Monday, January 13, 2020

Serena, Dreadmere Rogue: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

   This past week I painted Serena, Dreadmere Rogue, 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 placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by painting her face with Reaper MSP "Olive Skin", and then painted her arms and legs with Reaper MSP "Coal Black".  After that I painted her cape and hood with Accent "Midnight Blue".
     Next, I painted her tabard, gloves, and the blades of her weapons with Americana "Zinc".  I then painted her boots, belt, pouch, and the grips of her weapons with Ceramcoat "Black".  After that, I painted the little bags on her belt with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and then did some borders on her tabard with Reaper MSP "Fresh Blood".   I then did the rock she has her left foot on with Americana "Neutral Grey", and splotched it with a little Folk Art "Dapple Gray".
      I finished the base coating by painting the weapon blades with Folk Art  Metallics "Gunmetal Grey.  Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave her face 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".  When the washes were dry, I painted her eyes, and then highlighted her face with Reaper MSP "Olive Highlight".
     Next, I highlighted her sleeves and legs with Citadel "The Fang", and highlighted her tabard and gloves with a mix of the base "Zinc" and some Americana "Grey Sky".  I then highlighted her cape with Americana "Wedgewood Blue", and highlighted the borders on her tabard with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry".
I finished up the highlights by doing her boots, belt, pouch, and grips with Folk Art "Medium Grey", and then the little bags on her belt with Americana "Mississippi Mud". I then highlighted her blades with Citadel "Mithril Silver".  Lastly, I painted the entire base with the "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".


     I'm really happy with this one.  The face and eyes, being mostly covered, were a challenge; but in the end I think they turned out ok.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Sophie the Sage Christmas Ornament Project: Bones 3 Figure

     Happy New Year everyone!  Sorry for the brief hiatus, but the holidays turned out to be crazy busy.  Anyway, I'm back at it now, and wanted to show off a project I did over the month of December: a Christmas ornament based on the Sophie the Sage figure from the Bones 3 Core Set.
     I had actually started planning this project in the Fall of 2018, but events overtook my time, and it never moved past the planning and thinking stage, as well as purchasing the ornament I wanted to use.  This year however I was determined to get it done in time for Christmas to give as a gift to my wife, who is an avid reader and book enthusiast.
      My plan was to make a scene of a wizard reading in her chamber, with books, etc. piled around the place.  I started with the Sophie figure and a circular plaster dungeon terrain piece I had.  I had assembled the figure without the wings, as I wanted the figure to just be a human, and not a succubus.
      I quickly realized I'd need some walls for a backdrop; which I constructed out of cork scraps, and added some window frames made from coffee stirrers.  I then cut the figure off her base, and drilled a hole in the bottom of her gown, and a corresponding hole into the plaster disc.  Next, I superglued a length of paperclip wire into the figure.  After that, I used some greenstuff to fill the slot in her back where the wings were supposed to go.
I framed up the walls using more bits of coffee stirrers and some balsa wood.   When I was satisfied, I glued it to the plaster base with Aleene's Tacky glue.
      I had of course washed the figure  before I had started assembly; 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.  And I had used Gorilla Superglue Gel to assemble the two parts.   It was now time to begin the painting.
      I began by painting her skin with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin", and her dress with Reaper MSP "Christmas Wreath".  I then painted her staff with Americana "Light Cinnamon", and the book cover with Pathfinder MSP "Urgathoa Red"
      Next, I painted her hair with Americana "Asphaltum, and her belt and pouches with Accent "Real Umber".  After that, I painted the book pages with Americana "Bleached Sand", and the top of her staff with Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".
     I then painted the wands in her wand case an assortment of browns, and the book mark with some Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow".  After that, I painted her jewelry and the corners of the book with Folk Art "Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze", and then let the figure dry for a while.  When I resumed working on the figure, I gave her skin a coat of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash; and when that was dry, I gave her book, pouches and staff a coat of "Citadel Agrax Earthsahde" wash.
  
     When the washes were dry, I painted her eyes and mouth, and then highlighted her skin with Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight".  I then highlighted her hair with Americana "Sable Brown", and Americana "Fawn". After that, I highlighted her dress using first Apple Barrel "Apple Christmas Green", and then Americana "Festive Green".
     Interspersed with working on the figure, I had primed the walls and base with Krylon Grey Primer, and when dry, I drybrushed the stones with Americana "Neutral Grey", and then painted the walls with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     I finished painting the figure, highlighting the pouches with Nicole's "Brown", and the staff with Americana "Khaki Tan".  I also highlighted the book cover with Americana "Burgundy Wine", and the bookmark with the base "Daffodil Yellow".  After that, I highlighted the book pages with Americana "Snow White', and then painted text on them with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and Ceramcoat "Black".    I highlighted her jewelry and the corners of the book with Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold", and then painted the top of her staff with a mix of Folk Art Color Shift "Green Flash", and Folk Art Color Shift "Emerald Flash".    I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. 
    I then quickly painted up the pile of books, bottle, and goblet that came with the model, as well as a small stack of books from the Wizkids Wizards Room set.  In addition, I painted up a pair of cats that came with a Dark Sword figure (I forget the name), to look like our two cats.   After drying overnight, these all got their coat of the "DuraClear Matte" varnish as well. 
    I completed the base by painting the wood work on the walls with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and adding a small rug cut from an old tobacco flannel.   The final step was to plot out an arrangement I liked, and then glue it all down.
    Once everything was glued into place, I glued the base into the ornament bottom cap using E6000 glue, and when dry, screwed on the ornament dome.

     I'm really happy with how it all turned out, and my wife loved her unique gift.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Townsfolk Milkmaid: Bones 4 Figure

This past week, with all our Christmas preperations going on, I didn't have a lot of time for painting; so I selected the Milkmaid from the Bones 4 Core Set Townsfolk II group to work on.
     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 placed the figure in my painting grip.
     I began by painting her skin with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin", and then her dress with Reaper MSP Bones "Tropical Blue".  I then painted her apron, shirt, and bonnet with Americana "Grey Sky", and after that I did her bucket with Ceramcoat :territorial Beige", and the rope handle with Folk Art "Barn Wood".
     After the paint had time to dry, I applied a thinned wash of Iron wind metals "Dark Blue" Ink to the dress.  When that was dry, I did a coat of Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash to her skin, and when it was dry, a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" to her apron, shirt, and bonnet. I followed with a coat of Citidel "Agrax Earthsahde" to her bucket.
     When all the washes were dry, I painted her eyes, and then highlighted her face with Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight", and I mixed in a little Americana "Shading Flesh" to paint her lips.
     Next, I highlighted her dress using, first, the base "Tropical Blue", then Crafter's Acrylic  "Tropical Blue", and finally Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  I then highlighted her shirt, apron, and bonnet, using Americana "Snow White".  After that, I did the highlights on the bucket using Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and the rope using the base "Barn Wood".  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. I then used some white glue to glue some fine sand to the base.  When the sand was dry, I painted it with a coat of Americana "Raw Umber". When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand with the "Territorial Beige", and then with some of the "Butter Pecan"; lastly I drybrushed it with a little Americana "Bleached Sand".
      Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote".
     Considering it was a very quick paint job, squeezed in here and there as time permitted, I am pleased. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Bergamot, Halfling Scout: Bones 4 Dreadmere Figure

    This past week I painted Bergamot, Halfling Scout, 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 placed the figure in my painting grip.
    I began by painting his face and feet with Reaper MSP "Rosy Flesh" before I realized I hadn't taken a beginning "blank canvas" photo.
      I then painted his pants Accent "Real Umber", and his shirt with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".  I wasn't sure about the pleats in his pants and whether they were supposed to be armor...they looked like armor, but I thought it odd for him to just be wearing leg armor. For the time being I painted them like some sort of fancy pants. :)  I also painted his vest with Pathfinder MSP "Urgathoa Red"
      Next, I painted his cape with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and his hair (head and feet) with Americana "Asphaltum".  After that, I painted his sword belt with Americana "Light Cinnamon", and his gauntlet with Americana "Faun".
      I then painted the scabbard with Americana "Cranberry Wine", and the metal fittings on it and the belt with Americana "Zinc".   After that, I painted the lamp with Accent "Golden Oxide", and the grip on the sword with Americana "Raw Umber".
     Next, I pained the metal parts of the sword and belt with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and the lamp and vest buttons with Folk Art "Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze". I let the paint dry for a while, and then I began with the washes.  First I applied a coat of Citadel "Reikland Feleshade" wash to the face and feet.  When that was dry, I applied Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" to the rest of the figure.
     When all the washes were dry, I began work on the face, painting the eyes and then highlighting all the skin with Reaper MSP "Rosy Highlight".  After that I highlighted the hair with Americana "Sable Brown", and then a little of the "Faun".
     I then highlighted his cape using first Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and then mixing in a little Americana "Bleached Sand" in to the ""Butter Pecan".  I then used the "Bleached Sand" to highlight his gauntlet.  After that, I highlighted his shirt with the base "Lemon Chiffon", and I highlighted his vest and the scabbard with some Americana "Burgundy Wine", mixd with a hint of Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti".
     Next, I highlighted his pants with some Nicole's "Brown", and his belt with the "Sable Brown".  I then I turned to the lamp.   I first painted the openings with Reaper MSP "Clear Yellow", then placed an area of the "Lemon Chiffon" in each opening followed by a dot of Americana "Snow White".   I then worked on the metals, highlighting the frame of the lamp, and his vest buttons with Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold"; and afterwards, highlighting the sword fittings and leg armor with Citadel "Mithril Silver".  Lastly, I painted the 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". 


     I'm very happy with how this fellow turned out. He's a great little figure and full of character.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Stone Giant Champion: Bones 4 Lost Valley Figure

 This past week I painted the Stone Giant Champion from the Bones 4 Lost Valley Expansion.  Readers may remember that I had painted the Stone Giant Guard back in September, and for this one I figured for the most part I'd just copy how I had done that one.
I had forgotten to take a picture of the figure before I started, so here's a shot of the model from one of the Kickstarter updates.
     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, after trimming the figure's integral base a little, I glued the figure to a black-primed 2" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then used some Elmer's glue to glue it to the top of a pill bottle. I used some green stuff epoxy putty to help blend the trimmed integral base to the washer.
     Then, shortly after beginning, I realized that the buttons on her dress looked faceted, like they were meant to be gemstones; so I decided rather than try and paint them as such, I was going to try and replace them with actual craft gems.  So they got sliced off with a hobby knife.
     The first painting I did was to paint his skin, using an equal mix of part Crafters Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey" and Folk Art "Milkshake".  I then painted her dress with Citadel "The Fang", and then did the handle of her rock-pick looking weapon with Americana "Light Cinnamon".
          Next, I painted her shoes, belts and straps with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and then I painted the strings holding the object to her right calf, and holding the skull on her left hip, using Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I then painted the two bands on her upper arms and her necklace with Accent "Golden Harvest", and the two wrist bands with Accent "Mustard Seed". After that, I painted he two rune stones hanging from her belts with Americana "Burgundy Wine", painted the basket at her hip with Reaper MSP "Golden Brown", and painted the skull with Folk Art "Butter Pecan". I moved on to painting the sheath of the dagger on her right thigh with Americana "Asphaltum", and the grip with the "Mustard Seed"; followed with painting the icon(?) on her calf with Reaper MSP HD "Rich Indigo".
     I then painted all the metal bits with Americana "Zinc", and I painted the inside of the mouth with Americana "Shading Flesh".  I felt at first glance it looked like her tongue was extended, so I painted it that way with the "Shading Flesh".  I put the figure aside to dry for a while, then when I came back I gave the entire thing a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash. 
       When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes, and then highlighted the skin with some of the base "Milkshake" mixed with the "Storm Cloud Grey", and added a bit of the lighter Americana "Dove Grey" for the lighter highlights.
     Next, I highlighted her dress, using the base "The Fang" mixed with Folk Art "Cloudy Day". After that, I highlighted all her belts and straps using the base "Charcoal Grey" mixed with some Americana "Mississippi Mud", and I highlighted the basket at her hip using Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan".
     I then highlighted the skull, first with Americana "Antique White", and then Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".   Next, I highlighted the icon strapped to her calf using a bit of the "Rich Indigo" mixed with some Americana "Snow White".  I did the dagger then, highlighting the sheath with the "Territorial Beige", and the grip with some of the "Maple Sugar Tan" mixed with the base "Mustard Seed".  I also used this mix to highlight the wrist bands.  After that, I worked on the icons hanging from her belts, highlighting them with the base "Burgundy Wine" mixed with some of the "Snow White".   I then highlighted the handle of her rock-pick using Americana "Sable Brown"
      Now it was time for the metallics.  I painted the arm bands and necklace with Folk Art "Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze", and when dry, I went over them doing highlights with Ceramcoat "Wedding Gold".  I then painted the head of the rock-pick, the buckles and all the various studs, with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey", and when dry, highlighted everything with Citadel "Mithril Silver". Lastly, I painted the 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 used Gorilla Supeglue to affix a trio of tiny nail gems to the studs on her dress.



     In general I'm pretty happy with her.  I don't like the way her eyes came out, but you get to a point after messing around with them for an extended period of time that you just have to concede defeat and move on.  :P

Monday, November 25, 2019

Townsfolk Beggar: Bones 4 Figure

     This past week I didn't have a lot of time for painting, so I selected the Beggar from the Bones 4 Core Set Townsfolk group to work on.
     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 placed the figure in my painting grip.
      I began by painting his face, hands and foot with Reaper MSP "Tanned Shadow", and his pants with Americana "Charcoal Grey".  I then painted his tunic Pathfinder MSP "Medusa Green", and his cape with Americana "Neutral Grey".
Next, I painted his boots with Americana "Aspahltum", and his staff with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown".  I then painted his bowl with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and then painted his hair with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown."  After that,  I painted his patches an assortment of colors I had sitting around the painting table.
      I painted his belt with Nicole's "Brown", and then let the figure dry for awhile. When the paint was good and dry, I began with the washes.  First I applied a coat of Citadel "Reikland Feleshade" wash to the face hands and foot.  When that was dry, I applied Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash to the cape.  When that was dry, I applied Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" to the rest of the figure.
     When all the washes were dry, I began work on the face, painting the eyes and his single tooth, and then highlighting all the skin with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin" and "Tanned Highlight".  After that I highlighted the hair with Americana "Sable Brown", and then highlighted the pants with a mix of the "Mississippi Mud" and the base "Charcoal Grey".  After that I highlighted the tunic with Americana "Jade Green".
     Next, I highlighted the cape with some Crafter's Acrylic 'Storm Cloud Grey", and a bit of Americana "Grey Sky".  I then did the stitching on the back of the cape with Americana "Charcoal", and highlighted the boots with the "Cinnamon Brown".  After that I highlighted the staff with Folk Art "Butter Pecan", and the bowl with Americana "Fawn".  I then hit the clasp on the cape and his belt buckle with Accent "Princely Pewter".  Lastly, I did some quick highlighting n the patches, and then painted the entire base with the"Mississippi Mud".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. I then used some white glue to glue some fine sand to the base.  When the sand was dry, I painted it with a coat of Americana "Raw Umber". When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and then with some of the "Butter Pecan"; lastly I drybrushed it with a little of the "Bleached Sand".
      Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote".


     A nice simple figure; not my best, but an easy and fun paint.