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  1. Thanks! You did great -- your vision in white -- and your partners in the RCL too. One of the best things about sculpting is being surprised at the things other painters come up with -- color schemes, basing, conversions, RPG characters, etc.. Derek
  2. There she is! Good work on the NMM. (Glad you like the sea elf, too.) Derek
  3. Really good. This guy is tiny and your crisp paintwork was up to the task. I especially like the smooth-wood sheen that you achieved got on the crossbow, and your choice of the woody tan skin. Derek
  4. I like her! Well done. Thanks for choosing to paint her. She is indeed tiny and very detailed, and you've shown your skillful brush control by picking out the details so crisply. Good decision to put her up on that rock. Painting darker-metal NMM such as bronze (especially if it's old/blackened bronze) can be tough. Your sickle is almost there. Find images of real bronze to inspire your colors, whether it's new and more orange, or older and more black/green/purple. I would suggest higher contrast: especially darker shadows and "glints" of light highligh
  5. I finally painted the human-form mini for this character. I've posted pics as a reply to my own thread in the Show-Off forum (link here), and on the Reaper Discord. Derek
  6. Reviving this old thread... I've been sweeping away the artistic cobwebs in 2021 by painting figures that have been lying prepped but unpainted in my cabinet. So here is the human form of the kitsune archer that I painted five-plus years ago. I briefly considered using a different color scheme (such as reversing the reds and greens) but kept it simple by using the same one. My style and sense of contrast are a little different. I used some pink on her base, for example. And the two together at last. En
  7. Good work! Glad you are seeing progress after the class and sharing it with us. Some minis just lend themselves better to certain techniques. OSL is harder with some and easier with others. This figure would probably show up better in photos if it had a darker background, such as colored paper or smooth cloth (even a dark t-shirt or pillowcase if that's what you have in the house). That way, the torch will be lighter than the background, and we can focus more on your paint. I use dark gray or dark blue paper as my background. I like how the bottom edge of the orange varies
  8. I like these guys! Yes, their metallic things look more like metal. I'm realizing that my own advice was vague or misleading. The key isn't just "go up to white", but rather it's about controlling the rest of the colors on the NMM and using the white as glints of reflected light within a full black-to-white range of contrast. If you use too much white, it will look less like metal and more like light-gray stone, because the white will be too broad to look like reflections of light. Alas, words aren't as good as images to convey advice about miniatures. It would
  9. Wow! Very nice. I had never imagined her in warm tones like this, and she looks great. (Right, the skulls she carries are smaller than the skull in her head ... so she's a 30mm-scale giant with human skulls or a 54mm-scale human with kids' skulls. Take your pick of degree of creepiness.) The background colors work well with the figure. As you said, the scene is a little confusing visually, in part because the figure and the background have similar contrast and color saturation, whereas a real scene would become probably lower-contrast and bluer in the distance. Maybe on the next
  10. I like this big fellow! If your hands shake... Brace your wrists on your tabletop, and brace your hands against each other. That way, your hands shouldn't move, but only the fingers holding your brush can move/shake. Use relatively thin paint, but offload some of it on another surface before you apply it to the mini -- I use a piece of white printer paper, but others use their palettes, their other thumb, etc. -- so you apply only a small amount in the precise area where you put your brush. (Watch Anne Foerster's daily Pro Tips show on Reaper's Twitch channel. She has
  11. OK! I like the clean blue lines on the tabard. Some people will want to put a symbol or pattern on the plain shield, while others will just appreciate getting a break from tiny details.
  12. Strong work! I like your bold jewel-tone palette with the juxtaposition of smooth areas with textured areas. The shine on the crystal is especially convincing. Right, to make something on a mini seem to be glowing, it needs to be lighter and brighter than the things around it that aren't glowing. And here her brow naturally casts a shadow from an overhead light on her eye, so whatever color your paint in her eye will look darker unless you shine a forward-facing or upward-facing light when you take the photo. On your next mini with glowing eyes, you could go darker wit
  13. Nice work! Sandra Garrity sculpts are already so finely detailed with small contiguous surfaces ... plus this is a gnome ... so these striped pants are "hard mode" for freehand. I like how you extended the purple and turquoise palette to the sword, including the brilliant pommel. Congrats on getting painterly closure after fourteen years, and good luck to her new life as an NPC! Derek
  14. Worth the wait! I like your choice of pale skin / platinum blonde with the black and red outfit. Hack and slash, slice and dice: all systems go. Derek
  15. Good work. A bard inspiring herself in combat can hold her side of the battlefield... and help her allies hold theirs too! Did you paint any kind of emblem on the front of her shield or is she choosing to keep her allegiance secret? Derek
  16. Striking! I can just imagine what your players will think when they see him for the first time ("Uh-oh... this is going to be a tough fight") ... and maybe he gets away or maybe they think they've killed him, but he shows up again! I like that coppery / dark-red-metal effect that you got on the flail, and the shine on his damaged eye. The green areas look a bit flat by comparison. If you want him to look like he's made of green metal (or green enamel over metal), you might take a few more minutes adding glints of white or off-white where light would reflect off t
  17. As a Last Breath, the pallor and necrosis are closing in to smother the last vestiges of life ... or it could be a First Breath, with the red rose radiating life and restoring the undead to live tissue, and she sheds tears of joy on reawakening. In either case, unique and superb. Derek
  18. Thanks for the further notes! @billeecats : Glad you appreciate those reworks to her hair. @Glitterwolf : I double-cheated on these eyes, since they're bigger than a real human's would be in scale, and I paint my elves as having extra-large irises to look pretty/fey. (An average real iris would be about 1/3 of the width of the eye. A bigger iris makes us think "cute" like a baby, or "inhuman" like many animals' eyes.) I spent a lot of time practicing and getting a feel for the right consistency of paint, and I use a brush with a sharp tip but a big enough belly that
  19. "Eject! Eject! Operation: Warfare." Striking results, especially the glass and the silver-gray. When I squint at the front view, I can barely believe that it's a painted miniature and not an animated cel. Thanks for sharing. Derek
  20. Lively (and lovely)! Successful experiment. I'll keep this in mind for my own future projects. Thanks for sharing! Derek
  21. Yes, well done! Your extra work paid off. All the parts contribute to an excellent whole: some areas crisp, others grungy (but deliberately so), etc. I like how smoothly you blended in the yellow-orange glints, and how they compliment the purple in the skin and leathers. I also like the pinker tones on the nose and cheeks. Derek
  22. OK! Or if you're over this figure already, then just let it be and approach your next figure's NMM with the idea that you'll go that extra step to white at the end. Derek
  23. Hmmm ... maybe, but shiny metal would show a full range from black to white, so there's little chance of too much contrast. Try it out, take new pics, and we can evaluate it together. If it is "too much" or just not convincing, you can always knock down some of the white highlights with a grey or black glaze. Derek
  24. Very nice! I used to own this figure ... I think I painted her as a fire giant, but sold her 25-30 years ago and I had forgotten about her til now. I painted her in my first year or two of painting, before I realized mini-painting involved any highlighting and shading! It continues to be great fun to see you taking these classics and giving them good "modern" paint jobs. Thanks, too for the links to your hill giant and centaurs. And the comparison shot to the 25mm human. Some of today's scale-stretching 35-38mm heroic figures would be near-giants themselves! (Good
  25. Great! Goblins that are both green and orange are even more disturbing. I like what both of you did on these -- the variety of markings, the variety of metallics (especially the patchwork scale coat), the use of neutrals to keep the emphasis on the colorful skin. Beware their dreadful warcry, "NORK NORK NORK!" Singers sing, drummers drum, and norkers nork. Derek
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