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    And here's the Black Orc from the City of Adventure expansion.  I think his sculpt holds up very well to today's standards even as old as he is.  I enjoyed painting this guy as hey, I just like painting orcs anyway and this one is very unique.




    What kind of photo setup do you use? Great work consistently and your pics are showing it nicely.


    Hey thanks CW. I use a 3 light setup and a GE A1455 14.1 Megapixel to shoot with. I use an OTT Full Spectrum light above and to the left for overhead lighting.  I use a Verilux Happy Light (Full Spectrum) on the right and ground to illuminate cast shadows and I use a warm incandescent spotlight in an old adjustable lamp for head on illumination.  No flash on the camera and macro on.  Over the years I've come up with this but it's taken all those years to really be satisfied with my miniature photos.  It's an art in itself and I'd have to make a whole post to really get into that haha.  It really does take experimentation and practice haha.


    Long time no see nice to see you're back posting. Nice work.


    Thanks CS.  It's nice to be back posting as always.  The holidays come and go every year and then I can get my e-life back once the smoke clears.


    I love that metallic effect.

     Hey thanks MC, I appreciate it.


    Holy cats! Fantastic work.

     Thanks Loim, holy cats indeed haha!

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  2. Hey Sean, you know I really like that texturing of the cloth there.  It's very subtle and adds a ton of interest to the piece.  You've pulled it off there for sure with your method!


    I see what you're saying about the trim not meeting your standards of the overall texturing though.  It's not bad, it could just use a little more shading imho.  Will help to give off that proper metallic look when the shadows are taken darker, like a dark brown or (even almost to black!).  Some of those glazes/washes from citadel come in hand for that.  Even inks, due to their transparency they're easy enough to get this kind of tricky shading down.  Alright man I really like it, great job!

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  3. Ok, another day, another mini!




    This time we have the Beastman from the Dungeon of Doom expansion.  Great name.  One of his abilities is to eat one (or more!) of his followers to regain life.  Very cool.  Not the most detailed sculpt in existence for a mini, but I tried to give him some "pop" where I could, while keeping it true to the card-art.  I never would have come up with the red fur/yellow skin combo myself but in the end I think it's interesting.





    Amazing work!


    Thank you!


    Great stubble effect on the barbarian. He looks totally nonplussed: "Why yes. This is my axe. Thank you for noticing."


    Haha, that had me laughing, well done!


    First time I've looked at this thread was today, and I have to say how impressed I am with your skill and the details you add into these minis. Love how colourful you've made them to. Wonderful work!


    Why thank you, that's very kind to say, I'm glad you're enjoying them ^_^


    I think the pictures angle makes us miss that nice freehand on the shoulder pad?!

    I like the flintstones beard and the reflection on the chain.


    I know sadly...  I'll have to capture that angle in a future photo for sure, thank you


    So hard) it's really amazing




    It's been a long time since I saw any of these sculpts. You did a very nice job painting them.


    The warrior isn't one of my favorite sculpts, but I love the job you did with the sword.


    I appreciate you saying so, thank you.

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  4. Been a busy couple of months!  Don't want to overload this page with a ton of images so I'll just post one per day.   Today I'll start with the one I finished yesterday, the 3rd Edition Barbarian:




    More to come tomorrow and so on, I've painted quite a few but haven't got around to posting any of that work until now.  Now that things have finally settled down after the holiday whirlwind I can get back to my "e-life".

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    Hey cool Sean, they're pretty useful for quick blends

    What is this "quick" thing you speak of?



    Well quick being a very relative word heh, especially for my slow-painting self. You can set up your color blends in advance in each well of the palette with a lot of control as to the changes in color, so you can quickly just get your blend worked up by having your colors accessible like that. Let's say for example that you want just a little piece of a mini painted, like a satchel. You set up your blend of colors in the wells of the palette from dark to light, then pull from those and paint on the mini. Since there's a ton of little wells, you can always have a few open and ready for "quick" work like that. It's handy for the little details that you don't want to prep a wet palette for. Just put paint in the little wells and go to town. When done, run it under the sink, that sort of idea. I keep a couple of the things around, very handy.

  6. Hey cool Sean, they're pretty useful for quick blends for sure. Remember the cleaning tip I mentioned about pouring some kind of meltable sticky wax into the wells if the paint dries in them. You can use beeswax or in a pinch those little red wax coatings from baby bel cheeses. Save the red wax coatings, wash them in soap and melt them down somehow. I have a wax melter pot but you can use a double boiler. Sounds like a lot of trouble but it's not. I'll make a video of the care and maintenance of these things, took me awhile to figure out how to complete clean them if you get lazy and let the paint dry in them.


    I have the video of painting the horns filmed, and will be rendering it over night and uploading in the morning tomorrow.

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  7. Hey guys thanks everyone!


    @Citrine, yes indeed, silicone pot holder type of thing. You've already ordered one so hope it works for you. I really like mine. Best advice is to clean it before the paint dries in it. Just run it to the sink when you're done painting. If the paint dries in the wells overnight or something, pour a little melty beeswax into the wells and let it harden for a minute or two. Then pull the beeswax out. Paint comes clean out with the wax.


    Guys those are great tips for the parchment paper. I soak mine. Just like ' official'palette paper that you buy from art supply stores. A little soaking helps "open up" the paper for use. Pinning is a good idea too, CS, never thought of that.


    Alright, I'm doing some priming work this morning on another project then once that's done it has to cure up so I can set up the camera and shoot some video for this. Probably a video tonight or tomorrow am. I'll probably finish this guy today and post videos of painting his horns and his base then call it done and move on to the next Reaper mini!

  8. Hey guys, I have been busy this last week with commission work, when it rains it pours sometimes around here and I haven't shot any video. I was hoping to have it all done last month because I can get pretty hectic sometimes and my free time projects have to wait.


    That being said, I'll get some video up soon as I'm at a place now where I can look at getting an hour or a day free to work on this again. It won't be as soon as today that i get another vid up, but I'm looking at getting at least one up by the weekend.


    He's almost done anyway so there won't be too many vids to film. The good news is that I have another mini in line to paint and film after this! So if these are good for you to watch, there will be another up soon. A new mini means showing new techniques on new surfaces and should be a lot of fun.

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  9. I absolutely love the way this guy is coming together. Many thanks for walking us through this.


    Alright, yeah slowly but surely a little bit at a time he is indeed starting to come together, thanks man! Thanks for following along and commenting, glad you're getting a kick out of this project.


    I'm slowly watching your videos, and I've learned so much already, even though I've only watched the first four! Even though the unfortunate over-brightness on the skin layering video prevented my seeing exactly the shades you were layering, you described it so well I could picture what you were doing in my mind, which was enough for me. Also, all those little things you probably don't even think about any more, such as using sponges to clean/wick off brushes and showing how to blend using water on your wet palette, really will help me a lot!


    Thanks for taking the time and effort to do these videos. I don't really live around anyone who paints that I'm aware of, and I'm very much a "watch someone else do it then try it myself" sort of learner, so your videos are extremely helpful and appreciated!!



    --OneBoot :D


    Hey alright, thank you! That's great you're learning stuff from watching these, I know how valuable a resource watching videos can be for learning and it's one of the main motivators for me doing this. There's plenty more after this video is done, and I will cover *everything* that I can think of in great detail as I go forward. Especially stuff like consistency of paint and the technical things like those sponges. All the 'arcana' tied into my approach.



    Ok, I'm uploading a new video showing how I painted up his pouch in a red leather kind of effect. Towards the end of the video the mini goes offscreen for a bit, I need to check the screen as I film more...ooops! You don't miss much though, just some minor blending at the very end.


    Here's that video:

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  10. I'm posting another video this morning where I paint up his beard in a blue/black color to match his shoulder pad fur. I tweaked my rendering settings while playing around with stuff and the FPS is low for this video so it's a little choppy...won't go back to that setting again for future videos ugh. Although the filesize is smaller the drop in quality is not worth it, hey I have to watch these too in case I forget how I did something, and I don't want to suffer!


    In the end I change his beard color from blue to a kind of orange/grey/brown but wanted to show this video anyways because it's how I painted the shoulder fur.


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  11. Hey those bones and MAS bases are a match made in heaven aren't they? They even look cool before they have any paint on them. Went through your WIP thread here, your use of color is very free and stylistic, looks to me that you're already developing a signature style and that's so important. Will look forward to your progress as you paint all these guys up!

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  12. I'm still new to the World of minis and mini painting and basing myself, and this is just things I've learned through tinkering and looking at things other people have done.


    Hey, even though you're new, I've been doing this forever and it's exactly how I do it, except I use magic sculpt instead of greenstuff, otherwise it's the same sound technique.


    Loving the bones material because it's so easy to cut and drill, makes the task of pinning much less of a chore than the metal versions of these minis. Good clear tutorial and I'm sure people will get a lot of mileage from seeing how it's done the right way. Bonesium is so easy to drill and carve that it's always worth it just to take that extra couple of minutes and get that hole drilled for the base for sure. Permanent solid attachment, no fuss.

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  13. Darkstar - thanks so much - I'll check these out tonight!




    Hey no problem. If you have any questions on any of that as you watch, I want to add that I have a thread going here in the WIP forum where I have these videos all in one place and that might be helpful to you as well. Here's the link for that: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/50796-ogre-chieftan-step-by-step-videos/


    (@Talespinner: Thanks for that compliment brother I appreciate it!)

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  14. Hey, I'm currently shooting a video series of painting the Bones Ogre Chieftain from start to finish on my youtube channel. I go over everything from start to finish and show the way that I paint. I show some advanced concepts in painting, but also some very basic ones. I can't promise this will teach you anything you need to know as it's more or less a demonstration of some of the ways that I paint as I tackle a mini made of bonesium Since I go over and show so much in this series you may end up with more questions but I'll still give you a link so you can check out the videos and watch someone do it as that's a way some people respond well to learning, and the point of these videos. I like to share my info and if people can learn something to improve themselves then awesome.


    I talk about consistency of paint, and show up close and personal all the detail of applying with a brush, at the very least that should be good to see for a beginner.


    The first video of the series is here and I'm up to video 10 with more to come daily until this project is done, except weekends as I get busy then mostly.

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  15. I am so far behind with following this thread, but want to get caught up. I was trying to watch 6a and b on Wednesday when I was home with my sick 4 y.o. but my connection to the internet kept bombing out.


    I would like to mention of what I have watched so far your brush control is a key part of your skills. I hope to get to watch one or two this weekend.


    Hey well the videos will always be there when you've got some time to relax and watch paint dry haha, hope your kid got better btw being sick sucks.


    About the brush control, to be honest I think brushes felt really akward to me for a long time until I got used to them. Which is weird to think about because now they're as natural as anything.


    Well I have another video uploading which I'll link at the bottom of this post. I painted a piece of his green armor and showed how I went about doing that. I decided to paint over his metal on his helm and armor because it was too boring. He needed a little color and I'm pretty happy I made that decision since he's starting to look way better now.


    Also talked about the conversions and resculpting I did during the start of the video. About 20 mins long this time, really small area I painted so it goes fast. Now I'm working on the bone, but I'm busy this weekend so I won't be able to film I don't think, unless I wake up at the crack of dawn and do it then before people are awake. Maybe I'll get a video up of the bone this weekend. Will see.


    Video is up, here it is. Have a great weekend!


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  16. I'm pleased to know that you are going to be doing more of these as I do learn better when I see something rather than reading. I have a devil of a time with metals and rust techniques. I would never have thought to use that pen or the watercolours. Also it helps to see how much paint you're loading your brush with.


    You've made another good point about studying the natural world. I need to slow down and do that, particularly with faces.


    Yeah metals are tricky if you want them to look good. There's really fast ways to do it though, I'll get more into different techniques of doing traditional metallics in other videos later. I'm obsessed with painting metallics.


    No video tonight. Did some tweaks to the conversion work, sculpted more stuff, redid his shoulder. Probably have a video up tomorrow of painting the armor again as I'm not satisfied with the metal/steel look and want to give him some color, thinking about a mossy green or olive green for the armor.

  17. My painting style is a bit different from yours, I generally don't use blending, but layering. But after watching this I may take a shot at blending, I might like it better. In addition I have always like watching others paint, and I've gotten a lot of great ideas for a couple of projects I have going on that were kind of stuck. Thanks for keeping these coming.


    Hey it's worth a try for sure. You never know, might be fun. If you hate it, you can always file it away for later and maybe try it again down the line. I've done that with quite a few things. Didn't like metallics at all for the longest time and for years didn't even want to think about painting with them. Now I love painting with metallics and favor them for my own minis over NMM. Just took about say, 5 or 6 years until I wanted to bother with them again.


    Speaking of metallics, here's part 9 where I paint some!



    Tomorrow I'm going to resculpt that shoulder pad. The more I see it the more I think it's the weakest link in this conversion, just letting the figure down due to it's lack of coherency in the theme I've got going. Going to see if I have more luck with sculpting an animal skull type shoulder pad. Will be a relief as I didn't know where to go as far as painting that thing anyway...

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  18. I class myself as an intermediate painter, and have tried some of the techniques you use, but have never seen them done....only described, now I know how to do them properly


    These videos are excellent and I commend you for allowing us to see a true professional painting. Now that I've seen these techniques being used first hand I will definitely be trying them. I never expect to reach the standard you are (I'm not that patient), you have a new subscriber and I look forward to the remaking video for this miniature, and many more to come.


    Thank you for taking the time to share you knowledge.


    Hey I really appreciate that response, that was well said thank you. You know, I'm having fun shooting these videos so there definitely will be many more to come down the road. My only regret is not starting sooner.


    I'm really glad you're getting to see these techniques in use as I think it's a great way to bridge the gap in understanding from simply hearing about something to actually seeing it in use. Should really help to cement some of these ideas in painting that people use for sure.

  19. That's another great video.


    I recognize my "chaotic" random tapping approach in the way you apply the basecoat for the fur. I think it gives a more natural look. I also like the way you shade to get maximum detail out of the sculpt.


    Just sharing my thought, at the step where you apply the burnt orange highlight. I personaly use the side of my brush just to be sure I won't be applying any paint at the bottom of the cracks.


    Yep edge of the brush is always very useful for sure. Nice way to get tricky areas highlighted absolutely


    Alright I did the black leather areas up and shot a video of that stage showing my more traditional way of layering with thinned paint. Here it is:



    Today I may do either the wood or leather bag, once I figure out what kid of leather I want. Might do some color 'analysis' to figure out what would look nice. By analysis I mean taking a quick pic of the mini and putting it in photoshop and testing a bunch of colors quickly to see what stands out the best. I like to let my eyes tell me what I like instead of my brain in terms of color that is. I trust my eyes to give me the right idea, although if I sat and thought about it for awhile I could probably reach the same conclusion, it's just so much faster and more fun to visualize that kind of thing. Just make a quick selection in photoshop and adjust hue/saturation until you've got a pleasing choice that looks good with the rest of the piece.

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  20. Really ambitious to sculpt all those skulls from scratch for this project, they look good for your first go at sculpting skulls


    Looks like a fun project, molding/casting in silicone and resin is a great part of the hobby with tons of learning curves, but really rewarding when you can just pump out models of your own making at home for sure

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