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All-Terrain Monkey

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  1. Heyo! I wanted to paint a Terezinya again to do both a "Monkey from 2005 and today!" and to play around with doing freehand designs before laying color down. While the glazing was fun going from blue to purple down the cape, I will probably do all the freehand as I go while shading/highlighting for the next time I go that nuts.

     

    The first Terezinya was one I painted as one of my first minis sold on eBay, so while I needed another good 20 hours into this version to make her good I still think I've come a bit of a way from then. Lemme know what you think!

     

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  2. Another finished, painted mini? The Mayans were right!

     

    She was absolutely fun to paint, and fun to try to Tomb-Raider-ify. I had finished the fur and hair before I looked at Anne's painted version and giggled when I saw I'd picked a very similar tone. Anyhow, let me know what you all think!

     

     

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  3. I painted a mini in a week! BE AFRAID!

     

    My main thing on this mini was to not worry about cleanliness so much as having fun with colors that I don't usually use. I think she turned out pretty ok-ish, but I'd love to hear you guys tell me what you think works and what makes you want to claw your eyes out.

     

    Besides everything. ::D:

     

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  4. Thanks for the comments guys! I still need to tweak some settings on the ol' camera phone to see if I can get the balance a bit better for the whites.

     

    Someone on CMON had made a stereoscopic image for a space marine of theres maybe a year or two ago that I saw. All I use as a "tripod" for my shooting is a bag of rice to steady my phone, and while I was lining up the shot I got the idea to try to take a picture. I looked online for "macro stereoscopic" and ran across a blog with all sorts of depth calculations, things to watch for, etc., and promptly proceeded to not read any of it. I did see that for the two photos you should line up the subject to be at the far right of the frame, and then move the camera parallel to the shot to frame the subject in the far left of the frame. Then all I had to do was combine the two images in GIMP, get a large white circle, hover over the right-side image when crossing my eyes for the first dot, and then hover over the left to place the second helper dot.

  5. Here are the latest ones from the "See John actually paint some minis this year" album. The blue needed a lot of smoothing, and the freehand is rough, but I feel like I'm still inching forward. One or two more and I think I'll be back in form. Sorry if the stereoscopic image gets you a headache, hopefully it'll not make your eyes bleed too badly :D.

     

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  6. Thanks for the comments all!

     

    @DrBedlam: I used the Ocean Blue triad (Surf Aqua, Marine Teal, Deep Ocean), took it all the way down to 1:1 Blue Liner:Green Liner, and highlighted with 1:1 Ghost White/Linen White with Pure White on top. Figuring out placement of lights for it was mainly by looking at anything reflecting out to the horizon and down didn't go past Surf Aqua and anything horizon and upwards didn't go past Deep Ocean with the usual Golden Child rules of NMM engagement on top. I'd be glad to sit down with ya and show you it; I probably won't have my hands on Monique anymore but should have the army I'm painting with those colors tucked away somewhere.

     

    @Goblyn, joshuaslater, Stern, and Silas, thanks! Feels good getting that oxidation off.

     

    @Adrift: missed yours the first time around but I dug backwards to look at it. I've been looking at doing strong sunwards lighting for some of the western themed minis I have lying around and thought yours came out very nicely :). I don't know if it's the color choice that makes mine look less evil, or if it's that the teal on mine overall is a lighter tone than the rich blue you used?

     

    Hey Captain Joe, I think you're right on the cloak on the front; it sweeps out to approach horizontal so I wanted it to be brighter, and I think if she was in a unit with cloth falling all over the place she wouldn't look as off, but by herself I completely see what you mean. I started at a mix of Shadowed Stone:Grey Liner at 2:1, and think I should try 1:2 on the next go around. And, now that I look at it more, the back too, really.

     

    Hiya Marsya! My only other class this year besides a coupla HNTS's will be a freehand one. I was going to put a pattern on Monique but chickened out once I got her to the "Close enough to call her done" stage. Hopefully I'll be able to do something in the coming week or two to be worthy for the Gratuitous Freehand Brigade ("To Obfuscate and Distract!"). I went to GenCon once several years back but probably won't be rambling around anywhere besides ReaperCon and ArtistsCon this year.

     

    Allo Master Derek! I painted the face first, and I really should have revisited it once I had all of the other colors established around her, but didn't get around to it. She'll be off to a new home soon I hope so I won't be doing any more touchups on her or I would make her a little more lively-ish, since I didn't go too nosferatuish (is too a word). The photo setup is my own; I made a lightbox out of a cardboard box and tissue paper, hung some daylight CFLs at 12, 3, and 9 o'clock with one facing the miniature in the bulb holders like what Reaper uses (or on the top of sculpting ovens), and made a semi-cellphone camera tripod out of a sack of rice. The gray was just a sheet of construction paper we had in a pack lying around in one of our closets; I was going to print out a gradient or a backdrop but decided to pass when the gray worked out well. I don't know what Reaper's using these days or anything but maybe I can bring a sheet up for Anne and Bryan to play with at our next Pathfinder game. The one thing I haven't figured out quite yet is how to adjust the depth of field setting on my phone, so it might butt-bite me on a more dynamic mini; I might have to spring for a phone app for that one.

  7. Heyo! Been too long since I finished something, I know, but thought I'd do a quick model to start getting back up to speed before the imminent ReaperCon (since those How Not To Sucks don't teach themselves (yet)), and also as a test piece for some army painting I'll be doing all this week.

     

    I thought doing shiny teal NMM, burnished gold NMM, and some black highlighted up with the stone greys would be a fun way to get the hand working again, and Monique didn't fight me too much. Since she was a quick paint job I didn't do any glazes or washes; what you see is non-optimized layerin' at its non-finest ::D:.

     

    She was also a test for my new lighting setup (four daylight CFL's diffused with tissue paper) and for picture taking; I used both a Sony DSC-H55 and my Samsung Galaxy S phone in a macro-photography shootout, and the Samsung actually ended up taking much, much better pictures once I dialed it in (the Sony had some work too). All I did on the pics was crop and drop the black level a couple of points to get the pics almost perfectly color matched to the mini in hand.

     

    As always, jeers, tomatoes, questions, and criticisms welcome.

     

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  8. Hey guys! As always, don't be afraid to give the search function on the site a shot, as a lot of common painting questions have been already asked. In the Advanced Search on the Painting forum, with the search terms "+wet +palette", this topic from June this year was one of the first ones up, along with a good three pages of results. Try giving them a look-through as I think it'll answer a lot of the questions you have now ::D:.

  9. If you do a search for Boerogg in the forums you can see the posts where the ReaperPeeps™ in charge of production said a metal version would easily hit $50-55 in metal, which I'm only assuming was for P-65 due to the size and weight of the figure. Just in those threads alone are a lot of people who chime in about $55 being a bit out of their comfort zone for a model like that. ::D:

  10. Hello GWS!

     

    First question can be answered in the sticky thread in this forum, "Paint product descriptions". Dargrin is wrong about washes, as we do sell washes; however, you can turn any paint color into a wash with water and some flow improver. Clear colors are covered in the same Product Description link above, and I'm not sure what you're after regarding the metallics, so you might have to do some digging on that one, or let us know better what you're trying to find out. As always, using the Advanced Search option on this forum can find answers to tons of questions, since not only have questions like yours been answered before, but forums are innately fantastic at putting those answers at your fingertips ::D:.

  11. Base game is totally worth it. You only use 10 different "resource" cards per game, and there are 30, so the interactions between the various cards and the endless permutations give it really great replay value. It's a very different kind of card game as the goal is to get as many victory point cards in your deck before the game ends, and that you build the deck you play with as you go along.

     

    Some of the expansions seemed to flow way better than others; I wasn't a fan of Alchemy, but like Intrigue, Cornucopia, and a couple of the others pretty well. Save the cash, though, till after you play the base game and get tired of it after a year or two of playing it ::D:.

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