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  1. Sooo... instead of focusing on my February goals, my ADHD brain has wandered off and pulled this little guy out of his box... I usually fail so badly at these WIP threads as I am terrible at actually finishing my projects but I'm going to try to not over-think this guy and get some paint on him. Hopefully my brain will sort out the base for Cinder while I'm working on something else... He has been primed black and white (zenithal) thus far. Tomorrow, after drywall and mudding work, hopefully will be colors. Thanks for watching.
  2. 75mm resin mini Primed and put mostly together The color scheme Todd picked out Started the skin
  3. *** Rise Creatures of Chaos !!!!*** *** It's time for Mankind to fall !!!*** A while ago I purchased this one through the Bay of Evil. It is supposed to be the Forged Monkey's bust. I have some doubts though. It was shown as an original,but it came without the original packing. Also I had to remove a lot of flash and needed heavy greenstuffing.. Could be a knock off. However I will paint it.. Started prepping.
  4. An overview of my efforts in 2016. Thanks to you all liking, commenting and chatting I've become more productive. Also I feel like I'm improving. Thank you all for your input and silliness. Bust: Solarwind Countess Karnstein. SHOW OFF http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65336-solarwind-countess-karnstein-bust-by-xherman1964/?hl=karnstein Legendarion - Tuma Windrider Lion Man. Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68366-tuma-windrider-lion-bust-by-xherman1964/?hl=bust Fantasy DSA - T-Rex Devourer Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69538-dsa-t-rex-the-devourer-by-xherman1964/?hl=devourer Reaper - Nagendra Warrior Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69662-14498-nagendra-warrior-aka-sssllthr-by-xherman1964/?hl=nagendra Reaper - Lizardman Tyrant Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69936-02404-lizardman-tyrant-by-xherman1964/?hl=%2Blizardman+%2Btyrant Bones - Lizardman Warrior with spear. Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/70215-77050-lizardman-warrior-bones-by-xherman1964/?hl=%2Blizardman+%2Bwarrior 3D Krentz Giganotosaurus with Gamezone Conquistadore and Freebooter Amazone Riders Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/71546-dinoriders-by-xherman1964-giganotosaurus-amazone-and-conquistadore/#entry1461769 Reaper Axebeak, Terrorbird Show Off:http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/71815-03092-axebeak-prehistoric-bird-terrorbird-by-xherman1964/ Rosetta Salazar ( Reaper's Angelica Fairweather) Show Off:http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72495-03613-angelica-fairweather-as-rosetta-salazar-by-xherman1964/ Sssuuchooi ( Reaper's Somchai Reptus Champion) Show Off:http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72498-14471-snakeman-by-xherman1964/ Metal Magic - Goblin Musician ( Bagpipe) Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67908-xherman1964-paints-a-goblin-with-bagpipe-and-mushrooms/?hl=bagpipe Bones - Green Dragon Hatchling as a Frost Dragon. Beauty Pagant http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69339-bones2-beauty-pageant-dragon-hatchlings-entry-thread/ DIORAMA IMPFESTATION (Faries Wear Boots/Mushroom and Imps.) SHOW OFF http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72454-impfestation-by-xherman1964/?p=1488031 Nativity Set. Show Offhttp://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/70842-nativity-set-xherman1964/?hl=mary#entry1437375 Angel City ( Tribute to Lemmy from Motörhead R.I.P.) Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69093-angel-city-diorama-by-xherman1964-tribute-to-lemmy/?hl=%2Bangel+%2Bcity SIngle minis from the Angel City Diorama Bones - Dumpster. Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/67219-bones-dumpster-by-xherman1964/?hl=dumpster Reaper - Streetboss. Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68507-reaper-50053-streetboss-y-xherman-1964/?hl=dumpster#entry1359084 Reaper - Mike Noe Biker Boss. Show off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/68567-50047-mike-noe-biker-boss-by-xherman1964/?hl=dumpster#entry1359036 Reaper - Motorcycle. Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69098-50239-motorcycle-by-xherman1964/?hl=peaches Reaper - Peache Biker Girl. Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69094-50163-peaches-biker-girl-by-xherman1964/?hl=peaches Reaper - Ladies of the Night. Show Off. ( Every girl got her own). http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69095-50157-townsfolk-ladies-of-the-night-nr-1-by-xherman1964/?hl=ladies http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69096-50157-townsfolk-ladies-of-the-night-nr-2-by-xherman1964/?hl=ladies http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69097-50157-townsfolk-ladies-of-the-night-nr-3-by-xherman1964/?hl=ladies CHIBI Reaper - Mary the Mermaid ( Bonesylvanian). Show Off http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/66457-mary-the-mermaid-by-xherman1964-aka-underwater-greed/?hl=mary
  5. After working on her for more than a year, I finally finished the Countess. WIP here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65336-solarwind-countess-karnstein-bust-by-xherman1964/?hl=karnstein Many pics. So I will put them in a few posts: I learned a lot along the way. **** LADIES and GENTLEMEN and CREATURES visiting this Forum!!!*** **** I present SHE WHO RULES THE NIGHT!!!, THE MOST MURDEROUS ONE!!!!, THE LADY OF DARKNESS!!!!*** **** COUNTESS KARNSTEIN!!!**** *** That will do Furball!!!*** *** BEHOLD MY BEAUTY!!!!*** *** NOW BOW TO ME!!!***
  6. A really fun little project I couldn't wait to do once SGHawkins was kind enough to give to me at ReaperCon after she saw my disappointment in not seeing it before it was sold out. I also asked Andy (Talespinner) to mod it for me by sculpting on some hair and an evil goatee! Anyhow, here's the "Visitor" that we all may not want as a real dinner guest! The figure is the 2.5 inch resin kit from Collapse Industries, under the title of "Interstellar Interloper Roswell 1947". He is SHINY on purpose. I coated him in realistic water to do this. C&C are welcomed and appreciated!
  7. So while at ReaperCon this year one of the vendors was selling various sizes of this Collapse Industries Alien Bust. I completely missed out on him and was a bit sad/disappointed about it when SGHawkins showed him to me claiming she purchased the last two of him. When she saw my disappointment, she laughed and tossed one of her two my way. I was super excited, it's outside my genre, but looked like a lot of fun to paint. I was suddenly struck with an idea to give him a bowl haircut and evil goatee. I approached Mori, but she was very busy with classes and art stuff so I figured why not ask another forum friend and amazing sculptor Talespinner if he'd be willing to smoosh together the mods. He was more than happy at my crazy idea and did it while I was in a class! Again, THANK YOU SG & ANDY!! Here's the WIP for this fun figure!
  8. This is entitled "Hardened Warrior" he is the Barbarian bust by Fantastic Miniatures. I'm bringing him to ReaperCon! C&C are welcomed and appreciated!
  9. Apologies in advance for the poor pictures, still really struggling when it comes to photographing the larger stuff. Any how, presenting my first attempt at painting a bust, Darkswords Portrait of a Tiefling:- You can find a WIP thread for her here. Don't think she looks too bad, but I'm not sure if I'll get any more busts in the future though, I don't really have the patience or skill to paint this larger scale stuff. As always, any comments of criticisms are greatly appreciated..
  10. This bust arrived on my doorstep the other week, so I decided to take a break from the orc I've been doing to paint a bit on this new piece instead. The figure is Count Melenth from Polaris Minor. The bust is roughly 150-200mm scale. I didn't have a lot of direction with this guy other than the fact that he looks evil. To make things a bit more interesting, I decided to paint some OSL on him. I shifted the primary light source from directly above him to above him and to his left. This casts the right side of his face in shadow, so I added a secondary light source (with a blue tint) below him and to the right. I still find OSL quite challenging, so to help with that I started by simply sketching on the lights and shadows. This was pretty rough work, but it allowed me to see how I thought it should look and quickly make adjustments to the lighting. Much easier to make changes at this stage rather than near the end when all the blending and find detail work are there. Once I was happy with the basic setup, I started refining my work on his skin. So far I've just focused on his left. I still haven't really touched the OSL area. In this first image, you can see a side by side of my initial sketch with the current state. And here are a few more views I've still got a lot that I want to do. Even on the blended skin, I need to add some fine details and then go back with glazes to add more subtle color shifts. But there's enough here for you to see where I'm going with it.
  11. Ok, I finished enough to not feel too bad letting her leave the desk and sit on the shelf! Whooo! This is Shennay, one of the busts from the Spanish company AresMythologic. I'm enjoying painting busts so much when I tried to go back to 54 mm this weekend I got irritated that I couldn't put all the detail in the face and eyes like I wanted! Heaven forbid a return to 25 mmm!! She's 1/12th scale resin, comes all in one piece and was fairly easy to prep so she's a friendly starter bust. For this project I decided to practice my transparent cloth, whites, freckles, red hair and TMM. I wanted to play with complementary colors, so this is done mostly in red and green. I used the red to shade the green as well. My WIP is here with some details including the colors I used. Enjoy! C&C always welcome and if I can explain anything or help out, let me know! Because of the transparent cloth effect, I've linked the naughty pics: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0k4trgyx0daer7a/shennay19.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/3752mpjqpnxzh17/shennay22.jpg?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvi7xiy96hxbzd9/shennay23.jpg?dl=0 Here are a few others that are safer: Sometimes she reminds me of Ce'Nedra... except, er, bustier.
  12. Looks like you will see the process from the middle, but i think it`s not a problem. As you can see, i have added some nice butt to her. That idea was around for some long, as i wanted to sculpt the legs for Boudicca, but decided not to do this (yeagh, if i do so, then i will finish whole series in a thousand years!) Anyway, i think that THIS WAY Lagertha is just good enough. Also, the detailed article about Tamiya putty on its way. See ya!
  13. I'm finally abandoning this project!!!! This is Tom Meier's version of Tony DiTerlizzi's painting "Portrait of a Young Tiefling" It's Dark Sword's first foray into busts as far as I know, and it was a joy to paint. Although the sculpt with the base is very vertical, making the overall basing challenging. I ended up just pinning it to as flat a wood base as I could find to keep it from becoming too tall. I have my WIP here if it helps, with the step by steps and all the color info. I'm always happy to answer questions. C&C always welcome! Enjoy!! here's the painting: And the bust: A few closeups: I experimented with a full front lighting, so there is much less contrast on the backside which I'm not happy with. In a perfect world with infinite time, I'll fix it...
  14. Figured I'd go ahead and get started on this for my own and work on him this week while I get ready to do a Commission piece next week. This is the recent Barbarian Bust that I received from Fantastic Miniatures yesterday. I couldn't wait to get started and he's been a lot of fun thus far!
  15. I posted some images of my sculpting attempts in the Show Off threads. This is the main body and armature for a birdhouse for my grandfather's 80th birthday. He sculpts in the medium of cement and sphagnum moss and builds fantastic faces on cedar roots (and other fun creations). My dilemma is that, while this needn't necessarily be a functioning birdhouse, I'd like it to not weigh 75 pounds in the end. So I'd prefer to lighten my cement mixture with sphagnum/peat moss. But whenever I add even the slightest amount of moss, it turns the end product crumbly... So I've finished this guy, my first cement sculpture, not my first birdhouse. I went with pure cement (fine) with a dash of mortar to smooth it out more. Took me a while, but I think Gramps will appreciate it. I know I'm not a world class sculptor or anything, but this was both enjoyable and challenging. Working with cement (ie: fighting gravity and hydroflow constantly, as well as dealing with occasional too-large chunks) was very strange, having worked with only GS, apoxysculpt, sculpey, and Play-Doh. If I did it right, you should be able to tell the emotion I was trying to invoke in him. Any questions, comments, suggestions, critiques are welcome! Cheers!
  16. Yep, I am also jumping on this bandwagon. Haven't painted a bust before, so lets see how badly I screw this up. Got her assembled this morning in the hope of getting started on the painting later today, but I had some gaps to fill (she went together quite well, but my superglue kept drying before I could get the parts completely flush), so I'm leaving the green stuff to dry over night.
  17. So, I was looking around, in the mood to paint a bust. Female, hopefully cheap, and something I don't feel weird about putting on my shelf (so no pinupy stuff, and no "adult" busts). ...why can't I find any. The only one that kind of fits is Portrait of a Young Tiefling, but it's definitely not cheap. So I decided to sculpt my own out of Super Sculpey. (See my sculpting thread if you want to look at the raw master for some reason) Hit it with a coat of gray primer and... ew. Did I mention how much I hate SS's transparency? Can never tell when something is smooth. Well whatever, I want to paint. I'll think of a patch method later. So I went over the worst offending bits with a bit of artist's heavy gel medium. It's transparent (well, translucent at least), fills out rough spots nicely, and is pretty easy to use. I had a jar of it I hadn't touched in years. Hopefully with a coat of sealer even the little bit of roughness will fade away. Also, yes she is missing eyebrows. Those will be sculpted in with more gel medium. Anyways, more to come, but I'm already excited to paint my first bust!
  18. Finally finished! This was my first bust and boy oh boy was he a blast to paint. Thank you to all who followed along with my WIP of this guy. I'm so grateful for everyone's advice and encouragement. Here's the link to the WIP for any interested. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/62411-tiniest-paints-a-lion-man-tuma-windrunner/page-23#entry1354489
  19. Tuma Windrider from Legendarion. Another joy to paint with much detail. For those interested my WIP: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/62313-xherman1964-paints-tuma-windrider-legendarion-bust/ Hope you like him. Personally I was more satisfied with my job on the Hyena then on this one, but he was fun.
  20. This is a cast resin flat about three inches tall overall (you're only seeing the head here). I reshaped the nose a bit, enlarged and relocated the eye up and closer to the nose. Also added some additional locks of hair on the near side. Reaper MSPs over Floquil Model Railroad Primer. There is more to the figure; nothing majorly naughty, but the top is a bit sheer. To see the rest of it go here: http://www.planetfigure.com/threads/a-red-headed-lass-flat.77846/ Qs and Cs welcomed. Glen
  21. Whew! So I had a busy weekend. Still recuperating. I had the awesome opportunity to travel to Reaper HQ (nice bones prototypes floating around there...) and take a Master class with Kirill Kanaev (Yellow One on CMON) who is a fantastic teacher and truly amazing painter! I had a wonderful time, but for much of the class I realized that I could not paint AT ALL. Actually, I'm pretty sure all of us felt that way! Really. I'm not kidding. The style of painting, brushes and technique were completely different than what I was used to. It was a mind-blowing experience. So I'll try to share a bit of the process! I had this grand plan of doing a step by step, but got distracted painting, so it'll be a bit of a leap here or there. First, pretty sure Kirill sculpted the bust we used. Mad props! It has a bunch of different areas to play with like metal, leather, cloth and skin! The first thing we did was learn about volume. There is never enough volume. Everyone needs more volume! I kid, but it took us all a bit of thinking before we figured out how to apply this. We looked at zones of the face, and the color ranges found in each. This is from the Gurney book: And it makes sense if you think about a face. I ended up picking Jack Nicholson as my model to copy. The idea is to copy the 2-D pic with matching skin tones onto the 3-D bust, and map out zones of highlight-shadow. Yeah... so this took a bit but eventually I figured it out. And It was fun to choose colors to match the skintone and mix until I got the right ones! Um, I used: olive green, creamy ivory, rust red, green ocher, red shadow, soft blue for most of this. I added in some pure white and black later. And metallics later as well, but I'll get to the armor later... the fun part was I didn't use a single "skin" color!!! You can see where I played with colors below on the watercolor paper. I like doing that to get a sense of where I'm heading and my choices. too yellow moving in the right direction better... but dark. ah hah! So that's what he means when he says volume- make the highlights cover the forehead, cheeks, chin in a geometric pattern that matches the general sense of frontal highlighting. It only took 4 hours for me to get it. sigh. triangles for cheeks, chin is a circle, forehead sort of a circle, ignoring all the lines and stuff. I had to forget the anatomy of the bust and focus on the anatomy of the 2-D pic, concentrating on the type of lighting I was mimicking. He showed us this later using the airbrush on the fire giantess to demo directional lighting. blurry iphone, but you can see the general schemes and the areas that end up shadowed and lighted. Anyway, we all painted for about 8 hours, our brains imploded and we went out for alcohol. er, I mean, class was dismissed and we had free time... here's day 1, all of us. You can see the different skintones we chose based on our very unique reference photos. I really liked Rhonda's bronze skin and Anne's pale zombie-dead skin! So day 2 we split on those who wanted to work further on the face (wow, there was a lot of detailing in that group!) and those of us wanting to practice textures. Yay textures! I'm a smooth blender, so playing with another way to approach fabrics was super! Here's Kirill demoing stuff: He doesn't use a wet palette, that's Jen's in front of him. He uses a teeny tiny brush, like a 2-0. I think the Russians have nicer brushes since those pesky kolinskies live there... My basecoat plus an attempt at stippling. a tiny brush works best for this. really, the stipples need to be even tinier than the ones I have. I need to buy smaller brush... here's a closeup. This is a fun texture. it uses the tip of the brush, so don't use your nice brush to try it out. The same idea for highlights and shadows applies. Start with stipplies in the shadows and gradually work up to highlights. Like a rough wool. We also did cross-hatching. It makes and insanely smooth gradient that I think is even nicer than a blended area. again, I need to make smaller hatches more closely spaced than these. The idea is to draw the cloth structure in using the lines, so they aren't spaced, they're layered vertical-horizontal, etc etc. Layers and layers. Looks like linen or canvas. So soft! I kind of got distracted and forgot to take pictures on the metal, fur and leather. But the metal was another mind-altering experience. What he did was take a base metallic color, mix it (like demi-metallic) with a greenish-brown paint and some gloss medium/varnish in order to keep the shine. the whole metal we coated in a yellow-brown over top of the metal basecoat. It lent a very realistic sheen to the area. then we added in dents, bloodstains, rust and scratches. I went and bought myself some vallejo chrome since it's shiny- it works great for random scratches. What I liked about this part was trying to make the metal look real, rather than perfect. here's a front with my fur, partial leather and metal. the deep scratches were a thin layer of my red shadow mixed with, er, stuff... can't remember- but anyway a dark color washed out above and a light line drawn below to mimic that hard edge. You can see a bit of the chrome lines tucked in there. It's hard to photo metallics, so I can see why a lot of folks prefer NMM. the bloodstain get gloss medium. The rust doesn't. He always mixes in a bit of the base metallic with whatever he's using to shade to keep the shine! Here's all of us at the end of day 2: You can see the different metal effects we played with and the range of skintones! And which of use kept up with the faces versus textures. I stayed a bit later on monday and got in some last minute pre-flight stubble instruction. I used the soft blue mixed with black and some of my olive, though I think I need to back away on the green. Too much green, needs more blue/purple. Anyway, it was awesome and fun and exhausting and I can try to dig through the rest of the photos and my notes if anyone wants more. I bought a second bust to practice on, so I may use this thread with an entirely different reference photo and start all over! Now I want to paint busts!!!
  22. My third and final bust (for now) from Heroes & Villains Miniatures. This one is "Jacobite Highlander: Culloden Moor, 1746." The big challenge here is, of course, going to be the tartans. From my research, it looks like pretty much every piece of the outfit could be a different plaid, but I'm not sure yet if I'm going to leave the shirt and/or jacket a solid color for my own sanity. This is definitely going to be the most extensive freehand I've ever attempted. He also has a few accessories that I haven't attached yet, and even came with another, much angrier and beardier head. I probably would have gone with that one except that I just did a bearded bust and I want to try clean-shaven. (That last photo was taken with my new phone camera macro lens!) I've collected a few inspiration pics that show how just how much plaid can go into these outfits.
  23. Since more people are showing off what they did last year, here are mine: Minis I painted in 2015. ( seems I have been busy) I will link them so you can check them out. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/66228-54mm-maria-roseblade-pirate-queen-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65908-pumpkin-witches-and-their-house-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65484-legendarion-hyena-warrior-bust-gebhuza-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/64977-zombicide-survivor-dog-painted-as-my-boxer-brutus-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/63196-bonnie-chonoscope-by-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60500-77117-vandorendra-snake-demon-bones/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/63938-kabuki-bust-ky-ra-female-barbarian-16-scale-xherman1964/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61631-xherman1964-paints-a-ral-partha-hill-troll/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/62215-beloved-of-sobek-by-xherman1964-crocodile-games/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61632-stygian-guardian-chronopia/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61214-77100-vanja-fire-giant-queen-bones/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60959-undead-regiment-in-a-swamp-mixed-manufacturers/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/60445-zombie-grenadier-horseman/
  24. This is a resin flat from Arcabuz Miniatures in Spain. As a sculpted piece it's a bit less flat than the traditional engraved-in-slate metal flat, but more flat than Reaper's demi-ronde Sophie Christmas ornament. The actual size is about 3" tall. This is followed by a pair of 45mm traditional metal flats of Napoleonic Pinup Girls based on the artwork of Bartek Drejewicz: The pieces are available from 2D Figurines in the UK. There is an Austro-Hungarian Infantry Grenadier and a British Cavalry ...um, person. All figures painted with Reaper's MSPs. Qs and Cs welcomed. Happy New Year everyone! Glen
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