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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
  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 color
  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
  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
  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 whic
  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 c
  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!
  16. This was a pretty-much-flawless piece in person. Thanks for posting up the link and the photos for those who didn't see it before! My favorite parts are the movement on the flames and the teensy-tiny spell books.
  17. Hey there guys! I wanted to let y’all know that new classes have been added to the ReaperCon schedule, including two taught by myself. :) I haven’t really taught for the last couple years except for fill-ins, but decided to do a Blending (layering and glazing) class on Thursday at 1 pm, and a Painting Textures (using paint to mimic texture effects on large models, when you see what I’ve been painting lately you will understand) class on Sunday morning at 10 am. The painting textures class I’ve put down as intermediate/advanced; you’ll want an understanding of paint con
  18. I typed all this out for a person over on our Facebook but it is also useful info for this group, so I'm bringing it over. :) The concept of painting using CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black/white) has enjoyed varying degrees of popularity over the years. Though it seems like it should work, in reality the two systems (CMYK vs pigments) are fundamentally as different as different mediums--which, essentially, they are. Here's my response post after another party mentioned the difficulty of getting good browns with CYMK. "...speaking as the person who actu
  19. Awww, thanks guys! I had a very nice birthday, even though I am getting pretty ancient.
  20. Ahhh, yes, the "not enough light for the camera to function properly" issue. That's definitely fixable next year. Thanks!! :D I'm glad that overall you guys had fun and still learned well. I was a bit worried about going to larger class sizes but most con-goers mentioned that the plus of being able to actually get the classes they wanted out-weighed any lessening of personal attention from the instructor. Now get painting! I want 600 entries at the competition next year!! ;)
  21. Those of you who had the experience with the instructor who had a hands-on class but didn't teach one--please PM me on here so I can see who it is and make sure there wasn't a misunderstanding (and that, if so, I don't repeat it next year!). Those of you who had an issue with the class description not being what was actually taught--same goes. I thank you all for this thread because, as the person who actually contacts (and contracts!) the instructors, arranges subjects and times and specifics, and tries hard to make sure that the description says what the class will be about, I
  22. Hello folks! A little bird named Heisler told me about this thread. I'm happy to inform you that water comprises less than 25% of the Reaper washes. Let me tell you a story... Once upon a time, several years ago, a (different, and not-so-little) bird named Gus came into Anne's office. "These new (insert other company here) washes are fantastic!" he raved. "I bet you can't do anything as good as this." The Paint Goddess raised an eyebrow. "O Really," said she. "Produce these washes, I bid thee." Thus did the Gus order a set of the new (other company) washes, and presented the
  23. Yes, Reaper will be glad to forward you the MSDS sheets for the paint; contact [email protected] and if you do not hear back there, email [email protected] directly. Reaper MSP's were spot-tested by spectral analysis by the same lab that found cadmium and mercury in the Vallejo paints, and found to be free of those materials. No one should be surprised about finding cadmium in Vallejo; they use artists' pigments to make their paints, and that includes cadmium reds and yellows which we do not use. The mercury, though worrisome, was I believe no fault of Vallejo's but an issue wi
  24. I'll /poke Heisler to look at this when he has a second, because I don't have one right now--thanks for the heads-up Cash, our web people are absolutely swamped so I imagine we just forgot to take an older section down when the new was updated.
  25. Hmmm. There may also have been some Brown Liner. Can't remember. What about you guys? Do you have any unusual colors you like to use in your shading?
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