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Index to WIP/Completed projects.



Gnoll Spearman, Ral Partha Completed

Firebrand Drone, Studio McVey WIP|Completed 1st place 'Getting Started' Studio McVey forum contest

77005: Ogre Chieftain, Reaper Bones WIP|Completed

06023: Anhurian Swordsman (L2PK1), Reaper WIP|Completed

02544: Barrow Rat (L2PK1), Reaper WIP|Completed

02512: Tsuko, Male Monk (L2PK2), Reaper WIP|Completed

02621: Laurana, Sorceress (L2PK2), Reaper WIP|Completed

02924: Bertok, Barbarian (L2PK4), Reaper WIP|Completed

02811: Dain Deepaxe (L2PK5), Reaper WIP|Completed

03638: Orson Lugrum, Evil Wizard, Reaper WIP|Completed

02558: Anduriel, Elf Warrior (L2PK3), Reaper WIP|Completed

Ororo, 60129: Chelaxian Infernal Binder, Reaper WIP|Completed

02608: Tyden, Barbarian (L2PK3), Reaper WIP]|Completed

77020: Bathalian, Reaper Bones WIP|Completed

Goblin Archer 1, Ral Partha WIP|Completed

Avatar, 03556: Ashlan Fellthrush, Heroic Paladin, Reaper WIP|Not Completed

Shanna the Cave Girl, Bombshell Minis WIP|Completed

03353: Pirate King and Queen, Reaper WIP|Completed 3rd place 'Painting Excuses Pulp Team Category' Reaper forum contest

Above with Highland Terrier, Darksword Completed

77053: Zombies (3), Reaper Bones WIP|Completed

77047: Goldar, Male Barbarian, Reaper Bones WIP|Completed

77055: Anval Thricedamned, Evil Warrior, Reaper Bones WIP|Completed Silver medal Painters ReaperCon 2014

77076: Lysette, Female Elf, Reaper Bones WIP|Completed 2nd place 'Bones Beauty Pageant' Reaper forum challenge

01430: The Nativity, Reaper WIP| I forgot to take Completed pics :(

77143: Townsfolk: Undertaker, Reaper Bones WIP|Completed 1st place 'Terrifying Fall Contest' Reaper forum contest

02370: Luther Baldwin, Reaper WIP|Completed

Doug, Survivor; Zombicide S1, Guillotine Games WIP|Completed

Flo, Survivor; Zombicide S1, Guillotine Games WIP|Completed

Twilight Knight; Kingdom Death WIP|Completed 3rd place 'Painting Death' Reaper forum challenge

Female Elven Archer; Asgard Minis WIP|Completed

Josh, Phil and Ned, Survivors; Zombicide S1, Guillotine Games WIP|Completed

77149: Damien, Hellborn Gunslinger; Reaper Bones WIP|Completed 1st place 'Bad Boys Challenge' Reaper forum challenge | Gold medal Open ReaperCon 2014

03322: Efreeti Emir; Reaper WIP|Completed

Svetlana; Red Box Games WIP|Completed

02994: Noreth Skyblade, Elf; Reaper WIP|Completed

Rollo the Barbarian; Red Box Games WIP|Completed

Zachary, Kingdom Death: Monster survivor (plastic) WIP|Completed

Scottish Highlander; Nocturna Models WIP|Completed




 Consolidated L2PK Open/Group index






I bumped the original first post down, so don't think Dadcubed is crazy with his reply!

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White is so tricky. Looking forward to see how this progresses. The whites I have done have all been ivory / brown up to white. Think the blue up to white will be good.

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I guess I should start wrapping these WIPs into a single thread at some point. That time is now! The place is here!

First up we have the RPG March challenge project. The idea is to take a mini and paint it up like a character from a video game RPG. I decided on one of my vary favorite CRPGs of all time, Ultima. The model will be painted as the Avatar, the player's character.

I started with 03556: Ashlan Fellthrush, Heroic Paladin. First thing that had to go was the shield emblem, as that needs to be a serpent.




Then priming and lining.




And finally the base coating.




Bronze skin, blond hair, white tabard, lots of gold. My first stab at white, I'm going for a cool white and that blue will really be more for the undersides and very deepest folds, not much should show by the end. There's going to be prominent freehand on this, I'm a bit daunted but it should be educational.



The whole mini is so warm I wanted to put in some cool colors. On the other hand, a warm white may have been more cohesive. Thought about it for a while then just grabbed a color and started painting.

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The whole mini is so warm I wanted to put in some cool colors. On the other hand, a warm white may have been more cohesive. Thought about it for a while then just grabbed a color and started painting.

It's hard to conceptualise a cool undercoat with warm armour vs a warm undercoat for the tabard. So much will change in the colours as it painted. The fun of doing unique concepts with miniature painting! :)

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Apologies for the crap pics. Another month and I should be back at the desk with more lighting.




Second layer for the white, Snow Shadow over all but the deepest shadows.




Third layer, Ghost White. Starting to work against me, getting chalky.




Final layer, Pure White. Super chalky. Decided to walk away from it for the night and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.


White is so difficult, I welcome any feedback on using it better. White and paints mixed with it have been a real struggle for me and I haven't learned how to layer with it yet. I like to use thin layering. Halp!

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This is great, the challenge would be incomplete without the Avatar. I like the idea of using a cool white to balance out the orange, but he is still very orange. Depending on which version you are going for, maybe a deep red would help? But I have faith in the eight virtues that you will figure it out.

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To get rid of the chalk texture add some reaper brush on sealer to your paint. Wren recommended it to me last summer and I have yet to have any issues since. If you need to fix what you've already painted just add it in a 2:1 or 3:1 mixture (sealer: paint) then to some thin glazing till it gets corrected. May take 10 passes or so.


I think white is easier if you shade down from your brightest highlight then reclaim where needed. I also have seen it used, but not tired myself yet, blue or pink to shade white and it looks awesome. Really thin glazes of color so the deepest shadows only have a bit of color. Thought I had an example saved on my drive but I couldn't find it.

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Hmm, I do like the idea of glazing down from the highest high. I did that with Orson's blue robe down to dark purples and it looked so smooth. I'm making a note here. Isn't the brush-on sealer just a matte medium? I use liquitex but I've been trying to simplify things by just thinning with water the last couple projects. I'm making another note. There will be cake later.


Pragma, the 'orange' is the base coat of Oiled Leather for the nmm gold. His face is also 'orange', he's not from Jersey, it's the shade color for the bronzed skin triad. I like it for the similarity to Oiled, actually. Both components will go in very different directions soon enough. Actually, the amount of nmm gold is quite substantial, I was considering making more of it steel...I also considered the classic red tunic, but I wanted to tackle white. Until I have the basics covered I have to keep pushing myself to learn new things with every project.

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Isn't the brush-on sealer just a matte medium?


I use to think that as well, as Wren said it was similar enough, but it smells like a varnish and not like the P3 matte medium I have. I only have to use this with skin tones and whitish things but I tend to add it to any highlight as it's seriously a miracle worker with my glazing.

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White is not as hard as black. :)


The cool white will be good when its done have faith.


As to painting it the blending and layering techniques you have developed work the same with white, but the highlight of pure white needs to be much larger than for a normal colour. Depending on how bright you want your white up to half of the colour can be pure white.


Good to see you start a workbench as well :)

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Yeah, it's kind of the opposite of black, where you want to leave a lot of the shadows in black to keep the color readable. I find black easier because so far my main challenge hasn't been colors but rather the consistency of white. The black on Ororo came out ok, even if it's a biznatch to photograph.

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I too have had this chalky problem with white. It's extremely frustrating. I have to say that blending down from bright white is easier. But I am wondering about doing a two phase method. So make 50% top highlight white and bottom half the blue then two brush blend the two together in the middle? Loving conversations around this, will move my painting on ;)

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Hi there! I'm not dead yet, it's just a flesh wound! This last project got a bit much for me, so I took a month off. I'd been pushing myself pretty hard with painting the previous eight months straight and needed a break. Also, going to set the Avatar aside for a while just for the clean break. That ton of nmm gold isn't what I want to start back into it with!


So today I cleaned up a couple options for the next project. I think I'll be painting Cave Girl from Bombshell, with Shanna the She-Devil from Marvel's Savage Lands as inspiration. I also cleaned up her companion as well as a couple Sedition Wars game minis, a trooper and zombie.


Shanna is pinned and ready to go, then back in the saddle. Maybe give those G&G brushes a whirl.

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I've done that in the past. Last year I think I had about 3 months where I didn't paint (not back to back though). I'm trying to prevent that this year by forcing myself to do more 6-8 hour paint ups instead of constant back-to-back 20+ hour ones.

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That's my thought as well. The two SW minis will be a bit more than just rush jobs, as they are prototypes for color schemes to follow. But that will then give me the blueprint for a whole slew of minis that are really only tabletop, as well as the occasional hero unit or metal non-game version to a higher standard.


Shanna and the strain zombie primed and ready to paint. Trooper I'm debating the best way to approach him. Prime, paint, assemble? Prime, assemble, paint? Assemble, prime, paint? Looks tough getting into the space between his gun and body after assembly.


Have to clean up the camera (1GB card full!) but should have at least some primed pics tonight or tomorrow. Rain for the rest of the vacation, so half the chores are excluded :p

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