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  1. Yeah, not sure what my cloud giants are going to look like, but first I still have to remove the ruff and pauldron. Anyone have luck with alcohol inks on these types of plastic minis?
  2. Okay, I picked up this particular cloud giant at 40% off in the clearance section at the local FLGS. First section I hit when I get there every few-to-six months. It's been sitting here next to my chair in the living room under consideration for addition to the Joten Horde for a bit. One of the first things I was concerned with was the color under the translucent "air" effects. When I paint the skin the spot under the "air" will look different than the skin tones. So after some internal debate about how to proceed with everything I figure the clear effects needed to be dismantled and the cloak needs to come off so I can get at his right arm. This is where I learned that WizKids/Gale Force decided to take a shortcut on getting the effects of the air. ... *facepalm* The entire miniature is made of translucent material and they just "primed" the non-air parts. There's one exception to this; the ruff around the neck. That means the head, the hand, and the legs where the other translucent effects exist are not multiple pieces as I had originally imagined, but are, in fact, one piece each. Arg... I'll be disassembling the ruff as well as the "pauldron" so I can at least paint under that piece of "air." Anyway, stay tuned and enjoy. We'll see what I can wrestle out of this. Ps: The jewelry on the face reminds me of the emperor from the movie "300."
  3. "Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs..." First, let me explain "why" I made this. Yes, "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie. The same as any of those Hallmark channel movies, "It's a Wonderful Life," or "Elf." I can feel my teeth rotting just mentioning that movie. Second, my wife wears holiday pins everyday for the month of December. She even wears a pair of pins on occasion. She has too many to fit into 25 days. Since this became a tradition, as is watching "Die Hard," every year, I started planning this craft project. I did have this sidelined for a bit, mostly due to not having the right size "vent" I wanted to use for the size of the pin. I finally found a rounded corner rectangular set of cookie cutters (pkg of 10) that fit the bill. LOL So with laminated pictures of John in the can, as it were, I cut him in and then added UV resin to seal him in. A generous layer of resin. Then I added a cutout of his head and his hand with the lighter to add some depth. Voila, John McClane in the vents of the Nakatomi Building. You might have seen some ornaments around the 'net. Here are some pics as well as my wife sporting the pin today. Just john bent into the "vent." John with a cutout of his head one layer in front of the background pic and his hand and light another layer ahead of that. Sadly a few bubbles formed on the top layers. I got a few out before hardening the resin. The pin in place. My wife's new Christmas Pin. LMAO It has two pin backs attached to the back with the UV resin. Both with the clasp end and pin point down. Easy placement and closing. Holds it in place well. I think I am going to find a mini-bow for the top and add a ribbon around the outside. Add to the Christmas presentation. For those wondering what UV resin I used... I got a couple of .75oz bottles off of Wish for the job a while ago. Worked well. Enjoy and leave your thoughts and CC. I am interested in hearing what you all think.
  4. So, it's been a while since I pulled this out and worked on it. Part of the reason for that was the coin creation was a pain and I was having issues with some of the treasure items I wanted to add. However, in my once a quarter trip to Joann's with my wife, she needed fabrics for the school play, I found Diamond Dotz in the clearance section. I always start in the clearance section. The colors in clearance were all bland and of no real significance when I first looked at them. I've looked at the craft project in the past and considered it as a gift for various family members, especially during the last year and a half. An example of Diamond Dotz: I moved on and wandered my usual route, but as usual clearance items have that tendency to continue niggling at your subconscious while pacing the store. Then it really dawned on me. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires... the Diamond Dotz have pre-made bevels that resemble small gems. Not only that but the clearanced colors were actually the color of coins. Not metallic, but the base metal colors. So I bought a few at the clearance price of 97 cents a small canister for the currency and "full price" for the gem stone colors of $1.99. Thats still cheaper than the MRP of $2.69. Now the plan is to glue down the coins in layers. An underlayment that will be dark washed in case some of it is visible. A primary layer that will be the coins, gems, and objects which will get a standard wash. Then a final highlight layer of bright coins that stand out at the tops of piles and edges of the granite and marble. That layer will get dry brushed with a white highlight like my preferred white, Vallejo Panzer Aces Stencil. I mixed a quick example of the Dotz on the base for a preview: Looking at the pick and seeing how dull the resin is, I may do a dry brush on each layer of treasure just to create the illusion of metallic. It's always nice to find inspiration for a dropped project. The gods know I have enough of them. But that is part of my fun, first by thinking of them, then eventually realizing them. As always... Stay Safe, Stay Tuned and Enjoy!
  5. I think to be fair to previous voting and given the size difference with the previous golems, I will go with the Sentinel / Galactus Blue / Purple motif. For those that don't know, the Sentinel is on the left and Galactus is on the right. They are not to scale to each other. Galactus is WAY bigger. As you can see, they are nearly identical in coloration. So, I will go with a Blue body and Purple for the Skirt, Cuffs, and Head Piece. Yeah, I think that will turn out awesome. Now I just need a medium sized one so I can do a Captain America version. LMAO Sorry Cap.
  6. Here's a thought I had... Midnight Blue with White rectangle and belt. Yellow Black skull with Flame Yellow "crown"
  7. Their back and BIGGER than before! Perhaps it's time to resume making more... MARVEL GOLEMS!!! So the question becomes ... WHO'S FIRST?!!
  8. I am thinking of mixing in layers of colors in my next canopy. Glue in a brown layer first, then a gray-green, and finish with the green. I'll leave any areas that get missed from the under layers as I see fit for color variations. Similarly with other seasonal colors. Hmmm. I will have to test that out once I get my crap together. My bench is in disarray and has been for sometime. I need to purge some empty boxes and other unused things so I have space to work again.
  9. I came across the tree and was looking at it in the lighting atop my computer. It needs some paint and terrain on the base, but it is close to finished. The "house" next to it is a craft store purchase for flower pot gifts. Always nice to add some residents.
  10. Thank you. It was a nice and pleasant day. Except that I had to get up stupid early to go and get my COVID vaccine an hour away, and get to go back and do it again in three weeks at the same time. WOO! I don't use a shield when stalking Man. It's pointless against their minuscule attacks. I have my giants bring one forth when we attack their walls. The ballista bolts are a bit more pointed. As the Lord of Winter in Markshire, I prefer to just freeze their hearts.
  11. Birthday/Christmas gift... is it me or did Wizards & GF9 borrow and upgrade Ultron for their Eberron campaign? In any case, it's a construct so in the collection it goes. Might even paint it similar to big U.
  12. 2021: Graveyard Golem (Conversion to add detail to Gate Wings) Tor Skullcrusher (Dwarven Tattooed Monk ) [show off]
  13. 2020: Wire Tree (Built with floral wire) Hex & Crystal Terrain Base Defended Water Reservoir (Display Stand/Diorama)
  14. Non-Reaper Show Offs: Custom Made Miniatures Tor Skullcrusher (Dwarven Tattooed Monk )
  15. Tor Skullcrusher, dwarven tattooed monk A Custom Miniature developed on Hero Forge and 3D printed by a friend WIP As mentioned in the Work In Progress, this is a character of mine from an existing campaign. The character has died once and was raised from the dead suffering a drop in his already low Charisma score as a result. His caved-in skull didn't heal properly and the concussion and time in limbo have left him "off" personality wise. So, with damaged head and tattoos adorning his arms and the opposite side of his skull, I present the embodiment of his family surname, Tor Skullcrusher. These were taken with a single strip light source so I may come back to this and take some more pics with two background lights. As always, feel free to leave notes and praise as warranted. Thanks for looking. Enjoy and Stay safe.
  16. Tor Skullcrusher, dwarven tattooed monk A Thrym Project :: A Custom Miniature developed on Hero Forge and 3D printed by a friend. Started working on character of mine who is a Dwarven Tattooed Monk. As I mentioned, I created him using Hero Forge, downloaded the .STL, and had him printed elsewhere. I enjoy using the interface on Hero Forge so far. I have designed and purchased 3 STLs and 2 minis. Once I received the print, I made a manual adjustment to his skull. An ironic happenstance, given the character's name. Tor, being a dwarf and confident in his skills against ogres was going toe-to-toe with a rather large ogre with a great club. This is not something unusual so far. The party had been exploring an ogre controlled encampment searching for an item and information for a tribe of centaurs nearby. Unfortunately, Tor suffered a critical hit from the Ogre Champion's club and took a lot of damage when he was already near unconsciousness. He effectively had his namesake applied to his own noggin. So I removed a large segment of his skull by the patch to approximate the results of his disfigurement once the party ... eventually ... managed to raise him from the dead. His demeanor and appearance was never pleasing to begin with and now it's even worse. I painted on a primer coat first so I could see where I was removing plastic better. The majority of the work was done with a rounded mini-file as well as a small gouge chisel. I cleaned up the space with a small sanding twig. For a color scheme, his pallid skin is Reaper's Fair Skin. The coat is Army Painter's D&D Vampire Garments with Army Painter D&D Mouldy Wash. I put the wash over his skin and his hand wraps as well. The coat's trim is just the Vampire Garments again. For the tans I used Reaper's Desert Sand, Desert Stone, Desert Tan, and Woodland Brown; or some combination thereof. The eye patch, the lining of the coat and the belt are Army Painter's D&D Wraith Black as well as the tattoos on his right and left forearms and the side of his head. His boots started out as Reaper's Coal Black but I need to reshake the bottle before going back to it. Yes, I know the pics and the paint wash are a little dark, but the next set of pics will be better lit. I am planning on layering his highlights up to brighter points. More work to come soon. Stay Tuned and Safe. Enjoy.
  17. Okay, I stuck with a skull. I picked out one with it broken already and gouged out the cavity a bit more. I also sanded the back of it down so it sat properly on this wing. Then while looking at other skull options I came across a shield from the Bones IV KS. It matched the theme so I added it as a shoulder piece on the right shoulder. Now it's fully basecoated. I noticed some missed spots while working on the additions. Next up, picking out some differing stone colors and working on placement. Stay Tuned and Enjoy. Please Stay Safe.
  18. For any who might be interested, here's the print and model train engine that has been the background of my pics for this mini. The silver and red engine in behind the Union Pacific is the Silver Streak from the movie of the same name. The print and the model railroad display were literally the first thing I hung up when we moved here.
  19. So, the left side still has some more ironwork in place. Debating if I want to place a normal skull, a different skull or none at all. Will decide soon. Stay Tuned and Enjoy. Please Stay Safe.
  20. Thank you. I just set him on my magnifying lamp with the light on to provide the light from below. There is a regular lamp to my left and the TV to my right providing the cyan light. The picture is taken with my Samsung Note 20 and I edit it for color correction, crop and sharpness right on there as well. In the very distant background is my steam engine print and the Union Pacific engine and car display. The print is from the Scranton Steam Engine Museum.
  21. Here's the right wing with a wrought-iron basecoat. The rest of the model is coated except the left wing. I like using the wrought-iron as a basecoat for my golems because it makes the cracks and gaps look like something is underneath the stone or metal, animating the construct. Besides, it will definitely look cool in the mask's mouth and eyes as well as all the little skulls. Stay Tuned and Enjoy. Please Stay Safe.
  22. Added a skull center piece and a wire curled "V" to the middle of the crossbar so far. Waiting for full cure before meddling with more wire ideas.
  23. Here it is with the copper crossbar applied. Now to find my lightest gauge floral wire and add some filigree work around it. Stay tuned and Enjoy. Stay Safe please.
  24. After assembling the Graveyard Golem I decided I wanted to adjust the warp of the gates on the golem's back. So using two copper staples, I shaped them to an arch and gouged a notch on each wing. Then cut the staple to leave a sharp point. After that, I insert the staple using pliers and force. Next I will secure the wire to the gate posts with superglue and then shape the wire and wing to the desired warp. Once setup I will glue the wire to the remaining gate bars. With the main new bars secured, I will intertwine some floral wire to dress up the bars and gate wings. Stay tuned and Enjoy. Please stay safe.
  25. I garnered some Amazon cash over the holidays and found a golem that I didn't buy with the Bones IV KS so I bought it. 77526 :: Graveyard Golem I also acquired two customized miniatures from Hero Forge ... My Grippli Rogue; Grouper My Dwarven Herald of Loki (Fighter 19/Cleric of Loki 1); Hrogath I will post them to WIP once I get them primed and started. I also recently acquired a set of 4 lining brushes and a nice octagonal dice case and tray. More mini Acquisitions on the way. In the process of organizing everything and hoping to put everything into my Pearltrees catalog. Stay turned and Enjoy. Stay safe.
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