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Remy Soujirou

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  1. Some very nice winning entries at RC '08. Thanks for uploading them so quickly, although I'm dying to see the Masters category. Congratulations to all the Sophie winners! You are now proud owners of what I consider to be the best-looking mini-painting trophy in the world. For those that weren't fortunate enough to place, you get our gratitude for having the courage to enter in the first place. You should all be proud of your entries. We all have to start somewhere, after all. Keep your heads up and remember why you started painting in the first place. With more experience and practice, your painting skills will improve, and winning that elusive Sophie trophy won't seem as impossible a feat as you once may have thought. Above all else, mini-painting should be fun whether you're painting for competition or gaming. My first, and only, Reaper Con was in '06 and I absolutely loved it. It's also great to see RC thriving since '06. All I can say is that I'm eagerly looking forward to the day that I can attend another as it'll be great to meet up with old and new friends alike. In any event, congrats once again to all the winners! Remy
  2. Thanks a lot for posting those pics, Sarge. Congrats to all the winners!
  3. With last year's RC being my first, I can say that the overall temperature inside Reaper HQ was cool. FWIW, I wore pants and short- to long-sleeve shirts while I was there and was fine for the most part. The large open areas would get pretty cool at times, but nothing that a jacket wouldn't fix. Layers are your friend. Yeah, I should've taken my own advice when I went to Kublacon a couple weeks after RC '06. I spend all of Saturday volunteering at the Paint 'n Take table knowing all too well I really should be finishing my painting entry. Did I say finish? I meant get past the halfway mark. Man, that was a hard lesson to learn. Anyway, right before the café and carts close up, I stock up on some Coke and a ton o' Mountain Dew as I prepare to embark on my insane mission. I setup my painting station in a huge convention room for a ~12-hour painting marathon. Too bad the RC '06 t-shirt I was sportin' didn't come in long-sleeve let alone a heavy cotton hoody. Hell, even my pants weren't nearly warm enough after a while. I actually got some newspaper to sit on and place on my lap. Don't laugh. It's a great insulator in a pinch (although not much in the end). Inbetween deciding on color schemes, techniques (many of which were new) and taking the leap of faith and applying the paint, I took some breaks to walk around every couple of hours. The first break I took is when I found the newspaper. The second, the convention room's thermostat. I upped that puppy from ~60° to 80°, and ten minutes later to 85°. Yeah, that did a lot. A couple of hours later I was still freezin' my [email protected]# off. The mind-over-body battle wasn't workin' either. I could tell myself that I was warm and comfy all I want... the goosebumps on my arms and tremblin' hands couldn't hide the truth. For about the last 6 hours, I had to use my hair dryer to warm my arms up... about 30 seconds per arm. 10% of the time the hair dryer was used for its original purpose -- to speed up the drying time of washes and glazes... and well, even basecoats since I was using VMC. Vinyl-based paint loves to skin if it doesn't dry completely. That was another "fun" leason to learn. ^^; The other 90% of the time...? Yep. Warming up my arms and hands. So, what's the moral of the above story? Bring layers of clothing with you to a convention! Oh, and don't wait until the last minute to finish an entry. Remy
  4. Stalker? Fanboy... I can live with that. Guy, girl, monkey, whatever... as long as a mini-painter has über-smooth blends, color sense and artistic flair, sign me up as a fanboy. Thanks for the kind words, Jen. Sadly, most of my friends don't share some of my true loves, such as mini-painting and reefing. They think it's cool and respect it, but the second I talk about something as simple as Live Rock or Blending, I might as well be speaking German. They appreciate the final product, but their interest ends there. So, yeah, I know exactly how you feel. It would've been fun to hang out and talk with ya again, not to mention take your painting class. On that note, how's your reef tank comin' along? IIRC, you got some Puffers last? My reef is dominated with LR and various corals, but my Psychedelic Mandarin and Four-Line Wrasse have been getting along just fine for about two years now. Oh, and if you haven't already, I'd recommend trying red LEDs at night if you really want to see those lil' beasties come out and play. You'd be amazed. I'd love to talk more, but I really don't want to appear like a "Stalker" or anything. It's just so easy to get carried away when most of your friends just have a fleeting interest in your hobbies.
  5. It's great to see some familiar faces. I appreciate the replies, everyone. Thanks. Although I was working hard on a particular entry for RC, I'll do my best to represent Reaper at Kublacon in a few weeks with this entry. Granted, it's the Single Fantasy category which had Marike, Derek and Laszlo placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively last year. So yeah, I have no delusions of placing, but what the hell. What can ya do, right? At least it'll be one more Reaper mini in the contest. Once again, thank you for the replies and kind words. I really am going to miss you guys. And damn you all for getting such cool RC SWAG this year.
  6. It's official. Due to financial constraints, I simply can't afford to attend RC '07. *sigh* I don't know what to say other than I'm very, very sad as I was looking forward to it so much. RC '06 was my first Reaper Con (incidentally, the first Con in about 15 years or so), and I absolutely loved it. For me, it was all about having the opportunity to meet, learn from, and simply hang out with others that not only shared a genuine love for this hobby of ours, but were among the top talents in the field. Granted, I've never been to a Gencon Indy, but I'd easily choose RC over it even if I had to travel overseas simply because of its unique focus on mini-painting/sculpting. I'm sure most won't even remember my name from last year, so it's not as though you'll be missing out on anything with my absense. I know for certain that I'll miss seeing you all again, though. It makes it that much more painful seeing these updates that Marike's attending and teaching classes as well -- easily one of my all-time favorite mini-painters. *sigh* But enough feeling sorry for myself. I just came here to share the bad news with you all and to restate how much I'll miss RC. I hope everyone that attends has one helluva time. Take care, guys. Remy
  7. I was wondering where's Lazslo's bio? Don't you guys have a motivational whip or something? *dusts it off and hands it back*
  8. I just had some pretty serious car trouble this morning and realize that it's going to cost quite a bit. I was saving up simply for spending money at Reaper Con, but now I have to start saving all over again because of priorities. Looks like I'm going to have to work more hours, sell some things, or both to make sure I can attend RC '07. I was just wondering if anyone is going to be in a crunch in terms of saving money for RC '07 as well. It'll make me feel better to know I'm not alone? . o O(Now, what can I sell that I won't regret. Curses for having a collector's mentality!)
  9. I can't wait for this year's Reaper Con as I had a blast at my first one last year. In order to avoid any last-minute BS like last year, I'm going to start my entries earlier. Anyway, I had a question regarding the rules for bases. For instance, the Dark Heaven Single Miniature Small category states: "[....] Dark Heaven miniatures which fit within a 2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5" cube, including any basing" are fine. It also states that display bases are allowed. When you say "including any basing," does this include display (trophy-type) bases? Reading the rules again, I would think that this restriction applies to the gaming base and not the display base. But then again, I'm asking the question because I'm not sure. Anyone care to help me out on this one?
  10. Nice work, abigail. I think the color scheme works rather well and the base is spot-on. What I would suggest has been stated more or less already. I'd suggest adding a 4:1 (water:paint/ink) shading wash for each of the colors (earthy brown for the gold or a Chestnut ink equivalent for metallic gold, etc.). If you're not too comfortable in painting in the shading, you can apply a liberal yet controlled wash over the entire area. After this is dry, paint your basecoat/midtone color where it isn't shaded, then highlight up accordingly. Even if your highlights become too bright/light, you can always enrich the color and smooth the blends by glazing over these areas (I generally use my midtone to glaze). I highly recommend RMS's Brown Liner for dark-lining as it is more forgiving than paint alone (i.e., if you achieve the same intensity of dark-lining with paint, it's a lot more difficult to clean up any mistakes). I dilute the Brown Liner anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 ratio (water-to-liner).
  11. Hey, there's nothing wrong in liking cute things even if you're a guy. I love cute things.
  12. Tarnished brass armor sounds like a good idea. Personally, I'd try a muted gold using Green Ochre as a base. I believe this would tie well into the greens and browns already present. Just a thought.
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