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  1. I'm a bit delayed on these photos, as I got distracted by various things but pictures are finally taken, even if there's apparently some dust on them now >.>;;;; Anyways! Back in February (Feb 18th to be precise, at least according to messages I'd posted on Discord) I decided I wanted to give speed painting a whirl, in order to try and develop a few techniques that I could then apply to my Skaven horde of doom. I also wanted to try out a few different mini holders (generic tylenol, as well as Motrin bottles) to see if I'd prefer something like the Mini Holder, or if I could just DIY something, as my current solutions tends to wind up causing my right paw to cramp up after a while, and maneuvering the miniature isn't always the easiest. Such was partially inspired by the awesome thread @ManvsMini did about custom holders and also a desire to see whether it would be worth splurging on a Hobby Holder with Handle Mod 1. Short version is that the Motrin bottles won out, although the generic tylenol bottle was handy because it has a lid that spins more easily... So technically the Hobby Holder would be able to do both, AND give me a brush rest. Anyways, I'm rambling in a show-off thread.... Originally I'd wanted to do just the one mini, but quickly wound up putting two up so I could directly compare the two bottle types I had on hand. I think I set my goal at "finish a single mini within two hours", and I'd say I pulled that off, since I managed to do two in 2h10min... So needless to say, rather happy about that! Oh, it also morphed into some sort of "less than twelve colours used" and "you can only use one 10-well palette, and once a colour is in one, it's committed" challenges too, both of which I was successful with (11 paints total used, including washes, and I sure wound up using all ten wells too). Not quite sure why I do such, but eh, it was for fun, and I had fun, which is the most important aspect of it all in my eyes! ^So first up, obvious is Sir Forscale, aka Garrick the Bold... In Bones. ^And then Juliette, Female Sorceress, also in Bones. And since I can't resist, yup, all done with size 0 brushes, because that's pretty much all I had on hand back then. So, I have to playfully ask myself, what did I learn, besides the obvious aspect of a fox loves orange and black? Uhm... Good question. I know I did a decent amount of drybrushing, but I also can't even remember if I used any metallic paints or not as it's been a while >.>;;;;
  2. Hey all... I have a ... uh, war-band? Army? Regiment? Buncha? anyway, whatever the unit size in Warlord is back when Reaper did the boxes that were 10 regular troops, a lieutenant, and a leader (and a familiar). I don't play Warlord, but I would like to use the minis on the tabletop for AD&D games. While I'm OK with painting the 2 commanders (Nirodiel and Danithal) individually, "character level" if you will, the other elves I would prefer just to get done. Any tips anyone can share? What shade should I start with, etc.
  3. GuyWithCoolBackpack

    Can anyone help me base coat faster?

    Evening, all, So I've come to realize one of the big weaknesses I have in my technique is base coating. As in it always takes too long. I've started to pay attention to the reasons why and I'm hoping people can offer me some tips to streamline my process and not get hung up on what should be a pretty straightforward step. So I start with the blank mini and I'm immediately trying to figure out a color scheme. I'll usually pick a couple of main colors that offer good contrast, figure I'll use cream and brown colors on the less important accessories and I'm off to the races with my base coat, except that this almost immediately falls apart as I start trying to parse the mini into these handful of different colors. Let's say I want to give a guy a green shirt and dark red pants. I figure I'll use black for the boots, brown for his belt, no problem. Except that I'll start painting and realize that his pants have a stripe down the side, or a fringe. Well I've already tried to settle on a palette, but maybe I don't want to use any of those colors for the stripe. Okay, maybe I'll jut use an bright red stripe, that's a diferent color, add it to my pallete. And then I notice the belt has a pouch on it, and I don't want to use the same color for the belt and the pouch, so I need to figure out a different color for that. And then I notice he has a belt buckle that's made of a different material, and now I have entirely too many colors and I don't like tho look of the pallete anymore...I'm just trying to get on a base coat but I'm also trying to figure out how to paint this thing at the same time, and considering that I only get an hour or 2 to paint a night, the process can take days. So does anyone have any thoughts? Other than just stealing color schemes wholesale from the back of the box (something I'm not too good for) can anyone help me figure out how to separate the "what paint goes where" problem from the "get the basic colors on the model" problem?
  4. Vytau

    Second Batch O' Cavs!

    Technically, this is batch 3 - I painted 10 more Malvernian CAVs before this round, but: ADON! Since I have so few Adonese units, relatively speaking, I figured I'd dive in and knock out the whole force at once. I managed to pick up those APCs on the cheap, so I am very tempted to add some infantry, but the rumor mill says there may be some new space-elfy units coming up soon, so I'm pumping my brakes. Paint job: Speed paint. Pic quality: rushed. Still, hope this helps people get motivated to paint!
  5. Forgive me if any of these questions are prominently answered somewhere. I've been reading through a lot of materials here on the site and forums and learned a lot, but a few things I still didn't find answers on. What is liner? I've seen several paints called liner but I have no idea what that means or how it's different from the other paints. I understand washes and drybrushing, what they're good for and how to do them, but can somebody explain glazing to me? What should I be looking for in a glaze, and when should I use one? How should I use one? When would one use an MSP HD paint instead of a regular MSP paint, and vice versa? I've seen a lot of people extolling the use of wet palettes, and I've seen discussion on how to make one, but what exactly are they good for? Is there more to it than simply keeping paint from drying out on your palette? Does it water down the paint? What, if any, effects does it have on mixing, exactly? Do you still need another palette alongside it for certain things? I also have a few more general questions that have no correct answer, but I'm kinda curious to get a few responses/opinions on, as somebody new to this hobby. When you're doing a mini, how long do you typically paint for, not including drying time? What do you consider speed painting? When I see these incredible professional paint jobs, how long did those take to paint? How quickly do you go through paint bottles? Does it make sense to get an extra bottle of one's most commonly-used paints, or do those bottles last a long time? Do you personally use a sealer? Have you ever regretted not doing so? What are your ten most essential paints, the ones you personally use all the time for whatever reason? What painter do you think I absolutely must start being a fan of? What painter have you learned the most from since you started this hobby? And, what the heck, tell me what your favorite Reaper mini of all time is. Has to be one you've actually painted. I think my favorite is 77021 Lindir, Elf Archer. I butchered the face, but it's a fantastic mini and I learned a lot from painting him when I was just starting out.
  6. Here we are, a new month and a new (or old) set of goals to achieve. I'm going to try to be realistic here with how fast I paint, but there are things I have to get done by deadlines. Catacombs Barbarian - Want to get him done by the 15th so that I can enter him into a contest ran by Catacombs. Done! Figure Exchange (on the side) with a friend coming to Vegas next month. - Starting on it Figure Exchange (on the side) with another friend, this is a 2-figure vignette. - Haven't started Work on the 54mm Figure for the 54mm+ challenge. - Didn't get a chance Work on my brother's VERY late diorama, gotta pick away at it. - No additional work.
  7. I apologize for the picture quality, snapped with my cell phone in the main gaming hall. This was the piece I got to paint in the 5:00 round of the Wyrd Minis Speed Paint competition. 45 minutes of brush time, ten colors of paint, three brushes, all 0s.... It was an interesting challenge, not unlike painting at work at lunch time. That turned out to be good practice. If anybody is interested, I can redo the shot tomorrow with a dedicated camera.
  8. A new month and time to paint some new minis Here is my placeholder Dwarf with Hammer Two Hobgoblins Three Saprolings Female Druid buckyball
  9. So I returned from a month long trip in Spain this evening to find a Giant and strange box sitting on my bed. After opening it carefully, thinking it must be a bomb or decapitated head, I was overjoyed to find it was none other than my Bones Kickstarter! REJOICE! After sorting through the sheer rediculous number of miniatures, I realized that I'm going to need some sort of motivation to paint this beastly assortment of minis, and the best way to do that is to showcase my work on the internet as I try to tackle, as quickly as possible, all the Minis I got. The plan is to speed paint them up to pretty much tabletop level, a little lower than I'm used to doing with really only one base color and one layer of shading, with alot of drybrushing and washes to help me "cheat" along the way. Without further rambling, we haveeee... this guy. Model #1 of 200...ish. Mr Sandman. At first I was like "OHHHHH EVIL WIZARD!", and then I started with the purple and was like " He kinda looks like hes wearing one of those sleep caps on his head... OHHHH SLEEPY TIME WIZARD." and gave him a cute little star covered hat. Nothing is more intimidating to enemies than stars on your head. If anyone has any tips on how to take better pictures of my minis, or any comments, feel free to belittle or abuse me at your whim. Also, if anyone knows where I can find the actual names of the models so I dont have to name them all stupidly, that would be grand toooooo... okay. I'll have a new differenter picture of another mini tomorrow, with more madness.
  10. Acuteapathy

    AcuteApathy's Paint Slaps

    I would consider myself far more of a gamer than a painter. In fact, I got in on the Reaper Kickstarter specifically because I saw so much potential in their miniatures for use in -that- tabletop game. As a gamer, I therefore tend to paint for the tabletop rather than aspiring towards some of the amazing work I've been browsing through on these forums over the past few days. That's not to say that I don't keep telling myself that if I actually managed to force myself to sit and work on the same mini for days or weeks at a time that I might not be able to achieve something appealing...but there's a voice in the back of my head that always reminds me that (a) I am not a patient man and (b) if I don't try, it will be easier to keep fooling myself into believing it may be possible. So why this thread from a self-confessed speed-painter? Two reasons, really. The first is that I find that WIP threads are a great tool for motivation, something I often lack. The second is that there's always a useful comment or two that opens your eyes to something you hadn't considered or points you to a new technique and I'm a big believer in learning. So I hope you will all indulge me and feel free to comment. I take criticism fairly well as long as it's provided in a constructive manner (and since my wife hasn't seen this post, she can't contradict me! ) Enough blathering, here's what I'm working on at present. I decided that the first of my Bones from the Kickstarter to get a lick of paint would be one of my Trey Manor Ogres and one of the add-on Daemons. Both will find their way into armies of mine and the majority of my choices over the next few weeks will be selected for that very reason. First up, the ogre: One or two more highlights, particularly on the skin, and I'll be happy with the Ogre. The Daemon has only had his basecoat and wash so far so he has some ways to go. All told, that was roughly 3 hours of work this evening, not counting on the time for the washes to dry so not bad going at all. More to follow tomorrow, assuming I manage to get back to the painting table.
  11. Carnacki the Ghost Finder

    Is there a Bob Ross of miniature painting?

    Hello! I was just doing some lazy dry brushing and started talking out loud to myself, and then the pressing question entered my mind. Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere. Cheers.
  12. Ok I finished nothing last month. Let's see if I can beat that record this month. With Millenium Con I may actually knock some stuff out.
  13. ObsidianCrane

    03528: Dust Scorpions

    Well finally got these little fellows done. They are speed painted (yes I am working on some minis other than speed painting) and I've only taken a photo of one. They are so small though that my available camera can barely take a picture of them! So here is the 1 workable shot I managed and I'll see if I can get a better shot tomorrow night.
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