Monday, August 2, 2021

Pirate Shrine to Maersuluth and Pirate Shrine to Meriwyn: Bones 5 Brinewind Figures

    This past week I painted the two Pirate Shrines, Maersuluth and Meriwyn,  from the Bones 5 Brinewind Expansion.  
    I prepped them in the usual way, soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then gave them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried them.  I then glued the Maersuluth figure to a 1.5" black-primed metal washer, and Meriwyn to a 1.25" black-primed washer, both with some Aleene's Tacky glue.  I then placed the figures on pill bottles with some blue-tac.    
      I began by painting the rocky base with Americana "Charcoal Grey".  When dry, I gave it a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the rocks with some Americana "Zinc", and then Americana "Grey Sky"
     Next, I painted the mermaid, and some of the coins along the base with with Reaper MSP HD "Golden Brown", and then painted the entwined eels, the plates, cups, and some of the coins with the "Zinc".  After that, I painted the bottle along the base with Apple Barrel "Apple Blue Spruce".
     I then painted the mermaid and some coins with Folk Art Brushed Metal "Brushed Bronze", and followed by painting the eels and some of the coins with Folk Art Metallic "Gun Metal Grey".  After that, I painted the plates and cups with Accent "Princely Pewter", the flag and th giant pearl with Reaper MSP "Coal Black", and the skull with Reaper MSP "Graveyard Bone". 
     Next, I applied a coat of thinned Folk Art "Patina" paint to the mermaid.  I then panted the pair of shackles on the base with Reaper MSP "Scorched Metal", and painted a skull and crossbones on the flag using Reaper MSP "Bleached Linen".  I let everything dry for a while, and then applied a coat of Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash to the mermaid and the skull.
     When the wash was dry, I lightly drybrushed the mermaid with some Ceramcoat "Metallic Bronze".  I then applied a coat of Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash to the eels, coins, cups, plates, shackles, bottle, and flag.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the eels with some Nicole's "Metallic Silver", and then highlighted the silver coins with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver", and the gold coins with Folk Art Metallic "Pure Gold".  For the cups and plates I used Reaper MSP "Pewter" to do the highlights. 
     Next, I worked on the shackles, dabbing them with some Americana "Charcoal Grey", and then a little Accent "Golden Oxide", to give them a rusty appearance.  Next I worked on highlighting the bottle, using Americana "Forest Green", and Americana "Festive Green", and finally blending in a tiny bit of Americana "Snow White". I then did the highlights on the skull using the base "Graveyard Bone", and then highlighted the flag with Ceramcoat "Denim Blue for the black parts, and the "Bleached Linen for the skull & crossbones design. Lastly, I painted the pearl with Folk Art Dragonfly Glaze "Violet-Blue-Green Shift".  As I looked at the final results, I felt the figure needed a last pop of color, so I decided to attempt to paint the eyes on the eels like rubies.  I had had the thought of doing this throughout the entire paint job, but always worried about getting the gem look right in such a small area.  I finally convinced myself to give it a try.  So with a little Reaper MSP "Blood Red", mixed with a little of the "Snow White", I gave it a shot.  Lastly, I painted the base with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown".

     Next, I moved on to the Meriwyn Shrine.  Where I had done the first shrine as metal, I decided to do this one as stone.  Mainly because Reaper decided to sculpt it with a broken and missing left arm, and I find it easier to believe that a stone statue had an arm crack off than a metal one would.
     I began by painting the entire figure with Americana "Neutral Grey".  When this was dry, I gave it a complete coat with the "Nuln Oil" wash.
     When the wash was dry,  I drybrushed the figure, first with Americana "Jade Green", and then with Folk Art "Celadon Green".   Like with the previous shrine, I finished up by painting the base with "Teddy Bear Brown".
       I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish. When dry, I used some white glue to glue some sand to each figure's base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figures with Testor's Dullcote".    When the "Dullcote was dry, I went back and painted the pearl, bottle, and eel eyes with Americana "DuraClear Gloss" varnish.

     I'm really pleased with how these two pieces turned out!  They make from some really great scatter terrain.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Boulderkin: Bones 5 Figures

      This past week I painted the "Boulderkin" from the Bones 5 Core Set.  In Bones 5, Reaper added a couple sets of figures that were groupings of similar figures in different poses.  As a gamer I loved this concept for unit building.  The Boulderkin were one such set, including 6 poses of the same basic rock creature.  As a wargamer I thought this was great, and ended up buying 3 extra sets of these figures for a total of 4; giving me 24 Boulderkin figures.   I decided to divide them into two groups: one group of 12 to base individually, and one group of 12 to mount on movement stands.
     With four total sets, that gave me 4 of each individual pose; so I decided to paint them in groups of 4 like figures.  Since I wanted half for individual basing, and half for stand basing, I glued 2 to 1" primed washers using Aleene's Tacky glue, and left 2 on just their integral bases.  I then glued my groups of 4 onto tongue depressors using regular white glue.

     But before I did that, I decided I wanted one of my individually-mounted Boulderkin to be a distinct command figure.  So I choose a suitable pose, and chopped him in the middle and then chopped of one arm..
     Using green stuff, I extended his middle so he would be slightly taller, and repositioned his right arm, and then re-sculpted the hand into a classic officer pointing pose.
          Since I had so many of these to point, I decided I wanted to use Citadel Contrast Paints to speed the process.  So, to begin, I gave all the figures a base coat of Ceramcoat "White".
     When the base coat was dry, I painted each figure entirely with Citadel Contrast "Basilicanum Grey".
     When the "Basilicanum Grey" was dry, I then went back and added a second layer to the insides of the mouths and their eyebrows to darken them.  On some of their eyebrows I did the second coat with "Citadel Contrast "Space Wolves Grey" to mix things up. At this point, I drybrushed the figures with some Americana "Dove Grey", paying particular attention to their "teeth" to help them stand out.   I then dabbed some of the "Space Wolves Grey", some Citadel Contrast Militarium Green", and some Citadel Contrast Aggaros Dune" here and there on different rocks of their bodies to add some visual interest.  After that, I painted their eyes with Crafters' Acrylic "Daffodil Yellow", and then painted Ceramcoat "Black" pupils.
     Lastly, I painted their bases with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
     I let all of them dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Americana "DuraClear Matte" varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I  gave them tiny hairdos with some  different kinds of static grass and flock in an attempt to look like moss; gluing it on with white glue. When dry, I used the white glue to flock the bases. 
     Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figures with Testor's Dullcote". 

     I'm generally happy with how these guys turned out.  The "Basilicanum Grey"  is a little splotchier than I would have liked, but the ability to paint so many figures quickly overshadowed those concerns.  

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Bones 5 Kickstarter Arrival Photos Part 2

    Hooray!  I was able to pick up my newly-repaired computer this morning, so I thought I would do a special Thursday edition post, and use the opportunity to post the second batch of photos from my Bones 5 Kickstarter haul, then next week I will get back to posting about painting.
Not-Dejah Thoris, from the Chronoscope Expansion.

The Monster from Chronoscope.  Sadly, this comes glued together. I wish they had left the translucent part separate.

The trailer from the Chronoscope expansion.  This seems a little small to me.

Otter Pirates! And the Oyster Familiar.  From the Brinewind Expansion.
 So much character!
Ghost Pirate Captain

Anchor of Damnation and Shrine to Maersuluth from the Brinewind Expansion.  These are great little pieces of scatter terrain.

Seamstress from Brinewind.

Brinewind Doxies and bed.

Assortment of Brinewind scallywags.  The Innkeeper (on left) has some issues with her shoulders and arms looking wonky.
Brinewind Cook, Shark Butcher, and Merchant.

Cat Pirates! :)

The Ogre Porter from Brinewind. This is a wonderful model, but unfortunately the kitty riding the cart is not very detailed with mushy face details and stubby ears. 

The Dungeon Dwellers "Treasure Dragon".  This is a beautiful little dragon and sadly gets overshadowed by its bigger cousins in the Kickstarter.  Shown with the Knight from the same expansion.

The Sea Giant from the Dark Depths Expansion.  This a gorgeous figure with so many cool details!  In my mind, the best figure in Bones 5!

   So tune in next Monday for a return to regularly scheduled service!  I will be posting my first painted stuff from Bones 5!

Monday, July 12, 2021

No Post Today: Computer Died

   Well, my computer started having problems this past week, and that has prevented me from getting today’s post ready.  I tried putting this week’s post together on my IPad, but found the editing function next to useless on that platform, especially when I tired to add photos. So I managed to get this simple text post ready. And add a single photo. But anything more seems beyond my skill.  Hopefully we can resume next week.

Not-Dejah Thoris, from the Chronoscope Expansion.

Monday, July 5, 2021

BONES 5 Arrives!

 I am happy to announce that last week my Bones 5 Kickstarter order arrived from Reaper! Below are some pictures of the haul and a few things I initially looked at. Due to company visiting over a long Fourth of July weekend, I didn't have a lot of time to paw through everything, so hopefully more photos next week.
Our official box inspector does his job upon Bones 5's arrival.  Note the upper left side is totally caved in.  It arrived in that condition.  Reaper did not use a very sturdy box to ship in, and did not stuff it with enough packing material to support it from within.  Luckily, though a few of the interior boxes were crushed a little, no minis appear damaged yet.

My haul of the Core and Expansions. Also shown, Sophie's Lucky Dice set.

My mound of baggie wrapped Add-Ons and Extra Sets.  Figure included for scale.

The Core Set's "Gem Dragon". The base is actually hollow, so crafty folks can attempt to electrify it if they want.

The terrain from the Mandupar Pass Encounter. This is a beautiful big hunk of plastic.  I was amazed at how dynamic and detailed the monkey face above the cave was.

The back of the Mandupar Pass cave entrance.  I really appreciated Reaper making the effort to add detail to the back, making it to a playable area as well.

Krateryx, the Shadow Dragon.  I love that Reaper left its stone base totally natural and did not feel temped to mold the feet directly to it, or put slots in it for feet tabs to go into it.  This way it can also be used as terrain.

Townsfolk, half set.  These figures are great and full of character.  I bought them thinking I could use some as siege engine crew, and I was not disappointed.  While their static poses put me off a little when I saw them listed in the Kickstarter, seeing them in person I realize they will also make great prisoners/captives as well as the more obvious NPCs.

The other half of theTownsfolk set.

The Henchmen set.  Lots of character in these guys!

The Dwarf King's Crypt.  This is another beautiful set with the figures oozing character.  My one disappointment is the blue they used for the Dwarf King's ghost.  I wish they had just left it clear.

That's all I have time for now.  I will do more next week, so if there's anything you want to see, please let me know in the comments.  Last week I posted a list of all the sets I ordered at the bottom of my painting article.