Monday, December 11, 2017

No Figure Today :(

  Just a heads up to let folks know that I did not finish a figure to post today.  The week was just too busy with Christmas activities and getting stuff ready for our big double-header final Frostgrave Christmas game, and our test Ghost Archipelago game.
       Tune in again, next Monday for the next figure!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Elthin Bluesteel, Gunslinger: Bones 3 Figure

   As I continue to work on my crew for Ghost Archipelago, I painted the Elthin Bluesteel, Gunslinger figure from the Bones 3 Heroes 2 set this past week.   I needed a figure to be a standard plain crewman to flesh out my regular crew, and thought this figure could pass suitably for a crewman aboard a ship.   I didn't need him to be a gunslinger however; so I did a quick modification on him, cutting away the gun in his right hand, and gluing in a spear from the Bones 3 Arsenal weapon sprue.  I will treat him as armed with a 2-handed weapon. 
     Also, I wanted my crew to be all Elf, and I thought that with his long hair he could pass as one, assuming his ears were hidden in the hair.
    Before I made the conversion, 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 added the spear with superglue, and afterwards glued the figure to a black-primed 1." fender washer 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 giving the whole model a wash with heavily thinned Reaper MSP "Brown Liner".  I then painted his face with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh", and his pants with Americana "Wedgewood Blue". After that, I painted his armor with Citadel "Snakebite Leather".
     Next, I painted his cape with Aleene's "Deep Khaki", and then did the fringe of the cape with Folk Art "Dapple Grey".  After that I painted his boots with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown", and then his belt, scabbard, and the remains of the holster with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate". I also painted his shirt sleeves with Americana "Antique White".
    I then painted his spear shaft with Americana "Bleached Sand", and then the spearpoint and end of the spear with Americana "Zinc".  After that, I painted the hat on his back with Americana "Raw Umber", and then his hair with Accent "Golden Harvest".  I then went back and repainted the spearpoint and end with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey". I also used this color to paint the metl parts of his knife, and his belt buckle.
     I let everything dry for a while, and then gave the whole figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade".   When the wash was dry, I highlighted his hair with Americana "Moon Yellow", and then did lighter highlights with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".  I then painted his eyes, and afterwards highlighted his skin with a mix of the base "Flesh", and White.   After that, I highlighted the spear shaft with the base "Bleached Sand".
     Next, I highlighted his pants next using Reaper MSP Bones "Tropical Blue", and then highlighted his shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".   I then highlighted his armor with a mix of the "Snakebite Leather, and some of the "Golden Harvest", and then highlighted his cape with a mix of the "Deep Khaki", and Aleene's "Dusty Khaki".  After that, I highlighted his boots with  Ceramcoat "Raw Sienna", and his belt, scabbard, and hat with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  I finished up by highlighting the fringe of his cape with Folk Art "Grey Green", and then highlighted the metal parts on the figure with  Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
      I then painted the figure's base with Ceramcoat "Walnut". 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".

     I'm generally happy with how this fellow turned out.  He's not fancy, but he gets the job done for tabletop use.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Galadanoth, Elf Sniper: Bones 3 Figure

    This past week I painted the Galadanoth, Elf Sniper figure from the Bones 3 Core Set, to use as an Archer for my new Ghost Archipelago crew I'm currently assembling.
     A little while ago I had converted this figure to hold one of the clear weapons from the new clear weapons sprues that I also got in the Bones 3 Kickstarter.  You can see the conversion article here:  Weapon Conversions.  While I don't particularly need the figure to be wielding a magic bow at this point, I saw no reason to be switching the figure back to a standard bow.  Who knows, maybe I'll find a magic bow for him to use on one of our Ghost Archipelago expeditions.
      I couldn't remember if I already washed the figure before I did the conversion, but assumed I did.  So, I went ahead and glued the figure to a white-primed 1.5" fender washer 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 giving the entire model a wash with heavily thinned Reaper MSP "Brown Liner"; and when that was dry, painting his loin armor Black.  I then painted his face, ears, and hands with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".  When the Black was dry, I went back and drybrushed the armor scales with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then passed over them with a lighter drybrush of Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver"
     Next, I painted his leggings with Americana "Avocado", and then painted his chest and shoulder armor, wrist guards, knee guards, shoes, and the border around his loin armor, all with Citadel 'Snakebite Leather".  After that, I painted his shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and then did his cape with Reaper MSP, "Christmas Wreath". 
 I then painted the body of his quiver with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and did the top and bottom edges with Anita's "Burnt Sienna".  I also used the "Burnt Sienna" to paint his dagger sheath, and his belt.  Next, I painted the  pole above the quiver with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown", and then metal point at the end with Accent "Mustard Seed".  after that, I painted the fletchings with Folk Art "Barnyard Red", and then went back and painted the metal point n the pole above the quiver with Ceramcoat "Bronze".
      I painted his hair with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate", and then let the figure dry for a while.  When it was good and dry, I gave the entire a figure, except the loin armor, a wash with Agrax Earthshade" wash.   When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with a mix of the base "Flash" and White.  I also highlighted the hair with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown", and Americana "Sable Brown".
    Next, I highlighted his leggings with a mix of the original "Avocado" and some lighter Americana "Jade Green". I highlighted his shirt after that with some Americana "Dove Grey", and then did his chest and shoulder armor, wrist guards, knee guards, shoes, and the border around his loin armor with the "Mustard Seed".  I then did highlights on his cape with Folk Art "Hauser Green Medium".  After that, I highlighted the body of the quiver with Americana "Khaki Tan", the top and bottom of the quiver with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice", and the fletchings with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry". I finished up the highlighting by painting the tip of the pole above the quiver with a little Ceramcoat 14K Gold".
    I then painted the figures base and the washer with Ceramcoat "Walnut". 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".

     I'm happy with how the figure turned out.  It's not the greatest casting, with some smooshiness in his face and a big mold line running directly across his chest and thigh, but for a gaming figure it's not too bad.  The bow fogged a little when I sprayed it, and I could clear it up with a coat of gloss varnish, but I think I like how it looks better this way.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Aaron the Conjuror: Bones 2 Figure

  This past week I painted up Aaron the Conjuror from the Bones 2 Core Set.   I have so many Bones characters now, (wizard especially because of Frostgrave), I thought I'd paint up some to sell on eBay.  So if you are interested, I'll put a link to the listing for this figure down at the bottom.
    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 1" Reaper plastic base with superglue, and then glued the base-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
      I began by giving the entire figure a wash with heavily thinned Reaper MSP "Grey Liner". When that was dry, I painted his robes with Crafter's Acrylic "African Violet", and the apron like piece with Americana "True Blue".  I then painted the tabard with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".
     I let everything fry for a while, and then I gave the purple and blues a wash with Iron Winds Metals "Dark Blue" ink.   When the ink was dry, I painted his face and hands with Reaper MSP "Tanned Shadow".  I then painted his belt, shoes, and dagger grip with Americana 'Raw Umber", and the string-like secondary belt with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  After that I painted his book and scabbard with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna", and then his book-strap and pouch with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown".
     I next painted his hair with Accent "Real Umber".  After that I painted his bracelets, belt buckles, and the metal fittings on his dagger with Accent "Mustard Seed", and when the "Mustard Seed" was dry, I painted over it with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I let everything dry for a while, and then gave all the newly painted warm-toned parts a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  I then moved to the flame and painted it with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon".
     I then painted his eyes, and added teeth with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White. I also highlighted his skin with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin", and Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight". After that, I returned to the flame and gave it a wash with Iron Wind Metals "Yellow" ink.
      When it was dry, I drybrushed the flame with the "Lemon Chiffon", but felt the "Yellow" ink hadn't added enough contrast. So, I went over the areas where the faces are sculpted in the fire, this time with Iron Wind Metals "Orange" ink. That looked better, so when it was dry, I painted the eyes and the teeth in the faces with White.  I then painted the rest of the flame, working outward with Reaper MSP "Hearth Fire", Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and Reaper MSPBones "Cinnamon Red"  Next, I returned to the figure, and highlighted his hair with Americana "Sable Brown".  I then drybrushed the top a little with the "Lemon Chiffon" to try a bit of OSL (object source lighting) caused by the flame on the top of his head.
     Next, I worked on highlighting his clothing.  I started with Anita's "Violet" for his robes, and used Reaper MSP Bones "Tropical Blue" for his apron like piece.  I then did his tabard with Reaper MSP "Frosty Blue", and followed with Reaper MSP "Sparkling Snow" on just the border.   I then worked on his accoutrement; highlighting his main belt, shoes and dagger grip with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and the string like belt with Folk Art "Butter Pecan".  The pouch I highlighted with Folk Art Teddy Bear Brown", and the book cover and scabbard I highlighted with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice".  I wrapped up the highlighting by highlighting all the "Bronze" with Ceramcoat "14K Gold". And finished the painting by painting his integral base with Black.
        After the figure had overnight to dry, I used some white glue to glue a little sand to the base.  When this was dry, I painted the sand with the Black and, when dry,  drybrushed the base with some Americana "Zinc", followed by Crafter's Acrylic "Light Storm Cloud Grey", and lastly some Americana "Dove Grey".
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed him with Testor's Dullcote".


     I'm really pleased with how he turned out.  I particularly like how the flame faces came out.   You can find his eBay listing here: Aaron the Conjuror

Monday, November 13, 2017

Giant Cobra: Bones 3 Figure

   This past week, I continued to work on the Bestiary for Ghost Archipelago, and painted the Giant Cobra from the Bones 3 original Core Set, to play the part of the Giant Snake.
      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 glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
     I began by painting the rocks on the base with Americana "Neutral Grey".  I then painted the ceramic jug on the base with Apple Barrel "Burnt Sienna", and the urn with Accent "Golden Oxide".  When these were dry, I gave the sculpted base details all a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I painted the back scales of the snake with Americana "Terra Cotta".
     Next, I painted the belly scales with Americana "Jade Green".  After that, I painted a diamond pattern running down the back of the snake using Americana "Forest Green".  I then painted a pair of false eyes on the back and the underside of the snake's wide head section.  For this I used Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and plain Black.

     I then painted the urn on he base with some Ceramcoat "Bronze".   After everything had a while to dry, I gave the snake itself, and the urn, a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.   When this wash was dry, I highlighted the stones on the base with Folk Art "Porcelain White", the jug with a mix of the base "Burnt Sienna" and some Americana "Shading Flesh", and the urn with some Ceramcoat "Gold".
     Next, I highlighted the back scales of the snake with Reaper MSP "Hearth Fire", and the belly scales with Americana "Reindeer Moss Green".  I then highlighted the diamond pattern scales running down the back with Crafter's Acrylic "Holiday Green"; and after that, I highlighted the false eyes with Apple Barrel "Lemon Chiffon" for the "whites", and Citadel "The Fang " for the "pupils".  I then painted the real eyes Black and gave them small White highlight dots.
     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.


     I'm pleased with how this guy turned out.  It was a simple paint job, but I think it turned out pretty well.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lizardman with Club & Shield: Bones 3 Figure

   Sorry for being a day late, folks; but I was recovering from the Fall-In convention yesterday and getting my photos and blog reports from there sorted, and totally forgot about getting this posted. 

  This past week I started working on one of the Lizardmen with Club & Shield figures from the Bones 3 24 Bones Figure set as a test subject to establish a paint scheme for all 32 that I got from the Kickstarter. (Plus a few of the metal versions I've picked up along the way.)  So I  was looking for something that I could mass produce quickly and easily, and get done before I had to leave for Fall-In.
     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.   When it was thoroughly dry I gave it a base coat color with Rustoleum Camouflage "Deep Forest Green"
      Then, when the base coat was dry, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer 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 drybrushing the whole figure, first with Americana "Avocado", and then with the lighter, Americana "Jade Green".  I then painted his shield and club with Americana "Raw Umber".
      Next, I painted his belts, scabbard, and javelin holder with Citadel "Snakebite Leather", and then painted his loincloth, sword grip, and the straps on his shield with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown". After that I painted the javelins with Americana "Sable Brown", and the skull on his belt, and the bone handle on his sword with Americana "Antique White".
     I decided to also go ahead and paint his teeth with the Antique "White", as well as the little bone bracelet on his right arm.  I then painted his claws with Americana "Charcoal Grey", and then did the little bit of  armor on his loincloth with Ceramcoat "Bronze.  Next, I painted the tips of the javelin sticks with Reaper MSP "Ginger Cookie".
     I let the figure dry for a while, and then gave all the areas I had just painted in non-green colors a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the turtle shell with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and drybrushed the club with Nicole's "Brown".
     Next, I painted some details on the turtle shell shield with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow", and then painted the obsidian shards in the club with Black.  I then went back and highlighted these shards with Citadel "The Fang".   I then highlighted the belts, scabbard, and quiver with Ceramcoat "Raw Sienna, and the skull, bone sword handle, and bone bracelet with Americana "Bleached Sand".  Next up were the teeth which I highlighted with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".  After that I painted the eyes with Accent "Golden Harvest",  and added Black slitted pupils.   I did highlights on the javelin's next, doing the shafts with Reaper MSP "Tanned Shadow", and the pointy parts of the sticks with Reaper MSP Ginger Cookie".  The loin cloth, sword grip and shield straps were the next parts I highlighted,  using Crafters Edition "Spice Brown".   Lastly, I went back and added some highlights to the bit of armor on the loincloth using the original "Bronze".
    I let the figure dry overnight and the next morning I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When that was dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".

     I'm generally happy with how this one turned out.  It's got some rough edges, but for a figure that is going to be used in a mass of similarly painted brothers, I think it will look okay.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sea Hag, Painted as Ghost Archipelago "Swamp Zombie": Bone 2 Figure

     This past week I painted the Sea Hag figure from the Bones 2 Under the Sea set to represent a "Swamp Zombie" for the Ghost Archipelago rules.
   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 glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue.
      Right before starting to paint this figure, I noticed it had a tiny octopus on it's left shoulder; so I trimmed off the oct's main body, with the hope I could paint the remaining legs to look like part of the figure's ragged clothing. In fact, I took the photo below before I noticed the octopus sitting there.
      I began by painting all the exposed skin with Americana "Reindeer Moss Green".  Next, I painted the remains of the dress with Crafter's Acrylic "Forest Green", and then the hag's hair with Apple Barrel "Apple Black Green".
     Next, I painted dried blood splatter here and there with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry".  I let everything dry for a while and then gave the figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthsahde" wash.   When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes with Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White", and then highlighted the skin with Some Ameircana "Jade Green" mixed with some of the "Light Antique White.
     I then drybrushed the hair with Crafter's Acrylic "Holiday Green", and highlighted the clothing with Crafter's Acrylic "Citrus Green".  After that I added fresher looking blood  to all the spatter areas using Reaper MSP "Holly Berry". I decided at that point that I wanted more variation in the stuff draped all over her, so some of it might look like swamp vegetation, so I gave some of the more stringy parts of what she's wearing a wash with some Citadel "Dark Green" ink.
     Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with Ceramcoat "Walnut".
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next morning I gave it a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When that was dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor's Dullcote".  When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and painted the hair and some of the hanging material with some Americana "DuraClear Gloss" Varnish.
     I'm pleased with the results on this figure.  It certainly looks like the kind of zombie one would expect to crawl out of a swamp in my opinion! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Giant Ticks: Bones 3 Figures

     This past week I painted up a pair of the Giant Ticks from the Bones 3, 24 Bonus Figures set, as part of my continuing effort to prepare some of the monsters I'll need for next year's Ghost Archipelago campaign.
      I prepped these 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 cut down their bases a little, and then glued the ticks to black-primed 7/8" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue; and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue under each washer.
      I began by painting both figures and their integral bases with Accent "Real Umber".  After that, I painted their backs with Americana "Leaf Green".
     When the "Leaf Green" was dry, I over painted it with Folk Art "Metallic Emerald Green".  Then, when everything had a while to dry I gave both figures a complete coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash".   When the wash was dry, I first highlighted their main bodies with Americana "Mississippi Mud"; then after that, I highlighted their backs with some of the "Metallic Emerald Green" mixed with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".  Lastly, I painted in tiny eyes with some Reaper MSP "Holly Berry".
     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 their bases.

     Well, they're not anything special, and I didn't devote a whole lot of time to them; but I think they will do very nicely as Ghost Archipelago "Jungle Ticks".

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fly Demons Painted as Giant Bees: Bones 2 Figures

   This past week I painted two of the Fly Demons from the Bones 2 Lesser Demons set, as part of my effort to start assembling the creatures I will need for next year's Ghost Archipelago Campaign.  The rules' creature list calls for a couple of Giant Wasps; but not having any giant wasp figures on hand, I figure the Bones Fly Demons I had would fit the bill well enough if I painted them as Giant Bees.
      I prepped these 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 did the conversion work, and then glued the figures to black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue under each washer.
      I began by painting the bees' heads, undersides, and alternating stripes on their abdomens using Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed it with Americana "Neutral Grey".  I then painted the unpainted alternate stripes on their abdomens with Apple Barrel "Yellow".
      Next, I painted the wings with Americana "Dove Grey".  Then after everything had a while to dry, I gave their wings and the yellow stripes a wash with some thinned Winsor-Newton "Chestnut Brown" ink.  When the wash was dry,  I painted the top spine of each wing with Black and then painted the veins within each wing using some Accent "Real Umber mixed with Black.
     I then painted the center of each wing panel with the"Dove Grey", and did highlights on the mouth and tongue(?) with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey".  Next, I repainted the eyes with Black to remove any drybrushing that got on them.   After that, I drybrushed the yellow abdomen stripes with some Crafter's Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and lastly I did some White highlight dots in the eyes..
     It was now time to work on the base.  First, I drybrushed the the rocky outcroppings with the "Neutral Grey", and then with some Folk Art "Porcelain White".  Next, I drybrushed the log with Americana "Raw Umber", and then with some Americana "Khaki Tan".  Lastly, I painted the skulls with some Americana "Antique White", and then drybrushed them with some Crafter's Acrylic "Light Antique White".
    I then worked on the bases; drybrushing the stones with  Americana "Zinc", then Americana "Neutral Grey", and lastly Folk Art "Porcelain White".  After that, I drybrushed the log with Americana "Raw Umber", then some Americana "Mississippi Mud", and lastly, some Americana "Khaki Tan".   Finally, I drybrushed the skulls with some Americana "Antique White, and then some of the "Light Antique White".
      I let the figures dry overnight and the next morning I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When that was dry, I flocked their bases. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor's Dullcote".


     I'm generally happy with how these turned out.  I think they made the conversion to giant bees pretty well.