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Hi there. Thought I would post a couple of pics of my first ever Bones figure, an Ogre, for C&C from the comunity.

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The skin tone is an experiment and I am not sure that it isn't too dark red. Anyone any suggestions on painting ogre fingernails? Still got the highlighting of the details along with various brass and bronze bits.

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Thanks for that, will give it a go.

 

Forgot the usual quick bio, been collecting, gaming and painting (after a fashion) since about '75. My first minis (apart from Airfix plastics, with just the faces and hands painted gloss pink) were the Minifigs Mythical Earth figures, played lots of RPGs and a few tabletop wargames. Recently moved away from the all pervasive (in the UK at least) GW gaming scene and am currently enjoying Kings of War. A poster on their forum alerted me to the Reaper Bones Kickstarter and that about brings me up to date.

 

As a footnote, turning 50 last year I realised that I didn't have a painted army, loads of part painted bits, but nothing finished. Hence I am now trying to finish stuff, and would rather complete and maybe add detail later than leave figures half painted.

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Nice work on the shading! The skin looks lovely! That's one of the things I like about the ogre adventure- everyone has a unique view on the skintones! Where are you heading with the beard? If you've got a reddish tone to your skin, you can enhance that by adding some red to your beard. I could see him as a strawberry blonde. ::): Welcome!

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Thanks for the kind comments. I've got the ogre close to finished now, sadly I didn't go for strawberry blonde hair, I've always struggled with blondes.

After touching up the details i gave him a coat of Army Painter Soft tone, more to act as a varnish than anything else, though the slight shading does seem to tie things in. Then Anti shine, followed by a bit of extra detail like white on the tips of tusks etc. I'm posting him here as a) I might add some more detail, (though I am fairly happy with him for now) i.e. he is still work in progress, and b) I don't think he is good enough for the showing off forum.

BTW, I didn't even try to do eyes, I wasn't sure what colours to choose, and they seem very sunken in (too many late nights). so I hope just a shadowy pit will do.

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I like they grey hair! The sign of a high level ogre! If you want to do the eyes in a single color, either use a dark brown or think about an effect- like a green glow, and pick a color you like. There is a great tutorial on eyes, and at least a few threads under the painting tips heading. Have fun!

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So, the Ogre pretty much finished, now on to the gnoll. Yes, the base is a bit odd. i decided I wanted him on a 25mm washer (mostly for D&D), so cut off most of the base, then drilled the feet and inserted a length of copper wire into both feet which enabled me to bring the feet closer together (after heating in boiling water). Some miliput covered the base and made it look like rock.

I must confess, I regret doing this. The base is clumsy, and the resulting posture a bit unnatural, still, live and learn.

I tried painting without undercoat this time, here you see the first paint, Khemri brown, as a base coat for the fur.

As usual, C&C are very welcome, thanks.

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OK, after a week's break I have some progress. Ive done the base colours now, I'll start shading next. I also had a go at doing the eyes as per the recomended tutorial, must say it was easier than I thought, but I still need a lot of practice.

Anyone got any thoughts about the gnoll's fur colours?

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Not sure about the shield, I could leave it a natural 'fresh sawn timber' look, or go for something a bit darker. I think the metallics need a bit more variety, maybe brass somewhere?

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Fur looks pretty furry. Right tone, good colour for it. Looks like you've got a nice exercise in working with browns on this mini, which is a pretty good thing. Lots of great uses for browns. Are you going to drybrush the fur, or go for some other form of highlighting?

 

A nice wash of something mid to dark brown will make the metals pop a bit more, and add a bit of a dirty look to them. If you happen to have Brown Liner, or Army Painter Strong Tone, or Vallejo Smoke, all of those work great over pretty much any metallic paint. With the shield there, you'd either have to be pretty careful to keep it off that nifty wood colour you have there, or just go over the entire shield and touch that back up.

 

If you want to go the brass route, you could try hitting up just the bolts on the shield, and maybe the chain on the mace as well. Some small touches like that can also add some contrast.

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Thanks for the quick response. I was going to use soft tone, but maybe strong tone as you suggest (I use it on all my KoW orcs). The fur will be drybrushed to lighten it up, and I may put darker spots randomly on the fur as hyenas have those. Never tried using Valejo Smoke, though I do have a bottle, will have to experiment.

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post-10378-0-75971600-1366728776_thumb.jpg Now the gnoll is near finished. i have pretty much done all the shading, maybe a bit more highlights?

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Not sure if I should use plain varnish or AP Softtone (as I did on the Ogre). I done't want to loose too much detail, but I cn always repaint it afterwards.

As always, C&C most welcome.

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Thanks for that, I will give it a go. I was hoping it would end up looking a bit like an actual hyena, but that idea kind of got lost in the various washes etc. I did give the 'mane' a heavy wash to darken it, but that doesn't come out too well on the photos.

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