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  1. I'm really looking forward to that. 🙂
  2. If you're new to Savage Worlds, this comic actually helps explain the core rules very well. I've run about 3 or 4 campaigns with it now and it's my favorite non-D&D system. https://www.uptofourplayers.com/ready-to-roll/savage-worlds-rules/ If you need any help getting started with it, or have questions feel free to bug me. I'll be at ReaperCon this year, so I might be able to help, or even sit in for a game if I have time.
  3. Meant to update this before now... But got busy with Christmas and all. I did the glazing and I'm very happy with how it turned out. However the photos I could take didn't really do it justice so I'm not going to bother posting them. The bronze has a bit of a green tint to it and the silver has a blue tint to it, and looks very cool. My son was just thrilled when I gave it to him... So mission accomplished there. :) I want to thank @Glitterwolf and @ced1106 for their suggestions and of course @TaleSpinner for making it and printing it.
  4. Here's the shark with the darklining done. I also did a little lense flare on the eyes. I'll do the glazing next.
  5. Thanks :) Ooooh I like that. I think I'll give that a try. :)
  6. So here's what I've done. I still have to do some clean up on it, and make sure all the lines are good. I'm also going to darkline pretty much every seam on it. The disks on the guns are going to be some sort of white I think i'm looking for something that sorta looks like glass. I'm not sure what more I'll do after the darkline, it's mostly 'flat' surfaces so there isn't lot of shading to be done.
  7. So my plan was to make it look "natural" like a real shark. But I'm rethinking that so any opinions are welcome. I'm now thinking more of a classic steampunk look. The top would be a bronze/gold color, the bottom would be a chrome/silver color. The tail would alternate between bronze/gold and chrome/silver, with the rear fin being bronze. The joints would be reversed so the ring around the fins would be bronze and so on. Rivets would be chrome... Not sure what to do with the lower jaw, most likely chrome as real sharks have a white jaw. So the colors would still mimic a shark, just not be same colors. I think that could look pretty sharp but I'm willing to hear other opinions. :D
  8. Well they're very high tech robotic sharks so it's not steel... :)
  9. @TaleSpinner So I'm friends with Talespinner, and I'm starting on a new project thanks to him. There's a bit of a backstory though... I started playing Starfinder with some friends and my son. He was playing a technomage who liked to tank... I don't know either. One adventure involved them in this underwater complex and it was filled with various forms of robotic sea creatures, robot sharks, robot squid, robot mermen ect... Well he decided to tank the shark which bit him and grappled him, like sharks will do. He rolled an escape check and failed. It became fairly clear that nothing short of a nat 20 would see him get free. The whole time he was taking damage, and it occurred to him that his character was about to die. He got creative and asked what if he cast grease on himself. I gave him a +5 on his escape check and he got free, but the whole thing kinda spooked him and now a few years latter robot sharks are still on his hit list. So a few weeks ago we were at Talespinners house, to play our yearly(?) pathfinder game, that we started back in 2003 or something... We were having a few beers and I was telling him the story, and asked him what it would take to get him to make me one. Well apparently the whole idea really interested him, because a few minutes later he started working on it, and by the end of the night we had it printing on his 3d printer... That one was a bit small, so he printed a larger one, that I will be painting and giving to my son for Christmas. Part of the deal is I'm supposed to video it and send it to him. I figured this would make a nice WIP that way TS can track what's going on. :) This is the shark, just finished up sanding the nubs off, they're still visible but you can't feel them so I think they'll go away when I prime it. Colors are going to be standard shark. Dark gray on top, white on the bottom... With some metallics like on the rivets and teeth. The joints will likely be some sort of bronze maybe. May do the eyes red or black haven't decided yet. We decided to go with a more steampunk type look... Buck Rogers was kinda the theme, since I didn't really have a good idea of what exactly it looked like.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. That's a great idea. I'll have to think about it when time comes to assemble everything.
  14. 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. :)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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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