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Orchid_Noir

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  1. Nah, not lurking under an assumed, just lurking occasionally. Blame it on not realizing that I should have gotten contacts again instead of glasses that, as it turns out, at my scrip' make red and blue dance while everything else sits still. Painting doesn't work that way and moving comes before new eyewear. lol The photos, well... I will have to see if I can dig them out of CD back ups somewhere from three computers ago as the trees I used were lost to a hurricane, so no re-photographing them. I'll see if I can come up with something, just be patient with me as that was a good while back.
  2. So how long until I can order my minis online and print them up? Pretty interesting news: Desktop 3D printer Can't wait until the technology prices down into regular consumer market levels (10 grand is a bit rich for me).
  3. Well, they are called "hobble skirts" for a reason. I love it, I know an ICU nurse that I am just going to have to paint one up for.
  4. I have two that make people shudder when they see me eating them, both ice cream type stuff related: Natural Vanilla Bean Blue Bell ice cream with sour cream and cheddar Ruffles potato chips And the good one, makes me want it just thinking about it... Blue Bunny Orange sherbet (I don't like the sweet flavored brands) and plain ol' Premium crackers Beyond that, um..... Well I like white jasmine rice with milk, butter, and sugar, gods is that decadant.
  5. Don't forget the value of getting an editor and doing your own lisings and inserting images from your ISP provided webspace. Much money can be saved with these two things alone. I build my auctions with Trellion, a free WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) html page builder program. You can have the nifty "themed" auctions, or really plain ones, and the "themed" ones don't look like everyone else's, just don't go overboard with the bells, whistles, and such. The only image I host at eBay is the gallery pic/thumbnail. I get megs and megs of webspace with my internet service, I think most ISP's now days provide at least 5 meg, definitely worth looking into for auction listers. As far as Paypal, is a cost of playing the game currently, no paypal seriously cuts prospective buyers and paypal IS going to take thier little cut. If you get one of thier debit/check cards you get cash back on any purchase you make that is processed as a credit card, that's how we make up that difference, a little, at least.
  6. Orchid_Noir

    Hey!

    I'm pretty sure that we can find a place to stay, we might even be able to arrange to make the drive, too.
  7. There are a lot of little Star Wars fans that would be absolutely thrilled to find something like this under thier tree. :)
  8. For a first osl this abolutely rocks! (heck for a third or fourth it's still pretty kikkin') On the blue/white highlights that Darkstar mentioned, you could possibly highlight the ground a little (provided that this is an outdoor scene, to give the ground a bit of a moonlit effect, this could, IMHO, bring those highlights on the mini into a more "real" feel. (you could take it a step further and give the wall a little moonlight, too) On a different note, I like most OSL photographed against a black background, it can keep the background from spoiling the illusion.
  9. Thank you :) The tail was what drove the whole into being.
  10. Gee, somehow I missed this thread. How cool SW, I never noticed that you managed to do that!
  11. Screen name: Common name: Given name: And they all fit.
  12. I wasn't going to comment on the facial sculpt from the front angle, but I do think that the profile is pretty. (and here I had what I do like tatooed )
  13. A little progress. Started on the fur, smoothed out a part of the transition on that big fold on the front of her skirt thingy a little, and took care of some edges that didn't quite get caught with the red's shadow color that were bugging me.
  14. Oh man! I almost had a panic attack over that recipe.... I wrote it down in three places when I finally got it where I liked it and mixed me up about half a dropper bottle of it, this was around ReaperCon. All should be good, right? It took me almost an HOUR to find ONE of the places I had written it down. Thank you for asking for it, as it only would have been shuffled even further away from the painting room by the time I went for it otherwise. Anyway, the recipe I use for the base color is 2:3 Shadowed Stone:Nightshade (both MSP) I bring it up a tiny bit at a time first with Weathered Stone MSP then with a mix of mine that it (I no longer have the numbers for but....) a little dioxazine purple in a fair amount of titanium white to make a light true lavender I make sure not to lose the initial color and not to bring the mix all the way up to either of the mix in colors. This one is painted with layering. I have decided that her boots are going to be pitch black leather, we'll see if they stay that by the time I'm done (oh look ..... a chicken ). No pictures yet, having to calm down after thinking I had lost my formula for that flesh before I paint. (and yes, I now have a notebook with a big label on it just for paint notes )
  15. Wow, just wow. That is stunning. I can only hope that when I am through practicing on other stuff and move to actually working on the minis that I will one day do free hand that gorgeous........ Wow.
  16. First I'm going to say that I like them both, quite a bit actually, so what follows is pure silliness. *enters has Star Wars fanatic for a son mode* Some black tribal work and the top one could be Darth Maul's ancestor. *re-enters her 'normal' mode* I like the bottom one best, I think it has to do with the execution of the flesh, but not sure. It has a lot of depth, no to mention that the scupt has a beautiful facial profile that your paintjob really highlights.
  17. *the squeal of joy hear 'round the world!* I have been rooting for this for a LONG time...... (now to hope they do the 72 to go with Sophie for cake toppers )
  18. Alright, I seem to back in the painting swing so I'm going to try doing the wip thing, we'll see how this goes (because with me, there's really no telling ) I will TRY to remember to stop for photos occasionally and I will try to remember to get in here and post them after I am through licking my brushes. Anyway, Ishara ...... I saw her and thought drow, can't even picture her any other way at this point, so I'm going for it so that I can get that out of the way to do one "normal" too. I think I'm pretty much done with her flesh at this point (note the word "think" in that), getting there with her red fabric/leathers (have yet to make a final decision, so can't move on there yet). I know that I'm going to use light grey to white, silver, and possibly (go figure) a touch of true purple on her before all is said and done. At this point I am going with layering, we'll see if that remains the flavor of the week. So here she is in skin and drapery: Comments? Smacks to the head?
  19. Oh wow! Thank you all for the great reactions to this one. I pretty much was just having fun with the color choices. Flynn, no metallic/pearl type paints at all on this on, amazingly enough for me, I figured there was more than enough color going on already. Stern, I take that as a great compliment, to not care for a style and still compliment it, thank you.
  20. Is it too late to add a me too on the liking the colors? Seriously, though, I really like the colors that you chose for him, looks great. I must be twisted, I have always thought that there was something "cute" about this mini.
  21. Yes, I've had him that long and just got around to getting him done. Playing with only the RMS first releases on this one, a bit of a personal challenge to not dip into all my mixes. It was kind of fun. Any way, here he his in his Werner Klocke sculpted glory ...... and my paint. On CMON
  22. Oh I like that! I hadn't seen her that way yet. Thanks The base is cork sheet cut to appropriate shapes, glued together, then ripped apart with tweezers, lots of fun to do.
  23. Kilz Kraftcoat (I think, I KNOW it's Kilz) has a flat black and a a flat white that are fantastic and CHEAP, thier grey primer is nice too.
  24. Thank you all. The sword. Her hand needed something in it with it's pose, I decided to take a different direction than I had seen and accepted that not everyone is going to like it, I knew it when I did it. On seaweed, anemones, urchins, etc... I was afraid of getting started and not stopping before the "crap-out factor" got crossed. I thought about bringing the coral up brighter, but I, again, was concerned about taking away from Pearl too much. I'm already thinking about what colors my next one of this piece is going to be in. Oops, forgot to add her cmon link as requested, I just got her up there
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