Monday, September 16, 2019

Pig Cart: Bones 4 Figure

     This past week I painted the Pig Cart set from the Bones 4 Core Set.   This was another one of my favorites from Bones 4.
     I prepped the 2 pieces 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 pig to a 1.5" to a black-primed 1" fender washer, and the cart to a 1.5" fender washer, both with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then placed the pig figure in my painting grip, and attached the cart to a pill bottle with a little blue-tac.

     I began by painting the pig a mix of Apple Barrel "Apple Flesh" and "Apple Lt Pink".  I then painted the hooves with Americana "Asphaltum".
     Next, I gave the pig a coat of Citadel"Reikland Fleshshade" wash.   Then, when the wash was dry, I drybrushed the pig with, first, some Folk Art "Milkshake", and then some Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  After that, I highlighted the hooves with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and painted the nose and undersides of the ears with Crafter's Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink".   I wrapped the pig up by painting his eyes and nose holes with Ceramcoat "Black".  Then, lastly, I painted the entire base with "Americana "Mississippi Mud".

     Next, I got to work on the cart.   I first painted the cart with Reaper MSP Bones "Tropical Blue".  After that, I painted the wheel rims, harness fittings, and chain with Reaper MSP "Scorched Metal", and then did the harness strap with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna".
     I then worked on the harvest load in the back of the cart; painting some of the pumpkins with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice", and some with Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange".  Next, I painted the apples with Americana "Cranberry Wine", and what looked like yams to me with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I then painted the big squash with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow", the pumpkin stems with Duncan "Olive Green", and some leaves here and there with Americana "Forest Green".
     Next, I painted the log side pieces, and the corner pieces with Americana "Grey Sky". Then I did a little floral border pattern along the top of the front and back of the cart, and in the corners of the two sides.  I allowed all the paint time to dry, and then I gave the fruits and veggies in the cart a coat of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  Then, when that wash was dry, I gave the rest of the cart a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.
     When the washes were dry, I highlighted the blue parts of the cart with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue".  I then highlighted the logs and corner pieces with Americana "Snow White", and the leather harness with some of the "Orange Spice".  After that, I highlighted the chain, wheel rims,  and metal fittings with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".
    Next, I worked on highlighting the fruit; using Crafter's Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin" for some of the pumpkins, and Americana "Tangerine" for the others.  I then highlighted the apples with a mix of the base "Cranberry Wine", an a little Crafter's Acrylic ""Tutti Frutti".  I also tried mixing in a little Americana "Margarita" with some of them to give them a some yellow-greenish areas.  The yams were highlighted with Folk Art "Butter Pecan, and the big Yellow squash with the base "Bright Yellow".  I then highlighted the pumpkin stems with Americana "Olive Green".  Lastly, I painted the entire base with "Americana "Mississippi Mud".
      I let the pig and cart dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to apply a sand mixture onto their bases.  When that was dry, I gae the sand a little drybrushing with Americana 'Bleached Sand".   Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the pieces with Testor's "Dullcote".



     I'm really pleased with this little set.  While I've seen a number of carts done in plain wood, I like the look of it painted up with a little decoration on it.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Terror Fish: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

     This past week I painted theTerror Fish, from the Bones 4 Dreadmere Expansion.
     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 thought the figure reminded me a bit of those deep sea fish that have the little illuminated antenna that hover over their head to attract prey; so I set about modifying the figure to resemble one of those.  First, I sliced off one of the spikes on its head.  I then drilled a little hole where the spike was, and inserted a a short bit of translucent plastic string I had; gluing it in place with superglue.
     I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued it to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmers glue.
     For fun I thought I'd base the color scheme off of the Dory character from the animated movie "Finding Nemo".  Dory is based on a real fish called a Royal Blue Tang.
      I began by painting the body of the fish with Americana 'True Blue".  I then painted markings on the body as close as I could to those that appear on Dory, and I painted the eyes, with Ceramcoat "Black".   When all the paint was dry, I gave the painted areas a wash with Citadel Nuln Oil wash.
     Next, I painted his tail fin and side spikes with Accent "Golden Harvest".  After that, I painted the inside of his mouth with Apple Barrel "Apple Lt. Pink", and his teeth with with Americana "Bleached Sand".
     I then painted the tip of his antenna with Tamiya "Clear Yellow", and then gave the inside of his mouth a coat of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  After that, I gave his teeth, tail, and side fins a coat of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash", and then painted the rim of his eyes with Americana "Grey Sky".
     Next, I highlighted his body with Reaper MSP Bones 'Tropical Blue", and highlighted his tail and side spikes with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow".  After that, I highlighted his feet and his black markings with Citadel "The Fang", mixed with some of the base "Black"; and then highlighted his teeth with Crafters Acrylic "Light Antique White".   I also highlighted his antenna dot with some of the "Bright Yellow" with a dot of Americana "Snow White".  I also used this white to add eye highlight dots.   Lastly, I painted the entire base with "Americana "Mississippi Mud".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".   When the "Dullcote" was dry, I went back and hit its eyes, the light dot on his antenna,  and this teeth with a little Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.


     I'm really happy with how killer Dory came out. :)   I like the addition of the light antenna, and I think the color scheme is kind of fun.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Razormouth: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

   This past week I painted the Razormouth figure from the Bones 4 Dreadmere Expansion.
   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 him to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmers glue.
     I forgot to take a photo of it before I began so grabbed this one from the Reaper website.

     I began by painting the body with Folk Art "Hauser Green Medium".   I then painted the spines with Americana "Wedgewood Blue", and the inside of the mouth with Crafter's Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink".  After that, I did the teeth with Americana Bleached Sand".
      Next, I painted the claws with Aleene's "Deep Khaki, and then did the scales with Folk Art Color Shift "Green Flash".
     I let everything dry for a while, and then gave the inside of the mouth a coat of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  When that was dry, I gave the rest of the figure a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  Then after the washes were dry, I painted the very deepest part of the mouth with Ceramcoat "Black".
     Next, I painted the eye using Accent "Golden Harvest", and gave it a "Black" pupil.  I then highlighted the body with the base "Hauser Green Medium", mixed with a little Americana "Jade Green", and highlighted the spines with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue".   After that, I highlighted the claws with Aleene's "Dusty Khaki", and his teeth with, first, Crafter's Acrylic Light Antique White", and then some Americana "Snow White". Following that, I did his scales with the base 'Green Flash", and then did the inside of his mouth with the base "Cherry Blossom Pink".   Lastly, I painted the entire base with "Americana "Mississippi Mud".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".   When the "Dullcote" was dry, I went back and hit its eyes and the inside of his mouth with a little Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.



   I'm really happy with how this guy came out.  he may ned to appear in the Ghost Archipelago...

Monday, August 26, 2019

Dreadmere Townsfolk, Crone: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

   This past week I painted the Dreadmere Townsfolk, Crone, from the Bones 4 Dreadmere Expansion.
    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 her to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmers glue.
     I began by painting the face, arms, and legs with an unnamed Reaper MSP Sample Paint. (Christened "Valkyrie Cheekbone" on the Facebook page.)  I then painted the skirt with Folk Art "Poppy Seed", and the blouse with Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup".  After that, I painted the shoes with Reaper MSP HD "Umber Brown".
      Next, I painted her pouch with Americana "Asphaltum", and her walking stick with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  While I had this color out, I also used it to paint the entire base. After that I painted her scarf with Americana "Zinc".  I let the figure dry for a while, and then gave the whole thing a coat of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash. 
     When the wash was dry, I painted her eyes, and then applied a little Citadel "Reikland FLeshshade" wash to her lips.  I then highlighted her skin with some of the Sample Paint, mixed with some Ceramcoat "White" and added some eyebrows with Americana "NeutralGrey".  After that, I highlighted her blouse with Apple Barrel  "Lemon Chiffon", and highlghted her skirt with Folk Art "Dapple Grey".
     Next, I highlighted the scarf with some Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and used some of the "Mississippi Mud" to highlight her shoes.  I then highlighted her pouch with Nicole's "Brown", and her walking stick with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".


     This  is a nice simple figure with a lot of character, and was a nice simple one to paint.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dreadmere Cart: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

     This past week I painted the Dreadmere Cart from the Bones 4 Dreadmere Expansion.
     I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking the parts in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying them.  When dry, I glued the wheels to tha axle so that the card would still be able to rotate on it.  I then superglued the Crate and Barrel to an unprimed 1"x1.5" steel base, and glues the cart to a 2" x 2" grey-primed steel base using  Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the cart to a tongue depressor using a couple drops of Elmer's glue, and stuck the crate and barel piece to some bluetack on a pill bottle.
     I began by painting the cart with Reaper MSP HD "Golden Brown".  I then painted the rope with Folk Art "Barn Wood", and the metal work on the wheels with Reaper MSP "Scorched Metal".
      Then, when everything was dry, I gave the entire cart a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthsahde" wash.
     When the wash was dry, I highlighted the wood by drybrushing it with Folk Art "Butter Pecan". I then highlighted the rope with Americana "Bleached Sand", and highlighted the metal parts of the wheels by carefully drybrushing them with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".   Lastly, I painted the entire base with "Americana "Mississippi Mud".
       I let the cart 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 apply a sand mixture onto the base.  When that was dry, I used white glue again to flock the edges of the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".


     Next, I worked on the crate and barrel.  The first thing I did was paint the steel base with some Americana "Metal Primer".
     I then painted the crate with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and the barrel with Americana "Light Cinnamon". After that,  I painted the bands on the barrel with the "Gunmetal Grey", and then did the base with the "Golden Brown".
     Then, when everything was dry, I gave the entire assembly a wash with the"Agrax Earthsahde" wash.
     When the piece was dry, I drybrushed the crate with Americana "Fawn", and the barrel with Americana "Sable Brown".  I then added some grain on the base with the "Butter Pecan".
      I let the crate and barrel assembly dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".

    Very pleased with how this set turned out.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Land Terrapin: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

   This past week I painted the Land Terrapin figure from the Bones 4 Dreadmere Epxansion set. Perviously, I painted the Terrapin Driver, so now I can put the set together.
      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 it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  I then glued on the pack portion onto the terrapin's back with Gorillas superglue.  Then, I glued the figure to a black-primed 2" fender washer with the superglue, and when dry, glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer's glue.
     The original model, comes with a lantern on a pole; in fact the same lantern that's included with Bufo the toad/frog man.   There was something about the lantern I didn't like (perhaps the corner cutting that led to them using an already sculpted lantern and not do a new one.  It also just seemed like an extraneous bit, unless you assumed he was traveling at night; a situation I never envisioned using him in.), but, whatever it was, I decided I didn't want to include it on my terrapin. So instead of a lantern, I grabbed a sword from my bits box and, with some superglue, stuck that down in the hole where the lantern went.
     I began by painting the shell with Accent "Paynes Grey", and the head, feet and tail with Vallejo Model Color "USA Olive Drab"
     I then highlighted the shell with, first, Ceramcoat "Denim Blue", and then with "Apple Barrel "Apple Scotch Blue". 
      Next, I gave the head, feet, and tail  a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  Then, when the wash was dry, I then highlighted the heat, feet, and tail with, first, Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and then Folk Art "Butter Pecan".  Next, I painted the saddle and pack structure with Reaper MSP HD "Golden Brown".
      I then painted the saddle upholstery with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna", and then painted the leather parts of the saddle pistol holster with Accent "Real Umber", and the metal parts with Americana "Zinc".  I then painted the pistol stock with Americana "Light Cinnamon".  After that, I began painting the objects on the pack.  I was going to use so many different colors here, I didn't bother to keep track.
     I finished painting all the items on the pack, and then painted everything that looked like a tie-down rope with Americana "Fawn", and everything that looked like a strap with Ceramcoat "Raw Sienna".   I then did the metal parts with Americana "Zinc", followed by repainting them with Folk Art Metallics "Gun Metal Grey"
     Next, I painted the pommel decoration, as well as the studs along the back of the saddle with Folk Art "Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze".    Then, after everything dried for a while, I gave the entire saddle and pack load a coat of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  
     When the wash was dry, I highlighted the saddle and pack frame with the "Butter Pecan", and the upholstery with Crafter's acrylic "Orange Spice".  I then highlighted all the bits on the pack.
     Next, I highlighted the metal bits, using Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver" for the "Gun Metal" parts, and Ceramcoat "14K Gold" for the "Brushed Bronze" parts.  Lastly, I painted the entire base with "Americana "Mississippi Mud".
       I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote".   When the "Dullcote" was dry, I went back and hit its eyes with a little Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.  



And here's the pair together.

     I'm really happy with the terrapin, and with how the two look together.  And I think the sword looks good as a replacement for the lantern, positioned as it is beside the shields.