Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Gargoyle Warrior - 2379



Third of three gargoyles that I had sitting around and used as a bit of humor ala Fable (the rpg video game) during a recent family game night.  I initially thought I might paint them as a red stone and then they could do double-duty as a small demon, but finally decided to go with a traditional stone color.  Painting was really simple - basecoat of black, drybrush of concrete, drybrush of arctic, and finally a wash of nightsky blue.


Reaper Miniatures Gargoyle Warrior - 2374



Second of three gargoyles that I had sitting around and used as a bit of humor ala Fable (the rpg video game) during a recent family game night.  I initially thought I might paint them as a red stone and then they could do double-duty as a small demon, but finally decided to go with a traditional stone color.  Painting was really simple - basecoat of black, drybrush of concrete, drybrush of arctic, and finally a wash of nightsky blue.

Reaper Miniatures Gargoyle - 2038



First of three gargoyles that I had sitting around and used as a bit of humor ala Fable (the rpg video game).  I initially thought I might paint them as a red stone and then they could do double-duty as a small demon, but finally decided to go with a traditional stone color.  Painting was really simple - basecoat of black, drybrush of concrete, drybrush of arctic, and finally a wash of nightsky blue.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Chimera - 77257




This was a fun model to paint up and should prove to be a good wandering monster as the party makes their way through the Fields of the Dead just north of Baldur's Gate.  Hopefully I can burn them to a crisp, maul them with a paw, and gore them with a horn.

Painting instructions for Chimera...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Maroon Red on dragon head, tail and wings
Step 3: Use Garnet Red on dragon head, tail and wings as first highlight
Step 4: Use Brilliant Red on dragon head, tail and wings as final highlight
Step 5: Use Griffon Tan on lion body
Step 6: Use Desert Tan as highlights on lion body
Step 7: Use Umber Brown on lion mane
Step 8: Use Ruddy Brown on lion mane
Step 9: Use Sunburn Flesh on lion mane
Step 10: Use Armor Grey on goat head
Step 11: Use Dirty Grey as highlights on goat head
Step 12: Use Maiden Flesh on goat nose
Step 13: Use Tusk Ivory on horns
Step 14: Use Maiden Flesh as highlights on horns
Step 15: Use Solid Block on lion nose and the base
Step 16: Use Armor Grey as highlight on lion nose
Step 17: Drybrush Concrete Grey on base
Step 18: Drybrush Arctic Grey on base as highlight
Step 19: Drybrush Solid White on base as final highlight

Kickstarter paint total: 108 + 1 Chimera = 109

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

3d Printed Terrain



One of the guys in the gaming group printed off 3d terrain of some graveyard ruins.  I sprayed it all with a black primer and then ran a drybrush of Cold Grey base and Stonewall Grey highlights.  Came out looking good for a quick drybrush project.  I'll look to incorporate these pieces into an upcoming game session.  Fourth picture has the fire elemental in the background - I sent that picture out as a bit of foreshadowing.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Fire Elemental - 2251


The photo over-saturated on the yellow - there's actually a bit of gradient from a white-yellow base.  One of my players asked me if I wanted this model and could use him in the campaign - heck yes!  He's part of the whole rescue the maiden campaign to thwart the goody goody characters - heh, heh.

I needed to get this done quick for our campaign.  So a basecoat of Skull White mixed with Moon Yellow.  Then drybrush of Moon Yellow, Gold Yellow, Hot Orange, and Gory Red.


Saturday, June 02, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Ostarzha, Elf Cleric - 77441


I noted in previous posts that I had an altar of evil and a skeleton minotaur as part of an evenings fun to rescue a fair maiden.  Here's the maiden, her name is Imsa in the campaign module.

Painting instructions for Ostarzha (Imsa)...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Dragon Blue on dress
Step 3: Use Dwarven Gold on dress trim
Step 4: Use Fireball Orange on scarf and sash
Step 5: Use Rich Leather on leather and hair
Step 6: Use Caucasian Flesh on skin
Step 7: Use Sold White on scarf tip and sash center
Step 8: Use Devlan Mud as wash over entire model
Step 9: Use Desert Tan as highlight on leather and hair
Step 10: Use Solid White as highlight on scarf tip and sash center
Step 11: Use a bit of Solid White in mix with Caucasian Flesh for skin highlights
Step 12: Use Entrail Pink on lips
Step 13: Use Sunburn Tan for eyebrows
Step 14: Use Retro Red (red metallic from Reaper) on container
Step 15: Use Solid Black on base
Step 16: Drybrush Concrete Grey on base
Step 17: Drybrush Arctic Grey on base as highlight

Kickstarter paint total: 107 + 1 Ostarzha, Elf Cleric = 108

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Ingrid, Female Gnome - 77167



I needed a gnome NPC for our upcoming session - she's a female spellcaster but uses a shortsword when needed.  This was the perfect model - a female gnome with a shortsword in one hand and a crystal that I'll have her use as a staff/wand (point of concentration) in the other to cast magic.  Thank you Reaper Miniatures - awesome!

The Reaper model is named Ingrid, but in this campaign, the NPC is Jamna Gleamsilver.  She's a member of the secret organization known as the Zhentarim or Black Organization (think Illuminati like for those who haven't played in the Forgotten Realms).  She has her own interesting backstory in the campaign and it'll be fun to see how my players react - will they see her as a friend with a common enemy or will they actively work against her.

This is a Derek Schubert model - I'm guessing, as it was released in 2006 as the metal model 3082, that this had to be one of his first sculptings.  Derek is a phenomenal painter and has numerous paints displayed on the Reaper website.  What's very cool is that for this model, not only did he sculpt the model, but he also painted it (in this case twice) - so you can visually see what he was thinking.  For example, in both his painted versions, he paints the model with bare legs.  As a member of the Black, I wanted my version to be wearing all black from head to toe.

Painting instructions for Ingrid (Jamna)...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Solid Black on everything but the face
Step 3: Use Desert Tan on face
Step 4: Use Elfin Flesh on face as highlights
Step 5: Use Entrail Pink on lips
Step 6: Use Crimson Red on hair
Step 7: Use Rusty Red on hair as highlights
Step 8: Use Gunmetal on chain armor and sword
Step 9: Use Nightsky Blue as highlights on everything black
Step 10: Use a wash of Solid Black and bring down all highlights as well as dull the chain armor and sword
Step 11: Use Rich Indigo on gem
Step 12: Use Dragon Blue to highlight gem
Step 13: Use Ice Blue to hit the gem edges
Step 14: Use a wash of Rich Indigo to tie it all back together
Step 15: Drybrush Concrete Grey on base
Step 16: Drybrush Arctic Grey on base as highlight
Step 17: Drybrush Solid White on base as final highlight

Kickstarter paint total: 106 + 1 Ingrid, Female Gnome = 107

Monday, May 28, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Undying Minotaur - 77559




While I like the end results of this "undying" minotaur.  I wasn't happy with the journey getting there.  Painting bones models is supposed to be an exercise in fast/good tabletop quality.  Good enough whereby the players in our campaign get a jolt of fun seeing a hand-painted miniature on the table - but then their next thought is how quickly they can remove the bad guy from the table.  If a model lasts 3 rounds, that's about 30 minutes of game time.  It doesn't make sense to spend several hours on a model that's going to get 30 minutes of fame and then be put on the back shelf.

Unfortunately, this one took the better part of the day to complete which is frustrating as I looked at this model as drybrush some bones, drybrush some armor, throw a wash on it and be done.  It didn't quite work out that way and I wasn't happy with the drybrushing nor the wash.  So after going that route... I ended up putting on some layers, trying the wash again but even more watered down, and then some more layers.  I don't drybrush or wash very much because I don't like the inability to control the paint.

I used the Reaper triad of Stained Ivory, Yellowed Bone, and Creamy Ivory for the first time on the skeletal portion.  I do like that triad and will continue to use that on my skeletons in the future.  The bronze armor was completed using a technique I learned back at Reapercon 2017 - I had always drybrushed my metals on top of black undercoat - the new technique is to use a warm brown for the golds/brass and a medium blue for silver - then to paint the metals on just as you would any other color - lightly mixed with water.  The end result is a cleaner/brighter looking finish which can be highlighted by adding a bit of silver to your base metallic - finish with a wash - I used Vallejo's Sepia ink with a lot of water.

He'll be a lot of fun come game day in our next Dungeons and Dragons session.  This one will be used in a classic barrow mound campaign taken right out of a Tolkien setting - the party will be going through the dead fields and be drawn to a barrow mound where they'll find this bad boy and a couple of his ghouly and ghastly friends protecting the ancient treasure from legendary wars.  If I'm lucky enough he'll last more than 3 rounds and maybe, just maybe get to feast on a player character!

Kickstarter paint total: 105 + 1 Undying Minotaur = 106

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Reaper Miniatures Dragon Hatchling Red - 77274





The fourth bones dragon hatchling - this one is the red dragon.  The first was the green dragon hatchling, the second was the black dragon hatchling.  The third was the blue dragon hatchling and now the set is complete from the bones kickstarter numbers 77271-77274.

I think I need to make a low-level module for my players whereby they start in a cave system and each level has a fantastical element of woods made from mushrooms for the green, a swampy damp environment of moss and acid on the next cavern level for the black, a sandy and hot cave system for the blue, and the final level would be lava filled pits with the red dragon as the final battle.

Painting instructions for Red...

Step 1: Undercoat model with Stynylrez green primer (this is awesome on bones)
Step 2: Use Maroon Red on body and wings
Step 3: Use Garnet Red on body and wings as first highlight
Step 4: Use Brilliant Red on body and wings as final highlight
Step 5: Field Grey on underbelly
Step 6: Add a bit of Solid White to Field Grey as highlights on underbelly
Step 7: Use Solid Black for horns and nose
Step 8: Use Solid Blue as highlight on horns and nose
Step 9: Use Solid Black on base
Step 10: Drybrush Concrete Grey on base
Step 11: Drybrush Arctic Grey on base as highlight
Step 12: Drybrush Solid White on base as final highlight

Kickstarter paint total: 104 + 1 Red = 105