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Thrym last won the day on October 14 2013

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  • Birthday 03/21/1969

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    Making display bases, painting miniatures, helping the miniatures community, advising ub3r_n3rd on his projects ... so on. If you want my advice, drop my name (I'll eventually find it), PM me, or hit me up on Facebook, Google or Skype.

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  1. Thank you, all! Hope everyone is safely snuggled in their homes avoiding the world. Oh, never mind. That's our status quo as miniature collectors, painters, builders, and collectors. As you were then.
  2. Wire Tree Scratch Built The Twist One Friday evening as we played Batman: Talisman I twisted a tree to life. Formed from 13 strands of wire of approximately 12-inches in length, the tree takes shape by folding them in half and twisting the loop created into the trunk of the tree. The loop created is cut into the roots and the longer tendrils are twisted into limbs and branches to form the crown of the tree. As you can see in the picture, I used one of my Armstrong sample tiles to make a base for the roots and glued it in place with some Loctite Gel Glue. The idea is to form irregular surfaces to cover and create the illusion of a real trunk, roots and limbs. The crown will kind of solve itself when the canopy is applied later. The Ground and Bark Once you have a "skeleton" for the tree, it's time to add the skin. To do this there are a number of ways. You can use liquid latex. You can apply green putty or green stuff. I chose to do the super glue and baking soda method. You've probably seen my work with this insta-cure method before on Frulla Krung and other Frost Giants. I use super thin, insta-cure cyanoacrylate (super glue) that allows it to run well over the wires and base and then coat that with the baking soda. The squeeze bottle, shown in the background, allows me to apply it as a wind blown sediment or just to dust it over the glue. The opposite can be done where you make a pile of baking soda or fill the crevice you want covered and apply the super glue carefully so you don't get an impact crater. Of course, maybe you want impact craters. As you can see above, the effect is quite "chilling." Be careful of fumes. It's still super glue. And super-thin super glue runs everywhere so I suggest putting down something you don't care about. I use box lids. The Crown Once you have the coating applied to your liking, it's time to finalize the branches and make the crown. Here's where random is your friend. Twist the strands into limbs and then twist off the limbs into branches. You can create burls and broken limb ends by adding sharp turns with your pliers. In this case, I left the crown relatively open. It's a small, young tree after all. You can see another much older tree in the works behind it below. Our specimen is primed as well. I added curlicues at the ends of the branches to eat some excess wire and for extra hook points for the canopy. The Canopy The next step after this is to paint the trunk. I used a pair of FolkArt Pickling Washes to achieve this. The first was a dark gray, FolkArt Stormy Sky. To add body to the paint in order to help fill some of the wire gaps, I mixed in some Liquitex Matte Medium. Once the basecoat was applied. I drybrushed the trunk, roots and limbs with FolkArt Cottage White Pickling Wash mixed with some of the Stormy Sky mixture. This gave me a nice light ashen color to the bark. The canopy is made from Woodland Scenics Tree Canopy Green and Yellow mixed with essentially some static grass I got off of Wish. I mixed them into my Hamilton Beech Grinder and ground them down further. You'll prolly have noted that there are some wires visibly still. This has been noted. I ran out of mixed canopy. I will be making another batch shortly to finish it. I used a spritz bottle of glue from Dollar Tree to apply the canopy. It worked really well. Once it was set, I used my favorite finish coat to solidify the canopy, Testors Dullcote. What's Left That's where it's at as of now. As to next, I will be doing a wash of the canopy to add shading to the tree. That will carry down the trunk and roots. Then I will apply an umber paint to the ground and a mixture of cork and bark, ground down in my grinder, over that. Stay tuned, Stay Well and Enjoy
  3. SOLD!!! Had this for sale on Etsy. Someone from NYC bought it. Cleaned it up and will ship it tomorrow.
  4. Bear got some paint. I gave him a basecoat of Reaper Desert Stone which will be the crescent across his chest and his snout. Then I applied Reaper Dungeon Gray over that to get the primary color of his fur. As you can see in the second picture, I have to even out the first coat and then I want to add some blue tones to the fur. Similar to the black to blue tones of the black bears. Yes, I know the above picture is of a taken bear. The blue tones show how the fur picks up the natural light and reflects it. I plan to attempt to include those types of highlights in his fur. Enjoy and Stay tuned!
  5. WIP of the Cave Bear from Bones IV's Prehistoric Expansion. I did not get this expansion so I recently picked up the Stone Giants and the Cave Bear from a gift certificate to Reaper Miniatures. When I saw this I had ear-marked this to do the base in a similar method to Frulla Krung's base. To achieve that I added the bark next to the integrated base as well as a pumice piece and then using baking soda and super glue I added the snow and ice. For Frulla's base I used the BSI Thin Insta-Cure super glue and baking soda. That made the ice easier to form over the rocks. I will prolly add that after painting as well. The base is built from cork with a plastic card (fake credit card sent in the mail) in between the top and bottom. It provides a nice rigidity to the cork. This Cave Bear will get a paint job of grays with a tan crescent under his chin and a tan snout. I've downloaded a ton of pictures of different bears to see where the colors shift along the bear to get a better color along the bear's length and over its head. Enjoy and Stay tuned.
  6. The Day of the Dead Fairy Tavern "Zapata's Skull & Rose" This is a present for my daughter, so the pictures are of the tavern just before we left to take her back to Buffalo. The glue holding the grass around the base is still curing and my quick studio backdrop is a large cardboard box. However, I present to you the tavern... To see more of how this came about, you can checkout my Work in Progress post. Enjoy!
  7. Okay, here's the mostly finished piece. I have more of the orbs to place but the front is done. A few minor touch ups. Just have to finish the label. I think the stems in paint work as is. The grass in orbs will be cool over the brown. I think I am still going to do the window in magenta orbs but just the very front. Stay tuned and Enjoy!
  8. Here are the micro beads I was referring to. Orb Micro Mosaics. I plan to use the orange and magenta for the "label" and window frame and the light green for the stems and the dark green for the ground. I would have liked to do a blue over the blue of the Sombrero but I didn't get any and don't recall any. I will likely do a run of the orange or magenta beads near the brim of the hat. Onward!
  9. Tattoo'd the face and painted the Sombrero and bottle. Just have to finish the white on the face and add the details. Most Day of the Dead displays have rose parade like flower displays. So, I have micro paper beads. They are in typical colors used for the festival. I will use those on the bottle to create a "label" effect and to frame the window. I will be using light green paper beads to follow to stems that wrap around the neck of the bottle. Stay tuned and Enjoy!
  10. Picked this back up to finish. Drew the pattern on the face of the entrance. Now to paint it all in. Stay tuned and Enjoy!
  11. I bought it from Tomb Guardians, but yes, they are the listed sculptor. Cass is very conscientious about paying for artists' work. You can check with Wiebe. The item's on page two of their Accessory Pieces in 3D Dungeon Tiles section. Listing Screenshot:
  12. Tomb Guardians stuff is all really fine resolution. These pieces they print to order. I also got this statue. Which can fit a light under the flames. Pictures are from their website. The details are great and I will only have to do light sanding to remove the minimal print lines. I don't recall any real hefty connection points.
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