Haunted Mansion Part 2 of a Billion….

The next worrying thing is the miniatures and their paint jobs. How was I going to make three hitchhiking ghosts, read as ghosts? I decided that I didn’t want to try to paint a ‘see-through’ effect and knew I probably couldn’t do a blue/green holographic effect either. SO I experimented with a limited paint palette on a different figure. I used Shadow Green, Pine Green, Tanned Skin (My bread and butter), and Linen white.

I used pine green on the hair, shadow green for the dress with a combination of linen white for variety and shadow green with tanned skin for her skin. This combination, shadow green and tanned skin help to make the skin look a bit more life-like to me.


I blended steadily, still using the same colors, it’s slowly coming together.

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Finished product: I took straight tanned skin and did a gentle glaze as the highlight and on the cheeks to  make her look a little undead. I made the paint job on her skin extreme to reflect the classic undead look. I’ll try to do a better job of this same look on the hitchhikers.

Now does she read undead and ghostly? I’m not sure. @_@ I know there has to be something I can do that will push it further to where I want it to be, but I don’t know what it is. What’s missing?


What’s a graveyard without the Graveyard keeper?

I doused him in brown liner and snipped his staff a bit. I intend to pin on a shovel.

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I base coated him and man, I hope he comes together alright. (He looks pretty creepy without a skin color)


Base coated, he looks alright so far.


What’s a graveyard keeper without his trust hound??


Have I mentioned I’m awful at sculping? I’ll have to go back and fiddle with the hounds ears so they droop and not look as crazy. @_@


Haunted Mansion Part 1 of a Billion

I visited Disney Land with my Nephews back in April? It was before Reapercon. It’s always been my favorite ride and it delighted me that my nephews (four and two) loved it too! They had us ride it three times. o_o Naturally, when it was announced that 2016 Reapercon will be horror themed, this was the first thing that popped into my head. I had the diorama planned out and the mini’s already in mind.  Now….just to carry it out….

“All about that Base”: My weakest project at the moment. I don’t know a lot about materials and making things look the way I want them to, thus why I’m starting so early on this. the miniatures I’m not too worried about. I didn’t want it too centered, since I had plans for all of the space so I drew out a ‘blue print’.

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I used some minis I already had to decide if I had enough space  for the minis and anything else I had planned.


I then had to sculpt columns. I used Sculpey and for the life of me I could not get them to be perfectly..rectangular, but I shrugged it off as potential endearing imperfection and baked it anyways. Afterwards I hand sculpted cobblestone textures to it.


I then decided that I wanted to do a less complicated top to the columns and started building up. i baked two varying flat pieces and sculpted them together with modeling paste to get the shape I wanted. (I made this super complicated you see. @_@)


Skin Tones: Part 1 and *mumbles numbers* (Some Nudity!)

WARNING: Since this is a skin experiment some models I have chosen are topless or pretty close to nude. So NSFW.


So a combination of street construction and comcast asshattery caused my internet to fluctuate violently. I could barely surf the forums and had to actually, /gasp use my cellphone!! Posting from my phone is a tad complicated so I waited.

Somehow photos were lost as well but I should be able to explain it fine.

First up, and easiest will be my experiment with dark skin tones. Typically for my shadow I use drow skin shadow, midtone is dark skin and highlight is bronzed shadow. Here’s the thing though, I was having the most terrible time bringing my tones up properly. It’s a great triad, don’t get me wrong, I’m just not very good with it yet so I experimented with other shadows/colors.

In this case (Still roughly in the process) I used Imperial Purple on two models and Violet Shadow on the other, primarily to play with variety. I painted the models their shadow color and carefly glazed bronzed shadow on top of it, layer by layer by layer. Just in case, I did another wash of the shadow and I have not yet touched it up again. Note: These models are from Hasslefree and will be going towards a Diorama later….maybe @_@)


This model is painted with the Violet Shadow:


Yes, they’re looking purply at the moment, I haven’t painted the rest of the bronzed skin glazes. The finished product without highlights will look like this. (My first experiment)


Lighter Skin tones:

I wanted to play with the same concept of a different shade as the base color for light skin. Usually I’ll just slap on tanned skin and brighten it from there or just paint directly on top of white primer. This model has a scar across her face and for models like this, I think painting it this color first really helped. Afterwards I glazed golden skin layer by layer by layer .

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As you can tell, the pink is still there in the deep shadows but it doesn’t look as crazy and extreme as the initial color. It fits in nicely.


I’m still here!!

So I took a few miniatures I had been working on and my Princess Bust to the CMON Expo last month. I won first place with the bust and only third with a chibi miniature I had painted. My husband took me by surprise by winning second in the chibi category with a speed paint miniature. /grumble grumble He’s just too awesome.

I accepted a commission to paint a Wrath of Kings army so that will probably take up my time for now, but I will post progress and techniques about it if I deem it interesting. I’ve got a few other things I have also been working on here and there that will be shared as well, specifically things that involve translucent cloth and OSL. Two things that I’m finally delving into. It always seems so complicated and scary! I am also planning a dark skin experiment on working with different shadow colors to achieve a desired affect and finally, I’ll start my Haunted Mansion project. SO Key things to look out for:

1. Wrath of Kings Army WIP

2. Translucent Cloth and OSL WIP

3. Dark Skin experiment WIP

4. Haunted Mansion Rcon2016 WIP

Hope these things interest you as much as me! /excited!!!!!!

Steampunk Princess: Complete

She’s ‘finished’ as I think I can let myself get with her. I feel that when I didn’t shake up my paint properly, it just threw her skin into madness and I haven’t been able to recover from that. SHAKE YOUR PAINTS!! For the love of all that is awesome, shake your paints! Make up a shake dance while you’re doing it if you need encouragement!!!

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Foldio 2 Fun!

So I receieved my Foldio2 and wanted to show the results. One of my lights isn’t functioning but I should be getting a replacement light eventually. It’s pretty quick to set up and awesome that I can fold  it so compactly and put it away. Tiny place and all. I really wish the plugin was longer though. @_@

This was my PC I painted for Reaper Con:

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The pictures seem to come out pretty well. A good camera and a decent lightbox really seems to make a difference! I had to put the Princess on a Plinth before I could finish her. My fingers kept rubbing off the paint on her belts.


This was one of my Reaper Con entries. I got a Bronze for this one. (I was totally surprised that this is the one they chose over an angel I had painted. @_@  But the explanation they gave me made sense. This one had better blending and use of color than my angel did.


Steampunk Princess Part 4: More details

So I left off last time fixing her skin and face after my mishap with the paint. I’m at the point that I wish to no longer fiddle with it. It’s not perfect, but it’s much improved. Large scale is interesting like that.


After that I base coated her belts. The bullet belt is a mixture of basic dirt/carnage red. Her pouches are just black.

I also added her arm, which was actually tougher than I imagined. I probably should have taken photographs of that but I was just eager to get it finished.

I carefully pinned her arm and found that I would have to file some of the arm to make it fit. After filing it, I was left with a rather extravagant gap about 2cm large. I filled it in with liquid greenstuff and let that dry for a few hours. After that I gently took a sanding file to the area to smooth it out but still leave a slight seam to match the other side.



From the side it’s hard to tell that it’s even a separate piece. I painted her hair and the band of her goggles to match the corset. The back:


Today’s finished product: She’s almost done. Touch ups, necklace, goggles, pants and belts and she’s good.


Her arm with the pistol however….it’s currently sitting in a simple green solution. Though I was able to mix the colors I wanted for it, the paint ended up clumping up really bad and the pistol just looked awful. @_@

Steampunk Princess Part 3: Fine details and Leather or Denim?

I realized I missed a Part here that ended up posted elsewhere. Bleh, I’m still learning this thing.

My intention had been to paint the corset as blue leather, but I got a little excited with the blue and awesomeness of the sculpt. I have no intention of changing the color of it any further so I decided to line the corset in white.


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I touched up the lines a bit, and painted her choker the same shade of blue as her corset.


I hope to be able to paint her goggles an Amber yellow, it’s currently based colored with palamino gold and pumpkin orange.


Shake your paint bottles guys

Made more progress, painted a ton of the skin then had to stop when I realized my paint didn’t blend and was streaking. @_@

Shake your paint guys to help prevent this. o_o SHAKE YOUR PAINT!!!


Steampunk Princess Part 2: Playing with Color

The colors I use to paint dark skin: Reaper Bronzed Highlight and Reaper Dark Skin. The next few pictures are with my first mixture of the ‘midtone’ but I later made it lighter.


I base coated her skin with the above colors, the blouse is shadowed with oiled leather, the corset is nightmare black and the hair is washed in noir black. It’s a nice group of colors, but she’ll look NOTHING like this in a moment. ^_^


The next shade on the blouse is Reaper Rose Quartz + a bit of Oiled Leather to create the midtone.


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final touch ups of the pink. She looks good this way too!


The ‘finalish’ color is splintered bone, grey liner and white. This was the color I was going for. I’m still going to go up just a bit more in some places and better blend the shadows.


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The Corset!!!!! I didn’t take pictures of this process. I was far too busy ooing at aahing at it. I used Nightmare black in the shadows, carnival purple + Dragon Blue as the midtone and Dragon blue as a GLAZE on top of that. I really wanted to grasp that it was a blue leather corset. I think it looks alright and it matches the blouse nicely.


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To Be Continued!