Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Dragon Hatchling Black - 77273

This one was a bugger to try and photograph - while small, it's long and wide at the same time and I used both a digital camera with macro settings as well as my mobile phone which is an LG-V30 with a decent camera - neither were able to quite capture the miniature appropriately - oh well - it looks cool and it will be great fun for a low-level party of adventurers.  Quite happy with the pit of acid from which it's emerging - just don't tell Aeofel.

This is the second of the four hatchling dragons which came in one of the bones kickstarters.  The green dragon hatchling was done back in November.  I have the red and the blue sitting on my desk all primered up.  So look for those hopefully sometime soon.

Painting instructions for Dragon Hatchling Black...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Solid Black on dragon scales and wings
Step 3: Drybrush Solid Blue on dragon scales and wings
Step 4: Use Solid Blue on dragon underbody from head to tail
Step 5: Use Military Gray to pick out underbody highlights, horn, and talons
Step 6: Use Snow Shadow to pick out underbody, horn, and talons final highlights,
Step 7: Stiple Snow Shadow on top of wings
Step 8: Use Field Grey on base
Step 9: Use Meadow Green on base
Step 10: Use Retro Emerald on base
Step 11: Use Pale Safron sparingly on base
Step 12: Add a bit of Solid White to the Retro Emerald and give tips a bit of final highlight.
Step 13: Wash with a very watered down Retro Emerald

Kickstarter paint total: 100 + 1 White Dragon = 101

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Young Fire (Ice) Dragon - 77026

Someone in Reaper's marketing department didn't get the message or doesn't play "the world's most popular role-playing game" as this model is clearly the classic example of the iconic white dragon and not a red "fire" dragon.  In fact, the metal model this bones replication is based on is Reaper catalog number 3338 which is identified as a young "ice" dragon.

Which is exactly what I needed and this is the fourth and final miniature I painted up for this past Saturday's 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game where we are running an enhancement module for Hoard of the Dragon Queen.  ** Plot spoiler ** In this module the Harper's have contracted the party to catch a double agent, but they don't know it until the very end when Xande shifts into her natural white dragon form.  Our session made it to the very end of the plot reveal, I switched the Xande model with the white dragon and then we ran up against the pumpkin hour - which is perfect, we'll get to start off our next session with a boss battle!

This is also my 100th bones model from the various first three Reaper Miniatures Kickstarters.  There's something exciting about having a 100 bones miniatures with paint and a base.  This is one of four models (Xande, Bulette, Giant Scorpion, White Dragon) which I had to paint during the evenings and Saturday morning last week - so fast/good was the operative word - this one was a basecoat and a complete set of drybrush layers.

Painting instructions for Young Fire (Ice) Dragon...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Dragon Blue on everything including base
Step 3: Drybrush Ice Blue on everything
Step 4: Drybrush Blue Flame on everything as highlights
Step 5: Drybrush Solid White on everything as final highlights
Step 6: Use Brilliant Red on eyes

Kickstarter paint total: 99 + 1 White Dragon = 100

Monday, May 14, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Giant Scorpion - 77337

A third model that I had to quickly throw together for my 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game on Saturday night was this giant scorpion.  He had burrowed his way down into the cave system where my dungeon explorers were headed.  The giant beastie proved as much fun to paint as he was to battle with on the tabletop.  Going to have to get me another one of these in the future!

Here's where the bones model proves difficult - for $4 instead of $19 you save a nice chunk of money; but on a model like this, it's so difficult to position the bones legs.  You can attempt to use the hair dryer method or a pot of boiling water method - but the problem is... this model is too large and all the various legs too close together to adequately be able to position and then cool and get everything in just the right spot.  So I went with what I could and tried to build the base up to meet the legs in the best pose possible.

Painting instructions for Giant Scorpion...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Ruddy Brown on the main body and the legs
Step 3: Use Rusty Red on body top, tail, and legs
Step 4: Use Brilliant Red as highlights on tail, legs, and claws
Step 5: Use Fireball Orange as highlights on tail, legs, and claws
Step 6: Use Golden Yellow as final highlight on tail, legs, and claws
Step 7: Use Solid Black on tail stinger
Step 8: Use Solid Blue as highlight on tail stinger
Step 9: Use Solid Black on base
Step 10: Drybrush Field Grey on base
Step 11: Add a drop of Solid White to Field Grey and drybrush final highlights on base

Kickstarter paint total: 98 + 1 Giant Scorpion = 99

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Alistrilee - 77205

A second miniature that I needed to quickly paint up for our 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game this weekend.  I grabbed a bones model off the shelf as this closely resembled the half-elf ranger that I needed.  There's a picture, in a supplemental adventure to the Hoard of the Dragon Queen, of the main character which this paint job is based upon (the character's name is Xande).

Painting instructions for Alistrilee (Xande in my game):

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Elfin Flesh on skin
Step 3: Use Sold Black on armor
Step 4: Drybrush Glorious Gold on armor
Step 5: Use Tusk Ivory on arrow shafts
Step 6: Use a watered down Sepia Ink and wash all skin, armor, and arrow shafts
Step 7: Use Field Grey on the quiver
Step 8: Use Dragon Blue on cape, bow, and arrow fletching
Step 9: Use Ice Blue as highlight on cape and bow
Step 10: Use Blue Flame as final highlight on cape, bow, and arrow fletching
Step 11: Use Solid White stippled onto the brim of the hood
Step 12: Use Tusk Ivory to highlight arrow shafts
Step 13: Use Glorious Gold to highlight armor
Step 14: Drybrush Concrete Grey on base
Step 15: Drybrush Arctic Grey on base
Step 16: Drybrush Solid White on base
Step 17: Use Solid Black on base

Kickstarter paint total: 97 + 1 Alistrilee = 98

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Burrowing Horror - 77372

I have five of these burrowing horrors to paint up but needed one immediately for a current 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game Saturday night where a Bulette appears.  I quickly threw a paintjob on one of them and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.  I didn't have enough time to put together anything on the base, so I just glued it on as is.

Speaking of basing, not sure why, but Wizards decided to change the basing of a Bulette from the huge base (3x3) size to a large base (2x2) size in 5th edition.  Somewhat annoying, because in order to use my Bulette in a 3.5/Pathfinder game (which I still have going), I'll have to throw the model on top of a three-inch base.

Painting instructions for Burrowing Horror (Bulette):

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Rich Indigo on plating
Step 3: Use Ruddy Brown on body
Step 4: Use Ash Grey on toenails
Step 5: Use Concrete Grey on toenails as highlight
Step 6: Use Arctic Grey on toenails as highlight
Step 7: Use Blue Flame on toenails as final highlight
Step 8: Drybrush heavy coat of Twilight Blue on plating
Step 9: Drybrush highlight of Snow Shadow on plating
Step 10: Drybrush final highlight of Blue Flame on plating
Step 11: Drybrush highlight of Sunburn Flesh on body
Step 12: Drybrush final highlight of Dwarven Flesh on body
Step 13: Use Dwarven Flesh on belly
Step 14: Drybrush Fireball Orange on belly
Step 15: Use Entrail Pink on mouth
Step 16: Use Tusk Ivory on teeth
Step 17: Use Solid White as highlight on teeth
Step 18: Use Solid Black on eyes

All paint is Reaper - Twilight Blue and Snow Shadow or from the MSP, the remainder is from the HD line.

Kickstarter paint total: 96 + 1 Burrowing Horror = 97

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Ghouls and Ghast - 2450

The final bit (for now) of metal undead I found representing ghouls and ghasts.  As before, painted in the schema of my previous ghasts.  However, this time I "warped" both arms of the ghast.  These were easy and simple to paint up - a basecoat, a drybrush, a wash, and then some details here and there.  Nine ghouls and ghasts added to the collection within a couple nights worth of effort along with one zombie.  Ten models in a single week is more than a few years combined - lol!

Reaper Miniatures Ghouls - 3716

Two more undead - ghouls painted up using the same paint schema as my ghasts but without the colorfully warped arm.  These are metal minis which are such a joy to hold and move around the gaming table.

Also note the markings from my new toy.  I was over at Michael's and found a craft smart oil based paint pen with an extra fine tip in silver.  I used it to number the ghoul on the back of the mini base.  I'm going to do the same to all the pre-paints as well.  When gaming and there's multiple of the same monster, many with the same sculpts and paint schemes (particularly the pre-painted), it's difficult to communicate which monster is being targeted.

RAFM Ghouls - 3892 and 3894

I've recently hunted through my piles, stacks, and drawers full of miniatures looking for ghouls and ghasts to paint up.  I found these two old RAFM blisters I probably purchased from the discount bin of a hobby store fifteen years ago.  These miniature sculpts are certainly waaaayyyy older than that.  I have posted minis going back to the original AD&D packs and it's amazing to see the difference in sculpting over the decades.  The lost minis wiki says these were sculpted by Bob Murch but doesn't give a timeframe when they were originally produced.

The packaging technically says they're ghouls; but I painted them up using the ghast schema of a warped and colorful arm like I did with my other bones ghasts.  Thinking about it, I probably should have done both arms to give more color to the model.  Either way, they're going to be a whole lot of ghastly (or ghouly) fun on my gaming table.

Reaper Miniatures Ghast (2 More) - 77159

I was gathering up all the metal Ghouls and Ghasts in my to be painted collection and along the way I found two more Ghasts in the bones format.  So I painted them up in the same schema as my other Ghasts.  Now I have a total of 5 to drop on a party of adventurers going through the crypt.

Kickstarter paint total: 94 + 2 Ghasts = 96

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Plague Zombie - 2102


I found a bunch of ghouls and ghasts - some metal and some bones and decided to give them a paint per my most recent ghast instructions.  This Plague Zombie from Reaper Miniatures was in the pile and I brought him to life as part of the group - mostly following the same color schemes.  He had a fun element of having some brains exposed in the skull which I tried to capture in the top down picture.

Painting instructions for Ghast:

Step 1: Undercoat model with black primer
Step 2: Use Suntan Flesh on all bones
Step 3: Drybrush Caucasian Flesh on all bones as highlights
Step 4: Use Woodland Brown on the leather belt/skirt and boots
Step 5: Use Dragon Blue on the tattered shirt
Step 6: Use Jungle Camo tattered pants
Step 7: Wash entire model with Devlan Mud
Step 8: Use Entrail Pink on exposed brains
Step 9: Add Solid White to Entrail Pink and highlight exposed brains
Step 10: Drybrush Concrete Grey on base
Step 11: Drybrush Arctic Grey on base
Step 12: Drybrush Solid White on base
Step 13: Use Solid Black on base

A fun and quick paint job.  Can't wait to use him on the gaming table!