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  1. There was also the previous Cyanide Blood Bowl game that is (I believe) still more popular than the sequel is now. There are quite a few online leagues for the first game. It is worth bearing in mind because the rules for the Cyanide video games are very similar (or identical) to the current rules being used in tabletop (and of course the tabletop Blood Bowl scene is still surprisingly big, if more than a little resentful of GW). When they re-release Blood Bowl there will be many people who already know the rules from playing the video game, or who may just want to paint a physical version of their digital team. It should even be possible to do a "hybrid" league, where some games take place online (maybe qualifiers) and others (maybe the finals) occur on the tabletop. I am excited for the Blood Bowl release, if a bit wary. I looked into getting some miniatures recently but the current choice is either: a) hugely expensive old miniatures on eBay, or b) third party miniatures. Some of the third party ones are great, but a lot of them are placed to fill gaps in the original GW release so you cannot find many "standard" teams, only quirky twists on them (Scotlings, Crocodile Lizardmen, Sexy... Anything). From what I can gather from rumours, the likelihood is that they will put out an Orcs vs. Humans box set (zzz) and then make the other teams available by mail order. It is possible (no idea if this is true) that the fact that it is a new division producing this might mean that its release is not restricted by normal GW rules about who can stock and how they can sell it. I do hope they price it aggressively, though I am not holding my breath. Board games and other "geeky" hobbies are becoming more popular (in my estimation). A lot of the costs that GW justifies their prices with (design, expensive steel molds for plastic casting, etc) do not increase in direct proportion to the number of units sold, but I feel like they place the product at the top of the Price vs. Demand curve (and it is still climbing up there). I am confident that if they dropped their prices by 25% they would see an increase in demand that more than compensated the lost profits on individual items (would current customers be furious though?), but they famously believe that market research is pointless for a niche product so this is unlikely to happen. My hope is that they will look at the recent failure of Dreadfleet and price lower than that was (Bloodbowl is also a simpler game with fewer complex parts).
  2. I recently picked up one of the Clear Brights triads, so I was blending the clear bright blue into ghost white. From what you are saying (and from my own impression) it seems like there is too much of the pure ghost white on there. Some of it did look better in my first attempt for that reason (I managed to put on thinner lines), but I had to re-do it after I altered the colour on the staff (not good to drybrush near something you really like!). Edit: I do really like how the OSL on your gnome looks so clearly like a lighting effect. A lot of the OSL I see (even in tutorials from skilled painters) has a dribbly look that makes me think the paint has run off their brighter sections (e.g. the eyes here). I think one big difference is whether the light-producing object has a clearly defined "edge". I reckon the eyes on that tutorial example would look much better if they had some sort of dark outline in the socket. I have found another beautiful example of OSL done how I like it here.
  3. Thank you all for your comments. I have taken your advice (along with some tips from my fiancee who is an artist/designer) and I think I have two miniatures now finished to my (tentative) satisfaction. I eventually decided against painting the frog on top of the wizard's staff green as it introduced too much colour confusion. I attempted a sort of "glow" effect from the orb (after I repainted it in a manner similar to Pingo's)... though I may decide to tell people I was going for a "frosty ice magic" effect instead. I am not sure how well it worked. For the valkyrie I tinted her leathers with a bit of red, and added some brown wash to her hair.
  4. I had read about the importance of thinning my paints, I am trying to do so however I don't think I have a good method for it yet. If I try to use my brush to introduce water from the mixing pot it's not enough unless I do it over and over again. I have a homemade wet palette (sandwich Tupperware with damp paper towel covered in a layer of parchment paper) and at the beginning of a "fresh sheet" of parchment paper I will splash some water on there so I get some droplets to use for thinning, however if I want to return to the same palette later this doesn't help much (droplets are all usually used up, and adding more water will make a mess). I may have to invest in a dropper bottle simply for water. I did just order a bottle of retardant (I want to have more time to work with the paint before it dries) so I may mix up some water/retardant solution. I think one of the problems is that even though I have been putting down shadows I have then been overdoing it with the shading layers and eliminating them (except on the valkyrie). I have worked towards fixing this and will upload new pictures soon. Thanks =)
  5. That is really helpful, thanks! I had no idea that was supposed to be a little frog on top of the staff. I am also going to steal your strategy for painting the orb. You did a great job making it look glassy.
  6. Thank you. I have done a couple of rounds of brown wash already, followed by a re-highlighting with the pale saffron colour (because the wash dulls them). It may be that my highlights are going on too thick. I had to go check. They are in fact a dark chocolate brown colour. That's encouraging! I feel like I was better when I was younger, though now I am not sure whether I have forgotten what I knew then or if I just had lower standards. Squirrel?! Anyway wonderful start! I thouorghly approve of your choice of minis Thanks, I have a few more that I am excited to get onto but I really want to get at least some of these "finished" rather than have 10 miniatures in progress at a time. I generally have trouble accepting that perfection is impossible and that getting things done is preferable to working on them forever. The valkyrie I plan to keep as my (rebooted as an adult) "first attempt" so I can judge any improvements I might make.
  7. Hello, I used to paint Games Workshop miniatures when I was a kid, but was put off for many years by the price. Having found out about Reaper recently I decided to get back into it. I picked up the Learn to Paint Kit, a few extra Reaper miniatures and some extra paints/brushes. The valkyrie I have attached was my first attempt after a long break, and now I am getting onto the mouslings. I am having some difficulties though. I would love to hear any feedback on these difficulties I list or any other criticism or advice. With the valkyrie there are some parts I am quite happy with. Her right eye was never great, and has got messed up a bit somehow (I am dreading fixing it, maybe I should get some greenstuff and fashion an eyepatch?). Also her face has a kind of chalky look to it that I don't know how to avoid. I didn't have any gold paint, so I tried to do her armor as leather with metal features. On the chest that seems to have gone quite badly. For the hair I think it could do with more "depth" but I am having trouble working out how to achieve that. Her base I am actually quite happy with (in contrast to the other miniatures). As cliched as it is, I was going for an "evil albino" look with the mousling assassin. Having looked again at the stock photo in the store I may try to put some of the caucasian flesh colour I have on his nose. I had tried mixing up a pink before but it looked way too "valentines day". His eyes are also looking pretty flat, and I'm also having some trouble making his fur look "furry". The bases on these mouslings (and some other miniatures I have) have been a real challenge to get looking right. Recently I have been trying basecoating with shadowed stone, washing with brown liner, and highlighting with leather brown, but whatever I do I can't get it where I'm happy with it. I decided to do the druid more as a wizard (I bought a trio of reds for a dragon I am holding off on painting so I want to use those). I have had issues painting the orb in his staff (I want it to have some sort of blue mystical look). I was having problems with the colour of the staff or the orb flowing into the crevice between them and looking bad, so I did a sort of outline with diluted brown liner and now plan to paint the orb "up to" the edge without the paint flowing into it. I am happy with his eyes, but his fur is also a struggle. I was going for "black mouse" though I then switched to "dark grey mouse" so I could try to get some shading in. The thief and beekeeper I am really just basecoating for now (I include them here so I can follow up with them later). I had some trouble with the pale saffron yellow being weird, but I think it just required far more shaking than I was giving it. Thank you for reading.
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