Thursday, June 13, 2019

Crystal Formations: Bones 4 "Darkreach" Translucent Figures

   This past week I also painted the translucent Crystal Formations from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion Set.    They seemed like a nice quick side project to work on while I painted other stuff.
    I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued the largest to a black primed 1" fender washer,  and the two smaller to 7/8" black primed fender washers, with Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer's glue each.
To begin, I gave the crystals all a wash with some thinned Iron Wind Metals "Purple" ink.   When dry, I painted one facet on each crystal point with some Folk Art "Color Shift" Purple Flash".   I then gave one facet on each of the crystals' shafts, located opposite the side of the point I just painted, a wash with a mix of Vallejo Game Ink "Black" mixed with some of the "Purple" ink.
    When the ink had dried, I painted the bases with Americana "Neutral Grey", and when dry, I gave the bases a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the based with some Folk Art "Platinum Grey".
       I let the crystals dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Once again I decided not to spray varnish these as I have had some issues in the past with the translucent figures getting a little tacky after a while.   So, to finish up,  I painted the crystals with Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish to give them a nice shine.

     I'm really happy with these.  The addition of the color-shift paint really makes an interesting and somewhat realistic looking reflective pattern.


  1. Shiny! Makes for good Underdark terrain, or an objective for above ground games.

    1. Thanks, Lasgunpacker! Yes, crystals can fit into just about any fantasy terrain set-up. :)