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