Okay, still getting used to the new software on the new computer.. I haven't come by a new copy of Photoshop that's compatible with the new comp, so I have to use my home network to send images to the old comp for post work..
Anyway, here's a new RIFTS mini I put together for a character I thought I'd be playing in a game that fell through.. He's wearing classic Urban Warrior armor and using a Coalition CV-212 with energy canisters..
I also tweaked the settings on the Unsharp mask, so I don't think I'll be getting the flare outs like I did with the Marquest clan..
Last Edit: May 13, 2013 6:07:43 GMT -9 by madmanmike
I've finally picked up a copy of Photoshop CS5 for my new computer so I can stop having to lug around the old one too. Once I get used to the new interface my production should get back up to an acceptable level.
Of course, I'm working a new job that's taking up some time, but I do occasionally get to do some work while I'm there, so it's just a matter of finding my pace.
The old comp- render a mini front and back and process it in photoshop- about 1.5 hours.. The new comp- about 10 minutes.
Post by madmanmike on Jun 23, 2013 17:20:06 GMT -9
Oy, the new job is taking more out of me than I expected; maybe it's the 16 months I didn't work, or maybe it's that the job is essentially like parenting small kids.. Anyway, progress is still abysmal..
But, I am attending GenCon in Indianapolis in August, and as I'll be running games at the Palladium Books booth, I decided to redo my Heroes Unlimited minis from the adventure I ran at last year's Open House.. It was those minis that brought this board to my attention, so I'll post a few of them here as I work on them..
Post by madmanmike on Jul 19, 2013 21:38:16 GMT -9
Trying to generate some quick income doing commissions, but I've only had one taker so far.. Now I'm working my first overnight shift (which means getting paid to sit around for eight hours) and decided to do a mini of the character from the commission. Here's the mini, Daniel, a Demigod son of Thoth who's also a Temporal Warrior, a time and dimension jumping brigand from the RIFTS RPG.
If anybody is interested in a commission (complete with a paper mini like the ones in this thread) send me a message; Right now I'm working at a mere $15-$20 a character.. and that's for a high enough resolution image to print a 2ft x 1.5ft poster.
The full image I did for the commission is found here.
Post by madmanmike on Sept 8, 2013 12:46:24 GMT -9
Okay, things rarely go as planned. While I was at GenCon I roomed with Carmen Bellaire (author of several Palladium books, and avid war-gamer). When I showed him some of my recent work, he showed me his current project; a tactical robot combat game that incorporates miniatures and cards. Sounded cool to me.. The next day I found Star Wars D6 books on sale at buy one get three free, and when I mentioned it to him, he offered a trade; he'd give me his entire collection of Star Wars D6 in exchange for my doing the artwork on the cards for his game (Along with a percentage of the project as a whole, which should go to kickstarter later this month).
So now I find myself swamped with work, and thus my minis have once again been moved to the back burner. Aside from that, my gaming group has gotten back together a few times in the past month, and expressed interest in my resurrecting a long dead Phase World/Aliens Unlimited mash up campaign (think Traveler Palladium style). To that end, when I need a break from the technical work of weapon design, I'm trying to put that game together.
So here's a character for my prologue adventure, Uncle Morty. While he's supposed to be a human spacer, his outfit will work for a contemporary mechanic as well. Enjoy.
Post by madmanmike on Sept 9, 2013 13:25:03 GMT -9
Thanks, I'm enjoying it. Last night I was digging through my old backup DVDs looking for a particular model installer and stumbled across my previous efforts at some Phase World minis.. Since this guy was pretty popular, I figured I'd share him too.
Post by madmanmike on Sept 21, 2013 16:44:02 GMT -9
Here's a character most won't recognize; Lord Savanti Romero, evil time traveler from some very early issues of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book. Also featured in the Transdimensional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Supplement for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG, circa 1989.
Post by madmanmike on Oct 21, 2013 10:08:41 GMT -9
Well, I'm about to suggest to Kev that we go without the NPC cards and just put out the minis, as now that I'm working two jobs (I'm now a substitute school bus driver) and still working on the card art for another game, my time is full. If he goes for it they may be out soon; I still have to finish the transition to the new size and that means working out the scaling for the larger minis as well, but in theory they could be out within a month, again, if Kev goes for my doing the NPC cards separate at a later date.
Post by madmanmike on Nov 16, 2013 20:28:36 GMT -9
..Clearly no progress has been made; working as a bus driver means being up at 5AM, when most of the shifts at my full time job don't let me get to bed until 1AM. So I go on as best as I can.. Here's one I put together today to do something with it.. a RIFTS mini again, this one a mercenary woman.
Post by madmanmike on Dec 27, 2013 19:27:38 GMT -9
Potato, PotAto.. I recognize our hobbies are attract people who have a strong tendency to want things to be a specific way, but I can't feel it's necessary to stop calling the tiny people I'm making for my games minis.
That said, I appreciate any input on them that I can get.
Here's my latest achievement. I've finally nailed the Seljuk race from Phase World. Here's a "Standee", to scale with the others (these dudes are like 9ft tall).
Post by madmanmike on Feb 13, 2014 16:08:31 GMT -9
I've been engaged in a project for the past several months that has put almost everything else on hold; A tactical miniature combat simulation game between giant robots, I've been doing art for the cards that are used for the features. It will have actual minis, not paper.
Still, today I read about the announcement that a trailer will soon be released for The Guardians of the Galaxy, and was inspired to try my hand at this little guy.
Without interweb this weekend, I've been plowing through getting my minis updated for release and have gotten quite a bit done; with the increase in scale I've switched from 27 per page to 24, and that's made the second page of package one a bit wonky. Specifically, the troll mini now takes up the space of four regular minis. Because of this I think I'll be running that base package up to three pages, with the first page being one mini each to represent all of the primary character classes in the Palladium Fantasy RPG 2E (all male figures), page two holding 8 goblins, 4 hobgoblins (slightly larger goblins in PF), seven Orcs and 3 Ogres; page three will be four trolls (instead of the original 1), 1 more Orc and 1 more Ogre.
So package one as it stands right now has 52 unique minis, with 28 of them representing a horde of monsters races.. I think that's too much; maybe I should split that up? One package with the monsters, one with the characters? All I have left for the above described set is to do three more Orcs, one more Ogre and one more Troll (in Palladium Fantasy Trolls bridge the gap between the regular monster races and giants, so they're about 12-14 feet tall). As to Characters, I think I have enough done for a second page of 24, but I'm looking at the market at DriveThru and thinking 24-26 is plenty for a set.. What do you guys think?
Last Edit: Mar 3, 2014 10:43:31 GMT -9 by madmanmike
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9