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  1. Continued working :) Have a bit more of the canopy worked on, but have not decided how I want to highlight it. Might just use the base colors I used before the wash, but unsure what I want to do with it from here.



    Also did some work on the ghosts and Charon.  You can't really tell from the first pic, but the Greek soul has a white wash on it before I did the light blue drybrush. It looks almost as if she's got a white transparent dress on, similar to the soul with the red dress in the other pictures. You'll notice that they are still translucent (the one pic of the other 3 you can see the sunlight coming in the room through them), but they also have some solidity to them as well. I still have their bases to make look like it's wood like the boat, and Charon has a bunch of work left to do on it (like the layering of the black and bones and the oar, and some other details). The greek soul has a copper coin for Charon, and Charon is staring at one. Unfortunately in this lighting you can't see the drybrush very well on the souls. I will try to get better pictures as I move along, I want to paint their eyes white (I think), and then I have the lost souls I'm doing in a similar vein, but am using a green wash and green drybrush on.






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  2. I have been avoiding Kickstarter lately, considering I spent WAY too much on Bones V (and have about 20 dollars worth of additional stuff I still have sitting in my cart ready for me to pull the trigger to add on top of the massive amount of stuff I already have purchased LOL), in addition to a full in pledge for the CMoN Avengers United game, but saw this one pop up and had to back for the 2x 10 and 1x 14. Right now my paint organization is a medium flat rate box of GW paints and 3 Reaper starter kit boxes of paints on my desk. Not entirely efficient when trying to find something I use on a regular basis!! And, the fact on the 14 one you can put a tablet/phone, that means I can watch some of the Jessica Rich Dark Sword videos I got with Bones IV while I paint!

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  3. So, a little more done. Found a good tutorial on doing algae, and was going to do use it initially. It showed you how to use baking soda. But, I decided that I didn't want to deal with the potential mess of working with baking soda, and found a package of moss that I had sitting in my painting drawer on my work desk, used primarily for model railroad trees and bushes. So, I broke a couple pieces of that up, some in larger chunks and some in smaller bits, then attached them to the side and added some paint. I'm feeling pretty good about the end results, although not quite as dynamic as what the guy who used the baking soda made his.... But I can live with that. Once I get done with the other side of barge with the algae, I am going to attempt to do some OSL on the eyes and the lantern of the skeleton figurehead.StygianBarge4.jpg

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  4. A little more done. Hoping to have more time tonight since it's going to be raining and cold, so no working outside after getting done with work. I'm liking how it's turning out so far. I have an idea that I'm going to try on the front prow of the boat: I remember seeing pictures of boats that are constantly used in waters that are grimy and have a lot of algae and stuff like that which have sort of layers of grim in several overlapping layers. I'm going to try to do some stuff to mimic that if I can. The figurehead is going to be unique looking as well, but isn't far enough along that I want to get a focused picture on it. Of course, I see some spots that I missed when I was doing the base coats in certain areas, and a few places I missed some green in the center. So far it's been fun! Can't wait to get the pirate ship since this has been such a blast to paint!StygianBarge2.jpg

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  5. Pretty funny that I come to post this, and the top post in this section is someone else's barge in progress LOL Anyhow, this will be slow going for the next week or so (finals week for the spring term), but I really needed to do some painting to relax, and for some unknown reason I started painting this instead of continuing on my Argent. Started off with the water, and have the bilge area pretty far along. This was one of my favorite models from Bones IV, so was excited to get it primed and the paint started!


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  6. 20 hours ago, Al Capwn said:

    I think it looks really good! Gives a nice leathery feel to them, and now you have some temperature separation on the dragon too.


    I would just make sure the face area is highlighted pretty bright to be the focus point when viewed from the front.


    That's the plan. I did a quick addition of the yellow to his face when I started the wings, but I'll probably add more once I get the wings done. What's amazing, though, is that to get that base yellow brown to cover well, I've had to use a LOT of the main color. At almost an entire bottle of... can't even think of what color of brown it is. I'll have to write that down, as I'm going to need to do an order for it from Reaper so I can finish things up.

  7. On 11/9/2019 at 2:02 PM, Al Capwn said:

    So the problem here, from as much as I can tell, is a lack on contrast.


    Your silver and blue both register as having the same value - that is they have the same amount of black/white in them, and so they read as a mid-tone.


    Additionally, you are working in exclusively cool colors - silver metallics have a lot of blue/black bias, so so when you combine a cool blue-white, you are almost repeating the same color tone.


    Let's take a look at a reference picture for a classic silver metallic dragon:


    Image result for metallic dragons 5e


    Notice how there is quite a variation of colors? You have warm yellow-bronze tones in the underbelly, with some added green tones to show the reflected surface of the grass. For the main body, there are blues (silver metallic) to warm-purples for the shadows of the silver. Again, classic contrast trick of Cool Colors - Warm Shadows; Warm Colors, Cool Shadows. This helps break up the monotony of a single color, or single value. Blues and Yellows often pair well together when higher contrast is desired.


    Here's another picture that offers a bit more subdued approach:

    Image result for d&d silver dragon


    Again, bringing in a lot of other colors, some subtle browns working up to a very bright silver for the underbelly, but then contrasted with teal, purples, and blacks for the wings to contrast. The face and headcrest on both pictures both feature some brighter highlights to bring focus towards the face.


    If it were me, I would add some warmth to the chest area with yellowish golds, and introduce some of the cool blue colors into the silver. This is, of course, if we are trying to sell the idea of it being an "ice" dragon that silver dragons tend to represent.




    Thank you! This was exactly the sort of direction I was hoping for LOL I have an *ok* eye for colors. Most stuff I paint comes naturally and works pretty well, but I was stumped on this. I'll see what gold/bronze colors I currently have

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  8. Thanks! I do really like the silver color on him, it seems to fit. I do like the blue contrast, so Darcstaar, I may try your mixing of blue with the metallic idea. I have a dark blue color I love to use as a dark blue base (old GW Foundation paint called Necron Abyss) and I think I have a Reaper color that's similar as well. The blue to contrast seemed like a great idea, but I used the Trollkin colors from Privateer Press, which I've had good luck with on other stuff and it's just a muddled color combination when combined with this silver color.

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  9. Been working slowly on my Bones 4 stuff, and started on the first of 2 Argents I have. I like how the metallic is turning out, of course it's pretty basic at the moment, but the blues I used for the non-metallic isn't doing anything for me. Actually, I hate it. The flash in the pic sort of makes it stand out more than it looks in person, and I am completely unhappy with the color choice. I need some thoughts on what I should repaint the blueish gray colors with. Green? Red? yellow? Tan? I can't decide, and I had originally thought this color would look good with it, and I'm just not feeling it. The wings are basically done in the same colors as well.



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  10. On 9/30/2019 at 11:27 AM, Bane Of Humanity said:

    This isn't facebook.  People ask for pics of the minis here lol

    I also meant the op but I would say boiling it completely then reshaping it and and put it in ice water should do the trick.  You also may need to put something to hold it up after and leave it on the shelf a few days. 


    Sorry, was asking if you were asking ME for a pic, or the OP since we were both mentioning the same thing, and you didn't specify ;)  Figured I'd post as well just so people were seeing what (at least I) was talking about.

    I did do the boil and ice water since it was sagging a bit when I got it, but it didn't even hold up after that, it pretty much sagged worse than what it was to begin with. I might try it again, although I may also try finding a tree mini like Auld mentions and see if that helps.

  11. I wonder if this is an issue with the mix of materials when making that particular mini. My skeletal dragon from Bones 4 is fine, and it's been sitting in the same spot since I assembled it the day after it came in the mail. BUT, my Blacktooth cannot stay upright. I did the boil cold and 2 days later, it was lower than it was before I did it. I did a few pieces on the Mumlak, and those are fine, but Blacktooth doesn't like me.


    Auld, that's a great idea! I might have to do that with the blacktooth.

  12. With the Joan of Arc dragon finished, and classes for the summer term wrapped up, I moved on to the next mini that I had inspiration for: Nyarlahotep. I started off with the tentacles, and didn't actually have a color for the main carapace until last night when I started on the green. Much left to do on it, but the green turned out better than I thought it was going to, so that's a definite plus :) I started off with a white base, which is unusual because I normally use a black base, mainly because I wanted this to have the colors be a bit brighter. I used some of the GW Contrast paints for certain parts, although I didn't use them in the way that GW intended them to be used - I basically used them as a thicker wash, since I was NOT happy with how they turned out when I followed their instructions for how to use them. I mainly used them on the tongue and over some of the pink areas throughout the tentacles. I haven't even began to think about the base yet. This so far has been one of the most challenging Bones 4 minis I've done when it comes to color selection, as I wanted something different than my normal dark gritty feeling paint job.




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  13. 2 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

    Awesome fig and awesome paint job.  I had to go look up the scale for the game after seeing the building it is destroying...



    Thanks! It is massive, that's for sure. It's a bit bigger than Argent in body size, and the wingspan... holy crap they're huge! And pointy! While painting it, I accidentally turned the tip of one the wings into my chin and actually broke the skin! Hurt like heck too. For anyone wondering, this is what this dragon looks like compared to Kaladrax, Nethyrmaul, Ma'al Drakar, and a few other dragons:


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  14. Finally back into the groove of things, and got some more painted. One thing to note, the green on the bottom doesn't photograph well, even in decent light. There are some highlights on the bottom of the wings and his chest area that I did that just don't seem to want to show in the pictures. Can definitely see them when looking at it in the same light.... Oh well, definitely better pictures when I take them in a bit better lighting area!


    Still have some touchups to do, and I'll be putting static grass with some pebbles for stones in it to make the base more dynamic. Also thinking of making some mounds/divots to make the ground look uneven as well, although I may skip that part, haven't decided yet. On the front, you'll see I tried to do a scorched area around where his head, and once I get the flocking on it, I'll edge that area with white on the grass as well to make it do a transition between the two. Oh, and these are full sized pictures (I didn't scale them down), so if you want to zoom in on stuff it won't pixilate until you get really close LOL








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  15. Just now having time to process this, I'm glad they're waiting until September! Having just spent a lot of money on the latest Mysterious Package Company kickstarter, and helping pay for our family vacation, it will be nice to have some time to recover before getting in on V :) Definitely will be needing to get those 2 dragons and the Storm Giant if they're a part of it!

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