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By Lidless Eye
I hadn't even realized when I began on these three that they were all from the "Castle Stoneskull" expansion from Bones III. It was a great set for adding to the random encounters for an RPG.
These guys may represent some of the high-level dangers that one could encounter while dungeoneering in Castle Stoneskull!
The Behir. I've been wanting one since a buddy pulled one from the first Huge set of D&D prepaints. They even show up in Pathfinder's "Reign of Winter" and D&D 5E's "Storm King's Thunder", if only I had had this guy in time for those campaigns!
Brain-in-a-Jar. While I was hoping this would be a human brain, it's still a really cool design. I wonder why the legs are traditional bendy bones instead of the hard plastic that makes up the rest of the mini (minus the squishy brain), though.
The mighty Minotaur! Bones has a lot of representations for Minotaurs now, almost as many as Orcs or Goblins. There's the one from pre-Kickstarter, 2 adventurers in Bones II, and the whole set of Minitaurs coming in Bones IV! Plus all the Beastmen if you want to count them, I've seen them used as medium Minotaur PCs enough times.
This guy is my favorite, though. Must be the Gladiator armor.
By Geoff Davis
This is Kassata Lewynn, sculpted by Julie Guthrie. The base is resin, from Celtic Ruins pack BRCE0043, by Scibor Miniatures.
I love this sculpt and I love the way she turned out. However, I had a lot of little problems that surprised me when painting her.
Somehow I managed to drop her at least five times while working on her. I had to put a sheet of foam under where I was working to prevent further damage. This has not happened to me before, so it was quite frustrating. Each time, there were little white dings in the paint in the middle of spots where I was blending that required multiple layers re-painted to fix the damage. I think I found and fixed most of them.
As I was painting her hair, the paint started drying in a completely different way. It started snowing, so maybe it was the change in weather. When I did the brown layer, the paint flowed very smoothly. Part way through painting the first highlight layer, the paint started drying almost immediately. I am using a #3 Raphael 8404, and it would dry out to the point of no paint flowing within a few seconds. None of the usual tricks seemed to work (more thinning, flow aid). It ended up being almost dry brushing, which is why the highlights in her hair look so chalky.
I noticed a tiny dark spot on her left collar and thought I had dabbed black paint by mistake. I blended the brown over it several times and it just wouldn't cover over. Then I figured it out -- there was a hole in her collar all the way through to her shoulder. A lot of the paint I was applying to cover what I thought was a spot of dark paint was actually wicking through the collar and coming out on the underside. You can see the dark spot in the top picture right below her chin. It could have been fixed with a spot of glaze but I decided to leave it. Maybe she had a near miss with an arrow at some point.
Her face turned out to be exceptionally difficult for me to paint. Her eyes have sculpted texture that I found made it very difficult for me to place the irises. That's why the eye placement looks a little off. Plus, I somehow managed to paint slightly triangular blobs with narrow point upwards instead of circles. That is contributing to her slightly cross-eyed appearance. If I paint this miniature again in future, I will probably try to smooth the surfaces of the eyes to make it easier to make them symmetrical. Her lips also have a shape that I found very challenging. There are cute little dimples at each corner of her mouth which give her a nice smile. I found that if I had the paint thinned enough to paint her lips, the paint was also thin enough to immediately wick into these dimples, which significantly magnified the apparent size of her mouth. I tried repeatedly to paint her lips smoothly, but I had to paint it over and start again each time. I originally started with a less bright red for her lips, keeping in with the overall milder colour scheme, but the darker red didn't flow into the dimples so that's what she has. Correcting this each time had an impact on the blending of the flesh tones on her face, which is why there looks like there is a sharp brush line down the middle of her right cheek. That's where I gave up trying to fix the blending. I think if I did this miniature again, I would paint the shade tone of the flesh colour into the dimples, and then fill them in with glazing medium. That way I might still get the nice smile, but not have to fight with the wicking effect on the lip colour. I also misjudged the overall skin tone. I used the Reaper fair skin triad with a very slight darkening of the fair skin shadow as the darkest shade and brightened the fair skin highlight with white. I think the whole series turned out to be too light and as a result there doesn't appear to be much shape to her face when viewed from a distance. I should have started with a darker shade overall, maybe by adding a mid-range brown to the darkest shade colours for her skin to increase the contrast.
I created the gem on her right bracer by filling in the rune shape that was there with glaze. I like the way the gem turned out and the colour, but I shouldn't have outlined the gem shape with black. I think I should probably used the a darker version of the shade colour I used on the bracer, which was a mixture of nightshade purple and bronzed shadow (from the bronzed flesh triad). The gem would have still been nicely framed, but the black is just too stark and didn't turn out very smooth. It might look better if I had been able to make the black margin narrower and rounder.
Anyway, if anyone has any feedback to share about this model, I would love to hear it.
The following will be the shipping order:
Pingo---arrived 11/27, sent 11/28
RedAmbrosia---arrived 12/1, sent 12/12
Sanael---arrived 12/13, sent 12/19
Izzylobo---arrived 12/22, sent 12/29
Knarthex (Not part of the box, he has just volunteered to ship to Europe)
Chaoswolf (if there's anything left; I'll just transfer it to the regular BoGW)
Please update this thread when you get the box and when you send it on to the next person.
Any questions? Ask them here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/76906-reapercon-bogw/&
or PM me.
Here's the official arrival/departure thread for round 5 of the Box of Goodwill.
Remember, no chatter here, please. Do it here instead:
Generic Fighter---sent 19 July
Pineapple---received 21 July, Sent 27 July
Shadowphaze---received 29 July, Sent 07 August
Thumpernicus---arrived 09 August, Sent 14 August
Matt Parody---arrived 18 August, sent 12 September
TGP---arrived 14 September, sent 29 December
Generic Fighter---arrived 02 January
Pcktlnt---sent 27 July
HDClearman---received 29 July
Izzylobo---received 02 August, Sent 08 August
Dr.Bedlam---received 14 August, Sent 18 August
Kate---received 21 August, Sent 24 August
Arc724---received 26 August, Sent September 8
Kangaroorex---arrived 12 September, sent 02 October
Pcktlnt---arrived 04 October
Guindyloo---sent 11 September
Inarah---received 13 September, sent 21 September
Knarthex---arrived 26 September, sent 28 September
Froggy the Great---arrived 02 October, sent 12 October
David Brawley---arrived 13 October, passed to Matbar at Reapercon
Haldir---arrived 01 November, Sent 04 November
Horned Turtle---arrived 06November, sent 13 November
Guindyloo---arrived 13 November
Bonwirn---sent 07 August
MadJack---arrived 10 August, Sent 22 August
Sylverthorne---arrived 24 August, Sent august 25
Hungerfan---arrived 28 August, Sent 08 September
Keianna---arrived 11 September, Sent 27 september
Buckyball---arrived 04 October, Sent 05 October
Jsalyers---arrived 07 October, sent 25 October
Bonwirn---arrived 30 October
Rob Dean---sent 14 July
SGHawkins09--arrived 18 July, Sent 28 July
Dogbl---arrived 31 July, sent 03 August
NomadZeke---arrived and sent on approx 12-13 September
Evil Halfling---arrived 18 September, sent 23 September
Klarg1---arrived 26 September, sent 06 October
Rob Dean---arrived 10 October
Froggy The Great---sent 02 August
Pingo---arrived 05 August, Sent 14 August
Dilvish the Deliverer---arrived 17 august, Sent 21 August
Epimys---arrived 23 August, Sent 25 August
Broonkah---received 29 August, Sent 31 August
SparrowMarie---received 02 September, Sent 07 September
Morihalda---received 10 September, sent 13 September
Chaos Wolf---received 16 September
Chaos Wolf---sent 07 August
Chris Palmer---arrived 09 August, Sent 14 August
Hiddenone32---arrived 16 August,Sent 30 august
TalaeArrived...., sent September
Lidless Eye---Arrived 30 September, sent 02 October
Ub3r N3rd---arrived 04 October, sent 05 October
Samurai Jack---arrived 07 October, sent 14 October
Chaos Wolf---arrived 17 October.
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