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  1. *Links removed just in case* Didnt realize it was a bad thing, but I guess I can see how that could be considered competitive advertising.
  2. Awesome! You rock! That explains part of why I couldnt find him, I had no idea that was supposed to be a spear! Found the page for him Thank you a ton!!
  3. Hello, Edit: Werkrobotwerk has successfully identified the Mini as Gil Galad from GW's LOTR line. Thank you! Having just finished off a round of new mini's, I decided to set up my lightbox/photo booth and go through the backlog of mini's I've done over the past 2 years and get some good pictures of them. After doing that, I went though and wanted to name/tag them all with their Reaper SKU numbers and names, for better tracking and organization. (Slight spoiler for when I hope to eventually post them on the forums. Thinking every Mini I owned was a Reaper mini, with the vast majority of them being Bones (from the first and second Kickstarters), did have some metal mini's from back in the day (plus those from the Learn 2 Paint Kits), but I just figured they where all Reaper. I used the Reaper Figure Finder to find pretty much all of them except one... This Elf (or maybe Human) Wizard (at least, most likely wizard). I could not find him on the Figure Finder, nor with some creative Googling. It was then I noticed, that the Base he's on at least, is a GW Base with a 1992 copyright. Now I'm not sure at all! Here he is, I painted him about 2 years back, all in one session: For my own sanity (and organization), anyone that can provide any tips or suggestions in tracking down where the mini came from, or his SKU/Name would be very much appreciated! Thank you!
  4. Thanks everyone! in the pictures, thats the Wizard was kinda what I was going for on that one, but you're right, I totally should get one of the characters from HBO's Silicon Valley! I might do a topic dedicated to him later on. He was my first completed mini in 2016! :D
  5. Hello all! I've been wanting to paint these Bones Rats ever since I saw the reference picture for them like a year ago. The other day I finally sat down and did it! (All in one sitting to boot!) (Also pictured: 77054: Galladon, Male Wizard and 77049: Arthrand Nightblade, Elf Ranger, of whom I may do their own topic, as their my first mini's of 2016, and I'm quite happy with them! BUT I had more fun playing with the Rats!!) Since I did it all in one night, there was no point in a WIP topic, so if you wanted to see the WIP, click on the Spoiler: And on to the finished rats! We have some Albino rats, some black rats, some plain brown ones, and even some infected rats! Much of the basic style goes once again to the reference image from the Reaper store page. I feel they turned out pretty well! Normally for my tabletop playable miniatures, I'll finish them in a gloss varnish, then go over that with a matte varnish, to give them the best blend of protection and finished style. In this instance however, I opted to just go with a single coat of the matte (brushed on via Liquitex Matte). I know, not as protective, but it should do the trick. Plus even the first coat on 12 rats was surprisingly tricky. I'm glad I'm not a Warhammer player, I do not envy having to paint whole armies! Anyway, time for some fun! And thats the rats! Thoughts, comments?
  6. Same brush I use actually! When I started painting Mini's I picked up a 1, 0 and a 000. They really are fantastic burshes. Now thats a pretty awesome tip right there. That tip might have helped with my most recent writing attempt paint job. (In which I also tried to do a magical text blending effect where the words get lighter as they're read. Not sure if that comes off that way in reality. I also had tried Object Source Lighting from the text to his hat/arm/beard, but failed terribly and undid it all). Thank you for the answer!
  7. Everything on this is well done, but I gotta echo everyone else, that hair is spectacular! Can we get some close up pictures of just the hair?
  8. That is... extremely clean! Not a single stroke out of place. How did you do the writing on the book? Even with my smallest brush, whenever I try to do "writing scribbles" they turn out as rather large blobs. I mean, they -pass- as writing, but look nothing as awesome as your book.
  9. Thats fantastically highlighted. And we all hate pictures, they're evil things that will take something you're super proud of, and go "Hey, you missed a spot!". You'll look at the model... and not see it, then look at the picture and see it... happens every damn time I swear! Still, very well done. I let a friend of mine paint this mini (that I got from Bones)... I'm tempted to show him yours... but I dont want to upset him, as yours is so much fantastically better!
  10. I've thought about pledging more... but I'm so on the fence now with the Canadian dollar even farther from the American. Plus the 2.5% Paypal takes from the conversion. I pledged and paid my KS amount, then the shipping leftovers in the Pledge Manager back in August of 2015. If I had paid the same amount of USD right now, just 6 months later? It would have cost me an addition $100 CAD! From JUST the re-adjusted exchange rate! I never thought I would actually MISS the PayPal exchange rate of 1.378. The most recent thing off my Paypal shows a conversion of 1.4248. I miss like 2-3 years ago when our dollar was just under. I'm fine paying an extra few dollars on $100, thats OK. Or even like 6 or something years ago, that brief period when the Canadian Dollar was actually HIGHER than the American! Oh that was awesome. Not now. Now if I wanted to add another $100 of Mini's to my order, its going to cost me an extra nearly $50. :(
  11. I gotta say, as someone who's legitimately named after Labyrinth, This is pretty awesome work you've done. (Although my name ended up being spelled with a y to be different.) -Jaryth
  12. Thanks guys! I just hope I can keep at it. I normally paint in spurts. I might start 2-3 minis, then leave them for 2 months, then finish 1 or 2 of them and start another, and the cycle just kinda continues. I really do enjoy painting, but I just have to be in the right mindset for it you know? Anyway, here's a picture of the back in a more ambient sunlight room: I realize now that the spot on his lower right back should not be as bright as it is if the light source is intended to be over his other shoulder. still, I think it went ok. Thoughts/suggestions?
  13. Not sure what the rules are for NecroPosting in your own WIP topics... but I'll have go at it. Third (and fourth) update: So real life happened a while back, which forced me to completely put painting aside for a while (To anyone that lives in Canada, lets just say I worked for Future Shop). I did do some stuff here and there (and if requested I'll post my 2015 end of year lineup), but very little work was done on the Storm Giant. I had a chance to work on him in and around July, where I finished up the basecoat and put a second coat on the body and lower half, but apparently I did not take many pictures (or post an update). Before I started today I did take a front and back picture of the two coats before I started. The front toga thing or whatever it is, looks a lot messier in this picture than IRL, because of the angle its shot at, and the lighting I use for painting. I cant even see some of those marks IRL. I really liked how the skin looked after the second coat, but the whole point of this endeavor was to get better at shading and depth. Tonight I worked on the toga thing in the front, adding some detailed highlights, and then failing terribly at a wash (was just too smooth, started blotching up), desperately trying to get it all off, then attempting to selectively add it... worked OK I guess? Then I moved on to shading the torso... which i feel worked pretty well! Then I ruined it a bit while doing highlights, so I had to go back in and go over some of it with the midtones, which caused me to go back in and do more of the shadows, then more of the highlights... well lets just say it was a vicious cycle, in which my sleep schedule was the ultimate looser. However, I do feel all in all that it came out OK. I am no expert, this is one of my first attempts at shading. The intended effect is that he is looking into the sun, so his front shoulder is the highest point, and his under arms, and back arm are the darkest. I feel the hands came out very well, while the feet came out kinda crappy. The arms are OK, while the legs are a little off. The upper chest is not bad (except the odd highlight ridge on the left peck that I just noticed now), but (while I failed to show them) the abs are a bit off. I will be going back and re-touching up the leather strap a bit when I get a chance. Also the light from the lamp made the highlights look brighter than they where. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow in natural light (sunlight) and see how it looks. --- Still no idea how I'm going to do all the Non-Metalic-Metal stuff for the sword/arm shield/gauntlets. Like, I get the basic theory, and I've seen how its applied to mini's, but I'm just not sure how to apply it to a larger piece. Even looking at excellent references by other talented people on the same mini, it just does not click in my brain. --- Anyway, sorry if I've bothered people by bringing this up again. Suggestions/light critique are encouraged. This is my first time paining a larger mini, and my first time doing shading. I think I did OK, but I want to get other peoples opinions, and suggestions on things they think I could improve on next time. Thanks everyone!
  14. Ok, first update; I've finished base coating around 80% of the model now. I'm still not sure what colors I want to make the front of his shorts, the little parts that dangle down. I'm open for suggestions. I have decided on a dark blue (with purple shadows) for the rest of his shorts. I would still love to try out Non-Metalic Metal techniques on this guy, and (since I have it!) I think I'll complete the Reaper Lean To Paint Kit 3 first, as it does NNM. Still, to build up to that, I've base coated anything that will be iron/steel with Rainy Grey, and anything that will be bronze/gold with oiled leather. This by its self I was very impressed with, both colors have good coverage and look good next to eachother (in my opinion). Even if I do end up cheaping out and just using Metalic paints, these under coats should help. The shorts are a little too deep blue for me at the moment, but I'll fix that up in the second coat. Everything (except bits of the belt, and the blade of the sword) is only on its first coat still (undiluted Reaper Master Series Paints directly onto non-primed Bones surface) so its all a little patchy. I'll go over it all with another coat (that has a bit of flow improver in it) and that should fix it all up. Next, just to practice, even though its a bit out of order, I jumped right into detailing his hair. While most of him will allow me to practice my layering skills, for the hair I'm going good old fashioned dry brushing and washing. ^Hair with Drybrush ^Hair with wash So overall this is where we're standing: Thoughts? Opinions? Yes, I know that there are visible brush strokes, that will be fixed on the second coat. Yes, I know I got a bit messy on some of the details... I learned a valuable lesson: Having a house thats about a block away from train tracks; -Trains can still make your living room shake from a block away -Shaking makes it hard to paint I've been in this house for almost 5 months now, and it hasn't really been an issue till tonight. Also, I did all that work lining, and I'm not nearly taking advantage of it enough. Like on the back of the leg in the last picture, where the leather meets the leg, meets the armor, if I had just painted up to but not over the line, it could have been a much crisper line. I might even go in and paint in some of the lines with a fine brush...
  15. Thanks for the video suggestion rhombus! Pretty good tutorial, answered the question I had about how to get rid of the stark lines in my shading! And your welcome to the color Joe, I think it looks pretty nice!
  16. Tests complete. Low temperature the Hot Glue gun does not get hot enough to damage Bones, even when the tip is placed right against the material for a few seconds. The glue on low temp is still easily enough to adhere the mini (a Fire Giant in this case) to the holder. However, High Temperature Hot Glue guns are enough to damage the bones material even from brief contact with the tip of the gun. Granted we are talking small divots, but still. Edit: While the High Temp hot glue did adhere the mini to the stand quite well.. it did it almost too well, I'm having a hell of a time removing the hot glue from the underside of the mini now. If you're going to use hot glue on anything bones related, I strongly suggest using low temperature hot glue.
  17. I tested it it on low heat (mutli-heat glue gun and glue sticks) and no damage was done to the Bones or to the Smarties bottle I was using as a base. I may do some testing with the high heat just to make sure the bones can take it. I'll also try putting the tip against the material to make sure it does not cause damage. I'll update the topic with my findings. To echo above, I doubt that Hot Glue would be suitable for attaching bits together for long term however, especially given that hot glue tends to add more material, which can cause unfavorable results. Super glue seems like a better choice in this regard.
  18. I never thought of using hot glue to attach to a holder, I've always used Blue Tack... I just tried it... it works soo much better! The hot glue goes on, holds to the mini and to the stand quite well, but can be broken apart and cleaned off without too much trouble! I think you've just saved me a lot of time and effort Egg. You rock!
  19. Hey all! Last week and a half I've been contemplating painting the Male Storm Giant from Bones I. I honestly have not painted many mini's from Bones I, or many at all (I've painted like 7 in total maybe? And no other painting experience outside of Miniatures), and I just got Bones II, so I decided to get back into it. On this one, I want to practice layering, and blending layers (dry blend by laying paint over). Part of my inspiration for this is one of the sample images on the reaper store page. While I hope to emulate it in some respects, I doubt I can reach that level of amazing detail and control. Still, its a good learning experience! Before I started painting I decided on my main colors, and I practiced layering. As mentioned before, I have no painting experience outside of miniatures. Nor have I painted many mini's, and am going primarily off of YouTube videos and tutorials by people in this community. I decided on Reaper's Ashen Blue for my mid-tone, with Aircraft Grey as a highlight and Denim Blue as the shadow. The first thing I did was prime a piece of cardboard to practice layering. 1: Painted the midtone, and then painting the highlights and the shadows directly on, not watered down, just directly on 2: Painted the midtone, then layered very watered down versions of the highlights and the shadows, with no color mixing 3: Painted the midtone, then mixed midtone and highlight and watered it down, painted on top, then did just watered down highlight. Same for shadows. 4: Same as 3 except a glaze of very watered down midtone went over the whole thing. Now on to the model! This was before I did any cleanup, when I was just visualizing what I wanted to do. Just after this I cleaned up the mold lines, and realized an issue with odd depressions on his shoulder. A buddy of mine had some liquid GW Greenstuff, and he helped me patch it up. So thats the green you see in the other pictures. Another new thing I tried on this model; Lining. I haven't really had much of a need to do any lining, but I've run into trouble areas before where lining would be useful (like where feet touch ground, it always causes me problems!), and with this model, where his beard meets his arm. So that is the first thing I did, I lined him (Reaper Blue Liner paint): I was initially going to stop there for the night, but I just had to put a first basecoat of the midtone. I was initially just going to do his upper back to see how it looked, but it looked so good I couldn't stop! So I painted all of the flesh parts! Thats just the first coat of the midtone, directly on the bones material with no primer, paint not watered down (I've been finding that watering the first coat down directly on bones causes consistency issues). I'm definitely going to have to do a second coat, but I'm very happy with this progress so far, I think it looks great. And the back: So nothing crazy, and I'm not the most skilful painter, but I think its going well so far. I'll keep this topic updated as I go, but dont expect overly frequent updates. I rarely get chances to paint, and I see this mini taking me quite a long while to paint, I do not wish to rush it. As far as plans, I'd love to try Non-Metalic Metal techniques on the sword and bracers, but every practice I've tried has failed miserably. So I'm not sure. Also not sure what color to do the clothes. Most likely going to do a grey-light blue-white beard, instead of the green beard done in the reference picture. Please, I very much welcome critique and suggestions!
  20. Got mine today too! Ring at the doorbell about an hour ago (So about 2PM central time, March 2nd 2015, 445 days, or 63 weeks, since the order was paid for). I did not order a ton, as I still haven't painted the mini's I got from the last bones! On a $140 order the Taxes/Duty was $32. Standard GST/PST for Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada, plus a $9 handling fee I did not account for initially. Pictures? Arrival: Opening the initial box (Spoiler tag for space saving, Click Show to see image) Bones! And finally, my (dis)organization system (Spoiler tag for space saving, Click Show to see image) I did not take a picture of all the bones laid out, as I organized them as I pulled them out. My UPS tracking page still just shows that it cleared Customs last week, so its pretty behind. Make sure you have a major credit card on hand to pay for the fees (in Canada at least)
  21. Fulfillment is finally finished! All the little bones on their way to their new owners! Like a lot of other orders here, mine just cleared Canadian Customs (after like a week there...), and I'm sure it'll be a failed delivery to me in no time! Seems it always is... but then I'll go pick it up. Realistically I only ordered like $140 of stuff, so I'm betting the Customs Taxes on it will be a little under $20 (Manitoba). We'll see! Edit: Crap, they're going to go off the price in American arnt they? Even though I bought this when the USD>CAD was much less crazy (back in 2013!). Thats going to be a harder hit I guess... but not crazy? Maybe like $25 in total? We'll see.
  22. Yeah, same here Dropbear, but for Canada. I hope the Tax/Duty isnt too insane. If its the normal Manitoba tax, thats like 13% on a ~200 order, so less than $30. Not terrible, but we'll see. Hopefully it is Canada Post, as they're usually pretty good. But I've been screwed by UPS before. $30 Duty/Taxes on a $45 item, that had $15 shipping. So I had paid the items worth to get the item, it was nuts.
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