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  1. Worked on them a little more last night. The man at arms is very close to done. I painted the base, then realized that I can't tell where the base begins and boots end, so I spent some time trying to fix that up. I don't think that part came out very well. Actually, I've been paying less and less attention to detail as I go, because it's taking so long that I'm just getting frustrated with the whole process, and want it to be over already. So I'm settling for lower quality just to get a finished product. I suspect that will end up being my normal method, though. I just want to get usable minis to bring to the gaming table. They don't have to be perfect. For the rat, the left side of his face looks great, so I didn't want to touch it, but I wanted to fix up the right side, which looked goofy. So I tried repainting and rewashing, but the coloring between the two halves wasn't matching so well. I'm really not happy with this sucker overall. I never really cared about some of the details in the instructions, so I skipped some things, and now his face is looking somewhat two-toned. He's starting to look like a candidate to go swimming in Simple Green, if I can ever find that stuff in stores. But I'll probably just settle for him looking like a mess. He may be good enough for occasional use in a game.
  2. I should probably take some new pictures and post them. I did some more painting last night. This seems to be a recurring trend the last couple of weeks. I don't do any painting during the week, then work on them some on Sunday evenings. So the man at arms is actually nearly done. I spent most of my time last night fixing and refixing mistakes. There were a couple of hidden nooks and crannies that just didn't get painted before that I was just noticing, mostly behind the shield. And I fixed a few other issues, where paint went over borders that it shouldn't have. One of the last steps is to repaint the straps on the belt and shoulder strap, but those straps look good just the way they are, so I don't want to touch them, for fear of just messing them up. Besides, if I'm happy with the way they already look, then why would I change them? On the rat, I painted the teeth white, then washed them to dirty them up again, per the instructions. That came out great, but then I realized that painting the interior of the mouth is still in the future, so I just know I'm going to mess up the teeth while trying to get into the mouth. I don't understand the order on some of these instructions. Why not do the hard parts to get to first, before doing the areas around them? I did the dark brown on the rat's eyes per the instructions. One came out great, and the other came out completely deformed. I tried touching up the deformed one afterward, and it's better, but still clearly worse than the other one. I'll have to work on that. And I'm not convinced that I want to make the eyes red, as the instructions indicate. If I can get the bad eye to look as good as the good eye, then I'll be perfectly happy leaving them dark and beady looking. As for the 2nd kit, I haven't touched those minis since priming them last week. All of my time yesterday was spent on the first kit. Hopefully, I'll have some time to paint one or two evenings during the week, instead of waiting until Sunday again. And as I said, I ought to take new pictures to post here, but I doubt if I'll have time to do that today. Hmm... just noticed that I started this thread on April 19, one day after priming the minis in the first kit. So assuming I finish them within a week, that will be about a month to paint two minis. At that rate, it'll take roughly 11 years to finish painting all the minis I currently own, assuming I don't buy any new ones along the way.
  3. Followup question: I looked for Simple Green in the store today, and it wasn't there. I was in a major American supermarket that has two large aisles of various cleaning supplies, so I figured any commonly available product would be there. What types of stores usually sell it, and where would it be?
  4. Likewise, pretty sure they are. I just found it odd that the instructions that came with the kit don't treat it that way.
  5. Yeah, I've been assuming it's the cuffs of his boots, too.
  6. The next in my ongoing series of stupid newbie questions. I got the vampier level Bones kickstarter, and there's one mini that doesn't come assembled. Also, in discussing which minis I want to use in my Pathfinder games, someone recommended that I cut up two of the Bones minis and combine the pieces to make something that looks more like what I have in mind for a particular character. And since nothing in the Bones kickstarter vampire kit looks like a kitsune (humanoid fox person), I'm looking at probably buying a metal mini for a kitsune character, and probably modifying it (might need to glue a tail on a mini that doesn't come with one, if I can find an appropriate tail to use for that). So the obvious questions: What glue do I need? Should I use different glue for Bones vs metal minis? Any advice on using the glue properly? Should I fully assemble any minis before painting, or is it ok to glue the pieces together after they're painted? Anything else I should be asking here but didn't think of, because I'm too much of a clueless newbie? Thanks in advance!
  7. Used to play D&D and other RPGs without minis back in the 80's and early 90's. Quit playing when my group went out separate ways after high school. For some reason, in 2011, I got the idea in my head to go see what the new version of D&D looks like. Looking for local groups to play with, it didn't take long for me to abandon D&D 4th edition and get into Pathfinder. Since using minis and a grid map is the standard these days, I needed figures for my characters. Since I magnetically repel artistic talent, I looked mostly for prepainted plastic ones (mostly from the D&D Miniatures game). But in some cases, I ended up buying metal minis that looked more like what I had in mind for specific characters and monsters, which ended up mostly being Reaper. A friend painted one for me, but I mostly use them unpainted for now. Then someone on a Pathfinder discussion forum posted a link to the Bones kickstarter, and I decided to jump in. I also decided I wouldn't buy any more minis until I after I received those, which I actually stuck with, and my wallet breathed a sigh of relief. Now that I have them, I bought the first two Reaper Learn to Paint Kits, and I'm learning on those before diving into ruining... errr, painting... the box of Bones.
  8. Yeah, I'm not expecting anything exact, but in some cases, it's possible to get pretty close. But for instance, for my Arabian looking halfling with a scimitar, I'll probably end up settling for any halfling with a sword and no shield or armor. And I'll probably just do the dragonman warrior for my nagaji, since I'd be nervous about cutting up him and the snakeman to put the snake head on the dragonman.
  9. Looking around, I found this guy who might make a good kitsune: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Iron-Wind-Arcana-Evolved-Mini-Evolved-Male-Sibeccai-Pack-MINT-/130886835022?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D7475393201345785916%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D4%26sd%3D151009632883%26 I don't think he has a tail, though. But he's even double wielding short blades, which is what my character does. For Catherine Brightsword, I know I said I didn't want to buy a new figure if I didn't have to, but I found these that look like they all have some potential: http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/archer/latest/14321 http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/14058/latest/14058 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/02293 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/14321 I'll have to compare to the one I have at home that I was considering to see what I think. And here are some pole arm guys that I could consider for Erik, even though the exact details aren't necessarily perfect for him: http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/14407 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/14409 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/02666 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/03372 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/14024 http://www.reapermini.com/FigureFinder#detail/14045
  10. I sorted mine by types, put them in plastic baggies, then tossed most of them back in the box they came in. My "types" were: "Adventurers" (anything human-esque, regardless of whether it's good or evil) Undead Critters (includes familiars, swarms, rust monster, anything animal-esque) Human sized monsters (goblins, orcs, medusa, elementals, etc) Bigger monsters (the biggest, like the giants, didn't get bagged with other stuff) Townsfolk Furniture Modern and futuristic Specific minis I'd use in my games immediately, even unpainted, went into a ziploc bag and tossed into my gaming stuff that I take with me when I go play. Those are the priority to paint soonest, but I'm already using them unpainted for now. I think I'm missing one or two categories there. This list is just off the top of my head.
  11. Yes, Yenos and Hoshi are male. Most of my characters are, just by default. I only occasionally play female PCs. Thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to take a look at those in more detail later when I have time. I'm hoping to use the Bones minis I already have, rather than buying more, but I'll see if any of those jump out at me as being so perfect that they're worth spending additional money on. Actually, I just used the unpainted Lem mini for Wizzlefarb when I played him last night. I might stick with that one, though I haven't decided for sure. And I was looking at the Callie mini for Catherine Brightsword, but between the light clothing and hood, she doesn't quite look like what I have in mind. Besides the fact that Catherine is supposed to be armored, she's also the type to stand up straight and not hide her face in a hood. Part of her personality is that she's proud, almost to the point of arrogance. I try to give all of my characters a distinctive personality, and that's part of hers. I'm a little reluctant to start cutting up minis and playing mix and match with the pieces. I've never done anything like that before. I don't even own any glue.This goes back to my whole lack of artistic talent. Also, what snake man are you talking about? Was that part of the Bones kickstarter? Edit: Just looked through the Bones kickstarter package (http://greg.botch.com/bones/) and found the snake man. Putting his head on the dragonman could be an improvement, but I'm just really reluctant to start cutting these guys up.
  12. So on the topic of what to paint next, as I said, I'm doing the 2nd Learn to Paint Kit next. Then I'll hopefully be ready to dive into the stuff I really want to use for my own games. I've been thinking about my Pathfinder characters that I need minis for. I play Pathfinder Society, which is the organized play system, where you go to conventions and public game days and play with different people every time, using whatever character you want, as long as it conforms to Society rules. So I'm able to play different characters at different times, depending on my mood and what level adventure we're playing, unlike a home RPG campaign where you generally make one character and play that one the whole time. I keep coming up with ideas for new characters, so I actually have 13 characters now, most of which I do not have a painted mini for. For some, I already have unpainted minis I've been using for them. For others, I'll first have to decide on a mini, preferably from the Bones kickstarter, since I have so many there that I should be able to find one for just about anything. So here's the list: Have a mini I really like, need to paint it: Yzarctihstab Garblenarf - Male gnome sorcerer. Currently using an unpainted metal mini, called Balto Burrowell by Reaper. Now have a Bones version of the same mini from the kickstarter. Need to paint one of them, though having a backup is nice. The character has greyish skin and brown hair, which is very earthy for a Pathfinder gnome, because he's a Deep Earth Sorcerer, so his magic literally comes from the earth and stones. Azkadellia - Female human sorceress. Currently using unpainted metal Reaper mini named Tinley. Named and partially inspired by the sorceress of the same name from the TV miniseries Tin Man, so I'd want to paint her to look pretty much like that TV character (google the name Azkadellia if you want to know what she looks like). I might paint the sorceress from the 2nd Learn to Paint kit to look like her, but that mini doesn't have sleeves, which is an issue. My character always wears long sleeves, for story reasons (she has magical tattoos on her arms and is distrusting enough of others to intentionally keep them hidden, so that even her allies don't know about them). Mobat - Azkadellia's owl familiar. Have a metal owl from a Reaper familiars pack that I need to paint. Have a mini that I could paint and use, but still on the lookout for another mini that looks more like what I have in mind for the character: Nagagorjo - Nagaji (snake man) in heavy armor, with a longsword and shield. Considering using the Dragonman Warrior from the Bones kickstarter for this one, but that's not quite how I envision him. That mini's nice, but too much like a dragon, and not enough like a snake. I could use any full suit of plate mail with sword and shield, since you can't really tell he's a reptire when wearing his helmet, but I'll probably stick to something that shows off the fact that he's reptilian. Catherine Brightsword - Female human archer in medium/heavy armor. Blonde hair. I have a metal mini that might suit her, but I wasn't sure. Actually, I think that mini is intended to be male, but with the long hair and armor, it's ambiguous enough that it could work for a woman. Might want to look through the Bones kickstarter minis to see if I can find a better choice. Wizzlefarb - Gnome prankster bard. Blue skin, green hair. There are a couple of minis in the Bones kickstarter I might be able to use for him. I might even use the spare Balto Burrowell mini that I don't use for Yzarctihstab, above. The key is that he rarely uses weapons, and he doesn't play music like a stereotypical bard, so he's just an unarmed gnome with light armor, which is likely to be hidden under his clothing. Need to find an appropriate mini: Qassir - Halfling with a scimitar dressed in stereotypical "1001 Arabian Nights" style clothing, with light armor hidden underneath. Need to find an appropriate mini. Erikenzira "Erik" Mensah - Male human in light armor with a pole arm (guisarme). Need to find an appropriate mini. Yenos Panoveer - Elven wizard. I'm sure there must be an appropriate mini in the Bones kickstarter. Just need to look through and pick one. Yenos's familiar. Haven't decided on a familiar for him yet. He's a new character that I haven't finished creating yet. I have a few little animals that I can use, both from a metal Reaper familiar pack and the Bones kickstarter, so I shouldn't have a problem finding the right type of animal once I decide what familiar I want him to have. Hoshi Daisho - Kitsune (humanoid fox person) in light armor with a wakizashi (Japanese sword, like a short katana) in each hand. This one's going to be tough to find an appropriate mini. Someone pointed me to a mini of a fox version of Robin Hood (like the Disney version) that I could order online, which may be the best I'm likely to find. Have painted minis, both from the D&D Miniatures prepainted plastic minis, but not entirely happy with them, so I'd like to find minis that look more like what I have in mind for the characters: Corin LaDrock - Human male archer in light armor. Young for an adventurer (not quite old enough to grow a beard). Seamus Luckleaf - Halfling cleric in medium armor, maybe with a dagger or something, but weapons aren't key for him.
  13. Anyone else have any experience with this book? I've seen it at some of the local stores around here. It seems all they have locally is Citadel paints, brushes, and other painting supplies. Reaper minis, but no other Reaper supplies. I'm almost done with the first Reaper Learn to Paint Kit, and just primed the minis from the 2nd LTPK last night. I'll probably wait to finish both of those and see how much I've learned before deciding if I know enough to dive into my Bones kickstarter, or if I should buy more of the kits. But a book like this might help with knowing how to handle all those Bones minis.
  14. Last night, I painted the boots, inside of shield, and other little brown areas on the man at arms. Once again, got paint where it shouldn't go, so it requires some touch ups. Also realized I never did the shield handles, which apparently were supposed to be silver. Given how hard it is to get to them, and to see them when not examining the mini for detail, I may not bother, and just leave them the color of the surrounding areas. I also primed both of the minis from the second kit, though I want to finish the first kit figs before doing anything more to those.
  15. Just did the belt and shoulder strap on the man at arms in walnut brown, and it came out surprisingly well. I even managed to color inside the lines. Too lazy to get out the tablet for another pic, but you'll see it after the next step or two, when I do the next set of pics.
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