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So I decided to try out the Reaper Challenge League (RPL) for the time being and thought I'd go ahead and put together a WIP thread to highlight what I'm working on, keep the motivation going for myself, and to maybe encourage other folks to share what they're working on as well. While I've already teamed up with someone for the Duo portion of the challenge for the month I'm still looking for the Trio and the quarterly four people challenge. So if you're considering it please feel free to say something here (or wherever really). I've got a bunch of unpainted minis (who would've guessed?) so quite possible I've already got the miniature you want to paint. Also, if you're just working on stuff for the challenge and want to share a picture in here please feel free to share. I think this is a pretty fun way to motivate folks to paint and would love to see some of what other people are working on!

 

So I've already submitted my first five entries for January. Some of these have already posted elsewhere on this site so I'll put these behind a spoiler to keep from spamming you all with the same minis over and over again.

 

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January PC and Monster:

 

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January theme - fire:

 

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January Freebie mini:

 

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January limited palette:

 

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In addition to those I've also been working on a duo mini with @Kuroneko. That is, a mini both participants paint and then submit at the same time. We decided on the Dragonman rogue from the bones 4 kickstarter (which I then discovered is the quarterly contest mini as well). We've decided to paint our figures up using the colors of our favorite local soccer teams. Mine is based on the Columbus Crew who recently won the MLS Championship. Their colors are black and yellow, So I'm going with a black dragon folk with yellow in its wings. He's going to be based on a soccer pitch and I'm also painting a little soccer ball to put on there where I'll try and freehand the Crew's logo.

 

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One of the quarterly categories is converted minis. since I've been arming bones goblins with guns for the last few years I figured might as well get another one done for the RCL. This guy is going to be my goblin hoarder. He's got a pile of useless, and quite flammable, stuff he'll be defending.

 

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I've also begun the year long challenge to paint a mini now and then in 12 months or so. Since I'm also slowly painting through some maritime themed minis in anticipation of the pirate ships coming this spring, I decided to go with this fish guy. Should be interesting to do a comparison at the end of the year. 

 

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There's also a big mini category for the quarter. I'm already working on a large non-reaper mini right now, so I'm hoping to get either the tree of despair or the mystic circle (only one piece of which is pictured here) done for that category. 

 

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Cheers all. Hope everyone participating is having a good time.

 

 

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41 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

Looking great so far! You're making me look bad :D

 

Thanks! I don't know about that though, I just knock these things out fast as I can (I'm much more of a quantity over quality painter). So I'm over here worrying I'm going to drag the folks I team up with down to my level! 

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So a little update here. I realized one of the random minis I was painting this week actually came out for sale in November and therefore qualifies for the January New Release category. So one more category down and I think that gets me up to 18 points. I'm still not entirely certain what those points imply, but it's fun racking them up. Here's the rather sloppily painted mini in question:

 

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I think I've also decided that my quarterly "large" mini is going to be the Mystic Circle. I finished a test piece on it and am fairly happy with how it looks:

 

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I'm also pretty close to finishing part one of the year long challenge. This Tiik champion is part one, and then I'll give him another go in December and see if I improve any. I'm liking this way more than expected:

 

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And finally, I'm making a little progress on the Duo mini. While it's not shaping up as well as I would like, it should still be acceptable for entry into the contest (sorry if I drag my team mate down to my painting level!):

 

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I still need to find some folks for the Trio and the Four + group challenge. I should probably reach out on Discord, but that platform moves a little fast for my tastes. I may be a little late getting a partner for this month's Trio, but eventually I'll work up the nerve to try and find some other interested painters over there and maybe I'll get into a group for next month. Cheers all and hope you're all about to have a fun weekend of staying safe and painting lots of fun stuff. 

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I might be up for doing next month's Trio if need be. We'd need to decide on a model so I can order it if I don't already have it (the majority of Bones minis I have are from KS1, didn't back any of the others). I'm planning to order the winged dragonman you are currently painting soon, so I can add it to the same order. Send me a PM and we can discuss it.

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Here's some terribly lit pics of this months work on the RCL, featuring my efforts in teaming up with fellow forumites. The Avatar of Resilience(as a chubby unicorn!) is teamed up with @Humansquish, Scottish football supporting Dragondude with @Thoramel and Ghazgul with @Evilhalfling and @Pochi. I need to pick out some details, finish the bases and get a better lighting set up and I'll be done ::D:

 

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6 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

Here's some terribly lit pics of this months work on the RCL, featuring my efforts in teaming up with fellow forumites. The Avatar of Resilience(as a chubby unicorn!) is teamed up with @Humansquish, Scottish football supporting Dragondude with @Thoramel and Ghazgul with @Evilhalfling and @Pochi. I need to pick out some details, finish the bases and get a better lighting set up and I'll be done ::D:

 

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Excellent! They all look so good! My Garghuk is ready when you are!

 

 

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5 hours ago, Thoramel said:

Nice Saltire on that dragonman! And I absolutely love that rainbow avatar fellow. That's just a great concept.

 

Thank you! I still need to make a hat and football for the dragonman, but he's a great model. So great in fact, that I may have ordered another one...

 

The Avatar was inspired by a friend's t-shirt that says "Rhinos are just chubby unicorns". It was a lot of fun doing all those colours, even when I had to redo one of the legs because I misordered the yellow/orange. My plan is to make some grass tufts with little multicolored flowers for his base.

 

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Excellent! They all look so good! My Garghuk is ready when you are!

 

 

Thank you too! I did some basing work on him tonight(with heavy body artist paste and sand), so once that's cured I'll be almost done. I really liked  the red skin tone, I'm going to have to use it for my eefreti mini as well.

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Got another one done and made progress on several more figures for the challenge. First up is my half of the January Duo category. Turns out I couldn't freehand or sculpt as well as I thought I could for this, so it's lighter on details than I'd like. But it's got 96 on a shield on the ball, which is the year the Crew was founded and is on most of their logos, and their colors are black and yellow. So I think it gets the theme across well enough.

 

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Next is the Tiik Champion I'm using as a mini for the 365 challenge. I can see a few areas where I'd like to improve, so hopefully I'll learn some new technique before I paint this again. 

 

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And I'm moving forward on the quarterly large model. Really looking forward to using this first as several pieces of scatter terrain, then bringing it all together as the circle below. Guarantee my players won't notice the pieces all together. 

 

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And I dug out my pin vice and made some progress on this guy for the quarterly conversion category. He's part of my project to give guns to goblins - or as I like to think of them, time travelling goblins. This is going to be my goblin hoarder with a pile of valued garbage he's collected from across the multiverse. He needs more garbage.

 

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It's also been fun working with others on some of the future duos, trio and group ideas. Our little group has got a few fun ideas I'm really looking forward to attempting.

 

 

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Your entries are looking great @Thoramel! I love the wee football and line markings on the base of the dragonman. The yellow on the wings contrasts really well with the black too.

 

Finished my chubby unicorn and a did a quick fire elemental for the fire/ice entry as the phoenix has been an absolute nightmare getting all the highlights in the right place. I decided to enter it as the quarterly large mini instead, so I'll have a bit more time to sort it out. 

 

Chubby unicicorn (link to more pics)

 

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Thanks,. Those are absolutely fantastic. I love your chubby unicorn. I had an intern a couple of years ago who played D&D and she'd tell me all about her cheerful characters that were always covered in rainbows just to bring a little silliness to her group's games. Going to send her a picture of your unicorn. Guarantee she'll love it.

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