Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Reaper's BONES IV Kickstarter Announced!

   For those that may have missed it, Reaper announced their new Bones Kickstaeter will be starting next month.  Exact date is yet to be released.
   Also it looks like this year they will be doing an RPG quest map theme for the stretch goal journey.
      Just like with Bones 3, going into it I feel I'll probably just pick and choose a few things, as I'm quite overwhelmed with Bones minis at the moment. :)  However, when the rubber hits the road I have a feeling I'll fail my will roll quickly, and be going in for the full Core Set.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Brain in a Jar: Bones 3 Figure

    This past week I worked on the Brain in a Jar figure from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion.  This was one of the figures that most draw me to this expansion set, as I saw uses for it in everything from Fantasy, to Victorian Sci-Fi, to Pulp, to regular Sci-Fi.
     It also reminded me very much of my own Brain-in-a-thing creation I had done several years ago with my "They Saved Hitlers Brain" project. 
     I prepped this figures in the usual way; soaking the parts 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 was first concerned that the figure's three legs might sag under its own weight, I took a black primed 2" fender washer on which I had glued a piece of card over the center hole before priming, and glued a small section of sprue from one of the clear  weapons sets to the center with a little Aleene's Tacky glue.  This would act as a support for the center of the figure.  I then glued the three legs to the washer with the Tacky glue.  I then used Gorilla superglue to glue the brain to the top piece and the clear chamber bottom to the leg piece.

     I began by painting the bottom and top all Black, and when they were dry, I drybrushed them with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  Next, I passed over the pieces with a lighter drybrush of Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".  I then noticed the bad mold line running across the top of the chamber (visible in the below photo), and so took my hobby knife and trimmed it off; then did my best to repaint the section and blend it in.
     I first painted the small circular shape behind the crosshatch on the front panel.  It looked like the mouthpiece of a speaker to me so I painted it Black and did some Americana "Neutral Grey" highlights on it.  I then painted the little light in the upper right corner of the panel with Crafter's Acrylic "Deep Red", and then added highlights with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry" and Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow".  I also used the "Holly Berry" to some reflected light effects along the edges by the little light.  Next I painted all the little ovals running around the edge of the base with Ceramcoat "Bronze", and then added Ceramcoat "14K Gold" highlights.
     Next, I painted the brain with Crafter's Acrylic Cherry Blossom Pink", and when dry gave it a thinned wash with some Iron Wind Metals "Red" ink.
     When the ink was dry,  I drybrushed the brain with some Folk Art "Milkshake".  I then painted all the cables attached to the brain with Black.  I then went back and paint the front ones with Ceramcoat "Copper, and the rest I simple added some Citadel "The Fang" highlights too.
     Next, I flipped the top over, and painted the little panels in the lights on each side with Reaper MSP Bones "Dungeon Slime".  When it was dry, I gave the lights, and a small area around the base of the lights, a wash with some thinned Iron Wind Metals "Mid Green" ink.  When it was dry, I went back and added a central highlight to each panel with, first, the "Dungeon Slime", and then a little White.  Next, I lightly drybrushed an area around the lights with Nicole's "Neon Green" to look like reflected light.
     Lastly, I painted the washer base with Americana "Neutral Grey".
      I let the parts dry overnight and the next day I gave the top of the jar, and the base of the walker a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the two pieces with Testor's Dullcote".  When the Dullcote was dry, I glued the pieces together with the clear cylinder using Gorilla Superglue.

     I'm happy with how the model looks in general, but I wish I had been more careful making sure everything was straight and aligned before doing any gluing.  The legs are a bit more wonky than I would have liked (though in all honesty getting all three legs straight while steaming and reseting would have been a miracle.  This would have been a good candidate for the stiffer grey Bones material.) , and the brain is a little tilted.  The saving grace is that when it's on the table and in a game things like that won't be really noticed.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dragon Plant: Bones 3 Figure

     This past week I finished up the Dragon Plant figure from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion set.   Since I had really liked how my Death Star Lilies had turned out,  I thought I would use a similar color scheme.  This would also give me the option of using them as a mother and babies at some point.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking the parts 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.   When dry, I assembled the figure with  Gorilla Superglue.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 2" 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 body of the plant with Americana "Forest Green".  When dry, I drybrushed it with some Crafter's Acrylic "Holiday Green", and then some Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".  I then used some of the "Wild Green" to highlight some of the tendrils on the plants appendages.
     Next, I painted the vines on the plant with Crafter's Acrylic "Citrus Green" and then painted the Leaves with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet".
     After everything had a few hours to dry, I gave the entire body a wash with Citadel "Dark Green" ink using a wet brush.  When the ink wash was dry, I went back over the tendrils with the "Wild Green", and back over the vines with the "Citrus Green".  I then drybrushed the leaves with the "Forest Green".
     I moved to the "head" and this point, painting the outside of the bloom with Americana "Margarita".  I then applied some thinned Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion" to the ribbed areas on the bloom.  When this was dry, I drybrushed over it again with the "Margarita", and then drybrushed the whole bloom with some Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon". After that, I painted the inside of the bloom, the edges of the "petals", and the base of the pistil "tongue", with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red".
     Next, I took some Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti", and blended it into the red base of the pistil, and then painted the rest of the pistil with it as well. When dry, I gave the entire pistil a wash with some Iron Wind Metals "Purple" ink using a wet brush.  While this dried, I painted the "teeth" along he edge of the petals with Americana "Bleached Sand", and then went back over them with White highlights.   When the pistil wash was dry, I went back over it and did highlights on each of the little bumps using Crafter's Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink".
     Lastly, I painted the washer base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next morning I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When that was dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".


       I can't say that I am a huge fan of this figure.   I find the pose and sculpt in general to be rather awkward and simplistic.  And, this is another one of those really hard figures to photograph, as there is no true "front".   I think it could have been executed better.  That all being said, my heart wasn't in the paint job, and while I think it turned out okay, I'm not to thrilled with it.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jurden, Half-Orc Paladin: Bones 3 Figure

     This past week I painted Jurden, Half-Orc Paladin , from the Bones 3 Heroes I Set.   A few weeks ago I had used him as one of my first test weapon-swap figures, and I thought it was about time I actually painted one of them.  In looking at this figure, there wasn't anything particularly orc-ish about it, so I decided to just paint it as a regular human.
      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 painting almost the entire figure with Black, being careful not to get any on the clear blade.   When the Black was dry, I drybrushed the figure with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then passed over it with a lighter drybrush of Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver"
      I used the Black again at that point to paint the back of the shield. I painted his head with Americana "Shading Flesh", and while that dried, I painted his tabard and the front of his shield with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Blue".  I then went back to the head and went over it with some very slightly thinned Americana "Asphaltum".
      I then painted his eyes, and did his hair Black with Americana "Zinc" and  Americana "Grey Sky" highlights. After that I did the highlights on his face with a mix of the "Shading Flesh" and the Asphaltum".  I also carefully painted the hilt of the clear sword with Black at this point.  Next, I painted his clerical stole, scabbard, and the bull's head on his shield with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry", and then highlighted his tabard and the edges of his shield with some Reaper MSP Bones "Tropical Blue".   I then went back and highlighted his stole, scabbard,  and the bull's head on his shield with Crafter's Acrylic "Christmas Red, and painted the eyes on the bull's head on his shield with White.
     Next, I painted the crown on his shield, the small bull's head-like clasp on his front armor, the ends of his stole, and the hilt of his raised sword with Accent "Golden Harvest".  Then I painted the grip of his sheathed sword, and the strap on his shield with Americana "Raw Umber". After that, I went back and re-painted the crown on his shield, the small bull's head-like clasp on his front armor, the ends of his stole, and the hilt of his sword with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I mixed some of the "Black Cherry", and some Ceramcoat "14K Gold", and tried to paint a bit of a paisley pattern on his stole.  I then used some Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold" to highlight the crown on his shield, the small bull's head-like clasp on his front armor, the ends of his stole, and the hilt of his sword.  After that, I used some of the "Metallic Silver" to go back over the figure and do some specific highlight painting on his armor.  I finished work on him by painting highlights on the sheathed sword grip, and the shield's strap using Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".
     Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish, being careful not to get any on the sword blade. When dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed him with Testor's Dullcote". Before spraying though, I taped a piece of folded paper over the sword blade to protect it from the spray paint.

    Well, I have to declare my first painted weapon-swapped figure to be a big success.   I'm really happy with the way this guy came out; and I think the crystal look of the sword was worth the extra effort it took to keep paint off it during the whole process.

Monday, June 26, 2017

War Dog: Bones 3 Figure

    This past week I finished up the War Dog from the original Bones 3 Core Set.  I had long needed a proper War Dog for my Frostgrave warbands, having pressed the Bones II wild dog into service time and time again.  So I was excited to finally get this figure and be able to paint it up.
         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 1.25" 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.
    After studying some pictures of Mastiffs online,  I began by painting the whole dog with Folk Art "Butter Pecan".  Then, while the "Butter Pecan" was still wet, I blended in some Americana "Antique White" on to his belly, rump, and the inside of his legs.  I followed this with adding some Americana "Bleached Sand" to the center of the mix.  As you can see in the picture, I started painting his harness, but realized it would be easier to drybrush his coat if the harness wasn't painted yet, so I stopped.
     After his coat was was dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed his coat with the "Bleached Sand".   Next, I painted his muzzle and eye sockets with Black, and then applied some thinned Black to the outside of his ears.
     Next, I painted the harness straps with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown".  I then drybrushed the muzzle with some Americana "Raw Umber", and then added some more detailed highlights with Americana "Neutral Grey".  I repainted the eyes Black, and gave each one a small White highlight dot.
     I went over the harness straps with a little of the "Agrax Earthshade" wash along the edges, and while that was drying I painted the armor plate, clasps, and chain with Americana "Zinc".  I then went back and highlighted the straps with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  Next, I painted over the "Zinc" with some Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and then aded highlights 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 the sand and the figure's own base with Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed the bases with some of the "Neutral Grey", and then some Americana "Dove 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".



Here he is already pressed into service in a Frostgrave game we had on Saturday.

     I'm really pleased with how this fellow turned out, though he might look a little more dopey and adorable than fierce and mighty!  :)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Death Star Lilies: Bones 3 Figures

    This past week I began work on my new Bones 3 stuff, and to start painting I chose the pair of Death Star Lilies from the Stoneskull Expansion set: something not too complex, yet colorful, and fun to work on.
     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 began by painting the bottom potions of the plants with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet".  When dry, I drybrushed the ridges and spines with Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender".  I then painted all the tentacles with Reaper MSP "Christmas Wreath".
     Next, I painted the petals, (the outside of the petals specifically on the opened lily), with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow".  I then painted the edges of the petals with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry".  After the "Holly Berry" had a while to dry, I ran some Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash down the seams between the petals on the closed lily.    When the wash was dry, I highlighted the petals with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon", and some plain "White".  I then used the White to paint all the little teeth running down the edges of the petals.  After that, I highlighted the tentacles with Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".
     I then worked on finishing the open lily.  I begn by painting the inside of the petals with Americana "Margarita".  After that, I fixed up the petal edges with the "Holly Berry", and also used this color to paint the central circle of the plant, and the pistil.  While the "Holly Berry" was still wet, I blended it with Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti" to paint the end of the pistil.
     I let everything dry for awhile, and then once again, I ran some "Agrax Earthshade" wash down the edges of the petals, and also applied some to the central circle where the bases of the petals met.    When this wash was dry, I highlighted the central circle at the base of the pistil with some Crafter's Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin", and the bumps on the pistil with some Crafter's Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink" I then highlighted the inside of the open petals with some of the "Margarita" mixed with some White.  I then painted all the little teeth along the edges of the petals with White.
    Lastly, I painted the washers with some Ceramcoat "Walnut".
    I let the figures dry overnight and the next morning I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When that was dry, I flocked their bases. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote".

     I'm quite pleased with how these plants came out.  I think they have the right blend of joyous color and sinister intent.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Some Quick and Simple Bones 3 Weapon Swaps.

     Since I got a number of the new hard plastic weapon sprues in my recent Bones 3 Kickstarter shipment,  I was eager to play with some of them and do some simple conversions on a couple of the new figures.
       As shown in my previous post I got two types of weapons sprues from the KS; a grey plastic set that came with the Core set, and a clear plastic set that was a additionally purchased add-on set.   Each of these sets came with four different sprues: The Arsenal, The Armory of Virtue, The Armory of Vice, and the Armory of Death.
All four clear sets.

A section of the Armory of Virtue.
 I began by selecting three figures that I thought would be simple ones to do conversions on; with weapon wielding hands accessibly placed on outstretched arms: Galadanoth, Elf Sniper, from the original Core Set, one of the Bandits from the Stoneskull set, and Jurden, Half-Orc Paladin from the Heroes I Set.  I also selected three weapons, a clear bow from the Arsenal Set, a hammer from the Armory of Death set, and a sword from the Armory of Virtue.
     I began by slicing off the existing weapons directly above and below the hand, trying to leave nice flat cuts perpendicular to the alignment of the hand.   I then drilled small holes through the hands with my Dremel tool.
You can see here I slipped on the archer's hand and accidentally drilled through part of it. 
    Then I used a hobby knife to make a small slice through the hand right at the end of the fingertips and base of the thumb.  You need to be extra careful to only cut though one side of the drilled hole, and not slice the whole end of the hand off.
     I then test fit the weapons into the hands to make sure the hand would close again around the grip of the weapon.  If they were too big, rather than risk drilling a larger hole, I simply filed down the handle of the weapon a little to make its diameter smaller.
      I then super glued the weapon into place, and held the hand closed until the glue set. For the archer with the missing section of hand, I tried to apply some extra superglue to fill in where the missing fingers would be.  I'll then attempt to hide the mistake with paint.
     I'm happy with how these turned out, and look forward to painting them up.   It may be a while though, as my Bones 3 painting queue is beginning to get quite extensive as I keep picking out one cool figure after another to paint "next".  :-D