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Just now, Barb Bliss said:

Yes.  It has a spalty skull stopper, so it looks good too.

Sweet. That is one of my favorite drinks. The skull is a fitting choice.

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1 minute ago, Konas said:

Sweet. That is one of my favorite drinks. The skull is a fitting choice.

I really like it.  I got it 50% off.  If I had known how good it was, I would have bought more, but I was thinking if it was good, there is no way they would discount it that much.  A couple of people bought cases, and they took it off sale.  Oh well.

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Had the day off today, so I worked on my KDM flower knight.  

I built him awhile ago, primed him yesterday.  Intent is a quick hit and run, not a competition piece by any stretch.  I think I have 2 hours invested from the point where I started priming.  I didn't have a set plan/recipe, other than a vague notion that I was going to do a color stack >> wash >> airbrush inks.  

Disclaimer:  Crappy cell phone pictures abound; I'll get out the light booth and take some glamour shots when he's actually done.  Colors are off and most of the pictures are overexposed.

Started with a 3-color stack.  If I don't do a full test piece, I at least put some on a paper towel to see if I like it.

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Color stack done.  I liked the brightness of the top green layer.

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I hit it with some AP Strong Tone, unthinned.  I wanted the brown wash to complement the green (vs. a blue or a black wash).  In hindsight this did the job great but I probably should have used the Light Tone or thinned it a little.

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No time to cry about what could have been.  I did some directional lighting with Liquitex Titanium White ink.  I'm using this to back the next color to make it stand out.

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I re-sprayed most of the white areas with Liquitex Vivid Lime Green ink.  This brought the saturated lime color back up.  It's semi-transparent, so the wash in the recesses still showed dark.

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From here I was dabbling with colors; Liquitex Vivid Red Orange and Yellow Orange.  I did dry brush the flowers a little bit with some Monument Titanium White so that the yellow popped a bit.  I went up underneath and sprayed a little Liquitex Burnt Umber to put some burnt/brown orange in the shadows

With the airbrushing done, I spent 10 minutes putting Monument Titanium White in the eye sockets (backing coat) and then some hand-brushing with Reaper Candel Light Yellow around the helm and some of the armor bits.  That bought me enough time that the White in the eyes had dried, and I painted them yellow. 

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At this point, I could call it done.  The Liquitex Inks are a satin finish (not matte), so I should probably spray the flowers with a matte varnish, and I haven't painted the stone face on the base (other than overspray).  I'll let him sit a day or two and see what I feel like doing next.  

It's far from perfect, but not bad for the time that I've got invested.  (I actually own another Flower Knight that I could paint more carefully ... but plenty on the bench at the moment).

 

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4 hours ago, Zoxe said:

Had the day off today, so I worked on my KDM flower knight.  

I built him awhile ago, primed him yesterday.  Intent is a quick hit and run, not a competition piece by any stretch.  I think I have 2 hours invested from the point where I started priming.  I didn't have a set plan/recipe, other than a vague notion that I was going to do a color stack >> wash >> airbrush inks.  

Disclaimer:  Crappy cell phone pictures abound; I'll get out the light booth and take some glamour shots when he's actually done.  Colors are off and most of the pictures are overexposed.

Started with a 3-color stack.  If I don't do a full test piece, I at least put some on a paper towel to see if I like it.

20200120_104409.thumb.jpg.4dfb99051ae85aa8c48473cc0fe40669.jpg

 

Color stack done.  I liked the brightness of the top green layer.

20200120_121533.thumb.jpg.4e64a8085e166fbfe05b87d252d728f6.jpg

I hit it with some AP Strong Tone, unthinned.  I wanted the brown wash to complement the green (vs. a blue or a black wash).  In hindsight this did the job great but I probably should have used the Light Tone or thinned it a little.

20200120_151730.thumb.jpg.901b414d317f60db4166a86ccaeaed26.jpg

No time to cry about what could have been.  I did some directional lighting with Liquitex Titanium White ink.  I'm using this to back the next color to make it stand out.

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I re-sprayed most of the white areas with Liquitex Vivid Lime Green ink.  This brought the saturated lime color back up.  It's semi-transparent, so the wash in the recesses still showed dark.

20200120_153502.jpg

 

From here I was dabbling with colors; Liquitex Vivid Red Orange and Yellow Orange.  I did dry brush the flowers a little bit with some Monument Titanium White so that the yellow popped a bit.  I went up underneath and sprayed a little Liquitex Burnt Umber to put some burnt/brown orange in the shadows

With the airbrushing done, I spent 10 minutes putting Monument Titanium White in the eye sockets (backing coat) and then some hand-brushing with Reaper Candel Light Yellow around the helm and some of the armor bits.  That bought me enough time that the White in the eyes had dried, and I painted them yellow. 

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At this point, I could call it done.  The Liquitex Inks are a satin finish (not matte), so I should probably spray the flowers with a matte varnish, and I haven't painted the stone face on the base (other than overspray).  I'll let him sit a day or two and see what I feel like doing next.  

It's far from perfect, but not bad for the time that I've got invested.  (I actually own another Flower Knight that I could paint more carefully ... but plenty on the bench at the moment).

 

I can't get "Zoro, The Gay Blade" out of my head.  I really like the colors.  Especially around the bustle area.

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13 hours ago, Zoxe said:

Had the day off today, so I worked on my KDM flower knight.  

I built him awhile ago, primed him yesterday.  Intent is a quick hit and run, not a competition piece by any stretch.  I think I have 2 hours invested from the point where I started priming.  I didn't have a set plan/recipe, other than a vague notion that I was going to do a color stack >> wash >> airbrush inks.  

Disclaimer:  Crappy cell phone pictures abound; I'll get out the light booth and take some glamour shots when he's actually done.  Colors are off and most of the pictures are overexposed.

Started with a 3-color stack.  If I don't do a full test piece, I at least put some on a paper towel to see if I like it.

20200120_104409.thumb.jpg.4dfb99051ae85aa8c48473cc0fe40669.jpg

 

Color stack done.  I liked the brightness of the top green layer.

20200120_121533.thumb.jpg.4e64a8085e166fbfe05b87d252d728f6.jpg

I hit it with some AP Strong Tone, unthinned.  I wanted the brown wash to complement the green (vs. a blue or a black wash).  In hindsight this did the job great but I probably should have used the Light Tone or thinned it a little.

20200120_151730.thumb.jpg.901b414d317f60db4166a86ccaeaed26.jpg

No time to cry about what could have been.  I did some directional lighting with Liquitex Titanium White ink.  I'm using this to back the next color to make it stand out.

20200120_152755.thumb.jpg.d369efa68c77f9eff2c34a5bf90a0e53.jpg20200120_152759.thumb.jpg.7dc3a8fde5a1174919ce2ae0da69b7fc.jpg

I re-sprayed most of the white areas with Liquitex Vivid Lime Green ink.  This brought the saturated lime color back up.  It's semi-transparent, so the wash in the recesses still showed dark.

20200120_153502.jpg

 

From here I was dabbling with colors; Liquitex Vivid Red Orange and Yellow Orange.  I did dry brush the flowers a little bit with some Monument Titanium White so that the yellow popped a bit.  I went up underneath and sprayed a little Liquitex Burnt Umber to put some burnt/brown orange in the shadows

With the airbrushing done, I spent 10 minutes putting Monument Titanium White in the eye sockets (backing coat) and then some hand-brushing with Reaper Candel Light Yellow around the helm and some of the armor bits.  That bought me enough time that the White in the eyes had dried, and I painted them yellow. 

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At this point, I could call it done.  The Liquitex Inks are a satin finish (not matte), so I should probably spray the flowers with a matte varnish, and I haven't painted the stone face on the base (other than overspray).  I'll let him sit a day or two and see what I feel like doing next.  

It's far from perfect, but not bad for the time that I've got invested.  (I actually own another Flower Knight that I could paint more carefully ... but plenty on the bench at the moment).

 

This is sweet. Thanks so much for posting. Could you go into more detail about the initial color stacking? Do you start dark and move up through the lighter colors? If you don't mind...

 

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3 hours ago, Konas said:

This is sweet. Thanks so much for posting. Could you go into more detail about the initial color stacking? Do you start dark and move up through the lighter colors? If you don't mind...

 

Hey!  Sure, happy to expand. Typing on phone, hope this makes sense.

Yes, I work from darkest to lightest. Black primer, then the 3 color stack.

The darkest color is sprayed up underneath, say at -45 degrees to the figure, and then another pass at almost neutral (parallel to the table). I rotate the figure all around but I'm okay if some black stays black in the darkest recesses.

The second color is then sprayed parallel to the table and all around the figure.

Then I come in at +45 degrees and spray the top.

The middle color typically gets clobbered, but its job is to ease the transition from low to high and not necessarily be seen in the end result.

Depending what I am trying to do, the top color might be sprayed all around the model or I might focus it in one spot to provide a spotlight effect (Usually the brightest highlight will be on the face and one shoulder, and a secondary dinner highlight on the opposite side of the figure to light the back).  In the case of the flower knight, I sprayed the green paint all around because I knew I was going to put the lighting in with inks.

I like this result but know my lights and shadows need more contrast. I wiped out a lot of my early work with later airbrushing. One or two passed with the hand brush are probably in order. 

There are a lot of things you can play with. For flower knight, I used 3 colors with similar temperature and saturation. But I've had good luck doing a neutral to cool dark charcoal as the foundation for a warm creamy highlight.

If I can't find a good middle color I mix the high and low.

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Why are the bard and druids always so cute and so fragile in game play.

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On 1/25/2020 at 12:25 PM, Barb Bliss said:

Who let the dogs out?

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Wow, you are crushing it lately. Great work. Do you work on all of these at once?

Also, it appears that you just sticky your minis to the tops of pill bottles. Would you be interested in something a bit nicer? We've been working on some prototypes.

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1 minute ago, Konas said:

Wow, you are crushing it lately. Great work. Do you work on all of these at once?

Also, it appears that you just sticky your minis to the tops of pill bottles. Would you be interested in something a bit nicer? We've been working on some prototypes.

I do minis in batches.  That way, I can use up most of the paint that would otherwise get wasted.  I'm currently doing the last 3 dogs from the KS project and the 6 dogs from Vol 3.

I'd be interested in seeing what you have, but it needs to be cost effective for doing batches.  The pill bottles are free.

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Just now, Barb Bliss said:

I do minis in batches.  That way, I can use up most of the paint that would otherwise get wasted.  I'm currently doing the last 3 dogs from the KS project and the 6 dogs from Vol 3.

I'd be interested in seeing what you have, but it needs to be cost effective for doing batches.  The pill bottles are free.

Yeah, it wouldn't be for batches, but it would have some added features. I should have pics later this week. Curious to hear your thoughts. 

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On 12/23/2019 at 1:07 PM, marsniper_27 said:

Those minis sound like something I would never end up building lol.

I have to retracted this statement after getting the wrath of kings minis. Dealing with those horns is horrible. I even ended up losing on off one of the minis.

I still have 3 more of the human ls to build but I like the style of these minis.

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1 hour ago, marsniper_27 said:

I have to retracted this statement after getting the wrath of kings minis. Dealing with those horns is horrible. I even ended up losing on off one of the minis.

I still have 3 more of the human ls to build but I like the style of these minis.

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Yuck is what that is.

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@Konas, Here's a peek into my methods.   Nine dogs.  Each row is a dog's base paint color.  Extra paint can also get dumped onto the bases of the beds in the background.

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1 hour ago, marsniper_27 said:

I have to retracted this statement after getting the wrath of kings minis. Dealing with those horns is horrible. I even ended up losing on off one of the minis.

I still have 3 more of the human ls to build but I like the style of these minis.

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Those are very cool but do look like a massive pain. Is there a reason for that many parts? Are they super customizable?

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2 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

@Konas, Here's a peek into my methods.   Nine dogs.  Each row is a dog's base paint color.  Extra paint can also get dumped onto the bases of the beds in the background.

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Wow, you are like a factory. Amazing. I have that many out at once but only actively work on about 3 at a time. You are a machine. How many minis do you have painted in total and where do you keep them?

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1 minute ago, Konas said:

Wow, you are like a factory. Amazing. I have that many out at once but only actively work on about 3 at a time. You are a machine. How many minis do you have painted in total and where do you keep them?

I couldn't even hazard to guess.   Almost all of Massive Darkness and  their expansions, Village Attacks and about 2/3 of the expansions, 10-12 minis for Grimm Forest, War in Christmas Village (3 box sets), and 10 dogs.  Maybe 200-ish???

Some of them can sit half done or just started for quite a while, and get little bits here and there.  When I start pulling out the washes, things can move fast.

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4 minutes ago, Barb Bliss said:

I couldn't even hazard to guess.   Almost all of Massive Darkness and  their expansions, Village Attacks and about 2/3 of the expansions, 10-12 minis for Grimm Forest, War in Christmas Village (3 box sets), and 10 dogs.  Maybe 200-ish???

Some of them can sit half done or just started for quite a while, and get little bits here and there.  When I start pulling out the washes, things can move fast.

Wow, very impressive.  I have about 40 on a mini shelf I built. Do you keep them in their game boxes? Do you spray them with lacquer? Just curious.

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13 minutes ago, Konas said:

Where do you keep them?

Missed this piece.  I started out with MD.  I bought a couple of those cardboard boxes with the layers of foam blocks in them.  The monsters go in those, and the heroes go in the imperial ruby skirmish box you gave me.  For VA, I got some lasagna pans for the villagers, and another skirmish box for the monsters (heroes) and boss villagers.  Grimm Forest goes back into that game box.  WiCV figures go into another skirmish box (last made by DMG?).  Dogs in another lasagna pan as there is that KS that is live now plus the cat's KS coming semi soon.

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4 minutes ago, Konas said:

Wow, very impressive.  I have about 40 on a mini shelf I built. Do you keep them in their game boxes? Do you spray them with lacquer? Just curious.

CMON tends to have crap storage solutions to their games, so I'll always look for an alternate solution for them.

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