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  1. This one is coming along nicely. A few hours later got some highlights done. Antlers did. Skin on the face touched up. Beard kind of done. Eyes done...i think? Next up will be the mouth and teeth. I have no idea what to do with those strange ports on his head behind his eyes. Open for ideas. Also struggling with beard and mustache on this guy. Need ideas for his tail color. As well a need color ideas for spines on his arms and legs.
  2. We're only about 3 months away from delivery of the Bones 5 (so stoked I can hardly contain myself) and there's A LOT coming. I stated in another post that I'd like to get through as many as i can. I also know burnout is a real thing to be prepared for. I don't know if this is a thing somewhere in the realms of Reaper Forum already, but would anyone be interested in getting on a weekly painting group to try and knock out the same minis? I figure if anything it will at least be a means to keep on top of the painting and also encourage, inspire, and grow from the group effort.
  3. One of the others I plucked out of the Bones 4 set. It looked fun, so I grabbed it. Battle Report! Wins: * Armor was a fun use of blues added in. I watched Dr. Faust doing something similar to create some really cool effects. Mine obviously not as good, but I think it was alright. * The skin was a big win for me. I did it as a nice, slow build up and took my time with laying it up. It worked great on her face. * I was getting lost in the tid bits on her belt, but just used browns and then hlghlighted them up. It actually worked out pre
  4. Tried to keep this in very, very simple colors. I think he came out okay. Sometimes simple is good, right? Battle Report! Wins: * Cape and layers came out well. * Staff shading was good. * metal highlights worked out well. Used an ink wask to fill in the deeper areas and shade and edge highlighted. * brightened the scale mail in the front which I think added a cool effect. Misses: * The staff and bones didn't differentiate enough. I tried doing a dry brush that failed pretty bad. Then went back and just did simila
  5. Got two more nearly done. I tried do keep the translucent look to the hands. I love the technique that was shared with me a while back about "priming" these with matte medium to help paint stick to them and not lose that clear look. Wins: * Both hands came out pretty good with easy enough highlighting with dry brushing. * The purple was an interesting attempt. I had actually tried using a purple wash below in the smoke area, but it didn't go well. Swapped it back to blue. * The purpled did, however keep more of that 'clear' l
  6. These were all done at different times with three different approaches, but all of them came out pretty good an I'm happy with this whole dry brushing method I've taken to. BATTLE REPORT! Dire Wolf 1 (Left) Wins - * Skin color looks great. Did a light brown to a buff color. Helped bring up the textures. * Used a nuln oil between the fur and the skin, which gave it kind of a cool faded effect. * Sky grey color seems a bit strong. It helped show the highlights, but it may be a bit strong. * Purple/brown mix of in
  7. It's the weekend, and you know what time it is! Sadly, I've been finishing off quite a few minis for the Bones 5 paint club thing a few of us participate in, but I haven't been posting the work as I finish it. Thought I'd take a little bit of time to catch up and do some posts on the work. Obviously, these still need to be based and possibly put into a diorama, but I always find it helpful to share and get your input on what you think, too. Let's get to it. BATTLE REPORT! I wanted to try doing 5 different colors and rock formations with these
  8. Newbie post. I've only painted half a dozen or so figures so far, but I'm enjoying myself, and that counts, right?! She's painted with a mix of Reaper MSP and Vallejo Game Color. I haven't done so yet, but I think I'd like to start chronicling the colors I use for each future mini. 30001 Lysette, Elven Mage
  9. It's the weekend, so you know what time it is... BATTLE REPORT! Along with all the Bones 5 I bought, there was a special on some Zombicide minis that were just too good to not buy. This is one of the many that are in there, and I'm stoked to get this one done. Wins: * Continuing my use of drybrushing and being very successful. Did an overbrush this time to start with a dark brown. Then drybrushed to orange brown. Then lightened up to buff. Worked great! * Saving the last color for last - flat flesh. I mixed this with matt
  10. It's the weekend, so you know what time it is... BATTLE REPORT! Along with all the Bones 5 I bought, there was a special on some Zombicide minis that were just too good to not buy. This is one of the many that are in there, and I'm stoked to get this one done. Wins: * Continuing my use of drybrushing and being very successful. Did an overbrush this time to start with a dark brown. Then drybrushed to orange brown. Then lightened up to buff. Worked great! * Saving the last color for last - flat flesh. I mixed this with matt
  11. One of the two selections this week was the basilisk. I immediately knew I wanted to this guy as blue when I saw him, but didn't realize I'd go orange, too. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Started this one with a brush coating of the new dark purple from Bones 5. I mean, you get these new colors, you gotta use 'em, right? * Lightening up the purple to blues with rich indigo, then again to aquamarine. I wanted the blue to really pop. * After getting all the blues in place it immediately occurred to me I wanted to go in a different direction. I l
  12. I've really been going after these dioramas. I'm seriously enjoying the change of pace going from the painting to the working of a landscape. There's still so much I'm learning on color, scenery, and flock, but it's definitely coming along. I thought the pebbles were kind of fun like some kind of jewels, but it didn't hit like I wanted, so I then went and added some GreenStuff jewels among them to give the impression it's mixed precious stones. Either way, the point of little Rocky hoarding and scheming I think comes across fine.
  13. Took a shot at the ol OSL. This model is from my youth that I'd always been afraid to paint because i didn't want to mess it up. Years later, now I feel like my skills are better and it was worth a shot. Not only did I take a shot, I did it with a real challenge applied to it. I was either going to mess it up - or REALLY mess it up. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Using the colors red and purple seem very wizardly. Felt like a strong combo and happy with it. * The OSL I did was using a dry brush and sweeping it from the main source and only moving
  14. This one is a real devil to paint. I got the body down and feel the colors there all make sense for a fire demon. But the wings...I can't figure out what to do with them. I was thinking to make them the feature and brighten them up, but the more I look at it the more I think the face and body are the focus. Needing some help here. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Another round of dry brushing success! Did a scarlet red, to flat red, to clear orange dry brush triad. * Used clear orange filter to bring up the areas of highlight and the su
  15. Here we go with another Nagendra. Trying new colors each time I do them to try and have some fun with scales. What I need to do on my next one is some kind of combination with yellow. Something more challenging to work with to make it fun (or completely ruin it). BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Combo of golds and brown seemed to do alright. * Felt brave enough to use an oil wash this time. It's frustrating because I'm always afraid it's going to ruin the work I put in, but at the same time, the results could be awesome. The wash is on the sc
  16. Got another one of these simple townsfolk done. I find they make a great opening salvo for the weekend before getting rolling. They are more or less my practice pieces to try a few things before getting going. Here he is - the farmer and his hoe. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Keeping the palette very simple:Brown, Orange, Cream, Flesh - worked well. * Washes of Nuln oil on the shirt, pants, hood. Looks good and helped dull the colors like work clothes. * Used Agrax on the leggings and the shoes and the hoe to give a more dirty apperanc
  17. Got another one to submit, but still needs its base. Mr. Monk here was a pretty fast shot. I tried to keep colors as simple as possible (which may or may not have been left over colors from my owl bear I did) to just keep the paint moving. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Used a flat flesh color with the simple Reikland Flesh shade wash. Combo worked well, but dude looks a little...odd. Will have to add more warmth next time. * Brown hues and simplicity of the scheme helped. * Really enjoying doing townsfolk because of the limited details I need to get into.
  18. Well, this is it. This is my best one so far. Feeling pretty proud of how he came out. I give big kudos to Vince Venurella for the YouTube video he put up on basing with a sewer theme. Have me huge inspiration and i took many elements from his video. Thanks to @Hibouand @billeecats for the push in the right direction (and the rest of the paint club, too). Here he is, my finished wererat. Top down Early stage of drying about 1/2 way complete
  19. Oh man! What a HUGE jump forward for me. I NAILED CONTRAST! BATTLE REPORT! Taking another one out of the bin from Bones 4 to prepare myself for the unyielding amount of Bones 5 that I'm hoping will be coming soon, I pulled this guy out. Looking at the body type, details and such, I had a relatively close idea in my mind of flesh tone vs. gray fur. This guy came out way better than I expected. Wins: * Starting again with the dry brushing and going with a particular order of operations: Skin, Tail, Fur, Face, Accessories, and Eyes. It wo
  20. Oh, man! This one I'm really happy with. I watched yet another video where someone did a griffon nearly all dry brushed and thought since I had problems doing wings a while back, I could try it. I did and am shocked with the results! BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Using a tri-color system to lighten things up strategically picking out colors ahead and setting them aside. * Sticking to a plan helped address speed and order of operations. * Using new dry brush make-up brush has SIGNIFICANTLY increased my ability with the method. I'd sucked at
  21. Sorry for the multiple posts, but got some catching up to do. Here's Mr. Owlbear. One of the strangest creatures in D&D to me, but fun to paint . My focus here wasn't the bear fur this time, but the small wings. I have done some other wings I wasn't too proud of, so I used this as a 'oh well, if it's bad who cares' shot. They came out decent. BATTLE REPORT! Wins: * Turns out the yellow fade from brown worked. Hooray! Haven't done many wet blends, but this was a good one. * Trying to find ways to bring the eyes to interesting sections. Felt l
  22. I haven't posted in a while. Still been painting and all, but just haven't had time to do updates. It's a shame because I learn so much from the group when I get input on areas I struggle with. I decided to put some time away to do a summary and get back into the swing of things. Gotta get ready for that Bones 5 delivery! Battle Report! I have been looking at all 4 of the giant apes from Bones 4 and just had no idea what to do with them. I have issues with just painting things that are supposed to be black. It doesn't leave me a lot of room to go anyw
  23. Using the long weekend to my advantage, I got a decent paint in on this guy. Meet Gronk. BATTLE REPORT! Trying to do a more comic-style paint job, I did less wash and more highlights with bold color. Wins: * The two-toned leathers look fun and eye catching where they need to be. * Staying to as simple color-scheme as possible helped me draw this one to a close. (Brown, Orange, Green, ivory, red) * The eyes came out really good and I finally managed one of those little reflective white dots in the corner of the right
  24. It's been a while since I've posted anything to WIP, but I'm trying to get my mojo back. This particular model has had a few new things applied to it that I was testing, but am not totally happy with. The main thing is I'm getting paint down and learning as I go, but there's a few questions I have: 1. Ink washes - so, I'm getting a lot of pooling when using them. I'm using DR inks with a drop of ink, drop of flowaid, and a touch of water. This leaves it glossy and pooled in places pretty badly. Tried going to ink and flow aid only so it'd drift more into the recesses, which h
  25. Finally got back on to some painting. It was a minor win, but just basing this dude feels good to be done. One cool thing i thought was fun is that i put a footprint in the mud under his left foot. Kind of a small, but cool detail. Done.
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