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All-Terrain Monkey

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  1. I personally keep my paint at skim consistency if I'm lightly sketching freehand, or if I'm not sure of what I'm going to do yet, but usually I keep the paint about as thick as I do a basecoat. With a good 0 or 1 brush and some practice you can get pretty precise lines without much effort. Definitely practice painting lines on pieces of paper or flat spots of your palette, and try to think of it the same as using a pencil in how you approach holding and using your brush.

  2. Nope, I remember her as one of the list of people who didn't come up when their name was called. If you could send your mailing info to us, Inarah, we can get a medal sent out to you. I'm PM'ing you the email address of who to send it to, along with more info and stuff ::D:.

  3. ...for All-Terrain Monkey! I just checked my mail and saw her sitting in the box! Thanks for the great mini, O Shark What is Made of Diamonds! The conversion is flawless in person and the colors really pop; she'll be sitting guard (from her vantage point) over all my other minis from trade ::D:. Thanks again!

  4. If a single figure in pewter or resin, 90mm or larger.

    If a vehicle, 20- 28mm scale or larger is fine, such as a historical tank or aircraft kit or a Gw Ork Battlewagon or some such. The bigger, the better! If an ancient war machine like a chariot, I'd say at least 54mm.

     

    --Anne

    So sngle figures, no dios 54mm or larger for this one; correct?

     

    I whittled down Anne's post for the salient bits; not sure how it could get much clearer ::D:. You can still paint whatever the heck you want for the painting contest, this is just an informal challenge is all.

  5. Valloa, if it was Saturday then, the judges didn't _know_ they were judging till _after_ all the entries were in. They were a last-minute choice. So, at the time you heard two people talking about the judging for Sophies, they weren't judges. I'd feel really weird if nobody is allowed to comment about the models at all until after the contest, but that would be the only way to ensure misunderstandings like you heard didn't happen.

  6. Ok, clocked out of Codemonkey mode so I can put on my Suburb-class painter hat (Hi Bosses!).

     

    Valloa, I'm almost 100% certain you heard me talking in the contest room. On Friday afternoon, around 5-ish I think, I took a spin around the room to see what had been entered since I hadn't been in there all day; I know it was late in the day because Derek took his sweet time finishing his diorama. In the room was Mengu Gungor, another painter, and Vickie Saunders, who was manning the room.

     

    I spent about five minutes or so looking over all the entries, and at one point, Mengu asked me something along the lines of, "So, John, which minis are you rooting for," or "So, John, which minis would you vote for." I named off three entries pretty quickly; I hadn't looked at all of what was in the room, but I knew what to my eye looked like the best entries. The reason why I mentioned Derek above was not only to place the time, but also because I had "picked" him as taking the show according to what was already in the room. Granted, I hadn't looked everything over yet, but I spend a lot of time on CMON, eBay, and around Reaper looking at figures, both to push myself and to break things down into component groups (ask poor KatieG what two hours of me dismantling style is like ::D:). I think I also said I liked Doug Cohen's left-most piece (it was the one with five horses/riders, I believe), and I'm not 100% on the third; I want to say it was the trench warfare one, but I could've been wrong. If I remember right, I also commented on Fieldarchy's piece, mainly because I do a completely different style of NMM than her. Afterwards, I think Mengu agreed with me on how Derek had a pretty darned kick-arse piece, and then said which ones he liked.

     

    Afterwards I did talk with Vickie about times to close, since my "job" this Con was to check in with her, Anne, Rhonda, and Alison when they were manning stations periodically just to be sure they didn't need to use the bathroom or stretch their legs or whatnot. Since the painters and sculptors tend to eat together at the Cons for dinner (logistics of feeding a lot of hungry artists have been hammered out since the early Cons) knowing when the room was going to close was important.

     

    So, since Derek didn't enter till a bit past five o'clock I can place myself and Mengu having a conversation about the minis we think were going to win in-between 5:05pm-6pm. Neither of us were judges for the trophies, and, in fact, the judges for the trophies weren't picked until Saturday; Anne wrangled Jennifer Haley and Angela Imrie to do the judging for the Sophies. If you heard people talking about it Saturday afternoon before it closed then I'm pretty sure it wasn't me saying it (I talk really fast and mumble a bit if it helps to identify my voice). If you heard two males talking on Friday that wasn't me (hopefully me calling Derek Schubert as winning big and Doug Cohen having a great piece will show/not show it was me) then they weren't the judges voting on the Sophies anyway. If it was two female voices on Saturday then, possibly, yes.

     

    Lemme know if I was right about the when/where/what ::D:.

     

    Quick edit: Mengu also has a very slight accent if that helps you place the voices as well (I believe he's originally from Turkey).

  7. Yep, there's no set timetable beyond "Once it's done." It'll take a bit to process all of the photos, apply the correct information to them, and get them in the system. Rest assured it's something we know people want to see and eagerly look forward to, but even a rough guesstimate on a timeline would bring nothing but heartache ::D:. It looks like last year they were posted about four weeks after the Con was over, not sure about years prior ('course, not sayin' if it'll take longer or shorter this year, always a lotta stuff going on).

  8. Thanks for the comments all, I'm glad you like it!

     

    I went pretty light with the hair, Thorn, because I was worried about it being too close to the armor colors; it could definitely use a bit more oomph.

     

    Captenglish, the blue was based in Templar Blue, and layered with Purple Liner, Ritterlich Blue, Templar Blue, Ashen Blue, Ghost White, Pure White, and lots of glazes of Templar Blue and Clear Blue. Er, well, it might have been Ultramarine Shadow instead of Ritterlich Blue, either would work just fine.

     

    As far as the freehand goes, the base, shield back, and the crosses on the shield front and shoulders were free-hand. It really wasn't all that difficult, especially for the base and shield; the shield took maybe fifteen minutes and the base an hour or two. I even made a handy-dandy graphic (while taking a coding break) to diagram it! The base started off as a bunch of parallel lines all the way across the base, which set up the white squares the Crusaders symbol would sit in; these were basecoated white (first square). Then, two blue lines were drawn to make the white square into four smaller squares (second square). After that, each square gets a tiny circle (third square). From that, just paint a line from the outside of the circle to the corner (fourth square) and fill in the area (fifth square). After that, all I did was draw a crapton of lines randomly inside the squares and in all the spaces in-between, keeping them fairly large and generally four-sided (sixth square). That part took the longest of all; after that, I had four blues and four whites mixed, and just went around randomly coloring in the shapes. Any badly drawn lines or crazy looking spots were easily fixed when filling in the colors like a giant, random paint-by-numbers.

     

    The last line in the picture is how I do wood grain. After you base it in a medium brown, draw a bunch of squiggles in brown liner. Take a lighter color than the basecoat and fill in the spaces created a bit, and finish it off with a lighter color, only hitting every three or four strands. Hope that helps break it down, time to take off my painting hat and go back to the code mines!

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  9. I finished the Master Series version of Finari I started at the last Con a couple weeks back (yes, that's right, I've finished more than one mini this year), and while my photo-fu isn't the fu-ist I figured I'd snap a couple of photos until we get the pro shots in. I'd say she was around a thirty hour mini, and I could've (and in some places should've) sunk in some more time to smooth things out, but at that rate she'd never be done.

     

    The idea behind this version was to have one painted in the same colors Anne used on the 28mm Finari for Warlord, and while I went a bit more goldish on her armor than Anne did I think I stuck pretty close.

     

    Anyhoo, hope you like her; only two shots for now, I'm sure there will be a bit more eventually. Comments and rocks welcome.

     

    Edit: whoops, forgot the link to Anne's version that I "copied": Anne's version (28mm)

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  10. After painting for a coupla years I decided I should actually paint a mini and not sell it/give it away/ransom to Reaper/etc. Lauren's only about 8-10 hours of work, and pretty rough in spots (her eyes could use more work, as well as smoothness overall) but I'm pretty darned happy with her. When I saw the figure and outfit my mind immediately said "Final Fantasy Red Mage" so that's what the paint job's based off of; I'll have to make a Viera conversion one of these days.

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  11. More information is needed to really get a good idea, Kilazar. What did you use to cut the paint when you were putting it through the airbrush? Also, when you're painting on the Deep Red with a brush, what are you mixing in the paint to thin it? Just water? Any additives? What's the rough ratio to paint:additives? That'll help dial it in a bit as to what the problem might be.

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