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  1. All done! Now that I look at it finished -- I should have used cork like suggested, and I should have build it up more, have the mini placed higher. Lesson for next time. And it helped that I felt obliged to post, or I might have shelved it a while again before finishing. So, thanks for replies! Posted to the appropriate board (Dae's Griffon) and here's a preview of the base: Still not entirely sandstone-y, but much better looking, I hope :)
  2. After several iterations of painting and base, I'm finally happy with my Griffon and I'm calling it finished! The mini ended up looking a bit cartoony I did go for something else initially, but it seemed too plain for a griffon, so I was happy to exchange realism for 'striking'. More on PSA. And I just finished redoing the base -- thanks for support on the WIP board.
  3. WIP old and current base "versions": Have to admit I got rather angry about the first result. I worked for hours, sometimes focusing one a rock at a time, and I still didn't realize I was going in a wrong direction. I just wasn't noticing the overall image and ended with a pebble-mound... And then, after all the work, it was hard to accept I needed to erase it. And I wasn't sure how. But I seem to be back on track now. DAS clay worked well to erase/rebuild the base (which is great since it's my only sculpting material ). So I continued adding clay and sculpting flat rock surfaces all around (small ones, want a layered, yet weathered & broken look for this peak). Next, I gave it a quick pass with random colors to make it easier to see if I like the shape I am getting to. I found a few spots I want to improve, but I think I'm nearly done sculpting. On the bright side, this will be faster than the small rocks were - much easier to paint/drybrush on the clay, so I should be finished in no time.
  4. Hope you get back to the Evil Little Trees soon! I'm just now starting to worry about basing my minis and figuring out what useful materials are out there. I really enjoyed the progress photos you shared of terrain making, and that you are experimenting with different materials. And you now have your leaves! So, show us a few more steps on the trees and scenery?
  5. Thank you :) I've done a couple of terrain tiles using cork to try it out and it does work nicely. The one used in the picture above is made by my partner in mini-crime, @Captain Tweet I probably should have removed the mini from the rock base it comes with, but I was afraid to cut it off, so I just built around it. That's why I didn't think of cork. I will definitely start considering the base earlier in the process and I'm happy to receive any suggestions, I'm very new to this. For now, I'm trying to "delete" what I've done with what I have at hand: air dry modeling clay. I am also thinking of using it to fix the hole on his back side: I started by making the top surface straight-ish and adding more straight surfaces here and there, without covering everything. I'm hoping to maintain some benefit from the pattern I created earlier. It will need more work, but I want the layers I made now to dry first... And it's late... and I'm at the end of my patience with this base for now Will update soon
  6. I planned to go for the coloring suggestion on the box, except with brighter feathers. After base coat and a wash it seemed to turn rather plain. I keep the underside this way, while for the top side of the wings I started adding some variation to the feathers, gradually daring to add more detail and contrast. Took a while to get there, but in the end I was happy and called it finished. I even took a fun picture with it: But now that I'm a few minis wiser, I demoted him from finished to lacking base. And this is where I am stuck now. I had this plan of making a sandstone cliff looking base. I positioned him and started building up terrain, working carefully not to damage the finished mini. I colored some stones of various sizes in a few colors so I don't need to paint as much around the mini and I started to glue my rocks carefully around the base. I kept working on it for hours thinking I am getting somewhere, but once I took a break and looked at it again from all sides... I stand by my rocks, I think in a few steps they'll look great, but the scene makes no sense. These are not cliffs, more like a stone quarry, what would a griffon be doing there? - that's too specific and unlikely. Time to "delete" this somehow and start over... Wish me luck! https://pocketsizedadventurers.wordpress.com/2019/12/18/griffon-wings/
  7. Better chance she'll forgive you if you finish her base anytime soon! I have inside information on this particular Cassie and I think some forest undergrowth would work nicely, both in color and theme. Welcome to the forum, cpt Tweet!
  8. Thank you for the encouraging words and warm welcome. It's nice here I'm definitely sticking around and will post some updates!
  9. I recently finished Anirion! It was time to add layering to my toolbox of techniques and he seems to be the go-to model for learning. Since by I now have (just) over 10 minis under my belt, I'm obviously an expert so I felt confident enough to go with my own colors rather than the ones in the instructions (from Layer-Up kit). Still, even with my "vast experience", I've only painted beasts and monsters so far -- no fancy clothing on any of them -- so I was a bit nervous about messing up my first hero, but you gotta start somewhere. I think he turned out great, but it went nothing like the videos one might find... And by that I mean it took me several painting sessions over a few weeks to finish him. More on how it went on: pocketsizedadventurers.wordpress.com/2019/10/19/anirions-wavy-robes/ * * First post, woo-hoo! Still finding my way around here. Rules seem to allow non-commercial external links, let me know if I'm wrong... Our blog, Pocket-Sized Adventurers, features the works of two newbies and is meant to keep track of our progress and share our experience with whomever might find it helpful.
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