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  1. 65 points
    IMO Reaper has always had a communication/PR problem due to the way that they choose to structure the dissemination of information. ie. We can't post an update because it's not update day. We can't give an official answer to your question until we discuss it at our weekly meeting....but then we probably won't answer it after that either. When someone is unhappy with the service or product they've received, they are left to argue with other customers about it until the point that the exchange reaches a level of hostility that a Reaper representative only then steps in to lock, delete, or remove the altercation from visibility, but the original complaint is still rarely directly addressed and so the only result is that the person that was angry is not only still angry, they're additionally angry at the people that argued with them and that they were just left by Reaper to be yelled at by random people on their forum/facebook/kickstarter comment section/twitter, etc. One of the biggest mistakes there is the under-utilization of social media and neglecting to cross-post across all platforms. Reaper instead treats social media like a quirky platform for them to make fun cameos on or drop hints/make semi-official teaser announcements on or drop exclusive contests that customers have to be in the know to participate in. In Current Year, that's a horrible misuse of social media. One only needs to check out any mildly successful streamer to see how social media should be utilized - you don't post about something in one place without mentioning/linking to it in all of the other places. You don't drop official info into an hour long livestream without accompanying it with an official text announcement across the other platforms. (That's not anything against the Reaper Live broadcast, which I enjoy very much. Though I would enjoy it more if they sorted out their ear-blasting audio issues - seriously, RIP headphone users whenever they switch over to that abysmal copyright free dance music they've inexplicably chosen to burst my eardrums with for every cutaway.) Social media should never be abandoned the way that Reaper abandons theirs. Angry/upset/concerned customers shouldn't be left to defend themselves against other angry/upset/concerned customers. Just like you wouldn't allow an altercation to go on unaddressed in a physical store, you shouldn't leave such things to work themselves out on your official social media pages because it won't ever be worked out because social media fosters a hostile environment that rewards snarky, irrational, abusive, biased and bullying comments with likes. That's the reality of social media, (and I know some of you like to say that you don't participate in social media, but that's what an online forum like this one is, the more current iterations of social media just happen to have embraced brevity over the long form text of a message board,) and we're all guilty of that behaviour in our current society where every person and company is expected to have an online presence. Customer service is no longer just about standing behind your products and righting any mistakes that occur, it has evolved to require much more than that and Reaper put themselves in that position, so they can't just keep sticking their toe in the murky waters of social media, they need to fully dive in with a dedicated full-time social media presence that is trained and authorized to make sure that any situation that can be dealt with is and upset customers are turned into happy customers instead of ex-customers. ETA: I wasn't expecting quite so positive of a response to this post. @Reaper Ron I know y'all are busy but I think this is a significant enough number of likes that y'all should be aware of what people are thinking.
  2. 62 points
    Hi all, I just jumped in yesterday for leaving a couple of comments and I recognized that I don`t know anybody from the recent active members here and so I guess it is best to introduce myself again. My artist name is Vhaidra, I`m female and I`m 48 years old. I`m painting miniatures since 2004 and I was very active as a miniature painter until 2012. I used to work as a professionally painter for a couple of years and made commissioned work for Dark Sword Miniatures, Ian Newbold and Assassin Miniatures as well as for private customers. I stopped this completely up from 2012 and made a very long break in painting. Since 2017 I started again to paint miniatures, but I decided to change a lot. Nowadays my main concern ist relaxation and fun and so I don`t do commissions at all anymore and apart from that I don`t sell my minis, I do not enter competitions (unless they are really just for fun), and I also don`t upload my paintjobs on coolminiornot or similar sites anymore. I also don`t rate other people`s miniatures. What I wish is an exchange about miniature painting. Community, sharing ideas and enthusiasm about miniature painting. That`s all I once was very active here, but this is long, long ago. For all who still know me: I`m back I checked out the last topics I opened up here and....wow this is really very old stuff lol. So I post here a couple of the last paintjobs I did before my break and of course I will post here too what I will paint in the future. I also have got several wips at the moment. I`m working much at my job and so I just can get slowly back step by step. For the moment I selected a couple of paintjobs: Lonnia, Elquin and Astrid the Chronicler by Reaper Miniatures, Thief Of Hearts by Darksword Miniatures and Lucy by Fatalpersonality. I had problems to understand how to post photos here. I have tried an img link, but it didn`t work. So this is just a little collection for giving you an impression of my work. For to see more angles of the paintjobs and for further information about me, please check out my homepage. http://vhaidra-fantasy-miniaturen.de/miniatures.html
  3. 60 points
    A couple of my players/friends gave me this and a gelatinous cube for Christmas and said, "Please don't kill us!" So hopefully he won't smush their characters too much! I wanted to give him a little bit of color so I did some purple and pink on some of the leaves as well as bright mushrooms. I used a few tufts of foliage and moss on him. I didn't want to overdo it and cover too much of the figure. I like how he came out.
  4. 59 points
    Painted up Jason Weibe's female Minotaur from Bones 4. She's my new character in our main campaign. A southern sweetheart with a bit of a temper. She's very impatient but has a heart of gold and endless loyalty.
  5. 58 points
    Well, here goes. I don't know how this will be received or if anyone will respond but its sort of a big deal for me and I wanted to tell someone who hasn't heard the story a million times before... Feel free to read on or ignore this, I just felt like putting this out there, its not every day you beat the odds 5 years ago I was diagnosed with stage IV renal cancer. They found a tumor on my kidney the size of a small bowling ball (later weighed in at 10 pounds) and satellite tumors in both of my adrenal glands. the tumor in my right side was determined to be inoperable. after way too many scans and poking and prodding, surgery was scheduled and they removed the left kidney and adrenal gland as well as a bunch of satellite lymph nodes and tissue from the left side. they also nicked a small piece of the tumor from the right side to confirm the diagnosis. after surgery I was given an life expectation of between 18 and 36 months. On the plus side, I did lose 90 pounds in 6 months... heck of a diet plan!) Renal cancer (RCC) is apparently a funny disease. Because the cancer cells are essentially cells that handle the body's waste treatment functions they are very resistant to any form of classic chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Until recently (2007) the only real option besides surgery was a treatment called High dose interleukin II. the success rate for cure was under 5 percent and the expected side effects were things like renal failure, pulmonary failure, brain damage and liver failure. Needless to say, I was not impressed. Fortunately, my oncologist was well connected with the experimental drug trials and found me a promising trial for renal cancer patients who have not had previous chemo treatments with one of the new immuno-therapy drugs in combination with an existing targeted therapy drug (targeted therapies are drugs that prevent the cancer from growing by interfering with the body's ability to grow and repair itself.) I started the treatment and was on the program for a year and a half. during this period the cancer stabilized and didn't spread to any new locations. unfortunately one of the side effects of the immuno-therapy drugs is that they will trigger any autoimmune deficiencies you may have in your genetic makeup. in my case it triggered spondylitis (though we didn't figure that out for another year after the treatment was stopped) it basically tore apart the connections from my muscles to the tendons and bones, leaving me with a rather pronounced slouch (or mild hunchback, take your pick) after the immuno-therapy, they placed me on one of the original targeted therapies, a drug called Sutent. The drug prevents the the body from growing new blood vessels. The way it works is that the tumor tries to grow and spread, but when it calls on the body to provide new blood vessels to feed the new cells the body doesn't respond and the new cells die off. The usual problem with these drugs is that the body learns to find ways to work around them, eventually neutralizing the drug. The good news is there is about a dozen of these therapies out there and most patients who live long enough to survive the first one can cycle between 3 or 4 of them to keep them all effective. the bad news is that they all have different side effects and none of them are any fun (I shall spare everyone the details) Today is my 5 year since the CT that discovered the original tumor. The remaining tumor has not grown significantly in all that time and apparently the real miracle is that the immuno-therapy talked my body into recognizing that, although it cant get rid of the one tumor I have, it does recognize new sites and destroys them before they can become a problem. I also seem to have an extraordinarily long response to the Sutent and still have not developed an resistance to the drug, although there are some signs that that may be changing and I may have to choose a new therapy. It does seem a lifetime ago. I have a very forgiving company who kept me on even after my condition was discovered (most of the companies I worked for in the past would have dropped my like a red hot poker) and I continue to work full time. I also keep gaming, painting and woodworking along with a few other hobbies . its not all fun and roses by any stretch but I am still alive and the opportunity for a cure continues to exist. Well, if you read this far: thanks for listening! I hope I will continue to have a long and wonderful relationship with everyone on this group! it is great to be able to talk and chat here, even when I really cant get out of the house. You all are really great to have around. Thanks for being there.
  6. 58 points
    Y'all. It's done. I've probably sunk about 40 hours into this, and it's been so much fun to learn some new skills. But I am so, SO glad it's done. ;) Enjoy! And let me know what you think! I'm seriously open to C&C. Thanks so much for looking!
  7. 57 points
  8. 56 points
    After finishing up the ghost pirates for my ghost ship, I moved on to the next inspiration I had for my Bones 4 pledge minis, the Thunderfoot behemoth! I almost went with the Blacktooth Terror, but I need to do some gap filling on that one and figured the Thunderfoot I could just paint away since I had a little free time the last two nights. I was hoping the designs I put on before doing the washes and drybrushing would have stood out more, but overall I still like how he turned out!
  9. 56 points
    I thought I had a WIP thread for her, but apparently not. I know I posted a half-done photo of her once, long ago. At any rate, here is a blast from the past and my past as well, the long-languishing Reaper 59037, Deadlands Noir Femme Fatale, sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. And because I like to play around with backgrounds:
  10. 56 points
    I'm going to reach out and give Bobby Jackson a big virtual hug! As I was finishing up painting this sculpt, the word 'Grace' kept coming to mind. The model had this life and emotion in it, her face had a... I don't know, compassionate, sad yet jaded look. She is smiling but not with a happiness. Her gesture in holding the shawl, the slight curve of her hip, it just all felt very subtle and sublime to me. I found it an emotionally complex model; Reaper models are always wonderfully characterful yet the unusual non-combat related emotion in it caught me off guard. I think she expresses the personality of a cleric in very deep way. I also felt that the sculpt transcended genre, not that such a thing makes one model more powerful than another, but it felt like she was bigger and wider in how one could relate to her. She is something like a Madonna to me. I'm blown away :-D On the technical side of things, I had a lot of fun with her flask, I was going for a translucent effect, making it appear to contain a fluid. I think the illusion is very effective. The bottom of the dress I didn't pull off as well but was going for a textured effect like Rhonda Bender executed on the cape of Caerindra Thistlemoor. The model offered a lot of space for good details.
  11. 55 points
    These are two Reaper figures that I sculpted, from art by Izzy "Talin" Collier. All right, I didn't finish this in time for Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) 2018 ... or even 2017. But I'm ten months early for 2019. If you're inspired to buy these, you have ten (or 22, or 34...) months to paint them, too. You can see my Works-in-Progress thread here. The basing is more extensive than I normally do, but I decided to push myself and try something different. Enjoy! Derek
  12. 55 points
    My first time entering any sort of competition. So here it is! My version of the Yeti Cheiftan 77434 for LadyStorm's contest. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/82989-ladystorms-winter-contest-yeti/
  13. 54 points
    Hello everyone, finally i can post a mini I've finished to paint: during the holidays I was very busy at work and at home and had no time to paint :( Soooo here we have Borin Ironbrow, I was really inspired by the pose, the quality of the sculpt and the three weapon to choice: I've opted for the warhammer, cause a dwarf have to break rocks and skulls Classic red beard, and red robe to make contrast with the green cloak, natural leather and METALS! Woooo! I got a bunch of new metals from Vallejo Metal Colors for the holidays and had to try it and I have to say this are THE BEST metal i've ever used, so smooth application, superb metallic finish: the pictures can't capture the real effect, but believe me, those metals are just incredible! Tried to make a Ancient gold finish for the armor and the hammer head, using steel, silver and washing it with some Sepia. It came out more Brass looking, happy of it hanyway! For the shield, helm and hammer handle I've opted for steel finish: for it i've used steel, dark grey wash and aluminium highlight. Ok enough bla bla... here we go: Thank you for reading, hope you'll like it!
  14. 54 points
    I was the painter for the last Dungeon Dweller of the year, Caerindra Thistlemoor. I’m still putting the finishing touches on the painting guide to go with her, which will include sections on painting red hair and freckles. But in the meantime, I thought I would share more photo views. (And a sneak peak of a cute little fellow I’ll post more of in a few days...) I also have more information on the painting process that I used for this figure up on my blog. https://birdwithabrush.com/2018/12/03/caerindra-thistlemoor-roughing-in-lights-and-shadows/ This first WIP picture is a reference photo I took with a strong light to help guide me as to where to place highlights, shadows, and midtones while painting. The second picture is an example of how I used that information to rough in the shadows and highlights for the non-metallic metal.
  15. 53 points
    Not quite done, but done enough for a Show Off thread. Here is my fiery Blacksting from bones 4
  16. 53 points
    I painted the Bones Black, Bones, and Wizkids owlbears as Great Horned Owls. This is the Bones Black owlbear. Not sure why it isn't in the store, even under the special edition section. I used the number it was assigned my order form. Anyway, it is a pretty cool model! I have several of them so will be able to paint them as different types of owls. I definitely need a Hedwig owlbear!
  17. 53 points
    Arthur Wanderhat, Wizard: 02905 Paint by: Arc 724 Sculpted by: Geoff Valley Title: Usidore the Blue The second figure done in honor of Hello From The Magic Tavern. This is Usidore the Blue. I was very pleased how he turned out. I got the red face of a wizard that drinks a lot of mead. Ha! As well as his staff that I sculpted in the rock based on the lore of the type of stone he has in it. Finally the bird is paint to be a sparrow - his favorite type of bird. The base is also sculpted.
  18. 53 points
    Dug up an old mini by Sandra Garrity, which, according to my database, I bought over 10 years ago. I don’t know which is sadder, that I actually made a database of my unpainted minis or that I still have 188 unpainted ones (and these are just the Reaper ones!). Wanted to give her a roguishly, confident face and I’m pleased with how it turned out. As for her clothes, after reading Rhonda Bender’s articles, I think I need more contrast. Base made from air-dry clay. Thanks for looking.
  19. 52 points
    Here is a conversion I did using a Bones Ghast. I like to use Nothics as spies, infiltrators and recurring villains in my DND game. I used copper wire as a starting point for spiky prominences on his back, added some spikes on his elbows and lastly, sculpted a central eye to cover the top of the ghast's face. I'm happy with the result, despite having to use painting skills to cover up the sub-par sculpting skills.
  20. 50 points
    03823: Day of the Dead Duchess sculpted by Derek Schubert . I bought this figure a couple of years ago when it first came out but I had a hard time getting a vision of what it should look like. Then someone asked me to paint it for them, so I went searching for inspiration. Turns out, there are a lot of people who dress like this for the festival and there are lots of photos, so here's my interpretation. C&C welcome.
  21. 49 points
    This is my take on the Bones 4 Blacksting Wyvern. Definitely not to the level of the beautiful one from Sirithiliel. But I’m pretty pleased with it. I used a lot of shortcuts to get the most bang in the least amount of time : “blending” with airbrush, overuse of washes, and “dirty” feel to hide the crimes. This sculpt was a pleasure to work on and the large wingspan really makes it stand out (and hard to take pics of).
  22. 49 points
    Had to get my snake folks painted up. I've been wanting an army of these for 20+ years. Yay for Chris Lewis and bones 4!
  23. 49 points
    My work for this past week. I don't have space to display big dioramas; not even for scenic bases. Lately, though, I've been trying really, really small diorama ideas or improved basing with a bit more life. An example was my Mucroack posted here a month ago or so. Now I used that idea to combine two Reaper miniatures that fit together perfectly; special edition Halloween Knight & Halloween Tree. I used a rusty bronze, green & orange palette for most of this work. Really happy with the outcome :) P.S. Gallery on Instagram @albertnyarla , will love some new followers ^^
  24. 49 points
    Hi everyone, here is this weeks Critter DSM8079, Nom the Cat Paladin. This two-parts model was sculpted by David Summers for Dark Sword Miniatures, Critter Kingdoms - Anthropomorphic Animals line. I painted it with acrylics before gluing the sword it's holding. It was very easy to assemble.
  25. 49 points
    I finally finished painting my vardo. It isn't traditional colors but I think it looks fine for a gnome bard to live in! The model itself came out of the package a bit warped. Not sure what happened to it. Anyway, I used some of my favorite colors to paint it up.