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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Chainmail Skeletal Dwarf - WOC 88460

 

 

The two skeletal dwarfs were for the Dungeons and Dragons Chainmail miniatures game produced by Wizards of the Coast circa 2002.  I purchased a bunch of Chainmail figs on the discount rack several years ago and during the July 4th holiday, I had an opportunity to pull a box out (had the two figs) and slap some paint around.  



Friday, January 06, 2017

Reaper Miniature's Angels of Sorrow - 77362



These were a quick paint job as I need a couple of statues for my upcoming D&D session.  I picked these two up in a single package from my local gaming store Wonkos.

Just to give them a bit of character, I mounted these onto a couple of wooden spools.  Then a quick paint job of Codex Grey followed by a drybrush of Shadow Grey followed by a final drybrush of Skull White.  Next a bit of Scorpion Green was watered down and drizzled on here and there for some aging (although that didn't come out in the pictures very well - but it's definitely noticeable on the table).

While these were the Bones figures, they weren't part of the kickstarter pile.

In honor of opening night of Underworld Blood Wars, the vampire looking statue is named Selene.  And yes, the latest release of Underworld kicked some ass!  It definitely brought the franchise back as Awakening was a bit of a let down.


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Reaper Miniature's Undertaker - 77143



This miniature is from the bones pile - it's the individual model from the Reaper Miniatures set 2845 Townsfolk VI: Gravedigger and Henchman by Bobby Jackson.  While the metal set will set you back $14, the bones figure is $2.50.

Reaper doesn't give the townsfolk models interesting names - just Undertaker in this case.  Therefore I had a little bit of WWE fun - the "Undertaker' there is a performer by the name of Calaway - so, for the models name I shortened it down to Calwy the Undertaker - a bit of humor on my part.

The only proper coat to give this guy is a black coat and black is a difficult color to paint as a main theme as you can't really shade or highlight black.  So what I did here was to use various shades of gray and then wash the entire model with black to give it the effect of a black coat.

Painting instructions for Undertaker:

Step 1: Undercoat model with black paint
Step 2: Use Bronzed Flesh on face
Step 3: Use Regal Blue on sash across the neckline
Step 4: Use Snakebite Leather on the bags, gloves, and shoes
Step 5: Use Graveyard Earth on shirt/undergarments
Step 6: Use Shadow Grey on coat/hat
Step 7: Use Space Wolf Grey to highlight coat/hat
Step 8: Use Bestial Brown on shovel shaft
Step 9: Use Gunmetal on shovel and shoulder pads
Step 10: Liberally washed the entire model with a black wash
Step 11: Drybrush Codex Grey on base
Step 12: Drybrush Fortress Grey on base
Step 13: Drybrush Skull White on base
Step 14: Use Chaos Black on sides of base

Oh - and that's back to the bones pile for the first time since last January 2015 - it's been a long 2 years since working the Kickstarter pile!  Been using my paint time to play D&D and the move to Texas was a bit time consuming as well.  Here's hoping to find a few spare hours here and there throughout the 2017 year to paint more bones - Happy New Year's Ya'll!!

Kickstarter paint total: 53 + 1 Undertaker = 54


Monday, December 26, 2016

Reaper Miniature's Tox - 2005



This miniature is awesome and one I've wanted to paint for a very long time.  The Reaper Miniatures metal pewter line called Dark Heaven Legends starts out with serial number 2000.  The above is numbered 2005 which I'm guessing makes it the first Julie Guthrie miniature in the Reaper line as the first four are the four horseman by Richard Kerr.

This model has been hard to come by being an original and long out of their normal production.  I happened to see it at a local game store sitting on the peg shelf and so I nabbed it and made it top priority in the paint queue to get completed.  I really enjoyed painting this one and I'll have to get him in my D&D campaign as either a bad guy or a good NPC sometime soon.

Painting instructions for Tox:

Step 1: Undercoat model with black primer (back to metal so I used the spray primer)
Step 2: Use Bronzed Flesh on face and hands
Step 3: Use Elf Flesh on face and hands for highlights
Step 4: Use Devlan Mud as wash on face and hands to blend it in
Step 5: Use Graveyard Earth on shirt
Step 6: Use mix of Graveyard Earth and Elf flesh to highlight shirt - repeat
Step 6: Use Shadow Grey on pants
Step 7: Use Space Wolf Grey to highlight pants
Step 8: Use Bestial Brown on boots and belt
Step 9: Use Snakebite Leather to highlight boots and belt
Step 10: Use Midnight Blue on robes
Step 11: Use Regal Blue to highlight robes
Step 12: Use Enchanted Blue as final highlights on robes
Step 13: Use Enchanted Blue on magic monster
Step 14: Drybrush Lighting Blue on magic monster
Step 15: Drybrush Ice Blue on magic monster
Step 16: Use Red Gore on wand (tucked in belt)
Step 17: Use Bronze on belt buckle and necklace
Step 18 Wash belt buckle and necklace with Devlan Mud
Step 19: Drybrush Codex Grey on base
Step 20: Drybrush Fortress Grey on base
Step 21: Drybrush Skull White on base
Step 22: Use Chaos Black on sides of base

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Reaper Miniature's Barnabas, Human Warrior - 77023



Howdy y'all!  We've moved 1,500 miles to Austin, Texas.  It's been awhile since I've dug out the paints and did some painting.  Well, in this case, not actually at home.  There are a number of fantastic hobby shops in the area and one of those was having a Paint and Pint evening.  Pretty cool, the hobby shop Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe has beer, wine, and sandwiches along with lots of games and tables.  They sponsored a night where for $10 you received a pint of beer, a miniature, and the use of any pot of paint you want.


So with a pint of Fuller's and a miniature from Reaper, I did some painting and met some new friends.  I kept the paint job simple with a black undercoat and a drybrush of metal, a touch of gold and some brown on the pouch bags.  Then I had a bit of fun with some blue and red on the shield.

Once home, I put the miniature on a base and gave it the name of Hugues based upon Hugues de Payens (a founding member of the Knights Templar).

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Reaper Miniature's Bertrand, Monk - 2829


 


Another miniature going to a good home from my bi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons game.  This one is a monk requested by one of the players in the group.  Again, another metal miniature - I liked all the detail stuff - the backpack, sleeping pad, cup, rope, etc.  However I was disappointed in this particular casting with the face - it didn't appear to be quite right nor as crisp as the display image on Reaper's website.

I went for the earthly tones here - so browns with dark green.  I used shadow grey which is a blue/grey for the rope, undergarments, sleeping pad to give it some muted color.

Also, this was sculpted by an artist I don't know - Sylvain Quirion - nor have I seen his/her work prior from Reaper or any other miniature company.

Painting Instructions for Bertrand, Monk:

Step 1: Undercoat model with black primer (back to metal so I used the spray primer)
Step 2: Use Skull White on eyes
Step 3: Use Chaos Black for eyeballs and hair
Step 4: Use Bronzed Flesh on face
Step 5: Add Skull White to Bronzed Flesh for face highlights
Step 5: Use Scorched Brown for robe and staff
Step 6: Use Bestial Brown as most of robe and drybrush onto staff
Step 7: Add Skull White to Bestial Brown for robe highlights
Step 8: Use Catachan Green on the vestment
Step 9: Use Shadow Grey on undergarments, rope, sleeping pad, pouch
Step 10: Add Space Wolf Grey to Shadow Grey for highlights
Step 11: Use Snakebite Leather on backpack, shoes, belt, and staff handholds
Step 12: Use Bleached Bone on the shoulder piece
Step 13: Use Gunmetal on the sword, cup, and clasp piece
Step 14: Wash the entire model with Devlan Mud
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

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Reaper Miniature's Sarah the Seeress - 3354



Yes I am alive and kicking!  Actually I have a few miniatures that I've painted but haven't posted as I've been playing some Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition at the local hobby store.  This one I'm posting right away because it's going to go to a good home with one of my fellow players.

This is more heavy metal - really like the metal - the plastic bones are great for what they are (and are easy to carry, more durable, and understandably half or more of the metal price), but the metal has better detail and just feels awesome to have that weight in the hand.

I used a tri-color scheme using the triad of blue, red, and yellow.  The blue was the asked for color of the dress - so the details are balanced using red staff, crystal ball, and bracelet along with a yellow/brown/gold on the leather and ornaments.  The skin tone is warm using tan as a neutral color.

Painting Instructions for Sarah the Seeress:

Step 1: Undercoat model with black primer (back to metal so I used the spray primer)
Step 2: Use Skull White on eyes
Step 3: Use Regal Blue on eyeballs
Step 4: Use Tanned Flesh on skin
Step 5: Mix various amounts of Dwarf Flesh with the Tanned Flesh on skin highlights
Step 6: Wash skin with Devlan Mud
Step 7: Use Regal Blue on dress and spell hand/ball
Step 8: Use mix of Enchanted Blue and Lightning Blue to highlight dress and spell hand/ball
Step 9: Use Skull White on spell hand/ball - I'm trying to make it look like a ball of magic missile is developing and starting to leave the hand
Step 10: Use watered down Regal Blue as a wash on dress and spell hand/ball
Step 11: Use Scab Red on staff, crystal, and bracelet
Step 12: Use mix of Blood Red and Blazing Orange on staff, crystal ball, and bracelet for highlights
Step 13: Add Sunburst Yellow to mix and keep highlighting down on crystal ball
Step 14: Use Bubonic Brown on all leather straps
Step 15: Mix Sunburst Yellow to Bubonic Brown for highlights on leather straps
Step 16: Use Tanned Flesh on book
Step 17: Use Gold on all ornamental items - book pouch, bracelets, staff topper, headband
Step 18: Wash Gold with Devlon Mud
Step 19: Use Shadow Grey on hair
Step 20: Heavy wash hair with Chaos Black
Step 21: Very light drybrush (wetbrush) hair with Shadow Gray and picking out some specific hair lines
Step 22: Use Scab Red on lips - focused on bottom - very little on top
Step 23: Use Skull White on teeth
Step 24: Drybrush Codex Grey on base
Step 25: Drybrush Fortress Grey on base
Step 26: Drybrush Skull White on base
Step 27: Use Chaos Black on sides of base

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Dungeons & Dragons Lizard Folk Group - WOC 88284







Finished the other three models this weekend for a total of four.  Nice looking group ready to bash some adventurers heads with a mighty club swing!  Original post for Lizard Folk with painting instructions.