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I have not painted a miniature larger than a 1/600 scale tank in about 9 years (outside of painting Gundam models which is way different/easier than miniatures). At 1:600 scale it is very easy, even infantry, as it is just a spray of paint, wash and drybrush. If I am daring I do a prick of flesh and black for boots/guns. When I see the detail on some of the Bones and metal figures it just confounds me how people do it. I look at some of the pictures and I see detail that I can't even see on the unpainted figure...
Anyway, so I am wanting to paint some figures to use in some games (Rangers of Shadow Deep, Blood on the Blade and Blood in Space) which has brought me here.
I am posting here for a couple of reasons:
1. I live in Japan and don't have access to Reaper paints which I used in the past. The 3 stores listed on the Reaper site are not near me and none of the mail order carry them and do not have a re-order date for even the miniatures. I am more accustomed to using Mr Hobby (aka Gunze-sangyo Creos) Color/Aqueous/Acrysion paints. I know Mr Hobby has nowhere near the number of colors but I was wondering if anyone else uses them and/or has made progress on an equivalency chart? A long shot, I know.
2. I need motivation. I am a gamer more than a painter. I have half a mind to just buy figures and never paint them. But that just feels wrong to me. I don't mind plain plastic in boardgames but when it is a miniature game it just feels wrong. I am also half-tempted to pay someone but I can be a stingy bastard. Maybe this will be a New Year's Resolution. If I can get active here it may help motivate me.
Thanks for listening to me ramble and Merry Christmas from Japan (it is Christmas morning as I write this and I am waiting on my teenaged kids to get up)!
With only a week to go I finished the miniature I plan to give dear mum. She is a bit more of an artist than myself so I made a painter out of one of the townsfolk children. And she loves to garden so I put some flowers on the base and freehanded one on the front of the jumper.
Can anyone guess what the bag is supposed to be?
Wanted to take a break from painting big stompy robots (CAVs) and get back into something with curves. Someone in my pathfinder group just made a new character, a female slayer... So I used that as motivation to paint up this awesome sculpt.
I looked around and got heavy inspiration from these two posts by Pingo and Evilcoatrack:
I decided to try a few new things with this mini, including thinning using matte medium, and a tartan pattern. Tartan is really hard to make look good... If anyone had any tips, I am all ears. I just finished the hair and am really happy with how it came out, and this is probably the best face I have ever done as well (with eyes, no less!). In fact, the irises went on a bit thick, so there is a little dollop that creates a shadow under strong light to mimic a pupil ... Kind of like the opposite of what Roman sculptures do. A fortunate accident.
Anyway, C and C appreciated. I reckon I'll have her done by the end of the week. I'll be trying nmm on the sword and shields. Pingo and Evilcoatrack, thanks for the inspiration!!!
So in the spirit of ReaperBryan's Redecorate My Office thread, I'm going to ask you guys for some help with part of my basement game room.
Unlike Bryan and his office, I do sort of have a theme for my game room which is basically medieval times meets Stargate address archive meets nerd cave. (I didn't say it was a good theme).
Anyway, my wife, who is a stained glass artist, promised me she would make me six pieces of stained glass of my design for use in the window shutters I started for the three basement windows. The shutters will replace the shades, and by having them glass, I'll be able to leave them closed, but still hopefully let a lot of light in.
My problem is that for the last three years, I haven't finished my part of the project because I can't decide what designs I want for the stained glass. Which means my wife can't do hers.
The problem isn't coming up with a design or two, but coming up with ideas that look good together, can be paired (each window will have two pieces - one on each side of the shutter), AND can be made with at least 60% lighter translucent colors of glass to allow light in.
So what do you think would look cool for stained glass in a game room? Each piece would be approximately 12" wide, by about 14" high, and as I mentioned, each shutter would have a right and left piece. I don't care if the pair in each window are part of the same design, or just along the same themes. I do want them to be somewhere in the sci-fi or fantasy realm.
I do have to draw all of the patterns myself (or commission someone to do them, which cuts into my glass budget).
here's some pics to give you a better idea:
Here are two of the windows in the corner with the video games:
Here is a sample of my book shelves with gaming, reference and fictions books, as well as some overflow hobby stuff. like Bones creatures:
And finally, here's one of the other walls near the bar area:
Sana'a, Yemen, the old city:
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