My entries for Reaper Forum contests this october

So I am trying to get into the painting habit again, being out of it for a few months with a wonky arm means I have to train myself up again to even be able to put the paint where I want it to go. Did have some trouble with these, particularily the faces. I had to do them over and over and over and over. And still I am not really satisfied, but ths seems to be about the best I can do at the moment,

So here goes:

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Murkette To’ken represents the Beneathdark in the Beauty Pageant, being the official Miss Beneathdark and sole survivor of the preliminary Beneathdark pageants. The other contestants mysteriously suffering strange, and completely unrelated, series of accidents and illnesses. Several dying of natural causes (coming down with particulary violent cases of the stabbings). Indeed, the entire contingent of Bathalian contestants accidentally got redirected to the delivery entrance of the kitchens, ending up being served as appetizers at the judges’ banquet.

Hailing from the dark city of M’anzan, Murkette orphaned herself at an early age, and is now travelling the world.

Presenter: “Murkette, you have put student as you current occupation. Please tell the audience, what have you been studying?”

Murkette: “I have been studying where the tunnels from Beneathdark come closest to the judges’ homes.”

Presenter: “Um…right.  What you would change about yourself and why?

Murkette: “About myself? Nothing. I am confident the judges will make the right choice and not get dragged away in the night to be sacrificed on dark altars in the deep places of the world.”

Presenter (visibly sweating): “uhh…is that a live spider in your hair?”

Murkette: “No, it is an avatar of my Goddess, you unctuous little toad.”

Presenter: “Next contestant please!”

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and the Halloween contest:

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this one might get disqualified, as I have put parts of Mantic Zombies on the base. Depends on how strict the judges are, if they count them as miniatures and not basing.

At any rate it is a Bones Flesh Golem. I think of it as a Zombiedaddy. This one can also be used as a 4-men placeholder in a Zombie regiment,

The arm is getting better

I have not been painting anything the last half year or so, as my left elbow and lower arm have not been working properly, ligament problems leaving me unable to hold anything small still for any length of time, or at all.

But it is getting better, and I have been getting a lot of prepwork done on of alot of the masses and masses of minis that have arrived, fulfilling the last years kickstarters. The Kings of War and Reaper Bones has been delivered and are now complete, and the third and last Dreadball shipment is probably in the mail, leaving me with more minis than space to put them.

And several more are on their way…and the Bones are doing a second kickstarter at the moment…uh oh.

At any rate, I am trying to get back in to it now, and have chosen the “Reaper Beauty Pageant 2013” forum competition as a suitable target to actually get something done. I seem to need a deadline these days, or it gets put off.

In this competion, one is to enter the Bones mini called “Lysette”, an elven sword toting maiden. Quite intrically detailed, so I might fail utterly as I still cannot seem to hold it completely stlll for painting. And there is really small detail on this piece. Giving it a go, here is the first WIP shots of Murkette the Dark elf:

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You see where this is headed.

Black undercoat, mantic base. I like mantic bases better than citadel ones these days. The Bones’ integral bases are quite easy to trim down to fit the hole, fill with a spot of green stuff and away we go!

Speaking about bases…

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I am at something of an impasse about basing the Bones. Traditionally I have based most everything to fit with Warhammer.

However…Why on Earth have I been doing that?

There are lots more base options available these days. Such as the “lipped” bases (left). I find I really like those bases too, even more than the round beveled of yesteryear. And lovely sculpted bases in resin are readily available.

I am not sure the square bases are as nice. I think I like round bases better in general. And these days you get something newfangled called “movement trays”…and many of these can be ordered with precut holes or slots to fit whatever size or shape base I might like to have. So any shape can actually fit Warhammer or whatever.

And for games such as Kings of War, the need for individual basing is eliminated altogether, all models in a unit goes on a single base, as the minis themselves are not used as wound counters. This means that an entire unit can be based as a kind of diorama, greatly enhancing the look of the unit as a whole, and speeding up movement in-game. This also lets one play around a bit more:

20131020 WIP Colossal 1“a 20-man strong unit of skeletons”

but…

I dont really get to play any more. At all. So why even bother following that paradigm? Or any at all?

So, maybe taking a more individual approach, basing each model on whim more than any special uniformity is the right way forward.

What do you think about this? Any thoughts are appreciated.

Update: 25th

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getting hard to even get a clear picture of this one,