Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bones II: Snow Leopard

     This week I finished up the big cat figure from the Bones II Original Figures set.   I chose to paint it up like a Snow Leopard for Frostgrave.
   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 1.25" fender washers 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 painting the figure with Folk Art "Platinum Grey". When that was dry, I gave the figure a wash with GW "Badab Black" wash using a wet brush.
      When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the figure with the base "Platinum Grey", and then drybrushed the underside areas with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White", followed with a lighter drybrushing of the underside areas with plain White.
      I then painted spots on the figure with Black and used Americana "Mississippi Mud" to paint the centers of the spots. Next, I did his eyes using Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue" with Black pupils, and the nose with a mix of Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti" and a little of the "Mississippi Mud".
     Lastly, I painted the base White.  I then glued on a couple bits of gravel.   When the glue was dry, I painted the gravel Black, then drybrushed it with Americana "Neutral Grey", then did a lighter drybrush with the "Platinum Grey". When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish".  Then, the next morning I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics "Snow" flock.  Later that afternoon I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote.
     I'm very happy with how this snow leopard turned out. It ended up being a quick and easy paint.


  1. Great Snow Leopard idea. He looks a little more friendly as a companion rather than a ferocious animal encounter. I may have to steal your idea.

    Also I can see the mold lines and I admit like you mentioned last time they look like they are way to much trouble to remove. Also where they are they would probably cause issues with details be erased trying to remove the mold lines.

    Excellent paint job.

    Cats like this.

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like it. Yes, I was a little disappointed with the expression that is sculpted on the cat. I tried to make it look more fierce with selective use of black lines over the eyes, but it didn't look right. So, I tell myself he is just startled at happening upon an unsuspecting adventurer but will quickly regain himself. :)
      Feel free to steal the idea.

      Yes, the mold lines were not worth the effort on this figure. One that will rarely, if ever, see any action on the table.