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  1. and my latest 'not a failure,so it must be a success' As always, feedback is much appreciated. You see anything you think I can improve on, please let me know.
  2. What's this? Shadowraven attempting to do a WIP? Why yes,that is exactly what it is. Let's see if I remember to take pictures as I go. So awhile ago, my favorite though saddly not so local game store had a box of old Partha minis on for half off. Of course I picked up a few. This guy was the first I decided to paint. Primed white, seemed like the way to start. I have however decided, in the future, I will use a spray primer on guys with as many nooks and crannies as this. Picture showed spots I missed, I think I got it all now, but if I find a missed spot as I go,I will not be surprised. and the first layer of what I am certain will be many. Sun yellow mixed 50/50 with pure white, and thinned with equal parts water to paint. It is odd, going from white down into colour rather than highlighting up to white. I am going to try and bring it up through to fire orange, but I am wanting to make him look extremely hot, and bright, which is different from the few other fire effects I have ever tried, which were more of an orange/red/black. For those in the know, is there anything I should do to make him seem to glow from within?
  3. I'm sure most of you have hear the story of what happened to long-time sculptor Kev Adams, For those who haven't, he was brutally attacked during a home invasion back in March. The top sculptors in the industry got together to do a line of Goblins (which Kev was best known for), produced by Ral Partha Europe, with the proceeds from the sales going to help cover Kev's medical expenses. This Cricketer was sculted by Kev White of Hasslefree fame. Linked due to NSFW content: http://www.myrnnyx.com/ralpartha/ga12.jpg
  4. So finally finished this one after having it sitting on my desk for probably three or four months. I started it up with the other two goblins I'd painted but got stuck in the color of his cape of all thing, which is kind of then an anticlimactic ending because it turned out to be a light brown. Four giants and four elves got painted between now and then, but it's finally done. Hopefully you enjoy! I've got tons more goblins to paint, and one of the days I'm going to do a World of Benetton of the Goblin universe, green, yellow, purple, orange, red, maybe a beautiful blue...
  5. Sooo.... I'm sitting here, out on the West Coast of Canada, impatiently waiting for my KS Bones to finally get here, and browsing these forums looking for ways to amuse myself. Having found the "Show Off" forum and been impressed by many of the paint jobs here I was reminded that, quite some time ago (2005 to be exact) I'd took some time to actually assemble and paint a couple of Ral Partha lead miniatures that I'd had kicking about since the mid-to-late-90's and that I'd subsequently uploaded images of the final results to a "Microsoft Live Spaces" blog I maintained at the time. Now, I do still have both these mini's so I could take fresh images, but, as it happens, all images uploaded to "Live Spaces" blogs were automatically stored in what would eventually become "Microsoft Skydrive" so it was actually quite easy to locate those older images, allowing me to share them here, now. :-) One point I'd like to make is that, actually having first started miniature painting as a pre-teen back in the early 80's (ya, ya. I'm an 80's chick, get over it!) I first learned with enamel based model paint and continued to use them almost religiously until recently. (In fact, I haven't actually started using acrylics yet, but I have friends who switched over ages ago and will be doing so once my KS bones package, with all four paint sets, arrives.) In any case, working with enamel model paint is quite different from working with acrylics inasmuch as how colours are mixed and blended. Also, the reason I continued to prefer enamel paints was their natural glossy depth (something that I thought wasn't possible using acrylics given examples I'd come across back then but this site has proven that belief to be unfounded) and I generally enhanced this with a glossy top coat, which did have an effect on how the photos turned out. The next two posts will include the photos. First up (as it was painted first): The Jabberwock
  6. For those who might be interested...this will be a step-by-step walk through of my painting of this figure (Ral Partha - Giant Skeleton - #02-940): STEP # 1: 1. Clean figure of all flash...wash & scrub figure in warm soapy water...mount figure (as you wish to ready it for work), I mount my figures on wooden pegs for easy access in any direction...prime figure (I use Krylon flat white as my primer spray)...let dry for 24 hours. 2. I applied (Adirondak Alcohol Ink = Caramel color) to the entire figure...let dry for 24 hours. 3. I dry brushed the figure with Acrylic Vintage White to really subdue the caramel wash...let dry for about 8 hours. THE HEAD: 4. I inked the eye sockets with a mixture of sunset orange & sunshine yellow (Adirondak Alcohol Ink). 5. The eyeballs are tiny clear beads painted bright yellow with ebony black eye balls...final red ink wash for eyes still to come. 6. The teeth are painted (hi-lighted) with Acrylic cool white. This ends Step # 1...
  7. STEP # 2: 7. I painted the cloth tunic in Acrylic Alizarin Crimson...weathered it with Acrylic flat white, true red & buttermilk... 8. I painted the chain mail in Acrylic steel, silver & black mixture...dry brushed with Ral Partha silver metalic wax and washed it with armour ink wash... 9. I painted the plate mail in Citadel Enchanted metalic blue and washed it with armour ink wash... 10. I painted the leather belt & pouch with Acrylic cinnamon & honey brown...weathered it with buttermilk... 11. Paint your sword or spiked club (as you wish)... 12. Did red ink wash around the eye balls to give bloodshot look... This ends step # 2... My figure is now ready for mounting on a base...be it a solo figure base...a vignette base...or a base with some other selected miniature...Once mounted on the selected base, the figure will get a final seal spray of clear flat. I hope that you enjoyed this step-by-step walk through...Please advise if you are interested in seeing other such step-by-step postings on the other figures I have on the list of painting...Thank you!
  8. So I've finally finished my last of my Ral Partha giant quartet. Just got the grass put on about thirty minutes ago and might need a slight non-giant break for a wee bit. With this one, figuring he was a cloud giant, I actually used rainy gray, then cloudy gray as his main colors and worked from there. It's a little monochromatic with whites, greys and black, but added just a tad bit of color with his shield belt buckle (it's supposed to be a cloud with a lightning bolt in case anybody's wondering). I also tried giving him some pink eyes as I could just kind of see some adventurers picking out two pink pinpoints coming out of a foggy morning. Not so happy however with the picture but it might be because it's a grey giant with a grey background behind him. Anyways, enjoy!
  9. So on my quest to continue painting old, classic Ral Partha miniatures, here's my latest! This is the second version of the Ral Partha hill giant that was made probably around 1978 or so. I didn't actually see the bottom of his base to check for a date. The previous one had more of a kettle helmet with horns and was holding the club in the other hand and it was more at rest instead of having the club over his his. I've got that one as well, but probably won't paint it in the near future because they are too similar. I did consider painting this one as a frost giant, with all the furs and the cape he is wearing, but also, considering I just painted a frost giant, figured I'd paint him more traditionally as a hill giant. I did end up putting some snow on the ground however, as he looked so warmly dressed it just kind of invited snow to the base. So anyway, enjoy!
  10. So, I was looking around Iron Wind Metals, the place which sells old Ral Partha sculpts. I'm getting interested in the history of minis, and I was curious to see if I could find Tom Meier's original "Ral Partha, evil wizard," which was almost their first mini. I am inclined to believe Iron Wind when they say it's this, since they ought to know. He's pretty lively looking, and is lunging with a sword in front and a staff behind, not bad at all for the timeperiod (what, around 1975?). Trouble is, some people out on the internet name this fella as the original Ral Partha. He's a little less dynamic, but still cool, with a classic pointy hat (no brim), a classic robe and upraised arms, a cape draped over his left arm, and a book and some goodies on his base. I couldn't find him on Iron Wind's site, though. Is there anyone out there with a good knowledge of Ral Partha sculpts (Send up the Buglips signal!) who can say which is the actual original legendary Ral Partha, evil wizard?
  11. So as I continue painting old miniatures, here's the next one up, an old Ral Partha Hill Giant, which I think is the updated/remodeled one of the first one I'd done before http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/49658-ral-partha-hill-giant/ . I usually just put up one photo of the front, but this one is kind of at an odd striding angle and has a few little details which seemed to have merited more than one angle. My favorite part of this figure ended up actually being his pet or snack in his European shoulder bag. Anyhow, hope you enjoy!
  12. So here's a Ral Partha frost giant miniature, nice old iconic figure from the end of the seventies. I really like the way he came out, even though with the lighting on the photo, a bit of the deeper colors are kind of lost. One thing I did with this figure that I wasn't expecting was in a lot of the shading ended up using the dark elf skin triad, which gave it even more depth (which once again in the picture isn't sadly too obvious). Being he was a frost giant, I wanted that dead white skin, which is a lot lighter than a previous version I'd done some years before: http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Image:Es57.jpg I was tempted to paint his hair "blond" as per the Monster Manual but kept with a very white and blue theme. His actual hair started out as pure white and his skin as leather white with lots of washes of different blues, grays and dark elf skin colors. Anyhow, enjoying a nice, old classic figure.
  13. So, my friend's parents were moving and found an old case of mini's which they promptly made him come get. He's not into figure painting anymore (the shame! but his wife is, so it's not a total wash), a nd figured I would enjoy these figures more than he (after letting his wife pick through, like a smart man). So here they are, old Partha's, Grenadier, even a few GW Battlequest(? I never remember the name) plastic dwarves. Mostly late 80's early 90's. More pics here totalling ~60 minis. Yeah, fear the Shiny Enamel Glory that was the early 90's. Some I don't care for, and unless convinced otherwise, they will be taken to the dreaded Metal Table of Doom next Reapercon.... Though I especially like the oriental orcs. -DD
  14. My finished miniatures for the month. The goal is to paint at least 20 minis this month. Comments and Feedback are always welcome, just keep in mind I'm painting for tabletop not competition (unless the post says otherwise for the mini). Finished Reaper 02514: Kang, Half Orc 02033: Sir Falkirk Nobleheart 02008: Garath Hawkblade 02253: Water Elemental 01501: ReaperCon 2004 Reclining Sophie Finished Other Ral Partha: Rikus (Dark Sun Peoples of the Land boxed set) Ral Partha: Half-Giant (Dark Sun Peoples of the Land boxed set) Studio McVey: Vanguard Samaritan x5 Studio McVey: Cpt Kara Black (Resin) Ral Partha: Sadira (Dark Sun Peoples of the Land boxed set)
  15. I spent about 2 hours each on the first 2 elementals, they will all be used on the tabletop. I had just bought the 3 Army Painter inks, so I tested them on these. I like the results. I love this one from Lance and Laser "Elementals - Earth and Water" set. Its partner is somewhere unpainted in our figure stash. Ral Partha elemental from 11-426, very classic pose on this one. Here is the complete set, the Fire elemental was painted by my husband around 1990, using enamel paints. Sadly, he doesnt paint anymore , but he does help me with gluing, assembly and basing . The ugliest earth elemental ever is definitely this one by TSR, part of the "Elementals Air and Earth" twopack from 1983. I didn't think he deserved more than an hour of paint time. Here he is with his partner Air elemental that I painted in April of 1994, this air elemental was why we bought the set: Group shots are always fun:
  16. So here's another miniature that I just finished, going way back with the year 1976 etched on the bottom of the base. It's an odd figure but kind of interesting. Kind of reminds me of a Don Quijote type of character. This is really, really old Ral Partha, some of their first fantasy figures that they made. It's actually pretty large, maybe close to 54 mm or so? The runes on the banner were actually harder than I thought they woud be because they were actually carved into the banner, so they aren't something I created, but rather tried tracing over first in black, then in palomino gold. My NMM armor, as always, I have mixed emotion about, but keep practicing at. Anyway, some of you will get waves of revulsion at such an old figure, but I think many more will get waves of nostalgia...
  17. So, I recently came across some shadow corps minis on eBay, and bid before realizing they were 15mm scale. These are the ones riding bears and rams. If that's not enough, in a large lot I bought from a buddy a few months back, I have some 15mm Ral Partha D&D dwarves. Now, normally I have no interest in 15mm. Not a size that comes into roleplaying that often. I'm mostly a 28mm guy. But y'know, a thought occurs to me. Next time I run a fantasy-based game, there has to be some role for extra tiny bearded guys, beyond the obvious "shrunken dwarves." What sort of people could these guys be used for? What are they? A related subrace? Dwarven pygmies? Something more exotic? Any ideas?
  18. Here's the other Ral Partha Dragon that I painted many years ago. This one is called Niddhogg the Wyrm. I first mounted it on that round base but then I decided to dismantle it because the real stones I used were too heavy. I think it was also a little weird, making the whole thing looks more like a table centerpiece than a RPG monster. Anyway, I'm still looking for a good idea for a new base, maybe a jungle scene could be nice.
  19. So my WIP for this fell apart. I just slapped some paint on fairly quick and it was done in one session in which I forgot to take pictures. The bow and side of the quiver were difficult, as there was no detail to work with and I wasn't feeling particularly creative with it. The skin turned out quite a bit better than it photographs. I used a couple washes of Burning Orange:Midnight Blue over the base coat of Burning Orange. The first wash was more general and something like a 3:1, then a more targeted shadow glaze of 1:2. Then another layer of Burning Orange, followed by a highlight of Highlight Orange and lastly a highlight of Bright Skin.
  20. Since my RPG theme mini is stuck in the Bones-created tear in the fabric of time and space in Denton, I decided to jump on the old orange goblin bandwagon. I knew I had this guy in ze drawer! So far using HD Burning Orange, Woodstain Brown, Regal Purple and Stormy Grey. He's going to be ORANGE (actually, it should tone down a bit with other layers, but who knows?)
  21. So here's the second in my little series of orangey colored goblins. Did a front and a back on again just for fun, hope you all enjoy! As usual the NMM metal kicks my petard, but oh well, at this pace I might actually end up being decent at it in another fifteen to twenty years.
  22. This is where I will be accumulating my finished miniatures for February. Comments are always welcome on the minis. Finished Reaper Figures 14267: General Matisse,Overlords Warlord 14575: Tierdeleira, Priestess 03555: Thilinos Nightflame, Dark Elf Finished Other Figures Swords & Soldiers: Dream Park - Villain (1992) Studio McVey: Sedition Wars - Phase 1 Strain x 8 Ral Partha (?): Halfling Paladin Studio McVey: Sedition Wars - Phase 2 "Quasimodo" Strain x1 Studio McVey: Sedition Wars - Hurley Avatars of War: Harpy of the Apocalypse Studio McVey: Sedition Wars - Phase 2 "Stalker" Strain x1 Ral Partha: Dark Sun Gladiators - Neeva Citadel (GW): Dwarf (pre-1990 pre-slotta). Bonenami: 114
  23. Here's another diorama from my archives painted long ago. This one is Ral Partha's Black Dragon of Fire and Darkness painted as a brown desert Dragon. Three Citadel Snotlings are chasing a snake at the back. The base is made of wood covered with carved expanded foam and natural sand.
  24. Buglips, I'm hoping for your expertise, and anyone else experienced with old Ral Partha minis. My husband just gave me an old Ral Partha feathed serpent (from Shadowrun), vintage 1993. I love it, and I'd like to treat it right. I found a description of it online: http://gurth.home.xs4all.nl/shadowrun/ralpartha.html (it's the second model down) The model is of a really lightweight plastic, I'm not sure what kind. It's pale blue, but the shades of the pieces are different from each other. It's really lightweight. Although it appears to be solid, the whole bag of pieces weighs barely anything in the hand. The detail is lovely, though. There appears to be almost no flash that I can see, although there is a small amount of some deep red substance in a few nooks and crannies. The base, it says, is lead-free pewter. Whatever it is, it is heavier, I think, than the tin miniatures available today. It feels pretty heavy in the hand anyway. It has a little goldish discoloration here and there, and the's a bit of -- not sure what to call it, not flash but those little tags of metal that sometimes hang on where vent holes were or something. The instructions recommend using cyanoacrylate glue, which is superglue, I believe. I am more comfortable using epoxy, but am willing to use superglue instead if people think it best It's a big model. It looks like it will be about five inches tall when assembled. There are eight body pieces, mostly with fairly substantial pegs and holes to hold them together. It looks, however, like the wing tabs are too thin for the body space they go in and something will need to fill in the space or else they will wobble and be weak. The old instructions suggest gap-filling glue. I have pinned one model so far. I look at this one and wonder if I could or should pin it. I would assume this is resin, for safety's sake, and be very careful with any dust or whatever those little corkscrew squiggles of material that come out when you drill are called. But if it's not really necessary, I wouldn't mind skipping this part. Anyhow, may I ask for advice and suggestions, please?
  25. Here's another Ral Partha Dragon I painted years ago, maybe it was in 1996 or so. The pictures are blurry but that's all I could find on my archive CD. Durin's Doom, The Price of Greed was sculpted by Robert Olley.
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