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  1. Workbench update:

     

    Devout warjack (started)

    Shredders (2) (assembled/converted)

    Carnivean

    03462 Goblin Warriors (4)

    Gargoyle

    Norgol, Irongrave Knight

    Dwarven Warrior (primed)

    Young Swamp Dragon (primed)

    Jolie, Scribe (started)

    Centurus Clones (2) (started/primed)

     

    Holding steady on the WarmaHordes front. Might see about finishing up Jolie while I'm filing and pinning the Carnivean. The Centurus Clones desperately need the shafts of their glaives replaced with brass rod unless I want to go for the Gumby and Pokey look. Come on, Rackham; what were you thinking?

  2. Just finished up the first two warbeasts for my Legion of Everblight army:

     

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    Greenstuffing and painting didn't go quite according to plan, but I'm pretty happy with how they turned out regardless. Carapace painting is really coming along; I learned a bunch painting these guys.

     

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    I tried shading the twilight blue basecoat with imperial purple and then brown liner; I'm not sure whether I like it or not. The idea was to put an intermediate hue between the blue and the brown. Thoughts?

     

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    Now I just need to seal them and paint their gaming bases. Next up: Carnivean, the biggest baddest hunk of blight-spawned dragondreams in the northern wastes! Assembling and painting the big guy ought to give me a better idea of the Legion's overall beastie aesthetic, which in turn will help me sculpt some extra carapace onto the other two shredders from the box.

     

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    C&C appreciated.

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  3. Nice work! I like the bright colours -- they seem appropriate for a wizard's familiar, and show off the crispness of your painting. Shading the wing membranes down to orange might give them extra pop against the blue scales. As it is, they look a bit flat.

     

    How'd you get the static grass on the base to do that? Mine never wants to stand up.

  4. Digital M@: I've shaded with a watery pale blue for nice white statues, but not cloth. I've shaded cloth by blending greys which was really hard to do and ended up 'ok' but not great. Probably would work if I practiced more at it.

    I was thinking of shading with blues to keep the pants looking prestine and looking like a high percentage polyester blend fabric. I am thinking they should shine like ice. After all these are the Saturday night pants to impress the "ladies". I think using browns would dirty it up, but I am going to play with greys and browns.

    Shading with blues would certainly avoid any grungy look to the fabric. You could work down from ghost white, which is itself a pretty cool white, to something desaturated like twilight blue. The reason I like purple is that I've been using warm, yellowish off-whites like linen white and khaki highlight as my base tones lately, and since purple is yellow's complement it makes for a nice rich shading colour.

     

    I'd actually be tempted to shade a cool white with brown, which is more of a dark desaturated orange. But then again I've been geeking out on colour theory lately, and I haven't really learned when to stop and take a step back. ::):

  5. Question 1

    Anyone have a link to a good article on shading whites?

    It just so happens that Ghool wrote a decent article on shading whites over on the Privateer Press forums:

     

    So, you wanna paint white?

     

    Basically you can boil it down to "start with the highlight, then shade down from there". White highlights usually end up chalky for me, so I hope this'll work better. Also, he goes to a mid-value brown for his final shade, but I've had good results with purple as well.

  6. I stopped reading WOT around book 7-9. I say that because each time I tried to figure out whether or not I had read the previous book, it felt like I had, even when I had not!

    I have the same problem with David Eddings' stuff. I would read half a book, worry about how similar to the previous one it was, then put it down for while. After while, I would accidentally pick up the next book in the series, try to find where I left off, and become convinced that I had already read most of the thing.

    Well, considering that Eddings wrote the same series four times, I can't blame you.

     

    Belgariad: "Gotta find the blue thing, better kill the evil god." (5 books)

    Malloreon: "Gotta find the red thing, better kill the other evil god." (5 books)

    Elenium: "Gotta find the blue thing, better kill the evil god." (3 books)

    Tamuli: "Gotta find the red thing, better kill the other evil god." (3 books)

     

    I loved Wheel of Time when it came out, but I was in junior high school at the time. Somewhere around Book 8 I realized that Jordan had no idea what he was doing and kept spawning new subplots to buy enough time to figure out how to wrap things up.

     

    As far as fantasy goes, I remember enjoying Ursula K. LeGuin and the first Dragonlance trilogy, but mostly I've been re-reading Tolkien's opus and Lovecraft's Dream Cycle.

  7. My FLGS doesn't run any Warlord or CAV that I know of, but they stock buttloads of Reaper minis and do a bunch of painting days with decent local artists. Maybe the best advertisement they do is running a lot of different D&D events (some of 'em official WotC things, some of 'em purely local for-the-fun-of-it things) using the store's collection of minis for PCs and monsters. Everyone likes playing with nicely-painted figures, and a lot of new gamers look at the things and wonder how hard it would be to paint up a mini for their PC in their buddy's weekend game.

     

    As for me, I can't sit for next to the Wall-o-Reaper for a three hour gaming session and not walk away with a blister pack.

  8. I guess this is the first model I've sculpted out of whole cloth... er, putty... except for the base... well, whatever. My Friday-night D&D campaign is developing a rather Lovecraftian theme, and we were supposed to close this damn thing before Christmas. Only problem is, two PCs ran out of healing surges after the penultimate fight and decided to pack it in just because they might have died horrible screaming deaths and had their souls eaten by nameless horrors from beyond the stars, so (a) we left the thing to fester while we went off on a jaunt across the planes, meaning that (b) we never encountered the tentacle pit, leading to © the poor thing languishing on my workbench until a couple days ago. Well, languish no more!

     

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    I keep teaching myself things about OSL. In this case, I taught myself that layering thin washes on nightshade purple -- the next best thing to black, really -- is a damn slow way to paint OSL, and I really should've started with high-value highlights and toned them down with washes. Sorta like how I did the zenithal lighting on the tentacles. Oh well, live and learn.

     

    I also learned a whole bunch of things not to do whilst sculpting those tentacles.

     

    Still and all, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and even more pleased that it's off my workbench. ::):

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  9. Workbench update:

     

    Devout warjack (started)

    Shredders (2) (assembled/converted)

    Tentacle pit (primed)

    03462 Goblin Warriors (4)

    Gargoyle

    Norgol, Irongrave Knight

    Dwarven Warrior (primed)

    Young Swamp Dragon (primed)

    Jolie, Scribe (started)

    Centurus Clones (2) (started/primed)

     

    You know how it is: you spend a few hours flipping through your latest rulebook and all of a sudden it is Imperative that you assemble some models for that game. Well, I got some basecoat on the Devout and some primer on the tentacles, so there's that as well.

  10. Nice work. That golem is an awesome sculpt; great movement and energy. The red on the wolves' lower lips is a bit too bright for my tastes, though: it looks almost like lipstick. Great job on the bases... how did you do the snow effect?

  11. Workbench update:

     

    Devout warjack (started)

    Tentacle pit

    03462 Goblin Warriors (4)

    Thomas Hammerfist

    Gargoyle

    Norgol, Irongrave Knight

    Dwarven Warrior (primed)

    Young Swamp Dragon (primed)

    Jolie, Scribe (started)

    Centurus Clones (2) (started/primed)

     

    Maybe I'll paint up the tentacle pit next.

  12. I was planning use this model to represent a runepriest PC in a D&D game that never materialized. So instead, he languished on my workbench for the better part of seven months before I picked him up again.

     

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    This is the first time in a while that I've painted bright and shiny armour, and I think it came out pretty well. The highlights on his face are a bit too abrupt, although part of that is Gimp's auto white balance. I'm also pretty happy with the shield.

     

    C&C appreciated.

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