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Errex

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  1. This looks really great. I like the highlights on her torax and the overall presentation is really outstanding.
  2. The figure is painted gorgeously, but the patina on the arch and the patterns on the columns are just breathtaking. :O
  3. Excercise sometimes helps. Get one of those power grip gizmos from any sports store. They are cheap and should strenghten your hand muscles, making them less prone to cramping and numbness.
  4. Lost in the wastelands

  5. Really nice figure. I like the look of the skin and the smoothness of the gradients. The overall color scheme works really well for the character, and the NMM onj the axe is masterfully done. If anything, I think maybe a higher contrast in the gradients painted on the axe would have made it visually more striking, but then again, the weapon might have looked as if recently forged instead of well-used.
  6. Whimsical. Gaudy. I love it. The spiral pattern is downright hypnotic, as my sleep-deprived self found it hard to take the eyes off it to write this.
  7. Stunning work, VL. I like specially Elladan (awesome color pallette), the Elf General (stunning detail all around), the Blade Dancer (simply beautiful). The Half Orc rogue and Vulture I liked (for no particular reason) and the Girl Witch was just so cute...
  8. Really nice skin tones on that one. The gear seems very detailed and I just like the sculpt very much. Good work. When was this set released?
  9. I think it depends on what you are painting, actually. Some figures are sculpted with areas that are not very easily accesible and that usually go in darker colors, so the smart thing to do is paint the dark shades first and then work your way through the highlights. An approach that I find useful fo smoothing the color transitions is to go first from dark to light, and then work my way back from light to dark, thus obtaining a consistent gradient.
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    Bourbon Street Sophie

    Really gorgeous Flynn, love the face and the skin looks so smooth and silky. I think Sophie looks really good as a blonde, and the base is also very nicely done.
  11. VL, You are the Mastah! That elf is just gorgeous, I have not seen anything that inspired in months. Makes me want to pick a brush again.
  12. I don't do wetblending conciously. I always describe what I do as layering, but I find that as I approach the results I'm shooting for, my technique shifts to what you might call wet-layering, but really is just an effort to smooth the transitions by applying small glazes of the color mixes involved.
  13. I cannot always see a difference between the hues I use for a gradient. what I know is what color I have at each extreme of it, and that roughly a third of the gradient area is a mix of 50/50 of those extreme hues. Then I start adding more of each color to the middle hue and do geometrically thin strips along the parts where the previous colors meet until it all looks like a continuous shift in color. Not sure if it makes sense to you.
  14. I also use inks and paint washes to stain wood bases. Works well enough, and I like the fact that they are water based.
  15. What's been keeping me from painting is the absolute mess my work area is at the time. I have piles upon piles of cardboard boxes, discarded blister packs and Star Wars figures all over the place.
  16. Definitely a very good first effort. Color selection seems specially appropiate for the mini, and there is a good balance between shadows and highlights
  17. Well, besides my paints, brushes and minis, when I go to a friend's house to paint I also carry a couple old CD's to use as pallettes, a set of needle nose files, an x-acto or cutter, a pin vise and some drilling bits, brasswire and a couple daylight bulbs (used to carry the whole lamps, but at my friend's they already have lamps, so, I just swap the bulbs). and tha's pretty much it.
  18. I don't convert an awful lot. It depends on wether I have an idea for a specific mini sitting on my desk, and the parts I need to make the conversion. If I had to put numbers to it, I'd say I convert like 1% or so, not counting the extra work on bases.
  19. Yep. If I recall correctly, on this very forums there was a link to the Project Gutenberg e-book for that. It is worth looking for it, as it is peppered with the odd comment here and there about the puzzlement of Well's acquaintances when they were to visit and find him with another grown up friend playing with toy soldiers in the living room.
  20. Now, Optimus Prime also has a nice ring to it...
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    Jedi Jawa

    Very nice mini, Mein Herr. And, well, if somewhere in the Expanded Universe there is a Tusken jedi, I don't see why there could not be force sensitive jawas. Heck, there's even a Weequay jedi, and those guys are suppossed to be not a sharp as Jar Jar on a good day...
  22. The thing that bothered me was that he was painting some sort of napoleonic, 35mm+ scale figure. It'd have made so much more sense if he was painting ANY brand of fantasy/sci-fi figure. Oh, and in that movie, "The Jacket", in 1992 the kid is holding a 12 inch G.I. Joe with finger articulation, and that kind of G.I. Joe didn't even exist up until late 97. Sheesh...
  23. Have you tried safety scissors?, seems that you really have no bussiness with sharp, edged utensils.
  24. Beckton is overrun. The horde smashed the barricades on every police station, and is having a feast on the flesh of the living...
  25. Withdrawal's a b****, Innit?
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