Monday, February 19, 2018

Saproling Warrior: Bones 3 Figure, as Ghost Archipelago Cortiki

     Along with the Shadow figure I posted last Thursday, I also painted this past week the Saproling Warrior from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion.     I painted this to use as a Cortiki for Ghost Archipelago.  The rules describe the Cortiki as a demon resembling the crude figure of a man carved into a log.  So, this doesn't quite capture the "carved" aspect, but covers the log-man aspect. 
     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 glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.   And, when the glue was dry,  I put it in my Citadel painting grip.
 
      I began by painting the entire figure with Americana "Charcoal Grey".  When dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.
    When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the entire figure with Folk Art "Barn Wood".  Next, I painted his eyes with Crafter's Acrylic "Wild Green".  I then painted the centers of the eyes with Reaper MSP "Dungeon Slime", and then added pupils with White. 
       Lastly, I painted the figure's base with Americana "Raw Umber".
     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".


   While not the perfect Cortiki, I like how this figure turned out; and it was a nice simple one to paint up that responded well to drybrushing.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Shadow Painted as a Ghost Archipelago Souldweller

   I thought I'd throw in a bonus Thursday figure since it ended up being a really quick one to complete.    I just finished painting up one of the Reaper purple translucent "Shadow" figures to represent a Souldweller from the Ghost Archipelago rules.  This figure was originally released as part of the Bones 2, Expansion 2, set; though I got mine via a regular order from Reaper.   A Souldweller is an immaterial demon, described in the rules as a human form made up of black smoke.  I thought the translucent figure would be perfect for representing this.
     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 glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.   And, when the glue was dry,  I put it in my Citadel painting grip.
      I began by giving the enitre figure a coating of Black ink.
     Then when the ink was dry, I lightly drybrushed the figure with a 50/50 mix of Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey" and Apple Barrel "Apple Lavender". Next, I painted it's eyes with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and then added pupils with Reaper MSP "Golden Glow". 
     Lastly, I 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 really like how this turned out.   It's probably too "material" looking to truly look like a demon made of smoke, but I think it comes as near as you can, and still use a solid figure.  It might not look smokey, but it does sure looks spooky, in my opinion!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Gruff Grimecleaver, Dwarf Pirate Conversion

    A friend was getting rid of some of his extra Bones Kickstarter figures, so I was able to pick up a few extra copies of some of the old favorites I already had.   One of the ones I got, was the Gruff Grimecleaver, Dwarf Pirate, figure from the Bones 1 Pirates set.    I'm in need of a few more height-challenged crew members for the Halfling crew I'm working on, and I figured with a little conversion work I might be bale to have this fellow fitting in as some sort of half-Dwarf and half-Halfling  (Quaterling? :)   ) character.  (Hey, why should Elves and Orcs have all the interspecies fun! :)  ) Maybe his Dad was a sailing Dwarf working one of the beer barges, and mom was a Halfling waitress working in one of the dockside taverns. Who knows where true love will blossom! :)
(Note:  The original version of this figure I painted, from my own Bones 1 Vampire Box, can be seen here: Gruff Grimecleaver.
      Anyway, first thing I needed to do was make him a little more pre-gunpowder in his technology level; so that mean I had to remove the gun.  I decided since Halflings and Dwarves are both notorious eaters, the simplest thing I could do with the gun was to convert it into a drumstick by using a little greenstuff.  I also, trimmed his large mustache way back, since I don't think Halflings are quite as known for large facial hair as dwarves are.  I also tried to trim his boot a little to make it look more like a sandal with bare toes sticking out.  (Assuming he would still have a little of the Halfling urge to have his feet free to the open air.
  Of course, before I did any of the conversion work, I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then I gave it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  Then, after the converting was done, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue, and when dry, put it into my Citadel painting grip.
      I began by painting his head, arms, and leg with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin".  I then painted his shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Navy Blue", and his pants with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".
    Next, I painted his beard and hair with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown", and then did his bandana with Apple Barrel "Apple Maple Syrup".  I then painted his apron with Americana
"Neutral  Grey", and then did his belts and pouch with Nicole's "Brown".  After that, I painted his sandal with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Brown", and then did his wooden leg and cleaver handle with Americana "Asphaltum".  I also did his pipe using Americana "Dove Grey".
      I then painted polka dots on his bandana with "Deep Tomato Red", and then painted his knife handles and spice pouch with Americana "Raw Umber.  Next, I painted the top of the drumstick with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown", and the bone part with Americana "Bleached Sand".  After that, I painted the cleaver blade, belt buckle, sharpener(?) hanging from his belt, and knife hardware with Americana "Zinc"; and also painted his wristband and bracelet withAmericana "Terra Cotta".   I let everything dry for a while, and then I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash.
      When the wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight". I then highlighted his beard and hair with Americana "Sable Brown", then highlighted his bandana with Apple Barrel "Apple Parchment".  After that, I added a little highlight to the dots on the bandana with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry".  I then highlighted the pipe with the base "Dove Grey", and highlighted the top of the drumstick with Accent "Mustard Seed", and the bone with the base "Bleached Sand".
     Next, I highlighted his shirt with Americana "True Blue", and highlighted his pants with Folk Art "Butter Pecan".   I then highlighted his apron with the base "Neutral Grey", and his belt, pouch and sandal with the"Teddy Bear Brown".   I highlighted the axe handle with Americana "Mississippi Mud".
    I then painted the axe, belt buckle, knife fittings and knife sharpener(?) hanging from his belt all with "Gunmetal Grey", and when dry, highlighted those pieces with  Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
     Lastly, I 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 like how the figure turned out.   I can just hear him saying, "Now, here's some treasure!", as he eyes the big drumstick! :)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Dingo, Halfling Rogue: Bones 3 Figure

   I continued to work on my Halfling Crew this week, and Painted Dingo, Halfling Rogue, from the Bones 3 Core set.    I was a bit surprised as I studied this figure to see that it is the same base figure as Woody Stumpwimple, Halfling Ranger, that I painted last week; with the both the torso and legs being exactly the same.   I wonder how often Reaper does this kind of reuse with figure bodies?
        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 glued the figure to a black-primed 7/8" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.   And, when the glue was dry,  I put it in my Citadel painting grip.
      I began by giving the figure a thinned wash of Reaper MSP "Brown Liner".  When the wash was dry, I painted the lower armor with Black, and when the Black was dry, I drybrushed it with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then painted his (or her?  I'm not sure!) face, feet, and hands with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin."
     Next, I painted the shirt with Accent "Golden Harvest", and then the torso armor, and wrist guards with Americana "Asphaltum".   I then painted the sash with Ceramcoat "Black Cherry", and his/her hair with Americana "Terra Cotta".
     Next, I worked on all the stuff the figure is carrying.  I realized at this point the figure was carrying a bow and quiver (A rogue?), so I carefully cut off the fletchings on the quiver, and tried to make it look like some sort of long thin case.  I also lopped the end off the bow, and figured I treat the lower half of the bow case as his/her scabbard.   I then painted the backpack with Accent "Real Umber", and the blanket roll with Folk Art Dapple Grey".  After that, I painted the ex-quiver with Reaper MSP "Turkey Brown", and the canteen with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown".  Where I cut away the fletchings and there was little lumpy spot left, I just covered it with some Americana "Mississippi Mud".   I then painted the "scabbard" with the Black Cherry", and then painted the sword and the metal bits on the scabbard with Americana "Zinc".
        Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave his body a wash with  Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash, and the face hands, and legs a wash with Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.   When the washes were dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted the face with Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight", then did some further detial highlights by adding a little White to the "Tanned Highlight".  Next, I highlighted his/her hair with some Accent "Golden Oxide", and then mixed a little Ceramcoat "Maple Syrup Tan" to do lighter highlights.
       Next, I highlighted his shirt with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow", and his sash with Folk Art "Burgundy".   I then highlighted his leather armor with the Accent "Golden Oxide", and his belts and backpack with the "Mississippi Mud".  After that, I highlighted his blanket roll with Folk Art "Gray Green",  and his ex-quiver and canteen with Americana "Sable Brown".   I then painted the sword, scabbard fittings, and the small oval plate on his/her chest with the "Gunmetal Grey", and when dry, highlighted it with  Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
     Lastly, I 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 happy with how this Halfling turned out.  I think he'll make a good edition to my Halfsized-Heroes Crew.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Woody Stumpwimple, Halfling Ranger: Bones 2 Figure

     This past week I painted the Woody Stumpwimple, Halfling Ranger, figure from the Bones 2 Core Set.   I plan to use this figure as a Scout in a Ghost Archipelago Crew I am building made up of Halflings and Gnomes.
      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 glued the figure to a black-primed 7/8" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.   And, when the glue was dry,  I put it in my Citadel painting grip.
     I began by giving the figure with a thinned wash of Reaper MSP "Brown Liner".  When the wash was dry, I painted the lower armor with Black, and when the Black was dry, I drybrushed it with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey".  I then painted his face, feet, and hands with Reaper MSP "Tanned Shadow" and his torso armor with Citadel "Snakebite Leather".
     Next, I painted his coat with Reaper MSP "Christmas Wreath", and his gloves with Ceramcoat "Territorial Beige".  I then painted his belts and quiver with Americana "Sable Brown", and his pouch with Americana "Khaki Tan".  After that, I painted his bow with Crafters Edition "Spice Brown", and the fletchings on his arrows with Americana "Dove Grey".
    I painted his hair (both head and feet) with Crafter's Acrylic "Cinnamon Brown",  and the fasteners on his coat with Folk Art "Barn Wood".  Then, after the figure had a while to dry, I came back and I gave the body a wash with Citadel "Agrax Earthshade" wash, and the face a wash with Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.   When the washes were dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted the face with Reaper MSP "Tanned Skin" and some Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight".  After that, I painted his sword, first with Americana Zinc", and then with the "Gunmetal Grey".
     I then worked on the highlighting his coat using Americana "Leaf Green", and his leather armor with Ceramcoat "Maple Sugar Tan".  I highlighted the gloves with the "Khaki Tan", and the belts and quiver with Americana "Mississippi Mud".  I highlighted the bow with Folk Art "Teddy Bear Fur", and the Fletchings with White. The pouch I highlighted with Crafter's Edition "Taupe", and the coat's fasteners I highlighted with the base "Barn Wood".   I finished up by highlighting the metal with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".
     Lastly, I 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 really happy with how this little guy turned out, though I don't think his Dullcote dried dull enough.  I may have to respray him.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Spikeshell Warrior Converted to Snapping Turtle

    I needed a snapping turtle for the Ghost Archipelago Bestiary, and the easiest way I could think of to get one was to simply convert one of the Bones 2 Spikeshell Warrior figures (from the Swamp Things set) that I still had lying around.
The one on the left is the one I used.

      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 carefully cut off his arms, legs, and head.  I also cut away his shield and club.
     Next, I trimmed the underside of his shell so it would sit flatter on a base.  After that I trimmed his head and his limbs so they would fit the shell better in what would be it's new horizontal orientation.  I then glued all the parts back together.   I then 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 painting the whole figure with a 50/50 mix of Americana "Avocado", and Apple Barrel "Apple Black Green".   When they were dry, I gave the entire turtle a wash with Citadel Agrax Earthshade" wash.
      When the wash was dry, I drybrushed the turtle with Folk Art "Grey Green".  After that I painted his eys with Reaper MSP "Holly Berry", and then painted the inside of his mouth with Apple Barrel "Flesh".  Then, when the flesh was dry, I agve his mouth a wash again with the "Agrax Earthshade".  When the wash was dry, I  added some quick highlights to his tongue with the base "Flesh".
     Lastly, I painted the base with Americana "Raw Umber".
     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 pleased with how this little fellow came out.  It was just a quick conversion, but I think he makes a snappy little snapping turtle! :)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Arael, Half Elf Cleric

     This past week I painted Arael, Half Elf Cleric, to round out the basic crewmen for my Ghost Archipelago warband.  Even though he is billed as a cleric, I thought there was a bit of swashbuckle about his appearance that would make him a good ship's crew figure.  As far as I know he wasn't part of any of the Bones Kickstarters.
      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 glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene's Tacky glue.  This figure was going to be the first I tried in my new painting grip that my friend, Buck, gave me fore Christmas.  I was pleased to see that a washer mounted figure fits in the clamp plates nice and snugly.
     I began by painting his face and hands with Crafter's Acrylic "Flesh", and then painted his tunic with Folk Art "Cloudy Day". After that, I painted his pants with Folk Art "Celadon Green", and then pianted stripes on them with Folk Art "Hunter Green".
     Next, I painted his boots with Americana "Mississippi Mud", and the boot tops with Americana "Avocado".  I then panted his armor with Folk Art "Dapple Gray", and the two studded streamers hanging down from his front with Crafter's Acrylic "Bright Yellow".  I also painted the bit of under shirt peaking out at his neck, and between the studded streamers, with Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".
     Next, I painted all the pouches and the sword grip with Crafter's Edition "Spice Brown", and any odd belts and straps with Nicole's "Brown". I then painted the sword and dagger scabbards with Reaper MSP BONES "Tropical Blue", and the long sash with Crafter's Acrylic "Dark Turquoise". After that, I painted the sword, scabbard fittings, and any buckles with Crafter's Acrylic "Storm Cloud Grey". 
      I painted his hair with Americana "Sable Brown", and then repainted the long sash with a 50/50 mix of Folk Art "Metallic Blue Sapphire" and Folk Art "Metallic Emerald Green".  Next, I repainted the sword, scabbard fittings, and buckles with Folk Art Metallics "Gunmetal Grey". Then, after everything had a chance to dry fro a while; I gave the entire figure, except for the head and hands, a wash with Citadel "Nuln Oil" wash.
    When the "Nuln Oil" wash was dry, I needed to touch up the hands a little,  using the base "Flesh" color, where some of the "Nuln Oil" had got on them.    I then gave the head, hands and hair, all a wash with some Citadel "Reikland Fleshshade" wash.  Then, when that wash was dry, I painted his eyes, and then highlighted his skin with the base "Flesh", and then a little of the "Flesh with a little White added to it.  Next, I highlighted the hair with Reaper MSP "Tanned Highlight"
     Next, I highlighted his tunic with some of the base "Cloudy Day" mixed with a little Crafter's Acrylic "Cool Blue".  I then highlighted the armor with a mix of the base "Dapple Grey" with some Folk Art "Grey Green".  The belts, pouches, etc were highlighted with Americana "Khaki Tan", and the scabbard and dagger sheath were highlighted with the base "Tropical Blue".   I then worked on the boots, highlighting the tops with Duncan "Olive Green", and the rest with a mix of the base "Mississippi Mud" with some Folk Art "Barn Wood".   After that, I worked on the sashes, highlighting the small studded one with the base "Bright Yellow"; and the longer one with some of the "Metallic Emerald Green mixed with some Folk Art Pearl "Aqua Moire".   I wrapped things up by highlighting all the metal, and adding the studs and buckles, with Ceramcoat "Metallic Silver".   Lastly, I 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 rather pleased with this guy, even though I rushed him to get him done on time.  And, he fits in quite nicely with the rest of my crew.