Saturday, November 01, 2014

Reaper Miniatures' Ghost King - 77161


More Bones Kickstarter... next up was the Ghost King from Reaper Miniatures.  Again, the same sculpt as the metal Dark Heaven Legends line - item 2991 at $7.99 - but, the price of the Bones is $2.79 - about a third of the price - great value!  Unfortunately, this model also displays the issue that's a downside to the Bones line - items like the sword are next to impossible to straighten although I've given it my best effort to heat, straighten, and dip in cold water to set.

I really like the sculpt - sculpted by a name I'm not familiar with - Tim Prow in 2005.  Reminds me directly of the King of the Dead from the Tolkien/Jackson LOTR:ROTK images.  Therefore my naming of Mortuus.

The painting method used was a first for me - started with the darkest base colors - Scab Red on the cloak, Graveyard Earth on the robes.  Boltgun Metal on the armor. Vomit Brown on the bones.  Then, I decided those colors were going to be the highlights - so I opened up the Devlan Mud wash and proceeded to "inverse" layer - using the the wash to paint on layer after layer to darken the model - in the end, all paint on the model was washed with an initial layer driving down to where the darkest recesses have about five or six layers.

Painting Instructions for Ghost King (Mortuus):

Step 1: Undercoat model with black paint (not primer - it will eat into the plastic and cause tackiness)
Step 2: Use Scab Red on cloak
Step 3: Use Graveyard Earth on robes
Step 4: Use Boltgun Metal on armor
Step 5: Use Dwarf Bronze on armor trim
Step 6: Use Vomit Brown on bones
Step 7: Wash model with Devlan Mud - continue process over and over working into the recesses to provide highlight to shadow
Step 8:  Drybrush Codex Grey on base
Step 9: Drybrush Fortress Grey on base
Step 10: Drybrush Skull White on base
Step 11: Use Chaos Black on sides of base

An alternative paint scheme that I thought about would be to have a brighter model by making the robes look like swirling magic air - much like the pizza dijinn or the reaping wraith.  Then the cloak could be brought up to a brighter base and the bones could drive to white highlights.

Kickstarter paint total: 51 + 1 Ghost King = 52

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