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  1. My in-laws have a tradition of passing off a joke gift to all the male adults. Someone (it's forgotten who originally was gifted with the slippers) got a pair of knitted size 14 (my in-laws are all over 6'5, I'm the short one at 6'2) slippers in white, orange and green wool. They are ugly. This person then added a small change, like a patch, to each slipper and re-gifted it. The tradition continues. There's one more person I can give these to before it becomes a random (or someone else marries into the family). I'm adding a few quickly painted bones orcs. I would do different ones (because I have doubles of a couple), but apparently they need to be the same. If in the event it's legal, I will be replacing a sniper with a marauder 77042. I will document my quick paintjob in this thread, and then safety pin them to the slippers. I will also be painting a few other bones orcs too - the marauders and Rogan 77224. Photos soon.
  2. Hey all, Wanted to take a break from painting big stompy robots (CAVs) and get back into something with curves. Someone in my pathfinder group just made a new character, a female slayer... So I used that as motivation to paint up this awesome sculpt. I looked around and got heavy inspiration from these two posts by Pingo and Evilcoatrack: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/61985-scáthach-scotswoman-warrior-77389-highland-heroine/ http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69147-77389-highland-heroine-wip/ I decided to try a few new things with this mini, including thinning using matte medium, and a tartan pattern. Tartan is really hard to make look good... If anyone had any tips, I am all ears. I just finished the hair and am really happy with how it came out, and this is probably the best face I have ever done as well (with eyes, no less!). In fact, the irises went on a bit thick, so there is a little dollop that creates a shadow under strong light to mimic a pupil ... Kind of like the opposite of what Roman sculptures do. A fortunate accident. Anyway, C and C appreciated. I reckon I'll have her done by the end of the week. I'll be trying nmm on the sword and shields. Pingo and Evilcoatrack, thanks for the inspiration!!!
  3. Painting up Una the Falconer for my Patrons. They chose the model for me, and I paint it. Then I raffle it off. She has just a ludicrous amount of detail on the front. So much that I often have no idea what I'm painting until everything around it is complete. Then it's one of those 'Aha!' moments that requires me to repaint. I'm complaining too much though. She's not that bad. But, in some cases I'd say dialing the detail back a bit helps create some better visual clarity. And that, really, has been the most difficult part - having enough contrast and separation between all those stitches, patches, and busy little bits. I think I'm faring not too bad though. I'm hoping to have her completed by today or tomorrow.
  4. I think "Corporeal Shadow" and I are going to be good friends. Washes to follow.
  5. I'm playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and apparently we need a dragon. So I'm painting the Shadow Dragon that's been in my "Box of 20" unpainted minis as a blue dragon. Last night I boiled, cleaned and glued the wings (because why not? Oh, ok... THAT's why not) and slopped on blue liner/medium. I will probably slop on some more liner to actually line. Colors I'm planning on using. -Interference Blue (Yes, this dragon has been Pingo'd). Skin:Dragon Blue (!), Frost Blue, Blue Flame, Ghost White, Magic Blue (VGC), Denim Blue Plates/Bone: Handle Wood (SW), Bone White (VGC), Pearl White, Creamy Ivory. That may be more than I actually use, though. No mold line prep.
  6. So I'm DMing a group of D&D 5E where we've played the Tyranny of Dragons storyline for the last two years now. We're around session 80ish now, and my group is near the end, where I want them to encounter Tiamat herself. As I've used miniatures for all encounters so far, I need a Tiamat figue. When I saw the amazing WIP and Show-Off threads from Sirithiliel last year, I knew I had found the "miniature" I needed. Thank you for the inspiration, Siri. The model is called "Lysander" and is produced by Toscano. It's made out of some kind of resin and is pretty fragile (especially the horns). Wasn't easy to track down the figue, but then I found it on Amazon for 65 Euros including shipping to Germany. I understand that there are versions of this figure that come unpainted. Mine was painted in a nice green/yellow tone. But of course, this is not befitting of Tiamat ;) My plan was to go a little step further than Siri and change the heads, too. My players know the D&D dragons pretty well after a two-year-long dragon themed campaign, and they should be able to identify the typical D&D dragon heads. As of now, I am almost finished with the model. But if you like, I'll post the pictures of the process here. Here we go: Step 1: The figure out of the box I couldn't get the whole figure on camera with my usual photo setup. Will change setup for later pictures The model is about 29 cm high, has a wingspan of 38 cm and a base of about 18 cm. It's clearly not in a 28cm fantasy miniture scale like the Reaper miniatures (eyes are too big, base has mega huge tree under the dragon's claws), but it will do.
  7. Many moons ago, when the first official preview for D&D 5E were coming out, a friend and I were discussing that the Paladin preview had a Half-Orc as the example art, and it would be interesting to see more atypical race/class combos in the books. He had suggested a Tiefling Barbarian, and lo and behold, not but five minutes later, WotC previewed the Barbarian and it was...a generic Viking style Human. Later that day, during downtime at work, I thought I'd make it up to both of us and sketch out a concept for a Tiefling Barbarian. I kept the 4E & 5E pact-style Tieflings, and took a bit of influence from the design of Warcraft's Draenei, (a race of dimension travelers, who fled from their brethren who signed on with demons). After all, my main character in the game for almost a decade was a Draenei Warrior! Here's the initial sketch:
  8. So, in this thread I'm documenting my progress at Painting and Modifying a bunch of Minis for the D&D Actual Play Podcast The Misadventures of Max's Minions to represent all of the PCs in it, Past, Present and Future! Several of these are Reaper minis this time around. The Podcast can be found here if you are interested... http://maxsminions.com/ The PCs and their Mini-Minions so far... Sting the Pixie Rogue Dog the Beastmaster Ranger(And his Badly made "Kord Hat".) Salle the Goblin Sorceress? Kildrick the Dwaren Cleric of "The First Church of Kildrick the Navel-less" Stasi Xen the Human Fighter Dana Toren the Eladrin Warlord Most of these are in the earliest stage of work in progress. I thought I might as well chronicle this progress somewhere, so I decided on here. Hopefully, I can get a bit of help and support as I endeavor to complete this project. I already know I need a lot of Luck for this. I'm not gonna ask for anyone to give any of your luck for this. Just asking for a bit of Support and maybe a bit of advice. GF
  9. I have been working on this mini for the last weeks. I did not have a lot of time to paint and forgot to make a wip.. The first time I saw the Friar I was reminded of a painting I saw a long time ago of a Japanese monk on a bridge. So I painted him as a monk and made a bridge out of balsa and plastic card. I also wanted a tree with blossoms. The tree took a few tries before I was happy with it. The Friar wip. Building the base Trees tries 1 and 2 The final tree Added stones and sand to the base and base colors Added blossom to the tree and added the water to the stream More to follow later...
  10. Bear with me on this, it has been a while since I've done a WIP. Given my House affiliation updates may be sporadic. If you read the monthly goal threads in the tabletop sub-forum you'll know that I recently completed (mostly) an inventory of my unpainted figures. This has given me some desire to actually sit down and paint more often. I decided to go with the Hill Giant because he's been haunting my lead pile for about 10 years now and already had his skin base coated about 5 years ago IIRC. That and I've always liked the general look of the sculpt on this one. I have two objectives with this piece: to reestablish my basic painting skills and to get it done to boost my general well being and good will towards completing others. I'm not looking for a display or competition quality piece, I want it done. The desired end-state is tabletop or slightly better. I remembered that when I base coated the skin the idea was to start with the darkest colors and highlight my way up rather than my modus operandi of base coating the mid tone, highlighting, then washing. Tonight's goal was to base coat as much as possible before getting tired or losing interest. I got the hair (though it appears I missed a spot on the belly), loincloth, fur, and tree trunk club done before I decided I should probably get stuff put away. The base coats are: skin - MSP Tanned Skin Shadow, hair and club - Ceramcoat Walnut Brown, Fur - MSP Chestnut Gold, loin cloth - MSP Buckskin Pale, and the ropes holding the wrist piece - MSP HD Desert Tan. I plan to reuse the same browns as much as possible as I work my way up to my highlights to try to tie the different parts together. More to follow as I find time to work on it.
  11. First, a quick story. While falling asleep last night, I tried to come up with a plan for the Open category at Reapercon. The theme is horror, so I needed something suitable. What's scary? Hmmmn. Something scary. I liked Kuro's tentacle project. Something with tentacles? Hmmmn. Scary... what are kids afraid of... I sat bolt upright in bed. A Nightmare! It's perfect! I can mutilate a bunch of Bones I'll never get around to painting and make all the rest from greenstuff and sculpey. I can use Talespinner's awesome Bones bed and make a little kid huddling under a blanket. I am a bad Corporea. I started with the eyebeast and squashed some sculpey around it. the hands there are from the KD phoenix. They're the scariest hands I own and my game came with an extra phoenix. Perfect! I also stole the wings from the harpy, the arms from the harpy and ape demon and plan to stick on the mockingbeast. Plan is lots of eyes, tentacles, claws and teeth. Yup. Bad, bad Corporea. in progress. See my little nightlight off to the right? I'll be the only place where the Nightmare can't be. I'll have painted tentacle scuttling away from it. I like the way the hands hover over the poor kiddie. I realized after taking this I was using my Halloween pencil to plot. that's the spirit! more sculpting and I added in some ghostly wall. Not my best foray into photography and I managed to drop the whole mess onto the base after this, but I fixed it. Plus it was only about an hour of sculpting, so totally fixable. I'll be adding a bunch more details. The spider/etc on the base will be done using greenstuff. I'll make some more tentacles curling onto the bed and posts, but again, avoiding the light. tried to get a better pic: I'll be alternating this project with my diorama this weekend, but for now, must take a dinner break. I ate donuts last night so salad today. Sigh. Salad. Now that's a scary thought. More soon!!
  12. Yes I decided I need to begin my work so I can hopefully finish up an entry for Bombshell Miniatures, I decided to go with Qadire of the Sands. I gave her skin a base coat and painted up her eyes. Well I thought I had, until I looked at her eyes blown up. I think I need to reexamine her left eye.
  13. Thought I'd go ahead and share the latest from my painting desk. Working on the Incredible Hulk miniature from Knight Models: Yeah, he's nearly done and will likely be finished up quite easily during my next painting session, but I'm definitely quite happy with how it's progressing. Just need to paint the shirt, the chunk of wall, and the ground/base - but I have his opponent lined up to paint in the Hulkbuster Armor. And then I'll need to come up with a ruleset to play them with... The most interesting part about this model is a new technique that I heard about combining super glue and baking soda to fill in gaps which I've found works extremely well. Certainly easier to work with than Greenstuff or Liquid Greenstuff, but still not a perfect solution.
  14. I picked up a couple of starter sets for Guild Ball a while back but I've been in a bit of a hobby funk for the past month. I'm hoping to break out of it by getting these guys started: This is my first foray into a miniatures game along with my serious attempt and basing some minis. First up is Ox: I just put some green stuff into the bases slot and stuffed the metal tab in there with it. I covered it up a bit and let it set overnight. Then I glued some GF9 basing grit to the base with some Elmer's Glue and after it set I used some watered down glue to seal the grit on there. After letting everything set overnight again I primed him tonight with Reaper's Grey Primer. Did pretty much everything the same with the ball except I just made a hole in the green stuff with the little metal piece sticking off of the ball and super glued it to the base when the green stuff dried. I think everything went fairly well and I plan on getting started painting them tomorrow night.
  15. I'm making my own gaming table Here is the rough design: 6ft X 4ft. In the car park next door to work I saw and purchased 3x hemlock slabs (8ft by 2 ft, 1 1/2' thick) at $40 CAD each & 1 cracked 1 at $15. Enough wood to build the lid. I had access to a full work shop so we started cutting! Using the track saw, table saw, thickness plainer & joiner we cut 7 boards 7 1/8' wide and just over 6ft long, 2 of them having live edges. Some of the wood had a little rot so we sanded that out and plan to fill with epoxy. The wood being a little wet still I decided to throw it in the kiln and dry it out to lighten the lid up. I then bought 2 slabs 8ft by 2ft 3' thick at $50 CAD but one snapped in half vertically! Making it around 10' wide and I grabbed the 2 halves for a discounted $15 each. Little does he know that's perfect as I only need them 8' for the sides of the gaming table face. I will edit and update when I'm on a laptop, feel free to ask me any questions. Update: New design after we cut the wood. I also purchased the legs (fur). The base of the table will be one sided finished ply (nice side on bottom) and I will either do a red, green, grey or purple felt on the play area. Any suggestions?
  16. So I started working on painting my undead army for Kings of War. It's going to take me a LONG time to get everything done at the pace I'm going. This is figure #1 of at least 150, probably closer to 200. The first mini I decided to start with is one of my hero units, Lady Ilona. She's a Mantic sculpt, cast in their resin plastic or whatever they call their "non-resin," non-polystyrene, castable plastic. I got her primed the other day, and laid down some basic colors to sort of get the ball rolling last night. I realized after I'd started painting that I'd apparently not really prepped her and I missed a rather prominent mold line in her torso, her arm, and her feet. They're going to just stay there, because I've got a second copy of her that I can do up later if I feel like being neurotic over it. As it is, I'm aiming for "better than a prepaint" quality, and I think I'm at least meeting that even if I don't get all the seam lines. After all, I've got a ton of these things to do and I can't be spending too much time fussing over a single one. First was her skirt and cape. The cape is straight Khorne Red from GW, while the skirt is a 3:2 mix of Reaper Imperial Purple and Fresh Blood. Next up, I decided to try my hand at doing the eyes, followed by coloring in the skin a bit and blocking in her hair. As is usual for me, the eyes look like crap. She's got kind of a lazy eye/cross-eyed thing going on and one is obviously bigger than the other. Eye whites are Reaper Maggot White, irises are Ultramarine Highlight. Flesh tone is Vampiric Shadow, which doesn't really show up well beside the primer gray, while the hair is Walnut Brown. And, to finish up, I blocked in most of the rest. While I'm pretty sure her dress is supposed to be a one piece deal, I decided to do the upper half in a different color. In this case it's P3 Coal Black, which is more of a very dark turquoise color. The sword blade is just a coating of Brown Liner in preparation for metallic silver of some sort. The shoes and belt got a coating of Vallejo Leather Brown, while the buckle was done in Vallejo Silver. Her arms got themselves a coat of Reaper Rainy Gray in preparation for some metallic or another, probably a silver but possibly a gold or brass. Maybe I'll try my new Scorched Metal on it, since it's getting delivered today.
  17. Yup after that comment in one of my other WIP's I couldn't stop myself from starting a new WIP. I had this sitting on my queue for a bit now. Since I've been working on the Zombicide Walkers so much lately I had to try my hand at a different model of zombie. I decided on Bonesylvanian Barb. The eyes were my first step. After posting I realized what was bothering me about them. The light isn't in the same angle on both sides. Doh! Also all was going well with using the same colors as my other zombies, when I decided to drift from the previous method by adding a glaze to add color. I tried a dark blue glaze. While I think that works great for darkening green, not sure it worked so well for the face. Ah well, live and learn. Here is the result of tonight's foray:
  18. Welcome! This is my first thread here, and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the knowledge and inspiration that I have already received from this site. I painted some when I was in college about 20 years ago. Mostly GW stuff as it was easily obtained. Most of it was fairly flat. No wash, layering, glazes, ... However, I did do a little with drybrushing. The back of the cloaks on the Wood Elf Wayfinders very much screamed for drybrushing. I've spent my last few months getting an area in my garage cleared for me to paint., as well as picking up a few supplies. Most of my GW paints had dried out. At least one ones in the pots. I still have a few of the bottles that they used before the pots that still have usable paint in them. Most of my paints are the hobby paints that you can pick up at Wal-mart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's. I got some paints someone was throwing out, so .... cheap. My one lamp (swing arm with magnifying lens) I also got because someone was throwing it out (they claimed it didn't work. Simple bulb change fixed that). This last week I have been putzing about with my camera (Polaroid i256 I think. Nothing special). I have been trying to figure out how to get a good picture, and keep the size of the picture down. So, let's see how I did. Living Elemental © Wizkids Not much so far. Just the basecoating. I'm looking to blend color into the "branches" for lack of a better word. I'm looking to have them be lighter at the tops as they should have the least growth/weathering. At least as I see it. Skeleton Archer © Wizkids I've noticed that I missed some armor on the left leg, as well as a spot on the box (visible from the back). I plan on adding metal to the armor at the ends, but feel that it should be mostly leather. I plan on doing the cape in blue and the fletches in red. The cape I want to blend into a dark brown/black at the bottom to give the idea of it being worn and used over the decades. Wood Golem © Wizkids I picked this because I thought it would be fun, and because of the contrast to be had between the bark and the exposed parts where it looks like it has been cut. I want to get a wash on those parts to try and show off the rings. I also want to do an overbrush on the bark to try and darken that up some. Potbellied Gremlin © Wizkids Nothing here yet. I was working with browns the other day and that just doesn't fit in yet. For whatever reason, I see this guy as a bit of a diseased creature, and am looking to work with a lot of glazing with yellows, brows, and greens. All of these pics are just the front photo. I have side and rear pictures as well that can be found in the link in my signature. The WIP pictures should all be around 60-70kb to fit the WIP guideline of 150kb. If you venture off into the Miscellaneous section, those pictures might be a bit larger (~500kb). But, you can look at my workspace (such as it is), lightbox, paints, brushes, and bitboxes. Thanks for your time. Any and all critiques are welcome. How else am I to learn?
  19. Hey all! I posted a few days ago about being new and now I'm back to painting my fourth figure. I tried tackling my biggest issue, which was eyes. And honestly i was kind of happy with the product until i took the picture for this thread and now i hate the eyes :p. I think I'll just leave them as is to save me my sanity. But here's my progress as of now. Ideally I'd like to get the figure done in one sitting but I got out of work late and spent almost two hours on just the face so that's probably not happening. I'll keep painting and post what I've completed whenever I give up for the night.
  20. So I received my Harwood Hobbies cultists miniatures. I decided to try and make a warband out of them:[spoiler photo to come] Mr Karswell: Sigilist Ritual Leader: Apprentice 3 axe cultists+ executioner=melee/thugs the enforcer (w/ machinegun)= ranged I have a few more slots, so I'll need to see what other cultist minis I have, and whether they fit. Maybe I'll add Bones 3 cultists, or my Crooked Dice cultists I suppose I may choose some other school than sigilist, it's just that with the spellbooks, they LOOK like sigilists. I wish summoning weren't an opposed school, however. And also, just in case, I'll be doing a 2 priest setup as well, they make more sense as sigiists (also with books) leaving the cultists as a summoner warband.
  21. So while I'm currently running a game already, I've been jonesing to create a new setting. I don't know if it's because my current game is edging on the two-year mark (!) and that part of my brain is just getting antsy, or if it's because I'm afraid for the possible TPK in a few weeks (my PCs are hell bent on fighting a CR25 dragon at level 12), but whatever the case, I've been slowly chipping away at a new setting for my next game. Yesterday I began work on the map! For reference, the scale is 6 miles to a hex. So this is a pretty expansive area.
  22. A few weeks ago I started working on some more orcs...I haven't done much since then. I'll post anything related to finishing those off, as well as the new orcs and half orcs I got since. Today I started work on the shipping container - 80036. I decided to be difficult, so I'm painting it orange... using craft paints. First the base coat - a buttermilk (hoping there was yellow in there) a little red, some yellow, an orange tint and a bunch of medium. After 2 coats, it's a bit thin... but looking pretty orange. I also found some more craft paints so I will be using those for the next steps, and that features a pre-mixed orange. Once I've got the color solidly down, I'll probably do some distressing with my greasy metal color. Maybe only another base coat though today, gotta go to a friend's dad's memorial service in the evening.
  23. So over in the Frostgrave thread I posted that I would write up a battle report. Well putting together the the terrain pieces I have (not many ), I realized I didn't have enough. So I'm torn between what to build the remaining set up out of. I have several already cast piece of HA blocks of ruined field stone, lots of foam core, modelling clay, and miliput. I have in idea of how I want to set the board up, but need more pieces. Here is a quick photo of the start. I cut out 2' × 2' piece of foam core for the play area as per the scenario size. Then placed the pieces down. This is where I stand. It's rough, but I want to get started learning the game. I don't want to use generic stand ins, but I'm OK with it being unpainted since the 3 scenarios are solo runs.
  24. I have chosen the sorcerer Lamann to be my next victim to splash some paint on. I got to use Reaper's Grey Primer 9299 for the first time. I love it so much over the Vallejo Surface Primer. The Vallejo primer seems kinda watery to me compared to the Reaper primer. Also Vallejo's primer bubbled up on me a lot when I would use it. This is the first of Reaper's primers that I've tried. I have the black and the white and I hope I love them as much as this one. I laid down a few basecoats while at a friend's place Friday and this is as far as I've gotten so far. I used MSP Bones Oceanic Blue 9418 for his robes, MSP Bones Styx Purple 9423 for his tabards (not sure what you call them really), and MSP Woodstain Brown 9160 for the staff. I'm planning on getting the rest of the basecoats down tomorrow. It looks to be a busy weekend so I don't think I'll get much done then.
  25. Hey all, as I mentioned in the show off thread for my Hydra, my next major miniature to paint is my take on Narthrax, in Bones. Well I just started tonight, having assembled the dragon, but not having glued him to his base, as can be seen below. For tonight, all I have done is to give him a simple black undercoat, using tube acrylic.. Unfortunately right now I do not have access to Reaper's own paints, but I make do! This took me an hour and a half, though not constantly painting, using a size 0 brush. This is because I am also using this as practice for a Buglips challenge at some point!! I already have a Kaladrax, but before I start on it I need to get more of certain paints, as well as superglue to put the beast together! Anyway, here is a picture of Narthrax having been undercoated! I will be doing more on him tomorrow, with regular updates and pictures, hopefully it will prove interesting for people!
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