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With the return of the Great Pumpkin imminent, and the painting area finished I can now finally get back to plugging away at the various projects. Of course with my supplies and such still scattered hither and yon about the house, I'm left with the choice of continued delay whilst I get things organized or starting yet another mini and hoping that I can get back into the groove in between sessions of reorganization...

I haven't painted anything except walls all summer, so it's obvious which I chose.

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04032 Fellclaw, Scarecrow Guardian. Timely for the season, not part of a unit or group so I probably won't get bogged down quite as easily, and simple on the details. Got the base colors down, Deep Twilight on his pants, since Purple is the unifying color of the Witch army, Stormy Grey on his coat, Orange Brown on his hat, Shadowed Stone on his shirt, Russet Brown on his boots, Ginger Cookie on his hood, Dirty Bone on his limbs and scythe handle and base bones. Base is combo of Pavement Grey and Steel Legion Drab. Straw bits are Buckskin Pale.

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and some Rotting Wood on the board.

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And being painted by me it is inevitable that Black Wash be heavily abused at some point in the process. Agrax Earthshade was also slathered onto the base.

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First layer on his coat was a 50/50 mix of Stormy and Cloudy Greys.

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Now to wait for the shaking in my hands to subside a bit. I'd forgotten that trying to paint after battling the lawn wasn't a good idea.

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And I've gotten him as close to done as I can without my basing supplies. 

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So until my basing stuff gets sniffed out, I'll refrain from putting him in Show Off, but it feels damn good to have completed a mini in a reasonable amount of time for the first time since...well, I can't remember.

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Next up is a WizKids Phase Spider. 

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Got most of th base colors down...

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When I was coming up with a color scheme I decided to see if I could get the usual "Halloween" colors to work here. So purple, orange, black, and maybe some green somewhere too later on.

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After gluing him down to the provided base, I filled in the outside with wood putty and did the usual Pavement Grey/Steel Legion Drab base colors to tie him in with the rest. 

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A little more progress mainly more wash abuse...

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Usual Agrax Earthshade and Black Wash on the base, Druchii Violet on the main torso. I put a coat of thinned down Coal Black on the middle leg parts. Thanks to the greenish tint that comes out when water is mixed in, the Coal Black lets me attempt for a subtle green addition, while not contrasting too much with everything else.

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Druchii Violet also made it's way onto the underbelly and I hit the Orange Brown bits with Brown Wash.

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What I like about this sculpt is that it has a bit of naturalistic menace to it, so even with the stereotypical Halloween colors, it reads as still somewhat realistic. This is provide a nice bridge between the smaller WizKids spiders, which I went for a more realistic tone with, and the Reaper spider I did as a Pumpkin spider awhile back. 

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"Have you heard the Word of Linus about the Great Pumpkin and the treats YOU could be receiving this year?"

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Progress continues...

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Highlight of Hallowed Orange, Cloudy Grey on the rocks, Pure Black on the fangs and eyes...

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Layered some Deep Twilight and Sunset Purple over the Violet Light, and Witchcraft Purple on the underbelly dots. I'm calling him done except for the base. 

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Having found my premixed flock, I glued Fellclaw to a base and puttied it somewhat, unfortunately covering over some of the base skull. The wood putty is starting to show it's age so I added some water to loosen it up, but applying it has become somewhat trickier now. I put down some Steel Legion Drab and Agrax over it and now just sealing and flocking remain.

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The core of the Witch army so far. A long while back in Austin I picked up some blisters of Reaper Bones skeletions and the idea came to make a couple units of them. They came three to a blister, but I got the 4th archer thru the Learn to Paint kit, and the 4th swordsman and spearmen from a local Paint and Take. Since then I ordered some back up blisters to round them out and they've been taking up space on my wall ever since.

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After gluing the originals to bases I opened up the two blisters of archers. The difference between the old bendy Bones and the newer grey ones is quite striking. Assuming I can resist the urge to get insanely detailed with the layering as I do on the Old School Undead army, I ought to be able to finish these in a somewhat timely manner. The goal this Halloween Season is to try and get as much as possible off the wall and completed as well as bulk out the general grunt infantry to balance out the fact that right now almost the whole force is character models. 

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Both Fellclaw and the spider have invaded the Show Off section and a bit more progress on the archers...

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The wood putty is being a pain in the elf, both taking longer to dry and being more fragile than I remember it, not pictured but they all have had Steel Legion Drab applied to the bases. But the bendy fellow perked right up after the hot/cold water treatment, and I am wondering since he came in a blister with two of the grey ones if perhaps he's the last of the white Bones archers. 

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Opened up the swordsman blisters, and after the hot/cold water trick, repositioned their sword arms, before gluing them to bases.

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Once again did battle with the wood putty. 

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With the time sink portions of the process finished with the swordsmen, I was able to get back to the archers and get some base coats of Dirty Bone and Sample Green on them. I've learned that 5 or 6 is the optimum number for painting units, enough get done at once without triggering fatigue. 

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Finished the base coating on the archers. Quivers and belts range from Ebony Flesh, Russet Brown, Oiled Leather, Golden Brown, and Pure Black. Gem Purple on the fletching, Rotting Wood on the arrow shafts, Orange Brown on the quiver bands and shoulder skull armor things. The shoulder skulls caused me a bit of a dilemma, if I did them as skulls, they'd blend in too much with the skeletons. Using metallics to paint them as armor was what I was going to go with until I thought about it some more...this is a Halloween based army after all, and the skulls of punished pumpkin smashers must used for something...ok they get dyed orange and used as decorative markings, that makes sense.

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After highlighting the leather bits with various browns, I put a thinned Black Wash over the bows and non bone stuff...

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...and a thinned Brown Wash over the bones. I'm debating whether or not to add a Graveyard Bone highlight on top of this, but I think I'm going to call them done and start the basing next. I was also debating putting a Hallowed Orange highlight on the shoulder skulls...but decided not to, Partly because the drabness gives that "out of the ground not that long ago" vibe, but also because I want to minimize have to go back and alter the original four all that much. I also need to track down my supplies for making unit trays, and that may take awhile...

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Bases got the slathering of Agrax...

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I thought I had some thicker card stock set aside for unit trays, but it refuses to be found. So I have decided to go with recycling the box my breakfast came in, and all things considered there is a certain "appropriateness" to using Reese boxes in a Halloween project...

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To offset the flimsiness I glued down some cut photo paper over them, and it turns out went a little overboard with the PVA glue...but these are the bottom sides so I'm not too worried about it.

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Dug into the small hoard of autumnal terrain stuff. I also tracked down my supply of balsa wood bits to make some fencing. 

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Since I took the first pics yesterday there has been quite a bit of warping.

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But I am gambling that the weight of the foambord bits, wood putty and minis will defeat it. Although during the process, the Wrench of Stay Where the %$^& I Put You had to be unleashed.

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After all four sides were on I had a bit too much interior space, so added another wall piece.

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Archers flocked and leafed. 

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and the second tray is drying. The tree is being difficult, largely due to the peg being undersized. I'm hoping that once I get a slathering of wood putty around it it will firm up. 

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