Sunday, November 24, 2013

Reaper Bones: Astrid, Female Bard

Tomorrow's figure at Caffeineforge.com is 77078 Astrid, Female Bard and here is mine:


I had the misfortune of getting sick towards the end of the week, but I managed to power through and finish up Astrid.  I had a hard time deciding on a color scheme, as nothing was really jumping out at me.  I only knew that I wanted to avoid a brown-heavy scheme for this figure, and since Astrid is a bard I thought that a little more color in her clothing would be appropriate.

Starting with the hair, which I had decided to paint red early on, I decided that I'd try rich, warm tones.  The boots and bracers were painted crimson with a brown wash, and the top is purple with maroon details (I know it's hard to see in the picture; I'm working on a better lighting setup).  I went with blue for the pants, which I think works well with the purple top.  I used gold with brown washes on the dagger, scabbard, and buckles to make her look a little flashy (again, fitting for the profession).  I managed to get some decent make-up effects (lips and eye shadow), which is the first time I've attempted that!  Overall, I'm pleased with how she turned out.

Next week's miniature are the two 77126 Vermin: Spiders (which is good since it's a holiday week and I'm sure painting time will be limited).

- M:M

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Reaper Bones: Yephima, Female Cloud Giant

This coming Monday Miniatures figure on Caffeineforge.com is 77162 Yephima, Female Cloud Giant, and here is my submission:


I'm very pleased with how this figure turned out!  Female skin is generally harder to paint, as it needs to have a smooth look (more so than male skin), and this figure is 1) large and 2) has significant amounts of skin.  My focuses were on 1) thin, multiple layers of paint and 2) good brush control.

This was the first time I painted the pupils of the eyes a color other than black.  While it probably would have looked better if she were looking "down" (such as a a medium-sized creature), I think the look I achieved works fairly well.

Cloud giants are epicureans, so I went with quite a lot of gold metal on the figure.  The intricate details on the armor (lion emblems, vines, etc.) takes this well and makes it look fancy, but effective.  I thought about adding some metallic parts to the club, but I couldn't decide what parts would make sense in metal so I left it all stone.  At a later point, I may go back and add gemstone detailing.

Next week's Monday Miniatures figure is 77078 Astrid, Female Bard.

- M:M

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Reaper Bones: Clay Golem, Well of Chaos, Mummy Warrior

In my previous post, I mentioned Caffeineforge's Monday Miniatures paint challenge.  I'm still working on my submission for next Monday (Yephima, Female Cloud Giant), but I wanted to show some of the previous miniatures that I have completed.

Starting with the most recent, here is the 77170 Clay Golem:



I went for a somewhat "red clay" look, but ultimately I didn't make it red enough.  The biggest challenge was getting a "clay" effect that didn't just look like a fleshtone.  When I get time, I may go back and try to add a little more red to further distinguish it as clay.

Next is the 77136 Well of Chaos:


The carvings and relief on the well reminded me of the Cthulhu Mythos (the recent Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter campaign probably helped with that, too).  As such, I was aiming for something a little alien in appearance, and I'm pretty happy with the odd blue-green color I wound up with.  This is an excellent miniature, and can be painted up in a multitude of ways and still look great.

Finally, my first entry to Monday Miniatures, the 77146 Mummy Warrior:



Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with the full backlog of Monday Miniatures figures (even though I missed those weeks), and I'll be sure to post them when their complete.

- M:M

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Reaper Bones: Galladon Greycloak

While I have been quiet, I have not been idle!  I'm happy to report that I've been making excellent progress on my Reaper Bones from the 2012 Kickstarter, which is good because next year I'll have all of the additional figures from Bones II adding to my "to be painted" queue!

In an effort to stay motivated with painting my Bones figures, I've joined in on Monday Miniatures at Caffeineforge.  The concept is simple but excellent, and helps provide some structure for anyone who might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of Bones to paint!  Each week, one figure is chosen as the goal for the following Monday.  The best part is seeing the variety of submissions, and how differently the same miniature can turn out based on different paint schemes!

Tomorrow's miniature is 77054 Galladon Greycloak, Male Human Wizard:


This was my first attempt at a (mostly) monochromatic color scheme (in this case, gray).  This was challenging due to the number of clothing layers that Galladon has, which I wanted to contrast so they didn't all blend together.  I may go back later and try to add text (or pseudo-text) to the scroll, but right now I don't have that kind of freehand skill and I didn't want to botch the miniature so close to the submission deadline!

Next week's miniature is 77162 Yephima, Female Cloud Giant.  I'll try to post some pictures of my completed figures for previous Monday Miniatures, as well.

- M:M