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  1. Continued from part 1, where I paint the minis and give some backstories to the characters. THE INTRODUCTION Ogana and his little team stand in the center of a unnamed, unknown village. There are a few houses here. A few more trees. And there's a little creek up in the northeast. Somewhere around here the famous ranger Aventine went missing. There is some faint moaning in the distance. Ogana can't really make out a direction until he realises that he is encircled. True - there's no living soul in this village. But that doesn't mean there's nobody home... Welcome to my little battle report. I've just finished playing the first scenario, and boy, what fun it was. Also - a meat grinder. Let me explain: I'm really bad at playing strategy games. Chess, checkers, whatever. You name it, I lose it. In addition to that, I tend to have a lot of bad luck rolling dice. In fact, back in the days when I played TTRPGs regularly, I was famous for my bad rolls. So when I first heard about RoSD, I was thrilled. Finally I could try my hand on a miniature game and not letting an opponent suffer from boredom, because there's no challenge playing against me. And who knows - maybe I learn a thing or two about strategy. It's never too late! I started painting. It took more than a year to paint the minis I needed for the first scenario. I'm a slow painter. But I got faster. And finally, today was the day. I had a lot of fun. And I learned a thing or two. Maybe three. So I invite you to join me, while I tell you the tale how Ogana, the ranger, battled the forces of evil. And how he left Brother Johann to die, amongst a horde of zombies and rats. (Spoiler: Brother Johann made a full recovery. Others were not so lucky, though.) Each post will report the most important events in each round. Most posts will have a picture where you can see the table at the end of the round. Sometimes I forgot the picture. I apologise for that. Near the end it got a bit hectic. Too many zombies and too much dying, I fear...
  2. I just got the learn to pain core kit and it doesn't seem to close properly. Is there a trick to it? Cause it seems like the rounded case won't close if you have paints next to the hinge. I was hoping to store all my paint from Bones IV in there.
  3. This was AMAZING!! I had no idea such a warm and fun con existed. I was surprised by how both energizing and relaxing it was. The only minor issue I had/have is a bit of clarity needed in the MSP judging rubric. I get how it was done (teacher by trade) but I would like to see what criteria was used to define each level breakdown. For instance a bronze exhibited more or less or “x” trait, a silver this, and a gold that. I understand it is subjective (again teacher - high school English to boot) but I think it would help to have something a bit more concrete and in writing going forward to know what to strive for; or at least know where the ballpark is. Otherwise, I can’t speak highly enough about the whole experience. The opportunity to join in and game was great. The painting hijinks was the most fun. I had a hard time pulling myself away to go do other things. Judge feedback was helpful and I even got a shiny bronze medal- which I proudly display next to my minis. I am going to blame the registration desk for my newest addiction- ribbon hunting. Just remember the first ones free! ;p
  4. Hi all, im going to my first UKGE and noticed Reaper being there, are the prices going to be as they are on the site (set to UK) or is there going to be some 'uppage' due to UK having hundreds of taxes? lol I know its kind of late to be asking stuff like this but wondered if anyone know. Thanks in advance everyone and anyone!
  5. I've only been at this a little over a month and am totally addicted! Went for the glowing eyes here and botched it -- Don't know how you expert painters paint son damn small!
  6. Tossing this out there, unsure of the appropriate forum board to use. It's probably unimportant, but I'm wondering how to describe myself as a miniature painter. I started this hobby one year ago and since then my profile has described me as a painting newbie. I no longer think of myself as such having painted probably 25-30 figures since then, watched hours of YouTube tutorials, purchased and watched Jen Haley's DVD, posed questions on the forums and had them answered, learned how to prep, prime, base, drybrush, wash, and highlight. So, what level painter am I? I thought about graduating to myself from newbie to novice based upon the one year, but rate of painting applies. The first six months I didn't paint at all, being petrified of making mistakes. It took me that long to make a few attempts and gradually I got more and more confident. Should painting level be based on: Number of years as a miniature painter. Number of actual miniatures painted. Mastery of certain painting skills (drybrushing, highlighting, etc). Sheer awesomeness of finished results Other? In AD&D, 1E that I grew up playing, every level had a title. You graduated from title to title. Take the thief for example: Level 1: Rogue 2: Footpad 3: Cutpurse 4: Robber 5: Burglar 6: Filcher 7: Sharper 8: Magsman? WTH? 9: Thief 10: Master Thief I wondered if it would be productive to create a universal system here for newcomers to use to describe themselves. Level 1: Newbie 2: Novice 5: Veteran 6: Advanced 7: Teacher 8: Work for commission 9: Professional 10: Bob Ross Maybe that's too complex and there should only be five levels rather than ten. Anyway, I'm graduating myself from newbie to novice, but I no longer feel like a novice. I'm not sure I've earned the title of veteran, either, so I'm somewhere in between whatever that is. Thoughts?
  7. Hey all, Taylor is the name, minis are the game. Well, they're FOR the games. Um. I mean. Uh. I learned to paint minis when I was about 15-16 (I'm 27 now) and while I didn't paint for ALL of those years, I do have some that I'm proud of. *insert gratuitous spam of bragging* I guess this is me introducing myself. Yo, I'm Taylor, I'm 27, and I don't believe there is such a thing as too many minis, too small a brush, or too much time spent painting! xo Taylor
  8. Hi there everyone! Oakydeer here, and I'm a very very new to the world of tabletop RPGS. I'd always heard of the magical game dungeons and dragons but was always intimidated by it and didn't know when or how to start. But a month ago, I decided to take the plunge and gather my friends for our first DnD session, with me as the DM. And... we all became obsessed. So now, here I am, completelly engrossed in the world of tabletop RPGs and eager to start sculpting and painting my own figures! I'm open to any advice from any of you wonderful veterans regarding anything, be it painting and sculpting, to game tips, to a simple friendly hello. Let's be friends! :>
  9. Today I will be beginning Golan. I'm picking him up sooner than I had intended in order to work on my lighting and shading, as I assume his larger features will better help me pick out what should be brighter. I'll also be working on my blending and glazing again, as the previous dwarf had some blending issues as well. I've primed him with a grey primer, and now I'll begin the task of picking a color scheme. :) Any quick suggestions?
  10. I started a thread yesterday in the advice forum and one of the members suggested I start a WIP thread. So here it is. CC welcome, I'm looking to get better. I'm going to start with most of my current collection. Many of these guys have been played in games and stored in a box together, so some paint might be wearing off (see wraith). I'm not sure if this is how pictures are suggested to be uploaded, so this first post is extremely pic heavy. My apologies. The Red/ Blue girls are my main (she has multiple personality disorder...)
  11. So, I attended the "Paint and Take" panel at Norwescon 37, and painted this guy. I had never painted a mini before in my life, had about half an hour to complete this, and had to share a brush, because they only had 30 brushes for closer to 70 people in the workshop. I did all the smaller detail with twisted up bits of a paper napkin. I know it pretty well sucks, compared to most of the pics here, but I think it turned out pretty well, considering my constraints and complete lack of experience with painting a figurine of any sort, let alone one this tiny. After I looked at the photos, ESPECIALLY the detail one (below), I was able to see all the bits I messed up or missed all together. I'll be going over him again once I have a magnifying visor. Link to larger version My Mr. Bones dude is now a work in progress. Here is that thread. Further updates will be there, and all photos are in that OP.
  12. I'm a newish painter, and have a bunch of projects that I'm working on. I'm working on extending my range of skills beyond "slop on some paint." To that end, I would like to share some of my current projects and ask if any of the wise and talented folks here could give me a few pointers the next step. First up is the Skinsaw Man http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/skinsaw/sku-down/60033 He's my oldest project here, and he definitely needs highlighting. He's been washed in black ink (maybe a bad idea). At this point, I had been using poorly-to-non-thinned P3 paints. He might be due for a dunk in the start over bucket.
  13. I grew tired waiting for news of my kickstarter shipment, so I went a bought some Bones from a third party to practice on. I don't have many colours to choose from (since my Reaper paints haven't arrived) and most of what I do have is cheap artist's acrylic, so I decided to start with a fairly simple figure. I present Barnabas, the rusty warrior: Just by looking at the photos I'm seeing details I missed or screwed up, but I need broader feedback than just "You suck, give up now!". Please, critique away!
  14. Rawr is from a misfit line of minis called Arcane Legions. Rawr isn't his real name, but I can't be bothered to find out what it was. So now he's Rawr. I picked up some Arcane Legions cheap, just to check them out. Almost all of them went straight into the Bucket of Shame. You can probably see why. The non-paint-job is pretty awful. I wanted to practice slathering paint on something, so I dug into the Bucket of Shame to select a victim. Rawr kinda grabbed me. The scuplt is actually kinda neat. There's a lot of detail, at least. Not that this paint job would show any of it off. So, after a good scrub, I slobbered (is this the correct, technical term, Buglips?) some 9236 Black Green / Green Shadow liner on him. Then started blocking out blocks of color into their respective blocks. Fur parts and club with 9268 Volcano Brown. Leather parts, including club handle with 9250 Dusky Skin Shadow. Clothes 9201 Orange Brown. Skin 9220 Olive Shadow. He looks like an escaped convict still wearing what's left of his prison jumper. Given Rawr's lack of impulse control, this is entirely plausible. At least his skin is all the same color now, and you can sort of tell where one element stops and another begins. I'm still waiting for my KickStarter paints, so I don't have many colors to work with right now. Just stuff I've been picking up on sale. So I have 3 different purples, the olive skin triad, and some browns and greens. Yeah. So that's why he's wearing orange. Lessons learned: Start inside and work out. Duh. I started with the fur and worked down, finishing with the skin. Probably better to go the other way with that. Also, photos will show every flaw. He didn't look half bad in hand. The photos are rather unflattering. Oh well. Next up will be to do some washes and see where things go from there.
  15. As my first project after doing LTPK #1, I decided to try my hand at the Gnoll Warrior. I figured the armor+fur techniques I've learned so far would apply well. However, I thought I'd try to do something a little different with the fur color. Here's the pics, more info after: I'm pretty happy with the mace and shield at this point (True Silver + wash of Black Ink for the metal, Intense Brown + wash with Walnut Brown for wood on the shield). The fur, on the other hand, I'm not so sure about. The idea was to make this a "frost gnoll" or something like that by getting some sort of icy or arctic looking fur. What you see in the picture is the result of a base coat of Sapphire Blue, followed by a wash of Pure White, and finally another wash of extremely diluted Sapphire Blue. I'm having a really hard time deciding if I want to do the same with the rest of his fur, or paint over that with something completely different. Part of my problem is that I'm working with a pretty limited selection of colors while I wait for my Kickstarter bones and paint sets. I've got the colors from LTPK #1, plus a shiny purple and a Mint Green. I'm wondering if it would be possible to achieve a sandy brown tone for the fur, akin to a hyena or desert fox, using only the Tanned Skin, Intense Brown, and Pure White I've got on hand, or if I'm just S.O.L until I obtain some yellow paint. Anyway, what do you guys think? Any other suggestions for color choices and techniques on this mini?
  16. In anticipation of my Kickstarter Bones showing up soon (I hope!), I picked up Learn to Paint Kit 1, as well as a few extra of the already-existing bones, a couple more colors of paint, and a couple extra brushes. Here's my first completed mini ever - the Anhurian Man-At-Arms from LTPK1: I decided to go with red instead of blue on the cloth, and I think that turned out well. My only disappointment with that color choice is that the leather straps on his legs didn't turn out with enough contrast to be very visible. I had some fun with a "Shining Amethyst" color on the pommel of his sword and the studs on his armor, helm, and shield to add a little bling to him. You can't see them very well in this photo (all I have is a camera phone right now), but in good light the shiny purple is definitely noticeable. My one major regret and frustration is that darn shield. Is there some trick to getting even layers of paint on a large, flat surface like that? I always seemed to get globs of paint or uneven layers on it. Here's the Bones Gnoll I'm planning to do next (once I finish that darn rat from LTPK1). Any coloring suggestions or warnings about tricky parts to paint? I was essentially planning to use the same armor+fur techniques from LTPK1 on this guy.
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