Thursday, June 9, 2016

Leighlyndana, Illusionist Apprentice (Highland Heroine): Bones II Figure Conversion

  A couple weeks ago, I constructed a new Illusionist Apprentice for my Frostgrave warband, by converting the Bones II Highlander Heroine figure.   I finally got around to painting it this week.  Being an Illusionist, I wanted to try for a very bright and colorful outfit.
     I began by painting the face and hands with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".  I then painted the shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue", and the pants with Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".
    Next, I painted her cape and loin cloth with Americana "Forest Green", and her boots/leggings with Americana "Terra Cotta".  I then painted her fur collar and her sporran with Americana "Dove Grey, and her buckler and the small disc at her shoulder with with Accent "Golden Harvest".
     I then worked on the tartan pattern on her cape and loin cloth.  I first painted a crosshatch pattern with Americana "True Blue", and then added a finer pattern with Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow".  Next, I painted her hair with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna".  Then I worked on her staff; painting the shaft with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and the head with the "Golden Harvest" I used earlier. I also painted the small section of dagger scabbard behind her buckler with Nicole's "Brown".
           I then painted all the wrappings on the staff with Crafter's Acrylic "Holiday Green", and the orb in the head of the staff with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  Next, I painted all the bead strings hanging from the staff with assorted colors I grabbed randomly from my paint rack.  Then, after everything had a while to dry, I applied a wash with GW "Agrax Earthshade" wash using a wet brush to her head and boots.  I then applied a wash with GW "Badab Black" wash using a wet brush to the rest of her body, cape, and staff.
      When the wash was dry, I worked on highlighting her hair and painting her eyebrows.  First, I used Crafter's Acrylic"Orange Spice", and then did lighter highlights with Accent "Golden Oxide".  I then painted her eyes, and lips, then highlighted her face and hands with the base "Flesh".
     Next, I highlighted her top with the base "Tropical Blue", then added a little of the "Cool Blue", and did lighter highlights.  I moved next to her pants and highlighted them with the base "Wild Green". I then highlighted her boots/leggings with the base "Terra Cotta", followed with Ceramcoat "Raw Sienna".   I did highlights on her fur collar and sporran next with plain White.  I decided I wanted to try some brighter highlights in her hair, and added these with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".
   Then I moved to the staff, highlighting the shaft with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown".  I highlighted all the wraps with a mix of the base "Holiday Green", and Nicole's "Neon Green".  I highlighted the beads with the base colors I had used on them.  I then painted the orb with Folk Art Pearl "Aqua Moire".  I added a little white to the "Aqua Moire", and did some highlights on the orb.
    Next, I worked on the metals, painting the head of the staff, the buckler and other discs on her outfit, and the clasp in her hair with "Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I then did highlights on these areas with Ceramcoat "14K Gold".
    Lastly, I painted her base White.
    When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat "Matte Varnish" early the next morning.  Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics "Snow" flock and the next morning I sprayed the figure with Testor's Dullcote.

   I really like how she turned out.  I think she looks exactly like I had wanted her too: a wizard who isn't afraid to use either end of her staff when danger gets up close and personal.
   And here Leighlyndana is with my Illusionist Kodak. For a brief story of their first meeting, see A New Apprentice.
       I'm really looking forward to their first outing into Frostgrave in a couple weeks.  In the meantime, old Kodak has a lot to teach his new student...


  1. Great work. That tartan looked a bit scary bright early on, but the wash did its job and now it looks great.

    1. Yeah, that wash really brought it all together. I'm gonna hate having to kill this one...

    2. Thanks, David. I'd laugh derisively at your claim if I didn't know the truth of its inevitability! :-P