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Vaitalla last won the day on July 7 2013

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    Dogs, writing, painting tiny pewter people. I am She Who Makes The Paint for Reaper.

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  1. Hi guys! I just wanted to drop a note that several ReaperCon instructors, myself included, will be teaching at KublaCon in the San Francisco Bay Area in a few months! If you're in the area, the Con is Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd through the 27th. Here's a link to their site: KublaCon main site I'll be teaching two classes; a revision of my Color Theory class (Friday at 12:15 pm), and the Blending, Layering & Glazing class that I taught at ReaperCon this past year (Sunday at 11:15 am). Matt DiPietro, Michael Klieman and David Diamondstone will also be teaching, as will as Justin McCoy of Secret Weapon, who have all taught at past ReaperCons. You'll want to look specifically for the Master Class Series classes. Thanks all and hoping to meet a few of you who maybe haven't been able to make it to ReaperCon yet!
  2. Thanks for remembering, Haldir! Yeah, I really got hung up on the neck texture and bottomed out for about six months after that. It was a texture I tried to copy from the computer modeling and it was REALLY counter-intuitive to do freehand--I'm sure if you have a 3-D paint/modeling program it's super easy! So then I started just inching back into it, and then eventually just made a hard run at finishing him because I'd promised myself I would. Totally got me re-jump-started on painting a lot again, though!
  3. Hey there guys! I realized a lot of you might not know that I had a new web site and/or might not have seen these on Facebook so I decided to post them up here. Those at ReaperCon or who followed the competition might remember Soldier, who I'd been working on, on and off, for about two years. He's a statue that came with the Collector's Edition of the Overwatch computer game, about a foot tall (1/6th scale), and he took me about 140 hours to paint. The base statue comes black with a drybrush of bronze to make it look like a statue, but I wanted to paint him in his traditional colors from the game. All textures and weathering are purely paint--the statue is a plain sculpt (though very nice as most Blizzard stuff is). You can also jog over to my web site (paintingbig.net) and there you will find, in the blog section (scroll down past the Leman Russ ones, I'm still trying to figure out how to make it display them all separately in a sidebar), two work in progress blogs filled with photos and notes on the process I went through, almost from start to finish. If you have questions ask in thread and I'll be happy to answer. Realized I could link to the specific work-in-progress blog entries here, duh. :) Soldier:76 WIP blog episode one Soldier:76 WIP blog episode two! --Anne :)
  4. That’s really weird. The Nut Brown base isn’t anything particularly special or unusual and the additives and pigments in that color are also used in many others. Is latex one of the allergies she has? Because most paint bases are blends of acrylic resins with either vinyl or latex resins. Usually that’s a contact allergy but you never know...still, it’s odd. I’m really glad she’s okay, I had an allergic reaction like that once and it was super scary.
  5. Thanks guys! Clearman, we do like that the Core line is slightly different than the Bones line; otherwise we may as well cancel Core entirely and roll everything into Bones, which we don’t want to do. Also, reworking the formulas for over 300 colors would take...a very, very long time, for little benefit in my mind because Core still sells better than Bones. I don’t have that time, as all of the paint sells well and it’s a battle for me to keep up with existing production as is! Personally I use mostly Core colors with a sprinkling of Bones and enjoy both lines.
  6. Can you tell me precisely which brown it was? I ask because I want to know what the base was...Odd that she had never reacted before.
  7. You can thank Reaper Ron for concepting the Dungeon Dweller Colors. I just matched his swatches!
  8. Pathfinder has some really nice colors in it so far, the folks at Paizo did a great job constructing it! Some really unique stuff. :)
  9. Correct! Pathfinder is being formulated in the style of Bones, and the Dungeon Dwellers also, as their SKU numbers imply. :)
  10. Also, the second tier of my Patreon is literally all about the paint, guys. Reaper doesn’t have me do too many paint videos for Reaper Live, and I don’t have time at Reaper to write about the paint as much as I’d like; I’m too busy making it. So I’m doing it in my side-hustle. Link is in my sig line. I’m happy to answer simple stuff here when I have time, though! Just use the grumpy-werewolf-signal and if I have a sec, I shall endeavor to answer. (Hmmm not sure why above text is bolder. Unintentional; Reaper forums, you are weird.)
  11. Good morning! All of the Bones metallics except one, I think, use the new metallic flake. The one had to be done with old flake because the color wasn’t available in the new flake, but I did mess around with the base on that one to retain more shiny. When I say “New Tech” I mean both “relatively new to the overall paint market” and “stuff that is new for Reaper”. I don’t have a lot of time for active R&D anymore (though I do fit it in here and there), but I work with a marketing guy and paint chemist who is very good at fetching me options when I tell him I need an X that does Y, and he also has been to Reaper, toured our factory and keeps his eyes open for interesting new stuff. Binder and fluid medium did not change for non-metallic Bones, though I did begin working with a new additive. How can I put this...with any craft, you’re going to get a much better idea as you work with things as to how far and in what ways you can push the envelope while still retaining or enhancing the qualities you are looking for. This Bones line is the culmination of 14 years of Anne learning and pushing envelopes. Bones paints I reach for most often for general use: Dragon Red, Heraldic Red, Lantern Yellow, Candlelight Yellow, Dragon Green. But I’ve been on a red/yellow kick lately. Colors I consider very unique in the line: Ruddy Flesh, Ebony Flesh, Youthful Flesh, Ancient Oak, Skeleton Bone. As far as a signal, I have had a grumpy werewolf of one sort or another as my avatar for all of my Reaper tenure, so let’s go with Grumpy Werewolf! Loim I am here to appeal toward the side of every painter that loves to purchase tiny, brilliant bottles of paint...it’s painter candy, you know it is!
  12. Okay I was summoned via bat-signal to set the record straight on this, so here I am. I guess a bat signal works, I am pretty squeaky, but I'm definitely not nocturnal so maybe we need a new signal... but I digress. Reaper Bones grew out of our CEO Ed's desire to have a Bones-branded paint line. Because good coverage was a priority with painting Bones (for the initial coat at least) we went with the base formulation and high-density pigments of the old HD line (recently canceled) for better coverage. There is new tech in the Bones paint line, specifically in the metallics range which use a new type of flake that's shinier than our original flake but still non-toxic. There are also several colors I'd been wanting to put into production for quite a long time, but they weren't a good fit for triads. Bones was perfect for those interesting "one-off" colors. (Some of the hidden gems in the Bones line include the dark skin tones (Ebony and Ruddy) which mimic natural African skin tones better than anything we've previously produced. The yellows also rock, and Sunrise Orange is possibly the best orange I've made. Just sayin'...) Otherwise, the thing that makes the Bones line different is just that it's the culmination of everything I've learned over the years about making good miniatures paint. It's completely useable on everything that Core MSP is, mixes with it just fine, can be airbrushed with just like Core, etc. It's also the line I am proudest of making because I think it turned out really well! Otherwise, differences are usage-based. Bones is not in triads, and does not contain specialty colors like Liners, Clears, Additives, Primers, and Sealers. They are all unique formulations; even the white and black are different from the Core white and black. Okay, any other questions? Other than "is there actual blood in the blood colors triad". I'm not answering that one. --Anne
  13. Was that a bat-signal...? Hmm oh well, I guess I'm here. I can respond on science-y aspects of Bones paints in a new thread, might take me till tomorrow, though. I've run out of time this evening! You can blame textile companies for the "acrylic ink" (not really traditional ink, which is made with dyes not pigments) fad. I did some research into it when I was playing with the Daler Rowneys. Textile manufacturers wanted to dye cloth but hated the impermanence and bleed and lack of vivid staying color with traditional dyes, even modified. So they figured out how to add chemicals to make pigments "fix" like dyes in fabric. A new line of hybrid pigment-dyes was born, and the art industry stole the idea and figured out how to monetize it. --Anne
  14. Here’s my start on my frost giant queen. We shall work on skin tones next!
  15. Thanks for the plug TripleH! I'm sure we'll get the technical issues straightened out. I love this model so I'm looking forward to painting her as part of the mentoring. When I get a second I'll snap a photo of mine and put it up on here too!
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