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  1. I need to start a WIP for this project so I'll stay motivated to finish it. This may be an entry for the 40mm+ category on the year long contest. We'll see how it turns out. Right now I'm just working on getting it done. We're working on 03680: Thornwood Defender and it's actually further along than this, but I'm currently killing time in a Starbucks waiting to take the kids to see Marvel Universe Live! In the meantime, enjoy the prime pics :) The Bee is mounted on piano wire as there's no real base to mount it on. I'm planning on the bee being on liftoff so the wire is extra long. It
  2. Okay everyone! I'm speed building a Dr.Who diorama for my Nephew for Christmas. Yes, it's in a few days and I'm way behind, so I'm looking at a few "most of the day" workdays to have this ready for, well, Christmas Eve Night! However, I'm not very familiar with the series at all, so I've been asking questions here and there about the 10th Doctor. At any rate, I've been using Willen's awesome diorama for a jump off point as it was such an amazing piece! He's also been helping me with reference as well, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH WILLEN! Here's a link to the Dr. Who diorama WIP he did for "Space
  3. Okay Ladies and Gents... It's time for Year of the Giants: Part Deaux, in which we finally give Kaya a place to hang her spear... or throw it, rather. At any rate, this is where I left off in October when I finished Kaya: And here's a post as to where I'm kind of at tonight. I've basically started hacking at the cork, staining my base (I can't help it, I love the look of stain. I do paint some bases black, but something about stain just finishes a lot of projects off for me, if it matches), and figuring out exactly where to put the beasty. I'm just going to put a teaser pic
  4. Okay all! I've posted the collage over on the WAMP site, so I can now upload the finished pics of "Target Acquired." This diorama was made for a contest over on the WAMP site, and I think I like the way it turned out. K963025 was never designed to function without a master. However, the Old Smudgester was separated from "the man" during the great battle of New D.C. Now, armed with his Lazegun 4000 and his improved power armor, this highly intelligent being roams about the country righting wrongs, blasting "bad men" and searching for his loving master. Will Smudgester ever find "the man?"
  5. Okay, so here's what's happened. I was originally putting together a diorama for a contest over on the WAMP forum entitled: "Hasslefighter 2014!" This was coming along well, then one day, I just stopped. Cold turkey! I then painted up a mini for my wife, Bailey Silverbell (*TBA) with full basing and everything and just couldn't get motivated to pick up the Hasslefighter project just yet. The contest concludes on Nov. 23rd, so... Here we go! Along with the fighters for Hasslefighter, I ordered an extra mini named "Smudgester." He's a bulldog dessed in power armor, with a huge gun and smokin
  6. Now for something neat! During the course of painting up minis for Hasslefighter, I got distracted and started painting on Bailey Silverbell. She's been sitting in the drawer 'o shame for quite a while, pleading for some paint and a base. I've been wanting to paint a dwarf lady for my wife ever since my first mini exchange as she really liked that Stonehaven Rogue a lot. In addition to this, I've been wanting to get back to my Quest for Glory project after grieving for the Hero of Speilburg's misshapen face. I've moved on... Sort of... Anyhoo, if you're not familiar with the game, part of
  7. Okay! Here's the sitch! I'm trying to finish out my Fall exchange, so without going into too much detail, I need to carve into a cheap wooden block. I have a carving set, as I've carved a bit before, but it's not made for whatever wood this block is. The solution I'm thinking of involves a Dremel and a few bits. I was curious, as I do not own a Dremel or bits (I've used one plenty of times for other projects) which bits you guys use to hack on your bases with. Are there any particular ones you'd say that you couldn't live without and aren't necessarily included in the big box carving bit set?
  8. Okay! The topic here is snow! I'm about to start working on a new diorama, and was curious as to various methods of creating snow effects. I know there are lots of products out there, and I'm curious as to everyone's experience with them. I've seen baking soda, flour, white sand, crushed glass, etc. So what's the sitch with snow? Keep in mind I live in the deep south so I don't know what real snow looks like. Any snow we get turns into an Icee type substance as soon as it hits the ground... Ideas? Thank you! -K
  9. Okay! Here's a random question for you all that I have a fairly good idea of how I'm going to handle it, but I'm curious as to what everyone else does. I'm planning on making my current project (Kaya the Reaper) a removable game piece from the diorama she's destined for. However, she'll need to be leaping off the edge of a cliff, which means that the base I'm putting her on will need to be weighted down if she's ever to have hope of staying upright! I'm using a 1.25" wooden checker piece to base her on, although a 2" wooden disk isn't out of the question (the 1.25" works better for our ro
  10. Okay! I received word today that RomulanCmdr received her Summer Exchange mini, so I now get the privilege of posting the pics I took before shipping. From what I understand, he arrived mostly intact... At any rate, this requires a bit of a set-up story to explain what I did: IN THE YEAR 2063…. Dr. Bruce Spanner is The Exterminator! A hero with a heart of gold, and a mug so ugly it can shatter mirrors. Formerly one of the world’s foremost chemists, Dr. Spanner sought to develop new pesticides that would only target the world’s worst insects. Then, WAR broke out! While conducting a
  11. Okay peeps! Here she is: Isabella Esperanza-Pilar de la Iglesia (a.k.a.: The Fair Spanish Lady) This one proved to be a doozy, and quite possibly the longest time I've ever spent on a mini. I learned a LOT from this one, and while I think the painting is pretty close to being complete (you can always do more, y'know?) her base will have to wait for a while until I complete the Summer Mini Exchange as well as the entry for the Sci-Fi contest. At any rate, here she is! It should be noted that I had fits with these pics. I'm thinking I need one more bac
  12. Get some Hirst Molds they said... Buy 55lbs. of Dental Stone they said... What they didn't say is that I'd end up with a TON of really neat parts that I now have to figure out what to do with.... Rumor has it that Jazzy would like a castle, so.... At any rate, why oh why do I do these things to myself... LOL! At least the Fair Spanish Lady will now have a pretty base, which is what started my journey this way to begin with. At any rate, she's pretty much painted up and ready for basing... which will happen soon. In the meantime, here's a pic of what I've been up to lately....
  13. Okay! As I'm branching out into different basing options, I keep running across the word "plasticard." From what I've seen, many people use old credit cards, the sample credit or membership cards that come in the mail, or even For Sale signs. I'm just curious as to what everyone's using, or what peiple have found that works best for them. After discovering the wonders of gypsum (and missing several nights of painting because I can't seem to quit casting parts...) I'm determined to combine the two for some awesomeness... Suggestions? -K
  14. Before I got sucked into the science of chalky faces (again, due to a post by Willen and my obsessive mind) I was curious if anyone had any experience with the Hirst Arts Molds. I ran into the name over on the Massive Voodoo blog, and think it may be something I could really use to Make More Awesome! bases and dioramas... especially with the "Be A Spaceship Superstar!" contest coming up. Does anyone have any recommendations for which molds, plaster, tools, etc. to get? I know the local Hobby Lobby has a couple of cartons of Woodland Scenics Mold-A-Scene Plaster on sale. Suggestions? Comments?
  15. So here's what I've been working on.... well, off and on, for the past week or so. This is the Gnome Hoplite from Stonehaven Miniatures. I made him up to use as a gaming piece as most of the things I've done lately are quite large for our Munchkin board. When we use more than 1, we don't fit in the rooms together, so I figured I'd use this tiny gnome as a game piece. I got really lazy and didn't do any WIP's on him. Also, he's got a very simple basing. I also didn't paint his eyes to keep in tune with the concept art that they have on the website, plus you wouldn't see much of his eyes in
  16. Okay! So I haven't fallen off the face of the earth... I've just been WIP lazy! I've actually been working on a project for my son, who turns 3 on Saturday. He requested a "Helmet" and a "Dragon" which to me, translates out to 03473: Khesh Blackscale, Dragonman. I haven't done a WIP for the dragoman, but I figured I'd try to redeem myself with a WIP of his base, so here it goes! ​I've been seeing a lot of great bases lately, and figured I'd try to do a fancy wooden one without fancy wood. This means a 2"x2" block of wood from Michaels mades of some indeterminate tree. I've done a bit of
  17. Alright! For everyone that's been following this WIP and possibly this basing tutorial, here are the final results! The Nubian Princess This is what I worked on while seemingly everyone else and their momma was at Reapercon! At any rate, I did this mini for a family member who plays Munchkin with my wife and I on a regular basis. She's African American, and as I haven't seen many minis done up this way, I figured I'd give my had a try at it. Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results! There's a lot of new things I tried out with this mini that I ha
  18. Alright people! I'm humbly submitting my techniques for building the bases I like to put together. Please keep in mind I'm not as skilled as those who have paved the path before me, but I got enough questions regarding the Unofficial Winter Exchange that I figured I'd go ahead and post a WIP and discussion on this part of the forum. So here we go! This is the base I'm planning on using in my "Plains of Nubia" project. This is a 1.5" bowl I picked up from Hobby Lobby. The pack of 4 cost right at $2. I sanded, primed, and painted the bowl with a mix of Vallejo Gloss Black, Vallejo Thinning
  19. Okay! So I'm tinkering around with the idea of doing my first water effect on my current WIP. My question is: what do you guys use for your water effects? Are there any specific brands that y´all use? What about tutorials? There had been some scenic waterfall set on clearance at Hobby Lobby, but apparently it sold before I could pick it up. Any advice would be useful! -K
  20. Okay! This is a partial WIP write-up for my 12th miniature of all-time! I don't know how I get myself into these things.... I don't have a ton of pics for the Stonehaven Dwarf Rogue as I didn't post a WIP due to the nature of the Exchange. I'm going to post a few pics and just comment on them as I post them. The final outcome of this project can be seen here. This apparently extremely large photograph (didn't know it was so big! LOL!) shows the painting at some point in the line of completion. It was a time when I was experimenting with various shades of metallic on the daggers. The pr
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