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.


  1. I really like this character alot.

  2. Nice conversion. I do not think I have seen the rear of this figure before, so interesting to see that it has a poncho and wide brim hat.

    1. Thanks! Yes, I was a bit surprised by the back of this figure as well. Other than the armor it is wearing, it would pass just find for an Old West figure.

  3. There is something about the hat on the back of this guy. It's a nice touch, both the concept and the painting. It looks suitably worn.