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  1. I started painting these miniatures around the same time as Seoni (so back in June). I've forgotten what I've done on them so far so I'm hoping you can point out what I should work on. I'm aiming for "tabletop" or "tabletop plus" category, with a focus on skin tones. 77055 Anval Thricedamned was my experiment for an orc skin tone. I wanted something slightly green but not the green of Warhammer or Warcraft. The skin tone has been done using the Khaki Brown triad, with 09128 Green Ochre as the base tone, and 09253 Flesh Wash, mostly because I wanted to see what it did. (It brought the skin tone back from slightly green to more of a yellow brown. Still acceptable for an orc.) The shiny patches on Anval's chest are 09298 Gloss Sealer to either help mend popped paint bubbles or fix a bit I didn't catch when scraping mold lines. So I know I need to tidy up around the glossy bits, dry brush the chainmail on the back, and work on the fur padding. I don't remember if I've done any shadows on the non-flesh parts. I think 77073 Freja Fangbreaker is almost done. Her skin is done using the Dusky Skin triad and her hair using the Lava Colors triad. She was a test for dwarves I wanted to use in a Pathfinder campaign. (And after reviewing my notes, I accidentally recreated the Dark Iron Dwarves. Maybe it's a good thing that campaign didn't happen...) I know one of her eyes looks a little weird but I'm really not inclined to fix it. Since this was the second pair of eyes I'd ever done (Seoni was the first) and I'm scared to death about having to redo them again, I'm inclined to leave it as is. I think I need to bring up the highlights on her face. Some of the paint on the washer at the bottom has worn away as well and needs to be redone. Anything else?
  2. I have all the 25th anniversary minis and now it's Darius turn. It's one of my favourites; and while frecuently the "official" painting scheme wasn't for me, because many of them were too colorful (let's say Ametrine or Dain) and I painted them somber, I like the scheme on Darius. The issue is... I never tried to replicate such an ambitious pattern: that blue mosaic. I'm not great with freehands, and to cover his entire clothing with it looks almost scary. So I decided to start the project sharing it here. First things first, I primed Darius Black. On second thoughts I should probably used white primer, but well, it's done now... Then based him. White putty to fit his base to the plastic base. Then I decided to try a few colors, and to do that I used another mini I'm not really interested on right now. As you can see on the pic, I tried three different blues for the base color. They all look darker than they should because before I start with the mosaic I will highlight them: the idea is choose one, paint the entire clothing with highlights. I'm still not sure which one. I'm inclined to the one I'm pointing with the brush; but on photo it looks slightly different... I will try other mixes to see if I can find something a bit more turquoise. Now on photo I think that there is too much contrast between the two blues; and when I'm working with Darius, the pattern will be also more neat, small and precise. Now it's a bit rough because it's just all about color. I'm also undecided about the mosaic. I will highlight it too, once applied. I'm using a pale blue, which will be paler when I highlight it. Any advice so welcomed because that's totally new to me...
  3. Well I since I don't have enough WIP's going I thought I start one for my survivors. I noticed that I can manage to get through at least 4 a month. So in I plan to work on these guys when I need a break from the unDead. The first up is Josh the Thug: And the reaming 4 from the Season 1 box: And 4 more from 2 of the guest box set I picked up to round my survivors to 5/5 female/male.
  4. My next project, also for my current Pathfinder game. This one looks like a real fun model and am looking to improve my layering technique as there are some nice areas on him to practice that. As always, any suggestions along the way are most welcome. Here is in his primed glory. Hoping to get a decent amount of work on the skin done today, looking forward to doing some fun stuff with the eye as well, but waiting on some supplies (read paint) to come in first. Oh and I totally forgot about doing a WIP of the base, but there ya go. At least there will be some stuff likely added at the end. :) Thanks for looking!
  5. (Note: I actually started these a while back, though they are not done yet. This is a bit less of a WIP thread than a how-I-got-here-so-far thread, which I will update as I get my old pictures organized. Questions and comments and critiques are, as always, welcome.) Last summer Bad Squiddo Games hosted a brief Kickstarter, "My Last Sunrise," of an assortment of Gothic horror minis centered around vampires. These two stood out to me as a little beyond the Hammer horror ethos of most of the other figures. While I was painting them I thought of them as "Feral Vampires," although when I just rechecked they are called "Vampire Thralls." I dunno. They don't look very thrall-like to me. Their tag line in the Kickstarter was "Float about in my night dress cooing for scraps? No way. I hunt my own meal." Anyhow, they have a fun, odd, lady pirate or highwayman look. All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios. Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated. This is a slight deviation from how I prime figures. Normally I prime them with Titanium White (which I did here) and then wash over them with Burnt Umber to bring out the details. These I wanted kind of cold-looking, so I washed them with a cold dark grey mixed from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. That's them on the left. For a while I was including Bad Squiddo's "Dracula" in the photos, so you get a free peek at that too. And as per usual, the first thing I did was their skin. In contrast to the skin of living humans, I have been painting vampire skin in stark black-and-white mixed from Titanium White and Carbon Black. The very first layer is thinned Titanium White, then pale shadows of the lightest grey.
  6. (This is my first WIP post. If I get something wrong, please let me know.) I've never painted skin before. (BattleMechs don't have skin.) For some reason, I decided olive skin would be a good place to start and I'm starting to regret that. Oh well, I started it, I might as well finish it, right? This is where I am so far: Basecoating is done. I have done shadows and highlights on her skin, robe, and yellow ribbons/accents. I know I missed some mold lines but learning to paint skin was the goal here. So far, I believe I'm doing "okay" but I'd like some outside opinions (and constructive criticism), especially on the blending of the skin and fabric. I know some of the yellow shadows/highlights need to be smoothed (and possibly redone). I'm not completely sure what to do with the front of her belt or whatever that's supposed to be. I'll see how it looks when I've added shadows and highlighting. I'm happy with how her eyes turned out (first time doing those too) but her left eye always looks odd in the left shots. I'm sure it's just an unfortunate angle but it reminds me of a muppet's eyes (or a Fendahline's). I believe there's not much I can do about it. (And, at this point, I don't want to touch her eyes. It took an hour to paint her eyes and 77073 Freja Fangbreaker's eyes (future WIP, I hope). Let's not open that can of worms again, shall we?) Would it be helpful to anyone to know what paints I've used so far?
  7. I recently got in the latest "Heroines in Sensible Shoes" Kickstarter from Oathsworn Miniatures. I decided to get started on them and take (yet another) break from my in progress Rising Sun minis. As \always, they were nice, clean casts with lots of detail, but nothing over-wrought...which makes sense for low-level adventurers! They're such a joy to paint.
  8. With the arrival of Zombicide Green Horde, I realized that I had yet to paint up any of the necromancers for the game. So I decided to start a new thread for these guys. I decided that instead of starting with the one that came with the core set, I would paint up another one called Grin. I had planned on just painting up a base coat today as I waited on the primer of another figure. Then I just kept going. Now the art for the figure has him with a very dark overall feel. The figure's backstory has it that he's half zombie from a failed ritual. So I Went with the zombie skin I had with the rest of the zombies. I then added in a warm brown to try to give him a little more life than a regular zombie. Looking at the image I think I need something else. Well here is the results of today's painting:
  9. This is going to be a combined set of photos and game logs. I will try and alternate posts. I just received the KS ,on Thursday the 19th. So I started assembling the first 4 survivors andthe White Lion. My D&D group has 5 players, so I also assembled a 5th unarmored survivor from the kits. This is kingdom of death: a HUGE black box with an awesome "Botique Horror" board game and more than 35 minis to assemble and paint. Some are truly amazing figures.... The starting 4 figures were much easier to assemble than I feared. Its like the game starts you off in training mode. Even the lion was easy, but it did have a lot of cracks to fill. the figures have dynamic poses. Some are not, as amazing. The unarmored survivor below is very up straight, and the number of pieces is annoying. Arms: 4 pieces! for example. I cut a few extra from the sprue before I got the right combination of forearm pieces and both a right and left hand. I find it odd that the male starting survivors are left handed, and the women are right handed. (based on which hand holds the weapon) for as detailed as the starting survivors were, the back on this figure was poorly done, looking like a ken doll level of detail. I made him right handed, but unarmed. He is supposed to be beckoning a monster. to "Come at me, Bro"
  10. So this is my Super Secret Christmas Project for Mrs. Gargs (don't worry, this isn't all she's getting). Holiday Mouslings wonderfully sculpted by Gene Van Horne. I'm going to be giving this a go as a stocking stuffer for Mrs. Gargs. Now, I have no hope in heck of matching the beautiful paint job seen here, in fact, I'll be thrilled with a high table top quality on this as I'm just still new at this and don't get near enough time to paint as much as I'd like to in order to improve. That said, I do think I can at least get a halfway decent job done on this (by my standards anyway). However, it won't be without its challenges. In fact, I've identified three major hurdles already: 1. The Super Secret. You see, my painting desk happens to be the dining room table and sits roughly 15 feet away from where Mrs. Gargs is usually sitting while I paint, and we very much have an open floor plan. So, keeping it a secret will be the first hurdle. I will at least have a decent amount of time on Saturday while she is at work in which to get a good start, but I am very much a slow painter, so in addition to trying to do the best I can, I will also likely be trying to get stuff done quickly. 2. Ummm, yeah, there's a snow man. He's white. I haven't ever gotten a handle on white (admittedly still new). No getting around though, gonna have to give white a go. (Yeah, sorry, not gonna do a yellow snow man ;P). 3. Basing. I'd love to do something a little fancier than the stock photo, but that's probably the best I can hope for. I may have to go searching for the main piece of base though as I don't think these guys are all going to fit on a 50 mm base, which is the largest I have at the moment. I'd gladly sculpt something (and will consider any and all suggestions) but the next thing I sculpt will pretty much be the first. That said though, for using snow on a base (I have some snow flock from Army Painter) do you normally put down a layer of green stuff for the ground, or just throw it on the plastic/wooden base directly? At any rate, I strongly encourage/appreciate/request/etc. any and all feedback along the way. Criticisms, critiques, suggestions, etc. Its all good. One of the things I hope to accomplish out of this is actually improving! And if I pick up some new skills along the way, even better! So don't hold back, I'm going to be trying a lot of new stuff along the way here, so I really do appreciate any comments and feedback! As always, thanks in advance!
  11. I’ve decided to start this creepy eye beast monster! So far I’ve primed the main body with Blue Liner and have blocked out the eyes in Rosy Pink, he’s totally going to have pink eyes because that makes me laugh and the rest of him will hopefully end up in shades of purple and blue
  12. While debate how to proceed with my Phoenix, I decided it was time to get to some figures I was hoping to paint up for RCon. Tonight during google hangouts I managed to get her skin base coated and some shadows blocked in. I then proceeded to obsesses over the eyes and face. Which tends to be my MO. Makes the figure come more alive to my eyes. Going with a tan complexion and green eyes. Still need to paint up the mouth to finish off the face, but I think she starting off OK. Here is the result of tonight's work:
  13. Hello! I've recently started working on a diorama, and a friend of mine urged me to post here. The only thing that is missing from the pictures below is the kelp that will be behind the kraken (on the little pads on the back side of the base). It is some floppy aquarium kelp that I"m currently trying to figure out how to get it to stand up straight. Tips, tricks, C&C are all welcomed. Here is the pre-primed coral wall in varying states of sand coverage. The coral is planned to be very brightly colored. Primed base: You can see the kelp pads in the pic above. Base with Kraken for staging verification: Here is the almost finished diver, who goes in the slot in front of the Kraken. This drab, dirty human looking down at his feet while the kraken looms above is one of my favorite parts, tbh. Cheers! Valk
  14. So I was gonna wait to post any WIPs until I at least finished LTPK2 but I picked up a few of the chibi Bomesvylian’s and decided to to skip ahead of the LTPK2 a bit and give Lou a try, mostly cause his creepy little face is so adorable! I primed him with 2 part blue liner to 3 part white primer so I could see the details better and to hopefully cover any errors I may make when adding shadows. My goal is for him to be mostly purple with bright green wings and tentacles. I saw a WIP Lou on this forum a while ago with the same colors and just loved it so I’m totally stealing the color scheme. I’ve got 2 layers of the purple base (Imperial Purple) on so far and I’ve decided on red (Brilliant Red) for the eyes. To hopefully keep him being too cutesy colors.
  15. So i started this piece for a competition over on Reddit and didn't finish in time. I feel like I should be able to make a final push to get this done in one sitting, but I can't for the life of me figure out what the base is supposed to be. The bare metal looks like it's supposed to be a stump, however the two wedge shaped bits (picked out in grey) and the lip under the surface that she's standing on don't make any sense. I just can't wrap my head around that last bit to get this done and no one seems to have painted this and posted picks anywhere for me to use as reference. Anyone have any idea what that's actually supposed to be? (Yes I know, the face needs a bit of fixing and the lighting in this shot is terrible, but I don't want to work on it without something else to work on to take breaks from failing to make the eyes look right.)
  16. Malifaux Viktoria of Blood For Hobby Hangout Resolution contest and Jan/Feb Resolutionary Painting. These are the Done, but not Finished images. Hence WiP and not Show Off. Ill post some other WiP images as i clean up my phone. She was a serious pain to assemble. And painting assembled was also painful. Not a good combo for sanity, but an interesting figure.
  17. So, I am working on some new techniques (new for me), specifically, Wet Blending. It's pretty noticeable on the ribbon on the back of her cloak, but I was trying to do it on her legs too, to blend up from Tanned Skin, all the way to fair highlight on the highest points. I am noticing though, that even fair highlight isn't enough of a highlight at this point, and I"m wondering if there's something else that I can blend with it to make even more of a highlight? help or tips, or constructive criticism is welcome. Thank you.
  18. So been painting a bit, got a few things done but mostly stuff that's not quite as important and stuff I feel I have a decent grasp on so I haven't posted anything. Also had a weekend at @TaleSpinner and he showed me some stuff, which was quite helpful. The guy I did the Minotaur for has a figurine of wondrous power and we picked up a gryphon for it on the way to the game. I've been working on it a bit the last week or so. I'm pretty happy with it more or less, but I'm not sure what else to do with the wings. I'm basing it on a Golden Eagle, which is mostly brown but the wings have this flash of white on them. The pics below are from a still in progress work. The lion part I'm quite happy with, the head I'm pretty happy with. The wings.. I'm going to do some more glazes of tan to darken them. Then I think I may try some light grey as a dark line. I've used brown liner on the head and the dark part of the wings. But I may need to do that a bit more yet. So if anyone has any suggestions for things I could/should do I'd be happy to hear them.
  19. Hello all, Starting a new WIP for a mini I'm working on for one of the players in my D&D 5e campaign. One of her characters is a Tiefling Eldritch Knight, so I have selected the glaive-weilding S'Kara to be the starting point for this project... As you can see, I have just begun. I have primed the mini, and used a pair of pliers to slightly curve her horns, to achieve a more ram-like, less devil-like look. I'm currently in the process of selecting colours for the cloth portion of her outfit. Any suggestions or ideas? (Fyi, she will have dark brown hair and olive skin). As always, comments and constructive feedback are always welcome! -E.E.
  20. I was told that my early Orctober project did not count, as I had finished it last month. So, I decided on the last minute addition of some Ork-derived Poxwalkers to go with my current Nurgle Chaos Space Marine project: Parts are from the Warhammer Orks and Orc lines, the Nurgle Plaguekings, and the old Mutation sprue. Mostly.
  21. The most recent project has been a return to working on my Nurgle forces for 40k. I'd been finishing up some Plague Zombies I had started before 8th even hit...I'll have more of these guys in the army than the actual Poxwalkers: They were a bit cut out, but you can see the also in progress vehicles in the background. From some fun sales events, I have the bits for so so many Mantic Zombies sitting around, and plan on diversifying the Pox horde to represent most of the 40k forces post-life. Distraction, however, arrived in the form of Marine reinforcement! I love the fact that the new Marine models actually live up to their reputation of gigantic bio-engineered super-soldiers. While it is a bit sad to slowly upgrade my Chaos forces to a more focused Legion, I wound up selling off or trading my older Plague Marines who look silly compared to these new guys. The new models, while having less options and more strict builds, are quite impressive. The Deathshroud basically only have head choices (and a few swap outs for the Champion), but they do stand out: While I plan on converting most of the new character options from the Death Guard codex like the Biologus Putrifier, Foul Bloatspawn, and Ichor-Bearing Gooeycopyrightablename, I had to get the official mini for the Tallyman. Power Abacus!
  22. For the most recent works in progress, a gigantic distraction from my poor Death Guard project. In the last week, multiple delayed Kickstarters (and one on-time Nickstarter) arrived...as well as the ReaperCon Swag Bag! Arrivals included: Stonehaven Miniatures Giants Stonehaven Adventurers 2017 Midlam Miniatures "Winter Adventurers" Reapercon Swag Bag Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Nickstarter While I am trying to complete the Death Guard, I did ready these groups for prime time: The Giants are nicely sized. While there are some issues with the scaling between Giant "tribes" in comparison to 5E entries, they do tower over adventurers. The Wolf Lord, who I expected to be an Ogre-sized werewolf, is massive!
  23. All these Zombies I've been working on lately have got me wanting to get to started something a little less speed painterly. So I decided to pick up my Christmas Elves from my reaper order over Christmas and get working on them. I got into the grove painting up the naughty elf so all I have is where she stands now. I liked how she was painted up in the store so I used that as my start. Here is how she looks at the start of the WIP: And of course here is the nice one patiently waiting in primer to be started:
  24. So I've been stressing a lot over Life Things (but probably good things). Before going back to my super detail heavy awesome figure, I'm doing a figure for my D&D campaign. I'm using this one as one of the princesses who happens to be a wandering bard. I filed her ears down to be human instead of elf. I think I put a bit more highlighting on the face and chest after these pics, and I put on a hideously bright green for her main clothing bits.
  25. Last night in an insomnia fueled start on the painting, I got to laying some basecoats on this conversion. Then a few color layers on the ground and sticks as well as the wolf's fur. Still a lot of work ahead on this one. Wont be picking it up again for a few weeks though. Will update post then. Original post in "Conversions" board (where you can see what I sculpted onto the Reaper Bones Warg)
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