Monday, May 18, 2020

Killer Fungi: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure

     This past week I painted the two translucent "Killer Fungi" from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion.     I had been holding these back since I painted the rest of the Darkreach mushrooms, in hopes that I could figure out some way to illuminate them, without having to include a huge base to hide the battery & electronics; but I finally abandoned that plan because I was tired of them sitting in my waiting-to-be-painted shelf.   This also led me to decide to start making a concerted effort to work my way through the remainder of my Darkreach figures since I had painted a lot of them already.
     I began by giving both the mushrooms a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.  When dry, I gave the one on the left a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash, and the one on the right a coat of thinned Iron Wind Metals "Dark Blue" ink.    
     When the washes were dry, I drybrushed the one on the left with Reaper MSP Bones "Dungeon Slime".  I then painted the underside of the cap, and the tentacles on the righthand one with Crafter's Acrylic "Purple Passion".  While the tentacles were still wet, I blended Americana "Cranberry Wine" in on the ends of the tentacles
I realized I couldn't really paint the roots of the mushrooms without painting the bases first, so I took the time at this point to paint the bases on both the mushrooms with Americana "Mississippi Mud".   I then painted the bottom of the domed mushroom with Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender", and also used the color to drybrush the top.   While that dried, I used some Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash to apply a coat to the underside and roots of the conical mushroom.   I then went back and used the "Nuln Oil" wash to give a coat to the tentacles, underside, and roots of the domed mushroom.
     When the washes were dry, I drybrushed the conical one with some Americana "Margarita" to help it pop.  I then drybrushed the domed one's tentacles, underside, and roots with some of the base "Apple Lavender"  mixed with some Reaper MSP "Breast Cancer Awareness Pink".   After that, I highlighted the ends of the domed mushroom's tentacles with some Ceramcoat "Opaque Red".
      I let the mushrooms dry overnight and the next day I gave them and their bases a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.

     I'm pretty happy with these two fungi.  I'm glad I went ahead and got them finished up.


  1. Those turned out intriguingly weird-looking!

    1. Thanks, Norman! Though not totally sure "intriguingly weird-looking" is a good thing! :D

  2. As soon as I read the title, I knew it would be great! These are some amazing miniatures.
    What kind of material are they made of? Are the tentacles bendy?

    1. Thanks, XE! They are made of the Bones Black style plastic, just without the agent to make it opaque, and purple colorant instead of grey. The tentacles are only the slightest bit bendy, similar to the bend of a human sized arm on a standard Bones Black figure.