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  1. The last of the re-released Bonesylvanians that I painted is Betty, and I painted her again this week. If you're curious about the difference that six years (and two hours) has made, check out the link below. The article also includes information on the colours I used for both versions. https://birdwithabrush.com/2021/10/22/then-and-now-ghost-bride-betty/
  2. Jake is looking for someone who enjoys Halloween movies as much as he does! Jake was originally released as a special edition figure for Halloween 2015. He was sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. Since Reaper Miniatures has re-released some of the unavailable Bonesylvanians for Halloween2021, I thought I would share some additional views of the ones I painted, as well as the colours I used. (Note that these figures are metal and sold individually. Not all of the Bonesylvanians originally released in 2014-2015 were made into Bones plastic versions.)
  3. If you’re feeling brave this Halloween, Maddie dares you to look her right in the eyes. Maddie was originally released as a special edition figure for Halloween 2015. She was sculpted by Julie Guthrie. Since Reaper Miniatures has re-released some of the unavailable Bonesylvanians for Halloween2021, I thought I would share some additional views of the ones I painted, as well as the colours I used. (Note that these figures are metal and sold individually. Not all of the Bonesylvanians originally released in 2014-2015 were made into Bones plastic versions.)
  4. Howie’s fish friend isn’t very much fun anymore, so now he wants to play with you! Howie was originally released as a special edition figure for Halloween 2015. She was sculpted by Julie Guthrie. Since Reaper Miniatures has re-released some of the unavailable Bonesylvanians for Halloween2021, I thought I would share some additional views of the ones I painted, as well as the colours I used. (Note that these figures are metal and sold individually. Not all of the Bonesylvanians originally released in 2014-2015 were made into Bones plastic versions.)
  5. Mary was originally released as a special edition figure for Halloween 2015. She was sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. Since Reaper Miniatures has re-released some of the unavailable Bonesylvanians for Halloween2021, I thought I would share some additional views of the ones I painted, as well as the colours I used. (Note that these figures are metal and sold individually. Not all of the Bonesylvanians originally released in 2014-2015 were made into Bones plastic versions.)
  6. Boris and Elsa were originally special edition figures for Valentines Day 2015 sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. Since Reaper Miniatures has re-released them for Halloween2021, I thought I would share some additional views of them. I love that Bob sculpted them to work as either stand alone figures or posed together as if holding hands. I really enjoyed painting these figures. My favourite parts were trying to achieve undead but not rotted skin tones, and the filmed over two different colour eyes. I've included my notes on the paint colours I used at the end of the picture set. (Note that th
  7. Before ReaperCon I shared some tips for the most common areas of feedback we give on people's figures after the MSP Open results have been announced. This year I noticed that some of the questions we were getting were about the format of the MSP Open or elements of judging criteria for various medals and categories. It's different than a lot of contests and there are some nuances to it, so I can understand that! If you have questions of that nature, I've put up a blog post with some answers. It includes some photographs to better understand the judging criteria within e
  8. I do not have much useful knowledge of varnishes to share. However, I suspect that Inarah is correct. One thing I do know is that modern fine art varnishes are designed to be removed so curators can more easily clean and restore artworks. You could do a test spray of the Sennelier varnish on some styrene or even just an old yoghurt container and test using turpentine (I'd probably start with odourless mineral spirits, though be aware those are still off-gassing chemicals even if you don't smell them). For kicks I'd probably start by trying 91% rubbing alcohol. For a really thorough test, I
  9. For the past few months I've been working on a series of articles and videos of advice for people working on entries for the MSP Open. (Or anyone looking to improve their painting a little.) I've reviewed the most common issues that we see with entries and tried to provide both good explanations and before and after photo examples. My plan was to put this up before ReaperCon so you have the opportunity to go over your entries and see if you want to change anything before the contest. (And I'm sure many of us are still frantically painting anyway!) Common contest entry feedback and
  10. I just wanted to mention that the rules page for the MSP Open does describe the additional Reaper manufacturer awards clearly. The information is at the very bottom of the page. (I realize that the page may not have been available when the question was first asked, this is more for the benefit of later readers.) The following is just a summary, I suggest reading all the rules if it's your first year entering or you find that you have questions or uncertainties. Or even just as a general good idea. Many of us participate in multiple contests and it's easy to mix up rules and procedures betw
  11. In addition to the ReaperCon 2021 swatches, I also swatched out the paints from the holiday paint set. This has been available in December for the past few years, and is currently up for sale for those who don't like to buy paint in the winter for fear of it freezing in shipping. Ron has said that this set is being retired and will not be available next winter.
  12. On a couple of my recent Reaper streams I swatched out the paint colours that are included in the various ReaperCon 2021 swag boxes. I'm attaching them here for anyone who would be interested to see the swatches.
  13. I have done this, and it works. I fill a small glass ramekin with boiling water and try not to get the water up into the ferrule. I only do this with synthetic brushes. I've even had decent results restoring super splayed drybrushing flats to some semblance of looking like a brush head. However! It will not give them a pin-point fine point. Synthetic brushes don't start with one of those. I find that companies are making increasingly good synthetic brushes particularly at sizes 3-4 and higher. I paint watercolours, too, so some of this experience is from that end of things. I will also buy
  14. The lengthwise stripe on the right is Garnet Red at full strength and then thinned down, since the undertone in thinned down can be surprisingly different between paints. For the unthinned mass tone, I think the 89507 Paizo Asmodeus Red is the closest match in hue and value. It is more transparent, and the undertone is just little different. 9135 Carnage Red is close, but it is a little warmer, particularly in undertone. I did look at a few special edition paints and one recently cancelled one since they may still be possible to get or things you might already have. 96
  15. Hey all! I thought I'd share some additional views of Romag Davl. I have also got a blog post up listing the paint colours I used, and discussing the challenge of painting a blend into the shadows character that is still a miniature people want to look at.
  16. Thank you! Finn prefers not to comment on the level of his inebriation. ;->
  17. Hey all. I thought I'd put up some additional pictures of Finn. If you're interested in seeing the exact colours I used, they are listed in a blog post. And amazingly, only one out of production colour used, and I give you an alternative to that. I also talk about painting the darker and lighter greens, creating a focus area on a figure, and how to decide what order to paint things.
  18. It's out much later than I hoped because of the cold snap and deadlines, but I have put up an unboxing video that includes a look at assembled items and scans of the paint swatches. Unboxing RVE swag If you're super into paint I also have a video of me painting out all the swatches for those colours. Half of that was done on a Twitch stream where I also answered some questions and shared general paint info. Swatching RVE paints
  19. Is your goal to match Reaper acrylic paints to the colours of Bob Ross oil paints? That's going to be a challenge for a couple of different reasons. One is that neither company makes public pigment information. That's not unusual for miniature paints. It is less usual for quality artist oil paints. Or even student grade oil paints. At this stage in time the Bob Ross company is less selling general painting lessons and more selling painting via our system lessons, so they're motivated to get you to want to use their paint, and not motivated to help you figure out how to use somethin
  20. When I rinse out a drybrush and want to use it again before it has dried naturally, I don't just dab it on a paper towel. I fold over some paper towel and press the brush head between it with my fingers. I just keep moving to dry spots on the paper towel and pressing between my fingers until the paper towel stays dry when I pinch. You should be able to see/feel whether or not there's moisture on the towel pretty easily. Those big fluffy makeup brushes will definitely take a few presses to get dry! I don't stress if just a little bit of colour is coming off on the towel when I do the finge
  21. I have an updated answer to the differences in the Reaper blacks and whites in a newer thread that I'll link here: https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/93865-white-colors-whats-the-difference/&tab=comments#comment-1985096
  22. I suspect this is highly unlikely to occur, for a few different reasons. Most of those are manufacturing. Reaper makes their paint in house, but the equipment and set up to make bottled paint vs canned spray primer is totally different. Given that spray paint is under pressure and uses chemicals, there's probably a whole other set of safety issues and whatnot as well as equipment. It would be a very limited product range going into market that has lots of options. There's a lot more strikes against it than for it happening. They could get an out of house factory to make something that they
  23. I am planning to swatch the other sets, but my order didn't make it out before the weather swooped down and walloped Texas.
  24. I guess he hadn't made it back to town to repair and resupply when this photo was taken. ;->
  25. I had a 'swatch party' on Twitch a few days ago. Here's a scan of the dried paint colours. The set of 12 is the set of commemorative paints included in the Hobby Box. The Plasma colours are the blister pack included in the Expo Box. My scanner is pretty close to true colour (of course your mileage may vary due to differences in monitors), but I think the Plasma colours are a little more vivid than they look in the swatch. I've got the fast packs on the way and will have another swatch party on my birdwithabrush. Twitch channel. I imagine that I will also scan the new swatches. I wi
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