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  1. This was my main entry for the Painters category at 2019 ReaperCon. This figure was a long time resident of my shelf of shame. Originally intended for it to be an anniversary present for my parents in 2015 but I never got past base coating. For some reason it was just not clicking with me but I was determined to finish them this year. I made some changes to what I had planned and that finally worked. I originally planned on doing green and blue with a larger display base that was more a diorama. After so many years, I determined the base was just not working and one time when I was looking at the base coats, I realized pink would be better than blue with the green. It ended up being perfect because my mother has some art work that these colors match perfectly. Once I got the base and colors figured out, finishing was a breeze.
    34 points
  2. This was my 2019 ReaperCon Open category entry. I took Shaelin, a female bard and converted her to a vampire hunter. I am very happy with how she turned out as these were the most intensive conversions that I have done before. Changes that I made: Removed hawk on shoulder Swapped lute for a crossbow Added hat Removed hood on cloak Added fur to cloak Swapped sword for crossbow bolt Changed cloak clasps Added overlap and buttons to tunic Added sleeves
    33 points
  3. Not yet released to retail, this figure was a lot of fun. He or she (there's been some question) is a very clean sculpt with enough space to do a bit of work. (Note that the figure is based on a US penny, so it's pretty small.) The face fought me a bit (and it's a bit shadowed in the pic by the hood, so you can't see all the detail), but I think worked out OK in the end. The gem turned out reasonably well, I think, and I tried a bit of texture on both the green cloth and the short-sword sheaths. Unfortunately, the mold line on the inside of the cloak was on a concave bit that was very difficult to address. The drawn sword was done with TMM, which doesn't photograph especially well, but I think it works pretty well in person. One of my goals with this mini was to work on shading and highlighting yellow, which I think could have been pushed a bit harder, but I'm happy with the blends. And with that big old cloak, I had to put in a bit of freehand as well.
    16 points
  4. Just a few last miniatures completed before the new year. Maybe I'll get some individual shots of the free hand, maybe not. In the meantime, enjoy or ignore as you will
    14 points
  5. I really like the way this turned out
    13 points
  6. Yea, but like GEM said, there's no aging once it's in the glass. It'd be an interesting find, and as long as there wasn't any water intrusion through the old corks(assuming they were waxed over) they'd be valuable for their history but nothing more. Miss Cleo got sued into oblivion for being a fraud. Multiple times. Because all psychics are frauds.
    13 points
  7. Made some trap counters. Photos taken with my craptastic cell phone again. Box trap Cake Trap Pizza Trap For ages I have tried to figure out how I wanted to do trap counters. Pit, spike and spear traps just do not do it for me. So after some inspiration I came up with these. Hope you like.
    12 points
  8. This is the “sorcerer” from the Grenadier Wizards box set, circa 1980. As with most of my minis from this set, he was sand blasted a long time ago, which significantly eroded some detail. Trying to stay away from the usual wizards’ blues and blacks, i went with white. The orb he was holding was a challenge. I’ve not seen how to paint a proper crystal ball, so i went with reflected earth and sky.
    11 points
  9. A nasty-looking fellow that looks entirely interested in carving off bits of your anatomy. I'm reasonably happy with his face and I think the color scheme works fairly well. Pretty much intended as a tabletop figure, he was quite a bit of fun to paint.
    11 points
  10. I thank you greatly for this, since I'm not on Facebook much and would have totally missed it. MrBoot is cool with me getting in on this, so that's good too! His only requirement is that I paint more, which is a fair request. I've...painted very little in the past several months. My resolution this year was a) to have an achievable list of resolutions, and b) to keep doing them even if I miss a day. Or five. To treat each day like a new day and focus on moving forward, rather than stagnating in my little pond of comfort. Because I'm getting very fed up with myself, so myself decided to stage an intervention and take myself in hand to start getting various parts of her life back into shape. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
    11 points
  11. So since we're moving in March we are getting through some stuff to see what we can throw away. The Carnaval/Party clothes were sorted out and of course oldest vixen decided to do a photo session starring Brutus.
    11 points
  12. I managed to re-string a necklace that my mother in law made for the granddaughter. It wasn't quite long enough when they first made it, and the wife has been putting off re-doing it until she picked up the proper pony beads. We keep looking at the local craft stores, and she keeps putting it off. I suggested adding some of another color (or even some shiny ones). She kept balking. I finally told her just to pick a color and I'd handle it. Of course, the beads she picked up were just a shade darker and a tiny, but noticeable, bit larger than the purple ones in the necklace. The old purple beads were moved out, the decorative beads spaced out, the yellow and pink beads space out, and a new string cut. A few quick estimations, some purple beads removed from the lineup, and on to restringing! The beads don't go all the way around--I debated on whether or not that was the right call. It's done and only took a few minutes! Oh, and I changed the pattern from a straight 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3 to a more 1-1-2-1-3-1-1-2-1-3-4-3-1-2-1-1-3-1-2-1-1. Piece of cake! And now the granddaughter has a new necklace to wear! I also learned that I need to be kept away from the beading section of the craft store, because that's a lot more expensive than pony beads!
    11 points
  13. One of a set of 4 thieves that came from Ral Partha many years ago 1 i panted long ago, 1 i lost, 1 still needs to be painted, and them there is this guy. was a fun paint but man those small eyes on old figures
    10 points
  14. I must admit that from all the Bones 4 core set minis, the Chibis were the ones voted "most likely to stay in their bags" when the KS shipment arrived, as superderformed/ chibi models like these are not really my cup of tea. They are way out of my comfort zone to paint, with all that skin, hair and large surfaces needing somewhat smooth transitions that I am not really any good at. But they have grown on me somewhat, especially since I decided to do them even more cartoony in style than I usually do. Themselves being very cartoony and all. They do look much smoother IRL when not magnified as in the photos. #122 Lysette: from the Smallworld Heroes Chibi subset in the Bones 4 Core set: #122 Lysette from the Small World Heroes subset in the Bones 4 Core set, 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Gene Van Horne (?) Made in Bonesium PVC 25mm integral, sculpted base should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future
    10 points
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  16. I'm very handy with a knife. Or so I kept telling myself. Until I cut off Cassie's index finger while trying to remove a few mold lines. Now, I'm trying to pass that particular incident off as a modification, but I'm not sure anyone is really buying it. Least of all Cassie. Hi everyone! Long-time lurker, but this is my first post, with my fifth miniature. Newbie painter, started with Reaper's LTP kits. This particular mini is one of my favorites, but I may have taken on a bit more than I can chew (or fix... with my hobby knife). I found a lot of good examples of well-painted Cassies here on the forum and decided to imitate one of the paint schemes I found. With mixed results. The amount of experience and talent around here is both inspiring and a bit intimidating. In any case, here she is, almost finished but not yet based. Haven't quite figured out what to do for a base. Is she in a forest setting, in a cave, in a desert? What would fit best with the current paint scheme? Will she ever forgive me for cutting off her finger? Questions, questions... /Cpt Tweet More on painting Cassie over at https://pocketsizedadventurers.wordpress.com/2019/03/31/playing-with-knives/
    9 points
  17. Been there, done that, wore out the T-shirt. Was there some lame homework assignment, specifically designed* to ruin the vacation, too? * The teacher would, of course, deny that corrupt goal, but we all know about teachers.
    9 points
  18. With how my salesperson talks about it... All I seem to hear is the "ugggggh, whyyyy'd you call at eight in the morning" the day after. Oh wait, she now books the Monday after off. Never hear about the game, but she sure talks about the party.... As for myself... That was fun, ducked my head down, two hours later there's a bunch of paint on minis and, uhm... Focusing on other things takes a touch since apparently I barely brought my head up those full two hours. Wow. Been a while since I've gotten THAT much into painting. Was a nice feeling.
    9 points
  19. #1 - My favorite memory is for both parents, from our trip to Norway. We drove there from Denmark, met up with my uncle's and stayed in a cabin near a tiny town. I got to watch my parents act like people, not just parents, which was a new thing for me. My dad was teasing his brothers, my mom was keen to go see all the Viking churches, it was great fun. #2 - I can hear my mother's voice every time I tell one of my kids to put on a sweater or a jacket. Doesn't stop me from saying it, though, it feels like the right mom thing to say.
    9 points
  20. #141: Skallabjorn the grim AKA Hakon, Iconic skald, sculpted by Bobby Jackson. Size does matter. Well. Scale does matter. At any rate, I will be doing something else than painting characters for a while as it has been a bit of an uninspired slog as of late. Pathfinder Iconics Bones 4 Core set, 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Bobby Jackson Made in Bonesium PVC 30mm bases should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones, are currently available in Metal.
    8 points
  21. Well, if you go south long enough you'll eventually start going north...
    8 points
  22. Finished this figure a couple of weeks ago, but never posted pics; While he's titled "rogue", I thought he came across better as a fighter, so I painted the armor metallic. Just tabletop standard, not intended for any sort of competition. Definitely needs more lining, especially on the belt.
    8 points
  23. The party has almost finished the Haunted House - no one surprised by the nature of the haunting, except when Uncle Seder makes himself known. Next up, Dunwater... The Auld Grump
    8 points
  24. Since they glitter things on the kitchen table... The Auld Grump - the very first Christmas card I have from Brigid is her teeny tiny handprint in glitter on construction paper. She was about three and a half months.
    8 points
  25. #144: AKA Shardra, Iconic Shaman, sculpted by Bobby Jackson. This one has some glaringly obvious print lines (or whatever those are) up the right side of her cape. I mean: And I even tried to hide them by using a dark colour on the cape and avoiding to highlight the area as much as I could. Still. Strike one for quality control there. Size does matter. Well. Scale does matter. At any rate, I will be doing something else than painting characters for a while as it has been a bit of an uninspired slog as of late. Pathfinder Iconics Bones 4 Core set, 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Bobby Jackson Made in Bonesium PVC 30mm bases should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones, are currently available in Metal.
    7 points
  26. #143: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. —Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs? Your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now to mock your own grinning? Quite chapfallen? Now get you to my lady’s chamber and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come. Make her laugh at that.—Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing." -Hamlet in Hamlet, Shakespeare AKA Mavaro, Iconic Occultist, sculpted by Bobby Jackson Size does matter. Well. Scale does matter. At any rate, I will be doing something else than painting characters for a while as it has been a bit of an uninspired slog as of late. Pathfinder Iconics Bones 4 Core set, 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Bobby Jackson Made in Bonesium PVC 30mm bases should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones, are currently available in Metal.
    7 points
  27. I must admit that from all the Bones 4 core set minis, the Chibis were the ones voted "most likely to stay in their bags" when the KS shipment arrived, as superderformed/ chibi models like these are not really my cup of tea. They are way out of my comfort zone to paint, with all that skin, hair and large surfaces needing somewhat smooth transitions that I am not really any good at. But they have grown on me somewhat, especially since I decided to do them even more cartoony in style than I usually do. Themselves being very cartoony and all. They do look much smoother IRL when not magnified as in the photos. #121 Galladon: from the Smallworld Heroes Chibi subset in the Bones 4 Core set: #121 Galladon from the Small World Heroes subset in the Bones 4 Core set, 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Gene Van Horne (?) Made in Bonesium PVC 25mm integral, sculpted base should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future
    7 points
  28. Go, OneBoot, you can do it! You are awesome! I’ve hardly been painting either since last summer. :/ On the plus side I did complete a twenty-minute art history video. And I’ve been slowly working on an oil painting, cover art for a novel my husband wrote. Annnnd ... it looks like I’m doing some illustrations for an rpg in the works, art deco-style propaganda posters for competing factions, which is pretty cool. But I do miss mini painting. Those little half-done boogers keep looking at me from my studio counter.
    7 points
  29. Just started my new group on the saltmarsh module. Most of them are new players so i am using the mansion as calibration to see what they know, how well they work together and what i need to do to future sessions to keep the game balanced for 6 players. The answer is: not much. Had to pull a rabbit out of a hat to prevent the death of one character (I am not a fan of ignomious deaths. If a hero is going to die, it should be for a reason, not because he unwittingly stepped under the spider swarm... again. (Note to self: Warlocks are squishy, especially ones that think constitution is not an important stat) The game itself blends Razor Coast with Saltmarsh and adds just a hint of the old ones and Aboleth at first. We will see where it goes. I do need to find a dungeon crawl for them, The dwarves are going to have a problem under ground and they are going to fix it, I am just not sure what it is yet... hard to say. there is no aging but depending on the bottle a 100 year old bottle can be significantly important to the distillery it was made in. One of Aberlour's product lines was generated from a 100+ year old bottle found in a wall when they were expanding the distillery. It changed there entire product line significantly and created a special taste for them that now commands a pretty high demand. yea but I put nothing past our collective governments: These are the people who decided to try and weaponize ticks and use dogs as anti-tank weapons. A fraudulent psychic doesn't really make it into the top 10 of weird stuff...
    7 points
  30. My dad is known for making people, particularly waiters and waitresses, think about his answer when they ask him a simple yes or no question. For example, a waitress asked him if he would like some more coffee. Instead of just saying "yes, please" my father will say "Is the Pope Catholic?" or "Does a bear go in the woods?" The answer to those questions is clearly yes*, but now the server has to stop and spend 5 seconds thinking about what he just said, and (hopefully) figure out that he means yes. At my last doctor's appointment, I was asked a question and the words "Is the Pope Catholic?" slipped right out of my mouth. Warning klaxons sounded in my head. *We did once encounter a quick-thinking waitress who inquired as to what type of bear, as a polar bear is not in the woods. She received a generous tip.
    7 points
  31. We got a new refrigerator recently and had to move a cabinet out of the way, and the content of said cabinet ended up on our main table aka, my work surface. We took the opportunity to fix the floor in the little hallway while the cabinet was not there, finally got that done yesterday, so now the table is freed up. So I am finally able to keep struggling with this beastly again. Today's progress, I am 90% done with the removing mold lines on that body piece in the back and maybe 30% done with the wing. I guess I will have to green stuff that missing claw tip.
    7 points
  32. Ah the great march toward getting kids back at school after a two week break. No one is in a good mood today.
    7 points
  33. Nice and sunny today. We got a little snow overnight; nothing on the roads, and just enough to make the ground white again.
    7 points
  34. #142: Senua AKA Adowyn, Iconic hunter, sculpted by Bobby Jackson. Why is not her companion wolf in bones as well? Size does matter. Well. Scale does matter. At any rate, I will be doing something else than painting characters for a while as it has been a bit of an uninspired slog as of late. Pathfinder Iconics Bones 4 Core set, 2019 Reaper Miniatures Sculpted by Bobby Jackson Made in Bonesium PVC 30mm bases should be available from reapermini.com some time in the future in Bones, are currently available in Metal.
    7 points
  35. Hey cool. The Eagles are still in the running. If they win I get a day off. It's a safety issue, in that we are not expected to be able to move safely through downtown if they win Too many poles to climb. Too many beers smuggled in from Jersey.
    7 points
  36. I painted her face and it doesn't look too bad, I think. Yay! (click for larger versions) Her upper lip needs to be cleaned up a little and she needs eyebrows. Otherwise, I think she looks pretty good. (She reminds me a little of Betty from the game VA-11 Hall-A, but that's not a bad thing.) Any suggestions on an appropriate eyebrow color? Any other thoughts so far?
    7 points
  37. This post starts with a tale of woe. In the process of painting this week, Aletheia fell off her base onto my wet palette, applying paints in undesired places. Her left sword ended up with a lot of Cyan Blue on it and gold paint was applied in many other places. And I was almost done too. I have cleaned up most of the damage but there's still a fair bit, mostly stray metallic flakes. I'm going to let her sit for a couple days to see if I want to do further work or stop here. (Before you offer suggestions about basing, her left foot was pinned to the base, and her foot came off the pin. The brass rod used for pinning is the appropriate size for the hole. I assume this was a glue failure between the rod and her foot. Next time, I'll plan to pin both feet.) Here's where she is: (click for larger versions) What do you think? I'm still looking for opinions on the TMM on her swords.
    7 points
  38. lovely so basically you made a new figure from the...excuse the pun.. bones of the other!
    7 points
  39. Favorite mom memory: We were living in Germany about 20 years ago. We had moved there at the start of summer (dad had been there a few months before) and neither mom nor I spoke much German, but we were in language classes for the summer. While we were out doing our weekly shopping one Saturday morning, my mom had her head down, just walking along the sidewalk in the crowd, when she found her path blocked by a newsman shoving a microphone into her face, asking her a question. My mom stared blankly for a second, then stated she didn't speak German and hustled past him. The one flaw: she told him she didn't speak the language in German, then said nothing else. This proceeded to leave the newsman bewildered, and to start shouting the equivalent of "bullpoop" at her as we hastily made our getaway. Still makes me smile. Favorite dad memory: It was New Year's Eve about 15 years ago. My dad, based on the previous NYE attendance, had purchased a large bottle of champagne for the NY toast... except it ended up being just him and me (mom was asleep, siblings didn't come over). So he and I ended up toasting, and then decided we couldn't just leave the bottle overnight, so we finished it off. My memory gets a bit hazy after this, but somehow we ended up watching the movie Stroker Ace with Burt Reynolds, emptying the dishwasher, dropping all of the silverware onto the floor, laughing our butts off, and handwashing the silverware. That's all I recall. Best NYE of the 2000-2010 decade.
    7 points
  40. After the rather involved Vlad project I thought of painting something a tad less complicated. I chose Elliwyn Heatherlark, the Bones version that is. It is a simple conversion with a weapon swap, new sheath and ultimately a cut-off monster head in her hand. I will go heavy on weathering and signs of recent battle to contrast the diminutive appearance of Elliwyn. So far I finished the green overcoat and her face. Army Painter Glistening Blood Effect came in handy. I also tried to add a subtle texture to the overcoat. C&C as always welcome.
    6 points
  41. Looks like I'm in for a bumpy ride over the next week or so: Not often that we turn south in order to go to Canada!
    6 points
  42. Got some painting in this morning. 3rd colour on ronin, raijin ,and falcon. My wife worked on some accent colours for her Rach. She says next session she'll clean them up for some photos....
    6 points
  43. Actually over in Missouri, strangely, I now do live in "Bloody Williamson".
    6 points
  44. *Favourite Dad memory is coding computer games on the good old Commodore64 (I was 6) *Favourite Mum memory is of being with her when she did her errands and then she would decide to grab something sweet and I'd get a chocolate or a pastry for having just come along. I caught myself saying "No you can't have any dessert until you finish your Pizza!" which to be fair was a far far more corrupt version of my Mum's "No dessert until you finish your dinner!" Honestly though the strangest thing is hearing myself echoed back at me from my daughter "Oh! No no no sweetie I just would much prefer it if you ate that while standing over the tiles, not on the carpet please!"
    6 points
  45. My first attempt for this miniature. Thoughts?
    6 points
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