Monday, April 22, 2019

The Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter is Here!

  Well, I'm happy to announce that this past week my box from the Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter arrived; 22.7 pounds of plastic goodness!  I've spent the last few days going through it all.
Official box inspectors check out the shipment to make sure it is satisfactory! :-D
In the end, this is what I had ordered:

1) Core Set
2) Dreadmere Expansion Set
3) Darkreach Expansion Set
4) Lost Valley Expansion Set
5) Fan Favorites Expansion Set
6) Dragon Turtle Add-On
7) Tree of Despair Add-On
8) Frost Giant Raiders Add-On
9) Mossbeard Add-On
10) Stygian Barge Add-On
11) Skeletal DragonAdd-On
12) Trolls Add-On
13) Extra Snakemen
14) Extra Ape Attack
15) Extra Ghost Pirates   

Upon opening. What magic awaits?!
   This Kickstarter ended up being produced in a a mix of regular Bones (which is now tinted grey-ish) and Reaper's new Bones Black material (which is a slightly darker grey).    These are the Bones Black sets and add-ons:

Sets:
Chronoscope Expansion
Lost Valley Expansion
Dreadmere Expansion
Darkreach Expansion
Fan Favorites Expansion

Add-On:
Trolls
Living Statues Amazons
Living Statues Spartans
Tree of Despair
Baba Yaga’s Hut
Lord of the Jungle
King Cobra
Frost Giant Raiders

All the packages spread out.
    Below is a sampling of a random mix of figures.

Frost Giant Raiders

Dragon Turtle.  It's huge!

Mossbeard.  Another huge model.

From the Lost Valley Expansion; the Tribal Hut and Warchief Mumlak.  The Hut I thought was smaller than expected, while the Warchief is about 50% taller than expected.  

The Stygian Barge Add-On is a monster of a model!   I look forward to working on this though I think I'm going to try and de-necro it to make it look more like just an old barge.

The Herbalist from the Dreadmere Expansion.  Bones have come a long way since the first Kickstarter, and the Bones Black material is amazing. Look a the detail; she has eyelids and brows!  (Plus two adorable wee hedgehogs assisting her...)

Amazing detail on the Dark Elf Queen from the Darkreach Expansion.  

Perhaps my favorite figure; the Pack Turtle from Dreadmere.

A comparison shot of the materials.  The First figure is Original Bones, the second is New Bones from Bones 4, and the third is Bones Black from Bones 4.

As I offered before, if there is any particular model you would like to see, let me know in the comments and I'll try to get it added it to this entry.

Reader Requests:
Dreadmere 413 & 420

Darkreach Deep Gnomes

Fan Favorites Isobael the Bard & Friend.

Monday, April 15, 2019

War Pugs!: Bones 3 Figure

     Well, my Bones 4 Kickstarter order was shipped this past week, but it isn't supposed to arrive until tomorrow; so in the meantime I painted the 3 War Pugs that originally came with the Bones 3 Dwarf King's Companions Optional Add-on Set.  I picked this trio up in an exchange.
    I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 7/8" black-primed fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
     I began by painting two of the pugs with Americana "Bleached Sand", and the third with Ceramcoat "Black".  When dry, I gave the two light colored pugs a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the light colored pugs with the "Bleached Sand", and then added highlights with Ceramcoat "White" mixed with a little of the "Bleached Sand".    I painted the third pug Ceramcoat "Black".
     Next, I did a light drybrush on their lower backs of the lighter colored two with a mix of Americana "Cinnamon", and Americana "Asphaltum."   I then painted their muzzles, ears, and eye sockets a mix of the "Black" and "Asphaltum".
     I then painted the inside of the open mouth with a mix of Americana "Shading Flesh" and Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti".  While it dried, I painted the eyes and noses "Black".    I then gave the open a mouth a wash with some of the "Agrax Earthshade".  While the wash dried, I added "White" highlight dots to the eyes, and Americana "Neutral Grey" highlights to the noses and around the mouths.  After that, I highlighted the tongue with Crafter's Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink". 
     It was now time to turn my attention to the black pug.  I drybrushed him with a little Americana "Zinc" and then added more specific highlights with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".
      Lastly, I painted the figures bases with Americana "Mississippi Mud".

     I let the figures 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 flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them all with Testor's Dullcote".


     I'm really happy with how these little fellas turned out.  Now I need to find an excuse to get them on the table.  :)

   So tomorrow I hope to be swimming in Bones 4 goodness!  I will try to get some unboxing photos up on the blog either this Thursday, or next Monday, time permitting.    Let me know if there's anything particular you would like pictures of; and if I ordered it, I will try to grab some shots.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Vulture Demon: Bones 2 Figure

     This past week I painted the Vulture Demon from the Bones 2 Lesser Demons set.  We're doing a scenario for Ghost Archipelago this month that requires a birdman kind of creature, and this seemed to fit the bill well enough.
       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 1.5" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
      I googled some pictures of real vultures before I bean to give myself an idea of what an actual vulture looked like.   I then began by painting the body and base with Ceramcoat "Black.  When dry, I drybrushed it with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and then with Folk Art "Barn Wood".  I did the Barn Wood" drybrush a little  heavier on the bottom 2/3's of the wings to give those feathers a lighter appearance.  I then painted the head with Reaper MSP "Rosy Shadow", and then feathery collar with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
     Next, I painted the front 3/4's of the head with the "Light Antique White", and then painted the tips of the beak and the neck crest feathers with the "Black".  After that, I painted the inside of the mouth with Americana"Shading Flesh", and the talons and claws, as well as the skulls on the base, with Americana "Antique White".
     After everything had a while to dry, I gave the head and feather collar; as well as the talons, claws, and skulls, a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.   When the wash was dry, I highlighted the skin with Reaper MSP "Rosy Skin", and the inside of the mouth with Apple Barrel "Apple Flesh".    I then drybrushed the neck crest feathers and the tips of the beak with Americana "Zinc".  Next, I drybrushed the collar feathers and highlighted the front of the face with Americana "Snow White", and then painted the eyes "Black" with "Snow White" dots.   I highlighted the talons, claws, and skulls with Americana 'Bleached Sand"; and also used this color to paint the teeth.  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 Winsor & Newton Professional "Matt Varnish".


     A rather simple figure, but I'm pleased with how it came out.   It looks suitably evil and should fill the roll of a birdman just fine.

     In other news, Reapers Bones 4 shipping to the US should start today (fingers crossed!).  I'm Wave 1, so hopefully will have my box shipped in the next day or two; so I should have some unboxing photos ready for next Monday!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Kobolds, Part B: Bones 3 Figures

     This past week I painted the other 3 of the six Kobolds from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion set.
      I prepped the 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 7/8" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
  I began by painting the figures entirely Ceramcoat "Black".  When the Black was dry, I painted their skin Folk Art "Barnyard Red".  I then painted the tunic of the first one with Accent "Golden Harvest", and of the second one, as well as the under shirt of the third one, with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  Next, I painted the hood and collar of the first one, the tabard of the second one, and the tunic of the third one with Reaper MSP Bones "Cinnamon Red".  After that, I painted any pants or leggings with Reaper MSP "Pumpkin Orange".
      Next, I painted the wooden axe handles and spear shaft with Folk Art "Barn Wood", their belts with Americana "Sable Brown", and the wizards staff with Folk Art Colr Shift "Black Flash". I then painted the wizard's scroll pouch and the back of the spear Kobold's shield with Americana "Light Cinnimon", and followed u by painting their teeth, as well as the scroll, with Americana "Bleached Sand".   After that, I painted their horns Americana "Khaki Tan", the front of the shield with Folk Art " DeepTomato Red", and the stone in the wizard's staff with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue".
     I painted the spearpoint and axe heads with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey"; and then after the figures had a while to dry, I gave them all a complete wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.   When the wash was dry, I highlighted the figures' skin with the base color "Barnyard Red". I then painted black noses on the Kobolds, and Reaper MSP "Holly Berry" dots for eyes. I also added claws in with Americana "Antique White".
     Next, I highlighted the wizard's tunic with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and then highlighted the pants/leggings with Reaper MSP "Hearth Fire".  I then highlighted the "Teddy Bear Brown" clothing with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and highlighted the "Cinnamon Red" clothing with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice". The shield was highlighted with Reaper MSP HD "Rusty Red", and then given a "Claw" design with the "Daffodil Yellow".  I then painted the flame in the wizard's hand with the "Tropical Blue", and then highlighted it, as well as the stone in the staff, with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  I then added a little Americana "Snow White" highlight to the flame. I then highlighted the spearpoint and axe heads with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".  Lastly, I painted the all the bases with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
     I let the figures 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 flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Winsor & Newton Professional "Matt Varnish".

     I'm much happier with these guys than last weeks.  I spent a little more time with these, and I think it paid off.
 
It now looks like the Bones 4 Kickstarter isn't going to start shipping in the US until April 8th.  So I still have at least another week to work on my Bones backlog.  For more info see Reaper's News Update video:


Monday, March 25, 2019

Kobolds, Part A: Bones 3 Figures

     This past week I painted 3 of the six Kobolds from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion set.  The last time I painted Bones Kobolds as back in May of 2016, so I referred back to my past color schemes for these guys.
      I prepped the 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 7/8" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
      I began by painting the figures entirely Ceramcoat "Black".  When the Black was dry, I painted their skin Folk Art "Barnyard Red".  I then painted any pants of leggings with Reaper MSP "Olive Skin", and then painted any tunics/clothing with Folk Art "Dark Brown".  After that, I painted loincloths, if they had one with Americana "Terra Cotta".
      Next,  I painted the armor on the central one with Citadel "Snakebite Leather", and the belts on all three with Americana "Sable Brown".  I then painted the ax handles and the shield backs with Americana "Light Cinnamon", and then did the front of the shields with Folk Art " Deep Tomato Red". AFter that, I painted the glove on the central one with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
   I then painted the metal work on the shields with the "Black", and then did the swords and axe heads with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I let the figures dry for a while, and then gave them all a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  As you might be able to tell, I applied the wash a little too heavily.  The figures turned out so dark, I felt I could get away with highlighting by just using the base colors.  So, when the wash was dry, I highlighted the figures' skin  with the base color "Barnyard Red". I then painted black noses on the Kobolds, and Reaper MSP "Holly Berry" dots for eyes.  I realized at this point that a couple of them had mouths open enough for the teeth to show, so I went back and painted them Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  I then applied a little Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" over the teeth.
     As I mentioned, highlighting the clothing and armor was done by just re-applying the base colors.  I then highlighted the swords and axe heads with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".  Lastly, I painted the entire base with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
     I let the figures 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 flock the bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Winsor & Newton Professional "Matt Varnish".

     Well, there they are.  I have to say, these were not great figures, and seem almost Bones 1 in their level of quality as opposed to Bones 3; with soft details, and a bit of flash.  And I'm afraid I was rather uninspired to give them really top notch paint jobs.  But, they are perfect for mixing in with all the other Kobolds I have assembled from the other Kickstarters, so will look just fine on the tabletop.

     So, it looks like domestic shipping of Bones 4 will start next week... (fingers crossed) so there is a good chance my box could arrive sometime the following week (week of April 1st).  My plan is to paint up the other three Kobolds that came in Stoneskull for next Monday, and after that I should be able to post an unboxing post; perhaps on Thursday the 4th or Monday the 8th; followed by my first Bones 4 painted figures!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Translucent Slimes: Bones 2 Figure

     This past weekend was the Cold Wars miniatures gaming convention, so I needed something real quick to paint last week, since I only had a few days to complete it and I was still frantically painting cavalrymen for my War of the Roses game.  So, I chose the two translucent slimes that came with the Bones 2 Gelatinous Cube & Slimes Add-On set.
     I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued them to 1/2"x1/2" black-primed steel bases with Gorilla superglue gel.  I then glued the figures to a  tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
I went back and forth about whether to even base these or not, as bases on translucents are difficult to handle because you can see them through the mini.  In the end I decided on these small steel bases, with the hopes that their size and  the irregular nature of the miniatures' surface would make them had to see.  They fit completely under the large flat slime, and only stuck out a little from the more vertical slime. Their thinness would help the minis sit almost flat on the surface of the table too.

    I decided I would go for a Green Slime look with the vertical one, and an Ochre Jelly look for the flat one. So, I began by painting the vertical one with Mr Color "Clear Green" (This is not an acrylic paint and comes with all sorts of scary warnings on the label, so I would not recommend it.  I only have it as I picked up on clearance at a local hobby shop before I realized what it was.  I hope to replace it soon with some Tamiya clear.) , and I painted the flat one with Tamiya Color "Clear Yellow".
     Next, I gave the vertical one a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Dark Green" ink, and the flat one a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Orange" ink.
     I was happy with the how the vertical one looked at his point, but wasn't satisfied with the flat one; so I painted the shallow areas and crevices of the flat one with some Tamiya Color "Clear Orange" using a wet brush to thin it a little. Lastly, I painted the base of the green one with Americana "Zinc
     When they were dry, I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Gloss Varnish".  I realized I still wanted the base of the green one to be matte, so I subsequently sprayed the figure with Testor's "Dullcote".  When that was dry, I went back over just the slime with the "DuraClear Gloss Varnish", leaving the base flat.

     While simple, I'm really happy with how these turned out. 
      And in those that didn't hear the news, Reaper announced that they have begun Bones 4 Kickstarter fulfillment!  If you didn't see it, check out the Reaper CEO's video message for an amazing look at one of their Kickstarter fulfillment warehouses!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Basilisk: Bones 2 Figure

     This past week I wanted an easy to paint figure because of the pressing last minute painting I'm doing in preparation for Cold Wars this coming weekend.  So, I picked the Basilisk out of my remaining Bones 2 pile.
    I had no idea what a Basilisk was supposed to look like, so I turned to my old 1978 Monster Manual for Guidance.  It's description describes them as being dull brown with yellowish underbellies and glowing pale green eyes; so thats the coloration I decided to go for.
      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 the whole figure including the base with Americana "Raw Umber", and then did the underbelly with Apple Barrel "Yellow".
     Then after those colors had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the main body with Ceramcoat "territorial Beige", followed by a lighter drybrush with Americana "Khaki Tan".
     I continued with the drybrushing of the main body, moving next to Crafter's Acrylic "Taupe", and then just a touch of Americana "Bleached Sand".  After that, I used the "Bleached Sand" to paint the teeth, then highlighted the underbelly with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow".  Next, I painted the eyes with Crafter's Acrylic "Citrus Green", and then painted the center of the eye with the lighter Americana "Margarita".  I then lightly drybrushed around the eye with the "Margarita" to provide a little of the eyes' Object Source Lighting "glow".  I finished the figure by painting in Americana "Snow White" pupils in the eyes.
      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". 

     Well, it was a rush job, and I think it shows a little; but in general I'm happy with it as a gaming figure.