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  1. Undead King from Bones 5 Core Set. I gave him a backstory of going mad and believing the infestation of rats that brought plague to his ancient kingdom were loyal subjects rising up to kill the "traitors" that actually were just innocent civilians. He rummaged through the corpses of his former subjects and found the means to become a lich and raise a skeletal army to defend his "loyal" rat followers.
  2. @R2EDI agree with @billeecats , getting some good diablo vibes from skelly king. And the floating skelly looks awesome! That one gave me the most trouble(tried a rust effect for the first time), I'm almost done with that one but my skelly King is finished. In the meantime here are some pics.
  3. I finally received my order, small as it was it took forever! Went for a bag o' skulls, 3 acrylics (charred salmon, orange rust and yellow rust) & 5 washes (armor wash, parchment wash, fallout wash, cool grey wash and golden brown(metallic) wash. I have heard great things about this company and first impressions out of the box are good. Can't wait to try them out.
  4. They are a different animal than typical metallics. The brands usually recommend applying over a glossy black base coat, but I've found that you can undercoat with different colors to achieve different effects.
  5. I have a couple of the GSW color shifting metallics and a couple Turbo Dork color shifting metallics. I prefer GSW but the turbo dork has worked out on a few models so far. I don't use an airbrush(which is where these paints really shine) but with a brush, the GSW is easier to work with and has better coverage by far. Turbo Dork took me like 8 or 9 layers to get where I wanted it. I should say, the very first metallic mini paints that I bought were Citadel: Runefang Steel, Auric Armor Gold and Sycorax Bronze, probably 3 or 4 years ago and the Runefang Steel is only now beginning to run out. While I liked the colors, the Auric Armor gold and Sycorax bronze have dried up after only using them a couple times... Once that Runefang steel is done, I'll probably never buy Citadel metallics ever again when there are so many better options available now.
  6. I consider myself still relatively new to the hobby scene, I really got into it only a few years ago. I've purchased minis across multiple brands and material make ups, and I haven't had much time to develop die hard preferences on which material makes the best mini... until now. Bones USA has come out of the gate strong and each time I paint Bones USA I am impressed. Integral bases don't bother me too much but I see the appeal to having the base separated. Every material has its quirks for clean up and conversions but I have found the Bones USA to be substantially nicer to paint than any other material. So far I have not primed any of my Bones USA minis because for me, a thorough scrub with dishsoapy water and an old toothbrush is all I need to do to get the paint to bite. Maybe others feel differently but honestly this material is my favorite. I'd like to see how big they can go with Bones USA... A Ma'al Drakkar in Bones USA would be rad.
  7. I LOVE 9465 Skeleton Key from Reaper, but Vallejo's Model Air Chrome is excellent. The latest metallics im excited to try are the Green Stuff Worlds metallic pigments mixed in to Vallejo's Metal Varnish(learned this from Vince Venturella on youtube.)
  8. This paint line looks decent enough but at this point I'm running out of space for more paints, and there are so many other brands that have caught my eye which are cheaper and available now... packaging looks nice, probably performs well enough but I'm not particularly impressed.
  9. Personally, I'm a little tired of Wizkids Size changes. Yeah the model looks cool but knowing how ABYSMAL Wizkids prepainted minis can be lately, ill pass on that risk. In my humble opinion, it is NOT worth $400+. Maybe $250 but comparing it to other products they make, that $400 price tag seems STEEP. Like, greedily steep. I'd be curious to see it in person before making up my mind about it's inherent quality and worth but I still won't be buying it.
  10. Over the weekend, I hung out with my Dungeon Master and he made a request for me to paint up all my undead/zombies from bones 5 to use in our D&D campaign. Anyone have objections to painting a couple undead models for the next round? I'll be trying to paint all the undead as soon as possible regardless of which minis get selected for the group(Im totally fine with whatever y'all want to do), but ill be starting with these in the meantime:
  11. Had some time off, finished up the backlog for the club. @R2ED your direwolves look awesome!
  12. I love this! The book looks great, the color scheme feels muted and very realistic to me. The red brick cobblestone is a cool touch as well.
  13. Got some actual time in with the brush this weekend, and it feels great. I finished the basilisk, got 90% finished with the stag, and got some of my base coats blocked out on the moneylender. Here are the WIPs and I'm thinking about the 2 new picks... the floating dude is making me want to try a trick for clear minis where you start off with a coat of brush-on sealer before applying inks or whatever. I bought a bottle of Privateer Press's formula P3 Turquoise ink and I'm dying to trying it out. Anyone know other useful tricks for clear minis?
  14. @Ambrousis your stag looks cool, very celestial. The basing looks straight out of the feywild!
  15. Got this done this morning, forgot to post it. Had a lot of fun with this one. The freehand spots were a challenge, but a couple careful thin glazes of bright turquoise blended it well I thought. Colors used: Creamy Ivory Sepia liner(mixed with brush-on sealer to make a wash) Bright Turquoise Nuln Oil Basilisk Green (+ Pure White for highlight) Lotus Orange Pure Black
  16. Got base coats on the basilisk, this last week was crazy for me so the extra week is appreciated. Dont know where I'm going with the base but the colors I used on the basilisk so far are creamy ivory, bright turquoise, and lotus orange. @R2EDI think your moneylender looks great!
  17. There are so many awesome models that are even more impressive in person, it's hard to narrow it down! I think I can attempt a top 5 sleeper hit list, but an honorable mention for me are ALL the dragons. I took one look and knew I had to have them all. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Wizkids dragons but they do leave me wanting for various reasons... Reaper, well... Jason Weibe, Julie Guthrie and Questron Studios, really knocked it out of the park on these. Ok, here's my top 5 sleeper hits: 1. Townsfolk Moneylender: this particular sculpt is amazing and I was always looking forward to painting it. Now it's in my hands I can see how good the molds are becoming. Virtually no mold line issues at all and the small one I found I scraped away with my thumbnail, leaving no evidence it was ever there. KUDOS Reaper both on hiring great sculpters but also on the bones black. 2. Basilisk: this model really jumped out at me for its detail and immediately I saw the color scheme and how I wanted to paint it. This and the Moneylender listed above were my first picks for the paint group here in the forums ( https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/94392-book-club-but-for-minis-reaper-club/ ) but still in WIP mode. 3. Sea Giant: This is a totally unique model, amazing detail and the creativity that went into is really insane, Weibe did a great job. There is so much visual story in this sculpt, I think it would be cool to have him as a good-aligned NPC for my party to ally with against the Beholder-Crab thing. Maybe the sea giant is a steward of the ocean that protects whales or overfishing from fisherman and is after a particularly cruel fishing vessel... or maybe he is a ranger of sorts that can guide the party through treacherous waters... so many possibilities besides just being a bad broccoli monster, which is reason enough. 4. Hippogriff: The Greek Odyssey expansion was one of the first things I decided to buy, mostly because of the Cloud giantess but I didn't even realize the hippogriff was part of the set. The sculpt is very nicely detailed, the wings are gonna be fun to paint for sure. Im a big Harry Potter fan, so this is getting the Buckbeak makeover and is definitely gonna be part of a Harry Potter themed vignette or diorama someday. 5. Yog-Sothoth: This bad mabbajabba... at first, I passed it over thinking I wouldn't use it. Then the pledge manager closed and I started really kicking myself for not getting one. Well, Gods Bless those who decided to re-open the pledge manager and to offer it as an option, because this was the first thing I added to my Bones 5.5 order. I also wish I had gotten the Chronoscope expansion when I had the chance, but since I don't have a modern/scifi game to run or to play in, I can wait and hope to get those in retail or scoop one off ebay. So there it is. There are sooo many models that I love, and I knew I would love no matter what quality they arrived in, but I am surprised by how many models stand out from the pack once you see them in person.
  18. @billeecats is correct about my choices, and thanks for sharing the pics for me! @R2ED thanks! That's interesting about the Ashen Brown, I havent tried it yet but I have high hopes since it is a recreation of the highlight color to my all time favorite brown, Volcano Brown. I wanted to use it on my pirate ship, will have to test it out first. The pain of missing out on the brinewind extras sloop is tangible right now, haha!
  19. Managed to finish the reaper, just a quick paint but I really like it all the same. I used the new darkreach shadows liner to prime it(a lovely blue grey-almost indigo liner that I'll probably use a lot), base coated in nightmare black with a touch of maggot white added for opacity in the highlights, followed with a glaze of nightmare black. The bone color is bathalian chitin with a wash of argax earth shade and a highlight of bathalian chitin and maggot white. The hourglass gave me the most trouble but I used bleached linen for some sand on the inside that I dont think came out right. The stag needs some boiling to fit into its base, hopefully I'll get that done and painted tomorrow. Feels good to get the first mini finished! If I'm understanding correctly and I'm the one to pick the next 2 models to choose from, I propose the following: 1. 1017 Townsfolk: Moneylender (the dude with the book and quill is the one I mean) 2. 1029 Basilisk
  20. My Bones 5 order has arrived!!! OMG IM SO STOKED! So far I can only do the initial damage inspection - my pirate ship box has a nasty dent, but the ship itself seems unharmed. Alas I am at work(had my order shipped to my job because our neighborhood has had package thieves in the past) so inventory will have to wait until tonight. I snuck a peek and noticed that I got Sophie's Lucky Dice... I cannot explain why I'm so excited to have them... they will live behind my DM screen forever now.
  21. Got my shipping notification last night! ARRIVES WEDNESDAY! I might be the last one to get it in this group, but I can't wait to get started. I have to clean up the workstation from its current chaotic state when I get off work, and organize a bunch of foam I found for terrain projects. I wasn't expecting to stumble on 6 full sized sheets of that pink foam stuff and it's taking up more storage than I'd like. Also gotta figure where to put that pirate ship.....
  22. I've been looking for a decent cheap air brush for this same reason, might scoop one up today on the way home. I'm not looking for perfection, just something to get this big pirate ship primed once it gets here.
  23. I would love to see a 1:1 scale life-sized fairie dragon, and a Norse expansion complete with a viking longship with changeable figureheads(Raven, Dragon, Wolf, etc.)
  24. I've been thinking about adding an LED to Krateryx the Shadow Dragon, but ill have to wait and see what state it comes in before I commit. Been a while since I've had time to paint, but the next few days might turn the tide on some WIPs. Digging all the posts in here, it inspires me. KUDOS EVERYONE!!
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