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The Dragon Hatchling sculpts are cute, but the Bones casts are terrible. Due to this I didn't try to clean them up well and just put them on new bases. Either way it is two more models off the bench and painted to an acceptable toy box level...and so what if I painted the geen one red and the black one green!
btw I touched up the splotchy black base rims after I took this picture.
By Geoff Davis
77185: Large Earth Elemental Kevin Williams
This guy has been awaiting proper completion for about a year. Every time I had grey paint left over, I added it to him. I found him a struggle to complete because of his size and because of all the mold lines. Every time I turned him around I found more that I missed when prepping him. I finally gave up on trimming them and just gave him a proper base and a finished paint job. It's still a speed paint, but at least he's done and ready for use in my D&D game.
Only 30 projects left on my shelf of shame!
Super quick paint job for these guys... My son wanted them for the Dragon Rampant army I'm painting him for Christmas, and I've still got a lot more to do so I everything I do in the next while is likely to be a bit rushed.
Base coat was Vallejo Model Air, Armour Brown, then drybrushed heavily with Desert Stone, lightly with Dirty Bone, then a little more heavily again with Olive Drab. The Olive Drab doesn't really show up in the picture but it's pretty decent in person - not overpowering, just enough to make them look more like old trees.
I really like these elementals' pose and sculpting. So much more imposing and dynamic compared to most other elementals I have seen.
There are many more pictures at my blog
Water Elemental was done as follows: first, an undercoat of clear matte varnish. This is key! I used Army Painter Anti Shine spray. Then some vallejo blue ink and when dry several light drybrushings with progressively lighter shades of pale blue up to almost pure white. Then some ancient citadel turquoise glaze here and there, all topped off with gloss varnish. I did some color shade variations all over this one, but I think maybe the gloss varnish fuffs it up so this can't really be seen in the pictures.
Fire Elemental was done as follows: First the undercoat of clear matte varnish. Then several abortive attempts with yellow ink which did just not work until I abandoned that idea and undercoated it with three coats of opaque white.
After that successive layers of heavy to light drybrush with bright yello - golden yellow -dark pink - dark red brown and finally black.
It is important to let the colours dry a bit between coats to avoid tearing off the layer below when drybrushing. Finish with dotting in some blues for the eyes.
When painting fire like this, it looks pretty terrible up to the dark red brown layer. Suddenly, it looks pretty sweet indeed.
Earth Elemental was done as follows: black undercoart, then heavy drybrushed coat of dark green gray, followed by lighter coats of yellow sand and light grey white.
A stone combo that I think works so much better than just shades of grey, grey and grey.
I probably should have varied it more with different types and colours of rock represented. but I just could not be bothered as I just wanted it done at this point.
I need my Bones 3 shipment to complete the set! When O when will it arrive? Wherefore art thou mine Large Air Elemental?
77311: Large Water Elemental
Reaper Bones translucent blue
from the second Bones KS
unknown sculptor, as it is uncredited in the Reapermini.com listing.
77082: Large Fire Elemental
Reaper Bones translucent orange
from the first Bones KS
sculpted by Julie Guthrie
77185: Large Earth Elemental
Reaper Bones from the first Bones KS
Sculpted by Kevin Williams
all in Bonesium PVC
60mm Reaper display base
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