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  1. Hi. I just started painting about 3 weeks ago. New to the art. Lots of talent here and great people. I was Inspired by a DnD game I just started with some friends I thought I would add some flavor to our sessions. At first I was only going to buy a few plain mini's from Reaper and see if I could get a pro to paint it for me. After watching loads of videos and lurking a bit on these forums I thought I could get it going myself even if its just basic. I want to improve my technique and I can take any critique you have. I welcome it! This is my first. Lucius Panderwagon 02491. I love wizards. He became my "Ice Mage" due to my failed attempt at dry brushing. I need some help and practice with layering and highlighting. The next one is a Dwarf Ranger 03508 I picked up at Reaper. I named him "Iglis" after an NPC in our DnD game. I had fun with him. Experimenting a little more with washing and some different colors. Wait?! Where are his eyes?! :) He is nice and dirty from a hard day working the mines... The last one was a bit of a mess. I went a little crazy with dry brushing here. Again, need more control of that. This is another I picked up from Reaper. the Oakhearth Sentinel 14587 I have a new batch of minis from Reaper. I am going to work on a cave troll and a hill troll and some easier minis to get a good feel for how to highlight and shade. Less moving parts. All the small details are hard at first. I have a mix of Citadel paints (Hate the container) and some Vallejo paints. (Love the container). Thanks for everyone's help so far on the forums! I am very impressed with Pixel's work. I'm really inspired and hope I can get something even close to that one day! I am excited about this and really enjoying it.
    16 points
  2. I caught the cat rolling around in the bathtub making evil faces with her tail poofed up. When I reached in she pounced and boxed with my hand before nibbling on it. Then she gave me the crazy eyes. I asked what was up, and she gave me a weird staccato vocalization. Which I can only assume means: "The first rule of Fight Tub is that you don't talk about Fight Tub."
    14 points
  3. Only that they're really bad at choosing names. You don't think it could help them penetrate the terrain market?
    13 points
  4. Back already, had to get a bunch done because game is on Thursday and im busy tomorrow. Kind of a rush job, but im happy with it and I think the player its going too will really like it. Here is Charrin the Paladin of Pelor. Well now that the rest of my group has their minis all done up I thought I would do a couple touch ups on my Cleric and finally base him. This is Zannan the Radiant Servant of Pelor, my Character. Im totally afraid to try free-handing the symbol of Pelor onto the Paladin and Cleric, but it is something that the future holds in store I think. Finally here is a group shot of us.
    12 points
  5. Got some work done last night, but I changed gears. Didn't feel like painting, but felt like being creative. So I went to work on Kelkar's throne which will be placed on his 2 inch base behind him. The throne was a bit of a disappointment for me at first since I ordered the part from the Reaper store and didn't realize it was ONLY the back of the throne and not the whole throne and didn't include the seat. SKU #P02083B: Shanon: throne. Guess I just wasn't paying attention enough to the picture, but it looked like the whole throne whereas the others in the store will say "Throne Back" or something to that effect where this one only says "Throne". Upon further investigation I realized that the seat portion was actually attached to the figure itself "Shannon: body" I'll have to make sure to bring this up in the Naming Tags thread... Anyhow, I decided to work on it last night and a few different ideas went through my head and I looked through my box of useful things to see what materials I had on hand to be able to get this throne to be a complete piece. First off I tried to kind of build a box out of spare sprue bits, that didn't work. Next I pulled a d6 from my dice bag and that didn't measure up, and finally it hit me that I had cork and plasticard that I could work with and get a good looking seat. Here are the WIP pics thus far: Cork cut to size and super glued on. Front and back after the cork had set, I then started cutting plasticard to size to cover all the exposed cork. Next I used some of my new light modeling paste on the plasticard to give it texture. I'm thinking it'll look good as a rougher stone. I can always sand it down after it dries if I don't like how it looks, but it also had a second effect which was to cover those little gaps between the plasticard between the pieces that were glued on over the cork. C&C are welcomed and appreciated!
    9 points
  6. Today is the first day I came home to no "likes" or anything else in my notifications section. Apparently, if you don't post anything much for a few days, people don't give you any likes...
    9 points
  7. Are you going to judge this based on the size of his origin or the motion of his campaign?
    8 points
  8. Well everyone, the long battle is finally won! I just put the finishing touches on Sadie (erm... Sophie) Stormcrow and took the pictures! I'll wait to put her in the show-off section or on my FaceBook page until after her big reveal at Genghis Con, but I couldn't resist showing her off to all of you guys! Thank you so much for all of the excellent feedback and advice; she is definitely my best mini to date by quite a bit, and I couldn't have done it without your help! Genghis Con here I come!!!
    8 points
  9. The ogres are sealed, and thereby declared finished! Perhaps what I love the most about sealer - it is a definite "I have now stopped working on this mini" ! Prototype goblin finished! Hints, advice, opinions or anything on this guy is most appreciated. I have a bunch more to work on! I might use more time on picture-taking and send him over to show off :)
    7 points
  10. Changed up the shield a little. Snow shadow to ghost white to pearl white.
    7 points
  11. As it's his first time I hope he doesn't hit is goal prematurely and make a mess of things
    7 points
  12. Irony = Washing down vitamins with a can of soda. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    7 points
  13. I think I'm synchronizing with the cat. All I want to do is eat and sleep. A nice scratch wouldn't hurt, either.
    7 points
  14. Red hair: I start with gw deathclaw brown Wash with p3 battlefield brown Reclaim the midtone by painting every raised surface with the base color Then hit the most prominent areas with a 50 50 mix of the base and tau light ochre, a yellowy orangey brown. Now just the tau light ochre, a little bit less than the last shade. Now the very highest points with menoth white highlight, a nice warm white. Lastly, a watered down sepia wash. Hit the very brightest highlights again with the white. Here is the front so you can see a smooth area. Sorry for the crappy pics cell phone and all.
    7 points
  15. Now that you mention it, her dress does look from that era. The dress is pretty much done. My camera really isn't picking up the color range that well so I'll try my wife's once she's back from vacation. As mentioned before the dress is P3 Iosan green + generic blue + p3 Arcane Blue + white with the shade being more blue mixed in and the highlight being more white. The crystals are P3 frostbite as a base with the frostbite+ the purple mix from the top of the dress + some blue for the inside of the crystal. I was going to make them look more like real crystals but I like how these look? Thoughts? I don't mind doing them right if people think it will look better (I can mirror the colors on the necklace). The scarf or ribbon is getting a base coat of p3 Frostbite, not done, and then I'll use the colors from the purple top of the dress to finish it. Sadly I won't get back to her until Friday or Saturday as I've got to work on the last session of my IKRPG which is going to have me building out part of city under siege using Terraclips and Heroscape terrain. Don't worry, I'll post pics.
    6 points
  16. Just read the creators kickstarter bio... He's from Cockeysville MD. I'm not familiar with it. Is it a big place?
    6 points
  17. 6 points
  18. The Force is strong in this cat. When you go to feed him, do you get a sense that this was not the food he was looking for?
    6 points
  19. So I made this not-quite-ready-for-prime-time architectural feature out of Magic Sculpt. It's the same on both sides except the rings match up (even if they aren't in a plank). My molding skills aren't up to casting it, which is a pity because a few based copies would work pretty well for the weekly Swords and Wizardry session. 10 points to the first person that can tell me why it's a partial cartouche shape. Also, Lysette's grumpy that I took her picture without makeup.
    5 points
  20. Sticking things in a vacuum may be exactly how he made his name choice.
    5 points
  21. As Monty Python would say: "Now for something Different"; At least for me. I decided to paint the "Mummy Captain" for only ONE reason actually; "To Simplify, and make it high contrast"... So in taking Cash's recommendations, and also Dontfears recommendations; I'm going to work on this one. I washed it with a brown wash, but felt that it wasn't deep enough. So I then lined it with Brown Ink, filling in the recesses extra well. I intend to use Red, Gold, and shades of white for bandages, and bones. Those are the only colors I intend to use. Should be a fun exercise in a limited palate, and brush control. Here is where I stand at the moment (thanks to last nights, and this mornings Ice storms).
    5 points
  22. Been off for a while. Busy life! But had some time for some painting to relax...
    5 points
  23. Only that they're really bad at choosing names.
    5 points
  24. BlueJays? that sounds like Bluejays. I had some swallows visit my porch years ago. They would pull up sharply and 'jettison' any excess weight they might be hauling just as they zipped under the eave. Kept leaving little white splats all over my blue front door. So to discourage this I bought an Owl. Not a real one. I am much too lazy to be feeding an Owl. Probably not legal anyhow. I brought a proper fake owl, made of realistically tinted and coloured plastic. I planted him up underneath the eaves looking at the front door and overlooking the usual approach pattern the swallows were using. I got to see it work once. A swallow cruised down my sidewalk, pulled up sharply (apparently empty; there was no splat) he pivoted to land on the ledge opposite the door and then... Panic!! Emergency vertical dive! pull out almost on the deck, full afterburners, zoom and flee !!! But they got wise to it. A few weeks after seeing the panicked swallow I noticed they had built a nest right at the feet of 'their buddy' the owl sculpture. After observing them a bit more I learned that they were common Barn Swallows and that they eat flying insects. I detest all flying insects. So, I let the swallows have their way and just didn't use the front door much.
    5 points
  25. Pictures! Life has decided that I am not allowed to sleep. But I finally got the chance to take pictures this weekend! I am absolutely in awe of the amazing paint jobs that Leapardpixie achieved, and the bases are just amazing as well! So, here is what I received: All together this includes 3 painted minis, a bones Fire Giant Queen, and a happy seppuku stamp. I cannot express how happy these make me. And here are pics of the individual pained minis. Thank you so much!
    5 points
  26. So I received my order today in the usual timely fashion (two days) and was doubly lucky in that in my order was a "sample" (you know the drill) but it is pink or some shade or other and I have need of pink for an up coming project; so props to Reaper for that one!
    4 points
  27. The complete and over-wordy WIP is on my blog. Pictures are "larger" there too, skip all the words and scroll down to the bottom. It's been over two years since I gave a real go at painting/finishing something so I'm actually pleased with the result. Saw a few mold lines and clean-up I could do better, but I beat myself up too much; and my friend enjoyed his belated birthday gift.
    4 points
  28. Cool! Invisible man! and don´t worry about bended swords, they are called scimitars.
    4 points
  29. That's it, I reworked the leather. I think it looks like an old worn armor now, more suitable for a warring Cleric.
    4 points
  30. As shown in the Show Off section and to break the ice of yet another exciting Painting Excuse Challenge allow me to enter my bearded friend... Please welcome, Dhulrekk Thulfinson the Rune Warrior 14588. He was sculpted by Jason Wiebe as part of the Kragmarr faction.
    4 points
  31. The linked article (from some "Times" paper) very seriously discusses the implied racism of the only other ethnicities represented in the books & movies being linked to Evil. Apparently it's a Thing to call Tolkien's works racist or anti-feminist. Nin-com-poops. In a society with a long history of lopsided power relationships between races and genders, everything can look racist or anti-feminist. However, this tendency is just a small part of a wider trend to see a symptom and point to it as the problem. Tolkien's writings are a product of his time but I think they are actually a shining example of older writing without racism and containing a potent feminist message. Eowyn as written by Tolkien is a fabulous example of a real "strong female character," not of the type that Peter Jackson and company thought should be shoe horned into the story. In the book, Eowyn disguises herself to go to war, not because she is some incredible warrior or because she wants to follow a man or some other nonsense, but because she wants the chance to fight and die with her people. I don't understand how that one snuck past people...... Plus there is the obvious message of racial cooperation and harmony.......
    4 points
  32. Lets face it KruleBear, that base is seriously whacky. :) But who says you can't have one whacky base. It is a gibbering mouther afterall. Here is the wolf, really boring paintjob, but I wanted it to look like this. Now that is out of the way I have started up another small project. Marie Antoignome from stonehaven! I am thinking a green/yellow dress. 'Sculpted' the base. It should be a more townsquare kind of base feel then a dungeon stone. I might add some detail but her base is already 20mm. Maybe a scroll on the floor, but not sure yet. Next step is priming her.
    4 points
  33. I understand he's going to start small but have stretch goals for bigger things.
    4 points
  34. Oh my... You guys are hilarious. Sure, it looks like a small chicken now, but you just wait till it's full grown!
    4 points
  35. It's been a long time since my last post. I've been very busy though and took pictures along the way; I just haven't had time to post until tonight. Feet: Someone on here (can't remember who) asked me to give details on how I do feet, so I took step-by-step photos. 1. Figure out the proportion of the foot. The length of the foot from heel to toe should be about as long as from the ground to slightly under mid shin. I mark the foot boundaries on the cork and then take an appropriate amount of putty, roll it to the rough shape, and press it into place. I should note that I also pulled the armatures up by about a mm to make room for the soles of their sandals 2. Invariably, I always put too much putty down at first, but that is good because it allows me to pin the foot down as I cut away excess. 3. I then spend a lot of time getting the shape of the foot right, smoothing it with my clay shapers. 4. I cut the sole of the sandals in under the foot shape. 5. Once the feet are shaped, I cut in the toes. Toes are proportionally in three equal sections: the big toe, the two center toes, and the two outer toes. Given this, I first use a sharp edged tool to cut the toes in three equal parts. 6. I cut the center and outer sections into two toes each. 7. Finally, I press in the nails and spend time detailing the toes and making sure that the feet are right. You'll not that I left a hole at the base of the big toe for the sandal thong to come through later. One thing you may note here is that the feet look too short and chubby. Part of that is the foreshortening in the photos. The other part is an optical illusion caused by the lack of leg. They'll look correct once I get the legs on. This is a good example of why it is important to know anatomical proportions and to stick to them. If I were to sculpt by gut feel here, I'd likely sculpt them too large and then have to rework them later. Measuring first saves me from that. Next, I'll post on the sculpting of the legs. Andy
    4 points
  36. Does it work in reverse? Because I'd like to give the Barbarian a Development Action Plan memo outlining where he could mitigate some perfomance issues and synergize with the rest of the team to actualize their potentials. His behaviour is disruptive to workplace efficiency and harmony, and management cannot authorize his promotion at this time. But he's a valued member of our organization, so we would like to find a way to work with him to support his continued growth in excellence. Barbarian: "What funny words mean?" Cleric: "It means stop breaking all the magic items, you oaf."
    4 points
  37. You're taking it personally. It's not personal. Moreover, it's not just the people here with concerns that are taking a risk. You are also taking a risk. If you take people's money and OW doesn't deliver, you are responsible for it. You took the money. If you are not incorporated, you may personally be responsible for it. Have you done a risk-assessment for worst case scenario if OW fails to deliver and you're on the hook for that portion of the money? Whether you consider yourself a creator and a writer first, you still have to reckon with hard business realities here. Whether your previous efforts have been successful or not, each project carries its own risks and challenges. What's at stake here is that you could find yourself ruined by this if things go badly - so you should be doing everything you can to mitigate your risks. I'm not trying to sink your project or beat up on you. I'm trying to get you to see that you have some salient issues to address, issues which would remain a reality for you whether I had said anything or not. I would very much like to see you succeed. I have concerns you may not, mostly due to your risky partnership. These are concerns which you can address and rectify, and you should. It is in your own personal interest to do this. That is what makes the crucial difference between successful projects and those that join the long (and growing) list of crowdfund horrors. Business realities may offend your sensibilities as an artist, and that's fine. Business realities often offend my sensibilities as an artist, too. But they are still business realities - monsters to be reckoned with. You can choose to be personally offended if you want, it doesn't matter to me. I'm not the one running risks here. Or you can choose not to take it personally, and deal with things so that your chances of success significantly improve. I want you to succeed. Do you want you to succeed? If that answer is affirmative, then you have to take a hard look at what people have told you here and make absolutely certain that you have done everything to achieve that end result. Presently I do not think this is the case, and I think you have put far too much of your own personal stakes into the hands of a third party who has proven unreliable. That terrifies me, and it should terrify you even more. Because however mean you think I might be by saying this, it's nothing compared to the reality you'll face if things go badly here. I'm just words on the internet - your project is dealing with real money.
    4 points
  38. On a sidenote, first mold, first cast! Woooo! Of course it's full of bubbles and stuff, but still, it works! Next up, probably basing Remorhaz/Colossal skeleton.
    4 points
  39. Well...i'm a conflicted person. I have a bird feeder, always had one. Today, i open the blinds and find a hawk eating a bird in my back yard >.< on one hand, it's neat to see a hawk up close like that... on the other....my biirrrrrddsss..... edit for a link to the culprit! Caught him on camera, guilty as charged! http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d58/Sirithiliel/DSC01096_zps99e87753.jpg
    4 points
  40. I was enjoying it until the Tolkien-is-a-racist BS showed up. Sorry, tLotR is NOT racist, and neither was The Professor. Modern critics prove their vast ignorance and just plain idiocy directing a modern lens and post-Freudian/modern imperialist revisionism at what is clearly and in the author's own words, an attempt at creating a mythology for Britain. Tolkien was born around (and as a child, rather adored by) people of color, and was quite fond of Jews, once replying to the question of whether Tolkien was a Jewish name by saying he was "honored" somebody would think of him as belonging to the Jewish people. He was on the whole, a rather gentle man. Sorry to derail, but that violently jarred me out of what was until then a quite enjoyable little piece.
    4 points
  41. Here are my D'Orks (Dark Orcs) that I finished back in Novemeber (I think) of 2013. I finally got them mounted on some bases. Bases were an experiment. Wanted to practice pinning into bases before doing my Gnomes/Wyrmgear diorama. Bases were just standard 25mm square with bits of grey stuff left over from working on my minotaur conversion mashed down with a Hirst Arts floor tile for texture. Colours on the base were to try out some of the P3 colours my wife got me for Christmas. Going for a mildew-y underground caves sort of feel.
    4 points
  42. Seeing as Bones II is on the way with 400+ more models (wee) I decided to go buckyballâ„¢ on some of the easy ones from the first :P Here's all the rats: I did the first 18 in 3x different browns + grey, off-white and black, one of each sculpt in each color. Then I did the final 5 that were left in two tones, some of which I think came out pretty nice. Next I really need to finish those spiders + spider swarms, and a bat swarm I have base coated. And maybe the gibbering mouther thing, maybe. It has sooo many eyes and teeth, and things. Now who wants to take that quest to rid the cellar of rats?
    4 points
  43. Well, here we go with another installment in my Ral Partha Forgotten Realms Miniature Set, Wulfgar son of Beornegar. For the Icewind Dale fans out there, I realize now I could have gone with my same basing method but changed the color to white. Here are some links to previous characters I've finished from the set [Bruenor] [Alias] [Elminster] Thanks for viewing.
    3 points
  44. Yea, there's nothing like a DM killing you with your own dice. I found some 10pc die sets... some in tubes, on ebay. So, I know they're out there. Now I have to worry about the statistics and whether game science dice are worth the trouble...
    3 points
  45. I'm not even going to try. You are all bad people...bad bad people. As for the terrain, I'm already fully invested in DF terrain. I've no need or desire for more (especially since the Thundercock ones have little pieces you have to fiddle with to get them to go together).
    3 points
  46. Exxactly! And I save money I would have spent on the item. My longest barter I've had going is with my Brother in Law. I know about fixing cars and have the special tools needed to fix his and his wifes cars. He's a pipefitter with much welding capability and a driveway. I help him out by fixing his cars he helps me out by welding my carp Jeep back together and I can use his driveway when I need. I't a simple but great tradeoff. (I've gotten the better end of this deal since most of my Jeep is custom built and it took LOTS of welding...)
    3 points
  47. Legs I sculpted the legs from the bottom up, first the calves and ankles, then the thighs, starting with the back of the thighs and finishing with the front and the knees. Note that I tend to make legs that will be covered with cloth a bit small, as the sheet of cloth I lay down will add dimension and I don't want it to get too large. If I made them the perfect size now, they'd look bulky when I put the dress on. I also focus most on the parts I know will show through when I add their skirts. Here are the photos in progression: (Looking at the above photo, I think I may need to add a bit more mass to her right (left in the picture) thigh. I'll add that when i underpin the dress.) Note that I haven't added the buttocks yet, which always makes legs look wrong. I'll detail that when I show off the torso sculpting later (I'm currently about 3/4 done with the torsos). Comments and questions welcome. Andy
    3 points
  48. No it's still a bird feeder. The appropriate food was found for the bigger bird.
    3 points
  49. So what you are saying Siri is that you baited the trap for that beautiful and majestic hawk?
    3 points
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