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  1. I have to echo Vil-hatarn on this one...there are things in that sculpt that make it my favorite gryphon ever...and there are things in that sculpt that just hurt to look at. Your paint, though...wow. Beautiful palette, and that face is spot-on. Brilliant work on the eye, there. Really nice. And I definitely like your patterning for the feathers. Pretty! Edit: on second glance, I see what the sculpt is doing in my brain, now. That gryphon, especially the head, has a very heraldic look to it. That's why I like your paint of the face so much, too...it matches that very stately quality of the sculpt beautifully!
  2. I think these are both awesome! I'm painting up the female sea elf (my WIP thread shows her), and I'm hoping I can make her dark blues look as nice as that wereshark's dark colors. That's a beauty! The green sea elf is really nice, too, as I love those yellows. You did a really nice job finding the light on him. Really stunning work.
  3. Here's what I painted up for Flynn for the Winter Exchange...as she is a marilith, she became affectionately known as "Mary" as I worked on her. Now that she's arrived, I'll let the rest of you see. Here's a back view, and a link for another, rather more naughty, full view. Let me know what you think...I'm happy with her, but I know there are things I could have done; my skin is fairly thick, so honest opinions are always welcome! Linkadoo: http://www.eclecticmayhem.com/photos/minis/ar/Mary01.jpg
  4. Sanael


    Aside from the obvious gaming-related things? Webcomics. I will waste 28 hours of any given day reading webcomics. They have made me late for work, they have led me to forget eating for a time, and broken into time formerly spent on other hobbies. I love reading webcomics. Even the bad ones. I do have some standards, but some of the garbage in my favorites list is just awful. My favorites right now: OoTS (and Erfworld to a far lesser extent), Misfile, and Girl Genius. Crimson Dark is nice, but the art doesn't grab me as much...Alpha Shade does the same thing...Angels 2200 is too infrequent right now...No Need for Bushido feels too spaced out for an action/adventury comic...and so on and so forth, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. But I read them anyway. And the other, far more hilariously embarassing thing...I can sing along with (and even enjoy) the entirety of the first Spice Girls album. Isn't that horrific?
  5. I'll echo a lot of what Dr. J had to say...I love the greens, and the armor he's wearing is lovely; the cloth you've done is a really nice contrast to those greens, and well done. That base is also some pretty spiffy work...not too cluttered, but clearly a muddy, swampy chunk of terrain. My big critique isn't actually in the realm of your painting skills, but actually one of thematic consistency...the swordblade and the skulls in the basket, and to a lesser extent the basket itself, are all beautifully painted...but too clean for my tastes. I'm picturing this slimy fellow wandering through a swamp, picking up the bones of the fallen...bones picked up in a swamp would be covered in mud...even if he cleaned them off, they'd be stained a bit more. The sword is a bit trickier (and I have a lot less room to talk, since NMM is not my specialty in the least), but I'd like to see a darker metal, or perhaps a darker reflection. Again, these items are all beautifully painted, but I'd think a bit more...grunge?...maybe we'll just call it weathering...would be helpful in tying everything together. As always, I'm really impressed by your work, and, as always, YMMV when it comes to my comments.
  6. huh...I find it strangely comforting that, having just counted them, my total number of out-of-blister, desirous of paint models is 42.
  7. Woo! I've finally finished my winter exchange project, which I'll post whenever it arrives, so I've done a bit of work on the guild...here's Thalassa, with a basecoat of skin (a few highlights that you can't tell are there), basecoated hair, and the start of a big experiment: tattoos. The skin is one of the various blue triads (in another room, and I'm making this quick, so I'll post that later). The hair is green liner and brown liner, more or less 60/40. Tattoos are currently white, but will fade a bit to a subtle blue-ness as the skin progresses. The tat on her right calf is my so-so attempt at the kanji for "water," (according to "www.kanjiaday.com," or something like that) and the other leg is just a little wave motif.
  8. I second that! And I want to include all the appendices (animals, etc.) at the end of that book! On beyond Zombie, if you will! And I'm done with exclamation points for my next 15 posts or so...good grief. I was under the impression that Reaper was using DHL molds for these PPPMs? In which case I'd really like it if they started with the townsfolk packs...then went to the monsters. How many of us are in desperate need of more heroes? But NPCs and zombies are very important. And, as was said before, kobolds. Always more kobolds. With the right number of kobolds, I could crush an ECL 20 adventuring party. Mwahahahaha...
  9. I just have to say, these guys floored me. I wish I could effectively pull off something in such a limited pallette. I do think the skin and blades are a bit close, and I agree with Jubilee about adding a hint of color to the skin (I'm leaning more toward something purple)...otherwise, wow. Thanks for sharing; makes me wish all the more that I could make it to RCon.
  10. Hey, nice job on this one! I have to agree with you on the "not slimy" bit, but I think the wet-look on the belly scales is nice...most snakes, after all, have a somewhat satin look to their scales. I would like to see a little more contrast in the wing membranes....those big, flat surfaces are a great opportunity to try blending or fading from one color to the next (the first wet blending I ever attempted was on this model...maybe I should go back and finish more than the wings, sometime!). Oh, the face is nice, too! I love the fade on those horns, and that beady little eye is creeping me out. Good stuff.
  11. Only reason I could see to bid that much is if I were a collector and really, REALLY interested in "first edition" prints. But I've never understood why anyone wants to collect a first edition chunk of pewter...I mean, I want to paint the pretties, not leave 'em in the blister.
  12. retooling a green? Nah... Although I'm pretty certain Klocke has an armature with Tara the Silent's behind already built into it. He's re-used that butt at least twice that I've seen. Not that I blame him...it's a marvel of callipygian perfection. Overall, I do like these sculpts...lots...and I want the fire giant, cockeyed or no. Really nice work there (and not Tara's booty!). All of these new sculpts should find their way to my shelf...
  13. wow, this is purty! I really like this very different take on alastriel...not a color scheme I've thought of for her, before. Looks pretty spiffy. That red gem is very nice, too...theres a semiprecious stone it reminds me of, and though I can't recall the name of the stone, I like the look. Very nice.
  14. That base is lovely...some really nice 2d painting on that water (it looks like it's a 2d surface, other than the rocks?). I'd like to see some of that skill applied to your swords...not necessarily NMM (I don't do it, either), but you can shade with metallics, and if you can get smooth transitions with it, it can look pretty awesome. I'm not sure, looking at this one, what he's got all over his body...are they vines? A better transition on the skin, and maybe some darklining would make this more clear. Overall, awesome base, great color scheme.
  15. Actually, it was only Tremors 3 that introduced the little chickenish leggy-toothy-wormy things. The "larval" worm-forms were called "graboids," but I don't remember what the mutated version was. And, Tremors 2 & 3 were absolutely NOT sad B-grade movies! They were far, far more than that, and it saddens me that you would imply such a thing. They were at least g- or h-grade! Tremors 1 was the only thing remotely "B" about the whole series! Now that I have that out of my system...these are really great little sculpts! Little land-sharky toothy things. Fun colors to work with, too.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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