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  1. The base wasn't hard, just time-consuming. It's just one of those wood plaques you can buy at a craft store. Normally, I'd just glue some foam-core (styrofoam sadwiched between poster-board) to make the texture and give me something out of which I could cut the holes for the minis, but I knew this wouldn't work since I wanted a paved road look. So, what I did was glue the foam-core to the wood base, and then glued plasticard to the top of that (after I cut out the holes I would need). To make it look like brick, I just cut and gouged grooves into the plastic on the display base as well as the bases of the minis.


    After I was finished, I realized that it would be much easier to just buy the rolls of fake brick and glue it where I need it. You probably buy this stuff where they sell model trains or those miniature Christmas villages (I should know, my mom collects them...).

  2. Let's get real, the dialog in the original films was bizzare as well, but it often works very well, even when delivered by Mark Hammel (and I think alot of people will agree he was the weakest link in the original trilogy as far as acting goes). I think the major difference is that the actors (who all admit to thinking Lucas was crazy while making the film with him) were still able to get into their roles; while the new trilogy has a very high level of acting ability, who just don't pull it off; and the digital settings and blue screen acting is the biggest reason I can think of as to why the acting appears so poor in Ep 1,2,3.

    That reminds me of something on the LotR DVD's, when the cast are talking about being on set at Edoras. Miranda Otto and Bernard Hill (Eowyn and Theoden) say something along the lines of how hard it is not to get swept up in the role when you can stand in front of the Golden Hall and actually look out at the mountains all around you and feel the wind in your hair.


    Perhaps Lucas just tried to put in so much eye candy that he forgot that his actors need something to respond to as well.


    I liked the movie well enough. The scenes between Anakin and Padme didn't seem to stop the flow of the film as much as those between Mary Jane and Peter Parker in the Spiderman films...so I guess that's something to be thankful for.


    Besides, getting to see Yoda tear it up one last time before retiring to the swamp was well worth the price of admission. :B):


    Oh, there was another thing: There seemed to be a rather large difference in the choreography between when the Emperor was fighting Windu and Yoda. How convenient that he had a hood on so that an actual stunt man could be doing the moves rather than an old guy who swings a blade worse than I do... ::P:

  3. Mengu, I did have another entry that placed (this mini, to be exact) but it pales in comparison to Vincent's dreadnought.



    For the standard, I first sketched the outline of the image with a mechanical pencil. Then I blocked in the brightest areas of color. Then I applied the darkest colors, being careful to preserve as much detail as possible. Doing it this way helped me to keep track of the structure of the form I was painting. After the darks and lights were in, I then "blended" the two using alternating colors that were either darker than the lightest or lighter than the darkest. In addition I used washes/glazes in order to adjust the overall tone before I applied the next layer. Normally, I paint freehand the same way I paint the rest of the mini, but in this case I felt painting it "backwards" might serve to distinguish it from the rest of the squad... I hope that makes a little sense...

  4. You can paint static grass, but it isn't the easiest thing to do (at least for me). I usually have to drybrush it several times to get the color I want and avoid clumping. If you use superglue to secure the grass, you shouldn't have problems with it falling off, but try to use the brush in such away that the grass stays erect.


    It would be best if you could find a dark brown grass and then brush on the highlights wherever the light is hitting it. You might look into stores that sell model trains, they generally have a good selection of grass (in various colors), but I don't know if they sell anything really dark.

  5. This is from Confrontation, right?


    I quite like this guy...especially the way you handled his back. Just a little critique: the pouches seem to blend too well with his armor. His eyes look really mean...I guess lugging all that stuff around would worsen anyone's disposition...

  6. Hasn't Wizards recently changed "drow" skin color? They used to be dark skinned with white hair...I think they're pale now...which means they'd just be evil elves...not that impressive, if you ask me.


    Anyway, this is another nice mini. The only things that need work is the hair (a pain in the butt to do right) and the base (a trend for you, it seems ::P: ). Oh, the gold NMM, though executed well, seems a bit too flesh-toned...if you know what I mean.

  7. The lower part reminds me of Lulu from Final Fantasy X/X-2...too bad the rest doesn't... :lol: The paint job is great, but it's kinda let down by the base (the same problem I often have). Even in a wasteland, there's bound to be something (like some rocks or dead plants) to break up all that grey. It doesn't have to be much, just enough to generate some interest.

  8. Thank you very much ThePolo. It's nice to be able to see the steps being performed. By the way, to make rock bases, I bake a "pancake" of sculpey and then simply break it apart in the shape I need. This yields relatively natural looking results without a lot of work.


    bleujenna, I'll give that a shot. Thanks for the tip.


    Scott- this mini is just great! I love it, she's so original.

    Don't tell that to the 40k purists...they jump allover the "there's no such thing as female space marines" bandwagon... :lol: I did want to create something that would test my abilities, though, especially if I ever try to build an army of these.

  9. Thank you for the replies.


    Really, stop using Autolevels. It's good for people who know nothing, but what's the use of having something like Photoshop if all you're ever going to do is use Autolevels?


    I don't have much experience with color correction, and I was hesitant to make too many changes...when I'd be pretty much flying blind. Right now, I'm doing mostly black and white stuff like this.


    My photo set-up isn't the greatest. I have one lamp (with a reveal bulb) positioned about a foot and a half away from the miniature. My camera is on a tripod below and behind the lamp. I took a few pictures with a white-blue fade backdrop, but the red cast was worse.


    Here's an example of the picture before any correction.


    Thanks for the suggestions, ThePolo. I'll do some experimentation with those tools.

  10. So I was finally able to buy a decent camera. Now all I need is more experience and your help...


    HERE is the best I could do with my old camera.


    HERE is what I've been able to do so far with my new one.


    Do you have any suggestions on how I can improve my photography? Right now, I'm getting an aweful red cast to everything, and I don't yet have enough skill with Photoshop to do anything more than "Auto Levels." What would be the best way to remedy this, either while taking pictures or after I've uploaded them onto my computer? If it helps, I can post an example of the image before any correction.


    Thanks in advance.

    Scott ::):

  11. Cade, here's the general idea for the barrels:


    -Heavy drybrush with boltgun.

    -Washes with brown and green. Final wash with metallic copper. The metallic wash helps keep the metal from being dulled too much.

    -Extrememly light drybrush with boltgun. This is more of a dusting, and works better with a thicker brush...and it helps if it doesn't come to a point.


    I think the only metal pieces I used are the various weapons and the grot. I ran a pin into those minis's feet through the rubble they are standing on. There's also a nickel in the base (these are the perfect size) weighing them down.


    SaintRigger, deathwatch marines are fun, and your loot quite nice. ::):

  12. I suffered a tragedy this Christmas... My sister received a better camera than the one I'm currently using. I took a picture of my WIP commander (sorry, you'll have to wait till Feb.) and all I could do was... :cry: :cry2: Since I can't show you that, I'd like to officially show off my Legio Bolter and Chainsword squad. Anyway, all of these guys (except for the Black Templar vaulting the girders) represent moderators or administrators of the Bolter and Chainsword forums. It was pretty much a tribute to the board where I waste a good deal of time... ::P:


    Entire Squad

    It's a little washed out, but I haven't been able to experiment with the camera...and I'll probably have to wait until I buy my own.



    Green stuff psychic hood scullcap, ball-point pen collar, minor leg repositioning.


    Iron Father

    I had to modify a plastic left arm so that I could actually get a Deathwatch pad onto this mini. It was kinda tough...but not as hard as cutting and shaving all that metal would have been. :wacko:





    The person I have to thank for all this.

  13. Very nice...it has an almost historical feel. I suppose it's just the color choices, which are very appropriate.


    All those glazes seem to have flattened out the skin, but I can sympathize this the difficulty of Asian flesh tones.

  14. One of the guys at my local store is starting a desert-based army, so he asked me to do up a couple of HQ models for him. I couldn't think of much else, so why not use Dune?


    You can see the house Atreides symbol on this Throne of Judgment.


    You can see spice eyes on this rather pleasant looking Inquisitor.


    Both of these were rather quick jobs, started on Thursday and finished about an hour ago, but I am generally pleased with them...and less than pleased with my camera (as usual). :rolleyes:

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