Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summoning Circle & Demi-Lich: Bones II Figures

  This week I also completed the Summoning Circle and the Demi-Lich from the Bones II Expansion  Set I.  The two pieces make a nice set, and are both pretty simple, so I thought I'd paint them at the same time.
      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.  I then glued the stone circle to a 2" black-primed fender washer, and the Demi-Lich to a 1" black-primed fender washer, both with Aleene's Tacky glue. I glued the Demi-Lich's washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer's White Glue. The 2" washer was big enough to just hand hold.
I began by painting the stones a random mix of DecoArt "Storm Cloud Grey", Apple Barrel "Rock Grey", and Duncan "Slate Grey".  I painted the parchment with Apple Barrel "Apple Parchment", and the skulls with Americana "Buttermilk
      Next, I painted the Candle with Deco Art "Light Antique White", and the unidentifiable blob next to one of the skulls with Black.  The mossy areas I did with DecoArt "Forest Green", and the knife's grip with Americana "Zinc".  Lastly, there was one object that I could not identify other than it resembling a hot dog in a bun; so I painted it that way, with a Folk Art "Butter Pecan" Bun,  GW "Tanned Flesh" dog.
     I then painted the knife, the metal rings, and the plate the hot dog is on with  Ceramcoat "Metallic Pewter.  After everything had time to dry, I gave the entire piece a wash with GW "Badab Black" wash using a wet brush. 
    When the wash was dry, I worked on the highlights.   I added highlights to the parchment with the "Light Antique White", and I highlighted the skulls and the candle with plain White.  I added script to the parchment, and a wick to the candle, with Black.  I also did some red highlight letters on the parchment with Folk Art "Deep Tomato Red".  The black blob I highlighted with a little drybrush of Folk Art "Settler's Blue".  The hot dog and the moss I highlighted with their base colors.  The metal parts I highlighted with Folk Art "Silver Sterling".  Lastly, I painted the whole base with GW "Khemri Brown". 
     I let the circle sit all day, and that evening I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".  The next morning I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote" spray varnish.
     As I worked on the circle, I also worked on the Demi-Lich, adding paint to one, while waiting for a color on the other to dry
     I began by painting the whole thing Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender" I then painted the bones with the "Light Antique White"
     When these colors were dry, I gave the entire thing a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Purple" ink using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I highlighted the purple with the base "Apple Lavender". I then mixed in a little White with the "Apple Lavender" and did lighter highlights.  I then highlighted the bones with White.  I pained Apple Barrel "Yellow" eyes in the skull's sockets and gave them "Deep Tomato Red" pupils, and I painted the inside of the skull's mouth with Black.  Lastly, I painted the whole base with GW "Khemri Brown". 
  I let the figure sit all day, and that evening I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".  The next morning I sprayed it with Testor's "Dullcote" spray varnish.
  Here's a shot of them together.  Next, I plan to work on the pair of Cultists to go with this set-up.
    I'm not real excited about my results. While thy are both fine and serviceable, in the end everything looks a bit too bright and cheerful.  I think I should have gone for a darker palette for both pieces.


  1. I don't know if it is the palette per se. I think the bases might be too light in color, if that makes any sense. I think the hot dog is a great idea, by the way.

    1. Glad you like the hot dog. :)

      I don't know about the bases; making them darker might make the figures actually look lighter by comparison.

  2. I like it is a silly monster anyway.....