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  1. I use quite a few P3 paints, though not exclusively. They don't have the widest variety of colours. I believe that they use liquid pigments, I find that they're noticeably thinner than other brands. I find them very useful for basecoating Bones minis.
  2. Oh, he is gloriously gribbly! And the eye is incredible. Well done!
  3. That lesson being: pay attention when assembling your model, and look at how pieces fit together to see if they'll be easier to paint separately rather than glued together. The fire demon is one of my favourite minis from Bones II, but I was still very new to the hobby when I got my shipment, so after washing and drying all of the minis, I didn't give a second thought to starting to assemble them in order to keep pieces from being lost. I quickly realized that this was going to make painting certain parts of this guy difficult. I also learned that CA remover dissolves Bones material much easier than CA glue. The only saving grace was that I didn't glue the pauldrons on. Working under them would have been harrowing. I'm certain that a better painter would have no problem getting a brush into the smaller nooks and crannies. I am not a better painter. This particular project was frustrating enough that I started it last summer and only finished it now (this is also a feeling that I am unfamiliar with. In the past I was always able to force myself to complete a mini, even if only so that I could say that it was done). There were several times that I very nearly chucked the demon into the trash and bought a new one. Anyhow, several months of frustration later, I consider him pretty much finished. I might go back later to highlight the runes on the sword (or maybe try an OSL effect on it, if I'm feeling particularly brave), but that's it. Overall, I like him. Managed to get some decent highlights with the red skin, even though it's not the smoothest transition, and I think that he'll look suitably impressive when he throws down against a group of unsuspecting (or more likely, suspecting) PC's. A day will come when I will get some decent lighting, but it is not this day!
  4. Great job! This guy is currently sitting on my desk, half base-coated with a similar colour scheme. I can only hope that mine turns out even half as well!
  5. Looks like you're getting ready for a 20 Goblin Winter! Good luck!
  6. I've never seen an undead beholder mini before, and you did incredible work, especially on the central eye! I only wish that I'd had one like him when my D&D group ran into one. Fantastic!
  7. Thanks for the link. I'll definitely check it out. The steel edging is a great idea. You know, I'd never considered that. It makes a lot of sense, and I might have to give that a shot in the future. Thanks for the idea.
  8. Love the colours and the blending! Great job!
  9. The picture doesn't show it very well (my photography and lighting skills are still very lacking), but the belly scales have a pale blue shading on them. It's definitely more noticeable when seen live. But you're definitely right. I originally had them fading from an ivory into a more pure white, and when I looked at it a couple of days after I was "finished" I realized that I couldn't really notice any definition so I went back and redid it.
  10. Also finished off my Barrow Wardens. I might have gone a little heavy on the rust, but I'm still trying to get the hang of it. I might have to try thinning out the brighter rust from the Vallejo special effects so it flows into the crevaces more easily.
  11. My first dragon ever! I'm really happy with how the wings turned out.
  12. Bit of a bump. It took me a while to get around to actually trying some of these special effects - I don't seem to do a lot of painting in the summer. Anyhow, I figured that the Bronze Bull would be a good test bed for some of them. I've got a picture below. Please excuse the amateur paint job and poorly lit photo. The only thing that I have to compare the verdigris to is Vallejo's previous verdigris. I didn't look carefully when I ordered the set, and thought originally that they were just repackaging the old stuff. It's pretty apparent that this isn't the case. The old verdigris had the consistency of toothpaste, and I found that once I thinned it down enough to be workable, it was very faded and only appeared blue when it could pool extremely deeply, otherwise it was a chalky white with just a slight tinge of blue. The new verdigris is significantly thinner. It's on par to a wash to my eye - at the very least, it's significantly thinner than a paint. It's also a slightly deeper blue. I sloshed it on (a little too thick in some places - I didn't notice that bubble on the left shoulder until I saw the picture), but it holds its blue colour nicely. I also tried the two-part rust on the hooves and horns. I'll admit that looking at the bottles - a dark red-brown for the Dry Rust base that's roughly the same viscosity of the verdigris, and a thick, bright fluorescent orange for the Rust top coat - I wasn't really sure what to expect. I haven't really tried to do rust effects before, and I've seen a few people's advice on how to do rust effects - and admit that they pretty much all blow my results out of the water - but I'm still happy with my results. For my skill level, I'm happy with this pre-designed recipe. Hopefully I'll try the other ones soon enough, but even with what I've tested now, I don't have any regrets with this purchase. I'm going to have to get together with my friend and see how this all compares to GW's line, but at the rate I go, I'll be luck to do that before the end of the year.
  13. That is absolutely brilliant! I don't know which I am more jealous of - your creativity, or your painting ability.
  14. Thanks for the info. Your opinion of the chipping medium seems to be in line with the general concensus. Good to hear that the other stuff is good. I'm looking forward to playing around with it.
  15. I while back, I saw that Vallejo had released a set of paints called "Special Effects" (Link Here). They appear to be an answer to Citadel's Technical paints. I was unable to get them in Canada until they showed up at Miniature Market recently. Does anybody know how they compare to the Citadel line? I've used Vallejo's Verdigris before, but all the others in the set are new to me.
  16. A couple days late chiming in here, but I want to thank & congratulate Reaper on another phenomenal Kickstarter. I missed Bones I, but after the amount I spent on Bones II I figured that I wouldn't be backing any further Kickstarters. Reaper did a great job in (from my point of view) providing a wide range of miniatures for different genres that managed to rope me back in to pledge heavily again. Looking forward to hopefully seeing Bones 4 next year! (Skull & CrossBones? With Gnoll Pirates please?)
  17. It's interesting when you start getting close to the point when you need a larger box. For example, if I just add Goremaw to my pledge, shipping goes up by $2. If I just add Ma'aldrakar, it goes up by about $20. If I add them both, I'm at what I assume is the level that requires a larger box and the shipping goes up by $50. Sadly, this is going to mean that I won't be getting Ma'aldrakar after all. Honestly, I doubt that he ever would have gotten painted anyhow, but if through some miracle I actually finish off my other big minis like Khanjira I'll happily pay full price for multi-headed dragon goodness.
  18. More than anything else that I saw in the Reapercon pics, the worm was what grabbed me. I'm so excited to see it finally showing up, and was so happy to see that preview of it all painted up.
  19. I think you are a bit confused because he's commenting on 3 separate things in that one small blurb. 1) Showcase video is the one that's on the Kickstarter. 2) He likes all the upcoming preview pictures of the stretch goals 3) He likes the painted up figures by Proctor, Michael (under Clever Crow) has been posting them on the Forum and on his Facebook pages. Actually there is a new video on Reaper's YOUTUBE channel. It contains some teases of upcoming goals. I won't spoil them for you! WAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! EDIT: YOUTUBE, NOT FACEBOOK. sorry. What Carnacki said. Sorry I didn't post a link. I just viewed it via my tablet, but am responding in the forums on my computer at work (that has YouTube blocked), then got too excited to even point anybody in the right direction.
  20. Dang. Just saw the new showcase video. The previews for the upcoming goals are all gorgeous. And Michael Proctor's paint jobs are just stunning.
  21. Another quick question. Does anybody know how the ratio of new sculpts to old sculpts in this Kickstarter compares to in the previous campaigns?
  22. Unfortunately, everybody has different tastes, and is looking for something different. I've seen several people who (for example) were not interested in the Mythos expansion because they don't care that much about the monsters, but the investigators convinced them to pledge for it. Like I said, the investigators are not for me, but I'm not going to begrudge anybody who is excited about them. I hope that you don't think that I'm upset with Reaper because I'm not interested in a chunk of one of the expansions. Their past and current success completely shows that they know what they're doing. Personally, I'm thrilled that Reaper is expanding their line with new miniatures as well as converting the old ones. There's no way that I'd ever be willing to get as involved in miniatures as I have without them producing the miniatures in Bones, and these kickstarters have introduced me to some fantastic older sculpts that I'd never even seen before.
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