Saturday, August 31, 2019

Reaper Miniatures Townsfolk: Oswald the Overladen - 77141

This miniature has become one of my favorites and has been sitting on my desk for awhile - I have a few figures that I keep around and throw paint at it as an overflow and this is one (another is packrat which is close to being complete).  There is purposely no rhyme nor reason to the paint scheme other than when I had an extra bit of paint and an object needing painting I'd throw some paint at it.  The last object to get painted was the wooden barrel on top.

One henchman looking for party of adventurers - will work for food, a few gold coins, and health benefits in the way of magical healing.

Favorite object being carried --- the chicken.

Kickstarter paint total: 130 + 1 Townsfolk: Oswald the Overladen = 131

Friday, August 30, 2019

Reaper Miniatures Townsfolk: Wench - 77085

Another miniature that started life during Reapercon 2017.  This class was on how to make realistic fluids such as in a jar or a bottle.  The focus was on the six beer mugs being held by this medieval bar wench.  We looked at various pictures of beer and what you see (a) there is a dark line at the top of the beer and the foam, (b) the light actually reflects more clearly at the bottom of the glass meaning that the color goes from dark to light from top to bottom, and (c) that a nice vertical line gives that reflective look of glass.  Example....

That was a great class and this mini has sat around long enough and would occasionally get some paint splattering from a drybrush or an accidental swipe of a brush - so I thought it was time to give it a quick paintjob over this labor day weekend.  Nothing fancy - just enough to get it put up on the completed shelf.  Maybe I can get a bar fight going in one of my D&D campaigns - damage from a flying beer glass?

Kickstarter paint total: 129 + 1 Townsfolk: Wench = 130

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Reaper Miniatures Sir Conlan - 77200

This miniature started off life as a practice figure at the Reapercon 2017 class on a technique whereby you load the brush up with a dark, medium, and highlight at the same time - I didn't really manage to get the technique down and over time just used a more traditional layering technique.  This then sat on my desk for a long time and I'd do bits and pieces of it when the right color hit.  I finally finished it off tonight by painting the shield with some leftover red from my Giant Octopus project.

Kickstarter paint total: 128 + 1 Sir Conlan = 129

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Wizkids Giant Octopus - WZK73728

Was at my local gaming store on Saturday playing a session of D&D and picked up a newly released Giant Octopus from the Wizkids Deep Cuts line of unpainted and primed miniatures.  I'm running a Ghostmarsh campaign on Thursday nights and this will be perfect for an up and coming session.  Eager to rip this one out of the box I grabbed the paints and had at it.  I love that this came with a clear base - great for turning over and seeing all the detail work.

Painting instructions for Giant Octopus (used my Vallejo Game Color)...

Step 1: No need to primer - already done
Step 2: Use Scarlett Red on entire model
Step 3: Use Bloody Red on the appendages
Step 4: Use Orange Fire on the lower half of appendages
Step 5: Use a wash of Hexed Lichen on entire model
Step 6: Use Warlord Purple on bottom of appendages
Step 7: Use Squid Pink on the suction cups

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Reaper Miniatures Barrow Warden 3 - 77348

Nothing fancy here.  Just a quick paint in black, drybrush in gunmetal, add a bit of bone white for the skeleton and we're ready to throw on the table as a baddy for the evening's D&D game.

Kickstarter paint total: 127 + 1 Barrow Warden = 128

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Wizkids Griffon - WZK72574

I'm becoming the poster child for these wonderful miniatures from Wizkids - this one is from the Nolzur's Marvelous line.  The Griffon has a great pose, wonderful detail, and just look really good all painted up.  More official Dungeons and Dragons licensed creatures from the Monster Manual to your tabletop - just great fun.  Again, my only complaint is the lack of attributing the sculpt to the sculptor.

Painting instructions for Gargoyles (used my Vallejo Game Color)...

Step 1: No need to primer - already done
Step 2: Use Charred Brown on wings and front of creature
Step 3: Use Plague Brown on lion hindquarters
Step 4: Use Orange Fire on talons
Step 5: Use Black on claws and base
Step 6: Use Ghost Grey on head
Step 7: Drybrush Beastly Brown on wings and front of creature
Step 8: Use Night Blue as highlight on claws
Step 9: Use Vomit Brown as highlight on lion hindquarters
Step 10: Water down Sombre Grey as a wash on head
Step 11: Drybrush Wolf Grey on head
Step 12: Drybrush highlights on head with Ghost Grey
Step 13: Drybrush Cold Grey on rocks
Step 14: Drybrush Stonewall Grey on rocks
Step 15: Drybrush Dead White on rocks

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Reaper Miniatures Skara, Female Skoli - 77488

I needed a quick model to resemble the moon elf major npc of the Princes of the Apocalypse - Aerisi Kalinoth and this Reaper Bones model is as close to description/pictures in the book.  She carries a magic spear Windvane.  The only part missing is a set of wings.  If I dig around I might have an extra set and I'll tack those on later if I do.

Painting instructions for Stone Lurker (used my Reaper paints except base and metal which were Vallejo)...

Step 1: I'm using Stynylrez primer on the bones models - just slop it on and cover everything - it works great!
Step 2: Use Clouded Sea on skin
Step 3: Use mix of Clouded Sea and Creamy Ivory for highlights on skin
Step 4: Use Pure Black on hair and potion bottle
Step 5: Use Midnight Blue as highlights on hair and armor
Step 6: Use Midnight Blue on all armor
Step 7: Use Twilight Blue as highlights on armor
Step 8: Use Show Shadow on the long skirt
Step 9: Use Chainmail Silver mixed with watered down Midnight Blue on sword and spear
Step 10: Use Chainmail Silver for sword and spear highlights
Step 11: Use Black on base and rock
Step 12: Drybrush Cold Grey on rock
Step 13: Drybrush Stonewall Grey on rock
Step 14: Drybrush Dead White on rock

Kickstarter paint total: 126 + 1 Skoli = 127

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


In the Fall of 2017 I went to Reapercon and one of the great benefits of the Con is the ability to swap and pick up metal bits.  They bring out a large table and fill it with all sorts of metal bits and then they also run a buy by the pound from anyone for store credit.  Therefore, you never know what you'll find on the metal bits table and you'll find a myriad of miniature companies and age of miniatures (I previously blogged about the cavern worm which was a great find).

I found this fountain and it caught my eye.  It had to be the top part of something as the end had a ball joint which I'm guessing must have gone into some sort of a base.  I have no idea who sculpted, cast, or what brand this miniature is from but I had fun with it.  I figured a way to base it and then built up a bit of a floor to support the ball joint.  Gave it a quick drybrush and picked out the gold coins in the fountain.  Called it done.  I'll figure out how to use this in a D&D game - maybe as a mimic as it lures the players in with glints of gold coins for the "easy" picking.

Leave a comment if you have any idea on the sculptor, miniature company, or to what this bit went to as I figure it's the top of some structure.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Wizkids Mimics - WZK73192

A set of mimics from Nolzur's Marvelous Miniatures by Wizkids.  Oh my goodness - I can't wait to spring these on my players - we're going to have so much fun.  The chest is straight off the pages of the Monster Manual while the keg is a bit of creative whimsy.

Painting instructions for Mimics (used my Vallejo Game Color)...

Step 1: No need to primer - already done
Step 2: Use Charred Brown on wood panels of chest and keg
Step 3: Use Hex Lichen on tongue and "fleshy" bits of chest and keg
Step 4: Use Bloody Red on tentacles of keg
Step 5: Use Bonewhite on teeth of chest and keg
Step 6: Drybrush Beasty Brown on wood panels of chest and keg
Step 7: Use Glorious Gold on metal bit of chest
Step 8: Use Tinny Tin on metal bits of keg
Step 9: Use Warlord Purple as highlights on tongue and "fleshy" bits of chest and keg
Step 10: Use Squid Pink as final highlights on tongue and "fleshy" bits of chest and keg
Step 11: Use Dead White on teeth and eyes of chest and keg
Step 12: Use Moon Yellow on eyes of chest and keg
Step 13: Drybrush Cold Grey on rock
Step 14: Drybrush Stonewall Grey on rock

Again, would be nice to know the sculptor Wizkids.