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  1. We're only about 3 months away from delivery of the Bones 5 (so stoked I can hardly contain myself) and there's A LOT coming. I stated in another post that I'd like to get through as many as i can. I also know burnout is a real thing to be prepared for. I don't know if this is a thing somewhere in the realms of Reaper Forum already, but would anyone be interested in getting on a weekly painting group to try and knock out the same minis? I figure if anything it will at least be a means to keep on top of the painting and also encourage, inspire, and grow from the group effort.
  2. I challenged myself to knocking one out in 40 minutes. This was another pick from paint club, so I was wanting to get it done and get to another. This little guy was fun to push with wet blending. It was hard for me to highlight only up to the pink, and man that stuff is a one coat and done! Gotta really thin it out or it'll be cotton candy. I ended up sticking to a 5 color rule. My 5th color was the black brown on the nails. It's not in the palette photo, but i did have some left on my palette from the orc chief earlier today. I like
  3. Still cooking with gas this week. Got another painted. I still need to finish the back of his staff, paint his shoes, and base him, but major parts are done. BATTLE REPORT! Nothing major learned this time. Still getting my balance of colors and layering carefully. Wins: * green skin was fun and came out strong. May need to go a wee bit lighter on the highlights. * fur and skin on reverse side of cape was fun. Tried to give it a tanned look. I think it may have come out a bit jaundice colored...oh well. Still like it.
  4. I bought this little model at a local game store that had it in the clearance bin. I thought it looked cool, I love Star Wars, so why not buy it? However, a year ago, I wasn't at the level to paint it. I primed it. Based it. And then let it sit for a loooooong time on the shelf without touching it. Today was the day. BATTLE REPORT! This was a great model for me to test layers on. Over the last 4 models I've painted, I've really picked up a new rhythm and life for painting, which feels so good to get some wind back in my sails. I
  5. I realize it's not the weekend, when I usually post up my work, but I'm on a roll lately and decided to push my luck. I'm trying to continue to push the values, contrast, and simplify my colors. Tried to keep her to hero colors: Blue, Purple, Red, and some leather. The real win in this model was the hair. I'm so, so, so, so happy with the hair. Sure, it's on the bold yellow of blonde, but I got the volumes of it. Finally! I've taken a lot of feedback on the hair and just didn't get it. This one finally lined up and blonde felt doable. K
  6. Got this one done and feeling pretty good about it. I'm leaning into thinner paints and smoother transitions. This was a fun one. As always I'd love your feedback. (I love his shield)
  7. This one is coming along nicely. A few hours later got some highlights done. Antlers did. Skin on the face touched up. Beard kind of done. Eyes done...i think? Next up will be the mouth and teeth. I have no idea what to do with those strange ports on his head behind his eyes. Open for ideas. Also struggling with beard and mustache on this guy. Need ideas for his tail color. As well a need color ideas for spines on his arms and legs.
  8. I was focused on speed, not detail. This was trying to work them with as few colors as possible. The more I look at them, the more they look lik ea value sketch more than a painted model, but I'm looking for where to go with them. Another thing I need to know, is what do you all do with eye sockets? How do you paint them or what do you do with them? For the woman zombie, I used an ink pen and am kind of miffed that it turned out than other eyes I put way more time into. I know I can use this in conjunction with painting, but just dotting it came out pretty believabl
  9. This was another learning project for me. I've been wanting to make smoother color transitions and this was a model I was looking at and though might be fun to try it on. I had no idea what colors I wanted it to be, but figured deep fish = deep blue. I tried the fins with different colors, but blue and yellow seemed fun. I am not super happy with the way the fins look, but I do like the fade I got from bright speckled blue down to deep indigo. Washes? Nope, not this time. I did do some dry brushing, but I think I needed to punch it up for a better effect. Still I'm happy with my
  10. Worked this one for a good, long while. I am really happy with the cape and takign the time to layer it carefully. I tried to use the method of using dark colors on the exterior areas and use brighter colors where to draw the eye. I also am super happy with the edge highlighting and small details in this one. It took me a while to do the layers, but the outcome was well worth it. I'm leaving the process below in photos on progress. Let me know if you have any feedback or areas I could improve.
  11. So, this wasn't it's actual final form, but it's as far as the pictures went before I took it in for a contest. I'm hoping it has a decent chance. This was a great practice and test of my patience. I had to pick it up on 4 different occassions to really finish it. First was the cleaning alone, which was pretty serious. Not to mention that this guy needed some securing to the base that required some "oomph" to get it in place. I had to use the ol' baking soda and superglue cement at the contact points to ensure he wasn't going anywhere. I'm really proud of the look
  12. It's the weekend and that means it's time to paint! Got two zombies up for some WIP. I'll just start by saying - leave me any feedback you've got. I'm open to hearing and improving from it. BATTLE REPORT! #1 - Buster Jaws Wins: * Really taking to this whole wet blending thing. I used two colors further apart from each other in value and tried to test myself to push them together. There's two different sets of this in both the pants and the shirt. * I am trying to keep the 'mother color' as I've hea
  13. One of the others I plucked out of the Bones 4 set. It looked fun, so I grabbed it. Battle Report! Wins: * Armor was a fun use of blues added in. I watched Dr. Faust doing something similar to create some really cool effects. Mine obviously not as good, but I think it was alright. * The skin was a big win for me. I did it as a nice, slow build up and took my time with laying it up. It worked great on her face. * I was getting lost in the tid bits on her belt, but just used browns and then hlghlighted them up. It actually worked out pre
  14. Tried to keep this in very, very simple colors. I think he came out okay. Sometimes simple is good, right? Battle Report! Wins: * Cape and layers came out well. * Staff shading was good. * metal highlights worked out well. Used an ink wask to fill in the deeper areas and shade and edge highlighted. * brightened the scale mail in the front which I think added a cool effect. Misses: * The staff and bones didn't differentiate enough. I tried doing a dry brush that failed pretty bad. Then went back and just did simila
  15. Got two more nearly done. I tried do keep the translucent look to the hands. I love the technique that was shared with me a while back about "priming" these with matte medium to help paint stick to them and not lose that clear look. Wins: * Both hands came out pretty good with easy enough highlighting with dry brushing. * The purple was an interesting attempt. I had actually tried using a purple wash below in the smoke area, but it didn't go well. Swapped it back to blue. * The purpled did, however keep more of that 'clear' l
  16. These were all done at different times with three different approaches, but all of them came out pretty good an I'm happy with this whole dry brushing method I've taken to. BATTLE REPORT! Dire Wolf 1 (Left) Wins - * Skin color looks great. Did a light brown to a buff color. Helped bring up the textures. * Used a nuln oil between the fur and the skin, which gave it kind of a cool faded effect. * Sky grey color seems a bit strong. It helped show the highlights, but it may be a bit strong. * Purple/brown mix of in
  17. It's the weekend, and you know what time it is! Sadly, I've been finishing off quite a few minis for the Bones 5 paint club thing a few of us participate in, but I haven't been posting the work as I finish it. Thought I'd take a little bit of time to catch up and do some posts on the work. Obviously, these still need to be based and possibly put into a diorama, but I always find it helpful to share and get your input on what you think, too. Let's get to it. BATTLE REPORT! I wanted to try doing 5 different colors and rock formations with these
  18. Newbie post. I've only painted half a dozen or so figures so far, but I'm enjoying myself, and that counts, right?! She's painted with a mix of Reaper MSP and Vallejo Game Color. I haven't done so yet, but I think I'd like to start chronicling the colors I use for each future mini. 30001 Lysette, Elven Mage
  19. It's the weekend, so you know what time it is... BATTLE REPORT! Along with all the Bones 5 I bought, there was a special on some Zombicide minis that were just too good to not buy. This is one of the many that are in there, and I'm stoked to get this one done. Wins: * Continuing my use of drybrushing and being very successful. Did an overbrush this time to start with a dark brown. Then drybrushed to orange brown. Then lightened up to buff. Worked great! * Saving the last color for last - flat flesh. I mixed this with matt
  20. It's the weekend, so you know what time it is... BATTLE REPORT! Along with all the Bones 5 I bought, there was a special on some Zombicide minis that were just too good to not buy. This is one of the many that are in there, and I'm stoked to get this one done. Wins: * Continuing my use of drybrushing and being very successful. Did an overbrush this time to start with a dark brown. Then drybrushed to orange brown. Then lightened up to buff. Worked great! * Saving the last color for last - flat flesh. I mixed this with matt
  21. One of the two selections this week was the basilisk. I immediately knew I wanted to this guy as blue when I saw him, but didn't realize I'd go orange, too. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Started this one with a brush coating of the new dark purple from Bones 5. I mean, you get these new colors, you gotta use 'em, right? * Lightening up the purple to blues with rich indigo, then again to aquamarine. I wanted the blue to really pop. * After getting all the blues in place it immediately occurred to me I wanted to go in a different direction. I l
  22. I've really been going after these dioramas. I'm seriously enjoying the change of pace going from the painting to the working of a landscape. There's still so much I'm learning on color, scenery, and flock, but it's definitely coming along. I thought the pebbles were kind of fun like some kind of jewels, but it didn't hit like I wanted, so I then went and added some GreenStuff jewels among them to give the impression it's mixed precious stones. Either way, the point of little Rocky hoarding and scheming I think comes across fine.
  23. Took a shot at the ol OSL. This model is from my youth that I'd always been afraid to paint because i didn't want to mess it up. Years later, now I feel like my skills are better and it was worth a shot. Not only did I take a shot, I did it with a real challenge applied to it. I was either going to mess it up - or REALLY mess it up. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Using the colors red and purple seem very wizardly. Felt like a strong combo and happy with it. * The OSL I did was using a dry brush and sweeping it from the main source and only moving
  24. This one is a real devil to paint. I got the body down and feel the colors there all make sense for a fire demon. But the wings...I can't figure out what to do with them. I was thinking to make them the feature and brighten them up, but the more I look at it the more I think the face and body are the focus. Needing some help here. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Another round of dry brushing success! Did a scarlet red, to flat red, to clear orange dry brush triad. * Used clear orange filter to bring up the areas of highlight and the su
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