Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reaper Bones: Zombies and Candelabras

This week's Monday Miniatures theme is terrain, but as I mentioned in my last post I'm not currently playing any wargames and don't really have any terrain that I'm currently working on.  That being the case, I instead decided to wrap up a few of the sets from Bones I which were only a few figures away from completion.

First up is the last of the Dungeon Dressing set, 77138 Candelabras:


These were a fairly straightforward pair that just hadn't made it to my desk yet, so I decided to knock them out fairly quickly.  The candelabra itself was painted bronze, with gold accents, and mounted on a gray stone base.  The candles were painted bone white, and orange and yellow for the candle flames.

Conclusion:  I'm happy with how the flames turned out sticking to orange and yellow (since they're just candles, I didn't want the flames to be too intense, or too reddish).  I haven't found a better way of making the gold stick out from the bronze areas, but I think they turned out fairly good regardless.

Next up are the five zombies included in the Bones I Vampire set, 77053 Zombies and 77014 Zombies:


One 77053 Zombie was included in the New 30 set, while the remaining four figures were part of the Undead Horde set.  These were also straightforward figures, due to their lack of equipment (aside from tattered pants).  I decided to try out a few different skin tones, since I haven't painted zombies before (or if I have, it's been an incredibly long time).  I wasn't sure how some of the color ideas would work out, plus I wanted some variety (especially for a "horde" figure like zombies).  The figures were painted with mixes of green, brown, and gray, with some blue thrown in for the pants.  The blood is a mix of red and gray, and liberally applied to where I thought would be the messiest part of a zombie (i.e., the hands and mouth, which would be involved with feeding).

Conclusion:  I'm really happy with how these figures turned out, especially when they're grouped together.  There was a lot of off-the-cuff paint mixing and practically no planning involved, so it's nice to see that pay off so well.  Plus, these figures were very quick to paint, so doing a whole lot of them for a massive zombie horde seems completely viable!

That's it for this week (as if seven figures weren't enough)!  Next week on Monday Miniatures we're back to the Chronoscope set with 80001 Ape-X.  Ape-X is one of the figures that I've really wanted to paint, but at the same time I'm not sure how I want him to look.  I guess I'll have a week to figure that out!

Until next time!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Reaper Bones: Skeletons, Lizardman Spearman, Lizardman Warrior

Things were mixed up a bit this week, as Monday Miniatures was not just one figure, but rather six figures:  the skeletons from the Undead Horde set.  This includes two each of 77001 Skeletal Spearmen, 77017 Skeletal Swordsmen, and 77018 Skeletal Archers.





The goal was the complete them in short order, as a practice for speed painting techniques.  I'm not sure how good I am at "speed painting", per se, but fortunately they're pretty simple models that don't need much more than bone, metal, and wood to be completed.

Conclusion:  There's not much to say about the figures; they turned out as expected.  Skeletons are one of the most basic figures to paint, which makes them an excellent choice for beginners to the hobby.  These figures are solid choices for bulking out a horde, and they're pretty quick to paint up.

Now for the bonus figures!

Continuing to build Malek-Skeletor's horde of Evil Warriors, I present 77154 Lizardman Spearman as Whiplash:




I experimented with some wet-blending for the skin/scales, which I think turned out very nicely and created some neat gradients.  The action figure of Whiplash is molded with very distinct areas of different green, and I didn't want to paint the figure the same way as it looks unnatural (or possibly like a lizard version of a farmer's tan).  The figure came with a bright orange spear, so I use a strong orange for the spear here, but toned it down with several brown washes.  Overall, I think the figure turned out very good and will look the part of Whiplash, but can still be used as a "normal" lizardman.

And for the second bonus figure, the second lizardman from the Swamp Things set (which completes the set for me), 770155 Lizardman Warrior:



I didn't originally intend to be so productive this week; I had actually picked out this figure to serve as Whiplash, before I realized that Whiplash came with a spear and the Lizardman Spearman figure made a better match.  Since I was doing the wet-blending for the skin/scales, I figured I would do the same for both figures and make them a matching pair.  This figure has several more details, and I think I like it better overall.  I'm really pleased with how the turtle-shell shield turned out, in particular.

That's it for this week!  Next week's Monday Miniatures is Terrain Week, where we show our work-in-progress on any terrain pieces we have underway.  Since I'm not actively playing any wargames at present, I don't know that I have any terrain to work on, but I hope to finish up a few figures.

- M:M

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Reaper Bones: Hell Hound, Ghast, Vermin: Beetle Swarms

This week on Monday Miniatures is another of the New 30 set from the Bones I Kickstarter:  77038 Hell Hound.




I used heavier shading than I normally tend to, in an effort to make the hound look more appropriately hellish and avoid a brighter red look.  The flaming mane was first painted with yellow, then brought up through orange and red on the outer flames.  It's noticeably brighter than the bulk of the figure, but I think it helps draw attention to the feature (plus, it's fire).

Conclusion:  I thought the figure looked pretty good with a dark mane, but with the fire effect added I think it looks even better.  In addition, I feel it still retains a menacing look due the combination of the sculpt and the darker tones used on the body.

On to the bonus figures!  First up is 77159 Ghast:


At this point you're probably either wondering 1) "Why is that Ghast painted in a bizarre orange scheme?" or 2) "Hey, it's Beast Man from Masters of the Universe!".  Having completed Skeletor a few weeks ago, I've set out to give him some additional Evil Warriors from my selection of Bones figures.  There wasn't a particularly good "ape-man" choice, but the Ghast's bulky upper body and general lack of equipment made him an acceptable match.  Once painted up, I was surprised at how close a resemblance I was able to achieve!

Last up is 77130 Vermin: Beetle Swarm:


I went from a strong blue basecoat up through turquoise into green, and gave it a liberal brown wash and gloss coat.  It was a quick job which bordered on wet blending (though I don't think it was technical enough to really count as "wet blending", so much as "don't care if the colors mix").  I really like those these came out, as well as how quickly I was able to get them done.  Best of all, this completes the Vermin set from Bones I!

Next week's challenge on Monday Miniatures is a bit abnormal, as it's not a single figure.  Instead, we'll be tasked with painting the entire Undead Horde set, which consists of six skeletons and four zombies.  It's a lot of figures to finish in one week, but they're all fairly straightforward.  Can it be done?  Check back next week to find out!

- M:M

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Reaper Bones: Vandorendra, Snake Demon; Kobolds

This week's figure for Monday Miniatures is another I've finished prior to it being a scheduled figure:  77117 Vandorendra, Snake Demon.  This figure was originally posted here in my post for the Snakeman Warrior, but here are the images again:



As I mentioned in the previous entry, my goal was to stick with a darker shade of skin that I'm used to, and to try to keep the figure to mostly warm colors.  I feel that I succeeded in both of those goals, though the gold parts of the weapons could probably use a heavier brown wash to bring out the details.

This week I've been working on 77010 Kobolds from the Dungeon Attack set:


Note that the Vampire set from Bones I included twelve kobolds (essentially two of the retail six-packs), plus I got an additional sprue of them in the Bones Stocking (during the Twelve Days of Reaper) bringing the total number of kobolds up to fifteen.  That's a good sized pack!

The kobolds are solid little figures that are fairly quick to paint up, but I wanted to give them some variety in clothing colors which increased the time involved.  Additionally, I used multiple coats of brown washes to add some depth and a little grunge.  All this pack of kobolds needs is the leader and sorcerer due with Bones II!

Next week's figure for Monday Miniatures is 77038 Hell Hound.  I've seen some neat variations on the Hell Hound on the Reaper forums, and I'm looking forward to seeing the different takes on the figure next week.

- M:M