Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Reaper Miniatures Stirges - 2691



Back to the metal - I needed a couple of stirges and I like these models sculpted by Bob Olley - come two to the package.

The stirges were a pretty simple paint job - I covered the entire model with Scarlett Red.  Mixed a bit of Scarlett Red with black for the shading.  Mixed a bit of Scarlett Red with Bloody Red for the highlights.  Finished off the final highlights with Bloody Red on its own.  The beak/stinger is a blend of Orange Fire, Moon Yellow, and Skull White.  Straight up Black on the eye and claws.  The hooks on the wings were a blend of Filthy Brown to Bone White.  The tail was hit with Parasite Brown and highlighted with Scrofulous Brown.

The stalagmite was done using reds to yellow to white using the same schema as my Stone Lurker.  The anemic stick was Parasite Brown, washed with Devlan Mud, and highlighted with Filthy Brown.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Reaper Miniatures Lizardman Warrior Spearman - 77050


Fifth of five lizardmen profiles from the Bones line.  More information and painting instructions on the Lizardmen posting.

This one was only a single model in one of the kickstarters - it's a different sculptor and therefore a much smaller base which I was able to put on one of Repear's square bases without much effort.  I also used the green shade/highlight on the backside scales.

Kickstarter paint total: 82 + 1 Lizardman Warrior Spearman = 83

Reaper Miniatures Lizardman Spearman - 77154


Fourth of five lizardmen profiles from the Bones line.  More information and painting instructions on the Lizardmen posting.

This example has the molded base cut, inserted into a Reaper round plastic base, which is then filled with compound to make it match the integrated molded base.  This is a time consuming process for 27 models and these models in particular have a big semi-circle base which I felt comfortable with leaving as is and would be workable during gameplay.  Therefore, for the sake of time and good enough, I didn't re-base the lizardman models.

Kickstarter paint total: 75 + 7 Lizardman Spearman = 82

Reaper Miniatures Lizardman Warrior - 77155


Third of five lizardmen profiles from the Bones line.  More information and painting instructions on the Lizardmen posting.

Kickstarter paint total: 68 + 7 Lizardman Warrior = 75

Reaper Miniatures Lizardman - 77426

Second of five lizardmen profiles from the Bones line.  More information and painting instructions on the Lizardmen posting.

This model was a bit unique as I added the darker green with light green highlights across the scales starting at the top of the head down to the bottom of the tail.  While I did like the look as it breaks up the blue on the backside, the effort was time consuming for the end result.

Kickstarter paint total: 62 + 6 Lizardman = 68

Reaper Miniature's Lizardman Archer - 77425


First of five lizardmen profiles from the Bones line.  More information and painting instructions on the Lizardmen posting.

Kickstarter paint total: 56 + 6 Lizardman Archer = 62

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Reaper Miniatures Lizardmen

More on these individual models in separate posts - just completed 27 Bones lizardman in five different poses which came out of Bones I, II, and III Kickstarters.  This was an experiment in "fast good" which is looking at batches of Bones and making them look good enough for the tabletop knowing that my players are going to obliterate them within a few rounds of combat.

  • bases - I started to cut away on a couple of the bases and glue them into the round base - it ended being a lot of work which was really unnecessary as these lizardmen (with the exception of the single champion) had really big and thick bases which stood up well on their own - so for the sake of "fast good" I nixed the effort it would take to cut lots of pvc plastic, glue, and fill.
  • colors - by reviewing a large number of the various pre-painted model lines by Wizards, Paizo, and Reaper; I came up with blocks of colors which would generate contrast - I tried to minimize too many layers and used a scheme which is the same on all poses.
  • learning to say no more or it's done - I started on putting a green stripe with highlight on the backside scales/tail to give it more interest in back as there's a lot of blue - however, I convinced myself after doing a couple - one with highlighting which is on the far left of the above picture - that the effort wasn't worth the gain for the tabletop.  Must learn that "fast good" painting uses high contrast and clean, within the lines painting - then call it done.
Painting instructions for lizardmen:

Step 1: Use Imperial Blue on entire model
Step 2: Heavy drybrush Magic Blue on entire model
Step 3: Use Besty Brown on entire club, spear, arrows, and bows
Step 4: Use Leather Brown on all leather bits
Step 5: Use Bronze Flesh on belly
Step 6: Use Sick Green on loincloth
Step 7: Drybrush Sick Green on shield
Step 8: Drybrush Escorpena Green on shield
Step 9: Use Bonewhite on spikes, bones, claws
Step 10: Use Black on base
Step 11: Drybrush Cold Grey on base
Step 12: Drybrush Stonewall Grey on base
Step 13: Drybrush Skull White on base
Step 14: Use Black on sides of base to cleanup
Step 15: on the one model - used Sick Green on scales/tail and then highlighted with Escorpena Green

Monday, November 06, 2017

Reaper Miniatures Dragon Hatchling Green - 77272


My son needed a medium sized green dragon for his game and did a quick basecoat.  To that I've added a drybrush of Camouflage Green on top of the wings and scales.  Escorpena Green on the belly and then a highlight of Dead Flesh on the belly.  The bottom of the wings highlighted with Sick Green.  Bonewhite on the claws.  Bloody Red on the tongue.  Standard drybrush on the stonework of Cold Grey, Stonewall Grey, and Skull White.

Note that the paint colors are straight up what's on the bottle of Vallejo on this post.  They emulated the GW paint schema way back in the early 2000's and I've been using them for at least the past dozen years.  However, two points.... (a) GW has gone through two different paint schemas since then and relatively few folks know the old color names and (b) I went to my first ReaperCon recently (I'll post more later) and picked up all of their HD paints.  So, in future posts I'll use the Vallejo paint names when I'm using their paints and I'll use the Reaper names when using their paints.

Kickstarter paint total: 55 +1 Green Dragon = 56

Friday, September 01, 2017

Reaper Miniatures Hydra - 77191

Excuse the quality of the pics - this is a good size "miniature" from Reaper and the camera had major difficulties providing a macro focus on a figure this large.  I've put a single knight up against the Hydra for scale in the last two pictures.  This Hydra has five heads and towers over everything on the board.  I painted this one up over the past weekend as Hurricane Harvey was dumping rain everywhere canceling all outdoor events and forcing me to sit down and paint.  I needed a hydra in my upcoming D&D campaign, so this figure was bumped to the top of the list.

I originally was going to go with more of an alligator/crocodile paint scheme - which would have a more yellowish/creme underbody and a complete green body.  However, the more I thought about it I wanted a fantasy look and therefore I choose the purple on the scales.  For the underbody, I then moved to more of an orange based coloring with neutral tones for highlighting.

This was pretty much a straight up drybrush event starting with Imperial Purple to Tentacle Pink; Scaly Green to Vile Green mixed with Rottting Flesh; and Fiery Orange to Dwarf Flesh mixed with Bleached Bone.

Kickstarter paint total: 54 + 1 Hydra = 55 (should count as 5 - one for each head)

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Reaper Miniature's Stone Lurker - 2658

This is a fantastic model sculpted by Bob Olley called a Stone Lurker - aka Roper in D&D terminology.  What's really interesting is that a Yochlol has a description that fits almost exactly the same description as a Roper - with the only difference being a Yochlol technically doesn't have a mouth in that form.

I recently ran the Twilight Tomb - 3rd level module which had a Yochlol with 2 levels of sorcerer.  A Yochlol can move between a humanoid form, large spider form, it's natural form (looks like a Roper but with 8 tentacles), and a gaseous form.  Started the encounter in human form, then moved to large spider form, then put down this model as the final boss battle form.  I used the spider bite (without poison) as well as its 8 tentacles in its natural form and the encounter worked out well for a group of five 4th level characters and fits the imagination of the model better.

Painting instructions for Stone Lurker:

Step 1: Undercoat model with black primer (back to metal so I used the spray primer)
Step 2: Used Liche Purple on the tops of the tentacles
Step 3: Used Tentacle Pink on the bottoms of the tentacles
Step 4: Drybrushed Warlock Purple on the tops of the tentacles
Step 5: Washed the bottoms of the tentacles with Warlock Purple
Step 6: Highlighted just a bit where needed the suckers with Tentacle Pink mixed with just a bit of Skull White
Step 7: Used Red Gore as a basecoat on the main structure of the model and watered down a bit to extend the Red Gore onto the tentacles
Step 8: Used Blood Red on the main structure and a bit less on the tentacles
Step 9: Used Blazing Orange on the main structure and a bit less on the tentacles
Step 10: Used Golden Yellow on the main structure and a bit less on the tentacles
Step 11: Used Sunburst Yellow on the main structure and a bit less on the tentacles
Step 12: Used mix of Sunburst Yellow and Skull White on main structure for final highlights
Step 13: Used mix of Sunburst Yellow and Skull White as a drybrush on the teeth and eye
Step 14: Used Liche Purple for eye
Step 15:  Drybrush Codex Grey on base
Step 16: Drybrush Fortress Grey on base
Step 17: Drybrush Skull White on base
Step 18: Use Chaos Black on sides of base