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  1. I have used both brush-on and spray Dullcote on Bones and never had an issue. The brush-on needs to be thoroughly shaken, however. I've also used Reaper's brush on sealer and got good results. EDIT: Also worth noting that I have used spray-on Dullcote on Bones in South-Western Ontario during the summer without issue. I know that results can vary depending on the climate, so it might be helpful for you to know that I've had good results in your neck of the woods.
  2. I once used Krylon spray-on sealer on a bones mini. It was sticky for weeks, but did eventually set. That was my first and only try with Krylon. I resolved to only use Testor's Dullcote after that. I have no insight into the UV protection properties of either brand. Good luck!
  3. Tiny sized fey of various kinds, especially a grig (grasshopper themed faerie with a wee fiddle).
  4. What a delightfully flamboyant trio! Great work, as always. I particularly like the moustachioed gentleman's facial expression—you really nailed it.
  5. Thanks! You'll be pleased to know that I spent a lot of time looking at pictures of actual lions :D
  6. I previously posted a show-off thread for the male lion in this pair, but I wound up stripping him and repainting him after mistakenly ruining him when doing touch-ups/sealing. So here they both are! C&C welcome.
  7. Sadly, I went back and did some touch-ups and wound up ruining him, so into the simple green he went. I did a repaint and took a little longer this time (maybe 4 hours start to finish). Here are the results:
  8. 2, but choosing was really hard.
  9. Thanks! This is all extremely helpful. I just spent 5 minutes lightly drybrushing on a few different colours, and already he looks a lot more interesting.
  10. So I went back and added a bit more brown. Still not super happy with it, but I think it's a small improvement.
  11. On the one hand, I'm really pleased with this guy's face; I think it turned out really nicely. On the other hand, I'm at a loss as to what to do about the body. I basically just dry brushed it a few times and applied various coloured washes (brown, purple, blue) for depth and texture. It looks ok, but I'd like to improve as a painter. How do more advanced painters approach a fur covered mini? How do you paint something like this without resorting to a simple dry brush?
  12. Looks great! Huge improvement over the original. Did you strip it or just paint over the original paint job?
  13. Thanks! I have a limited number of paints at the moment, so I had to mix the base colour. It was a mix of Reaper's Ogre Skin, Goblin Skin, and a couple of different tans/creams from Army Painter. I did a light brown wash over that to pick out the texture in the fur and then kept adding more and more light cream to the base colour for progressively lighter dry brushes. I did a little supplementary shading with Goblin Skin and an Orangey-Brown from Army Painter, and some more highlights after that, but that's the gist of it.
  14. My goal here was to push myself to go as fast as possible. Start to finish it took approx. 2.5 hours, which is definitely a record for me. Contrary to my usual practice, I painted the integral base; when I do get around to doing a proper base, I will likely integrate it into the display. C&C welcome.
  15. The scales are great! How much of it is dry brushed vs. highlighted by hand?
  16. I don't have an exact count, but I'm somewhere north of 25 and south of 35 in total minis painted. I very much consider myself a beginner. The past month has been the most productive period of painting in my life. EDIT: Whereabouts in Ontario are you? I'm living in Hamilton at the moment.
  17. I'm feeling bold, so here are some comparison shots to my first attempt at this mini (painted April 1st 2020, just shy of two months ago). He was my first mini after a three hiatus from the hobby (and I really didn't paint much before that, so I'm still a pretty new painter). This latest owl bear is maybe my twelfth mini since then. I'd say there's a noticeable improvement.
  18. I redid the beak after looking at actual beaks and realizing they don't have much shine to them at all. I think it's an improvement. Thanks for the suggestion. Thanks! He is a little floppy, but is currently freestanding. The boiling water trick helped relieve some of the flop. When I base him I will probably glue his front claw to the base and stick a pin in his back leg for stability.
  19. Update: I followed Glitterwolf's suggestion and looked at real birds. This guy really has a parrot's beak, not an owl's more delicate beak. To my surprise, black beaks tend to be have a very matte finish—not much shine at all. I redid the beak with more muted highlights and also achieved a more consistent and gradual blend. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it. I have updated the photos accordingly. Original Post: For some reason, I found this guy quite challenging. I did my best, and it's definitely an improvement over my first attempt at this mini (not pictured).
  20. That's encouraging to hear! I'll let you know if that winds up being true for me! :p
  21. Thanks! I do seem to have a bit of a knack for eyes, much to my own surprise. I'm less well versed in some of the more fundamental skills, but I'm working on it!
  22. I was dreading having to paint this guy: so much metal! Minis like this make me want to learn NMM. This paint job definitely highlights one of my weaknesses as a painter, but all things considered I'm reasonably pleased with the results. And here's the whole crew, ready to wreak havoc!
  23. Thanks for the encouragement! I've been answering the question about basing a lot, so I think I should maybe put it into my signature: I will be basing all my minis at a later date, but currently all my basing stuff is in storage about 4000 kilometres away and I won't have access to it for several months at the earliest. But fear not, I won't be leaving him on that ugly unpainted base!
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