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  1. So the mini I ended up choosing for my Partner was Alastriel #02967 I actually had kinda wanted a different one but this was one of the choices I'd narrowed down and I erm accidentally forgot to order the other when ordering this one. I don't have a lot of "girl" minis so I had decided to get several and see how they looked in person. Anyway, this one was a contender and it's a quite interesting model. My partner wanted a kind of wand/mace in her hand, and I'd thought about getting rid of the staff, but it's just too nice. So I decided to 'convert' the sword she's holding to a 'wand'. Somehow a snake ended up around it (yes, that's meant to be a snake, be kind :P I'm not a sculptor). It seemed to fit pretty good actually. A minor note, the poor little head fell down a bit while it's curing and now I can't move it :( so it's not quite in the plane I wanted it to be in. (If anyone has any suggestion of how to fix it, I'm all ears) So anyways, here's the WIP shot: I did a little work on the flesh and the hair atm. And while it's hard to see, her eyes. With the way she was holding the sword originally I had to cut her hand and rotate it, so she's got a bit of GS at the wrist, which I'm hoping will blend in ok. And (not shown) I also extended her cloak on the back a bit, to reattach to the wand hand as it was now a bit higher.
  2. I decided to start painting up minis for my various PCs -An unidentified Grenadier Halfling fighter (chain & shield) as Lvl 7 Rogue, Magnus Perrywhimple (soon to be con only) -Mystic Theurge as Lvl 1 Monk/ Lvl 1 Rogue Stede Blackthumb (Acolyte of Candlekeep), on an acquisition mission to atone for learning and copying ritual magic without permission -Juliette, as Lvl 1 Half Drow Sorceress, Grz'zilda (the Ghastly Gourmet) who was rescued from Hillsfar and while hiding her heritage is now adventuring. I've done a few passes at a few things. But not full base coats yet. Photos later.
  3. [EDIT: Split from another thread: GCB Paints: 77192 Kaladrax. I'm resurrecting this thread because I'm finally pulling the Hydra out to finish!] Inspired by tonight's episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", and the final week before the season finale, I settled on this mini as my next project: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/hydra/latest/77191 Hail Hydra!
  4. Once again I'm trying to pull myself out of a painting slump (this one stretching for most of the year). I recently attended my first paint workshop. While I mostly learned how much I have to learn, and that air brushes are pretty cool, I did rekindle some of my desire to paint. And in an atempt to keep it going until the holiday break I thought I'd try a WIP thread. I've been holding on to the brigands from Red Box Game for some time now... so no time like the present. First up (actually second...) is Smarty Sean. And his hood going from highlighted then shaded (first pic) to mostly done for now. And the first miniature is Burt the Brash (but I didn't take any pictures until now). So here he is with his face and hood done for now. Next will be the tunic I think.
  5. When I first saw this guy, I wanted to paint him. Of course, I didn't realize how big he was. I bought him but have just had him sitting on a pedestal waiting for a reason to use him. Then I started hearing rumors of Frostgrave, but ignored it for a while. Then one day I looked up Frostgrave because I kept hearing about it. And there it was... the perfect reason to use him. I got in my Frostgrave book and ideas started coming on a warband to support our Ogre mage. Once I finalized my starting warband list, and now have a fairly comprehensive list of add-ons I can pick up, I figured it was time to paint him. I cleaned him up as best I could. He has a warped casting that looks like the two sides didn't meet up properly at a couple of extreme edges. In most of the middle it wasn't bad, but there are some spots that would need to have some things resculpted with a knife and are in hard to reach areas. I did what I could and will live with what I left. As my only free time has either been rain or after dark, I used brush-on primer. I was going to do skin and hair in the white and use the black primer for the other areas, but something was wonky on the black primer so I ended up just doing the white brush on primer for all of it (except the feet, need to come back and do that area soon). I took a shower so I could figure out colors for him (stirs the creative juices) and think I am going to go with orange-red hair and blue eyes, so fair skin on the rest of him. I started in with 9046 Fair Shadow for the body and put Brown Liner on the leather and wood areas. In the process found several more heads with hair hanging from various pieces (now up to 3). Going to have to go over all of the painted skin again before mixing up the next set. I will say, though, this guy eats paint like nobodies business! Soooo much skin! Still trying to work out his spells, but I'm leaning toward an odd mix and going with Enchanter, and if I do that I've got to revise my warband and find me a good construct (or two or three).
  6. This is an attempt at an ongoing list of my various projects. I hope to list them chronologically in four categories (My minis, my cardstock builds, "Other, and My Daughter's Mad Paint Skills) My Miniature WIPs: Elf Pikeman - Warhammer Fantasy Tutorial box Minotaur and Goblins - Warhammer Quest Dwarf - Warhammer Quest 06023: Anhurian Swordsman - Reaper (Learn to Paint Kit #1 - WIP) 02544: Barrow Rat - Reaper (Learn to Paint Kit #1 - WIP) 02512: Tsuko, Male Monk - Reaper (Learn to Paint Kit #2 - WIP) 77005: Ogre Chieftain - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77195: Mr. Bones - Reaper Bones (WIP, Show Off) 77155: Lizardman Warrior - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77153: Snakeman Warrior - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77152: Marsh Troll - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77154: Lizardman Spearman - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77008: Garrick the Bold (Sir Forscale) - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77132: Barnabus Frost - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77076: Lysette, Female Elf, Reaper Bones (WIP) 77162: Yephima, Female Cloud Giant - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77026: Young Fire Dragon - Reaper Bones (WIP) 50085: Deep Sea Diver - Reaper Chronoscope (WIP) 77149: Damien, Hellborn Wizard - Reaper Bones (WIP) 77020: Bathalian - Reaper Bones (WIP) Cardstock Modeling WIPs: The Maiden in progress - Pirate Ship by WorldWorks Games The Maiden complete Castle Scene setup for gaming Underground Dungeon encounter The "Other" Category: DIY Light Tent complete (I really need to buy some lights to actually use this thing) My Little Pony Birthday Party Stuff My Daughter's Mad Paint Skills (and other young painters): My Daughter's First Miniature Talae's Daughter Paints Some More Minis My little sisters paint some minis Another Unicorn (her favorite model, by far) Note: The original content of this post is below this dotted line. This was done in an attempt to organize my progression in various aspects of my hobbies. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I figure that keeping all of what I do in one place is a decent idea. First things first: I recently cleared off and organized my workspace. This enabled me to spend last night and today working on a project that I had let go to the wayside (Pingo's thread inspired me to return to it): The Maiden. I have one built that I did years ago, but it is not color. It was a fun project at the time, but I have put off the color version for too long and it was the bulkiest thing on my workspace and so it makes sense to be the first project to complete. I am hoping that posting a couple of pics will help to motivate me. What would do even better is if some of you guys would post comments/questions/critiques/etc. My wonderful Robo-buddy: Some of the pieces laid out. They are on black foamcore and you can barely make out the transparencies in this pic: The hull is coming together: I will try and post some progress shots of what I get done tonight, but I am hoping you guys can help push me through this project.
  7. I skipped a few steps, but I actually remembered to take a WiP shot of my set from the "Song of Blades and Heroes: Axe and Brimstone" Kickstarter. There's also a few Hobgoblins who I started in hopes it would motivate the delayed KS package to arrive quicker (it worked!)
  8. In between base coats of glow in the dark medium for specter #2 I decided to unwrap and quick paint the slimes with ink. What follows is, to my belief, THE green slime recipe.
  9. Right. This project has been ticking in the back of my mind for awhile. The story starts about 20 years ago, when I painted my very first miniature for our D&D game, our NPC cleric from the Temple of Elemental Evil module. I love that module, and I loved our cleric more, since he managed to save/raise our butts more times than I can count. Jannus came from farmer stock, and took a tough love approach to healing, all stemming back to the dreaded 1 rolled on a healing check, subsequently involving salt in a wound. Good times. It became a standing joke for years to come. I love the way our epic failures are remembered far better than the successes! Here's my first attempt at painting him: The mini is a Garrity, Elquin the Daring. I was so proud of him!! I got paint in all the right places. His base is red since he was always wading through our spilled blood to save us. I'm using this WIP as a way to explain some of the changes that have occurred over time in miniatures painting, as well as to illustrate some of the things I've learned over the years. I like having my very first mini as a reference, because it shows we really do learn and grow and improve over time, and we should embrace that and feel good about it! Keep your old minis. Don't always just repaint them. you'll be amazed at how much things change even from one year to the next. Things I didn't know to do when I first stared painting: 1. prep the mini. 2. prime the mini 3. thin paint 4. color choices I'll get into all of those, but the first thing I did with my brand spanking new copy of Jannus was to clean all the mold lines, sand the metal smooth, wash it in dish soap and prime it. Then I put a base coat down. Right away, I've decided to go with a different color scheme. Clerics of St Cuthbert tend to be depicted in white and red, so I'm changing the plan rather than using the old color scheme. This still keeps with the theme, and I think will fit the character better anyway. Plus, I always need to practice red and white. Hard colors are good for me. Like spinach. The base coat colors are creamy ivory, mahogany brown, blonde hair and golden skin.
  10. The intent of this thread is to work through painting the Myth minis at a tabletop level in order to make the game experience even better. I chose to start with the crawlers since the melee and ranged are hard to tell apart. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  11. Gif here ---> http://imgur.com/gallery/nf1aLJB Lazy so I'll copy pasta what I wrote on Imgur. "Made a base for an upcoming project. Its a simple LED and battery and a LOT of hot glue. I got a flickering candle from the dollar store and ripped it apart for the pieces. Then I made an aluminum foil cast and filled it with hot glue. (Foil doesn't stick to it so when it cooled it came right off) It was a lot of trial and error, but I am happy with it. Its intended to look like a volcano with lava dripping down from the mini, hopefully it looks better when its painted!" Anyway I am very excited for this one, I just hope I do the mini justice! (Especially after how long that base took me to make)
  12. So, since I was procrastinating on making my base for Rasia I decided to start prepping some more figures to paint. After see 72Moonglum paint up some old partha's I decided to work on another of mine. Here is stage one of my 3 stage elf collection: I then decided why not finaly paint up one of my Chainmail Elves. Also why not add a newer one to round out the generations, Reaper's Amiryth Elmlighter.
  13. Gadzooks!!!! I'm actually painting something again. Here's the bad boy I've chosen this time around: I actually have a colour scheme in mind after researching other people's work on this one, and have adjusted it according to my own whims. A quick slather of Reaper Brown Liner as a primer. And here we have a couple of layers of P3 Sanguine Highlight to bring some proper base colour, might put have to touch up a couple spots. After this: drybrushing!
  14. So since I was kidding Ub3r earlier, I feel its only fair that I post my own WIP (which will likely be slow progress). This is High Exemplar Kreoss, a.k.a. Kreoss 1, a.k.a. pKreoss. A Warcaster for the Protectorate of Menoth in Warmachine by PP. This is just a quick shot of him primed (along with my lovely thumb as I had to hold it close to the light in order to get any of the details to stick out). I should have an update tomorrow with some early base coating!
  15. So, I've dug out a mini to paint up for the same Hobby Hangout contest that Ub3r is entering. Flying Frog Games' Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa. We all know how bad I suck at keeping up WIPs, but I'll try to post as I go. This is what it looks like: I'm kidding. It's the guy on the left, here: I've just finished cleaning and assembling mine, and as you can see, I had to do some filling on the base...which I tried to cover up with some bits, since I can't sculpt. It's on a Secret Weapon Trash base, 60mm, beveled. (Bleh for beveled edge bases, but it's all I had that fits the theme I'm going for.) As you can see in the tags, I'm going to be doing some heavy weathering and some OSL in this project. Stay tuned.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!!!
  18. 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.
  19. After my exchange mini I wanted to touch work on something less taxing. So I decided to work on a few more Walkers. Also I decided to test out the camera on my new tablet. Not a whole lot of editing options, but I could crop the photos, and I think I got the white balance OK. Here is the group shot: While I finished the highlights on the skin of all 4, I only managed to get this guy's highlights finished. I still plan on putting down some washes to make the shadows darker, and bloody him up. But this is the 1st step in my Zombicide process. I'll see how it looks on my computer in a bit. Edit: I changed to topic title to reflect the change in WIP's Purpose. Later I will add the four unpainted models.
  20. 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.
  21. I think "Corporeal Shadow" and I are going to be good friends. Washes to follow.
  22. 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:
  23. 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...
  24. Okie dokie, I have a new idea! See, I love the SL Dark Sword sculpt The Lovers. It's just so sweet. Normally when I look at a sculpt I try to accentuate whatever emotion I imagine the artist trying to evoke and build on that with my paint choice, basing and composition. This one reminds me of a wedding. I get all teary-eyed just thinking about the happiness. Lately though, I'm in the process of killing off my main protagonist in a story I'm writing. Don't hate me. It's necessary to drive the character arcs for my 3 main supporting characters. Plus, I feel like a story always means more when great sacrifice is involved. So I've got this sad ending ticking in the back of my brain. While pacifying my fitbit the other day I was struck by a bolt of figurative lighting! Why not use the above sculpt for a bittersweet story of eternal love. Meaning, I'll paint up the male as a spirit and the woman at the funeral remembering him. Yeah, I know. Depressing. Sigh. But, I betcha no one else has taken this tack, so at the very least it will be unique, the complete opposite of what the artist intended and it'll give me an excuse to play with Hard Colors. Yeah. That's when it hit me. White. Black. Sigh. I took the opportunity to try some experimentation while waiting for the primer to dry. I grabbed a bunch of colors I thought of as potentially working well to depict a spirit, knowing I'd need to use something fairly warm in the woman's palette to offset. I figured the warm white in the last pic wouldn't work, but I'd go ahead and paint up a bones victim in case I needed it another time. So, here's the result of my puttering. It might as well be useful: Now, before I painted them up, I'd have picked the green as being the most spirit-like and spooky. Plus I could go pink fleshy on my lady and get some red-green plus warm-cool contrast (which is usually a win-win.) As it turns out though, I like the blue example best. Hooray for experimentation! I'll add that these are very simple, done in about an hour overall (stupid paint-drying time) and usually with white it needs to be a bit more complex to look right. Remember that white is essentially a color of pure reflection. it's only highlights and shadows come from its surroundings. That's why I painted myself a bit of intense color around each of the "white" cloaks- it gives my a "reflection" to paint into the cloak. Normally, reflections are more complex, so it wouldn't be so one-note or flat. I'd use other colors in the mini or the base to add some depth. Then I chose my other colors: I took a pic because lately I'm leaving a lot of time in between painting sessions, so I'll forget otherwise. hah! So, base coating, just to make sure I like it: And painting! I forget sometimes to take in progress. Took about 3 hours or so. I wanted to tear the opposite head of the one I was working on at least twice to get to a corner. Sigh. worked less on the back, but here it is: Here's a closeup: the hair is coming along nicely! I'll try to get back to it soon! I'll be making a little vignette using the bones sarcophagus and some walls with fancy gothic-type windows. the floor will be a simple mosaic and I want to put some swirlies coming from the sarcophagus to the man. I'll try to figure out how much blue OSL to put on the walls and on the woman without it being too forceful and overwhelming her colors.
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