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  1. The first finished mini from my big pile of Kingdom Death: Monster stuff (and I don't even have most of it yet!), The Messenger of the Spiral Path:- Grrr... Capes, my old enemy returns! Apart from that though, I'm rather pleased with him, think he looks pretty good. You can find his WIP thread here. Any comments and criticisms are, as always, warmly received.
  2. This is the first step on my epic journey to paint up my entire Kingdom Death: Monster set (and hopefully many, many as yet unmade future expansions), I'm starting with the Messenger of the Spiral Path:- I've left him fairly unassembled because there's quite a bit that will be inaccessible after his cape is fully attached (and his left arm won't fit properly with the cape off). So the current plan is to paint him from the waist down, his back, his right arm and the inside of his cape, then finish assembly, then finish painting him. I'm kinda making a lot more work for myself as most of this won't even be visible on the finished mini, but if I leave it, I'll know it's unpainted and it'll nag at me. Made a start on painting:- Hate painting red! So far there's 5 different colours on there (Carnage Red, 1:1 Carnage Red/Blood Red, Blood Red, 1:1 Blood Red/Vallejo Vermilion, Vermilion) and yet the Carnage Red basecoat has barely changed. Not a huge problem as most of this won't be seen, but I'm hoping the outside of the cape (also red) goes a bit better. Gotta try and make more progress tomorrow, as I've signed up to a thing on another forum and he's due to be presented at the end of September.
  3. Yep. Another Kingdom Death mini from me (can't get enough of the stuff at the moment), this time it's the fearsome Storm Knight:- Didn't get too far today though:- I've only managed to basecoat the steel and metallic blue parts in Nightmare Black. I think this is going to be an even harder project than I thought.
  4. Kingdom Death: Monster is finally making its way into the hands of backers. I’ve had a chance to play it, and I can say that the game, and game pieces are quite good. It is gritty, tough and each time your tiny colony survives a nemesis, you feel a real sense of accomplishment. Now, while I don’t have any of the new minis from the game painted up, I do have one of Kingdom Death’s resin figures done. Here is the “Chosen.†While he does not yet have any rules, reading over the fluff blurb on him, I’m pretty sure that he’ll make it into a Kingdom Death expansion sometime (probably as a nemesis).
  5. Alright, finally got a lot of stuff off my painting desk and I am going to paint something that I want to paint instead of something for someone else. This is the first KD mini that I have had a go at so this should be fun/interesting/learning experience. Assembly was not too bad even though all the pieces and parts are tiny and delicate and resin. I will say that the mold lines are tiny and a pain to get off since I was worried about snapping a piece or going too far into detail. Took my time and still managed to miss one that ran down the entire right arm, ended up seeing it after priming, I think I got it all now. Not sure which lighting is better here so take your pick. Primed with duplicolor(?) white sandable auto primer, pretty good stuff from this first try, I may stick with it. I laid down a thinned coat of tanned flesh. Again with the lighting issue.. Then two more layers of thinned tanned flesh. That is where she stands right now, tanned flesh triad will continue after this busy weekend. C&C always welcome.
  6. So I recently discovered this photographer (NSFW): http://www.bellakotak.com/ I have been very inspired by her style and composition and I thought some of these photos would make spectacular miniatures. I decided to give it a shot with a little scene using the prone pregnant woman from the Wet Nurse. I've also wanted to give a sculpted base like what Corporea does a try So here is my start: There is a bit of the organic sculptural elements on the back but you can't see it in raw sculpey.
  7. 'Twilight Knights are part of an organization dedicated to making sure humanity's glorious past is never forgotten. By gathering together what relics and fragments of knowledge they can find, they hope to restore at least a little of what was lost in the Great War. More heavily armoured and with greater mental conditioning than their regular counterparts. Order Knights are the shield of the organization, deployed to defend areas and items deemed to be of great importance. They stand steadfast in the face of whatever Void born madness comes their way.' Still struggling with taking photos at the moment (though these are a significant improvement over the first ones I took of this guy). A WIP thread can be found here. Overall I'm fairly pleased with how he came out, there's some serious room for improvement on his cape (I get stuck when the folds get large) but I'm getting there slowly. As always, any comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.
  8. Still don't feel like facing my 'Shelf of Shame' at the moment, so I dug this guy out of my 'Pile of Shame':- The Order variant of the Twilight Knight from Kingdom Death. Between him needing quite a lot of prep work (the casting wasn't particularly good on this one), a paint explosion and general 'life suckiness', I haven't got very far:- His face is done (Vallejo Dwarf Flesh>Flesh Shade Wash>Dwarf Flesh>1:1 Dwarf Flesh/Linen White). I gave his eyes a few tries but they're way too small for me to pupilize, I might colour them in later but I'm liking them white at the moment. I've made a start on his tunic with a basecoat of Sapphire Blue, but I'm having doubts as to whether it's all one piece (the bottom half does look a lot more 'armour platey' compared to the obviously fabric top). There's also something going on under his left arm, so his tunic might actually be a tabbard over a breastplate, but I can't really make it out. So I worked on his funky shield:- But I don't think I'll get a decent picture of it until it's attached. The front of the shield is finished, the face drybrushed in Vallejo Bronze and Vallejo Burnished Gold, with the edges in Vallejo Oily Steel.
  9. I've been hearing about Scale75 paints for awhile now, and after watching Willen's video I put them on my Christmas list. No one bought them for me though, so I had to go and pick them up myself. To start I decided to go with their Flesh set. Overall I like my Vallejo, but some of their skintones look a little orange to my eyes. Of course I can mix what I want, but a little variety is never a bad thing. Their sets also come with a small painting guide. If it wasn't for having four languages on it, the guide could have been printed on an index card. It's not going to outdo Willen's video, but here's my little unboxing. Aside from the paint you'll notice some tape and a pin vise. The tape is a little trick I learned at work; it keeps cheap ink from rubbing off of bottles. There's no point in covering the whole thing, but a strip over what's important can save some confusion later. Interestingly enough, the labels on a $3 bottle of paint are not really higher quality than those on a $180 bottle of similar size. While the bottles themselves are not as rounded as the Vallejo ones they do use essentially the same tip, with one important difference. The Scale75 is not drilled out at the factory. If you take the cap off and squeeze it'll be a bit messy. Vallejo's openings are about 1.5mm, while Reaper's are about 1.2mm. I actually like the slightly smaller opening so these got drilled to 1.2mm. Now that I have some new paint, I need something to try it out on. At first I was thinking bones, but I've already painted most of these in the box that were showing a bit of skin. Then I remembered that I had the Kingdom Death Pinups box just gathering dust on my shelf. Pinups it is! Back in like Jr high I used to do a bit of modeling. While most of what I had from back then is long gone, I did still have a bottle of polystyrene glue that I'd kept. Does this stuff last for 20 years? There's one way to find out! That's right, cut a couple of ends off the sprues and glue them together. It made a nice bond so on to the first mini. I didn't fully assemble the Twilight Knight simply because that cape was going to get in the way of painting. She'll be painted in two sections and then glued together at the end. Drilling out for pinning isn't really necessary but I went ahead and made a hole in the body just so I didn't have to worry about clipping my paperclip holder off completely flush. I also drilled out her heels so I could pin her to whatever I end up using as a base. Now for a color scheme. I don't really follow the fluff for KD, but I though the colors on the included card were kind of boring. Since she's a twilight night she should have twilight colors! A quick search turned up a few that I liked. At first I was thinking the first image, but now I'm leaning more towards the second. To start, the cape. It's the single largest item on the mini so I decided to go with blue. Now I'm not going to paint a sunset on it or anything, but I am thinking about a dark to light transition on it. I based it with the appropriately named Night Blue, but in the process discovered that it wasn't a good choice due to it being a bit transparent. Lesson learned for next time, but for now after many layers I have something to start from. And now, time to watch more football.
  10. Back when I posted my KD Survivor pinup I mentioned that these pinups were an exercise in learning how to handle the Scalecolor flesh set paints. The Survivor was not actually the first pinup that I painted though, it was the Twilight Knight. She sat on my shelf of shame 95% done until I decided to finish her up earlier this week. She just needed hair and a base so it made for an easy project. Back when I was trying to decide what color scheme I wanted to paint her in I decided to use twilight colors and used the images below to set my pallet. All of the pinups have a card that comes with them, but I thought her dark stock scheme was a little boring. I know some people might say it's a little too vibrant but hey, she at least stands out from a lot of the other KD minis you'll find out there. The metals are just simple shaded metallics and the base is a bag o crap selection that I had lying around. She's still not sealed because it won't stop raining, but eventually she'll get some dull cote to knock the shine down on her cape. Come to think of it, has anyone other than aku-chan posted their Twilight Knight? You know your journey as a mini painter is not complete until you have painted one. Just look at that face. It says paint me!
  11. As the title says, this thread is all about Kingdom Deaths plastic pin-up set. With Twilight Knight and Forsaker already finished, meet the remaining girls:- Since I don't batch-paint very well, I'm working on one at a time, starting with Survivor:- At this point all I've done is basecoat her skin with a 1:1 mix of Vallejo Dwarf Skin/ Flat Flesh and given it a wash of Vallejo Flesh Shade.
  12. I forgot to post this one. It's Kingdom Death's savior 40 years. Unlike most of their sculpts, this one has real clothes! And a really intense expression. I love this sculpt! I decided to go with some complementary colors, initially purple/yellow, but it morphed a bit into blue/orange. Enjoy! C&C always welcome!
  13. Here's the Relic Knight sculpted by Yannick Hennebo for Kingdom Death which I just finished painting, and I got some great advice in this thread so a thank you goes to the wise men and women who chimed in there. I painted the mini to represent one of the characters in our Pathfinder game (together with the two previous ones I did, Thula and Fidrak). This crazy cat is Tyrax the Slayer, a young man with the blood of a red dragon pumping through him. The thing with this guy is that he will, as he levels up, take on more and more draconic properties; soon (at level 2) he will be able to grow claws, and later on he will get wings, natural armor and breath weapons coming out of every which orifice (he will take the Dragon Disciple prestige class if you're in to Pathfinder). I'm not sure how well you can see it in my photos, but I painted the right hand (which is clawed) to be undergoing draconic transformation. My thought with the mini is that he was perhaps hiding his transformed hand in those bandages, but he is exposed, or something just pisses him off, and he decides to let rip. A mad grin on his mouth, he whips out his sword and shakes his claw free, as pure draconic power erupts like bubbling scars across his skin... To be honest, I'm not... completely happy with the results I got here. The problem I see is that his hair and the cloak are almost the same color, and this is due to me not thinking things through enough. The cloak was basecoated in Mahogany Brown, and then shaded with Blackened Brown and Walnut Brown, followed by highlighting with Chestnut Brown and Rust Brown. The problem was that the exposed highlight areas were so enormous compared to the tight folds where the shades were, so it ended up quite a bit more orange than I had intended. I still think he looks pretty cool though, and I don't have it in me to start over, so he will just have to do. In retrospect, I do think a stronger color scheme would have been a flowing red cloak paired with raven-black hair. Next time! Anyway, hope you like him!
  14. One of my January painting goals was to branch out and paint a mini from a company that I had yet to paint a mini from. I chose the Kingdom Death hard plastic pinups in part to see how well their assembly goes and in part to see how durable the hard plastic they're using is. Another goal I had was to try something new, which for January was the Scale75 flesh paint set. For anyone interested in the details you can get them in my WIP. Of course, we're now into February and I've pretty much set the same goals for myself. This time the something new was attempting to paint marble. I ended up going with a white marble with blue-grey and ocher veins. I like how it looks from above, but my freehand on the backside didn't turn out as well. First the 360 view: From above the gold mask and my attempt at "natural" reddish-brown hair: And a few views of how the marbleizing effect turned out. And last a bonus closeup. She was a fun mini to paint. I'll have to find the time to work through the rest of the box, but first I have a quick and easy mini primed and ready to go.
  15. Here's the latest mini from my Meet the Girls WIP thread, the Great Game Huntress:- I got a little carried away making her base! Super pleased with her outfit, and I seem to be getting better at painting short hair. Unfortunately it looks like I've had a few problems with my varnish here and there. Comments and criticisms are, as always, much appreciated.
  16. Here's my recently finished Survivor pin-up from Kingdom Death, along with my Forsaker and Twilight Knight pin-ups who I painted a while ago but never made a Show-off thread for (at least I think I didn't). Survivor:- I could've been a bit neater painting her bikini (stupid shaky hands!), but overall I'm pleased with how she turned out. (WIP thread available here Forsaker:- That basing idea worked so much better in my head! Her hair and cape could've used stronger highlights, but again, I'm pleased with how she looks. Twilight Knight:- Could've put more work into her sword blade, but I think she's the best of the three. So what do you think of the girls so far? Comments and criticisms are, as always, very appreciated.
  17. "As most settlements lack the means to produce food within their fortified walls, hunting is essential to humanities continued existence. Making Hunters some of the most revered and honored members of their community. The same cannot be said of the so-called Rogues. Their preference for working alone, in an age when many lack the courage to even set foot in the wilderness, causes them to be viewed with suspicion and mistrust, their continued survival the result of deals with dark entities rather than natural ability. So Rogues lead a solitary life, traveling from settlement to settlement, staying in one place just long enough to repair their equipment and restock essential supplies." Another Kingdom Death mini finished, his WIP can be found here. Really like how he turned out, it was one of those sculpts that's very easy on my 'colouring-in' painting style, though I really do need to work on my photo skills. Comments and criticisms are, as always, most welcome.
  18. I should be working on my more time sensitive projects, but I can't resist the siren call of starting another Kingdom Death mini, the Rogue:- At the moment he's merely been cleaned, assembled and primed. Tomorrow comes the fun of deciding what colours to assign to his many layers of clothing. I've made a start to his base too:- That fern on the side looks way too much like an ear.
  19. "The focus of many a cautionary travellers tale, Nightmare Rams are said to inhabit the wild, lonely parts of the world. Appearing before lost travellers to offer their services as a guide, those who are foolish enough to accept their help are led deeper into the wilderness, never to be seen again. Occasionally, someone will seek out the truth behind these tales. Those who are unlucky to uncover the truth, and lack the strength to resist the strong hypnotic powers the Nightmare Rams possess, soon curse their curiosity, as they are swallowed whole and slowly become one with the Ram, their mind forever trapped along with all the other unfortunate souls the Ram has consumed over the centuries." Been working on this one for a while (as can be seen from the WIP), and I'm super pleased with how it turned out. Comments and critiques are, as always, much appreciated.
  20. I've been missing having a WIP, so I'm having another go at one. This time though, I'm just picking one of the minis on my desk to chronicle, this guy:- "Hello there, I'm peculiar looking" Had to break out the green stuff to fill his gaps, first time I've done it and I think I did an okay job. Couldn't work out how to hold him while painting, so I'm getting him based first. However. He's a bit too big for his base, plus sticking to my Kingdom Death theme of having a statue head on the base somewhere really didn't help, but I got something cobbled together:- But then, disaster! When I started gluing the cork on, I couldn't get anything back in place, so I re-worked it on the fly:- Just waiting for the green stuff to dry, then it's sand time!
  21. Here is the second Warrior of the Sun that I got to paint up. After reading the fluff, I decided to take a Shadow Dancer style approach, and gave parts of his flowing robes a starscape effect. I feel like this worked out rather well for him in the end, and the lanterns on his belt were placed pretty well for a localized OSL effect. I've got to say, I'm really impressed with Kingdom Death's sculpting and resin casting. Here's hoping the plastics look just as good. I've stuck him up on CMON for anyone who cares to vote.
  22. Here is my interpretation of Kingdom Death's Warrior of the Sun. When I looked over the fluff around this character, I realized that she's sort of a Shadow Dancer, and I created the starscape on her robes to represent this. Kingdom Death definitely has some wonderful sculptors working on their resin line- the details were stellar and the mini was a joy to paint. It is a shame that they're pretty much never in stock, but here's hoping the plastic versions look just as good in person as they do in the pictures. Overall, I was very happy with how she turned out.
  23. 'He cannot give into hopelessness, he must save his people whatever the cost.' These are the thoughts that continue to push him in his fight against a great evil, an evil that destroyed both him and his people long ago... Still can't take decent pictures. Any ways, I present my latest mini Kingdom Deaths Gold Smoke Knight (I started working on him about here in my WIP thread), didn't quite turn out how I envisioned it (I wanted him to be a bit battered looking, but didn't have the guts to tackle any weathering), but I'm still really happy with how he turned out. All comments or criticisms greatly received.
  24. Aw, what the heck, I haven't posted in show-off in about a month. Here's Kingdom Death's Grand Mother. I have to say, she's a freaky model. I used some secret weapon skulls on the base. I also tried out a new steel recipe. The hardest part was pinning those darn wings. Enjoy!
  25. Painting Death Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 edit: The Results! The challenge: 1. Paint any Kingdom Death model. Completely open challenge, keep it simple or go nuts. No restrictions on basing or modification, but do restrict it to Kingdom Death models. The object is to paint up some KD in advance of the release of Kingdom Death: Monster. 2. (optional) Include a short paragraph of prose about your entry. 3. Post your entry to this thread by midnight CST on January 20, 2014. Anyone can enter at any time before this deadline. After the deadline I will set up a poll to see who wins the exciting no-prize. Because there is no prize! If for some reason we get a better than expected turnout, I could re-consider a prize of some sort. Please, no chatter on this thread, entries only! If you have questions or need help, please post in the discussion thread. If there is nudity (or borderline nudity ala the White Speaker's straps), please provide a link to your photos rather than embedding them in your entry post. Reaper is a family-friendly forum. Thanks! Thanks to Inarah for the format of this post!
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