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A few by John Bonnot for people looking at his classes, shamelessly ripped off from Rhonda Bender

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I know, I know, Rhonda did it first. Doesn't mean it's not a good idea :D.

 

I'm teaching the quintessential ReaperCon class "How Not to Suck" twice this year as well as a class on NMM. Being in school since August has cut down immensely on the amount of time I have to paint and post on here (I'm procrastinating on finishing up some Java homework for tonight right now actually) but I'm not out of practice in the slightest. Here's a short sample of some of my paintjobs, and as always you can look at the ones in the paint crew gallery here: http://www.reapermini.com/ShowcaseGallery/John%20Bonnot/latest/

 

Edit: Forgot to mention that the pics that are side-by-side of the same thing with white dots above them are stereoscopic. Just cross your eyes until the white dots align, then traverse your eyes downward, and if you do it right you should see a "3D"-ish view of the mini.

 

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Could we have some more information on "How Not To Suck?" You've been teaching this one for years, and each time, I think, "Am I too advanced for this?"

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Oh, fine, but only 'cause it's you Doc (and I'll post this in the other thread as well). How Not to Suck is two hours of me figuratively talking non-stop (I have to pause to drink water) to tell all about everything from miniature tools and prep to how to layer. It's a pure demonstration class where I send two minis on constant circuits around the classroom to help people see that the physical process of how to transition from extremely dark to extremely light colors is not mystifying, easy to do, and is something anyone can replicate. Like I say in the class, if I can do it, _anybody_ can do it :D. It goes over basecoating, washing, layering, lining, how to prime, clean a mini, and how to make watching paint drying exciting. It's full of tips and advice I gleaned from other painters over the course of several years of 'Cons interspersed with my own observations as someone who can paint about as well as... well... what you see above. :D

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Hey Cash; it's actually pretty easy. Get a nice lightbox going, and have some method of stabilizing your camera. I use my Samsung Galaxy S, so to stabilize the phone I have a ziploc bag full of rice. Set up the mini in the box and then set up your camera for the shot, but instead of centering it in the view shift your camera to the left until the mini is framed on the right side. You still want to have the focus of the shot on the face/upper body though so if your camera either detects or lets you select the focal point be sure to do so. Take the shot, and then without changing anything else about the setup slide your camera to the right parallel to the plane of the photo you just took so that you end up with the mini framed on the left side. Ensure the focal point and take another picture.

 

Then all I do is load it into photo editing software (GIMP or Photoshop will do), load both images into the same image, and erase half of the one on the top layer to allow the bottom layer to show through; if you framed the photos right you should have both images clearly showing. Make another layer, use a circle tool, and paint a white dot above the head of one of the layers. Then, cross your eyes and place another dot over the head on the other side, and drag/adjust as needed. Voila!

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The stereo sophie is a lovely piece. I recall that one was difficult. Great job!

 

but... I gotta say for pure stun the Hannah piece is the bee's knees!

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I'm in your Basic NMM class, and very much looking forward to it. I've made an attempt at the technique with some of my Dwarves.... and I'm going to need some help ;-)

 

 

 

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Thanks Jay, she's my favorite too (don't tell the others).

 

Not bad on the stereo CashWiley; I think it works well for two minis close together, but the group shot spread out was hard on my eyes ::D:.

 

Hey RedTwoX! Looks like you're off to a good start! Bring in any examples you have into the class and I should be able to up your game quickly ::D:.

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