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  1. Well, it didn't take long to fall behind in the mini-a-week resolution, but the time spent at the paint table hasn't quite been up to where I'd like it to be lately, either. Working on finishing out this pair gets me a caught up by a couple, anyhow. While Sanael's been painting up the Dragonlance PC's for our campaign, I've been working on the major NPCs. Unfortunately, the ones I finished up last year don't really count toward that mini-a-week pledge for 2013.... Without further ado, here are the major gully dwarves the party will be meeting sometime in the next few weeks. These are the official Ral Partha models, and man--they are TINY. Bupu: I find the rat in the sculpt a nice touch! The Highbulp: I had fun experimenting with adding grunge to his clothing. Weathering clothing is new territory for me, so here's where I am with a first try at it: And a penny shot for scale! Thanks for checking them out - C&C welcome!
  2. Here's one I just finished a few nights ago from the old Ral Partha All Things Dark and Dangerous series that Julie Guthrie sculpted in the early eighties. This particular set also came with an executioner swinging an axe, another prisoner on his knees just about to get his head whacked off, a basket with a head in it, and a guard with a polearm. Nice set of figures for a kind of town-type adventure. I took pictures oddly enough of this figure from a bunch of angles because she is hunched so oddly it doesn't seem like one angle captures the figure. This is one that has been sitting on my desk for quite a while. One of these days I'd love to paint the executioner and guard too. I added over her shoulder a bra strap, because there was an odd flash line that I couldn't just leave there. Of course the bra strap doesn't run down her back, but oh well.... Next on my list - some orangey skinned goblins!
  3. I've been working on Ral Partha's 'Bridge of Sorrows' vignette and figured I'd show the progress made on the scenery portions. The substrate is half inch foamcore with a layer of extruded styrofoam. I used hot glue for adhesion and toothpicks to reinforce the walls and stonework. For the bridge, I had some brass strip laying around, so I epoxied it to the cast plastic (craptic) and into the foamcore wall section. I attempted to sculpt the remaining portion of the bridge using various cheap air drying clays covered with aluminum wire to give structural support. This was covered with a layer of greenstuff and sculpted to match the bridges texture... I think I did ok with the bridge pavers, however the side 'archway' supports weren't lining up so I dremeled them down to what you see here. I'll apply some instant mold to the back section and rough cast 'veneers' and apply to the unfinished bridge sides. I need to add a door which will be made from balsa strip and stonework to the rough door opening, and add details to the rest of the wall. Then it's on to the other side of the piece. Comments, critiques, thoughts and ideas are more than welcome. edit: as well as questions.
  4. http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/46419-tsr-drow-by-ral-partha/ So from this WIP above, here are the final results of the four drow elves from Ral Partha that I've been painting since November 11. I finished them actually about two nights ago, but just finally got around to working on the last pictures. I'm pretty well satisfied how they turned out, even though I can also see a few issues as well. I think a little too much matte finish got put on the one with the shield because I can see a lot of glare with the photograph, but oh well. I actually enjoyed doing this and liked doing a complete set of figures as opposed to random individual figures. I'm pretty sure that I somehow saved some time by doing four similar figures. If it took about six weeks to do four figures, and normally if I'm working at a regular pace of a figure every two weeks, I saved two weeks of my life that I would have otherwise spent in painting radically different figures. So I just gained two more free weeks of painting time (in theory). I also think that by working on the WIP and documenting progress, I tried to actually make progress and post it, not letting the figures just languish as sometimes hapens. So anyhow, here they finally are. Enjoy!
  5. So I've been collecting for a while the old Ral Partha TSR miniatures that I really like, but haven't gotten around to painting many of them, so one of my new mini-mini-projects is to start painting some up between other things I'm painting. With a tad bit of encouragement by a certain goblinoid, I decided to do these four as a WIP. Why? Who knows, just a way to chronicle them, and who knows how faithfully I'll keep up with it. I was feeling kind of guilty because they're not Reaper figures, but I do use all Reaper paints, so that should lighten my burden of guilt somewhat. So here are the first four pictures that I've done so far. I'll try to post a picture when I get to some pivotal point. First picture is just the figures themselves, primed and on a balsa wood base.
  6. Here's another one I just finished, a human general from Ral Partha/Iron Wind Metals' Fantasy Armies. I don't really know who the sculptor is, but I've always thought this was a fun figure. With the whispy little moustache and beard I think he gives of an Asian vibe so tried to paint him with Asian skin tones. With his big heavy cloak I figured he was probably somewhere chilly, so did a snowy base. Anyway, enjoy!
  7. Hi all, here's my lastest venture, a female centaur archer from the glorious Ral Partha eighties. Another old classic from Julie Guthrie, it's taken me a while to finish as we've been working on a lot of other things at home, but now back into the painting mode again. Hope you like! Mark
  8. Alright, this here is my first ever metal miniature all painted up. I bought it for a friend that is a massive fan of Dragonlance, and that has a special relationship with Tasslehoff. I loved painting this guy. He has all kinds of little fiddly bits, a neat fur vest, and his leggings and pants had to be bright colors. I also got to try out painting hair, and I think the effect wasn't too bad! I also got to do some stuff I've never done before for his face. I mixed a tanned flesh color with a rosy pink. I then shaded under the cheekbones with tan paint, as well as the chin, nose, and eyes.
  9. Ok, so with the Ogre nearing completion I've decided for my next magic trick I'll turn my attention to my limited edition Ral Partha Takhisis. But, I don't like Takhisis. So I'm painting this as Tiamat. The head order is different between the two, but I'm going to paint the colored heads same as given for Takhisis. Basically all I'm doing is painting her black parts red, except for the black dragon head. Now, usually I start a WIP thread at the beginning, but this one was already under way before I started WIPing around here. So instead I'm going to post pics of my progress, run you through what I did and what I have to fix, and then document the (possibly very slow) attempt to bring this Dragon Goddess to full frightful fruition. I wasn't going to document this, but since I'm not the only one with a Takky to wrassle then I decided I should. Problems I run into, and especially mistakes I will make, may save somebody else a pile of hardship when they go to do theirs. Make no mistake, this kit is as evil as she is beautiful. Also, normally when I do a WIP thread I don't ask for advice. That doesn't apply here - here I'm tackling something quite a bit more challenging than the usual fare. If you've got something to say, I'm all ears. I'm going to divide the pics over multiple posts so I'm not just creating one giant wall of text. So first here's a picture of the work done so far, minus her heads: (Ogre for scale): I didn't want to assemble this much before starting to paint, but with this beast I didn't see a way around that. The fit is atrociously bad. Mine is Takhisis Local 2406 out of 5000, which is middle of the run. If you have an earlier number, it may be better. If later, especially in the late 4000's? May god have mercy on your soul.
  10. So having found some Tangerine Goblin Skin in my Ral Partha paints, I decided to try some out. I started two gobbers while waiting for my still MIA Ogre, and not knowing how much time I had before The Big Guy showed up I decided to focus on one and finish him. So he's out of the Ral Partha TSR AD&D line, and here he is:
  11. Okay, finished another mini. This time, a figure from Ral Partha's Werewolf: The Apocalypse line, in the #69-003 Glasswalker set (thanks to Buglips for the identification). Here we have a front view. Gray might not have been a good color for the shirt, but I wasn't sure of a good color to go with the blue jeans. Went with gray, white and red for the sneakers. May redo the gray as black. Eyes are better than the last human figure I did. Here you can see the back of his bandanna. I figured a US flag pattern would be prety simple to do. I now notice that the red highlights on the sneakers aren't as neat as they look from above. May need to touch that up. Same with the open part of his sleeve. A better view of the bandanna. May need to fix up the places where the red stripes hit the blue.
  12. Since I had so much fun with the last one, I thought I'd go for a second. Only this time leave it up for a week so more people can get in on it and tell me what to do. Er, paint. *channels cylon* By. Your. Command. Anywhat, here's what we've got in the ring. 1. Representing Reaper Miniatures, weighing in with three skeletons and a hot chick, give it up for: 03100, Thanis, Bonecaller! *crowd cheers* *camera flashes strobe* 2. And from RAFM miniatures, for your entertainment with his whacky bag of tricks and prestidigitation, it's 3737, Lich Magician with Skeletal Rabbit! *hand goes up in audience* "Um, excuse me, is that rabbit really dead?" No, sir. It is undead! 3. And from Ral Partha, the woman who wrote the book on dragons, 03-092: Ellana, Dragonmistress. Smaug: "Boo! Hiss! You suck! Bring back my cookware!" 4. And last but not least, straight from the infinite layers of the Abyss, it's a trio from Ral Partha TSR 11-651: Dretch! *Three Stooges Sounds* Who will be crowned Miss Macross . . . uh, I mean who will be painted? You, the Reaperinos, will decide!
  13. Here's a link to another miniature I finished recently. It's linked for some exposed lactators. This was probably one of the first succubae I'd ever seen, and always liked the figure. I actually have one that I painted probably thirty years ago, but this was another one I'd had in the basement, so it's kind of the revamping of a miniature I'd done long, long ago. It was actually a present for a buddy who also had this as an unpainted figure in his display case. http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Image:Succubus.jpg
  14. This is the first mini I painted back in 1988. Its a Ral Partha 03-081 Thief with Longsword in Ambush. I know the pictures are very small and I no longer own the mini since it went on a mission with another player years ago. I really enjoyed playing with this guy because of all the gear he carries. He was ready for every situations.
  15. So out of the six gnomes that I've been working on recently, I've got four of them finished. These are old Ral Partha Julie Guthrie gnomes and they are pretty small. I put in a penny in a photo so you could see a size comparison. I've still got two TSR gnomes I'm working on for the near future. I've got the skin and hair figured out, but I'm a bit stymied on the color for their clothing. These I think are from 1984 as per the bottoms of their bases. Anyway, enjoy!
  16. Hi guys, so here's what I've been working on recently, an old Dennis Mize classic miniature from the end of the seventies/beginning of the eighties. I've always liked this miniature and had it originally as a teenager but it somehow disappeared in my parents' home. When I got back into painting (trying to give my own kid a new hobby), I went over to my parents' house and got all of the old miniatures that I could find that were hidden in their garage and basement. There were a few, like this one, that I never could find though. Anyway, I got another copy years later and have finally gotten around to painting it. I took a few photos for some different angles The one thing I wanted to do was to kind of make each side of the ettin a slightly different color scheme. I've always seen all other ettins which are basically the same color on both sides and thought I'd like to try to do it a little bit differently, so my base color on the red-headed size was olive skin and on the blonde side I started out with Terran Khaki. Then I used the olive skin color to wash the terran khaki side and highlighted the olive skin side with the terran khaki. Let me know if you can tell the difference! And the photos aren't all the greatest, especially the face shot of the red-head, but I'm still working through some photo-fu with the new software I have with my relatively new computer. I think I need to build a new "studio" for my miniatures for photos. I can see a lot of paint spots on the background that I always use. So anyhows, let me know what you think! Mark
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