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  1. Those are a ton of great ideas, thank you! Do you have a link to your Dragon's Don't Share terrain? I'm planning to do that after the graveyard. I remember seeing someone make stone fences that way and they came out really nice. I have a ton of hirst arts field stone blocks and plan to make stone barriers and fences with those. For the graveyard, I was thinking more like iron grate fences and gates.
  2. Thanks! Yes me too, I tried to get more color like you would see on old stone by using the brown and green washes, but they are very faint after drybrushing and hard to see in the photos. I also didn't want to apply them to heavily, but I might do that next time to get a better result. Great idea for the gravestones, I didn't think about that! I also just realized I have access to a 3D printer at school and have found tons of cool statues and gravestones on thingiverse, so I'll be trying that too.
  3. Regarding Rosemary & Co., I've heard great things about them and if I was buying a new set of brushes would have definitely gone with them. However, I already have tons of brushes, just needed the one, and even when buying 3 from Rosemary & Co. the shipping still costs almost as much as the brushes. I do have brush soap and nowadays use The Master's Brush Cleaner and Preserver. I'm happy to say that after cleaning it and letting it sit overnight with the preserver on, it seems to be keeping it's point really well while painting. Only twice did a stray hair happen, but I just repointed it and it worked fine. In fact, it's probably the best brush I've ever used so far and I'm really happy with it. Hopefully it will last and not start spliiting, but for now it's awesome.
  4. Those look awesome. I'll definitely be using those for ideas. Thanks!
  5. Good to know. That gives me hope that the brush will be useable and I didn't get a dud.
  6. Btw, I looked at Rosemary & Co., but the shipping was as much as the brushes and negated the lower price.
  7. I know, it looks like someone drybrushed with it with white paint! I paid $13 with free shipping, which seemed about right from what I've seen online. I've washed it, used brush soap to clean it a few times, and I'm leaving a light coating of brush soap on the tip to hold it in place. Hopefully it'll be salvageable. Fortunately, Amazon just refunded my purchase, so I'll try Jacksonsart like you suggested. Thanks!
  8. A friend of mine recently gave me several boxes of Hirst Arts blocks he had casted for a project that he's never going to finish, so I decided it was time to finally make some terrain for RPGs and Skirmish games. We've been playing Song of Blades & Heroes lately. Since my son loves to play evil liches, necromancers, and undead, I decided I'd start with a graveyard. I made some mausoleums and a sepulcher from the hirst arts website, primed them black, then drybrushed from dark to medium light greys. I put some various brown and dark green washes, then drybrushed up to light greys. Then I used some woodland scenics flocking, army painter tufts, and some birch seeds for leaves. I decided not to base them so I could use them on any type of terrain. I think they look pretty cool for my first try. Next, I'm trying to figure out how to make gravestones and spooky, dead trees. Then maybe fencing and a ruined church. Any advice on how to make any of the above? Any advice for the terrain I made and how to make it better? Also, any ideas for a next project? I have the Dragons don't share ruins and was thinking of doing the Hirst Arts Wizard Tower next since I have all the blocks and it's said to be good for beginners. Thanks!
  9. The brush did arrive inside the large plastic tube along with the small plastic brush protector on it. I just took it out to take the picture and show how frayed it is.
  10. I've constantly heard how great kolinsky sable brushes are, especially Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes. I went to my local art store and picked up some Princeton and Silver brands, but was not impressed with them. So I decided to order a Winsor & Newton Series 7, Size 0 brush from National Art Supply through Amazon. I received it yesterday expecting a brush in perfect condition. Instead, it had no point, was frayed, and looks like it has been used. Do they normally look like this when you buy them new?
  11. Large Bones Bones are great for larger figures, so I'm really surprised there are no Bear figures in Bones. I've been looking for one for my rpg's for awhile now and have yet to find one that is good or affordable. Bones would be perfect for this! I saw the one in the Stonekeep expansion in the Kickstarter 3, but I'm not interested in half the figures there. I'm glad that figure will eventually be available for individual purchase, but why not make existing bear models in Bones? Standing Dire Bear: https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/dire%20bear/sku-down/14452<-- this one is the best imo, with a great action pose Dire Bear: https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/dire%20bear/sku-down/02878 I was also disappointed the following figure didn't make it into Bones 3 and hope it will be added soon to go with the other power armor suits and IMEF troops. IMEF Bulldog: https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/imef/sku-down/50290 Power Armored figures Blackstar Privateer (Flamethrower): http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Chronoscope/sku-down/50078 Blackstar Privateer (Chaingun): http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/Chronoscope/sku-down/50077 Small Bones Love these wizards and would like to see bones versions one day Vistaril Quillscratch: http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/tre%20manor/latest/03393#detail/IG_1406_2 Qualanar: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/Dark%20Heaven%20Legends/sku-down/03693 And this Bandit: http://www.reapermini.com/Miniatures/tre%20manor/latest/03201
  12. Wow, thank you all for the great recommendations. And thanks for the welcome JDizzO. I'd like to get them all at some point, but based on reviews and your posts I think I'm leaning towards getting the Jen Haley/Anne Foerster DVD to cement my basic knowledge, and getting the Jessica Rich DVD to go along with it. I'll probably pick up the Marike Reimer set much later after I've absorbed all the knowledge in the other two.
  13. With the Bones 3 Kickstarter offering deals on painting DVDs, I'm considering getting one or two but can't decide which. I have at least a basic level of miniature painting, painting Ral Partha minis when I was younger and getting back into painting recently. I know how to prep, prime, and do basecoats, washes, drybrushes, and highlights. I already have the hot lead DVD but I'm wondering if it's worth getting the Jen Haley/Anne Foerster DVD or if Jessica Rich's and Marike Reimer's would be better. Any suggestions?
  14. Any idea why the pumpkin cart and bulldog didn't make it into the kickstarter?
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