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  1. So for the Dragon challenge I decided to tackle this dragon we bought back when Grenadier was still in business. Just a little over a month to go still, I think I am cutting it close.... Here is a picture of the box, I really like that paint job, so I am going to try to emulate it. And here are all the pieces: Two weeks ago, trimming flash and getting the pins ready. Husband is handling the pinning for me. Here's is a not so flattering pic of what we glued that weekend (turkey dragon):
  2. Hello everybody! I am working hard on a diorama to, if I get it done in time, submit to the Here be Dragons! competition. I have a lot of pics from the start, but I hit a problem tonight and wanted to ask the forum for opinions and advice. The diorama will tell a story. To test the idea, I won't tell you what, and if you can guess it then the story is well shown to the public :) Some pics: That was "version 1" of my idea. Of course, cleaning of minis (removing bases) and sculpting needed to be done (I cleaned the minis already, sculpting flames is next). I was quite happy about this composition, but something kept bothering these last couple days, something I finally put my finger on: - The wizard dwarf holding the shield is too static! I went through the rest of my Reaper order and found a mini that I originally intended to go up there, quickly put it together, and then set a new scene (let's call it v2): As for composition, I brought these friends: (version 2.1): ...or version 2.2: Also, to balance the diorama, this little guy (non Reaper, old mini I don't know where it comes from): These are the minis available to me, basically: Size comparison of the little dwarf: Sorry for the bad pics. Now, help me! Do you think the story is clear? Do you like v1 or v2 better? If v2, v2.1 (fighter to the side) or v2.2 (fighter in the path of the dragon and under the flame blast, mostly)? Should I keep the little dwarf? Should I add something else? There are pieces missing (like bushes, foliage on the tree plus burning tips of the branches, etc) but basically that it is. Any comment or suggestion is deeply appreciated!
  3. Hey, folks! Those of you who attended Reapercon in 2013 may recognize this miniature, which was sold there, but has not yet been released for general purchase. It was sculpted by my good friend, Andy Pieper, who very kindly sent me one of them to paint. I have a WIP going in my blog, but these boards will give it more visibility. It is a truly beautiful figure that I want to share. You can read more about how Andy sculpted Coraline Thadington, Victorian Lady on his website. I wanted the base to fit the Victorian era of the mini, so I thought a formal garden path would work. The block will eventually be painted all black. The brick is plasticard, and the border is a piece of a coffee stirrer. The flowers are premade basing materials from my box o' stuff. I polished the mini using my Dremel with a brass-bristle brush. This saved me a lot of work with sandpaper, and didn't damage the fine details at all. I still had to do some hand filing of a couple mold lines and sanding of a rough patch on her face, but overall it was a very clean casting. The arm was difficult to pin, but not the worst I've ever had to do. I started by basecoating the dress with a very pale blue, then shading with navy and rust brown. I worked on the blues some more, using a mix of Clear Blue, a rust brown, and black for the shading, and a mix of white and True Blue for highlights. I also painted the bricks, because I didn't like looking at them unpainted. :-) I smoothed out the blues some more, using a minty greenish paint Reaper sent me as a free MSP sample with my last order of brush-on primer. I mixed that with white, and blended in the highlights, using some straight from the bottle to smooth down do the truer blue, then working the shadows with my previous shade mix. I started on her skin, using shades of pink, khaki/white, and pure white, and painted her hair chestnut brown, shaded with brown liner. I also painted the lace with khaki/white and pure white. I haven't decided what to do with the fan yet. What you see is just experimental coloring. I'm exploring some freehand ideas for the dress as well, though I might paint the eyes first.
  4. Hey there everyone, I guess I will share some of my WIPs as well. Finished pieces can be found here: http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/52249-oobackes-speed-painting-corner/ Thanks for viewing!
  5. Hello! I'm Ravenscroft! I've been sitting on these Bones minis for quite a while now and finally got a round toit, so I gotta paint 'em, right? It's kinda relaxing, being able to focus and see as colour fills gaps... Even if apparently I need to go back to kindergarden since I can't paint in the lines sometimes. Either way! WIP! My first mini painting attempt! I've watched a lot of tutorials and read a bunch of stuff on how I should set up my workstation and whatnot. I use a wet palette made from a blister pack, water, a kitchen sponge, and parchment paper on top. I have gater clips to hold the mini so it won't smudge. Most tutorials suggest starting with a big mini, so details aren't as much a worry. Well, I've got Kaladrax! ...But he's too big, methinks, so I went with a golem of fairly big Medium size instead. Lots of the same colour, fairly simple pose, no weird crevasses and corners... Ideal as a starting point, I think. My aim was to make it a smaller Iron Golem, so I went with a silver-ish paint I had (I'm not going to be mixing weird colours on my first attempt, I'm well-read, but a lot of theory is only good when you've got the practical backing it up, my hands are newbie-shakey doing this as is). ...It looks a lot nicer in-person than on cell-phone-cam... Even with the whole newbie element involved. So... Basecoat: And because that looks really plain, we've got two more colours: Ongoing advice, tips, suggestions, supportive words appreciated. ...He looks kinda like a Pro-Wrestler Golem... Kinda want to paint the bracers and hands red now, but it would be silly... ...And after typing that... You know what? It's my first mini, it's allowed to look silly. So here it is after the first base coatings, before touching up and fixing and tapping on the bits that bled paint to other bits and bits my hand smudged... Not that bad from the back for the lines, shame most folks will see the front. (Things used: 09053 Honed Steel, 09051 New Gold, 09016 Sapphire Blue, 09003 Blood Red. Start simple, right?) Things I ask for learning so far: 1) I keep hearing about colour wheels, and I know the wheel itself, but they talk about using it with some sort of triangulation to find ideal colour matches, is there a place I can find a tutorial on that, by the by? 2) Also, is there some sort of convention for the bases' colours? Leaving it blank seems unprofessional (not to mention smudgey for this one), but green may add an unnecessary colour. White? Black? 3) The kilt's blue is really matte and dark, which kind of eats the details (even if the only detail is the kilt's folds). Any tips on how to make that "pop" a bit better while still being a relatively similar/the same colour? 4) One of the paints I got in my variety pack is labelled "Brush-on Sealer"... I assume I use that on the whole thing once it's "done"? Things learned so far: Gold is really hard to overpower either silver or blue. It probably should have gone on before those colours. My red paint is a bit more liquidy than my other paints... Should keep this in mind.
  6. Hello again everyone who comes to this lovely little forum to show off and take a look at some of the nicest miniatures around. Today I bring to you not a Reaper mini (didn't have one that fit my character so had to look else where), but one I found for a game called Hell Dorado. So far I've finished only the base coat and a little bit of the highlighting on his body. I'm looking at whitening up his clothes a bit more and then I need to work on his eyes and all of the touchups. So without further adieu, here is my latest mini: When I finish him up tomorrow I'll be sure to post the final product and share some of my thoughts on this particular mini. In the mean time if yall have any comments or recommendations I would love to hear them as I'm still very much a newbie to the hobby.
  7. So after I got my really groovy pin vise from those fine folks at Hobby Lobby, I've been itching to actually pin something with it. I have tons of different stuff I could choose from but finally came upon this Ral Partha Gold Dragon from their Council of Wyrms. As I started working on it, I started photographing it, so figured I'd do a WIP out of, which I hadn't done since I'd painted up some Drow Elves a while back ago. Hopefully it's not too tedious to watch, and I've got oodles of pictures of the dragon in various states of pinning, so if you get bored, I apologize. I think I'm using this as some kind of therapy, with the hopes that if I photograph it, I'll actually have to finish it sooner or later. I'm also working on three dwarves and an Amazon chick at the same time, which I imagine will all get done before the dragon, but if you never start you'll never finish. It's a gold dragon, so my main color will end up being Palomino Gold, and his underbelly I think I'm going to start out as cream ivory, with his wings and feet being buckskin tan (I think that's the name of the color). I want to probably do the horns in some kind of brown, maybe even start out with earth brown, not sure, and will work from there. So now I've got to figure out how to do all the pictures, which I took so many of. Maybe I'll just describe it ahead of time and then put the photos in at the end. Oh well, I'll figure it out. Anyway, to start out with the model itself, pre-assembly. There's a bit of blood on him, because I ended up stabbing myself with the pin vise. Missed any vital arteries, thank you all for the concern, but after I got some holes drilled, I went and washed him off really good with soap and water.
  8. I've never tried NMM before and after finishing the Ogre chieftain I wanted to give it a go. I had a box of GW's Chaos Warriors lying around so that seemed like a perfect start as that gave me a batch of near identical armoured figures to begin on. First attempt it below. The figure in metallic, which I'm using as a comparison point, has just had it's base coat and wash so far so at the moment it's much darker than it's going to be. This first one was just a quick test. I still need to go over with some black ink lining to help define some areas but otherwise I'm relatively happy except for the shield, It just looks flat to me. I don't know if finishing the symbol off would help settle that or if it just looks like a two tone shield, either way the light side needs a more gradual blend than is currently there. Any comments or advice would be appreciated. This was just a quick snap with my phone so apologies for the quality, I'll do proper ones as I go along.
  9. First painting: Cut rats from sprue, washed figures to get mold release off, dried, glued to bases, and primed with Army Painter Uniform Grey: 2013-07-15 - Primed Figures - Rats and Skeletons - 0001.jpg Added basing material and washed it with black wash, painted a dark base coat of walnut brown to the shield and spear, and muddy brown to the skeleton to provide pre-shading. I plan to follow up with lightly brushed mid-tones, and a quick dry brush to highlight. Each example of skeleton and rat will be done differently to get ideas of what approach I like. 2013-07-15 - Skeletal Spearmen (77001) - 0001.jpg I am also keeping a painting journal in MS OneNote, and am will get a pad of some kind to dab examples of mixed colors. So far, the only brushes used have been a Citadel base coat brush, which can't hold a point to save it's life, and a cheap craft brush for the wash. I used a metal modeling tool for the PVA glue, and Testors Superglue with the needle applicator to glue the broccoli bases to the round bases. Oh... and my painting station:
  10. I'm new to minis, thanks to my son who introduced me. I'm hoping for suggestions of what to do and where to go (politely). I'll post more WIPs later, but here's one that has me stuck. I've tried to make the altar look like granite and I'm fairly happy with this. It needs to be aged a bit, maybe with a wash, but I'm not really sure where to go. I was thinking of having the skulls on top just plain yellowed bone but it seems rather unimpressive, even were they shaded. Suggestions?
  11. Hello forum folks I have not been painting anything the last half year or so, as my left elbow and lower arm have not been working properly, ligament problems leaving me unable to hold anything small still for any length of time, or at all. But it is getting better, and I have been getting a lot of prepwork done on of alot of the masses and masses of minis that have arrived, fulfilling the last years kickstarters. The Kings of War and Reaper Bones has been delivered and are now complete, and the third and last Dreadball shipment is probably in the mail, leaving me with more minis than space to put them. And several more are on their way…and the Bones are doing a second kickstarter at the moment…uh oh. At any rate, I am trying to get back in to it now, and have chosen the “Reaper Beauty Pageant 2013″ forum competition as a suitable target to actually get something done. I seem to need a deadline these days, or it gets put off. In this competion, one is to enter the Bones mini called “Lysette”, and elven sword toting maiden. Quite intrically detailed, so I might fail utterly as I still cant seem to hold it completely stlll for painting. And there is really small detail on this piece. Giving it a go, here is the first WIP shots of Murkette the Dark elf: You see where this is headed. Black undercoat, mantic base. I like mantic bases better than citadel ones these days. The Bones’ integral bases are quite easy to trim down to fit the hole, fill with a spot of green stuff and away we go! Speaking about bases… I am at something of an impasse about basing the Bones. Traditionally I have based most everything to fit with Warhammer. However…Why on Earth have I been doing that? There are lots more base options available these days. Such as the “lipped” bases (left). I find I really like those bases too, even more than the round beveled of yesteryear. And lovely sculpted bases in resin are readily available. I am not sure the square bases are as nice. I think I like round bases better in general. And these days you get something newfangled called “movement trays”…and many of these can be ordered with precut holes or slots to fit whatever size or shape base I might like to have. So any shape can actually fit Warhammer or whatever. And for games such as Kings of War, the need for individual basing is eliminated altogether, all models in a unit goes on a single base, as the minis themselves are not used as wound counters. This means that an entire unit can be based as a kind of diorama, greatly enhancing the look of the unit as a whole, and speeding up movement in-game. This also lets one play around a bit more: “a 20-man strong unit of skeletons” but… I dont really get to play any more. At all. So why even bother following that paradigm? Or any at all? So, maybe taking a more individual approach, basing each model on whim more than any special uniformity is the right way forward. What do you think about this? Any thoughts are appreciated.
  12. I'm still fairly new to this hobby, and I've decided that my impatience is harming my paint-jobs. I've therefore decided to jump on board Inarah's challenge and paint Lysette. I'm hoping people here can help analyse my process and identify why, precisely, I suck :) Just some shadow coats for now: Vallejo Yellow Olive, Auburn Shadow, Fair Shadow and Flesh Wash: The eyes aren't quite working for me at the moment. Any suggestions?
  13. I finally got myself motivated to start painting again at home. And as my wife got a new camera I figured if I started a home WIP, I might even get around to building the light box I've been planning for a couple of months and start taking pictures with it. (Note: that hasn't happened yet, so expect my usual mediocre phone pictures.) To get myself going I went down and dug through an Army Transport of Chainmail figs to find something interesting. Picked out a Pulveriser first, but then he fell apart (good ol' 13 year old glue job) so it's now on the bench to get pinned. So I grabbed the Hammerer. I wanted something different to get me interested and an all metal construct is pretty different. I spent most of the evening playing with metals. I've got Reaper, Army Painter and Partha all on there. My P3 metals were all at work... My concept (which pretty much developed as I was doing the base coat) is to paint him as he is starting to activate after untold years waiting for someone to trigger him in whatever forgotten tomb he's guarding. This lets me play with a bunch of weathering stuff I've picked up recently. I also want to try painting the runes, and the eye slit, as if they were glowing a bit. So to begin with I gave him a wash of blackened brown with a bit of black mixed in. And that's how far I got in one night.
  14. Started working on Almaran the Gold this weekend for my son. I decided to play with some new techniques and try and refine some others. I started by covering in black gesso and then cutting of his shield arm so I could work on it seperately. I airbrushed him with gray and then drybrushed with Citadel Necro compound (dry silver). I really like the way this worked for the plate and will repeat this on the next full plate I work on. For the shield, I blended some browns for the wings and have it mostly done. Still need to do the weapon on the shield and the edge. For the body, I did a small amount of the "leather" and blued in the scarf thing. I used a white paint pen to do some runes, but they aren't great. Once they dry all the way, I'll clean them up a bit more. I did the face, but man do I suck at eyes. I tried black lining the eyes, and they are better than my normal, but not by much. I brushed on some bronze to the chest piece and then drushbrushed/highlighted a bit with gold. I still have his sword to work on. I'm planning to do a red flame - white core, flourescent yellow layer followed by orange and red and a hint of black drybrush at the tips. For the orange and red, I'm going to use my airbrush and work the overspray angles to give the figure a nice OSL glow. (sorry for the super crappy pictures)
  15. Hey again, I figured I would stop by and show my progress on my next project. Like the topic name suggests I am answering the question of "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" the answer being obviously: Reaper 50217: The Black Mist (*Cough The Shadow cough cough*) Now this is only my second miniature and I'm not finished with him yet (lots of touch ups that I need to finish up), but here is my progress with him so far: Biggest issue I had so far would have to be the eyes...between the scarf and the hat it was a pain to paint the eyes. Don't mind the strange texture that seems to show in the pictures since the figure itself doesn't actually look like that. Still working on using the spray on primer, but making progress as I didn't really care for the paint on primer. Aside from that I'll post again when he's all finished. I look forward to seeing what you all have to say.
  16. I'm trying to stay motivated and get some projects finished up before my vacation is over, so I figured why not start a WIP. First up is the Ghost King. He reminded me a lot of Shredder so that's what I'm going for at the moment. Next up is the well. I've been fairly uninspired by this one. More than likely I will just hit it with some drybrush and pick out some of the other details. This is an eventual christmas gift for my Mother in law. I've just about finished blocking in the colors and drybrushing the fur. I have an oblong 3x4 base that I'm going to affix them to once they are done. The last one here is the mummy. Not much to say yet but here it is.
  17. This is the Group WIP thread for the Swamp Things set from the kickstarter. Here is an image of all four models with some possible paint choices that I have for them. I will be starting with Lizardman Warrior (the guy with the club).
  18. I would consider myself far more of a gamer than a painter. In fact, I got in on the Reaper Kickstarter specifically because I saw so much potential in their miniatures for use in -that- tabletop game. As a gamer, I therefore tend to paint for the tabletop rather than aspiring towards some of the amazing work I've been browsing through on these forums over the past few days. That's not to say that I don't keep telling myself that if I actually managed to force myself to sit and work on the same mini for days or weeks at a time that I might not be able to achieve something appealing...but there's a voice in the back of my head that always reminds me that (a) I am not a patient man and (b) if I don't try, it will be easier to keep fooling myself into believing it may be possible. So why this thread from a self-confessed speed-painter? Two reasons, really. The first is that I find that WIP threads are a great tool for motivation, something I often lack. The second is that there's always a useful comment or two that opens your eyes to something you hadn't considered or points you to a new technique and I'm a big believer in learning. So I hope you will all indulge me and feel free to comment. I take criticism fairly well as long as it's provided in a constructive manner (and since my wife hasn't seen this post, she can't contradict me! ) Enough blathering, here's what I'm working on at present. I decided that the first of my Bones from the Kickstarter to get a lick of paint would be one of my Trey Manor Ogres and one of the add-on Daemons. Both will find their way into armies of mine and the majority of my choices over the next few weeks will be selected for that very reason. First up, the ogre: One or two more highlights, particularly on the skin, and I'll be happy with the Ogre. The Daemon has only had his basecoat and wash so far so he has some ways to go. All told, that was roughly 3 hours of work this evening, not counting on the time for the washes to dry so not bad going at all. More to follow tomorrow, assuming I manage to get back to the painting table.
  19. I'm painting another mini for a friend. His character frequently rides around on a dire wolf but sometimes needs to leave him behind. So, using a refrigerator magnet I made it so that his character can separate from the base of the warg. I'll fill the whole either with a tree or a bush. Haven't decided completely yet. Maybe a creepy monolith. Here they are before paint hit them.
  20. One of my friends commissioned me to paint this for her. It's a mini from Paizo.com, she picked it up at gencon a few years back. This Link will take you to where you can get one for yourself if you desire it. Stock photo: I cut off the base...toughest base I've ever cut off...took me almost a day at work. I rebased and added a log for decoration.
  21. I'm painting up 77026: Young Fire Dragon as a white dragon for an upcoming D&D game, and I was feeling a little frustrated and wasn't making very much progress, so I thought I'd take a few pictures and toss them up here. I still plan to give special attention to his eyes, mouth, and base. I am considering doing the little wing spikes and tail spikes as boney protrusions in a warmer white, shaded to a pale warm brown? I would especially like opinions on the wings: is the shading reasonable? Are the transitions smooth enough? Also, is there enough contrast on the body? His little cheek-flaps seem especially hard to pick out at a distance. Lastly, does he actually seem to read as white, or just pale blue? Colors are Snow Shadow, Ghost White, and Pure White, so far. (And I acknowledge the double challenge of both painting and photographing white is working against any useful advice I might receive.)
  22. Disclosure: I am not a professional painter. You could probably see this by the pictures. I consider myself the typical average guy who collects and paints minis. That being said, here is my WIP pics for a few of the Bones I did. This first pic is base+some drybrushing on the owlbear and werewolf, and base only on the elemental And here is the elemental all finished up, with some minor work needed on the base and that's it.
  23. I have another project to make minis for a family of draconians, the SkaRae family. These have required heavy modifications, especially for the females, since there's no female draconian types out there. Here's the first, the patriarch, Koshrel SkaRae, (03316) Kar'Drakir. I've put in spikes to make a fin on his head, took off his base (a total pain in the hand), drilled holes in his back for wings, and sculpted armour on his chest. I'll be sculpting armour and straps on once I get the wings on, which will come after the fin for his head.
  24. I haven't posted something here in this WIP forum in...so long I can't even begin to remember. I just sit and think and smoke comes out of my head and gears rattle around and nothing. But anyway. I started a WIP Tutorial type deal on my tumblr and blog *once it's done* and figured why not here too. This project is the Chapel from the Warhammer scenery/terrain line. I'm doing a full buildup from start to finish and showing every step and paint along the way. So here goes. (Tune in daily except weekends as there will be new updates until completion, this is my morning before work project.)
  25. I figured that I had to start my Kickstarter painting with Mr. Bones so that he could help me watch over the rest of the paint jobs. I have started him and will update with pictures at the end of this paint session.
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