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  1. This figure is next on the agenda. I cleaned up mold lines, cut off the “base” part of his integral base, washed him and mounted him on a Reaper 1 inch base.
  2. My 5 1/2 yo son is super into Batman. I had set up a Pathfinder game for the grownups, but only filled 2/4 seats. My son has shown a little and growing interest in tabletop gaming. So I made some stats for Batman as a Pathfinder character and used his LEGO Batman on the battle grid. Here are how it came out: attributes were rolled. Race Human Class Ranger (Urban) lvl 1 Str 16 Dex 19 (+2 human) Con 14 Int 13 Wis 14 Cha 8 Favored Class Ranger +1 HP Trait: Rich Parents Trait: Deft Dodger (+1 Reflex) Favored Enemy Humanoid (human) Feat - Improved Unarmed Strike Feat Human - Exotic Weapon Prof - Shuriken Skills - don’t remember exactly, sheet isn’t in front of me: Acrobatics, Craft (alchemy), Disable Device, knowledge (local), perception, Survival, Stealth Gear- I took some liberties here for flavor: Mwk Studded Leather, Batarangs(shuriken shaped like a bat available in a lethal or non lethal variety), smoke bombs (combine thunderstone and smoke stick in one thrown item same price as both combined), Mwk thieves tools, sap, spiked gauntlets x 2 (his sharp things sticking out of his arms), Grapnel: (Light Crossbow + 50ft silk rope + Mwk grappling hook + 100gp to account for the “gnomish winch”) I would have loved to make it a hand crossbow, but didn’t want to waste two feats on exotics. I just tacked on cost to the various gear to use up the gold from rich parents and still leave him with a good kit. He made level two and I chose an alt. Option for weapon style: thrown weapon. That gave him bonus feat of Precise Shot without needing Point Blank Shot, but I plan on adding it later. Let me know what you think. My son didn’t have the attention span to stay at the table for long: his cousins were in the pool, so he ended up there. My friend always plays the Cleric, but he ran Batman as a second character and had a blast with it.
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    Darcstaar vs. Kobolds

    This is my most ambitious attempt to date. A mini-campaign I’m running some people through calls for many kobolds of varying colors and classes. I had 12 Kobolds from Bones I, the 4 pack in metal that those were based off of (03064), the metal Leader and Sorcerer (03024), the 12 awesome new kobolds from Bones 4, and a 7 pack (I may have gotten a freebie, I thought I bought a six pack) of kobolds from the Ral Partha TSR Official D&D 2nd Edition line, stamped 1989. That’s a whopping 37 figures. I want to paint tribes from all 5 chromatic factions, and want to have as few duplicate poses per faction possible. The Ral Partha kobolds have a more simian or canine face compared to the more reptilian face of the Reaper models, but I’m still going to fold those into each faction. The Adventure calls out a Cleric (Red) a Ranger, (Green) and a Sorcerer (Green). Those are the only ones with specific art, and I have models representative of each present without need for modification. Also, I am not planning to add to the bases at all. And I want to finish all of this in about a month (unlikely)! Wish me luck!
  4. Since Callie is coming to a close, I have been preparing the Oxidation Beast. I have one in metal also, so I will paint both together. I had some 40mm hollow, round lipped bases that seem like a good fit. I used some styrene model train cobblestone for one, and sculpted dressed stone tiles for the other. I plan for one to use the 5th Edition Monster Manual color scheme (Bones) And the metal one to follow the Pathfinder Bestiary 1 color scheme. It has a red with black stipple color scheme.
  5. Here is the next figure on the list. Callie. I think it’s funny that episode 1 was Cassie, and right next to her is a figure with almost the same name. She had had a weird straight warp to the lower part of her bow. I boiled that out. It has stayed in the corrected position for a month now. This is after Brown Liner. It looks like an arrow coming out of the quiver, but strange it has no fletching....From the front, maybe a finger?
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    02538 Lesser Elementals by J Weibe

    This was a very fun group to paint. They also went very fast. I finished them in January, but just got around to photographing them. I can't pick a favorite, they all have so much personality. I tried some OSL on the fire elemental's base. The camera settings were changed on the solo shots of the air elemental to tone down the white from overpowering. It ended up kind of dark. Enjoy.
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    01594 Yule Treant(s) by J. Guthrie

    I finished these in January. I just got around to photographing them. They may show up in our Reign of Winter campaign. The blue and red ornaments were an experiment with mixing regular paint with metallic medium. I wasn't trying to make their eyes look like they had pupils and were looking up. I was trying to make them look like soul-less lumps of ruby or amber, but I think the happy accident works fine. It makes them look like they are concentrating on getting the star onto their tree top. I painted them both the same base green, then washed them with different colors, one blue-green, the other green-brown. They then got hightlighted differently: One Moth Green, the other Olive Green. The result is some ability to differentiate them on the table even without the other differently colored details. Enjoy. C&C Welcome.
  8. I love this model. Even with her slightly too-long sword hilt and bendy sword. I straightened it, but it has slowly bent again. This is a figure to represent a female paladin of Sarenrae for our Pathfinder Reign of Winter campaign: a redhead whose favorite color is green. That is why she is on a snow base. I wanted to spend a lot of time on her, and am very happy with the blending on the gray NMM. It took about 3 rounds of painting transitions then glazing over the lines to smooth everything out. I tried a little weathering to the leather scabbards and belt to make them look scratched from adventuring use. This was also the first time I tried giving a female figure makeup: blush, eye shadow, and lipstick. I'm not sure how good that came out, I'll let you all tell me. The sword blade was the least successful part. It just didn't want to cooperate, which is due in part to the softer details on the casting. I hope you like her as much as I do. C&C Welcome.
  9. Here is a water elemental I finished a while back. Some of the pics look a little darker, as I messed with the gamma on the camera to try to prevent the white washing everything out. This is an oldie-but-goodie, with a sculpt that has a lot of character in the "face." I wanted it to look like it was coming up out of the water at the beach, so I made the base simple like beach sand. Enjoy. C&C Welcome, as always.
  10. I recently started a project to go through the Bones 1 KS models I have in order from a printout of the Rewards pictures. Here is the first project: Cassie, Gnome Wizard. There are some great examples of her out there. I knew I wanted a purple-haired gnome, and just went from there. The most aggravating part of this miniature was the cloak. I wasn't planning on spending so much time on these figures, but I tried a freehand Raindrop pattern, and it took a long time. Link to WIP Enjoy. C&C Welcome. -Darc
  11. I have begun the best thing I can think of for myself to get through my Bones I stockpile. I went to the Kickstarter page, took screenshots of the reward pictures, and am using it as a checklist. I’ll be shooting for tabletop+. First up is Cassie, gnome wizard. Mold lines addressed, cleaned, and on a rudimentary base. Primed with Brown Liner. Flesh tone base is Rosy Shadow. Then working on eyes. Nightshade Purple and Linen White so far. And that’s all I got done today.
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    "Coalie" The Coal Golem: SKU?

    The dwarves of the Black Hills delved too greedily and too deep for the rich coal used to fire their forges and fuel their machines of war. They awoke some ancient magic in those coal shafts, and the coal came to life, hunting down the miners. Scholars would debate if it was a golem of pure coal, or a twisted experimental elemental hybrid between an earth and fire elemental. Whatever their classification, they can be deadly. They wait for a troop of dwarves to march by, then stealthily emerge into the mine shaft and try to prevent the miners from escaping with their precious coal. The coal golems possess a fearsome attack: They spray a cloud of coal dust, and use their glowing ember eyes to ignite that cloud into a gout of hellish flame hotter than the most fearsome gnomish fire-spewers. Clever dwarf clans have developed specialized teams with members filling different roles or "positions." While some members distract the coalie, another member rushes by with the ore cart. If a lucky dwarf manages to get by the coalie, it runs back to the clan hold screaming "Cooooooaaaaaallllllllllllll" while waving his free hand madly in the air. This is the signal to the rest of the clan to arm themselves and rush to the aid of their team mates. The lucky coal scorers usually falls to their knees, exhausted, sliding for several meters on the scree, on account of their knee and shin guards. If you ever find yourselves in an abandoned mine shaft in the black hills, be on the lookout for two glowing coal-ember eyes. It may be your only warning of an impending encounter with a Coal Golem. I modified the Naughty Coal Reaper sends out for Christmas. I received it last year. Here is the finished product in a few different lights. I thought Coal Black would be a little green. It turns out it is a little blue, I think. I highlighted up with Highland Moss and a little Frosty Blue. I am most happy with the eyes. The photos really make them look like hot coals. Here is the WIP thread. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/84433-coal-golem/ Enjoy. Let me know what you think.
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    Coal Golem?

    If any of you are like me, you received a package stating you were naughty. For the life of me, I don't know why Reaper would consider me Naughty. I spend money on the Halloween and Christmas promotions. I have backed 3 of the 4 Bones Kickstarters... Wait, maybe I'm being punished for not backing Bones KS 2? I'll need to think on that some more. I have been toying with the idea of painting this...thing. Whatever it is. In order to do so, I needed to get a closer look. Here it is. I have heard rumors of what it is. Some people say it is Bonesium without any hardener. Some say it is some sort of silicone eraser. But, I think I puzzled it out. It must be a miniature. The only problem is, which one. It is like no miniature I have ever seen. I scoured the Reaper web store for days on end. After several pots of coffee, I came to a conclusion. It is painted black, so it must be part of the Legendary Encounters line. But for the life of me, I cannot find a model with a matching image or any evidence that this "lump of coal" has a SKU. The more I stared at it, the more it showed me it's true colors! See that subtle face sculpted into the mini? I decided that to punish us for not backing ALL of the Kickstarters, Reaper sent us a model sculpted by an anonymous sculptor who managed to really soften the details. To add insult to injury, they sent us the main body without the whole sprue of facial and limb features. Talk about punishing the "Naughty!" Reaper, you have stooped too low. I think I narrowed down which creature this is supposed to be. I remembered an old monster from the first Monstrous Compendium I ever owned (TSR D&D 2nd Ed.). The humble Galeb Duhr. I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the resemblance. Now, I am the first to admit that my sculpting and Green Stuff skills are amateurish and unrefined. But I can't stand the thought of an incomplete miniature. And, although Reaper usually has AWESOME customer service for replacing missing parts, for this particular model I fear no replacements would be forthcoming for so naughty a Forumite as myself. Alas, I need to do it myself. But, if this material is silicone, I fear green stuff may not stick to it. So, I needed a framework: I drilled some holes into the model at key locations. I superglued in some paperclip bits. It seemed sturdy enough. I then proceeded to do my best to emulate a Galeb Duhr. However, due to IP, I'm sure Reaper calls this a Coal Golem. I gave him the name Coalie, as you'll read why in the Show Off post later... Now, to paint this model. Black Brush On Primer Coal Black 2:1 Coal Black:Highland Moss For the base, I wanted simple stone scree like you would find littering the floor of a dwarven mine. This is the Stone Grey Triad. 1:1 Coal Black:Highland Moss 1:2 Coal Black:Highland Moss I ended up going a little higher by adding some Frosty Blue into the mix a few times. Then I got to work on the eyes. I imagined the coal golem should have glowing lumps of fiery coal for eyes... Pure White, then some lines of Golden Yellow Added lines of Hearth Fire Then stippled in some Fire Red. I like the effect. Crude OSL with Golden Yellow mixed with Hearth Fire. The left eye came out better, in my opinion. I hope Reaper will think twice in the future about tossing misshapen, incomplete models our way as "free promos" and labeling us as Naughty. I'm sorry for not backing all the Kickstarters, OK! Are you happy now? Well, I'll link to the Showoff Thread Here. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/84434-coalie-the-coal-golem-sku/ I hope you liked this idea. Let me know what you think!
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    77168 BONES Battleguard Golem

    Just a quick paint job I did a few months back. I am still trying to learn True Metallic Metal technique. Based on the pictures, I still have learning left to do. There are some dilute black, blue, brown, and flesh colored washes in there. His close up of his face reminds me of Ultron. He is set to be a construct for our Reign of Winter Pathfinder campaign. Enjoy. C&C Welcome, as well as any advice or recipes for TMM would be appreciated.
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    06039 Lizardmen with Spears

    I started painting these in 2007! I had received two sets on clearance from a gaming website. I picked them up again briefly in 2011. I had just purchased a bunch of Vallejo Game Colors. I recently picked them up again to get them off the shelf of shame that they seemed to be permanent fixtures of. Sadly, the VGC Paints were not able to salvage. One of them was more done than the others, so he looks a little different. The front right of the first picture. I finished them off quickly with Reaper paints. This was the first time I primed minis white, then built up layers of very thinned basecoats. It made these guys much brighter. Sorry some of the pics are out of focus. I am thinking to do the next set more black/red or more of a realistic lizard scheme. Enjoy.
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    The Godsmouth Heresy

    By Rob McCreary
  17. Hoard of the Dragon Queen Part I of the Tyranny of Dragons Campaign A Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Campaign by Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter Published by Wizards of the Coast, and Kobold Press Copyright 2014 For the past several days, you have been traveling a road that winds lazily across the rolling grasslands of the Greenfields. You decided to push on in your travels to try to reach town before dusk. Sundown is approaching when you top a rise and see the town of Greenest just a few short miles away. But instead of the pleasant, welcoming town you expected, you see columns of black smoke rising from burning buildings, running figures that are little more than dots at this distance, and a dark winged shape wheeling low over the keep that rises above the center of the town. Greenest is being attacked by a dragon! Suddenly, a terrified human family consisting of a mother, father, and three young children erupt from the undergrowth onto the Greenway, about 20 feet in front of you. The man limps badly, carrying his youngest child, and trying to usher his other children away from danger. All five seem at least minimally wounded in some way. Their mother turns, and lowers the point of a broken spear back toward her pursuers, and readies her round shield. She looks determined to slow down her pursuers as much as possible to give her family a chance to survive. Just then, a group of eight kobolds stream out of the underbrush, fanning out to surround the woman. Either they don't see your group, or they think you are on their side, because they don't seem to pay you any mind. What do you want to do?
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    77106 BONES Frost Giant Jarl

    This was my entry for the Reaper Fan Facebook Page Paint Your Giants Contest. This is the biggest thing I ever painted not on a canvas. The last time I entered one of these, I felt like it would have done better if the base told more of a story, so that is what I tried to achieve with this one. I wanted it to portray REVENGE! The Jarl had his left eye gouged out by a young upstart white dragon. He healed, regrouped, and hunted down the dragon to enact his revenge. I hope you like it. The final results have now been posted. He placed 4th behind some mind-blowing work. I wanted some orange on the model to play against the blue skin, for color theory. Originally, it was going to be glowing runes on the rock and skulls, but I abandoned that for the sake of time/completion. I settled with orange tones in the leather. I wasn't really sure how to get the TMM of the crown to look like a gouge, or how to make his blue skin look like a scar. I'm not entirely sold on the result, but I'm sure I'll try again some day on a different model. The Monster Manual suggests blue skin with white/gray/dirty blonde hair is the usual coloration. I tried to go to full white for the highlights of the face to make it the focal point. I wanted him to look like he was wearing a polar bear pelt, and that all the fur trim was also polar bear. I tried to make it look a little muddy on the bottom, and on his shoes. This was how I wanted to weather the inside of the bear skin, to make it look like it had that dried cracked appearance. Not sure how well it shows up in the picture. These were some WIP shots. The black and white was to figure out how to highlight the sword. I wanted the sword and stone items to look like shiny flint. I hit the sword and most of the other stone items with high gloss varnish to help sell the effect. The front and back of the sword. Finally, some more details of the base and the white dragon victim. I wanted to base the dragon as a purple in the recesses, similar to the effect going on on the cover of Hoard of the Dragon Queen module. This was the BONES Temple Dragon I sacrificed. He is smaller, but his tongue sticks out perfectly to sell the dead dragon effect. And he's not as expensive to replace as Deathsleet! I pained his eyes half-rolled into his head to complete the idea. I tried to freehand some anatomy on there: vertebral body, muscle groups, esophagus, carotid arteries/jugular veins. I also tried to be accurate with the blood spray coming from both arteries, and didn't want to go too crazy with the gore. Finally, I wanted it to look like his hot blood had melted some of the snow. Overall, this was a wild ride. The early part of the contest saw him at #2. Then he gave up some ground and sat at #3 for a long time. Then another Frost Giant (Queen) made a great surge at the end to unseat me out of #3 into 4th place. To be honest, there were so many awesome paint jobs, I'm just humbled and honored to be in the top 20. Thanks for looking. C&C Welcome.
  19. This was my entry for the Quarterly Bones Reaper Fan Facebook Painting Contest. The Angel of Shadow. She was good enough for an Honorable Mention (Thanks Reaper Matt)! For the prior contest, I liked how people were getting interesting light effects by using a black backdrop, so I tried that. Another reason I wanted to do it was to see if I could put her on a standard gaming base, supported by a rod painted black to fade into the backdrop, to give her a good illusion of flying. Also, this was my first attempt at Monochrome. My final idea was to do a weapon swap to a wand (A cross-looking weapon from the BONES 3 Weapon Sprue), and sculpted my take on Acid Arrow, painting it green as the only color on the model, like those stunning black and white photos with colored flowers, etc. I would say I'm a much better painter than sculptor Her paints used As time wore down, I had to abandon thoughts of OSL, so I made it seem like her lantern had died out and the spell didn't cast much light. Here are some other photos against an out-of-focus rug to show some tighter details. I tried to put some texture into the fabric of her dress, which was another first. C&C Welcome!
  20. I am not above blatant copying if it will push my skills and teach me something. @Wren Your version of this was The Definitive version of this figure, in my mind. Her post is here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72285-1596-joy-winter-fairy/&tab=comments#comment-1483083 There have also been some other lovely versions of Joy. I am a character in a Reign of Winter campaign for Pathfinder. The DM gave me a list of monsters we will fight, and a fairy type fey is in there, so I figured it would be a great excuse to paint my Joy. I haven't tried blue skin before. That was the reason I wanted to copy Wren's version. Here are some pics. This is the first time I've used my iPhone for pics. It does a good job getting close, but the white balance seems a little yellow. Someone had asked Wren about Reaper sparkle paints. I went ahead and tried some Sparkling Snow in the wing membranes, but it didn't show enough in hand. So, I glazed the wing membranes and her cheeks and her base with a very thin layer of Vallejo Model Color Metal Medium. You can't see it well in the pictures, but it is a nice effect in hand. I was least happy with the base. I tried to sculpt snow overhanging her base with green stuff. Just not the effect my mind's eye was seeking. I am most happy with her eyes and face. I tried to glaze some pink and purple and sparkle into her face to warm it up and give her some pixie dust effect. Again, not showing up great in the photos, but I like the effect in hand. Her left eye I managed to get on the first try. It really represents my best luck with an eye. The Iris is a mix of Spectral Glow and Moth Green. I remembered Wren's Joy having greenish eyes, but thought they looked otherwise human, so I painted these that way. Then I reviewed Wren's Joy, and her eyes looked otherworldly. You can see, I had a "Dicken's" of a time trying to get the right eye to match the left. I never could, but after 10 tries, this is the best I could do. At arm's length, it looks fine. For anyone interested, paint recipes are spoilered here: Overall, I'm very pleased with it. I hope I did the original inspiration justice.
  21. I love this figure. Not so much the bendy weapons, but I straightened them out. They have bent back a little (Sword). I did a WIP on him. Thanks for the encouragement along the way. http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/80720-kord-the-destroyer-bones/ He is another for our Reign of Winter Adventure Path. My DM said "Vikings." Kord has that vibe for sure. I tried to paint the base like grass. The hardest part was the nmm on the axe, and trying to get the runes to show up on the sword. It's a very irregular axe shape, so it was tough to figure out how to do it. My green stuff patch job on the wolf pelt was not the greatest, but it is decent enough camouflage. The second-hardest part of the figure to me was figuring out what parts of the pelt were what. What is tail? What are legs? I did my best. Overall, I'm pleased with him. He seems like such a bad-a$$. As for the pics, iPhone seems to be good for far away, but really "blobby" for up close. Maybe it is suffering from zoom. C&C Welcome.
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    Kord the Destroyer, BONES

    I don’t often do WIP. I figured I’d start one. I’m still working toward Reign of Winter Adventure Path appropriate models. Kord has a Viking vibe. He’s been trimmed, washed, brown-liner primered. I removed the glued on piece of his wolf pelt to get at other stuff. I’ll glue it on later, then green stuff and finish painting. I’m blocking in basecoats now. Skin and furs so far.
  23. Here's another post. Hellakin languished on my shelf of shame for about 5 years. He was intended as an entry into a forum contest for painting "little people." Life got in the way. I recently decided to finish him, in a little bit of a rushed fashion. He sat and sat at the basecoat stage. I struggled with figuring out how to do his cloak black. I am not too happy with it. It reads dark blue, as I'm trying to paint black without cycling up through gray, as you'll see here: I'm more pleased with the gold nmm on the knife than the steel. But, I tried to really suggest he's in a dark area by the shadowed part of the blade remaining nearly black. Here are some more shots of him. I'm pretty pleased with the hair color and face: He's got a very intense stare. The eyebrows didn't please me very much. The base is a "hollow" round base with a circle of cobblestone patterned sheet styrene from a model railroad supply hobby shop that I painted up to give him a feeling of being in a dungeon. If I wanted to spend more time on him, I'd paint his toenails and fiddle more with the knife. I originally had a thought to try to paint shadows and light on the base to make it seem like he's sneaking up on someone to backstab from the shadows. I gave up on that ;) Overall, he fills a missing niche among my painted figures of an iconic halfling rogue. C&C Welcome.
  24. Every DM needs wolves. These were bare metal used on the gaming table for far too long! I've been wanting to paint these for a long time, but was intimidated by the fur. I finally decided to take the plunge. I did some research on the web for images for inspiration, as well as the forums. Here's what I came up with. C&C Welcome. First, the individuals. Here was the inspiration photo from google images for a varied color gray wolf. This is what I came up with for him. Coincidentally, it ended up very similar to Anne's picture on the Reaper Web Store. Next, I wanted a run-of-the-mill gray wolf. Here is an inspiration photo. And the model. And, as these are all for our Reign of Winter Adventure Path, I wanted a white wolf! Here was the inspiration. I was surprised to find so much cream and not so much white, so I tried to replicate it on the model. I also tried blue eyes, but they didn't pop quite well enough. And I threw on some snow and cork "rocks." I wasn't entirely happy with it overall, but it is acceptable. Finally, here are some group shots. Overall, I had fun painting these, and knocked all three out in about a week. That's SUPER fast for me.
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    77129 Rat Swarm BONES

    I've been wanting to paint these rat swarms since I got my Bones I shipment. However, the base was cut into this jagged shape, so I always delayed painting them as I waited on basing them. Finally, I decided to base some with a good heapin' helpin' of sand. The other two got green stuff treatment to try to blend the base that way. One was wood planks, and the other was flagstones. I tried to emphasize fur/hair in the painting. I totally "phoned it in" on the tails, noses and claws. I really didn't want to over-spend time on these guys. Sorry, I realize I didn't give you a good shot of the skull they are swarming over. C&C Welcomed.
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