Monday, July 9, 2018

Kassandra of the Blade: Bones 3 Figure Conversion. Painted as Snow White

   This past week, I painted Kassandra of the Blade from the Bones 3 Core Set.   A couple weeks ago, I found myself painting up a Disney Monopoly Snow White figure to command a unit of Dwarf Miners (Long story you can read about here: Princess Snow), and I was really struck by the simple but effective primary color scheme of Snow White's outfit.  I immediately decided I wanted to paint a Bones female fighter figure with the same palette.
         So, I pawed through my boxes of unpainted Bones, and fell upon Kassandra of the Blade as the most suitable of what I had.      I prepped this 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. I then placed the figure in my painting grip. 
       The one thing I didn't like about her was the dual-wielding of swords.  In my opinion there are too many fantasy figures that are wielding two weapons. I like simple.  So I decided to chop off her left hand and replace it before I started painting her.
      Then came the decision of what to replace it with.  I considered a shield for a while, then in looking through my box of Bones transplant donors I came across Sarah the Seeress, whose staff hand had gone to make my Highland Heroine into a Frostgrave Apprentice, leaving her with just her left hand holding an orb of some sort. At first I thought, no, why would Snow White be holding a crystal ball; but then it hit me: paint it like an apple.
     So it was an easy matter to cut off Kssandra's left hand at the wrist and glue on Sarah's hand with the orb.
      I began by painting her face and hands with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".  I then painted her pants with Apple Barrel Yellow" and to help carry the yellow color of Snow White's skirt further, I painted her boots with Accent "Mustard Seed" . After that, I painted her tunic with Americana "True Blue".
     Next, I painted the lining of her cape with Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red" and the apple with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".  Then, after everything had a chance to dry, I gave her face, hands, apple, cape and pants all a wash with some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  When that was dry, I gave her boots a wash with some Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
     When the washes were dry, I painted the back of her cape with Accent "Real Umber", and her scarf with Americana "Dove Grey".   After that, I painted her hair and the pouch at her waist with Black.
     Next, when everything was dry, I gave the outside of her cape a wash with the "Agrax Earthshade"; and when that was dry, I gave her tunic and scarf a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the washes were dry, I painted her eyes, eyebrows, and lips, and then did the highlights on her face and hands.  I also did some highlights on the apple with some of the "Black Cherry" mixed with a little Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti"; and then painted a leaf on the apple using Reaper MSP "Christmas Wreath", and highlighted it a with a little Americana "Festive Green" and Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".
     Then, I highlighted her hair with Citadel "The Fang", and some Folk Art "Cloudy Day".  After that, I highlighted her pants with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and then her boots with Americana "Moon Yellow".
     Next, I highlighted her tunic with the base "True Blue" mixed with Americana "Salem Blue", and I highlighted her scarf with White.   I then highlighted the inside of the cape with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and for the really high highlights I mixed in a little of the "Daffodil Yellow". After that, I worked on the outside of the cape, highlighting it with the base "Accent "Real Umber" mixed with Americana "Sable Brown".    I then painted her sword blade with Americana "Zinc", and the sword guard and the bracelet on her left arm with some of the "Mustard Seed".  I then went back and went over the sword blade again with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and then highlighted it with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".  I then went back over the bracelet and sword hilt with Cermcoat "Bronze", and highlighted it with Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold".
     Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with the "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".   When the Dullcote was dry, applied a little gloss varnish to the apple.


     I'm really happy with how she turned out.  I think the color scheme works really well, and this goes right to the top of the list of best faces I've done I think.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Merrow (Aquatic Troll): Bones 3 Figure

    This past week I painted the Merrow figure from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion set.   
    I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking the parts 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.  When dry, I glued his arms to his body, and when dry, I trimmed his base a little and then glued the figure to a black-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue. I then placed the figure in my painting grip.
      As I looked at the figure, I decided I wanted to play up his aquatic nature, and thought it might be fun to paint him like a frog; and then I thought it might also be neat to do him in wild colors like a Poison Dart Frog.  Looking at pictures of colorful frogs, I decided in the end to copy the coloration of a Red-eyed Tree Frog.
     I began by painting his body, except his chest and stomach, with Americana "Festive Green".  When dry, I gave it a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Dark Green" ink.  When the ink was dry, I drybrushed him with some Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green", and some Reaper MSP Bones "Dungeon Slime".
     Next, I painted his chest and belly with Americana "Bleached Sand", his hands and feet with Crafter's Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin, and his fins with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue".
     I then painted the netting draped over him with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and his loincloth with Folk Art "Dapple Grey".  After that, I painted the shaft of his billhook with Americana "Mississippi Mud". 
      Next, I painted the roping on his weapon with Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and then I painted the little shells and baubles on his netting an assortment of about five different colors that I just grabbed randomly off on my table.     When everything was dry, I gave his feet and hands a wash with some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.   When that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to his netting, loincloth, and billhook, with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
     I then gave the fins on his arms and legs a wash with some Iron Wind Metals "Mid Blue" ink.  When all the washes were dry, I painted his eyes Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and as I was doing it, realized I hadn't painted his teeth, so I did those with some Americana "Antique White, and when dry, gave them a wash with the "Agrax Earthshade".  When dry, I highlighted them with some Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
While I was using the "Light Antique White", I also used it to clean up some of the bigger wash stains on his belly, and do some general belly highlighting.   I realized I hadn't painted his claws, and so did those with some Americana "Terra Cotta".  When dry, I gave them  a wash with the Agrax Earthshade".  Next, I highlighted his hands and feet with Americana "Tangerine". I didn't feel it was light enough, so went back an touched it up with some of the "Tangerine" mixed with some Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow". After that, I highlighted the claws with some Accent "Golden Oxide".   I then highlighted his fins with some Americana "Salem Blue", and his loin cloth with some of the original "Dapple Grey" mixed with some Americana "Jade Green".   Next, I highlighted the shaft of his billhook with Americana "Khaki Tan", and the rope binding with some Reaper MSP "Olive Skin Highlight".  I painted the metal part of the weapon with some Americana "Zinc", and when dry, went over it with some Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  When that was dry, I gave it a wash with some Citadel "Nuln Oil wash; and when that dried, I did a few highlights with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver". 
    Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with the "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".  After the Dullcote was dry, I applied a little watered-down Woodland Scenics "Water Effects" to the edge of the base, to give a slight swamp effect.


    I'm really happy with this fellow, and in my opinion I think the non-traditional color scheme looks kind of cool.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Weregorilla: Bones 3 Figure

  This past week I painted the Weregorilla from the Bones 3 Lycanthropes II set.  We had been needing a good Gorilla figure for our Ghost Archipelago games, and this one seemed like it would fill the bill nicely, as there didn't seem to be anything about him that screamed "Were"-creature.  He just looked like a slightly higher evolved Gorilla, which was fine in my opinion for a Fantasy setting.
    I prepped this 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 1.5" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue. I then placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by painting the whole animal, and the base for that matter, with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".  When it was dry, I gave it a heavy wash of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.
     I then drybrushed the gorilla with Americana "Neutral Grey", followed by Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and lastly, mainly on the back and highpoints, Americana "Grey Sky".
    Next, I added a little drybrushed ares of crafter's Edition "Spice Brown" followed by Americana "Terra Cotta" to the top of his head and lightly to his hips.  I then painted the inside of his mouth with Americana "Shading Flesh", and then did his teeth and the teeth on his necklace with Americana "Antique White".  After that, I painted the string the necklace teeth are strung onto with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and the cord his loin furs are on with Americana "Mississippi Mud". I followed that with painting the loin furs with Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup".
     I then painted the spear with the "Territorial Beige",  and the cord holding the spear point with Reaper MSP "Olive Skin Shadow".  Then when everything was dry, I gave his mouth, the necklace, the loin cloth, and the spear shaft and cord, all a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade"wash.  When the wash was dry, I went back and gave the skulls a wash with some of the "Nuln Oil" wash.  I then painted the spear point with Americana "Zinc", and then did his eyes with Accent "Real Umber", with some White pinpoint highlights.
     Next, I highlighted the tongue and inside of the mouth with a bit of Crafter's acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink" mixed with some of the "Shading Flesh".  I then highlighted the gorilla's teeth, and the the ones on the necklace, with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White"; and I finished up the necklace by highlighting the string with some Folk Art "Butter Pecan".   After that I highlighted the fur on the loincloth with some of the base "Apple Maple syrup", mixed with a little Americana "Buttermilk", and I highlighted the skulls with  some Folk Art "Porcelain White", and a little of the "light Antique White".  I then completed the Loincloth by highlighting the cord with some Americana  "Sable Brown".  I moved on to the spear,  giving the point a hit with the "Nuln Oil", and then highlighting the shaft with Americana "Khaki", and the cord with Reaper MSP "Olive Skin Highlight". I then did some highlights on the spearpoint with Apple Barrel "Rock Grey".
      Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with the "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".

     A fun and easy figure to paint.  I'm particularly happy with how his mouth and eyes came out.  Hopefully I'll never have to face him in the Ghost Archipelago! :)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ursula, Dwarven Bear Rider: Bones 2 Figure

    This past week I worked on Ursula, Dwarven Bear Rider, which was released as part of the Bones 2 Expansion 2 set.   I didn't get that set originally, and picked up this figure from a friend who had.   I selected her to paint this past week, as I wanted her to be the Dwarven Commander in a game I'm running at next month's Historicon gaming convention.
      I prepped this 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 figure's integral base a little and then glued the figure to a black-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue. I then placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by painting the armor Ceramcoat "Black"; and when it was dry, I drybrushed the armor with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  After that, I painted the bear with Crafter's Edition "Cinnamon Brown".
     I then painted her face with Americana "Shading Flesh", and her hair with Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan".  Next, I painted the saddle and girth with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and her pants with Americana "Khaki Tan".   After that, I did her boots and the fur at the top of her cape with Accent "Real Umber", and the  painted the tops of her boots with Americana "Terra Cotta".
     I went back to the "Bittersweet Chocolate" and painted the strap around the bears neck,   and then painted his mouth with Apple Barrel "Apple Lt. Pink", and his teeth with Americana "Antique White".  I then painted his claws with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and then did the Dwarf's cape with Anita's "Burnt Sienna".     
        After everything had time to dry, I gave her face a wash of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.   When that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to her hair, cape, pants, and boots, as well as the whole bear, with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.    When that was dry, I painted her eye, then highlighted her face with a mix of the base "Shading Flesh", and some Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".   After that, I highlighted her hair with some  of the "Antique White", and then with some Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".   Next, I painted her eyepatch, dagger sheath, and the two grips on the sword with Reaper MSP "Coal Black".  When dry, I highlighted them all with Citadel "The Fang". 
      Next, I highlighted her pants with the "Antique White", and then highlighted her cape with Americana "Burnt Orange".  I then highlighted her boots, and the fur at top of her cape, with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and then highlighted the tops of the boots with Accent "Golden Oxide". 
     I now worked on the bear; highlighting him first with a drybrush of Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown", followed with a drybrush of Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige" on the higher points.  I finished by drybrushing his muzzle, shoulder, hips, and rump with a little Folk Art "Barn Wood".   Next, I highlighted his teeth with Americana "Bleached Sand", and his claws with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  I painted his nose and eyes with the "Black", and highlighted the nose with a little Americana "Dove Grey", and his eyes with dots of White.  After that, I got out the "Mississippi Mud again, and used it to highlight the saddle girth and neck strap.  
     At this point I painted the shield with Americana "True Blue".  I then painted the sword, metal claws on her boots, and the shield border with Americana "Zinc",  and when they were dry, I painted over them, as well as painting the studs on the neck strap, with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then highlighted them, and all the other armor with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".   I next painted the decorations on her shield, and the eyepatch on the helmet, with Ceramcoat "Bronze", and when dry, went over them with Americana "Wedding Gold".
     Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with the "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 amazed at how this came out.  This may be my new favorite figure; not only is it a super-cool sculpt, but I think I did a pretty good job with it as well.  I only wish she had a whole unit of Bones bear-mounted Dwarven women to command!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Goblins: Bones 3 Figures

   This past week I painted up the half dozen Goblins from the Bones 3 Goblins set, as I needed a few more for a game I'm running at Historicon in July.   Nothing fancy for these guys, just a get-'em-on-the-table paint job.
     I used the same color scheme that I started using on the Bones Goblins back in in 2014 with the Goblins from the Bones 1 Kickstarter; based on my old D&D Monster Manual, which said Goblins ranged in color from yellow to dull orange to brick red.
   So, 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 1" black-primed fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a pair of tongue depressors, 3 each, with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
 
       I began by giving all six figures a wash with Reaper MSP "Brown Liner", and when that was dry, I painted the skin on all six with accent "Golden Oxide".  Then on the first three I painted the first and third ones' shields, and the second one's pants with Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red".  Next, I painted the loin cloths on all three with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  I also used this color for the back of the shields.  After that, I painted the second one's chest armor, and the cross pieces on the third one's shield with Black.
      I then painted all their shoes, belts, straps, and wrist braces with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown".  After that, I painted their weapons, and the second one's helmet, all with Americana "Zinc".
       Next, when everything had had a chance to dry, I gave the figures a complete wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade wash.  When that was dry, I realized I hadn't painted their teeth, so I painted them with Americana "Antique White".  I let that dry, I then went over their mouths again with some of the "Agrax Earthshade'.  When it was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with Americana "Bleached Sand".  After that, I highlighted their skin with a mix of the base "Golden Oxide" mixed with some Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan", and painted their weapons, the hemet, the chest armor, and any studs, with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey" 
     I then highlighted the red on the shields and the second one's pants with some Ceramcoat "opaque Red".  After that I highlighted all the shoes, belts, and straps with Americana "Sable Brown", and the loin cloths and shield wood backs with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I highlighted the Black cross bars on the third one's shield with Americana "Neutral Grey", and then highlighted all the metal bits with some Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".   Lastly, I painted the figures bases with Americana "Raw Umber".

     I then turned to the second group of three. I had already painted their skin with the "Golden Oxide" when I did the first three, so I then painted their clothing with Vallejo "Brown Violet", and all their shoes, straps, belts, and the quiver, with the "Cinnamon Brown". 
       Next, I painted the bow, and the shafts on the halberd and spear, with the"Teddy Bear Brown".  I also used this color for the back of the shields.  After that, I painted the edged weapons, the second one's helmet, shoulder armor and wrist guards, all with the "Zinc".  On the third one, I painted his shield half Apple Barrel "Yellow", and half "Black".
        Next, when everything had had a chance to dry, I gave the figures a complete wash with the "Agrax Earthshade wash.  When that was dry, I realized I hadn't painted their teeth again(!), so I painted them with the "Antique White".  I let that dry, I then went over their mouths again with some of the "Agrax Earthshade'.  When it was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with the "Bleached Sand".  After that, I highlighted their skin with a mix of the base "Golden Oxide" mixed with some "Maple Sugar Tan", and painted their weapons, the hemet, the chest armor, and any studs, with "Gunmetal Grey"
     I then highlighted their clothing with a mix of the base "Brown Violet" and some Americana "Jade Green".  After that I highlighted all the shoes, belts, and straps with Americana "Sable Brown", and the wood weapon parts and shield back with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I highlighted the Black half on the third one's shield with Americana "Neutral Grey", and the Yellow part with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow".  After that, I highlighted all the metal bits with some Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".   Lastly, I painted the figures bases with Americana "Raw Umber".

     I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave all 6 of 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 them all with Testor's Dullcote". 


     I'm real happy with these guys for simple paint jobs, and they should fit into the horde quite nicely!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dwarven Butcher: Bones 3 Fgure

     This past week, I returned to the Bones 3 Townsfolk set, and worked on the Dwarven Butcher.  As I looked at the figure, I realized I didn't like how he was holding his cleaver up in the air as if poised to swing it down and  slice the throat of his little buddy next to him.  I decided to reposition it into a more benign position.
Photo from Reapermini.com
     So, after soaking the figure 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 carefully cut the contact point where the cleaver meets the hat, and then cut the arm at the elbow.  Next, I glued it on in the reverse position, so it looked more like he was resting the cleaver on his hip.   There was slight gap left in the top of the elbow, which I filled with a little gel superglue.
     I began by painting his face with Americana "Shading Flesh". I then added a little Ceramcoat Black Cherry" to the "Shading Flesh" and used it on his nose.  I thought I would challenge myself to paint him in mostly whites, as stereotypical butchers wear; so I painted his tunic with Americana "Bleached Sand", and his apron and hat with Americana "Dove Grey".  I then painted his west with Americana "Terra Cotta", just to give some contrast.
     Next, I painted his beard and eyebrows with Anita's "Burnt Sienna", and his gloves with Americana "Khaki Tan".  I then painted the pig with Apple Barrel "Apple Lt Pink", and his boots with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate."  I also painted the handle of the cleaver with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".
     After everything had time to dry, I gave his face , and the pig, a wash of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.   When that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to all his clothing, and beard, with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.    When that was dry, I painted his eyes, then highlighted his face with a mix of the base "Shading Flesh", and some Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".   I tried to add some of the "Black Cherry" in when I highlighted his nose, but in the end realized there's not enough of the rest of his face showing to really see the difference (His face is all nose, eyes, and hair!)
     Next, I worked on highlighting his beard and eyebrows, using first Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice", and then a bit of Americana "Tangerine".
        Next, I highlighted his tunic with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White", and I highlighted his apron and hat with Americana" Snow White".  I then went over the pig with a half stippling, half drybrushing coat of Accent "Soft White" in an effort to represent the course white hairs I saw on most photos of pigs I Googled.   After that, I highlighted his gloves with Americana "Antique White", and highlighted his vest with a mix of the base Terra Cotta" and some Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup".   I highlighted his boots next, with some Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown", and the handle of the cleaver with the base "Teddy Bear Brown".  I then painted the cleaver with Americana "Zinc; and when it was dry, painted over it with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and then highlighted it with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
      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 the "Territorial Beige", and then with some Folk Art "Butter Pecan"; lastly I drybrushed it with a little of the "Light Antique White".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  When dry, I glued on some bits of grass tufts.   Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

    I'm real happy with how this guy turned out; particularly the white on white clothing.   I'm not so happy that as I was painting I realized just how cartoonish the sculpt was (and the brewer I did a couple weeks ago).  The face, particularly the giant nose, and the eyebrows sculpted onto the hat, do not make for a very realistic dwarf.   I thinks these are trying to be too GW like.  Having painted some of the new Oathmark plastic dwarves recently, it's much nicer when they're sculpted realistically.