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  1. Hello all you reaperlaiset! So since the beginning of the year, I've been working on a little project to get all of these Thunderbolt Mountain fairies painted. It's actually taken extra long because I painted two sets of these, and the duplicates were all the same colors, but it logically takes twice as long. It was hard to decide on colors for these guys, but I did want to do a unique skin color for each one and a unique leotard color as well for each one. I ended up doing the tutus the same color because I I would have done each one a different color, it would have take so mu
  2. And good evening to all towards the end of the year of 2020! So I just finished this one this morning, another Wood Elf sculpted by Tom Meier for Thunderbolt Mountain Miniatures and recently re-released by Ral Partha Legacy. His eyes are very small, and I tried to stay "in the lines" but they may have slightly gotten out of their orbits. My only other problem here was trying to figure out the colors, but hopefully what I eventually chosen doesn't clash. Anyhoos, enjoy!
  3. Hello guys! I'm not sure if this is the place to put this and I don't think it's permissible to put links to other web sites, but just as some general information, Thunderbolt Mountain Miniatures, that was a company that Tom Meier had founded quite a many years ago after leaving Ral Partha, are once again available, and being cast through a subsidiary company of Ral Partha, called Ral Partha Legacy. They are working on releasing some classic Partha for their Chaos Wars game, other miniatures that were previously out of production, and of special note, miniatures from Thunderbolt
  4. So here is one I've recently finished, a Thunderbolt Mountain Elf maiden miniature. I really love Tom Meier's miniatures, but they have such fine detail and such small eyes it's hard to get in there even with a small pointy brush. I wanted to give her light clear colors, so hopefully that worked out. The one other item on this was being she was blonde and her face is so small and delicate I didn't give her eyebrows, which I normally would do. Anyhoos, have a look, hope you enjoy:
  5. So here's the accompanying elf guy that was in the same set that the female elf that I painted a few days ago came from. They both actually had a little sprue of extra items you could put in their hands, but of course I didn't put anything in their hands. Why, you ask? No idea, I think it was the fact that I would have to choose one of them. and here they are together: Just like the maiden, I couldn't bring myself to paint eyebrows on the guys, because the faces are so small and delicate, I didn't want to put some huge unibrows on them.
  6. Malak breathed the cold air and smiled. This day had been long coming. The journey to the Frozen City had been difficult, wizards of his like had difficulty procuring supplies in the so called civilized lands, even in the rough towns near Felstad. Still, goblins could adapt to any situation and this one was no different. The eclectic band he had managed to scrape together stood with him now on the outskirts of the ancient ruin, ready to stake their claim at the riches that lie within. His first in command was his apprentice Grubb a Weiben goblin from the Reaping lands to the south. After
  7. I started out this miniature without a clue as to what I was going to do with it. I had NO idea what it was, and so the first thing I did was create a WIP to get some guidance as I progressed through painting the mini. I was absolutely clueless. In a short time of working on it, the Meier touch came through and the pure humor, and skill of Tom was guiding my hands (if not my chuckles). Ideas came along with encouragement of our friends on the Forum. So rather than keep filling an already full bucket, here is my painted interpretation of Tom Meiers "LITTLE WOOLLY".
  8. These gorgeous wolves (Thunderbolt Mountain 8560) are the nicest giant wolf sculpts I have ever seen. They are by the legendary Tom Meier. IMPORTANT: TOM MEIER IS CLOSING HIS THUNDERBOLT MOUNTAIN STORE DEC. 25 OF THIS YEAR, SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, GO THERE NOW! They are pretty big. I mounted them on 1.5" fender washers for extra stability. Tom Meier sells optional goblin riders for them. WIP thread with extensive color notes, painting details, and comparison to other wolf figures her
  9. Here's something I have been meaning to do for a while, since apparently I have had Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain pack of three giant wolves (Thunderbolt Mountain #8560) and RAFM's three dire wolves so long I can't even remember when I got them or how on earth I got an RAFM product I can't seem to find mention of on the internet. I also nabbed a set of Reaper's #02830 Wolf Pack, which contains three smaller wolves, still impressively sized next to humans. Here they are, cleaned and glued to bases (all nine wolves were more prone to tipping over sideways than I like).
  10. He is from the Thunderbolt Mountain set #8046, Wood Elf Huntsman w/ Dogs. Like all Thunderbolt Mountain figures they are sculpted by Tom Meier, the legendary talent behind Ral Partha. The set includes two dogs; I painted four of them up here. The wood elf huntsman comes with empty hands and a bow, a sword, and a beautiful curling hunting horn. This is the first time I have glued things into hands and it took a lot of fiddling. The site claims these are 30mm but I don't think they are even 28mm. They are very delicate compared to Reaper elves and their faces (and eyes!) are impossib
  11. These are from the Thunderbolt Mountain set #8046, Wood Elf Huntsman w/ Dogs. The set includes two dogs, but you can buy extras. The hunstman (not painted yet) comes with three weensy accessories to choose from: a bow, a sword, and a beautiful curling hunting horn. The site claims these are 30mm, but if so they are the tiniest 30mm figures I have ever seen, small even next to the smaller Reaper elves. These hounds are big, real Irish wolfhounds, compared to the Thunderbolt Mountain figures and reasonable dog-sized compared to Reaper figures. Be that as it may, they are sculpted by t
  12. These are some exquisite wood elves by Tom Meier, legendary founding sculptor for Ral Partha who has in the intervening decades honed his craft to an astounding degree. These are Thunderbolt Mountain #8042 Wood Elf Lord, #8043 Wood Elf Lady, #8044 Wood Elf Noble in Traveling clothes, and #8045 Wood Elf Noble Lady in Traveling clothes. A few things: The site says they are 30mm scale, but if so they are really tiny. They are based on pennies. Here they are between some Reaper figures (03566: Valloa, Elf Thief and 77131: Finaela, Pirate) for comparison: I feel these elves lo
  13. This is Slug Eat Your Face, a whimsical piece by Tom Meier of Thunderbolt Mountain. I was inspired by the bright colors and patterns of nudibranchs and sea slugs.
  14. This Miniature has been a "learner"..since it has been two weeks of an uphill slog with it. If you want to read of my thoughts, its on the WIP page. This is the last of the Thunderbolt Series that my son gave me. I have enjoyed the challenge of these, and there has been plenty on this miniature. As always, Comments and criticism is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
  15. After all the fun I had with The Elf Ranger; I now go back to the Tom Meirer 25mm miniatures. I prefer to alternate between styles and sculptors; since it keeps me growing, and on my toes. With the coming Christmas Holiday and the craziness associated with that I want to hold off on an especially challenging DSW miniature I want to paint. Sir Gawayne will be a nice segue into the next one I take on. So, I just glued him together, and attached him to his base. He has yet to be primed; as I am STILL removing the (Expletive Deleted) Mold Lines. Just saw another one when I took the photos
  16. I started this project to use colors I really didn't like, and rarely touched. Yellow, browns and Gray are my least favorite colors. They cover poorly, and you have to struggle (at least I do) to get them to look halfway decent, and not turn into mud. So here are the finished Sir Galahad and Sir Kay. There is a mod on Sir Kay, I gave him a Battle Banner (thanks Ub3r for that recommendation). The object was to learn something new, and have fun. I had heaps of both. oh, these are 25mm so I posted a pic with a regular mini. Here are the Knights. C/C are always appreciated and welc
  17. Guenevere stood Pensive, waiting for the trumpet fanfare to begin. In just a moment she would descend the stairs as a new Queen. As always C&C are welcome and sought after.
  18. This is a whole new ballgame for me. I switched over to brush on primer, and had my socks blown off. I didn't realize how much of a difference that primer would make in the crispness of the Mini's edges. Its shocking how much detail is NOT covered over. Makes me look at my former stuff and get a bit upset. I'll just move forward on these. I'm looking forward to painting this one, and see if I can capitalize on the crispness of the sculpt. Going out on the edge :) Here is the Queen Guenevere (Standing).
  19. My son gave me a handful of these Noble Oak Guards. I decided that I wanted to get them painted up as a project together. I am going to paint all three up in a theme. Seasons. I did the first one in what I will call Summer a while back. That leaves (yuck yuck) spring, fall, and winter for the three remaining. I have NO intention of repeating that Orange elf I did before....that was awesome and a stand alone moment. So, this is my project for now. Don't know how long it will take, but it won't be a week's work that is for sure. Here are the Elves: I include two photos of the ea
  20. I have really enjoyed working on this mini. If you read the WIP you will see the biggest hurdle in painting him was the sword arm ! Sir Kay didn't reach the Ripe old Noble age he had; by being ignorant, nor learning a few treacherous tricks of his own. As he walked past the old monastic ruins the Goblins Attacked ! He grabbed his walking staff and with a swift twirl; he had the hidden sword in hand. He dropped the staff at his feet, and protected himself. Here is Sir Kay. Comments and Critiques are always Invited and appreciated!
  21. Completed the Mounted Noble Oak Elf by Tom Meier. This Miniature proved a lot more difficult than I anticipated. Had to paint most of the elements separately, then glue them together. I found balancing the colors, and keeping dark areas in control hard to do when things aren't attached. The camera isn't doing credit to the gray blending into the shadows. They're there. So.. Here is the finished Elf.
  22. Just Based and Photographed the Compliment to my prior showoff posting. This is the Mounted Version of the Elf Champion. This has been a labor of extreme joy. I will post six photos (since I learned my lesson the last time)..chuckle. Hope my enjoyment of it shows, and you let me know what you think.
  23. Here is my attempt to paint the Elf Champion by Tom Meier. The incredible detail, complexity, and beauty of this work is daunting. It is a challenge ! With all that said; keep in mind it is 30mm. Here is my attempt to do it some sort of justice. Here are three more photos... Sorry, I can be as dumb as a rock sometime. I added 039 which shows the landscape on the other side of figure.
  24. Amazing, I just finished this Miniature. As Willen, and Ub3r-N3rd say.. you start out a total noobie, and then you learn step by step to do this basing trip. So here is the Thunderbolt Mountain Herald, painted, and with a base on him ! Remember this is 25mm. (one Inch Tall) Has been a blast to paint. The sculpts are really very detailed, and don't be afraid of their size; you really can amaze yourself with the level of complexity you can achieve. Great way to enhance your hand, eye, mind control. There are a couple of spots that look like voids on right arm, its the camera, not the pa
  25. This is what I have been calling Lance II, since my original miniature was replaced due to a problem. I've had him sitting around waiting, and decided to paint him up, and since he didn't come with a base, I had to create my own base this time (this is a first). So without a whole lot of commentary; here is lance, going up the ruined stairs with his mace in hand. Has been fun, I'm rather delighted with the way this turned out. (my original base was far too complex, and large, and had to be removed). Gotta make mistakes to learn ! Oh..Lance II is a 25mm Mini (should call it a "Micro-Mi
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