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  1. Thanks to Ub3r_N3rd, I got to playing with water effects. I took overturned Reaper plastic 3" bases, dumped stuff in them and then poured water effects over it all. Top to bottom: gears and BBs; silica gel dessicant with BBs and ink; and broken bits of plastic icicle.
    21 points
  2. Not a miniature, but miniature related but still proud of it. I often run painting workshops to give new painters the basics, or share my paints with some who want to come in and work on their miniatures in groups, so I needed a paint caddy for Reaper Paints that would let 4 or 5 people share and have access to the same dropper bottles. So I designed and built this paint caddy out of foam core that will hold 360 dropper paint bottles and rotate on an attached lazy susan base. The bottles are held at about a 15 degree angle to help prevent leakage into the caps, and there is a central storag
    19 points
  3. These two minis are for the February Resolutionary Challenge Bonus Challenge - Fingerpainting... From the RPChallenge thread: "Bonus Challenge: Fingerpainting! Am I completely mad? Maybe. To elaborate: paint one mini without using ANY brush, or application device, only hands. And you may not enlist the help of a smaller person to do the painting for you Hard Mode: Use your hands as your pallet as well." Since I am Mad, this seemed tailor-made for me, lol. Now, since Jack's ego can't resist an opportunity to show how terribly clever he is, Jack put some serious thought into this
    18 points
  4. Sooo. Here are some of my past daily drawings from January: January 1st. Just 'cause it was the first day. It was all in pen, so that was a little scary. The top right is a plant lamp I'd like to create one day. January 5th-8th. My Sylvari necromancer from Guild Wars 2. Pen and prismacolors. January 14th. Alan Rickman as Professor Snape. Pencil. January 18th. The first time I saw hawks in our area! Feathers are hard. Bird beaks are silly! After seeing them a few more times, I'm pretty sure it's a Cooper's - I just saw a juvenile. January
    17 points
  5. Here are a group of SDE girls that I got to paint for a client a little while back. I don't know that they need a while lot more introduction than that- so here they are. (I think Kisa's skin got a little bleached out in the photos, but I think these pics can show off what I did well enough).
    14 points
  6. My latest fix order arrived, and I was sick of painting gnolls. A very quick paint of some rats and rat swarms.
    13 points
  7. *awkwardly returns to the thread, clutching a link* Uhh. Did a thing. Hope you enjoy my art goals thread...? *rushes off to find lunch*
    12 points
  8. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.†- Andy Warhol 2015 was a really big year of emotional recovery for me. It's taken several years, but I truly felt that change last year. So with that progress in mind, I decided I wanted more. I've dedicated 2016 to learning about my favorite thing in the whole wide world - ART! I've got a lot to learn and a lot of time to get back. I'm going to make it worth my while to make time for art. I'll be using this thread as a goal marker if you would like to learn with me. These are my 2016 Goals: P
    11 points
  9. If it helps at all, I have never read a post of yours and afterward thought "well that was a waste of my time." You're also not alone in overthinking posts. I've posted many a thing that I've later thought that I shouldn't have phrased it that way or I should have let something go or not shared it at all. But I post it anyway because I can't just live in the prison of my anxiety. At the end of the day, I am who I am and that means that sometimes I'm going to be super awkward and weird and overly aggressive and snarky and vulnerable and petty and contrary and an absolute mess - people are e
    11 points
  10. Following on the heels (or simply stepping on) the Dark Hold Goblins are the Psycho Faerie Folk. The first seen here intimidating the Locals: AND with some color: ...starting a new thread is almost as much fun as finishing an old one.
    10 points
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  12. Thank you! I'll wait to post February, since we've only a week left. Sculpting progress - I'm working on something special for the Spring Exchange! Surprises are really difficult for me, I may just 'splode from excitement haha. Ummm.... Other stuff I've done... Humm. It's so strange to post the final image of something and not see the hours and hours of the work (and the trash and the erasing...) before it.... These coasters were done over a series of several dates from November to early January - at the same ceramic shop where we met! I drew Wendy and Woodie from Don't Starve. M
    10 points
  13. I found a bit of brush time, and put together a new Avenger. A couple more pics and rambling on my blog. And a bit of a pic with my Avengers thus far.
    10 points
  14. Doing the blending on the leaves & flowers takes a little time, but it is easy & enjoyable work. SO, my friend, since you like the color, I took some progress photos for you. ...coming along...slowly. This is an experimental color combo for all the Flower Folk you see in the background.
    10 points
  15. I've been trying to avoid posting too much, mostly because I'll start posting things and then realise that they're either boring, incomprehensible, or needlessly negative. Like this post. I think it falls into the incomprehensible category. Or if it didn't, maybe it does now? I tend to either think too much or too little when I talk; either I'm focused (probably over-focused) or I'm thinking about something else entirely while trying to talk to people. "Casual" conversations don't generally happen... I try, but there are few people I can relax around enough to have a truly casual chat. I
    9 points
  16. You look like a Muppet. If there was green in there anywhere, I'd look like ALL the Muppets, lol... (I washed the green liner off my fingers the day before I took the pics - I've put about fourteen hours of work into the two minis in the past eight days, counting drying times, pinning, basing, etc... Got about another hour left to go to finish painting one of the bases.) Wait... Was that a comment about my giant cartoon hands? lol In other news, I got a call from the temp agency today - there's a place that's going to start hiring for the season in a couple of weeks..
    9 points
  17. Because Jack does nothing in a reasonable fashion when he can possibly go ridiculously overboard on it... My fingerpainting WIP... (I haven't quite painted ALL my fingers yet, lol)
    9 points
  18. when it is an option, always go with Stoic
    8 points
  19. Help! I've fallen into a 'Spend the tax return on eBay' vortex and I can't get out!
    8 points
  20. Extra +1 to canuckotter and Guindyloo. Both things y'all said were worded pretty well. I enjoy reading everyone's stories, even if there's no "point." It makes me more comfortable about my rambling too. Which I do a lot of.... *rambles* It's just... uncomfortable. It's already weird enough to make myself post something on Facebook, especially when I don't think it's very good, and then someone actually likes it. I grew up covering a lot of my art, even at school, because I didn't want trouble from anyone. So posting in 2 public places seems very pushy to me, even though I don't th
    8 points
  21. Zombie zombie zombie; I made it out of Ray...
    8 points
  22. Welp, fingerpaintin' finished, pictures tooken, just need to post them. When I wake up. Time for bed.
    8 points
  23. So I didn't exactly sleep in yesterday, but I plan on doing so today and to make sure I do I figure I'll stay up late browsing the forums here tonight. Now why is it that when I don't have time to read the randomness thread you guys write hundreds of posts in the blink of an eye. Yet when I have the time nobody posts in this thread for over 2 hours!?! 2 hours!!! Please don't make me browse kickstarter. I can't afford that.
    8 points
  24. For those that have followed along with my "All Bones About It" blog, where I'm chronicling my effort to paint all the Bones 1 Kickstarter figures I purchased, I was happy today to have reached the 200th figure out of the 266 that I am painting from Bones 1. It feels good to hit another milestone on this adventure! It seems all down hill from here, with only 66 figures left to go. With some real determination I think I can get it done by the end of the year. Currently I'm working on the Dark Elves set, and this past week I completed Liela, Dark Elf Wizard, from that set. I did a qu
    8 points
  25. Sympathies, Mori. My company announced a similar-sized cut last week, but the details have not been announced. I'm now in the position of just wanting to know. Good luck! Hmm...just had a door to door salesman come by. (I didn't even think they did that anymore) He wanted to give me some kind of air purifier thing for free. COOL! Except that I would have had to invite him in, and listen to him explain how wonderful it is and how it worked for an hour. If I need to listen to somebody talk for an hour, it ain't free. I've got other things I could be doing with that
    8 points
  26. Still ok here. My area is under a tornado watch for the next 4 hours. I'm seeing a lot of wind gusts and a lot of lightning so I don't know if my power is going to hold up. I've lost track of how many tornadoes have touched down in the area. Everything had been West and North of me, I know there's been at least one fatality at a trailer park. (Is there science behind why tornadoes hit trailer parks?) There are apparently also people missing there and tons of damage. The mother of my godchildren texted to let me know that they're ok, but a tornado touched down on their street. She said
    8 points
  27. Here's my entry for this years huge reaper minis competition. We've already gotten to use him in our campaign with my little one (the mouslings mostly fought him from the inside after they got swallowed). I decided to go with a strong light and dark composition for him- I honestly think he matches the Iron Kingdoms dragons pretty well. If he had a head plate over his eyes, he'd fit right in with everblight warbeasts (except that he's a whole lot bigger).
    7 points
  28. For my birthday everyone needs to paint a green-and-white skeleton or lich, and freehand the design on the face... It was in mostly grammatically correct English and complete sentences and contained no emojis, memes or lolcats, which means it's more comprehensible than about 99% of the things posted on the internet. 1. Whoohoo! Chick fight! Somebody get the kiddie pool full of Jello and I'll start selling tickets! 2. More than one piece of me in there, lol. Fortunately they were pieces I didn't really need (I have eight more fingers.). Yay, you're
    7 points
  29. Phlegmatic is entirely more fun though. Stoic's a decent word and all, but "phlegmatic" combines my love of insane English spelling with my love of ludicrous Medieval non-science and throws in just a touch of "ew" just for fun. What's not to love? And yes, as much as my life would have been worlds easier (and at times, much more tolerable) without those occasional forays off the rails, I do think overall my life has been much more interesting this way. I've gone down some rabbit holes that I otherwise wouldn't have, and found some wonderful friends as a result. (Also: THIS PAD THAI I
    7 points
  30. Medical Humorism was based on a medieval theory that diseases were a result of the four humors being out of balance. So a sanguine person had too much blood, a phlegmatic person too much phlegm (apparently not much related to what we now cough up when ill), a choleric person too much yellow bile, and a melancholic person too much black bile. Stoicism is Greek and a part of an entirely different belief system. Not that they didn't overlap. If you're looking for consistency in Medieval parascience, you're a bit early. Edit: Humorism seems to originally have been Greek as well. So
    7 points
  31. You two crack me up. I hope to meet many of y'all at RCon one day. As for my art thread... I'm creating it right now. It's quite a rambling post, are you surprised? Maybe my title should have been the Vibrant Rambler. If I say "ramble" too much, "rabble rabble rabble!" comes to mind. Right, the art thread. I'm using the first post as a "2016 Goals" post to keep me grounded. Because then when I post my work, I feel like I'm showing accountability for completing my goals, instead of awkwardly posting... stuff...
    7 points
  32. Everything you draw is beautiful whether it's perfect or not. I will fight you if you say otherwise. As one who sees and likes your art on facebook, I would very happily see it again here, especially since that would mean that I would get to see it larger since I only ever use facebook on my phone. I know where you're coming from though. I used to write poetry in high school and in my early 20's. I was severely depressed and it was a good outlet for me, but I was extremely embarrassed and guarded about it. (Still a little embarrassed about it tbh) I didn't want anyone else to read it or
    7 points
  33. Almost going home now. Tired, I wish I had more energy at the end of the day. I would love to paint, build and do some other stuff. But I will probably walk the dog, eat dinner and sit on the couch, watching the TV shows my girls want to see, and wonder why I won't get up to do something else..
    7 points
  34. Didn't really feel like posting or arting yesterday... stomach was still all knotted up from the meeting. I did my daily drawing anyways, though. Going to distract myself today by getting a lot more progress on my art book - it's something I started a few years ago before I got serious about really getting back to art, and now that I'm definitely not paying for an art class anytime soon, it's time to get back to it! It's going to be separated into 2 main parts - one for inspiration (text and visual) and one set up as a learning curriculum. I've got several artist's pages saved for both
    7 points
  35. On it! And coincidentally, I just saw this episode last night.
    7 points
  36. I'm here! I'm helping! This is helping right? I forgot to make coffee this morning, so I stopped at DD. Drank it all on the way into work. I usually don't drink much coffee in the car. But it's raining, so traffic was moving at a snail's pace. I've got a tech training this morning for Excel 2016. Gets me out of the office at least...
    7 points
  37. I kinda know how you feel. I'm going to have Schrodinger Reapercon plans until a couple months before, at the latest. The good news is that Mr. Boot has actually brought it up a couple of times and asked if I'm going again this year, so he's cool with it. I told him I'm not planning on it, but hoping I can, if that makes sense! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    7 points
  38. The diseases are from all the smurfing they do. Why is there only 1 female smurf, and does anyone remember how it came to be so? Smurfs are brought by storks, according to the TV show. Smurfette was originally created by Gargamel as bait to catch real smurfs, but she underwent a face heel turn and joined them instead, which always made me wonder why in hell, if Smurfette is a real smurf, he did not simply create more, since he's so hot to get his hands on Smurfs for some reason. I particularly enjoyed the Twisted Toyfare Theatre fumetti in which we find out why: he eats one, and it
    7 points
  39. For an IKRPG campaign (that I'm finally starting next weekend -- yay!) I have a few "Farrow" minis (from Hordes/Minions) who are basically boarmen, and fit a nice niche as creatures that COULD be intelligent, or COULD just be very monstrous, and, what's more, there's considerable variety in terms of what sizes the things come in. I've got a boxed set of "Rorsh & Brine" that consists of a relatively civilized-looking smaller Farrow (Rorsh) with a flintlock, and a huge savage warbeast Farrow (Brine) who's all about "ME SMASH!" I used some Instant Mold to make a crude temporary mold of o
    6 points
  40. I wanted to have an Illithid for gaming and got me D'Khul. To create a "fishy" look on his skin, I painted it in pale violet metallics, shaded blueish and highlighted towards silver, then applied matt varnish. I was quite happy with the result and got a bit carried away when also doing the staff in metallics and the hood and hem with violet-green iridescent pigments. The photo is not so brilliant, one will have to imagine it shimmering under different light directions. What do you think of the basic idea? Should illithids look like that or should they rather come with a dark-and-simple sche
    6 points
  41. MadJack's fingerpainting challenge. Holy -redacted-
    6 points
  42. You know in some time zones it's already an hour later... Walks up to Commander, I got the right to be treated like those in another timezone.. Finds out that there are also timezones where it is an hour earlier... Hobbying is the best way to feel good again after such events. Show off some of your work ?
    6 points
  43. Sleep happened and our resident spider of cuteness has not been around much. *releases plump buzzies as a call beacon*
    6 points
  44. It's the curse of competence... If you work fast and do it well, people will always come to you first to get things done, or send you to finish things that other people have started. For me personally, I always get stuck with managers at my various jobs assuming that because I tend to be competent at the basic tasks they set me I'm competent at everything, and often get stuck doing things that aren't my job, that I haven't been trained for, and sometimes that are even far above my pay grade...
    6 points
  45. Another dollop of paint on the Savannah. Really haven't been feeling the paint-love lately, and the overtime has finally run its course. Probably will pick up again in March sadly, as I get pulled off of my own on-time projects and get put on others who are 180 days behind. Reward for good work? More work. Reward for not getting things done? Help from the capable. Strange system. Eh. But I'm itching to get another video series started. Thinking of doing a stretch of speed painting some mobs. Going to have to sort through the Bones I Vampire box a bit. But not tomorrow. It is time f
    6 points
  46. I had a visit by the 'Paint Brush Faerie' today, she dropped off 2 W&N Series 7 Miniature size 2, and a size 1. Wasn't aware of the difference between 'Miniature' and 'Regular' when I ordered them, but for $30, I'm not going to complain.... Comparison shot to show the differences: The size 2 Miniature at the top, My size 0 'Regular' in the middle, The size 1 Miniature at the bottom. George Edit---> I held the size 2 next to my ear and 'flipped' the hairs, and I really could hear the 'Snap'.... Thought that was folk lore.... I learned...
    6 points
  47. Thinking of staff cuts... I started at Blackberry on a Monday... That Friday, it was announced that they were laying off a third of the staff. I actually lasted 9 months before they axed most of my team. But I lucked into a really great place afterwards, so... yay! I hope things continue to be OK there Guindy! No trips to Oz, OK?
    6 points
  48. I have found this guide very helpful when painting gems. Its meant for 2d artists, but it translates well enough. Unfortunately, I do not remember where it came from other than 'the internet'.
    6 points
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