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  1. Thanks for the tip on the mouth. I tend to do mouths last so you probably saved me a good deal of cursing.
  2. Without extending the feathers down the back, I think it is the nature of a hybrid beast that they stand out. The other option on blending in might be to have the ocelot pattern creep up the wings a bit.
  3. Metalchaos, your Cinder was part of the reason I chose this dragon in Bones 2. I really like the subtle blending you did that has the colour gradually change through-out the dragon. I won't pretend I can get such a polished result. I did find a bit of brush time this evening and I have started the first blending of the wings. Or rather, gradual glazing to a blend to be honest. I took this picture of the second wing as it shows the paint still wet in one part (to see the pigment I am using while wet) and the dry result. Already it has a subtle transitional shift in light that I am happy with. Only 28 or so more sessions to get to a pale purple.
  4. Something I haven't done on the forum before is actually do a WIP that shows me working through the stages on a model. So, to hopefully get my advice and motivation, I will document my progress on Cinder. As I am normally focused mostly on table-top quality, and rushing through things, this will be a big change for me. Any advice or criticism appreciated. Today I have the first layers done. I am going more for a black and purple dragon (think Disney's Sleeping Beauty). The scales will be highlighted with dark purples to still read black but be unified, while the belly and wing membranes will be purple. The first base coat of black/purple has been laid down but my poor photography and really subtle transition are lost in the photos.
  5. For a first mini I think it is great. There are a few things to work on: 1. Your self confidence. You have successfully done some difficult brush work including the eyes and a wash. Chin up, stand proud. 2. Thin your paints. Most paints come a bit thick, craft paint especially. I paint with craft paints so they are fine, as long as you thin them a bit. The kilt shows a bit of thick paint in a few spots. 3. Highlighting. Just a slightly lighter shade on edges does wonders. Easiest way with craft paints is to mix your own by adding a small amount of white (or yellow for brown/greens) to get a slightly lighter shade. Again, great work.
  6. I think one o the easiest fixes would be to cut the foot and angle it down for one leg and cant the other tothe outside after cutting at the knee or ankle. Putting a log or stone to prop the foot up will add to the realism a bit.
  7. I really like the two-tone wings. I am going to steal that for Cinder I am working on.
  8. It has been a while since I have posted any of my work, and sadly that is because I haven't had much chance to do work. Nothing fancy, mostly just quick tabletop. Recently I managed to get a few bugbears and rats done up for a DnD 4th campaign I am running. The players have bitten off a bit more than they can chew, with a goblin army chasing them through the woods after they freed a dozen prisoners. Rogg is the charismatic (is that the right word for a bugbear?) warlord that the players will likely face if they stay to defend the village that will now have an angry horde of goblinoids coming their way. More rambling and pics on my blog.
  9. I'm not sure if you have heard of the steel wool painting technique but it would give wood grain texture with minimal work. There are a couple ways to do it (one uses alcohol) but basically you scrub the model the strip paint in grain shapes. I have had some reasonable results dragging a file along in one direction and painting the scratched surface like wood grain.
  10. I think over-estimating timelines is dangerous. The factory may have clients shopping around who will pay hefty premiums to finish production. Meanwhile, the factory can see the posted deadline is 6 months later than the deadline they received. Plenty of time to insert a project. Add in the Chinese cultural tendancy to be late and only give good news and Reaper would still be late...possibly the very scenario this time.
  11. I recommend you combine the two ideas. I have seen rock formations that seem out of place in the real world. Try making your dirt and surface levels match the mat and the stones the ochre. You will have these striking yellow stones covered in a grey dirt and look like they have been buried.
  12. The dragon eyes and head are amazing. Congrats on the outstanding work in such a tight timeframe.
  13. If you want to see if my tent technique works with the wipes, I mix paint and PVA to colour and then stretch it across my basic form. I use cotton cloth or bandages myself so the technique may not be transferable. Looks great so far.
  14. I really like the execution. The steam is nicely done too.
  15. I never realized the dark rock could be coal, very clever idea.
  16. Between cooking Christmas supper, I managed to throw some paint around yesterday and finished this guy. My camera settings reset on me so not the best quality picture. More pics and rambling on my blog.
  17. After a long absence of posting (still lurking for good measure), I managed to find some hobby time and got some paint thrown on a Rach Soldier. I have always loved the aesthetics of this figure and when I decided I was going to do a crew of roguish space adventurers, he seemed a good fit. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go, so kind of let my fancy lead me. The garish contrast seemed to evoke the old 3 colour scheme of Marvel comics so I kept it and just added in subtle blending and highlights. And to show he stands out in a garish fashion I have included Ms Marvel (converted from Incredible Woman) and Nomad (by Hassle Free Miniatures). More pictures on my blog for those interested.
  18. Try onion or orange bags. I have used them as cargo nets in the past. A more static shape is cheese cloth, as the plastic bags will change shape unless anchored.
  19. I agree that the deeper, more irregular looks better. I would also recommend some larger noulders bulging out too: sometimes large rocks end up in sandstone and they don't erode at the same rate.
  20. I had flashbacks to Thunderdome as I thought you said orges as mounts. That said, cool model idea of troll/ogre/big humanoid with a little humanoid rider. And another vote for more villagers.
  21. Painting scouring pads is a painful endeavor. They absorb almost every kind of paint and leave the raised areas untouched. Unless somebody has experience and advice I would avoid painting them.
  22. I base about 99% of my figs. As most are tabletop standard for use in various games I also cut off the brocolli. Not all of mine get the full basing treatment right away, but I have them ready to go for when I feel inspired to do so.
  23. TGP I think that is a brilliant idea. I just walked a friend through how to use their site and he was happy to buy Bones because they "looked easier" but he is the type of guy that if he saw a tutorial he wouldn't even blink and would try it.
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