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Dan S

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  1. I really like the colour blends, especially the females loincloth and how it is reflected off her swords, a nice little detail.
  2. Thanks guys, I appreciate all of the kind feedback.
  3. It was 3D printed from a design I found on Thingyverse. I just tried to link the exact file but I cannot find it, it is like looking for a needle in a haysatck there are so many great lanterns on there. EDIT: Nevermind, I found it; https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5019816
  4. I painted up some Spiders for a little Spider themed diorama I have been working on. The big girl is Reaper's Death Spinner, the smaller guys I originally thought were Reaper but I've just discovered they are infact Wizkids. I maintained a build short build journal of the project in my 'Foamy Adventures' post over on the terrain sub forum (but I know not everyone here visits that side of the message board), it can be found here if anyone is interested in how the backdrop was put together: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/97637-dans-foamy-adventures-aka-foam-based-terrain/&do=findComment&comment=2077077,
  5. And the project is finally finished! It came out much better than I expected. I have uploaded a time-lapse video of the whole build over on Youtube if anyone is interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BVEl6ETEtM
  6. I got the LEDs wired in and the lighting looks pretty decent. I also started applying my webbing, I think this will likely be the last progress update before I finish the build, so only a couple of photos as I do not want to reveal too much just yet:
  7. I do love a good kit-bash! Looking forward to seeing them all painted up.
  8. I think we are finally nearing completion. Today I started building an acrylic framework on which I will apply my spider webbing. The frame was created by melting acrylic rods with a candle and then stretching out the softened plastic to create long transparent strands. These were then trimmed to size and carefully glued and pieced together to form a web like pattern, once I've applied the webbing fluid they should look quite realistic. I also managed to take some detailed close up shots in natural sunlight. The one thing I am most pleased about with this project is my stonework, but my previous photos had failed failed to capture all of the subtle colour variation I had worked so hard to achieve with my sponge painting technique. Taking the pics in direct sunlight really helps to display the stonework as intended.
  9. I've started work on some of the fine detailing. The mine cart, lantern and pickaxes were all 3D printed. As I want my mine to have been abandoned for years, I applied some heavy weathering. The mine cart and pick axes have been rusted up quite a bit, where as the copper lantern is in a stage of advanced oxidation. The rust and verdigris were both achieved using acrylic paints applied with sponges as opposed to a paintbrush (which always gives a more authentic look in my opinion). I am trying to graduate on from the tealight candle that I have come to rely on, and try my hand at wiring in my own LEDs. I plan to hand the lantern over the lower right cave opening, which is where I plan to place my Spider Queen. Hopefully it will give the queen some nice ambient lighting when taking pictures in low light. I also started work crafting some subterranean mushrooms and fungus, which were crafted using greenstuff and cocktail sticks. They have come out a little shiney and so I will need to apply a dullcoat at some point. Finally I have just about finished painting up the big bad herself, my centre piece the spider queen (the mini is the Death Spinner Spider by Reaper). I struggled for a while to settle on a paint scheme, in the end I went with a blue into red blend (red on top, blue underneath), with bone coloured legs to match the boney protrusions along her back and sack (If that is even what you call it). The miniature is quite big, and it is certainly a tight squeeze getting her into the small cave opening, but I am pleased with how she turned out. I still have a few more smaller Reaper spiders to paint up.
  10. Sadly I think many people can. Thanks, it is just a fun little side gig that I have been enjoying alongside my regular job. I do not like to charge much as some other shops for miniatures because competition is fierce, and as I mentioned previously, I am really just painting this stuff for my own enjoyment at the end of the day, so long as I can recoup the cost of the miniature and cover my Etsy fees I am happy to take a smaller profit for my time. Your stuff looks pretty good. I think half of the battle is making that first sale, and receiving your first positive feedback, as people can be dubious buying from newer untested shops. Mine started off slow, but started picking up over the last couple of months as my feedback grew.
  11. Sadly no, I used to play a lot but not any more, unlike me, my social circle grew out of this stuff long ago. No I actually got back into scale modelling during the UK Covid lockdown as a way of passing the boredom of being housebound for 6+ months, and the crafting bug hit me hard! Now I craft for the fun of it. As for what I use them for, I actually sell a lot of my scatter terrain and painted miniatures on Etsy. I have no use for my projects once they are complete and I lack the storage space to store them all, so selling them on allows me to free up space and recoup my crafting expenses to reinvest in future projects.
  12. I managed to sit down and get a little more work done. I've slowly lost enthusiasm for the original Miss Muffet theme over the last week and transitioned the piece to more of an abandoned mine (Although the plan is still to infest it with giant spiders). The rock face was under toned with various browns, oranges and yellows using a sponge to stipple the paint on, before applying a range of coloured washes to add some colour variation to the stone. I have also started painting some veins of gold ore on to stone and have some pick axes to litter around the scene at a later stage. The small scattered rocks are just small pieces of cork that have been painted up. The track was created completely from XPS foam, and I have 3D printed a mine cart which will be added once it is painted. Still very far from finished, but the first licks of paint have made a huge difference.
  13. Great job, you absolutely smashed it. Was the base part of the mini, or did you create that from scratch? The first thing I noticed was Thulsa Doom's Banner from the movie, great little detail. On side note, that pose, I am also getting serious Hero Quest vibes!
  14. Great job, you have definitely pulled off the aesthetic and done the source material justice!
  15. I am not familiar with Monument Hobbies, but with other companies their transparent paint lines are generally best for glazing techniques. Typically heavily watering down your paints to make glazes can make them very runny and harder to control on your model, where as transparent paints retain that paint-like consistency. I have tried Vallejo's transparent line but I was not a fan, I have found I have much greater success making my own glazes by mixing my regular paints with a glaze medium that way I have much more control over the transparency (I prefer very thin subtle glazes, built up over many layers).
  16. Ms Muffet - Spider Slayer! Lair of the Spider Queen EDIT (9/7/22) - I have decided to change the theme, and the piece will no longer be a Miss Muffet themed build. I've had Reapers 'Miss Muffet' miniature gathering dust in a draw for a couple of years now, waiting for the right inspiration to hit me. And today it finally hit me, so I have begun work on one of my more ambitious projects to date, a spider infested subterranean cave system! Veering away from the traditional, timid Miss Muffet of nursery rhyme fame, I want to reimagine her as a kick-broccoli (EDIT: haha the message board automatically edited this to broccoli, no I am not crazy it should read kick-a*s) exterminator of all things creepy crawley! (I was a little disappointed to discover that what I originally thought was a giant mallet being hid behind her back is actually a tube of pesticide, but no worries, it should be an easy conversion!). I want to produce a scene of absolute arachnid carnage! I have quite a few Reaper spider miniatures of various sizes, and if any one saw my 'Smuggler's Tunnel' build journal that I posted a few years ago, I still have my trusty spider serum to hand to produce the webbing (This one is going to be icky and gross!) The cave system itself was sculpted from several 2.5 inch thick sheets of XPS foam. These were roughly cut to shape using a handheld hotwire tool, once I had the rough contours of the cave complete I began further detailing the rock face by using my hotwire to create random angular cuts in the foam, before using a ball of tinfoil to apply a stone-like texture to the foam. Once shaped, the thick sheets of XPS were glued together, and a filler applied to help hide the seem lines. An assortment of Stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formations were sculpted and textured using the foam scraps that were produced during the last step. Everything was then glued down into place. I have based the project on an old photo frame, I just removed the glass. Still an awful lot left to do, but it is definitely taking shape.
  17. Those blends and colour gradients are absolutely gorgeous! Great work.
  18. I mentioned a few post back that I was in the process of recording a thatching tutorial, well here it is: https://youtu.be/7Xpw0EurDXM
  19. The Herbalist's Cottage - Complete It took a lot longer than anticipated thanks to the 'accident', however I think I am pretty much ready to call this project done. I ended up repainting the roof, I painted it all a dark brown and then drybrushed some of the original colours back in. The plants are a mix of my own home made items, and Diorama Presepe's items. I also added fence posts, a wooden gate and some moss.
  20. COTTAGE - LANDSCAPE GARDENING Being a herbalist's cottage, the aim was always to have a densely packed well maintained garden. I started off by sketching out a rough design onto a piece of XPS foam and then using a ballpoint pen I engraved the brickwork that would become my footpath. I finished by texturing the path with a tinfoil ball. I used XPS foam to create a raised stone edge around the footpath, and then painted it up match the brickwork on the cottage. I used sculptamold to create strips of ploughed earth, where I intend to add my herbs at a later date, before coating the entire base with a layer of Vallejo earth texture (I plan to further colour it with pigments at a later stage). I also started work on a wattle fence, this was achieved by threading toothpicks through the internal holes of strips of corrugated cardboard. I then wove a 2mm hemp twine around the toothpicks to give a basket weave effect. These strips were then soaked in white glue to harden them, after which the cardboard and toohpicks were cut away and the fence panels painted. The next step is to add some fence posts and a gate. Static grassing is always my favourite part of a project, as it is the most transformative. For this project I wanted a contrast between the grass in the garden and grass in the surrounding area, as such I opted for a well maintained lawn. The lawn was a achieved using a 50/50 mix of 2mm spring and summer grasses. The patchy grass outiside the garden was achieved in the same way, excepted a added a few extra steps, layering longer 4mm winter and autumn grasses over the top. I have also fixed the roof fibres in place using watered down white glue, in order to prevent shedding. The downside is that the fibres have clumped together and have lost their fuzzy bushy effect. I have also started putting all of the flower and grass tufts that I made to use by making plant pots and planters. These were all 3D printed from designs I found on Thingyverse, I just shrunk them way down to the correct scale for this project.
  21. I would not recommend it, a Dremel has a surprisingly powerful motor for such a little tool. I use mine to remove the thicker bases from my metal Reaper miniatures (I like to create my own bases) and it chews through the metal quite easily. It all depends on the type of head you attach, but I doubt Dremel had delicate finely detailed miniatures in mind when they made that claim. I cannot imagine it not scratching the metal up. If you are going to try, attempt it on an inconspicuous section first.
  22. The roof is finally glued down and I am quite pleased with the effect. My strips were a little too thick once they were overlapped, and so I ended up trimming them down and blending the strips together with a set of hair clippers. The next step is to seal and fix the fibres in place using watered down white glue before starting work on the herb garden. One thing I am still undecided on is that thatch roofs tend to darken as they age, and so I am in two minds as to whether I want keep it as it is (It does not look bad as is) or whether I should stain and then lightly drybrush the fibres for a more matured look. Thoughts? Finally , on a related note, I have decided to step into the Youtube arena. I post my projects in a lot of facebook groups and I'm often asked to produce video tutorials. I have finally caved in and I am in the process of editing together my first video (a more detailed guide on how I achieved my thatch effect). If that is of interest to anyone then I will happy start posting video links to supplement my build journals (assuming I am not breaking any forum rules?).
  23. COTTAGE - PAINTWORK & DETAILING I've started working on the cottages paintwork, I am about 60% done so far, I still need to apply washes and filters to the brickwork, finish the door and add some light weathering to the piece. The windows were painted using the 'hairspray chipping method' to make them look old and worn, and I will probably employ the same technique on the door. I have used some clear projector slides to add 'glass' to the window frames, which I then dirtied up using Mig's 'Dirty Glass wash'. It looks like I have overdone it a little in the photos, but that is just because it is quite dark, with an LED inside lighting the cottage up it looks quite good. I will probably add some curtains next as the final detailing. THATCHED ROOFING I have also begun work on the thatched roof, I have experimented with several techniques and by far my favourite was the twine method, which is also by far the most tedious and time consuming, however I think the end result will be worth it. The technique involves gluing strands of hemp twine to a long strip of cardboard and then unravelling the strands to create a straw effect. The twine I am using is a 6 ply twine (i.e. it is made up of 6 individual woven hemp strands), each of these strands can also be unravelled to create a mass of fine hair like fibres. Due to the tedium and for my own sanity I have only been making one thatch strip per day, whilst I work on other aspects of the cottage. Once I have finished all of the strips, they will be glued to the roof in an overlapping fashion, after which the fibres will be straightened out using a fine comb and and tidied up with a set of hair-clippers. Once done the fibres will be fixed into place with watered down modpodge ready for painting. Here is how the thatch strips look when overlapped (They still need combing and trimming down, but you get an idea of the desired effect.):
  24. I love Malefactus's stuff, but I have already started a different method now (maybe next time!). I am using hemp twine to make thatch strips that will be overlaped to fill out the roof. I think it will look quite good, but it is such a slow technique as you need to un-weave l the individual fibres.
  25. THE HERBALIST'S COTTAGE - TAKE #2 Well it has been a while, but I have finally gotten around to giving my planned herbalist's cottage another try (For those who have not followed the thread, my previous attempt was crushed in an unfortunate shelving accident). It is still very much early work in progress, but now I have gotten the ball rolling again I am sure I will progress quickly. Overall I am fairly pleased with the progress I completely changed the design and think the 2nd cottage is actually looking much better than my first attempt (every cloud has a silver lining!). The core structure and wooden beams were crafted using foamcore. The brick work around the base of the house and the chimney are XPS foam, whilst the window frames were 3d printed. The stucco effect was achieved using dental stone and the roof is just an old cereal box at the moment. I am contemplating attempting a thatched roof for the first time, for a more rural feel as a change from the shingle strips I normally craft.
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