Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reaper Bones: Bat Swarm

This week for Monday Miniatures it's 77046 Bat Swarm of the New 30 set from Bones I.  As I mentioned last week, I had already worked on this model, but I felt it could use some more work so I did just that.

I primarily worked on using some grays to highlight the bats and make them appear as individual creatures rather than a misshapen black blob.  This figure isn't one of the stronger ones in the Bones line, as the detail is fairly soft.  However, for what it is (a swarm figure), I don't think that's a big deal.

Conclusion:  I like the highlighting effects I achieved; they're enough to give some definition, but they aren't overwhelming.  I also like the mixed effect I got on the tombstone, which makes it look a little less uniform.

Unfortunately, I didn't complete another figure this week, so there's no bonus.  Next week's figure should be interesting, and is another one of the New 30:  77032 Oxidation Beast.

- M:M

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reaper Bones: Familiars

As promised, this week on Monday Miniatures we were tasked with completing another multi-figure set:  77176 Familiars.

First off, I'd like to state that I was preoccupied this week with purchasing a car, so I didn't have as much time as I would have liked to put into the figures.  Fortunately, the familiars are all fairly small and quick to paint, so I was still able to get them completed.

Wolf:  I wanted to go for more of a "winter wolf" look, though may be a little too gray for that.  It was painted in a variety of grays, and unfortunately I think the washes and highlights blurred the base colors together a little too much.

Hawk:  this started out with a similar "winter" look in mind, but I started adding browns and decided I liked the newer look better.  I can't say that the color scheme matches any real hawks, but I think it turned out surprisingly well.

Bat:  this was my attempt at a firebat, though the colors just seem a little "off" to me.  The effect isn't terrible, but I may well repaint it in the future.

Cat:  the cat was actually a casualty from a paint bottle explosion (protip:  if a dropper bottle is clogged, don't just squeeze harder to clear the nozzle).  After the accident, I was left wondering what to do with a green cat until I realized, "Cringer!", and went from there.  Considering how small the figure is, and that it started as a complete accident, I'm really happy with how the details turned out.

Ferret:  another figure where I wanted to do something a little different, so I went for an ermine look.  Unfortunately, the tail is kind of hard to see in the picture above due to the shadows, so "ermine" may not immediately spring to mind.

Faerie Dragon:  I vaguely recalled that faerie dragons were colorful from my AD&D days, but I couldn't remember a color scheme.  A quick Google search revealed a wide variety of options, and I decided I liked the blue/purple/pink look.  I'm pleased with how the colors worked out, and were the figure larger I might have tried for some wet blending.  I also like that the freehand dots on the wings came out pretty well.

So that's it, the first set of Bones Familiars complete.  Some turned out better than expected, and others not quite so, but they're all pretty solid (and if nothing else, they're now ready for use!).

Next week's figure is 77046 Bat Swarm.  I completed this figure previously, so I plan on finishing up another figure with the extra time.

- M:M

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reaper Bones: Deadeye Slim

We're back with the Chronoscope set for this week's Monday Miniatures entry:  80002 Deadeye Slim.

Continuing from last week, this was more practice implementing James Wappel's "shaded basecoat" technique.  The idea is to use a relatively limited selection of colors for the basecoat, and use washes and glazes to create differentiation.  Since this was a cowboy, I decided to stick with browns and greys, and see what effects I could achieve.

Conclusion:  Given my somewhat limited selection of washes, I'm surprised at the effect I was able to achieve.  I also learned that I probably don't need to make the basecoat colors harmonize quite as much as I did, as once the glazes start going on it brings the colors more in line with one another.  This was also the first time I used Reaper's Brown Liner, and I really like the effect it creates (such as between the hands and sleeves, and lining the inside of the overcoat).  I'm also pleased that I achieved a reasonable skin tone without using any pre-mixed "flesh tone" paints (aside from a Reaper Flesh Wash).

Next week is another multi-figure challenge:  77176 Familiars.  Depending on how things go, I may try to complete the 77196 Familiars II set as well.

- M:M

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Reaper Bones: Tierdeleira, Dark Elf Cleric

It's time for another Monday Miniatures figure, and this week it's the first of the Dark Elves set:  77122 Tierdeleira, Dark Elf Cleric.  In case you're wondering what happened to last week's 77016 Rats entry, I did not forget about it.  I had actually completed the rats back in April, and didn't feel like I had more to add to my original post about them.  Now, on to this week's figure!

I took a different approach this week, as opposed to my normal style.  I recently received my Painting Pyramid videos, which is an instructional series from James Wappel.  I'm not going to go into the style just yet (I'm still trying to get my head around it), but it eschews the traditional "basecoat-shade-highlight" method for a much more fluid style of painting.

For this figure, I used purple and blue, with various grays and black used to modify those colors.  Well, I did use red for the gems and eyes, and brown for the base, but the rest was a combination of the colors above.  It was definitely different, and I enjoyed the exercise of figuring out which blend of colors I wanted for a given part of the figure.

Conclusion:  Considering I was using a new technique, I'm really happy that the figure turned out so well.  I think I may have needed a little more variety to keep things from blending together quite as much, but I didn't want the purples to veer too close to pink (that just doesn't seem suitable for a dark elf).

Next week's figure is back to Chronoscope with 80002 Deadeye Slim.

- M:M