Jump to content

Recommended Posts

I'm wanting to do a Bones conversion and was hoping to get some advise here.

 

In my world there's four main camps of "Outsiders". Angels/Archons (lg), Azata/Eladrin/Fey (cg), Demons (ce), and Devils (le). Once Bone 3 is released three of the four camps will have a top end representation (CR 20+). So with that in mind what I want to do is convert a mini to be a Azata/Eladrin/Fey counterpart to the Balor, Pit Fiend, and Solar Angel.

 

All three existing "outer lords" are large sized and winged. So I want something along those lines. As all the existing lords are male I'd like this conversion to be a female. The only female Bones mini of comparable size seems to be the Cloud Giant (77162)? So how would one go about making her into a Queen of the Fey? Are there any other large Bones females that I'm missing?

 

The first problem I see is were to get wings and how to attach them. So that she has her own style I'd like to give her large butterfly wings (Angels = avian wings, Devils = bat-like wings, Demons = a mix of styles, Fey = insectile wings). I'm not sure what to use though. Assuming I find something fitting how should I then attach them? The Cloud Giant has a lot of hair down her back that would get in the way.

 

If I use the Cloud Giant, the next problem I see is her weapon. A big club doesn't really seem fitting. What could I use to replace the club and how would I go about that?

 

Lastly she's a bit more scantily clad then what I feel is fitting for this concept. How hard would it be to sculpt a skirt around her legs with "green stuff"? Would "green stuff" even be the appropriate thing to use for something like that?

 

I know this is a lot of trouble to go through but I don't see any other way of getting what I "need". As there is no particularly well known large Azata/Eladrin/Fey lord type in D&D or Pathfinder it's unlikely Reaper will ever make this sort of model.

 

Any thoughts or comments would be much appreciated. :)

Link to post
Share on other sites

For the wings, you might look at your local craft/floral shop for one of the may kinds of decorative butterflies that are aviaible.

 

butterflies-assorted-glitter-translucent

 

Assuming you're using the Bones Cloud Giant, the club should be easy to cut away, and replace with something else. I carefully cut the weapon on mine and re positioned it upwards.

 

 

 

IMG_4647.JPG

 

You should be able to do the same.  For a replacement, a spear would probably be easy to fashion from a skewer and a bit of greenstuff.  

 

And I would think greenstuff would work fine for the skirt too.

  • Like 5
Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm wanting to do a Bones conversion and was hoping to get some advise here.

 

All three existing "outer lords" are large sized and winged. So I want something along those lines. As all the existing lords are male I'd like this conversion to be a female. The only female Bones mini of comparable size seems to be the Cloud Giant (77162)? So how would one go about making her into a Queen of the Fey? Are there any other large Bones females that I'm missing?

 

There is a female fire giant and a female frost giant in addition to the cloud giant. I haven't gotten around to the frost giant yet, but here's what the fire giant looks like.

 

post-13211-0-26281500-1441676728_thumb.jpg
  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Green stuff will work fine. Mix a medium-sized ball, and then roll it out flat on a non-stick surface like silicone parchment paper. Let it sit for maybe 15-30 minutes for it to harden somewhat, then trim the edges cleanly with a craft knife and carefully lift your new rectangle of "fabric", and smooth and crease it on the mini. Not too hard, but easier to do with experience. Try a few practice cloaks or such.

 

The hardest part is probably knowing when to lift it off. Too early and the GS stretches too much and will probably tear as you lift it off, too, too late and the GS is a hardened sheet that you can use to make pattern stuff, but is useless for drapery.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

@Chris Palmer: My main concern about the wings is how the materials will behave with paints and whatnot. For the weapon I could see some sort of spear or glaive being a reasonably good fit. Did you flip your Cloud Giant's arm at the elbow?

 

@Auberon: I knew about the Fire Giant but hadn't really considered her. She might work with modification but I'm not sure she has the right Fey-like look. I'll have to take a closer look and think about how that might work.

 

@djizomdjinn: Thanks for the green stuff tips. I've never really used it for anything other then as a gap filler. It sounds like there's a real art to working it properly.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

@Chris Palmer: My main concern about the wings is how the materials will behave with paints and whatnot. For the weapon I could see some sort of spear or glaive being a reasonably good fit. Did you flip your Cloud Giant's arm at the elbow?

You would need to experiment with the wings, they possibly could need a primer if they are amde of plastic. Or, you could always leave them as they are. I don't know where you are located, but the local craft stores here, Michaels and JoAnns both sell the butterflies with very realisticly colored wings (not like the ones I linked above) that you could use straight out of the package no problem.

Super glue would probably work fine for attaching them.

 

Yes, I sliced the arm at the elbow and reattached with super glue. Her arm guard made a nice natural separation to hide the joint. One of the things I love about Bones is how easy you can slice and dice them.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I picked up some of these Ooak brand "fairy wings" on evilbay a few months ago for use in a similar project (that has since gone on the back burner), but thought you might still wish to see them.

OOAK%20Fairy%20Wings_zpsm4rca8cm.jpg

They're actually pretty nice, but I thought they would be a bit more like real wings, given the picture.  However, they're basically printed on thin clear sheets that you have to cut out and glue onto your model of choice.  The upside is that they were really cheap, the downside is that I'm not sure how they would look if you painted over the areas on the photo where the wing structure is.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Metalchaos
      Hello everyone, here are pictures of a lovely nymph I just completed. I started the skin with a beige base coat and green shadows. Then glazed successive layers of green and beige.
      This Dark Heaven Legends model 02741, Nymph sculpted by Werner Klocke and I painted it with Reaper MSP paint.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By MoonglowMinis
      Showcasing more old-paintjobs from one of my former adventuring parties.  This time we look at Willow the Eladrin Warlock, represented by Feiya, Iconic Witch.
       
      I enjoyed playing with colors with her, though in retrospect, I wish I had used some more magentas and purples.  I believe the leaves on the base were painted oregano.

       
      Reverse side under the spoiler:
      Willow is an Eladrin of the Feywild.  When her world started to freeze over, she was sent by her patron to cross over into the material world and discover the source of the cold.  A stranger to Frostrun and an outsider to this World, Willow must rely on her new friends to help her save her own realm.
       
      Check out the rest of the Frostrun project HERE.
    • By haldir
      Any Brownie or Brownie-like minis out there? My Google-Fu is failing me right now.
       
      thanks
       
    • By Lidless Eye
      A few of the Fair Folk and their followers.

      I was inspired to paint them up by a friend's mini-campaign where everyone played as Forest Gnomes.



      Thopas, the Lesser Gnome mascot.  This is the second version of him I've painted, for the DM of the before-mentioned game.



      "Lord, I was born a Smambling Mound!  Tryin' to kill adventurers with two attacks per round..."

      (minis are actually from the Magic the Gathering board game)


       

       

       

       
       
      A Pixie Messenger from Stonehaven Miniatures recent "Giants" Kickstarter.




      An Evil Fairy from Reaper's familiar packs.



      Some sprites or such from "Foundry Miniatures" now under their "Warmonger Miniatures" branch.  They used to come as random extras in the Elf packs.


       

       
       
      And I saved the best for last.

      Some tasteful gnudes.


       

    • By wdmartin
      I'm working on 60067 Nyrissa.  She's a major NPC in the Kingmaker adventure path from Paizo.  I'm trying to follow the reference art from the cover of the AP pretty closely, though I've checked other threads on the forums for inspiration too.
       
      So far I've got a base:
       

       

       
      The base is from Micro Arts Studio.  I gouged a slot in it for the tab at the base of her wings.  It's coming along okay, but it's awfully muted.  It needs more contrast -- particularly brighter highlights.
       
      I've base coated her wings.
       

       

       
      The wings are 3:3:1 Pine Green/Linen White/Pale Saffron.  The vines are in Formula P3 Wurm Green, and the interior petals are your basic Fire Orange.
       
      It doesn't come through in the photography very well, but in person the blue in the main wings is a LOT more noticeable.  I need to push it more towards the yellow end of the spectrum -- I want them to be the pale, nearly yellow green of fresh leaf growth, before it's had time to mature and darken.  I don't quite know what I'm going to do about that.  I don't really have any pale green paints -- I generally like dark greens, and have a wide selection of those.  I may need to mix something custom.
       
      The interior petals are off to a good start, but need to shift red in the deepest parts, and yellow at the edges.  I'm less worried about those.
       
      I haven't even primed her body yet.  I'm not quite sure how to handle it, frankly.  It's a lovely sculpt, but difficult to work with.  She has a little nubbin between her shoulder blades that fits into the hole you can see in her wings up above, leaving her hovering mid-air.  Literally every other part of the mini needs to be painted -- there's no place to hold the part while I'm working.  Ordinarily I stick the figures to bottle caps with poster putty (as with the base, above), and I just got that fancy Rathcore mini holder thing that I'm using for her wings.  But neither of those will work, because any part of the mini I stick in putty isn't available for painting, and if I stick the nubbin into the cork, that leaves her back inaccessible.  Plus I worry that the pressure of the cork might deform the nubbin and cause it not to fit its matching hole properly.
       
      So I may need to paint her body in two different phases, first her torso/arms/head, and then her legs.  I'll take notes on painting procedures as I go so I can match them on the second half.
  • Who's Online   24 Members, 2 Anonymous, 50 Guests (See full list)

×
×
  • Create New...