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  1. Clever idea for the enlarged base! We have a couple of characters in our game who spend half their time enlarged--normally we mark the status change with Alea tools, but this is a very pretty option if you know about this when you're painting the mini. What did you use to build it?
  2. Not to worry. I've got a couple of minutes waiting for low humidity to get some dullcote. The werewolves can join them on the spray tray!
  3. With a couple of ongoing projects, it's time for a few models to hustle up and be done already. Corim, here, is playing the part of Edgar d'Sivis, a gnomish bard, in our current Eberron campaign, finished up to "I'm-done-so-get-off-my-table-already quality." He'll get a little static grass added to his base once we buy a new bottle of glue. I had thought for a while I would continue fiddling to smooth out the blends and see what else this guy had left to teach me, but ultimately decided he's already seeing action at the table, so I'd better just finish him up and give him a final
  4. Finally had a chance to fire up the photoshop today. As promised, here are photos of the great minis Sanael and I received from DispatchDave and DavesWife (I think that's her forum handle...) First up, a couple of lovely purple and teal pirate lasses. Double win here, since we collect pirates and are both card-carrying members of the Cult of Purple and Teal. At least we would be, if they ever printed up membership cards. Nice guess here, since I don't think either of us specifically mentioned a preference for pirates! We were spoiled in this exchange! Dave threw in a couple
  5. Sanael and I received our sweet package from DispatchDave and his wife today. We love our pirate lasses, and the werewolves will tear up some PCs soon! Feel free to post pictures if you have them, Dave, or I can upload them if you like.
  6. Mine? I think the correct answer here is..."mine." She who buys the compressor, plays with it first! After that, though, let the games begin... Call me lazy, then! I fully intend to follow up airbrushed basecoats with all of the brushwork, layering, glazing, and blending which I normally do. Anything that shaves a bit of time off my glacial painting process is most welcome!
  7. I love me some Darksword minis. There are a few on my paint table scolding me because they need to be finished, but I have yet to paint anything from their "critters" line. Nice personality in both of these - and I really like that freehand on the ranger's cloak. I think I might have to steal that design!
  8. I'm also a big fan of the wall, especially the vine running up the back. I like this color combo for her, too; I never would have thought to put her in red and purple, and it totally works.
  9. She's gorgeous - definitely an inspiring paintjob, and your WIP is highly motivational, as well. There's a nice high bar in this contest so far. It's great to see so many outstanding paintjobs on Bones!
  10. Wow, you're right - you don't see paint-ups of this guy very often. The red skin is a really great choice for him - and I'll echo what everyone else said about the worn metal look being a good fit as well. Especially with this base and it's rubble and skull, he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who spends a lot of time shining his armor.
  11. I'm so glad you like her, DispatchDave! Thanks for the compliments. The color scheme is similar to that on a PC I'm currently finishing up for one of the newest players in our D&D group, and I though it would work well for Sascha, too. I'm not terribly surprised the paints turned out a little chalky in the pictures - these particular colors used some paints that haven't aged well, and they've gotten surprisingly temperamental. I fought with the paint consistency quite a bit on the palette, but I'm quite happy with the end result - and I'm glad you are, too! Dai-Mongar, she's a blas
  12. Looking suitably monstrous! I know what you mean about the mold lines - sometimes they're practically invisible until you get some paint on them!
  13. Thanks! Somehow my post went through without some of my text - that chain is from a broken necklace that made its way into my bits box. It was just the right length to fill the distance between the integrated base and the lip of the round base I mounted the mini on. I thought it added a little extra steampunk flavor!
  14. My exchange mini has arrived safely, and I've finally managed to get the pictures off my phone! Rumor has it that she's been a pretty big hit with DispatchDave. He indicated a preference for a steampunk lady, and I've been looking forward to painting up Sascha for a while now.
  15. I love seeing all of the different interpretations of this sculpt - he's a great all-purpose adventuring wizard. You've got a nice, clean paintjob going here, he'd be most welcome on a lot of gaming tables I know. If I were to offer advice on this particular piece, it might be along the lines of color selection. It looks like his tabard, boots, leather straps/belts, and wooden bits (staff, crossbow) are all the same brown. Especially where these same-colored items are close together on the model, a little distinction between the individual items is lost, and your wood and leather look
  16. Marsya, she's lovely. I'm really digging the smooth blends throughout, and the freehand is a really nice touch. The backstory is a ton of fun as well, and you've given me some great inspiration as a fellow Dragonlance fan...I've been wondering how to approach a color scheme, but now it's clear that the Silvanesti need a representative as well! I'm off to the paint table to make it happen :)
  17. I haven't worked with either the brand of ink you mention or the quickshade, so unfortunately I can't weigh in with a preference. A wash will help with enhancing the details of metallic areas, definitely. I generally find ink washes to go on just fine over dried paint, but if there is any painting you wish to do AFTER the wash, a sealer coat is a good idea. Many inks will reactivate if they are moistened, even after drying completely. As far as the metallics go, they can definitely be tricky to work with. My guess on the lumps is that the paint was starting to dry in the palett
  18. I like the adventuring party you have coming together - it would be neat to see a group shot when they're all done! One thing I notice about this gentleman, and it may be the photos, is that the color of the hood is quite close to his skintone. Some greater contrast here, or an alternate color, might help differentiate it a bit. Black is out, given your above commentary, but purple or blue would do the job and tie in to the rest of your model nicely. I wish I could answer effectively your questions about layering vs. drybrushing for quality in a speedy timeframe. I am a notoriously
  19. I've done targeted paint removal on metal minis with Windsor & Newton brush cleaner. You'll want to work with it the same way as paint, wicking excess off the brush before brushing it on, because it'll take the paint clear down to bare metal. Don't use the first string brushes for this kind of job, and be sure to have some paper towels handy for wiping off the area thoroughly before reapplying a brush on primer. I haven't tried this on bones, so not sure how the plastic would respond.
  20. I like the chrome! It works nicely on the segmented haft of the scythe.
  21. Great start on the lining! Now as you're going in and working on shading you can touch up along the lines so just a thin line between the different areas remains visible. (I can tell it's a tricky area to paint, but don't forget to line the inside of his hood - a dark line there will help indicate that shadow!) I'm really liking this color scheme the more I see it - and I just remembered that several years ago I painted a lady-type necromancer in red and purple. No wonder I dig it! They must be members of the same club.
  22. When selecting character models for D&D, I'm guilty of picking a mini I really want to paint, and then building a character to suit the mini, rather than the other way around. It's also an interesting way to build NPCs when I'm the DM :) The sculptors do a great job of building personality into the models...then when the paint brings that out, sometimes you just feel lucky! Until they sit on the table a while, and then that personality seems to be annoyed with you for not finishing them sooner; but maybe that's just me.
  23. I'm late to the party, but welcome aboard! You're off to a great start, and you're getting a ton of helpful info here. I swear by the painting notebook, whatever your method of implementing it. It's a great reference, and after you've been painting a while and need to recreate a particular shade of teal, you can go back years later and find out your recipe. Good stuff. I usually add a note mentioning the mini the color scheme was done on, so if I need to go grab it off the shelf and see that mix in action, I can do so. Happy painting! I look forward to seeing more pieces (and the
  24. Looks like those basecoats evened out nicely -- I look forward to seeing how your darklining turned out!
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