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  1. I hope this isn't considered nit-picky or mean, but I think Jupiter was the Roman equivalent to Zeus being king of the gods and god of storms and the sky and stuff. As a water god/dess Neptune would be the one you want, AKA Poseidon and the trident symbol suggests that was your intention. And since I wouldn't post just to criticise something as ultimately petty (on my part) as that... She's beautiful. My 4 favourite parts are. -the decoration; the trident and wave are great little hints at what her role in the pantheon is and are quite neatly done, as is the wave-like pattern on the front. -the net, a great little base decoration which again tells you what the figure is, it doesn't necessarily tell a story as such, but it gives the piece context. -the skirt, pretty simple really, I like the choice of colour and how its been applied. It somehow gives me the feel of a sea goddesses without being a blue or green, perhaps I'm reminded of the timbers of a ship or the simple leather armour of a seafaring warrior. -and the eyes, I think they could be interpreted 2 ways, they have a lot of glisten to them, which may just be because she has bright eyes, but I also feel like it makes it look like she literally has stars in her eyes, like staring into the cosmic abyss. I don't know if that was intentional, but its a look that works well for a goddess.
  2. Homebrew stores are good, they of course sell the corks to use in wine bottles. Mine were (I think) 30c each Australian so you'd probably get them dirt cheap in other countries. They also sell bigger corks, possibly for preserving jars or pickles maybe. I actually mentioned that I was using mine for craft related stuff/modelling and he said they sell quite a bit of their stock for such purposes. I may however be taking for granted how common homebrew stores are elsewhere in the world.
  3. Bruunwald. First of all, sorry not to quote you, its not working for some reason (maybe browser related) Secondly, sorry to let you down, but bushwhacking was unfortunately an auto-correct issue. I actually typed bushwalking which, is probably slightly less cool as we tend to stick to established tracks (though we have gone off the beaten track from time to time for various reasons). On the upside we still see so much beautiful landscape and wildlife, the rainforests of the Bunya Mountains and the Gold Coast Hinterlands. The dry bush out west. The rocky creeks and balancing stones of the Granite Belt. I'd definitely be interested in bushwhacking, if it weren't for the fact that there are so many places to go where someone else has done the hard work and we can enjoy the fruits of their labour whilst benefiting from fresh air, exercise and the serenity and sanity that can only come from peaceful natural surrounds.
  4. Add some fungus, they love moist areas with lots of decaying organic matter, when I go bushwhacking in rainforests, gullies and other wet areas you almost always find fungus on the side of dead logs. It will definitely help add the 'something missing' to the base because you can find some very vibrant colours of fungus to contrast the greens and browns. Bright orange tends to be a common one.
  5. Some pics of mine, I've started painting since I recieved them so may post finished pics if I can get motivated to finish. Shrikes http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/fletch_talon/DSCF1529_zpsa5f83209.jpg Gnoll http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/fletch_talon/DSCF1528_zpsfba2f553.jpg Swordsman http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l274/fletch_talon/DSCF1527_zps09e00838.jpg Enjoy those last 2 if you got them, the gnolls whip is especially fun, don't get me wrong, I'm in love with both sculpts, but why did the whip have to come in 2 pieces. Now I'm just waiting on a resin monk, he was the figure that really got me wanting to pledge, looking at the gnoll (whilst it didn't originally interest me) I'm expecting to be very pleased.
  6. *Looks about for an exit* Blast. It's only a forum and there's no where to run to. No where to hide ... *stops before he breaks into song and sheepishly hands over the "O'Weary Eyes"* s o r r y. They were obviously private eyes and they were watching me. Wow. Note to self ... don't make replies in middle of night to get back to sleep. Jeepers Creepers Thrym, where'd you get those peepers? If your eye's are that much trouble maybe you need to got to the hospital, they'll probably put you in the ICU... Meanwhile I've learnt to properly read rules of competitions before posting an entry. 4 pics max dammit.
  7. Thank you . My worry is the box says it dries to a resin and I wonder if there was health issues with resin I should know before I start Again, its not something I have experience with but I can advise you to get some kind of face mask if you plan to sand or file the material. I wouldn't be surprised if the same applied to green stuff, and I'm certain that you need to take care with polymer clays like sculpey, but resins specifically can be hazardous to your respiratory system if you're breathing in the fine particles. Apart from that I don't know that there'd be too many issues. Some people can apparently get skin irritation from epoxy putties so if you find this occuring you may need to wear gloves.
  8. I would think it is equivalent to the brownstuff variation of kneadatite. I havn't used it myself but it seems good for rigid structure and sharp edges while greenstuff is prefered for organic shapes.and flexibility. So I guess, weapons, armour and machines vs bodies, hair and clothing.
  9. I dunno, looks like a decent sized wurst to me. [insert rimshot here] As for me I could demolish packets of jerky as long as its the good stuff, its not that weird I spose but not everyone's a fan. Also as an Australian I heartily advocate consumption of Vegemite, if you're not convinced, try it on crackers with cheese, its great.
  10. Here is my entry. "Prelude to a Terrifying Fall" Bonnie had been fighting off the creatures all night, but she wasn't prepared for this. The corpse was a shadow of the man it had once been, but still she recognised it as her deceased fiance. Perhaps this is why she failed to make the killshot, instead sending bullets ripping through the abomination's empty rotting chest. Perhaps her moment of confusion is also caused her not to notice the uneven ground, the ill placed rock and the sudden drop. All of which contributed to what happened next... I admittedly took the title of the competition a little too literally, but I still made sure to add a horror element and an autumnal element (and paint scheme) to be sure that it fits the themes. The first thing that came to mind was just a figure that looked like it was falling from the sky, but I didn't really have anything.
  11. I'm no expert here and probably far from qualified to be giving advice. ... Actually its kinda rude to just say that and leave, so here's my 2 cents anyway. It may be the picture, but it seems to me that you've got 2 colours, a pale yellow and a creamy white. It may be that its a pure white and a bright yellow, but it doesn't quite look that way. If so, I would suggest making your whites whiter and your colours brighter (Napisan won't work). When I paint glowing eyes the brightest part is white with the colour radiating from it. I don't know how realistic this is, but it looks good, and when you're painting a 3D figure supposedly formed from light, rule of cool applies. So I would treat each "segment" (sword blade, hilt, each scale/muscle/armour segment) as a separate piece of light and using the brightest yellow you have, work to a point of pure white in the middle. Alternatively see if he likes it treated as "solid" light, like some kind of magical crystal light (or light crystal if you will). Then you can just use a gemstone tutorial to paint it (simplified I think its like: white edges, then treating each surface like a new facet shade from top working to highlight bottom). Once again, I'm no expert, just things from vague memory of what's worked for me for other (much smaller) projects and stuff I think could look cool.
  12. Use the club hand from the ogre. Then cut and drill to remove the club and insert some rod/wire with which you can sculpt (or "craft" from card/sprue/wire/etc.) whatever kind of weapon you want. Harpoon would be easiest, you'd only need to sculpt or craft the blade. Sword would be similar but slightly trickier as it being bigger means you'd have to make sure you did a good job of sculpting or carving the taper on the blades edge of the weapon as its more noticeable. Anchor could be done in a creative way. Try and twist 2 or more wires together. Form the loop for the rope at one end and then cut the wire at an angle to make the sharp bits. If you use a soft wire and some small clippers you could squeeze it flat at the ends and cut the points with barbs. Or you could give him a giant fish hook as a weapon. Either use the anchor method described, or go to the docks and cut someone's line for a free one*. Maybe file down the point a little to avoid injury. *I do not actually endorse snatching a fisherman's tackle. A man's tackle is a private thing and should never be touched or even looked at unless invited to do so.
  13. I always coat mine with thin layers of watered down PVA glue. It'll obscure things until it dries, then it goes clear and adds a bit of a sheen along with adding a transparent layer which gives a little more depth to it. Mainly because I'm too cheap to buy water effects stuff.
  14. Here's my take on her. I think either I need to thin my skin tone down a bit more, or Lysette needs to take it easier on the foundation. Mostly happy with how it turned out though. My initial thought was to make her a druidy character as it would seem appropriate, but I decided against it so I guess she's a bit more of an arcane magicky person now. I'm thinking I need some of this paint retarder that people talk about, might help blend things since I can't seem to manage it otherwise.
  15. Thanks for the kind words LizardMage, and congratulations Corporea on a well deserved win. I look forward to the next contest. I agree to an extent with MonkeySloth, the removal of painting requirements may attract more people. I can definitely see the benefit if keeping it as a requirement, since it can really help show off how good a sculpt is, but as was seen, a lot of people dropped out because of it.
  16. I guess I'd better do that too, I kinda just posted a thread for mine cuz I noticed corporea's and thought it might be the way to enter. http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/51355-necro-sliver There's the thread. Though I'm currently camping and posting on an iPhone with sketchy signal so I hope it's all done properly.
  17. I know that its a sculpting contest but dayum, even if I had put the effort in to painting mine, it still couldn't have matched yours, not to mention the work that's gone into the base. It looks like something that could actually be a picture on a MtG card which is exactly how it should be. All round awesome job.
  18. Now I swear this guy was intended to be bone like the whole time, Corporea and I evidentally got similar inspirations. Mine was meant to be somewhat grim reaper-esque which I would have liked to show better through paint job, but I kindof rushed it. Leaving things till the last minute only to have other things get in the way is a bad habit of mine. The skull's empty eye kindof had a glow to it with some halfarsed OSL, hence the green, but the angle is a bit off. Scalewise its sitting on a Games Workshop LotR base. I'm sorry I didn't put more effort into it. Its been a hectic week which is no excuse given the amount of time the contest has been going for. Despite all that, I'm happy with the sculpt. Not as happy with the paintjob, the base is kindof meh, and I only hope the photos show enough of the detail, but here it is. Oh and there are of course WIP shots in the contest thread.
  19. Congrats man. Considering the disrespectful tone of your comment, you've managed to convince me that I'd much rather belong to "Generation Immediate Gratification" than whatever generation name you assign to your age bracket. I can't think of an insulting title to give your generation, but I feel it would need to encapsulate the way you manage to completely misinterpret the primary complaint with Reaper's kickstarter. This being that they refused to tell their "customers" (the quotation marks are there for anyone who really thinks there's a difference between a "backer" and a "customer" in this situation) what was happening with the product that they had been promised. Not that the product was delayed, but that they refused to explain why it was delayed and for a long time ignored anyone asking. Generation "missed the point so bad I broke my finger" just doesn't have the same ring to it but it'll do as a placeholder. So well done, I've always had a degree of disappointment for the bulk of my own generation. The need for immediate gratification is one of the contributing factors to this. But now the example you have set has shown me the truth. That every generation contains people that make the entire generation look bad.
  20. I read this and wonder if we backed the same kickstarters... Imbrian Arts has had issues no doubt, but I don't know that comms is really one of them. I've been recieving updates about sculpting progress, and progress with the masters/moulding process. The one issue was pretty bad, but it wasn't communication based. If anything Jody's communication regarding the Trollforged issue was handled well. I appreciate transparency in how a project like this is run. His solution to the problem was also fair to all backers. Reaper on the other hand had 2 blatant communications problems (the renouncing of early shipment of paints/Sophie's and the lack of explanation for serious delays to international shipping), not sure if I read the fineprint on that tin. I'm not saying they didn't eventually provide a good product/service, but I kinda feel if you're going to judge one project for something, its only fair to judge another for the same reason. So anyway here's my Kickstarter list, its not just minis though: Reaper Bones: Collected, everything in good nick with the exception of one missing shield. Broken Sword (game): Should be in alpha soon, love the series, really looking forward to a fancy shiney collectors edition but wish I could have justified the even shinier level with the pendant and the physical copy of art and design document books. Imbrian Arts: Decent sized stuff up, but dealt with appropriately and fairly. Its always good to see his WIPs and even better to see some finished product. I eagerly await the day I can hold these exquisite minis in my hands (gently, my monk is resin and I've heard its a fragile material). Games and Gears Brushes: All recieved, really good shipping process, its a shame the product didn't meet high standards that were touted, but it was still a decent deal for 8 or so double ended brushes of better than average quality (for someone who previously just purchased normal god-knows-what-animal-this-came-from bristled brushes) plus soap and a towel (for the brushes... or small pets). Nelly Cootalot (game): someone linked it, I went to check it out and the creator was too funny and charming not to like. I did play his first game first, to ensure that I would actually enjoy it and to make sure he wasn't just pretending to be capable of making a game and I was happy with what I found. I love point and click games, and considering the first one was made for free, I look forward to what he can do with some money (and therefore time) to spend on it. His updates are an cool insight into his design process, and good for the occasional giggle. All in all, very happy thusfar. I think Kickstarter is a great idea, you just have to pick your projects wisely (though of course there is always risk involved).
  21. Got mine today too. Everything seems present except for one guy's shield. Will double check when I have the time. That's Toowoomba QLD Australia by the way.
  22. Yeah got my shipping notice today too... Yay, I guess? We'll see if my enthusiasm is greater when they arrive, to be honest I think its kinda worn off.
  23. I'm not sure baby goats make the best role models to be honest.
  24. We've got a nest of the aforementioned noisy miners in a tree in our front yard. I'm hoping they grow up fast because the landlord (we're renting) has plans to have the tree chopped down in the near future. On a lighter note I thought I'd talk about green catbirds. They like lush foresty areas and blend in extremely well, so I've only caught the occasional glimpse of them up in the canopy. The main place I've seen them is the Bunya Mountains, which I'm convinced is one of the most beautiful places on Earth (granted, I haven't been out of my state let alone country but still...). Up there they have an info sign which talks about the green catbird and the fact that it sounds like a baby crying. Despite having read this, I still managed to turn to my girlfriend when we went walking and say "I really wish people wouldn't bring their babies on walks like this, it scares away the wildlife" I eventually realised my mistake when we didn't come across any parents with children and I suddenly recalled what I'd previously read. It was really quite uncanny just how convincing it was. I still wish people wouldn't take kids on bushwalking trails if they can't behave (or more likely if the parent makes no effort to have them behave) I also extend that request to adults who are unable to adjust THE VOLUME OF THEIR VOICE and when ever I see someone smoking on a trail in a national park I strongly resist the urge to confront them about it in a manner that I'm sure will lead to one of us being thrown off an escarpment.
  25. Here, let me nail your other foot to the floor. Sorry - but mastering a difficult technique because it is difficult does not make the technique worth mastering. Nor does choosing that method make you a master. Sometimes the mastery is simply in using the techniques that work for the artist, and not in choosing the over hyped technique of the day. GW first started hyping NMM because it was easier to photograph - you can find this stated outright in the issue of White Dwarf where they first showed a NMM Dante. And it does photograph well. On the table... sorry, but it looks like a figure out of a comic book. Colors being used to simulate something because of the limitations of the photographic medium. It makes assumptions about lighting that are often inconsistent with reality. And there is mastery in shading metals to look like they should - just as there is mastery in dancing the jig, without nailing your foot to the floor. You are allowed to say that you like NMM, or even that you prefer it - but do not make the mistake of claiming that someone who avoids the method because they think that it looks like crap on the table is less of a master. Sometimes the mastery is in choosing the right method - and for many folks NMM is not the right method. If a method is easier and, in the artist's eye, produces better results, then it is the superior method. If the method produced what I considered a better result then I would work towards mastery of the method, but since, in my estimation, it produces an inferior result - even when used by a master of the technique - then why should I take the trouble? Wet blending takes work to master - but produces what I consider a superior result. So I took the time to learn the technique. NMM produces what I consider an inferior result. Again, to my perception, you are jigging in a circle, left foot nailed to the floor, and complaining that those folks that have not nailed their foot to the floor have not mastered art of the jig.... This is a bit like an argument between a aficionado of futurist/cubist art and somebody that prefers representational/realism - the cubist will have a hard time convincing the realist that Nude Descending a Staircase has any resemblance to a nude, or even a staircase.... [Warning - Umm.... Nudity?] Now me, I like pre-Raphaelite.... The Auld Grump, and gods help you if have nailed your foot to the floor and the piper starts up a hornpipe.... *EDIT* Added a nudity warning.... That's alright. To me you've nailed your foot to the floor. Instead of trying to learn something about the skill you wish to hone, you've rejected it completely and refuse to acknowledge its purpose and why it is people hold it in high esteem regardless of your personal preferences regarding aesthetics. You're the one dancing around in circles because you refuse to advance. Why should you try and replicate light's effect on a reflective surface on a piece too small to do so on its own? It looks just fine as it is right? You're Holding yourself back from the potential to be great by your acceptance of being good enough. If you want metals that look nice to you then paint them how you want. If you want to be a painter with sufficient skill to be considered outstanding by most people then you need to put the effort into making the parts of your miniatures that are meant to be metal look like they could plausibly be made of that material. NMM doesn't fully achieve this, nor does MM, the comination of both completes the illusion and that is TMM, the application of reflective highlights and shadow using metallic paints. NMM and TMM exist for the same reason we have to highlight and shade skin and fabric. We don't highlight and shade our own clothes because light does it for us. Miniatures are too small for that, otherwise we could just paint flat colours and be done with it. Why does metal not deserve the same treatment?* *By which I mean putting in the effort to make it look more like the hypothetical light is acting the way it should on the materials represented by the miniature. I realise this at first looks like I am saying that the same techniques used for fabric and skin should be used on metals.
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