March is here, how’d that happen?
First up I’m going to talk a little about the Reaper Virtual Expo that happened this past weekend. I meant to mention this much sooner but life.
The Reaper Virtual Expo was a digital convention that was set up very similar to how ReaperCon 2020 was last year. This ran more smoothly and had a few additional perks that I am looking forward to. The main thing I am looking forward to is the classes that were recorded. This will let me go back and watch things that conflicted with my schedule or that I just missed.
I attended 4 classes over the 3 days. Stuff came up on Sunday causing me to leave classes early and I have a couple very rough, unfinished minis.
Friday I took Erin Hartwell’s Skin Deep: Monster Edition. She taught us how to do a blue skinned Frost Giant Queen. I however did not have a spare Frost Giant Queen as I had just started mine the month before supplies were announced. So I did the old sculpt of the Yephima, Female Cloud Giant, it is currently out of stock. The new sculpt will be coming in the Bones 5 Kickstarter later this year.
This is the result of that class:
She is not finished but this is probably the best skin I’ve done in a very long time.
Next class was Multicultural Skintones: Dark Skin taught by “Mocha” of Mocha Miniatures. It was a very enjoyable class. We painted Ziba, Female Efreeti. It’s a gorgeous model and the class was great. I am however not super happy with mine at the time. Looking back on it now I think it looks better but is definitely a little rough around the edges, there are a few gaps that need filling that I just didn’t have time to do beforehand. I will be going back and watching this class again when it is available on YouTube.
My third class was Fun Faces with Ian Markon. I signed up for this very last minute. And I am so glad I did. Ian is a fantastic teacher and did what he could to answer all the questions asked of him. We painted Small World Arnise. At first I was hesitant to do it because I don’t really care for chibi miniatures but I had a blast. The skin isn’t perfectly blended but most of the class was focusing on eyes, expressions, and makeup. Over all pretty happy with it. I’d like to in the future get her skin properly blended and finish the whole mini. The eyes though are by far my favorite part.
The last class I attended I do not have a picture for. It was about painting crystals with Erin Hartwell. I had some stuff come up and had to leave about 30 minutes into the class but I am looking forward to seeing that class in it’s entirety when the video is uploaded.
Anyway Reaper Virtual Expo was a blast and I do hope they continue to have digital conventions even when they are allowed to happen in person again.
Next up I’ve got some goals and stuff in mind for this month. I don’t expect to finish them all but one of them is a rather large mini.
First off are continuing projects:
I only have basing and last minute touch ups on this guy.
I also need to start and finish this one this month (for personal reference the 28th of March is the date it needs to be finished by). I have not started this one so here is the store page image.
I also don’t have a picture of the Frost Giant Queen. But she is somewhere in the 1/4 – 1/2 range of being done.
Lastly, and this is a big one. I’m going to be painting Grimtalon the roc as an American Kestrel. It may not look big here but one wing is about the length of my forearm. When I get around to starting I’ll post some comparison pictures.
These projects should keep me busy for quite some time. Hopefully, y’all are out there having fun and staying safe.
As always, happy painting.