Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ice Troll: Bones II Figure

   This week I also painted the Ice Troll from the Bones II "Expansion Set I".  Being a denizen of the colder realms, I thought I'd do him up in a bluish color scheme.
      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 figure to a 2" white-primed fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I didn't need to glue the washer to a tongue depressor, as the big 2" size gave me a good surface to hold onto while painting.
     I began by painting his body with DecoArt "Cool Blue".  I then painted the bumpy parts of his back with Folk Art "Settlers Blue, and his chest and abdomen with DecoArt "Light Antique White"
After these first three colors had dried, I gave the entire a figure a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Medium Blue Ink" using a wet brush, to help blend the colors together.   When the ink was dry, I did a little drybrushing using the "Cool Blue" on his arms legs and head, the "Settlers Blue' on his back, and the "Light Antique White" on his chest and abdomen..  Next, I painted his claws with Folk Art Porcelain White" and the rock with DecoArt "Storm Cloud Grey".  I also painted his nipples with the "Settlers Blue"
     Next I painted his mouth with Americana "Shading Flesh", and then his teeth with Americana "Buttermilk".  His loin cloth, and the horns on his back I painted with Americana "Zinc".  I then painted the cloth under his belt with Folk Art "Dapple Grey".  I painted his belt and any straps with Americana "Asphaltum".  I painted all the metal armor bits with Accent "Princely Pewter",  and the rings in his lip and ear with Ceramcoat "Bronze".
   After these colors had had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with GW "Badab Black" wash using a wet brush.
     I then went back and painted highlights on his skin, using the "Cool Blue" on his arms legs and head, the "Settlers Blue' on his back, and the "Light Antique White" on his chest and abdomen.  I painted his eyes with Apple Barrel "yellow", and added black pupils.  I highlighted his tongue and gums with the base "Shading Flesh", and his teeth with the base "Buttermilk".  I highlighted his claws with the base "Porcelain White".
     Next, I highlighted his belt and straps with Folk Art "Dark Brown"  His loincloth, and the horns on his back I highlighted with Folk Art "Medium Grey". The cloth under his belt I highlighted with the base "Dapple Grey".  The rock I highlighted with the base "Storm Cloud Grey", and then did lighter highlights with Folk Art "Platinum Grey". I also drybrushed a little of the "Platinum Grey" over the fur on the backside of the loin cloth to help that stand out.    I finished up with highlighting the metal armor with Ceramcoat "Metallic Pewter" followed by some lighter touches with Folk Art "Silver Sterling" along some of the edges. The ear and lip rings I highlighted with the base "Bronze".  Lastly, I painted the troll's integral base White.  
   At this point I glued a couple small rocks on the front of the base, using Aleene's Tacky glue, to add some foreground composition.  I then painted them using the same colors I had used on the rock in his hand.   
     When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".  The next morning I flocked the base with Woodland Scenics "Snow" flock, and added a little bit of unraveled twine next to the rocks on the base to be dead grasses.  Late that afternoon I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote. 
    I'm pleased with how this fellow turned out, especially his face.  The black wash made him a little dirtier looking than I had intended, but I think dirtier isn't necessarily a bad thing for a troll.


  1. Awesome results! I really like this sculpt, I think it has a lot of character and neat details.

    1. Thanks! I agree it is a really nice sculpt, with a lot of character and a dynamic pose.

  2. How is the performance of the craft paints you use vs. Reaper paints? How much do you pay per bottle?

    1. The only difference is see is that sometimes, with some colors, I need to put on a second coat for good coverage. Some people complain that they're thicker, but it's what I've always used, so I don't find that an issue; and if I do have an old bottle that has gotten a little thick even for my tastes, I just add a little water.
      I pay between .50 cents and $1.25 per bottle. Most times, I wait until they are on sale and pay less than a $1.00

    2. I f you look at this post,
      You'll see a great set of paint I recently bought at Home Depot that was 24 bottles for $10. All the DecoArt colors you see listed in the Ice Troll write-up came from that set.

  3. Another fine job. The colors really work well for this cool monster.

  4. a great "alternative" color scheme for the troll