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.


  1. Nice! I'm always on the lookout for good Lizardmen miniatures and this one might get added to my pile of minis I want to paint as well!

  2. Nice work, particularly the turtle shield.

    Did you spray paint it with rustoelum? I thought bones did not react well with sprays...

    1. Thanks! Bones react to some sprays, others seem to be ok. The Rustoleum Camouflage spray paints have a label on them that says "Bonds to Plastics", so I thought I'd give it a try. I found it dries a little tacky, but when I paint over it with the acrylics, the tackiness goes away. I've also had great success with the Krylon Camouflage with Fusion spray paints, but they have become hard to find in my area.
      I recommend you read this for a list of some of the spray paints that are safe to use: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/48669-bones-the-first-coat-is-the-difference/

  3. Nice; but my flying turtles are flying their team flag at half mast today.

    1. Thanks, Jay! Apparently, along with every lizardman shield comes a free bowl of turtle soup! :)