March ’22 Goals

I’m going to try to get better about doing a wrap-up and a goals post for the rest of the year.

March is fairly busy around here but I do have some projects to be done.

First up is the Sea Dragon from Reaper’s Bones V Kickstarter. It was in the Dark Depths expansion.

So far this is what I’ve gotten done on it. It is still very much a WIP. I still have some of the base to paint up as well.

Second is the Dragon Bust that was also an add-on during Bones V.

I have done most of the lining on the neck, I missed a few spots, but no lining on the head yet. The lining I have done definitely needs cleaned up. Lots left to do on it.

These are what I’m working on this month. I have some other projects I’ll be working on but I can’t say more than I have them going for now.

Happy Painting,
~S

February RCL Wrap Up ’22

March is upon us and by that I mean today is the 1st. I’m not sure where last month went. I only got two (2) minis painted up for RCL for the month but I’ve been working on quarterlies in the meantime.

I completed the Duo and Trio categories.

For the Duo I painted up Grub from the Chop and Grub Halfling Cooks pack. I had much more I wanted to do with him but I didn’t have the time to do it more the way I wanted to.

Grub, Halfling Cook

For my Trio I painted Sister Hazel that I received with my Bones 5 pledge.

Sister Hazel, Plague Doctor

Sister Hazel was definitely a hassle. I decided I wanted to do all white for a diorama with another plague doctor mini that Reaper makes. I will definitely come back to this. The shadows on the front got wiped out at some point. I think the back looks better. Thankfully, my lights were kind and made some shadows for me.

Other than those I did not finish anything. I’ve worked on a couple things for the Quarterly categories (Sea Dragon and Dragon Bust) and did an overhaul of my desk (and soon to be hobby area of the hobby room). I did paint a small (4″x4″) landscape to break things up a little too. It’s not the greatest, in my opinion, but with as long as it’s been since I’ve done one I’m happy with it.

I do have a few review posts to write for some more products from Game Envy that will be coming soon. So keep an eye out for those.

Happy Painting,
~S

January 2022 Wrap-up

So this is a wrap up of last month and a progress report for what’s been going on this week.

In my last post I had gotten some things done. I got almost all my monthly things for January minus the theme mini because I just ran out of time. I’ll post all the pictures from what I completed again just for a total round up.

Without further ado here are the rest of the minis I completed.

As mentioned in the last post this was my Limited Palette figure.

Dire Grouper, Bones 5 Dark Depths Expansion

PC mini: Sir Garrick the Bold aka Sir For Scale. His sword is a bit bent but I did not have time to fix it by the time I got to painting him. It doesn’t bother me too much.

Human Paladin, Garrick

Monster: Owlbear. This is one of the newer owlbear sculpts that Reaper makes. This one came in my Dungeon Dwellers expansion from the Bones 5 Kickstarter and is not currently available for retail sale.

Owlbear, Bones 5 Dungeon Dwellers Expansion

Duo: Elanter the Lost Prince. I had a really difficult time with this one. I just couldn’t get the colors to work like I wanted it to so I had to call it “good enough not perfect.” The picture did not want to cooperate either. This is the new Bones USA material, which I am loving but more on that at a later date.

Elanter the Lost Prince

Trio: Damras Deveril, Wizard. This one is also Bones USA, I had fun with this one but he’s on the rough side.

Human Wizard, Damras

New Release: Gingerbread Knight. This was probably my favorite one to paint. Could have used more clean up but overall happy. Again, Bones USA.

Gingerbread Knight

Freebie: Pyram the Pincher. I have had this guy hanging around half painted for far too long for how long it took me to actually finish it up.

Rogue, Pyram D4 High Roller

On top of all these I did up my Seasonal Theme mini which I chose Valentine’s Day for the holiday. This one is metal. I don’t paint a lot of metal but I’m thinking that will change over the coming months so I can dig into my pile I have.

Valentines Mousling

I know this has been long but bear with me. I’m not committing to a full list this month but rather some things that I know will need finishing that can work for the RCL. This is what I’ve been doing so far this month.

This is the Sea Dragon and it’s base from the Bones 5 Dark Depths Expansion.

Last but not least my favorite picture I took last month.

Thanks for sticking with me. I’ll try to update a little more often, when possible, so these don’t get terribly long.

Happy Painting,
~S

Mid-January Update

Well, kind of. I know this is a few days late.

So far I’ve gotten 3 minis finished and have several in progress. Should have time to sit down today and do more.

The Valentine Mousling was a ton of fun to paint. Quick and easy. Also, this one is metal! I normally paint a lot of plastic but I’m liking the feel of metal more and more these days.

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Valentine’s Mousling by Reaper Miniatures

The Gingerbread Knight was also a quick and fun paint. Now that I’m seeing the picture on a larger screen he needs some touch-ups before I call him totally done.

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Gingerbread Knight by Reaper Miniatures

Dire Grouper from the recent Bones V Kickstarter Dark Depths expansion. It is currently not for sale. This was my Limited Palette mini so I only used the paints shown.

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I will hopefully have some more updates really soon!

Happy painting,
~S

New Year, New Goals (2022)

2021 was a year of goals for me but looking back not a lot got done, unfortunately. While I was fairly productive, basically, none of the larger projects got finished which was the big thing I wanted to do.

Here’s a reminder of my 2021 goals.

Things I did do:

  • Started Grimtalon
  • Participated in 9 months of the RCL.
  • Cleared a little of the Shelf of Shame.

As for hobby adjacent goals I:

  • Leveled up photography skills some.
    • I do still need to get into the habit of, when finished, using the light box.
  • Worked on spreadsheets.
    • I need to do so much more but I did get those updated somewhat.

So now onto 2022. I have reigned it in a little and decided on less specific goals and far fewer of them. I’m sticking with 5 for both sets of goals.

Let’s start!

Hobby Adjacent Goals:

  • Do an in-depth inventory of paint
    • I’ve amassed a collection of paint. This is a given but as of late I’ve gotten quite a few new colors. I want to make sure they are all in the paintRack app and have the right number of bottles for the colors I have multiples of.
      • I love this app. I have no affiliation with them, just a big fan. Available on Android and iPhone. In my opinion, it is the best paint inventory app covering tons of different lines of paints and they update on a fairly regular basis.
    • In doing this inventory I will also be adding agitators and using the vortex mixer to make sure that things are in working order.
  • Update paint swatches.
    • I need to figure out how I’m going to organize some things. There is some confusion, probably on my end, about new SKUs and where they go.
  • Get in the habit of using my light box more.
    • I’d really like to have not only my WIP photos in places but actual finished shots that aren’t just propped up against a paper towel or what have you on the desk.
    • This will also probably include figuring out how to take photos of the larger things that won’t fit.
  • Work on my photo backlog.
    • I’ve got a lot of stuff that I’ve done that I don’t have photos of that I’d like to get taken.
  • Mini inventory
    • This one might be reaching a bit but I’ll at least try to update my spreadsheet with new things coming in.

Hobby Goals:

  • Work on some larger WIPs
    • This includes things like Ma’al Drakar and Grimtalon.
  • Clear as many WIPs as possible.
    • While I want to get the larger things done I’d like to finish at least a handful of minis that already have paint on them.
  • Participate in RCL 2022.
    • I had a blast this past year and I would like to plan this out a little more now that I know how it works.
  • I want to start my smaller axolotl diorama that I haven’t started much of yet.
  • I want to work on making my blends smoother overall.
    • Especially when it comes to skin tones.

So all in all I’ve scaled back my goals to a, hopefully, more manageable list. I think these things are doable but will be very time consuming, especially the swatches and inventories.

What are some goals that all y’all have for the coming year?

Happy Holidays and Happy Painting,
~S

Minivember Wrap-up

Minivember was awesome but I was not able to get the full 30 done. I am very happy with the ones that I did get done though. I think all told I got about 8 done. Not the best but LifeTM got in the way.

These are the not super great photos I have of them. I’ll post nicer ones at some point in the future.

I’m going to be very busy the next few weeks so I might not post here until after the New Year.

So until then have a happy holiday and as always happy painting.
~S

Minivember! Today!

Today is the start of Minivember 2021. I keep saying this year is my last for the last few times I’ve done it and it keeps pulling me back in. So, once again, I am here bringing you lots of painting in one month. This is what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

Before I forget all of the minis this year are from various expansions of the Bones V Kickstarter that delivered over the summer. I wrote down the number and expansion as listed on the Kickstarter project page.

I took a while to choose which minis I wanted to use but then settled on these:

I ended up changing out the Feejee mini because I do a lot of posting on the Reaper forums. As per forum rules nudity has to be linked away from the site so I figured it would just be easier to choose something different. I chose the, clothed, succubus from the Dungeon Dwellers expansion.

Somewhere around this time I cleaned and removed mold lines from things. I probably need to get an opti-visor of some sort because I sure did miss a lot of mold lines. I also took some time to coat them all in Reaper’s Brown Liner paint. It works well as a primer for Bones.

I charted out my calendar as I do most years (probably should’ve used a pen):

Then today I got started. I decided to take all the ones I’d planned out with the same skin tone and start them all at once. It’s motivated me a little more than if I’d just done them one by one. It also saves a little paint.

So far I have finished the succubus but am making way on the others.

I will note that while I say she is done I have not done anything with the base. I will again take some time at the end of the month and paint up all the bases at once since I’ve planned out similar colors for most of them. This, again, will help me save paint.

I’ll do my best to update here regularly but, in case I don’t or can’t, here is a link to the forum post that I will keep updated. I update this at least once daily.

https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/97095-minivember-2021/

Let me know if any of y’all are doing your own Minivember in the comments below.

Happy Painting,
~S

Minivember 2021

I keep trying to move away from Minivember but it sucks me back in. So I’m currently in the planning stages. I’ll probably paint a lot of the Bones V Kickstarter or at least the majority of the minis painted will be from that.

Right now I’m in the choosing phase. Picking minis and pulling them from which ever box they are in. Next I’ll start planning colors, with which I’ll probably be vague and kick myself later for not pulling paints as well.

Anyway, that’s what has been up around here. Not much hobbying has been done. I received and mailed out the Reaper Forum’s Box of Goodwill to the next recipient. So now maybe I can get things organized enough to do this.

Happy Painting,
~S

Spooky Season Goals

September is almost over. Which means not only a new month but the end of Q3 of the RCL. I did not get as much done as I had planned for ReasonsTM . Life happens and it has happened hard this month.

So because of all of that I’m tentatively going to take October off. I’ve been working on the All Mini’s Eve calendar for a while now. It is still not done and I don’t think I can get it done in a few days and paint everything the way I want to.

I’m going to spend October and probably the first couple weeks of November writing and doing real life stuff. Hopefully this time off will help me recenter and get things done when I return. I might post some small updates here and there during this time.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Happy painting,
~S

September…Soon™

September is coming up very quickly; I’ve got a little less than a week to finish things for August. Some things are not getting done that I thought would and some that I didn’t expect to get started got started.

First off here is my list for the month:

I finished everything highlighted in green as well as the Trio category. It is not yet highlighted because they have not been submitted for points yet.

I’m still not clear on what the current New Release guidelines are so I never got around to doing something with that. Fungal Queen is going back on the shelf for a while.

Since most of these are not available for general sale I will list the closest name and corresponding “SKU” from the Kickstarter.

Please forgive the lack of nice photos for several of these. I have been busy and haven’t had a chance to mess around with light settings and whatnot to get them where I’m happiest.

We are more than halfway through the quarter now so here is what’s going on with that.

Going to go down the list then talk about the pop-up challenges.

  • Diorama: Eldritch Desert
    • This is on hold while I get other things done. I’m hoping to be able to pick it back up soon(TM)
  • Quarterly Contest: Female Minotaur
    • This is also on hold and may not get done before the end of September due to not being able to locate her.
  • Large Model: Overgourd
    • I’m actually almost finished with this one. Need some details and touch-ups but otherwise it’s ready to go.
  • Large Group 4+: Terror Fish w/ wings
    • This one is finished. Need photos and to submit still.
  • Heavy mod/Conversion:
    • I don’t do these. My skills with modding is not good enough currently to make anything count as heavy.
  • Seasonal Themed: Powder Monkey (#732 from Brinewind Bones V KS)
    • Doing talk like a pirate day for my seasonal category. Thus painting a pirate.
  • Bust: Dragon Bust (Bones V Add-on)
    • I have started on this. I’m debating what color it should be but the plinth it is on is painted up like marble.

Pop-ups. These are extra challenges presented for more points each quarter. This is the list of pop-up challenges for Quarter 3:

  • Cake Topper: I haven’t yet picked minis for this, I’m thinking something horror themed though.
  • Under-lighting: I’m not very good at OSL so I may not do this one.
  • Trail of Blood: I’m having trouble picking a mini. When I see it though, I will know it.
  • Textures! Oh, my!: I have a mini pulled, I’m hoping to do an awesome worn leather on the cape of the mini.
  • I have finished the Spirit of the Forest category.

My goals for September are pretty much do as much RCL as I can cram in. This includes quarterly minis because Q3 ends at the end of September. Once I get a list together for monthly figures I will update.

Happy painting,
~S