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So i've got that trio of spiders from nolzur's.
They do not come with sculpted bases - unlike most of the nolzur's line. This isn't a huge issue, except that these suckers have a bunch of tiny spindly legs. I am worried about getting a good hold.
So I have a few questions:
1: how to fasten these guys to a base? Just glue the legs and hope, or pin them through the body like a flightstand?
2: how to sculpt/or assemble, suitable bases to compliment their spindly nature and ensure a better hold.
3: how to attach the spider in a way that I can paint underneath it OR should I find a way to glue it down after both parts are painted?
So the webbed victim shown in the photo above I have decided to leave out as a piece of scatter. There is a stone base (not pictured) that I have already glued to a reaper base for one of the spiders. Each of the spiders has a slightly different pose with their legs - which is made worse by them being bent out of shape. I'm hoping to use this as an advantage though, and pose each spider differently. One is rearing back with front legs up (this one I plan to glue to the supplied rocky base with the abdomen glued to the ground for extra support.
Another spider has one side of legs kind of bent under a bit. I'm thinking this would look good mounted sideways, crawling up the side of a fallen log (not sure if I should try to sculpt this, or find a twig to glue to the base).
The last spider is pretty neutral, but I was thinking of posing it climbing down something just for variety.
Any advice about sculpting the bases vs gluing organic material or mounting something with narrow points of contact would be tremendously helpful. My indecision has lead to two weeks of no painting.
The Froghemoth first appeared as part of an extraterrestrial biome in "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks" if memory serves, so a spacefuture setting is, if anything, returning it to its roots. Twisted, coiling, poisonous roots, in the fungal swamps of a jungle hellworld such as Retro-Venus!
I went for an unwholesome, etiolated color scheme--which blends in pretty well with the rest of the terrain.
This is a big miniature! Here it is towering over some tentacle-faced Cult Beasts from Midlam. They are about hound-sized in scale. The deep scars and tatters on the throat pouch indicate some sort of scarring from combat with others of its species, as rutting sea lions do.
This is a beast too much even for the Beastmasters of the Venerian Amazons to handle alone!
While we're at it, here's another view of the Cultist Beasts
And a Venerian menagerie:
I plan on getting Mudgullet and making a mate for this one at some point.
Here's another that I was practicing on with oil paints mixed in. I am not sure I have it figured out yet. I had read that before applying oils, you should do a gloss coat to give a 'protective' layer so you can reset the oil if you need to clear up a mistake. I'm not sure I'm getting much from that method and may just go straight over the acrylic layer next time. The gloss coat may only be needed first with the pin washing? Not sure. Any help would be loved here.
That said, there were a few areas that worked great and some that sucked.
1. oil wash on back of cape area worked out well with a black 4:1 mix of spirits to paint. Win.
2. The primer I used was an older one and it had a 'chalky' texture to it and prevented much of my washes from settling in only recessed areas. Fail (but I have since stopped using that primer). This was just an older project sitting calling my name to finish him.
3. I have no idea how to finish that translucent stuff, so I left it on the 'to-do' list and guidance from some of the Reaper forum folks. No idea what to do with those.
4. Horns on his back were a cool mix of brown to light tan. Win.
5. Keeping to darker tones all over. Red/Green/Purple all were good choices for this slimy guy. Win.
6. Dry brushing a yellow to bring out the bumps on his face was also a good win.
7. Eyes are questionable, but may end up blacking them out to fix them. Might be more fitting with a 'fish eye' look.
Love the feedback if you got it!
Hi all! With the year nearly at its end, this seemed like a great time to share a comparison project to reflect on this past year's growth.
A little over a year ago a painted up my first Beholder, and last month I painted another. I was particularly proud of the first so it's interesting to see a side-by-side a year apart.
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It's always fun to compare two similar models that have been painted with time in between. I'm always impressed by how much I can grow in this hobby in such a short amount of time. I only painted my first skeleton a little over two years ago. My confidence in layering has improved and it is now my go-to method of painting. Drybrushing and Washes are now reserved for specific effects and textures. My speed has increased, and I feel more comfortable adding freehanded details.
I'm proud of the growth I've had this past year and look forward to the improvements next year brings. And these guys will be looking forward as well. And backwards. And sideways. Always watching.
How have you improved this year?
Brothers Roberto (03561) and Louis IV (02087) are excellent sculpts suitable for multiple time periods. I've painted a couple of Nuns With Guns and a couple of priests, but not a bishop or a cardinal!
"Your Exellency, I apologize for the short notice. It's worse than we had thought."
"You are forgiven, Bishop. Is it the old Priory at St. Wulfstan's?"
"Indeed. The Creature has at last gotten loose from the bindings put down in 947 and broken through the 16th-century salt rings."
"God in Heaven. I had prayed those wards would outlast me. We knew this day would come."
"Mercifully, we have one of our best men on the scene. God willing he can contain the beast until the rest of the team arrives."
Father Sweeny, again from Artizan's 'Thrilling Tales' line, had better be a man of strong faith and iron will.
The Beast, ornery after centuries of durance :
Hold the line...
(Guest appearances by Fr. Thomas, Sr. Maria, Order of St. George Nun, and Fra Ximenez from Black Cat.)
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