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  1. Approaching two years since I last posted here! Ridiculous. To be honest, I've barely touched my collection of Reaper minis in that time, I've been painting a bit of 15mm SF stuff and a whole army of Citadel Fantasy Tribes Gnolls (or are they Goblins?). As it happens though, the centre piece of that army is the Gnoll Queen, a miniature which never existed and so I had to provide myself. And OF COURSE it ws Reaper that had the answer... sort of... Obviously, you won't find this miniature by searching the Reaper Miniatures store for "Goblin" because I made her out of a Dwarf. Terrible, I know. She used to be the (non-bear riding version of) Ursula - spot the differences? Anyway, here she is leading her new life as Queen of the Gnolls onboard a slightly modified Citadel Gnoll Chieftain's Chariot from the early 1980s. Hopefully you'll forgive me 🙂
  2. Thanks! I'm glad people like the bases, they are dictated largely by the diorama around them and I was worried they were a bit boring 🙂
  3. Good luck! I always start with an online search for real animals as inspiration. I've noticed that I end up crossing over colours a lot - so a grey wolf will have some brown in it, and my brown bears have some grey, and somehow that gives them more depth and realism
  4. A pair of Bones bears (or the bear Bones, if you like) I tried to paint these from pictures of real-life grizzly bears. Every time I paint an animal it ends up with a chaotic riot of washes and highlights in different colours until it looks enough like the source images to satisfy me. I doubt if I could paint another one and get the same colour! The coat of the Dire bear is much coarser, which really shows in the photo (like the fine moulding line on the Cave Bear's face) but is less bothersome in more natural light. I painted these as companions to my Stone Giant tribe, and you can see the frankly ridiculous diorama I built over here... Stone Giant Tribe
  5. All four Reaper Bones Stone Giants, but with some modifications: Replaced the club wielded by the guard with the one from the smaller, older giant Gave that giant a home-made hammer and a rock to throw. For colours I chose a base of old Citadel Adeptus Battlegrey, brightened with white for highlights. The cloth colours are all greyish hues rather than natural stone colours because I thought that might be too dull. Very happy with the purple cloth, which is done with the Reaper Dark Elf Skin triad. I tried to do decorations in bluish green jade (though if you think it's more like patina on old bronze, that's fine too) and blue crystals and gems as a change from my usual choice of red. Pleased with the "sparkle" on some of those crystals. Stone weapons are more traditional for AD&D stone giants but I thought stone hammers looked odd so went with greyish metal. It suits the overall pallete, I hope. These models are part of a stupidly ambitious diorama which you can see over here: Stone Giant Tribe
  6. Thanks! here are the giants and bears again, with their final touches and basing. Bases look a bit dull outside the diorama, maybe,
  7. I think this is pretty much finished! I could go on adding plants forever without substantially changing anything, so I've stopped. I will go over it and touch up a few flaws and gaps, and I might paint the outside "cut off" edges in black to tidy it off. Quite hard to photograph because of the size and depth of it, lots of shadows. If you'd like to see any particular detail in close up let me know!
  8. If you think you can see one near the middle, then you probably can... 😉
  9. Cliff face work in progress. I think a lot has been done since I last showed a picture of this! Left hand picture is after adding in the brown dirt colour, it's fairly unobtrusive with the unifying grey-brown drybrushing over the top of it. Right hand picture is with some bare trees and non-giant critters added. There are six live animals in total, can you spot them in this picture? Next step is to break out the tufts and clumps and lichen and add some more plant life and colour to the scene.
  10. Added three levels of highlight to the faces and I'm not sure they look much different here. Might be a bit too subtle, I'm often too cautious with contrast. Not 100% sure about the brown dirt here, I think it'll break up the grey a bit but I'm not 100% sure that's what I want. I'm going to splash it onto the mountain diorama and see what I think of the overall look.
  11. Further WIP I think I banished enough of the blue I need to get some more definition into their faces, but getting close to finished I think
  12. Thanks, Wolf buddies. I'm wondering if I could get this effect to work as "plasma glow" on my space marines, but that's for another time.
  13. Work in progress on the giants I fancied blue gems and so on as a theme, taking me away from my red gem comfort zone. Some work better than others so far. Also notice how the blue tone from the stone club has been carried over to other areas e.g. heads because I DID NOT CLEAN MY DRYBRUSH WELL ENOUGH! I hadn't even noticed in normal light, though I can see it now I know it's there. Hopefully I can cover that easily enough - it makes them look like they are top-lit in blue, which I bet I couldn't do on purpose! The greyish blue cloth is of course my old favourite Shadow Grey (aka Space Wolf Grey). The purplish grey is actually the Reaper Dark Elf Skin triad - still not put these anywhere near a dark elf, but I'm already in love with these tones! The detail on these models is a bit soft and I keep finding more moulding lines. Hopefully some careful finishing touches can hide both of these issues. All input welcome 🙂
  14. Well, I've been away from this for a long time. I got stuck on the mountain side and struggled to make any progress, and then I've been busy with the Old World Army Challenge ( you can see my Lizardmen over here https://oldworldarmychallenge.blogspot.com/search/label/Shadespyre ) since December. But now I'm almost done with that, so I dug out the Stone Giants themselves and put a couple of coats on them. Very much work in progress, but at least it is progress!
  15. Thanks for commenting. Yes, it does look a bit like a cartoon version of a rockface, still, doesn't it? I can excuse some of that as it will have been worked a bit by the giants (obviously, those stone steps aren't natural). I'm also hoping that introducing other scenic elements (plants and animals mostly) will take the focus off the rock a bit. The narrative is supposed to be that the giants are engaging intruders at the bottom corner of the scene, but off camera, as it were. I'd have gone quite differently if I'd wanted to include the foe in the scene. This worked well with my previous Hill Giants project but it's harder to carry off here - I wish mini makers would use slightly less dynamic poses, sometimes. There's nothing I could really do with the female giant swinging a hammer to make her more static. Two of them are just assembled as is. I didn't like the club carried by the rock thrower, so I stole the much nicer one from the smaller (older) white giant. The white giant is reposed, and got a home-made hammer (as carried by the other giants) and a small throwing rock added. And rather broader shoulders!
  16. Slow progress - it's very hard to work on this indoors, so I havr to go out to our poorly lit and unheated garage to do the messy work - but here's where we are: Added the door frame Textured the surface with a mix of plaster, sand, grit, PVA, paint and slate scraps Tidied up the sides (not visible here) with cardboard - these will be the "cut off" areas where the mountain side continues "off screen". I'm not sure how pleased I am with the effect, but I'm learning as we go. There's a lot of tidying up to do - cleaning the filler off some of the slate, tidying up gaps around some pieces, etc. I need to do some cleaning up so that the bases fit properly, and then start thinking about the decor of the bases and blending them into the surroundings. This very much leads into the positioning of the giants and bears, and then additional models and bigger scenics such as trees and scrubs.
  17. Just a little bit more progress - fixed the positions of the miniature bases and put in the cork floor surrounding them.
  18. Good thoughts - knowing the story would imply some planning on my part, though. I think it's a long term Stone Giant home, those steps are a bit big to have been made by Dwarves or similar? I've got some goats (sadly not giant goats as suggested in the Monstrous Compendium) which I think might go in the upper right hand area, away from the action. I'd quite like some cliff-nesting birds, but haven't found much in the way of minis for other than birds of prey. If anyone knows where I can get 28mm scale swifts or similar then I'm all ears!
  19. Hello Reaper friends! You might remember I did a whole tribe of Hill Giants on a display board, with hex bases? This is my follow up to that, this time: Stone Giants. Errrm, it all got a bit out of hand, and I'd LOVE some input from you all, please This is where I'm at after a week and I'm a bit stuck tbh. I think I need to decide more about what the "finish" will look like before I go a lot further. Once I cover that foam with more than paint it's going to be harder to make changes. I'm thinking of sort of "cladding" it in pieces of slate, with sculpted bits / groundwork in the gaps? I'd also love to hear suggestions for other miniatures and features to add to the scene to break up those big open rocky spaces. Current extra bits and bobs are just there for a sense of scale and how extra minis might "interrupt" or "enhance" the scene. Some next steps though: - cork around the hexes on the platforms for the bases to fit into - some sort of "door frame" - "box in" the sides (which are cut out of a continuing mountainside, in my head at least) Please, rain your ideas and encouragements upon me!
  20. Thanks! :) Just popping by to post this latest Reaper mini, a Sisters of the Blade archer painted up to represent my friend's D&D Elf Fighter
  21. As seen in the WIP section (thanks for all who helped me out). I thought I'd pop her here as no one else seems to have painted her. (Note that the enlarged elf ears and the base / mushrooms are my own additions)
  22. That rear view is really useful to me, thanks Chris. I'd be losing the hair for this project anyway, but it's still the closest to what I'm looking for that I've seen.
  23. I wasn't sure if Bones Black is harder, but also it's about the pose of the mini, which is hard to judge from the front view. Is the neck cleanly accessible, is he hunched so I'd have to resculpt bits of his face? I guess they arenn't that expensive so I could just buy them and see, but...
  24. Anyone who has got the male one of these able to tell me how easy it would be to remove his head for use on another mini?
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