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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.
  16. Even though I am enthused to get back into the painting grove, my progress seems to be the opposite. (I keep promising that one day the house will be baby ready and there will be time to paint.) I did find some time this weekend to sling a little bit of paint. I started on back on the Hill Troll. I enjoy the character of this figure, but it was clear that I was going to warm in my color scheme. The warm tones of the leather and the orange skin was too much. So I switched to a normal flesh tone. The photo does not do it justice. Mr. Troll is still looking warm. Here comes the mistake. I had completely forgotten that the next step in my leather process would cool it down as I added the shade. Instead, I tried to add a bluish shade to my flesh. When the first brush filled with wash touched the leg, I knew that I had made a mistake. I tried to use a clean brush to wipe it off before it dried and watched as the paint stripped all the way down to the primer. I don't like to give up on models. I want to think that there is always a way to save a project. But this setback was putting a severe damper on the painting mojo. I need a break and a fresh start. Mister Hill Troll needed a bath in some Simple Green to wash the stink of lousy painting off. I will get him in round two. Instead of stopping, I grabbed a pair of orcs (77019) from the mass of unfinished miniatures. I had started one with Grey Liner and the other Reaper Sepia Liner before they had been put on the shelf. They each got a quick drybrush of Reaper Dragon White. Orc skin for their skin, and skeleton key for the metals with a bit of old bronze for a bit of character. Not much, but it is a start. You may be wondering where Brother Hammond went. Well, the traveling monk made his way to my office. Since I am not finding a lot of time to work on stuff at home, and I have an hour for lunch, I thought that I might be able to use that time to get a little work done. I started by using some Vallejo Red Leather on the book he is carrying. Looking at Brother Hammond, I noticed a couple of things. First, I missed a spot on his robes. So a bit more skeleton bone to the rescue. I also used a bit of Christmas Wreath green and black wash (I only brought so many colors with me to the office, and this was the best I had for darkening the color) to color his sleeves. Look between the cross and his satchel, and you can see the missed spot. Second, I was not a fan of how dark his hood was as I used what should have been my shadow color as a base color. Not a problem. A quick coat of olive green to the rescue. Yep. That looks better. Next came some cursed gold for the cross and buckles. Some skeleton bone, red leather, and adon prairie were used to add texture to the leather and the walking stick. I also used a bit of skeleton bone to highlight the rope. I know that it looks a bit harsh, but I plan on darkening it with the wash and some glazes. Now it is wash time. I used a black wash for the sleeves and cloak and sepia wash for everything else. Both washes are from the Army Painter line. I like how things turned out. And that was all I was able to get done in my time. I am happy with how Brother Hammond is turning out. There is still work to do, but I like the dirty look of a monk who spends a lot of time traveling. More to come.
  17. I have posted this elsewhere on the web, but thought that I would share here as it might help with motivating others. To start with a bit of background: 2019 saw a lot of changes in my life. After living away from my home for nearly a year for work, I was promoted and able to move back home. It took a while to unpack, and as we neared the finish line, my wife and I learned that we would become a family of 3 in March of 2020. Once again, the house was thrown into chaos as the house was rearranged. My new job kept me busy with travel, and I spent a lot of time on the road. This fall, I was finally able to undergo a much needed but often delayed surgery. During the recovery, we had new windows installed. This forced me to pack up my painting desk as it was located under a window. And It almost stayed packed up for good. Since I started painting, I have never had a year as unproductive as 2019. How many models did I complete? 6. Everything going on in my life made it difficult to find the time or energy. Painting is what I do to relax, and I have found it beneficial to my mental health. I feel so much better after spending time painting. The fact that I could not find the time to paint and had to pack up my set up for a 2nd time that year was frustrating, and I found myself rage quitting the hobby. I packed everything up and had no intention of painting for the foreseeable future. So what changed? While visiting over Christmas Break, my nephew asked if he could come over and paint with me. He is 13 years old, and for the most part, other family members have forced their interests on him. When he was 8, he took an interest in painting after seeing my work on several models. I have given him models from time to time and have tried to encourage his enthusiasm, but as he has gotten older, he no longer paints. But this year he wanted to, and we had a great time. And I decided that I need to get back into the habit of painting. My Nephew's work: So I have re-stablished my painting table. I found all of the projects that I started over the past year, but did not finish and packed away. The goal of this project is to re-establish my painting habits and complete the plethora of unfinished figures. I started last night by picking out two of the miniatures that I thought would be good starting pieces. Reaper Miniatures Hill Troll (02421) and Brother Hammond (44007). I started the Hill Troll while painting with my Nephew, and I like how it is turning out so far. The metal is close to done, and everything else is a rough base coat. I have just put a basecoat on Brother Hammond as I did not have time to do much more than that. It is not much, but it is a start, and that is all that matters.
  18. The graphic from the update has the missing terrain piece in it.
  19. I agree that the Chronoscope offering in Bones 4 was a bit hit and miss. I think that they were trying to do what they do with other expansions and have it be a little bit of everything around a theme. The problem with Chronoscope as a theme is that range is so varied. So the offering comes off scatter shot. I honestly think one of the best things they can do is offer Chronoscope figures as encounter stretch goals. That way they would be more focused.
  20. I believe that there is. On the last 2 streams they kept telling people that they should ask certain questions during Reaper Live.
  21. Bones 5 mini shown on Reaper Toolbox Stream. I am not big on the underwater stuff, but I do like the looks of this figure.
  22. At 8 this morning my computer told me it needed an update. I have 4 hours till the Kickstarter starts. Let's get it done. Nearly 3 hours later it is still at 27%. Guess I am going to have to pledge using my phone.
  23. I wanted to do some more work on these figures but my weekend was taken up by an out-of-town wedding, and I started this week with a tumble down some stairs that left my wrists too sore to do any painting. The fall happened while I was on my downstairs to do some painting. I guess that I was too excited to paint that my feet thought that I could skip the last stair. I have recovered and was able to return to this project. Here are a couple of photos of the zombies after the washes finished drying. I did a little bit of highlighting with the original Moldy Skin color. Overall I felt that wash turned out well and that I did not need to overdue the highlight. I felt that my first figure was overly highlighted and went back in with the wash to darken it back down. I followed this with some dragon black that I had thinned down into a wash. I used this color on the eyes and around the teeth. I then used Spectral White on the eyes and the teeth. I am pretty happy with how the eyes turned out. I then used a dark red (which I can't remember the name of) for the inside of the mouths and around the gums. It is not really noticeable, but I feel like it added a nice touch. I did have to go back in with some of the spectral white to touch-up the teeth. I am down to highlighting the jumpsuit, a bit of work on the bases, and some odds and ends. Overall these have been fun to work on, and I am excited that they are nearly complete. I hope I can keep the momentum up and continue to complete some other projects.
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