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  1. Samaedi, glad I could help a bit...I think, actually, a black glaze over a dark red basecoat might work better, but I'm actually not sure how well black really glazes. You might try both ways on something aside from Zizzix...that's one reason I have a bunch of primed plastic bases lying around! Good luck with getting paint back on the pewter!
  2. I'm also in the black with bright highlights camp...although a very (very!) dark red might work as well as black; some obsidian examples I've seen have a deep reddish cast when the light filters through the thicker parts. Doing a very basic black w/highlights scheme may end up just giving you a very flat black stone...you might want to try NMM to get the very glossy look obsidian has. As Aryanun said, searching for images will definitely help. You'll be able to find lots of arrowheads and the like in obsidian, so this should be easy to get ideas for...getting those ideas to pewter is what's always the hard/fun part! Make sure you keep us updated; this should be a neat piece to see over in Show Off.
  3. The one thing I miss about living in Texas--besides being near Reaper HQ, of course--is easy access to Blue Bell ice cream. Now that's the stuff, regardless of flavor.
  4. Oh, lordha' mercy on us all... As for the Slithe, I kinda feel like the older ones look like Locanthas, and the new ones are dead-on Sahuagin. With the exception of the old Slithe queen, the big Alien-lookin' one...she's totally a half-fiend sahuagin priestess of Blibdoolpoolp or whichever crazy vowel-heavy undersea god they worship. Not that that has anything to do with the boob comment. aside from the multiple "oo"s. Maybe that's a parallel we should note, though. I don't know. Stop listening to me. I'll stop typing now.
  5. She looks very nice. I have a player who we have just given his first "dose" of mini painting, and his next PC is likely to use this mini. I'll have to show this to him. That liquid is awful purty. Really nice job on that. And I do like the natural shade on the robes. Great paint!
  6. So, since the WIP thread for my guild minis has kept me working on those (as the game's DM, I don't need any of my own PCs done anytime relatively like "now"), I figure maybe doing a WIP for other projects will help those along, too. Not that I need more projects, as I've got several dozen things primed and planned. So these are a couple of mini-diorama pieces, a few fun sculpts that I don't have a game use for, so I thought I'd build up some scenery. First up, Lonnia (DHL 2981). Lonnia has taken some inspiration from a PC Nissiana used to play, a duellist named Ostia who would challenge anything and everyone at the drop of a hat. My favorite irony is that I am now using a Reaper mini to depict a PC from the Warhammer Fantasy RPG. Woo! Anyhoo, I'm trying to put up a border scene, with Lonnia/Ostia standing on one side, challenging the entire other nation. The base is two 3" round discs stacked on each other, with one 3/4" slottabase to create elevation and a socket for the signpost. The ground is built up from GS and paved over with pumice paste. Eventually, there will be a bit of static grass added as well. The signpost is a small dowel, and the signs are plasticard. There's a bit of GS trimming that still needs to happen, especially with the sign-brackets, but you can see where it's going. Next up is Ishara Snowfinch (DHL 2972). Despite her wintry name, I saw her as a desert druid, so I've given her a vulture companion (from one of the familiar packs) and built up a little rocky outcropping and a gnarled, dried-out windswept tree. This is definitely a fantasy tree, not entirely based on any tree-types in particular, but I wanted the twisted, dessicated look of a tree subjected to very little water and a whole lot of heat and wind. I think it came out OK, if a little unnaturally topheavy. The base itself is a 1.5" round base with a recessed surface, covered over with pumice. The rock is cork. I would also like to take this moment to say, guitar strings are my new best friend. Ishara's ankle snapped as I was removing her base, and guitar string fixed it. Thin, sturdy...fantastic. And cheap, too...there's an acoustic music store a block away from the apartment, so my $1.20 guitar string doesn't even have hidden costs like gasoline!
  7. As long as Nissiana is talking about it so much, I figured I might as well take a few quick snaps to show this rig we use. Obviously, we've got the very nice clamps...these fit in my hand perfectly, and are easy to hold in any orientation. Then, you can see the magnet we've got glued to a standard 1" slottabase, and how the clamp grabs that slot very nicely. It will also hold on to any base with ventral protrusions...GW round bases, with their post-holes, work well for this, too. Then, one of our magnetically-based minis sits right on the magnet. Easy to switch from mini to mini, easy to move the thing around, and so forth. Nissiana is right, though; we do want to get some rare-earth magnets eventually, as they are much more powerful. Sudden movements with the GF9 magnabases can result in a lost mini.
  8. Well, I haven't painted anything jade, myself, but looking at the pieces I have...I think RMS 9145-47, the "Moth Green" triad, would be a good place to start. The appropriately-named Jade Green (RMS 9015) isn't bad, either, for deep shadows, but it's a bit dark for any portion of jade the light hits. Jade is solid, compared to, say, topaz, but it is fairly translucent. Some examples are so cloudy as to be opaque, but they still have quite a bit of depth (they aren't like solid stone at all), and some pieces are so pale you could look right through them. You could probably get away with painting it in a fairly similar fashion as you would most gems. Because it has some of the same reflective qualities when polished, some NMM techniques might also help. Again, I haven't actually painted jade, so this is just my guess. As ever, YMMV.
  9. OK...been a while, but multiple projects have hit all at once. So here's what's up. Garrick has seen the most paint lately, mostly on the metal parts. I painted the things that needed it before I could glue down his head (I got tired of hunting for his face all the time, so it's glued down now), as well as the big metal pieces, the bell and scythe blade. I'm pretty pleased with the bell, although there are a few spots that need more glazes on the scythe. The full-body shot is kinda dark, I know, but it's primarily to give context to the other shots. The other big news is that sea elf finally arrived, and I managed to get all the weapon switching done; I can now begin painting Thalassa. Here's an unprimed shot of her new armament; it's two katanas from weapon pack IV. I clipped her knife out of her fingers, drilled out the plug in her hand, opened her fingers, and glued the two-bladed sword in. I had to do some make-fits, so there's some GS to replace the grip I ruined. I think it'll look worthwhile once I get it primed. The base, btw, is just water effects. I'm going for a slightly rippled, sandy ocean floor. Marmora (Thalassa's water drake animal companion) is now entirely stripped and primed; her base is the same treatment.
  10. I LOVE the basework and the coat on Sharyn! Really nice work with that coat...wish I could manage that! The staff looks pretty snazz-tastic, too; that crystal is real purty. I'm also digging the fades and shadows on the strumpet's corset. Really nice pinks. Overall, I would like to see some more contrast on the strumpet...each color is beautiful; your skins are smooth, the pinks I've already mentioned, and the blue skirt is marvelous, but the overall effect seems very washed...somewhat pastel. Which I suppose is just my taste, but I feel like the paint is not as saucy as the sculpt. Again, just my bit. Certainly not a kick at your ability to lay down paint, just a color choice thing for me.
  11. First off, huzzah for your avatar! As for the minis, these guys are a lot of fun. Some really nifty sculpts in here...the RP guys had a lot of fun. Your paints are really nice, too. Some nice shadows, and your faces look awesome! You might try some dullcoat to cut down on the shine, but otherwise these are nice.
  12. I've mentioned the various mounted Sophies I'd like to see, the nightmare-back, the civil (or Texas Revolutionary; I'd love to see Sophie in a Mexican Army uniform) war bugler sounding a charge, and so forth. Sophie has certainly done quite a few "sexy succubus" poses for us... how about something more active? I love the Klocke 72mm, but it's the closest we've ever seen to an angry Sophie. How 'bout a "jilted girlfriend" Sophie? All mad as hell and on a rampage? That'd be fun. And I'd definitely enjoy a gamer geek Sophie. Foot propped on a giant d20, rulebook in hand...
  13. I love those eyes. And the pink is really nice, too! Looks like this one was fun to paint.
  14. Just looking at what's on my shelf and in blisters, I can tell you that most of the dragons that come in blisters (not boxes), which is what you'll see in the fig. finder, will work as Large creatures for D&D. They tend to be a bit larger than the prepainted WotC Large minis, but they aren't as big as the Huge pieces (and much of their size comes from the fact that they're in more dynamic poses; I base my judgement on creature size based on the size of the creature's head, since it's usually the least "liquid" body part...two dragons with the same size head are likely in the same size category, all other things proportional). What I have that would work: Amber Dragon (2457), Narthalyssk (2549) (he's on his hind legs, so tall enough to look huge), and Shadow Dragon (2864). Shadow Dragon (and some others in similar positions, like the fire dragon) is a little long to fit on a normal 2" round base, but she's an appropriate size. Amber Dragon works very nicely on a 2" base. If you need size huge dragons, the boxed dragons (Stormwing, Ebonwrath, Cinder, Deathsleet and Blightfang) work really well. I have Stormwing painted up as a blue and she's real purty on a 4" base. I have the others in their boxes on a shelf, and they'll eventually also look real purty on 4" bases. The bigger dragons (Gauth, Viridius) start encroaching into the realm of gargantuan. Outside of Reaper, gargantuan and colossal are easy to find...Elmore has inspired a very nice dragon with a 2" long smile over at Dark Sword miniatures, and if you don't have the patience to paint something that size, McFarlane Toys' dragons are nice Gargantuan pieces. Sorry for the full-blown dissertation, but I hope it helps. edit: Gaargh! Mengu beat me! That's what I get for writing so much!
  15. I like the biker Sophie idea, with or without a bike. A mounted sophie would be fun, too...on a nightmare (one without wings), all rearing and rampant, like Sophie Leading the Charge or some such. Riffing on that, a Civil War (or, more appropriately perhaps, a Texas Revolution) Sophie...with a bugle to lead the charge. And I started this post thinking I'd make a rather silly suggestion, a gamer Sophie...with a stack of rule books and some dice, or maybe a mini and paintbrush... Really, I'll be happy with whatever Sophie chooses to wear for this year's con (I mean, are YOU gonna tell her she looks frumpy? Even if she's in a muumuu?)!
  16. Sanael


    I love the dragon in that spell; it really makes it look like the spell actually "does" something, rather than just being something coming out of her hand (I've always thought spell effects look hokey, but what I usually see done is fireball type stuff. I think an untargeted illusion like this makes more sense on a mini because I don't wonder why it's happening; it's more an included part of the figure). Colors look nice, too. That gem in the staff is very pretty, and I can't tell you smushed anything getting it into her hand. Great conversions on this piece!
  17. Kristof takes a quick blast from the hose as toll for crossing the Waterworks Zone! I drop the hose and scoop up the armadillo as I run out from behind the corner of the house! Z-cabrito to 43-fuego!
  18. The arrow fletching should probably match something else with the rest of the mini; it's fairly common practice in fantasy settings for an archer to identify his or her arrows by a specific color pattern; this is often something fairly personal to the archer, so it would make sense that the colors in the fletching would show up in the archer's wardrobe. It also makes good color theory sense that you tie the fletching in. My suggestion might be to--as Dane suggested--use a red to bring the fletching out and provide some variation. In that case, I might also try working the sash in red. I can't see the pics real well, but I think anything on the darker side of primary red would do the trick; look for something more in the direction of brick, maroon, or burgundy. Just my tuppence, of course. edit: I just looked at the pic again and realized you've already got a nice dark reddish brown wrapped around the quiver. If you highlighted that up just a tad, it could be a great "trimming" color for things like the fletching and sash.
  19. The links are also not working for me...Yahoo doesn't seem to like the pics..."sorry, something terrible has happened to your pictures," or some such...not so much that the links are broken, as that the hosting server a)removed the pics, b)is, itself, broken or c)404'd. From what I can see, I think the boots look fantastic, the skin is nice and smooth, I agree with the desire for more contrast on the hair, and, although I love the color choice for the spearhead, it seems pretty flat to me. That orange could likely come up through a few layers of orange, yellow, and white at the very edges.
  20. Sympathy points? Glad I have the flag of Empathy, allowing me to experience all your points along with you! And where's everyone's mask?
  21. Jabberwocky- thanks for the comments...I know some of these guys are still too early-on to really say much...as for Korras, I've always thought orcs are green-ish...in the same sense that africans are "black," asians are "yellow" and american natives are "red" (apologies to any this may offend, but I'm trying to point out that this color nomenclature is inaccurate, or at least unreliable). Orcs have a greenish cast to them, some more than others, and Pale Korras is on the, well, pale end of the spectrum. Thanks for posting that ogress...if you wanted to post or PM a close up, I'd appreciate it. Your blind-eye method sounds pretty good, and what I can see of the ogress, it seems to have worked well. She's a nice paint-up, btw...I think this is the first time I've seen someone take on plaid. Thanks also for the bit on Fortinbras' color. I think you're right re: black trim...it would look pretty sweet, but it's not for this character.
  22. not much this week...my mini exchange project was getting angry with me...she's not the type to appreciate neglect. I've also started work on another room for the guildhall, a very pretty little garden. I'll post pics of that once it's more than so much unpainted plaster (and no, of course I'm not posting pics of that mini exchange project::P:!).
  23. As everyone says, that NMM gold is pretty sweet. That goblin is definitely my favorite; I like Rakham's goblins, I've discovered, and I really like your take on this one. And I haven't seen that Sir William at the end of your little gallery (after all the Sophie-shots)...his armor is pretty spiffy, if you ask me. Love the colors on that one.
  24. Jiminy! That's amazing! I just want to know how long it lasted after the pictures were taken...not to mention how many orcs, elves and men gave their lives before ever reaching the walls! Mmmm, mmm, mmmm....
  25. I have to say, that's some incredible NMM on the armor. Really spot-on. I love the base-work, too. The faces--that of the drow herself and of the skull she's holding--are incredible; I love the expression she has, what a lovely sneer! I like the spider as well; love that it camoflauges so nicely with the base. I think my only question is about the head of that mace; what kind of metal were you envisioning for it to shine the way it does? The highlighting says to me, "bright steel," but the bulk of the shadows say "hard iron." Honestly, just a nitpick on a mini that otherwise dropped my jaw.
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