Sunday, August 31, 2014

Reaper Bones: Townsfolk: Innkeeper

For Monday Miniatures this week, the target figure is 80007 The Black Mist from the Chronoscope set.  Since I completed this figure back in June and posted it here, I won't repeat it in this post.

However, I did take the opportunity to complete 77084 Townsfolk: Innkeeper from the Townsfolk I set:

I like this figure, as he is stout enough to serve as a retired adventurer or just a big guy running an inn.  He has a somewhat imposing stature and expression, like he's not going to take any nonsense in his fine establishment, but he does not seem sinister.  I think this sort of "neutral" jack-of-trades approach to common NPCs is an excellent approach, as it makes the figure suitable for a wider array of characters.

In keeping with his "neutral supporting NPC" role, I wanted to keep him in fairly generic colors.  However, I didn't want to paint him in all browns and grays, so for some color I used a mid-dark blue for his shirt and mid-dark red for the pants.  I used a trick I read about, mixing a little blue in with the red to better harmonize the colors; it's hard to see, but it shifted the red slightly more maroon.  The apron started as bone white, with multiple splats of a couple different brown washes to make it look used.  I decided to just paint the mug brown (perhaps wood or clay), rather than trying to paint a glass effect.

Conclusion:  I'm very happy with how the blues and reds turned out on this figure.  I feel like the brown liner was a little too heavy in areas when I was applying it, but I think subsequent layering of other colors mitigated it.  The apron wound up a little dirtier than I intended, but not ridiculously so.  He still looks like an innkeeper, and not a cook at a greasy diner!

Next week's figure is 77094 Trista, the White Wolf.  I'm looking forward to this figure, as it's a very nice sculpt, so I'll try to do it justice.

- M:M

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Reaper Bones: Medusa

For this week's Monday Miniatures figure, we're back to the New 30 set with 77037 Medusa.

I went with a theme inspired by the Medusa from the old "Clash of the Titans" movie.  As such, I went with darker greens for most of the figure, though lightening the front to draw attention to the snake hair, face, and front of the torso.  I used a brown wash to bring out some details, though I kept it light to keep it from making the green parts look dirty or scummy.  Also, I would like to add that this figure was a very clean cast, and required very little cleanup of mold lines.  I still feel that cleanup is an area that metal trumps Bones, as I find Bones figures considerably more finicky when trying to remove mold lines due to the elasticity of the material.

Conclusion:  I'm really happy with how this figure turned out, especially the glowing eyes.  That's the first time I've attempted glowing eyes, and only the second attempt as object source lighting (OSL), and it was using yellow as well (which is a notoriously difficult color to work with).

Next week's figure is 80007 The Black Mist.  Since I've already completed this figure, I'll try to pick out a stand-in.

- M:M

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Reaper Bones: Pathfinder Goblins (Part 2)

Continuing with the We Be Goblins set from last week's Monday Miniatures, we wrap up the Pathfinder Goblins with 89002 Pathfinder Goblin Pyros.

I pretty much kept with the same colors that I used on the Pathfinder Goblin Warriors, so the two groups would look consistent.  I did use a darker brown wash on these figures, since I figured they should have a slightly sooty look to them due to their pyromaniacal nature.

Conclusion:  These figures turned out pretty much as I wanted, which is identical to the other Pathfinder Goblins.  I didn't want to wind up with a drastically different look between the two sets, so my main goal was consistency (which I think I achieved).

Next week's figure is 77037 Medusa.  I haven't decided on a color scheme yet, so we'll have to see what comes to mind.

- M:M

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Reaper Bones: Pathfinder Goblins (Part 1)

For the next couple of weeks of Monday Miniatures, we've been tasked with completing the We Be Goblins set of figures.  We had already completed the Pathfinder Goblin Warchanter as an earlier Monday Miniature, so that leaves 89002 Pathfinder Goblins Pyros and 89003 Pathfinder Goblins Warriors.  For this week, I decided to focus on completing the Warriors.

I decided to stick with a lighter skintone than what I used for my Warchanter, but otherwise kept the goblins in a similar brown-heavy color scheme.  A variety of brown paints, washes, and inks were used, though a few exceptions were gray (for fur loincloths), gunmetal (for the weapons), and red (for feathers, tongues, and eyes).

Conclusion:  I think the goblins turned out alright.  It's been a while since I worked on four figures at once, and using the same colors across them all helps give them a unified appearance.  I'm pretty happy with the variety of browns I was able to get, but I would still like to work on exaggerating the colors a little more to give the figures more contrast.  Still, I think they turned out pretty solid.

Next week we continue, finishing up the Pathfinder Goblins.  I plan to paint my Pyros similar to the Warriors above, so they will have a cohesive look for the entire set.

- M:M

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Reaper Bones: Oxidation Beast

For this week's Monday Miniatures, we're continuing with the New 30 set with 77032 Oxidation Beast.

If you've been following my blog, the first thing that probably jumps out for this figure is actually the base.  I'm pretty base about properly basing my figures (by that I mean adding terrain features and basically doing anything more than just painting a flat color on the base).  I received this base as a sample with my Game Decor's PaintWorks order.  Since the base served its purpose as a test subject for the PaintWorks terrain paint (and I didn't have any other plans for it), I thought it would work well as the base for the Oxidation Beast due to the figure's lack of integrated base.

The figure itself was painted with a variety of browns and oranges, as well as a couple of brown washes.  I tried to use the brighter orange to bring out the head, back, antennae stalks, and tail tip.

Conclusion:  I really like how this figure turned out, especially the variation in colors and strength of the orange parts.  I think it gives some good contrast, but still looks unified overall.  Going into this, I knew I wanted to incorporate a "rust" coloration befitting the creature's name, and the color scheme developed as I went.

The goal for the next couple of weeks is the collection of Pathfinder Goblins (89002 Pathfinder Goblin Pyros and 89003 Pathfinder Goblin Warriors).  Hopefully I'll be able to get at least half of them done this week, or all of them halfway done.

- M:M