Monday, January 05, 2015
Reaper Miniature's Arrius, Skeletal Warrior - 77158
Back to the Bones. This model is Bones 77158 which sells for $2.49 and is a duplicate of the metal version 2766 Arrius the Black, Skeletal Champion from the DHL line retailing for $6.99 - sculpted by Bob Ridolfi.
Once again, about 90% of the detail in a Bones miniature at about a third of the cost of metal. For these Bones lines of figures I'm trying to find the right blend of time and detail and still have a good looking figure for the gaming table. On the last skeletal knight - the Ghost King - I simply laid a foundation and then used an ink wash to give a semblance of highlights and shadows.
It was suggested to provide a bit of highlighting prior to the wash to give the figure more interest. While blending 10 layers is overly time consuming for the utilization, I figured a quick contrasting highlight would do the trick.
Therefore, this figure uses the exact same paint scheme and steps as the Ghost King - however, I did add a quick layer of highlights between each step. On the cape I used Blood Red over Scab Red, on the skull I used Bleached Bone over the Vomit Brown, on the front drapery I used Kommando Khaki over Graveyard Earth and on the stump I used Bestial Brown over Scorched Brown. Finally, I washed the model multiple times with Devlan Mud deepening the shadows and toning down the overall figure. I hit the head skull again with a drybrush of Bleached Bone to brighten that up as the "face" becomes a center point of attention.
All in a night's (knights) worth of effort.
Kickstarter paint total: 52 + 1 Arrius, Skeletal Warrior = 53