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Geoff Davis

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  1. Geoff Davis

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Dark Crystal is awesome. After I saw that movie, nearly every monster I ran as a DM made creepy crooning noises like the skeksis chancellor. I watched the whole movie with my 16 year old on Friday. She made a lot of scoffing noises over the puppets. Definitely spoiled by too much CGI. I tried to get her to watch Labyrinth, but no dice. I might have a better chance with Lady Hawk or Willow, though.
  2. Geoff Davis

    02981 Lonnia, Female Duelist

    That makes me sad. I've been there too, recently and often. Hopefully you can rescue her. Superglue bandaid for the win!
  3. Geoff Davis

    Reapercon Report

    This is a fantastic idea. The amount of training needed for a volunteer to help the people in line to fill them out would be minimal since the volunteer doesn't actually handle either models or data entry. If the instructions on the forms were clear, most people could fill them out before they even entered the queue. Volunteers could even assist with filling the forms out if anyone needed help.
  4. Geoff Davis

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Not much at the moment. The jet stream dragged it north fast and Gabrielle pushed it onshore. I'm currently in the eye and it's eerily quiet. Barely even drizzling. Here's the selfie I promised. Couldn't find my elemental or the sorceress so you'll just get my ugly mug.
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    02981 Lonnia, Female Duelist

    You have the right general idea with your nmm. When I was learning the technique, I found it really helpful to try it on a really complex shape like a suit of plate armour. The first couple of times it looked really bad, but you get the hang of it quickly. Most importantly it helps improve your blending skills.
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    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Pretty good so far. Having fun watching a crane swing in the wind. Lots of broken trees around but I think we are in for a lot worse to come. Apparently it was upgraded to a cat 2. It is expected to make landfall just east of Halifax now. Pretty much the same track as Juan in 2003. I live in Dartmouth so I'm expecting to be looking up at the eyewall in about two hours. I'm thinking selfie holding up the Gossamer Air Sorceress or maybe a Bones water elemental. Haven't decided which one yet.
  7. Geoff Davis

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Nope. I've got lots of batteries, candles, lamps etc but its a hurricane so all that stuff is being saved until its really needed. Last time we had a hurricane this size go through, we had no power for 11 days. My wife says painting miniatures doesn't count as an emergency. I'm sceptical. I feel like if the power stays off too long it will be a mini painting crisis.
  8. Geoff Davis

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Argh...power went out just as I was about to glue the head on a Bones ghoul using superglue. On the upside the ghoul head is no longer attached to my finger. On the down side, power is out so no painting.
  9. This is my diorama entry from Reapercon 2019 "Done and on to the next one". It received silver in the diorama category and 2nd place Dark Sword Individual Figure. The two figures are DSM7627 Female Ranger with Bow from Dark Sword Miniatures and 77189 Creature from the Blood Reef (Bones version) from Reaper Miniatures. My intention with this piece was to show a dynamic interaction between the two figures as compactly as possible and with a clear indication of the action, but with enough uncertainty in the details that the observer can be lead to many different interpretations of the story. For example, did the creature just miss her with a claw attack, or is he clinging to the rock in dying desperation while she contemptuously uses him as a launch pad? I went through many challenges with this figure (including crushing her in transport, breaking off her arm, crushing the bow and snapping off her leg at the ankle). Some of the detail work I did on this included: cleaning out the quiver and sculpting new arrows re-sculpting her chest and back to be a wool dress (the original figure has a bare stomach and back) adding the taught bow string using monofilament fishing line changing her bracer so that the buckles are on the side away from the bow string carving up and adjusting the creature layer by layer until he fit exactly where I wanted him (this is why I chose the Bones version - I would have found it nearly impossible with a metal figure) I am very grateful to Brice Cocanour who gave me a lot of advice on how to bring out the best look of the piece by adjusting the colour and value balance. He was also kind enough to let me use some of his tools and his big container of water effects to fix some of the problems with the base. Once again, I learned a ton from seeking help from the artists. I also really appreciate the feedback I got from the judges. As a first-timer at the MSP Open, I made some newbie mistakes that I will fix for next time, and as a long-time painter, I appreciated being told exactly where things were off so that I could reflect on them for future projects. The judges feedback was: They liked the tartan, the fabric texture and the colour choice. Some of the lines on the tartan could be made cleaner. One way to do this is to do the lines repeatedly with very thin paint. Small mistakes are then harder to see, but the correct position of the line gets hit repeatedly making the visual appearance of the lines neater. Another suggestion was to map out the tartan pattern in light grey first before adding any colour. Use pure white to make landmarks at the intersection points of the lines which are bright enough to show through the subsequent paint layers. This helps to make the layout of the pattern more precise and less risky. Because the pattern is laid out before any colour is added or a lot of work is put into highlights and shading, any mistakes in the layout can be corrected without having to do a lot of repair work. Overall composition was good with the story being very clear with the construction being very tight and kept to the essentials (no wasted space and unnecessary features). They liked the overall skin tone and highlight placement to focus attention on her face. They pointed out where improvements were needed to some of the blends on the skin, specifically on her calf where some of the shadow, dirt and highlight blends are misaligned or too abrupt and not bright enough (her ankle for example needs to be a bit brighter). The final surface texture of her skin could have been smoother. Suggestions for this included using brush-on sealer to smooth out flaws, paying close attention to cleanliness of the figure (eg large dust particles) and removing them as soon as they are found, then filling the craters and smoothing their edges, and glazing additional layers of the mid-tone to smooth out some of the edges of the blends. Clean up the water effects where they meet the base to give a crisper line between the action and the base. It was recommended to mount the diorama directly onto the wooden plinth if possible rather than on a gaming base attached to the top of the plinth. The judges scores were 3, 3 and 4 for 10/12 (Silver).
  10. Geoff Davis

    "Life on Vega" Bombshell Miniatures 'Raven Skye'

    Thank you. I originally made the shadows and lighting quite subtle and was relying on the reflection in her visor to sell the sunset. After talking to Aaron Lovejoy, Brien Piersol and David Diamonstone and getting their comments on her, I made some changes to the highlights and shadows and it really brought out the feel I was looking for. I am really glad I talked to all the artists and put their advice into practice. I learned a ton at Reapercon.
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    "Life on Vega" Bombshell Miniatures 'Raven Skye'

    She did! She got gold in the painters category and a gold dog tag from Bombshell. Thanks very much for all the positive comments. I'm so pleased you like her!
  12. Well I finally made it to Reapercon. What a blast! I met so many amazing people. I met some fantastic artists, some of whom were kind enough to give me some advice on my entries in the painting contest and help me take things to the next level. In particular, Aaron Lovejoy, David Diamondstone and Brien Piersol gave me specific feedback and advice on this piece that I was able to implement before I entered it. My idea for this figure was that she is standing at the edge of a spaceport on an alien planet with the last light of a setting star reaching her through the shadows of a city skyline. Sort of like the cover of a sci-fi magazine from the 60's. I'm really happy with the way the lighting worked out, especially the shadows and the reflections. I am also really happy with the way her face turned out. I tried to make her expression sort of wistful and tired, as though "Life on Vega" was not turning out to be everything she had hoped for.
  13. Geoff Davis

    ReaperCon 2019 entries

    I love your whack-a-mole diorama! One of my favorites from Reapercon. I love the sense of motion and conflict. I also like the way your base with the biohazard symbols suggests a time and environment that adds depth and colour to the story you are telling.
  14. Geoff Davis

    So... who's ready for ReaperCon 2019?

    I'm ready. Okay, I'm going to say it publicly... I am coming to Reapercon. This will be my fourth attempt to go, but this time it looks like I will make it. Twice before I had plane tickets, but ended up deploying and didn't make it to the con. A third time (last year) I had a plane ticket, VIP ticket and paid for classes, but my wife got ill so I cancelled. This time, fingers crossed, I will be there. I see no hurricanes on the horizon, the rest of my family is traveling somewhere else already, and I'm retired, so no last minute calls to go somewhere else. I'm stoked, to say the least. I'm flying out in a couple of hours, and will be at the hotel tonight!
  15. Geoff Davis

    **Official Ride share thread**

    I'm arriving DFW at 1720 Wednesday evening, leaving Monday morning on a flight at 1145. I'm staying at the Embassy Suites. I'm happy to share a lift if anyone is interested.
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