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  1. Mini from Dark Sword's DiTerlizzi line. I'm actually a bit further along than in this picture, but I'm having second thoughts about the skin tone. I want him to look unhealthy and, well, gobliny. I'm generally happy with his mottled appearance here, but I'm thinking maybe a little more yellow into the highlights to give a more jaundiced look. Thoughts?
  2. So Here is the Ranger Josey Wales.... If you have been following my WiP, you'll know why he is called that.... I started this mini as a piece for one of the players in our Pathfinder game, and suddenly, something went absolutely right with the face and hair, and suddenly, people are encouraging me to enter him in the ReaperCon Painting Competition.... So I really pushed myself to make him the best he could be... Trying a few new techniques, and taking extra care with everything I did... Hope you like him. Due to the pose of the mini, I took pics from the normal top down angle, and then some pics from below... A wonderful mini to paint, but DO NOT assemble him first!!!! Lots and lots of times I cursed myself for doing that... Comments and critiques welcome! George
  3. Well it has been three weeks since I last picked up a brush though I did work on some bases, so I figured it was time to start a new WIP. This will be covering more than a few miniatures that want to get done this summer, preferably before I go on vacation in August. First up is Onufry the Ribald, a 54mm from Scibor. This guy is just for fun and I probably will enter him in a competition. I debated between doing a display base or using the one he came with. In the end I made one with some bark, a slate piece, a resin scenery dwarf head, and a resin tree trunk. I am really happy with it. Next we have one of my planned entries for ReaperCon, Dark Sword's Wood Elf Goddess that was their freebie at last year's RCon. I am hoping to paint each year's DS mini up for the following year. She is going to be based among ruins of building in the forest which is right now just the walls on some cork. There will be a tree in the corner and lots of greenery. Basically the forest reclaiming the area. Then I hope to finish my Zayna from Ares Mythologic's Draconia line. She was started last year but kept getting pushed aside. She is also destined for RCon. Another fun one I hope to work on is Reaper's Blightfang which I am doing as a purple/blue dragon. I have just started the base which will be a forest pond. Lastly we have Kabuki's The Hunter. Not much planned for her yet except I plan on keeping it simple. Her legs are so thin I did not want risk removing the base piece that she is on so I evened out part of a Secret Weapon base and now she will be standing on a rook in the swamp. I know not much has been done yet but any input would be appreciated.
  4. I haven't done much painting lately, so I decided to get back into the swing of things by painting my first ever Dark Sword figure. I don't remember where I got her and didn't realize she was an elf when I started painting. She has some mold lines on the back of her legs which is one of the reasons I chose her to be a practice/warm up piece. Here's how she looked after I blocked in the colors: I started working on the skin. Here's a picture with the highlights mostly done. She's way more pale than I wanted. My tones were way too far apart and I'm not happy with how they came out. Lesson learned, I'll be more careful in the future but I'm not fixing this. Plus pretty happy with the face. Added some shadows and a thin wash of clear yellow over most of the highlights to smooth out the blends and give it a more natural tone. Gave the eyes and lips some attention. Went with an off-beat lip color based on a model I saw in some hair salon window. I went ahead and did the pink. It came out pretty nicely. Unfortunately, the photo did not. Now, on to the staff and hair and the persnickety sandals.
  5. I was going for a Final Fantasy White Mage type deal.
  6. Ok, this one is all Ub3r's fault. During a Facebook conversation he talked me into attending and entering the Southern California Area Historical Miniature Show last month. I had just received an order from Dark Sword which contained this mini and I had to paint her. I pictured her coming up to a ravine in a forest that was not easily crossed with a creek or river running through it. Ub3r suggest a broken bridge and since I had already been thinking of doing an intact bridge, I went with it. So she was painted up and entered. I entered three pieces into their Advanced Painters, Fantasy category: this one; Albert from Hasslefree; and my Dark Sword Assassin from last September. As this was an open/medal competition, she was chosen as the piece judged and got me a Silver Medal, both of which means that my skills have improved since last year. Without further ado: ]
  7. I've not posted anything here for the last month or so as I've been working on a commission, which I thought I would share here. The minis are from the past & present & are by various manufacturers. I extended the integral metal bases out to the edge of the plastic rim with Milliput & did some light texturing on it, the Frost Giant has Army Painter snow flock on top. The Blight Lord's base was done using Basius's "Dungeon" stamp pad & green stuff. Dark Sword Minis Male Elf Ranger DSM-7105 Ral Partha Frost Giant 01-057 Reaper Minis Brand Male Barbarian 02529 Reaper Minis Townsfolk VII Clergy 02950 Rebel Minis Blight Lord RFF0209 Off The Wall Armies Swordfish Fighter GCC17-2183 C & C's are always welcome, thanks for looking!
  8. Kangaroorex was my partner for the spring exchange. He requested a deep forest autumn theme. I already had a female elven ranger from dark sword miniatures that was a perfect match. Painted the ranger in browns and a green cloak to tie it in with the rest of the scene. Some time ago I got the idea to use ornamental balls for miniature bases. I bought some with a 10cm (4inches) diameter. Filled the bottom with lightweight modeling clay and sculpted the tree to fit in the ball. Added mushrooms to add to the autumn feel. The owl and the mouse are from Busch (1153 HO Small animals set) And made a custom base out of plastic card to put the ball in. I am happy how it turned out in the end.. Taking nice pictures of the shining ball is not easy, so I added some pictures without the ball.
  9. Alright, first off this is all Ub3r's fault. We were discussing competitions, mainly a show that is local to me held by the Southern California Area Historical Miniature Society (SCAHMS). He was able convince me to go and while I can bring some of my older pieces, I wanted to do a piece specifically for the show. So my mind jumped immediately to the Elmore Female Mage/Druid that I just got in from Dark Sword and doing a forest style base. So, on to the miniature. I am not sure why, but I locked into painting her skirt a purplish red with a pink top. It took me a while to decide on the cape color but playing with the color wheel on my iPad got me to dark green. The colors in this mock up are a little off but it gives you the general idea. Here is the primed figure and the mock-up, the mock-up was done over the painted example from the web store so ignore the underlying freehand on the skirt. The design on the cape is a test for my freehand idea. And to the base. I wanted to do a forest base to test out some basing material I just got but I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do. So I went through Massive Voodoo's tutorials, hoping that something would spark an idea and it did. Their basing with cork tutorial made me think of the ravines/crevices in forests that have a river/creek running between pillars of rock. So I took that idea and ran with it. The first picture is the rough positioning, the second and third are where it stands now with some thin "trees", more cork, and sand added. There will be a broken wood rope bridge opposite of her and water at the bottom. Any input would be appreciated.
  10. Now that the exchange mini is on its way... I have some time to work on a new mini, this fairy from Dark Sword minis. This is about 2 hours of painting.. I am very happy with the skin. I have a new set of vallejo paints for skin and I like how it looks. Cant place a front picture because of an exposed breast.. The cloak and dress can use some refining I think.. Also started on the base, it is inspired on the artwork the mini is based on..
  11. I am trying to pick up painting again after a very busy time. This female mage is a bit of a test with OSL. Not really sure if I pulled it of to my liking. The fox is from another set from dark sword. Now I see the pictures I can see some more damage from when I dropped her. The tree I made myself.
  12. I'm looking for a photo of a vignette that was made with Darksword's miniature "The Lovers". Here is the stock photo from their site, for reference. http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/shop/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/330x/040ec09b1e35df139433887a97daa66f/7/6/7617_f1_p.jpg What I am looking for is a vignette made using this model, with a wall/archway modeled in the background, and some garden stuff around it (IIRC). I saw it on Facebook last year and now cannot find it. It is masterfully painted. Unfortunately I don't know who did it. I cannot believe there aren't thousands of copies of it floating around on mini painting sites for people to goggle over. If you have seen this image and can point me to it, I would be very happy.
  13. I've had this little fella close to finish since the end of last year. He had a couple of accidents in the process of getting finished. Yet, I finished him. Here is an example of why I can't paint table top. He was started with the idea of creating a warband for Burrows and Badgers. If I keep at this rate I should have one finished by the end of the year. That being said, I enjoyed painting him up. I am also enjoying finally finishing him. I hope you enjoy looking at him. Thanks for any looking and any C&C you feel inspired to give.
  14. Finally got some photos of my speed paints at Gen Con. As some of my fellow con goers already posted a few great speed paints you may know the rules. 45 minutes, limited paint and two brushes that are used and abused at the Con. Although this year and last you also get a brush from games and gears that you may use at each speed paint, but somehow I either lose it or leave it at the hotel and never remember to bring it back. Anyway here are my two which also will count for the RPChallenge. My Dark Sword speed paint Mab - Queen of the Fairies And a quick poorly lit photo of all the lovely ladies. And Impact's Chibi Gargoyle Each will stay as they are and be placed on my shelf with previous speed paints. Both surprisingly scored 2nd place but no final round for me as I was leaving too early on Sunday to attend. During both speed paints everyone painted quite well and produced some pretty minis in just 45 mins.
  15. This was a difficult piece to finish. Not because how difficult it was, but it is the first mini I painted since the death of my friend. I had already started this and decided to make this in a gift to his widow. She is a very close friend and I wanted to give her something to support her. The text means: "A little light for dark days". It still is a difficult time for me and is a very emotional piece. The mouse is the Dark Sword Mouse Mage. I made a new tail with a lantern with an led light. Behind the moon in the window is another led light. The box I bought in a craft store and I made the inserts. The insert in the lid first had a window, but I changed that so I could place the text there.
  16. Alright this WIP will contain more than a few mins. Most of the time I work on one or two specific projects that have a solid deadline. I started to find that I would get burnt out doing that so I am planning on doing something different this time. While a few of these could be competition entries and a couple are gifts, I plan on working on each a little at a time so I can keep my interest renewed. So on to the victims. Starting with the top left, we have a Gotham Policeman from Knight Models. He is a present for my Dad who is a retired police officer and will be painted in a tan uniform that was worn by San Diego PD until the early 90's. It is the uniform my Dad wore on patrol up until he joined their New Technologies Unit. He has no idea that I am doing this for him and I hope I can do it justice. Next up is Reaper's Vampire Noble (3042) whom I am just painting for fun and vampire skin practice. If I get him done he might be entered in the Halloween contest. If anyone knows what the critter by his legs is, please speak up because I have no idea. The little guy next to him is Hasslefree's Albert, a cute little tyke who, like the vampire, I am painting for fun. In the next row we have Stonehaven's half-lion who is a commission for a friend. Next her is Sayna from Draconia and her base. I may do some water effect on her base but I have not decided yet. She may be my entry for the fantasy large category on our next con, if I finish in time. Lastly at the bottom, we have Reaper's Kristiana (77223) and Troll Slayer Sophie (77370). These are commissions for another friend. And finally we had the Lovers from Dark Sword. These are going to part of a small vignette that is for my parents as a late anniversary present. I apologize for the wall of text and lack of paint on the minis. I wanted to get this started before I got too far into working on them.
  17. I had a new idea for a diorama with this mouse from Dark Sword. It's tail has a lamp on the end. It looked like a good subject for conversion to a working lamp. So I will make a new tail with brass rod and green stuff. I found an old HO railroad street light and cut of one on the lantarns. The original lamp is not usable. It is 16 volt and gets hot. I want to use a battery so I will add a 3 volt led light.
  18. I had a Sunday afternoon painting with a friend of mine. Finished the mini at home today and based it. Happy how it turned out. Not bad for 4 hours work
  19. Here is my exchange piece I sent off to Inarah since she wanted a surprise I did not want to post a show off until she received her. Luckily today she made it safely and in one piece. Inarah wanted a miniature she could use as a NPC or adventurer for gaming and I have been wanting to paint up a female wizard so I picked out Hannah sculpted by Werner Klocke. I didn't care for the wand so I switched her up a bit (with inspiration from Jennifer Haley's version). As I have been working on skin tones lately I mostly painted her skin with the olive skin triad with some help from the Dark skin triad and some purples for the deepest shadows. I tried something new with her skin as well and after sealing up added some satin brush on sealer to give her skin a luminescence feel. I am not sure if it shows in the photos though. I really loved painting her even though I had a few mishaps (mainly me being clumsy) and had to rework a few areas. Once I had her painted I knew she needed a kitty familiar since Inarah has a few cats of her own and of course her avatar. So I picked out a kitty from Dark Sword's Cat Pack and painted her up to be Hannah's familiar. I wanted to keep her base fairly simple so she could be used for gaming and moved comfortably. Without further ado here are the photos I took before packing her up. C&C welcome of course. And the closeup to really highlight my mistakes Inarah I'm so happy you like her and am glad she made it safely. Hopefully she will get to be a character to hit the game table someday.
  20. I tried painting fantasy for a while yesterday, finished this wood elf by Dark Sword. She's the one we got at the last Reapercon in the swag bag.
  21. When I saw this guy in the Dark Sword Miniatures store, I had to have him. Some of my favorite computer games are the Prince of Persia ones and I was definetly getting a Prince of Persia vibe off this guy. When I was looking at concept art from the games I found that the 2009 version of the Prince was perfect inspiration. So I pulled the colors of the scarves, the color of the pants, and the basing from some of the pictures I found. One element of this guy that I love is what I did with the scabbards. They were originally brown but they blended too much with the leather. So I decided to try some freehand wraps to match the ones on his legs and bring the base colors onto the mini. I still cannot believe they turned out this well. He was my entry in the Fantasy Single category at Gateway this past weekend where he got first place. Any input would be appreciated.
  22. With my summer exchange mini 99.99% done, it is time to start on some personal projects. On my work table are two competition entries as well as the start of my Infinity Bakunin Nomad squad. On the two competition entries, I mainly have done base construction. The first base is for a male assassin from Dark Sword. In my mind I have pictured palace/temple ruins in the desert. Why this? Well, the miniature reminds me of this guy: And so, he will be my inspiration for this piece. The big base is for someone special and is still missing elements. Here is where it stands now: It will be a jungle themed base and the hollowed out area is for a resin pour to make a pound/creek. There will be some more rocks/faces/columns on the other side once the minis base is attached. That will be in awhile as I want to do the resin pour before completing any other area of the base in case i have to scrap it. Who is deserving of this base you ask? None other than Narthrax. Lastly we have the beginnings of my Infinity squad, who are just assembled, based, and primed. They will be tabletop quality but if I really like how they turn out I may also enter them in the competition. I know they are just bare bones now, but any input would be appreciated.
  23. Here was my main entry for the Gencon MHE competition this year. Every year, I spend a lot of time painting a few minis, then enter any gaming miniatures I have that fit the categories. He got a gold award from the main competition, received a judge's choice award, and took home the 4th place Dark Sword trophy. I really love this mini- the biggest trouble I had painting him up was that Jim (owner of Darksword) owns a fantastic version of him painted by Zach Lanier. A lot of the decisions that I made on him kept this sort of meta-thinking in mind (ie, when Jim and Jess were judging the contest, I didn't want them to be comparing him to Zach's mini too much). I think I came out with an interpretation of this mini that is all my own. I've also posted him to Coolmini, for anyone who cares to vote.
  24. So finished this piece up recently and gave it as a gift to some friends. It was really fun to paint one of these figures, first time I've done one of these larger figures which provide an easy and detailed surface to work with!
  25. The last of the muses from the Dark sword kickstarter.The fox is also from the same kickstarter. Happy with dress and the scene. Not so happy with the face, not enough contrast around the eyes I think.
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