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    Default Flaming Tikis WIP and random ramblings spot

    Hey there, thanks for stoppin in. I'm Joe, I'm new. That said I want C&C, that's why I'm posting. Let me have it cause I wanna learn, not here for a "participation award". I've tried my hand at mini painting a few times since the 80's, never this seriously though. I'm in it for "real" now. My hobby is collecting hobbies, so I have a bit of related skills saved up. Add to that I consider myself an artist (specializing in airbrush art). So as a beginner, I may be an "advanced" beginner- I dunno.
    So for my first post, we'll start with the project (among many) that seems to get the bulk of my attention ATM. The Pathfinder Horned Hunter. I've added the spear and the "ribbon" on the bow. Funny, I didn't realize it was a bow until after I added the ribbon. Now I see it as a wind indicator. This pic of him is a mock-up. I thought the blue ribbons would work with blue fabric on the body. I based them but didn't go any further. I think it's a bit overwhelming. I'm going to try some purple instead on some of them. Maybe a green or yellow, yellow seems like it may be hard on top of the blue base, we'll see. His weaponry is still unattached so it shouldn't be too tough.
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    so far so good. in terms of comments and criticism, it's all going to depend on what kind of modeller you want to be; tabletop quality, display quality, etc. I'm sure you have been able to see the range of painters here, from superstars to beginners, and all improving.

    I think your horned hunter looks pretty good for a start. you have painted depth in shadows and lightlights, looks like you have painted non metallic metal, and your wood grains look decent. It's certainly a great place to begin. The one criticism i'd give is with the ribbons. Very cool idea and is a colourful addition to an otherwise bland coloured model (its all the browns, not a dig against your painting), but they all seem to be going in different directions. Up on the hill, by the tree, I would imagine it would be windy, but more in one direction. Use the lean of your tree as a guide.

    Keep it up. Looking forward to your next update.

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    Welcome to the mad house
    "we reach for the stars, forever looking to the heavens, our minds filled with wonder and the glory of the cosmic all; stretching the boundries of human knowledge and securing the solar system for the Human Species out there beyond the final frontier so one day our decendants will be as gods!
    You hold our hands so we don't blunder into things........and do the photo shop.
    . Andyg

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    Welcome mate, definitely a great place to learn. Love the scene,looks deadly.

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    I don't get it, I posted earlier, told me it was pending approval. Never showed, now I can post?
    well. it's hot. I"m jumping in the pool. I'll repost in a bit.
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    K, I'm going to assume that my troubles posting are operator error. I'll get this right because I really want to be a part of this community. So here we go:
    This is more or less where "the Horned Hunter" and his base are at. Dude is about ready to be mounted to the base. I may put a bit more time into his belt piece, it's sloppy work now. The base has wet resin on it ATM. I don't plan on a dramatic water effect, but if any is still left on the once dried (it's oozing out), it should look cool.
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    You have some nice things going on. As you get your blends smoother, you will really be kicking butt.

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    • if this works I'll edit, I guess

    Well I've been having troubles getting my posts through.
    SMH. I had said so much before about these projects. Fighting the CPU/ this webpage, etc. has taken all the wind out of my sails Here's my projects ATM.
    Wizkids Griffon. I added some green stuff to convert the rear into a snow cat. Airbrushed base coat.

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    Bronze Age Miniatures 32BAR8, done!

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    Hero Forge 3d print of my design, Stag Berserker. Real happy w/HF. The prep work/sanding was less work than removing mold lines.

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    Hi there, quick post to report on last nights progression. I had planned on just throwing down some base colors. Got a bit carried away and worked it up a bit more than that.
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    Nice work Tiki. Good work bringing in the deer hide pattern. I'm excited to see where this thread goes

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    Just about done with this guy. A few touch ups left here and there. And maybe a larger photo booth. Pretty excited to call this done soon.
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    Really nice scene
    "we reach for the stars, forever looking to the heavens, our minds filled with wonder and the glory of the cosmic all; stretching the boundries of human knowledge and securing the solar system for the Human Species out there beyond the final frontier so one day our decendants will be as gods!
    You hold our hands so we don't blunder into things........and do the photo shop.
    . Andyg

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    I like the reds in the underside of the tree canopy. Overall a nice vignette.

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    Just a quick update to include my "other" projects. What, more? Why? Well because.....did you see that dog catch that frisbee? I need to have a few projects going so that when I get distracted, chances will be good the distraction is just onto another fig, or base...hopefully.
    With that in mind, in no particular order:
    Captain America, Marvel 500 blind bag. I'm using this to work on my blends. And having fun.
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    The Stag Berserker, Hero Forge. Pants! Still need to clean em up, but the stripes are a go in my book.
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    Kristiana, Female Paladin, Reaper Bones. This my NMM practice piece. Gold is just based in for reference. Not happy with just about any of this. Being a Bones fig I'm having trouble with the lack of "sharp"detail. Still, my NMM is the weak link, not the fig. I'll get it though. I'm happy with my gold process so I'm really trying to get the silver/steel first. There is so much paint on this gal from my constant revaluations and reworks. Whatevs, practice.
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    And a base for my Wizkids Griffon.
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    Just bouncin between them all and enjoying the process.
    Thanks for stoppin in. C&C always much appreciated.

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    Well I've been a slacker in regards to this thread. Not that many would notice, lol.
    First up is little lack o detail Bones girl. Not sure if I've dragged her kicking and screaming or if she has dragged me. I have been forcing myself to finish her as I don't want to get in the habit of walking away due to frustration. Getting close to finishing her up now, another session maybe. And actually developing a bit of a liking to her even. Just a bit.
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    I decided that the Bones character had a base that was above her deserving. I decided to start this gal to go with it. She is Reaper DH Legends Shaern, Female Antipaladin. Pretty happy with the progress so far. Really looking forward to getting on the NMM, and that blade! Any ideas about the "decoration" on front of her skirt? I just can't figure out what it is!
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    Speaking of basing.... This has taken up all my hobby time today. I have no fig planned for it. Found some dollhouse molding and well you know, distracted. I plan on casting this in resin before adding any more to it. My mold making and casting experience has been primarily with plastic and metal parts. Should I prime/paint it first? Maybe with something glossy? Really would love some input here, don't wanna botch it up. Thanks
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    As always thanks for layin yer peepers here
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    I really like all the great basework you've done for your figures.
    On the beautifully constructed pedestal, you might want to try to build up some heavier 'rocks' towards the bottoms of the depressions, where they would naturally collect. I find that details like that tend to be where the sense of scale is often lost. Keep up the good work.

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    Thanks St Toad. I tried to keep that in mind, I think they show now that it's in primer. I don't want to get too carried away as I plan to mold/cast it and want to leave options open for the future- logs, water, snow, who knows what? After the last post I was like."duh! Of course you need to primer it, how else can I tell if my seams are right." SMH. I used Aclad primer, leftover from my model car run. Great stuff. Once it's all sanded down I may just hit it with some clear gloss (alclad as well) before making a mold.
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    So the plinth base is under silicone mold, For at least 18 hours! Man, I hate waiting. My pre-molding thought process was something like this: Well I should prime it to check for and fill in any small imperfections. I should seal the primer and end up with a glossy finish to ease the molding release. Then I didn't want my dryish primer to suck up my clear and give me a strange reaction, so paint in between. Well, after painting it with my airbrush and some Createx paints I had way too much time left. I gave it a few colors in gradients and "spit-rubbed" it lightly. I added a couple washes from Army Painter up top, Then a bit of drybrushing with VMC off white/bonewhite. Then the Alclad gloss Klear Kote. With that distraction quelled for a bit I can get back to painting!
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    Progress report time. The good news first.
    I finished up the Bones figure that I've bi**hed and moaned about so much. She actually came out "acceptable", maybe even all-right, Okay, I'm a lot happier with her done than I was before. I learned a lot about nmm, looking forward to more.
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    As for the plinth, LOL!!!!!!!!!. First mold was a disaster! When Alumalite's instructions say to use the product within a year from purchase, I guess they mean it. I had to clean it all off after not setting at all after 36 hrs. What a pain, I figured IPA would be the least aggressive solvent I had. It worked, just took my paint with it. Not too big a deal really. Once it was clean I added a top layer of my tea leave mix and reprimed. Buffed out the primer and put it in a new silicone pond. Then, a good half hour later, my mold box started to leak! I scooped up what I could, and put it right back in. I also went crazy with the hot glue. I think I'm gonna be okay. There's rubber from three different jars in there, fingers crossed.
    I've been quietly plugging away at another base as well. It's in the mold pond as well, this time because I made a flexible piece of molding for it and just couldn't see painting it and leaving it on a finished project- all soft and rubbery. Once I cast it in resin it'll be easier to "fix up" as well. This one has an immediate purpose though. Starting a new project that I'm pretty stoked with-pics soon.
    That's about all that's new ATM. Been spending a bunch of time looking through other peoples WIPs (from the beginning), a whole of info to put into action.
    Thanks for coming by, see you again soon.
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    This is the one eating up all my spare imagination ATM. It started with the top (ground) piece. I rolled a ring that I've had laying about for years into some clay and poured in some Smooth Cast 300. I liked it and so- the base journey began and a choice of fig from my stash found Anirion, Wood Elf to be compatible. I took some dollhouse crown molding and pressed that into clay as well, Poured some Alumalite Quick setting mold material and viola, flexible molding! I wrapped the molding around a medicine bottle (threads cut off) and cut a "v" into the front. Then I added chunks of balsa foam, and roughly carved 'em up. I followed with epoxy clay (Magic Sculpt), then watered down PVA. Primed and then buffed and made a mold. Cast it and sanded the top smooth. I finally attached the ground to the top (sounds weird, no?).
    Next a bit of green stuff here and there, some attention to the plinth part. Then I can move on to start painting. Would like to see another project or two finish up before I get too deep into this one as I can tell It's gonna turn into that "snowball heading down the hill". I can't wait!
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    What a chunk o resin!

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