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  1. Zethia

    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Now that my Bones 4 order is here, my backwards brain decided it's finally time to paint the fire dragon I've had in my box of shame for a year and a half! I don't think I can claim that I'm "new to painting" anymore, but this is my first dragon and by far the biggest mini I've attempted thus far. In order to actually paint more things I like instead of saving them until I've practiced or become good enough to attempt them, I'm trying to adopt the mentality of trying at least one new technique with every mini I paint. Hopefully this will get me out of my comfort zone and into some new styles and skills. The focus of this guy is going to be blending, both wet and feathering. I'm still getting used to the process of documenting my WIPs, so if anybody has suggestions or requests (pics of my working palette, color recipes, what have you) please let me know. Lots of pics beyond the spoiler!
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Mini update today! My Vallejo ink set came in the mail, so I tried to make my black rocks as black as they could be, and I'm happy with the result. Most importantly it let me get a bit more contrast between the dark backsides of the rocks and the lava illuminated fronts. I don't know if it's a noticeable difference in the photos, but it kinda feels like comparing black screens on LED and OLED TVs. Just a little less...foggy, I guess? I dunno. Here's some pictures.
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    Baba Yaga's Hut Bones 4

    I really like your choice of color for the exposed rafters. Makes them look like exposed bits of skeleton. Very nice all around!
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Last update for at least a few days, I'm afraid, but I'm happy with the progress I've made over the past week. I didn't take pictures of each step here, but it consisted of some basic touch ups. I did some dry brushing of ash grey followed by a mix of oak brown and dragon red to amplify the OSL effect from the lava, then some deepening of darkness on the rocks with a selectively applied dark tone wash. I'm particularly pleased with how well the dark wash worked on the rim of the base; going the whole way around, right up to but not over the dripping lava, really highlighted them and turned the overspray into a nice dull glow. (Still a little wet in one spot there, sorry.) I want to make the back face deeper and darker than the front, but I couldn't manage it with my wash and I don't want to straight up paint over what I've got. I think I need some more pigment, which has led me to place an order for something I've never touched before. It's time to start learning to use inks! Looking back over this thread, I just realized that this bit of the project went from an errant thought to a tangible, halfway decent volcanic base, with a bunch of new techniques learned, in two weeks. If you're reading this, I appreciate you! Having somewhere to share and be excited about these things is a great motivator, and I'm making more progress lately than I have in quite a while. Next up: figuring out how to integrate a dragon that is currently lit from the entirely wrong direction.
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    The Year of The Goblin...maybe

    Your whole style here is fantastic! Kinda has an old school animation feel to it, the kind of fantasy videos that would give me nightmares in the best way. I may have to try some sculpting of my own once I finish a few things.
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Airbrush day! This project just keeps giving me new things to try, and I love it. I'd been in a plateau for a while, and I FINALLY feel like I'm starting to break through it. On to the fun! This one's gonna be pretty image heavy, so I'll start with the result and post the step-by-step afterwards in the spoiler box. This is just after airbrushing; I'm still gonna touch up the rocks tonight. Click the thingy for the full breakdown!
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    The wait was excruciating, but after two days the glue was finally dry. (I may have gotten a little carried away with it. Time to prime! I had wondered if two layers of spackling and a thick layer of glue was overkill, but the experiment really paid off. The spackling created a nice level of subtle variation in the lava's surface, and the blue smoothed everything out nicely. I love the oozy, undulating look. At first I was afraid that the rocks were being covered up too much, but I like the impression it gives of the rocks sinking or being swallowed up. The bubbles are a bit less subtle than I'd hoped, but they're kinda helping define the scene. This is looking less like a lava flow and more like a boiling pool, maybe the inside of a volcano. I'll need to do my hot spots carefully. I still haven't figured out OSL, but I know that I don't want a standard bright zenithal effect on these rocks. They're gonna remain pretty dark and crispy volcanic rocks. I did a little bit of low-angle grey over the black and omitted my usual pure white from the top. I want the eye to be drawn up the rocks to the dragon, so I kept the back a bit darker and did maybe a little more than necessary on the front edge. Not sure how that'll work out. Now comes the scary part... Success! I've only ever used my airbrush for some pretty simple priming. It was a joy to successfully navigate those tight spaces with the spray. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about those drips at first, but I think they'll look pretty cool dripping off the edge. Letting the lava run right off the canvas, so to speak. Tomorrow will be a fun day with the airbrush! Lest I forget why I started working on this crazy thing... I promise I'll get back to him soon!
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Been a bit of a crazy week, but I'm committed to not letting this become another abandoned project. Any little bit of progress is progress, so I did a little basing work yesterday and today. I roughed up my rocks a bit and added another layer of spackling to integrate them into the lava flow. At this point I wasn't quite happy with the flatness of the whole thing, and the second layer of spackling was a bit higher than I anticipated. I did get to play with some sculpting tools to smooth out the surface, which was fun. Lots of 24 hour drying time waits with basing, definitely my least favorite part about this. Added a little more height to my stones. It was around this time I realized that I wasn't happy with the roughness of the spackling surface, didn't quite feel right. Decided I was gonna have to do something terrifying. First though, I needed some bubbles. After going through my collection of beads for about an hour looking for some that would work, I remembered that I own green stuff now and felt slightly foolish. It's almost there, I can see what I want it to be. But of course, first I have to risk destroying I'm now realizing is a base that I've already put over 10 hours of work into. Time to break out the Gorilla Wood Glue and give flooding a shot! Dear god, that was horrifying. I just finished doing this about 30 minutes ago, so it's gonna be a looooooong and frightening wait to see how it looks once it's dry. Hopefully I haven't made a terrible mistake. Don't know if I'll have to add a bit more to the rocks or if I like the look of them being swallowed up. I guess I won't know until it's all set. Hopefully when I post again, this thing will at least be primed!
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Oooh, that's beautiful! I haven't tried textured paints/pastes yet, but after seeing that I may have to give it a shot.
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    Tikbalang Conversion Contest Entry #1

    That is haunting. I can vividly picture a stop-motion animation version of this model and it is freaking me out miserably. I love it.
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    Friar Stone 77206 - -noob

    That is a fine red beard! Very nice.
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Well, this project just got a whole lot more complicated. I needed an emotional break from painting...hmm, this dragon needs a name. Gotta work on that. So after yesterday's tinkering, I broke out/up some cork and started kicking some ideas around. The cliff wasn't quite doing it for me, ate up too much of the base and crowded the wizard. I thought about having him on a hill instead, but had trouble choosing a setting. Couldn't figure out what a fire dragon was doing in a forest, didn't really have the space or a clear image in my head for mountains. A little dejected youtubing later and I ended up watching videos about lava bases, and everything clicked. I broke out the wood glue, made myself a nice solid chunk of cork and started carving some rock. Before I knew it, three hours had passed and I found myself running out the door to buy some spackling... And after another two hours of chipping, scraping, stabbing, and scratching I had a decent perch for my grumpy guy. \ I'll have to stop there for tonight while the first layer of spackling dries, then I'll be able to better integrate it with the rocks. Then I'll just have to unflatten the rocks in the flow...finish painting the dragon...integrate the wizard....prime the wizard, paint the wizard, prime the base, learn to use my airbrush better to do a weird negative zenithal, study up on object source lighting, figure out how to paint lava... My god, what have I done?
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Not much to report today other than I'm starting to brainstorm a bit on basing. It's the area I've the least experience in, so I may as well dive into the deep end. I've always wanted to do a diorama, so what am I waiting for? Playing around a little with some rough drafts. Any thoughts?
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    Converting an efreeti into Doomsday

    Hmm...I like using a flesh wash on my bone and then doing a bit of dry brushing, but Doomsday's palette is maybe a bit on the cool side for that. I've always liked how his earlier appearances had a bit of icy blue on the spikes, which might go well with the OG pants you gave him. Either one of those choices could mean the difference between a modern, earthy Doomsday or a classic, alien, vat-grown look!
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    Converting an efreeti into Doomsday

    This is freaking cool. I love how much detail you were able to get in the spikes. So many planes and angles! Looks fun to paint.
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    Scary, scary session today. I've never painted this much surface area on a mini before. Made some hard choices, some big decisions. Lots of pictures in the hidey box!
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    WIP 77109: Fire Dragon

    It took a while to muster up the courage to continue. I have a constant fear that once I'm happy with something, the next brush stroke will screw it up. Thankfully I got over it today and, since I wasn't sure what to do with the body, I decided to work on the underbelly in hopes that having the wings and belly done would allow me to meet them halfway for on the scales. I'm going for a kinda natural, muted look on this dragon, so I wanted a darkened bone color on the belly scales. A bit of skeleton bone and desert yellow provided the bright tone, and some leather brown was added in for the shaded areas. I was a bit wary of using the drying retarder again, but I was afraid that I'd never use it if I stopped now, so this time I mixed it 50:50 with water and used the mixture to thin my paint a bit. The first coat was still a bit thin and didn't carry much variation in tone. This would take a while. Another couple coats. Getting better, but still not enough variation. My photography skills are not improving to match my painting. Decided to get brave and try some wet blending again. Still need a lot of practice, but the overall look is getting closer. I went with two shades of wash: a flesh tone for the brightened neck, and a strong brown tone mixed with flesh wash for the underbelly. A little messy, but workable. After this I did some drybrushing of my bright tone over the raised middle areas, but I got excited and forgot to take pictures. After the drybrushing, I did another wash, this time of only flesh tone on the entire area. I'm finally starting to become happy with it. and finally, a bit more drybrushing of my light tone down the middle and on the edges. I think a style is starting to emerge here, and I'm more excited than afraid to continue! Hopefully the updates will come a bit faster now, but the next couple weeks may be busy. We'll see!
  18. I'm pretty new to Bones and painting in general. After casually practicing on board game pieces and some of my brother-in-law's old fantasy Warhammer stuff for about a year, these were the first two bones I attempted. Pretty happy with them, though I've still got a ways to go. I tried to do a bit of a glow on the sword which went terribly, but I was able to work it into a weird looking kind of patina. The bats were...difficult. Not the wisest choice of mini on my part, but I'm pleased enough with the final product, given that it was a bit of a quick and dirty job. I'm at least pleased with how the tombstone and everything below it turned out. Anyway, hi! Happy to share these and C&C is very welcome. I'll be receiving my first real shipment of Bones next week when my Kickstarter order arrives, so hopefully I'll have more to share soon!
  19. When I first started painting minis about a year ago, I was pretty broke. Mini painting is not an easy hobby to support when you're broke, especially when starting out. I didn't really play any tabletop games, I sure as heck couldn't afford GW models, and I wasn't yet aware of Reaper. To cut my teeth, I kept an eye out for cheap board games with pieces I could practice on. I stumbled across a half-price copy of Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu from Z-Man Games. While the minis included aren't really intended for painting, they were good enough for me, and once I'd gathered a little toolkit and some inexpensive paints I eagerly got to work on my slapdash painting training program. Pics in the thingy! I started out with the player characters...
  20. Thanks! No, the tombstone was one of the few parts of the bats I was happy with! I do need to work on some scenery and basing soon, that’s something I haven’t messed around with much.
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    Practicing on Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

    Yay, they work! Thank you very much! I can’t wait to get started.
  22. I don't play many games these days. Mostly I just build and paint because it's fun and I want to develop my skills, but I easily fall into the trap of thinking about and preparing to paint more often than I actually paint. Once I get everything set up and actually sit down with a brush, things go pretty smoothly, but getting started is difficult. I run into circular logic when deciding what to work on. If I don't like the model, I'm not motivated to paint. If I do like it, I want to do it perfectly, but I don't have enough experience to do it well enough, so I'm not motivated to paint. I'm hoping that getting a big assortment that I don't cherry pick from a store will provide me with a middle ground: things I like enough to paint, but not so much that I'm afraid of messing up on. I'll never develop that way. Taking inventory is probably good advice. Looking at them all in person might help me choose which ones are going to be my long term goal display pieces and which ones will be strictly for practice and experimentation.
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    Getting to Know You for April 2019

    13 year old me was psyched up for months because I was sure that I saw a little flash of a dracolich in the trailer. I learned a lot about the nature of advertising in that theater. The Square (2017) When my wife and I had Moviepass we made an effort to go see something besides Marvel movies. Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri made us cry and question the nature of justice. The Killing of a Sacred Deer made made us talk for two hours afterwards, analyzing and theorizing about what we'd just seen. The Square made us realize that just because something is artistic and pretentious doesn't mean it's good. Sometimes the reason that you don't understand the meaning of a work isn't because you just don't "get it." Sometimes it just means that it doesn't know what it's trying to say.
  24. I can't believe how active this community is. I was a Wave 14, last minute backer this time because I'd just learned about Reaper, but watching for new info here over the past couple of weeks has spiraled into a hype-saturated obsession. I'm happy to be a part of this, and terrified of how heavy my Bones 5 box is going to be. For those who have started assembly, how much time have you had to devote to flash/mold line removal? I can't decide whether to just slap'em all together or take it slow and scrape each one first. I get very...meticulous when I scrape, not in a good way. I can spend an hour on one standard sized mini. Part of the appeal of the core set for me is having a massive library of primed, ready to go models to pick through whenever I get the urge to paint, but having to choose, scrape, wash, glue and prime each one individually might kill my inertia. How do people mentally process this massive project showing up all at once?
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    Bones 4 snake people!

    Red touches yellow, you're a dead fellow. Red touches black, you're okay, Jack. Red touches OH MY GOD SNAKES WITH SWORDS RUN