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  1. FirstLevelFighter

    77415 Corim the Kestrel, Gnome Sorcerer

    It's a great mini, with a lot of character. Just enough detail, with a lot of opportunities for for freehand and/or conversion work. I received my replacement miniature! It's the metal version, which is perfectly fine. I hope the defect is not a problem, or at least, not an insurmountable one, throughout the entire run of the Bones version of this particular mini. Thanks, Reaper! Well done!
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    77415 Corim the Kestrel, Gnome Sorcerer

    Thanks, Bryan! I certainly will follow up. I also wanted to make sure you wonderful folks at my favorite miniatures company are aware of a potential defect. Reaper is a great company with a product I have solidly relied on for years, so I like to do what I can to help maintain that level of quality. Thanks, also, for your quick attention and excellent customer service.
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    77415 Corim the Kestrel, Gnome Sorcerer

    Here a few pics of the Corim I have, and the other photo I was able to find. Looking closely at the picture of Corim facing the camera, it is possible to see there is actually an indentation where the nose should be.
  4. Hello! I picked up the Bones version of Corim the Kestrel, Gnome Sorcerer at Origins, and his nose is flattened compared to photos of the metal version. I have found one photo of another Corim and it looks like his nose is squashed in that one, too. I'm assuming this is a casting flaw, and not an intentional feature. Do all of the Bones version of Corim have a squashed shnozz? I know the days of gnomes with enormous noses are well past, but poor Corim should have at least some nose to speak of.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    This is the wise and brave street urchin, Parilli, the Shining Company's ertwhile guide in the city of Tephu in the Pathfinder Mummy's Mask Adventure Path. This is my second Bones mini, and I'm a convert. Speaking of conversion, Bones make weapon swaps and mods super easy. I removed his blade and drilled a hole through his hand, cut the studs off his armor, filed his fuzzy feet smooth, and based him with green stuff and sand. After sealing him, I added an actual twig as a camel stick/wooden sword he uses to emulate his hero, Zekir Safakin, the Sword of the Dawn, paladin of Sarenrae. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the sculpt and the limited palette, and had a good time with the stripes. His WIP is here. Please share any comments and/or constructive criticism.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    I’m calling him finished. A couple coats of gloss seal, coat of matte, and you can find wise and brave Parilli in the Show Off section. There are as many bits that I am happy with and proud of as there with which I am less so. I had fun with the WIP, and I’ll try to do more. I’d welcome any kind, honest feedback and constructive criticism of both the mini and the WIP that anyone is willing to offer, and let me know if I can answer any questions. Thanks to those of you who have already commented and clicked ‘like’. Best— FirstLevelFighter
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    He's almost finished. I added an orange stripe to center of each of the red stripes of his pants, and pupils to his eyes, cleaned up few sloppy spots (while leaving plenty of others,) and added a dark line at the hem of his cloak and around his feet. I'll have to clean that up, as well as finish his sash and scabbard, add his club, and that might be it.
  8. FirstLevelFighter

    David's Highlands Familiar & Menhir

    They could be sticks or vines, but they look a little too thin to be bones. Decide what you think they are, then paint them that way, and that's what they'll be. :)
  9. FirstLevelFighter

    Bones You'd Like to See, thread #3

    Corim the Kestrel. He's in a dynamic pose with just enough detail but plenty of blank space for conversions, freehand, weapons and adventuring gear.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    Stripes are fun! Added eyebrows and stripes to his pants. There is a lighter orange stripe in the center of each red stripe, but they aren't really showing up—I'll pick up some yellow to brighten the orange and go back over them. Also highlighted his skin and hair, and laid a dark brown base coat on the scabbard. I'll clean that up, and it'll be metallic copper-and-gold. Then it'll just be a matter of cleaning up and highlighting his sash, highlighting the whites of his clothes, and adding pupils to his eyes. I'm sure I'll find more to do before I call him finished.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    Today I cleaned up the inks, did some highlighting on the cloak, added a sash (the edges of which will need some touching up) and decided to add some stripes to the patches. I'm much happier today than I was after the last session.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    This is the stage where I say, "Prepainted minis will be just fine." He's a bit of a mess. I just discovered this method with my last mini, 77217: Mi-Sher. After base coating and black/darklining, I'll soften the edges and accentuate the folds and shadows with inks. It's a little sloppy, but I will go back with some of the original colors and some highlights to clean up the inks and start heading toward the finish. I also put a wash on his hair to get some darker color in the recesses, and did some rather heavy-handed drybrushing on his base. I also realized that I have been posting relatively enormous images. These are under the limit.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    They sure do make these thing small. Eyes and faces, sigh. I'm so inconsistent with eyes and faces. Sometimes (rarely) I just nail it. Usually it's a struggle, and the mini up looking like I tried to paint its face from across the room. I decided to go the direction I really wanted to, and paint his hair white. He is Garundi, a human ethnicity from Golarion with dark skin and prematurely bright white hair. The basecoat is the same as his clothes, but I'll treat them slightly different as I go.
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    77165: Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Rogue

    Well, he's only a 1st-level commoner, but he's got a case of hero-worship. Right now, he has a reed camel stick/'practice sword', we're treating as a club. He calls it 'Kefaret', which is also the name of Zekir's scimitar. I've picked up small collection of actual twigs small enough to fit in his hand, but strong and flexible enough to withstand a little tabletop abuse. Once he's painted up and sealed, I'll stick one of them in there to stay. Thanks for the kind words, encouragement, and feedback everyone!