Monday, February 27, 2017

Starship Generator: Bones II Scenery Piece

  This past week I painted the Starship Generator from the Bones II, Expansion Set 3. Since we are planning a Rogue Stars playtest sometime in the future, I thought some more Sci-Fi scenery might come in handy.   
     I prepped the piece 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 it to a 1" square steel base with Aleene's Tacky glue, and when dry, I painted the base with some brush on metal primer.  I then glued the steel base to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
     I began by painting the bulk of the machinery, including the base, with Folk Art "Cloudy Day", and then painted the top fan, and then inner part of the side coil with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  Next, I painted the outer coil housing with Crafter's Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin".
     I then painted the cables running from the side and up around the coil's center with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I let everything dry for a while, and then I gave the entire piece a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash suing a wet brush.   When the wash was dry,  I drybushed the main housing with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  After that, I highlighted the top fan and the inner coil housing with Folk Art "Platinum Grey".  Lastly, I highlighted the outer coil housing with Americana "Tangerine".
    I let the generator dry overnight and early the next morning I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.   I let it dry all day, and late that afternoon  I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

   A simple piece, but I am happy with how it turned out!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Drys, Dryad: Bones II Figure

     This past week I painted the Drys, Dryad, figure from the Bones II, Sylvan Creatures set.  Since I was in kind of a Frostgrave frame of mind when I was thinking about painting her, I decided I would try to paint her up in winter colors, like a dryad that has been unexpectedly awoken from her Winter sleep and is not happy about it;  so I attempted to give her a pale and cold look.
      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 1" 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 tree with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and then painted the dryad with Folk Art "Barn Wood".   I then painted her sword with Folk Art Teddy Bear Brown", and her hair with Folk Art "Gray Green".
      I then painted the leaves in her hair with Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup".  Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash using Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the tree with Apple Barrel "Rock Grey".
     I then highlighted her skin with the base "Barn Wood", and then with the "Barn Wood" with a little "Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White" added to it.  After that, I painted her nipples with Americana "Mississippi Mud".   I then worked on highlighting her hair, first with Folk Art "Porcelain White", and then with Americana "Reindeer Moss Green".  I then did some detail highlights on the hair with the "Light Antique White".    Then I highlighted the leaves in her hair with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon"and then I painted her eyes.
     I painted what I interpreted as rocks on the base with Americana "Zinc", and then painted what I thought was a skull, with Americana "Khaki".  While they dried, I worked on giving her sword a light drybrushing with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I then went back and gave the rocks and skull a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  Then, when the wash was dry, I highlighted the rocks with the "Rock Grey", and the skull with the "Light Antique White".  Lastly, I painted the areas of the base that were't the roots, rocks, or skull, with White.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave her a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed her with Testor's Dullcote". When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and applied the a mix of snow flock, white paint, and white glue to some of the branches and the base.


     I'm really happy with how this figure turned out.  I think it has the cold, awoken-in-the-middle-of-winter look I wanted.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Dragon Tortoise: Bones II Large Figure

     This past week I painted the large Dragon Tortoise figure from the Bones II, Expansion Set 1.  In planning my color scheme for this, I Googled images of snapping turtles, and scrolled through those for a while to get an idea of what the real thing looked like.
       I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking the pieces 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 model using Gorilla superglue. When the superglue was set, I then glued the figure to a black-primed 2" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.
     I began by painting his skin with Folk Art "Barn Wood", and his shell with Model Color "USA Olive Drab".   I then made a mix of the two colors to paint his arm, leg, and tail scales, as well as the top of his head, blending it into the lower lighter part of the head.  After that, I painted the inside of his mouth with Apple Barrel "Apple Light Pink".
     Next, I painted his claws and toenails with Americana "Khaki Tan", and his teeth with Americana "Bleached Sand".   I then mixed some of the "USA Olive Drab" with some Accent "Golden Harvest", and blended the tops of his shell spikes as well as the edges of the shell, working from the base "USA Olive Drab" up to pure "Golden Harvest" on the tips and edges.
      After everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire model a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon", and then mixed a little of the "Lemon Chiffon" with some of the "USA Olive Drab", and used that to paint a cross on the eye, followed by a Black pupil.  I then highlighted his teeth with Crafter's Acrylic  "Light Antique White."
    After the teeth,  I highlighted the tongue with the base "Light Apple Pink",  and then the "Light Apple Pink" with a little White added.  Next, I highlighted the skin with a drybrushing of the base "Barn Wood", and I highlighted the shell as well as the neck, head, arm, leg and tail  scales all with a drybrushing of  the "Golden Harvest". I then highlighted the claws and toenails with some of the base  "Khaki Tan" mixed with a little Americana "Bleached Sand".  Lastly, I painted the area of base around each food with some Ceramcoat "Walnut".
    I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed him with Testor's Dullcote".



     He's not quite how I had envisioned it in my mind's eye before I started, but I'm generally happy nonetheless.  And it's always  great to get another of these large figures completed!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mudcroak, Squog Shaman: Bones 2 Figure

      This past week I worked on the Mudcroak, Squog Shaman, figure from the Bones 2 Swamp Things set.  I decided to paint him like the unit of Squogs I just did, so he can act as their general, or as the figure is intended- a magic user of some sort.  
       I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.    I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then 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 the body with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red". I then painted his loin wrap with Model Color "Brown Violet". After that, I went back and painted his hands and feet with Americana "Dove Grey".
     Next, I painted the skull helmet with Folk Art "Barn Wood", and then did his staff with Americana "Sable Brown".  After that, I painted his two pouches wth Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna, the cord around his waist with Americana "Khaki Tan", and then his teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White". .
        I then painted the wraps on his left leg, the bands on his right arm, and all the fittings and bands on his staff with Americana "Terra Cotta", and then did the sprig of seaweed(?) on his belt with Crafter's Acrylic "Citrus Green". I moved back to the staff, and painted the puffer fish with Crafter's Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin", the Star fish with Americana "Buttermilk", and the Seahorse with Folk Art "Butter Pecan". After that, I painted the star on his helmet with Folk Art "Metallic Blue Sapphire", and then went back and painted the bands on his right arm, and all the fittings and bands on his staff with Ceramcoat "Bronze".
     After everything had overnight to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I set about working on his eyes.  I decided I wanted to give him one sightless milky white eye and one regular eye; so first I painted his left eye with Accent "Real Umber", and then gave it a Black pupil.  I then painted his right eye with Folk Art Platinum Gray", and then dabbed a little White in the center.  I then dabbed some Reaper MSP "Sparkling SNow" over the eye.  After the eyes, I highlighted the skin with the base "Opaque Red", and the hands and feet with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then painted the spots on his skin with the Black, and highlighted his teeth with White.
     Next, I highlighted his loin wrap with Folk Art "Hauser Green Medium", and then highlighted the pouches with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice".  The rope around his waist I highlighted with Crafter's Edition "Taupe".   I wrapped up that area by highlighting the seaweed with the base "Citrus Green".   I then moved to the staff, highlighting the wood with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I then highlighted the puffer fish with Americana "Tangerine", the starfish with Americana "Bleached Sand", and the seahorse with the "Taupe".  I highlighted his leg wrap with Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange", and his hemet with the base "Barn Wood".  I then moved to doing the metallic highlights; highlighting the star on his helmet with Folk Art Pearl "Aqua Moire", and the parts I had painted with the bronze, using the base "Bronze".  Lastly, I painted the integral bases with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed him with Testor's Dullcote". When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and re-varnished his eyes with Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.



     I'm very happy with how he came out.  The milky eye, was a gamble, but I think it came out okay.  I'm also happy to be done with frogs for a while!  :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Squog Warrior 2: Bones 2 Figure

     This past week I worked on the second half of a unit of 10 Squogs to add to my old Poison Dart Frog Army.  I thought the Squogs would fit right in with the rest of the troops, as some sort of more tribal cousins.
      I started with the ones that came from the Bones 2 Kickstarter in the Swamp Things set, and ordered a couple more packs from Reaper to bring the total up to 10 figures.
     Last week I completed the first five Squogs, which were the version of the figure that is armed with a trident.
      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.
     My plan was to do some conversions on two of the basic models to turn one into a standard bearer and another into a unit leader.  Last week when I did the trident-armed ones I converted one into the standard bearer; this time I did the leader conversion by cutting down one of the spears and reusing the spear blade to make a sword.  I did this by by gluing the spear blade directly to the figures hand so it looked like a short sword.  I also cut his right arm at the elbow and repositioned it so it would look like it was more naturally holding a sword. Lastly, I glued on a skull helmet that I had removed from an extra Mudcroak, Squog Shaman, figure I had.
    I then glued the 5 figures (including the converted leader one, to black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a 2 tongue depressors with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue under each washer.
     My plan was to try and make them look like this kind of Strawberry Poison Dart frog like I did with the last group:
   The converted leader figure can be seen on the far right.
      I began by giving all the figures a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.  When that was dry, I painted the bodies with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red". I then painted the shell armor with Americana "Bleached Sand". After that, I went back and painted their hands and feet with Americana "Dove Grey".
       Next, I painted the grass skirts with Duncan "Olive Green", and then painted the little diaper-like bottoms they're wearing with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow".  I then painted the back side of the shields, and the spears, with Americana "Sable Brown".  After that, I painted the teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White" and the skull helmet on the leader with Folk Art "Barn Wood".
      I then painted all the straps and ties with Americana "Terra Cotta", and then I painted the heads of the spears the armbands, the dagger fittings and the leader's sword  with the "Terra Cotta" as well. After that, I painted the pouch on his left hip with Americana Mississippi Mud".   I then went back and repainted the heads of the spears the armbands, the dagger fittings and the leader's sword with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  After everything had a while to dry, I then applied a wash using Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes with Accent "Real Umber", and then gave them Black pupils.  I then highlighted the skin with the base "Opaque Red", and the hands and feet with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then painted the spots on their skin with the Black, and afterward painted their shields Black as well.  Next, I highlighted their teeth with White, and then used the White to accent some of the carved lines on each shield's face.  Then I highlighted the shell armor with the base "Bleached Sand".  After that, I highlighted their loin cloth with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and the grass skirt with Americana "Reindeer Moss Green". I then painted highlights on all the straps with Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange".   I moved to their spears next, highlighting the shafts with Americana "Khaki Tan", and the spear heads (and sword) with the base "Bronze".   Lastly, I highlighted their pouches, as well as the skull helmet, with Americana "Barn Wood", and then painted their integral bases with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
      I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Folk Art "Satin Varnish". When dry, I flocked the bases. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote". When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and painted their eyes with Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.

     And here's the whole unit of ten, including the five I did last week.  

   Coming up this week, I will be working on the last of the Bones 2 Squog figures: Mudcroak, Squog Shaman, to post next Monday.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Squog Warrior 1: Bones 2 Figure

     This past week I started working on a unit of 10 Squogs to add to my old Poison Dart Frog Army, which is made up mostly of Eureka Miniatures' Frog Warriors.  I thought the Squogs would fit right in with the rest of the troops, as some sort of more tribal cousins.
     I started with the ones that came from the Bones 2 Kickstarter in the Swamp Things set, and ordered a couple more packs from Reaper.
      I prepped these figures in the usual way; soaking it 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.
My plan was to do some conversions on two of the basic models to turn one into a standard bearer and another into a unit leader.  I began with the trident-armed ones; and took one and removed it's weapon arm, and cut off the top of the trident.   I then drilled a hole n the cut end, and glued in a section of paperclip wire to make a pole for a standard to fly from.  I then re-glued the arm to the body so the standard pole sat vertically. (See center frog in the picture below)
    I then glued the 5 trident-armed style figures (including the converted standard bear one,  to black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a 2 tongue depressors with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue under each washer.
     My plan was to try and make them look like this kind of Strawberry Poison Dart frog:
     I forgot to take a picture before I started applying paint, so we'll get right into it.  I began by giving all the figures a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.  When that was dry, I painted the bodies with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red". I then painted the shell armor with Americana "Bleached Sand". After that, I went back and painted their hands and feet with Americana "Dove Grey".
     Next, I painted the grass skirts with Duncan "Olive Green", and then painted the little diaper-like bottoms they're wearing with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow".  I then painted the turtle shell shields with Accent "Mustard Seed", and the spears and standard pole with Americana "Sable Brown".  After that, I painted the teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     I then painted all the straps and ties with Americana "Terra Cotta", and then painted the pouch on his left hip with Americana Mississippi Mud".  After that, I painted the heads of the tridents, the armbands, and the dagger fittings with Accent "Golden Harvest, and wen dry, I went back and repainted these areas with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  After everything had a while to dry, I then applied a wash using Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes with Accent "Real Umber", and then gave them Black pupils.  I then highlighted the skin with the base "Opaque Red", and the hands and feet with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then painted the spots on their skin with Black.  Next, I highlighted their teeth with White, and then highlighted the shell armor with the base "Bleached Sand".  After that, I highlighted their loin cloth with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and the grass skirt with Americana "Reindeer Moss Green". I then drybrushed the shields with Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup", and then painted highlights on all the straps wit Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange".   I moved to their trident next, highlighting the shaft with Americana "Khaki Tan", and the trident head with the base "Bronze".    Lastly, I highlighted their pouches with Americana "Barn Wood", and then painted their integral bases with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
      I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Folk Art "Satin Varnish". When dry, I flocked the bases. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote". When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and painted their eyes with Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.

     For their banner, I bought a stem of artificial flowers at the Dollar Tree and cut off one of the petals, and then poked two holes in it.  I then glued it onto the pole.
     I'm happy with how these fellows turned out.  Now I'm going to work on the next five of the second figure.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Imrijka, Iconic Inquisitor : Bones II Figure

     This past week I painted up the Imrijka, Iconic Inquisitor, figure from the Bones II Pathfinder Heroes set.   I believe this figure is supposed to represent a half-orc character, but I chose to paint it up as a half-elf female instead.  So, the first thing I did was very carefully try to slice off the fangs. What I couldn't get off with a hobby knife due to the cramped area under her hat, I hoped to disguise with paint.
     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 1" 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.  
       There was something about her outfit that read Old West Cowboy to me; so I decided I would go with that kind of earth-tone palette for this figure.
       I began painting by doing all the figure's armor with Black; then when the Black was dry, I drybrushed the armor with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then passed over the armor with a lighter drybrush of Folk Art "Silver Sterling".
      Next, I painted her skin with Americana "Shading Flesh", and then painted her pants with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown".  I then painted her bodice top with Americana "Bleached Sand", and then painted her loin cloth with Folk Art "Poppy Seed".  My next step was to paint her coat with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".
     I then painted her boot, pouch, and some of her belts with Americana "Asphaltum", and then I painted the tassel hanging along her left leg with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue".   Next, I painted her hair with Accent "Mustard Seed", and then did her hat with Americana "Mississippi Mud". After that I worked on her weaponry: painting her bow with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown", her sword's sheath with Accent "Real Umber",  her quiver with  "Sable Brown", and lastly, the top and bottom trim on her quiver and the the grip on her sword with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".  I then painted all reamining belts, straps, and cords with Americana "Terra Cotta". 
   Next, I painted the metal parts of the weapons with Americana "Zinc".  I also used this color to paint the arrow fletchings. The round clasp on her should, which I planned to make gold metal, I painted with the "Mustard Seed".  I then went back and repainted all the weapon parts I had painted with the "Zinc", (except the fletchings) this time using Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I also used this color to paint any buckles I could see.  I then I repainted the shoulder clasp, this time using Ceramcoat "Bronze".    Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash using Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.
      I then painted her eyes and lips; and then highlighted all her skin with a mix of the "Shading Flesh" and some Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".  After that, I highlighted her hair (and added eyebrows) with, first, Ceramcoat Maple Sugar Tan", and then, Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".   I then highlighted her top with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     Next, I drybrushed her hat with Americana "Khaki Tan", and then did highlghts on her jacket with Americana "Sable Brown".  After that, I highlighted her loin cloth with a mix of the base "poppy Seed" and Folk Art "Gray Green", and then I highlighted her pants with a mix of the original "Turkey Brown" and some of the "Khaki Tan".  I then did her boot highlights with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and highlighted the tassleon her left leg with Ceramcoat "Denim Blue.  I then added yellow stripes to it with Reaper MSP "Golden Glow". 
     I now worked on her belts and pouch, as well as her bow, highlighting them with Nicole's "Brown". After that, I highlighted all the leather straps and the wrist guards with Reaper MSP Pumpkin Orange". Next, I worked on the metallics. I first worked on the parts I had painted with the "Gunmetal Grey", highlighting them with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".  I then did the clasp I had painted "Bronze", highlighting it with Ceramcoat 14K Gold.
     Lastly, I painted the base with White, and then glued some dried clear crackle paint "ice" to it. 
     When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" early the next morning.  That afternoon I "snowed" the base with a mix of Citadel "Vahallan Blizzard" textured paint, and regular White paint.   The next day I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote. After the Dullcote was dry, I hit the ice with a little Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.


     I'm really happy with this figure.  I think the "Western" look came across well; and I'm particularly pleased with how her face turned out.  I have to say with me faces are a good deal of luck rather than skill.  I'm not good at painting those tiny details, but sometimes, like with this figure, my squinting stabs with paint turn out to be in just the right places. :)