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  1. Before I say anything about the Miniature; I wanted to say thank you to Ub3r_N3rd, robinh, and Dontfear for their suggestions, help, advice, and that they always push me to expand, and try new things. This Miniature is incredible for its detail, and the myriad of ways you can go about painting it. I have had an absolute blast doing it, and I am sure I could have added a few more touches to it, to enhance it further. Blending all those colors, and making the color choices was a hoot. The leaves on the bottom are Birch tree seeds. Go for this one, and try not to giggle as much as I did as I painted it. Here is the Frog Wizard: ETA: Comments and Suggestions are solicited and greatly appreciated !
  2. I was given the Dark Sword Frog Wizard as a Christmas Gift. I don't want the giver of the gift to think I was unhappy with their choice; (must always leave open channels for future Mini's) !!! I really like the challenge of this one, and the familiars around his feet, and the bat are hysterical ! So I am doing another one of those froggies that I dearly love. I wonder if he is holding the "Holy Hand Grenade Of Antioch" ??? I have him primed now.
  3. I've been trying to make sure that I do Miniatures that teach me things at this stage of the game. Lots of Muscle on this one, and small details. Its challenging to get the balance right, and deal with all the details. I've enjoyed this one, especially mixing up the flesh tones, and the basing. As always, Comments and Criticism welcomed and desired. Here is my interpretation of the Jungle Lord:
  4. For my next Grenadier mini I chose the "Guardswoman." She is showing a decent amount of skin so I decided to use her as an experiment in doing a darker skintone with the Scale75 flesh set. My main concerns were that my basecoat would look a little too red (it did) and that the jump between the shadow and the midtone colors of the set was so large that it would require a half-step (it did). Fortunately a few simple glazes was all it needed to get the colors as I wanted them, though I didn't put the time in to get perfectly smooth transitions. For the rest I once again went with the color scheme as shown on the box art. Since she was already a test I decided to use her for another couple of experiments. I don't have any personal recipes for NMM steel or gold, but I do have some colors that I think should work. Just as with the skin, the NMM was all about seeing how the colors worked rather than getting the smooth blended necessary for the effect. Before I really go all in, I want to study some properly lit metal (which excludes the majority of CMON). Since I decided to do this halfway through I also ran into a bit of an issue with rough edges that I hadn't worried about during the prep stages. It's tricky to do edge highlighting when the edge itself is flawed. Since on the box she's a guard getting ordered about by an Egyptian looking person I did a simple freehand of the Eye of Horus on her shield. Also, this is yet another true 25mm mini with eyelids... and I just don't see what you all are complaining about.
  5. Well I manged to find a pack of metal Reaper models in the UK for a reasonable price. As I want to build up a fully populated village over time I thought these would be good to start. First up they have had a bit of cleaning, as always there are not many mold lines to contend with. The models were then put on some 30mm bases, and some green stuff was used to finish off the texture and cover any gaps. Next up I need to give them a nice coat of primer and find those remaining mold lines.
  6. For my second Grenadier mini I went with another martial type, #7 Swordswoman. This time I went with the box art for the color scheme, though I do believe that the svelte reptile perched on her straw hat in the art gained a few pounds. I guess it was to be a familiar for a fighter/mage? I still haven't picked up any hollow blanks so she's just chillin' on the integrated base for the moment. I also tried a new background. My printer decided to add pinstripes but I went ahead and tried it in order to see how well it worked.
  7. One of my friends asked me to find a druid miniature to paint up to use as his D&D character. I found some possibilities for him and he choose the metal version of Elquin. Any input would be appreciated.
  8. I saw this miniature a while back and asked for it as a birthday present. It is small, and detailed, and an amazing amount of muscle and skin to do. The Sculpt is also really "tight". So I may have taken on a headache, but its been primed, so I am off to the races. Here are a couple photos. The inked one is off their webpage.
  9. I completed this Mini Yesterday. If you want a fantastic challenge go for this one. The pose is so dynamic, and the possibilities are myriad. I added a new set of brushes to this mix; and was shocked by the difference in upgrading to a higher quality brush changed my painting. I know that many folks feel that an excellent base should be designed for each mini. Since it is winter; and most DSM mini's come with a base sculpt, I am just going to go with what they have done for right now. Once I can use my new jewelers saw outside, I'll learn how to removed that stuff, and peg them I have added some flocking to the base.. This has been a hoot to paint. As Always C/C accepted and appreciated. Here are some photos:
  10. Back when I first started getting into miniatures I would scour ebay looking for deals. One of the purchases that I made was Grenadiers 2007 Females set for AD&D. I don't remember exactly what I gave for it, but I do remember being happy because I was getting metal cheaper than I could Bones. It then proceeded to sit on my self for another year, to go with the 34 years that it had sat on someone else's shelf. As part of my recurring painting goals I am tackling minis from companies I haven't painted yet so I pulled it off the shelf and too a look at it. One thing I noticed was that there were some annoying mold lines on them. They weren't big but were in places where it required some care to remove them, like right down a face. Another thing I noticed was that two of the eight were miscast, and both of them were in the same area - the left hand gripping the shield. I knew expectations of quality have changed a bit over the last three decades, but a 20% failure rate seems pretty high. It's not like there's an option to return them at this point though. Anyway, for my first Grenadier mini I chose "Fighter." After the time I put in on the KD Survivor I decided to do something nice and quick. She's mostly just a standard metal armor job, but I did play around some more with the Scale75 flesh set. After the initial layers were in place I started messing with glazes... and she ended up a full step darker than what she was when I started. We'll just say she got some tanning in. I also tried to make up a new recipe for flaxen hair, but it didn't work quite right. The shadows were fine, but the highlights weren't. Kinda like I did with the face I just put down the brush and said done. The one thing she doesn't have right now is a proper base. I need to see if I can track down some 25mm hollow blanks to use for the whole set. I'd rather sink them in than build up a flat base. Here's a shot of her shield hand. It was basically just a blob of metal going from her hand to the end of the shield. I did a bit of filing and then just put the colors in to hint at what should have been. I just realized I never took a good shot of her face, so here it is. Such tiny little eyes... and I now see that I forgot to touchup the shape of her eyebrow. Oh well, not noticeable on the tabletop anyway.
  11. I've been seeing this in my box of goodies for a very long time. I avoided painting it after several other members did theirs. My turn ! I'm heading towards the greens for the cloak, and will wing it for the other components. Love the dynamics of this Sculpt. Was a BEAR to glue together though! He has been washed, and primed.
  12. Meet my planned project for this year's annual contest. The original Dragons Don't Share. Most of it anyway. This has been sitting on my shelf for years because, while I love most of the sculpt, the wings have always bothered me. So 2 years ago while at Reapercon, I traded some of my melt for a new set of wings. Thenimbus the model sat for another 2 years while I worked up the guts to start drilling sculpting and painting on one of the crown jewels of my collection. Well I finally worked up the nerve and I'm starting the project. The new wings are from Ebonwrath and I think they are a real improvement. I am still deciding on whether to add to the base or to just mount it as is in a plinth. But I suppose I will make that decision later. Anyway, here is the conversion, pre greenstuff to show off the pinning and where the gaps are. Comment and critique alway welcome.
  13. Prince Amphibias had little to recommend him as heir to the throne. He was selected because he was the first tadpole from the Royal Spawn that lost his tadpole tail, and leaped from the pond. The remaining tadpoles were released into the stream; where they were promptly consumed by a waiting large mouth Bass. There is NO competition for the Royal Titles in Froggy-Dom. Needless to say, His Royal Highness promptly adapted himself to his Father's Sartorial Style. Yes, I have laughed myself silly while doing this Frog Prince. I can't tell if it is a "groaner" or a "Macabre exercise" in painting ! Here is the Prince: As Always C & C are solicited and appreciated ! I kept his base so it would match the earlier frogs that I have painted.
  14. Just wondering which ones you guys prefer. Me? I personally enjoy plastic. Why? Mostly because I'm lazy and metal miniatures usually need a little more work than plastic. What do you guys think?
  15. Alice; he's going to paint another Frog ! Yep, I was given the Frog Prince as a Christmas Present, and was reminded that I haven't painted it yet. I am working on removing mold lines on several other miniatures (wait till the full moon; and we all can howl together about "moooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuulllllllllllldddddddddddddddddd Liiiiinnnnnneesssss"). So here is the Dark Sword Frog Prince, de-mold-lined and washed. Needs to be primed at this stage.
  16. I got the Horde Warrior Finished ! I really wish I had discovered this mini a while ago. What a treat it has been to do. No constraints, just have fun, wing it, mix colors, and see what you can do! This has been very liberating, and a teaching mini as well. I used Liquid water to make him look like he is standing in a huge mud puddle . So here are a pile of photos: As Always, your comment and criticism are appreciated and solicited. (Edited to correct terrible English).
  17. Now for Something Totally Different: I may need to order some smelling salts by the end of this post..ROFL. I know that most everyone expects to see another Tom Meirer Mini after Galahad that I just completed in Show Offs I adore Thunderbolt Mtn Mini's, and Tom Meirer is a great way to learn how to paint, however, its time to switch-up, and learn something new, and get different mini's going. I'll still come back to paint another 25mm when I need to. Lets just have fun, and expand my painting kingdom. So here I am in Outer Space (or is it in somewhere closer bye). This is the Horde Warrior from Tin Man Miniatures, and that Ain't No Knight ! He is primed, and waiting for some lining.
  18. This Miniature has been a "learner"..since it has been two weeks of an uphill slog with it. If you want to read of my thoughts, its on the WIP page. This is the last of the Thunderbolt Series that my son gave me. I have enjoyed the challenge of these, and there has been plenty on this miniature. As always, Comments and criticism is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
  19. Here's an individual WIP of an idea I had, upon realizing I had excess Blasters for my Mechadrome mechs. The original Superfortress looks gnarly but is heavily outfitted for anti-vehicle firepower. Most 28mm combat is more about infantry, or at most, many infantry and a handful of vehicles. I recalled having another, and set about making an anti-infantry version that visually blended the Mechadrome and original LOS aesthetics; as a bonus this leaves me with a BFG laser to stick on, say, a Rhino, in order to have an in-theme IFV/APC. I stuck the legs on with huge amounts of automotive epoxy putty and some superglue; the bottom detailing is hollow, which you really never see on the table, and the legs fit up into the body cavity. (Huge amounts = two small blobs). Then I Devcon'd his feet to this Basix MDF base, just to be sure. Here he is near a fully assembled, based, shaded, but incompletely painted twin. As you can see, I have, with a combo of big pins, Devcon, and aforementioned putty, plus some superglue to make sure the putty grabbed, mounted one of the BFGs in place of the disposable 2-shot missile pack of the standard variant. (Like the standard variant, I have lost this guy's chin gun.)
  20. I am a bit shocked, but this is actually the last Thunderbolt Mountain, 25 mm miniature I have. Glad to see that it is one without a helm (so I have the pleasure of doing a face on this scale again). Galahad has all the looks of simplicity, which means it is more treacherous than otherwise..LOL. I already have spent hours filing off mold marks, and getting it onto a base. There is one mold line on left leg that has been scraped and filed down, I don't want to do anymore to it, since it risks damaging the sculpt at this point. I'll let the primer and paint do its magic on that. So..I'm off on another gallop, though in keeping with my new habit of taking my time, this WON'T be done in a week, by a long shot. Looks like I have ample opportunity to have fun.
  21. Welcome again friends to some more 4-5 hour tabletop painting. Darkshade Raider. This sculpt is metal and is so eerily thin that when you get it in your hands it is quite strange looking. When I examined this sculpt I didn't like her so much as a Dark Elf, but more as a Vampiric Assassin. I don't know why I thought that, but it probably has to do with the kama's. I went ahead and tried to give her the look of a (former) living drow but give her a touch of undeath. The quality of the casting wasn't so great with respect to the facial details as you might see in the online store so I had some work around to do there. Reaper colors: Gory Red, Sun Yellow, Vampiric Shadow, Spattered Crimson, Woodstain, Nightshade Purple, Dusky Skin Highlight, Violet Light, Blood Red, Yellowed Bone, Linen White, Pure White. Sea Lion. Bones and lots of mould lines, many of which didn't get cleaned up enough but I'm a bit over trying to pick over the mould lines. Adventured into some freehand on the creatures back to enhance the fish feel and tried to warm up the facial features to tie back into the lion/mammal feel. The base is from the Scibor Egyptian Ruins Terrain and was perfect for a sunken pillar. The pillar featured 5 scarabs and while 4 were covered as sea growth, the other was turned into Sebastian. I'm not much of a sculptor but I'm happy with how the crab turned out. Reaper colors: Driftwood, Redstone, Ultramarine Shadow, Nightmare Black, Tanned Leather, Woodstain, Nightshade, Oiled Leather, Dusky Skin Highlight, Pure Black, Yellowed Bone, Linen White, Rusty Red, Gory Red, Sun Yellow, Vampiric Shadow, Jungle Moss. Creature of the Blood Reef. Probably the worst Bones figure I've ever had/painted. The mould lines are really bad and are diffuse; this is on top of obvious sculpt imperfections that litter the figure...reference the right leg. I tried to paint around it as best as possible to minimize the defects. That said, I'm pleased with how the paint job turned out and will happily replicate that color scheme on other fish monsters. Reaper colors: Redstone, Ultramarine Shadow, Nightmare Black, Woodstain, Nightshade, Bright Turquoise, Blue Liner, Burgundy Wine, Pure White. Comments, criticisms and ideas on how to do it better next time always welcome from ANY level of painter. ~Adrift
  22. So I'd given my nephew a few months back some copies of a bunch of D&D books because he'd asked about them, so I figured I'd go grab him some miniatures from my local game store. So I get there, and I was kind of planning on buying him some Bones, because I could buy more and who knows if he'll actually do anything with them or not, and to my great horror my hobby shop had a small, week-before Christmas picked over selection ot Bones, which I kind of expected, but amongst them all they had only two metal Reaper figures. Has Bones so taken over Reaperness that people just aren't purchasing metal any more? Has the demand for metal figures gone down?
  23. After all the fun I had with The Elf Ranger; I now go back to the Tom Meirer 25mm miniatures. I prefer to alternate between styles and sculptors; since it keeps me growing, and on my toes. With the coming Christmas Holiday and the craziness associated with that I want to hold off on an especially challenging DSW miniature I want to paint. Sir Gawayne will be a nice segue into the next one I take on. So, I just glued him together, and attached him to his base. He has yet to be primed; as I am STILL removing the (Expletive Deleted) Mold Lines. Just saw another one when I took the photos. Here is Sir Gawayne on Horse:
  24. Needless to say; if you followed this in the WIP forum. I have had an incredible blast at doing this. The Sculpt is extremely well carved, details are very fine, and the miniature is challenging, and very enjoyable to paint. You can go color crazy painting this one if you wish. The challenge at the end was to create a base for him. I decided to go with what the sculptor had provided me, and mod it. I didn't realize I would be spending hours picking up each Birch seed "leaf" and attaching it to the base.. Brown, oh that has a touch of yellow, Green, burnt brown... Yes it was fun ! Here is the Finished Miniature. As Always,C&C is greatly appreciated, and sought after. ETA: LowlyLowlyCook ask that I add a close up of the face.. I am complying with his request.
  25. I know it is hard to imagine that I am NOT doing another Meier 25mm Sculpt ! Thought I would switch out and doing something different since Sir Kay and Galahad, They were fun, but this time, I'm going for added enjoyment, and color. He's been primed, and coated with liner, and I have started on his skin tones, I am digging the face, I really enjoy when a miniature starts "Right".. I'm happy with it already. Always a good sign. So, here is the Male Elf Ranger W/Bow. oh..Robinh, No Orange on this one ! ROFL.
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