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  1. Thanks Anne. I will practice a little on one of my cheaper Ral partha minis before messing around with the Reaper mini I am working on. NMM is a new technique for me and I have tried Steel and Gold with some success, but the only colored NMM I've tried before is blue. This figure will also have violet NMM, so I've stepped in it deep I guess. :blink:


    I'll post her when she is finished in the show it off forum. Maybe by this weekend. ::):




    Ral Partha lowered practice pewter :down: It's a sad day. Come on now, you could have said I'll practice on a Heroclix or a D&D mini or a plastic Space Knight.


    Do something big first, like a cape. I think that makes the blending easier.



    I would have said that if I had any of those or even knew they existed. All I have around are Early to Mid Eighties Ral Partha and Grenadier figures that have been either primed or stripped and have been collecting dust for more than 20 years. I can always restrip the practice piece if I want to paint it later.


    I have just recently found out about Reaper Minatures and of all the miniatures I have seen, Reaper has more of my style to paint than any other manufacturer I know about. So far in the 3 months since learning about Reaper Minatures I have purchased 35 and about 20 bottles of the Master series paints. They are just awsome figures and I do not want to have to practice technigue on them.


    I'll have to look the other miniatures you mentioned, to get an understanding of what they are like.



  2. Thanks Anne. I will practice a little on one of my cheaper Ral partha minis before messing around with the Reaper mini I am working on. NMM is a new technique for me and I have tried Steel and Gold with some success, but the only colored NMM I've tried before is blue. This figure will also have violet NMM, so I've stepped in it deep I guess. :blink:


    I'll post her when she is finished in the show it off forum. Maybe by this weekend. ::):



  3. I am attempting to try Black NMM armor and was wondering how you take a black base coat and make it look like metal? Is it as simple as adding lighter and lighter thinned layers of the base black, working it until almost white in the brightest highlight area?


    I noticed it almost looks correct in the light as it stands, so I am I just copying how the real light looks, so that it looks the same even without the same light?



  4. There is no time frame for running these. It's pretty much whenever someone feels up to organizing one.


    The way it works is simple. Everyone who wants to participate puts their name in, along with a note about what they are willing to paint, and what they want to receive. Then the organizer gives their info to another person in the exchange who is willing to paint what the first person wants. Then everyone tries to complete their assignments in time, but knows that reality can intrude.


    And of course, you'll never know who drew your name until you receive your mini.


    As for when the next will be, I hope it won't be too long. I'm ready for another round :)



    Thanks for the information. I like the idea and also can't wait until the next one.



  5. Since I am pretty new to this forum, I have seen some cool stuff that I would like to learn more about.


    I have seen people talking about miniature exchanges and would like to know how it works. :huh:


    I would like to participate in the next one, but how often are they run?


    The quality of work I have seen in the exchanges is Awsome, so It looks fun and I can't wait until the next one.



  6. Very Good restart! I was like you in many ways. While I was in the Navy, I was gaming with and painting miniatures quite a bit, then after I got out, I put down the brushes to pick up console game controllers. I wish I had never done that. Luckily my daughter got her license and wanted a car and I had to sell my PS2. I needed another outlet, and then I remembered I had about 200 Ral Partha and Grenadier miniatures packed away in the shed. I pulled them out and started painting using paints that were 20 years old. Yep, I was surprised also that they still OK. Well, Some of them had dried up. Anyway, I am glad to see you have picked it up again also. You have a lot of talent and with more miniatures under your belt you can only get better. I'll keep looking for further posts here to see your upcoming minis.

  7. Of the three Reaper miniatures I have painted this year, I took a little more time on this one. I am not sure why, but in the beginning I was dreading it. Erik did not seem to think he was going to be worthy, but as the days went by and I started adding more detail, he started to come around. I really like how he turned out.


    My only complaints would be that I wish I would have had a plan for basing him prior to starting and I wish I had a better camera to show him off. Maybe one of these days I will build me one of those shadow boxes that I have seen mentioned here in the forums to get better lighting.


    Please let me know what you think. All suggestions and comments welcome.







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  8. A reply from another Non-Gamer. I used to game, but I have lost touch with that world. I have been painting miniatures since the 80's at table top quality or a little better. I started selling some of mine on ebay a few years ago. I have been selling the Ral Partha and Grenadier figures I purchased in the 80's.


    I do have to admit that unless they are show quality, you probably will not get much. I am like you though, I don't want them just sitting around collecting dust once their painted, so if they sell on ebay, then either someone was happy with my paint job or they were looking for the miniature for their collection and would probably strip it down anyway.


    I feel that it is also a way to get visibilty while you are getting better.


    Just so you get an idea of some of the selling prices I have gotten, my sales have gone from as little as $1.50 to the $15 dollar range for the older 80's figures (Not a lot of detail in those minis. Tough to paint also.) If you feel you have done an OK job and you put a little time into a mini, start it at cost plus a few bucks an see what happens.


    It can't hurt to give it a try. Above all though, have FUN and ENJOY painting!



  9. Hello all,


    Thought I would put another figure up for review. I decided to do a Danithal in Winter. The Coat inspired me. Anyway I feel Like my blending on the coat turned out pretty good. I am disappointed in my first attempt a colored NMM on the armor and his facial skin tone seems a little off in photos. Overall I am pleased with the appearance, but I could have done better. :poke:





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  10. I have just recently (6 months ago) started using flow improver of any type (I was strictly a water thinner for years). I read an article somewhere that said they used a combination of Future, Winsor & Newton Acrylic flow improver, and water. I can not remember the ratios off hand, but after I read that I mixed up a big bottle and starting using it. It took my layering to a new level and I had less grain in the larger areas.


    I did find a sub for the Acrylic flow improver. This may sound wierd, but it seems to work just as well. Anyway, I have taken to adding "Water Color, Ox Gall" to the mixture instead. I had the Ox Gall from my days in art school and remembered how well it worked with all of the higher pigmented water based paints in giving it a smooth texture.


    I could not tell from the posts above if any of you were mixing the future with anything else, but I would have to assume that you are. If I can find where I put my Ratio Card for my mixture, I'll pass it along for anyone that want to try it.


    Everyone should remember also, that what works for some may not work as well for others. Painting style and some techniques are dictated by the artist. If you like the effect something gives you, then continue with it. If not then drop it and try something else. Some people swear by future in their mixtures and some dis-like it.


    Jim ::):

  11. This Griffin was one of my entries in the Monthly Miniature Challenge over on LotB, and was the first real attempt at anything remotely resembling freehand nose art, with the Christmas trees on the shoulders, and the holly wreath on the leg. I had fun with this one.


    Next, despite playing DnD for 28 years, and painting minis for 20, I have never painted any orcs. No reason, just never did. So, here are my first two, both from Reaper.


    As always, thoughts, opinions, and thrown pottery welcome!





    Great job on all 3 pieces. I love the Mech. Nice idea. Super free handing! ::D:


    All of my first 200 miniatures I painted were Battletech mini's in the 80's. I like your Phoenix Hawk also.

  12. Hi All,


    Here is my latest batch of character minis. Our DM is currently running a 3.5 Forgotten Realms campaign, so I selected and painted up each mini to reflect our party:



    Group Shot



    DHL 2607 - Bjorn, Dwarven Warrior



    DHL 3418 - Dalton Krieg, Adventuring Knight



    DHL 2974 - Elquin, High Elf Adventurer



    DHL 3286 - Karl Oakbriar, Male Ranger



    DHL 3071 - Hellakin Goregutter, Halfling Thief


    Comments/feedback always welcome. Thanks!


    Real Good Work. The color schemes are super.


    I used to DM the original Forgotten Realms setting and enjoyed it very much. Drizzt and friends have always been my favorite charactors in that setting. I have been out of gaming for a long time so seeing a new version of the forgotten realms was interesting.


    Keep up the good work. ::D:

  13. Your transitions are a bit sharp from your mid to highlight colors. Otherwise they look good ::):



    Thank for the feedback. My blending from shaded areas to the highlights does need some more practice.


    I am trying to dump the old school techniques we used to use in the 80's where we used a black darkend wash for shading and a white lightened dry brush for highlighting. It kind of left everything looking stark and grainy. The paints now a days are much smoother, which is allowing me to start to work on the blending. ::):

  14. Agree with above.


    You have an excellent grasp on many fundamentals and a good eye for color choice.


    Washing and darklining are skills I'm still working on, but they really make a huge impact. See pretty much everything painted by Derek Schubert in the Inspiration Gallery


    No offense to any of the other guys/gals, he is just my unofficial hero :)



    Thank you for the feedback. I agree Schubert's miniatures are fantastic. Also, have you seen any of Angela Imrie's work. You can check out some of her stuff at http://www.blackmoor.ca/index.htm. After seeing her stuff, I decided to work at my skills more and stop painting just to paint.


    I also, agree that my blending skills need work. That is an area where I am lacking, along with NMM. Maybe my next project will be better in that area. ::):

  15. Welcome to the show, Jim.


    I see you've done some homework before setting to it. I see some good brush control. Highlighting and shading look good. excellent base work. Even a solid attempt at jeweling and woodgrain on the shield.


    Aside from simple practice, the only thing I could really throw out there would be to try a black wash over Anubis' chainmail, to help define the links a bit.


    Hope to see more.



    Thank you for the input. I agree. I will go over the chain mail with another wash. I think I got a little carried away with the highlighting of the mail which took away from the wash.


    I also agree that practice is the key. I have been working at getting a more realistic look on the miniatures for about 5 months and Anubis was the first piece I felt comfortable enough with to put on the sight. The barbarian had some blending issues with the skin so I was not extremely happy with him, but for gaming he was OK.

  16. Blending is one of the things I have been struggling with also, but I really like the coat. I think it looks great. The only thing I would do would be to add a little more highlighting to make it stand out a little more. I see you used metalics on the sword, I do that a lot also. I am kind of old school when it comes to painting, and I like the look of metalics for blades and most armor. Keep up the good work.



  17. Hello,


    My name is Jim Cook. I have never been a part of a forum before, so I am kind of winging this. :unsure:


    Anyway, I just finished my first serious miniature piece and thought I would submit it for opinions. People I know that are not familiar with miniature painting, seem to think it looks good, but I figured that the people on the Reaper forum would know more and be able to give me some constructive criticism. I hope the photos are good enough for everyone. I have a real old digital (1.4 mega pixels).


    The first 3 images are of the above mentioned piece (Reaper, Anubis Guard). The next 2 are of a Ral Partha piece that I thought was just OK, and I sold it on eBay.








    I have been painting for fun or for gaming since 1984, but have only entered a few contests. Those were long before some of the newer techniques like NMM were developed. I am still learning these newer techniques, but thought I should start getting some feedback and maybe some advice.


    I'll answer any questions you may have as they come up.


    Have a great evening.



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