Monday, August 14, 2017

Wild West Wizard of Oz Tin Man: Bones 3 Figure

     This past week I started the Bones 3 Wild West Wizard of Oz set and did the Tin Man mini.  I don't know what particularly makes this set Wild West; it seems to me it would fit in in any kind of Steampunk, VSF, Pulp, or Post-Apocalyptic setting.
     These figures were actually cast in the newer grey Bones material, and are a bit stiffer than normal Bones.
       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.
      I began by painting the entire figure, and his base, with Black.   When the Black was dry, I drybrushed the figure with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then passed over it with a lighter drybrush of Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver"
     I applied a little Iron Wind Metals "Medium Blue" Ink to the eye sockets, and then that was dry, I pianted the eyes with Crafter's Acrylic "Tropical Blue".  I then did pupils with Crater's Acrylic "Cool Blue", and then added White dots in the center  of the pupils.
     Next, I painted his pendant and the chain it is on, as well as some of the rods in his abdomen with Ceramcoat "Bronze".  I then painted the pendant with Ceramcoat "Opaque Red", and did a shadow on it with Ceramcoat "BlackCherry", and a highlight with Crafter's Acrylic "Tutti Frutti".  I finished the pendant by doing small White highlight dots on it.
     I then went back and highlighted the "Bronze" pendant, chain and rods, with Ceramcoat "14K Gold", and after that I went back and did more specific highlights on his armor with the "Metallic Silver".
     When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue a mixture I made of some fine brown sand, and courser black sand to the base.  When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand and the figure's own base with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige", and then with some Americana "Antique White".  When dry, I glued on some bits of grass tufts.
      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 it with Testor's Dullcote".

     I'm really pleased with how this figure turned out, particularly the glowing blue eyes.  Next up, I will be working on the Scarecrow.


  1. So the grey PVC formulation is stiffer? Does it reduce the droopy shafts and handles and such you get with regular bones material? Seems like it ought to.

    Anyway the tin-man is great, and should be useful in a number of games!

    1. Thanks, Lasgunpacker, for the kind remarks about the figure!

      As far as reducing the droopy problems, it's hard to say as none of these Oz figures really had the usual problem weapons like long swords and polearms/spears. That being said, the Oz figures were all without droops, and I didn't have to give any of them the hot/cold water treatment before painting them. So the limited evidence would indicate that, yes, the grey Bones help eliminate the problem.

    2. Oh man, I should've added these during the KS. I was too worried about drooping issues to get them. At least I know they are safe to order at retail now.

      Great job on painting the tin man!

    3. Thank you, CorallineAlgae! I've had no drooping issues with these guys. :)

  2. Nice one! Those glowing eyes did turn out well.

    1. Thanks, xredmenacex! I was bit surprised myself at how good they ended up looking! :)