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  • Birthday 12/15/1984

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  1. I did start with the same skin town. They are both Reaper Orc Skin. I had purchased a set of washes from Army painter and I wanted to try see how a couple of them affected things like skin town and metal. It gives me a good feeling which one might be best in future projects.
  2. This figure has been sitting on my shelf, 90% completed for almost two years. The only things left to be done: a highlight on the mantle and darken the inside to look like it was used. It took me maybe 10 minutes. Glad to have it finished.
  3. These are a couple of orcs that I painted up somewhat quickly. I tried some different tones of wash on these to see how the overall figure was affected. Nothing special, but I am happy with how they turned out. Sorry about the photos, they are a little rough.
  4. Every once in a while, my wife will paint a figure with me. Her hobby is sewing, but she enjoys spending a bit of time with me, and she does feel accomplished when she completes a project. This past weekend she wanted to paint a mousling with me. She chose the princess for herself and the druid mousling for me. We spent a couple of hours (painting is slower with a newborn present) and finished these two figures. This is only the 3rd figure that she has painted (first time doing her own eyes). Because I am teaching as we go, these are kept pretty simple and of a tabletop quality. Overall these turned out pretty well.
  5. I did not. In fact this was a figure that painted before contrast paints were on the market. But done in a similar fashion. I believe that I used a dark brown wash over a lighter yellow base coat.
  6. I would agree about the size of the eyes. I am still working off some rust, and eyes are always tricky.
  7. I was doing some cleaning and found this figure that I had painted 2018, but never posted. I snapped a few photos to post. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. There are some things I would do differently if I were painting him today, but I think that happens to most of us when we look back at our past work.
  8. Painting continues. I was able to finish Pirate Captain Frost and he is up in Show off. While I am still finding time to paint, the arrival of my son has cut down on my free time to update this post with my progress. I don't know if I will be able to do well detailed wips for awhile, but I will post stuff in show off as I finish them.
  9. I finished this one awhile ago, but just now had time to post the photos of it finished. The photos are not the greatest.
  10. I work for the State Historical Society of North Dakota, and one of my co-workers is working on restoring an 1883 Courthouse. He is creating a new hands-on exhibit on civics and the government positions that most people don't tend to know what they do. Such as an auditor or register of deeds. He has purchased some old office equipment, and we are working on cleaning it up for use. As part of this, I have gotten to use my painting skills on a couple of projects. The first was painting the cheap plastic flag toppers that came with some 48-star flags he purchased. I primed them black, dry brushed them with silver followed by some cursed gold. I then used some brown and yellow ink to make a shade and a highlight of new gold. I am happy with how they turned out. My current project is repainting the numbers on a 1918 Burrows Adding Machine. The numbers on the total bar are badly faded. So is the plate that shows the commas and decimal point. It is a simple process of priming white and then using skeleton bone to give it a slightly aged look. So far I have finished all of the zeros and ones. I also had to paint the label on the front. We were unsure if the number on front was a 3 or a 9. We found it on the serial number plate. I used some bright silver and traced the lettering, but had to do a little bit of freehand where it was faded. It turned out really well.
  11. Thanks. I am happy with how he turned out. Great motivation to continue painting.
  12. I found a bit of time to finish Brother Hammond. So he is finished and sealed. I also finished Reaper's Thorondil of Kragmar (02301). The only thing left on him was to finish hair and paint his eyes. He was a victim of bad timing as I had to move before he was finished. Glad to have these two done. The links go to their posts in Show Off. I have continued base coating Captain Frost. I am a bit stuck on what color to make his hair.
  13. This Dwarf donated his hand and ax to for a project last spring. (Thorbob the Viking who discovered Texas). I painted him at the same time as I was working on that project, but before I could finish his hair and paint his eyes, he got packed away as part of a move. He is now complete.
  14. I finished Brother Hammond. He was started as part of my Returning to the Hobby Project. (Link to the WIP) I am happy with how he turned out.
  15. Thanks. It feels good to be painting again. Thank you. I am having fun with it. He was so excited about painting that night. His enthusiasm was contagious and I am thankful for that getting me motivated to paint. Thanks. There are a few things that I will have to fix, but overall I am happy with the progress. While I have not posted in awhile, work continued on the wandering monk. I started by working on highlighting the skin. As I stated, I knew that I was going to make some mistakes. I always do. Sometimes my greatest successes are from fixing my errors. I did not thin my flesh color (Reaper Caucasian flesh) enough. It was too stark of a change, and I was pretty far along before I realized it. To solve this, I thinned the same color down to a glaze consistency. I applied slight glazes that would create a mid-tone and brighten the highlights. It turned out pretty well. I also noticed a spot on his face where the wash pooled at the side of his nose. So I fixed that while I was at it. You can see the pool of wash on the side of his nose. Pool fixed. The skin is finished. Speaking of wash, there was a lot of pooling at the bottom of his robes. And while in most of the places it is not too terrible, there are a few places where the pooling is not in the depression of the robe, but rather where my highlight should be. Attempts were made to fix it, things got worse. I felt that a quick start over was needed. So I reapplied the base coat to the lower part of the robes and attempted a second wash. The second attempt did not turn out better. I tried to use less of the wash, but it separated in places and left some textures behind. Confession time. I hate painting folds in clothing. There I said it. I hear other painters talk about how they love beautiful prominent folds that will allow for sweet blends. Getting smooth blends has always been a struggle for me. It is tied to another thing that I struggle with, and that is mixing colors to match. I can take notes, but it is a rare occurrence that I can mix a matching color. (You will see this later in this post.) For this reason, I try to focus on completing a color during a session. So during one lunch break, I spent the whole hour attempting to fix the robes. I started by reapplying the yellowed bone that I have been using as the base for my robes. (I misidentified it as skeleton bone in an earlier post.) It was a bit stark, and I liked the warm yellow that was created from the wash. I created several different mixes between sepia liner and yellowed bone and began applying layers. I then glazed the sepia wash over to try and smooth out the blends. I would end up doing a similar process on his sleeves. I did not get any photos as I was focused on trying to get it done in one lunch break. After the main robe was finished, I then needed to tackle the green hood. It had the same wash issue that I had on the main robe. I wanted to get some more progress done before spending another hour on trying to blend. So I tackled the dark green sleeves. I spend a lot of time watching tutorials, reading other painters WIP posts. One thing that I have never quite understood was the concept of highlighting to white. To me, it just doesn't seem right. To show what I mean. I took a quick photo of the hoodie I was wearing. You can see where the light is hitting the higher ridges. Sure it is a lighter color, but it is nowhere near the white of the stripe. For the dark sleeves, I used a Reaper Christmas Wreath to highlight the sleeves. I think that it turned out pretty well. I also spent some time highlighting the book that he is carrying. It was now time to work on his hood. I did not take photos as once again; I was working fast. I ran out of time before I could glaze the layers together. At this point, I felt like there was not enough left to do that it would keep busy for a full lunch break. So the wandering monk is now on his way home for finishing touches. Speaking of home, I was able to get a little bit more work done on the two orcs. I finished base coating them. Once again, I added slight differences to each of them. I know that it looks like I missed the wood on their shield. It is actually Reaper Ancient Bark. I wanted to experiment with a different looking wood then the basic brown. I am going for a weathered wood look. Here is my reference photo. With both of them, base coated, I gave one a wash using a wash of Secret Weapon Miniatures soft body black and one with Reaper's sepia wash. I had not tried the reaper washes before and I wanted to get a feel for them and what better to experiment with than a bog-standard orc. With Brother Hammond making his way back home. I needed a new office miniature. I grabbed Reaper Miniatures Captain Barnabus Frost. Previously I had textured the leather, base coated and washed the skin. I did not take a lot of photos. As I got a bit carried away enjoying painting. I started by using Reaper corporal shadow as the base for his coat. It is a dark blue that will look black when next to brighter colors. I then used some P3 Brown Ink with a drop of corporal shadow to shade all of the leather. I then used some Reaper Succubus Kiss for his pants and the trim of the jacket. Next, I added some brilliant red to the trim of the jacket, and I mixed up some light gray for the inner coat. It is a good start and I am happy so far with how he is turning out. More to come.
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