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13 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:


You realize he's saying "why are there dogs and not cats on this model?


I've just realized that he's actually lying on top of a bunch of paints there. I was too busy painting and watching Hot Fuzz to notice him creeping closer to me ::o:

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28 minutes ago, ManvsMini said:


You realize he's saying "why are there dogs and not cats on this model?"


Technically they are Komainu, aka Foo Lions, so....cats.  :poke:  I based them off of this one:


Komainu Lion Dogs | JapanVisitor Japan Travel Guide

(They were originally a bit closer to this one before the Chinese resculpt happened...long story.)



Oh, and Malachite is one of my favorite stones (along with lapis).  I love it. 


That red dragon is stunning!


No need to be nervous; I'm just super excited to watch a great painter paint one of my sculpts!

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33 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

Technically they are Komainu, aka Foo Lions, so....cats.  :poke: 


You get to explain that one to Loki then. Based on his expression, I don't think he's buying it...


59 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

I was too busy painting and watching Hot Fuzz to notice him creeping closer to me 


First, nice choice in movie. Second, how appropriate of a title as a literal ball of warm fuzziness is sliding over your paints.

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On 8/11/2020 at 8:10 PM, ManvsMini said:


First, nice choice in movie. Second, how appropriate of a title as a literal ball of warm fuzziness is sliding over your paints.


You may be interested to know that todays update was brought to you by the films Aliens, The Cabin in the Woods and Shaun of the Dead. There may be a cat photo at the end too :rolleyes:


So, it's been a week and I managed about 8 hours painting in that time. Some good and one awful miscalculation, but I'll get to that soon enough.


I've been busy working on the 'active' side of the portal, including the blue, black and white heads




Here's the colours that I used. I tend to take photos of the paint pots with the minis, otherwise I just end up with lots of paint recipies with absolutely no idea where I used them.




The black really wasn't working at this point, even though it looks much better in person. I usually try and highlight Black Dragons with a mix of purple and turquoise, mostly influenced by an awesome melanistic boa that i saw at a reptile rescue organisation a few years ago.


I realised that I needed to make a start on the base and I used some Sculpey and a Green Stuff World Roller to make this base. It wasn't that thick, so I needed to attach it to some cork sheet to give it a bit more heft. I even had an assistant, the studious Kurogane!








Yeah, I know it's a bit uneven looking but I forgot to take an after shot, ok? ::P:


Paint, wash and a hearty drybrushing was applied....




And I started work on the portal, trying to tie the colours into the heads. I'm really not sure whether to leave it as it is or to bring more colour into it.




I also added more highlights to Mr Black



This is where I got too confident and it all went wrong. I thought that it would be a good idea to try an OSL effect from the portal onto the stones. This did NOT go well and I'm planning on covering it up asap.



Thus ends this weeks (mis)adventures in painting,  next weeks first act will be to redo that stone


Bonus kitteh, an affectionate Loki :)



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That portal is amazing! I love the idea you are doing, with the swirl being the same colors of the dragons nearby. And it's looking good.


2 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

You may be interested to know that todays update was brought to you by the films Aliens, The Cabin in the Woods and Shaun of the Dead. There may be a cat photo at the end too


Have you been raiding my movie collection???

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This post was brought to you by Back to the Future, Parts 1&2


It's been a bit of a hectic week, but I managed to get some painting time today. I decided to do something, anything with the glowing area of the floor in front of the portal because it was really bothering me. My original idea was to do some sort of OSL effect, but the angle was all wrong and I decided to show the protective runes on the floor 'activating' to show the magical energies flowing through the portal instead.


I started with the green portion, using the same colours as the green dragon head.




Likewise the red portion, to mirror the Red Dragon head. The picture also shows the new(ish) brush that I picked up in lockdown that I was testing out today. I'm pretty happy with it to be honest.




Todays feline interruption was subcontracted to Diva as Loki was far too busy chattering at our birdfeeders.




Diva was placated with food and I continued with the blue part.



I realised that There was a bit of a gap between the blue and red, so I extended the red a little bit longer.




I checked the colour against a handy inky creature




And a badly lit photo of the portal with the colour spray.





At that point I decided to stop because I'd been painting for almost 5 hours and, unusually, I was pretty happy with what I'd accomplished. I think I need to extend the green to meet the red, but I'll leave it for the next session.


Thanks for looking everybody! As always, any critisisms/comments are greatly appreciated.


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