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. :)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dollar Tree Paint Rack

     I had mentioned back in my after-Christmas post, that one of the things I got in my Christmas stocking was a small make-up rack from the local Dollar Tree store.  Well, I recently set it up on my painting desk, and it worked so well at holding my Reaper, and other dropper-bottle style, paints, that I went out this week and got another.  I thought I'd share them with you, as they seem like a pretty good deal for paint storage.
       Each rack holds 16 paints, and they are made of a pretty sturdy clear plastic.
 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Garrick the Bold, aka Sir Justin Forscale: A Frostgrave Conversion

     As those of you who have taken part in any of the Reaper Bones Kickstarters know, their favorite figure to use in photos to show the approximate scale of large figures compared to a normal human, is their Garrick the Bold figure.  Since the figure is always shown to compare sizes, but isn't included with what was being offered in the photo, the figure is always listed as "just in the photo for scale", and so his new name came about: Sir Justin Forscale.
    Because the figure had never actually been part of a Kickstarter, I never had had one to paint; until this past Christmas when I asked Mrs Claus to get me one, since coincidently I needed a knight figure for a new Frostgrave warband I was assembling.
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.   Then, since I planned to use the figure for Frostgrave, I wanted to make him look a little more dressed for winter.  So, I dug through my bits box and found an old Chaos warrior cape.  With a little trimming on Garrick's shoulder armor, I was able to make the cape fit nicely.  I then sprayed the cape with flat white spray paint, and super glued it onto the figure's shoulders.  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 decided I wanted to decorate his base a little before I started painting, so I glued on a bit of cork with the Tacky glue.  Then 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".
   I then painted his tabard with Americana "Wedgewood Blue", and his cape and shield with Americana "True Blue".  After that,  I painted the lining of his cape with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna", and then did the borders of his tabard, shield, and cape with Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange".
       Next,  I gave the lining of his cape a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.  I then painted the decorations on his shield, tabard, and cape with Reaper MSP "Golden Glow". I also used this color to do some freehand runic words on his shield.  I then painted his sword with Americana "Zinc", his belt with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown", and the cork rock on his base with Black.
     I started the highlighting at this point by drybrushing his cape lining with American "Shading Flesh".  Next, I did the highlights on his tabard with Reaper MSP Bones "Tropical Blue", and the highlights on his cape with a mix of Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue", and the base "True Blue".   I highlighted the decorations I had done earlier with the "Golden Glow", using Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".  Then I highlighted all the edging with a mix of the base "Pumpkin Orange", and some of the "Golden Glow".
    I then painted the sword with the "Gunmetal Grey", and then did highlights on the sword with the "Silver Sterling".  While I had the "Silver Sterling" out, I touched up the highlighting on his armor. Next, I painted his belt buckle, the cape clips, and the disc on his sword with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I then went back and highlighted these with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".
     Lastly, I drybrushed the cork, with first Folk Art "Medium Grey", followed by Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and lastly Americana "Dove Grey".  I finished by painting the rest of base White.
     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.

     I am very happy with how this knight turned out.  I really enjoyed painting him as he was a nice simple old-school style figure without a lot of extra bits and bobs sculpted all over him.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Barrow Rats: Bones II Figures

     Happy 2017, everybody!  Over the holiday week, in between Christmas and New Year's activities, I painted up the Barrow Rats figures from the Bones II Core Set.
     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.  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 began by giving the figures a wash with heavily thinned Reaper "Grey Liner" using a wet brush.
      I hadn't really paid attentions to these figures as I was prepping them, and while I knew they were covered in pustules, I didn't realize that they were mostly hairless.  So, I started off painting them all Black, assuming I was just going to drybrush the fur.  Then, as I was brushing on the Black, it quickly became evident that there was no hair texture sculpted all over them.  Ooops!  So I reset, and started again by repainting what I thought was the skin with Folk Art "Almond Parfait".
 After I repainted both rats with the "Almond Parfait",  and let them dry awhile;  I gave them both a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.
 Next, I repainted some of the splotchy hair areas with Black, and then highlighted the Black with a drybrush of Americana "Neutral Grey".   Next, I painted the pustules with Americana "Burgundy Wine", and then went back and added a little highlight dot to most of the bigger pustules with Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti".
    I then took some Iron Wind Metals "Red" Ink, and applied light washes with the ink, using a wet brush, anywhere where there was a concentration of the pustules.   After that, when the ink was dry, I highlighted the skin with Folk Art "Milkshake".  Next, I painted the teeth with Accent "Golden Harvest", and the claws with Folk Art "Gray Green".  I painted the eyes with Black, and then went over them again with a bit of thinned Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".   Lastly, I painted the bases with the "Neutral Grey".

     Even though I'm really happy with how this pair turned out,  I have to say that they're probably two of the most disgusting figures I've ever painted. :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Santa Bones!

   Mrs Claus was very generous in the gaming department this year!  I got the new Reaper Holiday Edition Paint Set, the Limited Edition Pack Reindeer, Garrick the Bold (aka Sir Forscale), a Charnal Grub, and the 12-Days of Reaper "Santa's Helpers" figures.  Also got a bottle of Citadel "Vahallan Blizzard" texture paint to try on my Frostgrave bases, one of the Walmart cheap 28mm train sets, and a Dollar Tree make-up rack to hold my growing collection of Reaper Paints.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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

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




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

Monday, December 5, 2016

Just a Little Bit Longer Now...

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