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  1. Thus far I've neglected the pegasus rider a bit. The parts come together so nicely that it is almost like putting together a regular multi part figure instead of a conversion. That being said, the original steampunk legs had a pistol holster, which I felt needed to go. Once that was done, it was a simple matter of drilling holes and pinning the various bits together. As a finishing touch, I glued an orphaned sword blade onto her hip where the holster used to be. I also flattened out the pommel of her sword and trimmed it into a more complex shape than the original. I think a little bit o
  2. The shoes on the beach elf were starting to bother me. The modern high heels just don't gel with the more "primitive" aesthetic I've been developing with her. However, I was hesitant to alter the shoes drastically, since 1) the thick soles are serving to anchor the figure on her pins and 2) the entire posture of the model is dictated by the fact that she's in heels, and I think would get thrown off if I tried to change it into a different kind of shoe. So I compromised by just trimming off the toes of he shoes and sculpting in some bare toes in their place. This way she at least looks like
  3. Thanks for all the kind words! For some reason the back of the sea elf' hair had been cutoff, so I sculpted some under structure for a new head of hair (which will be covered up with putty later). I also filled in the gap in the beach elf's torso. However, the anatomy was starting to look odd. She might pass (at least to someone who is not much of an anatomist) for someone with a particularly long torso, but her original navel is way to high up on her body. I figure it ought to be right about where her belt buckle currently is. I tried simply filling in the original navel with greenstu
  4. Thank you! Doing some more tinkering. I filled in the seams at her hips and replaced some lost detail. I then went in and sculpted the rest of her left arm, as well as her neck. http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/Jack_Ironhammer/media/20180905_010917 2_zpsfjil1nnl.jpg.html?filters[user]=145063139&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1 I then shaped the mounting points on her wings so they will sit on her back the way I want them to and added pins to anchor them. I then drilled matching holes in her back and test fit the wings
  5. While I had my tools out, I also drilled the sea elf torso to its legs, and also added some pins into the feet so I can hold the figure steady while I work on it. Given that my sea elf is now apparently on land, I think I shall dub her a Beach Elf, and see how the figure develops from there. Picture is linked below as before. http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/Jack_Ironhammer/media/20180904_123651 2_zpsb5yzx4lo.jpg.html?filters[user]=145063139&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=9
  6. So, after indulging in the metal trade at Reapercon this year I found myself going through my stores of salvaged miniatures and putting together various bits and pieces. I tend to save a lot of scraps and fragments of figures in my spare parts bin (or drawer, rather) which I think may be useful for something someday or other, and after pouring the lot of it out and sifting through it I realized that I have accumulated an awful lot of this sort of thing, and it was high time I did something with it. After messing around and experimenting for a couple of hours I came away with a pro
  7. So I had an occasion to create a new D&D character after a brief hiatus from playing, and I wound up rolling a half orc ranger named Logar Quickarrow, a vociferously proud member of the Bison Clan. Naturally, being the conversion obsessed sort of person I am, I was obliged to fabricate a proper miniature for him. I apologize for a few slightly blurry pictures, as I'm still trying to get used to my current camera (which is cleverly hidden inside my phone). After canvassing Reaper's catalog for half orcs and various iterations thereof, I quickly decided that Skreed Gorewillow b
  8. Kyphrixis Cloudy Grey, Violet Red, and Lemon Yellow 3 star Link to show off thread: Link to WiP thread Photos!
  9. Right, what with Reapercon being over I've been able to go back and finish this guy up. Total time wound up being about 4.5 hours from start to finish. Here is a link to the finish pics in the show off section.
  10. Right, so for those of you who haven't seen it, Cyradis, Sirithiliel, and Pezler the Polychromatic launched the Random Rainbow Dragon Challenge last month (check it out! http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/76666-the-seers-and-a-wizard-present-a-random-rainbow-dragon-challenge/), and I couldn't resist the temptation to enter. I chose Kryphrixis for my, er, test subject, and I wound up getting Cloudy Grey for my primary color, Violet Red for the secondary color, and Lemon Yellow for the tertiary color. I took the 3 Star challenge, which meant I could only use the original three color
  11. Yes, it was the armor layout which inspired me to convert her to a gladiator. It just seemed like a perfect fit for her. Thanks! The competition has already ended though, and there were a lot of fabulous entries which far surpassed my own. The results were posted on facebook here, they're really worthing checking out! https://www.facebook.com/events/628589544011960/
  12. Same here, color theory has long been something which has kind of scared me, but I've slowly picked up enough tidbits over the years that when I decided I wanted to lay this palette out really carefully I already had kind of an idea of where to get started. I wound up learning an awful lot of stuff in the process, and most of the what I posted were things I came across while working on this specific project, which I then had to apply to my specific situation.
  13. I did this figure up for the quarterly painting competition. I made a weapon swap to turn her into a female gladiator, with a gladius blade pulled from the spare parts bin and a scratch built fantasy scutum, which was made mostly from sheet styrene. The scorpions are freehand. Apologies for my rather sub-par photography!
  14. And with that, I think I'm calling him done. I still need to go back and properly photograph him under (hopefully) better conditions, but the work itself is ready as it'll ever be. Thanks for all the feedback and kind comments, this has been a fun project!
  15. Before going on to finish up with painting the black parts, I decided to take time out to go ahead and paint the face...and paint the face...and paint the face again. I must confess, this face proved one the most difficult and frustrating I've ever tried to paint (or photograph for that matter), which I suspect is due in no small measure to all the various anatomical transgressions I committed when sculpting the thing. As it is, on the third try I managed to get it to a place where I'm more or less satisfied with it. Meanwhile, test fitting the nearly finished figure
  16. Thanks for the kind words! Right now all I've got on the face is the primer coat. I've been debating what kind of colors to use on the hair and the gun, and I was seriously considering both blonde hair and a silver gun just as you suggested. However, I'm thinking I'm probably going to wind up going black for both the hair and the gun. The gun itself was heavily drawn from the laser pistols seen on the 1st season of Lost in Space, which were mostly black colored. Likewise, jet black hair seems to fit fairly well as an alternative to blonde while still fitting a stereotypical look for a pul
  17. Thanks again for all the kind words! Moving on with the accent color, I think its turned out rather well after all (even under the dubious lens of my impoverished photography skills).
  18. I was still a little unsure about the secondary palette I picked for the harness and gear, so I started looking at "orange space suits" online to see what else might work. Low and behold, I came across images of these suits from the early space shuttle missions, which basically use the kind same color palette I had originally planned (apparently this is the S-1030 full-pressure suit, used on the SR-71 as well at least the sub-orbital space shuttle missions, as with these gentlemen from STS-3). I dunno, but I think it kind of works. What say you all?
  19. Taking a moment out to work on the base. I picked out four colors, again keeping the with the same shadow color to try and keep the overall palette unified with the rest of the figure. The base is pretty quick and dirty right now, but I really don't plan on putting that much into it, all I want is for it to set off the figure, not distract from it. I felt a red-ish planet surface would do the job fairly well, especially given the retro sci-fi feel of the piece (it seems to have been kind of the default color for alien planets back in the day).
  20. Thanks for the kind words! I've been experimenting with some different palettes for the olive green sections (at this point I'm thinking this will be the belt and harness, the quilted bib, the main body of the backpack, and possibly the gloves). Right now this is what I've got lined up. I'm toying with the idea though of substituting the Moldy Skin with Golden Blonde. I'm not convinced that the values are quite right (it's still fairly close in that respect to the Olive Green), but my gut instinct is that highlighting the green with it will really make it
  21. Right, so I finally decided to do a WiP on this guy, mainly in the hopes to get some good feedback on the painting process. This will be one of my Reapercon (in the Open category, being as it is a scratchbuild). First off, some older pics going back a few months, showing where I started from. I started by sculpting a few faces and picked one that I thought would do the job. Then I built a basic armature, established a pose and then began fleshing it out. I'm afraid I didn't get any more WiP shots of the sculpting after this, so on to the finished figure (pre painti
  22. Going back in and restoring some of the shading. Right now the current project time is something around 4 hrs. And yes, somehow I wound up painting a dragon who apparently wears purple eye shadow.
  23. A bit of fiddling this afternoon, primarily doing the talons, teeth and eyes. So far I'm pretty happy with the way he's going, though I don't envision him ever being really brilliant. This guy is becoming much more of a speedpaint/tabletop/just for fun kind of mini.
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