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OK, I'm officially excited.
I posted in another thread that I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of the LTPKs I ordered just before Christmas. Lo and behold, when I went to the Post Office this afternoon, they had arrived. (Many thanks to the American and Australian postal services.)
What do I like about them?
Nice sturdy carry cases. LTPK1 painting guide includes a copy of the MSPCore and MSPHD paints swatches - very handy! And the first guide (haven't read the second) looks like a nice, logical and step-by-step introduction to minis painting, complete with piccies. 3 Bones minis in each kit, and to my untrained eye it looks like each of them offers different challenges in painting. (Starting with a skelly as a simple introduction is a very good idea.) LTPK1 includes 2 synthetic brushes and LTPK2 has a couple of Kolinsky sable brushes (nice!). Great way to get used to different types and sizes of brush. LTPK1 has round #0 and flat #2; LTPK2 advertised as having round #1 and round #3/0; actually came with 2 x round #0 (which is fine, since Reaper do say in the documentation that there may be substitutions according to stock on hand). I also like the fact that the second kit includes an empty bottle for water - useful when all measurements are in drops. Of course, having raced to open and pore over the contents, and then to post here, I haven't started painting yet, so I can't actually say anything about the paints themselves. Well, soon enough!
And the nice surprise for me in all this is that, looking at the website, I thought that the Christmas freebie for that day was a goblin caroler from the 3 pictured. Actually, it was a blister with all 3 minis. Nice bonus!
This is a little bit of a two year flashback for me. When I started painting again, some of the first things I painted were a bunch of Megaminis skeletons I'd got in a big combo pack.
I'd just picked up some Quickshade that I wanted to try out, and I'd read a how-to on using it for skeletons. So I blasted through almost the whole set of skeletons until something (I'm thinking my first Reaper order, with my first Bones in it) distracted me.
Just a few weeks ago I was cleaning up down in my basement painting area (trying to get it usable, so I can get back to learning to use my airbrush) when I found the five skeletons I hadn't painted. So I decided I'd try painting them the same as I did back them. I immediately ran into one problem...I'd originally painted them with Partha paints, and I'd just given away all my Parthas to an old friend who was getting back into painting. I figured out some colours that seemed close went with them.
It was weird painting this way again. The whole paint job was less than my normal base coat now. No wonder it takes me so much longer to paint stuff now.
So here are the 5 I painted up over the last week or so (I was sick for a few day, which slowed me down).
And here they are mixed in with the horde I painted two years ago.
At some point I'll go back and put them all on bases (perhaps the ones coming with Bones 2).
BTW, I'd like thank Xherman1964 for letting me know that these used to be made by Metal Magic back before Megaminis had them. And does anyone know where they are now? Megaminis closed for a while and sold off most of their molds. The owner is back up and casting again, but so far doesn't have the skeletons available...
Back when I started painting again, one of the first things I decided to paint was a bunch of skeletons I'd gotten from megaminis (who are now johnny borg castings and don't currently have these skelies....). They were to be my first tries at using Quickshade, and were done very simply. While base coat, basecoat straps, cloth, armor and weapons, then Quickshade them and dull coat.
I did a whole mess of them, but 5 unique ones didn't get done for some reason.
Fast forward to 2 years later, and I'm cleaning up my desk in the basement and find these guys. So I decided to paint them up to (hopefully) match the rest.
This lead to a problem. When I painted the rest it was right when I started painting again. IE before I ordered any paint from Reaper. These were done with old Partha paints. Funny story...a few weeks ago an old friend of mine was telling me (via email, he lives 2 hours away) that he'd started painting again. I knew he used Partha, so I asked him how his paints were and if he needed any. I was going down that weekend, so I just took them ALL down and gave them to him (Well, all minus Plum, since I need to match that with a colour from one of my current lines I use first).
So I don't have any of the original colours. So I've guess at close approximations and today I threw a bit of colour on the first two.
And that's apparently about all I did to them back then. Now I need to go slap some dark tone quickshade on them and see how close the colours are afterwards....
Here is a selection of Bones I have painted so far. I bought five original ones prior to the bones being shipped to see what they are like.
Here is the ghost.
Here is the werewolf, I quite like how he came out.
My Ogre Chieftain
Here is Garrik the Bold
Here is Fimbur the Dwarf
This is the first lot.
More to come as I have now finished some of the Vampire set.
If its ok to post directly from the IPhone?
Update11/9/13 - I have just posted the right links for the pictures to appear. Also seen some of the pictures aren't great so will replace at some point.
Update 2/1/14 - have now combined this as compendium of all the models I have painted.
So, as a Christmas gift I presented a box of minis to a friend, told him to pick one for a character, and I would paint it. I don't have a huge selection, but thanks to three LTPKs and the stocking stuffer, I do have a fair variety.
He plays a paladin, so he chose the Anhurian Swordsman from LTPK1. I was kind of hoping he would choose Halbrand (he played a Cleric in a game we did a while back,) but he doesn't play a cleric any longer, so c'est la vie. Besides, the Anhurian is a very easy paint.
I did a little bit of work on him on Thursday, but most of him was done on Friday. Yesterday, I finished the base. I haven't sealed him yet, so if anyone sees anything that needs doing, let me know. I thought long and hard about the color scheme, but went with largely blue and white as he is playing a paladin and those are nice "heroic" colors. I did go with a brownish yellow for the pants, on the advice of a color wheel.
Comments always welcome! The pictures, as usual, are frickin' huge - I love my new camera.
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