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Didn't realize how long it had been since I updated this thread. Looking at the date of my last update I'm guessing my productivity for this project fell off a cliff at the exact same time Bones V arrived. Well now that the novelty of all that plastic goodness has worn off I'm back to focusing on this project again. First off here is everything I've finished since the last time I updated in here:


This quick job is some sort of Reapercon themed mini, she came with an axolotl, but I like her as a pirate without the companion. I'll save that to go with axolotl pirates at some point:




Here are a couple of the first minis I painted from Bones V. I like to think that the crews' of the Sophie's Revenge and the Storm Wraith decided to settle their differences with a drinking contest:








Not necessarily a nautical themed mini here, but this guy is from the Brinewind Expansion, which itself is nautical themed. So this fits. I'm fairly certain that the little statue attached to the chest that the monkey is sitting on is the gold idol from the beginning of the first Indiana Jones movie:




Pirates are great and all, but I'm also needing some sea creatures. Not sure this dolphin and hammerhead are really that good in terms of color selection, but they'll do for tabletop:






I did include a couple of minis with a bit of a maritime thing going on for my "paint nothing but spooky minis" for the month of October. First is this pirate doctor, also from the Brinewind expansion. Better hope you don't get wounded while on the ship:




And then these pirate zombies from the last batch of Reapercon minis:




My group is currently edging closer and closer to the coastline in the game we're playing. So I've got another group of pirates, mostly composed of freaky fish peoples and monsters and such. Most of the pirates I've painted up to date are going to be part of the crew of one of those giant plastic pirate ships I have yet to start. They'll be painted up later. But to begin with I'm going to be reworking an encounter from an old Dragon magazine involving missing ships and a Dragon Turtle under the control of a Pirate wizard. Which means these guys are on the table next as my bad guys:




And after that I think I'm going to finally start on one of these pirate ships I've got sitting here. Cheers all and thanks for looking!



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I've painted up enough minis since the last time I updated this project that it looks like it's time to post again. I've been focusing most of my recent painting efforts for this project on building up a pirate crew. And I'm pretty happy with the following group:




I like to think this guy joined a pirate crew just cause he likes sandy beaches. And who can blame him?






I thought about going all Queequeg with this one and covering him in tattoos. But my first attempt at that was horrible. I'm kind of happy with the end results regardless. 



This guy is from the last Reapercon and is listed on the website as a pirate, so he's part of this project. I can imagine a bunch of non nautical uses for this creepy fellow. Though a guy who can control a bunch of little puppet people is probably pretty handy on a ship.




I've also got this gnoll pirate I just finished speed painting. His expression makes me think he's the happiest gnoll alive. And why wouldn't he be? He's got a saber, a hook, fresh air and his other pirate friends let him cut up people on a regular basis. 




But you know what's even happier than a gnoll pirate? A gnoll pirate with a cannon.




I've also gotten a start on some scenery to be used with any coastal outings my group finds themselves in. The wood on these docks were done with craft paints. And a lot of the rest of the brinewind extras are going to get the same treatment as I come up with a few economical wood grains for the pirate ship(s). Never mind the guy in the second picture. That's Steve "Well, this sucks" Stevens just having a bad day. Totally unrelated to this project.






And finally here's a Tiik Warrior that I painted for the RCL 365 challenge. There's another one I painted about a year ago further back in this thread, but the colors on this one are far superior. If my players ask I'll just tell them they're different sexes and let them argue over which one is which. Of course that won't matter much, they're both going to try and eat em. 




That's all for now. I've got some freaky fish dude from Bones V on the paint table right now and am starting prep work on what will be the first of a school of Goroloth. Also, that cannon up there represents me officially starting one of my pirate ships. Though that may get it's own thread once I've begun in earnest. Cheers all and thanks for looking!

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Man, has it been a while since I updated this or what? It's not that I haven't been painting my evil little DM heart out getting monsters ready for the table. It's just that I'm no good at updates. Couple that with the fact that a lot of this year has been spent prepping minis for a big sci fi campaign my group has recently begun, and I've been rather slow to update around here. Some of these have been in their own threads, or other WiP threads. But I'm going to throw them all together for completeness sake on this project.


First off, that ship. I thought that was going to take less time than it has. As of right now I'm done with the figurehead, masts and the bowsprit and have begun work on the top deck (or whatever nautical term describes the bit where the officers hang out). I don't have a lot of pictures of it because I don't really have anywhere to set it up right now, but here's picture of the figurehead. I'm using all craft paints on this one and trying for a simple wood texture. I got a couple of these ships, so the next one is likely to look more like a painted ship and less like bare wood.




Next are some sailors from the Brinewind set in Bones V.








These guys may not be alive, but they're still sailors, so they go here as well.




I don't know that this cat person looks much like a sailor, but it was in the Brinewind expansion that was all nautical themed, so she's part of the crew now. Or would be if my wife hadn't snatched her off of my workbench before I had a chance to finish her up. Had to go looking for her just to get this picture.




I decided to play around with one of the mermaids from that kickstater as well. I may change a few things about how these get painted, but she looks like she'll be a good template for the rest of them.




Here's an extinct critter I painted with @Kuroneko for the RCL when I was doing more of that. Stepped back from it a bit as I wasn't getting what I wanted painted. But with winter coming on and more time to paint I may try and pick up some more categories in the challenge.






Some of the things in the sea aren't just trying to eat you, but are actively evil. Like this thing that I'm guessing is some sort of Sahuagin.




Or this creepy flesh bag. This was a prototype for the other minis of this variety, but I'm likely to change it up a bit as this wasn't a great job in my opinion.




Let's switch it up a bit with some wizkids minis. My wife bought these bullywugs for me cause I work in swamps for a living. So not necessarily seagoing critters, but you can find plenty of coastal wetlands in the real world, so I'm supposing fantasy worlds have them to. And if they do then they're probably full of these guys just waiting for unsuspecting sailors to come ashore.




And here's the new Goroloth from bones V, sculpted by forum resident and moderator Talespinner. This was also done for the RCL. I've got two more of these to paint up. Because what's worse than a giant, evil, tentacled fish thing? A school of them.










I've also got a little something on the workbench right now. A sea Dragon! I got the base done but cannot figure out for the life of me the colors I want to go with for the body. 




Anyways, that's it for now. Cheers all and hopefully it won't take me so long to update this thread again!

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I've been making some relatively good progress on this project so I thought I'd go ahead and put together a little update. First off, I've added a couple of members to my steadily growing pirate crew.


These two guys were part of the Brinewind expansion from Bones V and I thought they'd make good extras to put on the ship eventually. Both are super fast speed paints I probably knocked out in a single evening.






This guy is definitely not an extra.




I've been making some good progress on the merfolk from Bones V as well. I really like the way these paint up, even though I kind of rushed through them. Wish I knew who sculpted them cause I really like the style. That info is probably on the kickstarter page but I didn't see it anywhere before giving up. I'm missing one of the finished mermaids from this group because of nudity. I'll probably post these in the show off thread once I'm all done, so I'll have to think of a way to put that on here without violating forum rules.










This is my favorite of the set. She's completely different in shape and pose than all the other fish folk. I Liked her so much I gave her a pet.




And just because there has to be one guy who can't stand Icthyoids. There's this Chronoscope guy armed for merfolk.




And I finished up the Sea Dragon from my last post. I like to think he's the friendly kind of Sea Dragon. The kind who just wants company. So he kidnaps sailors and takes them back to his lair so he has someone to talk to... until he gets bored and hungry that is.




And I'm working on the last of my Pirate crew. After this guy is finished up I'll start in on finishing that pirate ship!




Cheers all!

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