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  1. 31 minutes ago, VolksFest said:

    (Is the last one an Aarakocra ?)


    Its a Tangu actually. Similar but less... imposing?


    31 minutes ago, VolksFest said:

    What are you called, do you have a name?


    Like my character in the party? Thats a tricky one... My mini is the elf in the first picture who I named Rand Thrull. But in a twist of oddness (That the players know but the characters do not. Except the Warforged), my actual character is the sword. Yeah I'm playing a sentient weapon. Mostly for a change of pace and because my GM allowed it. In appearance my sword would like more like what the warforged is holding. I named the sword Luxumbra after the Magic The Gathering card Sword of Light and Shadow. Because yes, I am that much of a nerd.

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  2. 8 hours ago, ttuckerman said:

    Sir Forescale was from another Bones Kickstarter. 


    Which one? I've backed all three bones KS's, and I feel I would have remembered getting him? I suppose I didnt go too deep into Bones II outside of the core tho.


    7 hours ago, Beagle said:

    I've never liked it. I always thought 'Sir Approximate Size Comparison When Compared to an Average Human Sized Miniature- Where 28mm is Equal to Approximately 6 Foot in Real Life Terms' was catchier


    Oh yeah, good old SASCWCtaAHSMW28mmEtA6FiRLT, super catchy shortened too!

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  3. 8 hours ago, tiniest rhombus said:

    The skit looks pretty good, a glaze or two would smooth out the transitions a bot. You can always go back over and bring back the highlights if needed. The transitions aren't as stark as you think. If anything, it looks like you could bring your midtone up a bit. Black and white pics are super helpful for seeing transitions. As for the NMM, I have no clue. Haven't tried it yet. Good for you for giving it a go. The strap could use some more highlighting. Making thin lines of a lighter yellow gold color such as palamino gold along the edges can help bring a little texture to the straps. Then a glaze to tie it all together.


    I've never thought of looking at it via Black and White, it gives a completely new perspective, thank you for that tip!


    Additionally thank you for the solid suggestion on the strap, I was not sure what would be best to do the edge highliting, as a light tan would not have been enough, but I think your absolutely right on the palomino gold.

  4. So... Continuing my trend of only painting every 6 or so months, I've finally gotten more painting done. The problem is that this damn Giant, its one of the few projects I dont want to settle on. Sometimes I'll paint a mini that I know will only be for tabletop use, and if I'm not super happy about it, I'll usually move on anyway. But not this Giant, mainly he's still for practicing, but I only ever work on him when I'm "feeling in the mood". Given that I only paint 2-3 times a year, that means I have not worked on him in quite a while.


    On the plus side, over the past year I've had some successful side projects that I feel have helped hone my skill a bit. I just finished a batch of mini's recently for a recent D&D game that my friends and I just started, 3/4ths of them I'm really pleased with! One of them not so much, but thats a topic for another day.


    So, this years update (so far?) is that I've finally done the shading on his pants/shorts/kilt/skirt, and done my very first failing attempts at Non-Metalic-Metals! So lets take a look shall we?







    Ok, so what have we got?

    Well, initially I was quite happy with the skirt shading, until I brought it upstairs to take the picture, and realized that somehow my midtone is completely gone. I dont mind the contrast between the very dark and very light, and I'm pleased with the layering I've managed to accomplish, but it is a tad stark. Its not so bad that I'm in a super rush to fix it (more so out of fear of making it worse). Thoughts? Is the contrast too stark? Should I go in with a mid-tone glaze over the whole thing maybe to tone it down, smooth it out?


    Oh, and I disliked the uniformity of the leather strap on his back/chest, so I did some stippling with two different brown colors to make it a little more uneven. Its subtle, but I feel it looks better. Also my first attempt at stippling.


    So... on the sword hilt, my first attempt ever at NMM. I got the NMM Gold triad from the Bones III kickstarter which just came in recently, so I figure I'd give it a try.

    Well.. not super pleased with it. I think I failed to understand the technique fully. Which does not surprise me. The NMM concept keeps escaping me, no matter how many tutorials I read or videos I watch. It just does not click in my brain for some reason.


    Last year (despite not actually painting) I even spent an evening in Photoshop creating a mockup of how I felt the technique works:

    (Actual Picture of the base colors)



    (Photoshopped example of NMM attempt)



    At a glance it looks NMM like, and I'm actually pretty happy with my Photoshop mockup. When I tired to do it IRL tho, even though up close it all looks pretty similar (or at least the best I can do with my fine details brush control), it just... does not look right. Or... maybe it does look ok and I'm just being super critical?


    Well, at any rate, hopefully, despite killing the midtone, my shading on the dress shows in some way that I've improved on layering over the past year.


    I get this this topic is from 2015 now, and people are most likely understandable sick of seeing it, but if you have any constructive criticism or suggestions, I'm super glad to hear them. I've been working on this one mini very slowly for over 2 years now. In that time I've painted maybe a dozen or so other mini's in total? Given that I got my Bones III in, I now literally have hundreds of unpainted mini's. But this one Giant is always the one in the back of my mind whenever painting comes up. Even when I'm working on other mini's, this guy keeps coming to mind.


    So to recap:

    -Suggestions on how to not suck at NMM

    -Would you say my shading has improved? Do you think I should go back and glaze it with the mid tone, or it looks fine as is?

    -While subtle, thoughts on the leather stippling?

    -Have you ever had "that one" mini that you just keep coming back to over a super long time?

    -Should I just give up and move on with life? Just throw some metalics on him, call him done?


    Thank you for anyone that took the time to read this novel, even if you dont have anything to add to the topic, I appreciate your time. I type too much. I apologize. Also Haven't slept yet and its 8am. I'm going to go to sleep now.

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  5. A few more pictures I suppose.


    After my friend took all of his dragons that he went in on my order for this is what I'm left with for my haul (roughly 200 minis, including the dissembled ones off to the side in bags):



    Mainly from the Core set and the Stoneskull, with a few others thrown in (Air Elementals, Goremaw, etc).


    Also holy CRAP is Goremaw ever larger than I thought it was going to be! I thought it was going to be like the size of a Purple Worm or something!




    Also I think one of my unexpected favorites so far is the "Invisible Heroes". They look so cool!





    Finally, is anyone else that's gotten their bones having problems with a few of them in terms of strength quality? I've done Bones I, Bones II and now Bones III, but this is the first time I've run into this issue. The wings on my Solar Angel are almost droopy, same with his sword, even after heat treating like I've done with dozens of other bones, it feels... weaker than other Bones material. His wings kinda flap like rubber almost.

    In a similar situation my Ms Bones, her right wrist is SUPER flimsy, wiggling the sword a little bit legit makes it fell like its just going to fall off.




    I have somewhere near like 500 bones now, and haven't seen this before? Has anyone else? Or are these defects in these two particular models? I do see a small rip like seam in Ms Bones arm.


    I haven't looked at every single mini in super detail yet, but I haven't come across any other obvious details of this "weak bones". I might shoot off an email to Reaper in a few weeks once things settle down to get their suggestion on this.


    Otherwise this batch is fantastic! I agree with what a lot of the other people are saying, the darker grey bones material is pretty fantastic!

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  6. 1 hour ago, Yoshua said:

    48.03lbs of plastic have arrived. What does that look like you ask? Well let me show you.


    I like the Microsoft Surface box just causally laying on the ground in the background, forgotten for a new box thats more fun!


    In more self centered news...



    I got my bones!


    To recap:

    Canadian, Wave 3, Early locked in.

    I can now confirm, as stated by others, I did not have to pay any Duties/Taxes/Import fees. UPS showed up, handed me just under 20 pounds of plastic and walked away (without a signature...).


    The tracking number that a bunch of us Canadians got on the 19th, that tracking number became active once it got checked in at the UPS distribution center (in Calgary for me).


    Hope this information relieves other Canadians!

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  7. I feel I've been painting just long enough now to see through the simplicity in the colors into just how much work and artistic skill goes into a mini like this.

    I can see people looking at this and just thinking "Meh, just a green shirt and brown backpack?", without noticing all of the subtle color changes, not just one or two tones, but tons of shades!


    Spectacular work, I am in awe.

  8. 9 hours ago, Solauren said:

    The UPS truck showed up, we opened the door and he handed us the package (23lbs) and walked away. No import charges. I felt silly holding my credit card waiting for the import duties. I wasn't charged anything. 


    9 hours ago, lexomatic said:

    I had no duty. A "small" box, though. I confirmed by confirmed by phone. The key is the origin on the label


    6 hours ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

    It's taxes, not duties.


    Thank you for all of the Canadians chiming in in response! If this keeps true it'll be a huge load off my mind (and my wallet). Although I will point out that I have had an instance where UPS did not charge me at the door, but sent me an invoice 2 weeks later.


    And yes, I apologize, myself and many others have taken to calling all Taxes, Duties, Brokerages and Import fees as simply "Duties" out of simplistic sake, which is indeed not the case (not always anyway). When I had been estimating mine, I had indeed been taking Manitoba taxes into account, plus the UPS $10 Brokerage fee, plus the occasional $5 processing fee, plus the random $12 "Because UPS can charge you whatever they like" fee, all of which I've seen in random combinations before when having packages delivered by UPS.

    I think my biggest issue is how inconsistent they are. I get it, rules and laws change, but I cant believe they flip flop every year. Through a program I have through work, I've ordered a discounted Intel CPU every year or two years for the past 8 years or so, and every time I do, even though its also been the same classification of item, and roughly the same price (exchange rates excluded...) I've been charged such wildly different charges every time UPS has delivered. Sometimes $12, sometimes (usually? Or at least the most often) around $32, randomly once $50, randomly once $0. Yes there can be differing reasons, but that seems like a bit much.


    At any rate, that paragraph rant got a bit off topic.


    The important thing is that Reaper has been doing a fantastic job these past two weeks, and that people are getting their products! :D

    I'm personally still on the side of people that has no issue these are "late" compared to when they had been initially advertised. There are still so many Kickstarters that never even get anything, or get something much less in quality that they thought they would get. I know by now that I can trust Reaper to deliver in the end, so I had no worries.



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  9. @Solauren @Suden  Or any other Canadian Backers that have gotten their shipment from UPS


    Just to confirm (or not?) there was no Duty or Import charges for you guys?

    Seriously that is my biggest scare right now. My bones are apparently on their way (ETA May 30th), and the thought of having to pay Duties on top of the nearly $800 CAD I've already paid is getting to me.

    But if there's even a slim chance that Canadians are getting their Bones without Duties... that'd be massive to me! :D

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  10. 15 hours ago, ladystorm said:

    Yes, I applied the shipping labels to all of the Canadian orders being sent to the two distribution hubs last week.  These are the actual UPS labels.  These orders were picked and boxed here in Denton and palletized for delivery to the distribution hub.  This is ALL* Canadian orders across ALL waves.


    You know you're my favorite person now right?

    Did the shipper provide any rough ETA for the delivery to the hubs?


    Then we get to wait for the fun that is Canadian Customs! Will it take 10 minutes? Will it take 10 days? With CBSA Agents it could be anything! After all, its for our protection!

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  11. 8 hours ago, Reaperbryan said:

    I was not aware that the shipper had that requirement until the day before we were about to start pulling the product for AU, and then suddenly we had to change gears and pull all of CA and then pull AU after, which, you may note, is different from how we had originally said we would do it. 


    Like I said in the update, we had some changes, and this caused problems, and these changes propagated downwards and caused confusion for the backers. This has not been the fun of previous projects.


    Gotta love shippers eh? I've run into that problem myself before. "Oh actually, you have to do it this way, not that way". Always a fun scramble to figure things out afterwards.

    As a Canadian, I'm just glad that things should still work out in the end.


    I did have a few quick questions if anyone knows the answers:

    -The Canadian UPS labels that had been sent out on the 19th, are those the real ones that will become tracking-active once the product clears customs and arrives in Calgary/Toronto? (that's what it seems from the Update that was sent out Monday)

    -Does your post mean that all Canadian orders across all Waves have been picked and boxed with shipping labels, to be moved in bulk to the Canadian distribution centers (and customs)? Or will they be shipped as individual bits, and the distribution center will be the ones to box them and put labels?

    -Do we have any super rough ETA or tracking number for the bulk shipments themselves?


    Regardless of if their boxed yet or not, once they've cleared Customs (God I hope we're not murdered on Duty. Not looking forward to paying UPS crazy import fees on $800CAD of Mini's. Which is in no way Reaper's (or really UPS's fault) I totally get that its the Canadian Government that sets these rules), and been dispatched, the tracking should go live and all should be well, I was just trying to super rough gauge how long that in-between process is. From the time it leaves Texas to the time it leaves Calgary/Toronto.


    In the end, its been nearly 2 years since this campaign was completed, if it takes a few more weeks for them to arrive, than so be it, I'm all good in the end. I'm still one of the people that feel Reaper has done a fantastic job, and I know that their staff is going though hell to get things going in a crazy rush. Most of them are going to look back at this week and it'll all be a blur for them.


    (Fun fact: Because I was curious I checked exactly how long its been. Just over 666 days since the campaign ended! Ok, more like 668, but that sounds less cool...)

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  12. 1 hour ago, Bane Of Humanity said:

    I'm sorry...what?!  Where was this information?


    Kickstarter update #84: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513061270/reaper-miniatures-bones-3-the-search-for-mr-bones/posts/1677519

    More information on the shipping company: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/02/hanjin-shipping-bankruptcy-causes-turmoil-in-global-sea-freight


    Quote from the update (from Sept 2016):


    While we are currently behind schedule on fulfillment, we do not expect the situation with Hanjin to cause more than a slight hiccup as we work to find other carriers or our freight, and work through the instability freight costs are experiencing at the moment.


    So realistically this did not delay it all that much.

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  13. I absolutely love the way the shading is done. Seeing this makes me want to try the same style out right now.


    I don't suppose you have a second to give a super quick rundown of your technique? Did you basecoat in the mid-tone color or the shadow? Did if the mid-tone first, did you do the shadows then the highlights?

    This is the exact sort of style I had been going for with a mini I did recently, and I feel you've captured exactly what I had been going for style wise.


    I look at my layers and they look blotchy and inconsistent, while yours look smooth and flow into each other. The white highlights are not hidden or super blended, they lay on top of everything, and while they stand out, they do it in an oddly natural way that really makes it look fantastic. So even while you can see the separation between the layers in the blue cloak, from any sort of distance it blends perfectly and looks super natural.


    Anyway, what I'm trying to say, is fantastic job!

  14. Thank you for the awesome suggestions/examples Pingo! I think I get what you're saying, and I agree, with a bit more shading to the parts of the hat that slope the lowest down, it would have given it the extra "dimensional kick" it needed. I'll definitely keep that in mind for future projects!

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  15. So, was thinking about it more, and still was running into issues with how to do something like shading a hat thats directly under the sun.


    While more of a WIP topic post than a "Show Off" post, so not directly on topic, I am knowledgeable of 3D editors, so just to test it out I threw together a quick test scene to see how a hat such as this might be lit in a real world (ish?) environment.




    Even in these conditions the hat looks flat and fake.


    On the flip side, I had WAY too much fun diving back into a 3D program after use of not touching one. Damn that was fun.

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  16. I think you could have added some more shadow and highlight to the red to make it pop a bit.  With all of the excellent work on the robe the wizard hat seems flat.

    I agree with robinh. The hat could use more contrast

    The hat could use some more highlights and shading, but red is difficult to highlight for sure.

    This exact thing was what I was thinking while looking at this picture when I was posithis topic:



    I was looking at it going "Huh... thats.. very just red...".


    If Memory serves, I had tried to add more contrast to it at one point, but it started to make it look cartoonish, which can be an excellent style, but did not match the rest of the mini. I guess it really just came down to I was not sure how to add shadow to something that under normal lighting (like a person standing outside in the sun), the light would be hitting pretty evenly across the surface. Looking at it now I guess I could have made the droopy parts a bit darker, and highlighted the ridge a bit more? I'm just not to sure.


    Still, thank you for the suggestion!


    The detailed pictures are great, you could make them even better by cropping all the white space around the mini...

    Oh totally, the photo's I had uploaded to my gallery where all cropped and had a stroke outline (because I felt it looked nice).


    So this was the one I was sharing on places other than here:





    But for here, I wanted to post a more "raw" image, but you are totally correct.


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