Monday, July 15, 2019

Townsfolk, Cooper: Bones 4 Figure

    This past week I painted the Cooper from the Bones 4 Core Townsfolk II set.  I thought it was about time I tackled one of the plain ol' Human figures from 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" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by painting his face and arms with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin".  I then painted his pants with Folk Art "Dark Brown", his shirt with Americana "Antique White", and his vest with Anita's Burnt Sienna".
    Next, I painted his boot with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", his hat with Vallejo Model Color "USA Olive Drab", and his belt and pouch with Americana "Asphaltum".  Then I painted his mallet with Americana "Sable Brown", the keg with Americana "Fawn",  and his scabbard with Accent "Real Umber".
          I then did his hair with Accent Mustard Seed and his belt buckle with Americana "Zinc".   I let the figure dry for a while, and then gave his face and arms a coat of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  When that was dry, I gave the rest of the figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash".  When the washes were good and dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with Reaper MSP Tanned Highlight".  I also highlighted his hair with Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan".
     Next, I highlighted his shirt with the base "Antique White", and then some of the "Antique White" mixed with a little Americana "Bleached Sand".   I then highlighted his vest with some of the base "Burnt Sienna" mixed with a little Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice", and his pants with some Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  After that, I highlighted his mallet and the keg both with some of the "Bleached Sand", and I highlighted his boots with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  Next, I highlighted his pouch and belt with Americana "Sable Brown",  his scabbard with Nicole's "Brown", and his hat with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown".
     When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue some fine brown sand to the base.  When the sand was dry, I painted it with a coat of Americana "Raw Umber". When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and then with some Folk Art "Butter Pecan"; lastly I drybrushed it with a little Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

     It was nice to work on a relatively simple "normal" figure. :)  I think he turned out pretty well in the end.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fungal Guardian: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

  This past week I painted the Fungal Guardian from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion set.  This will conclude the mushroom people from that set that I am painting.  There were two small mushroom "children" called Fungoids in the set, but I felt they were too cartoony and almost Chibi looking, and didn't fit with the rest stylistically.
        I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then trimmed the base a little and glued the figure to a black primed 1.25" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then set the washer in my painting grip.
     I began by painting the entire body with Folk Art "Celadon Green".  I then painted the cap with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue", and the tendrils with Folk Art "Cloudy Day".
     Next, I painted the growth on the back of the head, and the two little nodules on the right hand, with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice".  I let the figure dry for a while and then I gave the entire thing, except the growth on the back of the head, a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I then gave the growth on the back of the head a coat of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
     After all he washes were good and dry, I highlighted the cap by drybrushing it with, first, Ceramcoat "Denim Blue", and then some Apple Barrel "Apple Scotch Blue".   I then panted the eyes with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow"; and next did the highlights on the body with the base "Celadon Green", followed by some lighter highlights with Americana "Snow White".  After that, I highlighted the tendrils with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue". I also highlighted the growth on his head with the base "Orange Spice" and then some Crafter's acrylic "Pure Pumpkin".
    Next, I painted the entire base with Americana "Zinc".  When dry, I gave the base a coat of some of the "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I gave it a light drybrush with some Americana "Neutral Grey" followed by Americana "Dove Grey"
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.     Then, another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

     I'm happy with how this one turned out.  I like the splash of color the orange adds.  I'll be glad to take a break from painting mushroom now. :)
     Below is my Darkreach Mushroom-folk and Shrieking Mushroom collection (minus the Fungoids.)   There are also a pair of translucent purple mushrooms in the Darkreach set, but I'm waiting on those; as I'm trying to figure out a way to illuminate them...

Monday, July 8, 2019

Fungal Bruiser: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

  Continuing on the Mushroom train,  this past week I painted the Fungal Bruiser from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion.
       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 trimmed the base a little and 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 painting the body of the figure with Folk Art "Porcelain White".  I then painted the cap as well as his mouth and tongue, with Ceramcoat "Black", and then did the tendrils on his head and arms with Vallejo Model Color "Brown Violet".
       Next, I painted the little mushrooms on the base with Americana "Bleached Sand", and gave them spots with Americana "Wedgewood Blue".  I then painted his claws with Americana "Reindeer Moss Green".   After everything had dried for a while, I gave the entire figure, and the little base mushrooms, a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil".   When the wash was dry  I drybrushed the cap with Folk Art "Dapple Grey", and gave his tongue a highlight with Duncan "Olive Green". I also painted his eyes using Americana "Antique White" for the "whites"
     I then highlighted the tendrils on his head, arms and back using a mix of the base "Brown Violet" and Some Reaper MSP Bones "Dungeon Slime".   After that, I worked on highlighting his body; first using the base "Porcelain White", then using a mix of the "Porcelain White" and some Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White", and then some of the plain "Light Antique White".
     I next painted the base with Americana "Neutral Grey", and after it had time to dry, I gave it a coat of the "Nuln Oil" (In retrospect I just should have included this back before I gave the whole figure the "Nuln Oil" wash, and applied the wash to everything at the same time.  But sometimes I don't think things through entirely... ).  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the base with first Apple Barrel "Rock Grey", and then Americana "Dove Grey".
    I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".



    I'm pleased with how this guy turned out.  He will make a nice addition to my expanding Mushroom Court.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Shrieking Fungus 1, 2, & 3: Bones 4 Darkreach Figures

     This past week I also painted the three Shrieking Fungus figures from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion set.
      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 each one to a black primed 1" fender washer, 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 the left one entirely with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White". With the center one I did just the stem with Folk Art "Porcelain White"; and with the third one I also just did the stem, this time with Folk Art "Milkshake"
      Next, I painted the top of the center one with Americana "Fawn", and the top of the righthand one with Folk Art "Cloudy Day".  I then did the openings on the top of the lefthand one; and the "mouths" as well as the top spots on the righthand, one with Americana "Shading Flesh".   After that, I painted the "teeth" on the righthand one with Americana "Bleached Sand".
     I then gave the lefthand one a wash with very thinned Iron Wind Metals "Purple" ink, the center one was wash with Citadel "Reikland Fleshhade" wash, and the righthand one a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.
      When the washes were dry, I drybrushed the first one with the base "Light Antique White", and then a little Americana "Snow White". I moved on to the second one, drybrushing that with the base "Porcelain White".  I then did the third one, carefully highlighting the stem with the "Milkshake", and the cap with the 'Cloudy Day".  I then went back and went over the lips and spots on the top again with the "Shading Flesh", and the teeth with some of the "Light Antique White".
     I painted the bases with a 50-50 mix of Americana "Neutral Grey" and Americana "Mississippi Mud".   When dry, I gave the bases a coat of some of the "Nuln Oil" wash.  
    I'm pleased with how these turned out.  They were a quick and fun little project to do.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Fungal Queen: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

     This past week I painted the Fungal Queen figure from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion set.   I'm considering an "Island of the Living Mushrooms" scenario for our Ghost Archipelago campaign, and wanted to start working on the Mushroom folk from the Darkreach set.  I didn't want to jump right in with the big Queen figure until I worked out exactly how I wanted to paint these; so last week I painted the Fungal Handmaiden as a trial for some ideas I had, and I  was happy enough with the results to start work on the Queen.
      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 didn't glue the mushroom cap on at this point, because it really would have blocked access to her head, and conversely the underside of the cap.

     I began by painting the entire figure with Americana "Snow White".
     When the "Snow White" was dry, I gave her "dress" a wash with very thinned Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion".  When the wash was dry, I touched up areas where is had spread onto the "Snow White", and then gave her skin a wash with Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.    I decided the train of her dress looked to bland, so went over alternating bands with Iron Wind Metals "Purple" Ink.
     Next, I realized she had glove-like tendrils on her hands, so I painted those with thinned "Purple Passion", and gave them a light coat of thinned "Purple" Ink to help define them.   I then touched hup her hair with the "Snow White", and when dry, went over it with some thinned Americana "Neutral Grey".  After that, I highlighted her clothing with a little Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender", and some of the "Apple Lavender" mixed with some of the "Snow White". I then painted the stalagmites at her feet with Americana "Mississippi Mud". 
     I also at this time painted the underside of the mushroom cap with the "Snow White", and when dry, went over it with the thinned "Neutral Grey".
     I painted her face like I had done the Fungal Handmaiden, and then highlighted her skin with a mix of Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White" and a little of the "Reikland Fleshshade"  I then did lighter highlights with the base "Snow White".  I also highlighted her hair, and the undrside of the cap with the base "Snow White".
     I went over the Stalagmites with Citadel "Agrax Earthsahde" and when dry, drybrushed them with Folk Art "Butter Pecan, and then the lighter Americana "Bleached Sand".  I also decided to add more bling to her train, and went over the bands I had used the Purple" ink on using Folk Art "Color Shift "Purple Flash".   I then painted the washer base with a mix of the "Mississippi Mud" and the "Neutral Grey"
      At this point I drybryshed the underside of the cap with the base "Snow White", and then glued the cap on the Queen's head using Gorilla Superglue Gel".   After the Glue set for a while, I painted the entire top of it with the "Apple Lavender".  When the "Apple Lavender" was dry, I then drybrushed it with the darker Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet", trying just to hit the little raised geometric areas.  When done, I then worked with a small brush at cleaning up where the "African Violet" drybrushing had gotten on the narrow "Apple Lavender" channels, and then filling in by hand those geometric areas of the "African Violet" that hadn't been fully hit with the drybrushing of the color.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave her a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed her with Testor's "Dullcote".





     For the most part I'm really happy with how she turned out.  I wish I had spent a little more time with the tendrils on her hands, and in getting the highlights on the underside of the cap up to a brighter true white. But for my gaming purposes I am content.  Now on to some more of the mushroom court!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Reaper Miniatures Bones 5 Kickstarter Announced!

Stop the presses!   Last night on their Reaper Live video show, the folks at Reaper announced their new Bones 5 Kickstarter, which will be launching on or near September 5th 2019!   Stay tuned for details!
    To check out the video for yourself, see: Reaper Live Ep. 38

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fungal Handmaiden: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure.

     This past week I also painted the Fungal Handmaiden from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion set.   I'm considering an "Island of the Living Mushrooms" scenario for our Ghost Archipelago campaign, and wanted to start working on the Mushroom folk from the Darkreach set.  I didn't want to jump right in with the big Queen figure until I worked out exactly how I wanted to paint these.  I had seen someone on the Reaper Forum who had done their mushrooms in very pale muted colors, and I wanted to try for something a little like that as well.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued the figure to a black primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then set the washer in my painting grip.
     I was planning on doing this figure in a series of washes, so I began by painting the entire figure with Americana "Snow White"
     I then gave the "clothing" a wash with very thinned Ceramcoat "Denim Blue".  After that, I did the top of the cap with a wash of very thinned Americana "True Blue".
     Next, I used the "Snow White" to touch up areas of the face, arms, hair and underside of the cap where the blues had mistakenly spread.   I then gave the face and arms a wash with some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  When that was dry, I gave the underside of her cap and her hair a wash with the very thinned Americana "Antique White".   I then painted her eyes using Americana " Light Cinnamon" for the socket shadows and Accent "Real Umber" for the pupil dots.
    I then highlighted the face and arms with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White", and highlighted the hair and underside of the cap with Americana "Bleached Sand".  After that, I painted the specks on top of the cap with the "Snow White".   
     It was now time to work on the rocky outcropping the mushroom was growing from.  I began by painting the outcropping and rest of the base with Americana "Zinc".  When dry, I gave the base a coat of some Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash. When the wash was dry, I gave it alght drybrush with some Folk Art "Porcelain White".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.     Then, another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".


     I'm really happy with how she came out.  I like the effect of the pale washes and they were relatively easy to do..