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  1. Mine's more of a Sir ForCone, but you're welcome to him:
  2. 2 sessions to report on! Because I see that I forgot to actually post the one from last time. Session the first - Higher highlights on inner robes: mainly Gem Purple with Blue Flame, glazed down with Rich Indigo where necessary. Outer robes: Nightmare Black, Rich Indigo, Witchcraft Purple, and Cactus Flower. Too pink, needs to go back to the purple side. I failed to get a picture of his backside, so see below, but more pink. Session the second - Glazed some Clear Blue over the outer robes to get it back to the purple side. A little more Cactus Flower on top of that for a slight pink
  3. Minor update: Base epoxy-ed to wood. Glue added to body. Tail gaps filled with Milliput. I had a bunch of extra leftover, so I made a log. Yay? I skipped the arm gaps because they kind of look like they're supposed to have a gap. Head and wings will stay separate until later. I dread potential wing gap filling. Ugh. While that was curing, I spent way too much time playing with mini-squid's inner robe. Dark -> Light Nightmare Black Rich Indigo Gem Purple Gem Purple + Blue Flame The Blue Flame did weird things to the Gem Purple, probably because it was new and not mixed enough yet. I'
  4. I used to have my ring set to the chorus of the original It's Raining Men. I grew tired of it, and it's now the opening keyboard riff from a-Ha's Take On Me. Amusing anecdote: Take On Me came on in the grocery store one day and my 5 year old daughter asked if my phone was ringing. I keep meaning to find a ST:TNG comm beeble for my text noise. One of these days, I'll actually get to it.
  5. Geek world problems: When your department's year end bash includes a 3D screening of the new Star Wars movie - but you can't bring anyone with you. Fortunately, Slashhamster has made arrangements to see it in 3D himself, a few days before my work event, so there will be no bloodshed at our house.
  6. Thanks all! I like the colors on Dain so much, I'm planning to use them again. Rasia definitely came out cleaner. My main issues with the metallic paint was that if I didn't thin them somehow, they'd get goopy and hard to control very quickly. If I thinned with water only, it wasn't goopy, but coverage was spotty. If I mixed it with brush-on sealer, or another non-metallic paint, they mostly worked better, but getting the mixture right was fiddly, and I'm lazy.
  7. My goal is to finish this one by the end of 2016. I've been working on it since summer, and I've only gotten this far, so I hope I'm not putting too much pressure on myself! Planning stages: My inspiration - My MSPaint skillz - My basing skillz - I used some Sculpey on my then brand new Basius Plaguelands stamp. (That tells you how long this thing has been sitting around waiting for me.) I mashed together various sections to make a nice swampy area. I'll glue the integral base to the void, and fill with greenstuff prior to priming. Mr. Bathalian will be sort of a testbed for the col
  8. Huzzah! I have finished all my L2PKs! Lessons learned: Metallics and I do not get along. They do have their uses, but I think I'll be sticking to some level of NMM unless I really need them. To work on for next time: Focus on one mini at a time, and try not to give up and rush near the end. I keep having to work on this one, because I keep failing at it! In both cases, I had grand ideas, and then I just wanted to be done with them. This is a common theme in my stuff, unfortunately. It was exacerbated by mold errors that were more annoying than I thought they'd be, and frustration w
  9. Bomb Kit Babes Choice 1: 10043 - Eloise Babes Choice 2: 10055 - Qadira of the Sands Babes Choice 3: 10047 - Gabrielle Babes Choice 4: 10051 - Astrid, Babes Choice 5: 10014 - Victoriana Babes Choice 6: 10037 - Serina the Steampunk Mermaid Babes Choice 7: 10035 - Kaitlin Archer Babes Choice 8: 10052 - Glacia I missed out on the first one, but since I have Reapermas and KS3 on the way, I only got a few.
  10. Double post! Woo? As promised - This is what my pretties looked like after I painted sometime between July and November: But less blurry and better lit. Here they are after I painted sometime between November and tonight: (P.S. I got a new phone. Still terrible at taking pictures though.) I fixed up Dain's gold and attached his arm. I didn't highlight the much more because so. done. I'll just say that mistakes were made with respect to his metallics. I do like his overall color scheme and I'm going to file it away for a different mini. I did
  11. Um. Hi. Imma painter. I should paint. Oy, 6 months its been? Sheesh. Preview update: - Dain had his leather bits, horns, and hair finished and is almost done, I mainly need to re-do his golds and attach his arm and hope I don't need to fix anything else up. There was an interlude where I fought with the gold, and then had to go back and fix a lot of things. - I basecoated Rasia's hair, and did her random leather bits. She needs golds, chain and hair highlights, and a couple of other minor fixes. - Bonus note! Bathalian of Testia got slobber-washed with Nightmare Black, and his staff
  12. Got mine. No cover on the stipple.
  13. The highlights on the metal parts of the gun don't quite read right to me. Maybe I'm over thinking it. Thanks for the comments, everyone!
  14. Just a quick bit here. I'm back to working on these guys. I'll admit, I had to go back and re-read this thread to remember what on earth I was up to. Here's a terrible update picture! My most recent efforts: - I re-painted Dain's silvers after thinning with Brush-On Sealer. They behaved so much better. - Highlights to Rasia's armor, per instructions. It looked weird when I went as high as the instructions seemed to indicate, so I toned it down a little. The contrast police have already sighed at me. - Basecoated various brown things in Walnut Brown: leathers, woods, etc.
  15. Poor Dusty. I finished her at the end of last summer and she's waited this long to be shown off. I'm pretty happy with her, except her gun. I never got that to look quite right. Also, her jeans are extra shiny in that first picture. They don't look as odd in hand. Bombshell Miniatures, Dusty Paige (WIP)
  16. Less fail, more dwarf! Shortly after she was finished, and photographed, my computer blew up. I replaced it, and then life happened. That's also my excuse for not painting for almost 6 months, I swear. 77072 Bailey Silverbell (WIP)
  17. Rumors of my demise, etc, etc. For my first show off in ... wow, almost a year ... I give you Sir Forscale of Failtown. This poor soul gots no WIP, because he started out as an attempt at NMM practice and turned into practice in dealing with frustration and metallic paints. I also went with the stylish orange accents of the Illustrious Knights of Weights and Measures. That part came out respectably anyway, even if I did end up phoning it in on the rest of the figure. 77008 Garrick the Bold
  18. The key here is large Bones. I'm intending to use the primer as more of a basecoat on C'thulu. I'm testing with a Bathalian. I don't otherwise prime my Bones, because that would just be silly.
  19. I have a question! So, I'm experimenting with spray primer as a basecoat on large Bones. Luckily, I started with a test piece, not the for real bit I was hoping to use this on. I may have applied it a bit too heavily, due to my inexperience with spray cans. The detail on my test piece is ok in some places, but definitely obscured in others. Is there any way to mitigate the damage short of stripping? I wanted to make sure I had a plan, just in case I mess it up on the non-test bits. For reference: I used Army Painter, in Alien Purple, and I have not yet let it dry overnight.
  20. No picture interlude: I did Rasia's initial blue metallic layer today at lunch. I used the suggested 50/50 Ultramarine Shadow + Honed Steel. Wow, that made a huge difference in the way the paint behaved. After looking at the pictures, Dain needs some cleanup before I call his silvers done. I'll try some Sealer or Matte Medium to thin the Honed Steel and Polished Silver instead of trying to do it with water. Post lunch planning brainstorm: - Leathers/woods. Same recipe as boots for bags, belts, scabbards, hilt wraps, Rasia's scale skirt and the back of Dain's shield. - Hair. Rasia: Nigh
  21. Woo, lots of progress to report! Everyone got their boots done: Walnut Brown, then Ruddy Leather, then Mystery Tan Sample. Dain's axe handle got the same browns as his boots. His greens: Christmas Wreath, then Viper Green, then Viper Green + Linen White. Undercoat: Walnut Brown + Ultramarine Shadow, per the instructions Silvers: Honed Steel, then Polished Silver, per the instructions. I'll add the final highlight of Pearl White at the next session. It's hard to tell yet if his greens will need more futzing. I'll be able to tell better after I get to the golds,
  22. Yesterday's work: Skin recipe from L2PK2 Laurana and then eyes for both. Walnut Brown all around. I'm not a huge lining fan, so I kept it just to the edges. Dain's a little blurry tonight. Must have been the ale. On further reflection, Dain's bad eye looks a bit odd on all the other painted Dains I can find where I can actually see that eye reasonably well. With the angle of his helmet and a bit thicker lining right there, I've decided to try and sell that it's just hidden under the edge. I am considering a bit of red/pink glaze when I get out the color for their l
  23. OMG PICTURES NOW. This is my fancy way of storing Dain's shield. And here's a closer look at Dain's ... injury. You can also see some of the places where is detail is messy on his hat and near his sword hilt. Someone in the old open thread mentioned a similar problem. In the event of an actual emergency, I'd probably have requested a replacement. He is adequate to practice techniques on for the moment. I like the way Rasia's base came out better than Dain's. I think he lost too many of his larger rocks in the process of drybrushing. You can't really see her mism
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