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Auberon

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  1. Thanks galladril. I suspected that was the case, but it never hurts to ask. Back to the masked lady tonight. I had a bit of time to start working on the skin tonight. I ended up with paler skin than I had intended in a few areas, so I'll have to hit them with some mid-tones tomorrow. Still no idea what colors I'm going to use on her clothes yet.
  2. I myself started on a limited paint selection. Fortunately, even though I was never a painter, I knew a number of people that were so I had a starting point for color choices (though they were traditional artist, not mini painters). Rather than go with a particular product line I'll just list the bare minimum and a couple of pieces of advice. White Black Red Yellow Blue Metallic Silver Metallic Gold Brown Fleshtone For your three primary colors chose "pure" colors i.e. those containing only one pigment. With a limited pallet you will be mixing some of your colors and using only pure colors will help keep them vibrant. On the other hand, paints that contain a mix of pigments can lead to dull colors when mixing. An example using traditional paints would be mixing Lemon Yellow with Phthalo Blue vs. Ultramarine Blue. Pthalo blue is "pure" so you get a vibrant green. Ultramarine blue contains some red pigment so you end up with a duller green as you've now got all three primary colors in the mix. Recreating a mix of two colors is easy, three not so much. That's the main reason I recommend picking up a brown and a fleshtone. Pick up some empty dropper bottles. They're cheap and if you hit upon some mix you really like you can make a bunch up and have it on hand for later. I recommend writing down the ratios so you can recreate it once you run out. Have fun painting!
  3. Mr. Fanatic has a new home in show off so its time for something new. I've decided to stick with the Iron Heroes a bit longer so next up is one of the ladies. At this point I really don't have color scheme in mind, so I'll think on it while I sleep.
  4. I rarely try constructive criticism online, but I'll give it a shot for you. If I scroll so I'm viewing the piece from the neck down it succeeds in looking like a stylized painting. For some reason though, if I can see the giant lips, solitary blue eyelash, and yin-yang eye it spoils the effect for me. The red on the weapon, accidental or not, can be taken as blood or a reflection so I think it works, but the stray pink on her shoulder just looks like blob of paint. Also, there appears to be some silver metallic by her feet that doesn't seem to fit. For two hours it provides a nice counterpoint to the "just dip it" crowd, but I think increasing your time to three hours and touching up a few points would help sell the effect you have gone for. All just IMHO of course.
  5. I picked up six of the old Magnificent Egos Iron Heroes minis on the cheap awhile back and just recently decided to start slapping some paint on them. First up is the "Religious Fanatic" which I found to be something of an odd sculpt. Aside from a somewhat off balance pose, it looks like his arms were originally the sculpted the same length, but at a later point it was decided to cross his weapons and his left arm was expanded by 5%. Really he was an excuse to try out some color combinations that I don't normally use, just to see how badly they clash. After all, he is a Religion Fanatic, not a Fashion Fanatic. As I mentioned in my WIP, I popped both his arms off while gluing him to the base and damaged some of the paint. He wasn't supposed to be a big time investment to begin with, so I didn't put the time in for good repairs. According to my Google-fu, Magnificent Egos sold their miniature line to Valiant Enterprises Ltd., so if you like him he is now known as "Bjorn the Steadfast."
  6. It appears that the evil cultists have a pool and some patio furniture to relax in when they feel like taking a break from their diabolical machinations. Well done.
  7. That would have been perfect for an encounter I ran a few months ago. Excellent job.
  8. I think the dry-brushing on the shield makes it looked well used, like its taken a lot of blunt force trauma over the years to make all the little dings. Or a blacksmith just hammered it that way.
  9. I spoke too soon. While gluing him down to the base I pressed down on the arms instead of the head and sheared both of them off. The pins stayed in the torso and the arms are now back in place so tomorrow I can make my first attempt at repairing a paint job. Do you old pros re-prime the exposed metal or does the surrounding paint and glaze keep the repairs in place?
  10. I rather forgot about the whole WIP thing while working on this guy. The unpainted base in the background is almost all that's left, so if not tonight, by tomorrow he should be done and in show off. No, you may not see my face! And the back.
  11. Thanks Pingo and malefactus. Tonight's piece is pretty low effort, just some dungeon decor that I didn't even do a good job of cleaning the mold lines off of. The metallics got hit with some simple washes to dull down the shine in places, so the photo is actually fairly accurate on where it is reflective and where it is not.
  12. It's been a slow morning, but I did manage to fit in a little more painting. I decided to go for a red clay look for the soil and yellowish rock rather than boring old grey. Only the parts in direct sunlight have the highest highlights because... Here's what it looks like with the deck sitting in place. It's more color accurate than the image yesterday. The wood still needs more highlights, but I am setting the base aside for the moment while I decide on my mini colors.
  13. I like the look and the freehand. Lem has been sitting on my table for awhile now, taunting me to paint him. So far I have succeeded in ignoring him.
  14. I like the conversion as well but... is she standing there with her eye's closed contemplating future mayhem?
  15. They came out quite nice, and I would agree with the others that the grass is fine.
  16. If that is a 1" checker piece that you have him on he is indeed small. I like the color choices and that blue water works well.
  17. She is quite nice as is, but if you have a steady hand and want an even more stylish Sophie, you might consider some blood red fingernails and toenails. I'm sure she has regular manicures and pedicures.
  18. Since you ask, I for one prefer consolidated threads. The best are those that go on for years where you can see someone improve mini by mini.
  19. I decided not to go with the kitty litter, having already used that on another base, and instead tried something new (for me); coffee grounds. It's actually two layers of grounds as the first layer didn't cover well enough for my tastes. While the glue was drying on the base, I went ahead and painted up the wood. It ended up darker than I had intended, but I'm leery of attempting to lighten it in its entirety. I will try to add in some highlights before I call it done.
  20. For the last update of the night, the start of the base. We've got a few rocks that were just far enough out of the way that no one bothered to move them and some pine needle clumps attached with greenstuff. They are too fragile to use on a gaming piece, but should be ok here. I'm not sure what they're supposed to be, but I'm sure there's some plant-thing in the desert southwest that's close enough for the mind to accept them. Next up, covering the base in grit.
  21. I was trying to decide what to paint next when I noticed the new Beauty Contest that was up. I haven't tried building a scenic base yet or entered a contest, so its like two for one. First up, finding things: Not that I'm going to use it all, but I found it. The bag has kitty litter in it. Sorry kitty. Putting things together. At first the boards were going together a little too well. I wanted it to look like it was sturdy, but also built quickly enough that not everything was cut to a perfect fit. So I slid them around a little bit before the glue dried. I had also cut everything so I could put it together in a perfect rectangle, but decided it would look more interesting if the planks were staggered a bit on the edges. Next up, stairs. I cut some tabs for stability (dado maybe? I'm not a woodworker) since they would be floating. Just eyeball it. Measuring is too much work. And finally everything so far stacked together to see how it all looks. Next up, some railings or something.
  22. It appears to me that the sculpt is based off of the cover to the Pathfinder core rulebook. He has a very angry red dragon to swing at.
  23. Once all the core books are released I'll consider taking a look at 5E. Until then I'll keep happily playing what I'm playing.
  24. Quick post before work: my version of the Well of Chaos.
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