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  1. 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 sh
  2. 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-
  3. 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 N
  4. So here's my first try at painting a bust. Overall I think it came out alright, it was a lot of fun to paint for the most part and very instructional. Painted up as a gift for my anglophile fiancee, who loves it! But seriously, if Braveheart comes up in the channel guide, there goes the next few hours of my life... The eyes were actually the most fun part and I'm kinda shocked how well they came out! I think I managed to convey Mel's hazel eyes and I was thinking of my least favorite scene of the movie (when the Bruce removed his helmet). Hope you folks enjoy this one.
  5. This is a 1/12th scale bust by Heroes & Villains Miniatures. My second large-scale project, after the pirate bust (also by H&V) I did earlier this year. I ended up doing him as a limited palette experiment, with just a single spectrum of browns and yellows, plus some flesh tones for the skin,a few blue details (especially the eyes) and some similarly toned gold metallics. (I was going to do that cuff in NMM, but chickened out and opted for TMM instead.) Please feel free to check out the WIP thread. As always, massive props to bailey03's great Saxon raider tutorial.
  6. I have a week off for Fall Break, so I'm starting my second-ever bust! This is the "Germanic Warrior AD 9" from Heroes & Villains Miniatures. The neck joint is a little wonky, and it's way out of the way, so I had a hard time patching it. We'll see how it turns out once it's painted up. I also don't have the advantage of the pirate's naturally expressive face, so I'll have to really make sure I'm putting enough contrast down in the right places.
  7. As another part of the 54mm challenge Ub3r N3rd and Dontfear started I have chosen this one from Legendarion. Gebhuza Hyena Warrior Bust, Awesome sculpt, no flash at all... Only the sword is separate so no filling gaps with greenstuff, just clean it, paint it.. The "paint it" part is easier said then done, sooo much detail.. all those knives... He's amazing. So first Pic, right out of the box. Pleas be patient with me, I've got three busts a 54mm and a 28mm on my workbench now.
  8. After taking a class with Banshee, I decided to finally tackle my Mount Everest of busts. I swore after working on the Grudge, I was going to paint something that wasn't a bust next, but alas I have fallen back. I am very happy with the face, and the hair, like the Grudge, I am struggling with right now. It has a long way to go, so I just need to chill a bit. Nothing about the hair is even close to being done. I expect to make good progress this Saturday at paint group, or at least get a feel of where I want to go with it.
  9. This is a 1/12th scale Bust from Heroes & Villains Miniatures. This is my first project outside the 28/32mm scale, and I really enjoyed it. Very high-quality cast and sculpting; I highly recommend checking them out if you're in the market for some cool large-scale historical minis. WIP here. Huge thanks to bailey03; his 54mm tutorial was incredibly helpful in getting the face as good as it is.
  10. This is a 1/12 scale bust from Heroes & Villains Miniatures. It's my first mini larger than 32mm, and is both very fun (lots of detail) and frustrating (lots of detail). I'm beyond impressed with the casting quality. There were no bubbles at all, and I could barely even tell where the seam on the mold was, there was so little flash/lines. The face and skin are more or less completed, besides a few touch-ups around the edges. I wish I had gone with a much ruddier skintone; he's much too fair to have been out in the sun and salt all day, but it's too late now. Maybe he just got out of pr
  11. So I decided to take a little break from Cthulhu for a while. Started working on a new bust this morning. I find one of the ways I push myself to improve is by trying to recreate other peoples amazing paint jobs. Arbal's Berserk Bust is my primary inspiration for this paint job, but sometimes I will take bits and pieces of other's work as well. Sometimes I start and then inspiration will hit and I will take off in my own direction, but doing things this way forces me to do and try techniques that I might not have done before. If trying to emulate others is looked down upon though,
  12. Wanting to paint a bust for a long time, never had the nerve. In order to participate in the 54mm Challenge I decided to do a bust too. Kabuki Miniatures: 1/6 scale KY-RA ( a NOT Red Sonja). I will link the nude shots,since one of her breasts peeks through the armor. I have cut up an old plaster base for her.
  13. With the sudden surge of busts being done recently, I decided to finally start the one I have sitting on my paint desk. It is Tuma Windrider from Ledgendarion Miniatures and it is a beast of a bust. This is one of the better resin casts I have seen as there was very little flash and almost no pinhole that needed filling and the detail is on another level from what I usually paint. Having finally gotten my airbrush setup finished, I plan to use my airbrush for a good amount of the painting. This is a good sized mini that I think will be a great place to start with airbrush blending. Or it could
  14. Here's another historical project that I'm working on. I haven't done a bust in over 3 years, so I thought it would be a nice change to do one again. This is a Prussian Hussar from Young Miniatures. They make mostly busts and their sculpts are all really well done. I was particularly drawn to this one because it's dramatic and has a lot of action/movement for a bust. The bust is only partially assembled. He's got a right arm swinging a sword, but it blocks access to his face and chest, so having that in place would make painting him a lot more difficult. I began on the face, of cours
  15. Working on Asgrim. Love this guy.
  16. So I ordered a couple of bags of 1" slotted tiles from frp this weekend and I went a bit nuts and Now I have a wip thread just for this order.... So posting in order of interest to me. Or something like that, it's late and I'm pissed my tengu necromancer didn't get to cast animate dead on that troll he just killed. Nice cheap mini. freebooter lillith So after last week we had 2 pc deaths in my game and one of the new players (I have a weak spot to make sure they get attached to their characters) rolled a ratfolk alchemist who wear's full plate and I stumbled apon this in the sa
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