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  1. More later, with pictures… What would it take to get started in gaming with (painted) miniatures? I’d look at the MSRPs of currently available stuff. Quick estimate: Reaper LTPK $40; Set of rules (I like A Song of Blades and Heroes, $15 from the Big River), enough Bones to fill out 2 10 figure warbands (~50, details later); minimal scenery and discretionary budget, say $15 (bases, dollar store craft gear, etc.); total ~$120…
  2. I recently finished a group of Reaper Bones miniatures. As they are so small they were a little hard to paint at some points. I'm fairly new painting miniatures so I was looking for some feedback and potentially some tips on how to improve in the future. All comments, advice, and constructive criticism is welcome. My own main criticism with them is the highlights as I'm not 100% where/how to paint proper highlights to make a natural look without a ton of brush strokes.
  3. Fire Giant, miniature in Blood Rage board game by CMON. Second attempt at Object Source Lighting, and first at actual flames, lava and red hot sword.
  4. The Troll, from Blood Rage board game by CMON. Highlights attempted with dusk sunlight from upper right direction. First attempt at painting gems (rubies amd emeralds). This was a bad mini to paint, due to entire areas not being accesible without cutting the figure apart (i.e. behind the handle, underneath the loincloth, the feet and hands).
  5. I just installed reaper for the first time, on a friend's recommendation. I opened a project that he made that I know works. I set the audio output drivers and devices. I get click sounds in the program, but the project has no audio for a short while, then blasts a whistling sound, almost like guitar feedback, and the volume levels show max. I can't seem to find record of this anywhere, any ideas?
  6. So last week I started in on the Reaper Learn to Paint Kit: Core Skills. got the skeleton done which turned out decently and started in on this guy. Yesterday I finished him. I ended up getting the orc stalker instead of the marauder, and I think this one must be a bit more difficult to paint as it has a lot more differing areas on him. Overall not too bad for starting out I think. the swords took a few coats of base, they were very smooth and untextured so the honed steel paint wasn't taking very well at first, and washing it didn't do much of anything. Painting eyes is going to be a c
  7. Hello again everyone. I've been working away at trying to improve my painting. Reaper Bones 89001 Pathfinder Red Dragon This is the model that made me place my first Reaper order and get back into painting. I've started using sand for basing again and I really enjoy the fine texture it gives. I tried using sealer to "save" my work a few times on this model but I never ended up removing my mistakes, instead I just painted over them. I think this has left some of the details a bit gloopy (e.g. the horns). Overall I am pretty happy with it but I would love to hear any comments. Once I
  8. I am of course in way over my head here, but I am trying my hand at sculpting now. I've looked at a bunch of guides and tutorials, and played around with GS and fimo. This project will hopefully result in a pseudodragon for one of the players in my group, or at the very least a nice learning experience. Unfortunately, I didn't think of creating a thread until after I've started, so in these pictures I have already made a "skeleton" out of iron wire and added GS and fimo to it. Now I am waiting for the GS to harden a bit so I can start sculpting "for real".
  9. Hello! New here... Started getting into D&D in the fall of last year and figured I'd go all-in and do the whole miniatures thing. Got a nice order from this place for Christmas and decided to start with my Bones minis, primarily since I'm an action figure customizer and felt more at ease painting plastic than pewter. I should also point out that I've never ever had a good experience with paint washes, or shaded painting, so I'm sticking to "clean" paint jobs like one would find on an action figure or a PVC figurine. Hopefully I can still get feedback, pointers, et cetera. Hellknight:
  10. I'm painting an oldie but a goodie, the Demon from grenadier 5002. I havent found any finished paint jobs of this that impressed, if anyone has one I'd love to see it. I decided to use the cover of the box (screenshot included)as inspiration and try blending, washes, and highlights. I would NMM his sword but I can't figure out how to shade a surface with this many angles yet, so I went with the flame idea. His offhand should be holding a whip, but I decided it was another chance to work on blending and it looks better than a brown leather whip there. Process and paints on the blending
  11. Greeting all, What would you recommend for a beginner painter for an easy humanoid (no monster) miniature? I am getting into to painting and want to something easy to begin with. Thanks
  12. Hello. I'm new to painting and have no artistic background. I've been watching videos and reading tips and tricks. I'm ready to embark on my first painting expedition! Some minis look far more intricate than others. Can you suggest a few specific models that might be "easier" for a beginner to paint? Thank you!
  13. Had some time at work to slap paint on Arthrand here. I'm trying to subtly add highlights to his cloak. I've not had much practice with it yet. I know I need to push them a bit higher still though. Also sorry for the sideways image. I'm uploading from my phone and it's gone wonky. I don't know how to fix it!
  14. New dude posting! Here's what I'm currently working on, in spare time as I find it. Had some snow days from classes, so I knocked out a few minis. This one isn't quite done yet. Neither are the others, really.
  15. Hi! New guy here. I just found out about Reaper minis when Bones 1 came out. My roommate backed it and got a ton. He also backed Bones 2 and those just came in. He lets me slather paint at them. I'd have backed Bones 2 myself, but I was distressingly broke. Anyway, neither of these are my first mini (though Gerard kinda looks like he could be) and were painted months apart. I painted Gerard back in like.. July. Almaran was in December, partly because I wanted to be better at painting first before I tackled him. I have another figure of both of them of my own, unpainted. I have an
  16. This is the Reaper CAV "Spectre" in Bones, number "**94006" (I hope). Story time: Having only painted a handful of fantasy figures, my CAV earlybird robots arrived, and I became paralyzed. "How do I paint them? What colors? Do I paint them all the same color? Or in squads? How do I build squads? Where are the rules? Oh no what if I do it wrong?" Yet, when I assembled them all, I found an excuse! A Spectre with two left arms. Aha! Reaper wastes no time in shipping out a replacement, so my reprieve will, it seems, be brief. When my box arrives, I tear into it expecting a tiny mech arm to be
  17. Recieved april 11th, finished unboxing after only 2 days! I sorted out all the minis I wanted to painted that would fit in the case. after about 2 weeks: Here are 2 of my early heroes. I love the scroll, and folds in the robes, but hate the faces. after about a month: koboolds, goblins, 10 adventures are painted. At least a few are on a shelf of shame, waiting fixes Goblins the goblins seemed very paint friendly, with large eyes, protruding eyeballs, and interesting details, but something went wrong. advice is welcome.
  18. What can I say - I'm a sucker for punishment. I'm learning to paint by painting gnomes There's a method to the madness, though - I'm working up to painting the gnome that represents my DnD character. So without further ado - here's my third miniature attempt: Ingrid, gnome rogue who loves the shinies. Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated. I tried to do highlights as well as shadows, with some success, but my highlights need work. I have to say - that desk lamp with 3x magnification I got really helped - at least I saw the details this time!
  19. It's all Loim's fault. Oh, it started innocently enough. First he lured me into the world of Reaper Miniatures by inviting me to some crazy DnD play-by-post games on the forums. Once here, I started lurking in the crafting topics, amazed at the incredible things everyone is doing. I was hooked. Then when I started talking about how much I'd like to try painting some minis, he rounded up from his supplies the basics I'd need to get started in the habit...er...hobby. Armed with some paints, brushes, wet palette parchment, and some cool Reaper Bones, I was ready to get painting! How h
  20. I picked up my first ever Bones piece at ReaperCon this year. I found out very quickly that water doesn't play well with Bones, but I also heard that you don't need to prime Bones. My question is simple: do you prime your Bones? And if not, how do I need to alter my paint prep to get the best results? Thanks!
  21. Hello again everyone who comes to this lovely little forum to show off and take a look at some of the nicest miniatures around. Today I bring to you not a Reaper mini (didn't have one that fit my character so had to look else where), but one I found for a game called Hell Dorado. So far I've finished only the base coat and a little bit of the highlighting on his body. I'm looking at whitening up his clothes a bit more and then I need to work on his eyes and all of the touchups. So without further adieu, here is my latest mini: When I finish him up tomorrow I'll be sure
  22. Hello great and wise painters, I hope I can have a moment of your time for some advice on Paints. About a year ago I got quite some bones from the first Kickstarter for tabletop playing. They arrived a little while ago and now I would like to paint them as well but I am new to the painting scene. Currently I am in the process of picking what paint I want to use. Unfortunately the local game store mainly got GW paints and some of the Vallejo paints but no Reaper paints. So I'll be getting my paints directly from Reaper. For my initial paint selection I want about 30 paints but I h
  23. Hello everyone, my brother and I have recently decided to pick up miniature painting for our Pathfinder games so we have a little more control over what our characters look like. I currently have 3 miniatures being shipped and we are also waiting for the LTPK to arrive as well. Definitely looking forward to learning the art and I've been watching videos and reading the pinned topics at the top of this page to get an idea of what to do in terms of painting. Now I have decided to post here to ask the more experienced (and by that I mean you have actually put paint to miniature unlike myself
  24. So the bones kickstarter came with 12 giant rats and 2 swarms. some of its not going so well. My young daughter did the brown basecoats, then I tried to clean them up, using some drybrushing. Bleh. advice might be helpful. then I did a swarm, black rats, pink faces, and some gray highlights. it looks okay from a distance, but a hot mess up close. Then I found a WIP thread where someone painted them white. with some pink. This turned out adorable Gaint rats, but my attept to add black shadows did not go perfectly. I think I may stay with the minimalist approach. Just unpainted
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