ReaperCon ’16 was just as amazing as always. The best part is always hanging out with everyone – I got to see Mocha, nyteflyer (sic?), Paul, SGHawkins, leopardpixie and so many others. I took a bunch of great classes – Painting Difficult Colors with Jen Greenwald; Painting Expressive Faces with Derek Schubert; Fur, Feathers and Scales with Derek Schubert; Dirty and Distressed with Greg Zuniga, and Airbrush Finishing Techniques with Caleb from CK Studios. I entered a few minis into the contest; Chisel won a Bronze in Painters (expected), and Lug won a Silver in Ordinance (not expected). I managed to control myself, and only purchased 4 miniatures – which means I came home with 31 between freebies and melt. I got a new airbrush from Badger, so expect to hear more about that soon, and a new backdrop from Hanger 18. A few extra paints and some other misc stuff.
Since last ReaperCon, I’ve focused mostly on improving the speed at which I can paint figures to a tabletop standard, and I’ve mostly been painting miniatures at that level. Last ReaperCon (18 months ago) my plan was to paint something just for ReaperCon, at the highest quality I could do. While that’s still a noble goal, and the probably the best way to judge my maximum skill level, I just don’t see myself having fun doing that, and having fun is the entire point of painting for me. That means I’m not planning on finishing that elf bust in the next month. I’m still planning to bring something to ReaperCon, but I won’t be aiming for a Silver. I’m unsure of which minis I should bring, but everything I’ve painted at tabletop level has some definite shortcuts that will lose me big points with the judges (one of the things I learned from previous years is that your mini must be consistently high quality, not just high quality in one or two areas and decent elsewhere). So I’ll just grab 2-3 minis where I think I did a consistently decent job and submit those. Honestly, I think the best minis I painted since ReaperCon were exchange minis that are now in someone else’s hands. Because I’ve been painting lots of Warmahordes, I will probably bring a few of those.
A 1-point mercenary solo I’ll be throwing into the occasional Khador list, when I’m a point short. He repairs jacks.
I painted up the miniature fairly quickly (I’m taking this week off work, so I had plenty of time to work on him today), but it was a surprisingly fun sculpt. I think he’s got a lot of character, with that hat, tools tucked everywhere and the cigar. I got to use lots of different metallic paints, and I also tried out VMC Dried Rust effects. I’m kinda meh on it, but it’s definitely better than trying to do it with regular paints.
Koldun Kapitan Valachev
Iron Fang Kovnik
Not super awesome, but I am pleased with the cost/reward ratio on these guys. I might go back and redo some of my other Khador guys after I finish doing new purchases to this level.
Unless I decide to start buying Legion as well, in which case I will just be drowning in models.
I got a second objective marker to match the first for my Relic Knights Noh faction. I did some touch-up on the first where paint had chipped. I also got a flamey portal thingy, but it was cut poorly (he gave me a discount, but I should have just waited to get a properly cut one) so I’m still working on extracting it from its sheet of MDF.
Nothing too fancy here, but I’m a bit proud because it’s entirely scratch built. The tanks are crappy 15ml paint bottles with the top cut off, the boards and dohicky up top are just bits of plasticard. The bottom is textured plasticard. I want to use this in Relic Knights as a bit of destructible terrain that does AoE damage when it is destroyed.