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  1. Sanael

    Kazala, Efreeti

    Definitely some nice things here; I like those red skintones...you've really hit those nicely. The pants do look a little "dusty" to me...I do agree with Omni that an additional glaze might help that. The hair isn't that bad, to me, color-wise...it could just stand some deeper shading and more highlighting to make it more obviously not-the-clasp. Very nice NMM, too...I still need to figure that one out.
  2. These are nice paint-ups...I love this sculpt, and you've certainly done it justice. I'm a big fan of the accent color against that white; nice and bold. The bases are very nice, as well. That fade blue->white is pretty. Newt, Sandra Garrity has done several nice angels; check out the Guardians of the Heavens boxed set at Asylum; I also think each of those models is available separately. My personal favorite isn't in the set; she's the Angel of Mercy (02095). I think she's very Raphael-ish. The Angel of Peace (2428) actually has a full-sized harp. And, of course, there's a lyre in the musical instruments variety pack, so if you want to convert something, it'd be pretty easy to do.
  3. I'm not sure about Ebonwrath, as I don't have him. Stormwing is about 2.5", almost 70mm from foot to foot (outside), but he certainly is much bigger than that overall(I have him on a D&D Huge base--3"--but he wouldn't fit easily on all fours). Shadow Dragon is actually longer in the base than Stormwing--closer to 3"/75mm, but much, much smaller...I wouldn't expect a GW Ork to sit easily on her back. Hope this helps.
  4. So, yeah, it's easily possible to produce twinked-out-to-the-nines characters in D&D. Heck, I know a few people who roll initial stats via "roll 4d6, drop the lowest and reroll ones, seven times, and use the best six scores." Which is insane. And, in the right light, I don't mind it. Joined a group for a few months that was in the tail end of a long-running campaign...I think it was 16th level or so. It was high-magic, high-combat, light-rule enforcement, so there were munchkins like crazy around that table. So I built a lizardfolk ranger/pyrokineticist with a harness of etherealness and ghost-touch arrows. And, since I didn't know what the campaign really was when I started, I made up two favored enemies as we went along, assigning them on-the-fly. He was dealing upwards of 50 points of damage with one arrow, and never took more than five points of damage in a combat. And I wasn't the worst offender, as we were taking down CR 23 creatures as a regular matter of course. But, I was pleased by the fact that this character of mine had a fleshed-out backstory, a reason for joining the party, and, with a little stripping of power-items, would be playable in another campaign (provided monster races and psionics were allowed). I was nearly the only one for whom that was true. I do like playing the numbers game with my characters. I like to find the best ability/skill/feat combos possible. But, I've already played a ranger/pyrokineticist...I won't likely put another one together anytime soon. We all know a fighter with high STR and Power Attack, Weapon Focus, and Cleave is a massively powerful juggernaut, and that's one of the most efficient "twinks" available...but I'd rather play a munchkin with some roleplayability. The story is what's fun. Being able to breeze through combat merely expedites the plot.
  5. Now, none of this is really based on true theory; I've never taken a serious art class or anything, but here's what I've grown to think. The simplest thing to do is look at a color wheel; colors opposite each other, generally speaking, will go well with each other. These combos can also be rather trite (blue and orange, purple and yellow, green and red), as we've all seen them before, but they can certainly be used as a good starting-off point. Example: Red and green, in their "standard" form, create a very Christmassy look. Olive and brick, however, tone that festivity back and can create a muted, often "military" look. I've also always thought that, unless you're going for "chaotic panoply of visual excess," too many colors is a bad plan. Now, obviously, brick>red>pink, as a basic triad for shading/highlighting, is really only "one" color...but a mini with red, green, purple, gold for all of Werner's buckles and black for the leather boots and scabbards, and let's throw in a blue necklace...that may be a bit much. I try to restrain myself to about three. And a limited pallet can be fantastic. George Lucas created a cultural icon with the "seven shades of sh**" uniform for the jedi, after all. Hope that helps a bit...sorry if I seem pedantic.
  6. wow...although a dragon or cross or some such is always cool, that NMM reflection on the shield is just incredible. Really nice. I think the cloak could use some stronger highlights to stand up to the NMM, but ymmv.
  7. As always, Stern: masterful base-fu. Really lovely. I also like your choice of colors...never saw this sculpt as a blonde, myself, but it's come out looking very nice. And she's a snazzy dresser to boot; the red and dun is a nice combo.
  8. Lysette came out wonderfully...can you share the colors on her skirt?
  9. Welcome! These boards are definitely the best I've ever seen, for any topic! Lots of excellent people here, and you'll get all the help you ask for!
  10. I really hate the fact that this thread has given me a reason (other than my parents) to miss living in Houston. I love Pittsburgh, and if the choices are Pittsburgh or Houston (or even Anchorage and Houston, I'd bet), I'll take not-Houston any day of the week. But Pittsburgh isn't driving distance to Reaper HQ, and that hurts my soul a little.
  11. Nice greens on his skin; I like that a lot. I've got a guy with green skin on the table right now, and I think I may take some pointers from this. I dig those horns, too. Nice fade on those.
  12. 'S true...drink agua! Of course, Tommy, you are wrong on one count..."soda" only works for part of the US. "Soft drink" is fine for parts of the East Coast, but then you run into "pop" and "soda pop." Most places anymore, it's just "coke." And I'm a nerd. But the water thing is still true.
  13. Sanael

    Not-so-killer frog

    Thanks for the commentary, all. Rocky, I have to confess, much of the frog's "wet" look is due to a rather glossy finish coat. I did work up a bit of wet highlighting, but the majority of the look is due to the finish. As for what is and isn't work appropriate? I suppose it depends on what work you're doing. Celebration Sophie might be a bit much for most places, and I wouldn't recommend Urban Legend in any but the most...unusual...occupations.
  14. About a month ago, I asked around about frog minis...thanks to those who responded to that thread. This is the more sedate of the killer frogs from Dark Heaven. My mother recently started a new job that gave her *gasp* business cards, so we made a holder for them. This was a gift to her on her birthday last month, and my dad has finally sent the pictures he took (with a much better camera than the one we usually have here!). The bulk of the holder is Hirstarts blocks, with moss made from pumice paste and water built from...maybe it was stillwater? Or Water Effects? I don't recall...Nissiana will know (since I painted the frog and she built the structure). Anywho. Here'tis.
  15. *twitch* *twitch* So... ...organized... Seriously, though, it looks awesome. I've just been dotting my caps as I use the paints, rather than painting them all at once. We've been really happy with out RMS. There is a little inconsistency, but most of the problems you mentioned seem to be either due to "first model-year blues," ie, it's still a relatively new line and some colors are still being tweaked (see the painting tips forum), or something that I've noticed the first time or two I've used a color. The Olive Shadow and Muddy Clay both produced chunky little worms the first time or two I opened the bottle, but after some vigorous shaking and a few uses, they've been fine. I do wonder about the odd little partitions in the spouts. I always thought they were odd, too. Should this move to the painting tips forum? I bet Anne would appreciate seeing it..?
  16. Wish I had a dog right now... I love mutts. I grew up with one...she was 17 when we finally had to let her go. And I want another one sometime. Apartment living isn't conducive to it, though, so it'll be a while. Those two have certainly grown in a year, haven't they? Two nice, big, happy dogs. Awesome.
  17. Wow...you have here a selection from my list of "favorite minis I haven't purchased." I like all of these minis quite a bit. And yours look great. I do like the muted palette; it's appropriate and you achieved it well. I really like what you did with the halfling...that red hair and the dark eyes almost make me think tiefling. Really nice, dramatic choices there.
  18. Sanael

    Virina, Demoness

    I actually LOVE the very monochromatic color scheme on this. It's all very smooth, and really quite attractive. Not something you often see, which I like. Really, very nice job.
  19. I looked the figs over the other day in my flgs. I thought they were well-sculpted and well-molded...but they seemed mildly uninspired. I like anime, and appreciate the overall look, but the figs are quite "flat," in that everything seems to be molded on one, straight, plane. For that money, Privateer Press makes dynamic minis that I don't have to bend superthin pieces around to get a 3d object to look less 2d. And, of course, Reaper does all that for half the cost, much of the time. As for the game itself, I didn't pay attn to the rules. I'd be interested to see some of the figs not in the light and dark starter boxes; see if any of them add a little depth to the very fine and detailed sculpting. I do think they'd be fun to paint.
  20. wow...you've done an incredible job with what I think is a rather challenging mini...the dark sword pieces have so much fine detail it's amazing. Your OSL is stunning, and I'm mightily impressed with the smoothness of all your transitions...that cloak is crazy-good, if you ask me. Thanks for sharing.
  21. Sanael


    I really love the colors you've used; some really nice stuff on this mini, and you've hit the details beautifully. The base is built really nicely, too...I think a wash of some kind over the white stones would help make the nature of the terrain a bit clearer and a little more color would add visual interest, but I like the overall look of the ground she's on. Giving her that height really helps with a "rock goddess" sort of look. All she needs are pyrotechnics!
  22. --weapons packs of plain shields. Just smooth metal and unadorned wood, of various sizes ranging from buckler to tower. --equipment packs; backpacks, torches, bedrolls and so forth. Buckets, lanterns, waterskins...basic adventuring gear. --more mounted figures of any kind. Commentary: -Demon-head imbellishments are nice and all, but I want to freehand some heraldry! -I'm not awful with greenstuff, but sometimes I just want to jam a lantern into someone's hand without having to scratchbuild. And I never see any minis with big backpacks and bedrolls, carrying their ten-foot-poles and waving torches. And I'd like to put such a thing together on a mini that otherwise looks like my PC. -I know it's been said, and I second the notion. I like people on horses, and I like halflings on dogs even better.
  23. You'd certainly have bonus XP in any of my campaigns, that's for sure. My parents had a nest of Raccoons in their ceiling a few years ago. We finally ended up making a hole above the front porch to get into that crawlspace and pull the pups out. That hole was about the same size as the one you guys have...it shouldn't be too hard to repair. Just try not to do it again!
  24. Definitely not one to tip...and I can't imagine it's the most comfortable ride in the world...though I suppose that's a fairly accurate recreation of the full-size version... Having said that, I want one, too! Maybe an aircraft carrier with room for more than one passenger...the elevators could be hatches for seats. And then I could fly R/C planes off the deck, too. That would be totally sweet.
  25. The freehand on her cloak's liner is incredible, as is the highlighting on the hair. Really nice piece. Is the rune-work on the blade freehand, or is it molded on the sword? I'd also love a recipe for that hair...and could we see a back-view? I'm curious as to whether there's more freehand that we aren't getting to goggle over.
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