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  1. Gorgeous!! That contrast is just stunning. Well done! I'm so glad our class gave you some new techniques to try out! Thanks for being a part of it :)
  2. Hi folks! Today I started painting #03836 "Jakob Janssen, Monk" for our friend Jakob. Sending him some good vibes during this time and excited to finish this and ship it his way! I started with skintones and I'm currently working on painting him with a big ol' George Clooney smile I want to finalize my color scheme but I'm really struggling! Many great painters have already posted photos of their version of this mini and I want to do something different than what's already been done. Here are the three I'm considering: The traditional Shaolin monk color scheme Iron Fist (Marvel) color scheme? (green & yellow) Halfling Monk (Pathfinder) color scheme? (green, red/orange, yellow with freehand insanity) Others?? HALP! The more options I research, the less decisive I get. Going to check back in tonight to see what folks think since I'll need to decide before my livestream tomorrow morning. At the end of the day, no matter what color scheme I choose, I'll do my absolute best to make sure it's something that will hopefully bring @JakobJanssen some creative joy I'll check back in soon. Thanks in advance for your thoughts & suggestions!! --Mocha
  3. Hi folks, My very first snow base! I haven't attempted Non-Metallic Metal on a shield like this before and I'm happy with how it's turned out :) Thanks, Mocha
  4. Hi folks! I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! Painted this Mousling on last night's Twitch livestream :) Worked on some freehand lace patterns and put a normal-sized penny (I swear!) next to this little guy for scale. He was so much fun to paint
  5. Hi folks, It's been awhile since I posted, and since I've been painting online with friends a lot more, I figured it was time to get back to it! Painted this one via Twitch livestream the other night when someone in chat suggested a freehand pattern similar to a marsh frog (to go with the "bog" theme). While I can't take credit for the idea, we took the concept and ran with it-- I think the freehand really makes him stand out! Below is a frog stock photo I pulled for general reference. The hardest part was picking a random pattern to draw on the wings and mirroring it on the other side. Oh, and trying not to make him look too cute, with big, cartoony googly eyes, though the sculpt is stinkin' adorable, I just can't stand it! Thanks Bob Ridolfi for creating yet another Reaper sculpt that makes me smile I can't decide whether I want to break up the beautiful matte paint finish (all Reaper MSP colors) with a gloss varnish on the egg-like-sac-protuberances on his back... part of me wants to keep it all matte, but another part of me wants it to look extra gross and slimy. Thoughts? I appreciate you taking a peek! Hope you have a great day Thanks, Mocha
  6. Hiyo! Thanks @SamuraiJack :) It's true, it's one of my favorite triads-- not just for skintones, but for leathers. Many browns are just too warm (with orange/red undertones) and, when paired with an overall "cool" color scheme, can look a bit out of place. Reaper's Brown Liner + Olive Skin Shadow + Olive Skin is a great option for worn leathers. At the end, I'll take the Olive Skin Highlight and brush the edges where leather strips would have received the most wear. Hope that helps!
  7. I really like Reaper's Cinnamon Red– good coverage, smooth application/blending & matte finish. I use it as a basecoat for rich fabrics and gems where I can enhance it with darker red shadows to get a nice "blood red" color. Hope that helps!
  8. I played around with them a few weeks ago on Diva The Blessed, one of the 25th Anniversary minis. They're easy to work with– I really liked the triad and I added Brown Liner to the NMM Gold Shadow for the darkest shadow color (see below). As far as steel NMM, I use Blue Liner + an out-of-production blue paint that I became emotionally attached to + Pure White. I also took Michael Proctor's "Shaded Metallics" class a few years back which helped a lot– I'll often use TMM on silver things with different colored glazes, which shouldn't be discounted when you want to save yourself some time and still have a nice-looking mini. Hope that helps!
  9. Haha, my first ReaperCon was in 2014 and I heard so many people teasing Haldir about his avatar, though he did have a blonde wig at the time LOL Tell you what, if someone has the Thursday photo, send it my way at [email protected] and I'll take a stab at it! It'll be a good test of how many folks I can recognize and then I'll need your help filling in the rest :) I'll tag the most public forumites first, and then be sensitive about the rest. I doubt folks like @knarthex, @Pegazus, @fanguad, and @klarg1 will be shy (just to name a few!)
  10. I did one for ReaperCon 2016 that took a good bit 'o time but I think the pic is now a blue box with a [?] (possibly due to the forum update or a user error on my part). However, I worry that someone felt uncomfortable with their picture on there and asked for it to be removed (total speculation on my part though). If that's true, I'm hesitant to do another one since asking every forumite for individual permission to post their pic might not be realistic. Otherwise, if I'm able to get the green light, I'm in at least one pic (Thurs night) and I'd be interested in mocking that one up :) [edited to correct a subject-verb-agreement typo]
  11. Heck yeah, thanks for doing this! I missed the boat last year, so I'm in for this year if there's still enough room :) •Mocha •Current Avatar •Wed-Sun :)
  12. Holy guacamole! It feels real now: ReaperCon Excitement at 200% and rising... I'm signed up for two classes: Matt DiPietro's "Sketch Style Demo" & Derek Schubert's "Good, Fast Painting" (I have to sign up for at least one dks class, it's pretty much tradition at this point). And I'm surprised & delighted that the two classes I'm teaching are sold out– that means other people are excited about what I'm excited about sharing! So many great options and instructors as always, there's truly something for everyone Shout out to @Reaperbryan for making the process smooth and always staying in great communication.
  13. Yay, thank you all so much!! You make my face look just like my avatar– all smiles!
  14. Yeah!! I'm super-excited I've learned so much since my first ReaperCon and can't wait to share my knowledge and passion with others :) It may be ambitious, but I'm most passionate about blending skin & fabrics and painting eyes, so that's what I'm teaching-- I can't wait!
  15. Hiyo! I'm here to brag about my mystery Secret Sophie gifter I've been out of town after a death in the family and disappeared for a month– I apologize for the delay! My Secret Sophie sent me chocolates, bases, minis, and a beautifully painted dwarf (more on that below). I also received a very cool illustration of a Beholder. My gift-giver is quite the artist! And the chocolate is delicious– in fact, I took this picture after eating one of the other medallions (whoops!) Their painted mini, titled "Still Easier Than Herding Gamers", is especially awesome since it looks like she's giving orders to a cat. Being a cat lover myself, I know that definitely won't be easy! It's a great mini and I'm proud to have it on my "minis painted by friends" shelf. To show my thanks, I wanted to take some nice pictures of the mini, in case the painter didn't have them already. Since it's a mystery forum member, feel free to personal message me if you're interested in higher resolution photos. In the meantime, I wanted to brag about your mini: Again, thank you! With everything going on, I was so grateful to receive this– it truly lifted my spirits!!
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