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xapno

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  1. Love the Crazy Pete figure. Nice freehand on the flannel shirt. The bottles are awesome! Very realistic looking, and the label on the green bottle is a nice touch.
  2. I thought that was a great game! I remember getting the box set in Waldenbooks in the 80s, which is where I used to buy all my D&D books and modules. Unfortunately, none of my friends wanted to play it, since we were all mostly into D&D at the time (and Boothill), but the few games I was able to play were fun. I'm going to check my basement now to see if I still have it packed up somewhere!
  3. Hey, I went to Auburn, too! (first year of college before I transferred.. so '89/90) When were you there? I'm in Duluth, GA now (NW of Atlanta, near Norcross). Do you ever make it to Dragon*Con in Atlanta?

  4. Thanks everyone, for the nice comments! I've been lurking here for the past two or three years, so I'm familiar with some of the names in this thread. You all do great work! To reply to a few comments/questions... ...as for an art background: Not really (especially painting such tiny figures!) But I used to draw and paint oils/watercolors in my teen years; but I was just mediocre... and I've doubled in age since then, and haven't touched a paintbrush since! haha. I have a professional background in photography and videography, so maybe that helps. I'm always looking at lighting and color in nature, just out of habit. Trying to mix paint to get the results I picture in my head is a challenge, though! I used to paint plastic models (airplanes, tanks, etc), build dioramas and some model railroad scenery when I was a kid... and I also built balsa radio control airplanes for a bit as an adult. So, I've got skills with superglue, plaster, balsa and Xacto knifes, I guess. But these are the smallest things I've ever tried to paint.. very challenging! The minis above, I think I spent about 2-3 weeks each on them. A few hours on most weeknights. I painted really slow! I kind of rushed the Female Elf, since I wanted to finish it in time for a Christmas present to my Wife. MikeD, I agree about the flat color on the yellow parts of the robe. I base coated it in yellow and then put a thin wash of black on it to bring out the details. But it turned the yellow to a greenish hue (I remembered, too late, that yellow + black = green). So I tried to touch up parts with yellow, while trying not to get back into the recessed areas. I found that really hard to do, so after getting rid of green spots, I just left it. Looking back, maybe I should've used a dark brown to wash the yellow parts of the robe? Her skin tone definitely needed more contrast, and the base is a little dull. But I ran out of time to fiddle with it anymore on Christmas eve, and had to seal it with matte varnish. Hehe. Incidentally, the blue crystal on the staff came out looking horrible, imo, so a week after Christmas, I touched it up and was much happier with the result. (the picture above has the finished version that I liked). On Tsuko the Monk, I had a lot more time to paint him; I think it took me a month of a few weeknights. I used more layers of highlights on the red and skin tones than the previous minis. As for websites and stuff.. I read tips here, of course, and "the craft" section of reapermini.com... tutorials on CMoN, brushthralls and similar sites.. pretty much everything I found under a "painting miniatures" google search. And also Anne Foerster's Learn to Paint Kits. Putting it into practice is more difficult than how it seemed in the tutorials though! The pictures above don't show how many times I had to redo certain parts or clean up mistakes. I made lots of mistakes on each one, and at some point for each miniature, I wanted to pull my hair out. But in the end, I'm pretty happy with how they came out. Some things I learned so far.. It really helped to have a watercolor notebook to keep track of color schemes and mix/ratios. Kolinsky sable brushes were easier to use than my older nylon/synthetic brushes. I attached my minis to wooden spools (1 1/2" x 2 1/8") while painting. They really help hold the figure steady and make them easy to rotate. Watering down PVA glue too much when trying to attach rocks/flock made them come loose when I started painting the base. (Some thin CA glue solved that) Eyes are scary to paint! It's going to take some time to get used to painting them.. I have no idea how some people manage to get color and light reflections on theirs. Amazing! Anyway, thanks again for the comments. I really had a lot of fun painting them!
  5. Well, after spending way too long reading websites and the reaper forums for tips/techniques and inspiration, I figured I'd never actually learn until I dipped my brush in the paint and started making mistakes! So, these are my first humanoid miniatures. I wanted a rogue for my D&D character, but I decided to paint these guys as practice first. (my 02045: Torin The Stealthy mini was primed two years ago and is sitting on the shelf. Maybe I'll do him next!) Anyway, here are the results in the order I painted them. (from November '09 to January '10) Please feel free to comment/criticize! Both are welcome. Reaper 06023: Anhurian Swordsmen Ral Partha FA26 Fighter in Chainmail 02762: Tuilin, Female Elf 02512: Tsuko, Male Monk
  6. Great job on the Warjack! I just picked up a Cygnar and Cryx battlegroup box and am getting ready to assemble/paint the Cygnar first. So, I'd really love to see how your light warjacks and your warcaster turn out. Hope you post them as you finish them. A couple of comments and questions: I love the gears on the base. What did you use for them, or did you make them from scratch? Nice detail on the steam gauges! Did you use a pen or paintbrush to make the tick marks? Did you assemble and then paint, or paint first and then assemble? Or a mix? (The Stryker warcaster looks difficult to paint after assembling, but I'm afraid the hands/sword will be a poor fit and I'll need to fill the gaps with putty and then paint.. I'm still not sure of the best route, since it seems people are split 50/50 about their assemble/paint paint/assemble preferences! If you post your warcaster, I'd like to hear your experiences with painting putting it together.) Incidentally, I'm also going to learn to play after I paint these. LOL
  7. The D&D set has about 50 tiles, including the one 3-piece rock outcropping and 3 one-piece tiles. I think that's only about 10 more tiles than the marvel set, but it allows for a pretty decent sized area. Most are rock, dirt and "dungeon" tiles (the latter being new tiles), plus water and "shadow" tiles (which are also new, and give +1 to defense, and allow for special abilities for Drow, and I think the dwarf or some other hero, iirc). There are also a small handful of grass tiles thrown in, but the maps in the scenarios call for them to be placed under other tiles... I guess they're there for filler, but it's nice to have a couple of other types that you can use to create your own maps. That's only 10 more than the Marvel set, but if you've already got that, you've got a good amount. :) Incidentally, I bought it shortly after it came out, having never played heroscape before. My wife and I play D&D, DDM, Magic and other games, so the D&D theme was actually what piqued my interest... We liked the game so much, we ended up buying copies of Master Set 1 and 2 only a couple of weeks later... (plus the bridge expansion and another booster pack of heroes that she liked!) From what I've read on heroscapers and other forums, it seems like a lot of fans weren't happy with the choice/theme of this expansion... or the reuse of D&D miniatures. But I can't complain, since it introduced me to Heroscape (even though I have the troll and dragon from DDM). I'm already looking forward to new expansions and boosters.
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