Current Challenge - 6MMRPC

Six Month Mountain Reduction and Painting Challenge

May 1 to November 1


THE 6 Month Challenge runs from 01May2018 to 01Nov2018
1. No purchasing of new miniatures, EXCEPT if you use a joker. You get three jokers to use on a figure purchase. Could be a blister pack, an ebay bundle, or a single can't splurge. The only exception to this rule is if you need bitz or A FIGURE (Singular) to complete a unit/warband etc.
1.1 - There is an opportunity to "earn" additional jokers. If you complete an entire project (whole unit/army/warband etc.) with pictures of starting, WIP, and completion, you earn yourself a Joker.
2. Gifts do not count against you. Holidays, birthdays etc. Also, if you're given gift cards by your hobby illiterate family or friends, you can without penalty use them on anything you want miniatures wise.
3. Paints, terrain (or materials), and other hobby supplies do not apply to the no purchasing rule.
4. At least one hobby related blog post/Facebook Post in this group and/or Instagram update a week. If you instagram, be sure to hashtag your pic with #6MMRPC
5. Zombtober will be part of the 6 month challenge so, Zombie related stuff during October is ENCOURAGED. Other theme suggestions are welcomed.
6. If you are participating, I will be pinning a post for everyone to put a comment in to keep a tally of painted figures and jokers used/earned. Please just edit your post as we go, don’t continue to add more.
Get to climbing!



Week 2 - May 7 thru 13

Other priorities kept me busy during the week, then I got back to commission work on the weekend, mainly Sunday.  While this work doesn't officially count toward reducing my backlog of personal figures, it is hobby-related and adds to my skill set.  As I have said many times, a wise old painter once told me, "If you want to improve any aspect of this hobby, there is simply no substitute for butt-in-chair time."

So, the commission: finished Lady Darkryss, including some freehand along a cloak edge and a change to the winged lizard, and finished Asharah with inked metallic paints.  That saved several hours of work vs NMM and still looks good for the tabletop.

Slithiss, a Raging Heroes: TGG Sci-fi assassin, and Liligrith, a Raging Heroes: TGG cybernetic hybrid (?) transferred to the workbench.  Each were given some pre-lining and blacking out the deepest areas that will never see detailed paint.  The electric blue spot color was also picked out, although the dark, dystopian vibe of both minis may require relocation and/or a tonal change.

Still, looking back at the first 3 minis and how these next two 'feel' as I begin to paint and block in tones with the sketch style of underpainting and 'pre-lining'...well, it seems to be working out pretty well.  It mattered more with NMM and glazes, for example Lilith Hesperax's spear, sword, skin, and hair, or Lady Darkryss's armor, dress, and cape.  It mattered less when painting solid basecoats, TMM, and changing colors, for example the winged creature and any of Asharah's metal areas.

So, I think these next two models needed less underpainting for two reasons: the black primer + white highlighting was accurate and complete for both, and I learned some things from the first three that can be applied going forward.  The result should be good, clean paintjobs in a little less time than NMM typically takes.


Week 1 - May 1 thru 6

Commission work kept me busy, especially the weekend of 5/5-6.  I finished one, GW's Lilith Hesperax in resin, with NMM throughout.  

TGG's Lady Darkryss is about 85% finished, also with NMM overall.  The winged lizard/right arm needs more paint and attachment to body, and her hair & horns need to be finished.  Cloth areas could use more highlighting.

TGG's Asharah is less than half finished, with skin & eyes done, cloak mostly done, and a few other areas started.

Overall, Sketch Style seems to work okay, although I've not mastered it enough to save much time.  I'll pin the slow-down on NMM, which is another skill I've not mastered.  Combining the two might be slow, but the end results may be worth it.  I'll make that decision after finishing Lady Darkryss with NMM and Asharah with TMM inked/shaded.

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