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  1. 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. There's a lot of logistics to be worked out, but if anyone would want to start something up with me, I'd love the company on the trail. Here's my general stats to see if you're in alignment: Usually take about 1 to 1.5 hours on my minis. Intermediate painter. Nothing pro-level, just painting for fun. Love to try new techniques. I find working with others is more motivating for me than on my own. Who's interested?
  2. Another one from my monk stash. Not to be confused with a mustache. Although with Movember around the corner, perhaps something around Monkvember could be a thing for painting? I digress. It's clear i got some inspiration from Dr. Faust's model he painted (thank you! ) Always love the feedback.
  3. Got two finished for a friend's kid who plays D&D. He mentioned it in passing and i said, "do you know what characters they play as?" He tells me a half elf monk and an elf Ranger. I said, hold my beer. I dug into my treasure trove (aka hoard) and dug them out to paint. I'm sure his kids will love them.
  4. I haven't finished it all up, but I'm close. Still need to base this one, but i may turn him in for a contest next month. We'll see. So far I'm liking him. Fun doing the hair and big frill. Any suggestions? here's what the base looks like.
  5. Here's one i did for my kiddo. We read the books called Fart Quest. They're a fun take on d&d and great way to get kids a means to getting into fantasy books. They're like d&d with training wheels. Here she is based.
  6. Got another one of these done for a friend. Wrote the challenge with these larger models, but i feel really good about how he turned out. Here's Rogal Dorn.
  7. In receiving me batch of Dungeons and Lasers, i came across this model that i knew i needed to paint. In doing some testing of the skin tone, i decided to take it to the next level. I'm very happy with him. Feedback? Also, please tell me what water effect you use and how long it takes to dry. I need to find something else that's faster.
  8. Still have to base. Still feel like show needs more. Anyone think the lines on the cape needs to be dark lined instead of white?
  9. Aaaaand here's #2 of 4. She was a bit of a challenge coming up with her base. I wanted it to look like the first scene that Cloud meets Aeris where she's in church ruins. I wanted to have color, but not too much. Feels like it works. Got feedback? Lay it on!
  10. I've been basing more of my minis and feeling like I'm actually completing them rather than just painting the model. Here's Cloud from Final Fantasy 7. This is the first of 4. As always, i love the feedback.
  11. I haven't posted a piece in the showoff area in a long while. I mostly put my work in that paint club group, but this one was special and i wanted to share. I had this figure staring at me and didn't have a theme in my mind. Then it hit me that she for perfectly for this conflict in Ukraine. She's holding her sword up as if the last line of defense. I created the small base with the fallen shield representing the broken boundaries and fallen defenders. But atop her hill that represents her country, she calls for aid and stands strong. May they all stand strong. Lady Vigilance and her call to arms.
  12. Just picking up on all the posts I've missed over the last few months. Battle Report! Turns out squigs are not just funny looking, they are funny to paint. I loved these models and really found they took amazing to dry brushing. I was testing colors and layers. Highs: * dry brush was excellent. Used some cheapo makeup brushes and they did great. * i used a purple glaze over orange and then built it up with orange further. Looked good. * blue came out great, but i don't know what layers to use on it to give contrast like the purple orange one. *teeth are all solid and look good. *skin folds are natural looking and added freckles on some are much better than expected. * the yellow one was testing out transparent paints and it went on like a dream. Lows: *not too many complaints really. These all came out more or less as expected. * challenged by how low they are to the base and getting them with ground effects. *never painted mushrooms and wasn't sure how to go about it.
  13. Tried to do this one in short order. I'm trying to knock out as many as i can lately. Battle Report! It's been a while since I've posted some work. I've been busy painting but have not done a good job of showing for it. I really have missed good feedback and critique. I'll post a string of posts shortly. Gotta get back in this. It's a new year! Highs: * pants and tunic came out solid. Worked the pants up from black brown to red. Shirt was a tan, cream, bone. * really was careful on the shape of the eye. I wanted to go further, but it looked good just leaving them as is. * still looking for the best leather recipe. Been using brown sand + agrax earthshade. See coin purse. * i thought mixing a dark flesh tone and bca pink would be fun. It was. Fun experiment that worked out. Lows: * having the damndest time blending browns up. I can dry brush them, but i can't blend them via water and layers. Not sure what I'm getting wrong? * i was having a hard go at the hair direction when feathering. * flesh shade was a bit too heavy on the feet. * feels like crossbow could have more to it.
  14. I did this for my friend's xmas gift this year. He's a big 80's kid, too. Battle report! The challenge here was trying to make them all individual more than just their head bands. I wanted to differ their greens a little between them. I also wanted them to look sewer-ridden and dirty, but still hold contrast. Came out pretty nice. Highs: *Donatello was easily my favorite that came out of this batch. His purple was a great mix and stood out. *Leo had a fun blue that was brighter than expected and gave me the idea to put their respective colors in more areas on them. *eyes were simple and effective. *use of washes and lining came out good. * muscles all have strong definition (no pun) Lows: *bandages look grungy as intended, but did get a little too bright in the edges. *absolute fail in trying to base with green on airbrush. I may need to resign myself to simply saying i suck with an airbrush. *shell colors needed a little more, but i couldn't figure out what's going wrong. *i wanted to push the greens. But needed more something to push the values. Yellow? White? What do you raise green with?
  15. Drinking is the least of his problems. Dumpster diving and leaving poop on roof tops easily shadows the drinking issue. Although, maybe his problems stem from it? Battle Report! Sadly, i didn't track my progress on this one. I should have, dang it. I was moving fast and trying to get it done quickly. @Inarahposted that she had 6 figures to finish, so i wanted to try some. I did this and one of the winged demons from Bones 5. Highs: *fur and raccoon look came out great! *i let my daughter pick the main colors and it ended up being a perfect match on the triad color wheel - violet, orange, green. *values in cape worked great. *pants looked cool. (I may never use pumpkin orange again. Took me 6 coats and still i had to add an ink to it so it would be opaque. Lame. *i struggled in the early stages, but pushed through. Notably the belt straps and weapons were getting lost on the model. *beer came out great. Lows: *the pants. I want to blame the paint, but next time I'll be using an opaque blue. *Eyes took me 4 tries. Still not great. * boots look weird. *think i should have used a different color for the stitching on the pants. Ideas?
  16. I'm going to consider these done. I'll base another time, but paint wise.. done.
  17. I was focused on speed, not detail. This was trying to work them with as few colors as possible. The more I look at them, the more they look lik ea value sketch more than a painted model, but I'm looking for where to go with them. Another thing I need to know, is what do you all do with eye sockets? How do you paint them or what do you do with them? For the woman zombie, I used an ink pen and am kind of miffed that it turned out than other eyes I put way more time into. I know I can use this in conjunction with painting, but just dotting it came out pretty believable. I think some of that is the fact it's a dead stare, so of course, just a wash and a dot does fine. I would be curious to know how any one else uses the pens and paint in combo.
  18. Okay, so maybe he's not smelling his cloak. But it sure did make a fun alternate for why he's posed like that. I didn't do my normal battle report because i neglected to take photos while i was going. I'm happy with this guy. Kept it very very simple. I'll still have to base him and a little clean up on the cloak, but overall I'm happy with him.
  19. Since i didn't have my paints with me while on break, i was hungry to get back to it. I guess i wasn't as full of turkey and stuffing as i thought. As I'm posting this, i saw on his left leg that he's got an unpainted seal. Dang it! I made the bands on the blade smaller. Added more metal details. Added more accent color. Tested two new paint color (silver grey, red. And German Grey). Each did great. His backpack gave me some trouble. I was gluing it on, but the post didn't push in and then it broke off. Ended up doing some surgery back the but it's on.
  20. Got another one in this week. I'm on a roll! Still doing my work on these marines looking for a color combo I really like. I completed Red, Blue, Green, and Black. I've got 2 more color schemes to test, which are Grey and White. We'll see in the coming days how much energy I've got for them. This one came out pretty good. I still need to base and touch up his sword with more color, but he's pretty much done outside of that. Enough for me to post in WIP. The process was pretty good and I'm learning that these sub-assemblies help a TON in getting to those insanely hard to reach spots. I took pictures of what the sub assembly looks like just to what my method was and hopefully helps others struggling.
  21. Just keep on plugging away at these bones 5 set. So so so much to paint still. Here we go. The necromancer. I am going to say i hate bone white from vallejo. That stuff has terrible coverage. Chalky. And thinning it makes it take forever to dry. Not a fan. Every time i is it i think, "i should mark this bottle with an x." I wanted the cape to be darker red, but it still works. I was nearly going to paint it purple and make her clothes red, but didn't. She looks way way way too colorful for a necromancer, but it's what it is now.
  22. Finished the Paint job on another marine. I'll need to come up with a cool base. I planned out this time black, red, yellow, blue colors. Here's the first one of this set up. Here's the purebred. Give me feedback. If you'd like this black background let me know.
  23. Got the first set of 5 done. I bought 5 Santas (one was in my bones 5), 4 Mrs. Claus, 4 Christmas mouselings. I'm preparing a holiday ornament and diorama for friends to give them. Santa is now complete, but still need to get him on his base with Mrs. Claus. Battle Report! I painted my first santa with a black primer. It took about 4 or 5 layers to get red to actually show and not look washed out. I just happened across a youtube video where Paintman Journeying was talking about how laying pink under red will help coverage and saturation. Was worth a try for how many red clothes characters i was about to do. WORKS AMAZING. I then took all of them to base coat with airbrush. And not only that, it gave me a great way to go through more of the BCA pink i have 5 bottles of. Finally i can use it on more things! Warning for others: BCA pink has weird coverage. It's very very very very chalky. I hadn't noticed it on my small parts i use to paint it on like tongues or trinkets, but on big areas i really noticed. The assembly like setup on these worked great. Painted in this order: Coat, pants, hat first. Santa's gift bag (different red) next. Cream trims next. Face. Teddy bear. Washes on face and bear. Gloves, boots, and belt. Packages and trim. So far so good.
  24. So, i don't know if this is okay or not, but i wanted to share them. I had never painted any warhammer stuff. Both because of the cost and the fear of getting caught up in that universe. Well... it started. I bought my first set of intercessors back in January, but never touched them because i just didn't feel able to take them on. There's some amazing painters who do these and i always felt inadequate. Gotta start somewhere though. I started watching a ton of videos on them and put some ideas together. Here's my first ever 5 painted. I tried to test two paint schemes green and blue. I think they both came out great. having never got into these before, i now see the reason people like these so much. Very fun but very time consuming. Would love your feedback.
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