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  1. Fantastic! The OSL "reads" much better with those tweaks. I had forgotten about the black background trick, it does show off that bit of paintwork nicely!
  2. I really dig the different whites you have going on, and the skintone is nice and rich. I agree with OC's observation on the OSL, keeping the source the brightest point will help sell it. Perhaps a combo of pushing the source up while muting the effect would put the icing on the cake. I quite like the more subtle glow in his eyes. I have a model I'm practicing OSL on at the moment, so I've got OSL on the brain...I'll get him posted up for suggestions here soon, I could use some additional eyes to help move figure out where the fine tuning needs to happen!
  3. I really dig the different whites you have going on, and the skintone is nice and rich. I agree with OC's observation on the OSL, keeping the source the brightest point will help sell it. Perhaps a combo of pushing the source up while muting the effect would put the icing on the cake. I quite like the more subtle glow in his eyes. I have a model I'm practicing OSL on at the moment, so I've got OSL on the brain...I'll get him posted up for suggestions here soon, I could use some additional eyes to help move figure out where the fine tuning needs to happen!
  4. I just noticed your username automatically gets set for you when you initially sign up via Facebook connect, with no option to customize it. Not that I mind terribly posting under my name (or the first part of my email address, which is the same thing), but for consistency would prefer to keep the same handle I use here. Rather a minor nit to pick, but it would be nice to be able to edit this.
  5. Lord Soth's Charge is definitely in my queue; I want to level up my basing and terrain skills before I tackle it, though. I'll probably wrestle with Takhisis first. But a tthe moment, I've got most of the DragonLance Villians box set in my immediate queue - Verminaard and Toede are done (and have been on the game table), but still need to do Kit and the rest. So many minis, so little time!
  6. I'll chime in, since I'm the in-house IT support for our gaming tech :) The new projector is an Epson EX3212, with a brightness of 2800 lumens per the box specs. We got a pretty good deal on it due to a local sale going on.
  7. Sounds great! Hope the good times continue on through the day, and throughout the next year - all the best!
  8. Haven't tried it on Bones yet, but I've had good luck using a tiny dollop of hot glue to hold minis to painting rigs (it's been fine on plastic bases so far). Usually for this purpose I've been using small plastic bottles (like pill bottles), but it's given a good solid hold on the mini with easy removal - slip a wedge between the base and the rig, and pop the mini off. Peel off the dried hot glue, and you're ready for the next model. I can't see why it wouldn't work with Bones (and you could just scale up the rig with the size of the part you're working on), unless your glue gun gets hot enough to reach the Bones melting point; doesn't seem likely from what I've seen so far, but when I make my first test I'll be testing a mook rather than one of the Bones I've got special plans for!
  9. Hey, glad to see you're doing a WIP! I've got some plans for this guy, but he's pretty far back in the queue at the moment. So far, I agree with the previous observations - get a nice solid basecoat down, and then clean up the borders between areas. That cleanup process might be a good time to try going in with your darkest shadow color and do some darklining. For example, line around the chain belt,and you can keep the messy part of the line on the red. Then you can clean up the red side of the line with your red shadow and midtone. You can do two tricks at once this way: shading and lining. Looking forward to seeing how he comes along!
  10. I've been following this thread with great interest and appreciation. The primary purpose for most of my minis is to represent PCs and NPCs! That said, my photos are scattered all over the place, so as I can find them I'll add to the thread. Our gaming group currently has three games in active rotation. First up is my character in our Firefly campaign. Sanael has painted most of the party for this group, but I based my character around this Anima tactics model and have been looking forward to painting it for a long time. So, here's Vera, ex-companion and party tank: And a better angle to see her very favorite gun: Edit: Because I forgot to attach the pictures
  11. @Bonwirm, thanks for the lead. I'm not active on the HA boards, but I know there's got to be a few people in town working with molding. I occasionally see some HA terrain in use at my FLGS, although not as frequently as I once did. I know I didn't build it, so it must have come from around here somewhere.... As far as basing supplies go, I've still got a pretty huge backlog of pieces already cast - but I love the idea of a casting party where you might be able swap castings with people who have different molds. Painting minis, and living in a somewhat smaller house, have back-burnered some of my building projects a bit, but I still love the stuff. One of these days...a devoted gaming room with lots of shelving for terrain and minis. Must-have on my future house wishlist! I'd be happy to try to put together some kind of paint night/build night for folks passing through the area. I also need to start figuring out ways to road-trip out to visit other hobby friends in the 5-hour or less drive radius; I miss the regularly scheduled hobby socials that used to happen at the FLGS. And then there are the non-mini-related visits I need to make, too. If only work didn't take up so much of my time!
  12. A good bit, since we're in Pittsburgh. But we make it across the state to Philly on occasion!
  13. Wish I was a bit more local than PA for this! It's been a long time since I've broken out the molds and had a good casting session.
  14. I need to get cracking on some painting. I'm in, if it's not too late - PM on the way!
  15. Beautiful! I love this conversion, down to the little modifications you made to the Monique model to make her more Final Fantasy-esque...the ribbon in her hair is an especially nice touch! Stunning paint work, I'll be looking back to this for inspiration.
  16. He looks great! I really dig the muted color palette, and the whole scene is just well done. The basing really sets a great tone for the piece--I look forward to that tutorial!
  17. I love these whites! I'll have to steal that trick of shading with the dark elf skin triad--it looks fantastic here!
  18. @Harrek, when I'm creating a mix on the wet palette, it's usually my "mixing brush," otherwise known as Janky, doing the work. One of my very first brushes, Janky is a synthetic with bristles that now hook and splay in all directions...it's kind of like a tiny whisk, which is why I like it for this purpose. If I'm just adding a bit of water or additive to the current mix, I'll usually just use the brush I'm painting with, blend the water in a bit, and then make sure to give the "good" brush an extra swish or two through the rinsewater on it's next rinse (I rinse early and often!). If I really wanted to baby my good brush, I could use the brush end or old Janky for adding water, but generally I don't go to that much trouble, especially since I tend to fiddle with paint consistency on an as-needed basis. The good brushes get lots of TLC on cleaning day. Janky stays in the cup.
  19. +1 to Buglips above comment. My W&N definitely carry a larger paint load than any other brush I was using previously. Religious blotting/wicking off after loading the brush is one of the keys to working with thinned paints.
  20. For me, lately, this is what I've been doing. It's an evolving process. Thinned mixes (washes, glazes) get done in a welled palette which I can cover with a lid. Everything else gets done on the wet palette. I'll work back and forth using both during the same painting session. I always mix with a janky old brush - I'll wick as much as I can back onto the palette, whichever one I'm using. And then, since I keep a paint log*, I'll do a smear of the color on the card with the mixing brush. Double duty. Anything else, alas, gets rinsed off. On the wet Palette, I've started putting a drop of water on the palette apart from the paint puddles. If what's on the palette isn't quite thin enough, I can dip my brush in the water, then in the paint, and gradually get the paint to the consistency I want. Not a lot of vigorous mixing with the fancy brush here. I also pretty much do exactly what you described for colors in ratios other than 1:1 on the wet palette. Unless I'm doing a known recipe in smallish quantity of drops (1:1, 2:1), I'll make a couple of pools, and pull from one into the other as needed until I get what I want. Usually that means I'll get one pool of the desired color, and another pool of a similar-ish color that I might be able to use in another painting step. Sometimes I'll pull from both pools into a middle, and work from the blend on the palette to get all of the colors I need (depends on how much paint that is, and how large of an area I'm painting...If I'm not going to need to reproduce this color, and I only need a small amount, I can usually get most of what I need from a "color gradient" made by blending the colors on the palette. I'm usually not mixing more than 2 colors this way; I've got a pretty wide selection of paints to choose from, and can always glaze or layer in additional colors later. Makes it easier for me to reproduce mixes. If I don't know ahead of time what I'm mixing, I'll eyeball it until it looks right, then make a note of the ratio in the paint log. *Paint log - an awesome tool that I recommend doing. I keep track of the colors that I'm using so that I can use it again later, if I like. I've got a big stack of old business cards from an old job I use for this, and then they get stored in one of those business card folios which have slots for the individual cards, kind of like a photo album. It was a freebie from a Staples order, so this setup was free and easy for me to use - a notebook will work just as nicely, but this takes up less table space (and since I'm in a two-painter house, we both store recipes in the folio -- which is nice when we're teaming up to paint a project with a lot of models which need to look like part of the same group). I'll paint a swatch of the color on the card, and then write out the recipe beside it. Another note on the card lets me know what part of which model I used it on (complex models which go through a lot of layers may have several cards - I may devote an entire card to a custom skin recipe, or cloak, etc.). It's really great for remembering your awesome recipe for red hair when you want to replicate it 2 years later.
  21. I love this model, but haven't gotten around to painting him up yet. I like what you did with sculpting out the base, and I like this warm color scheme--particularly the red shading in the green areas, which does a nice job of tying the piece together!
  22. I definitely dig the skintones--I really like this color scheme! You mentioned Sue's hair class, so I took a special look there (since I was in that class too, hi!). The "halo" definitely looks to be in the right place and you're hitting the high points of the curls, with the extra shadows where the hair crosses over itself. It looks to me like your technical approach/application is pretty spot on. My preference would be for a few more layers working up through the highlights for that glossy hair catalog shine, but overall I like what you've done here since it fits the mood of the mini. EDIT: I checked out your blog, and just noticed you're the one who had the awesome green hair on the class model - I've been telling everyone since I got back how awesome the green hair looked (and what a nice color it shifted from the glaze)! Very cool--and I like your WIP blog style.
  23. An added tip: once your freckles are in place, a very thin glaze or two with your skin tone will help tone down the harshness of the freckles, and make them look a bit more like part of the complexion, rather than sitting on top of the skin.
  24. Lovely ladies -- I love the jewel tones across the set. The hair and skintones are gorgeous!
  25. I've been coveting those Geek Chic tables for a while. I kid you not, we have a collection jar in the D&D room with a picture of the table we want pasted on the side. Every now and again the players in our group will toss in pocket change. Of course, I need to buy a HOUSE which will have room to use the table. By the time I have enough saved for that, we might have enough pocket change to make the down payment on the table...so not anytime soon on either front. On topic, the giant printouts look great--nice job scaling the map, and great idea! Sounds like you have a great group.
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