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  1. Thanks for the responses, all. I'm definitely reconsidering the color shift paints after seeing the result that @Chris Palmer got on his. The Golden Interference paint sounds interesting as well. @Seahawk that sounds like some solid advice. It sounds like I need to paint a few test pieces and see how it comes out...
  2. Which color shift paints did you use? I might be willing to pick one or two up and test them on something. That carnivorous pudding looks pretty great.
  3. I had this idea that I would paint a black dragon so that his wings and scales look like they are shimmering the way an oil slick does, with the pale rainbow of colors. The problem is I have no idea how to get that effect out of paints. I'm aware of color shift paints but I'd like to use traditional paints to get the effect. Here's a picture kind of what I'm talking about: Does anybody have any ideas or advice. Has any body tried this before? What did you try? How did it go? I've looked around and haven't found advice on this anywhere else so I thought I'd seek wisdom here. I'll probably do several tests once I have some ideas of what to try so any suggestions that anybody might have are welcome.
  4. @Reaper_JonIs there going to be a RVE in 2022? I really enjoyed being able to take classes last year (can't usually make it to Rearpercon) and was curious if it was going to continue or if it was a one-time event.
  5. Agreed. That is definitely one of my lesson-learned from this one. I didn't even notice it until I tried to photograph it and couldn't get a shot that didn't look cluttered.
  6. Thanks for the feedback. I see what your talking about. Some of it doesn't quite go all the way to black... definitely something to look out for next time.
  7. I took @Mocha's class on painting dark skin at ReaperVirtual and found it to be fantastic. She's a great instructor (the same could be said for all the class instructors) and her commentary on color choices was like a revelation. I tend to stick to only using the paints that are named after skin tones when painting skin but this came out fantastic. I was so excited by how good the skin looked that I spent way too much time trying to make every other part match the skin. The NMM on the swords probably got repainted a dozen times as I tried to figure out how to move beyond the cartoony look that I usually get when trying NMM. I'm very happy with the result and I think this may be the best paint job I've done so far. Any constructive feedback is welcome.
  8. Last Christmas I bought one of each of the Rocky minis from Reaper and gave one to each member of the family. This is the one I got and he was a lot of fun to paint. Any constructive feedback is welcome.
  9. I took @Wren's class on painting scales at ReaperVirtual with my 11-year-old son. One of the best parts of these classes is seeing the color choices that are used for shading and highlighting and in between. Usually colors that I wouldn't think to choose but they come out working very well. I especially liked the part on painting the belly scales, a technique I'm going to get to practice more with my Bones 5 dragons, I expect. I also practiced a little NMM on the sword, shield and armor.
  10. @Geoff Davis taught a really good class at ReaperVirtual about painting hair. This mini is the result of that class. Just because I like to experiment I also tried out some OSL on the orb in her hand and then tried my hand at painting the gem in her staff to look like... well... a gem. Any criticism or critique is welcome.
  11. Painting black and white is hard so I took @Corporea's class at ReaperVirtual on painting those two colors. Here is the result. Like with anything I need more practice but I'm pretty happy with what I came out of the class with. As always any criticism and critique is welcome.
  12. More minis that I painted as part of a class at Reapercon Virtual. The goblins were part of Brice Cocanour's class on painting freehand. The result was something far better than I ever expected to be able to do. It was a really fantastic class. The paladin was from @Kuro Cleanbrush's NMM boot camp. It was a 4 hour class on how to paint NMM and it was exhausting and amazing all at once. My NMM on this one came out a little cartoony but still far better than I expected going in. We painted the sword and part of the chest plate in the class and the rest I did myself after for practice. The scene here is hard to photograph clearly because it's kind of all packed closely together. The idea is that this paladin is standing alone across a stream from an army of goblins (of which you can only see the leading edge), ready to stand his ground. I think the vignette probably doesn't tell the story that I intended but... these were all practice pieces anyway and I had fun learning these techniques and plan to practice them more in the future. As always, criticism and critique are appreciated.
  13. I've got a few of these that I worked on last year. This is likely to be the last in this series. The idea has been using ogre minis in amusing vignettes combined with townfolk from the Bones 4 Core Set. These two looked like they were in almost the same pose and it looked like too good an opportunity to pass up. This fellow is trying to learn to be more graceful, so he signed up for a dance class. I think he's got potential. Any critique or criticism is welcome.
  14. I took the shaded metallics class at Reapercon Virtual last year and this is the result of that class. I'm struggling with the shaded metallics technique so it looks pretty rough but it looks better than my metallics usually do. He's supposed to be half bronze and half steel. Any feedback or advice is welcome. Especially if you know of good sources for me to research this technique some more.
  15. Dyeing eggs with the kids. Thought it might be fun to try painting them. I learned three things. Paints dries slower on eggs than on minis. Paints don’t stick as well even with primer. Blending is harder on eggs for mostly the two reasons above. Anyway. Enjoy.
  16. I loved the kid hero's in the Bones V and they are one of the things I am most looking forward to. I especially like the expressiveness of the features, and the animal companions. I also like the 'cartooniness' of them. That said, I rarely use my minis for games, they are solely what I think will be fun to paint. These look like a lot of fun. I'd be interested in seeing some other fantasy races represented. Dragonborn, tiefling, orc, half-orc, dwarf, etc. Since I don't use them for games I don't have a lengthy wishlist -- I'm really interested in seeing what you come up with. As far as themes? All of the above sound awesome.
  17. Thank you @Inarah. The package arrived all in one piece and the painted cavalry is exquisite.
  18. gmvader

    New DSLR

    I do hobby in photography sometimes. Sigma lenses are significantly cheaper than Canon and very high quality. I also really like the Lowepro Slingshot for carrying camera equipment. One of my favorite accessories is the strap from Blackrapid.
  19. I started this mini during @Kuro Cleanbrush's Buttery Blends class at Reapercon. This has been one of the classes that has completely changed how I paint. My blending and shading has gone from frustrated "good enough" to something that I'm actually happy with. It took me some time to finish it because I'm a slow painter but I like the way it turned out.
  20. I started this mini during @Corporea's class on painting faces. Her discussion of being aware of what is underneath the skin was exactly what I needed to take my painting to the next level. After the class I decided to finish the mini and applied things I learned in other classes. I can still see things I would like to do better but this is one that I'm really pleased with. As always, any critique or criticism is welcome.
  21. Frost Giant Queen #77592 Not sure if this is the right place. She's 80mm but the top of her staff is 100mm which would put it in the larger category?
  22. Shipped my package today. Should be at the destination in ~a week.
  23. Here is my WIP. Taking longer than I expected but I still expect to finish in the next couple weeks.
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