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Well, "Endgame" is almost upon us, and surely there could be no better time to post these! 50107, Afterburn, is a magnificent pulp-era flying armored gadgeteer genius superhero, part Rocketeer and part Iron Man. The color choice was a simple one. Screaming Bell, Greedy Gold, DecoArt Rich Espresso, AP Rough Iron, and some Reaper-sample blue.
The base comes with some billowing vapors, which I augmented with some cotton for additional effect.
And then there's 50080, Zenith. I couldn't resist painting him as my favorite hero, and the dynamism and determination (as well as the almost comically well-defined musculature) made him a natural fit. This was also a good opportunity to get more practice with washes and highlights, to make the bulging muscles pop EVEN MORE.
A small clear plastic round sticker provided a shield. Mostly painted in Reaper sample blue, with shades of AP Dark Sky, Chaotic Red, and True Red. The stars, "A," and wing emblems are in silver. Forgive the many pictures; this sculpt has a lot of detail that needs showing off!
Next up: villains and action scenes!
Ok, Here I go starting another WIP. I had the hankering for Frostgrave only no one around who wanted to try. So I decide to finally give the Dark Alchemy solo scenarios a try. I had skeletons, rats, and a stand-in for the alchemical monstrosity. I looked around and thought, hey those WWWOZ Tin man painted up red and gold would look cool as the FIre-Flingers for the final scenarios. I also decided I only wanted to paint them as gaming pieces. I haven't really posted anything cause my camera broke, and I really haven't wanted to pick up another. So I'm starting this WIP to practice with my phone camera, as well as post here a little more often.
Here was the first of four I need for the scenario, as it stands at the moment. Photo work still in progress as well:
Unfortunately, I had a TPK in scenario 2. The scenario called for Wizard or Apprentice and 4 of soldiers for the mission. They all went down, and I rolled unbelievable less than 5 for all of them on the survival roll. I'm less than inspired to complete these guys now. but I'll carry on and hope that the apprentice can survive the final encounter with whats left of the warband when I finish.
Sorry for being away from the Forum for so long.
So ... how does one pronounce "peryton"?
I've usually said it like "keratin" (stress on the first syllable), but I suppose it could rhyme with "enlighten" (stress on the second syllable) instead.
I realized only weeks ago that I had been mispronouncing "wyvern" all my life, and the first syllable is long like "five", not short like "shiv".
I taught a class called "Fur, Feathers, and Scales" class at ReaperCon 2018.
I used the Bones peryton as a demonstration, because of the big feathered wings.
The first-edition Monster Manual gives the coloration of a peryton as blue-black head, black horns, green wings, and blue chest (male) or drab chest (female).
I showed my students pictures of real hawks and falcons, most of which have dark tips on their wing feathers, and sometimes a series of dark stripes.
Then I painted one of the peryton's wings to have stripes like that (black on green).
Now I've decided to paint the whole figure, to at least a good tabletop standard.
I attached it to a 50mm round base, sculpted some extra rocks, and sculpted the skeleton of a past victim (a Reaper pewter skull, plus bones made from putty).
Perytons bite the hearts out of their prey, so I made the skeleton's ribcage open/broken in front.
Here's how my version looked after I spent 2 hours slapping on Black Brush-on Primer and White Brush-on Primer, to establish the overall values.
The primer didn't fully cover the striped green wing from my ReaperCon class.
Here’s my next big project, a 1984 Ral Partha dragon. This old fellow was in pieces when I received him, and painted. I’ve cleaned him up, removed the old epoxy glue, pinned him back together, and tonight realized it looks like he’s rising out of the water. He needs a bigger base, which I have (75x46mm oval). But I have never done any basing, and I’d like to create a base that extends the appearance of water. I have no idea how to do that, so any and all suggestions and illustrations are welcome!
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This was originally not one a mini I planned to paint. However, I got two in an auction lot and the base fits well with one of my few base stamps (in this case, the Happy Seppuku Stone Shore stamp) so... why not?
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This is the state she is in now. She's been primed and a thin coat of Brown Liner (1 part Wash Medium, 1 part Brown Liner, 1 part water) has been painted on top to bring out details. (I found a mold line I missed on the side of her knee and relined her legs with a thicker coat of Brown Liner, because I forgot the original mix. The thicker mix is not likely to obscure detail when painting but it does make it harder to see in these pictures. Oops.)
(Note to self: Get a non-grey background for these pictures in the future.)
I've decided her doublet, pants, boots, and gloves are leather. Her doublet and pants are stitched in the front and are worn over more normal clothes. (Both her doublet and pants have obvious stitching in the front and the alternative is undesirable in a family friendly environment.) Her shirt includes her loose poofy sleeves. (Which are probably good for a rogue since they mask the shape of her arms.) I believe the most interesting detail missing from her store page is her knife holster on her left leg.
I wasn't entirely sure what to use for colors so I did a mockup using my paint program. The knife in her holster will not be visible from this side but I included them to get an idea for how they would look.
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The current colors are: (all paints are Reaper MSP or Bones)
Skin: Youthful Flesh Hair: Blond Hair Doublet, boots, and knife handles: Ruddy Leather Pants and gloves: Nut Brown Belt, stitches, and other leather accents: Leather Brown Shirt and sleeves: Dark Elf Skin Blades: This is one of the colors from the Blade Steel swatch Floor: Dungeon Grey
The focuses for this mini are her face, her hair, textures (leather and wood), and NMM for the metal bits. Let's see how this goes.
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