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  1. Good morning all you folk of the Reaper persuasion, who maybe should get their own pronoun, re. So I just finished this evil wizard up, sculpted way back in the eighties by Dennis Mize, I think to replace an earlier Citadel model. Tried to keep him dark, and originally thought about starting all black and just use different highlight coloring for the cape and for the cloak, but then kind of wussed out and thought nothing cries evil like a man with a pink cloak (a la Roose Bolton) so here he is for your viewing pleasure: Enjoy all of his fashion glory!
  2. Hello All, so hopefully after my anthropomorphic cat, this one won't be a disappointment! So probably already about two years ago, I sold my original version of this mini for an amount that I just could not refuse (and was in fact instrumental in giving me funds for Bones VI), and figured I'd just paint her again. It took forever to get around to it, but now I've gotten my second rendition of her, and she is underneath: I am reasonably satisfied with her but the issue I have is with her eyes. Even though live it doesn't seem she has them, she has in the photos at least large dark lines under them. Here is the original version of this chick that I painted maybe around 2018: where I like her eyes a whole lot better in the second blue version, or actually the first original version. As I go back to an unpainted version of this gal, I'm a bit confused because the actual eyes are actually rather large and circular, more akin to the pink dressed lass, so not what sure what has happened. All in all though, being I do have another unpainted version of her, I almost feel obligated to want to try again until I'm 100% happy. Does anybody else ever have this issue? I'm not sure when I'll get around to version number three, but I'm guessing it might frustrate me to have it done in 2023 sometimes amongst all my little other projects.
  3. And finally: The third mini in this blister - a Kender Vampire! The curse of the Kender Vampire is that he can't talk anymore. Apart from that the entry is a bit disappointing, basically just "a wizard did it". The wizard in this case is Lord Soth (yeah, the Dragon Lance Lord Soth, but after he came to Ravenloft and got to rule his own domain there...) Tried a snow base. This is GSW's "Realistic Snow". Well, I'm not too sure about that "realistic" part. But then again, maybe I used it wrong. Anyway: The Kender, C&C welcome! Klick here for the elf and here for the dwarf.
  4. Next: The dwarven vampire Despite being irredeemably evil, apparently he does not like to create undead minions: "Because they realize the torment that transformation into a vampire causes to dwarves, the vampire dwarf is reluctant to create others of its kind. Thus, it does this only when it feels that it need minions to help it carry out its acts of evil." Unfortunately, those acts of evil have to be committed "in an attempt to ease the misery it feels over having been doomed to an eternal life that it detests." No chance of not acting evil there... But, why not hire some goons instead of this undead minion thing then? I could see a campaign where all the evil guys suddenly act a lot more effective and logical - and the BBEG is a counsellor advising them...😁 (Elven Vampire here)
  5. Hi all you fine Reaper folk and folkette! So this next miniature, which I finished up a few days ago, I've actually painted with a special purpose in mind. Melissa Noe, the wife of Mike Noe, the president and one of the owners of Iron Wind Metals, which was formerly as many of you know Ral Partha, has come down with brain and lung cancer, and with all the medical treatment comes a large amount of medical bills. A GoFundMe.com page was set up, which I'll put here, hopefully not violating any forum rules, where if anybody was interested, they could certainly donate. Mike and Melissa Noe Go Fund Me I myself am not much in a position where I can just send cash, but it did occur to me that if I was to paint the proper miniature and threw it up on auction on EBay, maybe I could raise some money this way and send it over to Mike and Melissa, two very kind persons that I've worked with and collaborated with over the years, visiting a number of occasions their factory, doing some little projects for them, and doing a lot of painting for their web page. You can easily find him out there on EBay with the key words Ral Partha Molydeus . So when I chose this miniature, I went for something that I thought would be rare enough, and "impressive" enough, to hopefully generate some interest. Over the years I've seen this piece on EBay for crazy amounts so figured he'd be a good candidate. So with that in mind, behold Molydeus, sculpted by Jim Johnson for Ral Partha's TSR Planescape line back in the nineties. There apparently aren't that many of him around any more, so I'm hoping that a few people might fancy the idea of having one of the few hanging out there, complete and in my super humble opinion decently painted. He's on a ten day auction, and whatever money is made from his sale will go directly to Mike and Melissa to help cover their medical bills that have been slowly accumulating. Even if the auction itself doesn't interest you, please take the time to go over to Mike and Melissa's Go Fund Me page, and if the spirit strikes. you, any donation that you could send them would certainly help them out. So with that I shall close, hope you all enjoy, thank you very much for reading this, and we'll see how this all goes in ten days time! Mark
  6. Lo and behold: The elven vampire. According to the Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium (2nd ed. AD&D) elven vampires "often dress in dark robes ... to hide their appearance from the world" while they "transform the vital, living forests around him into places of death and decay." That's because of their "black thumb. Any plant that the creature touches withers and dies." Although gloves (and shoes) apparently negate this effect. "Elven vampires cannot be held at bay by mirrors, holy symbols, or garlic, but cannot cross an a line of flower petals." So hippies are safe, I guess. As are florists. I really like the quirky monster descriptions in the old 2nd ed. compendiums. Even if they don't always make sense. No, it's because they often don't make sense!
  7. Hello all you Reapernikud! So latest painted figure, and I'm not 100% sure but I think this was sculpted by Dennis Mize , a Crouching Ranger with Sword: Greens, browns and blacks, rangery colors. Enjoy!
  8. Good evening all you Reaperphonics! So this miniature I just finished and photographed this afternoon, he's a Ral Partha Fire Giant, sculpted by Tom Meier back in 1977. I've always liked this Fire Giant, because even though he's not as popular or as well known as the Frost Giant from around that same time, he's still incredibly fun. I think my favorite aspect of this miniature is the fact he is a giant from back in the day, but he is barely larger than a modern Reaper man-sized miniature nowadays. When I remember to I'll have to do a size comparison photo for you all, always fun. So anyways, here he is: I wanted him to have coal black skin and flame-colored hair, so I think that kind of turned out okay. The one thing I was kind of doubtful about was his eyes. My doubt was whether or not to give him maybe red pupils, but ultimately decided against it and just gave him flaming eyes as well. I really love this figure. He's actually currently available at Ral Partha Legacy, but the one I painted was actually an old lead one I've had sitting around for a long time and had just never gotten around to painting. I should probably also put in a little plug here, the Ral Partha Legacy Chaos Wars Kickstarter is just about over, ends July 14th, so if you've got a love for classic miniatures and the sculpting of Tom Meier, it is definitely worth checking out!
  9. Hello everybody, related to the Kickstarter, but also just some really nice videos that Ral Partha Legacy did. These are a number of interviews with Tom Meier, the sculptor behind the new miniatures and basically behind Ral Partha itself since the seventies, as well as the "discoverer" (can't really say inventory) of how green stuff can be used to sculpt miniatures: https://www.youtube.com/c/RalParthaLegacyLTD/videos Have a look, some videos are longer than others, but all worth seeing if you're interested in miniatures, sculpting, the history of miniatures, et cetera!
  10. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ralparthalegacy/ral-parthas-chaos-wars-wave-4-thunderbolt-mountain Sorry guys, not too technically advanced, but here is a link to the Ral Partha Legacy's fourth Kickstarter, this time adding elves, dwarves, humans, orcs/goblins and some creatures to the mix. Check it out, you can buy in a wide variety of ways, be if from the individual figure to large armies in bundles and packages. The majority of this was sculpted by Tom Meier, and all the new pieces were sculpted by him as well. Lots of visual images and aid to help you decide what you'd might like to snag. I'm biased as a long time fan of both Partha and Meier, I'm definitely going to grab a good number of individual pieces on this one! EDIT: Added some photos of the new sculpts from Mr. Meier:
  11. A really nice mini! Highlighting the skin was fun! 😁 Thanks for looking!
  12. Hello my little Rearperlificos! so tonight just got finished up and photographed, a male and female fighter in plate armor, sculpted by the enigmatic Jim Johnson (one of those sculptors I know nothing about but has had a hugely prolific career) that he sculpted I think back in the nineties when he did a range of figures for Partha, which were a male and a female version of the same character class. I've already painted up a bunch of these different figures, and these are my most recent ones. I wanted to do red as their breastplates, helmets and grieves with more bronze tones than gold, after seeing Anne Forester working on bronzes in Twitch with the Kickstarter V Centaur. I'n not ver happy how the vertical bronze strip came out on the male fighter, but buh, too lazy to really keep fixing to perfection. Also, this is the second time I took pictures of these figures because there was lots of crud, dust and hair on the figures the first time. I went back and rephotographed them a second time and I still see a few little dust spots even though I knocked a bunch of them off. Anyhoos, here they are for your viewing pleasure: the female: The male: and being they were originally sold in a blister pack together, here they are in the same photo: I would usually put them on bases but the gal has a wide base that is a little too big to fit on the one inch base, and I didn't have a slightly larger base sitting around so I just sealed them really good and am going to leave them like that. In any case they just sit in a display case, a display case in my unfinished basement that nobody except myself ever sees, oh the humanity......
  13. So I found these guys at the last NEMPA paint day a I attended a few years back, and decided to paint them up... I have many other orcs from this line, but not these guys... I even have the Polly S Armor Dark Green paint I used on the others back in High School! (I,m class of 1981) and a close up So all you Partha lovers chime in with comments and critiques! The Drow
  14. Hello and good evening all you Reaper Maniacs! So here's a few miniatures I've been meaning to paint but just haven't gotten around to them, you know, too many minis, not enough time. But I did finally get around to these, which are pretty fun, Squidmen with Goo Guns, sculpted by Tom Meier when he had the company Thunderbolt Mountains. These are miniatures that his son had designed. and here they are as the actual group/blister pack they come in: Anyhoos, quite enjoyable and reasonably simple to paint, hope you guys and gals all enjoy!
  15. One of the old school figures I still really love. I started buying them back in the mid 70s, at Len's Hobby Center in Astoria. This was a more recent acquisition, from some nice lady down in Texas. The snowy base was a last minute epiphany C&C are very welcome. I'm not too happy with the awkwardness of the cloth - it needed a lot more blending. I consider it a snapshot of "that time I was focusing on getting more daring with contrast, but without the blending skills to pull it off"! -t
  16. Hello everybody on the penultimate day of the Reaper Bones 6 Kickstarter! So here's another figure I've been sitting on for a while, painted it I think already a couple years back but never posted or showed it off because he wasn't yet available. Well he was recently released over at Ral Partha Legacy, so it's time to show him off! Back in the eighties, if I recall correctly, Tom Meier sculpted a whole bunch of troglodytes, I think with the Ral Partha/Citadel collaboration back then, and when Ral Partha Legacy had one of their Kickstarters, they re-released those older figures. A little bit later Tom Meier sculpted this little fellow up, a sorcerer/priest/leader for whatever group of trogs you might end up gathering. He has a pretty long base so he got stuck on one of their mount bases. and kind of funny, now that I start thinking about it, I've been using the only other Partha Troglodyte that I've painted as my avatar: I might want to change that, I don't feel like an ugly lizard.......
  17. and it's day one after the grand Kickstarter Bones 6 and time to pull my eyeballs away from the ever changing Kickstarter screen and back to my version of reality. So here's one more figure I've got, painted a couple years back, but once again, as it hadn't been released, never showed him off. Well, he's out and about in the public, so here he is a very small Dwarves Necromancer, sculpted by Dave Summers three or four years back: I really like how his face is half a skull and half a living dwarf. It I would have been thinking years back, I would have maybe painted a side of his beard a lot lighter, but oh well, not going to worry about it now. Anyhoos, enjoy!
  18. finally finished up the batch of Ral Gnolls, what I thought would or might be a fun batch job to paint was any but, all the armour was different etc felt like I was painting up PC they werte basically the same size anyways, lol.
  19. I’m away from home (again) with my travel paint kit. I was experimenting a couple of months back with a Zorn palette of 4 paints. A rogue seemed like the sort of person who might want to be somewhat subdued in color, so I decided that this Ral Partha rogue from The Adventurers range (set 98-013 Female Adventurers) would be a good figure to paint with the Zorn colors to stay in practice. It wouldn’t hurt to actually read/watch some theory on NMM, but there’s not too much metal on her besides the dagger, so it should pass on the tabletop. She is part of an effort to ensure a reasonable selection of PCs for my planned OD&D ampaign revival.
  20. Hello all you Reaperlased! So I painted these a few years back, but as they hadn't been released yet, I never posted them. These are four new figures from Ral Partha Legacy, Drunken Dwarves, that were just recently released. Fun figures sculpted by Dave Summers, pretty much in that same scale as the old Tom Meier Partha dwarves from the eighties were sculpted in. I'm always excited when Ral Partha Legacy releases new figures, whether they be re-releases of old Partha miniatures of days yore, or new releases of figures that were recently sculpted. Here they are all together: Great group of guys, always ready for an excuse to grab a mug of beer, perfect for tavern encounters!
  21. Hello there all your Bones 6 supporting Reaperodytes! So I've been pretty busy since my last finished mini, and I went to Mexico for 11 days to visit my wife's family and to do a bit of vacationing, so I've been been finishing minis as quickly as I've wanted to, but things are slowly going back to normal so I've got a couple minis that I just finished. Being these were a set of four too means I wanted to work on them all together. So here are Ral Partha's Shadowrun Blood Mages, I think sculpted in the second half of the nineties(?) by Dave Summers. They are kind of loosely based on Mexican/Aztec colors, even though the axe wielder I thought originally looked more oriental. As I was actually able to see his little mustache though, it reminded me kind of Cantinflas, but that was after I'd already gave him a more Asian instead of Native American hue and I just kept going on from there. So I took these all this afternoon with my iPhone, because after seeing the photos I took from my normal camera they were kind of dark photos (in all fairness though it was a cloudy day with very blah light) and the iPhone versions were quite a lot more vibrant. I may though wait for another sunny day and retake photos with my other camera. These were actually some very fun figures to paint. With all the feathers I was able to use a lot more colors than I probably would have put on a single figure and I still don't feel the colors are too much. You might have a different opinion, and if so, please let me know. I'd love to hear what you think! Anyhoos, hope you enjoy!
  22. Yesterday was a hectic day at work, so when it came to be lunch time I wanted to close my computer and take a complete break from things. It was raining, so walking seemed like it would be unpleasant. I decided to pull out the paint set I keep at the office and have a go at this old Ral Partha cleric. I didn’t set an actual timer for a speedpaint challenge, but this was right up on an hour. I don’t usually use yellow, so I was experimenting. As finished (before varnish), the shading on the yellows are not quite as smooth as I would like them to be. Two coats of varnish (one by brush to protect the figure to get it home, and one spray after the basing is completed) will, as I know from experience, smooth things out a bit more. I’ll post pictures of the based figure after the spray varnish sometime later today. A few weeks ago I inventoried my true 25mm individually based fantasy figures suitable for a vintage D&D game, and concluded that I was very short on armored mace-wielding clerics in the classic D&D mode, and that I had no recently painted bards at all. I pulled out a male and female in each category and cleaned them up on Tuesday (plus a stray female thief) and brush-primed them on Wednesday. Five figures seems like a manageable goal to reach before some other Muse comes along to drop off a random bit of inspiration. 😆 I would like all five of these figures to be a departure from my usual color palette, but we’ll see… This figure is part of a group of 8 Wizards and Clerics sold by Ral Partha as a boxed set in a range they called The Adventurers, which eventually reached a total of 15 sets. Sculpting was a mix of Dennis Mize, Julie Guthrie and Tom Meier. While not specifically identified on the Lost Minis Wiki, this figure has a marking on the base (somewhat visible in the top picture by the head of the mace) of “ES73”, which suggests that it was originally intended as a 4th figure in the Personalities and Things that go Bump in the Night “Clerics” set (ES-73 or 01-073), and therefore is presumably a Tom Meier.
  23. I had a day off yesterday and wanted to get some work done toward staging an Original D&D game sometime “soon”. I’m working on a handful of potential PCs, but wanted to get a couple of smaller monsters done. These have all been sitting around in primer for a long time and I’m tired of looking at them. So…drybrush the heck out of them and call it a day. The figures are all Ral Partha, two trolls (01-063), three skeletons (01-046), two wraiths (01-030), and a small carnosaur (13-004, an erythrosuchus to be exact).
  24. Continuing with my group of under-represented character classes, I painted up this bard from the Ral Partha set “Female Adventurers”. I’m not sure who the sculptor was; the range was a mix of Mize, Guthrie, and Meier. I’m trying to use some colors I don’t use as often on these; hence the lavender shirt. This is a fairly petite little figure. I know @72moonglum would have highlighted the nail polish 😂, but I can’t see that on the table. How petite, you ask? Scale creep, anyone?
  25. I finished up the two figures on the left this weekend, and the other one last month (although I didn’t post a picture at the time). They are the three members of a package originally sold by Ral Partha as 02-946, Champions, from the “All Things Dark and Dangerous” range sculpted by Julie Guthrie. I don’t especially need more fighters to support my hypothetical D&D game, but I had them on hand and primed them near the start of the pandemic. I won them in an Ironwind sponsored round of the speed painting competitions at Gencon a couple of years back.
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