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  1. Much to my amazement I just finished the Mini. I have to say that this one put me through my paces. I suspect that after three years of painting mini's I have gotten a lot tougher on myself when it comes to how I think my Miniatures should look. I've gotten quite demanding I fear. Since it only applies to my work, thats okay. I glued the mini prior to priming and painting, which makes things much more difficult. On the white front cloth I drew in light gold designs, they are barely seen, The cloak was a blast to paint as was the armor, face and hair. I had to give him that reddish h
  2. I've been keeping myself busy by painting up Friar Tuck The Toad, while everyone was at Reapercon ! Welcome back. I really enjoy painting the Anthropomorphic lines, and I really wasn't too excited about doing this one at first. Fun looking, but I felt SOO limited by color selection. Once I started the priming something hit, and I found myself experimenting up and down the color spectrum. Dark browns, to chalk browns...those brown robes have a lot of color building up to the color it is now. I took the advice of Gadgetman and used a yellow instead of gold on the mantle around his brown c
  3. This has taken a lot longer than I anticipated! First of all, It's a MAGNIFICENT piece of work by Tom Meier. It is 30mm (small). Like any Meier sculpts I do, I provide myself with an extra challenge. I am going to have to either dig down deep, or reach to the stars to paint it where I am happy, so I go all out. This one is no exception. I was really keeping myself to control, color wheel mixing, and having a vision besides the show off work at DSM. I wanted something different. I went with a bit of simplicity, and I placed him on a rocky terrain (another challenge to myself). The s
  4. I saw this Mini and it was a gift from my son. I saw the way it had to be constructed, and that the sword was very bent in shipping; it was a Tom sculpt.. Deal with it was all that went through my mind. Mieer sculpts are teaching sources for me, so I set out to learn from this one. Don't think I had one kick my Elf so bad in a long time..ROFL. It took four tries to pin it, and the small size made it more challenging. I ADORED working and learning on this one. I had to baby it in some ways, and some how it caused me to work with more simplistic colors, pay more attention to detail, an
  5. Another quite challenging Mini. I seem to be wrestling with these characters more than I would normally. I have the suspicion that I am doing rather more difficult mini's, and using a lot more ideas, and experimentation than I have since starting this incredible hobby. I was originally going to use the broad sword that also came with this sculpt, the sculpture demanded and rejected the sword every time I put it in place, I finally gave up, axe went on like a piece of cake ! I chose to mix all my most difficult colors to paint him up. Robinh will be very happy with one color choice..LOL.
  6. This has been an extremely delightful miniature to paint. I created a WIP (link below) since I decided to break with my standard way of doing things. I made mistakes along the way, and learned from them. I simplified this miniature in line with the sculpting that Tom did. I went for the "feel" of the actions, and didn't try to "pretty it up". I like the power this mini protrudes. So here is The Ancient Wizard. I've included a photo with a quarter to give an idea about scale. As usual, comments and critiques are valued. Here is the Link to the WIP if you are interested in seeing wh
  7. I decided to post what I am doing with this mini, since I just decided that I was not following my usual routine. He has been broccoli clipped, cleaned up as best I could do, and Primed. Rather than line him with my usual brown liner, I decided to use a black wash. It gives me a lot of contrast, but I don't have to paint over that usual brown. The black should work for my intentions. Nice to see all the fine details on this one. The beard makes me shiver in AN-TIS-I-PAT-ION. Tom did a magnificent job on that, as well as the right hand at the base of the staff on left side. He always sn
  8. I thought this mini was going to be a piece of cake. Surprise. We have spent twelve days fighting it out. NOTHING was going to be easy on this one. Shadows were a bear, highlighting took much longer than I thought it was. Even basing (which I thought was going to come together easy fought me. So, after saying that, I am quite happy with the way this miniature turned out. Here is Tywin Lannister as I thought he should look like (remember, I don't look at television). Oh.. If you want to see the miniature in more detail: Hold down the CTRL key, and press the + key to enlarge t
  9. So the other day, Jasonator posted a recipe for Apple Strudel in the Incoherence thread.... (#12208) and since I needed to bake something to torment OneBoot with, I decided to try it! (I tried to collect all the recipe posts here for those that might want to try this.... Please jump in Jay if there is more or I forgot something!) May I bee so bold as to recommend that you try your hand at an apple struedel. Six plus apples, cored and peeled. a stick of butter (you expected less ?) Sprinkle of cinnamon to taste. a tablespoon of three of sugar. some walnuts, other nuts to ta
  10. Ever since I saw this mini I have wanted to paint it. I was given it as a gift. I hope that the giver has noticed the hours of pleasure I have enjoyed bringing this figure to life. Tough, and challenging, and yet SOO rewarding. The image of a dragon always appears in my mind associated with lava, smoke and treasure. So I decided to challenge myself (like the figure isn't enough), to create a lava base. Your comments and criticism are always welcomed, and sought after. Please leave me a comment ! So here is my interpretation of the Dragonkin Rogue. I also created a WIP while I wa
  11. I have been itching to do this mini since I saw it in the catalogue, and then my son sent it to me ! Now that I have done a Tom Meier miniature again, I have earned the pleasure of painting this one. I did a slight mod when I was assembling it. I did not like the right arm so low to the ground, looked like he was running, I raised the arm up so that he looks like he is fighting. I think it has a bit more tension in it. Here is "The Dragonkin Rogue" prior to priming or adding brown liner. Just a couple of views. Some of these details are VERY shallow, almost hints. I love the folds
  12. The Temperature here has been in the Ninety's since I finished painting The Hawkman. I didn't think I finish this next one today. Too hot to go outside, so had extra time to devote to it. Firstly, this is 25MM (that is the size of a U.S. Quarter). The shield is about 1/4 inch in size. I usually keep the basing simple on the Arthurian's since I intend to base them all together into two Dioramas when they are done. When I learn something new, I go back to my beloved Tom Meier sculpts and repeat what I have learned on a much smaller scale. I adore Tom's work, and I will always come back
  13. Here is my interpretation of the Hawkman from Dark Sword Miniatures. Fun is an understatement, delightful and challenging miniature. I totally enjoyed the basing, and the challenge of sculpting in Greenstuff, I hope you like what I have done. Comments and criticism are always sought out. Only way we learn is from experience and each other. Here is the Hawkman protecting his cliff side nest.
  14. Ever since I first saw this mini I have wanted to try my hand at painting it. AS usual, I will ignore what colors they have used in the original only view of the mini. I want something different, and I have a few ideas about how I want to base the Hawkman already. Just priming, and putting the coat of brown liner on it was a terrific intro into what can be done with this one. Love the folds (thinking rich shadows, and great highlights). That Hawks head.. hmmm... its a birds head to me, though at least a Raptor. This is going to be a fun bumpy ride.. Yee-Hah !!! Here is what he looks
  15. This has been a learning mini. First it is SMALL. 25mm tall, 25mm long. There is no gluing to be done, but that mean its really tight to get into and around. Basing will also be a challenge, since it is the size of your 25mm base also. I removed the broccoli base it came with, and pinned it. Its a lot of fun to paint, and that face and needle/spiked fur of his is quite the challenge. So here is the Bard reclining in a meadow of rocks and flowers singing to himself.. "Prickly Love" which he is composing for himself. Note the bottle of wine, and I have NO idea what is in his little oran
  16. I've been working on this guy for a week now. He's 25mm tall, that is the size of a U. S. quarter. Now, I'm going to point out how difficult this Hedgehog is to paint. It doesn't mean I am unhappy, its teaching me tones, its the growing pains I'm complaining about ! LOL This is one tough to wrestle with mini. I thought, okay, little brushes and we are off.. Yeah.. Dream on kid. This mini has wrestled with me for every layer of Paint or liner I have put on. Getting the angles correct to apply a coat of paint is SOOO frustrating ! I finally have gotten to the point where I'll let you se
  17. Thanks to the onslaught of bad weather on the East Coast yesterday and today I managed to get the time in to finish the Cat Warlock. This was one nice surprise to work on. Little surprises all along the way. I especially enjoyed the chance to try my hand at some OSL from the torch on the cats face and body. Working the color scale using a color wheel also contributed to the sense of adventure and conquest. Please let me know how you like the Grumpy cat Warlock. Your input means a great deal to me. Here are a magilla of photos. Jay
  18. I have been working on this cat all week, having a blast. I'm not going to make this a "WORKING WIP", just figured I would post what I am doing when I get the chance. As usual, the anthropomorphic figures are highly entertaining. I continue pushing my envelope with each of these. This one has OSL going in on face, book, hand and left shoulder. Never thought I would be doing that actually. Fur on this one is quite the challenge ! Don't let that angelic little face fool you, he IS a warlock ! So here is what I have been working on !
  19. I have been painting this over in the Show-Off Forum for the past two weeks. Here is my Mouse Warrior completed. If you want to see how I got to this stage of the miniature, check out the Mouse Warrior WIP by clicking my name tab below the title. I can honestly say that this was a total delight to paint, So many options, and some real challenges in there. All that fur and really fine details added to my enjoyment. I especially enjoy the decision making process of what can I do with this. So here he is. You comments/Criticism is always solicited, and greatly appreciated. Let me
  20. :bday: You bring enthusiasm and delight to the hobby and the boards. May you have a lovely birthday! :bday:
  21. I have been working on this mini for over a week. Glue-up was a pain in the elf. I am working on solving that problem. It is finally pinned, primed, and covered with bown liner. I tend to use the brown liner as a discovery process. I find all the little interesting details in the miniature with that brown liner. The little leather pouch on his belt, has a cats face carved into it. I will try to find some way to display that. I tend towards being photo heavy, and I will try to document what I am doing (If I know). I have no idea what direction this mouse is going to go, except that
  22. Yeap, I painted another Frog. ROFL. A few words about the Frog Minstrel, Roll up your sleeves when you go to do this one. This is a really tough frog to work on. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this. I thought it would be straight on... NOPE it isn't. The choices are phenominal. Little fiddley bits show up in the dangest, most difficult of places. At one point I found it Boring ! How can a frog be boring. So I resolved that thinking of our good friend Malefactus. So Here is the Frog Minstrel on a lily Pad, with his two Conger Eels playing a bagpipe, and a horn
  23. For those that were following along with me in WIP as I painted and based this Mini, Thank You. I had forgotten how much fun it is to explain what it is, and why you are doing something. I set a goal to base the mini on a bark base (which is a LOT of fun to do). I was also doing a lot of experimenting. The Crystal, and using my color wheel to get Contrast, and also to use Triads, for colors. The challenge has been a delight for me. Hope you got an idea how I approach a mini when I am painting it, and basing it. Thank you for your comments and suggestions as I went along. Your C/
  24. I've decided to do another WIP after not doing so for quite some time. My son gave me this mini and my friends want to see it painted, and based. I have gotten into basing thanks to many on the Forums, and so that is part of what I am up to. I'm planning on using bark in the basing on this right off the git go. Secondly, I started clipping off the broccoli base that DSM come with. I've had to modify some of my methods, and a bit of how I do things. I still mix my own colors, I use brush on primer (gray), and now I take my time, and really water down the colors. I just get richer and bet
  25. If anyone has noticed I was a bit busy for the past few weeks...chuckle. I started working on this miniature and became totally obsessed with it. Purple is not my easiest color to use, then combine it with the cat features, and that huge tail and you have some nice challenges. I decided I wanted to mount it as if it was giving a speech. That brought on a few more challenges. When you have a white robe, on a white marble floor, how do you hide the the clipped off part of the base that remains ? I had to work that one out, while setting up some kind of balcony/arbor/some type of platfor
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