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  1. This is my old senile red dragon, Hezikiabadadia [who should be a lot larger than this, but we don't have the really big Bones dragons available yet] I started him on a small base, but he refused to stand up so I built a bigger base around the small one. His big base is unfinished but I don't know when I'll get around to finishing it
  2. One of my first painted miniatures, done up as my magma dragon Cypheros. I could probably do better now, and have been tempted to repaint him
  3. Hi guys, What is your favorite red dragon recipe? It doesn't matter if it is a pinkish or brownish color scheme, just want to know what you guys like the most! I'm planning on painting Cinder and Shadow dragon red at least. Thanks in advance!
  4. I’ve long admired the various Nethyrmaul minis painted by everyone else, and thought of what I would paint it if I had one. I’ve seen Nethyrmaul painted up as many evil type dragons, being black or red, etc. and I wanted to go an entirely different route. I wanted her whole areas, her base, to be as pretty as I could make them to really offset the ugliness of her exposed flesh =3 My idea for her was based on a dragon character I designed for a little story that eventually got scrapped, but I kept her idea because I liked it. My dragon is a gold dragon, a noble female who defended the innocent and fought alongside goodly knights against the evil in the world. Her name is Kessindra. [Kess-IN-draw] She fell in battle….and her corpse was raised to serve and fight for those she had sworn to defeat. Her mind and spirit remain, chained and helpless, as her body acts out their evil will. Each scale is painted individually [and I use craft paint, so hopefully her quality isn’t TOO bad for that fact] Hopefully you all like her ^.^ Link to her WIP thread: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/53995-siris-kaladrax-n-nethyrmaul-wip-thread/?p=846024
  5. I bought a few Bones minis to try out a while back, including the Pathfinder Red Dragon. The flexible wings took some getting used to, but it was certainly easy to put together and is very sturdy. It would make a nice gaming model, and does have a good level of detail, just not as good as the metal one. I painted this one like how I did the metal version, just more quickly and with fewer glazes.
  6. Wyvern painted up in a tropical scheme! Thanks Talespinner, I had a blast painting the lil' guy! Such an awesome sculpt! The base is green stuff and realistic water built up on a Secret Weapon base from my Bag O' Crap, to make a jungle pool
  7. So I had ranted about this fellow a bit in my other, general WIP thread...but I think he deserves a thread of his own. This is a Black Dragon, from WOTC D&D Miniature #40055. He was sculpted by Kim Graham and produced around the year 2000 in limited numbers [Thanks Belerophon for telling me!] Here he is before I started working on him: He was given to my husband in high school by a friend, and after we married we found him in a box and my husband asked if i could touch him up, as he had some scratches and chips. While I was getting ready to do so, I noticed his details were, in general, just horribly mucky...so I decided to strip him and repaint him entirely. Thanks to some advice from fellow forum members, I began soaking him in Green Stuff adn began to scrub...and scrub...and scrub Come to find out, he has been repainted quite a few times on top of the original, because as I scrubbed through the black, I got to a solid red coat...and then another black coat...and finally I'm on the last coat. So this will be my WIP thread for him as I continue to try and restore this poor dragon I took some photos of his glued joints as well...I have NO IDEA what was used to put him together but it has held up after 48 hours of Green Stuff soaking, and was put on extremely messily...as evident in the photos
  8. Finally got my Wyrmgear finished:- The wings could use something to break up those large flat areas, but it was hard enough just getting a solid layer of colour on them! Overall I'm really happy with how he turned out. Comments and criticisms graciously received.
  9. Here is one of my first single threads for an individual models. I am very happy with how this has turned out. I have tried to get quite a few good photos of it. Comments welcome.
  10. Last weekend saw me at a craft show watching my wife's stuff while she got to practice Karate in Okinawa. So with my time I painted... A lot. This is my second figure I did over the weekend. It was a great time to just spend a concerted 16 hours primarily painting and talking. (two things I really cant get enough of...) Anyway this is the, I think, the biggest mass of metal that Reaper ever produced. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds he was curling exercise to lift and paint. Not quite as happy with the paint as I was with Verocithrax but he still came out pretty well. Comments and critique always welcome. Hope you enjoy him as much as I did. in case you miss them, the pictures of him in the diorama are included as a reply below!
  11. This is going to be a really quick WIP, mainly because I'm generally done. I've got another layer of color to put down on the base (the first is drying), and then a wash for the bases, assembly, then clear coat protection. So this entry will probably be wordy. Last Christmas I was visiting my brother, my two nieces and a nephew. One of things I like to do is go to his FLGS (although he doesn't know it), and it's a really really nice store. Anyway, the middle niece picked out a Bone's Fire Dragon. And my brother said NO! I could have killed him! So I decided then to buy one for her and paint it up. She's under 10, so I'm trying to encourage this sort of thing. Then I remembered that she's got a sister and a brother. Showing up with a gift for just one wouldn't be nice, so I've got to figure out two more. Thus, a unicorn for her and a spider centaur warrior for him. He's into Spider-Man, so I bought him a spider man. I'm so cute. However, I knew from the start that I wanted to use the airbrush on the dragon for sure. Probably the unicorn, too. So I might as well do all three, right? I've used my airbrush one time before, painting three model car bodies that the kids and I were doing. So my experience is practically nil. But I've owned a "how to use an airbrush" book for over a decade, so that's almost like staying in a Holiday Inn Express. So this'll be a piece of cake! So, pull the cars out of the garage, unbury the compressor, pull out the folding table to work from as the garage work bench is covered in other things, although I managed to clear it enough to do all my paint mixing here. That becomes important and fortuitous later. Let's start with the dragon. Ignore the white spot for now. That's comes later in the story. Using craft paints, did its underbelly and wing membranes in a light yellowish tan, then the body in red covering up most of the yellow in the process, and then black for the spines, covering up a lot of the red. As an aside, I had the compressor up too high in pressure. Figured that out near the end of this little adventure. All in all, at least a good start. Pretty simple to clean up the over-spray areas. On to the centaur. Black, how can one screw up black? *raises hand* Had the paint too thin to start with, so had to let it dry and what not. But that's no biggie as I've got the dragon spines to paint. I'm telling the individual figures here in a linear sense, but I did use whatever color I had in the brush on every mini that needed it. So I'm glad I found out the paint was too thin on the spider before I destroyed the unicorn or dragon. Solved the thin paint issue, and came back to give it a better coat. Was really having trouble with too much paint (that ol' over pressure issue). So the red spots became more of a red tint. But the spider-side body came out pretty well. Now, I've got the torso. And since I wanted to have Spider-Man's red and blue worked into him, gotta go with a Drow-ish torso. I contemplated trying to airbrush the hair black for about half a quantum of time. So he was just sprayed all in blue. The unicorn was much easier. By now, I've solved the pressure issue, and have had a bit more practice and managed to get the blue really well. Purple hoof area and black mane/tail and horn. I also managed to airbrush his little goatee, but then covered it up in blue. Writing this, it certainly seems like a Quentin Tarantino-esque like story. It's all out of order here. I'm very happy with the unicorn. One of the lovely things about airbrushes is the nice fades and transitions that are possible. For my minor skill, I was happy. Now here's Act Three. I'm cleaning the airbrush inside in the sink, and have it nice and clean. Back outside on the workbench, and I lay it on the side. (For those airbrush lovers, I'll have a little spoiler and tell you to fear not. It's fine.) Cleaning up the other things and I pick up the airbrush again. Inside the cup, the water has extracted more paint. This is frustrating because I've cleaned it several times already and this one color just seems to have found a place to hide. But that's not a big deal. I'll just take it apart and give it a really, really good cleaning. I've never taken it that far. I've taken the nozzle cap off, but never the nozzle much less the needle itself. But I get that off no problem. And then the trigger comes out. Uh oh. I've now got ever single piece of the airbrush separated save for the air hose fittings. But I needed to lubricate things anyway, so this is no big deal and an opportune time to do that. Everything goes well until I try putting the trigger back in. Hinged with a little stem plug that pushes on the air hose fitting valve. I struggle to get that done. I get it it, and reach for the other pieces. The trigger falls out and rolls under the workbench. Gigantic dust bunnies and sawdust cows (I dunno, what would you call them?) mingle with spider webs from creatures deceased for decades. I have to re-clean the trigger. This cycle repeats two more times, so my frustration level is pegging the meter right now. In the middle of this it starts to rain. Pretty hard. It's rather welcome, as things were quite toasty, and so I don't mind. My daughter comes out to relay a question from her mother. Are the windows of the car rolled up? Of course they are, I reply. How stupid do you think I am? This is in the middle of trigger-cleaning-cycle number three. Alone again with my thoughts, I start to have my doubts. Maybe her car windows are a little cracked? I get the airbrush put together, grab the keys and run out into the pouring rain to check. Yup. All up tight. Now I'm soaked, frustrated as I can be, and ready to clean better. But I want to put her car in the garage now. So I grab the corner of the folding table where all the figures have been drying and proceed to move it over to my car's side of the garage. The far leg collapses. I watch in horror as my entire afternoon's work slides down the table and onto the floor with the nice abrasive epoxy coating I myself put down. Sailors blushed. Luckily, the damage was not as much as it could have been. Another Bones benefit, I suppose. You can see the white spot on the dragon's back leg where it scraped off. There was also another point up on his head that doesn't even show in the picture. The wings showed a few dirty streaks where they played in the tire and brake dust. The spider body had zero damage, while the torso remarkable stayed in the clamp and surfed gracefully to a stop, never touching the floor. The unicorn was like-wise safe, other than a few dirty scuffs on the body which were easily covered with a thin layer of paint. All in all, a very adventurous day of painting. Got all the damage repaired and as I mentioned in the first of this entry, nearly done.
  12. While I am posting, my kids asked me to paint dragons for them. This is my younger sons selection. The dragon is Magnificent Ego's Geiger Deep Dragon. This is the metal version. My son wanted a dark dragon walking in the dark caverns. This was my attempt to simulate that and to give light from magma below. I liked how it came out and I was fascinated by this dragon that cant make up its mind whether it wants to be organic, xenomorph or mechanical. Lovely beast Comments and critique welcome. hope you enjoy seeing him as much as I enjoyed painting him!
  13. I finished up Kaladrax a couple weeks ago. He should be arriving at his new home in Arizona tomorrow. :D Hope you like him. And the ever popular size comparison shot!
  14. The story goes something like this. My wife signed up for a sale booth at our local art fair and then had the opportunity to go to Okinawa for two weeks at the same time. "can you watch the booth this weekend?" So I got to sit and watch knitting. They did, however, allow me to paint, as long as it was, and I quote, "something impressive". So I dug into my mountain of metal and pulled out Verocithrax and T'Raukzul because I apparently thought I needed some weight lifting this weekend. The really good news is I got a bunch of Ooohs and Aaahs on the dragons nearly completed T'Raukzul and did complete everything but the new base for Verocithrax. T'Raukzul I will post in a day or 2 after i finish some final polishing, basing, and some shading work that i needed some paints I just didn't have over the weekend. But without further ado I present Verocithrax for youir viewing pleasure. He was a surprisingly fun dragon to paint and had a few surprises in the sculpt that I wasn't expecting. There a small chip in the paint on the back of the wing that I didn't notice, but other than that I had a great time with him! As always C&C is welcome, Enjoy!
  15. This was my Fantasy Large entry for the painting contest at Gamex this past weekend in Los Angeles. After I put down the base coat on this miniature, it almost went into a simple green bath but I decided to stick with it and hope it comes out in the end. I had second thoughts again when I opened and tested my pot of GW's blue wash. It was darker than what I was expecting and it seems to have a brown tinge to it. But I went ahead with my idea to use it to even out my blending on the scales and I am so glad I did. It ended up evening out the blues that I had used and got rid of the awful shine that GW paints seem to have when used on Bones. I am very happy with how it turned out but I was not sure how it would do in the contest as there were some mold lines that I missed or could not remove. It ended up getting first place so I must have done something right. Any input would be appreciated.
  16. Well, I finally managed to get some painting done and some pics taken. Only 1 dwarf, 1 halfling, a dragon, and a couple of sci fi models... Still a load more stuff to paint, but it's a start! cheers, Michael
  17. Given how helpful I found my Pathfinder Red Dragon WIP Thread, I've decided to start a new one for my next large project: Ebonwrath! Here he is assembled: And here's a base. I started with a Renedra 120mm Elipse platic base, then built it up with cork, glue, sand and bonsai stones. Here's the final assembly: I added a little more corck to support his feet, as he doesn't sit perfectly flat, and added green stuff to his joins and the base. For a colour scheme, I decided to stick with making him a panther-like black dragon, but I wanted to experiment with lighting a bit. I've settled on an obsidian theme - high contrast, gleaming skylight from above contrasted with gold and red lava flame from below. Here's a mock-up I did in Photoshop: Next step: Base coat! I'm glad I bought a spare bottle of Pure Black...
  18. I am working on a Geiger deep dragon from Valiant miniatures for my son. The problem i have is that I want to keep the wings and dragon very dark. At the same time there is a lot of detail on the wings and body that I want to highlight. every time I have tried this in the past I have wound up with a color much lighter than I was shooting for. suggestions and advice would be very welcome. This applies in particular to the wings. Can anyone give me a hand? Picture of the dragon included. Thanks for any assistance!
  19. Its been a work of patience. I didn't remember the treasure pile being quite so large. Anyway, Here is Ral Partha Imperial dragon. Hes just been sitting on my shelf for more than a decade with "I'll paint him later" written all over him. I decided I needed to do some treasure and well this is where he is so far. I am looking for comments/critique on him and any treasure suggestions that anyone would like to put forth. There are chests, sacks of coins, scepters, cloth, mirrors, altars, stones, books, heads and just about everything else and i am pretty tuckered coming up with new color schemes for hoard items. Let me know what you think. next comes the great basing. This will also be interesting. And yes I am trying some new lighting options for taking pictures so commentary on that would be great as well.
  20. So, I decided to challenge myself with my Cavern Crawler. I've been mulching through human figures, which I'll post in my Show-off thread in a little bit, but this guy I decided to do as a speed paint. I started him this evening, with the goal to get him to tabletop quality in under two hours. I think I succeeded; this is how he came out. Time from first paint applied to putting the brush down: 1 hour and 38 minutes: I only used seven colours painting this model: Linen White Oiled Leather Sun Yellow Walnut Brown Fire Orange Magma Red Violet Red Lots of drybrushing, lots of washes. Nothing on this one actually took that long - even the face was pretty quick, I just painted it various shades of Magma Red:Linen White, drybrushed it in a few areas with walnut brown, then detailed the mouth 1:1 Violet Red:Linen White and picked out the teeth and such with a panel brush. The back was Fire Orange drybrushed with Magma Red drybrushed with Walnut Brown, and the belly was 1:2:4 Oiled Leather:Sun Yellow:Linen White, washed with Oiled Leather. At the speed I was painting, I never put the figure down for the entirety of the time I was painting, but the paint dried fast enough that I didn't get much mixing/smearing. In the pictures, it's pretty easy to see the spots where I got dribbly during my washes, or where paint didn't reach. Still, holding it in hand, you don't notice any of them really, and it looks pretty excellent from a foot or so away. The face I'm really happy with, actually... With speed paints in the future, I think I would start by picking the lightest key colour, mixing up a whole bunch of it, and using a soft toothbrush to paint the whole figure in that color before I started basecoating. That way, I wouldn't have to worry about forcing paint into cracks. I did glue this figure before painting, so I would probably precolour at least that area; that way, I wouldn't have had to worry so much about those little legs later on... I think I'll revisit this one in a day or two to continue adding details and refining it. This was more an effort to see what I could do in a short amount of time; I like this figure, and I think with more effort, I could take it further. Still, for now I'm content; I wouldn't feel any shame in putting this onto the table, definitely. If any of you guys have suggestions, either speed painting ones or ideas on how to take this figure further, I'd love to hear them...
  21. I recently painted up King Starfire. He's a leveled up version of the boss dragon from the core set- and he's a pretty sizeable mini. I rather enjoyed painting him up, and I felt that the starscape worked very well on him. I used a simpler version of the starscape patterns on the original Starfire's wings, so I felt it appropriate to give this Starfire a more elaborate version. The dead knight on his base was a nice touch. He's simply huge for Super Dungeon, but we played with him the other day, and he's tall enough that the other characters can stand at his base without any issues. I've posted him up to Coolmini for anyone who cares to vote. Here are some pictures.
  22. This dragon has actually been painted for a while, but I had such a hard time getting decent photos I haven't posted her. She's meant to represent Khisanth for our Dragonlance campaign, and she's been corpsified for a few months, now. But she was suitably terrifying for the party (except Gerwin, my cleric...he made the save vs. dragonfear and just walked right up to chat. Then he killed her, and only died a little in the process. If you know the story or the module, you know how it went). I'm quite happy with her wings. Sorry the photos make her hard to see, but this is what I've got, and I'm tired of fighting with it. C&C welcome and appreciated!
  23. I posted a diorama here a few weeks back, but it was never meant to be permanent. I was finally able to remove them all from the diorama and base them all. They are a team to me now and tried to keep the bases simple and matching. Deathsleet's base took me a lot longer and I'm pretty happy with it. Diorama link here if you are interested. I hope you enjoy.
  24. Hello, I was encouraged to post some photos of my painted miniatures by my mini exchange partner. Here is my recently completed pathfinder red dragon. Feedback is welcome.
  25. So i'm working on a display piece for my FLGS based on their store logo. I'm using the BONES Pathfinder dragon for this and making a few modifications to it. I've posted before about my dislike for BONES but this figure is definitely an exception. It's well detailed and the parts assembly is well thought out. I didn't need to fill any gaps on this either. Also, modifying BONES are as easy as everyone says and the flexability makes getting into tight spaces easy for me. So tings are looking up. I will say this dragon is a lot smaller than I expected but not horribly so. I'm just used to the old partha dragon sizes. Anyway, here are som WIP pics so enjoy and feel free to ask questions or give feedback on my work. It's the only way I'll get better. First of all, here's a pic of my workspace. And storage.. Here's the Pathfinder Dragon with my Reptus Archer as a size comparison... I removed the head from under the dragons foot. This was extremely easy to remove and I can use the removed part on something else. If nothing else, BONES are very easy to modify... I began sculpting some game boxes under the dragon with some green stuff. this is my first major sculpting attempt. I added another box and 2 books to the base. I tried to give the idea that the dragon was crushing the corner of the top box. There was too much gap between the 2 game boxes so I added another small one. I assembled the rest of the dragon and sanded the game boxes a little bit. Now on to paint..
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