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Goblin Menace indeed! I was doing fine with the other group of goblins I did 2 weeks ago, but these little green bast...guys were not as fun.
* Found an EXCELLENT new paintbrush - Master's Touch from Hobby Lobby. Dang! I've been missing this level of spring in the bristles and fine edge with them. Love it.
* Tried diluting steel color with black ink to help with application. Worked great! Will do again.
* Switched the Sta-Wet Palette paper that came with it to just simple parchment paper. I don't know who uses the actual paper in the Sta-Wet Palette, but that stuff is terrible!
* Still using as much breast cancer awareness color pink (got like 4 bottles...need to use!)
* dry brushing the hair came out much better this time. Lighter touch and more layers - worked better.
* Eyes this time were more difficult. Tried doing those chibi eyes, but it wasn't as expressive this time.
* Tried a base color of off-white in the eye - also didn't seem to give as much character to them.
* Washed with Agrax Earthshade around the major bends and muscles. Didn't seem to work as well this time. I think it's time to try that black lining on the next goblin and see if Iike that instead.
* using the new brushes have a bit of a learning curve to them. Much more springy and reduced my need for pressure, however this caused some interesting streaks when I didn't mean to.
* I did it again! I tried using my finger to dab off an excess streak and ended up taking off some of the baselayer AND primer. With that being the second time it's happened - the best way I can describe what I did was the scene in Top Gun where the flight tower Captain gets a second fly-by.
Overall the color of Goblin skin still works great, but basecoat of VCG Flat Green may not have been best. May just add black to Goblin Skin and then lighten it up as I go next time.
Attempted different primers on them:
Girl with spear - primed in black with Vallejo Black spray primer
Chainmail goblin - primed in Vallejo Leather Brown spray primer (didn't like that as much...)
Stone chuckers - both of them were done in paint-on Vallejo grey primer. (worked best)
Overall, they aren't bad, but they aren't my best. Once I base them I'll feel better. Might even go back after a few days to touch them up to see if I can straighten out the things I missed.
As always - open to feedback. Thanks for the tips on the Metallics thread. I put it to use, but still learning.
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
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).
By Lt Flowbee
Completionist here! At this point I've got all the SKUs for my Bones 4 Core set except 4. I'm hoping I missed them somewhere. I don't see them in the previews section or the reaper site. Anyone see one I missed?
Name SKU Baba Yaga, Witch KS4-17106 Chaos Warrior KS4-17106 Gauth, Dragon KS4-17101 Half Ogre Fighter KS4-17110
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