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  1. Ambitious and well done! And congrats on having him featured on ReaperLand today. I like the amended helmet. I've never even tried to paint reflective/SENMM. I can only imagine how hard it is, because only one "front" and one "back" camera angle will look right, and at any other angles (rotations or elevations), the illusion of accurately plotted "reflections" will be broken. (Anne Foerster has been painting an ambitious SENMM bust on her PaintingBig Twitch channel, Thursday afternoons.) I think the head of the hammer should look different but I'm not sure how. (Maybe n
  2. Strange / novel concepts indeed! Your paint jobs are great advertising for them. I like the mood you achieved with this color palette. ("No, saturated blue, you can't join this party.") Derek
  3. Agreed, nice work. Orange and red and purple ... plus accents of yellow and green and even blue on the back of the pages ... I like the depth of contrast in the billowing orange cloth. Did you add green in the grays of her outfit, or is it just an illusion of greenness with a neutral gray juxtaposed with red (and the green symbols on the page)? Derek
  4. Thanks, everyone! @TGP : Ah yes, protecting a fellow party member, perfect. I didn't see that episode, but that's a great reference! @Metalchaos : Even though she should probably be "keeping her eye on the ball [arrow]" (like they taught us in batting practice), yes, she's just that good and she's already looking for the next one. @ManvsMini : The Last Dragon -- nice! Good question about the brush. We may have to test it at ReaperCon. Sadly for everyone else, it might be like a spear in the hands of an ice devil: "This effect comes from the devil in th
  5. Love it. Player: "Um, did you mean to say 'ShadowFAX', as in Gandalf's horse?" GM Metalchaos: "No, you heard me right."
  6. I missed this the first time around ... but she's great! Somehow you predicted two of the figures I would paint a few months later, too. ;^) Did she (or will she) appear as an NPC in a game you're running? Derek
  7. I've painted another of my sculpts from several years ago. I started her in Paint Club last week, and finished her during Paint Club today: Esmeria was one of my characters in the Living Greyhawk shared-world campaign, 2005-2008. Living Greyhawk had a series of adventures set in the Bright Desert that featured the plots of the archmage Rary and the ruins of ancient empires, so I made Esmeria as my new character from that area to use in those adventures. She started as a monk (scion of one of those ancient empires) and later pi
  8. Thanks, folks! @ManvsMini : You're welcome! I've been painting more this year and am happy to share. @Great Khan Artist : Yes, Rhonda Bender (birdwithabrush)'s paint-jobs on those Deadlands Noir minis are great! I did a sepia-monochrome paint job on the ReaperCon '05 Western Sophie, and again on some other Chronoscope Old West figures -- Doc Holiday, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Lobo Sanchez (link to Lobo). I've taught a class on monochrome painting a few times over the past 10 ReaperCons, but I wasn't planning to do one this year. Maybe someone else will, and/or I could
  9. Excellent work. Good mix of smooth layering, painted textures, and variation in the colors. I appreciated reading about your process, such as how the inherent chaos of the corrosion freed you from the pressure to have clean or "perfect" results. Keep on sharing, Derek
  10. Very nice! It must be rewarding to see your progress like this. Now your skills allow you to use neat layering & lining, or a rougher-looking technique, where each is appropriate. I like the color-coding. And even though the Bog Skeletons don't have those colors, they're still RGB = Really Good Bones! Thanks for sharing. Derek
  11. I've finished another project that was on my to-do list for years. First the pics, then some more words: This was a special resin figure from ReaperCon 2014 (April 24-27 that year) -- sculpted by Bobby Jackson, given to attendees who paid extra for the Artist Banquet on Saturday night. I was supposed to paint him for Reaper's studio collection after the con, but I got distracted with other stuff and he fell off my list. He had the SKU 01529 for a while, and although he is out of production now, his clone will be back soon in Bones
  12. Good work so far. I would also say yes to another highlight, using one of the Tanned colors like Inarah says, and/or mixing a warm tan-beige like Golden (Skin) Highlight or Yellowed Bone into your Redstone Highlight. (It's tough to say whether the skin is "finished" until you've painted the rest of the mini.) If a painter doesn't paint light enough highlights on dark skin, then it looks unnatural to me, like suede or cloth instead of skin. The highest highlights should be reflections off the skin's smooth (and/or oily) surface of whatever the light-source is -- the
  13. Big-n-scary! Good detail work on the mouths & teeth, and I appreciate the subtle variation in fur colors from the legs to the body. I like the basing/terrain work to show their large size, too. (I think I've heard "side-brushing" for something like the technique that you describe, but I don't think there's any agreed-on name.) Thanks again for sharing! Derek
  14. Very nice! You captured his jaunty smirk. I like your freehand on the bracers and the texture on the trousers, too. It has been several years since the release of the Jade Regent Adventure Path, so the touches of grey are appropriate. Derek
  15. Thanks, folks! I'm glad that you like how she turned out and that you found a variety of details to enjoy. I did some "paint plastic surgery" on her eyes (as I often do). I painted her left eye a bit bigger than it's sculpted. Her right eye was so deeply recessed and half-hidden by hair that I actually filled the socket a bit with a couple of thick layers of brush-on primer before painting the eye. Derek
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