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About DanMayhem

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  1. I came home from vacation to find this beauty in my mailbox: (and I found some more photos in this thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/55847-metal-and-bones/ ) Thanks Wolfie907! She'll fit right in in the campaign I'm running. In other news, I dropped my exchange mini in the mail today.
  2. Ok, I've been working, just not posting over the last couple weeks. So here's the update. Since the last update I highlighted up the steel, and also shadowed and highlighted the gold. The highlights were blowing out so the last picture I took was pretty dark to try to show them better. Lessons learned - thanks for all the advice: - Find reference work - lexomatic - Shade down (and reclaim areas if needed) - Darkmeer & Willen - Blue liner is too strong - Willen - Glaze don't wash - MonkeySloth Additionally I think I need to be more patient and that will help my transitions
  3. I used POP for a long time when I started with Bruce's molds. It worked fine but when I tried Merlin's magic for the first time I was hooked. MM is much sturdier, cures faster, and pours easier.
  4. Buoyed by Darkmeer's and Willen's advice, I added a balck wash to the deepest shadows. I also let iPhoto "enhance" these pictures, but I'm not sure if it really made them any better. Since these were taken, I've started bringing back the midtone and highlighting up, I should have another set of photos this weekend.
  5. Thanks for the tip. I will give that a shot. I started this thread to try to learn some stuff.
  6. I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this project. I began by applying a very thin green-blue wash to the steel, followed by a darker blue wash, and finally a wash made with blue liner. The first two washes didn't seem to do much at all (which I think was the goal) but the last one turned everything blue (the sword in particular is in bad shape). At this point I got really frustrated and I start building this (unfinished) for a game I've got coming up: I'm not sure what my next step is the thought of starting from scratch is a little unpleasant, but I'm not sure ho
  7. Not much to show in this update - and my lighting wasn't great again. I guess I need to spend some time in the Shutterbug forum . Anyway, this is mostly just showing some touch ups I did on the base coat. I also applied a wash to the leather and some highlights to the red. Paints used so far are: Golden Shadow (for his hands) Oiled Leather (for scabbard, belt, pouches, etc) Carnage Red (for non-metal garments) Grey Liner (undercoat and lining) Vallejo Model Air Steel & Vallejo Model Air Gold for the metallics Secret Weapon Ruby Wash on leather. I'll try to get some better p
  8. I'm glad you got this as this is what I was going for. I figured if I didn't mention the inspiration, and someone recognized it as a Tonberry, I could call it a success. :)
  9. Here's the day's progress. I basically just roughed in most of the base coat. This has been my approach recently: dark underpaint in recess and areas where I may want lining (I did the whole model in this case, because I wasn't sure how the metallic paints would take to bones). Then block in areas of color letting the underpainting show through as lining. Then evaluate the mini to make sure I'm happy with the colors, etc. (this is where I am now). Next I'll go over the whole model and tidy everything up. I painted some things as metal, that I'm pretty sure the sculptor didn't intend to be
  10. Not much progress today - I had a friend in form out-of-town. Also - I'm starting with Barnabas, not Almaran. Anyway, her took a hot bath, then a cold bath, then a soapy bath. Then I got him covered in grey liner. My normal photo set up relies on sunlight, so I just took a quick photo at my desk... and I can see that missed a mold line. I've been looking at all the photos of this mini that I can find (good advice, lexomatic). and I'm thinking I'm going to mostly for a well-maintained steel look, with some gold accent pieces (e.g. helmet, gauntlets, kneepads).
  11. I've been painting for nearly a year now, but I've never been happy with the TMM work I've done. This community has been really helpful in giving advice on some other pieces I've done, so I decided to pick out a handful of mini's with a lot metal on them, and put up a WIP. Hopefully, by the time I'm done I'll be much better. The finalists are: From left to right - 77055 - Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior - 77094 - Trista, the White Wolf - 77168 - Battleguard Golem - 77023 - Barnabus, Human Warrior - 77058 - Almaran the Gold, Paladin I've started prepping Almaran, hopefully I'll
  12. I'm not sure how many you are talking about, but I fly weekly for work, and I have about a dozen or so small neodymium magnets in my laptop bag associated with various gadgets (e.g. iPad smart cover, power cables) and I have *never* heard a word about it from TSA.
  13. Willen- the bottles could use more than some shading, the scale is off, and they are too asymmetric for my tastes. I would rather scrap them and start over than try to clean them up. However, I think I'm going to put this project on hold for a bit. I'm out of town this week and when I get home I should have received some new mins in the mail which will pull my attention away from this town square at least for now. That said, I really appreciate the feedback provided here. It's so helpful to me to get a fresh pair of eyes on my work.
  14. The fountain tile is patterned styrene sheet - they are 0.25" squares. I believe this particular sheet was from evergreen, but other companies make them as well. My local hobby store (mostly RC stuff, but they've got a pretty good model train section) has racks of the stuff from evergreen, plastruct and JTT - in all sorts of different patterns. It's a great way to add some detail to terrain or bases without a huge sculpting effort. In this case I had a 6" x 12" sheet, and cut off a 6"x6" sheet for "base" (I used a fancy paper cutter I have for bookbinding, but it cuts easily with a hob
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