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Ganryu Kojiro

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  1. This gnoll pirate came in the Reapercon bundle and he was lots of fun. Another Julie Guthrie sculpt and he has a lot of character. The pants were the most interesting bit to paint. I got a lot of shading done for free when I striped on the black in preparation for the the red, and that was handy since I didn't have to get in to the deep crannies again. Looking at him finished I think I should have pushed the highlights on the short hair a lot harder. Probably a lot of other tricks I missed, but that's art for you. That said, I'm really pleased with how he came out. Comments and criticism are welcome.
  2. Finished this character today. The model is Captain Blackscale, sculpted by Julie Guthrie (I always love her work) and it came in the Reapercon 2021 bundle. I painted him as Captain Skullface, the Venom Draconian ship captain from _Price of Courage_, the third book in the Dragonlance Age of Mortals adventure path (how's that for obscure and specific?). Since Skullface has wings I had to add a pair with a dremel and greenstuff. I went with classic pirate colors, a soft blue coat and brightly colored sash. I added some Celtic knots to the coat since an expensive great coat needs embellishing and Celtic knots are very Dragonlance.
  3. Being a demon, I imagine she could be convinced 😉. Actually, on reflection, that could make a really fun adventure seed. That box was one of my must haves from the kickstarter. I run a lot of games with that older aesthetic.
  4. Finished my first piece from Bones 5. She was a really good chance to practice getting those really smooth color transitions, particularly starting from a lighter color (here, Reaper's amethyst purple, highlighted with sorcerous mist and sorcerous mist mixed with linen white, shaded all the way to nightshade purple). She was fun for the same reasons that my science officer from a few weeks ago was fun. She looks like she belongs either on an 80's metal album cover or a panel van. I've got another piece that could use this color scheme, whenever I get around to her.
  5. That has to do with coming of age in 2nd ed (where I recall a rule specifying that you could be surrounded by up to 6 medium opponents) and certain strategy games like Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2 that worked on a hex. It eliminates corners, that sort of thing. Further, once you get locked in to a thing the tendency is to push it as far as you can ;)
  6. Well then. Completely correct, then. Thanks.
  7. My productive streak continues. Piers here is a Sandra Garrity sculpt. Actually, one of the first things I ever painted was this sculpt and I've liked him ever since (though you might think I was punishing him in that first paintjob). The sculpt has a stripe running down the trousers, so I went with a sort of US cavalry officer look. The plan is to use him as a Red Mage for my Dragonlance games (or as an apprentice for Frostgrave games) so I went with reds for the leathers and outer robes. Still trying to get a handle on light effects, so I lit up the end of his staff. I'm told he looks like something from Full Metal Alchemist, but I've never made time to see the show.
  8. This is a Sivak draconian of the Red Watch. He's a dragon born fighter from Dark Sword. I attached a pair of wings with a dremel and some greenstuff. Mostly I wanted to play with true metallics and shading on a bright silver. Someone posted the most beautiful silver dragon and I wanted to steal their ideas. True metallic reds are also a lot of fun. Reaper paints used on this one include regal purple, retro red steel, crusader silver, pearl white, and ruby red.
  9. Thanks! I took a class on hair at the last Reapercon, since been trying to work on that.
  10. Finished up this up this morning. This represents the most success I've ever had with a pale blue, so that's a victory. A friend furnished me a graphic of a display from one of the Trek films, so that gave me something to put on her tablet. The Wife has always loved Star Trek, so I gave the model her coloration and did her uniform in blue (she's always favored the science officer types). The base was done with a Happy Seppuku texture stamp. This is a Bombshell Miniature, but I used all Reaper paints. The stars of the show are Sky Blue, Frosty Blue, Sapphire Blue, Warrior Flesh, Maiden Flesh, Sunburn Flesh, and Nightshade Purple (that last is in basically everything I paint).
  11. The base is a laser cut piece from Litko. I use them because I like six sided facing and have for decades. The snow itself is army painter snow base and white glue. I used a blister pack (possibly the one she came in) to mix up a slurry of glue, water, and white powder. Brush on with a retired brush. Let cure for just bit, then dust her with more snow flakes, for final texturing. Apparently, baking soda would work just as well.
  12. I'm telling you, nobles and spellcasters are the best. You can do some really fun stuff with their outfits.
  13. Thanks! The freehand took some time. I've been trying to figure out a good method for white hair for just about forever, too, so I'm glad that worked. I still need a recipe for a cool white. I've got a warm one and a medium one.
  14. This is a Sandra Garrity sculpt. I picked her up since I genuinely liked the noble woman look (it being so hard to find characters that look like that without being either armored, strangely costumed, or both). A friend suggested doing her as an ice mage and the whole color scheme came together from there. She ended up having kind of a Disney, fairy godmother look. That's fine though. If you're going to steal, steal something good.
  15. Thanks for the suggestions. I think I need to take more time, like you're saying. More layers, more time. This piece gave me a good chance to work on alternate recipes for white, grime, more NMM practice (I'm still quite green at it). I still need to work on texturing fabric (that's one of the things I was trying with Sister Hazel). Actually, the idea kind of suggested itself. I wanted to practice light effects and figured I should start dark since that would give me a lot of room to move. So, I painted her mostly in blacks. Once I saw how that came out I really didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. The other HAD to be in white. My only fear was that he would read like a Klansman or something. Of course, once I'd painted her, I saw someone had already done both as a Spy vs Spy theme. Ah well. If you have to steal an idea you should at least steal a good one.
  16. I finished Brother Lazarus here this weekend. I did Sister Hazel around the start of lockdown. I wanted to experiment with a few things, chiefly light effects and stains/ dirt/ mud. I need more practice, but I'm satisfied with how he came out. The Spy vs Spy theme isn't original to me, but they beg for it and I'm easily led. Comments and criticism are welcome.
  17. Lysette here is a Reaper model made with their newest plastic formulation. She's got some great detail on her. This whole piece was driven by the color of her dress. I love that wine red color and I don't use it nearly often enough. That drove the choice to add the yellow notes and the deep red for the leathers, both of which worked out pretty well. I tried to add some deep burgundy to the flesh shadows (though my photography didn't pick it up all that well). I did some freehand woodgrain on the staff and figured it wouldn't be complete without some lighting effects. I think the runes came out pretty well but I'm less happy with the light off the staff (nothing for it but study and practice, I guess. I'll get there). I also took the opportunity to practice my non metallic metal. I tried to work the light color in to the highlight and the red from the dress in to the shadows. I think it worked out well. She'll probably see use as a red wizard in my Dragonlance games.
  18. Thanks so much. I avoided white for years till I took a class from Erin Hartwell. The woman is a magician.
  19. Finished this fellow up. Halbarad has always been one of my favorites. I painted up a pair of them years ago to use in a chess set (I should really pull that back out. Been awhile). I'm still trying to work out non metallic metals, this time with a white. I ended up using the Reaper vampire skin triad as the base for it and it seems to have worked well. I went down to a dark gray and up to pure white. I've got a chibi Paladin that could use the same armor treatment. The coat needed a little something extra, so I added a triquetra knot to it. I also tend to DM for Dragonlance, and a platinum triangle is one of Paladine's symbols, so that decided it. Comments and criticism are welcome. My skin is pretty thick and I'm trying to improve.
  20. Got the colors all blocked in. Everything needs a second coat and a lot of work ahead making her look good, but step one is done.
  21. There's a scene in the Dragonlance books where a warlord named Ariakan explains his ideas for a knighthood to a traveler who found him starving in the mountains. The traveler takes him to a cave where he has a fire and listens intently to the idea. Naturally, the traveler turns out to be the Queen of Darkness. She reveals herself to Ariakan and gives her a blessing to form a knighthood in her name. I always liked that scene. When I found this model on etsy I thought it would make an excellent centerpiece for a diorama. I'm painting in the same way I did my classic Takhisis. The plan is to paint the belly scales in a starscape. I'll try to do the same in all the deepest shadows on the central lady (made more difficult since I want to aoi t her in an inhuman shade of ivory. The idea is to make her look like something from a Jim Starlin Marvel comic. Let's see how it turns out
  22. It makes me happy that people are catching that.
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