Monday, November 12, 2018

Bandit Leader: Bones 3 Figure

  Well, I was able to squeeze in some painting time last week after all, (despite Fall-In being this past weekend) and I finally finished the figure I had been working on for the past 3 weeks: Bandit Leader, from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, Part 3.  This is the final figure I had left to do from this set.
   The figure was a bit oddly sculpted I felt, being almost entirely two dimensional looking.  So I decided to do a little modification on him to help look less stilted.
Photo from Reaper's website

     I prepped this 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 cut both arms at the elbows and after slicing off a small angled section of each arm, re-glued them so they bent in more.  After that, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.
      I began by painting his armor with Ceramcoat "Black".  When dry, I drybrushed the armor with  Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then painted his skin with Americana "Shading Flesh".
     Next, I painted his leggings with Americana "Neutral Grey", and his skirt with Accent "Real Umber".  I then painted his hood and sleeves with Folk Art "Barnyard Red", and his leather armor with Americana "Terra Cotta".  After that, I did his waist belt with Americana "Light Cinnamon", and boots and the shield strap with Americana "Raw Umber".
     I then continued with the "Raw Umber, using it to paint all the straps and the pouch on his belt, as well as the grip of his sword.  After that, I painted the front of his shield with Folk Art "Deep Tomato Red",the back with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and the sword with Americana "Zinc".  Then, when the figure had a while to dry, I gave the entire thing a wash with  Citadel "Agrax Earthsahde" wash.
     Unfortunately, I must have fouled my "Agrax Earthsahde" or something, because I found in many places (see the base of the hood for example) it dried white for some reason.
     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes (I hate doing eyes inside hoods!), and highlighted the face and hands with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh".   I then highlighted the leggings with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey", and his hood and sleeves with Crafter's Acrylic "Orange Spice".
     Next, I highlighted the skirt with Nicole's "Brown", and then the leather armor with Accent "Golden Oxide".  I then highlighted the belt with Americana "Sable Brown", and the shoes, belts and straps with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".  After that, I highlighted the face of the shield with Ceramcoat "Bright Red", and then painted the sword with the "Gunmetal Grey".  I then went around and highlighted all the metal with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
      Lastly, I painted the figure's integral base with Americana "Bittersweet Chocolate".
     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".

     Well, considering he took 3 weeks to complete, I'm glad to finally have him done!   There's nothing that great about him, but he will do just fine for the table top.


  1. Nice! Always good to have some meanies around.
    I agree it's great to finish a model you started a while ago!

  2. Very nice. His face has a lot of character for a piece of metal.

    1. Thanks Jay! Or a piece of plastic, as the case may be. :) I usually don't like doing faces in hoods, but something about his made it a little more easy.

  3. Very good.
    I have found that washes can leave a white residue if I've added water or they are in a damp environment.

    1. Thanks, misterc! And thanks for the hint about the washes, I've had to add a bit of water to it, as it's become rather thick as I have gotten to the bottom of the bottle. Maybe that's my trouble.

    2. [Hint] You might try a drop or two of Future Floor Wax off the end if a pointy tooth pick into the wash mix. For me this action eliminates any colored residue to be seen in the paint finish.]

    3. Thanks for the tip, Jay! I'll have to give that a try.

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    1. Thank you, Fernando Enterprises! I appreciate you extremely kind remark.