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I hadn't painted a mini in years, but the Bones Kickstarter started my fingers itching again, which is how I managed to discover the LTPK series. Color me amazed at how the much cost of entry to the hobby has fallen, particularly given the quality of the figures in the kits. The kit guides themselves are great on their own, but the supporting community in these forums are what really make this product something special.

Everything went surprisingly smoothly, though I found myself getting a little obsessed with my rat's fur - my initial washes were too thin and my initial dry-brushing too heavy, But by repeating the wash/dry-brush cycle multiple times, the end result is rather satisfyingly unpleasant rodent. As for the Anhurian, my only real note is that I just couldn't get the mustache to look "right", so in the end I just ignored the sculpt lines and made him clean-shaven.

 

My images seem to have come out larger than usual, so I will only directly include the end product - for those interested in the progress shots, the links are below.

 

anhurian7.jpg

 

 

rat6.jpg

 

 

All progress shots:

http://imageshack.us/a/img339/9443/anhurian1.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img854/4056/anhurian2.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img855/4729/anhurian3.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img254/2954/anhurian4.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img545/2609/anhurian5.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img254/4048/anhurian6.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img407/7863/anhurian7.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img845/8093/rat1qr.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img850/3818/rat2s.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img254/3853/rat3o.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img268/2416/rat4m.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img442/6401/rat5.jpg
http://imageshack.us/a/img853/8461/rat6.jpg

 

These are essentially complete, though I'm still waiting on the LTPK with the brush-on-varnish to arrive. I expect I'll also want to upgrade the basing eventually, but right now I'm still in the "remembering how to ride a bicycle" phase. I believe that the lion's share of the credit for how well these turned out goes to the quality of the sculpts themselves - I have many not-so-fond memories from yesteryear of attempts to either add missing details or hide flaws, but these figures are so richly detailed I find myself at the opposite side of the spectrum, trying to do them justice, and feeling guilty when my skill falls short (yes, I've already started working on Laurana's left calf in LTPK2).

 

Regards,

Black Duck

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I think you're the first person to read that as a mustache...and I fully agree with you. Now I want to dig mine out and give him a 'stache...

 

I agree that Anne did a great job picking out the models for these. There's a great progression and by the time you get to Dain, it's not quite so shocking to have that much more detail, I felt ready to tackle him after things like the teeth on the rat, the straps on the Anhurian (which you'll visit again with Tsuko), etc.

 

Cheers for another returning hobbyist. Reaper should be proud of how they've brought so many back into the fold.

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My Man-at-Arms is having his base finished at the moment, when he's done I'll pop him up in the Show Off section.

 

So, its Rat time!

 

gedc0311.jpg

 

Stage 1 'Fur' complete.

Using what I learned on the last mini, I put on more layers for the base coat (4 I think), thickened up the brown wash (I'm now using a 1:2 ratio instead of 1:4) and then brown seems to have worked better this time, or fur is just easier to paint than boots.

 

gedc0312.jpg

 

Stage 2 'Skin' almost complete.

 

Really pleased with how his skin and boils turned out, his ears aren't done yet because I had already packed my browns away at this point.

Not sure why the ears weren't covered in the fur instructions, but I will not question the infinite wisdom of Reaper.

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Rattastic! This was a really fun one to do, though it's not a mini I'm overly fond of.

Using what I learned on the last mini, I put on more layers for the base coat (4 I think), thickened up the brown wash (I'm now using a 1:2 ratio instead of 1:4) and then brown seems to have worked better this time, or fur is just easier to paint than boots.

 

Honestly, what ratio you'll need seems to be altered by so many different conditions (humidity, phase of the moon, ambient temperature, day of the week...) that it's pretty much a gimme that you'll need to experiment to find out what works best.

 

Not sure why the ears weren't covered in the fur instructions, but I will not question the infinite wisdom of Reaper.

 

I'd wager that at least some of this is space limitations in the pamphlet. But you could think of it as artistic license. ^_^

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I'd wager that at least some of this is space limitations in the pamphlet. But you could think of it as artistic license. ^_^

 

I was actually curious about the impact of the space limitations myself. Were the the rat's ears and Anhurian's sword scabbard just an oversight (perfectly understandable), or were they originally addressed but then cut for some reason (leveraged a technique slotted for a later LTPK, used an unavailable color, made room for additional photos, etc.)?

 

Besides, if real estate in the pamphlet was a concern, they could have just distributed the instructions on microfiche as, you know, extra training...

 

<crickets>

 

...and now I'm thinking kids today have never heard of microfiche... teeny tiny text printed on film that you had to use a special magnifying machine to read... because the details on our miniatures are so very small...

 

I'll see myself out.

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...and now I'm thinking kids today have never heard of microfiche... teeny tiny text printed on film that you had to use a special magnifying machine to read... because the details on our miniatures are so very small...

 

I'll see myself out.

 

Bah, you kids and your technology. In my day, we did everything via the card catalog. And we liked it!

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