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  1. This is a model I painted for someone as an anonymous gift. It should have gotten to him today, but I'll leave his forum name off just in case. This model was a lot of fun to paint and I only learned later that my model's armor and the painted version on Reaper's website (you know what I mean :)) both have purple armor. This is only the second time I've painted dark elf skin and its quite challenging for me as I often struggle to have good looking smooth skin tones on human models in general. If I hadn't given myself a hardstop time limit, I would have gone back and tried to shade and highlight the yellow on the armor. I don't think its garish, thanks to the blue cloak, but it could look better IMO. I'm extremely pleased with the blending of her ice crystal weapon "blades". I wasn't sure I could pull it off, but I think it turned out really nice, although the eye isn't immediately drawn to it. Please feel free to give any and all feedback, but I'm really keen to hear if folks think I should have gone with a darker yellow or another color entirely. Is there something I could have done better with the basing? The person I painted this for likes an online comic called Drowtales, which I also happen to like, though I'd not read it in at least two years due to losing all my links when my old computer died. But I went through the comic and found some armor and cloaks that I liked and tried to work them into model itself. Here's what the cloak in the comic looks like (sorry, no back picture): And here's the final model (I apologize for the random cat hair): Thank you all in advance for your feedback!
  2. Here is my interpretation of the Dwarven Fighter with Great Axe from Dark Sword Miniatures I absolutely adore painting these things. This one was an awful lot of fun and challenge. As always, your C/C are requested, and desired. Let me know what you think of what I have done with this guy. *********************** After days of walking Frerin Redbeard's grip around his Father's great axe tightened. Whoever knocked down the family's red hued Rune Stone would not live to see another day !
  3. Today (well technically yesterday, but since I haven't slept yet it still counts as today) I decided to take a break from my 54mm mini and paint something quick and easy. None of the Bones were speaking to me, but then I saw my unpainted Grenadier Females staring at me and remember that I had planned to paint the set this year. I grabbed the "thief-sling" basically at random and sat down to get to work. It would appear at first glance that she should be a relatively straightforward mini to paint, but there was a complication. This poor unfortunate woman was lacking a face. Sure she had a jawline, and cheekbones, and even a nose, but there was only the barest hint of where lips should be, no eyes to speak of, and to make matters worse there was even a casting defect going down from where her left eye should have been and onto her cheek. This and a few other defects were filled with brush on sealer and it was time to freehand some true 25mm eyes! Except that I didn't quite get enough sealer over the defect which made the freehand a bit off. The after painting sealing is a bit satin, which is fine for everything but the hair which lost all subtlety. To keep the theme from the previous ladies going I outfitted her in only the finest 1980 colors, and deliberately made a effort to use paints that I rarely grab off the shelf. This makes four out of ten taken painted and sealed. Maybe the other six will have their own paint days before the end of the year? My valiant attempt at freehanding eyes over a defect. And lastly, I realized that I've never taken a shot with a coin to show off how tiny the minis I'm painting are. Wow, she's smaller than the coin!
  4. After working on the Young Lady in Waiting with puppy in showoffs Forum, I decided I needed to do something larger and a dwarf looks like it fills the the need. I see horns on a helmet and I shudder (Norwegians tend to go nuts with that imagery), but since it is on a dwarf, I'll go with the flow. This is a detailed mini, lots of furs, metal, and very dynamic. I'm going to go for it. Oh, I've already designed a base for him in my head.. another challenge ! Here is what he looks like prior to priming, and lining. I intend to take my time on this.
  5. As a young Nobel Woman; Elena learned that there were few that she could trust. Here joy was extreme when she was given a puppy for her very own. If only that puppy could talk ! There are some things that are hard to resist, Puppy's, Kittens, and Tom Meirer 25mm miniatures. I'm drawn to them like a moth to the flame. I was gifted this miniature by a friend, and I have tortured myself forever by not painting her. I finally succumbed. Here is my vision of "The Young Lady In Waiting with Puppy. Your comments/Critiques are greatly desired. Leave me a message. ETA: corrected English spelling, not Norwegian accented English !
  6. I finished the Barbarian today (almost sad to see him mounted on his plinth). This is a magnificent sculpt! Challenging, but totally rewarding. Your color choices really provide you with an endless decision making, and challenging process. The miniature is also so dynamic that is it fun. It even convinced me to use "Green Stuff" for the first time ! As always; your comments, criticism are welcome, appreciated, and sought after. Leave me a note: Here is my concept of the Male Barbarian With Hammer:
  7. So, I am sitting here dry brushing the terrain pieces from DDS2, and the cd changer is playing Deep Purple 'Black Knight'. The 'House of Hair' with Dee Snyder just ended 30 minutes ago, and the radio was playing [redacted] so the CD player is loaded and on shuffle.... I listen mainly to metal music, doesn't mater if it's from the '60s or came out today, as long as it rocks! As my formative music years were the '80s, it is really no surprise. Good seats at a concert were $20, and nose bleeds were $10.... Try finding parking at a concert for that today! Some favorite bands, in no particular order: Deep Purple, Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Michael Schenker, Yngvie Malmstein, Jimmy Hendrix, Skid Row, AC DC, Jethro Tull, (They did beat Metallica for a grammy.... ), Ufo, Scorpions, Rush, Yes, Triumph.... I also like some Classical Music, Strauss, Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, Holst, Wagner, being some favored composers.... Almost anything with a Sci-fi or fantasy theme and or lyrics will get at least a listen... So what is on your I-Pod, in your CD player, or in your vinyl collection? Or do you paint in SILENCE????? George
  8. I started prepping this piece last week. I wanted something having to deal with fur (not that comfortable with it yet). So I decided that I would work on this one. Looks simple, (it is FAR from that). The undulations and the details of this sculpt are very very complex. I am just now laying in layers of color, and I haven't even started to build up the color that I want. I already have planned out the basing on this one, so I will probably do the base while I am painting. Love the dynamics on this mini ! Here is where I am at. C/C are always welcome !
  9. Again. Not doing anything super spiffy. Another member of my army. Likely will be in a group shot at the end. I did him as a black and purple with a rifle. The blue is more his choice to make him look fiercer as he has scars around both wings.
  10. This Ogress has a motto: There is nothing wrong with being an Ogre, Just in dressing and looking Poorly ! Poor thing has broken one Mirror Already ! This was a lot of fun to do. As you can tell, I had a blast making her as outrageous as I possibly could. Its hard to paint a portrait on 1/4 by 1/4 inch oval !! Here is Venus d' Ogress and her Runt. C and C are always welcome, and solicited. Painting these mini's is a solitary endeavor, I really love hearing back from all of you. You aren't going to hurt my feelings with a negative, but you will make me jump on the chair with a Like click ! Jay
  11. Hello, Below is my rendition of Kieron, Ranger. I've had this sculpt for a while now and finally ordered it. He only took about three hours from start to finish. Questions, comments, criticisms, and critiques are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in seeing more of my stuff here is a link to my miniature and terrain blog. http://danceswithhipposterrain.blogspot.com/ Stop by and leave some comments!
  12. I painted a couple figures for my campaign while I was finishing off my lion and cookpot. The bard is 02186: Alfred Redlute by Sandra Garrity. The party bard is human, and plays him as a tattooed rockstar. He even has tattoo artist as his downtime profession. Of course I have no freehand skills, so instead I gave him a red band/mask to give the general feel of a tattooed character. We had discussed painting his face like a member of Kiss, but again, no freehand ability. It isn't obvious from the pictures, but I did actually paint his eyes and pupils, and the right side at least turned out well. The bard was miscast, but fortunately the seam isn't too visible, other than along the blade and the left side of his face. The facepaint helps downplay that, so it doesn't look too bad. I wish now I had gone with a different colour for the trousers, the colour is too close to the gold trim on his tunic. Also, I should have dabbed some gem colours onto his necklace, it doesn't really stand out next to the flesh and leather strap. It's a really nice figure, I wish I could do it proper justice, but it looks good on the table. I also skimped on the base because I was rushed. The mini is glued to a Dungeon Crawler base, I got their vampire bundle with their last kickstarter and got a ton of them. They are great, he can connect a torch or driftglobe, so we don't lose track of who is carrying a light. Although, as currently the only human in the party, it's always him. Still, it is handy for me as the DM to adjudicate surprise. His hair is brown with some reddish highlights, even though it seems almost grey in the pictures. The gnoll is the bones figure, 77012: Gnoll Warrior by Tre Manor. Ironic note, I hadn't seen Adrift's version until looking up the mini for this post, so I didn't know how closely the clothing colour scheme is. His is more orange vs. my gold, but still, very similar. I tried to capture the spotted look of hyenas, they have very random seeming spots so I tried hard to not repeat myself. It was definitely hit and miss, some spotting looks great, others not so much. I decided not to paint his eyes, hyena eyes are basically black anyway. I also tinted his ears pink like the inside of a dog or cat's ears. I like how it turned out, but it's not very hyena-like. His base colour is 09061 linen white, if I had more time I could have darkened up a few areas since hyenas aren't monochromatic, but there's a small enough area of hide showing that it doesn't look too bad. For some reason the brush on sealer stripped the paint in a few spots. Along the front straps and the back of his skirt are the most obvious spots, though it came off in a few areas. Maybe I didn't let it dry long enough. Hopefully I'll get back to it and touch up those areas. I like the colour I wound up with for his base. Just for fun I painted it with 09670 Pumpkin Orange I got as a promo colour with an order last year. It is a fantastic pumpkin colour, but was too bright so I mixed it with pure black and washed it over top. It ended up with an almost volcanic look, something I want to play around with in the future.
  13. I was given this mini by a friend, and have decided it is time to get it painted. I have discovered what many of you have hinted at...PREP time takes longer the more experienced you are. I too roll my eyes at mold lines, mutter under my breath about slag, and flashings left on the mini ! She has been washed, and primed, and if I ever stop giggling, she will get painted. My thinking is "An Ogress that thinks she is Marilynn Monroe", That thought alone makes me laugh. Anywho; here is a photo of the lovely lady !
  14. Again with the theme of " 'Murica" for July, I tried to go as about cliche as possible, and actually had a bit of fun with the freehand. The gold freehand on the boots fell flat. And I have determined I have a ....disagreement with tanned skin, but otherwise I'm fairly pleased with conveying the absolute "redneck" nature of the figure, albeit unsure if i should put her in the Inspiration Gallery...I might need to do something because that Right knee (figure's right) doesn't have that dark mark in hand, just a weird trick of the photo, I think...
  15. I think if you just look at this Miniature, you will know I was having a fantastic time. This provided lots of experience in cleaning (nasty mold line filing), and ran me through the gauntlet of any skills I have. I used some freehand painting on shield; and played with black and white photos working the shadows. Highlighting was a hoot ! The opportunity to take this figure in a thousand different directions is amazing. Needless to say, I have totally enjoyed this Miniature. I hope the rest that I have to do prove to be as entertaining. As always, your comments and critiques are appreciated, and requested. Here is what I have done with the Minature:
  16. I'm doing something a little different. Rather than do a WIP, I'm kinda doing an "Okay this is what I am up to". I'll post things to this "WIP" as I move along. Gets me away from the "do some work, take photos, edit photos, crop photos, post photos syndrome. I need to focus on just painting for a bit. So, here is the mini almost all base painted. I'm planning on some freehand on that shield. He's also painted in old bronze for the armor.
  17. This has been a total blast to paint. Besides being very whimsical, it is a challenging piece of great sculpting. You can chase yourself around quite a bit on this one. The biggest challenge is the armor, and painting all the details of it. This will exercise your brush control ! When it came to basing him, I did all sorts of things with cork, and wood, and finally I decided that Less IS more in this case. I want to draw emphasis to the figure, not take away from it. So I have used a simple Tung Oil stained base. As always, your comments and criticism are welcomed and sought after. Please leave me a note! Jay
  18. I've been working on the 25mm miniatures for the last month, and I decided I needed some play time. SO, I saw King Richard The Lion and thought it would be a fun project ! I did NOT notice the tail when I decided to get him, and now I am roaring about it standing in the rear of the sculpt so tall and proud. He is primed and I just gave him a black ink wash. I want all those details to be staring at me. Off we go ! Here are some photos of him as I begin. Jay
  19. This is the last of the Brigand Series by Tre Manor; Long Shot Loim served under the Duke of Norfolk, He wasn't always a scoundrel, nor a brigand. Ever since that fight in the tavern, he had been on the run. He didn't relish the thought of having another personal confrontation, so he used his other skill. He was lethal with a bow, and it kept him far enough away from his target to hear nothing. He always laid a sword at his feet, you never know if an emergency were to occur. He was smart enough to always give himself a back up. Comments and Critiques are always appreciated, and desired. I really do appreciate feed back. Jay I have added two photos of the trio of Brigands to the photo set. So here is Smarty Sean, DIrk the Ne'r Do Well, and Long Shot Loim together. Should have done that in the beginning. Here they are:
  20. Back into the fray again with another of Tre's miniatures. This one has some interesting texture going on in the doublet. I've primed him, did some of my standard brown liner in dark areas. I gave him a green hood for right now, it might change. Gave him a simple face for the moment. Just base coating. Beginning getting my feel of the miniature, and deciding what I want to do with him. So here is the last of the brigands, Long Shot Loim.
  21. Another of my beloved sculpts by Tre Manor. Smarty Sean is a hoot to paint. One of those one inch mini's that can drive you banana's; but a great sense of accomplishment when you get him done. As I always remark, doing high quality challenging sculpts make you grow as a painter. These are sculpts to grow by. Critiques/comments are greatly desired and solicited. So leave me a note please ! Here are some photos of Smarty Sean. I include the black and white to show how big he is visually.
  22. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mierceminiatures/darklands-metal-age/description Darklands: Metal Age is a fantastic Kickstarter project from Mierce Miniatures designed to re-tool our miniatures to get you playing Darklands cheaply - for it provides you with an Infantry Starter Host in metal that includes a commander, infantry unit and monstrous infantry unit for just £60 ($90), saving you over 70% from the equivalent in resin. That means you're getting our amazing rank and file infantry at around £2 ($3) each! An example of a metal Ax-Drune, resin Ax-Drune and undercoated metal Ax-Drune A scale comparison between an Ax-Drune and miniatures from other manufacturers Backing Darklands: Metal Age is a great opportunity to get into the dark fantasy world of Darklands for the first time (especially as the Darklands: First Edition rulebook is just around the corner), to expand your existing Darklands collection or maybe just to grab some fantastic miniatures to paint. We'll give you the option to purchase everything in resin, too, if you're more of a painter than a gamer! put off by the fragility of resin for gaming, or the price well if so (or if you just want to have bigger hosts) then this one may be for you (and you can always end up using your pledge on resin items from the webstore too)
  23. My exchange partner this time around was Teskeria. She requested unicorns, pegasus, dragons, alicorns, mages, rogues, or swordmasters. I was fresh out of unicorns and pegasus, and I was pretty sure I didn't have any alicorns but I looked up what they were just to be sure. While I did have some PC characters from the Bones kickstarters, they are pretty ubiquitous around the forum and I didn't want to give away something my partner already had. What about a mount you say? Well as it happens Reaper does in fact make one. Barros & Tempest actually comes with a choice of three different riders. There is a fully armored knight with a lance, a male knight with a lance, and a female with a sword. My idea was to have it leaping off of a cliff face or something, but having used cork instead of carving a wooden block (which I thought of after the fact) I was worried that the cork might tear under the weight of the mini and set it back from the edge a little bit. The rock serves two purposes: it will give Teskeria something to grab onto during play and it elevates the mini high enough that the wings should be able to clear any "medium size" creature on the table. To give you an idea of the wingspan, that is a 3" reaper base that the mini is nailed to. No really. Nails. She can take a picture if you don't believe me.
  24. A wonderful friend gave me Smarty Sean; so I decided to paint him up. He's been washed and glued to his base. Next will be to prime, and brown line. Have to true up his lance before the priming though ! He is part of a threesome group of brigands, that live in the forest ! Here are a couple of photo's before we are off to the races. Oh, I attached a third photo showing the size of this mini. after I primed and washed him. Yes, that's a US Quarter.
  25. This is my first time posting stuff online. I am still fairly new to the miniatures hobby, but I dove in head first and started collecting and grabbing up all the minis (old and new that I could). This is my first big non-gaming use piece. I am still learning different terrain techniques, but I thought it would be a fun use of some old Kings of War white metal minis that I didn't plan to use for gaming. Sorry I am not a great photographer. I am sure that is something I will get used to as I photograph more of my projects. details, details (mostly done with repoduced bitz)
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