Saturday, November 18, 2017


Yes, it's been a while. I've been busy with household projects, but I did get this far. This is airbrushing  a base coat on Shubby. The top is airbrushed purple; the fur on the legs is dark brown.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Back From ReaperCon

ReaperCon went well! I got two golds, one for the Conan diorama and another for these wizards:

The wizards are from the Bones 4 Kickstarter and painted for Reaper.

I did almost no painting while I was there. I did start her:

And I will try to get her finished up quickly, just table top quality.

I have come back motivated to work on things. So, I'm spinning up a number of projects. One is a small vignette with the dragon head I didn't use on the Conan diorama. To do it, I will need to make a pile of treasure, so I'm starting to experiment with how best to do that.

First, I tried mixing glitter into a few different type of modelling pastes:

This is not really doing what I want. The shape of the glitter is getting lost. Also, I decided it'd be better to use something else for the bulk of the pile, and then just cover the surface with the texture. So, for the next experiment I made a couple mounds of Milliput that I will cover with glitter and paste, and glitter and glue.

If that doesn't work, I got some other suggestions that I'll try.

And last, there's this guy:

The threaded rod and the chunk of wood are the handle that I used for Cthulhu last year. This is the main body of Shubniggurath. The handle is going into its big maw because that seemed like the spot that would be the least disruptive. Well, not quite; we also thought about putting it in to one of the spots for the tentacles on its back...but then I'd have had to paint it upside down, which would have been way weird.

There are many tentacles which I will paint separately and attach afterwards. This is a large figure, so I'll be starting with the airbrush. First he's gonna need a bit of gap filling where the legs and tail joined.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Finished Nemesra today, with a whole week to spare before ReaperCon! Yay!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Nemesra's Base, Con't.

I went back and painted the yellow bits on the base brown instead. I'm happier with this; I think it retains the pattern detail but makes it less in-your-face, so hopefully it won't compete with the figure for attention. I left variation in the brown just because I like the way it looks. That may end up being a mistake, but..meh. I still like the way it looks.

Once that was done, I moved on to preparing her busking bowl. I picked out the best of the batch and then cut some small chunks of round green stuff to serve as coins.

They're pretty chunky for coins, but I'm going with it. Paint will help, and they need to be a little exaggerated to show up. So we'll see.

Tomorrow will be painting the bowl and coins, and hopefully putting everything together.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Nemesra's Base

This took all day.

It's not freehand. I found the pattern I wanted on the internet, printed it out at the size I wanted the tiles to be, taped it to the top of my base, and then went over the lines with a pen to press the pattern into the top of the base. Then it was just a matter of painting the colors within the shapes that were etched into the surface.

I'm concerned that it's going to be too busy and draw attention away from the figure, so I may go back and cover over the yellow with dark brown or something. That should dull it down some.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nemesra: Jewelry Finished

Finished up the jewelry bits on Nemesra. She's effectively done, and I'm moving on to her base.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Nemesra: Jewelry, Continued

I was hoping to get through finishing all her jewelry today, but most of it is wee little beads, so it's taking a long time. But I'm at least half way through, so I guess that's good. I'm finding it difficult to get the white top highlight on there and make it visible enough without it taking over each of those little beads.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nemesra: Jewelry

I started Nemesra's jewelry. Base coated all of it with my NMM gold color, then finished out the bangles because I wanted to see if there would be enough contrast against her skin. I suspect there isn't, but I'm not sure I'm going to change it, either. I think the gold will do way better against the dress than silver would, and I think I want it all to be the same color.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Nemesra: Dress & Bits

I highlighted Nemesra's dress and futzed with the shadows a bit (yes, that is totally a technical term). I may still tweak the blue a bit more, I haven't decided. But I did move on to the other bits of her costume. I've ended up going with beige instead of yellow because I want to make most of her jewelry gold, and I didn't want gold jewelry competing with yellow cloth.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nemesra: Dress Shading

So, why exactly did I think saturated blue was a good idea? I definitely started having second thoughts on that as I was laying shadows in on her dress.

I'm having a hard time deciding if the shadows are shadowy enough or not, so I'll probably go to putting on the highlights to get a sense of what the full range will look like and decide from there.

I'm also starting to think about transitioning the bottom of her dress to purple.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Nemesra: Hair, Dress

I continued on with Nemesra today. I put highlights on her hair, and then moved on to her dress. I'm a little out of my comfort zone with that super saturated blue, but so far I like it. It needs a few more coats of the base color as it's not quite fully opaque yet.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Nemesra: Skin, Hair

Got back to Nemesra today, who will be my ReaperCon piece. I did her skin and face and started the hair. There's a couple things on her face that I need to come back and clean up just a bit, I think.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nun - More metal bits

Did some shading and highlighting on the metal, and also put metallic on the guns. It just didn't look right having them as NMM - they didn't read as much like metal when compared to the TMM. The metals are all a bit rough but I think next time I'm just going to do the base and move on.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nun: Metal Bits

The metal bits that aren't her guns, anyway. I still need to shade and highlight the larger gold areas.

Now, generally it's not so good to have NMM and TMM on the same figure. So, I should have done the brass bits in NMM, or I should go back over the guns with metallic paint. I probably won't. It's partly laziness on my part, and partly that I'm not going for real high quality on this one.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nun: Black and Red

Finished the highlights on the blacks, and shaded and highlighted the red. Also did her guns. The last bit for her is the parts that are going to be gold - some of the armor on her boots, her jewelry, and the rounds in her ammo belts. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Here's the barbarian, base and all.

Along with finishing him, I continued the nun today. I base coated most of her clothing and started on highlights on the black.

I'm not sure about red for the head scarf thing. I might switch that to black...or, since this one is meant to be a quick paint, I may just live with it as is. I was working with this figure to determine if the badly cast resin was going to be workable. I found that there are some areas, deep folds and such, where the primer didn't reach or was very light that took some work to get covered - the paint wanted to bead and run off. But I did eventually get some to stick. So, I think the figures with the bad resin are going to be paintable with some extra work, but they're not going to be great.

Still, I have been having fun painting her. Battle nun!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Barbarian's Base, Nun

I worked on the base for the barbarian. Today was putting in the grass and the flock. I'm going to paint those and put in some water effects next time.

After that I decided to spend a little time on the battle nun.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Barbarian: Shoes, Belts

More work on the barbarian today. I've finished up his shoes, the cuff on his wrist, and the leather belts and things. He's almost done. I need to do a fair bit of touch up and then his sword and belt buckles. And then, well, his base, which will take some work.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Barbarian: Kilt, Belt

I've finished all my commissions for a while, so I'm going to go back to finishing up projects that I have partially done. I'm starting with the barbarian. I shaded and highlighted his kilt and started on the leather belt and bits.

I thought about doing some texture with him, but decided I'd rather just finish the piece so I can move on to other things. So, I'm just going to try to wrap it up quickly.

Sunday, August 13, 2017