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Greetings y'all!

 

I'm starting this thread to use as a painting blog, to help catalog my journey, and to use as a source of ongoing motivation. I have a LOT of stuff I've been putting off, that I want to get through for a homebrew campaign I'm working on, and some warbands for Frostgrave, as well. So, I'll take any extra motivation I can get ::D: Once I actually finish pieces, I'll make sure to post them in that part of the forum.

 

To start things off, I have a dragon I've been working on for a couple of weeks, and just got to the point where it's "good enough for now," although definitely not finished. It's easily my favorite piece I've ever owned, so I put off doing any work on it until I was "good enough" to do the piece justice. That is, until I realized that would never happen :lol:, so I decided to:

 

1) Do the darned thing

2) Do some work on it every day

3) Push myself outside my comfort zone to try new things

4) Be patient and forgiving with myself

5) To not freak out when I try something that I don't like, and just go ahead and fix it

 

There's still a good amount to do to it (I have a list with 15 bullet points on it, and growing!), but I'm happy enough looking at it, and want to take a break to focus on some other pieces.

 

I took some progress shots (though perhaps not as many as I'd have liked). So please, join me as we journey through my learning experience:

 

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I fully assembled the mini before putting down any paint. Here's where the mini was after a couple days work, about 4-5 hrs. I used an airbrush to give it a zenithal undercoat with black and white, and then to lay in the base coats of the red and blue. I then painted the underbelly and the wing-fingers with a brush.

 

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Here, I'm trying to show the work I've done (still fairly subtle, at this point) on building up the vibrancy/transitions on the red skin/scales. I was fairly happy at this point, as I could start to see that I might actually be able to paint this to the standard I want.

 

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The next day, I did some work on the face, horns, and blocked in the body spikes. I generally liked the mouth and tongue, but felt it was a bit vibrant. I thought the blue on the horns was alright, but also wasn't completely sold on it.

 

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Here's where it was after another `30min of work. Since I felt the tongue was too much, I did something about it! I did a very light glaze with a grey, just to knock down the saturation a bit. Looks better. I added some more blue to the horns, and still wasn't quite happy with it. Picked out the teeth, which is nice, easy bit of definition. And that eye!!! It looked much better than I expected, although that's the last time it would be that well defined...:mellow::lol:

 

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Here it is after another couple days of progress, building up that red (it takes soooooo long on something this big!!!!), as well as more work on the mouth/face. I'd accidentally painted over the eye (which becomes a recurring theme in this tale :lol:), so I blocked in some color, just to separate it from the face. I added a glaze of 'RMP's fair skin' to the tongue, and now I'm lovin' it. Also added some fleshy-ness to the gums on the upper jaw (though it's a little hard to tell), and that was definitely another good decision.

 

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Here I continued to build up the red, progress is slow but steady. Not pictured (which is unfortunate, because it was a good learning experience) is my attempt to redo the horn entirely, to a scheme that was a transition of bone to brown to black at the tip...I was really unhappy with it. I had the bone starting around the eye ridges in at attempt to add more contrast and draw the viewer's eye towards the face, but it just looked awful. So I spent a good while redoing the horn and fixing the whole face. I'm glad I made that mistake, as I think the face looks much better than it did before I started on the horn. Part of that was adding in a new level of bright highlights.

 

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Here's the mini in some soft lighting, and although the picture is kinda blurry, it better shows the transitions throughout the red. I think this was also the point where I started working on shading the red, by applying a light blue-black glaze to the shaded areas, which really helped add some contrast to the piece.

 

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I had an accident that almost gave me a heart attack, where the figure seemingly jumped off the desk ::o: Luckily, I caught it before it hit the ground, and it sustained no major damage. It did separate where the dragon attaches on to the base, and although that was a little frustrating, it ended up being a happy little accident, as it made it MUCH MUCH easier to work on the base. I started by putting down some paints and pigments, until it was at a place I thought was ok. Also, the rock spire that it's curled around was originally about 6 inches taller, which I cut off to better see all of the dragon. So, I started work on sculpting a new top. I started by building up thin layers of cardboard with superglue, to level it off (it had quite a slant to it). Then I mixed up some greenstuff, and tried to match the overall flow and texture of of the rocks. Although not a perfect match, it's close enough to not be distracting. Mission accomplished!! The pillars were a part of the mini.

 

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And here's the beast in its current state. I painted the newly sculpted top to match what I'd already done, and left the pillars with a super quick drybrushing. I touched up the eye to look acceptable (it's on my 'to do' list), added some grass tufts to the base, and was happy to leave it be like this, for a time. The final pic is another attempt to 'more accurately'  show the value transitions with the red, though the colors seem a tad washed out.

 

Thanks for taking a look at my work, and for reading my ramblings! C&C is welcome ::D: As I said, I have a to do list for the dragon, but I'm not afraid to add more to it!!! I'll strive to make a post in here a few times a week, and eventually you'll get to see a completed dragon!

 

EDIT: I forgot to mention that once the dragon broke away from the base (super cleanly, luckily), I took the opportunity to redo the underbelly on the whole model, darkening it up some. And along the neck, I experimented with wet blending for the first time! I've been apprehensive to try it before, but decided this was a good spot to experiment, as it's a large enough area, but felt less...consequential, I guess, if I messed it up. And I'm pretty pleased with the result!

 

Next up: Frostgrave warbands for me and my brother!

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Greetings y'all!   I'm starting this thread to use as a painting blog, to help catalog my journey, and to use as a source of ongoing motivation. I have a LOT of stuff I've been putting off,

Thanks, I'll make sure to drop by! And that's a great bust, I look forward to eventually seeing some paint on it     Update time! I was compelled to do more work on the dragon, so I did

I finally got around to putting paint on some Frostgrave figures the past couple of days!   I started by doing a basecoat of black primer with some brown mixed in, followed by a zenith

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Those players better appreciate it when you plonk that thing on the table. :lol:

 

Besides pics of the warbands, feel free to post "in play" pictures of the game, including comments. Frostgrave session reports tend to have some pretty climactic moments... 

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15 hours ago, ced1106 said:

Those players better appreciate it when you plonk that thing on the table. :lol:

 

Besides pics of the warbands, feel free to post "in play" pictures of the game, including comments. Frostgrave session reports tend to have some pretty climactic moments... 

 

Thanks for the kind words! I''m hoping for it's eventual reveal to walk the line between the players going 'that's so cool!' and 'I should have worn the brown pants today' :lol:

 

14 hours ago, Sharkbelly said:

That looks great! I can almost feel the heat about to come pouring out of it.

 

Thanks! I hadn't looked at it like that, but now that you mention it...I think I have a little bit more direction as to how to proceed with the red. Thanks for that!

 

12 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Awesome!

 

Thank you! I am most happy to be blessed with your kind, ubiquitous presence; it's part of what inspired me to join the forums!

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10 minutes ago, AussieAusborn said:

 

Thank you! I am most happy to be blessed with your kind, ubiquitous presence; it's part of what inspired me to join the forums!

 

This is a very friendly forum, usually is.

There are many very kind people and creatures on this forum.

Hope you enjoy it here and will stick around.

 

I for one always like seeing painted minis.

 

As for me being kind....well, how else can I recruit new members for WOOF?

 

 

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On 8/21/2020 at 1:18 PM, Glitterwolf said:

 

I know I've seen that model before, who makes that dragon?

 

The model is Xardrax the Ancient from Karol Rudyk Art. This is the only piece from them I have, but I hope it's not my last! Everything they make is a limited edition, and this one is now sold out, unfortunately. It was love at first sight, and when I saw it was  limited run, I knew I had to strike when the iron was hot. I had been on a search for not just a dragon, but for THE dragon for some time (many very cool models out there, but none spoke to me the way this did), so the whole situation felt rather serendipitous!

 

On 8/21/2020 at 1:07 PM, Glitterwolf said:

 

This is a very friendly forum, usually is.

There are many very kind people and creatures on this forum.

Hope you enjoy it here and will stick around.

 

I for one always like seeing painted minis.

 

As for me being kind....well, how else can I recruit new members for WOOF?

 

I agree, it seems like a pretty great community! I plan on sticking around, as I miss this kind of environment. I got started playing 40K and was active on the Bolter and Chainsword forums, though I haven't done anything 40k in 15 years.

 

I, too, am a fan of painted minis! And I'm not sure what WOOF is, but kindness is almost always a solid strategy ::D:

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14 minutes ago, AussieAusborn said:

 

The model is Xardrax the Ancient from Karol Rudyk Art. This is the only piece from them I have, but I hope it's not my last! Everything they make is a limited edition, and this one is now sold out, unfortunately. It was love at first sight, and when I saw it was  limited run, I knew I had to strike when the iron was hot. I had been on a search for not just a dragon, but for THE dragon for some time (many very cool models out there, but none spoke to me the way this did), so the whole situation felt rather serendipitous!

 

 

I agree, it seems like a pretty great community! I plan on sticking around, as I miss this kind of environment. I got started playing 40K and was active on the Bolter and Chainsword forums, though I haven't done anything 40k in 15 years.

 

I, too, am a fan of painted minis! And I'm not sure what WOOF is, but kindness is almost always a solid strategy ::D:

 

Purple texts are meant as a joke/irony here.

 

We have a ongoing joke/fun thing.

WOOF is the Canine organisation and M.E.O.W the feline one.

And we have a amphibian group R.I.B.B.I.T.

All just for fun and cause for many jokes, pictures etc.

Nothing to worry about.

 

 

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18 hours ago, AussieAusborn said:

Thanks for the info! It certainly didn't come off as anything nefarious, just unknown. I figured that someone who calls themselves "Glorious Leader of WOOF" most likely has a good sense of humor ::D:

 

You should visit the Randomness Rampancy Thread.

We chat and have fun there.

 

Karol Rudyk Art

I remember seeing it.

I have a bust from his hands waiting for paint.

 

 

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On 8/22/2020 at 10:24 AM, Glitterwolf said:

 

You should visit the Randomness Rampancy Thread.

We chat and have fun there.

 

Karol Rudyk Art

I remember seeing it.

I have a bust from his hands waiting for paint.

 

 

Thanks, I'll make sure to drop by! And that's a great bust, I look forward to eventually seeing some paint on it ::):

 

 

Update time! I was compelled to do more work on the dragon, so I did. And although I haven't done any work on my Frostgrave minis since my last update, I do have figures that have been in the works for a while. So, as a man of my word, I have some pictures of those to look at first ::P: :

 

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This is my wizard. I'm a sucker for big swords, and wanted a barbaric shaman type of spellcaster, so here's what I came up with. I'm really happy with him overall; the pose turned out pretty well and doesn't look off, and the sculpting is adequate. Since I have the Arcane Eye spell, and to make him a more obvious magic user, I sculpted an eye in the palm of his outstretched hand. By the way, that hand is from a set of Warhammer ghouls, and I had to file down the finger-tips quite a bit to make them look reasonable :lol:

 

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Speaking of spells, I made up something to represent his Elemental Shield. I was looking for something to base it off of, when I found this bit in my box. It barely needs anything extra to sell the idea, so I added those magical flames/tendrils in an annoyingly tedious process.

 

The next batch of figures were made specifically for my campaign, but I will definitely end up using them for my or my brother's warband.

 

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I love this guy's attitude. The idea is he's a scavenger barbarian, who takes equipment as trophies and uses them. He's a big ol' mix of bits, too: the body is from a King's of War mini, the arms are from the Frostgrave soldiers kit, the shield is from a WFB skeleton, and the helmet is from set of Perry Miniatures foot knights. I really enjoy doing conversions/kit bashes, and this one was a load of fun. Big guy with a big sword! He can be used as a knight, templar or barbarian, depending on my mood. I just have to remember what list I'm using!

 

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This guy is an combat engineer, so he can easily maintain those bear traps, and he has a mess of tools and supplies in his pack, so he can get the group of of unforeseen situations. I really like how the mattock turned out. The head is a mace from some Reaper bits. My brother is using this guy as his wizard.

 

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Sometimes I like to peruse for bits, knowing that sometimes they'll just speak to me. That's what happened when I saw the crossbow, I knew I had to make a unit of monster-hunting mercs (which is what this whole group is in my campaign). I believe the bit is from a Necromunda ganger. Pretty obviously going to be used as a crossbow-man or an arbiliest.

 

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Every group of monster hunters needs a sacrificial I mean brave local boy to show them where the beast resides, right? :devil: I really like the feeling I captured here, I like to think he's turning to hit a rat he heard scurrying :lol: Can be used as a thug.

 

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Every group of mercs needs some poor soul to carry all of their junk, right? He can be used as a thug, or whatever the porter class is called.

 

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Resident scout/ speedy and sneaky person. Used as a thief.

 

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I figured a group who hunts monsters should also have a guy with a long, pointy stick, to help keep the creature at bay. So we have this guy. Can be used as a man-at-arms or a templar.

 

And now on to the new work on the dragon:

 

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This shows off the mossy patches I added around the base. I also added some dirt around some of the grass tufts, though it's not all too noticeable. I also touched up some of my work on the pigments. I have Terracotta Earth and Burning Sands pigments from Secret Weapon, and I've enjoyed the effects I've been able to get with them.

 

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I did a quick wash of Nuln Oil on the columns to take down their brightness.

 

I wanted to start to block in the values and colors of the wings. I started off by glazing black across them. Then I did some drybrushing with Citadel's Kantor Blue, and then a drybrush of Sotek Green, followed by another with some RMSP Polished Bone mixed in. I'm happy have blocked in the idea quickly; now it just needs a good bit of refinement. I'll do some more targeted drybrushing, along with some layering and glazing.

 

I also did a fair bit of work pushing the red highlights across the neck, lower jaw, a little on the upper jaw, the back, thigh, shoulders, and tail. I also extended the bright area of the tail further down it. I've been using RMSP Blood Red and little Phoenix Red for the brighter areas, so I've been using more Phoenix Red in the mix, and occasionally using just that. I'm really starting to truly adore the contrast in value and tone across my darks and lights of the red. My patience is paying off!!!

 

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Here's a closer shot that I think more accurately represents the colors (such a hard thing to do!!) It also shows off the little bit of highlighting that I did on the cheek membrane and the gums. I do think the gums need some tinting, maybe just a red to subdue it some.

 

 

I'm continuously excited to see that I can keep pushing the model, and that I haven't messed it up beyond repair! At this point, I'm kind of curious to see just how far I can push this piece. Could I get it to a level where I'd be comfortable entering it into a larger painting competition? I wouldn't expect to win, but I think it could be fun to enter, and not feel outlandishly outclassed.

 

On that note, what kinds of things do you think this model could use to push it into that realm? I still have a lot of work to do, primarily on: the foot, the wing membranes, the wing "arms", the underbelly, the horns/claws/body spikes, and the mouth. I'm also going to experiment doing some easy recess painting by using oil paints, as the skin/scale texture across the model just has to be utilized properly, and I don't really like the idea of pin-lining the whole thing. But, one of the painted versions I found on CMON did just that! Maybe I'll get to the point where I trust my hand enough to do that by the end of this model...::P:

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6 hours ago, AussieAusborn said:

I love this guy's attitude. The idea is he's a scavenger barbarian, who takes equipment as trophies and uses them. He's a big ol' mix of bits, too: the body is from a King's of War mini, the arms are from the Frostgrave soldiers kit, the shield is from a WFB skeleton, and the helmet is from set of Perry Miniatures foot knights. I really enjoy doing conversions/kit bashes, and this one was a load of fun. Big guy with a big sword! He can be used as a knight, templar or barbarian, depending on my mood. I just have to remember what list I'm using!

 

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This guy is an combat engineer, so he can easily maintain those bear traps, and he has a mess of tools and supplies in his pack, so he can get the group of of unforeseen situations. I really like how the mattock turned out. The head is a mace from some Reaper bits. My brother is using this guy as his wizard.

Very cool conversions so far filling out a great thread.  Where did you find the bear traps?  Been looking for some that I do not have to scratch build.

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      I went pretty classic on this one, going with the red dragon and robin blue eggs like the box art but decided that the spines and chest plates should be more contrast than the slightly darker red of the box.  I took the original base pieces included in the box and expanded them to a small diorama of a hotspring using Magic water, a transparent epoxy to create the water around the spring.  The resin developed a little bit of a lip at the edge but I wasn't willing to cut it down and risk the clarity of the water by trying to sand and polish the resin. (its more rubbery that solid and difficult to polish -- I tried on two sample pieces and it didn't work out well.)
       
      anyway the WIP is here if your interested:  https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/94482-a-new-year-a-new-old-dragon/
       
      and here are the images of the final project.  Hope everyone has as much fun looking as I did creating this.  Feel free to comment and question away as always.  The project was a lot of fun and the they got the expression of the egg thief who is looking back to see an enraged mother dragon bearing down on him just about right!
       



      One shot from the human's perspective to give an idea of the trouble they are in....



      And one from a mothers perspective as she hones in on the ones who are trying to steal her precious eggs!

       
       
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