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    • By Maledrakh
      or, Contrast Paints vs Old Bones, continued.


      A while ago I painted an old Bones model in contrast paint, just to see how it would turn out. Actually, not too shabby was the answer.

      Now, the thing is that I have a couple of drawers full of minis that are undercoated all in white. These are mainly from the first Bones kickstarter and Drake the Dragon Wargame. (I don’t even remember why I used white primer. Maybe I was all out of  black primer spray or something.)

      I have been rummaging a bit again, and been looking at these minis, to be reminded exactly why the old Bones 1 pc-type minis were consigned to the Drawers of Oblivion™ in the first place. Bendy. Soft. Shallow details. Faces without noses. Hands without fingers. Weapons made for poking around corners…, mould lines that are really diffucult to remove as they need to be carved off...and sometimes go through details.
      They were doomed to stay there in Limbo forever as I never considered those models to be worth spending time on.

      Well, I paint to relax. To get the sense of something done. I am not one of those that need every single mini to be the best they can be. That is for a very select few minis.

      But I do like to have my models painted and on the shelf and not just undercoated and hidden away in some dark drawer. Even the ones that do not capture my imagination.

      The Plan

      So, what I have done for now, is to assign ten of my mini holders (=old glass paint jars with a big lump of blue tack on the lid) to "Project Colouring In". This is a long term project where I select ten of the old white undercoated models, stick them on a mini holder each, and place these minis all over my painting desk. Every time I open a contrast paint, or even have some other paints left over on my palette, I will try to get some of it on to one or more of these models as well.

      What usually happens when I have semi-painted models cluttering up my work space is that over time I get sick of the sight of them and make an effort to finish the offending models. So the idea is to get the older models painted in addition to whatever I am actually wanting to paint, simply by nickeling and dimeing them like this.

      When one is done, I replace it on the mini holder with another of the old minis. In this way, I should ever so slowly manage to churn through the collection, if given enough time.

      Maybe this whole plan will go the way of the shelf game (which is, the way of the dodo) and the partially painted minis will just go back in the drawers. But maybe not...and the plan might just about work. We shall see.

      The key is to get some paint on the models and not be too fussy about anything. Laissez-faire! Sure, it's lazy painting, so what? These are models that would never get painted otherwise. (And they still look better than Mage Knight prepaints. Admittedly, that is mainly because I care enough to paint the eyes.)

      So anyway.

      I did three last week. Here are seven more:
      clicks gets youse pics

    • By Maledrakh
      From the first Bones kickstarter:

      I am diving into some more of the white-undercoated Bones 1 models that are cluttering up my Drawers of Doom, models that for some reason or other have been stuck in limbo never to get to painted-heaven. These Bones are mainly painted with Contrast Paints for speed.

       


      This is 77119 Sinessa, Hellborn Sorceress.

      It was part of the "Bedevilled" subset of the Bones 1 Core set.

      Sculpted by Bob Ridolfi. 25mm base.

       
      The Skin is Flesh Tearers Red Contrast with a careful drybrush of thinned Citadel Wazdakka Red Layer on. The Gold is Vallejo Necro Gold and old Chestnut Ink.
    • By Maledrakh
      I am diving into some more of the white-undercoated Bones 1 models that are cluttering up my Drawers of Doom, models that for some reason or other have been stuck in limbo never to get to painted-heaven.
      This was painted mainly with the so-called "one and done" method; a single coat of Citadel Contrast paints on a white undercoat, apart from a few details in regular paint, such as the sword and belt buckle done in metals and the whites of the eyeballs. Some black used for blacklining around some of the edges and Vallejo Sand Yellow for the hair.
      The rim of the base needs a second coat of black.
       


      77164 Elliwyn Heatherlark, Gnome Bard.

      Sculpted by Derek Schubert. 25mm base.

      It was part of the "Half Sized Heroes" subset of the Bones 1 Core set.

    • By Maledrakh
      More pictures and a bit to read below the click (it's a bit dark)

    • By Maledrakh
      Off the Bones 4 Fan Favorites expansion, the Hell Hounds. Woof woof.


      Three surprisingly cute massive hellish hot dogs, with lavacracks and all. And they have spiked collars with a massive ring on the top.

      And very obviously male. Those are the Dogs' Bollocks!
      Again, these do look better IRL than in the blown up pictures. Much better, to my eyes at least.

      How to paint lava-look minis:

      Start with a stark white basecoat. Drybrush the following colours starting with heavy pressure to lighter pressure with the darker colours:

      Bright yellow, golden yellow, orange or peachy pink, dark red or wine red, dark brown, dark grey/black, pure black.
      Use a big, soft brush (such as a make-up brush) and make sure to wipe a lot of the paint off the bristles (more than you think!) and build the colours up gradually to avoid streaking.
       
      Be aware that when painting light to dark, they will look wierd and as failures almost up to the very last coast. Keep with it!

      I did the bases with black flock, as they have burned everything to a crisp.

      Nice doggies?
      -
      I put them on 50mm bases. These are sculpted by Chris Lewis and made in Bones Black PVC.
      They are currently available from reapermini.com
      These minis were finished on December 4th, 2020.
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