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By Chris Palmer
This week I finished "Arakus Landarzad, Wizard" from the "Grey Beards" set in the Bones 4 Core box. I tried a couple experiments with this guy; one was using purple for the shadows on the yellow robes, and the other was using Citadel Contrast Paint to do the gem on the staff. To read more about it see: http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com/2021/01/arakus-landarzad-wizard-bones-4-figure.html
Finally put effort into him. Had him since Bones 4. Everyone I've seen was doing Phoenixes and Birds of Prey.
I went with the surprisingly brutal Blue Jay. They've been documenting slaughtering other song birds. Their preferred method is decapitation.
Anyways. Here's my take on Grimtalon
All theatres and event locations in Switzerland are closed again, so it's back to short-time work for me.
I figured I might as well use the extra time I now have to confront the minis that have accumulated on my shelf of shame. While I have enough unpainted minis to last me for a lifetime (or more...) there were a few I gave up on for one reason or another. Those are the ones ending up on this shelf. Having enough of their accusing stares, I'm going to tackle them, one by one. Some will be fun, some will mean I have to face my nightmares from the past, all will teach me valuable lessons.
This rules I set for myself:
Project runs until my regular work starts again - or until the shelf is cleared (I really hope for the former...) For every two minis I finish I may pick a new one from my collection of unpainted minis (but I don't have to) I will try to post an update every other day or so, mostly to keep me motivated because a lot of this isn't necessarily fun. Those minis all ended up on the shelf for a reason.
These are the figures I photographed, I still have some other finished bones 4 miniatures that I will get to (probably). I really should start using matt varnish more.
They were fun to paint. One of the Mini-taurs seems to have a lot of skinned faces. not sure how I would feel about having undies like that.
Or just a small one to scale. When painting it, I searched for a reference. What surprised me was the amount of catfish with a different tail anatomy. In the end I found one that nearly fit the miniature to a T. Using that photo as a reference I painted my catfish. I did take some artistic license with the eyes and with the scales on the forehead.
Now I did some conversion work on this figure and painted it using oils. The conversion mostly involves the axe the original sculpt had. It was an interesting shape, that reminded me a lot of a pickaxe. So I cut off the bottom part of the axe and got a vertical pickaxe (that I was using that week). Now the bottom of the axe had a decorated pommel? While considering if I wanted to remove it, I dropped the figure. Which resulted in the pommel, and only the pommel, breaking off. I was happy with that. The pommel can also be used as a lamp in the future.
Given that I have already painted all the goblins that came with Bones 4, I was left with the Kobolds. I really like the sculpts of these kobolds, in fact I preferred them to most of the goblin sculpts. Yes, they all have eyes painted. Also, I really liked the rich red from the examples done during bones 4, so I chose red as the colour.
All of these were speed painted. The brown apes were done using oils, which proved quite effective for this endeavour. Meanwhile the albino ape lord was done using acrylics with a reference to an albino gorilla. Surprisingly the albino gorillas were fare more pink than expected, so it is a good thing I used a reference.
These were enjoyable to paint. I did some basic research on the description of Frankenstein in the books and used that (yellowish skin, blackish lips). The bride of Frankenstein does have two white lines in her hair, the photos just don't catch it. The female mummy, who looks amazingly plump for a supposedly dry mummy (more like a wet mummy, which is strange given the Egyptian themes), had only the teal finished in oils.
A possessed warrior, halfling mystic and a human bandit walk into a bar.
I am really happy with how the shield on the chaos knight figure came out, the key was making a weak prussian blue wash over the grey primer and then just adding glazes of different colours. Meanwhile an amusing thing happened with the halfling. I was painting it and to add a glow to the skin I used the only bright yellow I had around me at the time, an alcohol ink. I finished off the figure, finally adding eyes. I varnish the figure and don't see anything wrong until the next day. The eyes a glowing a fluorescent yellow/green. This is somewhat strange given that the yellow is not fluorescent and meant to be permanent (even though it is a dye based ink, so not sure how much I trust that). I can only assume that some dye/pigment migration occurred or that the varnish reactivated the ink, but I do like the effect (you can't really see it that well in the picture).
Wyvern, the small.
I was experimenting with making brown scales. In the end I do like the effect and will probably try it on a larger figure. I like how the base is a fallen statute.
I had trouble deciding what snake to paint them as, so in the end I did a combination of a couple. The black, white and dark brown was based on a cobra. the greens and yellowish browns on Inland Taipan (one of the deadliest snakes). The browns where based on the Australia brown snakes (also deadly). I also know the excuse for the boobs, but I don't really agree with it (even if I understand why it was done).
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