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Sanael

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  1. I've been very quiet lately for a variety of reasons, but we're ok in this house. Pittsburgh is a city known for setting couches on fire in the streets when our sports teams WIN...Burghers are a demonstrative bunch. So it's no surprise there were protests over the weekend. It is surprising that those protests became riots, police cars were set on fire, entire streets from one river to the other had their windows broken out. There's a certain horrified laughter in the fact that the local news spent a big chunk of their segment feeling on the fact that the GNC was looted. "Protein powders and energy bars looted! (Also, police cars set ablaze.)" Honestly, I think the news just doesn't know what to do with all this, and GNC is some kind of normalcy.
  2. I saw this guy on Instagram too, absolutely love what you’ve done. Rhemorhaz is one of my favorite beasties, and I think this is the best sculpt available for it...love how colorful you’ve made it!
  3. A bit of greenstuffing today...filled in the seams on the back of the jacket and added front pockets. still pondering the best way to do assembly on this. Probably do some work on the left arm tomorrow.
  4. That skin is amazing! I am totally stealing that recipe. And the black hair looks good.
  5. TL;DR: I ramble about the to-do list. At the end, I have a few options for how to assemble this, and I’d appreciate any thoughts from fellow forumites. So, I’ve been thinking about this project for a while; I’ve had this bust in my house since last summer, and didn’t order it until I’d already thought about what I wanted to do with it. But now that I’m really sitting down with it, it’s useful to think about what I need to do. So here’s a quick mock-up to remind me of the to-do list: 1. More cleanup on the original sculpt: the stomach-plug still has some remnants and some of the leather-jacket seams still have to go, especially the side seams. 2. Bruise her face: I need to swell up her right eye; I won’t add my reference photos here, but a google image search for “boxer swollen eye” will give you an idea. This won’t be one of the really horrific above-the-eye swells, but rather something swelling from above the cheekbone and closing the eye from below. I also plan to give her a split lip. 3. Gap filling: her right armpit will be a huge gap, and also require some sculpting to make the stretch of the jacket look right. There will be some gaps between the collar and the bat, which I’ll need to sculpt bat/fabric/hair around. 3.The sukajan: lots of steps, here. The sharp collar of the original jacket has to shave down. The sleeves of a sukajan have a distinctive seam; rather than being sewn in at the armpit, the sleeves cover the entire shoulder, with diagonal seams down the chest and back. The sleeve also needs a broad seam down the outside of the arm. I need to add handwarmer pockets and their seams. And finally, a zipper. I also considered using GS to add the embroidered elements, but ultimately that sounds less interesting to me than stippling in individual stitches on a freehand painted design. So after all that thought, I’m also thinking about final assembly. If I glue everything down at once, I can sculpt all the seams and folds and hair before I start painting, but the bat is a problem. Painting hair and jacket around the bat won’t be bad, but painting her hands and wrists will be a right pain. The bat, as-is, can’t be added after assembling the rest, because the angle of the arms is too tight. So I think I have two feasible options: Once I’ve done all the resculpting on the torso (zipper, the left sleeve, collar, pockets), I can either... 1. Paint the hands now, prior to any assembly; same with the ends of the bat. Then assemble everything and continue from there, OR 2. Assemble everything, cut the bat just where it meets her hair, remove the bat and paint everything but her hair, then put the bat back into place, cover the seam of the bat with newly sculpted hair, then paint the hair. The freehand on the jacket will be last in either case. It will be easy to reach with the bat in place. Any thoughts from the forum brain trust about this assembly dilemma?
  6. I love this sculpt so much, and you have done a really marvelous job with her!
  7. Hi, everyone. Long time, no post. So, back in October I posted in the sculpting forum about a baseball bat...finally I’m coming back around to this project. “Akane” is part of Ouroboros’ “Yakuza” series of cyberpunk busts. I’m mostly removing all the cyberish elements and going for more of an anime delinquent look, modifying the biker jacket into a sukajan and replacing the sword with a bat. I’m basically building a yankii or bosozouku girl. Here’s a bit about the inspiration and my first steps. A “Yankii” is essentially a Japanese delinquent. As a subculture, bosozouku biker gangs have been in decline in Japan, but they’re not totally gone, and they’re still a recognizable cultural touch point. Bright colors, loud bikes and a specific idiosyncratic fashion are hallmarks: Same with the sukajan: these heavily embroidered “souvenir jackets” started off as take-home goods for American soldiers after WWII, then became a symbol of delinquency. They’ve lost a lot of that stigma now, but it hasn’t been forgotten. A lot of “bad girl” anime characters still wear them as a sign of their disregard for the rules. The absolute badelf Saki from “Zombieland Saga” led a bosozoku gang and often rocks a sukajan: So the big things I’ve done so far involve removing the weird little cyberpunk seams and sockets and smoothing down most of the big seams that scream “leather jacket.” I’ve also made the bat. First, I chucked a wooden dowel into a drill and used a rasp and sandpaper to turn it into a bat. then I started carving out chunks of the bat to make room for her hair and to settle it a little better across her shoulders. With one arm glued in place, it’s clear I’m going to have to re-sculpt the armpit of the jacket to accommodate the new arm position for her right arm. I also need to fill in some of the jacket, particularly across the yoke of her shoulders, and add new seams in the right places for the sukajan design. Not to mention a bit more smoothing on her stomach where I removed the cyber-socket. Finally, her right eye is going to get some sculpting, as I want it to be bruised and swollen. Once all that’s done, I need to start in on colors. I’m strongly considering the red jacket / blonde-and-red hair scheme of Saki, but I need to think about how that will work with the very new (I.e., very red) bruises I intend to paint on Akane’s face and stomach. Something with dark hair and a teal/sea foam green jacket is also bouncing around my head. If I go with the red jacket, the embroidery on the back will likely be mostly white, maybe a phoenix design (and the bruises will have to be older and darker); the green jacket would likely have a cherry blossom motif, maybe with a carp on the back.
  8. Definitely within my portfolio... Heeeeere wallet, wallet wallet...
  9. This seems fully within my remit. Favorited for now, have to move some hobby funds around... But I definitely have a use for Kobold Cav! ... Was sad to see this is actually well beyond the early bird option! Wish you'd posted here sooner. But I may grab some add ons, too... So maybe I wish you hadn't posted here at all?
  10. This is really fantastic! I'm looking forward to seeing this character completed, love the work so far. I really love the Holly-leaf hilt for the rapier! It's very in keeping with historical rapiers, in the sense that once swords became a little more associated with the upper classes there are many examples of custom-built swords that referenced their owners' arms or deeds in their construction. And the way you've sculpted the leaf makes it very similar to a clamshell guard with a very broad knucklebow, so it's not far off from a real thing! If you're ever doing another rapier, keep in mind that many didn't have elaborate cages: a stiff thrusting blade, a knucklebow, a pair of quillons (the "crossguard"), and a protective ring or cup above the front quillon (so a forefinger can wrap around the unsharpened base of the blade above the crossguard) is really what makes the sword a rapier. The fancy cage is just one kind of rapier hilt. I always want to see more cup hilts on minis, TBH. Cups were one of the most common types of hilt, and the Spanish continued using them for a hundred years after the rest of Europe moved on to the smallsword. Anyway, I love this "Monster." Can't wait to see you add the horns to that face!
  11. Got a very exciting package today! Greebo's lizardmen Kickstarter is fulfilling... Roughly on time, even, which I didn't expect given some of what I'd heard of their previous projects. Nice packaging... Densely packed... 15 players plus extras... And a lonely human that I thought would make a great PC at some point... All in all, a really nice set of minis. Dynamic sculpts and very detailed casting. Many, many pieces for assembly, but I enjoy that so it's not bad for me. Now if I can just find time to paint them....
  12. I tend to accrue random dice by simply existing as a gamer, so when I purchased dice I usually do so with a specific purpose in mind. Like a new PC.
  13. I know it's already January, but I think we have a winner for "understatement of the year, 2020 edition!" (Said with love... But not sarcasm, so I didn't think purple text was appropriate...)
  14. I like painting. I enjoy the planning of a coherent army scheme, and the end result on the table, but not the actual process of assembly line painting. I love the challenge of picking a sculpt that really inspires me and painting it to as high a standard as I can manage. But most of my painting is one-off tabletop stuff for D&D. The group I'm running Eberron for has been together in one form or another for something like 14 years now. We've lost a few and gained a few, but four of the nine players have been there from the start. Our most recent joiner is coming up on a year. I count myself very lucky to have this group. We joke that we'll have to find a nursing home big enough for all of us eventually...
  15. Picked up this guy today for a steal, assembling tonight. I won't put the little guys in the howdah, so I can use other minis as needed. This is the first GW piece I've bought in years. I dig it. Also, been a bit since I've had a big metal piece to work on.
  16. Vallejo makes some nice florescents; that's where I'd start. Barring that, Reaper's old Moth Green is now available again (the whole "old favorites I" triad is amazing, btw), and I think you could probably get what you need with some of that plus a bright, cold yellow.
  17. I have been indoors for most of my "bills gots to get paid" jobs, but: My first summer job was at an arcade/go-kart/mini golf place, and mostly I was a kart track attendant. I had a good tan that year. The year before I moved to Pittsburgh, I worked on a construction crew. We built a garage and a restaurant. I was more covered than at the Kart track, so I got less tan, but I was also more buff/ripped/swole/whatever the kids say now than at any other time of my life: lugging roof shingle packs up a 30-foot ladder onto a 30-degree roof several dozen times a day will do that. And every summer I do at least one outdoor Shakespeare production, which generally does not pay my bills but is definitely work.
  18. All I'm going to say in this thread is that CR is #notmydnd, but one hundred percent my favorite radio drama. I've watched a few episodes and found it to be very much not something I want to spend time watching, and largely not the way my table plays... But I've listened to every episode of Campaign 2 in podcast form, and I absolutely love it. There is more than one way to RPG, and also more than one way to be a Critter. I won't be buying the book, because any D&D I run is set in Eberron and anything I play is home brew or FR, but I love that CR has helped open up the hobby to the mainstream culture.
  19. Nice work on these! I like your Nethy a bunch! The multi-thread thing does mean there aren't lengthy threads of a single artist's evolution, but it does make it much easier if someone just wants to look for "painted examples of DHL12345," for example.
  20. This is very sad news. Like several others here, I exchanged more than a few letters with Jay and always appreciated his constant love for whatever and whoever was occupying his time.
  21. TaleSpinner's painting a thing! *Dancedance* TaleSpinner's painting a thing! *Dancedance* Woo!
  22. Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring banana scale! Nice work on these guys. They'll look great on a table full of adventures!
  23. A couple days before NYE, a friend from out of town brought by his copy of Tainted Grail: the Fall of Avalon. Ohh man you guys. This game is amazing! We played the first chapter that first night. Immersive, narratively driven, complex. This game is not for the faint of heart, but oh boy is it rewarding. The combat system is really interesting, with strategies available but enough randomness it's not stagnant. The narrative system is so robust and the story element pervades the entire game. On NYE, we always throw a board game party. A few new games were played, which I'll post about later, but our tradition has been that after the party winds down, our friend breaks out his latest "crazy" game. One year we were playing Ghost Stories at 3a.m., another year it was Dominant Species. This year we picked up chapter two of Tainted Grail at 4a.m. and played until 12:30p.m. on New Year's Day. And last night we played chapter three, until we died in horrible, spectacular fashion, and then we started over and replayed chapter one. All told we played nearly 20 hours over three plays, and I'm really sad I don't have a copy that will stay at home with me when our friend drives back to NYC tonight. I'm amazed at how well it holds up to restarting the game, too. The story is complex enough that we were able to make totally different decisions and still succeed at chapter one the second time around. Of course I've typed all this on my phone, and all my photos of the game are on my tablet. I'll see if I can post some of those later on. But there game is as visually stunning as it is exciting to play. Really a top notch experience, soup to nuts.
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