Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

14132 Yagun Oog, Reven Mage

Recommended Posts

When I first saw this guy, I wanted to paint him.  Of course, I didn't realize how big he was.  I bought him but have just had him sitting on a pedestal waiting for a reason to use him.  Then I started hearing rumors of Frostgrave, but ignored it for a while.  Then one day I looked up Frostgrave because I kept hearing about it.  And there it was... the perfect reason to use him.  I got in my Frostgrave book and ideas started coming on a warband to support our Ogre mage.  Once I finalized my starting warband list, and now have a fairly comprehensive list of add-ons I can pick up, I figured it was time to paint him.  


I cleaned him up as best I could.  He has a warped casting that looks like the two sides didn't meet up properly at a couple of extreme edges.  In most of the middle it wasn't bad, but there are some spots that would need to have some things resculpted with a knife and are in hard to reach areas.  I did what I could and will live with what I left.  As my only free time has either been rain or after dark, I used brush-on primer.  I was going to do skin and hair in the white and use the black primer for the other areas, but something was wonky on the black primer so I ended up just doing the white brush on primer for all of it (except the feet, need to come back and do that area soon).


I took a shower so I could figure out colors for him (stirs the creative juices) and think I am going to go with orange-red hair and blue eyes, so fair skin on the rest of him.  I started in with 9046 Fair Shadow for the body and put Brown Liner on the leather and wood areas.  In the process found several more heads with hair hanging from various pieces (now up to 3).  




Going to have to go over all of the painted skin again before mixing up the next set.  I will say, though, this guy eats paint like nobodies business!  Soooo much skin!


Still trying to work out his spells, but I'm leaning toward an odd mix and going with Enchanter, and if I do that I've got to revise my warband and find me a good construct (or two or three).  

  • Like 12

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks guys!  A second layer of Fair Shadow added tonight to even out coverage.  Also got to the legs and the back filled in much better tonight.  

Was good to paint and talk with Knarthex on the Hangouts.  


eVv1dzEm.jpg and XXo5pR0m.jpg

  • Like 7

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Need to figure out a way to do the feet though.  He is very top heavy... in addition to just being plain heavy.  The tab is solid in the vise and I'm afraid that if I pin the feet I will lose that stability.  But if I wait too long then I'm going to have trouble holding on to him without fearing messing up paint by handling it too much.  Anyone have some best advice on painting feets on top heavy figures?

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Why don't you base him with the tab, and then hide that with a little putty?


Else, pinning combined with a little putty+ Superglue will do the job.

  • Like 1

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I might... if I can find a 50mm round slotted base.  Based on the Jewelers Vise being at 6mm spacing, I estimate his tab to be a bit over 40mm long.  The largest Reaper one I'm seeing is only 34mm on a 40mm base.  Close, but not close enough for his big feet.  I wonder when the Kickstarter bases will start appearing in the store, maybe they have one that will fit?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I might... if I can find a 50mm round slotted base. Based on the Jewelers Vise being at 6mm spacing, I estimate his tab to be a bit over 40mm long. The largest Reaper one I'm seeing is only 34mm on a 40mm base. Close, but not close enough for his big feet. I wonder when the Kickstarter bases will start appearing in the store, maybe they have one that will fit?

Did you get a swag bag with the base sampler in it?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


I might... if I can find a 50mm round slotted base. Based on the Jewelers Vise being at 6mm spacing, I estimate his tab to be a bit over 40mm long. The largest Reaper one I'm seeing is only 34mm on a 40mm base. Close, but not close enough for his big feet. I wonder when the Kickstarter bases will start appearing in the store, maybe they have one that will fit?

Did you get a swag bag with the base sampler in it?


Nope.  My Father-In-Law's 50th Work Anniversary / Retirement Party was the Friday of ReaperCon.  I missed out on all of that stuff last year...

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking at the basecoated skin of Yagun, I was afraid I was not going to have enough contrast.  Looking back through paint recipes for skin, I can see that adding in the Tanned Skin trio to the Fair Skin trio will give me a much wider range.  


So I spent some time tonight adding in the shadow of 09043 Tanned Shadow and I'll begin working up through the spectrum...



  • Like 6

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Tonight added in a couple of things.  

09044 Tanned Skin as a less dark shadow in the shadow areas trying to leave the Tanned Shadow in the creases.  Difficult to see this layer very well except it all looked smoother and darker overall.  Four more layers and I'll be back up to seeing the full contrast range.


Wasn't sure I was up for the next layer (Tanned Highlight), so I opted to pull out my 09031 Tanned Leather and see what it was going to look like across the basic leather pieces in his torque/collar, gloves and at his waist.  




Feels good to paint for several days in a row, even if I've had to accept that I'm going to only get about 1-2 hours per day.  I can still be productive and the rearrangement of my daily schedule is paying off.

  • Like 5

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Painted last night, but after I messed up the eyes, I didn't want to take any photos.  Started off tonight fixing that.  Giving him a whitish eye on the left side as the mold line was bad enough I'm turning it into a scar on that side of his face.  I did add VMC 70.899 Olive Drab to the Leather.  I have retouched the 09046 Fair Shadow skin tone.  I then added VMC 70.940 Saddle Brown to the hair.  


yHLMO5zm.jpg and gQfNIlam.jpg


(Click for larger image)

  • Like 4

Share this post

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.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  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.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Metalchaos
      Good Friday everyone, here are pictures of the mini I'll be using as a necromancer in my upcoming D&D game.
      14060, Leisynn the mercenary mage is one of my top 5 favorite model. It was sculpted by Tim Prow for the Warlord game.












    • By rubegon
      I haven’t been on the forum much this year.  Since joining Anne Foerster’s Patreon I’ve been spending more time on Discord.
      I’ve been painting this guy following the paintalong she’s done for one of the tiers.  It’s the first time I’ve tried to do a “display quality” paint job.  Other firsts are NMM, freehand, leather texture, cloth texture, and sculpted base elements.
      I actually started this guy early this year, but then stopped painting altogether for about 4 months after the pandemic started.  I picked him back up in July and am getting close to finishing.  I’m posting a series of pics I’ve taken as I went, and will continue to post as I finish him up soon.

      Feb 29: prepped and primed, with some minor GS work

      Mar 1:  base GS sculpting

      — LONG BREAK —
      Aug 2:  skin lined, basecoated, and shaded

      Aug 6:  skin initial highlights

    • By Rahz
      Another 3D print that I’m working on, this time a big one.  I’ve shied away from buying/printing dragons for the most part as I have a ton of amazing Reaper ones still to paint (or finish... ) but this one was a freebie of sorts from one of the creators I follow on Patreon.  
      In keeping with my clear resin tricks, I whipped up the base really quickly and then stalled on how I was going to paint the actual dragon...  oops!  

      I masked off the crystals and plugged the holes for the feet and primed it with a mix of brown and grey Vallejo primers, drybrushed it with a tan followed by a tan mixed with white and then it got a series of Vallejo model washes (green, grey and dark brown).  I then peeled off the mask and gave the crystals a quick coat with Tamiya Clear Green.  
      For the actual dragon, the plan now is to paint the heavier scales like the base with the softer belly and flesh being brown.  




      Like my recent plague doctor bust, I masked his eyes so they will be the same green as the crystals on his base.  I toyed with putting a light in his head as well, but seems to be doing that to everything all of a sudden, and skipped it.  
      in case you’re wondering about the pink, that’s what mixing the Vallejo red and grey primers did. The base was that colour before the drybrush and washes. 
      Hoping to get some more work on the brown and get the drybrush done on his scales this weekend.  That’s going to be a lot of drybrushing!! 
      Thanks for looking.  
    • By MoonglowMinis
      So for awhile now I've had this goal, nay, this desire, nay, this primal compulsion to build a boat.  It is not enough to have hand drawn maps, or 2D terrain tiles.  I need a fully functioning 3D boat!  Well, maybe not fully functioning.  But I want to build a cool boat!
      I've been working on a nautical campaign full of swashbuckling, sailing, and sea monsters for a few years now.  It's my White Whale project.  Always just on the horizon.  It'll happen some day, but in the meantime, I have a million small projects to complete and extend the chase.  One of which is my desire to build a few different sized ships to enliven any possible naval combat.
      I actually attempted this about two years ago, just winging it and making some measurements and throwing them at some craft supplies.  I wanted a cheap option that wasn't too difficult to repeat that way I wouldn't be discouraged from making multiple ships.  So I limited it to cheap crafting materials like foamcore, wooden dials, popsicle sticks, and thumbtacks.  And the result wasn't  bad.  Especially for my first attempt at any kind of terrain building.

      It actually turned out rather nice!  To my surprise.  But I got hung up on mast and sail designs and never finished.

      The wood on the deck had 2x1in grid carved into it for easier D&D use.

      and the figurehead was designed to be modular.

      However, overtime the boat collected dust and little scratches.  I should have given it a coat of mod podge or sealant of some kind, but never did.  And eventually it had an unfortunate run in with an injured owl that we took in for a night.

      Here's the little devil himself.
      Anyways, I put this project on the back burner for long enough and feel inspired to dive back in.  Especially with a certain Bones ship on the Horizon that I'm still on the fence about getting.  I was doing some browsing on the web and recently found this wonderful little blog complete with loose instructions and a plan from a now defunct wargamming site.  The blog creator had found the old plan and adapted it to build something using most of the same materials I have already stockpiled. 

      There's a few choices that I like better than my first attempt so I think I'm going to use this as some inspiration as I give this boat thing another go.

      My hold up now is still those darn masts.  The original plan above used wood and required drilling out holes for the masts.  The blogger use foam for his ship and found random bits of tubing to house his masts.  I could try to find something random like that, but I was hoping to find something simpler for easy repetition.  And I would also like to keep the masts loose so they can be removed for easy storage, or to swap out the sails.  Any thoughts?

      Any resources, tips, recommendations are very welcome!  I'll post back here with any updates.

    • By AussieAusborn
      Greetings y'all!
      I'm starting this thread to use as a painting blog, to help catalog my journey, and to use as a source of ongoing motivation. I have a LOT of stuff I've been putting off, that I want to get through for a homebrew campaign I'm working on, and some warbands for Frostgrave, as well. So, I'll take any extra motivation I can get Once I actually finish pieces, I'll make sure to post them in that part of the forum.
      To start things off, I have a dragon I've been working on for a couple of weeks, and just got to the point where it's "good enough for now," although definitely not finished. It's easily my favorite piece I've ever owned, so I put off doing any work on it until I was "good enough" to do the piece justice. That is, until I realized that would never happen , so I decided to:
      1) Do the darned thing
      2) Do some work on it every day
      3) Push myself outside my comfort zone to try new things
      4) Be patient and forgiving with myself
      5) To not freak out when I try something that I don't like, and just go ahead and fix it
      There's still a good amount to do to it (I have a list with 15 bullet points on it, and growing!), but I'm happy enough looking at it, and want to take a break to focus on some other pieces.
      I took some progress shots (though perhaps not as many as I'd have liked). So please, join me as we journey through my learning experience:

      I fully assembled the mini before putting down any paint. Here's where the mini was after a couple days work, about 4-5 hrs. I used an airbrush to give it a zenithal undercoat with black and white, and then to lay in the base coats of the red and blue. I then painted the underbelly and the wing-fingers with a brush.

      Here, I'm trying to show the work I've done (still fairly subtle, at this point) on building up the vibrancy/transitions on the red skin/scales. I was fairly happy at this point, as I could start to see that I might actually be able to paint this to the standard I want.

      The next day, I did some work on the face, horns, and blocked in the body spikes. I generally liked the mouth and tongue, but felt it was a bit vibrant. I thought the blue on the horns was alright, but also wasn't completely sold on it.

      Here's where it was after another `30min of work. Since I felt the tongue was too much, I did something about it! I did a very light glaze with a grey, just to knock down the saturation a bit. Looks better. I added some more blue to the horns, and still wasn't quite happy with it. Picked out the teeth, which is nice, easy bit of definition. And that eye!!! It looked much better than I expected, although that's the last time it would be that well defined...

      Here it is after another couple days of progress, building up that red (it takes soooooo long on something this big!!!!), as well as more work on the mouth/face. I'd accidentally painted over the eye (which becomes a recurring theme in this tale ), so I blocked in some color, just to separate it from the face. I added a glaze of 'RMP's fair skin' to the tongue, and now I'm lovin' it. Also added some fleshy-ness to the gums on the upper jaw (though it's a little hard to tell), and that was definitely another good decision.

      Here I continued to build up the red, progress is slow but steady. Not pictured (which is unfortunate, because it was a good learning experience) is my attempt to redo the horn entirely, to a scheme that was a transition of bone to brown to black at the tip...I was really unhappy with it. I had the bone starting around the eye ridges in at attempt to add more contrast and draw the viewer's eye towards the face, but it just looked awful. So I spent a good while redoing the horn and fixing the whole face. I'm glad I made that mistake, as I think the face looks much better than it did before I started on the horn. Part of that was adding in a new level of bright highlights.

      Here's the mini in some soft lighting, and although the picture is kinda blurry, it better shows the transitions throughout the red. I think this was also the point where I started working on shading the red, by applying a light blue-black glaze to the shaded areas, which really helped add some contrast to the piece.

      I had an accident that almost gave me a heart attack, where the figure seemingly jumped off the desk Luckily, I caught it before it hit the ground, and it sustained no major damage. It did separate where the dragon attaches on to the base, and although that was a little frustrating, it ended up being a happy little accident, as it made it MUCH MUCH easier to work on the base. I started by putting down some paints and pigments, until it was at a place I thought was ok. Also, the rock spire that it's curled around was originally about 6 inches taller, which I cut off to better see all of the dragon. So, I started work on sculpting a new top. I started by building up thin layers of cardboard with superglue, to level it off (it had quite a slant to it). Then I mixed up some greenstuff, and tried to match the overall flow and texture of of the rocks. Although not a perfect match, it's close enough to not be distracting. Mission accomplished!! The pillars were a part of the mini.

      And here's the beast in its current state. I painted the newly sculpted top to match what I'd already done, and left the pillars with a super quick drybrushing. I touched up the eye to look acceptable (it's on my 'to do' list), added some grass tufts to the base, and was happy to leave it be like this, for a time. The final pic is another attempt to 'more accurately'  show the value transitions with the red, though the colors seem a tad washed out.
      Thanks for taking a look at my work, and for reading my ramblings! C&C is welcome  As I said, I have a to do list for the dragon, but I'm not afraid to add more to it!!! I'll strive to make a post in here a few times a week, and eventually you'll get to see a completed dragon!
      EDIT: I forgot to mention that once the dragon broke away from the base (super cleanly, luckily), I took the opportunity to redo the underbelly on the whole model, darkening it up some. And along the neck, I experimented with wet blending for the first time! I've been apprehensive to try it before, but decided this was a good spot to experiment, as it's a large enough area, but felt less...consequential, I guess, if I messed it up. And I'm pretty pleased with the result!
      Next up: Frostgrave warbands for me and my brother!
  • Who's Online   18 Members, 1 Anonymous, 37 Guests (See full list)

  • Create New...