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Hey all, decided to steal Pixel's idea of a WIP for a campaign (even though right now her's is just for NPCs) as I wanted to keep this separate from my normal WIP to keep things easier to follow. My normal WIP thread will be things that will be more time consuming and trying to be at a higher quality then what will generally be here (though that doesn't mean I won't paint up something's nice here) as well as have a place to discuss what's going on in my game and the scenery and such I throw together without distracting from my general WIP thread. You can follow my normal WIP thread here. So, as I have mentioned elsewhere I've had to split my gaming group in two as a player got a new job that prevented him from playing in the regular group. This tends to happen from time to time as the total number of groups I'm in waxes and wanes through the years--and it's partly why I've had many of the same people in my group for 14 years while still being able to add new people or old members back in. While I'm not particularly fond of doing so my group wants to do 5th edition as we'll have some review copies showing up soon and since my other group is non-D&D (it's 1930's pulp via HEX) I can live with a D&D group--especially considering I won't run games that take longer then about 12-14 months to play out so we can switch (It's my condition for being the GM) and try new things and not get bored of the same old stuff. Several people wanted to do Asian themed so that also got me to be willing to play D&D if they wanted Asian fantasy--finally I can actually use all this kickstarter stuff I've got that matches this. I've picked up the Jade Regent adventure path from Paizo to use as my base line but I really modify stuff so this isn't going to be 100% by the book (more 60% or so) and I was happy to see the first part dealt with firework stealing and using goblins as I actually have Asian goblins using fireworks as weapons (imagine that--never thought I'd get to use them). But first off a few changes I'm already making to the story (I'll try and flag spoilers to the actual story as written so people don't have to worry about that): 1) Everyone is already starting in an Asian world (either L5R, Forgotten Realms Asian area--which use to be L5R, or from the Bushido wargame) 2) People will be part of a traveling caravan from the start and not tied to a city (this may change, but I wanted a reason for the caravan but I'll need to read more the book 1 to decide this). All right, onto the first set of minis: Quite a while ago I backed an Asian goblin fantasy football team from Greebo. The sculpts are mostly average, with a few really cool ones, but they fit my need for Asian goblins (which isn't that common and the Rackham ones can be hard to find--but I have most of those). I'm glad I did but I probably wouldn't back it now days as I have a much stricter KS budget as opposed to when I was single. The reason I'm glad I backed it is because now I'll use them and I think this is my first non-bones KS minis I've started to paint (only finished one bones last summer). First off I've not really done much with traditional goblin skin tones in about 2 years so I've decided to see how they play out by experimenting some. Going to do 2 green and 2 tangerine-ish gobbers and see how it goes. At first I was going to try two different greens completely but gave that up as I need to get these done in a reasonable time so here's what I got: firework goblins These guys are in the awesome sculpt category from Greebo. Pretty well detailed and cast with only a few minor issues that I've seen in others (like Wyrd) around toes and such. I added a flame to their torches via a pin and Woodland Scenes Water Effect (the paste). They're based with Reaper Pale Lichen and the other Reaper Highland Moss but I gave up on the Higland Moss. Shaded down with P3 flesh wash, as it looks great against a desaturated green, and highlighted up to Reaper Fair Skin Highlight. I really like to shade and highlight greens as if they were Caucasian flesh as all the colors work great with green (reds and off whites) and I think it shows. I then used a glaze of Scale Color Sky Blue to add some color to the face and fingers\toes--though it's a bit washed out in these photos. I did this for two reasons: 1) I like it when people mix extra color into faces like that 2) the blue draws out the face Here's a close up of one Here's both to show you the full mini I've got some more photos and WIP for the others but I'm tired and need to go to bed. I'll post more tomorrow. But feel free here to discuss painting and the game as I talk about it as I'm always open to ideas on both.