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    Sculpting, kitbashing, scenery/terrain, painting.

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  1. Astounding! I love the clock-hands-as-wing-feathers concept. I've got to find a use for that idea sometime. Using "watch guts" as the base is positively inspired as well. :)
  2. They should make it an Alicorn. Give it wings AND a horn ... and if you want a plain ol' pegasus, just snip off the horn. Tada! :D (That takes advantage of one of the niceties of Bones.) One big wish *I* have, though, that I just recently thought of: SKELETON. JUST a skeleton. Yes, yes, I know -- we have skeleton *warriors* aplenty -- and I've picked up and painted and modified quite a few. The trouble is, sometimes I just want an ordinary, not-animated skeleton to decorate a scene with: remains of an unlucky previous explorer who triggered a trap before the heroes got there (thus serving as a quiet warning to players, "Hey, your rogue should start checking for traps now!") ... or, post-apocalyptic ruins, complete with skeletons stuck in rusted-out cars, etc. ... or base decoration, because nothing says "grim" quite like having a character standing atop a heap of bones. There are a few suppliers out there who provide PEWTER plain skeletons (in multi-part, even) for just such purposes, and the old, old Games Workshop "Warhammer Fantasy Skeleton Army" was pretty good for this (provided you de-weaponized the skellies), and even now, I may use a skeleton warrior and just snip off the shield, spear, sword, or whatnot, and accept that it's a *not-entirely-complete* skeleton. However, a plain skeleton, not holding any weapons, not holding a shield, or slinging a scabbard or quiver, would be useful in a number of situations. It could still be *standing*, so we can treat it as an encounter (an animated skeleton, sans weapons, save for whatever you glue on), so it isn't relegated just to "props," but it would be a bit more useful either for set-dressing, or else for customization (for those times I want a "skeletal miner" or a "skeletal cowboy" or whatnot, so I don't have to *chop off* lots of stuff before I start *adding* things). ALTERNATIVE: MULTI-ARM BONE GOLEM Now, if there's a question of, "But what position should the arms/hands be in, to be most useful?" Wellllll ... let's call it a "bone golem" or a "bone horror" or something, and give the skeleton SIX ARMS, all joined at the shoulder. Then: want an ordinary skeleton? Choose which four arms to snip off, and leave the other two. :D One hand could be pointing, another grasping, another closed into a fist, etc. In fact, if you absolutely, positively MUST give the skeleton a weapon for it to be a viable encounter, then stick a sword and shield on one of those "you-can-snip-this-off" arm pairs -- just as long as there's some provision to get an ordinary skeleton out of the mix with a little bit of Bones surgery. (I mean, that's basically what I do for makeshift "bloat flies" for Fallout-themed games: I pick up the "fly demon," but just snip off those crazy arms/legs that don't look terribly fly-like, so I end up with an ugly big bug, rather than a weird bug-thing-with-arms. That might leave my fly without ANY legs, but a bit of wire can get the idea across.)
  3. Jordan Peacock

    02538 Lesser Elementals by J Weibe

    Awesome! By accident, I happened to see the back view of the earth elemental first, and for a moment my first thought was, "Oh, wow, that must have taken a lot of effort to glue together all those pebbles in that humanoid shape." ;D Looks convincing to me!
  4. Jordan Peacock

    Bones 4 scale question

    Good point, but in that case ... maybe a better scale sample would be if we had a "Sir Forscale" who is *not* leaning and bent-kneed. (I know, I know ... too late for that now, since he's well-established through 4 Kickstarters as a standard.)
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    New Reaper Gazebo + 2562 Gossamer Air Sorceress

    Okay, going back to the Kickstarter image, I'm wondering if something is up with the gazebo size-wise. Here's a side-by-side of the Gazebo and the Orrery: Now, for comparison, here's how that match-up looked in the preview image in the Kickstarter: In the Kickstarter preview, Sir Forscale looked about right when compared to the Orrery (though he wasn't conveniently shown right *next* to it), and it looked as if he could have fit within the gazebo. However, once the real thing came out, even a 20mm base is too wide to fit between those columns. Just eyeballing it, it looks as if that gazebo should be comparable to the orrery's base in terms of footprint (i.e., AT LEAST 3" wide). That's clearly not the case in the finished product. Also, those columns are so fragile and toothpick-like in the final model, whereas it looks like they'd be a bit more substantial in the preview picture. I'm wondering if the manufacturer pulled a "reverse Kaladrax" on the gazebo and delivered something much smaller than the intended size? I mean, don't get me wrong: the gazebo as-is is beautiful, and I may very well end up buying some more to use in terrain-building projects. I can see myself putting it atop an exotic Elven watchtower or something like that, or else putting having several of them, each one housing a single statue -- with the intent that the "gazebo" is treated as *impassable* terrain, and not something that minis are going to be passing through or standing inside in the course of combat. But as a GAZEBO -- as something on the board that some model might actually move *inside* -- it's just not practical for miniatures (even if, at 32mm scale, surely Sir Forscale *could* walk into it, if only he weren't anchored to a base). Either that, or maybe I wasn't supposed to glue on the roof? Or perhaps I shouldn't have glued the pillars to the base? However, those pillars are so spindly that I'd have a hard time imagining that the result would stay together very well, with the toothpick-pillars unsupported on one side or the other.
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    Reaper Bones Kickstarter 4 Orrery

    This is another Kickstarter model that I don't know the SKU for, since it's not in the store yet. This came as part of the terrain expansion, and I'm calling it an orrery, since that's what I *think* it is supposed to represent, though it's also got elements of an armillary sphere, and I haven't the foggiest how it might actually *function* for purposes of tracking celestial objects, since multiple bodies share the same rings. But, eh, it's FANTASY! Who knows? Maybe it could be enchanted, so the individual bodies can move around in ways that defy simple mechanics. Anyway, I puzzled somewhat over how to paint this thing. For starters, this model is cast in two types of "Bonesium" -- a harder, rigid polystyrene is used for the orrery/armillary-sphere rings and "celestial body" parts, whereas the base, monkey body, supporting column and outer frame are a more "bendy" sort of Bonesium, even though the whole thing is cast in a darker grey color. As such, the rigid polystyrene calls for spray-on primer, whereas I used brush-on primer for the "bendy" parts. As such, it's probably better to prime the pieces separately. Actually assembling the ring parts is a real challenge; I hope at some point there's an instruction PDF available on the Reaper site, at the very least, if not simply having instructions included with the model itself. Even when I got all the pieces to fit (near as I could tell), there was still the matter of fitting the central "orrery" within the outer frame -- a fit that has quite a bit of tension on it, and could easily go one of four apparent ways, but the "wrong" way results in inner rings that look like they're going to scrape the outer frame -- each connection between the concentric ring portions is NOT evenly split. As for how to paint it, all of the "bendy Bonesium" parts show textures that suggest old stone, particularly due to the presence of broken-off and cracked sections. I would have supposed at the very least the "frame" supported by the monkey would be metal, or at least have those "half-orb" stud sections be metal, but even those are cracked with chunks missing in places, suggesting that they should be painted as if carved stone as well. Only the hard polystyrene parts seem to represent something made of metal. (I'm not even certain about that hanging "bell." I went ahead and painted it up as corroded bronze, etc., but I'm not sure it wasn't meant to be painted as a piece of "stone" as well.) I didn't want the whole thing to be a boring brown or grey, so I opted to try to paint the monkey statue green, in an attempt to suggest jade or perhaps something like malachite. I went with brown-grey for the base (in hopes of fitting in with a lot of my brown-grey floor tiles), and with bronze/metallic-brown for the rings. As for the planets, I know it's garish, but I figured I'd just paint them up in various colors, supposing that they are enameled or perhaps even made with semi-precious stones and such. Perhaps I should go back and have a few crack lines and other signs of wear/decay here and there, to match with the cracked look of the statue base. As for the central dodecahedron area, I liked the idea of it being some sort of CRYSTAL at the center, or perhaps an elaborate lantern of bronze and glass/crystal panels, with an inner glow, so I attempted to paint it with "glowing" gradients on each facet, and with a bronze "frame" going around the outside. The outer ring looked a bit dull being just solid bronze, so I painted the recessed area a deep blue, to try to suggest either some sort of lapis-lazuli inlay, or maybe even just more enamel.
  7. Jordan Peacock

    Crabman and the Crablings - Bones 4

    NA-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-naaaa! CRAB-MAAAAAAAAN! I've definitely got to get a few of those once they hit retail. :) I love the paint scheme!
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    Fallout 2 Caravan Merchant (50291, 77256)

    Yes! And I still feel terrible that I didn't get one or several of them before they became scarce. It wouldn't really fit for Fallout without some significant conversion, as the "Automated Stallion" has very dated-looking wagon wheels for the back end rather than legs, but I still think they would be perfect for Deadlands, if only I'd replace the electro-whazzit on the back of the horse with something more befitting a steam-powered device. Not that my choice of a Mage Knight Steam Horse is really that much closer to a Giddyup Buttercup as depicted in the actual Fallout games. But I actually think the Automated Stallion looks more appropriate for Deadlands as a steam-powered contraption than the Mage Knight Steam Horse, if only because the Steam Horse somehow looks a little more mecha-like and has less of a feel of really being "old times" in its styling. I think it could be because of the lack of ornamentation. I think the Automated Stallion does a much better job of capturing the sort of frilly, gilded ornamentation that would get bolted or painted onto any contraption of note, it seemed, back around the late 19th and very early 20th centuries.
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    Fallout 2 Caravan Merchant (50291, 77256)

    You know what I really miss in the Fallout game series? Riding horseback. I mean, it would be AWESOME of the "Giddyup Buttercup" toys found in the Wasteland came in a version that was actually, y'know, rideable. (Ditto for those "Lone Wanderer" motorcycles.) Sure, that would make the sandboxy game play world seem that much smaller, but then maybe they could put a bit more "dead space" in between locations so it doesn't feel quite so dense to the point of being claustrophobia-inducing. Anyway, probably NOT going to happen. But I can still draw inspiration from such crazy ideas when I kitbash minis, right? So, here's the latest addition to my expanding merchant caravan crew: a modified Giddyup Buttercup -- I mean, a REALLY HEAVILY modified Giddyup Buttercup -- such that it's capable of actually pulling a wagon. (Maybe there was a "deluxe" version of the toy that someone found at one of the Wilson Atomatoy ruins, built for promotional purposes, to give a head start. I dunno. I'm just making this stuff up.) The "Giddyup Buttercup" is a Mage Knight "Steam Horse" mini. Really, I wish I'd gotten a bunch more of those, but it was always something of a gamble anyway, the way those were, and I only got this one as a result of a lucky find in a "grab bag" deal. The wagon is a Safari Ltd piece from a "Down on the Farm Toob" set of little plastic toys (with hardly any sense of scale whatsoever in the lot, but this one's close enough to 32mm scale for my purposes). The Giddyup Buttercup is based on a Secret Weapon Miniatures "Town Square" themed cavalry/bike base. (I also decorated it with a print-off of one of the in-game posters advertising "Giddyup Buttercup," plus a "bottle" and "jar" that are pieces of sprue from the Fallout: Wasteland Warfare resin expansion sets -- pieces that I think just happen to look like *bottles* and *jars*, so I thought I'd paint them as such, and use them for extra "base clutter.") IMHO, a mechanical/robo-horse would make a great addition to Chronoscope Bones. Finally, a mount for John Bishop, Space Marshal! I wonder what happened to the die molds for the old Mage Knights minis, anyway? (Do they just destroy them when they go out of production? :( )
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    Out-of-production TOMB KING from GW!

    Okay, the cartouche on the drape is something else! :D Also, I really like the rich contrasts of the gold trim and deep blue parts that look like inlaid lapis lazuli. I'm particularly curious about what's going on with the *inside* of the shield. Did you free-hand paint various glyphs on the inside?
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    New Reaper Gazebo + 2562 Gossamer Air Sorceress

    I really wanted to make it a WHITE gazebo, in keeping with the original legend, but I just couldn't wrap my head around doing that and maintaining the "overgrown-knotwork" look of the thing. (Okay, so maybe it would have looked nice painted white with icy blue shadows, and even fit better with the spellcaster I put in the center, but it would be tricky to do the blue shading subtle enough that it would still read visually as WHITE, and not either "very light blue" or "white and blue.") (Reference link to story of "Eric and the Dread Gazebo," for convenience: https://web.archive.org/web/20080804140516/http://www.dreadgazebo.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8 )
  12. Reaper 32mm-scale gaming miniatures, painted in acrylics. The spellcaster figure is "Gossamer, Air Sorceress" (Reaper #02562; sculpted by Werner Klocke; cast in pewter). The gazebo is a new plastic "Bones" terrain piece from Reaper (product number unknown to me as of this writing) from the 4th Bones Kickstarter optional Terrain Expansion set. The figures are displayed on Secret Weapon Miniatures "Rolling Hills" themed Tablescapes terrain tiles.The gazebo was a bit tricky to assemble; the base and pillars are cast in hard polystyrene plastic, but the roof is in a more flexible "Bonesium" plastic, prone to warping and flexing. Trying to assemble it all in one go is madness. (I know. I tried!) The method that worked best for me was to glue the pillars down first, and let the glue dry, and then only later to attempt to apply the roof piece, flexing the connection points as necessary to get them to match. (Even then, it was a bit of a challenge.) I wanted to try boiling it to soften it for assembly, but then it would have also been WET, and that would have presented additional challenges for the super glue. Alas, the joining points on the roof are too thin for pinning, or I would have tried that. (Okay, so maybe it's possible, but when things get that thin, I'm more likely to end up stabbing myself or something else with the pinning drill when something breaks or slips or breaks through, and to damage the model on top of it all, rather than to get the desired result, so ... I decided to try alternative methods first.)Because of the differences in materials for the gazebo, the base and columns call for a spray-on base coat (they're too smooth to give much grip to paint otherwise), but the roof should get a brush-on base coat. (The "Bonesium" -- the more flexible plastic used for Bones minis -- does NOT take well at all to spray-on paint; it will be perpetually tacky, and the paint will come right off with minimal abrasion ... but of course not CLEANLY off, or cleaning up the mess would be a breeze. So, my warning: DO NOT SPRAY-BASE-COAT FLEXIBLE BONES MINIS. Or at least don't use the regular stuff. It's bad. I haven't yet taken my chances with some of that spray-coat paint that's supposed to be for plastic on Bonesium, but I think if I do, I'll experiment on a piece of "Bonesium sprue" first.)One unfortunate consequence of the design is that it's a bit tricky to get a mini into and out of the gazebo. "Gossamer" is on a penny base (hat-tip to @Spielorjh ) with some putty texturing (for looks and for something to anchor pins in without drilling into copper), which means a 20mm diameter, but that's even too wide to go through the columns -- I had to tip the figure sideways and use a roundabout method of slipping the figure into place before righting the model. A removable roof would solve that problem, but the pillar structures are far too flimsy -- and the roof material too contrary -- for that to be practical, I think. (Maybe if I could successfully run some pinning holes, yes, but again, that'd be a delicate operation, and probably a bit more trouble than it's really worth.)I wasn't really able to make much sense of what the intended paint scheme should be for this -- it looks like a "stone" base, with "stone" columns, and then vines twining around the columns, but then those "vines" blend into the knotwork patterns ornamenting the roof. Ah! Mystic Elven architecture, no doubt! I decided to just cheat and go with a simple verdigris method: base in Ivy Green, wash with a green-blue-grey mix for a copper-corrosion look, then dry-brush with Metallic Brown and highlight with Inca Gold.Oh, and that's the Tree of Woe or Sorrow or whatever from the Kickstarter in the background, though I haven't yet finished it. (I'm saving all those vultures for some Deadlands and Fallout terrain, the hanging bodies for some Fallout Raider territory, and I'm thinking about putting some sort of foliage on the branches, and if THAT turns out well, I might get a couple more when they hit stores, so I can make a proper-looking "forest" template.)
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    Bones 4 scale question

    "Only" 5'11"? That's just one inch shy of 6 feet. In other words, if what you're saying is true, Jeremy Bulloch was either pretty darned close to the perfect height for those who define mm scale by "height of a 6-foot-tall man," or maybe even on the tall side of that range if one claims that an "average" person for purposes of defining 25mm, 32mm, etc., is shorter than that. And in any case, if Sir Forscale is an "average-sized guy," it's still suspicious to me if he's shorter than the local milkmaid.
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    Fallout 2 Caravan Merchant (50291, 77256)

    I've finally gotten some work done on a "home" for the merchant caravan. Behold: SCRAP TOWN! Originally this started when I dug around through a "bitz box" of spare junk (mostly Warhammer 40K) that I got from a friend who was clearing out his garage in preparation for a house move. I had this idea that I could make a "scrap gate" of proportions similar to my "Scrap Yard Barricade" pieces from Secret Weapon Miniatures, topped by a sign that I envisioned to be made of mismatched sign letters, with the appearance of being scavenged from a number of different sources. (Here I'm thinking of the similarly composite signs that appeared in Fallout: New Vegas -- especially the neon sign for the "Prospector Saloon" in Goodsprings.) Well, I also got a whole mess of GeoTrax toys in a Goodwill find a while back, and one of the pieces looked like a street front facade of several buildings jammed together, much like the TMNT play set I turned into the "Wok-a-Doodle" Chinese Restaurant a while back. It has something of a "gate" that I could envision as the entrance to a settlement built among the ruins of several tightly-packed buildings in an urban area, and I got the idea to put the settlement name ("SCRAP TOWN") over that. Then, I started thinking about maybe turning some of the street-front facades into store stalls for a little "travelers' bazaar" area, with the idea that the merchant/trader area is up front, and the more securely-fortified residential and crop-growing areas are deeper into the settlement. I started delving into some spare bits from incomplete Plasticville kits and a big box of Hirst Arts Castlemolds castings, and it just kind of went out of control from there. I've even started furnishing (and carpeting and wallpapering) some of the interior building rooms. (I might use them as backdrops for some figure photos at some future date, once I have some more painted minis ready for "show 'n' tell.") In the meantime, here's the Scrap Town entrance surrounded by Secret Weapon Miniatures "Urban Streets" Tablescapes tiles, and assorted terrain bits. A couple of heavily-converted Brother Vinni "Nuclear Sandlot" power-armored soldiers provide security at the front entrance.
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    Bones 4 and Baba Yaga's Hut

    Thanks for finding the reference. I was wondering whether I'd just imagined it, or it was wishful thinking, or something.
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