Thursday, June 26, 2014

Reaper Bones: The Black Mist

Yesterday I finished up another Bones figure:  80007 The Black Mist.

I used this figure as an opportunity to work with a monochromatic palette (in this case, grays).  Most of the colors are blends (as opposed to being "straight" from the bottle).  Unfortunately, my lighting setup really muddled the color gradations, so that's something I'm going to have to keep working on.  The figure itself is one of the supers in the Chronoscope line (and is reminiscent of the Shadow and the Crimson Avenger).  I figured with the villainous Ape-X complete, he needed a heroic counterpart.  Hopefully some of the other supers figures from Chronoscope will make the transition to Bones, as well.

Conclusion:  I enjoyed working with blended colors, and not being so concerned with "staying in the lines".  Despite the lighting issue, I like how the color variations worked out, and I look forward to experimenting more with this concept.

Until next time!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Reaper Bones: Harpy

This week on Monday Miniatures we return to the New 30 from Bones I with 77041 Harpy:

Right off, I thought the tail was a bit of an odd addition, sort of blurring the lines between avian and reptilian.  In retrospect, I would kind of like to see the figure painted up along the lines of a couatl.  Maybe that will be a project once I get through the Vampire set!

I went with a heavy gray/brown theme for my harpy, and I think all of the base colors were blends (though some were very minor).  The hair was painted with a light gray, though even with highlights it doesn't stand out as much as I'd like from the feathers.  The scarf was painted a mid-dark red, and her bracelet is gold (which no doubt caught the harpy's eye due to it's shiny nature).  The bracer on the other hand was painted a mid-brown, and reminds me of a falconer's glove (and I like the irony there, given the harpy's birdlike nature).

Conclusion:  This figure was another straightforward one, due to the general lack of equipment.  I like the dynamic sculpt, and the fact that it's not just a "woman with wings".  I would have liked her hair to stand out a little more, and I might go back and add something to the claws to draw more attention to them.  That said, I'm pleased with how the figure turned out.  My matte sealer "fogged" the figure significantly, so I used a trick I read on the Reaper forum (vegetable oil or the like).  This definitely brought the color back, but it also made the figure quite glossy.  I'm giving it some time to dry out to see if the effect stays, or if I need to re-matte the figure.

Next week's figure is another of the Dungeon Attack set:  77016 Rats.

- M:M

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reaper Bones: Neb'nesew, Mummy Lich

This week's Monday Miniature is back to the Who's Your Mummy set with 77147 Neb'nesew, Mummy Lich:

I loved this figure ever since I first received my Bones I Vampire set, but I never could decide on how I wanted to paint him.  When he came up in the Monday Miniatures schedule a few weeks back, I was both excited (because I'd finally get to paint him) and slightly intimidated (because this was one of the figures I wanted to turn out well, to do the miniature justice).

As you can see, I went with a very gold-heavy theme (which seemed fitting with the Ancient Egyptian motif and the sheer amount of ornamentation on the figure).  Looking at references for pharaohs and Egyptian gods, I stuck with a lot of white, but dirtied it with brown washes to represent the wear from ages of neglect.  I used blue to accentuate several pieces as glazes or inlaid gemstones.  From here, I was starting to feel like the palette was a little too limited, so I decided to through some black in on the crown, backpack, and shendyt (kilt).  I like the stitches down the front of the abdomen (no doubt a result of the mummification process), which I painted a mid-brown to differentiate from the gray-brown skin.

Conclusion:  I'm really pleased with how the figure turned out.  It seemed kind of straightforward at the start, but then the details started popping out.  The mantle and apron in particular have a lot of sculpted detail, so I wanted to add a bit of color there.  The tiny size of the details was very challenging to work with, as the colors used (gold and blue) would be very obvious if I made a mistake.

This leaves me with one more figure from the Who's Your Mummy set, and it will be complete.  Next week, we're back to the New 30 with 77041 Harpy.

- M:M

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Reaper Bones: Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard

For this week on Monday Miniatures, we go to the Elves set with 77068 Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard:

With the large amount of surface area on the robe, I considered attempting some sort of pattern.  However, the numerous folds made that a challenge and I couldn't come up with a suitable pattern, so I went with a solid color.  The robe is green and gold, with the gold repeated on the staff.  The stone on the staff is a few shades of yellow, in an attempt as a "sun stone".  The skin was painted a pale flesh; the eyes were a challenge due to being set within a fairly deep cowl.

Conclusion:  I think this is a solid figure, and I'm fairly pleased with how Anirion turned out.  While it's listed as a "wood elf wizard", the figure is vague enough to function as any variety of magic users (and not just an elf).

Next week's figure is back to the Who's Your Mummy set:  77147 Neb'nesew, Mummy Lich.

- M:M

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Reaper Bones: Ape-X

This week marks a first for Monday Miniatures (unless I'm mistaken), as we had our first Chronoscope figure:  80001 Ape-X.

This is from Reaper's selection of superhero and supervillain figures within Chronoscope, and I find Ape-X to be reminiscent of DC's Gorilla Grodd (though cybered-up).  I'm a little surprised at how dark the figure turned out, but with the gray/black for the gorilla fur and skin, plus the gunmetal and black for the cyber-bits and hoses, it was unavoidable.  Bronze was used for the gauntlet and some fittings, and a strong light blue was added to brighten the model (I was going for an "energized component" look).

Conclusion:  As I mentioned, the figure turned out a little darker than I would have preferred.  In retrospect, I think I would have used a brighter color for the hoses, and maybe parts of the backpack.  However, I am especially pleased with how the checkered tile floor turned out.  I also need to work on OSL to better achieve a "energy glow" effect (maybe a stronger amount of white added to the blue of the final shades).

Next week's figure is 77068 Anirion, Wood Elf Wizard.  The figure has a lot of untextured surface area on his robe, so I'm debating whether or not I want to attempt a design (and if so, exactly what).

- M:M