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  1. Last night was the first night in a while that I haven't HAD to go back to work. Not the first night I've not bothered to go back to work. There's a difference. I'm salaried, so when work needs to get done ... you go and do it ... unless you are physically exhausted, then you take a nap and then you go and do it. So, last night I delved back into my dungeon workshop and set to cleaning the clutter that occurs over time and setting the work space back to "cleared" and workable. The dungeon, or basement, suffered some flooding a while back so I had to move stuff off the floor and move stuff from soaked cardboard boxes to plastic tubs, etc. Clutter ensued and it's been a while since I had the time to make it right. In the midst of all this I see a mini I made a while ago ... sitting atop my brush stand ... he's an Illithid or Mindflayer from D&D (11-406 Mindflayer from Ral Partha). I painted the figure some time ago as a mindflayer lich. I gave him a bone white head with sickly tentacles (I know, they are already sickly looking but these are purply and dead looking though animated). As a more elaborate base I placed him on top of a "bowl of blood" which overflows to the ground below it and dubbed him a Blood Lich, whatever that means. Anyway, after looking at him for a few and then returning to working on clearing things I decided his "bowl" still looks to much like a bottle cap and needs more to make it look like an altar of blood. So I sit down and and consider the possibility of adding some clay/green stuff to the front of the "bowl" and making it more of an altar. After a moment, I clear a notch of the cap so that I can place a toothpick piece flat against the metal underneath and then dig out a notch in the sand/glue/paint below it and glue the first support in place. Then after a little fussing with matching angles, etc. I get a second strut in place on the opposite side. I have a conversation at this point, an internal monologue if you will, "What do I want to do with this as a miniature? Am I going to leave it a 'monster' for the players to chase and kill? Or do I want to do something more with it?' And after a period of internal debate I decided to make a full diorama for the figure ... perhaps with the Blood Lich still removable and playable as a game piece. Initial Layout I pull out a faux marble block, five inches square and nearly half an inch tall and start arranging slate pieces and the lich until I have him on a stone stair leading to an outcropping over the rest of the base. Looks cool. Play with the pieces until I have them just right and then mark the pieces against each other and number them from the ground up for reassembly later. Rearranged Selection on Black Faux Marble I think it has a lot of potential now. Just have to do some sculpting. I think I will mix a variety of sculpting materials to achieve the finished effect. So the next perplexing thing ... what is the Blood Lich doing on his altar of blood out over oblivion ... or a sea of fire or a lake of blood. Do I put a sacrificed corpse out on a rock below him? Do I use one of the Haunts from the Kickstarter Bones I got? Oh, I could do both and have the haunt coming from the chest of the victim. I have a few old demons the Lich could be summoning from below. Layout with the Bones Haunt in place Post thoughts on what I should do next. We'll see where this diorama leads. Follow along on my blog as well: WIP: Toying with the idea for a Diorama
  2. Hey everyone!!! WHAT A CON!!!!!!! First off i have to give kudos to the Reaper Miniatures Team for pulling together a great ReaperCon in the midst of the HUGELY successful Bones Kickstarter!! Being local to the company I can testify that every able body was involved from the volunteers helping sort out bones to the man who signs the checks. And now for the meat of this post. As many people who attended this RC know, there wer a few firsts in the paint competition: Youth division is now able to win medals The youngest painter (14 months) won a certificate *and his dad is STILL trying to figure out how he blended gold and green* A new division was created - Dioramas The first ever group diorama submission (from what i was told) There was a Dark Sword Miniatures Best in Show The Best In Show made people stop in their tracks and quote George Takei by saying.. "Oh My!" Derreck won his first Gold Sophie.... err wait a sec... i mean ANOTHER PAIR of Gold Sophie :) *well done sir, well done* And I am sure i missed something else in there somewhere. The two items which i am going to discuss here involve the new DIorama category AND the group submission! When i first asked Anne if anyone had done a groupo project and was told no, i was a little surprised. So i took a small idea that i had, mentioned it to the Reaper Paint club folks and it took off into the 39 miniature monster that was presented at the show. It was incredibly fun and winning a bronze for it, as a team, was rewarding beyond belief. So, after asking for permission and getting the go ahead, i hearby welcome all paint groups, clubs, gatherings, gaggles, hordes or whatever to join us next year for Paint Club submissions. Here are the rules and guidelines that we setup and followed, but we may tweak them a bit so please check back often: We only used Reaper Miniatures Has to be based on the theme of that ReaperCon Theme for 2014 is Wild West, but remember, Steam-punk variations are always welcome! Try to keep the size under 12"(W) X 12"(L) X 16"(H) (we failed in this part because apparently i cannot measure well) *Up for debate* No professional painters were allowed to paint anything, advise only Rule Eliminated by popular demand!! Try to keep each persons involvement to no more than 30% of the work (for smaller paint groups, this will be revised as necessary) I have not nailed down the prize for this yet. Perhaps a unique trophy which gets handed from paint group to paint group like the stanley trophy or something. Anyway, what do you guys think? Anyone interested? Any additional ideas or Rules? See you guys out there and PAINT ALL THE THINGS!!!!
  3. MamaGeek

    Inharmonius

    This diorama is called Inharmonius, and is in support of human rights in China. It was inspired by the documentary Ai Wei Wei, Never Sorry, which I think every artist should watch. Figures are all Reaper (policemen heavily converted). See WIP thread here. Meaning of the symbols: Three Children: Violation of China's one-child policy Door Number: 9413: (gau2 sei2 yat1 saang1 in Cantonese) – nine die to one live, meaning 90% chance of being dead and only 10% chance of being alive, or survived from such situations (a narrow escape). Wall Art: Literally: the Changjiang River waves behind drive the waves ahead. Meaning: Each new generation excels the last one. Graffiti: River Crab – internet slang for censorship Text – “Inharmonious” Book Cover: Falun Dafa emblem – symbol of the banned Chinese religion Falun Gong
  4. This work is going to be a diorama in support of human rights in China. In particular, it will protest their horrendous one-child policy. The scene will feature a mother, defending her three children from Chinese police. At this point, I'm still at the planning stage. I would love any advice or ideas you all might have to share! Mother will be 50260: Xiufang, Femme Fatale Children will be the girl, baby, and the boy on the far right from 03233: Townsfolk: Children. Chinese policeman #1 will be 50036: Saburo Aritomo, Meiji Japanese Officer, with the mustache removed, and the sword hand converted to an empty hand. Chinese policeman #2 will be a compilation of two different figures, and a head from a boneyard sprue set: Body = 50006: Col. Edward Titchener, British Officer Arms = 50106: British Bobby Head = P50008B: Heads (middle one) + +
  5. Disclaimer; I don't own any of these pictures and trees. Just want to share my growing interest for Bonsais. Has anyone of you ever tried that as a terrain piece or on a diorama? I like the idea of including a bonsai tree to a diorama and I hope to do it in a future work. Any tips on the subject?
  6. AnneO'Leary

    #50015 Tool Bots

    I completed my tool bots. I used these colours and the scenic backgrounds because they are Pulp figures. This is not my best work, but sometimes you have to let people see your work even when it stinks.. I have a W.I.P. on these little guys here http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/49983-olearys-wip-thread-of-everything-reaper/page-4#entry751524 I'd been without sleep for 48 hours when I was finishing these and there are seams and white bits on those crates. A bit of angry bodging went on there, but it got done. The bases, well I have no good excuse for those.
  7. From a very early age, I had no parents...as my profile states...I have been married to a wonderful lady for (40+) years...her father became the closest thing to my having a " dad " and with all my love and respect through his living years...I called him " pop ". I built this piece as a nostalgic memory of that wonderful man (T.O. Dunn). T. O. Dunn Junkyard & Salvage: Vintage pickup truck...at the gas pump is a Wheelworks metal miniature truck kit. Rusted junk car...car in work area...tractor...are all die-cast toys that have been reworked. Human figures...are all Preiser figures. The diorama is completely scratch built...all the wooden buildings (office/outhouse/lumber area/car work hoist/building under construction/front gate/fences) are all built to scale with/from hardwood scale lumber...The tiny office is completely detailed on the inside...the whole diorama is wired so that all the lights in the office & on the power poles work. All of the hundreds of items found within the junkyard are either scratch built or items from my parts box. I have tried to give you an overall and panoramic view of the piece...I am sorry to say that I can not show the dozens of tiny details that are contained within these few posted photographs...but I hope that you enjoy this brief look at one of the " pieces of my miniature pride ". Thank you...Catdancer!
  8. MonkeySloth

    Glittering Cave

    Well it only took about 8 months but I finally finished it. This is a present for my sister, was going to be Christmas but instead now it's a birthday. The dwarf is from Center Stage and the elf is from Feeblades. You can see the WIP here. Didn't get to work on the elf as much as I would have liked, he's got about half the amount of time into him as the dwarf but since I painted them up six months apart I was able to use some of the improved (ie quicker) techniques so while it was half the time it's not quite as noticeable (though I really need a few more hours). The only real place I'm not happy is the elf face, I had some primer issues and I should have stripped and started over Click for a much larger photo.
  9. I must say that I am quite nervous about posting this work here as there are so many fine painters at this forum. However, this work is very important to me personally and I have no one in my real life to help me. I would like to have input early on as I am willing to strip a figure as many times as it takes to get it right. I am using the Ballerina Princess Fairy Infantry, a Goblin archer and a Wood Elf Huntsman with 2 dogs to tell a story. It will be told from the perspective of myself as a child sitting alone in the woods dreaming fantastical dreams and living in a world of her own creation. I have basecoated him in Reaper Olive and added a light wash of Reaper Face Wash mixed with a small amount of Reaper Black Wash. I have a question about building up the highlights. Should I add a bit of yellow as I transition up to my highest points to give depth of colour? I have added base colours and just begun to bring up highlights on the skirts. I have only laid down base colours on these three. I am not certain that I like the colours on the skirts and am willing to strip these and start anew. I would appreciate advice in this matter. I like the contrast between the Goblins bulk and ferocity and the delicacy of the girls. This is a size comparison with the Ellen Stone I just finished. I have never painted anything smaller than 25mm so this is going to be a real challenge for me. This is for scale. I have not yet begun the Huntsman. My concerns for this are getting the highlights up enough and getting adequate separation between areas. I know I need to make the line between the girls tops and skirts clean and distinct. I was considering using a gold and doing a bit of free hand in that area.I still have many weaknesses as a painter, but I would like to do justice to these fine sculpts. Your critiques are most welcome.
  10. Since shortly after the Kickstarter funding period ended, I've known I wanted to attempt a diorama of some kind with one of the dragons I ordered. Now that the package has arrived, and there's an ongoing dragon diorama contest open until the end of the year, I need to actually move from random idea in my head to actual execution. However, I've never attempted something like this before, so it's a bit intimidating. It's probably going to be a challenge for me to finish this by the year end. However, if I can get over a couple of the major hurdles, it may go quicker than I expect. This thread will chronicle my attempts, and also will likely be sprinkled with lots of questions for more experienced miniature artists/crafters/painters. Any input you can provide would be greatly appreciated! I think I've settled on the following figures/layout for the diorama: I will pick up the metal version of the fighter rather than use the Bones version for this project. I'll likely be using green stuff or other basing materials to fill in the base. My rough thought it that fighter guy will be standing in a grassy area, with the dragon's rocky structure rising out of the grass. I need to do a bit of sketching before I finalize this. The base is one of the areas I'm still figuring out in my head. Before even starting, I've got a few questions I'd love input on: 1) I think these two minis are perfect for each other; they look locked in combat and are staring right at each other. It's a very dynamic set of poses. However, I'm a little concerned the base may be too small. I like the close proximity, but don't want to overdo it. On the other hand, if I use a bigger base, it's going to make decorating the base that much more work. What do you think? 2) I looked through some of the threads in Tips & Advice, but couldn't find an obvious answer. What's the best way to secure both Bones and metal minis to a wood base like this? I figure I'll need to do some pinning to add strength, but I'm unsure on what adhesive to choose. My thought right now is probably some sort of 5 minute epoxy? Does anyone know if that works ok with Bones material and wood? 3) For sculpting/filling out the base, does green stuff bond well to wood? What about modelling paste? While figuring out some of these basic things, I'm likely to start assembling the dragon this week. He'll need some mold line cleanup, gluing, and gap filling. I think I'll need to paint around his head before attaching it; at least in the deepest areas. Once I purchase the metal fighter, I can likely get him mostly painted on his own before adding him to the scene.
  11. Adrift

    ReaperCon 2013 Entries

    "The Veteran" (Silver Medal) This miniature was my 1st time painting simulated battle damage. The goal was to make him look like a rugged veteran who leads with the javelin but favors the shield. His armor is piecemail due to battle damage so severe from prior conflicts that he's had to substitute armor from felled enemies. I realized he was a Warlord figure too late after putting him on a round base, but I think the round base actually works nicely with the piece overall. I spent a lot of time on his face and eyes, b/c he has a really wicked appearance overall but wanted to really emphasize the gruesome joy and confidence that this gnoll feels as he's stalking the battlefield. I imagined him at the front of a strike force, the apex of an evil army. He doesn't care about life or death, he doesn't even care about the outcome; his only concern is his personal glory and the next addition to his armor.
  12. Otherwise titled by my daughter as: Zombie Friends Are Bowling Together Dedicated to my awesome little girl. She loves Scooby Doo and is fascinated with all of my plastic D&D junk. Funny seeing things from a much younger point of view. 4 Reaper minis were painted for this. The 2 ghasts, the archway/crypt gate and the Hero ranger. A bit R rated...Hope you enjoy :)
  13. Wilwarin

    The Dwarven Brewmeister

    This little diorama took about a month or so to paint and I enjoyed each moment. My son (5) chose the color scheme and this is the first time I've used the bendable trees. I'm really proud of it :) Enjoy! Excuse the shininess as it's been varnished.
  14. Here's another diorama from my archives painted long ago. This one is Ral Partha's Black Dragon of Fire and Darkness painted as a brown desert Dragon. Three Citadel Snotlings are chasing a snake at the back. The base is made of wood covered with carved expanded foam and natural sand.
  15. Hey folks, sometime in the near future i plan to make a series of shrines for the major gods in the D&D universe(my experience is limited to 4th ed lore). Each shrine will be around 2*2 to 4*4 squares large and primarily feature a statue in the likeness of said god. By divine guidance, I have already selected and aquired most of the miniatures from Reaper and I have msot of the building blocks I think i need from Hirst Arts. My question to the Council of Brushlords and Brushladies would be regarding the look of these statues. Im looking to get a reasonable variety in the look of the sculptures, anything from limestone to fel crystal. So far i can pull off a drybrushed grey stone look, but it would be terribly dull to repeat this 12 or so times - What tips or sites would you recommend for neat looking statues? - Do you have recommendations for the materials I should use for a particular deity?(eg- Erathis painted to look like marble) I plan to start a WIP thread when I can clear my slate to focus on this project, but here are the minis i have so far in no particular order: Bahamut: (2x) 03600: Praying Paladin, 65025: Praying Paladin Erathis: 50001: Sascha Dubois, Time Chaser Pelor: 02803: Brother Vincent Avandra: 60059: Harrower Corellon: 14450: Larnach, Grey Elf Mage Lolth: 02990: Crypt of the Vampiress Sehanine: 03352: Children of the Zodiac: Virgo Ioun: 03291: Heinz Stargazer Kord: 03309: Kord the Destroyer, Barbarian Moradin : None yet The Raven Queen: 60088: Cleric of Urgathoa Melora: 14274: Clarissa Banshee,Razig Mage Zehir: None yet
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