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  1. I need to start a WIP for this project so I'll stay motivated to finish it. This may be an entry for the 40mm+ category on the year long contest. We'll see how it turns out. Right now I'm just working on getting it done. We're working on 03680: Thornwood Defender and it's actually further along than this, but I'm currently killing time in a Starbucks waiting to take the kids to see Marvel Universe Live! In the meantime, enjoy the prime pics :) The Bee is mounted on piano wire as there's no real base to mount it on. I'm planning on the bee being on liftoff so the wire is extra long. It's kind of challenging to paint having a piece that size with only a wire to manipulate it with. I'm using medical gloves to handle it when necessary, but the vise is useless for anything other than holding it while it dries. The little gnome rider is well, little. He's currently done up in green sparkly armor, but those pics will have to come later! Thanks for checking out this project! See yall soon at reapercon! -K
  2. So I've been under the weather for about a week or so with the crud and haven't painted the entire time. I didn't feel like pausing every 30 seconds or so to hack a lung up, or run to blow my nose, wash hands, etc. Basically, tonight was the first night I've felt up to painting so far in the New Year. Anyhoo, here's my entry for the "Bones" Beauty Pageant. I put bones in quotes as Cassie was the only model I have in my drawer 'o shame, and she's metal, so there's that. She's been sitting in said drawer for quite some time, as I believe that she was probably in my initial order of Reaper products... I'm cheating a bit with this one as I'm actually going to use a prefab base from... Um... forget the company right now but I'll have it when I get to that point. I normally just make bases, but I liked this one when I came across it at the FLGS. At any rate, here we go! A bit of brown liner to start. I haven't used BL for the last few models, but figured that I should with Cassie as she's so small: Next, skin basecoat and eyes... I'm gonna have to work on the left one eventually... Hair basecoat... I went with pink, of course! I had a female gnome something or other back when I played WOW, and she had pink hair. Aleighanna was her name. And here's where I stopped tonight. I've got a few fun things planned for this one. I hate that I'm wayyyyy behind as this was supposed to be the Month 'O the Little People for me, in that I was doing all dwarves, gnomes, etc. It looks like I may be only doing Cassie, but we'll see! -K
  3. Okay! I'm about to have to leave to actually deliver this present at our family party, so my post will be brief. I'll come back for more commentary and thoughts later as I'm probably about to get the "eye" from my wife... Here it goes! First, this was a speed build. I think I started this one Saturday sometime. I'd have to check the WIP, but I want to say Saturday sounds right. The reason for this is that I thought the Year of the Giants diorama was due on the 23rd... which it wasn't.... anyway... To the Pics! First of all, a general round of the subject.... Here's a pic centered on the Doctor.... And a Doctor Close-Up... One focused on Rose... And her close up... Also one of the detail I tried to freehand on her back around 4:40am or so...ugh... So let me be brief! 1. To everyone who offered advice and ideas for source material as I'm not overly familiar with Dr. Who (I've only about 4 shows into the NuWho, and I've never seen a show featuring the 10th Doctor)... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! 2. A special thanks to Willen who provided a lot of reference material and information having done this project in his AWESOME Dr. Who Diorama he entered for Spaceship Superstar! Dude, you rock! I couldn't have pulled this off without you! 3. I'm overall please how this came together for a speed build for my nephew. The TARDIS didn't come out perfect and if I had to do it again, I'd do it all in balsa with better tools as my TARDIS isn't square, which caused some issues but overall I'm pleased. 4. Yes the blue light and interior light flash. It was a pain to wire it all. It does work and that is a miracle! LOL! Okay! That's all for now! Please leave any comments as I love to read them! I'm going to enjoy Christmas Eve now so I'll chat with you guys later. Thanks for reading! -K
  4. Okay everyone! I'm speed building a Dr.Who diorama for my Nephew for Christmas. Yes, it's in a few days and I'm way behind, so I'm looking at a few "most of the day" workdays to have this ready for, well, Christmas Eve Night! However, I'm not very familiar with the series at all, so I've been asking questions here and there about the 10th Doctor. At any rate, I've been using Willen's awesome diorama for a jump off point as it was such an amazing piece! He's also been helping me with reference as well, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH WILLEN! Here's a link to the Dr. Who diorama WIP he did for "Spaceship Superstar." So here's some crazily spaced photographs as I was more busy building than pic taking: This is what happened after I took a Dremel to the base. Here's the reason: I'm building this TARDIS up out of Matt Board as I'm still not overly sure exactly what plasticard that everyone uses actually is. The Matt Board was kind of a pain to cut, so I'm not sure if I'll use it again or no. The trick was getting everything to an approximate scale. Here's the TARDIS where it currently stands. I'm about to do some more work on it after lunch and go until I can't go anymore! Keep in mind I still have to paint the 10th Doctor as well as Rose.... Inside view of TARDIS. I plan on adding an interior flashing light as well as a flashing beacon. Now the question I currently have (I'm sure there will be more and I'll totally appreciate the help!): I'm trying to find an appropriate scenario for this diorama. As I I've only seen a few episodes, let me ask if it would be appropriate to locate the scene in some crazy environment. I was originally going to do a modern street scene with brick pavers and everything, but I don't think I'm going to get this project finished if I go that route. Instead, I'm thinking of doing some sort of ancient ruin, maybe with an artifact or something in the scenery. Here's a mock-up I put together around 4am this morning after I finally quit. The TARDIS would be located in the center of the obvious square, and I'd probably mount a gold face on the triangular piece and put the Dr. and Rose somewhere in the scene. I'd put in additional detail via Milliput, sand, flowers, etc., and trim up the overlying bricks. Would this be acceptable? I try to get things right when I do things like this as I don't want to offend the fans by my ignorance. I suppose something like this would fall into the realm of "Fan Fiction Via Creative Something Or Other...." Here's a pic of the mock-up: Any advice or ideas would greatly be appreciated! Thanks for reading! -K
  5. Okay Ladies and Gents... It's time for Year of the Giants: Part Deaux, in which we finally give Kaya a place to hang her spear... or throw it, rather. At any rate, this is where I left off in October when I finished Kaya: And here's a post as to where I'm kind of at tonight. I've basically started hacking at the cork, staining my base (I can't help it, I love the look of stain. I do paint some bases black, but something about stain just finishes a lot of projects off for me, if it matches), and figuring out exactly where to put the beasty. I'm just going to put a teaser pic up now as it's late and I don't feel like editing a lot of pics. Here ya go: Anyhoo, I'll probably be posting to this thread occasionally as I work out the kinks and figure out exactly what I'm doing. Thanks for checking it out! -K
  6. Okay all! I've posted the collage over on the WAMP site, so I can now upload the finished pics of "Target Acquired." This diorama was made for a contest over on the WAMP site, and I think I like the way it turned out. K963025 was never designed to function without a master. However, the Old Smudgester was separated from "the man" during the great battle of New D.C. Now, armed with his Lazegun 4000 and his improved power armor, this highly intelligent being roams about the country righting wrongs, blasting "bad men" and searching for his loving master. Will Smudgester ever find "the man?" Undoubtedly! Here's the Smudgester... Full Base Shot: Close-Ups: Artsy Pic: He is, of course, designed as a removable game piece for our occasional rounds of Munchkin... Those wear spots on his lower back are a cover up for a super glue mishap. Somehow Smudgester ended up super glued to my finger, and the paint was stripped down to bare metal. Rather than try to redo multiple layers of blue paint, I make it worth the damage it was and weathered it. The rest of the weathering was intentional. At any rate, he was a blast and I had lots of fun stacking that brick wall, brick by brick... by brick... by brick. I think it came out nice. I have no idea why I chose to go with a SciFi inspired base after that whole "Spaceship Superstar" contest, but I guess it was this charming little doggie who needed a home and a master. Anyhoo, commentary is always welcomed and appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to view this project. Now, on to Year of the Giants! Kaya's been sitting in the case long enough... -K
  7. Okay Reaperites.... Ermehgerd... I think I've gotten myself into a pickle! A big one at that! I'm a notoriously slow painter, and I like to think I do a pretty good job when I take my time. However.... I heard about it. I saw it. I've been looking at it. I've seen what others have done with it (kind of) I couldn't pass it up when looking for a new game, and now it's here at a most un-opportune time... SUPER DUNGEON EXPLORER! And now I'm stuck with this.... ^^^^ THIS! This is not what I need in my life right now with YOTG coming up.... ^^^^ So... many... minis.... That's all I have to share. This thread will probably lay dormant for a while until I find some time in my December painting schedule to find a place to start with all of these! Sheesh! Talk about drawer 'o shame! If anyone has any advice to share (besides the quote about "eating an elephant") I'm all ears! -K
  8. Okay! I got distracted by Ub3r's post on NMM vs. TMM, so now I'm back to ask the question I came to ask: AIRBRUSHING! It's Christmas time, I've been doing this for a bit over a year, and I think I'm ready to step into the world of airbrushing... mabye. I haven't decided if it's worth the time and effort, but I'm curious enough to ask what everyone's using, what books, forums, people, etc. to follow, and what equipment would be best to live with. I've seen Iwata, Badger, and Testor's locally at the Hobby Lobby and Michael's, and Michael's is offering a 50% coupon so I'm thinking one of those compressors, but again, I don't know. Any advice would be awesome! -K
  9. Okay, so here's what's happened. I was originally putting together a diorama for a contest over on the WAMP forum entitled: "Hasslefighter 2014!" This was coming along well, then one day, I just stopped. Cold turkey! I then painted up a mini for my wife, Bailey Silverbell (*TBA) with full basing and everything and just couldn't get motivated to pick up the Hasslefighter project just yet. The contest concludes on Nov. 23rd, so... Here we go! Along with the fighters for Hasslefighter, I ordered an extra mini named "Smudgester." He's a bulldog dessed in power armor, with a huge gun and smoking a cigar. I knew I had to have the guy, and well, inspiration just struck so I think I'm going to put Hasslefighter on hold and submit the Smudgester for the contest! SO here he is! I obviously haven't connected his left lighter holding hand yet, but I'm planning on leaving it off until I paint everything behind it first. I may even paint the lighter separately. Here's Smudge primed as well as his hand. At any rate, he's primed and ready to go. I'll probably start on him tomorrow barring photo shoots and stuff as I've finished Bailey as well as Kurff the Swift ("Hero of Speilburg who went ugly") and need to post them as well. We'll see what happens! Thanks for reading! I'm happy to be posting a WIP on here again as I haven't done a real WIP in a while.... -K
  10. Now for something neat! During the course of painting up minis for Hasslefighter, I got distracted and started painting on Bailey Silverbell. She's been sitting in the drawer 'o shame for quite a while, pleading for some paint and a base. I've been wanting to paint a dwarf lady for my wife ever since my first mini exchange as she really liked that Stonehaven Rogue a lot. In addition to this, I've been wanting to get back to my Quest for Glory project after grieving for the Hero of Speilburg's misshapen face. I've moved on... Sort of... Anyhoo, if you're not familiar with the game, part of the hero's mission was to find the lost daughter of the Baron of Speilburg. Elsa von Speilburg had vanished when she was a little girl, never to be found again. *SPOILER ALERT!* However, years later, a Brigand Leader had moved into the valley and organized the rouge band, much to the chagrin of everyone living in or traveling to Speilburg. You eventually penetrate the brigand fortress to face this chick: It's not that difficult of a fight. You throw a potion of dispel on her and she turns back into Elsa! So, she became the inspiration for my version of Bailey Silverbell. I think she came out very nice. What's more, she's pretty much my 1yr Anniversary Mini! Yay! So I used the idea from the old exchange to mount her on a rock, albeit a bit shorter rock so the figure would be more stable. I used my experiments with the Fall exchange with ink on metallic paints to try to give her sword a bit of an enchanted/ice brand look. Also her shirt started off as white, but after I finished, it made the rest of her look pretty bland with the leather armor and such. I reworked it with green ink and paint. Her pants are blue ink and paint as well. She's a pretty simple, small, playable or displayable game piece. She took about a week of work and I'm pretty satisfied with her overall. She doesn't have the hours of work that I put into Kaya, but she's still quite lovely Here she is: Now I've got to go work on the Hasslefree entry, then finish the YOTG entry! Comments are wanted and appreciated! -K P.S.: I'm going to have a get some pics where you can see her eyes well. They didn't come out in these and they're quite a lovely shade of blue... and one was particularly difficult. LOL!
  11. Okay, I'm not so sure that this is a Show Off so much as I needed the cork that Kurff has been sitting on for FIVE MONTHS!!! Let me recap... If you guys remember, I had a vision of awesomeness of painting up a childhood memory that got me kicked off on my love for all things fantasy. The Hero of Speilburg was an unnamed character in a series by defunct (well, used to be defunct) game company Sierra. The series was "Quest for Glory" (originally "Hero's Quest") and it was wonderful! At any rate, the project was doomed from the start due to a severe miscast on his face. At any rate, I saw that it would never be all that it could be, so I abandoned Kurff to sit on a cork forever.... I kind of got him to a "kind of but not really finished" state, sealed him, and left him. Well, my friends convinced me that it was time to base him. So.. there you go Kurff. Walk in your flowers and be happy! Hmmm.... Since I finished him, I guess I could just let it go and finally change my avatar... {back in June.... "P.S.: I'm leaving "The Hero of Spielburg" as my avatar until I complete a legit Kurff..."} There was bit of redemption for Kurff in the next show off I'm about to post... -K
  12. Okay! While I'm waiting to finish up my Exchange Mini Base, I've started working on another project. There's a contest over on the WAMP forum that's centered around Hasslefree Miniatures. Now, I'm already plenty loaded up with projects, but as I'm a glutton for punishment, I figured, what the hey! Now, let me say that I'm an ex-gamer... Well, that's not entirely true, but I just don't have the time/skill/reflexes to invest in video games like I used to. I cut my teeth on the old arcade version of Double Dragon. I could play through the entire game on one quarter when I was probably 11 or so. This was beneficial as I generally only had one dollar to play in the arcade, so I had to make it last. People would stop to watch me play the game. Then Street Fighter II hit the arcade and the addiction grew. I got good, real good. So good in fact that the adults would not allow me to place bets against them when they'd wager who'd win with what. I had a guy break a Samurai Showdown arcade game because he dropped about $10 worth of tokens in that machine trying to beat me. He slammed the control panel so hard he shattered the glass that covered the screen. I literally almost got into a fist fight when some college guy fed Tekken II around $30 trying to win. Pit Fighter, Kagi Ki, Vendetta, TMNT, Bad Dudes, Vigilante, Karate Champ, River City Ransom and countless others all hold fond memories for me. So.... I have a thing for fighting games. ANYWAY! It turns out that Hasslefree has an assortment of martial arts guys, so we are going to: HASSLEFIGHTER 2014!!!! Ahem.... Here are the current contestants. This will probably grow but I'm focusing on these three guys so I don't try to tackle too much as I still need to finish Year of the Giants. We have "Fist of Golgo" who resembles a cross between Kenshiro of "Fist of the North Star" (which I really hated on NES) and Billy Lee from "Double Dragon" (A personal favorite!) Because of this, I'm planning on painting him up as Billy (or "Spike" if you prefer the arcade version) Next we have Kado who looks a lot like every karate guy from every fighting game ever, although he does have a shaggy mane like Ken Master from "Street Fighter II" (another fav!) I'm trying to decide whether to paint him up in a red gi like Ken, a traditional karate gi, a Cobra Kai gi , or something wacky. Finally we have Bobby Van Li, who resembles Williams from "Double Dragon." As such he will either get the Williams treatment or maybe some sort of military look. I haven't decided yet. Here they are all cleaned (mostly) and pinned. All shiny, pinned, and mounted up. Kado/Ken will have to wait until the Exchange Mini is completely finished before getting his own holder. I'm going to focus on Billy/Williams and if I have time after assembling the diorama, I'll throw in KK. Also, I decided to try something different this time and mixed Scalecolor 75 white and black primers to make a gray primer. I work mainly with white, once with black ("The Fly"), and I've seen that some prefer gray so I figured I'd try this go around. If you can't tell, I'm pretty pumped to be working on these guys, although I'm planning on doing a rush job on this in order to finish YOTG to the same standard I threw at Kaya the Reaper. We'll see what happens. The plan for the diorama is the traditional street fighting scene using Hirst blocks and such. This may be a challenge as I only have a few molds, and may need to order some more to complete the scene. This will be fine as I enjoy the casting process and haven't poured any in a while. If it goes to plan, we'll have a marquee with health bars and such. This is probably a bit more than I'll have time to do, but again, we'll see.... Let me know what you guys think, plus if y'all have any ideas on elements to add an such. I know that's a loaded comment as I KNOW everyone likes to instigate things that add time, $, and effort to projects, and we love y'all for it! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Hasslefighter 2014!!! -K P.S.: I have plans to add Reaper minis to this after the contest as there are some great sculpts in there as well, but I'm limited to Hasslefree for the first go round. I should probably find or write up some sort of mini based fighting game to go with this... Hmmm.....
  13. Okay! I'm just going to throw up a few pics right quick as it's really late and I should probably get some sleep. I was hoping to post a WIP and a discussion of the learning process of this mini, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow, er, later today. In the meantime, enjoy the multi-sided pic of "Low Tide" Robin had indicated that he wanted something his party would be afraid to run into in the wild, or possibly something alien. This Slithe Queen looks a lot like an alien, and I originally intended to make her land dwelling. The problem was the base she's mounted on is part of a reef, she's got webbed hands, and a trident. So... I decided to go nautical. I also decided to experiment with using inks to color TMM paints. Most of the paint on her is metallics (mostly Vallejo silver and/or gunmetal) glazed with Scalecolor 75 Inktensity or other inks. This choice made her somewhat difficult to photographs as the highlights are actual reflections of the ott lights lighting her up. They're easier to see in person. There are metallic highlights, which probably adds to the difficulty of a true photograph. This was also my first go with resin, which didn't go at all according to plan... but I'll post all of that jazz later! -K
  14. Okay, my whole world's gone blonde! Seriously though, Kaya's pretty much done! There's not much more I can do now at this level. I think she's my best work to date, although you guys will have to be the judge of that. Let me post pics first, then comment along the way: Okay, it should be stated that the pics and the base were giving me fits tonight. I took an entire series of photographs first until I notice that she had a bit of space between her foot and the rock. I think I mentioned my problems with this in the WIP, although I'm not sure. At any rate, I pulled her, clipped her wire, re-glued her, and reshot the shoot. I thought I saved a pic to show the difference, but the photographs got all jumbled up in the process and I deleted the originals. The last shoot looks a bit darker than the first, but you get the idea. Here's a more dynamic close up: Here's one with a green background. I'm not sure which I like best. Hmmm... Overall I'm satisfied! I think I've improved in painting in some regard on Kaya, especially in the leathers department. She's got more leather than a Wilson's store at an outlet mall! I got some more practice with fur as well, which I haven't really played around with since the first mini I ever painted: the Barrow Rat. There were a few firsts in this one: 1. First time basing in snow - Honestly it drove me nuts! I practiced using medium texture paste, but I think I should've waited until I found light texture paste. If you look closely, you can see that the medium paste cracked in a few places as it dried out. I don't think it's a total loss, but I may go back with some baking soda or synthetic snow to try to cover up the cracks some. Either that, or I can just pretend that snow does that when it melts... does it? The only snow we get down here in the south turns to slush puppy the instant it hits the ground! 2. First time working with lead weights to counterbalance the dynamic pose of a miniature. - It would have been much easier just to mount Kaya directly to the diorama. However, I wanted to be able to remove her for an occasional round of Munchkin, especially when someone feels like intimidating all the other players with that giant spearhead and the overall height of the piece. Even so, she's not perfectly balanced. She was pretty close until the felt bottom was added. That threw a few things off. Still, I wish I could've put more weight in the bottom, although you're pretty limited in what you can add to an 1.25" checker piece. Hmmmm.... 3. First Tattoo!!! - Yes, it's green and blue. Yes, it could have a bit more highlighting and skin tone over it. Yes, it could have a stronger outline. Yes, it was supposed to be a wolf's head, but ended up being a birdman/guy/thing. BUT! It was my first tattoo, and the only way to go from here is up! That, and Kaya loves it. It fits her wanting to leap off of a cliff to fight... Anyhoo, Kaya's out of my hair and in the display cabinet! Now I can focus on the Fall Exchange, a Hasslefree mini contest, finishing the rest of the YOTG diorama, and anything else I'll be painting for Christmas. It'll be a busy holiday season, that's for sure! Well, that's about it. Comments, compliments, and suggestions are greatly appreciated and encouraged! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and look at my little corner of the 'net! -K P.S.: Here's a sneak peak into Kaya's ultimate role in the "Year of the Giants" contest, Giant T.B.A.:
  15. Okay! Here's the sitch! I'm trying to finish out my Fall exchange, so without going into too much detail, I need to carve into a cheap wooden block. I have a carving set, as I've carved a bit before, but it's not made for whatever wood this block is. The solution I'm thinking of involves a Dremel and a few bits. I was curious, as I do not own a Dremel or bits (I've used one plenty of times for other projects) which bits you guys use to hack on your bases with. Are there any particular ones you'd say that you couldn't live without and aren't necessarily included in the big box carving bit set? Is there one that's better at removing large portions of material vs. delicate work? What are your favorites and why? Also, feel free to post or link any WIP pics you may have of said project. Just curious, as always! I'm probably going to pick up said Dremel (I've needed one for, well, forever!) and bits over the next few days so I can finish the project. Thank you very much for your opinions! -K
  16. I was informed by Ub3r that I hit 1000 posts recently! Also, I saw that I have a gold ring now. To celebrate, I've started a brief blog on miniatures that can be found in my signature. I've had several blogs, some of them really good, but I haven't had one dedicated to minis until now... At any rate, just wanted to thank everyone who's stopped to look at what I'm doing and creating in my little neck of the 'net. It looks like I really started painting last November, so I've been at this hobby for right at a year, and I've had a blast! I certainly wouldn't have progressed as well as I believe I have if it wasn't for the input I receive from this forum. Thank you all so much for sharing your talent, advice, and a part of your life with me for the past 11 months. You guys ROCK! -K
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