Monday, February 18, 2019

Gremlins, Part 2: Bones 3 Figures

     This past week I again continued making my way through the last few figures I have from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, and painted the remaining 2 Gremlin figures.  There were 4 of them in the set, and I painted the first 2 back in October: Gremlins, Part 1.   This week I was frantically getting figures ready for a Cold Wars playtest game I was running at Friday's club meeting, (See: WotR Playtest) so I thought I'd work on the Gremlins since they were small simple figures to do.
      I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 7/8" black-primed fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a  tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
   I began by painted the both entirely with Accent "Golden Oxide".  I then painted the lefthand one's clothing using Reaper MSP "Olive Skin Shadow" for his tunic, Americana "Neutral Grey" for his collar, and Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red" for his hat. Next, I did the righthand one's cloths, using Apple Barrel "Apple Black Green" for his collar, and the "Olive Skin Shadow" for his loin cloth.
     I then painted their pouches with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown", and the the knife handle and the righthand one's sling with Americana "Raw Umber".  After that, I painted the stone in the sling with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", the knife blade with Ceramcoat "Black", and their teeth with Americana "Bleached Sand".     I let the figures dry for a while, and then gave both of them an entire wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
     When the wash was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then highlighted their skin with Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan".   Next, I highlighted the clothing on the lefthand one using; Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice" for his hat, Duncan "Sate Grey" for his collar, and Reaper MSP 'Olive Skin" for his tunic. On the righthand one, I used; the "Olive Skin" on his loin cloth, and totally forgot to do highlights on his collar!     I then highlighted the pouches with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown", and the sling with Americana "Light Cinnamon".   Finally I painted the knife, belt buckle, and knee armor on the lefthand one with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".
     Lastly, I painted the the bases with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed  with Testor's Dullcote". 


     I'm generally happy with these guys, though you can tell they were a side project while working on other stuff; as I realized when I saw the photos that I had totally forgot to highlight the righthand one's collar, and apparently forgot to paint the back of the knife blade with the "Gunmetal"!  I may go back and fix these, or because these guys are so wee, I just may leave them as is, and assume no one will probably ever notice.
     At this point, all I have left from the Stoneskull Expansion are the Kobolds, and the Behir.  (I traded off the Naga and Flesh Golem, as I just weren't fans of those figures.)  I'm glad I'm getting near the end, as Reaper announced Friday that the last Bones 4 shipping container is on the water from China, and expected early March; with shipping possible as early as mid March.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Minotaur: Bones 3 Figure

     This past week I painted the Minotaur figure from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, as I continue to work my way through the remaining figures I haven't painted yet from that set while waiting for the arrival of Bones 4.
         I prepped the figure in the usual way, soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1.25" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I decided I wanted to do something different with this Minotaur, having already painted a couple ones brown colored before (Minotaur Hero and Minotaur Barbarian); so I decided I would make this one white instead.  I also had the idea, since I was painting him white, that I would give him one blue eye just to make him look a little more interesting.
     So, I began by painting the whole body with Ceramcoat "White".  I then painted all the armor, straps, and the weapon with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown", his hooves with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and his main belt and the axe handle grip, with Accent "Real Umber".
     Next, I painted his horns with Americana "Bleached Sand".  After that, I painted the edges and decorations on all the armor, as well as the axe, with Folk Art Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze".    I let everything dry for a while, and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.
    Then, when the wash was dry, I highlighted all his body with Americana "Snow White".  Next, I painted his muzzle, horn-tips, tail end, eyes/sockets, and mane/hair with Ceramcoat "Black".   When the "Black had dried, I highlighted it with some Americana "Zinc", and then some Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".   After that, I gave him a blue iris on his right eye with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue".
      Next, I highlighted all the leather armor and straps with Ceramcoat "Raw Sienna", and his belt and axe handle with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".   Then, I highlighted his hooves with a mix of Americana "Mississippi Mud" and the base "Charcoal Grey".    I realized he had fingernails, so I tried painting them with Americana "Antique White" which didn't quite look right; so I went back and gave each one a dab with a little Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash to help tone them down and define them.  I also put some of the "Agrax Earthshade" on his left shoulder pad to help tone down the highlighting I had done on the herring-bone weave pattern.    I also noticed he had nipples(!), and not really knowing what color they would be, I guessed at a pinkish grey.  So, I mixed some of the "Black" with some Americana "Shading Flesh", and used that for the nipples, highlighting with a little Folk Art "Milkshake".   At that point I worked on the metal, highlighting all the "Brushed Bronze" with a mix of Ceramcoat "Bronze" and Ceramcoat "14K Gold".   I painted his nose ring, and the rings on his right horn with the "14K Gold".
     At this time I worked on his integral base, painting it with the "Black".   When dry, I dry brushed it with some Americana "Neutral Grey", and some Folk Art "Platinum Grey".   Lastly, I painted the washer portion of the base with the "Mississippi Mud".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the outer rim of the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".   


     I'm really happy with how this fellow turned out.  I think the white color makes for a much more dramatic figure.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Temple Dragon: Bones 3 Figure

    This past week, I continued to work through the remaining Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion figures, and painted the Temple Dragon.    I am going to be painting a Drogon from Game of Thrones in the future, so saw this as an opportunity to test a color scheme.
        I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking the parts it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them.  I then assembled the figure using Gorilla Superglue Gel.  After that, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1.25" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
    I began by painting the entire figure with Ceramcoat "Black".    When it was dry, I wet blended the wings, both top and underside, a three way transition from "Black", to Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red", to Americana "Burnt Orange".   I also used some thinned "Cinnamon Red" to paint the spines and scales along the back and the body around the wings.
     And here's how it looked when dry.
 
     Next, I went back over the body drybrushing it with the "Black" to try to give the red the appearance of being down in and between the scales and not on the tops.   I then painted the mouth with a mix of Americana "Shading Flesh" and Folk Art "Burgundy".  After that I painted the eye sockets and lips with Folk Art "Milkshake", and the teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     Then after everything had a while to dry,  I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" Wash.   When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the dragon with, in succession; Americana "Neutral Grey", Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and Folk Art "Platinum Gray".  After that, I painted the statue on which the dragon is perched upon with the "Light Antique White", and added some striations with the "Black".
     Next, when the statue had time to dry, I gave it a wash with the "Nuln Oil" too.  I then highlighted it with Americana "Snow White", and used this color to highlight the teeth too.  I painted in the eyes, trying to add a little Accent "Mustard Seed" to the pupils to give them a gold-flecked looked.
       Lastly, I painted the washer base with Americana "Zinc".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the gave it  a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".     



Shown with a Reaper human figure to give a sense of scale.
     All in all I'm really happy with how this dragon turned out.   I think he looks suitably fierce, and I think the color gradations in his wings turned out looking pretty good.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Lesser Stitch Golem #2: Bones 3 Figure

     This week I decided to finish up the Stitch Golem set from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, and painted the second of the two Lesser Stitch Golems.  You can find his brother here: Lesser Stitch Golem, and the big one here:  Gutrags.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by giving the figure a wash with Reaper MSP "Brown Liner"; and when that was dry, I started painting by doing the large square of fabric on his belly with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue".  I then painted some of the textured sections of fabric with Americana "Antique White", some textured section  with Folk Art "Butter Pecan".
       Next, I tried to finish painting the textured fabric bits, using Folk Art "Barn Wood", Americana "Mississippi Mud".  and Americana "Sable Brown"
      I then worked on painting the smoother fabric; painting his head with Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti", and his "diaper" with Folk Art "Porcelain White".  Next I painted parts of his arms with Americana "Forest Green", and Ceramcoat "Denim Blue".  After that, I painted the large square on hs back with Apple Barrel "Yellow".
       Next, I painted the lettering and border on his belly to try and make it look like part of a flag, and then did some red polka dots on the "Yellow" square on his back.  After that, I painted the buttons an assortment of random colors I had around the table, and his claws and pattern tracer  with Americana Zinc.     Then, after everything had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
     After the wash was dry, I began highlighting by drybrushing all the brown/tan/beige colored cloth with the "Antique White", and then did a lighter drybrushing with Americana "Bleached Sand".   This was followed with highlighting his head  with Crafter's Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink" and highlighting the flag cloth on his belly with some Americana "True Blue" and highlighted the letters with the base colors.  I also highlighted the polka dot section with some  Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and the dots with Ceramcoat "Bright Red".
      Next, I highlighted the green on the arms with Americana "Festive Green", and then highlighted the "Rusty Red" sections with some Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice", and the blue section with Apple Barrel "Apple Scotch Blue".  After that, I did the stitching, using both the "Bleached Sand", and Ceramcoat "Black" in different spots.  I highlighted the buttons a variety of colors I had sitting around, and then painted the claws and needle with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and then highlighted them with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
      Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

      I'm really happy with how this last one turned out.  They were fun figures to paint.  And, to finish things off, here is a family photo of the completed trio from the Stoneskull Expansion.
      Also to note, since Reaper announced last week that there would be a slight delay in shipment of Bones 4, pushing it back one month to March; it looks like I'll have more time to get more of Stoneskull completed. :)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Vegypygmies: Bones 3 Figures

     I continued to work through the Bones 3 StoneSkull Expansion this past week, and painted the pair of Vegypygmies that came in that box.
     I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 7/8" black-primed fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a  tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
      I began by painting each entire figure with Americana "Avocado", and then painted their cloths with  Americana "Forest Green".   After that I painted their hair with Apple Barrel "Apple Black Green".
     Next, I painted their spear shafts, and the back of the shield with Folk Art "Dapple Grey", and the spear points with Americana "Zinc". I then painted the face of the shield with Ceramcoat "Black".   After everything had a while to dry, I gave each figure a complete coat with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
          When the wash was dry, I highlighted their bodies with  a drybrush of Aleene's "Dusty Khaki", and then painted their eyes with Americana "Margarita"with "Black" pupils.   I then used Americana "Festive Green" to highlight their cloths, and Folk Art Artist's Pigment "Hauser Green Medium" to highlight their hair.  Next, I picked out the design on the shield with Crafter's Acrylic "Citrus Green", and then highlighted the spear shafts with Folk At "Grey Green".  I then decided against painting the spear points a white metal (which I had intended), and go with a bronze look instead; so I first painted them with Folk Art Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze", and then did highlights with a bit of the "Brushed Bronze" mixed with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".
     Lastly, I painted the figures integral bases with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".
     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock their bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Rustoleum "Matte Finish", since I unfortunately ran out of Testor's Dullcote" without having time to replace it.

     Well, I'm happy with the figures, but not thrilled with the Rustoleum "Matte Finish".   I definitely think I'll hit these with some Dullcote when I get a new can.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Gutrags, Stitch Golem: Bones 3 Figure

   This past week I painted Gutrags, Stitch Golem from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Exxpansion.    I think I'm going to try and complete the Stoneskull Expansion box before Bones 4 arrives.  We'll see how that goes... 😄
      I painted one of the other Bones 4 Stitch Golems back in October of last year: Lesser Stitch Golem. So I had had then blog entry to guide me in painting this bigger one.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
  I began by giving the figure a wash with Reaper MSP "Brown Liner"; and when that was dry, I started painting by doing the large square of fabric on his belly with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".  I then painted some of the textured sections of fabric with Americana "Antique White", some textured section  with Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and others with "Sable Brown"
        Next, I tried to finish painting the textured fabric bits, using Folk Art "Barn Wood", and then Americana "Mississippi Mud".  I then painted his head with Reaper MSP "Hearth Fire", sections of his arms and legs with Reaper MSP HD "Rusty Red".  I also used some Reaper MSP "Christmas Wreath", and Anita's "Violet" to help finish the remaining fabric sections.
      I painted the small patch on his back with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey, as well as one other small section of fabric I found.  I then painted a tartan pattern on the fabric sections i had painted "Christmas Wreath", and a little blue flower pattern on the large "Lemon Chiffon" square on his belly.  After that, I painted the buttons an assortment of random colors I had around the table, his claws and needle with Americana Zinc, and his open mouth and belly rip with Ceramcoat "Black".
          Then, after everything had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.    After the wash was dry, I began highlighting by drybrushing all the brown/tan/beige colored cloth with the "Antique White", and then did a lighter drybrushing with Americana "Bleached Sand".   This was followed with highlighting his head with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow".
     Next, I highlighted the flower pattern cloth, as well as some of the lines on the Tartan sections with a little of the "Lemon Chiffon".  I also highlighted the Tartan sections with some Crafter's Acrylic "Holiday Green", and then highlighted the "Rusty Red" sections with some Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice", and the "Violet" sections with Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender".  After that, I did the stitching, using both the "Bleached Sand", and the "Black" in different spots.  I highlighted the buttons a variety of colors I had sitting around, and then painted the claws and needle with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and then highlighted them with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
      Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".


     Well, I'm really pleased with how this fellow came out. I had a fun with all the different fabrics.  I'm looking forward to getting the third (and last) of these Stitch Golems painted up, and then I'll post a picture of the trio.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Wraith: Bones 3 Figure

   Happy 2019, everybody!   This past week I painted the Wraith figure from the Bones 3 Core Set.  I had selected this figure a couple weeks ago,  with some kind of idea in my head to paint it as Father Time, in order to post for New Year's Eve. But I simply didn't have time to work on it.  It's just as well, I think, since in retrospect it's not a very good Father Time figure.
       I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by painting the figure, including it's integral base,  with Ceramcoat "Black", and when that was dry, I went over the figure with Reaper MSP "Coal Black".  When that was dry, I drybrushed the figure with Citadel "The Fang"
     I then fully painted the scythe handle with the "Black", and then, when dry, drybrushed it with Americana "Neutral Grey", followed by Folk Art "Barn Wood".  I then painted the blade with Americana "Asphaltum".
     Next, I splotched the blade with fist, Americana "Light Cinnamon", and then Americana "Terra Cotta".   I  painted the  base with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".
Oops!  I see in the photo where I missed a bit of Black deep in a fold.


     It was a very simple figure, perfect for a busy week.  And generally I am pleased with it. 

   And to think Bones 4 could be here in a month or so! I'm going to be very interested to try the new Bones Black figures.  And my backlog of Bones will grow exponentially!