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  1. One goal for 2013 was to paint 100 miniatures, I was up to 50 by the time Kim passed away. At that point I lost all interest, I needed to be on the move, with friends, doing something that didn't involve sitting... alone... thinking. Four months later, I decided to start the process of painting Kim's unfinished army, I was able to add another 20 or so to the total, but then life happened and I had trouble finding time, until I was laid off. I finished miniature #100 Dec 28th! As soon as I saw the base I knew I wanted to paint it up as a really big iguana, pounding its way through the jungles of Central America It's also a dragon for the dragon challenge!
    25 points
  2. This was done a couple weeks ago for a dear friend's birthday. She wanted cat ears added to the mini, and chose the color palette.
    25 points
  3. With this Dwarf, I conclude my painting for the year. This brings me to a grand total of 701 minis completed this year.
    21 points
  4. MODEL...CONGO KEEL BOAT...1/35th SCALE...SCRATCH BUILT...AFRICAN PRINCESS (AMANDA)... HISTORY...On the river, known in common terms as the (taxi)...the version depicted here is the (23'6") boat with a (2'4") draft. Used for the moving of just about everything on the Congo River system. The most famous version of this type of boat was depicted in the 1951 movie " The African Queen " with Humphrey Bogart. The (Princess) version was in common usage from 1928 to 1972...although you can still find some in usage today on both the Congo and Nile river systems. NOTE...My model is completely scratch built as a static display model (not as a diorama) and I named it (Amanda) after my granddaughter...I had many trips on some of these small boats while I was photographing the deadliest snakes found in Africa...And yes; automatic weapons on board were part of the regular gear...it was a time of great political unrest in Africa during those years. SCRATCH BUILT...Hull, cabin, all wooden boxes/crates/barrels, 80% of items, green bananas, food items, etc...all non scratchbuilt items are from my parts boxes. SCALE NOTE...I took you from the (9mm) North Seas pier to this 1/35th scale boat...I hope that you enjoyed both. Paul
    18 points
  5. Finished up the PF Red Dragon on Thursday morning. Finally got some pics taken of it. This will be going to Matthew Solarz, owner of Center Stage Miniatures, for his private collection.
    16 points
  6. Isabeau Laroche is one of my favorite Klocke figures. I used the bones version as practice for the metal figure, as well as my first venture into NMM-land. The steel came out ok, the gold not so good. All together, though, she came out as I pictured in my mind. Comments and critiques are very welcome. I'm looking to improve.
    14 points
  7. Yerp. I'd say they nailed it down. Came home from movies and shopping to find this tucked in my door... Reaper More Like It by wandererchronicles, on Flickr ...yup. That's more like it. My lovely assistant pops open the box... Squeak Unboxes A Stocking by wandererchronicles, on Flickr ...and poses with the contents. Yup, That's A Stocking by wandererchronicles, on Flickr I can see why they called it a "Mr. Bones stocking" last time, it says it right there on the label! They didn't make that mistake this time... Clarifications Are Important by wandererchronicles, on Flickr And so we crack open our prize and feast on the tasty goodness within its red netted shell... The Haul by wandererchronicles, on Flickr OMNOMNOMNOMTASTYGOODNESS If this was an apology stocking, it was a hell of a good one. If this was just random luck of the draw, then hooo boy... I hit it. Either which way, well worth waiting for. The haul, in no particular order (and names from memory): *Aviriel Tellerion, female elf warrior *Trista, female warrior *Drago Voss, faceless deformed and cancelled assassin *Skeletal Spearman *Skeleteal Archer *Ghast *Balto Burrowell, Gnome Summoner *Barnabus Frost, Pirate Captain (and Santa Claus in disguise) *Ghost King *Gandwarf (aka, Khael Stonekindle, Dwarf Stereotype-breaker) *Spirit (in translucent green) *Banshee (in translucent green) *Hellakin Goregutter, halfling badarse *Elladan, elf *VERMIN set: *2x spider swarm *2x beetle swarm *2x rat swarm *2x scorpions *2x fire beetles *2x spiders (big but not giant) ...and a bo~ottle of Ginger Coo~kieeeee... ...oooh yeah. WHATTAHAUL WHATTAHAUL! ...crap. My lovely assistant expects me to share...
    14 points
  8. Hello i started painting mini 2 months ago
    12 points
  9. Just finished painting Ingrid the Gnome today. Tiny is not the word for this miniature. Reaper Bones with lots of fine detailing.
    10 points
  10. This was a very special commission. One of my local players painted a Hatamoto-Chi while serving in Desert Storm. I was asked to recreate the scheme he did so many years ago. BattleTech - Hatamoto-Chi
    10 points
  11. I had taken a bit of time off, and the results show.. but, not too bad. It was a bit chalky, so I did a few green ink washes to even it out and bring out the green more..
    9 points
  12. I was thinking that I'd just become the ruler of a small kingdom and use it as a table and host feasts with the nobles. It's a Keith Haring "double" retrospective. Unfortunately, there isn't a single surface in this apartment that is big enough to host it. Thanks to windows, I don't even have adjacent walls that I can hang it on, even if I go around the bend. Here's a good picture of it.
    9 points
  13. Thanks for the hints, I'm also considering a sculpting class. The main reason I was asking is that I didn't wash the models before modding and assembly. Everything seemed to survive ok this morning and is drying off, I'll hit them both with primer tonight (as well as another round of Zombicide minis for quicky jobs in between things). Got in a couple more hours and almost finished the three stooges survivors I've been dabbling with over the last week or two. Just a few final touches and then painting up the bases and they'll be done. Josh's (hoodie kid) left eye is a pit I should've tried to GS over. I went a bit too heavy with Phil's (cop) eyebrows, so I went back in with flesh tone underneath so he looks a bit less neanderthal now. Got in a little bit of freehand in the woodgrain I've been developing for a while now, as well as trying camo on Ned's (pan) jacket. Ned's gun, scope and hand have some really weird defect, no detail and it's all bumpy...I tried to use paint to detail it out and hide that. Focusing on trying to paint fast and accurately with these guys, similar to Bones models in a way. At the very least, it's nice having things to paint between 'real' projects and keeps the muscle memory going while I do the chore work of the non-painting stuff :)
    9 points
  14. First up is Josh: Painting the hoodie I couldn't resist a nod to Belichick. The casting of the left eye pitted, so I just did the best I could there. Next up, Phil: And finally, Ned: The area around the left hand/top of the gun/scope is all bumpy and miscast, so I did the best I could to detail it with paint. My first try at camo, more freehand wood grain. These guys were all a lot of fun to paint despite the mediocre casting. I tried a bit of freehand on each of them and was trying to work on painting faster and more accurate (to spend less time fixing/cleaning). I didn't really keep track of time like I intended, but I'd say maybe 7 hours for the three of them. Hope you enjoy them! WIP here
    8 points
  15. Here's mine, last one for the year, met my goal of 100 and finished the challenge...
    8 points
  16. PREVIOUSLY ON AS THE WORLD BURNS.... VK painted his first minis from the Learn to Paint Kit 1, plus a Werewolf. The other side of Mr. Rat, with green splattered everywhere. That seems to be my biggest problem, coming in with another color and getting it on already painted areas, then having the same thing happen correcting those areas. "elf! The eye whites are too big!" "elf! Now I filled his eyes in totally!" "elf! Now I have the walnut wash this moron's face again!" I don't have the brush control to keep the white in the area designated for the eyes. Lining them in a darker color is right out. :P I dunno, I think maybe the Reaper brushes were too big for me? I tried using the 5/0 and the 3/0 from the kits. The rat I could do detail work on, Mr. Pants, not so much. Here's my werewolf. I had his head looking totally awesome, but then I splotched eye white all over his face and then had to repaint and correct it, and as a result I ended up having it looking okay, but not as good as it was before. And his butt. My three minis I painted today, plus the Bones dragon I coated with brown liner in prep for work tomorrow. And Mr. Pants appears to be naturally blurry, as damned near every shot of him came out horrible. Which is why I lack them here. Here he is popped off the medicine bottle, with the shadows hiding his horrible, horrible eyes. Also you can see my superglue covered index finger, which occurred gluing the dragon's wings in. And here we have his shield, upon which just about everything got splashed on it at one point or another. I'm going to re-blue and re-wash it tomorrow. As well as try and get some actually decent pictures of this little bastard. Excuse my French. Not sure what I was doing wrong, aside from having slightly shaky hands and an inability to detail fiddly little parts. I just couldn't get the ink wash to darken his metal pieces, and I couldn't get drybrushing to work. I either ended up with normal amounts of paint on the brush, or no paint at all. Likely I need a dedicated dry brush, rather than using the Reaper #2 that I was using all afternoon. I think I might have primed him too thickly, and thus eliminated a few nooks and crannies for the ink to get in to. I tried ink + water, and then just the plain ol black ink when that didn't seem to do much of anything. So tomorrow I'm going to try my hand at a dragon, who has far fewer fiddly bits, and if not going to be myriad shades of brown and tan. VKmuse: "Well, unless he's a dung dragon. Oft found in the company of goblins, these creatures fire a breath weapon from both ends." Quiet, you.
    8 points
  17. thx Anne I've done the whole soviet army with the redtrimmed bases..just to give it a bit more of Themed look i'm pretty happy with how they look and my ulterior motive was it makes it very easy to collect my figures off the board when we're done playing, were as the guys that do seamless flocking around the edges sometimes seem to really blend into the tabletop terrain :) I spent some more time doing the highlighting and detailing on the Phantom I ended up adding some marigold yellow(orangie yellow color) to the fresh blood to do the last slight highigts on the cloak..they're hard to see but I think they work without changing the tone of the cloak to orange to much. for the leather trim i used lonestar leather over the russet brown and just added some linen white to the lonestar for the highest color on the mask strap and glove. used some gw auric armour gold on the handle and cloak buttons then used armor wash to shade them and some newgold and pearl white to highlight. The sword I used runefang steel some washes to shade and tried to use polished silver to highlight but I'm really struggling with the brighter colored reaper metalics..they seem more flat then metalics..I love all the other paints but something about the metalics aren't working well for me. reguardless the sword needs some more blending between the shading and the brighter silver..its abit to abrupt . for the black boots and shirt and cloak collar I just used noir black and blended in some stone grey progressively till just a touch of line white and stone grey for the tips. for the hair I mixed some lone star leather and marigold for the mid tone and then some linen white to it to highlight the hair..seems pretty good as a sandy brown coloring so here it is pretty much done except some tweaking of the sword.
    7 points
  18. My parents spoiled me rottenly this Christmas. Rotten. Every year, they ask us for a Christmas wish list and every year, I'm the only one to give them one. I wanted a 3DS and gave them a list of four games to choose from. Well, they got the nice deluxe 3DS with the newest Legend of Zelda game, which was very unexpected, but made me happy. And then they added on top of that... all four games I put on my list. So now I have Pokemon X, Harvest Moon 3D, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi. I have no idea what to do with myself. Was going to ration myself down to starting with Harvest Moon and playing that until I got bored... but to get that freebie Torchix for Pokemon before the January 15th expiration date, I had to first download the update for the game (btw - how freaking weird is it to now have game updates for a Pokemon game????) and then play my way through the game to the first Pokemon Center. By that point I was hooked. I am sorry, Akira at Aerie Farm. You can wait. Nothing else I got was really "geeky". Closest things are either the external HD with a shocking amount of storage for the size and Claudia Nice's Painting Weathered Buildings in Pen, Ink, and Watercolor. (And that was something I picked out myself. The book.) I forgot to mention I got my brothers some books on home-brewing and a refractometer. I think that's the "geekiest" thing anyone else in the family got. Though someone else got two books on how to make sausages and similar, and there was some sort of ceramic steam pot thing, and I cracked that it's like "the prepping for the apocalypse Christmas".
    7 points
  19. Ok, I think I can call the Gnome and Automaton painting done (until I mess something up mounting them....). Scrapbot got some touchups around the eye and some shading on his sack. Engineer got highlighting and metallic goggles (sorry Willen). And the weapon master got her highlighting too. And just to really show the scale of these little guys, here is a group shot, with Sir Forscale. Up next, bringing in some wood before it gets dark, then mounting some figures and planning where the rest go and what bits might still be needed.
    6 points
  20. Nothing nerdy. Just a 32,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. It's large and heavy enough that it includes a handcart. Assembled dimensions? 6'x17'. I live in a 1-bedroom apartment. THIS WILL BE GLORIOUS.
    6 points
  21. ...I should not be allowed anywhere near this conversation.
    6 points
  22. This is one of my favorite Bones Mini's. He has a lot of detail work left to do, but I think he's coming along fairly well so far. More to follow in a few days.
    5 points
  23. I have a puzzle fanatic friend that I have been holding onto a puzzle for him for a few years. Remember when they had the joke puzzles with two pieces that didn't go with the puzzle and you were short two pieces? When you finished, you had to contact the manufacturer for the missing pieces? It has been more than five years since I bought it, so he got that for Christmas this year. 1,000 piece puzzle and he called me last night ranting at me. See, when those came out, everyone got him one as a joke, so he thought he knew all the puzzles that had that "feature". For me, it was a little surprise as the wife knew I had ordered from Reaper. She intercepted the packages and gave them to her family to wrap up for me. It was a nice surprise to unwrap them! Thankfully, I did not get anything that could have offended anyone, although the chainsaw Mouslings came pretty close.
    5 points
  24. @LK: Nertz. Snailmail penpals I am utter crap at. I'm terrible enough with e-correspondence as it is. I think my best track record for a back and forth in letters was pre-email and it lasted maaaybe ten letters at best. And only because my friend and I were doing a round robin story together. I was also 16 at the time at best and didn't have the distractions I have now. (I wasn't an artist, I was only starting to get into writing, viewing materials were restricted to about two dozen VHS tapes, and I don't think we had a video game system at the time, and, as I said, pre-internet.) Christmas Day was a cluster.... fudge. ...Lots of nuts and a big mess in the end and arguably not worth the effort. :p The portion of the day that included "family" - and by that, I mean my parents, brothers, nieces, and s-i-l - was amazing and fun. Probably the least drama-filled Christmas in recent memory.. Only my s-i-l's mother and step-father showed up about three hours earlier than we were told, meaning they interrupted our intimate family gathering with their own... quirks. Then we went over to her aunt's for Christmas dinner. Who arranges a dinner for 15+/- people and has only five chairs to sit in? Seriously? I did not imagine standing up for hours. In heeled boots. (I spend most of the year barefoot or sock-footed. Even those awesome comfortable boots can be uncomfortable when you're not used to standing in them for hours.) Half of us woke up sick the next day. I avoided the nausea, but am resisting the cough with grim determination. Sleep schedule is completely whacked because I keep waking up at the weirdest hours with fever/chills that induce nightmares. I will stop whining, though. My family just doesn't deal well with "outsiders" at the gift-opening portion of Christmas. Especially when the outsiders rebuff any attempts to make them feel included. Especially if you walk off as we're trying to talk to you. >:| Looking forward to 2014, though. I have plans for the moment I stop feeling like death warmed over.
    5 points
  25. I am a heavy user of VMC and Model Air, I despise Game Color. Since I paint a lot of historical military miniatures I find them very useful. Its like any other brand of paint you have to learn its qualities and learn how to make them work for you. I find their color selection of greens, grays, blues and browns to be very useful. I like all the Model Air colors and their metallics are very good, maybe the best I have. You just have to be sure that the paint is completely dry or it will pull up when another layer is applied over the top. All acrylic paint is not alike. The different brands use different bases to create their paint lines which gives the paint different characteristics that you have to adjust to when you paint.
    5 points
  26. If you could, I'd suggest lacquerimg it and using it as a floor when you were done. :)
    5 points
  27. ...I should not be allowed anywhere near this conversation. Thank Sophie, I thought I was the only one.
    5 points
  28. Well, I went through Kit 1 today, and like someone else did earlier in the thread, added a Werewolf to be painted using the same colors and techniques. My finished rat. I think I need to NOT hold it right under the Ottlight when taking pictures. I have shaky hands, so I splooshed grass green all over his feet. I'm going to attempt touch ups tomorrow. And will be cursing up a storm when I get tanned skin on the gras and have to touch up that, which will splash on the feet again. :P Grr, werewolf! Grrr! His head used to look much nicer, but in trying to paint whites for his eyes, I splashed it all over his cheeks, requiring a repaint. I ended up just outright not painting eyes, since I couldn't find a surface that I could hit in order to give him proper eyes. Werewolf, Rat, and Mr. Fancypants the Bane of My Existence. Nothing seemed to work right on him. I think I primed him too thickly, and the ink wash refused to take over most of him. I had to repaint his face three times, all due to eye white related splooshing, or accidentally painting over the eyes. I hate you Mr. Fancypants, with all your fiddly little details and your tiny little eyes. Mr. Rat has raised, sculpted, obvious eyes that I nailed with no trouble whatsoever. And here's Mr. Pants accompanied by my superglue covered index finger, which I got on myself while putting the wings on a Bones dragon. Who has absolutely no tiny fiddly bits or ambiguous eyes whatsoever. Mr. Pants was an uncooperative photography subject, and all his images turned out blurry, or shadowed like that. I'll try and get some better ones tomorrow when I repaint his shield. Everything that could go wrong on him did, as I think I put on too much primer, which meant the ink wash didn't take as easily, and the silver paint did not want to drybrush. It either all went on the paper towel, or ended up being like a normal paint application. So his armor is just plain ol silver with hardly any dark bits. I really wish the instructions included what brush to use for what step. Does the brush have to be completely and totally dry for drybrushing? I was using the #2 to drybrush, as well as most of the blue, silver, and brown painting on all the figures.
    5 points
  29. This mini was a long and troubled production for me. I initially decided to make the coat green, but was foiled by my green paints not wanting to stick to the bonesium. After changing to coat to brown, things continued slowly as other projects kept interrupting. Then I got to the eyes. They are tiny on this figure, and very difficult to work with. After many, many tries and touch-up coats I realized I'd destroyed the model's detail. I then decided to try my hand ad modeling with graystuff, and gave her a crude blindfold. My sister hijacked my painting station for the holidays and painted the blindfold black to get the mini finished, and then we tested a new sealer on it. As you can see, it turned out way too glossy. I'm now debating whether I want to hit it with a coat of matte sealer to knock the gloss off, or just chalk this one up as a failed experiment.
    4 points
  30. Hello again! I've just wrapped up another commissioned work, for which I should get another lot of Bones. At this point, I don't really need the Bones, but hey, I'm enjoying the challenge and the experience, and I'm learning a lot from each. This is for the wife of the guy I made "Judas the Just" for. She likes playing various fire casters, so he gave me "Pharess" to paint up for her. It's a very creative mini, I sculpted some additional fire for the base and mounted her on a washer. I actually mounted her on two - she fit on a 3/4" base, but I decided I wanted a bit more base to play with so I put her on a 1". I made up the difference with two-part epoxy putty - she is now a pretty solid piece of metal. Incidentally, I pinned her arm but didn't quite line it up right - so her left arm is a bit high and her shoulder looks a tiny bit padded. I will also say this mini has some really hard places to get to - the dragon blocks the right half of her face (and there's something strange going on there, maybe I got a miscast, or maybe there's a nose chain or something?) and her legs block a lot of her waist. I also ended up blocking one of her feet with the fire. C'est la vie. As I said - learning experience. I have not sealed her yet - if anyone has any comments I'll definitely contemplate fixing it. I'm not going to put a lot more work into her, but I'd love the feedback regardless. Pictures! Here are some from a different angle, so you can see the base work - the base was covered with playground sand, which I painted up as coals at her feet. This is actually easier than it looks - I painted them a sort of orangish red, drybrushed them in black, then drybrushed them very lightly with light grey.
    4 points
  31. I'm watching, Wazowski, always watching.
    4 points
  32. Here are three figures I painted to finish out the year with just 24 left to go. I plan to take photos this Thursday of all the figures from the Vampire Box that I have painted with the unpainted ones mixed in to show how far along I have come. buckyball 24 LTG
    4 points
  33. Yay, almost done. Only the built in base and some touch up left.
    4 points
  34. Wow, 701 minis this year...if I could paint at that pace I'd be able to paint more than I bought, well, I'd keep up with my purchases , er my total unpainted miniatures total would increase at a significantly slower rate...
    4 points
  35. So, I got a new monitor for Christmas and finally made the time tonight to put it up. Now I have two monitors again!
    4 points
  36. Oh shut up. Eight hundred dollars on KSII. Eight hundred dollars. And another seventy on Map Flats. Believe me, I found Kickstarter.
    4 points
  37. Lots done today. Spent some time doing touchups on Wyrmgear. Then it was time to put him on the base. Cut and straightened the pins, then dabbed some black paint on them. Put him where I wanted him and the black paint left marks where the pins would go. Drilled out the holes, nice and easy in plaster. Superglued him into place. Spent the rest of my time working on the assorted characters. Got the engineer cleaned up and washed. Just some highlighting left to do, and those goggles. Finally painted up her wrench while I was at it. Did the eyes on the automaton. He's done, other than whatever he's carrying. Did the eye on the scrapbot, but it still needs a touchup, and a little highlighting on it's sack. And got the weapon master painted up to the same stage as the engineer. I should be able to highlight them at the same time tomorrow. Think that's enough for today. Tomorrow I really want to get the pilot and the gunners attached, and finish painting the others. Also go over the wings and touch up/glaze the transitions, then fix up the metallics. Then do some final planning on the positions of the remaining characters and sort any bits and pieces I might need.
    4 points
  38. The Genghis Con entry... duh duh DUH! She looks familiar...
    4 points
  39. and my final entry more can be found http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/52483-dragons-at-the-gate-pic-heavy/?p=816252
    4 points
  40. And some DnD minis from Legends of drizzt and Wrath Ashardalon . My first mini.
    4 points
  41. This is the D&D minis gargantuan blue dragon...or it was, before I turned it into a Legion of Everblight Archangel.
    4 points
  42. I am willing to offer mediocre (at best) miniature painting skills and a large appetite compared to my weight combined with the drinking skills my Irish blood has bestowed upon me. Also, I can bring Cards Against Humanity with all the expansions.
    3 points
  43. Gluing it to the ceiling then are you?
    3 points
  44. no, just no. some of them are going to have minis, really good minis, really nice minis. Damn Kickstarter, we had a deal, you weren't supposed to play my addiction for more money.
    3 points
  45. Oh hey, I found out what happened. In 1927 Arthur Conan Doyle published a book of his last, very late Sherlock Holmes stories. They thus postdated the 1923 date before which everything in the US is in the public domain. Under the (US) Copyright Act of 1976, I guess copyrights could be applied for which were not previously protected. The Conan Doyle Estate registered that 1927 book in 1981. The copyright lasts 95 years after registering, so they own it until 2076. Using that copyright, apparently they laid claim to every use of any Sherlock Holmes anything anywhere. It's a pretty gross weasel, but apparently they got away for years with claiming 15% of all profits from any Sherlockiana and the power to shut down any Sherlock project which didn't pony up the cash. It's a neat little scheme if you can get away with it. Anyhow, an editor of some anthologies of new Holmes stories took the estate to court and won, at least for all pre-1923 material (but not cinematic and theatrical later accretions such as the pipe which was an affectation of a later actor and not part of the original stories).
    3 points
  46. So here is my Pathfinder dragon. I did not think I would finish this but I am glad I did. It was a lot of fun but it is a relief to paint something man sized again.
    3 points
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