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  1. Do folks routinely thin Liquitex Gloss Varnish? I've always used it straight out of the bottle.
  2. I think "whiskery" is generally good when you're a wolf. ;)
  3. Good suggestion, @Cyradis, thanks! Does this look any better? (I felt like it did in person, but now looking at the pictures I'm not sure.) Thanks again -- this helps a lot. :) I'm wondering -- Since this is meant for tabletop, should I maybe take pictures from more that kind of distance to judge whether there's enough contrast, as opposed to focusing so close up?
  4. I'm working on a pair of minis for a friend's D&D ranger. I have the wolf pretty much done -- and I'm generally happy with him. But...the face! I don't feel like he has a face. The eyes don't stand out at all (I tried some brighter orange-yellow shades and ended up with something that looked like The Joker's lapdog). The whole face seems to just moosh into the rest of the body and disappear. I know this is a contrast thing -- I just have no idea how to attack it. I tried brightening highlights, I tried glazing in shadows. All I end up with is a darker or lighter version of the same problem. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks, Group Mind!
  5. Just my 2 cents, Corporea, but your hard colors classes were among the best classes I took this year! I loved the handouts, and I have every one of the sample minis mounted on my painting desk for reference. You do such a great job teaching those concepts that it would be a shame to lose that.
  6. Eww. FWIW, I took a really great TBB class from David Diamondstone this past ReaperCon, and there were no bodily fluids involved. He was really helpful and encouraging, and I left with a really good understanding of how to do TBB for the first time.
  7. You know I'm a hopeless dragon geek that I can admit that was a dreadful movie -- but I loved it!
  8. Thanks, Heisler. Would you use anything special to clean it? Or just a really thorough cleaning with the usual stuff?
  9. I use hand soap or dish soap when I wash, followed by a thorough rinsing. I've never had a weird reaction like this. So if everything was well-rinsed -- and assuming you didn't use some kind of really weird soap -- I'd be surprised if the soap was the issue.
  10. Thanks, Ron! And may I say, "varnish broccoli" is my favorite image for today.
  11. I graduated to the next level of painting obsession and picked up a Badger Patriot 105 airbrush at ReaperCon. Yay me! I've already primed a handful of minis, just as part of getting a feel for the brush. But it occurred to me -- can you use an airbrush to spray on sealers? I usually give minis (especially ones for tabletop) a coat or two of gloss varnish, then hit them with Tester's Dullcote to take out the shine. I was wondering if I could substitute sprayed on Reaper Brush-on Sealer for the Dullcote step. If so, would I thin it? Or just use it as is? Enquiring minds want to know!
  12. Perhaps an obvious question: What brand of paints did you use?
  13. Hi again, Forumites! Welcome back from ReaperCon. As some of you had the (dubious) opportunity to learn, I blew out my knee running dog agility not too terribly long after my last post on this thread. In addition to this taking up a whole bunch of my life with doctor's appointments, MRIs, various other pre-op testing (for surgery that isn't able to happen until the day before Thanksgiving! Argh!), and a seven-month-old border collie who I'm supposed to be exercising and training regularly, I haven't had a lot of time to focus on things like painting. I also can't get up to the third floor of my house where my painting space resides. My biggest fear throughout this (above and beyond the possibility of said seven-month-old chewing up every expensive thing in the house due to boredom) was that I wouldn't be able / allowed to travel to ReaperCon -- getting anything to enter in the competition was secondary. As it turned out, I was able to go to ReaperCon (where I gimped around very slowly). I also turned my attention to a much less ambitious project for the MSP Open -- something I could do on the kitchen counter after sending my wife upstairs to retrieve a limited number of paints, etc. This turned into the diorama "Golem Pillow Fight," which managed (to my great surprise) to earn a bronze medal at ReaperCon! So all was not completely lost. Anyway, since post-surgery I'm going to have a good six weeks where I'm not even allowed to walk, much less get up to the third floor, we're setting up a more semi-permanent painting area on the first floor so I can practice all the great stuff I learned at ReaperCon. I plan to get back to this project during that time, and resume posting WIP updates then. TL;DR -- Didn't get Shai, Hulud! done in time for ReaperCon 2017, but will hopefully have it ready for ReaperCon 2018. Definition of the Day: Border Collie = so named because their great intelligence means they are perpetually bored-er than other collies.
  14. Does anyone have a picture of the winning Ma'al Drakaar (guessing at the spelling ). My wife wanted to see a picture.
  15. Home and snuggled in bed with my canine sleeping buddies, who I have missed. I can't begin to express what an amazing time I had at my first ReaperCon! Didn't get to chat with as many forumites as I should have, but tried to make up for that with OneBoot and Dilvish in my last class before rushing off to catch my plane. Everybody I met was great and friendly and supportive. What an awesome crowd! All of the classes I took were amazing! I learned so much from Corporea (seriously, you guys need to take all her classes!), and Aaron Lovejoy "made" me buy an airbrush. At least I have three Kickstarter worth of Bones to practice on! Already making plans for next year!
  16. So much painting, so few pictures. One of the things I'm starting to realize about the Tootsie Roll is that it only has one good side. Not when you're looking at it in person, but when it comes to photos. It kind of leans over onto itself (towards the right when you're facing it head on), which means that side ends up looking shadowed and weird in a photo. Or at least in my phone photos. So since I haven't really done anything with the mouth yet (so no "full frontal" pictures), you're all gonna have to get sick of looking at the same basic shot over and over again. After whining about chalkiness in my highlights last time, I re-acquainted myself with some techniques for dealing with that (including your suggestion to go over it with a midtone glaze, @Pochi). I'm pretty happy now with the highlights -- including the blends. Today, then, I spent a bunch of time just going over the entire body and blocking in highlights. Got very tired of tracing edges and making little lines. The detail of the scale striations kind of peters out toward the bottom, so I got to use the "subtle little lines" technique that I tried out on the little guy in my first post. I think it ended up OK. I'm hoping to get the chance to do some more painting this weekend -- since I now have a whole buncha blending of all the edges and scales to do! And I've got to finally decide on what I want to do with the tummy. Do you think I can get away with basing it in the same Griffon Tan I'm using for the highlights, then highlighting up from there? Comments and critiques welcome, as always. Thanks, everybody!
  17. I got to put in a few hours on my sandworm today, although I'm not sure that's obvious from the results. The only part of the worm I worked on was the very front rill. Before this, the only big things I've worked on have been some of the previous Bones dragons -- and I've never been 100% happy with the results. I don't have a very good track record of getting big pieces to look the way I see them in my head. So I'm leery of just attacking the whole huge piece until I'm at least a little sure about what I'm doing (and how). So I did a few layers of building up some highlights using a mixture of the Ruddy Leather base with progressively more Griffon Tan, aiming for eventually getting a final highlight of pure Griffon Tan. I tried to leave the recesses alone so the Ruddy Leather was still visible. Still, by the time I got to where I wanted, I felt like I'd lost the dark areas. So I hit everything with a brown ink wash to try and intensify the recesses. That, of course, dulled down the highlighting! Which I wasn't confident was enough anyway. So I put a smaller, brighter, more careful layer of Griffon Tan over the high points. I'm actually a little annoyed, because it looks better in the photo than it does in real life! I don't think I was very successful with blending. In addition, the lighter parts are very chalky, and I can't seem to knock that back. Don't know if that's a function of the lighter Griffon Tan, or the way I'm mixing up the paint, but even the ink wash didn't help much with the chalkiness. In either case, I feel like this is a place where I often fall down. I'm timid about punching up contrast -- but whenever I try to be brave and go for more contrast / brighter highlights / darker shadows, I don't seem to be able to find the happy middle ground between dull / muddy and a model that looks like somebody painted blotches of lighter color all over it. Don't mean to whine, but I'm feeling very frustrated with today's work. Thanks for listening.
  18. Thanks, fellow canid! That was actually a "happy accident" while experimenting with the colors -- I'm going to try for that kind of striation on the big guy, but more following the existing ridges.
  19. Since this will be my very first ReaperCon, I thought I'd memorialize the occasion with my first Work In Progress post! My hope is to have this finished in time to bring it to ReaperCon with me, but I'm sufficiently inexperienced that I'm not sure if that's realistic. Still, I find all the encouragement and insight you guys offer really inspiring -- so I'm being brave! The plan is to transform Goremaw into an Arakis sandworm, complete with little Fremen rider. Haven't decided yet how I'm going to do the riding hooks. I'll jump that worm when I come to it. Started with a basecoat of Reaper MSP Ruddy Leather over good ol' Brown Liner. Teeth and spines are MSP Creamy Ivory. I've got some other browns lined up for highlighting, with something lighter and more sand-colored for the belly. I'm hoping to incorporate some orangey tones (maybe as a wash over the brown?). Nothing stark, just something to tie in to the orange-colored spice that the sandworms are associated with. I'm admittedly very intimidated by this whole project! I don't think I have a very good ability to do interesting things with colors, so am a little worried that I'm just going to end up with something that looks like a stale Tootsie Roll. In an effort to avoid that, I've been using this little guy as a mini-me sandworm to experiment on before putting colors on the big model. Rawr! Comments and critiques always welcome. Shai Hulud!
  20. I was also in on the Stones KS, and I really, really like the tiles. Good weight to them without being bulky, and they paint up well. My players really enjoy having lots of props and terrain, and I like making the stuff -- especially fun when you have an appreciative audience. :) So I'm all in for these! The fact that they can also be used as scenic bases is just a bonus! :D
  21. Just wondering if someone more familiar with how ReaperCon works knew the answer to this: I was checking on the ReaperCon website to see about adding some more classes (I'd already signed up for 4 or 5). When I looked at my itinerary on the site, however, there are no classes listed -- just the meals and such. Are the classes normally there? If so, does anybody have any idea as to why they might have disappeared?
  22. Thanks, guys -- especially @haldir for having the forethought to post the actual TSA rules! Good to know about the superglue issues. I wasn't planning on using any or bringing any, but still something I'll want to keep in mind.
  23. LOL! "That blonde one" is the young'un, affectionately known as "The Baby Monster." You know how to read your dogs, my friend! :D
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