky? Because he lives at the North Pole, yet wears very little. Pray you are not on his Naughty list. I sculpted him a little hat and a nice sack. I expect that's where he keeps the heads of the naughty children, but I'm not getting that close to him! Like I said, Cranky! I'll be going with a red and green color scheme. I used a dental tool to pluck the greenstuff into a fluffy border. I really love that the sculpt has that bare hard just begging to have something sculpted onto it! One of my gaming buddies is playing a pathfinder Kitsune thief, so I promised her I'd convert a miniature to fit for her "silver fox" I've got it at least started with some vague shading but mostly basecoating... It's that Tiviel miniature. I chopped off the horns, sculpted a muzzle, ears and 3 tails. I used her single tail as a base for 1, but the other two I stuck wire into the miniature and sculpted on top. Finally, I did fiddle with my ranger. He's not a priority, since he doesn't have a deadline, but I hate to leave him alone for too long. I might forget which colors I used... I decided to give him a matching set of starry booties. I think I might make a star-spangled bow as well. his base is still preliminary, so no pics yet, but it's going to be flowing and organic. I've made some vague human torso shapes and plan to carve faces or smaller figures into them. I want it too look really weird and alien.
    4 points
  34. I like my coffee like I like my women... ...black and bitter. ...in a sack thrown over a donkey. Spoiler for bad, very bad, taste:
    4 points
  35. Hey guys! So my original matcher disappeared off of the forums, citing family issues, Dispatchdave was kind enough to send me a mini in the mail anyway. I'm not sure if the figure was painted by dd himself or if it was sent in by one of you, but it's beautiful regardless. I love it! Here are some pics: Dispatchdave also threw in some cool bonuses: a plaster-cast box, chest, and crate. These are awesome props and I'll guarantee to use them. This is a great mini for me because 1) I probably wouldn't have the guts to tackle darker skin colours. Now I have a reference. 2) I don't have a pirate mini, but one of the main recurring NPCs in my Pathfinder game is a female swashbuckler named Hora. This mini is henceforth known as Hora! 3) The mini actually has really good darklining. I'll use this as an example for my own work. It's a lot different seeing a paintjob in person versus on screen, and this is my first time having a mini that somebody else painted. Thank you, DD! Much love! Edit: This was actually for January's Winter exchange (from 11 months ago) but that thread has disappeared, so I posted it here by mistake. Hope it's ok!
    4 points
  36. 4 points
  37. This was in the swag bag from ReaperCon 2012...
    4 points
  38. I didn't go as crazy this time unlike my order for KS1, my roomie and my DM got some stuff thrown in with my order too: 2013 Core set x1 Unleash the Kraken x 1 Mouslings x 1 Oh, Rats! x 1 Gelatinous Cube x 1 Dungeon Decor x 3 Troll Slayer Sophie x 1 Narthrax Dragon x 1 Dragon's Don't Share x 1 Expansion Set 2 x 1 and the extra stuff my friends tacked on: Troll Slayer Sophie x 1 Lords of Darkness x 1 Gelatinous Cube x 2 Unleash the Kraken x 1 Hill Giants x 2 Dragon's Don't Share x 1 Thank You Set x 1 Barbarians x1 Narthrax Dragon x 1
    4 points
  39. Originally, i was set with: 1 x Core set 1 x Lords of Darkness Now, i added: 1 x Dragons Don't Share (awesome set ) 1x Dungeon Décors 2 Thankfully, i succeeded my Will save and did not add the Expansion Set 2! I would've like to add it but, 2 other kickstarters recently set my gaming budget back for awhile!
    4 points
  40. See, my second order was almost entirely Christmas gifts. Simplifies everything.
    4 points
  41. There is a stereotype of a Navy Chief that has them, cup of coffee welded to hand, going about their daily business. I do not live up to that stereotype. I rarely drink coffee. I'm more of a soda/iced/hot tea/hot chocolate kind of guy. I tend to save coffee for emergencies (or dessert) and I take it blonde and sweet. Awesome wife however, isn't responsible for anything she says before her first cup in the morning. Thus, while I don't regularly drink coffee, I make one heck-of-a cup.
    4 points
  42. Yay, we're outliers! I'm actually kind of glad that the pledge manager didn't go live right after the KS ended, otherwise our bank account would have been in some serious trouble. At one point, I was up to $300 on the pledge calculator, and had included things I wanted but didn't passionately want, such as Verocithrax and Blightfang and Caedrith, since the enthusiasm for them here was highly contagious!! Now that I've had time to calm down and think semi-rationally again, I locked our pledge in for: 2013 Core Set x1 Narthrax Dragon x1 Heroes and Villains x1 Gelatinous Cube x1 Water Elementals x1 Mister Bones x1 Master Series Paint Set 2 x1 Mashaaf, Great Old One x1 Troll Slayer Sophie x1 Khanjira, the World Breaker x1 Dragons Don't Share x1 for a total of $235, which is $35 more than our original pledge. I just couldn't say no to Mashaaf and Heroes and Villains, and I died inside a little when Husband asked me to give up the Gelatinous Cube during the KS, so I snuck it back on here. It's a birthday present to myself next year, okay? I then filled in the corners with an extra Mr. Bones and Sophie so that it would come out to a nice number. I can't justify the $50 for CE2, even though I like most of the minis in it. The only ones I'm bummed about not getting are the translucent purples, and those can wait until retail. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    4 points
  43. Yep, exactly what Dave said. Guys remember things like that better, short and sweet and full of threats...
    4 points
  44. We had the 10 second conversation about it when I purchased it! He was with me. "Who's this for?" "This is for my secret Sophie." "Oh, okay." I managed to get some more today so no punishment is required. I even finished my painted miniature that my person is getting. I want to show it off so bad!!! Grrrrrrrrrr.
    4 points
  45. The Marvel Golems are Complete! With the addition of Thanos finally being completed, the SIX Marvel Team Up Golems are now finished. I present to you: Marvel Golems - Heroes The Thing | The Hulk | Colossus Marvel Golems - Villains The Juggernaut | Thanos | Doctor Doom Thanos will be sent off to Show Off later tonight when I have the photo studio back out. Will Hulkbuster Iron Man Earth Elemental be enough to tip the scales against some of Marvel's most powerful villains? Hmmm. Maybe I can make a Reaper Bones based Marvel Army. Interesting.
    4 points
  46. Kaladrax is stalking! Don't really like how the back leg on the other side is just dangling in mid-air, I get why it's like that but it doesn't stop it looking weird. I'll learn to live with it though. Some more half-finished guys have made their way from the box of shame to my painting table:- From left to right: Barbarian Girl, Steampunk Knight, Viking Gnome, Steampunk Dorothy and Biomancer. My current goal is to finish these guys, plus the ones already on the table and Kaladrax before I start anything new. I doubt I'll be able to resist temptation for very long, but I'll try. Since he was the furthest along, I tackled the Viking Gnome today:- Being so small, he's hard to photograph. Was expecting to struggle because of his size, but he's turned out okay. Only problem I had was his mouth, got Walnut Brown all over his lips and I just couldn't get them to match the rest of his face again. When I finish his base I'll try and get some better piccys. Not sure who to finish next, either the Devil Knight or the Orge.
    4 points
  47. There are three of us chipping in $150 just for the paints, and I may just get the brushes on top of that. Jake is without question the best student worker we've ever had, and he's been with us four solid years. He deserves a really nice send-off.
    3 points
  48. Guess it depends whether you're fighting with him or against him.
    3 points
  49. I can attest from the male counterpart point of conversations that we don't remember conversations like that ever happening... I bet when you said "secret Sophie" his eyes glazed over and at that very moment he forgot about it.
    3 points
  50. I think I posted it on the other thread... the bright green stuff, or the lightly colored one? The bright green is a scrubbing sponge made by 3M, that is quite hard but you can cut in small pieces and sort of "tear up" by hand in irregular shapes. I have already been laying it on the other stuff on the tree, to form the outer foliage. The stuff I used to simulate some little branches is a... bathroom sponge. We call it "vegetable sponge" if my English is right, and is actually from a vegetable from the cucumber family, dried out. It is used as a hard, skin scrubbing sponge, for example. Google... and it is actually called "Luffa" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luffa I cut pieces of it with a scissor, and then tried to mix it with paint to tint it green, but it didn't quite work, as you can see. Edit: I started laying up the green sponge on the branches. Quick phone pic:
    3 points
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