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  1. Hey I'm glad you are enjoying this, thanks. Yes those are exactly what I use. They also sell 10 packs of just the nibs, the holder is nice but not needed. The nibs do wear down but you can cut them with an exacto like you would sharpen a pencil tip with an exacto, or use sharp scissors to cut the tip back into shape. I use them for loads of different things, especially for applying any metallic paint that needs to be buffed up like Mr. Metal Colour Mr. Metals from Gunze Sangyo. I also use them to rub off paint whenever the hairspray technique is used, they're very useful I wish I knew how to make these somehow, I would make thousands of them! Here's a link to the pack of just nibs sans holder: http://shop.rangerink.com/default.aspx?PageID=7&ProductID=57 I've tried to clean them with turpenoid and they do clean , even though they remain discolored, the tips when dry are useful for blending again. You can always just cut the dirty part away into shape and use it again. Eventually you'll wear it down into a little frayed nub but that's when the new ones come out! I made the mistake of dipping it in turpenoid the first time and it saturated the entire nib and made it a little weird to use so now I just put the thinner on a makeup sponge first, then clean the nib on that by rubbing it onto the sponge. And @ Loim I cut that from sheet styrene aka plasticard. Carved it into shape with an exacto and sandpaper, chipped it with an exacto for damage (I didn't want it to look like it was new, but well worn) then attached it to the haft of the mace after drilling a slot for it to fit into with the dremel. Bonesium is very dremel friendly I found out. After that I sculpted the details in magic sculpt and added rivets. Thanks for asking. I'm getting excited to do the metals soon. Looking forward to the rust mainly. Will be fun to video my techniques and share them. I think they look cool, will see if everyone else agrees. Couple shots of the leather and fur done Now I've got part 7 up early tonight since I may not update this weekend. I might though still depends will see. Have a great weekend!
  2. I do indeed use GPU acceleration. It's much faster as long as you have the card to power it. To make the most of it I need a new vid card as mine is getting long in the tooth compared to the rest of my recently upgraded system, it's definitely the weakest link. I've got one in my sights at newegg to order, will make a world of difference! Best thing about technology is, the longer you wait to upgrade the cheaper it will be as long as you don't have to be on the cutting edge. Sometimes I put off upgrading a little too long until I absolutely must, like in this case. My card is from 2007! I know I'm horrible hahaha Alright here's part 6b where I finish painting the leather, well not quite finish it I waited for the oil to dry then did some more highlighting to wear and tear it later, but same concept I used in this video here, just more of the same.
  3. Cool, I myself appreciate when painters are thorough in describing what they're up to during filming themselves painting so I try to make sure I am. Shading after highlighting wasn't always the way I did things, and still just one of the ways I work, but it can be very useful, give it a try it might work for ya. Ok youtube ate the HD version of this vid, but it looks ok and I don't have time to upload it again tonight so I'll leave this one as is in glorious 360p... Part 2 of painting this leather bit tomorrow, need my PC tonight so I can't tie it up rendering part two. Later I'll get a new video card and set up my old pc to render these. I enjoy making these videos so I'll need a proper setup since I plan on shooting tons of videos. Should have started doing this earlier but it's never too late!
  4. Hey thank you, glad I got those creative juices flowing in ya! Ok so I fixed the problem with the overexposed highlights in the last video which was unfortunate. Like I said I'd be making every mistake in the book probably! I adjusted my lighting setup for filming and did some exposure locking and post-editing to really help show the paintwork minus the super blown-out hotspots like that last video, as that ruins it. Here's a couple of pics while I wait for the video to upload to youtube. This video shows how I go about finishing up the skintone here. Since I've do so much experimenting with Bones with this figure anyway I thought why not just finish his skin in oil and experiment a little with that as well. So I show how I approach painting with oil to tie in all the skin and do a little special effect with the 'veining' at the end. Only 15 mins long this time, I don't think I can keep them to 10 haha, I try but as fast as I talk and paint, time just slips right on by... Video is up! Actually looks good on Youtube this time. Minimal blown out highlights, love it when a plan comes together!
  5. What the eff!?! I mean it's awesome, but you did kind of make a new model out of it, hah! Haha, yeah I get carried away sometimes. It's always fun to use your bits that are sitting there waiting to be added to something for years and years Hey thanks, I did want to uplift his status as Chief a little bit by giving him some more appropriate wargear for the big boss type. Loaded him down pretty good for any sort of battle he may be leading his Ogre underlings into. Let's see, I shot video this morning of painting the skin that's uploading now. I want to keep my videos at around 10 minutes each because let's face it anything longer and it just gets to be sleep inducing listening to anyone drone on about technique and stuff. For me at least anyway. 10 minutes is where I want to target these in terms of running time per video, however this one didn't make that target. Missed by a mile. So this one here is 30 minutes long! Yeah. But I couldn't encapsulate all that I had to show about this particular technique in just 10 so I kept letting it run longer and longer....in the end I got to say and show all that I think I needed to get across my approach. If you watch this one here you can see how I paint just one little section of skin, not even to completion, but almost to the point where i start highlighting it. After all that you'll get an idea of how I generally tackle most paintjobs of large blendy surface areas such as the skin on this Ogre (if I'm not reaching for the airbrush as I tend to do more and more often these days as is the current shifting tide of the hobby for many). The fundamentals are all there. I talk about my palette and paint consistency and stuff. Mostly just showing how I feather paint one layer over the other. Keep in mind this is a rough job, quick and dirty here all around compared to my more deliberate and downright slow usual pace of applying paint. Well enough words I'll be back to post this once the video is finally done uploading. Got about 52 minutes to go. HD is a blessing but it takes time. Oh yeah, last thing, got a blown out hotspot on the highlights here when I start painting all throughout the video, going to look into a way for toning that down in my next vids, it's distracting and obscures what I'm doing. I have an idea I'll put to the test on my next video tomorrow where I talk about shading. Here's the vid: Edit to say, that blown out hotspot is way too obscuring, my apologies for that. Didn't look so crappy until it got to youtube then yeah, now it's pretty much destroyed any detail you could see. I looked at the app I used to shoot this vid and I had set it for low light filming which I think is what caused this to happen. I'll test thoroughly before shooting any more video to see if I can squash that nasty over exposure. Bleh. Kind of worthless if you can't see what I'm painting!!!!
  6. Hey thanks Anne! Yeah my first experiments in shooting vid for the web were...low fi. Too bad as those minis are long gone across the world and I can't reshoot any clearer HD video, believe that one's in Spain. But those were yesterday, today I have the skills and equipment (my phone lol) to shoot crystal clear so luckily there will be no more pixelated videos. I left those older ones up there just because, even though they're so low fi. Working on the skintone today once I wake up more then uploading the video over night later tonight, or during lunch whenever I won't need the pc. These things take an hour to process just for 10 minutes. Need a new video card to help with that.
  7. Alright, conversion is done, and video is uploading so I can continue on this video blog of this project here finally. Here's a couple of pics of the conversion and some words while I wait for the video to finish uploading. So I kind of got carried away with the ideas I had for converting this guy to make him more interesting for the paint up demo. I also wanted to test all my sculpting stuff with this bones material to get an idea of just how 'conversion friendly' it all is. My weigh in here after a week or so of playing with this stuff is that I had zero problems with anything along the way. This Bonesium stuff takes all my putties, plasters, waxes, epoxies whatever I throw at it like a champ. Cuts like butter, glues without hassle with super glue, E6000 and generic glues. In the end after testing materials I stuck with Magic Sculp and Apoxie Fixit to get the job done. Those are the two I use most of the time so that's good. A little Procreate for the runes and fur (bad job on the fur, I'm not the greatest at sculpting haha.) Regardless of my lack of finesse as a sculptor at this scale (painting is more my bag!) I've gotta say I love converting figures and the easier it is for me to get to that, the better. Real pleasant stuff to work with here. What I learned while working with the Bones material: 1. Shave and carve, don't file and sand. Using a sharp exacto was key to getting rid of mold lines. Filing and sanding left fuzzballs of doom everywhere, which required more work to remove, no fun. However shaving with the blade was easy as can be. Careful though, easy to carve a chunk right out of the mini! 2. If you need to heat set your putty, you can do it with impunity on these figures if you're careful and avoid bendy thin bits. I aimed my Uchida heat tool directly at this figure to set up some putty right on the figure and had no problems with warping or melting of details. Plastic kits would melt in about 3 seconds of direct heat. Eventually it would melt I'm sure, but careful application is ok. 10 second bursts did the trick. Very cool in this regards works like metal and resin. Was concerned if it was melty like plastic, but it's not. At least on thicker parts that can withstand warping. 3. Priming with Vallejo Polyurethane surface primer was super effective. Airbrushed at 40 psi in one coat and I had absolutely no rub-off after direct handling over a week of converting this dude. Good solid primer for Bonesium. Readily available, high quality stuff I use all the time anyway and I'm glad it works so well with this. I mean it when I say I had no rub off. None until I started using metal tools to really chip at the primer to get it to finally wear away. So in my tests, it sticks better than on metal! I learned more and I should have kept notes but as it is I've got to go do some stuff so I'll end this lengthy post with the video when it's up, and start painting tomorrow AM as my early-morning-before-dawn project. I'll shoot and edit a 10 minute video of all my paintwork per day unless something comes up or I get busy as I sometimes do, but over time, stay with me and I'll show you how I end up painting all this. Finally the video is up, here:
  8. Thank you, yeah those little lenses from the optivisor I never used came in handy for once, makes a great little macro lens. No video today, maybe none tomorrow as I'm working on converting this guy and of course I got carried away and now have a ton of fur to sculpt, weapons to carve etc...so yeah, don't want to paint anything on this dude until all that is done. See ya then
  9. Thanks guys, It should be a fun ride for the duration. Probably a pretty long series knowing how long it takes me to paint anything also! I lost the video of the priming phase, but yeah, haha. 2nd video, lost it. Anyways I just shot Vallejo Polyurethane Acrylic primer in a green color right out of the bottle at 25 psi. That was the entire video so it's not really a tragic loss. Still I would have like to have that for completion sakes, but what can ya do? So here's the 3rd video, which is now the 2nd in the series, where I airbrush the basecoat of the skin. Kind of long as I want to keep the vids down to under 10 minutes in length but I spliced 2 vids together and am learning to be more concise, so bear with me, I'll get there! I noticed a giant mold line on his left arm while watching this, so I'll take care of that before the next vid tomorrow. Also I want to do a little conversion on this guy to 'beef him up' a little, so I'm going to take time today to do that. Not going to film any of that as it's beyond the scope of the series, I just want to make this guy more interesting to look at during the time I'm shooting all this.
  10. Hey Reaper peeps, I've picked up my first Bones figure, the Ogre Chieftan and I'll be shooting video of the entire painting process and posting it here via my youtube. Here's the first video: Now, that's just me ramblin' on about the mini and why I'm shooting video on this project without any painting, so if you're only interested in the painting parts, just skip this intro here as it's just a monologue and I tend to go on about my favorite subject, minis, if I have a platform to do so. I'll be posting a video once a day, about 5 times a week until this project is done. I'm going to go into detail about everything I do on this mini regarding the paintwork, all filmed in HD here in the studio and I'll try to be as verbose as I can be about whatever it is I'm up to while painting this guy. Sometimes in painting videos, the painter can get pretty quiet, I'll try to keep to words flowing to make it so you're not just literally watching paint dry. I'll learn as I go but that's my plan. I'm not aiming to do a tutorial this is more of a step-by-step looking glass into my method for tackling something like this in my way. I will explain what I'm doing as I'm doing it but I won't be going into basics or anything. So if you like stuff like this, stay on board as there should be something worth watching here when all is said and done.
  11. Thanks! Thank you, the collection is going to be nuts when it's all done. Going to take awhile there's like 80 figures or something crazy like that, but after all is done it will be one-of-a-kind, I'm super enthused for the day when it's all done Thank you very much, much obliged Hey I appreciate it, thank you. Alright, awesome is what I'm shooting for, thanks! Thank you, it was easy, one day I'll do a workup of how I paint metallics when I get better at them I still feel like I need to unlock more mysteries of metallics first
  12. Finished up the 3rd edition Wizard. Here he is below As always, painted to match the character chard artwork as much as possible. The color theory was everywhere on this character card art, which shows the painted version in this case as with the other 3rd edition character cards. I paint them to match as much as I can even though I would have chosen the colors much differently if it was me but hey, it is what it is. In the end you can't miss this figure on the game board! I think there's a piece of static grass that stuck to the mini before photographing. Which is odd since I didn't use any! Have to pluck that off now that I see it. Hey thank you, I paint my commissions as if they were going into my own collection. Glad you're inspired my friend that's a good way to be. Thank you and you're very welcome. They do indeed, what with the vivid colors and bold broad expanses of sculpted areas. I like that part that you said about capitalizing on that strength, very nice way of putting the sentiment, thank you for that! Ok will be over a month until I update this post, then I will update it with 4 more minis next month. Have another big project to tackle that's going to eat up my paintin' time this month. Until then, happiness and prosperity be your ever present companions. Sean
  13. Sweet, love her hair! Great color balance and scene
  14. Hey thanks brother, I know how much you love those old sculpts.
  15. Haha, I can't be held responsible for anyone going into hypoxia! Careful! Thanks man, I appreciate that for sure Totally look here's my sword, that's great, love it! Thanks and glad to bring back the old gaming memories Ah man, thanks a ton I work hard on that stuff, glad to see it doesn't go un-noticed because sometimes it really is subtle. The devil is in the details, and that's pretty much this whole hobby Thank you kindly, the goblin was the one I was worried about most actually since his sculpt was so plain, but in the end he ended up having the most character after all Thank you, the priest had about twice as much time put in to him as these but to keep the time cost of this project reasonable we settled on going for metallics over NMM and the chaos dwarf along with the...warrior were both started early so still made it with their NMM intact. I like the way it looks for sure but it just is not time efficient to do so many minis in that style if we both want to see this project finished while we're still young. The good news about that is I was looking for an excuse to improve my metallics and I have one now. I need to relearn all that I forgot about that style when I switched to almost all NMM back in the day. I was getting ok with metallics too! Now I find myself going back through old posts of mine and old notebooks looking for lost secrets I used to know...I'll get better with practice Thank you! They have their appeal and when they're seen together on the game table it's very, very cool. Thank you, he's one of mine as well Thank you, I think a couple of these could do double duty as WHFB troops for sure since indeed a couple of the 3rd edition Talisman figures were sold in box sets to be used for whatever purpose. I'm almost certain the goblin fanatic was part of one of those boxes come to think of it. Thanks much, I appreciate it. I plan to have one more up by the end of this month, then a new month and new minis!
  16. Hey all, I've been busy working on a large scale commission of 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition minis from the Talisman game here and there and I have some time to post the ones I've completed so far. Now these are some minis from a great game that I've tried to breathe 'modern paintjob' life in to, so some of you fans of classic minis, and of Talisman in general may get a kick out of seeing these as I finish them up over time. As far as the color choices go, I've painted them all to match the original character card from the game box as close as possible. Here is the 3rd ed. Warrior Here is the 3rd ed. Templar Here is the 3rd ed. Swashbuckler Here is the 3rd ed. Ranger Here is the 1st ed. Monk Here is the 3rd ed. Goblin Fanatic Here is the 1st ed. Elf And lastly we have the 3rd ed. Chaos Dwarf I have...tons...more of these to come over time as I'm painting them all (even the rare ones, it's a complete set) as part of this commission. All to match the original card art. A one of a kind project that will be pretty satisfying to game with when the jobs' done, so keep your eyes peeled once a month or so and I'll add a couple more to this post here. (Speaking of which I guess I should add the first one I painted for this collection in this thread here at the bottom, which I've already posted here, for the sake of completion.) Here he is, the previously posted 3rd edition High Priest. Allright, see you in this thread over time, it will be a long ride!
  17. Ok she's all done. Here's a video, shot in HD, but still kind of out of focus...not bad for a first try, at least stuff is visible mostly, room for improvement is to be expected, so expect improvement down the line with my next videos which I'm going to be doing from now on instead of just images of my minis! http://youtu.be/7V6UicuvV_k
  18. Alright! Thanks kindly Astounding, love that word! Yeah that's a big project to tackle right there, hopefully this will give you some ideas for sure, I made sure to include just about everything I usually do when doing buildings or terrain or anything with wood/stone/tile etc... so it should be at least a good reference. Thank you, wait no further my friend, it's all here! Now I have to weather the whole thing and shoot footage of the completed deal which I'll post here once I get it all sorted today or tomorrow. The heat is rising around here, maybe I won't want to sit under my painting lights all day today, already getting muggy. Will see. I really take advantage of the mornings in the Summer to paint all morning before it gets hot. In the afternoon, not so much by tradition haha.
  19. Thank you! But I am changing it though, I have to weather it to tie it all together. Needs more dust/dirt/grime/streaking/rust/ wear and tear etc...I'm in the process of doing that today. Of course, pics to follow. You're welcome and thank you for following along and commenting. The final shots should be up today or tomorrow depending if I have time, not quite done yet, almost there.
  20. Almost done! Just some weathering to do tomorrow and the two torches on the front. Left those blank because I need to put a lighting effect there tomorrow and I want to paint them when I have time with the same colors. Tonight, I'm done! Thanks guys who commented above I appreciate it glad you're following along!
  21. Thanks! It looks waaaay better in the hand than in these flat photos, try it and see for sure
  22. And here we have the 'worn gold' effect. Blurry shots don't help see everything but I'm waiting to reveal everything in perfect focus until the end after everything is weathered and tied together. Right now, these process shots aren't as clear as I think they should be and next time I will focus more on...focus. This evening the bone/skull tutorial will be up here then I put this Chapel together and putty it so the putty can cure overnight. Then weathering and final details. In the home stretch now, trying to get it done by Friday night/Saturday at the latest.
  23. Getting close to the part where I put this kit together. All that's left are the skulls and gold bits, then assembly, basing and weathering. I'll show it all here of course. (all the silver parts are done, just didn't want to have them all together for these shots as there were a ton of silver parts.)
  24. Had some time this evening and knocked out the bronze. Getting very close to finishing this project! I'm aiming for the end of this week for completion.
  25. I would happily oblige but all I have as far as minis go are unpainted conversions, commission works-in-progress, models in parts, unprimed gaming minis etc... at the moment. I make my living as a commission painter and I sold off everything I had that was painted during a move a year and a half ago to help with the ends. Now that everything from that chapter has settled down I'm painting like crazy and for the first time in a long while I actually have a few pieces I'm about ready to get started on for myself to get my own collection rolling finally. I have no painted minis of my own, they're scattered to the 4 corners of the Earth! In fact, since I'm not selling this chapel, it will be the first painted "mini" in my new personal collection come to think of it...cool Right now I have an Ork Warboss that I converted, a Skaven Warlord, a Space Marine Captain and a 40k Ork Warboss all primed and ready to get started painting for myself, all have to wait until this Chapel is done though, those are next and will be my very own haha. Finally.
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