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  1. I'd never do anything like that... Funny story, since this is about getting to know you. Some people may recognize the mini from my avatar. It's was one of the examples for Almaran the Gold, it was painted by Talespinner a number of years go for Dalth my character in his Pathfinder/D&D game (The game has been running for so long that we started with 3rd, and then switched to Pathfinder.) It is one of my most prized possessions and is so well painted that the character is nearly immortal. When i joined I thought it was the perfect avatar for me... But apparently when I started posting a while ago, (I mostly just lurk) someone told Talespinner that someone had swiped his mini for their avatar. Which is kinda funny since it sits on my desk. :) Also I'm at least partly responsible for Talespinner getting into mini painting in the first place, back in college I suggested that he splurge on himself since he hadn't done anything like that for some time and said maybe he should try painting mini's, he's always thought about it. So we drove off to a hobby shop, he picked up a Wyvern and some paints and now he sculpes for Reaper... So you're all welcome.
  2. What did I ever do to you? Why do you want to cause me pain? See Tailspinner is my DM and our campaign currently involves us fighting an army of trolls lead by dragons. If he makes it he will use it, so that means he sicks a regenerating dragon on us. That means a dragon that regens after Dalth one shots it...
  3. I just placed an order for some paints and a few cowboy mini's. Starting a Deadlands campaign. I got the Ghoulie Bag listed. My order was $73, but I don't think that matters. I'm quite stoked about the extra paint, I don't have any of those and was thinking of getting a pink, but decided not to in favor of a different color. So Yay for that.
  4. That's a great idea. I'll have to think about it when time comes to assemble everything.
  5. I'm brand new to this whole thing. Been painting for a while but this will be my first attempt at something more than a base for a single model. So no, but I'll look into them. :)
  6. Thanks that's a good point. If I could do it without it being really visible then that would be fine, but if I can't then it's going to detract from the overall effect. I'll see what I can come up with.
  7. I was considering working on a small diorama for reapercon this year. A dragon and a party of adventures. As much as I enjoy painting I think I enjoy basing slightly more, and I get more compliments on my bases. So I figured maybe I'd take a shot at it. I'm considering trying to do something with some very fine fishing line so I can have some sort of arcane bolt flying from the mage towards the dragon, but I wasn't sure if that would detract from the model or not. I'm thinking of using either 03547: Juliette, Wizard or 89006: Seoni, Iconic Sorceress and having them cast a magic missile or something towards the dragon. But the only way to really pull that off is with something to hang them off of. But if something like that is viewed poorly by the judges I would rethink it.
  8. Thanks :) I found the trick was to consider it 3 parts. Focus on the lion because that's not too hard. Then I worked on the head and front claws. Then finally worked on the wings. I did the base coat on all 3 then started working on the detail. Also as Gitterwolf said, looking at pictures of real animals helps a ton. Doing it that way helped because I could focus on one part which is different then the rest. The biggest part of the wings is don't do a golden eagle so you can paint them one color ;) But if you do want to add a flash, counting the feathers helps because then you can make it symmetrical, but very little in nature is purely symmetrical so there's some room there. Also a dry brush after doing some lining/wash really helps a ton. For the head, I found that to get it to look good I had to dark line every feather (which was a lot of work) and then work it lighter to the tips. That helped make them pop.
  9. Thanks, I'm rather proud of it. It turned out rather well and looks better in person rather than my somewhat crappy pictures. :) I will say that I was a bit intimidated by it at first (and at least half way through painting it :)) The lion body was pretty easy, but the wings and eagle part was challenging, since I've never painted a bird, let alone one so large. Took a lot of trial and error before I finally got the wings like I liked them, but the advice from Geoff was a huge help. That and figuring out that I could count the feathers to make the white flash match up. Funny thing about the base is when I showed my wife the final product she didn't even notice the bones which is the effect I wanted. Once you know they're there you can spot them but they look natural and correct there so they sorta blend in.
  10. So here's the final version. Rick is quite happy with it. :) I do need to paint the base with black around the edge. The white thing which isn't super easy to make out in the pic is some bones skeleton I cut up and put on the base.
  11. So I dry brushed the wings and thanks @Geoff Davis for that suggestion they turned out really nice I think. :) I also did what Talespinner suggested and at first I didn't like it but when I looked again this morning after it was completely dried I much happier with it. Which is an important tip I sometimes forget. That sometimes the best thing to do is let stuff sit and come back to it later. I think I may make a few more passes of glaze over the head to lighten it up bit more and make it more golden like Talespinners pic above.
  12. I agree and I think that would be a great way to tie it all together. It would also make the the transition less stark, so I love that. :) No I'm not. I know I should, but the problem is that when I'm trying to get a color there's a fair amount of adding a color and having it be the wrong shade or too light/dark and having to add other colors. So my journal would look like... Orange - 2 drops, no 2 drops are too much so add more white. No not that much white, and more yellow.
  13. Talespinner and I used to go birdwatching all the time back in college. So I know :) The comment was partly a joke aimed at him.
  14. That's a great idea :) I'll try doing that. I've been working a little bit on highlighting the tips of the feathers on the head, but I hadn't considered using that color. I'll do that. that's the problems with birds... They're not very uniform looking. Do a google image search for Golden Eagle and no two of them look exactly alike. It also means mixing up more paint for the lion part, which I can get eventually but it involves a few more drops of this, and then one too many drops of that.
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