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    How do you paint the transparent pieces

    Haven't tried it one the Bones transparent minis yet but I've had good results with the Folk Art color shift paints on the transparent parts of the Wizkids unpainteds.
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    77094 Trista, the White Wolf by Patrick Keith

    I think the make-up works. The blush and the lipstick look really good and the eye shadow is a really clever way to bring that green into the upper part of the model. The NMM really turned out as well. The blending on the pauldron in particular turned out really impressive. The weathering is the only part that seems to still be missing something to me. Maybe a thin black/dark brown line across the top of the weathering lines could give it some depth in future attempts. She turned out really great though.
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    Darcstaar vs. BONES 1. Ep 2 Callie

    Funny, I went the same half-orc route due to the soft facial detail. I really enjoyed the first go round with Cassie and am excited for round two. Thanks for all the pictures. Getting an in depth look into someone else's process has been fun.
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    Darcstaar vs. BONES 1: Ep. 1 - Cassie

    She's looking great. The raindrop cloak is awesome. I loved watching the process with the drops. That final highlight always feels like magic.
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    I would be interested to hear how exactly you did the eye. Loving the whole paint job but you nailed that cataract look. Excited to see this one evolve.
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    Do you have a favourite poem?

    Not sure if it's my favorite still but this was my introduction to my favorite poet Stephen Dobyns Pursuit Each thing I do I rush through so I can dosomething else. In such a way do the days pass—a blend of stock car racing and the neverending building of a Gothic cathedral.Through the windows of my speeding car, I seeall that I love falling away: books unread,jokes untold, landscapes unvisited. And why?What treasure do I expect in my future?Rather it is the confusion of childhoodloping behind me, the chaos in the mind,the failure chipping away at each success.Glancing over my shoulder I see its shapeand so move forward, as someone in the woodsat night might hear the sound of approaching feetand stop to listen; then, instead of silencehe hears some creature trying to be silent.What else can he do but run? Rushing blindlydown the path, stumbling, struck in the face by sticks;the other ever closer, yet not reallyhurrying or out of breath, teasing its kill.
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    Marsh troll Reaper 77152 turned cave troll

    Marsh troll/ Cave troll either way this is a clever and well executed paint scheme. Such a cool idea and it really works with the mini. So unique, well done.
  8. A little late to the party but some of the things that help me. Picking one "focal point" per mini has helped me to increase my paining volume. I used to fall into the same cycle of either never starting a particular mini or starting and not finishing because the task seemed impossible. There were to many things that needed to be just right. Instead the compromise I've made is to work on speeding up my personal "table top standard" on the majority of each mini but then choosing the cloth or the metallics or a tatoo or whatever technique you want to really "go after". It kind of scratches both itches of getting things done but at the same time "perfecting" at least a part. Next, I try to keep several different styles of minis (wizard, martial class, beast, monster, skeleton, etc.) basecoated and available at all times. With a little one running around and dance and drums and gymnastics and etc., my hobby time is usually short and random. As such I never know when I'll get a chance or what I'll actually feel like painting. This way when the time comes there's usually something I'm happy to paint ready to go. Just to reiterate @Chris Palmer 's point, a gaming deadline is probably the best focus and motivation I can find these days. If I know I've got a week to paint 6 goblins, 12 zombies, 3 bugbears and an evil wizard, good enough gets good enough real quick with the henchmen. That way I can spend a little extra time with the BBEG. Also give yourself the chance to step away sometimes. There are times ya just get burned out on the hobby and it's okay. Other times you just can't get a technique to work and it can drive you crazy. I've found those periods last much longer when I actively try to force myself to paint or beat my head against a wall on a technique. I've always found my way back and it usually didn't take much effort on my part. Finally, catastrophic leg injuries. Best to keep them below the hip so you can still sit up. When you've got full days for several weeks and you can't really move much outside a 10ft radius or so, your miniature productivity will skyrocket. (not really recommended but I think I knocked out 3/4 of bones 1 in couple of months)
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    77505: Dragon Plant by Glitterwolf

    That looks so great. I really like the limited palette. I've had this sitting on the table and keep passing it by because I can't decide how to tackle it. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    Reaper Holiday Miniatures Party Celebration! (Open Thread)

    @Chris Palmer i would imagine good old corrugated cardboard would make a decent enough gingerbread replacement. Then any of a number of "snow" formulas could work both as icing and hide any exposed corrugation. A whole gingerbread village/dungeon could make for an interesting one-off D&D/pathfinder/frostgrave scenario.
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    @RigelThat looks really great. Which brand of metallics are you using? Also, thanks for sharing. My brain frequently gets hung up on semantics. I always forget that metallics may have uses outside of metals. I had honestly been avoiding the minis with spell effects because I didn't care for my available options (I had to be talked into the Aasimar by a six year old little girl that auto passes most persuasion checks). Now between the color shifts and metallics there's almost too many options.
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    @Loth- I did not intend to use it as a wash, it just kind of worked out like one. The folk art color shift paints are a very strange consistency and very translucent. As such I haven't bothered much with thinning them. My initial intent was to paint all over the wings with the color shift (straight out of the bottle) and then "target wash" the recesses. However I noticed the pigment concentrating a bit in the recesses on its own. In the end all I did was paint on a coat, use the brush to reduce the amount of paint on some of the high points, wick a bit out of the recesses and then followed that up with a second application. I wish I had some experience with golden iridescent paint so i could provide a little insight but I've never used it. If I happen to see any while I'm out and about tomorrow I'll pick some up and try to report back if the two are similar or not. I can think of a few things I might wanna try it out on. Just to verify which # iridescent do you have. I see they carry a few different versions (fluid, heavy body, OPEN, high flow and a couple different consistencies).
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    @Pillpeddler - Thanks. It definitely looks better in person. The "color shift"/iridescence is completely lost when photographed. The hope was that the provided picture would get across the idea that when using the color shifts you don't lose the clear effects on the Wizkids minis. I've tried several different "clear" paints, some of the GW technical paints as well as various washes and glazes but I wasn't really happy with the results and usually resorted to just using standard paints on the effects. This was one of the first times I found a paint that really worked well with the clear effects even with a quick and dirty application. Because of the nature of the paint it almost acts like a recess wash with very subtle coloring of the high points while adding an iridescence to the entirety of the surface.
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    adding iridescence to wizkids minis

    amuller33- The iridescence doesn't really show as much in this pic but I think it gives the general idea. This is undiluted paint. 1 or 2 coats. For the amount of effort I was more than pleased. Inarah- agreed. They behave so differently from any other paint I've encountered. They've definitely been fun but frustrating too.
  15. If you're wanting to add a little color and some iridescence to the clear portions of the unpainted wizkids line, the folk art color shift paints do a great job. They are transparent enough that the clear effect isn't "wasted" while at the same time adding little more life/interest to them. I was just messing around with the wings on the Aasimar female and was really happy with the results. Unfortunately don't have a pic (the iridescence would probably be lost in photos anyway) but thought I'd share.