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  1. Happy Bones 5 everyone! I’m way behind on this thread (page 126). I have a deadline on 10/15 which is really bogging down my catching up ability. Anyways, I saw this comment as I was taking a break and wanted to mention that I noticed with some of the comments a theme of one person liking a model(s) that other find not as appealing or different. I just wanted to say that I thought the Samurai goblins are super cool! Very much looking forward to them and I think it is neat that there are models that appeal more to some than to others.
  2. Hello Forumites, For Christmas my kids got me Ebonwrath. This is the first figure I painted after the learn-to-paint kits. I also attempted to do a fun/cool base. I've had a lot of fun watching various tutorials and reading what others have been doing on the forums. I attempted the use of clear water effects. I used gold and silver glitter in the river/swamp areas, rhinestones for the gems, and beads for the other treasury items. The spooky tree is based off of the video Julie did right before Reapercon last year. I hope you like it. Thanks, More pictures behind the spoiler:
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    nolzur male orcs

    Welcome to the forums! Good job on your minis. I like white hair on the first one. It makes me think that he’s a grizzled veteran who has seen many battles. As as a side note, are those University of Utah water cups? If so, that’s pretty cool. I went to the U.
  4. Hello Forumites, I have been a long-time lurker, first-time poster. I have been following the forums quite consistently for sometime now, and joined back when Ladystorm posted the survey to determine one of the Bones IV update topics. I have truly loved reading all of the funny and thoughtful comments, getting inspired by all of the great work, and learning new techniques from each of the tips and tutorials. A little about me (since I feel like I already know so much about some of you), I grew up in Utah, spent a couple of years in West Texas (Lubbock, Midland, Amarillo areas). I went to the University of Utah for Accounting, and moved out to Northern Virginia to join one of the big four accounting firms. My wife and I have two kids, a son who finished Kindergarten today, and a daughter who is a year-and-a-half. I grew up playing the MageKnights tabletop game. Later in life I started playing D&D. I attempted using my MageKnights for D&D figures, but wasn't happy with how the big bases fit on the one inch squares (and I didn't want to rebase the figures as I do like to still play MageKnights occasionally). Which lead me to discover Reaper Miniatures and I have been hooked ever since. I was about three days too late to join in on Bones III, but was a happily satisfied Bone IV backer. My wife purchased the learn to paint kits for me as a birthday present shortly after I pledged for Bones IV. I really enjoyed painting the figures and learning the techniques. I really look forward to being part of the community and interacting with all of you in the future. All the best, Ardeus Links to works I have painted: Learn-to-Paint Kits Ebonwrath (77102) Rhino (77587) Dwarf Mounted Battle Mage (77575) Colossal Skeleton (77116)
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    Cyrine - Zombicide

    Well done! I really like how this turned out!
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    03135 B'thuhl, Bathalain Pirate

    I really like the leather look you’ve done. Great job!
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    More Assembly line painting...

    Great work! I like how well they look together.
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    Especially the wizard!

    Very cool! Epic base!
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    Sarah Blitzer

    Great job!
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    Ardeus Encounters Ebonwrath (77102)

    Thanks for the comments everyone. I really appreciate your kind words. I'm not 100% sure, but I felt like the base took just as long as the dragon. As this was my first time with a large figure, it took me a bit longer to get used to painting it. Also the purple/black to green blend took me sometime to figure out how to do. The base took a while to design, and I sculpted the tree and the log which also took a fair amount of time. All-in-all it was a lot of fun. Thanks for your comments.
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    Ardeus Encounters The Forumites

    So Cute!!! She is just adorable.
  12. Hello Forumites, I had a lot of fun painting this figure. After @Corporea's Reaper Tool Box video, I thought that it would be cool to try the blending technique on the eyes/month of this figure. I liked how this turned out. Also, my wife thinks that the hand on the bum is hilarious, I like the head hanging from the belt, and I tried to make the tombstone look like marble with moss growing on it, so those areas have some closer pictures. I hope you like them. Thanks, More behind spoilers:
  13. Hello Forumites, I had quite a bit of fun painting this figure. Thanks,
  14. Hello Forumites, On this figure I attempted to do a bit of blending (highlighting/shading) to show the light hitting on his hat. I attempted for the light to be hitting the top of his hat and for on underside of his hat being darker and the backside of the upturned potion to be darker. Thanks, More pictures in the spoiler:
  15. Hello Forumites, As a birthday present a few birthdays ago, my wife purchase the learn-to-paint kits for me. These are the first figures I painted. I wanted to thank @Wren for the guides in the kits. I found them very helpful. Thanks,
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    03884 Komodo Dragon by Glitterwolf

    Great job @Glitterwolf! I love the coloring of the figure. The blues really pop, and add to the realism. Komodo dragons are one of my favorite animals. I love seeing them at the zoo, and this looks very realistic. Well done!
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    77344 - Ice Troll - Different paint scheme.

    I really like the colors. Great job!
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    02643: Diedra Dark Willow

    I really like the contrast of the dark sleeves against the color of the shirt.
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    Knuckleduster Jesse James and a Pinkerton

    I really like these. Well done!
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    Ardeus Encounters The Colossal Skeleton (77116)

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I really appreciate it. I really have been enjoying the Reaper Toolbox videos. I feel that I've been learning quite a bit from them.
  21. Hahaha, I didn't even notice that. I had just copied the description from the reapermini website.
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    Ardeus Encounters the Rhino (77587)

    Thanks @Darsc Zacal! I agree, I hadn't seem many painted either. My dad had purchased this figure for me, and I ended up enjoying painting it more that I expected. With the addition of war chief Mumlak from the lost valley expansion, I have been thinking that it could be cool to do a whole lycanthrope village.
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    Ardeus Encounters The Learn-To-Paint Kits

    Thanks for the warm welcome, @Citrine!
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    Ardeus Encounters The Forumites

    Thank you for the warm welcome everyone. I'm glad I finally decided to sit down and write out a post. It is a great community! I am really hoping to make it to ReaperCon. We are still looking at the budget and my work schedule, but if everything work out well, then I hopefully will make it. Thanks @Glitterwolf! I hope to be more active now that I have 'taken the plunge' of making my first post. (As a side note, I really admire how actively kind you are on the forums) Thanks @Chaoswolf, I have been having a lot of fun with the hobby. @Gadgetman! this is great advise. I plan on posting more pictures. Thanks @Corsair! @kristof65, I'm hoping that I can gather up all of the glitter and use it for basing material. Waste not want not. @Glitterwolf.... So.... that's your secret. It all makes sense now!. hahaha @Xiwo Xerase Thank you for letting me know. @buglips*the*goblin I'll make sure not to steal any of your stuff. I don't want to me the wrong end of your pointy stick. Unless you still have more of those awesome 'I <3 Ed Sculpts' shirts. Those shirts were awesome! Thanks for the insight @Doug Sundseth! (As a side note, I have really enjoyed your tips and tricks on photography.) @SisterMaryNapalm, Thanks for the welcome! Resistance has been futile. Hahaha @redambrosia Thanks for asking. I pronounce it as R-D-S (ar-dee-us), because those are my intitals. (as a side note, your new baby is super cute! Congratulations!!!)
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    The Great Cave Beasty...UPDATE!

    Well done @malefactus! I always enjoy your posts and seeing all of the clever things you produce. I really like the backgrounds and environments you create. It is definitely an immersive world. Nice work!