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  1. My goals: Mostly continuing to move through metal. I have... too much still, after this Reapercon, and while I started the year off with a bang last month, I need to finish more stuff if I want to have it mostly cleared through by next Reapercon... *laughs in unfinished minis* That said, for next month specifically: - Nagendra Warriors. I have ten of them, all primed up and ready to go. I'm going to do like four or five different scale patterns, based on a big variety of snakes, so I'll have to see how long this takes. - Seven Lizardfolk. The nice ones, that came out in Bones first. Wish these came in more varieties, but oh well. I have bowmen and club guys, and that will have to be enough. - Frogpeople. I have five of the little cute ones to do up as poison toad types. -Centaurs. Five of them - two spearwomen, two of the big man with the bow, and the cleric with the staff. That would be a very successful 27 minis, but I'd also like to keep making progress on my cultists! If I could hit around 30-40 minis, I'd be very happy with this month... and need to order a new Battlefoam case in November!
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    I'm very pleased to see Narthalyssk and Amber making it into Bones! They're two of my favorite Reaper dragons from the older metal stuff, although i will say I prefer Amber... But they're both lovely, and, just as significant, they're the first really properly Huge dragons we've had in quite a while! Temple Dragon was lovely, but pretty solidly Large... These two, for anyone who hasn't had hands-on one, are very close to the Fire, Silver, and Shadow dragons already in Bones. Unfortunately it's a size that seems to be left on the wayside a bit too often IMO, considering how practical dragons in this age catagory are for mid-level adventurers... I have a copy of Amber on a shelf I may pull out to celebrate! I will say, I hope they're in Bones Black. Amber especially, I would worry about slouching if not. There's very little keeping her up.
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    Reaper Bones 5 : Enthusiasm and Commentary Thread

    Aight, pls all help get us to some decent Aarakocraa minis, guys! Nobody at all has them, and an Aard has needs...
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    Unpainted Minis from Wizkids

    Am I missing something, or are we this many waves in, and still no aarakocra figures?
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    Sacrifices and Cultists

    Not much got done over the last few days, much to my annoyance. I had a super-long shift on friday, and then I went to the aquarium and to pick up more primer and a copy of the Pathfinder 2e manual down at the Citadel in Groton today. I did manage to finish up three ghosts today, though! Lurien, Ghost; Gauren, Necropolis Hero, and the Female Wraith (03170, 14168, 03799). I wish Reaper would do more ghosts like the Ghost Bride, although there are several other spirits I have my eyes on... I do like the very specific ghosts, though, that are more like NPC spirits than spooky spectres. I was gonna get distracted again and start on painting up the owl gryphon from the Dwarven Gryphon Rider, which I picked up earlier in the week as a player mount/NPC wilderness export for the next stage of their campaign, but the one I bought had two left wings, so... I sent Reaper an email, but I'm not sure what's gonna happen with that. So I'm basecoating the cultists at last!
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    Sacrifices and Cultists

    Well... I have once again been naughty and strayed from the True Path of stuff that's explicitly on my list of things to paint, in favor of stuff that's... tangentially related to stuff I needed to paint. That said, some of the stuff is specifically for my D&D group over the next week, which is nice! Tonight, I just was really tired, so I went ham on some really easy stuff - ghosts and sculptures. I painted three of the column from 02043: Undead Rising, which TBH is a really delightful little piece to pick up if you have a chance - it was really easy to get it looking good, and it's really delightfully square. I don't recall it being in Bones, but it might be? Then I painted up that old classic, the 03659: Well of Chaos. I did this one a couple of times in Bones, and I really love it, but I have to say the metal version on this is much nicer. Not that the Bones one is bad, it's just nice how crisp it stays together, and how straight the back stays. I also feel like the octopus elf lady is much clearer and easier to paint in metal - I just drybrushed her in this one and she had a ton of clear texture to take the copper paint. I also did the 03718: Ghost Bride for a module I'm going to run with my players the week after next. I may also finish the Banshees I have based up for that tonight, or I might get lazy and wait... I wish Reaper had a few more of these more corporeal ghosts, and honestly I might grab another of her to paint as an actual woman... I also got a couple other ghost-themed minis based up - the sarcophegus with the roses on it, and the gravestone with a woman on it. And the tiki head from the little tribal guys, since I was doing so much stone already... And for the hell of it, I went and built my copies of the Reaper Silver and Amber dragons. They're both great sculpts right at the upper edge of what I'd consider painting in metal - but I do prefer the metal version to the Bones one for the Silver! And Amber's pose would be impossible in Bones. I'll start a new thread when I get around to starting them, though - they're going to be a bigger project than my current crop I think.
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    IDing a Reaper mini...

    Aha! Found it! It was hidden under Furniture, rather than anything terribly sensible like "tomb" "grave" "marker" or "skulls"... It's the excellent sculpture from 02043: Undead Rising! https://images.reapermini.com/4/02043_G.jpg A really good statue, somewhat oddly paired with a really eh skeleton... not sure what these two have to do with each other tbh.
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    IDing a Reaper mini...

    At Reapercon I grabbed a set of minis from the bins - they're little waymarkers or something, stone posts, perfectly square and a little taller than a human, with a stone imp carved atop it, and skulls all round. It's got runes on the side of the post. Can anyone give me an SKU or name for the set it's from? I've been looking for like an hour and both Google and the webstore have failed me with any common searchterms...
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    Sacrifices and Cultists

    Aight. No pictures tonight, but the shade beasts are done, and I've got a pair of Shadow Demons on the way! I decided to grab the Efrit Emir (03322) too, because I've got a couple of uses for him, rather than a third Shadow Demon, since they're one that comes up more often as a summons rather than an enemy and I'll probably only need a few... I have the Hellhounds all ready to paint, so I might do them tomorrow rather than the cultists, though I really should just bite the bullet and start them. Also, I pulled out a set of Clawed Devils (02672) and did a bit of basecoating and such. Six of them, and while I don't use similar devils often enough to spend a lot of time on them, I'm willing to do them quick and dirty just to have them handy. I also have a flock of metal Barbed Devils that I could put together, and a couple Blood Devils, so I might just toss a ton of devils into this sacrificial nonsense thread, and make a sport of it. Of course, I got distracted over the weekend - did a pair of child-centaurs (the ones from the Zodiac) for a module, and then I finally just committed to my trio of Dire Boars and painted them up... So a productive weekend, just not one that I spent on this WIP. I have to see when our next NEMPA meeting is, or if a friend has a good camera... I really would like to just sit down with my new backdrops and everything I've painted so far and do an afternoon of photography.
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    Pre-Launch Bones 5 Excitement thread

    I need those mermaids in metal stat. Also, I'm pretty sure the 'fat lizard' is godzilla...
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    Sacrifices and Cultists

    So, what did I get done tonight? Well, all the basing and priming above, and then some! I had a D&D game, and brought my paints with me so I could get some work done. It's all newer players except me, so I'm trying to let them work through the adventure without too much input... I worked on the sacrifice in the ring, and the sign. Both are near-done - the ring is all painted except the fittings that needed silver paint for steel, and the sign just needs flock on the base. The sign was a nice easy paint job with a lot of texture. I went really close to white on the drybrush before knocking it down with a was, and it came out looking pretty great and well-aged. You can see a missing poster with the sacrifice's face on it in the lower corner, and then it was just a lot of tallies for text... You can also see the chalky thighs of my first attempt at the sacrifice to the left... I gave up on that after a bit and moved over to this. There is a ton of detail in the ring - it's a great piece - and the sacrifice's skin finally satisfied me. She's a desert woman who's descended from an Efrit, so she has vivid red hair and dark skin. Getting the skin smooth, and highlighting it in a way that made it appear rich and dark without going over chalky or accidentally highlighting her up to tan-white-lady, was very important to me, and I think I got there in the end... There's a gash in her side that's hard to see atm, but that's why her abs look like they've gone over odd. All that's left on her is to his the rings, blade, and clamp next to the candle with silver and a wash, and do a little work with GW blood goo and the cut, and I'll call this done. I'm happy with it for a tabletop piece! Happier still with that pentacle - got it in one shot, no do-overs! Once I've got these two touched up tomorrow, I'm going to do the shade beasts, I think. They look nice and easy - I'm thinking purple basecoat, lots of black shading and dark washes, and maybe white for the eyes, and they're done? Nice easy stuff, just gonna do it in the same way I plan for the Shadow Demons... which, hey, maybe I should order those and add them for this WIP...
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    Sacrifices and Cultists

    So, having finished my spiders (Show-Off thread to come, I'm working on some lighting issues atm) I'm moving on to my next large-ish groups of miniatures. One is going to be a group of Anhurians and Anhurian-type soldiery I grabbed off the melt table to serve as a rag-tag town guard (WIP of those to be incoming) and the other is a more thematic group of minis I grabbed from the metal melt bins: cultists and their sacrifices. The minis I'm going to include in this one are more varied, since I'm throwing together a bunch of stuff I think will roughly fill out an encounter rather than worrying about tightly matching the theme. Right now it's: - Just the victim from 03312: Cultists and Victim. I'm doing two versions of her; one using the sacrificial ring from that set, and the other on the altar from 02580: Altar of Evil. - I'm using the same victim for both sacrifices because she's pretty much a dead on match for the Nymph from 02741, who is gonna be painted up the same as both of them. She'll make a great post-rescue figure for the once-helpless victim, giving me a way to have her help out in combat. - Speaking of the cultists I left out from 03312, I'm going to be painting up some more modern models instead. I have all of 03940: Cultist Minions, the woman from 03941: Cultist Leaders, and the two bird people Sister Hazel and Brother Lazarus. - Six is a tidy little cult, but they need some back-up for when nasty adventurers come crawling. The dark gods protect their minions, though, sending four Shade Beasts and two Hell Hounds (maybe three, if I can find the third) to attack any heroes who stumble into their machenations... - And how did the adventurers find out about all this? A missing persons sign, promising a large reward, of course! Specifically, the one from Badgers and Burrows, I think. This was a melt table find, and it's amazing! Some of my other supernatural baddies may make it into this, too. I have a box of skeletons running around somewhere that needs done, and some other four-legged nasties that these vile warlocks may summon up... I'll have to see what gets done! As of posting this, the cultists, victim, sign and shade beasts are all primed and ready to go, so I'll have to see how quickly I get through them. Either way, once I've finished that list, I'll start a new WIP thread and post a show-off...
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    New releases?

    According to Con staff I asked, all 7 will be full releases.
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    Reaper Spiderpocalypse WIP

    Aight, some better pics and the fruits of my labors... First up, the spiders from the last picture, but fully based and better photos: Really, really pleased with how these guys came out. The camera flash washed it out a bit, but from tabletop view, these guys came out really, really good... The Phase Spiders came out well, too. These painted up easy, and the blue is subtle but clear on the tabletop. Basing these guys was simple - just grey painted greenstuff I stippled with a toothbrush, with Woodland Scenics Fine Turf "Burnt Grass" on it - it's a great color for mossy lichen. Then the swarms: These I kept simple: the top one is Khaki Brown all over, with abdomens painted Intense brown and heads and thorax painted a mix of that and black, then washed all over with Army Painter's Soft Tone. It looks garbled in pictures, but clear on tabletop, and I'm pretty pleased with the effect. The below was painted the exact same as the Phase Spider, as a brood of horrifying Phase Spiderlings - I picked out the eyes and some ground, since they were pretty hard to read otherwise. The bases need some cleanup before I'm finished, but otherwise, they're done. Last, the Terrantulas. I got these all basecoated before I wrapped up today, and the bases painted (should have done it before I glued.) Abdomen is Intense Brown, body is Ezren Blue. I'm trying to keep a few things consistent between the spiders to make them look a touch more uniform, so these are going to get a wash in Soft Tone (possibly the whole body, possibly the blue will get a blue or black wash, I'm not sure) and the same red eyes as the rest of them. You can see what I meant about diversity of poses, here - the bottom spider has the normal, molded pose, the upper I kicked its back legs up in the traditional 'jumping-spider-dance'. It's a fun sculpt - I wish it had large jumping spider eyes... So tomorrow after work, its: - Finish cleaning up the bases on the swarms - Washes on the Terrantulas - Eyes on the Terrantulas - Flock the Terrantulas - Clean bases on the Terrantulas - Take nice pictures of spiders with fancy new vinyl backdrops (thanks Hangar 18!) - (if I have time) base my rats for next weekend/Monday I have all day off Monday, and I'll be stuck at home if I get this interview, so I'd like to have some stuff based up to paint before D&D... And I have an awful lot of rats, although I also have a half-done pack of wolves if that fails me...
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    Reaper Spiderpocalypse WIP

    Well, all the Giant Spiders are finished: And wow, my phone's camera is hot garbage. I fiddled around with the new Pathfinder Paints a lot. The Black Widows are basecoated Besmara Black, which is a lovely true-black without any hint of blue to it. I covered them entirely, and then used Merisiel Red to add the freehand and dot the eyes - which are lovely and raised, and super-easy to color. The Phase spiders were completely covered in Irrisen Blue, and then drybrushed and highlighted with Leather White. The eyes are also Merisiel Red. Then I painted all the bases a mix of Dungeon Grey and Leather White. I'm going to toss some soft moss-flock on the bases, and then TBH I'll be really happy with these. They're very characterful, and I think coming across a swarm of these in a cave would scare the stuff out of most of my players... I'd be tempted to grab another set of these for each type of spider TBH, they were that easy to paint. Lots of fun, and they look great with very little effort... I'll take some more proper pictures when the bases are finished; I have some vinyl photography sheets to test out, too.