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Hasslefree / Isis' finest
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:16:15 AM »
Some times you need a little change of pace in the form of a tiny secret agent.    8)

Fenris painted stuff / Bunch of stuff
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:05:47 PM »
We had a little Fenris-fest over at RP in July, and in addition to the Bunnyshot that I did we had some other fun entries too, so I thought I'd share for any other Fenris fans to enjoy.

From Countersunk81:

From Skipp:

And a nearly-there WIP (I think?) from McFonz:

Good stuff. :)

Fenris painted stuff / Re: The Bunnyshot
« on: July 14, 2015, 07:16:20 PM »
very cool  :applause:

My only slight criticism would be it doesn't look like he's gripping the carrot, just looks stuck on to the hand (to me anyway).

Yup. But I am not a sculptor, and not about to chop off his fingers. :)  Sometimes you have to make do with a half-assed job within your reach.

Fenris painted stuff / The Bunnyshot
« on: July 13, 2015, 03:22:43 PM »
bunny, base, and mushrooms all from fenris.  carrot by me.

Hasslefree / Re: Barbarians
« on: May 04, 2015, 08:51:36 PM »
I think I said this elsewhere, but I really dig these.  I gotta try my hand at this flesh primer thing.  :paranoid2:

Hasslefree / beach babe
« on: May 04, 2015, 04:02:10 AM »
Did this lady for the Hasslefree Paint-A-Long over at RandomPlatypus.

Goes well with my Apocalypse Island denizens I did a few months ago. Seems like the year of civilians for me. ;)

Hasslefree / Re: Vissarisa
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:15:26 AM »
Promising freehand on the shield. :)

If you want some constructive advice: The verdigris could use the slightest bit of  teal/green in with blue, and maybe a little ink wash to help sell the effect as looking like its part of the armor.

If you don't, well don't worry about it, it looks fine. ;)

Hasslefree / Re: Miranda
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:12:17 AM »


Hasslefree / Re: Ceril
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:11:01 AM »
the white hair works well on that fig.  I went the opposite route on mine, so it's nice to see an alternative. :)

Hasslefree / Re: Dynamic Tiriel
« on: December 27, 2014, 04:48:35 PM »
Nice work on one of my favorite figs. Reminds me i need to go back and re-do the poleyns & couters on mine!

Nice! I'm not super into that alien style myself, but i've always loved the old eldar walkers, so it makes me happy to see them getting used, and especially repurpused for something else :D

Makes me want to dig out my epic phantoms and 40k dreads i've been sitting on for ever. ;)

Hasslefree / Re: Laurie
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:21:45 AM »
I like the color scheme of the clothes.

Is that a common camo style for bows in real life, or just how you decided to imagine it?  ( I know nothing about modern hunting/archery, so just curious if its inspired by something :) )

Hasslefree / Re: Ferrus
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:18:37 AM »
Yep, one of my faves. I may cave one of these days. ;)

Like the way you did the white hair  :thumbup:

Hasslefree / Re: Have you ever wondered what 100+ painted Grymn look like?
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:17:45 AM »
However... there are always other forces to call upon... :D

 :jawdrop: clearly the reserves are deep

Outstanding, enviable, and inspirational. Thanks! :D

Hasslefree / Re: Colonel Zanzibar
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:38:20 PM »
Nicely done!  Is the Cobra insignia freehand?

Yep! I probably should have practiced once or twice, I think I could have done a bit better overall, but I'm fairly happy with it for the time I spent. :)

Hasslefree / Re: Recently Discovered the Awesomeness that is Hasslefree
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:17:02 AM »
nice harlequin patterns.   :yup:

Hasslefree / badger badger badger badger badger badger badger
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:15:32 AM »

Hasslefree / Colonel Zanzibar
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:52:15 PM »
And now another lovely crisp HF fig from Mr Hoyle. Really fun to paint.  :thumbup:

Hasslefree / Boudi
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:52:11 AM »

Always fun to paint a nice kev sculpt. :)

Non-FOD minis / Bronze Age undead hoplites
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:37:46 AM »
I figure since Geronimo is unoficially Bronze Age, UK division, some of these might be welcome to see around here. ;)

Non-FOD minis / Painting Ghosts
« on: November 22, 2013, 04:05:51 PM »
Just wrote this up in answer to some questions on an undead forum, thought I'd share it around some of the regular haunts in case it might prove useful. :)

Painting Ghosts

When I set out to finish my undead army, I discovered that GW had changed one of their troop types from when I first started collecting my army (no surprise there). Ghosts as individual figures in a rank and file unit never really captured my attention, but for some reason multi-figure elements based as Spirit Hosts was slightly more appealing. It probably didn't hurt that in the intervening decade some more engaging figures had become available to fill such a niche.

For the most part all I'd seen were ghosts done in various drybrushed presentations of grey or white. With the release of the Lord of the Rings movies and corresponding miniatures, I begin to see Army of the Dead figures popping up in generally teal color schemes.

Neither of these schemes really excited me, so as I was collecting figures for my collection I got fixated on a cold blue scheme that I thought might jive with my mental picture of what a neat horde of ethereal beings might look like. In the end I was pretty pleased with how my experiment turned out, and since I was a bit nervous about trying it myself, I thought I'd share my results and hopefully they'll provide motivation or inspiration for someone else to go off and try something of their own.

Colors used:
    (Base coat: Black primer)
    Vallejo Model Color 898: Dark Sea Blue
    Foundry 31C: Granite Light
    Andrea White 2nd Highlight
    Vallejo Model Color 70938: Transparent Blue
    Andrea Black Ink

The first 5 images below show the progression from pure VMC Dark Sea blue up to Granite Light. In order to suggest a sort of floating look, I kept colors primarily darker on the bottom, so as I highlighted I not only applied paint to smaller areas topographically, but I also limited them to progressively higher and higher areas, in relation to the base.

(full size:

Once I reached a nearly pure application of Granite Light, I used the inks. First a lot of black ink in all the recesses of folds, low parts of the faces, the chainmail, crevices in armor, etc. Then an extra few washes of black in on the lower parts of the figure in general to accentuate the progression of bottom->top:dark->light.After the black ink comes a liberal application of Transparent Blue as a unifying glaze over the gradient I'd already built up (Images 1-3 below). In #s 4-5 below, I started mixing the White Highlight basically a mild ivory) into the Dark Sea Blue to begin the most dramatic of highlights. After a couple increasingly light applications, I hit it with a gentle Transparent Blue one more time, again, to unify the gradient that I've now built up to a sharper highlight on the extreme edges/tops of thing. Any areas that I felt could use more contrast will get another dab of black ink. Cracks in shields, folds in chainmail, insides/undercuts of clothing etc.

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After that a last spot checking with some pure ivory on the edge of the sword blade etc, and inks in the crannies, its time to base it up, and under proper lighting, we have the following result:


After I finished my spirit host I decided I wanted a couple ethereal characters for my force as well. I decided to try the same recipe, but with green this time, to see if I liked it at all, and hoping that the variety might be nice.

For this experiment I swapped in the following colors in place of the blue and blue ink:

    Reaper Master Series 09226: Peacock Green
    Vallejo Model Color 70936: Transparent Green
    Citadel Glaze: Waywatcher Green

NB: Either of the green washes will work, but since I had both and hadn't worked much with either, I played with them both that the inkwash stages. The Citadel glaze is the less intense of the two and would probably be the best choice if you were worried about over doing it at first.

The steps below follow the same series from black, to Peacock green to various mixes off Peacock Green + Granite Light.

(full size:

Images 3 & 4 below show the black and green ink stages, while #5 shows the final highlighting after a fair amount of green glazing and shadowing in the nooks and crannies.

(full size:

Under proper lighting the color becomes more true and you can see the final palette:

Back under the work light, here is the contrast between the blue and the green recipes:

And under slightly less extreme lighting:


After I got the whole project done, here is my resulting spirit host:

For the effort expended, I'm really happy with the results, and think these will be a rather dramatic addition to my undead collection, and a welcome departure from the rather monolithic effect of unit after unit of bone colored troops.

If you come up with another idea as a result of this recipe, I'd love to see your results.

Hasslefree / Re: Grymn Armies?
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:27:28 PM »
These are all pretty dang awesome, thanks for sharing!

I really like a large portion of the grymm aesthetics... of only the guns weren't so weird. I really have always disliked the designs, which is too bad. Oh well, not like I need another project.  ;)

Hasslefree / Re: HF Ladies
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:22:10 PM »
The metals are really nice on the paladin lady. But the fleshtones and the blacks make DommiLibby the standout of the bunch :)

Nice work :thumbup:

Heresy / man bat
« on: October 03, 2013, 11:23:04 PM »
I wanted this vampire to accompany a squad of undead fliers as a unit leader, so I converted him to be airborn. Head chop, wing chop, reposition, greenstuff.

I'm pretty happy with how he came out. When I first had him in my hand I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull off the wing work, so I'm glad it doesn't suck at least :)

Here he is with his charges:

Hasslefree / Re: Grymn 'Walker' pilot (and Walker)...
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:23:48 PM »
Just caught up on this one. Fantastic!  I don't think I'd seen the driver fig either... excellent sculpt, and you did a great job on him  8) *whistle*

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