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  1. Ok, so who's seen it, and what did you think? As for myself, as with every take on Tolkien's stories that PJ has done, I find myself wishing he had stuck closer to the actual story. I understand that he had to rush certain parts to make room for the additional stuff, but I'd really have liked to have seen more Beorn. Hopefully he'll make an appearance at the Battle of Five Armies. It's totally understandable that hottie elf chick would fall for a dwarf given the questionable masculinity of the male elf. But why make it a love triangle? Erebor was cool as was the fight with smaug (who did look awesome). I especially liked the golden dwarf.
  2. What's Gargantuan, Lawful Good, and CR 19? This girl: This was a collaboration between me and my sister, a fellow dragon freak. I love this sculpt. It has a real feeling of size and power.
  3. I've seen it done in orange, red, and blue. I decided to try it in green. I'm fairly pleased with him. :-) I would have done pictures in a light box, but it was late and he's going to work tomorrow to sit on my desk. :-) He's a bones mini. I tried priming it with krylon dual, bug it was a bit tacky. I dusted it with Armory primer and it was fine. Working with something so light made manipulating it for painting angles easy, but it was a bit too easy to accidentally flex the wings when I bumped it.
  4. So, I have this metal dragon that I glued together and covered with Testors grey primer back, oh, 10 to 15 years ago, in preparation for painting using Testor's enamels and then never actually got around to painting. His right wing got knocked off at some point when he fell off a bookshelf, largely because I didn't know you were supposed to PIN as well as glue things like wings, but also because it really hadn't been treated very carefully (there were many occasions I found it had fallen over and was lying on one side, with all its weight resting on a single wing, long before that wing came off). I glued it back on with (I think) contact cement. (green stuff? what's that?) I'm wondering two things: 1: Can anyone identify the sculpt (i.e., who made it)? The figure is attached to a flat base I made for stability out of a "sample" piece of that stuff they put on kitchen counters ("stolen" from the hardware store), so I can't check the bottom for the manufacturer's name. (Note that the wings as shown might be situated more vertically than originally intended, a side effect of the all-too-common "lying on one wing" scenario mentioned above.) 2: Should I strip him in PineSol and start fresh or do you think that I could start with acrylics over the existing primer? Thanks!
  5. So, I've decided on a mini for the Here Be Dragons contset, though how one follows that Nethyrmaul, I'll never know. I'm going to paint this bad boy: With a twist...LIMITED PALETTE!!! Okay, I've decided on four colors to use: I've basecoated him in 'Sample,' which is suspiciously similar to Payne's Grey, though slightly purple. The horns, claws, teeth and spines will be painted with Bleached Bone. The wings and under-scales will be painted with Ice Blue. The main body will be painted with Astronomicon Grey. The base will be painted with a mix of Bleached Bone and Ice Blue (maybe, I'm not sure on this choice, yet). I'm currently working on the horns/teeth/claws/spines right now. Watch for more pics later.
  6. Kala gaps.. joint plugs probably need some trimming. two legs dont actually sit on the base..
  7. Hi all! this is my end of the year "here be dragons" diorama contest entry, fresh off the paint table this morning. this mini was salvaged from a three year stay at the shelf of shame and was begging to be worked on. the contest was a perfect excuse to do just that. originally i had been over ambitious with the level of detail work i wanted to do, and a thousand scales later and it hit the shelf. to get it how i had envisioned it (each scale as a gem) was just too much work and at the time my skill with that technique was much worse. over time the age of the PJ showed. i briefly considered stripping it and starting over but couln't get over the mental hurdle. the contest was an ideal excuse to finish it fast and call it "done" in whatever state it was in when time was up. better to have another completed than back in the box. the story: only her appointed elderly handmaiden had offered her council as she prepared for the dragon tithe. As the old woman hemmed her fine silken dress she whispered, "wear no perfume today my lady, and stretch in the cart. the beast will toy with you, princess, as a cat plays with a mouse. when you run, do not run home, for even if you did traverse the plain none here would dare aide you or offer you sanctuary. no, child, you must run to the ruins of the old city. there the stench of our ancestors will cover your scent. only then will you have a chance. even so, the dragon is crafty and......." the old woman cleared her throat and wiped an eye. how many times had she hemmed this dress, the girl wondered. how many seasons, how many "princesses?" the old woman continued," remember your childhood games, dear. hide and seek in the woods. if you should escape, do not return here, for the dragon will surely have his flesh. now go, sweet child, the magistrate is waiting." and an extra pic of the "princess" not included in the contest posting. she is removable and has her own matching base. this was done so that the models are useable as gaming miniatures as well as for a diorama. she makes for a total of 60 minis completed in 2013. comments/questions always appreciated!
  8. Yay, finished in time to enter 2013 Dragon challenge with 6 hours to spare.... He is 2 lbs 2.5 ounces of lead, so pretty straining on the wrists. The WIP is here : https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/52564-teronus-grenadier-dragon-wip/ I will likely put him on a display base later. With a dwarf snack for size:
  9. Here's my extended entry for the Year of Dragons contest. My first full-sized dragon! Pretty pleased with how easy Bones made doing such a big mini, though I'm wishing (as always) that I'd taken more time with the mold lines. Pics are a little washed out in places, but I think they mostly turned out okay. And look! He's made a little friend!
  10. Well I finished up Nethyrmaul for one client, only to have TWO more shipped to me for other clients. LOL It truly is the year of the dragons for Midwest Miniature Guy Studios. That's alright cause it's minus 30 here in MN on Christmas Eve. So as we all bundle up and get ready for our evening celebrations (the family is headed to Mass tonight, then popcorn eating and Christmas lights around the town!) I leave you with my first version of ye old dragon. Happy Christmas Reaper Peeps!
  11. I'm getting started on a diorama for the Here Be Dragons paint contest. Basic concept: The silver dragon protects the hero's tomb from a deathknight come to defile it. This will also give me an excuse to finish that deathknight I've been working on and that sarcophagus I keep thinking of working on. First step is to establish the layout of figures on the base (2 blank CDs glued together for thickness.)
  12. Hello everybody! I am working hard on a diorama to, if I get it done in time, submit to the Here be Dragons! competition. I have a lot of pics from the start, but I hit a problem tonight and wanted to ask the forum for opinions and advice. The diorama will tell a story. To test the idea, I won't tell you what, and if you can guess it then the story is well shown to the public :) Some pics: That was "version 1" of my idea. Of course, cleaning of minis (removing bases) and sculpting needed to be done (I cleaned the minis already, sculpting flames is next). I was quite happy about this composition, but something kept bothering these last couple days, something I finally put my finger on: - The wizard dwarf holding the shield is too static! I went through the rest of my Reaper order and found a mini that I originally intended to go up there, quickly put it together, and then set a new scene (let's call it v2): As for composition, I brought these friends: (version 2.1): ...or version 2.2: Also, to balance the diorama, this little guy (non Reaper, old mini I don't know where it comes from): These are the minis available to me, basically: Size comparison of the little dwarf: Sorry for the bad pics. Now, help me! Do you think the story is clear? Do you like v1 or v2 better? If v2, v2.1 (fighter to the side) or v2.2 (fighter in the path of the dragon and under the flame blast, mostly)? Should I keep the little dwarf? Should I add something else? There are pieces missing (like bushes, foliage on the tree plus burning tips of the branches, etc) but basically that it is. Any comment or suggestion is deeply appreciated!
  13. first up the lovely sculpt from Sandra Garrity 02457: Amber Dragon I painted this one up as a copper dragon for a PC in my game groups epic levels campaign and next my Pathfinder red. This guy gave menothing but troubles. He's been stripped and repainted once already, and I finally got fed up and called him 'good enough'
  14. Well, I've decided it's time to take a deep breath and starting working on my dragons. To start with, this guy: I love Wayne Reynolds' concept art (above) so I'm trying to stick to it as much as possible. Here he is, assembled and based: The base is an unholy mess of glue, cork, green stuff, stones and sand. Here he is with some base coats: The red is Vallejo Burnt Cad. Red (+ Pure Black), the base is Stormy Grey + Swamp Green + Pure Black, the eyes are Sun Yellow, the chest is Vallejo Yellow Ochre and the horns etc. are just plain Pure Black. Next I'll base coat the teeth, clean up the red coat, and start layering...
  15. Lot of heart and bits of my soul went into this. I took about a hundred pics, in a hundred different ways and pulled a handful of my favorites. They are all Reaper minis and the Dragon is Deathsleet. I wanted a Water Dragon with an excuse to try some water effect stuff for the 1st time. Not sure how long that wall of water spell will hold him back, but it doesn't look like Meriseil is waiting to find out. I hope you enjoy :)
  16. So after I got my really groovy pin vise from those fine folks at Hobby Lobby, I've been itching to actually pin something with it. I have tons of different stuff I could choose from but finally came upon this Ral Partha Gold Dragon from their Council of Wyrms. As I started working on it, I started photographing it, so figured I'd do a WIP out of, which I hadn't done since I'd painted up some Drow Elves a while back ago. Hopefully it's not too tedious to watch, and I've got oodles of pictures of the dragon in various states of pinning, so if you get bored, I apologize. I think I'm using this as some kind of therapy, with the hopes that if I photograph it, I'll actually have to finish it sooner or later. I'm also working on three dwarves and an Amazon chick at the same time, which I imagine will all get done before the dragon, but if you never start you'll never finish. It's a gold dragon, so my main color will end up being Palomino Gold, and his underbelly I think I'm going to start out as cream ivory, with his wings and feet being buckskin tan (I think that's the name of the color). I want to probably do the horns in some kind of brown, maybe even start out with earth brown, not sure, and will work from there. So now I've got to figure out how to do all the pictures, which I took so many of. Maybe I'll just describe it ahead of time and then put the photos in at the end. Oh well, I'll figure it out. Anyway, to start out with the model itself, pre-assembly. There's a bit of blood on him, because I ended up stabbing myself with the pin vise. Missed any vital arteries, thank you all for the concern, but after I got some holes drilled, I went and washed him off really good with soap and water.
  17. Here is a WIP of my bones Dragon Warrior I have given him golden armour and red skin and now have dream a blank. So to all my fellow war gamers I am sending out an Sos.
  18. Here is my Starfire the dragon. I went with pink, and felt that I needed to paint up the wings to herald back to his namesake.
  19. Dark Sword Miniatures have on their website and their Facebook something interesting: Along with this tid bit: Judging from the comments they had test castings at ReaperCon? Looking forward to seeing where this one goes. *edit* Kickstarter is live now: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/823962857/dark-sword-miniatures-special-edition-elmore-drago
  20. So, this is one of my players' cohort, Talan; a noble from her house. What do you think? :)
  21. I originally ordered the worm and werewolf way before the Kickstarter. I was extremely impressed by the quality and the price. Strangely, the worm suffered from the tacky paint issue where the werewolf never did. I use the same paints and primers on everything. I have re-coated a few minis after reading a few suggestions here and found Testors Dulcote does work at coating the minis and removing the tackiness from finished models. I'll be busy painting for the next year..... EDIT: as suggested, these are the minis posted below (in order). 77006: Great Worm 77005: Ogre Chieftain 77009: Werewolf 77038: Hell Hound 89001: Pathfinder Red Dragon 77063: Duke Gerard 89003: Pathfinder Goblin Warrior 77050: Lizardman Warrior 77058: Almaran the Gold, Paladin 77143: Townsfolk: Undertaker 77158: Arrius, Skeletal Warrior
  22. I'm painting up 77026: Young Fire Dragon as a white dragon for an upcoming D&D game, and I was feeling a little frustrated and wasn't making very much progress, so I thought I'd take a few pictures and toss them up here. I still plan to give special attention to his eyes, mouth, and base. I am considering doing the little wing spikes and tail spikes as boney protrusions in a warmer white, shaded to a pale warm brown? I would especially like opinions on the wings: is the shading reasonable? Are the transitions smooth enough? Also, is there enough contrast on the body? His little cheek-flaps seem especially hard to pick out at a distance. Lastly, does he actually seem to read as white, or just pale blue? Colors are Snow Shadow, Ghost White, and Pure White, so far. (And I acknowledge the double challenge of both painting and photographing white is working against any useful advice I might receive.)
  23. Hello! The arrival of the bonenami was initially elating and then overwhelming. Where to start? Do I dare put aside my terrible craft paint and start relearning how to paint with Reaper paint? I was seized with indecision. After two weeks of avoidance I came to the amusing (to me) decision to just keep working on the stuff in the queue, keep using crud paint while gradually working in a Reaper color here and there, and ignore the Kickstarter stuff altogether until I felt like it. Now I feel better. Meanwhile, here is something I did recently. I wanted to go bright as an experiment: no blacklining, not much shadowing etc. The result was underwhelming but then I made this base out of Liquitex Modelling Paste and just kind of smushed the broccoli base into it while it was still soft to create an appropriately shaped recess. (It's not that I'm lazy, it is that I don't think ahead.) Then, continuing the make-it-up-as-I-go-along approach, I painted it up according to the accidental swirls that emerged in the dried paste. It looks a bit like tomato sauce but it is supposed to be hot lava. Cheers.
  24. This is an open thread for our 2013 Dragon Painting Extravaganza! I started Cinder back when...um...she was released. Yeah, shelf of super shame. Here's what I've got so far. I may strip her on account of I started painting her when I had no light, so now her paint looks super thick, but at least you get an idea of the plan. Ok, feel free to join in!
  25. So, it has finally happened. The other half of the games name has appeared in Encounters. So in responce to this momentous occasion, I Re-Painted several D&D Minis of the appropriate dragon type for the four regular DMs at our FLGS, Gatehouse Games. And of course I'm sharing this occasion with a bunch of Internet people, too. More Pics at the Linky-Link below. http://s124.photobucket.com/user/GenericFighter/library/4%20Dragons%20for%204%20DMs?sort=3&page=1 GF
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