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  1. I'm pretty stoked. This is my first time ever teaching a class about painting models, and its kind of surreal. Its a privilege to have my name listed among people that I've looked up to and respected for years. I hope that I can prove myself worthy of the honor!
  2. Nice job, and I love your blog! I scored an Urban Legends Ellen Stone at ReaperCon last year. Maybe I'll paint her up soon in solidarity...
  3. This one was for a facebook competition about color. The rules were, basically, don't worry about anything else but color. Do something different with color. I started with the idea of a dress palette of blue, teal, purple, and magenta. Once I had those colors in place, it was a matter of incorporating them in different areas of the model. I went with cotton candy roses and a galaxy print on the wings. The galaxy was a matter of stippling the dress colors (plus a bit of white) back and forth until the effect was convincing. Then I masked the body of the model and flicked a stiff brush at the wings to make star patterns. I then went back to the dress colors and stippling to blend them in a bit. This was a blast to paint, because I've never really done anything like this before.
  4. 10, but they're all really great.
  5. Hmmm, maybe I'll reduce the glow distance a bit. Thanks!
  6. One step closer to having the full Dungeon Dwellers set finished! I tried a lot of different stuff here, most for the first time! Such as... -Full NMM armor -Freehand on cloak -Painted highlights on liquid -A unique gem in the shield (Watermelon Tourmaline) -A tiny bit of OSL on the eyes
  7. Jakob asked me to paint one of his models for his collection, and this is what I came up with. I wanted to give him a tattoo, and I chose a Cherry Blossom Tree. I loved painting this model.
  8. I'm really happy with the faces and the flesh on these little rascals. They also make me one step closer to having the whole 2018 Dungeon Dweller set painted, which is something that I hope to achieve someday, lol.
  9. The Cleric in my D&D group leveled up and acquired the Spiritual Guardian skill. He needed a model to represent his Guardian. Honaire looks so cool, but he didn't have a shield. I found one in my bits box, and painted the symbol of his chosen Deity, Chauntea. I loved painting this because the simple palette left more room to just relax and enjoy the work.
  10. A while back, I bought some Ammo Mig vegetation and saw it in my terrain drawer. I decided to paint something really quickly as an excuse to give the vegetation a shot. I painted up this dude in an hour, and then spent an hour messing with the Ivy and the Hart's Tongue. I'm happy with the way it turned out, and the experience means that I'll make them even better next time.
  11. Hey, everyone! I hope you're all doing well. I haven't been very active on here for a while, but I've been painting. I figured that I'd start putting up my backlog of models. I love Dwarves, and this was a really cool model to paint. I'm particularly happy with the NMM, but if I were to change one thing, I would probably alter the tone of the hair and beard a bit so that it doesn't so closely match the armor.
  12. I swear that every time I type her name I misspell it as "Frostwing". I do the same thing when talking about Morrowind. Anyway... Took some time on the blending here. I wanted to do a bit of practice before I jumped into my Holiday mini swap model. The base and snow effects are by Secret Weapon. I hope you enjoy her!
  13. I've seen some videos and it looks nice. The problem that I had was that it stuck to everything and the models' size didn't leave much room for maneuvering. I have a list of GSW stuff to order, so I'll add this to the list to try!
  14. They're awesome sculpts! I appreciated the legit mouths. Looking up reference images made me itchy. I decided to go with the red because I wanted to give them an otherworldly tint: Just a hint of fantasy while still being grossly realistic. They definitely helped bring me back in after more than a week bogged down by my own self-doubt. I can't express how much that means to me! Eww is perfect. Eww is what I aimed for!
  15. Hey, all! Its been a little while and I finally sat down and painted something. I put these guys together and I'm really happy with the shading. I wanted to put some water on the bases, so I tried wrapping them with plastic and pouring realistic water in. It... did not go according to plan. The water cured unevenly, shrank, left weird tide lines, partially peeled off... Basically everything that could go wrong with it went wrong. Luckily, I had sealed the model before pouring the water, so I was able to peel it off with an exacto and some tweezers. I salvaged what I could and I think they still look pretty good.
  16. Here is my take on the Bones 4 Grubs from the Fan Favorites Expansion. I really wanted to try out Michael Proctor's dot texture method, and I had these two primed and ready so I went for it! Someone on facebook called them Evil Croissants, and now that's all I can think of when I see them.
  17. The back is definitely my favorite part. Its going to take me some time to finish this one. Probably a few weeks of tweaking and adjusting for the light placement. Thanks for your comments! I'm keeping them in mind while I work on him!
  18. Today I primed up the little guy and got to work! Once primed, I base coated most of him with Blue Liner. I figured I'd use that as the cool shadow color, and work up pretty much everything from there. For the armor, I chose Coal Black because its my favorite color. For the flesh, I started with Dusky Skin Shadow with a bit of the Blue Liner mixed in. I worked up the flesh, and then the wood, and then took to the armor. This is where I made my first mistake. Instead of doing the armor as NMM like I should have, I thought I'd try and save time by incorporating the OSL into the NMM. It turns out that I'm not quite ready for something that advanced, so I pulled back a bit and moved on for the time being. I went to the hair and weapon and started with Yellow Liner, covering the whole thing. Next, the Lava Triad, working backward. Finally, I hit the very edges with Ashen Brown mixed with a tiny bit of Brown Liner for that cooling superheated metal look. I base coated the skirt in Soft Blue and decided to stop there for the day. I want to come back to it with fresh eyes and try to correct my course with the armor.
  19. Hey, all! Over the course of Bones 5, there were a few models that I was hoping for. I would say that Reaper totally exceeded my expectations and covered about 90% of my personal hopes. One of the things that wasn't in there was an Azer. For those of you who don't know, an Azer is a creature from the plane of fire, and they resemble Dwarves. They are so hot that their heads are covered in flames, and often this heat causes their weapons to be set aflame as well. Since I had an extra Dark Dwarf Pounder from my November order, I figured that I'd try my hand at a conversion. I have exactly zero experience with sculpting other than filling gaps or making a rock or two, but I have YouTube, so why not? The first thing that I did was get the model and choose a base to put it on. I went with a simple flagstone base from Secret Weapon. Next, I shaved off and filed down the little "3 Nail" sigil that these dudes wear. I like that Sigil just fine, but its more representative of Duergar than an Azer, so off it comes. I also clipped away the oval base and filed the feet to be flat. Next, I washed the model and pinned it to a cork. I also washed the base and drilled a hole for the pin, and then stuck that on a cork as well. Once the model was dry, I mixed up some Green Stuff and followed along with a step-by-step for fire that I found online. Basically, you start with a cone and stick it down. I put it on the Dwarf's head, and then used a thin tool to push down the edges of the cone into the head and shoulders. Then, I used tweezers to twist and pull the top of the cone into a sort of whirlwind. Then, dipping the tweezers in water to keep them from sticking, I took sections of the Green Stuff and pulled outward and twisted. Once I had the flames the way I wanted them, I went back in with the tool and made more indentations in the fire. I did the same thing with the flames on the weapon. I'm waiting for him to dry and cure right now, and then I'll get on to priming him and painting him up this weekend! Stay tuned!
  20. That's how I lost me leg in the great oil change of '88.
  21. I wanted a traditional Black Pudding, but I didn't want to just paint it black. When I started to think about how to make this stand out, I started to think about the shimmer that oil gets, and I wondered if Black Puddings get that shimmer as well. I looked up some photos, and thought, "I bet I can do this." Like I said in the other thread, I'm planning on putting together a tutorial on getting this effect, so that'll be up soon. This one was fun to paint! I love all the little bits and bobs in the ooze.
  22. Just two little blobbies that are the result of killing mama with a slashing weapon. I'm working on typing a step-by-step tutorial on how I did the holographic oil shimmer with just regular paints, so that'll be up in a couple days!
  23. Winding Weald Expansion: Pt. 1: Firbolg Classes {Fighter, Mage, Druid, Ranger, etc.) Cockatrice Pixies/Sprites Strangler Vines Stirges Dryads Pt. 2: Will O Wisp Xvarts Otyugh Green Hag Gas Spore Pt. 3: Shambling Mound Centaurs Ettercaps Grungs Strangler Vines Bone Naga
  24. The moss is made by mixing fine turf flock into PVA glue and then brushing it on in places. I usually use this for stones and terrain, but I thought I'd try it on bone!
  25. Beautiful work, and I especially like the freehand stuff! Also, Castlevania is a perfectly legitimate excuse to put other activities off for a bit, and don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise!
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