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    Frost Giant Raiders & Winter Wolf (updated)

    Thank you! So there are a couple of recipes used in creating snow using baking soda, but the one that I used in this instance is simply white PVA and baking soda, no water or medium. I first squeeze out the PVA into something disposable in an approximate amount that I'll need, and then slowly add the baking soda, mixing it in, until I get the consistency that I'm after. You can mix it thin, so that it will be super smooth when it hardens, or you can mix it chunky so that it clumps up and doesn't flatten out too much. Honestly it's a lot of trial and error at first. I use a toothpick to apply it, though I can use a crappy brush if I need to apply large amounts at a time. Dab the mixture onto the base and then form it using the toothpick (or whatever tool you wish) until it takes on the shape you want. It is very forgiving. As for yellowing over time, I've had a base I created with the same formula about a year ago and it is still completely white. It may take years for it to happen, so if you're after tabletop ready bases, normal PVA should be fine. Ultimately, if you want something that doesn't yellow over time, look for items listed as "archival". Unfortunately, they'll likely be more expensive than your typical PVA off the shelf, but if you're putting together a display piece or a diorama it might be worth the extra expense. I'm not at that level yet, so everything I'm doing is intended to be handled in games.
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    Frost Giant Raiders & Winter Wolf (updated)

    To finish off the set, here is the Winter Wolf that accompanies the spear-wielding Frost Giant Raider. Custom base consisting of a wood plinth with a chunky cork board "stone", topped by the ever popular PVA+baking soda "snow". It was essentially a speed paint, though I'm happy with the eyes. I went with a 2" round base since Winter Wolves are considered large creatures, though this guy is really big for the base. I figured I would just stick with the standard sizing according to both Pathfinder and D&D 5E. Of course, the more I look at these close-up, the more I hate them, haha.
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    Frost Giant Raiders & Winter Wolf (updated)

    As promised, updated with custom bases. The bases are 3" diameter, following along 5e making giants huge monsters (as they should be). The stone is actual bits of slate, painted to be a bit warmer than their natural color. The snow is the usual PVA+baking soda. I tried to give each of them disturbed snow behind, like a foot print or the like, to make them look less static. I did have to fill in with "snow" under their feet, but overall I'm happy with the outcome. As much as I like these, I feel like I've already learned so much while painting them, the next minis I paint should be even better. Thank you to everyone who has commented thus far, I appreciate it. Next big step is getting a halfway decent lightbox instead of just hanging a piece of paper up and shooting with my phone..
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    Frost Giant Raiders & Winter Wolf (updated)

    I used MSP for all of the paints involved, with the exception of some Hull Red by Vallejo in a few spots. Specifically for the quiver, I wanted to make it seem like it was a magic item, like an Efficient Quiver or the like. My intent was to have it look like polished color stained wood inlay. First, I drew in some wood grain lines using a micron pen. After that dried, I used MSP Clear Phthalo Blue only slightly diluted with water. The blue was translucent enough and dark enough that I didn't have to do anything else to it. That's it. Also, for both of these models, I started with a white primer, specifically Tamiya White Fine Surface Primer.
  5. This is my first post here on the forums, but I've been a fan of Reaper for a while now. I've also been painting a while, but only got serious about learning in the last couple years. I've been working at tabletop ready level until I set my sights on these two frost giants. The detail is amazing in these models, so I felt like I had to throw myself into it and produce the best paint job I could. These are the very first pieces I've ever felt were worth considering entering into a competition of any sort. They are currently my best work, and yet I know that I have a long way to go with much to learn. Together they took 5 days to complete, working about 6-8 hours each day while I recover from shoulder surgery. Some quick notes: 1. The bases are what came with the minis, please disregard them, I plan on following up in this post with custom bases for each of them. 2. The Winter Wolf that belongs to the one with the spear is not done yet. He'll be forthcoming in time. 3. Yes, I modded the spear. I cut off the head and used a spare brush protector tube to connect it to a wood dowel. I used a stain marker on the wood dowel and painted the spear head and tube. This meant that I had to drill out her hand. It was a bit dicey, but it turned out well, I think. Thanks, TPSminis