Thursday, December 8, 2016

Male Storm Giant: Figure 266 of 266, or, The Last Figure Left!

     At last!  Here we are at the end of our 3 year journey. I was able to set aside some dedicated painting time this week, and I finally finished up the Male Storm Giant figure from the Storm Giants set.  This finishes this set, and it joins the list of completed sets over on the right. And, more importantly,  this finishes the Bones 1 Kickstarter paint and post project!  I've now painted every single figure I received from the Bones 1 Kickstarter.   No fears though, I will continue on with this blog, posting my work on my Bones II, Bones III, and beyond, figures.  I will probably cut back to just one entry a week to allow me to get back to painting other things as well.
    I have to say it's been an amazing journey along the way.  I've had the chance to experiment with a lot of techniques, and learn a bunch of new things.  Starting the blog led me to the Reaper forums where I've met a lot of cool folks. And I've also enjoyed getting to know my readers here on the blog.  Hopefully, I've helped and inspired a few of you along the way.  And, I don't think I could have gotten to the end if it hadn't been for all the support and feedback I got from you all through the years; so a big "Thank you!" goes out to all of you.
     For now though, I'm going to go on a bit of a Bones hiatus for the rest of the year, and concentrate on Christmas and family.  I'll be back in January though; with new Bones figures to post and share.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! Now on to the last figure...
     I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking the figure in water with a bit of dish soap added, giving a gentle scrub with an old soft toothbrush, then rinsing and drying.   I glued the figure to a pair of 1.5" black primed fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue. The washers were large enough that I didn't feel it was necessary to take my usual step of gluing the washers to a tongue depressor for ease of handling.
   Since I had just painted the female half of this set a couple weeks ago, I thought I would use the same old D&D Monster Manual inspired Storm Giant paint scheme for this one as well.  So, I began by giving the entire figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Blue Liner" using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better.  When the Liner was dry, I painted all his skin with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet"; and after that, I painted his hair with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue".
     Next, I painted his loincloth/skirt/kilt with Americana "Zinc", I also used this color to paint the parts I planned to make regular iron or steel metal.  The parts I planned to make gold metal I painted with Accent "Golden Harvest".  After that, I painted the leather strip armor at his waist, the straps of the wrist and shin guards, and the pouch on his front with Accent "Real Umber". I painted his belts, and the pouch around back with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate."
     I then painted his toenails and fingernails with a mix of Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender" and the "African Violet".  After that, I went back and repainted all the parts I had painted with the "Zinc", (except his loincloth/skirt/kilt) this time using Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey". I then I repainted all the parts I had painted with the "Golden Harvest, this time sing Ceramcoat "Bronze".    Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash using Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.
      After the "Nuln Oil" wash was dry, I painted his eyes, giving him pupils using the "Gunmetal Grey", (The Monster Manual mentioned "silver-grey eyes". ); and I painted his nipples using a mix of Black and the "African Violet".    Next, I  highlighted all his skin using a mix of the base "African Violet", and the "Apple Lavender".  After that, I highlighted his hair using Ceramcoat "Denim Blue", and did lighter highlights with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".   I then gave his sword blade a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Dark Blue" ink using a wet brush.
     Next, I highlighted his loincloth/skirt/kilt with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey". I then highlighted the folded over parts I had painted Black, as well as the face on his shoulder, with Citadel "The Fang".  After I highlighted the shoulder face, I attempted to paint it like it had lightning radiating from it (to go with the Storm Giant theme).  I painted central bolts with the "Cool Blue", and then painted secondary little shoot-off charges from the central bolts in White.
     I then highlighted the leather strip armor at his waist, the straps of the wrist and shin guards, and the pouch on his front  with Folk Art "Dark Brown". And after that I highlighted his belts and the pouch around back with Americana "Mississippi Mud" mixed with a bit of the "Bittersweet Chocolate".
     It was then time for the metallic highlights, so I first worked on the parts I had painted with the "Gunmetal Grey", highlighting them with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".  For the sword, I added a bit of Folk Art Pearl "Aqua Moire" to the "Silver Sterling" to give it a bit of a blue cast, before doing the highlights on the blade.  I then did the parts I had painted "Bronze", highlighting them with Ceramcoat 14K Gold. Lastly I painted his base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
      I let the figure dry overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish". Later that afternoon I detailed the base, and the following morning I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".  When the "Dullcote" was dry, I lightly filed the end of his sword hilt, and then glued a tiny blue nail-art gem to it.




Figure 266 of 266: Complete
Bones 1 Kickstarter: Complete!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Just a Little Bit Longer Now...

   It's interesting that the last figure should be the subject of such delays, but once again I was not able to get the Storm Giant done for today.  Unfortunately, holiday preparations and our monthly Frostgrave campaign game took all my free time this past weekend; so I didn't get a chance to pick up a brush at all.  The current plan is to set my sights on Thursday now.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The End is Near...But Not Quite Yet!

      We've had a house guest staying over this past week, and my painting time ended up being reduced to almost nothing.  So, I was unable to get much work done on my last figure, the Male Storm Giant, much less finish it.
   Therefore, I will set my sights on Monday to get this fellow finished and posted; and wrapping up my Bones 1 Kickstarter painting project!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Evil Fairy, Familiar: Figure 265 of 266 or, Just 1 Figure Remaining!

     Over the Thanksgiving weekend I finished up the last of the Familiars set; the Evil Fairy.  This set now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.   I am in a bit of disbelief that there is just one more figure left to go in this project!
      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 white-primed 7/8" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
      I began by painting the figure's clothing, hair and wings all with Black.  I then drybrushed the hair with Citadel "The Fang", the wings with Folk Art "Cloudy Day", and the clothing with Americana "Neutral Grey".
      Next, I painted the skin with Folk Art "Milkshake", and then painted the shaft of the spear with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  After that, I painted the little pennant on the spear, the gem on the spear's end, and some spots on the wings with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red".   I then painted the wraps at the end of the spear, the fairy's bracelet, and the backpack with Americana "Raw Umber"; and the spearpoint, and the blanket roll  with Americana "Zinc".
      I let everything dry for a while, and then I gave the skin, spear, backpack and blanket roll all a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.   When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes, an then highlighted the skin with the base "Milkshake".  I then added a little Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White" to the "Milkshake" and did some lighter skin highlights.
     I toughed up the highlighting on the hair and clothes, and then highlighted the red parts with the base "Opaque Red".  I added a little Crafter's Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin" to the "Opaque Red", and did some lighter red highlights.  I then highlighted the spearpoint, and the blanket roll with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and highlighted the wraps at the bottom of the spear, the bracelet, and the backpack with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Fur".   Lastly, I painted the base with Ceramcoat "Walnut". 
     I let the figure dry all day, and before I went to bed I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish". The next morning I flocked the base, and later that afternoon I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".
    I'm happy with how the figure turned out. There isn't much to it, so it was a quick figure to get done.    Now on to the last one!


Figure 265 of 266: Complete

1 figures remaining!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Quick and Easy Gem Painting

   Over on the Reaper Forum, I received a comment on the gems I did on Monday's Storm Giant figure; so I thought I'd do a quick tutorial on how I paint them.  I picked this method up somewhere along the way; I'm not quite sure where now.

      No matter what color you're using, I begin by painting the gem a solid mid-tone.
 I then do a crescent moon shape at the top with a dark tone, and then the same at the bottom with a light tone of the base color
 Next, I add a White highlight dot at the 11 o'clock position on the top, and a large White highlight oval shaped dot at the bottom 5 o'clock position.
      Lastly, I cover the gem with a gloss varnish.  While it doesn't look particularly good blown up this big, the effect usually looks very good on the small gems you find on figures.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yephima, Female Cloud Giant: Figure 264 of 266, or, Just 2 Figures Left

     Over the weekend I finished up Yephima, Female Cloud Giant, from the Storm Giants set.  So, she is listed in the Reaper online store as a Cloud Giant,  but in the Kickstarter she was part of the Storm Giant set; so I debated which direction to go with her, and decided to go with the Storm Giant look.  Next, I looked up the description of Storm Giants in my old D & D Monster Manual, and found out they can have violet skin and can have blue-black hair.  Sounded like a nice painting challenge!
   With that information under my belt, I got to work.
  I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking the figure in water with a bit of dish soap added, giving a gentle scrub with an old soft toothbrush, then rinsing and drying.   I then glued the figure to a1.5" black primed fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue. The washer was large enough that I didn't feel it was necessary to take my usual step of gluing the washer to a tongue depressor for ease of handling.
      I began by giving the entire figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Blue Liner" using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better.  When the Liner was dry, I painted all her skin with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet"; and after that, I painted her hair with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue".
     Next, I painted her loincloth with Americana "Dove Grey", and then painted the handle of her mace with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  I then paint the parts I planned to make regular metal using Americana "Zinc", and the parts I planned to make gold with Accent "Golden Harvest".  While I let those colors dry, I painted her shoulder protectors, and parts of the wrist guards, with Accent "Real Umber".
       I then went back and repainted all the parts I had painted with the "Zinc", this time using Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey". I then I repainted all the parts I had painted with the "Golden Harvest, this time sing Ceramcoat "Bronze".    Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash using Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.
          After the "Nuln Oil" wash was dry, I painted her eyes, giving her pupils using the "Gunmetal Grey", (The Monster Manual mentioned "silver-grey eyes". ); and I painted her lips using a mix of Black and Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion".    I then highlighted all her skin using a mix of the base "African Violet", and Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender".  After that, I highlighted her hair using Ceramcoat "Denim Blue", and did lighter highlights with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".
          Next, I highlighted  the wood of her mace, first with Americana "Sable Brown", and then with Americana Khaki Tan".  I then turned to her loincloth, highlighting that with first, the base "Dove Grey", and then with plain White.
     I then highlighted her shoulder protectors with Folk Art "Dark Brown".  It was then time for the metallic highlights, so I first worked on the parts I had painted with the "Gunmetal Grey", highlighting them with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".  I then did the parts I had painted "Bronze", highlighting them first with Ceramcoat 14K Gold, and then Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold".
    At that point I decided I really wasn't happy with the splotchy way the "Nuln Oil" shading had turned out on her loin cloths, so I went back over the shadow areas with a thin wet brush and some Reaper "Grey Liner".  I then painted the gems in her mace handle and her crown sing Americana "True Blue" as the base, and then did shadows with the Navy Blue", and highlights with some of the "True Blue" mixed with some "Cool Blue", with final spot highlights with White.  Lastly I painted her base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
      I let the figure dry all day, and before I went to bed I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish". The next morning I detailed the base, and later that afternoon I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".  When the "Dullcote" was dry, I went back over her gems with some Americana "DuraClear Gloss" Varnish.
     Well, the purple skin and silver-grey eyes take some getting use to, but otherwise I'm quite happy how she turned out.  I tried to give the base a rocky scrubby look reminiscent of the mountain regions these giants live in.

As a note, I will not be posting a figure on Thanksgiving as there will be general feasting going on. :) So tune in next Monday for the next to last figure.

Figure 264 of 266: Complete

2 figures remaining.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dolly, Familiar: Figure 263 of 266 or, Just 3 Figures Remaining.

    This week, I worked on another figure from the Familiar set, and painted up the homicidal Dolly. There's just one figure left to go in this set.
     Unfortunately, I forgot to take a beginning picture before I started painting it.  I began by giving the figure a wash with Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better. I then painted the head, hands, and feet all with Americana "Bleached Sand".  Next, I painted the dress with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red".
     Next, I painted her hair with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna", and then did her big button eye with Americana "True Blue". I painted her pouches with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and then did the handle of her knife with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".  After that, I painted the knife blade with Americana "Zinc".
     Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed her hair with Crafter's Acrylic "Pumpkin Spice".  I then highlighted the button eye with Ceramcoat "Denim Blue", and then added stitching to the face to represent the other eye and the mouth.  After that I highlighted her face, arms, and legs with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     Next, I highlighted her dress with a mix of the "Opaque Red" and Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti". I then added polka dots with White.  My next step was to highlight the pouches with Americana "Khaki Tan".  I then painted the knife blade with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and then did highlights on his knife's blade with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".   Lastly, I painted her base with a 50/50 mix of Americana "Neutral Grey" and Americana "Mississippi Mud".
   Since this is a really hard figure to decipher in it's bare Bones state, I included shots from 4 angles to help folks with painting their own.



    I'm really happy with how this little demonic cutie turned out. Just the right mix of cuteness and crazy.

Figure 263 of 266: Complete

3 figures remaining.