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About Vytau

  • Birthday 12/11/1976

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  1. More camera pics? Ha - more camera *video*! My gaming group's current party have dubbed themselves "The Unicorn Chasers"* and so my girlfriend went ahead and bought me two unicorns (and an Alicorn) for my birthday. Minis: Starmane, Unicorn SKU: 02151 Silverhorn, Unicorn SKU: 02064 Alicorn SKU: 02951 Paints: A lot. Almost all Reaper. I work fast and loose and tend not to write stuff down. Dominant color for the rearing unicorn is dragon black with a misty grey mane. White unicorn is mostly khaki highlight and bleached linen. Alicorn is buckskin pale and faded khaki IIRC. I put them in this diorama. First ever resin pour for water! I think it came out okay. Cliffs / rocks are pink foam. Vines (and leaves in the water) are birch seed pods painted in different colors. Bought those on Amazon. Video shows a few rough spots which I'll patch up, but this is 99% done and I am 99.9% happy with it. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kw_h5tVFatQ" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen></iframe> https://youtu.be/kw_h5tVFatQ
  2. Thank you so much! Encouragement means a lot. As a side note, I just finished up another diorama. I'll be posting pics of that one soon!
  3. When I DM in person I also give away player minis! And thanks for the compliments. I remember the internet humorist / writer / part-time artist Seanbaby wrote something back in like the late 1990s about "brighter colors are more fun to look at" and of all the bits of lore and wisdom I have accumulated, that one stuck. I try to go big, bold, a little cartoony, even.
  4. First, my apologies - I just cannot get a good picture these days! I would welcome tips but to be fair (#letterkenny) I'm not sure how much time I want to sink into photography what with my ten thousand other hobbies (mini painting chief among them, so...). This is my adventuring party, the Unicorn Chasers. We have been playing together for just over two years in this campaign running through all the adventures in "Tales from the Yawning Portal." We all play online because we're scattered across the country. That means, in case you're wondering, these minis are 100% unnecessary...but this group has come to mean so much to me during quarantine and COVID and everything else that I've probably become a little obsessed. Regardless, I took the best pictures I could and the display diorama I built for them. 99% reaper paints, but so many different colors I have no idea what's what. I can tell you there are a variety of flesh triads, most if not all weapons are the "natural steel triad" and any golds are the gold toned metal triad. Minis are: 02621 Laurana, Sorceress (Willow, Human Sorceress) 02667 Halfling Wizard (Bilzivur, the Gnome) 03010 Silas, Male Cleric (Wilster, the Cleric) - Plus 77730 Bones Mega Weapon Pack for shield 03647 Drago Voss, Assassin (Erikk, the Rogue) - Plus 77730 Bones Mega Weapon Pack for Bow 03836 Jakob Janssen, Monk (Monad, the Monk) 14005 Lord Ironraven (Joarin, the Paladin) 60174 Jirelle, Iconic Swashbuckler (Miriana Cooperson, the Bard [My character]) - Plus 03032 Musical Instruments (12) - Plus a shield from what I *thought* was Stern Kestrelman but apparently is not...it's a cleric with a big two-handed sword and he looks like he can't barely lift it. 02812 Kallista, Female Mercenary (Hilda, the Fighter) - Plus 77730 Bones Mega Weapon Pack for shield Base is a 5x7 trophy base found on Ebay, plus pink insulation foam and 1/4" foamcore middles for the dungeon floor. Textured with a knife, a pencil, a ball of tinfoil, and some basing sand. Background minis: a GW skeleton to represent an old dungeon casualty (same source for the filthy penant) and our old friend 77730 for the skull & crown shield on the wall. All told a couple weeks of work. Hard to say because it's not like this is a job where I'm punching a clock. Anyhow, hope you all like this! The usual caveat and asterisk chain of "pictures don't do it justice" should be implied. Please take my bad photographing of these lovely minis with a big grain of salt. I'll try to do better pics in the future if I luck into some actual photography skill!
  5. Thanks, all! I spent a bit of time finishing up this diorama of my adventuring group. I'm going to post to the show-off forum later, once I learn how to take a decent picture! (I kid, I'm not that self-deprecating...this is a phone camera pic so of course the contrast is too high and the granularity too low and yada yada yada. I have a better camera on the way).
  6. I never met Ed and only ever had one single correspondence with him (a customer support exchange back in...yeesh...2003? 2004?) but Reaper has been such a big part of my life for the last 20+ years that I felt compelled to say something about Ed's passing. As much as anything my heart goes out to everyone who knew him and to everyone at reaper generally. I've always had the sense that it's a pretty tight-knit bunch over there, and I offer my heartfelt condolences. To everyone at Reaper, I give to you the thanks I never expressed to Ed while he was here. This company has had such a positive effect on my life, and I know on the lives of countless others - I'm a better painter, a better gamer, and a happier person because Reaper Mini exists.
  7. I bought this Nolzur's beholder on an impulse and painted it up today. BODY: Bone Colors Triad - SKU: 09720 Red Stuff (mouth, eye flesh): Bloodthirsty Reds Triad - SKU: 09745 Eyes: Jade green - SKU: 09015
  8. @Grand Slam Thank you - you're too kind! Tasha was a real mixed bag...obviously the conversion work was a hassle, but I also have a gripe or two about how her head came out, and not just my paint work. Mold lines were moderate, which was a *thing* but she's also got kind of a strange head-to-neck ratio...could be a casting / mold issue. I may go back and increase the contrast on her face to give it more definition but for right now I'm kind of like "cool - done" lol.
  9. Hoping everyone likes my interpretation of D&D's most infamous power couple - Tasha and Graz'zt! Please take my word for it; they both look much better in person. Quick snaps with my mediocre phone camera don't allow for much subtlety in color. That gleam / shine is from the sealant I put on...should probably have taken pics before, but I didn't. Nephal / Graz'zt is all reaper paints: dark skin triad, oranges, warm greens triad, steel triad. All the existing art of Graz'zt, along with a lot of descriptions, describe him as black on black all black everything blackety blackness from the black...feels like someone is afraid of a color wheel. I gave him an orange wrap and green sash, so now he has a sort of Caribbean vibe. Feel the heat of the islands as you corrupt the souls of the damned. Wicked Witch / Tasha is also all reaper paints (twilight blue, ashen blue, a fortuitously gray-blue sample) except for the leather, which is my craft paint recipe. Not a lot of Tasha art out there...a few pieces which don't do much to provide an iconic look aside from the tattoo on her cheek. Depictions of Tasha, like a lot of what I see anymore, is filtered and muted and blurred and...I don't know the terminology, but whatever it is, it's that look of monochromatic washed-out sameness that makes it hard to say what color anything actually is half the time. Color is based on Ginny Di's excellent cosplay: https://twitter.com/itsginnydi/status/1323340348924547072 The right hand is a nightmare. I was going to simply snip and reverse the hand that was on the model, but I cut it off and then promptly lost it. Had to sculpt one from scratch which is NOT something I'm very good at. TBH that hand is like 75% paint... Tasha's grimoire is from the old Mordheim sprue.
  10. Not my absolute best work, but at this stage I'm just trying to get things painted and table-worthy rather than shooting for showpieces. Since I sort of half-assed (maybe 2/3-assed) this one, I've broken up the mental constipation that was keeping me from painting and now I'm happily back at the desk and perfectly glad to announce that good enough is good enough. I'm hardly the first person to view this "demonic lasher" / demogorgon as a sort of Barlgura-plus, so I used the same colors (reaper highlight orange, twilight blue) on the face as I do for my orange monster monkeys. Torso is the cool greens triad, chest is the undead flesh triad. Base is craft paint along with scattered broken bits from the foolish heroes who tried to stand in this fiend's way.
  11. Thank you! I am coming around to the Marigold highlighting. Sometimes it looks right to me and sometimes...maybe I'm just being too picky.
  12. I have been holding on to one bottle of Pumpkin Orange for a long time and I have finally found a purpose for it...but I'm looking for a good highlight for it. I used Marigold Yellow for my test models and it's *okay* but maybe not perfect. If you were making a triad based on the beloved and extremely limited edition and discontinued Pumpkin Orange, what would your other two colors be?
  13. Finally, the journey comes to an end exempting some clean-up: All 5 chromatic dragons (white, blue, black, green, and red) painted using Reaper paints using the Pathfinder Red dragon, 89001, as the body. Sometime later I'll try and post better pics. Tired, getting late, painted all day...kinda done with this for now and don't have the energy to set up lights and blah blah blah. For now, this is more like a proof of concept - all five side-by-side!
  14. The fifth and final of my chromatic dragons based on 89001, the Pathfinder Red Dragon. All reaper paints, predominantly leather brown (wings) and Pure Black. Needs some clean-up, but I'm doing that tomorrow, and it's not like these are for a competition or anything...just funsies. Probably won't even get to use them in a game until sometime in 2022, so no rush, right? I just posted the blue version of this dragon. Next, I will post crappy pics of ALL FIVE CHROMATIC DRAGONS BASED ON 8900!!!! Enjoy :)
  15. Whew, okay - it's been a long road but here is the FOURTH of my chromatic dragons based on 89001, the Pathfinder Red Dragon. All reaper paints, predominantly leather brown (wings) and Dragon blue (duh). Needs some clean-up, but I'm doing that tomorrow, and it's not like these are for a competition or anything...just funsies. Probably won't even get to use them in a game until sometime in 2022, so no rush, right? In just a few moments, I am posting the black version of this dragon, and then a few moments later, I will post crappy pics of ALL FIVE CHROMATIC DRAGONS BASED ON 8900!!!! Enjoy :)
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