Monday, April 24, 2017

Bloodhoof, Minotaur Barbarian: Bones 2 Figure

     This past week I took a break from Gnolls and worked on another beastman figure for our upcoming Frostgrave game: Bloodhoof, Minotaur Barbarian, from the Beast Mode 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 1.5" 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 giving the figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.  When that was dry, I painted his skin with Games Workshop "Vermin Brown".  I then painted his head and leg fur with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown", and his loin cloth with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".
      Next, I painted all his straps and one of his belts with Americana "Raw Umber". I painted the other belt  with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown", and then painted the axe handle and a patch of material on his shoulder with Folk Art "Dark Brown".   After that, I painted his horns with Folk Art Platinum Grey", and then painted his hooves, and the base with Americana "Charcoal Grey". I worked on the base colors for the metal next, painting his axe head and some of his armor bits with Americana "Zinc", and then painting his nose ring, arm band, and some of the other armor with Accent "Mustard Seed".
      I then repainted the parts I had painted the "Zinc" using Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey"; and repainted the parts I had painted with the "Mustard Seed using Ceramcoat "Bronze".  Then, when 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 highlighted his skin with a mix of Americana "terra Cotta" and the "Vermin Brown".  After that, I highlighted his head and lower legs with Americana "Sable Brown".  I painted his eyes with Accent "RealUmber", and added tiny white dots to each.
     Next, I highlighted his loin cloth with Folk Art "Butter Pecan",  and then highlighted the straps, and the axe handle, with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  I also blended in some black to the ends of his horns. I then worked on the metallics; highlighting the axe and armor that I had originally painted with the "Gunmetal Grey" using Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver", and the parts I had painted with the "Bronze", using Ceramcoat "14K Gold".
      When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue a little sand to the base.  When this was dry, I painted the sand with the "Charcoal Grey", and when the paint was dry, I drybrushed the base with some of the Territorial Beige", and then some Americana "Antique White".
    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 him with Testor's Dullcote".

     I like how he turned out.  It's nothing exciting, but a nice solid gaming figure. I'm going to try to finish up his partner the Minotaur Hero figure next week before returning to the Gnolls.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Two Gnoll Warriors: Bones 2 Figures

  This past week I painted two of the Gnoll Warriors from the Bones II  24 Bonus Figures set.
  I prepped these figures 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 glued the figures to black-primed 1.5" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue under each washer.
     I began by painting their armor all Black, and when it was dry I drybrushed it with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then passed over the armor with a lighter drybrush of Folk Art "Silver Sterling".    Next, I painted heir fur with Apple Barrel "Rock Grey", and then painted their manes and the end of their tails with Accent "Golden Oxide".
     I then painted their kilts with Anita's "Burnt Sienna", and then did the inside of their shield backs with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown". After that, I painted all their straps and belts with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and then painted the handle of their morning stars with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown" and their teeth with Americana "Antique White".
   Next, I painted alternating stripe patterns on their shields with  Ceramcoat "Black Cherry", and Apple Barrel "Yellow".  I then painted the shield metalwork, and the morning star metal parts with Americana Zinc.  After that, I painted the patch of material under the strap on their left shoulder blade and the wraps on their feet, with Nicole's "Brown".
     I then repainted the shield metalwork, and morning star metal parts with the "Gunmetal Grey", and then let everything dry for a while.  When I returned to the figures, I gave them both a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.    When the wash was dry, I highlighted their fur with Folk Art "Platinum Grey", and their manes, and the end of their tails, with Americana "Tangerine".  After that, I painted their muzzles, noses, eyes, claws, and the bases, Black.
      Next, I highlighted their kilts with Americans "Shading Flesh", and then painted the stitching on the kilts with Americana "Khaki Tan". After that, I highlighted all the straps and belts with Americana "Sable Brown", and then highlighted the front of the shields with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry" for the red stripes, and Reaper MSP "Golden Glow" on the yellow stripes.   I then highlighted the handle of the morning stars and the feet wraps with Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and then did the teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then went back over the metal parts adding highlights with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
     Lastly, I used some white glue to glue a little sand to the bases.  When this was dry, I painted it all Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed it, and the Gnolls' bases, with Americana "Neutral Grey", and then some Folk Art "Platinum Grey".      I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote".

   I'm real happy with these two fellows.  I've got two more from this set to finish now, in order to complete all the Gnolls that came with Bones II.  I'm looking forward to taking a group shot of all of them when I'm done.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beastman Warrior 1 & 2: Bones 2 Figures

   I took a break from Gnolls this past week to paint the two Beastmen Warriors from the Bones 2 Beast Mode set.
    I prepped these figures 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 glued the figures to black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue under each washer.
   I forgot to take a starting photo, so here are the photos from the Reaper Online Store.

     I began by giving the beastman on the left what I thought would be a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Grey Liner" using a wet brush, but I picked up the bottle of "Blue Liner" by mistake!  The beastman on the right I gave a wash of heavily thinned Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush. 
      When these washes were dry, I painted the skin of the left beastman a 50/50 mix of Americana "Neutral Grey" and Americana "Shading Flesh"; and the skin of the beastman on the right I painted a 50/50 mix of the "Shading Flesh" and Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  Next, I painted the fur of the left beastman with Americana "Dove Grey", and the fur of the right beastman with Nicole's "Brown".   I then went back and painted the horns of the left beastman with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and the horns of the right beastman with Americana "Zinc".  While I had the "Zinc" out, I also painted the horn points on both figures, as well as both the axe heads. 
     I then used Citadel "Snakebite Leather" to paint the loincloth on the left figure, as well as it's wrist guards, and the medallion and face on it's belt.  Likewise, I used the "Snakebite Leather" to also paint the wrist band, medallions and belt face on the right figure. Next, I painted the loincloth of the righthand figure with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and then painted the axe handles with Folk Art "Dark Brown", and the belts with Crafter's Acrylic Cinnamon Brown".  After that, I went back and painted the muzzle of the righthand one with the "Dove Grey", and then painted the bases and hooves with Black.
    Next, I painted the axe heads, horn points, the chainmail on the left one's loincloth, and the chain bracelet on the right one's right arm, all with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I followed that with going back and painting the belt faces and medallions, as well as the wrist band on the right one's left arm, all with Ceramcoat "Bronze".   Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave both figures a wash using Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I first did highlights on the left one's skin using a mix of Americana "Mississippi Mud, and Folk Art "Milkshake". I then highlighted the right one's skin using Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown".  Next, I highlighted the left one's fur with White, as well as the right one's muzzle;  and highlighted the right one's fur with Americana "Sable Brown".   After that, I moved to the horns, highlighting the left one with Americana Khaki", and the right one with the "Neutral Grey".  I then worked on the loin cloths, highlighting the left one's, as well as his wrist guards, with Americana Terra Cotta", and the right one's loin cloth with Americana "Mississippi Mud".   I then turned to the metallics; highlighting the axe heads, horn tips, the chainmail on the left one, and the chain on the right one's arm with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver". Next, I highlighted the parts I had painted with the "Bronze", using Ceramcoat "14K Gold".
       When I was done painting the figures, I used some white glue to glue a little sand to their bases.  When this was dry, I painted them all Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed the bases with some Apple Barrel "Rock Grey", and then some Americana "Grey Sky".
    I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote".

   I'm happy with how these nice simple figures turned out.  I was surprised however, that like the gnolls I've been working on recently, these too had some serious mold line issues.   I wonder why this seems to be so prevalent in all these humanoid animal figures? 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Boneflail, Gnoll Cleric: Bones II Figure

    This past week I painted up the Boneflail, Gnoll Cleric, figure from the Bones II Gnolls & Bugbears set.  This is my third Gnoll to complete as I work my way through the ones from the Bones II Kickstarter in the eventual expectation to play the scenarios in the Frostgrave "Into the Breeding Pits" supplement book.
     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 glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
 I began by giving the figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Grey Liner" using a wet brush.  When that was dry, I painted his fur (or is it supposed to be a her?) Folk Art  "Gray Green", and then did his/her mane, and the end of the tail, with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna".  I then painted the tunic with Aleene's "Deep Khaki".
     Next, I pained the belt with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown", and then painted the side pouch and its strap, as well as the right arm wrist guard, with Citadel "Snake Bite Leather.  I then painted the face of the shield with Folk Art "Barnyard Red" and the inside of the shield with Folk Art "Dark Brown".  I also used the "Dark Brown" to paint the rear pouch, and then I painted the little sack tucked in the belt with Americana "Mississippi Mud".   After that, I painted the fringe on the tunic with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow", then used the "Bright Yellow" to paint a bone deign on the shield.
     I then painted the straps on the shield with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and the wraps on his feet with Americana "Asphaltum".   After that I painted all the bones and skulls with Americana "Antique White". I then went back and painted the horns on the front skull with FolkArt "Barn Wood", and the teeth on the shoulder skull, as well as the gnoll's teeth, with Americana "Bleached Sand". Next, I painted all the little strings tying the bones on the gnoll's outfit, with the "Barnyard Red"; and then did the little cloth patches on the top of the  tunic with Crafter's Acrylic "Christmas Red", Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion", and White.  After that, I painted the armband and the morning star with Americana "Zinc".
     I painted the morning star and the arm band with Folk Art Metallic's "Gunmetal Grey", and then when everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.   When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the fur with Folk Art "Porcelain White", and then highlighted the mane and tail fringe with Americana "Shading Flesh".  After that, I painted the eyes and the muzzle Black.
     Next, I highlighted the tunic with  Aleene's Dusty Khaki, and then highlighted all the bones with the "Bleached Sand", and the teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then highlighted the side pouch and wrist guard with Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan", and then I did the highlights on the shield and all the little bone ties with Crafter's Acrylic Orange Spice." After that, I  highlighted all the browns with Americana "Sable Brown", and then did the stitching on the shield and the back bottom of the tunic with Americana "Khaki". Lastly, I highlighted the metal parts with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver"
      When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue a little sand to the base.  When this was dry, I painted it all Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed it with some of the "Neutral Grey", and then some Duncan "Slate Grey".
    I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him/her a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".


     I'm happy with how this figure came out;  though I have to say all these gnolls so far, particularly this one, have had a tone of flash on the mold lines that I'm not used to seeing on Bones.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Toghra, Gnoll Leader: Bones II Figure

   This past week I painted up the Toghra, Gnoll Leader, figure from the Bones II Gnolls & Bugbears set.  My second Gnoll to complete as I work my way through them in the eventual expectation to play the scenarios in the Frostgrave "Into the Breeding Pits" supplement book.
         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 glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
  I began by giving the figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Grey Liner" using a wet brush.  When that was dry, I painted his fur and chest armor with Americana "Zinc", and then did his mane with Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan".  I then painted his tunic with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet".
     I then painted his bone staff with Americana "Antique White" and the guard on his right forearm with Americana "Sable Brown".  After that I painted his belt, pouch, and the wraps around his left foot with Americana "Raw Umber", and the bag tucked in his belt with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  I also used the "Mississippi Mud"  to paint the ropes on the  right forearm guard, and the bones staff.  Next, I painted the left forearm guard with Apple Barrel "Burnt Senna"; and then the handle of the horse hair rod, the dogs head on the  left forearm guard, the belt buckle, and the decoration on the head of the staff, with Accent "Golden Harvest". I then painted his teeth and teeth in the jaws on the staff's head with Americana "Buttermilk". I painted the ribbon on the staff with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry",  and then hit the base of the staff, and spike on the right forearm guard with the "Zinc".
    Next, I went back and painted his chest armor, the base of the staff, and spike on the right forearm guard with Folk Art Metallic's "Gunmetal Grey".  I then went back and repainted the parts I had painted with the "Golden Harvest" with Ceramcoat "Bronze".   Next , I repainted the left forearm guard and the band on the right foot with Ceramcoat "Copper".  
     Then, after everything had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush". When the Wash was dry, I highlighted his mane with ,Americana "Moon Yellow", and then drybrushed his fur with Americana "Grey Sky".
     I then painted his eyes and muzzle, as well as the tip of his tail with Black.  Then, while I had the Black out, I painted the horse hair rod, and his claws.   After that, I worked on highlighting his tunic using a mix of the base "African Violet" mixed with some Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender".  I then worked on the staff, I highlighting the bones with Americana "Bleached Sand". I moved from there to highlighting the teeth on the staff's head and in his mouth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light ANtique White".  Next, I highlighted his belt, straps, and pouches with Americana "Territorial Beige, and then highlighted all the rope with Americana "Khaki Tan" and the ribbon on the staff with Crafter's Acrylic "Christmas Red". At that point I went back and highlighted the horse hair with Citadel "The Fang", and his claws with Americana "Neutral Grey".
    I then highlighted the parts I had painted "Bronze" with Ceramcoat "14K Gold", and highlighted the he parts I had painted with the "Gunmetal Grey" using Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".  The parts I had painted with the "Copper", I simply highlighted with the base "Copper".
   When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue a little sand to the base.  When this was dry, I painted it all Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed it with some of the "Neutral Grey", and then some Duncan "Slate 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 him with Testor's Dullcote".

I'm really happy how this fellow tuned out, though I'm not particularly a fan of the sculpt;  while it's wonderfully dynamic, it lacks a real focal point, or an easily determined front, making it difficult to get a good photo of it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Crates & Barrels: Bones II Pieces

     This past week I painted the crates and barrels from the Bones II Dungeon Decor set to use in the Frostgrave Loot Cart scenario we will be doing this weekend.
        I prepped the crates and barrels 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 glued the crates to a white-primed 1"x.5" steel base, and the large barrel to a 3/4" fender washer, and the small crate to a 5/8" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the steel base and washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.

     I began by painting one crate and one barrel with Americana "Territorial Beige", and the second crate and barrel with  Folk Art "TeddyBear Brown".   I then gave everything a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.

     When the wash was dry, I drybrushed all the pieces with Americana "Khaki Tan", and then a little Americana "Bleached Sand".   After that, I painted the bases with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
     I let the crates and barrels dry overnight and early the next morning I gave them and their bases a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.   I let it dry all day, and late that afternoon I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

Monday, March 13, 2017

CAV Warden Unit: CAV 1 Kickstarter

    This week I decided for a change of pace to work on some of the CAV Bones minis I got from the first CAV Kickstarter, and complete a company of Warden vehicles.  These are being based up for the upcoming version of "Look, Sarge, No Charts: Near Future & Sci-Fi" rules we will begin working on soon.  So, my company will consist of three 2-vehicle platoon bases, and a single-vehicle HQ base.
      I prepped the vehicles in the usual way for Bones; soaking them in a bowl 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 glued the laser in place with superglue on 6 of the vehicles, and on the 7th, HQ vehicle, I scratchbuilt a simple radar/communication unit to sit on the back using a piece of mini lego and a plastic gem.
     I first sprayed the vehicles with Krylon Camouflage with Fusion, Ultra Flat "Woodland Light Green".    When dry, I glued 6 of them onto 1.5" x 3" bases, and the HQ onto a 1.5" square base.   I then painted the big lasers on back with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue";  and when dry, I gave the all the vehicles a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.
When the wash was dry, I painted the tires Black, and then highlighted the lasers; first with the "Tropical Blue", and then with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  Next, I painted a simple camouflage pattern on the vehicles with Americana "Khaki Tan".  After that, I drybrushed the vehicles with Americana "Bleached Sand.  
    I let the vehicles sit overnight, and the next morning I varnished them with Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Later that day, when the varnish was dry, I applied a thin coat of white glue to the bases and dipped them in a mix of course black sand and fine brown sand.  When the glue was dry, I drybrushed the sand with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige" and then Americana "Antique White", followed by the "Bleached Sand".  I then added some small bits of various static grass and other flocking.


     I'm very pleased with ho these turned out, and am looking forward to the chance in the near future of finally getting some of my CAV on the table.