Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reaper Bones: Townsfolk: Village Rioter

For this week's Monday Miniatures figure, we have 77140 Townsfolk: Village Rioter:

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I actually completed this figure last autumn when I initially started work on the Bones I Vampire set.  Part of the challenge for this week's figure was to incorporate some OSL (object source lighting) from the torch.  However, since my figure was painted prior to the challenge, I didn't get to do this.  On the bright side, I did manage to paint the colors on the flame's torch correctly (here is a good guide to explain it).

I do remember having a tough time figuring out what was going on with his left hand.  Either his left sleeve has a cuff (and the right sleeve does not), or he was wearing a thick leather glove.  I went for the latter, since it seemed reasonable that one might wear a glove for more protection when holding a torch for a significant length of time.

Conclusion:  Considering this was the first figure I painted from Bones I, I'm happy with how it turned out.  The base needs more work, and I intend to add flock to several figures once I get to it.  Other than that, I think the figure looks pretty good and could serve as either an ally or a hindrance to a band of players (anything from a local guide, the leader of a villager uprising against the corrupt lord, or a spy in the service of said lord).

Next week's Monday Miniatures figure is 77117 Vandorendra, Snake Demon.  In the mean time, I'm working on completing the Kobolds from the Dungeon Attack set.

- M:M

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Reaper Bones: Drago Voss, Rats, Vermin: Rat Swarm

This week I was able to make some good progress on a few more Bones from the Vampire set.  As hinted at, the first figure was inspired by my Skeletor take on Malek, Necromancer a few weeks ago.  So, here is one of Skeletor's Evil Warriors: Tri-Klops.

77093 Drago Voss, Male Assassin

I know the resemblance is much weaker than "Malek as Skeletor", but I think it still fits (at least if Tri-Klops wore heavier armor for the occasion).  The backstory of Tri-Klops is that he was a blind swordsman, and given Drago's relatively poor head mold (which I believe is the reason the figure is not offered at retail) I made a minor modification by adding a blindfold.  Unfortunately, Tri-Klops has a pretty limited color palette, so I tried to balance out the colors on the figure.

Conclusion:  Considering how loose the figure resembles my inspiration, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I think I should have used a second color of green to give the armor more variety, but otherwise I think it turned out as a solid piece.

There's not much to say about these:  they're the rats from the Dungeon Attack set.  I figured they were "low-hanging fruit" of sorts, and decided to get them done.  I was surprised how quick they were to paint, even using a variety of browns (I used a mix of four different shades, plus two brown washes).

Conclusion:  Very pleased with how the batch turned out; there's good variety, acceptable detail, and they didn't take too long to paint.  If only all figures went this smoothly!

Again, a rather straightforward figure and painted similarly to the Rats above.  Since the rats are in a big blob, I used a sort of rough wet blending to paint them; I wasn't too concerned with keeping the colors distinct for each individual rat in the swarm.

Conclusion:  Similar to the individual Rats, the variety turned out nicely and was pretty quick to finish.  I think I only have the two Beetle Swarm figures left to be painted from the Vermin set, and then it will be complete.

That's it for now; a short gallery, I know, but it is 15 more figures completed!  Assuming my count is accurate, I have completed 73 of the figures from Bones I.  My goal is to finish 100 figures by the time I receive my Bones II shipment, so I still have a ways to go.

Also, this week's Monday Miniature (77140 Townsfolk: Village Rioter) is coming up (I expect to have mine posted tomorrow).  Beyond that, I'd like to complete the Kobolds from the Dungeon Attack set, and Skeletor has several more henchmen to be painted...

- M:M

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Reaper Bones: Darkrasp, Evil Priest

Sneaking in at the 11th hour is my submission for this week's Monday Miniatures:  77151 Darkrasp, Evil Priest.

I loved this figure since I first saw it in the Bones I lineup, but I couldn't quite decide on a paint scheme to do it justice so it stayed in the box.  When it came up for this week's Monday Miniatures, I knew I would finally have to figure something out.  Having backed the Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter and followed it's development and lore, I was familiar with the Cult of the Yellow Sign and thought this would be a great theme for this figure!  In addition, it would give me some more practice on yellows, which are notoriously tricky to paint.

The figure features a variety of browns, mostly notably Leather Brown (for the robe) and Plague Brown (for the cloak and hood).  The metal is Bright Brass, and everything was given a few coats of brown wash.  The is also the first figure I've tried using Brown Liner on (around the hands), and it did a good job of helping to delineate between those and the similarly-toned bone and parchment.

Conclusion:  I'm thrilled with how this figure turned out!  I think the theme worked incredibly well, and using brown undertones made a huge different when trying to highlight into the yellow range for the cloak (and the robes to a very slight degree).  The one part I couldn't quite decide on was the urn (or whatever it's supposed to be - a censer?), which I just went with a sort of terracotta tone.  Still, I really like how the figure finished up, and I think it would be a lot of fun to play as a Yellow Sign cultist in an RPG.

Next week's figure for Monday Miniatures is 77140 Townsfolk: Village Rioter.  I've already finished the figure (I think it was the first Bones figure I painted from the Vampire set, actually), so I'll be working on another figure this week.  Here's a hint:  he will make a good match with my take on Malek, Necromancer...

- M:M

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reaper Bones: Kavorgh, Orc Warboss

Better late than never!  I've finished up my take on this past Monday's figure for Monday Miniatures:  77064 Kavorgh, Orc Warboss, Warlord of Northern Kargir and Chieftain of the Black Knife tribe (per Reaper's Dark Heaven Apocalypse background).

I swear, I haven't had this much trouble with a figure in some time.  As you can (hopefully) tell, I was going for a winter theme, but I was having a hard time balancing the dark skin of a black orc and the other dark tones (metal and leather) with the lighter fur and snow.  I kept lightening a lot of the leather, ultimately ending up with a leather brown base with a heavy layering of bone white.  The blue for the chest armor started out way too blue, so I lightened that further, as well.

Once I was finally happy with how the figure's color scheme was taking shape, it felt like every time I was nearly done, I would notice more details that needed work.  The shield, in particular, took considerably longer than I expected, as I couldn't get the coloration to look right.  Who knew it could be so hard to paint not-quite-recently-dead body parts?

Conclusion:  Considering how unexpectedly difficult this figure was to complete, I'm very happy with how he turned out.  I had multiple hurdles, and unfortunately missed the Monday Miniatures deadline (my first time since I joined in, I think)!  Also, for anyone who's is interested, the figure's left arm can be disconnected under the shoulder.  I discovered this by accident when I was bending it out of the way, and it popped off (after I had painted all the difficult-to-reach areas, of course).  I'd recommend popping the arm free prior to starting on this figure, as it will make it much easier to paint behind the shield and left arm.

As stated in my last post, this coming week's figure for Monday Miniatures is 77151 Darkrasp, Evil Priest.  I intend to get back on track and get a figure completed in time for Monday!

- M:M

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reaper Bones: Danar, Male Assassin

This week's Monday Miniature is 77064 Kavorgh, Orc Warboss.  Unfortunately, I didn't manage to finish as my attempt at a "winter" color scheme just wasn't cooperating with the darker tones of a black orc.  I'm determined to make it work this week, and will post once the figure is complete!

In Kavorgh's stead, I did manage to finish 77030 Danar, Male Assassin:

I had started prepping this figure for a side project (more on that at a later date!), but during cleanup I decided that it really wouldn't work for what I was going for.  Since the figure was already prepped, I decided to push forward despite not having a clear concept.  I only knew that I wanted to avoid a black-heavy color scheme, as that was too cliche for an assassin.  Looking at the figure, I thought it looked like a good mid-level character; better equipped than a low-level, but not as fancy and individualized as a higher-level.

With that in mind, I decided to paint the armor black for a sinister look, while also conveying that this was more than a common thug.  I went with a dark blue for the cloak (good for blending in to dark alleys and poorly-lit rooms), and dark browns for the leather pieces.  I didn't want the colors to stray too far (or get too "loud"), so I went with a royal purple for the pants, and a crimson/purple mix for the shirt sleeves.

Conclusion:  I'm pleased with how the figure turned out, especially considering it was sort of a "figure it out as I went" approach.  The colors work well together, and the figure could totally work for a minor noble (or even an adventurer) as well as an assassin.  I intend to hunt out some flock to add some grass effect to his base, but otherwise I think he's done.

One last update:  I "upgraded" the eye on the MaC Bot from Bombshell Miniatures/Airlock Games, to better convey the Cylon effect I was going for:

It turned out better than I expected, especially considering just how small that visor slit is!

Next week's Monday Miniature is 77151 Darkrasp, Evil Priest.  And as I said, I'll get my go at Kavorgh posted as soon as he's done.

- M:M

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Reaper Bones: Malek, Necromancer

This week for Monday Miniatures it's our second figure from the Necromancers set of Bones I:  77172 Malek, Necromancer.

I was examining the figure and considering possible color schemes, when the similarity of several features hit me:  Skeletor!  Obviously he's missing the skull face, but otherwise I think it's a surprisingly good match (and even the masked face can work better for incorporating the figure into situations where you don't want a dead guy).

As you can see, the figure features primarily purples and blues.  This was very challenging, since Skeletor has a lot of the same shade of purple on him (even in more recent 2002 Masters of the Universe series).  I wanted to give the character more variety, so I modified some of the purples from the basic "royal purple" that's the go-to color for Skeletor.  The bracer, loincloth (or whatever it's called), and parts of the staff have a lighter purple shade, while the chest armor and boots are a dark blue.  I thought about painting the two halves of his sword differently (in the new series, he has a sword that splits in two), but I didn't think the sculpt would really sell the effect and it would just look weird.

I'm really happy with how this figure turned out!  The washes and highlights worked, and the colors I mixed up worked out really well.  I can only assume that painting all these Bones figures is having some effect on my skills!

Next week's figure for Monday Miniatures is 77064 Kavorgh, Orc Warboss.

- M:M