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  1. @Barb Bliss That stuff is all looking great. On the eyes, it really just takes practice. Endless practice. And still having to go back and redo them all the time no matter how much you practice because doing eyes is easily top 3 hardest things to do on minis. It's the reason most people painting gaming pieces just don't paint them at all. A smaller brush definitely helps (just not too small, as discussed in Meg's tutorial below), but really it's just neverending practice. If you want to work on them, there are a few methods to go for, depending on what works for you. Just getting started on eyes, it's a safe idea to stop after putting the black in for the pupil until you feel comfortable adding another step (and another chance to make a mistake and have to start over). Meg's 6 Step Eyes: http://www.arcanepaintworks.com/blog-1/2016/6/9/6-step-eyes Marike's Eyes: http://www.destroyerminis.com/paintingeyes/ And on painting that nose ring after varnish, you absolutely can. Varnish is basically a clear-coat primer, so it'll grab and hold paint very well.
  2. Merry New Year everyone! I too have finally gotten back to painting after a slump of no motivation. Luckily, new minis being announced all over have gotten me excited to return and get my skills back up to snuff before they hit the painting table, so I've actually finished things. And the cold nights over the weekend made for nights in with tea and paint. It hasn't been -5, just a balmy 15, but the wife isn't a huge fan of anything under 40 so we had a nice weekend in with crafts and games. @Barb Bliss Love seeing your new stuff. I can definitely see improvement with each update, especially on skin! It's looking better with every mini! Keep up the excellent work. @Zoxe I've started dipping into my backlog of unpainted Warhammer minis to finish up half-complete paintjobs and stuff that I bought 2 years ago and didn't even prime I'll probably take a break here and there to do some of my stuff from Hordes and random things I bought to put on a display shelf though. I definitely have more than enough plastic/resin/metal to keep me occupied for the rest of the year, and much more coming from Kickstarter in the spring (I have a problem...) This weekend I did up this guy, a Tzaangor Shaman from Games Workshop. Not too happy with the tabard, so I'll probably go back and redo it at some point, but for now it looks pretty good in the case. It also needs some touch-ups on the horns.
  3. This is my personal nightmare every time I assemble a new mini. It's part of the reason I build all of my models on a table with a lip and keep a flashlight and tweezers on the table to search for dropped pieces immediately.
  4. I just got some serious chills reading that. I am well acquainted with that pain.
  5. I've been wanting to get this for quite a while, but me and the wife want to try it out first to make sure we enjoy it. Our LGS does board game day every sunday where the group plays whatever games are in the store's library or people bring stuff from home, so hopefully we'll get a chance soon.
  6. Finally got my theme box on Friday, but sadly didn't get the chance to use it in any games this weekend. Once I get that chance, I'll try to remember to get pictures.
  7. Every year, my family watches Elf, A Christmas Story, Die Hard, and Trading Places (They take place during Christmas, they count!).
  8. I really want to back that...but I had to choose between Monster Slaughter and Folklore: The Affliction. My game group will likely get more play time and enjoyment out of Folklore, so that made the choice for me.
  9. That stuff is all looking great Romy!
  10. I mean, I completely missed the CoCo kickstarter and couldn't afford the late pledging either because I was too busy backing other stuff you guys make, and also buying a dice box, but I'm eagerly awaiting their arrival on the store so I can order a few next winter. Me and the wife are huge fans of games that have a million tokens, cards and other stuff, so those things are a godsend. As for favorite, I really like the dice rolling trays because they just look so great and I would love to have one hanging above my painting area outside game night. Hoping to get one of those next year sometime too.
  11. Life is good. Life is very good. Now I just need to see if my friends want in to get that sweet sweet Premium 4 pack so we can rock game night in style.
  12. I'll just be sitting over here waiting to see if it will come in Bubinga with a Phoenix design.
  13. Eh, I'd say half and half. I personally love big monsters because they're a great place to work on doing fun effects before you try to put them on a little mini. Because they're bigger, you can try new things like tattoos, magic effects and changing skin color and it won't look as bad on a big guy if you don't get it right. If you do the same on a small model and don't get it quite right, it can look like you accidentally hit the mini with the wrong color paint rather than a cool detail. They're also more forgiving to shaky hands because there usually aren't as many small details that might accidentally get covered up by a tiny slip of the brush the wrong direction. But, little minis can be a little more forgiving in general. It doesn't take as much time or work to get solid colors that you can't see the undercoat through, like you did when you first started the cyclops; bigger models mean bigger areas that take more paint to completely cover, and it's much more important to keep your paints thin so you don't leave brush marks. On little guys you can also take some shortcuts to get effects that you can't do on bigger models. Doing a wash on big model skin to get your shading leaves that dirty look, which is awesome if you want it, but if you prefer a cleaner look you either have to do recess shading or clean up a bit after a big wash. On a little mini that wash won't leave as much of a dirty look because there aren't big skin areas for the wash to pool on, so it won't leave marks where you don't necessarily want them to be.
  14. Dang you weren't kidding, there isn't much in between little people and huge monsters. At least you'll get experience doing a little bit of everything with that set, especially with the variation in the monsters.