Thursday, September 29, 2016

Snakeman Warrior: Figure 249 of 266

     This week I painted up the Snakeman Warrior from the Swamp Things 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" 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 forgot to take a picture before I started applying paint, so here is the stock one from the Reaper website.
     I began by painting the scales with Nicole's "Brown", and the underbelly and arms with Americana "Sable Brown".
     Next, I painted some large oval blotches running down its back, and some smaller ones running down the sides, using Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", Then I painted edges around the large blotches using Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red".  After that, I painted the leather harness and straps as well as the large pouch on its back with Citadel "Snakebite Leather".  Then I painted his armor, wrist braces, buckles, sword hilts and bow fittings, all with Accent Mustard Seed".
     I followed that with painting the main part of his quiver with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna", and the top part with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  Next, I painted his bow with Folk Art "Gray Green", and then painted the grip with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown".  I painted the arrow shafts with Crfater's Edition "Taupe, and the fletchings with Americana "Buttermilk".
     Next, I re-painted all the armor, wrist braces, buckles, sword hilts, and bow fittings with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I let everything dry for a while, and then came back and applied a wash of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush".   When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and then gave them Black slit pupils.  I then highlighted his underbelly scales with Americana "Khaki Tan".
     I then did a little highlighting of his head using the "Sable Brown" and did highlights on all the leather parts using a mix of the base "Snakebite Leather" and Ceramcoat "Maple Syrup Tan".  Next, I highlighted the body of his quiver with Americana "Georgia Clay", and the top part with the "Taupe".  I highlighted the fletchings with Americana "Bleached Sand", and the bow with the base "Gray Green".  Next, I painted the sword blades with Americana "Zinc".   I then highlighted all the "Bronze" areas with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".  I then went back and painted the sword blades with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", followed with highlights using Folk Art "Silver Sterling".
   I then worked on painting the gem in his left wrist guard.  I first painted it with Crafter's Acrylic "Christmas Red", and then did a shadow area with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".  I then did a little highlight area with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red" followed with some White highlights.  Lastly, I painted his integral base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
           I let the figure dry over night and the next day I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish". When dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

     I like how the figure came out.  He got a little bit of a rush treatment, as I was short of time this week; but I think he still looks good for tabletop use.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Marsh Troll: Figure 248 of 266

     This past week I started the Swamp Things set and painted the Marsh Troll figure.
      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.  I then glued the troll to a 2" black-primed fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.  The 2" washer was big enough to just hand hold, so I didn't glue it to a tongue depressor.
     I began by painting his belly and the underside of chin, legs and arms with Americana "Bleached Sand".  I then painted the rest of his skin with Nicole's "Brown", and the scales on his back, arms and legs with Apple Barrel "Apple Black Green".    Next, I painted his rear loin cloth fur with Americana "Asphaltum, and the front loin cloth with Americana "Zinc".  On the back one, I painted the part that was folded down using Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I painted his pouch with Americana "Terra Cotta", and the shrunken head or skull (whatever it is) with Folk Art "Butter Pecan". The cord around his waist I painted with Folk Art "Gray Green".  I followed that with painting his club with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
          I then used the "Gray Green" again to paint the cord on the club. After that I painted his wrist wraps with Folk Art Barn Wood", and then did his teeth with Americana "Buttermilk".  I then painted his claws with Apple Barrel "Rock Grey".
   Next, I painted his front loin cloth to look like fish scales by using some  Folk Art Pearl "Aqua Moire".  I then let everything dry for a while and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash using a wet brush.   When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     Next, I highlighted his skin with Americana "Sable Brown", and then highlighted his underbelly with the base "Bleached Sand". I then drybrushed his scales with Duncan "Olive Green".   After that, I drybrushed his fur loincloth with Americana "Khaki Tan", and then used that color to highlight the edges of the underside flap that hangs over the top.  I then moved around to the front and highlighted the overhang flap on the top of the fish scales with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  While doing that, I noticed that there was a bag tucked into his belt at the corner of the fish scale flap, so I took a moment and pointed hit with Accent "Golden Harvest" and then highlighted it with the "Butter Pecan".  I also highlighted the other pouch with the base "Terra Cotta, and the Skull/shrunken head with the "Khaki Tan".  The wrist wraps I highlighted with the base "Barn Wood", and his claws I highlighted with the base "Rock Grey".
     I then moved to the club and carefully drybrushed the tips of the thorn spikes with Black.  Then as carefully as I could I tried to drybrush the base wood of the club with some of the "Barn Wood" color.  I then highlighted the cord wrapped around the club, as well as the cord at his waist with the base "Gray Green".   I finished up by drybrushing the fish scales with Folk Art "Silver Sterling",  then I painted his integral base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
           I let the figure dry over night and the next day I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish". When dry, I flocked the base then glued on a small stick and some grass tufts. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".    



    I'm happy with how this big fella came out.  He won't win any contests, as it was a busy week and I ended up cutting some corners; but for the most part I think he is a very serviceable tabletop figure.

Figure 248 of 266: Complete

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Kyra, Iconic Cleric: Figure 247 of 266

     This week I also painted Kyra, Iconic Cleric, from the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set.  The painting of her completes that set.  It now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
      She looked to me to be suitably clothed for adventures in a cold environment, so since I am short on Templar type figures for Frostgrave, I decided to paint her as such a figure for my Frostgrave collection.   She would have also made a good Thaumaturge wizard or apprentice; but since I already had a set of those in my collection, I chose to stick with the Templar plan.
     Unfortunately, this is one of the figures from the Bones I Kickstarter that ended up with nose issues. For gaming purposes this doesn't bother me too much, and I crossed my fingers and hoped a nice heavily highlighted nose paint job would hide the fact that she barely had one.
     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 giving the figure a wash with Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better.   When that was dry, I painted all the chainmail Black.   When that was dry, I drybrushed the chainmail with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  Next, I painted her face and hands with Accent "Mustard Seed".  Then I painted her long sleeves with Aleene's "Deep Khaki", and the one odd short sleeve on her right arm with  Americana "Terra Cotta".
     Next, I painted her robes, pants, and turban with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".   I then painted her short sleeves, sash, and head scarf with Crafter's Acrylic "Christmas Red" and her scabbard with Apple Barrel "Apple Maroon".   After that, I painted her shoes, pouches, and belt with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna".  I then painted everything I planned to paint gold with a base coat of Accent "Golden Harvest".
     When the "Golden Harvest" was dry, I painted over it with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I also painted the sword blade with the "Gunmetal Grey".  I let those dry for a while, and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I painted her eyes, and then highlighted her skin with a mix of the "Mustard Seed", and Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh". I then highlighted her short sleeves, sash, and head scarf with Americana "Cadmium Red".
     Next, I highlighted her robes, pants, and turban with White. I then highlighted the scabbard with Ceramcoat "Bright Red", and her shoes, belt and pouches with some of the "Burnt Sienna" mixed with some White.   After that I highlighted all the parts I had painted with the "Bronze" using Ceramcoat "14K Gold".  I then highlighted her sword blade, and the chainmail with some Folk Art "Silver Sterling".  Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with White.
    When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" early the next morning.  Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics "Snow" flock and the next day I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote.
     I like how she turned out.   You can still tell the nose isn't quite right, but I think the rest of her makes up for it.  And on the tabletop, who will notice?

Figure 247 of 266: Complete

Monday, September 19, 2016

Lem, Iconic Bard: Figure 246 of 266

     Over the weekend I finished up Lem, Iconic Bard, from the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set. I'm happy to say that completing this figure marks the 20 figures remaining point of my goal. It also means just one figure remaining in the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures 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" 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 Reaper "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better.   When that was dry, I painted all his skin with Americana "Mocha".  Next, I painted his pants with Americana "Sable Brown", and then painted his shirt with Americana "Dove Grey", and his coat with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".
      Next, I painted the lining and facings on his coat with Accent "Golden Harvest", and then painted his sash with Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion". After that I painted his large pouch with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown", and the smaller pouch next to it with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna".  I also painted the knife handle with Accent "Raw Umber". and his bandaged hand with Americana "Bleached Sand".   At that point I realized he had bare feet, and I painted those with the "Mocha".
            I pulled out the "Purple Passion" again and gave him spats that matched his sash; then I painted his hair with Folk Art "Dark Brown".  Next, I painted the knife blade and flute with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".   I then hit his necklace with some Ceramcoat "Bronze".    Then, after everything had a while to dry, I experimented with giving the figure a wash again with the "Brown Liner" applied with a wet brush, instead of my usual Citadel "Agrax Earthshade".    I wasn't very happy with how it dried, as it ended up making the figure look really dirty.
    Next, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with the base "Mocha"; and followed up by highlighting his hair with  the "Sable Brown".  I then highlighted his shirt with White, and his coat with a mix of Americana "Burgundy Wine" and Crafters Acrylic "Tutti Frutti".  Then I highlighted his pants and large pouch with Americana "Khaki Tan", and his jacket lining and facings with Apple Barrel "Yellow".  After that I did his sash and spats with Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender" and then did his bandaged hand with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  Lastly, I highlighted his flute and knife blade with the Silver Sterling", then painted his integral base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
           I let the figure dry over night and the next day I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" and, when dry, flocked the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

     Well, he's not my best or favorite figure, but he's serviceable for gaming purposes.  It's such an odd little figure, it will be interesting to see if I ever have cause to use him in a game.

Figure 246 of 266: Complete

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ezren, Iconic Wizard: Figure 245 of 266

   This week I painted up Ezren, Icon Wizard, from the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set.   Like Monday's figure, which I decided to turn into a Fire-themed Elementalist, this one I felt would serve as a good Elementalist too, but an Air-themed one.  He just had a very wind blown look about him, and I thought I could accent that by painting some wind designs on his clothing.
 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 giving the entire figure a wash with Reaper MSP "Blue Liner" using a wet brush.  When the Liner was dry, I painted his face and hands with Folk Art "Dark Brown".  I then painted his long sleeve under shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue", and then the short sleeve under shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue". Next, I painted the top tunic with Folk Art Cloudy Day".
     I then painted his boots, wrist guards, and crossbow bolt pouch with Americana "Zinc".  Next, I painted his leather armor pieces with Americana "Wedgewood Blue", and then the border of his tunic with Americana "True Blue". I followed that by painting his hair with Americana "Dove Grey".
     Next, I painted his staff with Folk Art "Barn Wood"; and then did the tubular case on his left, and the small pouch on his right with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  I also painted the cross bow with Americana "Asphaltum", and the bolts and the crossbow string with Americana "Khaki Tan".   I painted some of the dangles from his belt with Folk Art "Metallic Blue Sapphire", and the then went back and repainted the sleeves of the long sleeve under shirt with Folk Art Pearl "Aqua Moire". I also overpainted the border of the tunic with Folk Art Extreme Glitter "Hologram".
     After 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 painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with a mix of the "Dark Brown", and Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".
   I then highlighted the hair with White and then moved to highlighting his long sleeved shirt with the base "Aqua Moire", and the short sleeve shirt with the "True Blue".  Next, I highlighted his tunic with some of the base "Cloudy Day" mixed with some White.  After that, I used the White to paint various spiral wind symbols on his tunic.   I then highlighted his staff by drybrushing it with the base "Barn Wood".
Next, I painted all the belts and unpainted pouches with Black, and when dry, I highlighted them with Ctadel "The Fang".   After that, I highlighted his leather armor with some of the base W'edgewood Blue" mixed with a bit of the "Cool Blue", and then highlighted his boots, bolt pouch, and wrist guards with some of the "Storm Cloud Grey".  I highlighted the tube thing, and the the large pouch with some of the "Dove Grey", and the crossbow bolts with the base "Khaki Tan".  Next, I highlighted the sleeve and bottom borders of his tunic with some of the base "True Blue" mixed with some of the "Cool Blue".  When that was dry, I went back over it with some of the "Hologram" glitter paint.  I then painted the ends of the tube thing, the fittings on the crossbow, and the beer stein-looking object at his side with Ceramcoat "Metallic Pewter", and then highlighted these parts with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".   Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with White.
    When everything had overnight to dry, I glued a couple pieces of light blue sea glass to his base.  After the glue dried, I drybrushed the glass lightly with White, and then gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".  The next day, I flocked the base with Woodland Scenics "Snow" flock and the next day I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote.   When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and repainted the sea glass with Americana "DuraClear Gloss".

     I'm really happy how he turned out.  My hope was that he would read as "Air", and not as "Water". It was a risk with using so much blue; however I think it comes across as "Air" enough, so I'm satisfied.    Here are the two Elementalist together: Fire and Air.



Figure 245 of 266: Complete

Monday, September 12, 2016

Seltyiel, Iconic Magus: Figure 244 of 266

  Over the weekend I finished up the first of the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set: Seltyiel, Iconic Magus.  I've slowly been trying to create a Wizard and Apprentice pair for each of the 10 schools of magic from the Frostgrave core rulebook, and one of the ones I haven't done yet is the Elementalist type.   I thought this guy might make a good fire-based Elementalist, so decided to go that direction with my painting.
         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 giving the entire figure a wash with Reaper MSP "Brown Liner" using a wet brush.
   When the Liner wash was dry, I began painting by doing his skin with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".   Next, I painted his coat with Americana "Asphaltum", and then painted the lining with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice".
     I then painted his waist hanging with Apple Barrel "Yellow", and then ll his armor bits with Citadel "Snakebite Leather".  Next, I painted his sash with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red"; and then did his dagger scabbard, side scabbard, pouch, and bottle holder all with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna".  I then painted the scabbard around back with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry", and his boots and weapon grips with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
     Next, I painted his hair with Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup", and then painted the bottle at his waist with Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion".  I then painted all the little studs and buckles, the hilt of the sword, and the fittings on the scabbards, all with Accent "Mustard Seed".  I then went back and repainted all these with Ceramcoat "Bronze".
     After 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 painted his eyes; and then highlighted his skin with the base "Flesh", and then mixed in a little Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White" to do lighter highlights.    I then highlighted his hair with Americana "Buttermilk", and then used a little of the "Light Antique White".  After that, I highlighted his coat with a mix of Folk Art "Barn Wood" and the original "Asphaltum".
     Next, I highlighted the coat's lining with a mix of the base Orange Spice", and some Crafter;s Acrylic "Pure Pumpkin".  I then highlighted all the leather armor using a mix of the base "Snakebite Leather", and some of the Apple Maple Syrup" I had used on the hair.  I highlighted the sash with Americana "Cadmium Red", and the waist hanging with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow". Then I highlighted the little bottle with a mix of the base "purple Passion", and some Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender".    Next, I began work on the flaming bird spell effect in his hand by painting his hand and the bottom of the bird with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".  I tried to feather it down his forearm a little.
     Next, I used some of the "Daffodil Yellow" working out from the "Lemon Chiffon", both up the body of the bird, and along the edges of the "Lemon Chiffon" on his forearm. After that I used some of the "Yellow", working up the body of the bird and out across the underside of his wings; and then Americana "Tangerine", and then the "Orange Spice".  I followed this with some of the "Cadmium Red", and lastly along the tips of the wings and tops of the birds horns, some Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".  I then went back and added highlights to his fingers with plain "White".
      I then painted his sword blade with Americana "Zinc".  After that I went back and added highlights to the parts I had painted with the "Bronze", using Ceramcoat "14K Gold". And I followed up that by painting the sword blade with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then highlighted the blade with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".   Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with White.
    When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" early the next morning.  Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics "Snow" flock and the next day I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote.

     I'm pleased with how he turned out, especially the flaming bird spell effect.

Figure 244 of 266: Complete

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Damien, Hellborn Wizard: Figure 243 of 266

     This week I also painted Damien, Hellborn Wizard from the Dark Heroes set, which completes that set.  It now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
     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 Reaper "Blue Liner" using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better.   When that was dry, I painted all his skin with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet".  Next, I painted his pants with Crafter's Acrylic Cinnamon Brown, and then painted his coat with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red".
     Next, I painted his boots, coat interior, shoulders, and lapels, hair, belts and pouches, and what appear to be shirt cuffs? all with Black.  I then painted his staff with Folk Art "Gray Green", and the rock on top with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".   After that, I painted his coat cuff strips, necklaces, buttons, and buckles all with Accent "Mustard Seed".  I then painted his horns with Folk Art "Cloudy Day".
        I went back and repainted his coat cuff stripes, necklaces, buttons, and buckles all with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  After that 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 painted his eyes, using the "Black Cherry" for the pupils, and then highlighted his skin with a mix of the African Violet and Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender".  
     Next, I highlighted his coat with the base "Opaque Red", and then highlighted his pants with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown".  I drybrushed his boots, coat lapels, and shoulder pads, all with Americana "Zinc", and then highlighted his hair with Citadel "The Fang".  I then highlighted his staff by drybrushing it with the base "Gray Green", and then highlighted the rock with some Americana "Cranberry Wine".  I then highlighted his horns with some of the base "Cloudy Day" mixed with a little Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".   After that I highlighted his coat cuff stripes, necklaces, buttons, and buckles all with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".  Lastly, I painted his base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
     I let the figure dry over night and the next day I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" and, when dry, flocked the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

I'm happy with how the figure turned out.  I tried going with some bold color choices and in the end I think they worked.
     Next up I'll be starting the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set.

Figure 243 of 266: Complete