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  1. So nice to look at. Great use of color, silky smooth blends, and pops of contrast to get the eye moving. Lovely piece.
  2. Nice work! Love the avatar too, btw.
  3. This is fantastic! Great job on them. You should be very proud of how they turned out. What a fun and immersive idea.
  4. I love that you tried something different and experimented with new materials. It's a good way to improve your current skill set. Nice job on the piece too!
  5. Man, nice work on that camo. Love it!
  6. ... or Fae Bastard, or He Whose Web is Stickiest...or something like that. I wanted to use this guy as a set piece for a Drow encounter the moment I saw him on the kickstarter page. When I painted up the Drow for this set of encounters for my players, the matron mother's throne has a stylized spider on it, which I painted up as bone. I wanted that to be a hint to the players. In the War of The Spider Queen books, the matron mothers of Ched Nasad employ a construct made from obsidian, iirc, and i wanted to have that be something this particular house had the power to do. However, most of the drow figures had skulls on them, and heck one of them is even holding a skull with a crown. So I decided to roll with that. Instead of an obsidian construct, they have somehow a monstrosity of bone and strange lineage under their control. I could have painted it to be covered entirely in a bony carapace or exoskeleton, I think the sculpt would have lent itself to that interpretation, but I personally love it when a spider has a colorful abdomen or distinct markings on their abdomen. Then I found this little guy and felt inspired. I built up the base a bit with sculpt-a- mold and chip board, to make a proper diorama out of it, and mostly to hide my crimes of messing up the assembly. I'm pretty sure I swapped a pair of legs somewhere during its construction. It all worked out though. I was super happy with the gradients that I got using my airbrush and the new black indigo and Rich Indigo paints from the kickstarter as well. To get the iridescent finish I ultimately went with on the abdomen, I used Folk Art's Blue Violet Flash color shift paint. It actually ended up being perfect for my needs as it goes on like a glittery glaze with a tint of color, preserving the gradient I achieved with the airbrush. I'm super happy with how it turned out. I love the blends I got for the bony bits. I also feel like the iridescent abdomen lends itself to other encounters such as the feywild, or even something like the astral plane, perhaps? Despite me using a camera phone, and an abysmal lighting set up, I think the idea still comes across. I hope you enjoyed hearing about how I am going to use this awesome fig, as much as I enjoyed painting it.
  7. Yeah man, love how those colors turned out. Nice work!
  8. Fun game, and really cool sculpts. Must be a joy to paint. Looking forward to your take on the boss figures as well. Nicely done!
  9. So pretty. Want to touch... These flowers are perfect for a quick encounter for players or otherworldly scatter terrain. Nicely done!
  10. I'm pretty happy with these guys. It was a quick job of a basecoat, wash, and highlights to help with contrast. There are a couple things I could do to really make them pop: repaint the bottles to show liquid and give the illusion of transparency, and an osl effect from the lantern. I might revisit those details because they would be a good opportunity to practice those techniques. I'm going to be using this group, with the big glow-in-the-dark ship from Bones 5, and the life life boat or raft from Bones 4 as the pieces for a one shot, adventure. Should be a good time.
  11. Yeah, man. I love the red. Nice work!
  12. I really like the painted runes on his shield. Yes. It's a painted mini, but the runes are faded, and look like he, or some clan shaman, painted them on for protection, or success in battle, or bravado idk I don't read runes. It's a lovely touch that helps tell this guy's story. Beautiful piece.
  13. The scales are smooth, but what I love are the hints at reflections in the metallic pieces. Such a cool little detail.
  14. I love the smooth transitions of the skin tones, and the hints at "fire" in the hair and armor. Very nicely done.
  15. I can hear "Shake! Shake! Shake, Senora. Shake ya body line..." I love it! It's fun and the bold colors really help sell it. Nice work!
  16. My D&D group has an encounter with some drow, having traveled off the beaten path through the mountains to take a more direct route to their final destination. We're doing a hex crawl to make the travel more interesting, and it has been a lot of fun so far. To prep for the encounters with the drow, I painted these dark elves from Bones 4 quickly, only going for a table-top standard. I haven't painted anything since March so I wanted something quick, but useful, for the project to jump back in with. I went for a unified paint scheme in the interest of time, but also in my head cannon, these are all members of the same house, and the Matron Mother is present as their business this close to the surface is a "family matter" that requires her attention. Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
  17. Love the colors you used on this. Looks great!
  18. Love this guy. Well done! You have given me inspiration on how to approach painting mine.
  19. I love how the purple of the dress carries through on the sword. I would have dismissed that idea out of hand. However, seeing the execution of it here I can see that it not only works, but how good it looks. It's a good example of trying something and having it pay off. Nice work!
  20. I love the choice of snake species to base this piece off of. It really adds a lot of character to it. Nicely done!
  21. I like all the details on that diorama base. It really sells the scene.
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