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  1. Morihalda

    Mori's Murloc Militia!

    I had to change the title since apparently "March of the Murlocs" is already a thing in the current game. And I was so proud of the name, too! My husband loves his gift (the biggest and bestest success!!!) but it would have been great if my painting for my ReaperCon entry wasn't so awful two years in a row. All the details, rambling love stories, and modding/creation details are in my WIP thread here!
  2. Hey all! I've been working hard on my husband's surprise birthday present. It was going to be a surprise reveal at ReaperCon, but finances/vacation time mean that it's just me going now. But since I told him about it, that means I get to make a WIP thread! Yay! I grabbed these really cool "Deep Ones Mutant Fishmen" by RAFM out of the Box of Goodwill a couple years ago. He accidentally saw them so I've had to wait until I was sure he forgot about them, haha. Oops. When we were teens and couldn't meet up, we spent most nights online together. A lot of that time was spent in WoW. With Classic coming out, I thought it would be the perfect time to get these little guys done! He's always loved murlocs and even built entire decks around them in Hearthstone, so I decided to make them based off of cards I've seen him use the most. Top: Original minis. Bottom: Prepped and repositioned for modding. Arms, fingers, toes, and bases were chopped off. The middle one needed a lot of bending to look natural. One lost his head. They all lost their noses.... I don't have WIP photos because this was a SECRET. They all got little spines drilled and sculpted on, buttcapes, little details like crab and tentacle armor. The reading one got a little "nightlight." I painted the Hearthstone cards before sculpting the head so I could actually reach the book. (This is a HUGE photo if you right click -> open link in new tab. I couldn't make it wider in the thread.) I did keep a photo of the angler underpinned head because he looked so happy!! What a cutie! This might be my avatar someday. The warleader's sword was made with Apoxie Sculpt for the base and Green Stuff details. I accidentally made it too smooth(?!) because I really struggled to get any GS to stick. That meant I couldn't do the multiple layers I wanted. I also made some terrain on a whim. The little huts are pretty iconic to him so I knew he'd immediately find it in the display area! I drew out the sizes I wanted, cut some baked sticks to size, and doused everything in appropriate amounts of superglue and hotglue. The hut top was made with a ball of foil with Apoxie Sculpt. Once it was mostly cured, I removed the ball and smoothed the inside and outside with more clay. Once it's painted, I'll use long grass to mimic the hay. I still need to add little jars, skulls, lanterns, treasure chest, etc. Lastly - the cards themselves! These card images were pulled from the Hearthstone Wiki and I added some short, awful descriptions. Top left: Underbelly Angler. Play a murloc, you get another murloc. He loves this one. This is Booklight! Top right: Toxfin. He can destroy most cards in a single hit. He's the one with the stinky fish. Bottom left: Warleader. Your other murlocs have bonus attack. Big sword guy! Bottom right: Soul of the Murloc. When your murlocs die, they come back with 1 health, 1 attack. He giggles so much when he plays this. It doesn't look unique, but I think I'll use the ghostly scheme on the Warleader. I don't know if I can do that yet! Tomorrow I'll be making the little bits and bobs. Hopefully I can arrange all the terrain on Thursday, prime Friday, and be painting next week!
  3. In "Call of Cthulhu," you would be quite the sillybilly to go poking into dark mysteries without a party member versed in first aid or the medical sciences. Fortunately, Misk U. has a partnership arrangement with St. Mary's Teaching Hospital in Arkham! 50257, Dr. Thomas Welby, is the perfect sculpt for a good doctor. He specializes in nervous ailments. Look at that reassuring smile and Clipboard of Authority! He is assisted by 50258, Nurse Anne Foster. Exceptionally capable and possessed of a knowledge of pharmacology that goes above and beyond. She's seen some tough cases. And, of course, we need a surgeon! I had an extra 59029, Baron Simone LeCroix, and since I'd used Jack the Ripper as a circus knife thrower ( https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/85248-circus-knife-thrower-and-assistant-50012-and-50125 ) I had a razor and a doctor's bag left over from his sprue. So the good Baron got a change of occupation after some wire-cutter-and-pliers surgery of his own. Barber, surgeon, veterinarian, what-have-you, he's skilled with a sharp blade. Speaking of nervous cases, Miskatonic is rough on the sanity. The old Call of Cthulhu Occupation 3-packs from RAFM usually come with a character doing just fine, a character encountering something unsettling, and a character on the edge of madness or deadness or both. This sculpt was the last of the three for the Professor 3-pack. Hidden for triggers: suicidal ideation.
  4. Kangaroorex

    Blue dragon from the Wyrm Bazaar

    Okay I might have a problem when it comes to collecting and painting dragons. They fascinate me. This dragon has been produced by many companies, I think Dark Sword holds the rights at this point but it was also produced by RAFM and Ral Partha and probably others as well. She is a small thing but still fun and relatively simple to paint up. The dragon back has a very fine scale texture making the wide expanse of a back difficult to display (for her brothers and sisters I will probably incorporate some sort of design) properly. Hope you enjoy
  5. I am almost certain this RAFM miniature, RAF02802, "Desirée Dark, Mercenary," sculpted by Werner Klocke, is meant to be the character Selene from the "Underworld" series. I painted her up, though, as a regular human. To compare and for the amusement value, here's one of the first figures I painted after coming back to minis after a twenty-year hiatus, a few years ago. It's another version of Selene from "Underworld," this one from Hasslefree (Hasslefree HFA021: Dionne (B)). I ... think my style has changed, some, the last few years.
  6. This RAFM mini came in an assorted lot of female "modern" adventurers. Between the camera, the suit and the shoes she looked a little pre-modern, at least hardboiled detective noir era anyway. Then I primed her and thought "Holy cow, this is Lois Lane, plucky girl reporter." I mean, she isn't, not officially. Not even in a wink-and-nudge way. But by golly, that's how I think of her and that's how I'm going to paint her up. 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 the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers.
  7. And here are a couple more professors: Prof. Smythwicke, Earth Sciences, and Dr. Rangstrom, Palaeontology. Both are from RAFM's Call of Cthulhu line; the kneeling Professor is one of their modern, heroic-scale sculpts, while the bald-headed geologist was part of the Miskatonic Expedition to Egypt collection. (I think by now I've posted all but one of the other Expedition to Egypt figures in one place or another.) The globe was a wretchedly painted Tiny Treasures globe that I touched up a bit. Alas, that I did not seal it or notice the stains! We can say they represent 'regions of anomalous geological activity, non-tectonic in origin.' The continents are too big and North America is askew, but it should work for tabletop purposes. The spinosaur (ish?) skull was from a cheap plastic toy I found at the thrift store. I'll use the ribs and leg bones for a palaeontological dig set-piece at some point in the future. Mash them into red modeling clay or somesuch. Maybe I should paint the teeth black? Advice welcome!
  8. This is RAFM's "Paige Fox, Reporter," which I looked at and immediately thought "Lois Lane". She's a little cartoony, maybe a little satirical, but I painted her up with all seriousness. WIP thread here. And a couple of Superman's-eye views (aka how she looks on the table):
  9. Metalchaos

    Ghouls + A true horror story

    Reaper Miniatures 03716 Ghouls sculpted by Bob Ridolfi and old school RAFM 02953 Ghoul Warlock. I painted these in August for a D&D encounter but I had to repaint them because the varnish has created a white fume all over the models when I sealed them. It probably happened to many of you as well. It was the third time I wasted painted models because of that undesirable fume without being able to put my finger on the reason why. I think I now know why it happen. Trick or treat : A true horror story It was very humid outside that last August. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to shelter myself in the basement while I was speed painting some exquisite Reaper Miniature models. Late that day, as I was done painting a hand full of Undead models, I decided to seal them with that half-full / half-empty "you choose" can of anti shine matt varnish. It's important to mention that I had already used that very same spray can a month earlier. This being said, after shaking the spray can for a good minute or so, I opened the basement door leading into the backyard. Immediatly, a draft of hot and humid air invaded the doorway and shook my face. I remember swearing when I felt the moisture condensing to beads of sweat on my skin. Without losing a second, wanting to get back to shelter in my man cave, I spray some figurines. In the darkness of the night, everything seemend to be allright under the dim light of the portico. The day after, I noticed the damage. By a terrible curse, the models I spayed the night before were covered with a thin, powdery layer of white dust. I gazed around looking for sneering Gremlins but saw nothing unusual. Disconcerted, I became aware of the extent of the damage. There has to be a logical explanation behind this ghouly phenomenon. As much as I like science fiction and horror stories, I had to find a scientific explanation to all this madness. Wasting other models by this evil spell was not an option. I reused the same spay can to make a test. The only parameter that seemed to be different was the fact that it was very humid and hot outside the night before. I did not want to ruin hours of time spent painting another model to do this test. So, I sprayed a colored cardboard. Furthermore, I made an exception to the sanitary rule and used the spray can inside. The result was surprising. Even though I was using the same spay can, there was no fume this time. Since then, I've been reusing that same spry can on other models whitout any problem. What happened that draid August night? Was it the imps playing tricks on me or just the excessive difference of temperature and the heavy humidity in the air catched by the aerosol varnish? I will probably never know but one thing is for sure, I will always test my spray can on an expendable object before spraying my art.
  10. Metalchaos

    FTD-12, Dwarf Children

    As you explore the ossuary, you hear wailings coming from a dark corner behind a sarcophagus. You see what seems to be a lost child, squatting and shivering. Chills run down your spine, when you first apprehension turns out to be dreadfully wrong. This foul creature has mottled decaying flesh, its eyes burn of hatred as it looks at you with a grim smile... Not a Reaper Miniatures but I thought some of you might like that Old school Citadel miniatures FTD-12 Dwarf Children (girl), distributed in North America by RAFM back in 1981. I painted it with acrylics as a child-sized Ghoul for the purpose of a DnD game need.
  11. Aziz and Farouk are from RAFM's Call of Cthulhu Miskatonic Expedition to Egypt. 14081 and 14242 are Reaper Nefsokar minis with great attitudes. "O Farouk, the coffer was exactly where you said; I have kept my part of the bargain. Are you sure it was wise to remove it from its place?" "Never fear, Aziz; the English were drunk and foolish with wine; assuredly they did not miss it in the celebration of their 'find!' Take your pay and go in peace." "It is not the English that concern me, O most learned Farouk! There were writings in the Old Hieratic that seemed to bode ill for those who would trespass upon this sepulcher. The old men. who know such things, tell tales of--" "O faithless Aziz! Have you forgotten the precepts of your youth? Immutable are the decrees of Allah; save the Most High wills it, the dead do not walk again! Again I assure you, there is no cause for your trepidation."
  12. RAFM Hartha the Death Machine, Orc War Triceratops. A great vintage lead kit.. Of course it HAD to go into my Lost World Project. WIP here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/69308-lost-world-project-glitterwolf-paints-coldblooded-creatures-and-conquistadores/&page=105 Enjoy!
  13. Rick Anderson

    Help With RAFM Ghouls

    Hopefully the old timers in this forum can help me out. I recently went through my bins of bones and metals and dragged out all the ghouls and ghasts I could find and then painted them up. I had Reaper's 2450, 3716, a bunch of 77159, and 2102 (that one's a ghoulish looking zombie but it got painted). I also came across two blisters from the old RAFM company 3892 and 3894 and the lost minis wiki says they were sculpted by Bob Murch. They're much older in style (ie - very armature basic) in comparison to today's standards and I was curious if anyone knows the release date of these miniatures? Here's the painted minis: http://minipaint.blogspot.com/2018/05/rafm-ghouls-3892-and-3894.html Thanks, Rick
  14. I had these in an RAFM blister and as I recall their bases said RAFM (I glued them to 1.5-inch fender washers for stability). I haven't been able to identify them. They look like the sorts of giant wolves that are ridden by goblins. I am not sure where they came from. Well, apart from RAFM, obviously. They are pretty big. Here's a size comparison with the RAFM one on the far right: Left to right these are: a wolf from Reaper 02830; a wolf from Reaper 77176; Reaper 03682 Willow Greenivy; a giant wolf from Thunderbolt Mountain 8560; and an RAFM mystery wolf. I painted them as several different types of wolf, one with a snow base and two with grassy bases, for multiple uses. Their bases are 1.5". Extensive WIP with lots of color mixing and technique notes here.
  15. Here's something I have been meaning to do for a while, since apparently I have had Tom Meier's Thunderbolt Mountain pack of three giant wolves (Thunderbolt Mountain #8560) and RAFM's three dire wolves so long I can't even remember when I got them or how on earth I got an RAFM product I can't seem to find mention of on the internet. I also nabbed a set of Reaper's #02830 Wolf Pack, which contains three smaller wolves, still impressively sized next to humans. Here they are, cleaned and glued to bases (all nine wolves were more prone to tipping over sideways than I like). Reaper, on one-inch fender washers: Thunderbolt Mountain, on 1.25-inch fender washers: RAFM, on 1.25-inch fender washers: And here they are together for a size comparison, from left to right: A Reaper wolf from the set, the Bones wolf from the Familiar Set #77176, Reaper's Willow Greenivy #03682, a Tom Meier giant wolf and an RAFM dire wolf. I would say the Reaper wolves are the most classically wolf-shaped. They are a bit large for wolves (see the picture above for scale). They are realistic and look well posed for various purposes. The two larger sets of wolves are almost the size of small ponies and look like they are begging for goblin riders. The Thunderbolt Mountain giant wolves have the elegant long, thin legs Tom Meier gives a lot of his creatures (I have also seen some astonishingly elegant wolfhounds and impossibly graceful insect-like horses from his hand). Here they look maybe almost a little too long and thin, but they are certainly beautifully sculpted, as are the ranks of fur sliding along the animals' forms. Their poses are realistic and expressive. The RAFM dire wolves, as large as the Thunderbolt Mountain ones, are a lot more cartoony. Their faces are kind of pushed-in and piggy and their anatomy doesn't make as much sense. They move oddly, although melodramatically. They definitely have a mood of menace to them. Something was a little off with the casting of the Thunderbolt Mountain wolves. Two of them had little pits along their spines, as though there were just not quite enough pewter in the mold or something. I filled them in with epoxy and tried to smooth it out to match the surface. At the moment the figures are glued but not yet primed. When I paint these, I am thinking of painting them mostly as realistic grey wolves, white arctic wolves, and perhaps some black wolves.
  16. Nightwing

    RAFM Winged Reaper

    This mini was in with a collection that a childhood friend gave me. My original idea was to put him in a field of tall grass, dark and moonlit. After three attempts to make a grassy field, I gave up. The right arm broke off with all the messing around so I had to pin it back on. I ended up just attempting a snowy field with some grass sticking up out of the snow. It's definitely not my finest work. But, it has been occupying space on my painting table for too long. So, I'm calling it done. Advice on how I could have achieved either the grass or snow effects better are gratefully appreciated.
  17. Nightwing

    Winged Reaper, RAF03896

    Hi all, I'd like this guy to be on a grassy hill, but I want it to appear to be night time, so I don't want to use bright green grass. How do I achieve this?
  18. Here is a group of speed painted bones skeletons I painted back in February. I spent maybe 4 hours total on all of them. I am still planning on adding some plant materials to the base. Skeletal Spearmen (77001) Skeletal Archers (77017) Skeletal Swordsmen (77018) All the bones skeletons I have painted so far: And all the skeletons I have ever painted, because I love me some group shots. The ones in front (and back) was painted over 20 years ago, before I started basing. Miniatures from Grenadier, Ral Partha, Rafm and of course Reaper.
  19. This is one of a pot-luck batch of modern adventurer women figures I got from RAFM, a real mixed bag. Some of them are terrific, some ... kind of goofy. This one seems to fall a bit closer to the goofy end. She is in a pose my martial arts friend called "Kill Me Now", and her face is rather unfortunately flattened front-to-back. I figured I'd paint her up quickly tabletop style for use as a mook or opponent. I did get a little bored painting her just plain, though, so I gave her Goth-Egyptian makeup.
  20. buglips*the*goblin

    RAFM miniatures (mix)

    So while in the google hangout thing we've been trying, I've been busy. I thought it might be an excellent opportunity to burn through some of my RAFM that have been lurking about for years, so here's what I did this week. Some of these will be hilariously infamous to people who have been listening in while I worked. I started with 3926 Female Druid: Then on to the troll butts, consisting of 3722 Troll Chieftan: And then 3723 Troll Warrior: Then I did 3910 Female Cleric: 3733 Lich Summoning Demon: Then the infamous egyptian pope lich... uh... box thing. (aka 3743 Lich Priest): Then 3610 Hill Cyclops: Then 3909 Male Cleric: And finished off today with my personal favourite... 3737 Lich Magician with Skeletal Rabbit:
  21. Pingo

    RAFM Ranger (Female) 3903

    This is another of the Old School cluster I started in March and finished on the Memorial Day Weekend Paint Binge. She's the RAFM Ranger (Female) 3903, a classic figure from the early '90s which is still being sold. For the early '90s she's pretty big. She fits in well with modern 28mm figures and towers over the little Partha ladies I painted her with. She's a little cartoony but she has some nice details, including a bird of prey on her right wrist and a feather in her hair I painted up like a bluejay's. I tried to paint reflections on her sword and armor. Original WIP is here.
  22. Chaoswolf

    RAFM Dwarf warrior

    This is an old RAFM dwarf warrior released in 1989 if I remember correctly. He was released for the 'Death in the Dark' miniature skirmish game that RAFM produced way back in the day. I never played the game, but I do have a few of the miniatures in my hoard. This is one of them. He's a little short by today's standards, so I decided to give him a little 'step up'. C and C is very welcome. ETA---and I can see the mistakes, now that they have blown up a gajillion percent.
  23. Chaoswolf

    Rafm Drow elf

    This is an old drow elf made by RAFM that I've had mostly done on my shelf for way too long. All I needed to finish was his boots and base; I have no idea why I didn't finish him up before. Anyway, he's done now. Most of the paint is from a couple years ago...
  24. Maledrakh

    Maledrakh's RAFM Shoggoth

    As has been a theme this year, the minis I manage to paint will all count towards the resolutionary challenge. As per the resolutionary painting challenge guidelines, I will post them here, and link in my post in the challenge thread. This month I am doing some horribly horrid horrors. Once upon a time I bought some monster miniatures in metal for Call of Cthulhu, made by RAFM. For some reason or other, I only ever got around to building and painting two or three of them. Well, I think I know why. They are in really hard metal, have horrible mould lines, and to top it off, the parts do not fit very well. To get them all well and proper, power tools and prodigous amounts of filling (and filing!) are required. Basically a real pain to prepare for painting. Needless to say, I recently rediscovered them in the ancient box of wonders under the stairs. Here is the Shoggoth: "It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train - a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter." from H.P.Lovecraft: At the Mountains of Madness. 1936 I put it on a 5x10 cm wooden oval base by Warbases Those oval bases have proven to be quite the problem solver for several oddly shaped minis I have been wondering how to base. Those mould lines were so hard I would have had to put it to a grinder to get them off. And that would have ruined the surface details more than some lines do.
  25. Kangaroorex

    Kanaroorex's summer exchange

    since it is now officially delivered and received I can now put up my pictures of my summer exchange mini! For whatever reason, between reapercon and life in general, it took forever to figure out what I wanted to do with this one. and I honestly came upon it by accident. We have two monks one by RAFM and one by Reaper. the reaper piece had a sword or knife but it was broken off when I found the piece I wanted so I sculpted an open hand instead and went to town. I am still trying to master the tattoo so the bald guys head got a dragon around the ear for practice. The base is Cocobolo wood with basswood strips for the dojo they are fighting in. Comments and critique are always welcome Enjoy!
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