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Arrgh! This week we be havin a dreadful lot o' ghostly pirates that'll be sendin shivers down yer timbers.
This accursed crew of damned delinquents are the Ghost Pirates from Bones 4, or the soon-to-be-released Ghosts of the Drowned Nymph (77745) and the Shades of the Drowned Nymph (77747). I painted these up similarly to the way I painted the spiritual glow of my Demi Lich. But I didn't want them to all just be blue so I went for a transitional look. As if they are materializing out of the ethereal plane. They may have looked fine either way, but I tend to enjoy lots of colors in my minis. I also chose to paint over nearly all of the translucent material. I think I'm officially in the paint-over-it camp.
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These guys were quite a bit of fun to paint. Check out their WIP and my other piratey minis here.
Which ghost is your favorite?
Also, where do you stand on the translucent mini debate? Paint over them? Washes and drybrush? Or leave them as is?
Hello again. Here's another older paintjob of mine. This is the wyvern from the Bones 4 Core set.
My players encountered a flock of Wyverns while traversing a desert valley. They were mounted on Giant Lizards and were chased by the wyverns. What ensued was an Indiana Jones-esque chase complete with daring leaps from mount to mount. All-in-all a good time.
As such, I decided to paint this guy up to fit into an arid desert landscape. Had a lot of fun blending the sculpted base into the rest of the base. Also was really proud of the coloration I settled on for the Wyvern.
I painted each scale individually, which was time consuming but worth it. I also tried some different glazing and layering techniques to add veining into the wings. Needless to say, I'm pretty proud of this one. Wish I had snagged up Blacksting during the Kickstarter as well though. Will have to get my hands on that one eventually.
Here is my take on the Dance of Death sculpt from the Bones 4 Kickstarter.
I really enjoyed this one, finishing it up this last winter. I saw someone mention somewhere online that they were bummed that the heads didn't exactly line up, but I found it reminiscent of dogs when they are snarling while looking sidelong at each other.
Apologies for the scratches and discolorations on the background. I've been meaning to pick up some black cloth to improve that.
Thanks for taking a look!
At the very end of the Lost Valley, the bossfight: Clubtail!
A plant eating 4-ton tank armed with a deadly morning star tail, an armoured hide with spikes, -a fantasy version of an Ankylosaur. The clubtail is larger than the fossil record of Ankylosaur supports. Also the spikes are overstated in comparison. A lot.
At any rate, the Ankylosaur was contemporary with the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Triceratops. All are from what is now North America in the late Cretaceous period, roughly 68 million years ago. It needed that armour. The question remains: What did it use the club-like tail for? To smesh predators? Rivals? Trees? An impressive display to attract mates? All of the above?
And the clubtail has spikes. Did I mention the spikes?
I detest painting spikes. It takes absolutely ages and I invariably lose patience and botch the job. These look OK for tabletop but do not stand up to close scrutiny at all. At least it is done. Together with the entire Lost Valley Expansion! Woot!
The Clubtail is, in fact, the distant forebearer of the modern day Dragon Tortoise aka Koopa.
I made it a 125mm x 100mm base.
from the Lost Valley Expansion
Bones 4 kickstarter, delivered 2019
Sculpted by Jason Wiebe
Made in Bones Black PVC
125x100mm bespoke 3D printed base
available from reapermini.com
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