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It's the perfect time of year to show off this little collection of spooky minis!
Giant Bats 44040
These little guys are adorable. They're pretty simple, and it's hard to pick out details in their faces, but I think they're fantastic little minis. Though their size clearly makes them giant bats, I can definitely see myself using them as "normal-sized" bats for Wildshape or Familiar purposes. I specifically used the Little Brown Bat as my coloration reference.
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Harrowgate Shrine 77723
Next up is a bit of scatter terrain. This is one of the two models in the Harrowgate Shrines set.
What could it be? An ancient omen? The gravestone for a horrific creature? Or perhaps the beast itself is encased in stone!
It's not the most exciting of models, but I thought it fit nicely with this little set. I probably should have based it, but I like basing scatter pieces on flat bases and didn't have one the right size for this. Might base it in the future.
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And rounding out this set we have the big baddie: the werebat!
I really like how dynamic this guy is. Really get the sense he's about to lunge at you, or take off to the skies. I painted him up like the giant bats. Don't love the paintjob, but it works. I really like how his base turned out though. The model comes on a roughly 1" circular base, but he's pretty top heavy. I didn't want to give him a 2" base, but I'm really starting to enjoy basing these oversized models on 40mm rounds. Especially with that tapering rim, they fit nicely without looking out-of-scale compared to other "medium" sized creatures.
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So what's the story? What would you use these minis for?
Who let the dogs out (of hell)?
Hi everyone. Back again with some infernal pooches.
These are the Hell hounds from the Bones 4 Fan Favorites Expansion. They were fun and challenging. All those glowing lava details were a pain. I think I managed to get them to turn out alright though. Also had fun with the lava bases.
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In all, I like these guys. Their bases were a lot of fun and really pop from a lot of my other minis. I'll be posting more of my infernal collection soon, but figured these were a great place to start.
Which Hound turned out best?
Hi everyone. Got a couple of Cool Cats to show off today.
I went back and forth for a long time on whether or not a wanted a group of matching lions, or if I wanted variety. As a DM, I feel these would be used most often as Druidic wildshapes, familiars, or summons. I also couldn't deny that i wanted to try some different techniques on each, so I decided to go with a Lion, a Tiger, and a Black Panther.
Tiger (Reaper Bones Lion 77341)
First up was the Tiger. She was actually the Lioness from the Reaper Bones Lions set (77341). Her sculpt looked like it could read as a tiger, and that was my major inspiration for wanting to paint each of them differently. I used a lot of references images on her and the subsequent cats as well. Really wanted to get the coloration right. I'm happy I did, because my instinct was to use more orange tones, but in actuality, tigers have more of a warm brown color. I used red-hair colors to bring out the highlights. The stripes weren't as difficult as I was expecting. I just used my reference photos as a guide and did my best. I do worry that people will misinterpret the nose stripes as poorly-drawn whiskers though. She also looks a little dopy head-on but I promise that that's the sculpt.
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Lion (Reaper Bones Lions 77341)
Next up is the other half of the Lion set. This guy was always destined to be a lion. Once again, I'm really glad I used reference images. Its funny how many animals we envision incorrectly. I learned this lesson well after painting up the Bones 4 pig way too pink, even though I knew it shouldn't be that color. I'm really pleased with my coloration on the mane. The only dry brushing on this guy is the rock base. Time consuming but worth the result. I think the muscle highlights look pretty natural.
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Black Panther (Legend of Drizzt Board Game - Guenhwyvar)
And finally we have the Black Panther.
Did you know that there is no such animal as a Black Panther? It is just a nickname for melanistic variants of any Panthera species, specifically Leopards and Jaguars.
This model is from The Legend of Drizzt Board Game by Wizards of the Coast. I have not read a single Drizzt Do'Urden book, but I believe the black panther, Guenhwyvar, is the ranger's companion animal. Anyways, that was influence enough to paint her up in that style. I believe I used mostly Black Jaguars as inspiration, though the markings became less important than getting the highlight colors right. I ended up using Reaper's Dark Elf Skin colors to highlight the black, which is amusing considering Drizzt's race. I added some mottled spotting afterwards, trying to imply the pattern more than paint each individual spot. I think I managed to imply muscle, fur, and spots without losing the dark shade of black I wanted. Pretty happy, especially since this sculpt was my least favorite of the bunch.
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Which of the three is your favorite?
What animals do you use most often in your games?
Do you have a favorite animal you like to see painted in miniatures?
Was asked by mods to start this Air Brush thread to be pinned and I'll keep it up to date with links/tutorials as we go along. Keep the chatter/off topic to a minimum please.
Feel free to add links/websites/tutorials/videos/books/articles in this thread and I'll compile them here in the first thread post (just no commerce links per Forum rules).
Here we go!
VEX Part info
Reaper VEX Videos:
Ed Pugh, Disassemble and reassemble the Vex
Aaron Lovejoy's First impressions
Getting to know your vex, with Aaron Lovejoy
The Crow's Nest #15 - The birds flew off with the New Reaper Vex Airbrush! (Full review inside)
Airbrush for Hubby
Care & Feeding for Airbrush
My Next & Last Airbrush
Airbrush & Paint Question
Airbrush Cleaning and Advice
Airbrush Newb Help
Help Setting up First Airbrush
Cheap Airbrush and Cheap Paints
Learning to use Airbrush
To Brush with the Air
Airbrush Equipment & Recommendations
Airbrush & Thinning Reaper Paints
Airbrush Cleaning Tutorial from Massive Voodoo
Painting Miniatures From A to Z: Masterclass Volume 1, By: Angel Giraldez (linked image)
This book provides pictures of step by step of Airbrush and brush painting. Not as through as some other airbrush books, but still good.
How's it going everyone? Got a handful of baddies to show off today. Painted these a few months ago and still pretty proud of them. They're a mix of the Brigands from the Bones 4 Core, and the Bandits from Bones 3: Stoneskull Expansion.
Painted them up to match. They'll work great as bandits, thugs, mercenaries, or militia men. Very versatile figures. They were also a great opportunity for me to practice my face-work.
Brigands (3) 77707
I'm assuming the upcoming bones "Brigands" are in fact these three. Lovely little models. I'm a big fan of the slightly chunkier bones models that have been coming out lately. They tend to have larger surface areas and better-defined edges. They also tend to have less clutter. This makes for an easier, cleaner paint job in my opinion.
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These four are from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion. I've had them sitting around for awhile, but decided to paint them up with the Brigands. They have similar enough designs to fit together. In general, I like their design less, but once I painted them up that didn't matter. Perfectly serviceable mooks!
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Who's your favorite of the bunch? I'm partial to the Executioner myself, with the Bandit Bully taking a close second.
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