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  1. It's been a while since I've posted! I fell into a bit of a motivational slump, but have been able to climb out of that and get a decent bit of work done. I haven't been sleeping well lately, so I probably won't ramble on as much as I normally do....or maybe that just means I'll ramble more :lol:


    So I finished both mine and my brother's Frostgrave warbands! Well, finished to a point where I'll be happy with them on the table. I do want to go back and add/rework some things (he says, thinking of all the other figures he's said he'll do that to...)


    First, my group:



    I haven't shown these guys before, and that's partly because they've been sitting in "I'll get to finishing them eventually" purgatory. The archers are part of a group that I speed-painted last summer, for a DnD game my brother was running later that day. I'm really pleased with how the green turned out! Sometimes that pressure can be a great motivator to just go, and not be too critical of oneself.


    The other guy is my PC from that same game, a half-orc druid named Kilgore. I'm using him as my apprentice. For a first time doing OSL, I think it's alright. But I think it needs redoing, I think I added one or two too many glazes.




    I really want to spend a decent amount of time adding some OSL from the lantern, but he's good for now. The boar doesn't have quite that much contrast IRL, but still looks pretty good. It was a fun color gradient I used, I want to play around with that kind of thing on future furry creatures.



    I spent a little more time working on my wizard than anything else, but I still need to paint the fur around his boots, and his beard. I want to do some more work on the pelt, too. I'll have to post a picture of that next time. The elemental shield was the best effort vs. reward ratio out of anything I painted. I just put a couple of thin coats of Nihilak Oxide over the zenithal basecoat, and it turned out great! After that, I decided to try a quick layer of it on the wizard's hand for some quick and easy OSL, and boy, that turned out well! I finished with a thin layer of white over the eye I sculpted, just to brighten the source of the light. Best 20 seconds of painting I've ever had :lol:


    And now, my brother's warband:



    This captain is, after my wizard, my favorite mini I've painted from this group.


    That's it for now! I should be able to get a game in within the next couple of days, so I'll try to remember taking some shots of the dramatic moments. Plus, I got some really cool terrain from the recent Battle Systems fantasy kickstarter, so I'll get a chance to use it for the first time, and show it off. It's really great stuff, I feel like it has some incredible bang for the buck.


    Thanks for looking and/or reading!

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  2. On 9/17/2020 at 2:11 PM, Evilhalfling said:

    color check.  do the colors work? 

    If someone with a good grasp of color theory wants to chime in, i would appreciate it. 

    I won't claim to a good grasp of color theory, but I have been learning a good bit and trying to implement some of those lessons, so I'll give it a shot here. I agree with @MoonglowMinis that as a standalone mini, her colors are great! However, I think that making her predominantly green would suit the diorama much better. That way she both shares more tones with the rest of the diorama, and helps her to stand out.


    Hope that helps! And it's looking great!


  3. What a cool project!


    On 9/13/2020 at 10:29 AM, MoonglowMinis said:

    With that in mind im thinking I'll make 3 Brigs as a medium sized ship, 2 Galleons as a large option, and maybe 4 sloops as the small variant. Maybe somewhere along the way I'll design some longboats and rowboats but those are low on the priority list and can easily be represented by 2D options I already own.

    That's...quite a few ships! I imagine once you finish this one, the others will go much more quickly, as you've already done a bunch of troubleshooting on this one.


    And It's coming along very nicely!

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  4. This is a great set-up, I'm looking forward to seeing more progress! I'm not sure what you could do to the stonework...what's the story of this location? Was it made by the giants, or did they move in after it was abandoned/etc? I think that'd be helpful for figuring out how to proceed.


    As for what to do with the open spaces, I think using some little creatures, like bugs, rats, bats, or lizards, would be really fun and add some "Easter eggs" to the piece.


    Can't wait to see what you do with it next!

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  5. 10 hours ago, malefactus said:

    Last week saw a few Mushrooms given to various health care Folks. SO I have started adding YET MORE Mushrooms to the Fairy Circle.

    I am shocked to hear you are making more mushrooms!!!! :lol:


    On 9/18/2020 at 5:40 AM, malefactus said:

    Everything went WONDERFULLY well yesterday. I can hear again; AND the quality of my hearing will improve as my audiologist refines the programming.

    OH BABY & thanks, God!

    I'm glad to hear it was successful, I can only imagine what a difference that must make for you!


    1 hour ago, malefactus said:

    AND later the same day:



    Have a good evening!

    I always adore the different expressions you give the mushrooms, they just OOZE with character!


    ...and maybe a little slime!

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  6. On 9/7/2020 at 12:10 PM, NecroMancer said:


    Yeah I've been fighting the chunck/chalking with her skin.  I have been trying to think as I usually do but I don't painting with the lighter skin tones very often. I even used glaze medium and it was still giving me problems. Just something I will have to practice with. 


    Thanks you much for the C&C!

    It is quite the struggle, indeed. I have yet to find a good way to eliminate that. I'll have to try what @Peithetairos suggested.


    Your additon of thje fleshshade gave her some much needed warmth. I think her face could use a tad more, but I'm not sure when in the overall process would be a good time to do it.


    She's coming along nicely!

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  7. On 9/8/2020 at 1:13 PM, Samedi said:

    Thank you all for your kind words!


    And a special thank you to @AussieAusborn for taking the time for such a detailed feedback! I find this kind of comment very helpful for learning.


    And yes, I always get a bit scared of overdoing it when highlighting...


    You're quite welcome! And I agree, some good constructive criticism is great for learning. I think it's pretty much inevitable that we get to a point with a model that we just don't know what to do, so we need a fresh set of eyes.


    And yes, the final level of highlights always scares me, too! :lol: I find that starting with just a couple at the places I'm absolutely sure of, and then giving it a good look over to see if and/or where to add  more usually gives me pretty good results.

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