Monday, April 23, 2018

Halfling Cook: Bones 3 Figure

     This past week I painted the Halfling Cook from the Bones 3 Townsfolk set. 
     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 7/8" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.   And, when the glue was dry,  I put it in my Citadel painting grip.
      I began by painting his head, arms, and feet with Americana "Shading Flesh".   I then painted his shirt with Accent "Mustard Seed", his pants with Accent "Real Umber", and his vest with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".
     Next, I painted his apron and hat with Americana "Dove Grey".  I then did his hair with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown", and his spoon with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  After everything had a while to dry, I went back and went over his head and feet with a wash of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.
    When that wash was dry, I then gave a wash to all his clothing and the spoon with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.   After I let this second wash I dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin areas with a mix of the "Shading Flesh", and some Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".    Afterwards, I highlighted his hair with Americana "Sable Brown", and the spoon with Americana "Khaki Tan".
     Next, I highlighted his hat and apron with a mix of the "Dove Grey", and Americana "Snow White".   I then highlighted his shirt with a mix of the base "Mustard Seed", and some Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow",and then did the highlights on his vest with some Reaper MSP "Holly Berry".  I followed that with highlighting his pants with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown". 
    I then worked on the pot, painting it first Americana "Black", and then painting the soup with Folk Art "Porcelain White".  When the "Porcelain White" was dry, I gave it a wash with some Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I added a few highlight dots to the soup with the base "Porcelain White".    I then highlighted the pot with some Americana "Zinc". I finished up by painting the base with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
       I let the figure sit all day, and that evening I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  The next afternoon I gave the figure a coat of Testor's "Dullcote" spray varnish.

   A fun little figure; nothing to get excited about, but I'm pleased with how he came out. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Elven Blacksmith: Bones 3 Figure

    This past week I returned to working on the Townsfolk set from Bones 3, and painted the Elven Blacksmith.
      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, when the glue was dry,  I put it in my Citadel painting grip.
     I began by painting her skin with Apple Barrel "Flesh",  When it was dry, I gave it a wash with some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  When that was dry, I painted her leggings with Americana "Zinc", and her skirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  I then painted her top, and the borders on the skirt, with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue".
    Next, I painted her apron, and her eye wrap, with Folk Art "Platinum Grey", and her gloves with Crafter's Edition "Taupe".  I then painted the handle of her hammer with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and her hair with Accent "Golden Harvest". After that, I painted the bark of the tree trunk with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and the interior of the trunk with Reaper MSP "Ginger Cookie".
     I let everything dry for a while, and then gave the tree trunk, her hair, the gloves, and the hammer handle, a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthsahde" wash.  When the wash was dry, I then gave her leggings, skirt, apron, and top all a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When that was dry, I worked on highlighting her hair, drybrushing it first with Americana "Moon Yellow", and then Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".  I then touched it with a few Americana "White" highlights.
     Next, I painted in her eye and mouth, and then highlighted her skin with the base "Flesh" and the "Flesh" mixed with a little Americana "White".  I then highlighted her leggings with the "Storm Cloud Grey", and highlighted her skirt with a mix of the base "Storm Cloud Grey and some of the "Platinum Grey".  After that, I highlighted her apron, and her eye wrap, with a mix of the "Platinum Grey" and the "White".    I then highlighted the border on her skirt with Americana "True Blue", and afterwards, used the "True Blue" to paint the decorations on her apron. When I was finished, I went back and highlighted those decorations with some of the "True Blue" mixed with a little Crafter's Edition "Tropical Blue".
    Next, I painted her boots with Americana "Black".  I then drybrushed the tree trunk with, first, "Americana "Neutral Grey", and then with Folk Art Barn Wood".   After that, I painted the anvil and the head of the hammer with Reaper MSP "Scorched Metal", and I painted the sword with Accent "Princely Pewter.   I followed that with painting the vine on the trunk with Reaper MSP "Christmas Wreath".
     After the new colors had time to dry,I gave the hammer head, anvil, and sword all a wash with the "Nuln Oil".  I then drybrushed the anvil and hammer head with Folk Art Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze", and then painted the scrolling on them with Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold".  After that, I worked on making the sword look like it was still a little molten by layering on Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red", Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", Reaper MSP "Hearth Fire", and Reaper MSP Golden Glow"  I had to keep doing it several times and in different thinnesses until I got a look I was happy with.
     When I was happy with the sword, I moved on to the vine.  I thought I'd try something a little different, so I first tried doing the  highlights with Folk Art Color Shift "Green Flash", but I felt it was too drastic of a color difference from the base "Christmas Wreath". So I went back and tempered it with Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".
      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 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.  When dry, I glued on some bits of grass tufts.   Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

     I'm really happy how she turned out!     Particularly the sword and the anvil.  I messed up her face a little on her left cheek; but given her missing eye, I figure she is a retired warrior, so a scar on her cheek looks fine to me.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Torture Equipment- The Rack: Bones 3 Figure

   It was another busy week this past week, so I selected the last piece from the Bones 3 Torture Chamber set to paint.
      I prepped the pieces of the figure in the usual way; soaking them 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 rack with Gorilla superglue gel.  When the glue had set, I glued the rack to a pair of primed 1"x 1" steel bases with Aleene's Tacky glue (I would have just used a 2" x 1", but I didn't have one.), and then glued the mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer's glue.
      I began by painting the whole thing with Americana "Neutral Grey".  When that dried, I gave the whole piece a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash. 
      When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the whole thing with Folk Art "Barn Wood".   Next, I painted the ropes with Folk Art "Porcelain White", and the metal fittings with Reaper MSP "Scorched Metal".
     I let everything dry for a bit again, and then gave the rope and the metal bits a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I highlighted the rope with the base "Porcelain White", and I highlighted the metal with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  After that I dabbed on some Winsor Newton"Peat Brown" Ink here and there on the table to look like assorted stains.  I also put a little of the "Nuln Oil" on the wheel spokes to look like stains from constant hand contact.  Lastly, I painted the base with the "NeutralGrey".
     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 this one.  I think the aged wood looks just right, and the  addition of the staining adds a nice touch of authenticity.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Torture Equipment- X-Rack and Hot Iron Brazier: Bones 3 Fgures

     This past week, because I was getting over a cold, and it was Easter weekend, I selected something relatively easy and quick to paint; the X-rack and Hot Iron from the Bones 3 Torture Chamber 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 the X-rack to a primed 1.5" square steel base with Aleene's Tacky glue, and the Hot Iron brazier to a 7/8" black-primed fender washer.  I then glued the figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
      I began by painting the Brazier Ceramcoat "Black", and the  X-rack with Americana "Mississippi Mud".   I then drybrushed the Brazier with Folk Art "Medium Grey" followed by Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".    I moved then back to the X-rack, and gave it a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  When I was done applying the wash, I went back to the Brazier, and gave the coals a light wash with some thinned Iron Wind Metals "Orange" Ink to hopefully make them look like they had a heat glow.
      When the "Orange" ink and the "Agrax Earthshade"  wash were dry, I drybrushed the X-rack with some Folk Art "Barn Wood".  I then painted the Brazier itself , and the little bit of the poker sticking out, along with the fittings on the X-rack, with Reaper MSP "Scorched Metal".  After the "Scorched Metal" had time to dry,  I applied a little Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash to the "Scorched Metal". When that was dry, I hit the fittings on the X-rack with some thinned Accent "Golden Oxide" to try to give them a little rusty appearance.  Lastly, I painted the bases with Americana "Neutral Grey", then when it was dry, I gave the carved rocks under the Brazier a little dab with some of the "Nuln Oil" to help accent the crevices between them.
        I let the pieces dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote". 

        Well, they're very nice.  Nothing exciting; but they're done, and thats a good thing.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rugg, Bugbear Leader: Bones 2 Figure, Converted to an Elephantman

      I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the Elephantman from the Bones 3 Kickstarter "Savage Avatars" set so I can order a couple to play the role of Erithereans from the Bestiary.  But that is a little while away, and we've already started our campaign.   So, I was just going to be content to wait, until a friend sent me a link to some photo of some fantasy figures a guy had made by chopping the heads off of dollar store animals, and gluing them to the bodies of 28mm plastic medieval figures.  The little lightbulb went on in my brain...I had just seen a small elephant figure in a box of junk, and I knew I had a spare Bones Bugbear, Rugg, Bugbear Leader, from the Bones 2 Gnolls & Bugbears set  laying around somewhere...
     I found the elephant and the Bugbear, but I had borrowed the Bugbear's weapon hand for an Orc a while back. So, a quick dig in the bits box, and I came up with what I believe is a GW Ogre weapon hand.
      A little bit of sawing, and I had this.
        It was just a matter of gluing it all together then. 
    I then used some greenstuff around the head to blend it to the body, and added some ears.  Another problem was his Bugbear hand only had four fingers and his ogre hand had five fingers.  Considering the problem, and the fact I had already glued everything together, I decided adding an extra finger with greenstuff was the easiest solution.   I also added some hair to the top of his head, and tried to blend it in to the hair on his back.  Lastly, I clipped the claws on his feet to make them look more like elephant toenails.
     Satisfied with the conversion, I decided to spray the figure with some Army Painter "Necrotic Flesh".  I choose this because I had it on hand, and I've found Army Painter primer to be the best option to be a safe primer for multiple types of plastics, including Bones; not because I particularly thought the color was the best option. :) .
     I began by painting all his skin with Folk Art "Medium Grey", and then painted his scale armor with Americana "Raw Umber".  I then painted his belts and straps with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown"and his loin cloth with Duncan "Olive Green".
     Next, I decided I wanted all his armor to be the same color, so I also painted his arm guards and his shin guard with the "Raw Umber".  I then painted the cloth/fur under his arm guards and shin guard with Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and the bandage? around his right knee with Americana "Khaki Tan".  After that, I painted his hair with Black, and then painted the pouch around on the back with Americana "Mississippi Mud". I then painted the sword blade, and his back shoulder armor with Americana "Zinc" and the grip on his sword with Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange".
I decided I didn't like the orange sword grip, so repainted it with Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red".   I then painted his tusks with Americana "Dove Grey", and his sword blade with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  After everything had a while to dry, I gave the whole figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash. 
     When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then worked on highlighting his hair using Citadel "The Fang".  After that, I highlighted his skin using Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and then highlighted his tusks using the base "Dove Grey".  I then highlighted his armor with Americana, Sable Brown, and his belts with Americana Shading Flesh".  For his pouch around back I highlighted with Reaper MSP "Tanned Shadow", and then highlighted his sword grip with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry".   Next, I highlighted the fur under his arm and shin guards using Americana "Antique White", and highlighted the bandage on his right knee with Americana "Bleached Sand".   Lastly, I highlighted all the metal bits with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver", and then I painted the figure's 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 bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed him with Testor's Dullcote".

      I'm really happy with how this conversion turned out! The head seems to go perfectly with the body.  The ears are probably the weakest point, I should have studied some photos first before sculpting them.
  And of course, I was left with a headless body, and a bodyless head; so this had to happen.  A Bugaphant!  :-D


 
 Here is a photo of the Elephantman next to a regular human to give a sense of size of the figure.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Durok, Dwarf Ranger: Bones 3 Figure, Converted to Frostgrave Thief

    This past week I returned to working on my Frostgrave Dwarf conversions, and painted Durok, Dwarf Ranger; who I had earlier converted to a Thief for my warband, by using a dagger and torch from the Frostgrave plastic Soldiers Set.
This week, I am working on the figure on the left.

Here he can be seen with his original weapon removed and a dagger and torch added.
      I forgot to take a starting photo, but you can see what he looked like in the bare Bones, so to speak, on the left in the photo above.  I had of course prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, and giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it, back before I did the conversion work.   After the conversion work, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  When dry, I put it in  my painting grip.
     I began by giving the figure a thinned wash of Reaper MSP "Grey Liner".  When the wash was dry, I painted his face with Americana "Shading Flesh". This figure is pretty much decked out in  a lot of armor, but I thought I'd try to paint it so it either looked like cloth or leather armor; to help sell the idea he was a thief.  So, I painted his "tunic" with Americana "Zinc", and then painted his cape, hood, and gloves with Ceramcoat "Black".
     Next, I painted his belt, pouch, shoulder armor, and boots with Reaper MSP  "Coal Black", and his beard and with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown".  After that, I painted the torch hanlde with Nicole's "BrowN', and his knife blade with the "Zinc"
     I let everything dry a bit, and then I gave his face a wash with some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  When that was dry, I gave his beard a wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade"wash; and when that dried, I gave his tunic a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  After that, I did highlights on his boots, belt, pouch and shoulder armor with Citadel 'The Fang", and I painted the knife blade with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".
     I then painted his eyes and highlighted his face.  I only applied the highlights to the right side, to help with the OSL (Object Source Lighting) effect.  I then did the highlights on his beard, using the warmer Americana 'Sable Brown on the right of the beard, and the cooler Americana "Mississippi Mud" on the left of the beard; again, to help with the OSL effect.  At this point I realized I better actually get to painting the source of the light, so I began work on the flame.  I started by painting the indented areas of the sculpted flame with Reaper MSP "Golden Glow", then working up to the higher ridges of the sculpted flame, I progressed through Crafter' Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin", Reaper MSP"Holly Berry", and Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red".
     Next, I finished highlighting the beard, giving some areas closest to the flame highlights with Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and then some of the 'Butter Pecan" with a little of the 'Golden Glow" mixed in.  I then worked on highlighting his tunic with some Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and like the beard, I mixed a little of the "Golden Glow" in to do those areas where it looked like the flame would be most directly shining.  After that, I worked on highlighting his cape, hood, and gloves with Americana "Neutral Grey", and then, once again, I mixed a little of the "Golden Glow" in with the "Neutral Grey", and highlighted the areas closes to the torch.     At this point I highlighted his dagger with some Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver", and then hit the very edge of the blade near the tip with some of the "Golden Glow" to (hopefully) make it look like the light was glinting off the edge.
     Lastly, I painted the figure's base with Black.
    When the Black was dry, I used some white glue to glue a little black course sand onto the base.  When this was dry I drybrushed the bases with some of the Americana "Neutral Grey", and then some Duncan "Slate Grey", and lastly some Folk Art "Platinum Grey".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".


     I'm really pleased with how this guy turned out.  I think the conversion worked really well, and it's interesting to see how the brave Ranger changed into the sneaky Thief.  I'm not happy with the OSL, but that takes work to perfect.  I think it works on the beard and his left knee, but the hood and his left shoulder aren't quite right.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dwarven Brewer: Bones 3 Figure Conversion

      This past week, just for fun,  I worked on the Dwarven Brewer from the Bones 3 Townsfolk set.   As I looked at the figure, I realized I didn't like how the barrel seemed precariously balanced on a ridge of the base; and would probably topple over if the brewer lifted his arm. I didn't think just building up the ground under it would look good, as logically it seemed to me the the barrel would have been set up on something to make getting mugs under the tap easier.
      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 cut away a little of the base. 
    I then glued the figure to a black-primed fender washer using Aleene's Tacky glue.  When the glue was dry, I used some greenstuff to sculpt a quick tree trunk under the barrel.
     When the greenstuff was dry, I put the figure in my painting grip and got to work.  I began by giving the whole figure a wash with some thinned Reaper MSP "Brown Liner"  When the Liner was dry, I painted his face and hands with Americana "Shading Flesh".   I then mixed a little Reaper MSP "Holly Berry" in with some of the "Shading Flesh", and gave him a reddened nose. After that, I painted the shadowy area under his coat with Black, and then painted his coat with Ceramcoat "Denim Blue".   When the Black under his coat was dry, I painted his shoes, and the pouch round on his back, with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate". After that, I went back and painted the trim and cuffs on his coat with Accent "Golden Harvest"
           Next, I painted the towel over his shoulder with Americana "Dove Grey", and then did his hammer with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue". I then painted his hair with Americana "Neutral Grey", and the beer barrel with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown".
      I then painted the interior wood of the trunk with Folk Art "Barn Wood", and the bark with Americana "Charcoal Grey" also  I did the tap in the barrel with Citadel Foundation Color "Khemri Brown".   After that, I painted all the parts I planned to make metal, with Americana "Zinc", and after that, I painted the beer foam with Americana "Antique White".
      My next step was to go back and paint the beer mug and the bands on the barrel with Accent "Prncely Pewter", and then his shoulder plate, cuff borders, and the metalwork on the hammer with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then painted the border on his shoulder plate, the barley decoration, and the button on his pouch with Ceramcoat "Bronze".
      Then, when everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure, except for the face, a wash with  Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash. I then went back and applied some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash to his face. When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with a mix of Apple Barrel "Apple Flesh", and the base "Shading Flesh".  I then highlighted his hair and beard with, first, Crafter's Acrylic "Strom Cloud Grey", an the  Folk Art "Platinum Grey".
     Next, I highlighted his coat with a mix of the "Denim Blue" and some Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  I then highlighted the trim and cuffs with a some Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and after that I did the highlights on the towel over his shoulder with a mix of the "Dove Grey" and White.  I also highlighted his hammer with a mix of some of the "Navy Blue" and the "Denim Blue".
     I then highlighted his shoes and his pouch with Nicole's "Brown"; and did the beer foam with Americana "Bleached Sand" and White.  I next turned to the barrel, highlighting it with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and the tap with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  After that, I highlighted the inner wood of the trunk with the original "Barn Wood", and the bark with Americana "Neutral Grey".  Next, I worked on the metal areas, highlighting all the white metal areas with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver", and highlighting the areas I painted with the "Bronze" using Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold".
     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 thinned 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 Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him 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".


A shot to show how the stump turned out.

     I really happy with this figure, and I think the stump turned out looking great.  My only disappointment is in the highlighting on the hammer; for some reason, in the photos, it looks very harsh and wonky.