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  1. On 7/20/2021 at 10:17 AM, ksbsnowowl said:

    I have a Vex, but I bought the $10 single-action air brush from Harbor Freight specifically for applying Stynylrez primer. So far it has worked well. 

    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.

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  2. 4 hours ago, Ambrousis said:

    From some of the other pictures I've seen of the gem dragon it looks like the base is somewhat hollow, I've got some ideas on LEDs for it and the loot golem. I'll know better once they show up.

    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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  3. Here is what I've been up to lately; got a few minis in progress, some got pushed to the back of the line when we learned that our d&d group will be meeting again soon and I realized I still needed to paint my partners miniature! Oops. I also snagged a great deal on a husky tool box, which at the moment is storing some extra out of date msp paint but mostly is crammed with most of my miniatures, couldn't fit all of them. 






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  4. 4 hours ago, R2ED said:

    I've slipped hard!  My weekends have filled with work or needs out of town.  I kind of worried early on that spring/summer would do this.  The biggest hurdle was the recent neck injury.  I am doing what i can to just get a little painting in when i can.  It's been a hard jump back in. 


    However, it's important to keep trying.  I'm sorry for my quiet few weeks.  





    I hear you. Had some employee changes at work which tossed my schedule to the winds. I was literally about to sit down this afternoon to paint Annoyed Rocky, but got called into work last minute. I'll make an effort to get something done tonight, and hopefully I actually get a day off next week to knock out a bunch of stuff.


    Hold Fast!

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  5. 3 hours ago, Inarah said:

    @crowsandbones  congrats on the win! 


    Sophie looks nice.  I see some texture in places where the paint got a little thick as you were applying it, so I'd suggest thinning just a bit more as you're adding layers.  The yellow looks really fresh, and I like how you did the mugs. 

    For the yellow, I used Mustard Yellow for shadows and worked up to Beacon Yellow(old Heavy Gear color) for the highlight.

    The mugs were a speed paint using Citadel Runefang steel and a wash with Nuln oil, I thought they came out surprisingly well!

    Oh and yeah I had a couple issues with wet blending, haven't nailed the consistency for that technique yet.


  6. I finished innkeeper sophie last night while watching Reaper Live, and then I won a gift card! Gonna use it to buy some paint colors that Anne Foerster recommended during her streams.


    Sophie's skin tones arent what I envisioned but I think she is tabletop ready and I personally feel good about how I'm progressing as a miniature painter. Practice makes better! 




    For my next mini, I've picked Annoyed Rocky the dragon(with the dragonfly on its tail).

    I need a white dragon wyrmling for an upcoming campaign and I think this will be fun to drop on the table.




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    This is my first attempt at a dark skin tone but I wasn't feeling the Dark Skin Triad for this one.

    So far I like where I am headed with Innkeeper Sophie, but I wonder if I'm missing something.


    For her skin I used Redstone Shadow and highlighted up with Redstone Highlight(also did a light glaze of brown liner on the back of the wings for shadows) but I'm wondering if I need a third highlight color. Should I mix in Pure White or possibly a warm shaded off-white like Linen White to the highlight color? Should I lean more red or more yellow considering her dress is the prominent color? Is that even a good idea?


    Also the shadow line on her bust is bothering me... seems like it might be too long and sharp of a line there... should I have a smoother transition between her collar bone and her breasts?

    Innkeeper Sophie front.jpg

    Innkeeper Sophie back.jpg

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  8. Carved out 45min to touch up Innkeeper Sophie, the shadows on the dress were too brown for what I was going for so I added a glaze of Mustard Yellow to the recesses of the cloth. I really like the flesh colors (redstone shadow and redstone highlight) but the skin on her face and chest needed some smoothing out and brighter highlights. I thinned brown liner with water for the eyes, which came out table top decent on the first try. I'm getting noticably more comfortable with my brush control, also brown liner may be my newest love affair. All in all, we're getting there. 


    My DM and I both have finally been vaccinated fully and I'm hoping to have an in person paint session soon. I will probably deviate from Reaper to Wizkids, as I have a Pathfinder silver dragon that needs to be painted like tarnished silver for a cursed evil npc in my own D&D campaign.


    I'm thinking of using MSP Bones Skeleton Key for the base coat with a touch of the Pieces of Eight metallic, followed by a selective wash of Agrax Earthshade, then highlighted with a mix of pieces of eight and Vallejo Game Air Chrome.


    Anyone ever tried a tarnished silver paint job?





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  9. I didn't find any time to paint this week at all. Lots of things came up, like grinding my teeth in my sleep so bad that I cracked off half of my back molar. I went to an emergency dental appointment, but I've been referred to a dental surgeon out of town, so I'm biding my time and trying to maintain as best I can until I can get this tooth out. I also got my first round of the Pfizer Covid vaccine, arm hurt for a day but no other problems. I just really hope I can paint a little bit this week.

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  10. 42 minutes ago, Inarah said:

    That's the magic of photography and a little brush on sealer.  The left side of her face was a mess, mold line or something left a scar on the plastic.  Painting over it made it worse.  The cool thing about brush-on is that it smooths the surface (I use it a lot on bare metal) and it diffuses the paint under it, making it look all smooth and blended.  Too much can hide details, physically filling in spaces, as well as destroying subtle blending or highlights.  



    This trick turned out really well for me when I was dealing with Bones USA Darius' sleeve. It worked like a charm to smooth over the gouges and fuzziness that happened during clean up with a blade.

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  11. I have had to seriously reorganize my hobby desk after this weekend, and I'm feeling good about it. I've got some non reaper minis that are staring at me but up next off the list is Innkeeper Sophie. I'm gonna try the comic book style on her and see if I retained anything from the RVE class.


    My partner chose the color scheme again. Purple hair this time, with a yellow dress. 

    May the paint gods be merciful...

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