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  1. More from the same project - Reaper Bat Swarms (with a couple of modifications, because I can't use exactly the same model twice) and something a bit different - I added this Sleeping Beauty model... To my GW Black Coach!
  2. That's about the nicest thing anyone could say, thanks! There's a thread with more photos in it over here... Hill Giant Tribe, Undead Dragons and more...
  3. Wow! Rare to see miniatures that pre-date my own gaming childhood - I started in 1981 on Citadel Fantasy Tribes / early C series and occasional Ral Partha imports. You've done a great job with tiny, basic miniatures - I think we're mostly spoilt with the acrylic paints, the range of basing materials and just the accessibility of advice on how to paint compared to those days. Back then we had our dad's left over Humbrol enamels, little squares of cereal packet painted green or grey, and very little to copy or inspire us, as I recall.
  4. The secret is to use a real rock! I did paint it, though, so I deserve some credit.
  5. Cheers! I'm a firm believer that you can go a long way in miniature painting (especially for armies) with a few core skills and a strong theme! Let's see how forgiving you lot are! How about some assorted female Reaper models, co-opted for my army? There's a couple of weapon swaps in there, notably the Cleric of Urgathoa's scythe ( those rose-vine plastic scythes are all over my army) and the Wight Queen at the end. No idea where that sword came from, which is a shame because it's a beauty. There's a lot of variation in my success at painting skin tones and faces in this selection, I'd like to say I got better as I went along but tbh the sculpt of the model is the biggest influence on my success, I think. Also my photos seem to wash out the contrast a bit, I promise they look slightly better in person... ;)
  6. Same date stamp as mine then, probably the same model. You'd only need to separate the upper tentacles from its chins and then twist the heads forwards a little. Anyway, he looks very good, and you've captured a bit of a 1980s vibe somehow
  7. Yes, it's an old Grenadier model (still sold by Mirliton I think) and made famous by its TV appearances in "Stranger Things" Did you re-pose it a bit? It looks a little different from the one on my shelf
  8. To be honest, I put them on individual bases more out of habit than with any particular game in mind! It does mean I could use them for D&D games if I ever find myself playing them again.
  9. Of course, the one thing that works just like every other miniatures forum and I miss it! Thanks Digging through my photobucket, here are some assorted Reaper Undead for you to gawp at... these are all based in the same theme as those undead dragons. Undead from KS3 (I think) Selection of Ethereal critters. I use the very lazy Nihilakh Oxide wash method for these, quick and very striking on the tabletop. Because the army theme is that all of the vampires are female, I wanted to use as many female models as possible, and Reaper are a great source for those. Some of these photos aren't great and I've got better at both lighting and editing since, but who has time to re-photograph things?
  10. That is now his official name, thanks for spotting that!
  11. Dire Wolves are the tradition pets for AD&D Hill Giants, so I bought this fine fellow to replace the smilodon that came with my Hill Giant Hunter. I always use reference pictures when painting real creatures, and this looks a bit like a real black wolf, so I'm quite happy. There are a lot more colours and steps in this chaps fur than on any of the accompanying giants, though I don't know if it shows. The joy of Bonesium means that I could easily cut off his base and glue him directly to this piece of actual granite. I recommend doing this before ANY paint is applied to either surface, to get the best bond. Else you often pull the paint off the rock and have to re-glue it, in my experience.
  12. From Bones Kickstarter 4 - I hope I got the code right as I can't find this guy on the Reaper website as yet. He came packed with a sabretooth which I didn't use for this project because AD&D giants keep dire wolves (of course!) I think he might be my favourite member of the tribe? I was tempted to give him a more "huntery" weapon, but I guess a horn and a club is all he needs, and hill giants aren't known for their finesse or craftsmanship.
  13. Thank you. There's a treasure chest spilling gold "plates" around the back of the model (as viewed in my photos). You could probably leave the skulls as ogre / giant skulls, or paint them as stone I suppose.
  14. That purple / blue blend looks fantastic! I agree with your comment about spaceships needing better rules! I have a collection of spaceships for the Noble Armada game, but the rules seem very clunky so for now they are all stuck in a box in the loft.
  15. Two more from the Hill Giant Tribe. On the left, the original, on the right, converted. Straightened the pose so he could be collecting his rock from a pile, added the beard, and, of course, swapped his club out for a big stick. I love how you can do that sort of thing with Bonesium, what a nightmare that would be on an old metal miniature!
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