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  1. Well, now that the contracts are signed and the hotel block goes live today, it is time to start thinking about a ReaperCon 2024 entry. Who am I kidding, I have actually been thinking on this one for at least a month already. Normally, I choose a model that I have sculpted for Reaper or DS and paint it for the Open Category, but not this year. This year, I want to try my hand at a wholly different category: Diorama! The Scene A stag of the scrub lands is out one late morning eating grass, blissfully unaware or the danger in the skies above. Suddenly he hears a whoosh of air and a sudden, sharp pain in his side and a blow that nocks him off his feet to the ground. He struggles, but the venom acts fast, paralyzing him. The wyvern that just attacked settles on his body, alighting there in triumph bugling her success for all to hear, for she is master of this land, a top predator in her realm...or is she. She has taken her prey too close to the shifting sands and her calls have attracted the true lord of this land. Just as she starts to eat, the sands next to her explode upward. Crouching down guarding her prey, she gazes upward into the gaping maw of the great worm... The Players: Celestial Stag by Jason Wiebe Wyvern by Julie Guthrie Goremaw, Great Worm by Bobby Jackson Ideation So I first starting thinking on this several years ago when I first got that wyvern in a Bones fulfillment box (can't remember which Bones KS); it has such a unique pose. It is obviously not looking at character level creatures. It's posture seems to be scared and looing up at something above it. It also almost seems to be puppy-guarding. This really intrigued me and it has been on a slow burn for years in my head. The great worm I had started many years ago, doing the initial cleaning and putty work when I first got it. I loved this mini from the moment I saw it. It has been sitting on my shelf of shame ever since, waiting for paint and collecting dust. A couple years ago I was taking Aaron Lovejoy's 4-part, online, airbrushing class (amazing class, BTW) and for a piece to experiment on, I grabbed this wyvern from my Bones creature box. It got some color, but I was learning and messed some stuff up on it. It has been hovering around my airbrush station ever since. One day about a month ago, I was sitting at my painting station, procrastinating as I worked on a character mini, when I looked up and saw the wyvern crouching there, then looked up and saw Goremaw on its shelf....and BOOM, this idea sprang full to life in my head. I knew I needed a prey animal for the wyvern and being quite lazy and not feeling like sculpting one from scratch, I searched the Reaper catalog and found Jason's stag. It will need some converting, but it is a good start. Current State I quickly ordered a new wyvern and the stag from reaper, to get that part moving. I then spent a few sessions over the last few weeks going over the worm with a scalpel getting rid of every mold line I could find. I also had to get creative as to how I would mount it to my paint holder as there wasn't a good attachment point (I will be resculpting the base entirely). The wyvern is out of the package and I started cleaning it last night. The stag is sill in box. Outlook/Goals I really hope to get this done in a few months. I'd like time to do another project for RCon as well, maybe a DS or Moonlight entry. That said, I know my track record, and the sculpt and jewelry load I have right now. I simply cannot give this all of my attention. To that end, I will be painting each piece one at a time, starting with the worm; that way if I don't get time for the complete scene, I can at least enter the worm in Painters. I hope to be priming the worm tonight and start the airbrush work on it this weekend. Hopefully, I will have something more interesting to show you on Monday. 🙂
  2. Here is Captain Blackscale, dragonfolk pirate, sculpted by Julie Guthrie. I painted him in monochrome / grayscale. I started painting him at ReaperCon 2022 as the demonstration model for the Monochrome Painting class that I taught. As I explained in that class, monochrome painting can be a useful exercise for anyone, because you have to focus on contrast (for composition and simulation of materials). This figure has a wide variety of materials to render: dragon scales and horns and claws, cloth coat (outer surface and lining/cuffs/collar and buttons), frilly inner shirt, waist sash, leather belts with metal buckles, cutlass, and wood-plank base. He sat on my desk half-painted until this week, when I decided to finish painting him. The paints are a warm-gray monochrome progression from Brown Liner (black) to Weathered Stone to Polished Bone, plus a few glints of Pure White. Enjoy! Derek
  3. From Lunch Sessions I, my basilisk. Such a fantastic sculpt from Julie Guthrie. Painted up to decent tabletop quality. I still need to clean up the base, but that'll happen in a batch with some others. These photos are skewed very yellow, not sure why.
  4. This past week I painted the Male Storm Giant figure from the Bones 1 Kickstarter Storm Giants set. This finishes this set for me; and, more importantly, this finishes my Bones 1 Kickstarter paint-and-post project! I've now painted every single figure I received from the Bones 1 Kickstarter and posted a painting article about it on my All Bones About It blog. I have to say it's been an amazing journey along the way. I've had the chance to experiment with a lot of techniques, and learn a bunch of new things. Starting the blog led me here to the Reaper forums where I've met a lot of cool folks. And I've also enjoyed getting to know my readers over on the blog. I painted this big fella in the same color scheme I used for his queen, Yephima, who I posted a couple weeks ago. I attempted to paint his shoulder armor as if it had lightning radiating from the face, to go with the Storm Giant theme. I also added a small nail-art gem to the hilt of his sword. Here are the king and queen together.
  5. I painted up Mi-Sher this week. She is supposed to be wielding two swords, but I had borrowed her second sword a while back to use with my Chronomancer Apprentice, Sascha Dubois; and the figure had been sitting around my painting table off-handedly until I realized recently that with just one sword she would make a good Thug for Frostgrave. So, I found a suitable replacement hand from my bits box of hard plastic figure parts, and after prepping the figure, I super-glued the hand in place. I did a standard table-top job on her, and used a 10mm figure, painted up and mounted like a fallen and broken statue, to decorate the base. I'm generally happy with how the figure came out. The pose may be a little awkward without the second sword, but I like to think it looks like she is signaling to a compatriot as she runs along, or perhaps preparing to climb a ruin. As always, C & C welcome.
  6. This week I painted the "Drowned Spirit" figure to use as a wraith in my Frostgrave games. This figure was newly released when I was planning my Frostgrave harbor terrain build, and something about it just made it seem like the perfect fit to be a ghost to haunt the old harbor. So, I ordered it during the12 Days of Reaper promotion, and just now got around to painting it. To help convey the frigid Frostgrave look, I added a Water Effects icicle under the rocky outcropping and used snow flocking n the base. Also, I went with a glossy finish, instead of my usual matte, to help bring across the wet look. It is just intended for game use, so I probably didn't devote enough time as the figure deserves, but I'm really pleased with how it turned out nonetheless. As always, C & C welcome.
  7. Reaper George & Gracie Zombies (2) 03598 by Guthrie and Ridolfi
  8. I was photographing something else yesterday. The something else ended badly. I was documenting it. Anyway, the Fire Elemental was nearby and the lighting setup looked promising so I let the camera have a try even though the LFE is notoriously hard to photograph. The Raw Image My phone has a small app on it from Adobe, and it has a selection of preset "effects" filters it can apply. I tried several, saved a few that looked fiery. The Filter That Looked Like Lava A Kind of Spot Lighting? Similar to Above But Darker Hope these are at least fun to look at or maybe inspiration if someone is wanting to paint fire.
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