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So I'm painting up the Mantic Giant. I'm calling him James, because the head I'm using is very much a James Hetfield head.
Say hi, James.
I started off by priming with a sample of Badger's Stynylrez that I got with last year's RCon swag bag and my Badger Patriot 105 airbrush. I'm pretty sure the primer is their olive green. I used the olive green because I couldn't find the sample bottle of the more off-white/yellow Stynylrez primer that I got from the swag bag two years ago. Then I found it after I finished priming and started trying to mix up a flesh tone. Go figure. I didn't take any pictures of the primed pieces, because all they were was olive green all over.
When mixing up my skin tone, I wanted something tanned looking, but darker and more bronzed than Reaper's tanned skin. I wanted it to look more like how the skin of someone who works outside all summer long tends to look, with that almost leather look that they tend to get. After all, a giant like this guy isn't going to be spending a lot of time indoors, especially not if he's part of an army.
So I started with Vallejo bronze fleshtone and leather brown in roughly equal parts. Which ended up too orange. So I upped the leather brown, and it was still too orange. So I added in Reaper Tanned Shadow, and I almost got it where I wanted. The final touch was some Reaper tanned skin, and I got it to be good enough. Don't ask me proportions, because after the first mix I have no idea. I just threw some color in, stuck it to the vortex mixer for a few seconds, and then looked again to see if I liked it. I finished it off by making it airbrush-ready with some Createx 4012 reducer.
In this picture, it's the unlabeled bottle in the middle. The other bottles are the paints I mixed together to get it.
Now, armed with my skintone, I decided that I wanted to try a different airbrush. So I broke out my Badger Renegade Krome for the very first time and started applying. The difference between the Krome and the Patriot is night and day because of one simple, but amazing, feature - an adjustable trigger stop. It's freaking sweet. No worries about over spraying massive amounts of paint accidentally, and you have so much more control over your lines because of it.
And the skin is where I stopped for the night.
So I picked this up today and it's so much more than I expected. Nice touch with the organizer. I'll be able to store my wizards tower set in it too.
I'm not working on these for a while, but I thought I'd post pictures etc of the whole thing as a before.
3x barracks, bar
2x library, tables & chairs,
1x blacksmith/stables, throne room, horse & cart
Hey fellow nerds!
So I've got a few of the new Nightstalker minis from Mantic games, and I love 'em, for the most part, but would also love to add some diversity and fun to the mix. They're all pretty weird, distinctive minis, so I'm not sure what Reaper Minis might have to mix in (and how I'd even begin to search for something...), so I thought I'd turn to the collective knowledge base for help!
Here's what the Mantic Nightstalker starter warband looks like:
I love the shadow-hounds (along the bottom of the pic), but they're the same pose. Does Reaper have anything like 'em?
I'm not a huge fan of the scarecrow guys (called, wouldn't ya know it, "scarecrows") with the goofy hats. They're approximately humanoid sized. Does Reaper have any creepy "slender men" who look very spooky and otherworldly, and might fit in as scarecrows without goofy hats?
I love the Reapers (the eyeless humanoid sized alien things with spike-arms growing out of their backs - not to be confused with Reaper Minis!), and there's a "boss" version called a Reaper Souldrinker. Mantic has thus far just painted up a Reaper differently to use as a Souldrinker. Does Reaper have anything creepy to serve as a boss-man Reaper? I have a few Tyranid bits (claws and such from Games Workshop) that I could use to make him all fancy. What might you recommend?
The Butchers are pretty rad (The two big, three-armed guys at the top there). Not sure I need another. Does Reaper Minis have anything similar?
And I'm not super in love with the horrors (there are two in the picture, big mouths with purple smoke/energy surrounding them, directly above the Shadow-Hounds). What sort of ghost/ horror/ weirdness might Reaper Minis have?
And I'm also not a huge fan of the Phantom (the eyeless purple ghost-y thing; one is next to a horror, one is at the top of the photo, between the two butchers). Any good, creepy ghosts? Games Workshop has a lot of new, neat ghost type figures, but I thought I'd try here first. Any recommendations?
Not shown are spectres (fire-bolt spitting ghosts - the Mantic figure is pretty meh), needlefangs (40mm based swarms of unsubtantial teeth, eyes, and nastiness. I don't have this figure, I don't think it's out yet, but it looks rad!). I like the mindscreetch (a big, weird looking floating brain), a Shade (creepy looking mouth-eyes nasty. Looks cool!), a banshee (odd female-ish model with a mouth where the head should be. Not sure I like it...)
Anyway, anyone else playing around with these figures? What do you think? What are you swapping in for which figures? Thanks!
The gold armor tone is a bit flat on this guy. I should have used a slightly yellower shade for the midtone I think. Oh well. He’lol do for my purposes.
Also, I thought the shield would tilt tilt the other way when attached to his arm, so the shading is opposite what i think it should be.
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