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  1. Caedrus, checking in! I've been tinkering with a Sonnia, and a Pale rider, and done some basing for some old M1E metals, but I thought I'd share a very quick sculpting effort. Now, my sculpting skills are very, very basic, so hopefully I can mask the sculpting with some painting! What miniature is this, you ask? This is Miss Feasance's proxy Copycat Killer. I call her Little Miss Guided. More details to come! Caedrus.
  2. Caedrus, reporting in! Hello All! I had all sorts of plans for this month's painting, but instead, there was a Pale Rider sitting in front of me, that I had recently removed from its paint-stripping adventures. Even though I knew the straps on its flanks were supposed to be leather, I decided to see if I could make them brassy. Sneak peek! So, that was kinda fun! Keep on putting pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
  3. So, jumping immediately into August, I've completed my August pledge in record time! I decided to try my hand at a highly-contrasting OSL style, inspired by one of our own painters, the prolific @SpiralngCadavr; A Google search of spiraling cadaver will take you to his blog. It's an interesting style. It's not quite as intuitive as it might look. I think a lot of the efficacy comes from the background and base. Now, in truth, the image above has had a black background inexpertly photoshopped onto it. It looks like this on a white background: I enjoyed trying out this style. It's not something I would do frequently, but I learned a lot, and it could make for an incredibly atmospheric effect. So, what's up for September? Anyone have any suggestions? Enjoy your painting, and keep putting pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
  4. Hello All! Well, a quick update to let you all know that not only did I complete the Beastman from July, I've already finished August's! This is the July effort. This guy was swiftly painted, with the blade being the most time-intensive. This miniature was painted entirely with GW contrast paints, with the majority being one coat. The pale blue is very weak pigment, and I think the white has to be the most-needing-to-be-shaken paint I've ever used. Ever. I stand by my earlier comments. They do what it says on the box, and they'll be a tool, for when I need to paint something fast. Onto August!
  5. @Da Git: This is where I'm up to with Candy! Caedrus.
  6. ...and this is where I'm up to with the conversion!
  7. @lusciousmccabe: My vote would be claws done like the teeth, but lots of dried blood and filth at their base. Horrifying.
  8. @Stark: That's a legitimately impressive collection! I'd love to get my hands on some of those goodies. I doubt I could afford them, so I shall instead wish you the very best with your sale. Please put an eBay link up, if and when there are things left over!
  9. This month, I'm pledging 15SS of Sonnia (in metal). Stretch goals? There are plenty. Samael, a Canine Remains, a Death Marshall are all staring at me, mocking their incomplete nature. Have a great one!
  10. August is here, and with it, Malifaux 3rd Edition's arrival at GenCon! This is the thread for the August 2019 Monthly Painting Challenge. I’m Caedrus, and I’ll be your host for 2019. It's August! If you're in the Northern hemisphere, then it's time to take it easy, and stay out of the heat! If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, it's time for hot chocolate and Uggies! July's birthstone is the Peridot. Time to paint something green, maybe with a touch of yellow! The link to the painter spreadsheet is here, and I'll continue updating soon! The 2019 Wyrd Monthly Painting Challenge is all about: Having fun painting! Motivating yourself, and encouraging others. Being part of a great, friendly community. Giving and receiving constructive advice. And, finally: Getting some pigment onto plastic! This is not a competition in any way. The pledge categories are the following: Minion: you paint at least 1 soulstone worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Enforcer: you paint at least 6 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Henchman: you paint at least 11 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Master: you paint at least 16 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month Tyrant: you paint at least 31 soulstones worth of Malifaux miniatures each month The rules: The challenge started on January 1st, 2019. Models count for the month in which you finish them. You can finish painting a model that you started before the beginning of the month. Everyone may fail to make their monthly goal twice and stay in the challenge. This is using a mulligan. You can choose to go down a pledge level during the year, but you cannot move up. A model is considered painted if it is (1) based (even glued onto a black base counts); (2) tournament legal. That means that if it's a translucent, based model, it counts automatically. If it is any opaque material, then the standard is: Every part of the miniature painted, and three colours minimum. Miniature Values: Malifaux Almost all models count as their Soulstone value; but Masters count for 15 soulstones. Zero cost models count for 5 soulstones. Proxies (constructed from Wyrd models) count for their proxy value. The Other Side Titans count for 25 soulstones. Commanders count for 15 soulstones. Adjunct models count for 5 soulstones. Otherwise: A 30mm base model is worth 5 soulstones. A 40mm base model is worth 7 soulstones. A 50mm base model is worth 10 soulstones. Terrain Terrain is worth 5SS per 50mm base in area. Custom tokens are worth 5SS per 50mm base in area. A terrain board is worth 100 Soulstones. We're now using the Malifaux 3rd Edition values! How to upload images? Go to imgur.com, and create an account. Click on your account, click on 'images', and then 'add images'. Click on your uploaded image. You'll see a whole bunch of link options. Click on the 'copy' button next to 'direct link'. Go to your Wyrd Forum thread. Paste (CTRL-V) at the appropriate spot. The image should appear, resized appropriately to the page. My very best for August! Caedrus.
  11. Evening All, As July winds down, I've done a little updating on the spreadsheet, and I believe that it is correct. Please make sure everything looks good to you. I have moved a few painters into the did-not-finish category, and I think it is correct as well; if I've made any errors, let me know! I'm looking forward to what @bedjy, @Boomstick, @Chou, @Franchute, @lusciousmccabe, @muraki, @PetitDalek, @Rathnard, @Sol_Sorrowsong, @Stranglelove, @Viruk, and @wobbly_goggy come up with for July! Keep putting pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
  12. @Purple Mist: That a very simple, but super-functional piece. I've put it down for 30SS, as a guess!
  13. @misterfinn: My current super-saturated red-regime is: Base: ScaleColor Antares Red, up to three coats, via airbrush. The last coat is 50-50 Antares Red and Scalecolor Inktense Red Shadow: Reaper Red Shadow into black, sometimes with a purple glaze (Vallejo Royal Purple) Highlight: I don't use yellow. I read an article, oh, years ago, discussing the use of flesh tones (which, of course, do have some yellow in them) for highlighting red. Unless I specifically want a yellow highlight (or even pink!), flesh is my go to. I use Reaper's Rosy Flesh triad of paints. Saturation: Multiple coats of thinned Inktense Red. I very much agree that inks are the way to go for saturation. Personally, I love the Scalecolor Inktense series, and I'd encourage everyone to give inks a try. Then touch ups of glazes for smoothness. Looks like we're on the same page!
  14. Greetings, All! Well, this month has been crazy (again), so once again, the airbrush idea has taken a back seat. Instead, I thought I'd try out the flavour-of-the-month, new-hotness, which is the GW Contrast Paints. I started out with this: ...and I gave myself thirty minutes, using the GW "Splash it on" method. I used no other paints (except primer on the edge of the base), and only used a single coat. Here's what happened: So, my thoughts on the model are that it's certainly more than acceptable tabletop quality. Obviously, you can't readily do metallics with one coat of contrast paint. However, I could slap this miniature down on a gaming table, and be far from ashamed. What do I think of the paints? PRO Very friendly to a newer painter. Possibly the friendliest beginner paint I could imagine. It can teach painters the value of contrast, for future skills. The colours are quite vibrant (obviously over a very light basecoat). Pretty decent pigment saturation, considering everything. CONS Even recognising that they are a 'two-for-one' paint, they're expensive. They require a fairly decent amount of brush control, lest you splash some in the wrong place (see the right side of the Mohawk, above). Their density, across the range, is wildly inconsistent. I found that water wasn't a good mixer for them. They really wanted Lahmian or the Contrast Medium to get a decent consistency when diluting. You really need texture to get the best out of them. Flat, smooth surfaces are not the place for these paints. You get a rotator cuff injury from the amount of shaking these paints need before use. MY CONCLUSION? I really try to avoid the idea that "advanced painters never do (X)", or "product (Y) is a crutch". There are paints, tools, and media for every effect, and every painting style. They are a tool, to achieve a result. They do what they say remarkably well. That being said, it's a tool that I don't think I'll use very often. If I need twenty skeletons by tomorrow, they'll be the first thing I grab. If I am painting to have fun painting, they'll stay in the rack. So, now that I have painted my July Beastman, my next step on this mini is to see how far I can push the Contrast Paints. I'm going to see just how much I can improve this same miniature. I'll try some NMM, some second coats, and maybe (maybe) some inks. I'll check back in again soon! As always, I'd love to hear your experiences and thoughts! Caedrus.
  15. Caedrus, reporting in! 6SS of Rifleman, complete! Apologies for the poorer lighting for this photo. It's rather hard to get good detail and lighting on the face. I was considering making a low wall for him to be peeking out from, but then decided that it would obscure too much of the model. My quest for super-saturated reds continues, but I'm happy with how I'm progressing. The NMM is getting better, I think. The second thing I completed this month were a few, well, tokens, I guess! These are some corrupted idols for the strategy of the same name. I know that flat markers and tokens are more sensible. However, on the other hand, shiny! I might have some time to finish a few stretch goals this month. Time will tell. I think I can lock in now, however, that I will be having a spending splurge at the GenCon Sale! In the meantime, have a great rest of July, and keep putting pigment to plastic! Caedrus.
  16. @Skillmatic: Will you post overseas? I'm in Australia and happy to cover postage.
  17. @Da Git, This has been right at the front of my Malifaux-mind for a little while, and I have commenced plans on exactly this. Here's what I cam up with: Copycat Killer Metal Candy. She's Ht1, she's carrying shears, she could easily have a top hat made for her (or acquired; see Sebastian, below). Create a green stuff gun and shove it in her basket, and you've got one super-creepy copycat deranged child! I just snagged one from this forum for about $10AUD. Sebastian So, I'm thinking of creating a female Sebastian, and the ideal basis is The Jury: Saw the hat off, give it to Candy / Copycat Killer. It'll look comically creepy. Replace the 'book victim' and scales with a saw and some entrails, and you have a gorgeous Sebastian proxy. That's the plan, anyway! Let's see how it goes! I hope this helps. Caedrus.
  18. Caedrus, reporting in! Well, fellow painters, it’s time for a quick, mid-year update! As I type this, it’s July 10th. At the start of the year, we had 39 painters, and now we’re down to 25. Losing a third always stings a little, because I love to see the paintwork of all the participants! If you’ve not been able to complete this year’s challenge, please do let us all know (and see) what you’ve been up to! On the other hand, between the 25 remaining painters, we’ve painted over four thousand points of Malifaux, The Other Side, and terrain! An extraordinary effort. I’ve updated the spreadsheet, but there are a small number of painters that I don’t have totals for, for June. I might have missed them (apologies if so), but if not, can I have a total (or a mulligan call) from @Burnin' Coal (and for May as well, please!), @emiba, @Kimberly, @LordZombie, @Polar43, @Stranglelove, and @Thedeadclaw, and please throw in an @Caedrus so I see it! By way of a WIP update, I’ve managed to carve out a couple of hours to mess around, splashing paint everywhere. This month has been about finishing some Guild projects. First up, a nearly completed Handler. So, this mini was a bit of a weird one for me. Does anyone else have a mini where you swear you’re doing OK, and nothing quite goes right, and you end up disliking the mini? That’s where I am with this one. It’s just … rough. I’m happy with the blade, but the rest? Meh. Oh well, it’s nearly finished, and ready for the (back of) the cabinet! Next, an older metal Sonnia Criid (damn, Wyrd, your keyboard keys must get stuck down sometimes). Again, I’m going for super-saturated colours. I’ll be shortly re-sculpting the cigar in her hand, then some gentle OSL (gonna be hard to see with all that red!). Also, that sword is ridiculous. Finally, my actual pledge for the month, a simple Rifleman. A fairly simple miniature. I like painting these ones, mostly because their hats, and the red colour, remind me of the Spanish Inquisitors, then I start giggling and saying “Our two weapons are fear and surprise…”. If I get these guys done, I have a few ideas for some tokens. Watch this space! @Boomstick: Lots of very nice WIPs there. The burnt orange on that horse is just perfect. @Phinn: Harlequin Hamelin. Exquisite. Brilliant contrast between a clean mini, and an awful persona. Brilliant. @muraki: We're using M3E, so you've easily hit your target for the month. The white on Sidir is very, very clean. Also, nice proxies! @Rathnard: Now I want to get a Trixiebelle, just to paint like this! I hope you’re having a great painting month! As the Cromulons say, “Show me what you got!” Caedrus.
  19. @Viruk: We trust you, consider the points updated (soon as I can), and we look forward to seeing your work!
  20. @lusciousmccabe: still a pretty mini! Would you like me to reduce your pledge level?
  21. Well, so many beautiful images (and oddly, words!) this month! Where to start? @Stranglelove: That's a seriously beautiful coach. The 'tongue out' Hanged is the creepier, but the other is just so desolate. The cracked bases are really evocative. They add a lot of atmosphere to both. @Phinn: wonderful prose. Kudos! @muraki: I'm constantly in wonderment at your palette! Loving the Vanessa, particularly. Also Bishop's greaves! The group shot is amazing! @Purple Mist: I just scored 3 Riotbreakers. I suspect that I might steal your colours. Were they GSW Chameleon paints? Also, is that the Venetian terrain? Good choice! @Wintergloom: That adeodatos is superb. The magenta / green contrast was an unplanned, intuitive paint choice? If so, you've got a fine eye for colour. Congrats on the win - and so very well deserved. The group is cohesive collectively, and brilliant individually. I think that turquoise is so powerful at making your Black Ops so unified. @wobbly_goggy: nice detail on the gremlin. That's a TINY mini! Loving the hair / fire similarity. @Diddick: Beautiful Hamelin. The pants OSL looks like it's been stippled, really, really effectively. Also, stripey socks! @Franchute: So, I'm *loving* that smoooooth dark leather on the effigy, but I'm keen to know what colours you use for your base skulls. They're my favourite Franchutism! @Nikodemus: those pistoleros are such simple minis, but you have given so much character. Love it. @prof_bycid: A great job on a hard mini. Translucent blue is unforgiving! If you get your hands on Tamiya Clear, it does wonders. Loving the white veins. @Boomstick: If you'd told me that bare copper wire trees and translucent green would look good, I'd have my doubts. Not any more. Kudos! Whew! I just love visiting these threads, just to see what everyone comes up with. Inspiring ideas. So many different, gorgeous styles! Keep doing what you're doing! Caedrus.
  22. The Caedrus paint list for July: Priority one is a half-finished Rifleman. After that, I have a proxy Hanging Tree, a Basecoated Sonnia, and an (eBay rescue) Judge. But, let's be honest, I'm gonna buy SOMETHING 3rd Edition. Have a great July!
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