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Now, I have a pile of unpainted stuff. Time to reduce it by some amount. I got all of these from Bones 4, but I think that the rank and file goblins are from the previous kickstarter.
Since I didn't want to play around with the poses I started experimenting with colour choices. Some classic orange, modern green, royal violet, baby pinks, icy blue and even a grey sorcerer.
Some other points:
Batch painted (apart from the experiments) NMM (it really teaches you much when you do it for large amounts of figures, I really love Prussian Blue and wet blending really helps in NMM) Experimented with using Vallejo spray paint: it gets somewhat tacky when it dries for a while, but that disappears when you paint over it with acrylic paint.
Overall I like the detail on them, but some poses could be more generic for the rank and file goblins. In my personal the large sabre goblin is the worse of, it is a fun and interesting pose, but it only works for 1 goblin.
Now the photos are not the best (it was getting dark when I got the time to take them. Plus I have yet to make a good photo shoot)
Let us start with Modern Green. The right hand side goblin has one of the better NMM sabres. Currently they have a gloss varnish.
Royal Violets and Baby Pinks: Both violets and pinks work. Sadly the photo for the violets didn't come out well, so you only get a top down shot of them.
I also found an old metal miniature at my local hobby store, so I included them here. If anyone knows where it is from I would appreciate if you could tell me:
Classic Orange: Now my favourite pose from the rank and file goblins is the spear. You can rank them up and they look like a real army! And they have a pose that works for defence, retreat and attack. The photo doesn't really do them justice
Icy Blues and Grey Sorcerer: The sorcerer is a really nice sculpt. He has a nice pet spider on his back. sadly the sun was already pretty low and all other photos didn't come out well.
I painted the spider as a RedBack. See a lot of them here.
Armoured Goblins: they are fun, really like those sculpts. There was another armoured goblin in Bones 4 (I previously posted him). I don't think he really fits in with these as a goblin.
I've shown the Wraiths off in another thread, but the shots were run through a photo program that wanted to "correct" and "enhance" the images into complete garbage (whether I wanted it or not), so I've got some new ones for them. Some of these pictures are over-exposed, but you can actually see some of the colors on the robes now.
The apes are new. They've actually been done for some time, I just never did anything with them.
First, the Bar-Llgura. He's big, blue and orange, and cranky. I figure he's "dad" or "big brother" to the other two.
Second, the blackback, or youth.
Last, the silverback.
The stars of the show: The Nagendra!
The Captain and The Matriarch.
I had actually wanted to avoid green and brown, but sometimes it's just right to follow the tried and true path. I was originally modelling the captain off the boomslang, but I didn't want to do all those black tips/edges. I ended up just enjoying the green and playing with the red enamel armor. The Matriarch was originally to be modeled off the taipan...but they have all these little lateral chevrons...I thought about trying to do just a straight brown line, and then decided just to keep the black head and khaki/brown body.
Spear-snake and Warrior
I wanted to do something unusual, and I remember the Golden Eyelash Viper, so that's what I used as inspiration for the spear-snake. It's yellow. Kind of like the name suggests. The Warrior is based off Fea's Viper. Fea's Viper will serve as the inspiration for all Nagendra Warriors.
Which brings up the last two: Archer and Warrior.
I started looking at spitting cobras for the archer, and if I'd found the red spitting cobra first I would have used it. But I ended up on another cobra (palawan) instead. The palawan is basically black with light brown/khaki stripes and a partial mask. I added three dots to the hood for grins and giggles. The fletching on the arrows is purple, and decoration on the bow is done in a silver/steel color. The other warrior is just like the first, except that the orange is a different shade, and I didn't put the tan on the head.
Misc. Action Shots:
With spending more time at home, I have been able to start painting a bit more. I have chosen to focus primarily on the figures that will have applications across multiple scenarios that might come up at the gaming table. I decided I would try to knock out some of these types of figures that I wouldn't normally choose to paint with the limited amount of time I normally have...outside of a global pandemic. These types of figs are good practice, and frankly, it will be great to have these figs ready to add to the table for atmosphere, if nothing else. Imagine that there is an encounter in a city setting where these two watchmen are not engaged, either down the street or a block away, but still on the battle map where the players can see them, it might make the tension a bit more palpable in that the scenario the party is engaged in. They might be overheard by the authorities. They will be heard of combat breaks out. IDK. Sounds like a good theory, anyway.
I sat down to paint these guys and started finding all these little details that I had missed. That, compounded by trying a new paint brand I really wasn't familiar with, they ended up taking longer than I had anticipated. Which, in hindsight, ended up being a good lesson in patience and perseverance. Despite all that. I am happy with the result.
I may have misled you a bit by the title as instead of using copper for the armor metallics, I thought that Vallejo Game Color Brassy Brass was a much more impactful metallic color while still being close enough to copper to make the pun work. The tabards are just RPE Miniature Paints Dark Green which is a bit thinner than I like for a base coat, but working in layers I was able to work up to a nice dark green base and then build up the highlights from there. The highlights where built up using RPE Miniature Paints Bright Green mixed in with thr Dark Green. These guys were good practice, and I got to try some free-hand on their badges, which is just a very loose interpretation of a fleur de lis.
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