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Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

UPDATE:

Put in a little more work last night...





Leather straps done, armor done (I think), skirt done...

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Made in gb
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Looks fantastic so far.

   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

 aku-chan wrote:
Looks fantastic so far.


Thanks!

UPDATE:

Here's a bit more...


I tried to remember how exactly I did the roots on Gaius himself while doing the roots under his foot, but obviously I missed a step or two as they look very different. I think other people must take copious notes about color combos and steps, but once I get rolling I always forget. Always.

Anyway, any feedback is appreciated. Cheers!
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

UPDATE:

First, after more than a year of procrastinating on him, I busted out with some work on Leo (obviously WIP)...

Still need to work on some reddish/brown accents along his flanks and back legs, and he'll need another couple rounds of highlights, but pretty happy with him after so long avoiding my brushes and paints. I avoided him for so long because the sheer amount of tan hide I needed to cover seemed intimidating, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I made it out to be in my head.

Also, Gaius had an accident...

It might not be immediately obvious, but I broke off the end of his head-branch and chipped up his hair - I was boxing up my AR stuff up to take on road trip so I could play with some old friends, and of course I dropped him while I was wrapping him in foam. ops: Total amateur move on my part... Need to use some GS and then retouch that part of him here soon.

As always, I love feedback - any comment, critique, question, etc. is welcome and appreciated. Thanks for looking!
   
Made in us
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Colorado, USA

UPDATE: Leo finished!






I went back in and toned down a few of the harshest light/dark transitions and, while subtle, I think it looks a ton better.

And, as always, the current gang...


Next up I have Gaius about 85% done (including the damage I need to repair) and I'm currently updating Snapjaw's (aka "Atrox") base... We'll see who gets done first.

Thanks for looking!
   
Made in gb
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Fantastic looking lion!

   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

 aku-chan wrote:
Fantastic looking lion!

Cheers - thanks for the kind words!
   
Made in us
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Colorado, USA

Atrox finished! (Yeah, it's cheating since I only "finished" him by rebasing him, but I'm still counting it.)




Pretty excited to try him out with Anum, Leo, and Acerbus...

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Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

Arena Rex is making a croc man??

Though Snappy here certainly looks the business

- Salvage

BLOODFIRE: KOW SALAMANDER REPORTS 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

 Boss Salvage wrote:
Arena Rex is making a croc man??

Though Snappy here certainly looks the business

- Salvage


Sadly, nope - he's just repurposed to take the place of the original Atrox RRG recently showcased. Here's the actual Atrox......



And this was the artwork for him originally previewed...


I was beyond hyped for THIS tiger to be released, but instead we got an overweight, passive housecat with a face that's charitably described as "poorly done". I'm not a good enough sculptor to do my own version and there are no other 35-40mm tiger miniatures out there that can come close to the quality of the AR sculpts, so I came up with my own solution.


   
Made in us
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Colorado, USA

UPDATE:

(I'm rolling right now - hope I can keep this momentum for a while...)




Rebuilt his damaged head-branch, finished his root growths, and knocked out his axe head. Still need to do the skulls underfoot, the axe handle, and touch ups. Thinking about re-doing the red belt and straps as well - they look like they are a touch washed out and could use another highlight IMO...

As always, any feedback is appreciated. Thanks for looking!
   
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Enigmatic Exalted Daemon





Albany, NY

 Gomez wrote:
Sadly, nope - he's just repurposed to take the place of the original Atrox RRG recently showcased. Here's the actual Atrox......
Ohhhhhhh you know, I half recognized his rules too, and wondered if most animals just happened to have Drag in this game. I fully support croc man over chubby housecat

Gaius repairs and progress looking good!

- Salvage

BLOODFIRE: KOW SALAMANDER REPORTS 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

UPDATE:

Gaius Pallidus - done!



Plus a current team photo (I love these)...


And a look at who is next in line...

Otho, Iason, and Lupa.

Also, a couple shots of my most recent game...

Here, Micon has squared off against Atrox, with Noxius hurrying in to support his crocodilian buddy. This is the beginning of a showdown that lasted most of the match - Micon managed to push Atrox back into a hazard and get him to Exhausted, but then proceeded to roll HORRIBLY. Micon's damage tree is all pushes so does minimal damage anyway - his trick is getting to the bottom of the tree where he can use Atlas Throw and lift his opponent in the air and toss them into a pit. I had it all lined up but the dice gods didn't favor him.


Newly painted Leo showed off by pulling a counter-attack in the third round of combat that yielded him nine (NINE!) successes when Hermes moved in to attack, essentially dooming him the gladiator to be lion chow - it was just a matter of time before Leo whittled away his last 4-5 health (even with Urbicus supporting him as much as possible). Huge turning point in the game and it happened pretty much right away..

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Affton, MO. USA

Your painting skills are off the chart , superb work.

I’ve printed the rules, I may have to use substitute models for a long time as funds aren’t there for another game, but it looks really fun.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

 Theophony wrote:
Your painting skills are off the chart , superb work.

I’ve printed the rules, I may have to use substitute models for a long time as funds aren’t there for another game, but it looks really fun.


Thanks, Theo - I think I'm definitely still solidly ON the chart TBH, but I feel like I have really grown as I've painted these Arena Rex minis... They're such great sculpts and I want to do them justice so I've tried lots of new techniques and pushed to improve areas (like glazing and smoother transitions) that have largely paid off. I try to show as many WIP shots as I can so people can see all the steps I go through too. My style is still really loose (the closer you zoom, the more little sloppy spots you'll see), but I've definitely improved over the past couple years. And I'm still slow as . (Not sure there's a cure for that, sadly.)

Anyway, thanks for looking, and thanks for the kind words.
   
Made in us
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Colorado, USA

Quick update... Here's where I'm at with Otho:

My original plan was to paint the feathers like a peacock's, with a blue "eye" in a brown ring on each, but I kind of like the look of them like this. I could get some more blue/turquoise tones in them to sort of suggest the peacock without worrying about all that fine detail... What do you guys think?

Also, stripped Iason. I decided to reverse course and paint his armor silver like his actual original art, but that extra layer of paint just started to obscure too much detail so I broke out the Simple Green. Still a pain in the ass to get all the paint out of all the crevices, even after several rounds in the cleaner - had to use tiny wire brushes and pushpins to get at it all, and ended up snapping his spear in multiple places, but there is a (small) silver lining: the SG loosened the glue on his shield and it popped right off so now I'll be able to actually paint his arm and chest effectively.

Also got a bit done on Lupa but nothing too exciting. Maybe I'll be able to get in another update this weekend.

Cheers - thanks for looking!
   
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Affton, MO. USA

I like the look of the feathers right now, strange and exotic and not something we have seen, but would be different in their world. Not sure it made sense, but that’s how I feel.

If you ever have problem with superglued models just put them in the freezer overnight, it will weaken the join, not sure how their resin would handle it, but I’ve never had problems with forgeworld resins.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

 Theophony wrote:
I like the look of the feathers right now, strange and exotic and not something we have seen, but would be different in their world. Not sure it made sense, but that’s how I feel.

If you ever have problem with superglued models just put them in the freezer overnight, it will weaken the join, not sure how their resin would handle it, but I’ve never had problems with forgeworld resins.


I totally get what you're thinking re: the feathers - I've tried to include little touches like that throughout these models... Hermes has the bluejay feathers on his helmet and the leopard pelt on his loincloth, for example. That's exactly what I'm going for with this guy.

Also, you can just pry apart the superglue joins after throwing models in the freezer? In all sincerity, that might be the single best piece of modelling advice I've ever received. You are awesome.
   
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Affton, MO. USA

I remember someone telling it to me a long time ago, I’ve done it a couple times.

Other ideas in here https://privateerpressforums.com/archive/index.php/t-95693.html

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

UPDATE:

Things have been slow going in Gomezland... Every summer is sort of similar - I make a big list of house and yard projects that I need to work on while I have the time off, and my hobby time suffers. This year is no exception. I've got some excellent structural elements around my house to show off, but little in terms of miniatures. That said, I HAVE done a little bit of work on my AR stuff...


I repainted Otho's shield. I found a really great example of a 54mm gladiator with a turquoise shield and wanted to emulate it for Otho. This is just the first layer - I'll build up to a much lighter color eventually. You can also see one of the places where I scraped away a mold line. There were a couple on his shield also - not sure how I missed them originally, but I got them now.


Also got inspired and started in on Euryale. Her pillar is done (though I'll definitely have to touch it up later after working on her snake-body), but that's about it. I have been collecting references and decided to try and work with this one...




I decided to see if I could sort of sketch in some colors to match that reference. Not perfect, but I think some orange and flesh colored washes on her scales can bring out a little of the above vibrancy. I've always been intimidated by this model - the snake body just screams for some cool pattern that I've never been confident I can do justice to... After starting a bit, I think I need to just keep moving forward and it'll take care of itself.

As ever, your thoughts, critique, feedback, etc. are all welcome. Cheers!
   
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Affton, MO. USA

The turquoise is really striking and therefore very suitable for a true showman.

I like your attempt with the snake skin. I agree that sepia and agrax washes will probably be needed to bring out that orange/brown color.

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

Sooooooo, these arrived today...


I had to take advantage of RRG's GenCon sale and grabbed Hroka and Caho-Ta (I already had Hroka on foot), Cato and Ladon, and the four Greeks I like. Wanted to add Ywain and Dextarius (all three models) but was already above the arbitrary $$$ limit I set for myself, so they'll have to wait a while yet. Pretty impressed that I ordered Thursday late and got them this afternoon. I'm not too far from Austin, TX, which is their homebase, but still - yay USPS!

Super excited to bust them open and get them built, BUT I am exercising a bit of discipline and only allowing myself a one-to-one exchange: I finish painting one of my already built models and then I can open one of the new packages. We will see exactly how long I can stick to this plan, but for now I'm good.

I often have a bit of painting ADD, so instead of focusing on Otho or Euryale like a good boy, I switched over to Lupa.


I've got to clean up her face a bit and maybe add a few higher highlights to her knee and forehead, but her skin is pretty close to done. I'm still struggling with brown skin - I find it ridiculously difficult to get a good highlight without those parts looking like a different skin color. I might try washing back down with some brown and black to see if I can even things out a bit.

I'll be doing her "wolf" like a coyote or jackal pelt, which is probably next, then it should be all downhill from there. Hoping I can get her wrapped up by the end of this week.

Any feedback, comments, questions, etc. are appreciated. Thanks for looking!
   
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Affton, MO. USA

I love how you say you struggle with brown skin . The skin tones look amazing. The only thing I would suggest is I think you went one layer too many on the leg compared to the arm that is raised holding the weapon. It could just be the angle from the picture, but it looks like two different skins because of that. Now with a different angle shot it could be that the side of the arm we are seeing is the downward side to the lightsource, which should be more shaded than the leg which is catching the light more, similar to the way the face is catching the light. In which case maybe it’s the arm that needs just a tad more light to it especially with reflected light from the sand base.

Just my 2 cents (not even pure copper cents at that).

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
Painting Within the Lines





Colorado, USA

 Theophony wrote:
I love how you say you struggle with brown skin . The skin tones look amazing. The only thing I would suggest is I think you went one layer too many on the leg compared to the arm that is raised holding the weapon. It could just be the angle from the picture, but it looks like two different skins because of that. Now with a different angle shot it could be that the side of the arm we are seeing is the downward side to the lightsource, which should be more shaded than the leg which is catching the light more, similar to the way the face is catching the light. In which case maybe it’s the arm that needs just a tad more light to it especially with reflected light from the sand base.

Just my 2 cents (not even pure copper cents at that).


Thanks for the feedback, Theo. I appreciate the kind words and the advice. I guess it's hard to get an accurate sense of my own work sometimes because it's so often a little off from the concept I envisioned at the outset - while still looking all right. The proverbial "glass half-empty" deal.

Anyway, I went back in and knocked down the highlights on her right leg a bit and tidied up her forehead...



And then, because I can't eve just let things be, I changed the color of her... Shirt? Sports bra?


I like this effect a lot more than the teal. Plus now she echoes the red/yellow combo that I used for some of the fabric and tassels on Hermes and Micon.
   
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Affton, MO. USA

I think you nailed the skin color now, tidied it all up just right. These new angles also help them blend better with the rest of the model.

I’m also glad you changed her sports bra , that teal just didn’t sit right with me as an ancient Roman gladiator. I mentally think colors are for the more wealthy and noble. The yellow fits my mental image much better. Less striking, but allows the focus to be more on the figure instead of her figure .

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
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Colorado, USA

UPDATE:
Just the pelt she is wearing. Tried to model it after a coyote's coloration - I think I at least mostly succeeded.




It's not shown in these pictures, but I also already started in on the all her leather - belts, straps, leg wraps, etc. I sort of accidentally stumbled on a recipe I like a lot while working on Otho: a warm midtone brown, washed with Reikland Fleshshade, then a mix of Druchii Purple and Agrax Earthshade, then repeat the original brown, highlighting by adding sequentially more off-white. As I go I also intermittently go back in with those washes, which creates a cool, organic layering. It turned out really cool previously, so I'm interested to see if I can match it here.

Thanks for looking!

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Colorado, USA

UPDATE: Lupa - finished!






As always, any feedback is appreciated. Cheers!
   
Made in gb
Painting Within the Lines





She looks great!

   
Made in us
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Affton, MO. USA

Yep , you brought the skin all cohesive throughout and the change of her garment color really sells it. How does she look with the rest of the gang?

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
Made in us
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Colorado, USA

 Theophony wrote:
Yep , you brought the skin all cohesive throughout and the change of her garment color really sells it. How does she look with the rest of the gang?


Thanks!


(You'll have to zoom in a bit to get a real sense IMO).

And next up...




Went with Antaeus as my next subject because he should be pretty simple - skin is probably what I do best and he's got a lot of it showing. His rules are also badass, so I'm excited to try him out fully painted.

Also started in on some tokens during some downtime between primer coats - I only have ten actually finished, which sort of limits how many models we can play with her side (yeah, I could use the unpainted ones but I'd hate myself). Here's hoping I can replicate the process pretty well - thankfully this is one of the few times I made notes about the colors! So far this is Iyanden Darksun plus a wash of Delta Ceramcoat Mocha Brown.


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 aku-chan wrote:
She looks great!


Thanks for the positive vibe - I appreciate it.

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