Archive | February 2017

Reptile evolution

Also known as WIP.

I have decided to start on Cinder by Reaper, the only dragon I got with my Bones 2 kickstarter.

This is one huge dragon, and a bit intimidating to paint for that reason alone.

Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty.  Image used without permission.

Maleficent from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Image used without permission.

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

Cinder by Reaper Miniatures

As I rambled in a previous post, I thought the horns resembled Maleficent so I was going to go with a black and purple dragon.  In fact, I did a test pattern on the colour scheme on one of my dragon hatchlings already.

Although tough to clearly see, this giant lizard does have the initial coats of purple on the belly and membranes.

I have also decided to do something I saw was very striking on another dragon: the wing membranes will be two-tone.  The underside will be light purple and the back just a shade lighter than the body, staying an almost black with purple highlights.

I will be taking my time with this one, the biggest time commitment I see being the brush-work.  I intend to highlight each scale individually as opposed to my ham-fisted broad-brush dry-brushing that would normally be slapped on it.

The wings will be a bit of an issue as I am seeing my purple keeps bleeding through black with each coat…and I don’t want a bright purple like I did on my hatchling.

Kar Drakir by Reaper converted to a dragonborn paladin.

Kar Drakir by Reaper converted to a dragonborn paladin.

Kar Drakir by Reaper converted to a dragonborn paladin.

Kar Drakir by Reaper converted to a dragonborn paladin.

Also getting a bit of work is a new DnD model.  A new player joined the group with a dragonborn paladin.  As I only have one dragonborn model, the selection wasn’t hard.  His character was armed and armoured slightly differently.  So I chopped off the sword, added a javelin, and put on some quick plates to have it read more as plate.

A quick a dirty post, light on text but with lots of pics this time.  Hopefully this was inspirational to you, if nothing else to nudge you onto that large project you have been putting off.

Bit of progress

Despite officially having this week off of work, I have been into work nearly every day for a few hours.

I have managed to find a bit of time though, and did get a couple of figures painted.

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

Barrow rat by Reaper Miniatures

These two sickly beasts were a bit of a change in direction.  I painted up the sickly flesh, then the boils and patchy fur before I decided I wanted them on bases.

So after all of that, I put them on a cutting board and scuffed up the paint.  I see now the black one did not come away as unscathed as I thought.  The brown one ended-up losing most of the paint on his midsection on both sides.  So I mixed up a similar skin tone and brushed it in with some wet-blending to help the transition.  Not a perfect match, but I think it adds to the character.  In fact, I really like the way the brown one turned out.

I did these up for the RPG campaign as the last session saw the group fleeing from the goblin/bugbear camp with a dozen rescued captives.  I figure now would be the time to unleash some trackers and these rats (and my coyote painted wolf) were a good mix a pathetic goblin pet.  As I painted these I realized they were big enough to be mounts for the Pathfinder Goblins by Reaper.  Since both come in Bones, it is a cheap conversion I may do in the future.

Rogg Bugbear by Reaper Miniatures.

Rogg Bugbear by Reaper Miniatures.

Rogg Bugbear and Bugbear Warrior by Reaper Miniatures.

Rogg Bugbear and Bugbear Warrior by Reaper Miniatures.

Also getting finished is the ominous bugbear leader…Rogg.  The party has not seen him yet, just heard the chanting and fervent mutterings as he was awakened during the raid.  They are a bit worried as they can already tell he will be a tough fight.

I have done slight variations in each of the skin tones for the bugbears to give variety, and I am happy with the effect.  Again, he is just a table-top paint job but something that will get a lot of use in several games as a big bruiser with an even bigger club.

A small sample of Rogg's warband.  All miniatures by Reaper.

A small sample of Rogg’s warband. All miniatures by Reaper.

The game itself has them facing a veritable army of goblins, with about 300 still remaining after the ones they have killed are accounted for.  As they are fairly low-level adventurers, the ensuing fight will be quite climactic.  Even if the party ends up dying, I am sure they will be satisfied.  On the other hand…should they survive (and this is a fairly cunning group) then it will be quite the story…a small group of drifters defending a town against a hostile army.  Can any body say The Seven Samurai/Magnificent Seven?

A short update today, but hopefully inspirational.  The one piece I think that will inspire, is I have started on Cinder, my giant dragon model.  As I am painting by hand with super thin layers of black on black right now, there isn’t much to show…but as it does look better I will definitely be putting that in this space.

Hello….is there anybody in there….

Just nod if you can here me…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FrOQC-zEog

Of course it has been a while since I last posted, but unlike Pink Floyd I can’t promise it was worth the wait.

I have a few different odds and sods to post on here.  There have been a few things taking up my spare time.

Work is one of the usual suspects of course, but I also managed to get a roleplaying group going here so that has taken a fair amount of time.  I have also been a bit under the weather too.

Logrim Battlefury by Reaper Miniatures

Logrim Battlefury by Reaper Miniatures

Skeleton sprue from Games Workshop.

Skeleton sprue from Games Workshop.

Logrim Battlefury by Reaper Miniatures

Logrim Battlefury by Reaper Miniatures

Logrim Battlefury by Reaper Miniatures

Logrim Battlefury by Reaper Miniatures

But enough about that.

First off, I will show a quick and dirty conversion.  I know there are far better tutorials, but this is one I hammered out in a few minutes for a friend who wanted a specific mini for his character.  Logrim had some minor surgery and now boasts the maul this cleric handles.

Simple but effective.  So effective, the new owner actually painted it the same night he got it.

As far as challenges would go, this one ranks a 1 on any scale.  Simple cut, drill, and glue.  If it was going to be handled more often or be a showcase mini, I would have bulked out the shaft a bit more.

End of the day, the new owner was happy and he got a mini for nothing.

Bugbear by Reaper Miniatures.

Bugbear by Reaper Miniatures.

Bugbear by Reaper Miniatures.

Bugbear by Reaper Miniatures.

Also getting finished is the first of my Bugbears.  I showed him in a WIP on a previous post, and I put in the minimal time to finish him.

I think it was good timing as Bugbears have played a fairly common enemy of late in the RPG campaign.  A goblin army led by a small cadre of bugbears to be precise.

This is one of the unnamed bugbears, also in the works are the named bugbears, including the charismatic (is that the right adjective for him?) bugbear leader Rogg.

Balazar by Reaper Miniatures.

Balazar by Reaper Miniatures.

Balazar by Reaper Miniatures.

Balazar by Reaper Miniatures.

Balazar by Reaper Miniatures.

Balazar by Reaper Miniatures.

Also getting some painting related to the RPG group is Balazar, one of the Pathfinder iconic characters.  One player created a gnome shaman and I didn’t have a painted figure that matched for it.  The player said he would check his collection, but I found this guy.  This model had been banished to obscurity for two reasons:

  1.  He was one of the models I tried spray primer on with disastrous results.
  2. I thought the Shriner’s hat was goofy.

On the other hand, the character concept of a gnome who found religion and has become a prophet of sorts (the character concept) seemed to fit this guy.  With the direction to go bright and garish, I went Persian meets Hebrew and have this guy.

Sadly my camera was having trouble focusing on him, so this is the best set of pics I could do.  Nothing fancy, but good for table-top.  And I think you will agree that I hit the nail on the head for both garish and bright.

Left to Right: Ranger by Games Workshop, Hayden by Hasslefree Miniatures, Balazar, Demi-Lich and Woody Stumpwimple by Reaper Miniatures.

Left to Right: Ranger by Games Workshop, Hayden by Hasslefree Miniatures, Balazar, Demi-Lich and Woody Stumpwimple by Reaper Miniatures.

There may be those mildly curious about the RPG game so I have included the group picture.  Right now there are 4 players but I have 3 more people who are eager to play…who knew I worked with so many nerds?

Working from Left  to Right: the human Ranger, the dwarf battlerager, the gnome shaman, the gnome’s spirit companion, and the Halfling thief.  Yes, the party is very much vertically challenged.  And in need of touch-ups and sealing in the case of Hayden.  She has gotten quite the bit of handling and play-time.

A short post today, but hopefully inspirational.  If nothing else, for you to check with your coworkers and other groups of friends to see if they too are secretly harbouring their own geeky tendencies.