Goblin Honor Guard Drummer, Converted to Chieftain: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

    This past week I painted the Drummer which comes with the  Goblin Honor Guard, and was part of the Bones 3 “Ogre Command” add-on set.  I picked this figure up in a trade, as there was something about it that I thought would make it a good candidate to convert into a Goblin Leader of some sort.
   I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.

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      I forgot to take a “before” photo, so above is one from the Reaper online store to show what it looked like originally.    I first sliced off the mallet in his left hand.  Then I cut his right arm at the shoulder and elbow and trimmed and then superglued them so that it would (hopefully) look like he was using his scepter to point.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip. 

          I began by giving the figure a wash with Reaper MSP “Brown Liner”.  It was at that point I finally decided that it bothered me enough how un-chieftain he looked like to do something about it, and make him look more like an important goblin Bigwig!  So I took the time to make him a greenstuff cape and a crown.    I let those dry overnight, and then got back to painting.

     I first painted all their skin with Accent “Golden Oxide”; and when that was dry I painted a shirt on the top guy (he isn’t really sculpted with one) using Crafter’s Acrylic “Purple Passion”.  I then painted his loin cloth with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”, and the under-Goblin’s loincloth with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.

     Next, I painted the wooden platform with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and then the Chief’s shoes with Americana “Light Cinnamon”.  I then painted the under-Goblin’s shoes with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and the Chief’s scepter handle with Folk Art “Barnyard Red”.  After that, I painted the Chief’s cape with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”, and the crown and scepter skull with Accent “Golden Harvest”.

        I then painted edging on his shirt with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”,  and then painted the “saddle” with Ceramcoat “Black”.  Next, I painted the skulls on the “saddle” with Apple Barrel “Yellow”, and then did his scepter skull and crown with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.    I gave everything a chance to dry, and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade”
     When the wash was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their skin with a mix of the base “Golden Oxide” with some Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”.

     Next, I highlighted the Chief’s shirt with some Apple Barrel “Apple Lavender”, mixed with some of the base “Purple Passion”.  I then highlighted the shirt’s edging with the base “Opaque Red”, and his loin cloth with Americana “Georgia Clay”.   After that, I highlighted the under-Goblin’s loincloth with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and then highlighted their shoes; Chief’s with Americana “Sable Brown”, and under-Goblin’s with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  I then highlighted the skulls on the “saddle” with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and the “saddle” itself with Americana “Zinc”.  Lastly, I painted the nails in the platform with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, and then painted the figure’s integral base with the “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m really happy with how this duo turned out!   Not a great conversion; I still don’t think he looks like an important enough Grand-Poobah Goblin.  But for a quick job, that gets the figure tabletop ready, I’m very pleased.

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Russian Buildings for 28mm Skirmish Games

Buck

My buddy Ma’k was harassing me last night about not having posted anything to my blog in a while.  I have been crazy busy with work and trying to live up to my commitments for the Albedo Combat Patrol Kickstarter, so I have done very little hobby work for myself.  In fact, I even sent some figures off to a painter, which I rarely do, because I was worried I wouldn’t get to them in finite time.

A long shot of the Things from the Basement Russian buildings

Several of us in the HAWKs have decided to make 2019 our Barbarossa theme year.  While running other games, we will also run a batch of Barbarossa games in both 28mm and 10mm.  To that end, I have been painting Russian infantry, tanks, and now vehicles. At Fall In last month, I picked up several buildings from Things from the Basement.  Working a little bit each night, I was able to finish them up yesterday.

The Russian farm from Things form the Basement.

The instructions on the Web page were for 15mm buildings, but they applied equally to the 28mm ones.  The kits went together easily.  Mine aren’t as colorful as the ones on the Things from the Basement web page, but I am reasonably happy with the results.

Two more buildings with a 1:48 T-34/76 fo scale.

Additional buildings.

I had some old Hovels (I think) Russian buildings I had purchased for my Battle of Peoter’s Pig skirmish game.  I was happy to see that the scales are close enough that I can put them on the table with the newer buildings.

Things from the Basement building (left) and two older Hovels buildings.

For my buildings I was looking for a weathered, rural, poor look, and I think I achieved that.  I think to have an award-winning table, I am going to have to add some color.  I am thinking bout painting the roof of the church light blue like the one on the Things from the Basement web page.

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Pulp Era Professor: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

  This past week I continued working on the group of Pulp Chronoscope figures I got in a trade, and did the Pulp Era Professor, from the Bones 3 “Mythos Expansion: Part 3”.
       I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.   

      I decided I wanted to paint him in a tween suit, so went to Google and found one I liked.  I wasn’t sure how to paint tweed though,  so I headed over to the Reaper forum to ask some advice: Tweed?  Armed with this information, I thought I might be able  to pull off something good enough for the game table.  However, I didn’t want my professor to be quite as sharply dressed as the man in the example  photo, so I decided to make a few adjustments to the outfit, to make him look more “absent-minded”.

      I began by painting his face and hands with Americana “Shading Flesh”.  I then painted his suit with a mix of Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige” and  Vallejo Model Color “Brown Violet” .  After that, I painted his vest withAmericana “Avocado”.

     Next, I painted his shirt with Americana “Dove Grey”, and his bowtie with Accent “Golden Harvest”.  I then painted the cover of his book with Apple Barrel “Apple Maroon”, and the book’s pages with Americana “Antique White”. After that, I painted his shoes with Crafter’s Acrylic Cinnamon Brown", and his hair with Americana “Neutral Grey”.

      When everything was dry, I gave his face and hands a wash with Citadel  “Reikland Fleshshade” wash.  When that was dry, I gave the rest of his body a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade”,  and his hair a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil ”.    I then painted his eyes, and highlighted his face and hands with the base “Shading Flesh”, mixed some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  After that, I highlighted his hair with Americana “Grey Sky”. 

     I then highlighted his shirt with Americana “Snow White”, and highlighted his tie with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”.   After that, I highlighted his vest with Americana Jade Green" mixed with a little of the “Avocado” and dded highlights to his shoes with Americana “Sable Brown”.  I then went back and did a check pattern on the vest with the “Daffodil Yellow.

     I now attempted my tweed effect.   Using Aleene’s "Dusty Khaki”, heavily thinned, I attempted a fine, light, crosshatch pattern on the jacket and pants.   I tried to do it a bit heavier on the highlights, and I didn’t do any in the shadows.

     I wasn’t happy with the results at all.  The crosshatching was much too heavy, and contrasty, and looked more like someone had scribbled on his jacket than a texture.  I also wanted to see if I could add the random black spots you see on tweed.   So, first I mixed some of Ceramcoat “Black” with a little of the “Dusty Khaki” to “grey” it just a little, and then heavily thinned it, and add some short random lines here and there across the whole suit.    When dry, I took some of the original “Brown Violet” and heavily thinned that, then applied it as a glaze over the whole suit to help tone down the cross hatching.  I ended up applying a couple layers before I was happy; but in the end got it to a place I was happy with.
     Lastly, I highlighted the book under his arm with some Folk Art “Burgundy”, and applied some decoration and a title to it with Ceramcoat “Wedding Gold”.   I then painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, I’m rather happy with how the tweed came out for a first attempt.    And I think the rest of the painting is good enough for the tabletop, so in general I’m please with the figure.  Like the rest of the Pulp figures I’ve painting in the last few weeks, this one too has a very odd pose; leaning back the way he is.

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Ghost Archipelago: Christmas island

Chris Palmer    Our December campaign game is coming up in a couple weeks, so I decided to give it a bit of a Jimmy Buffett twist this year, and name the scenario after the singer’s Christmas Island album.  In keeping with this idea, I decided to make some Buffett-themed central treasures.

  There were three that sprang to mind: A Parrot Head knight’s helmet, a Cheese Burger in Paradise, and the Lost Shaker of Salt.   I figured I’d have to sculpt all three, but lucked out and found a knight figure that actually had a helmet with bird figure on it!  For the salt shaker I found some clear beads I had that would work with the addition of a sculpted shaker cap; but for the burger I did have to sculpt the whole thing from scratch.   I decided to mount them on small cork “rocks”, to give them a bit of a platform to sit on.

    I primed them black, and then set about painting them.    I think they turned out really well, and look forward to using them in our upcoming game!

 

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Ship Hand: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

  This past week I picked another easy one to paint.  With it being the Thanksgiving weekend, I was traveling; and I still have a number of other painting projects I’m trying to finish up before the holiday stuff gets really crazy.   So, following on the heels of the Ship Captain last week, I did the Ship Hand, from the Bones 3 “Mythos Expansion: Part 3” this week.  I didn’t buy this expansion, but picked up this figure through a trade.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by painting his face and hands with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and then painted his jacket with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”, and his pants with Americana “Neutral Grey”.

     Next, I painted his hair with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and his hat with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”.  I then painted his neckerchief with Apple Barrel “Apple Scotch Blue”, his belaying pin with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and his shoes with Ceramcoat “Black”.

    When everything was dry, I gave his face, hands, and hat a wash with Citadel  “Reikland Fleshshade” wash; and when that was dry, I gave the rest of him a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil ” wash.    I then painted his eyes, and highlighted his face and hands with the base “Shading Flesh”, and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  After that, I highlighted his hat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”, and his hair with Americana “Sable Brown”.

     I then highlighted his pants with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and his jacket with Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”.  Next, I highlighted his neckerchief with crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”, the belaying pin with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and his shoes with Americana “Zinc”.
      Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m happy with this one too.  Like last week’s Captain, he’s nothing exciting; but will certainly work just fine on the tabletop.

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Ship Captain: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

   This week I picked another easy one, as the holiday season time pressure has already started to some degree, and I have a number of other painting projects I’m trying to finish up before stuff gets really crazy.   So, I did the Ships Captain, from the Bones 3 “Mythos Expansion: Part 3”.  I didn’t buy this expansion, but picked up this figure through a trade.
     I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by painting his face and hands with Reaper MSP “Tanned Skin”, and then painted his clothing and hat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”.

      I then painted the rolled up map(?) in his hand with Americana “Bleached Sand”, his mug with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and his pipe with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”.  (I decided it looked like a corncob pipe.)    When everything was dry, I gave his face and hands a wash with Citadel  “Reikland Fleshshade” wash; and when that was dry, I gave his map, mug, and pipe a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.

     Next, when the washes were dry, I painted his hair with Americana “Zinc”, his sweater collar with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and his teeth with the “Bleached Sand”.  I then painted his shoes, and the brim of his hat,  Ceramcoat “Black”.   I let everything dry awhile again, and then gave his hat, hair, and clothing a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.

     When the wash was dry,  I painted his eyes and highlighted his face with Raper MSP “Tanned Highlight”.   I then highlighted his hair with Americana “Grey Sky”.  Next, I highlighted his clothes and hat with Ceramcoat denim Blue", and then did the brim of his hat and shoes with the “Zinc”.  I then highlighted his map with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”, and his mug with Americana “Sable Brown”.   After that, I went pack and painted in the holes in the pipe and mug with the “Black”, and then painted his buttons, and the bands on the mug with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.
     Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, there he is.  Nothing great, but a good tabletop-ready paint job.   Should have given his eyes more attention, but I was in a hurry to get him done.

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My Fall-In Game: Escape the Dungeon using “Feudal Patrol” Rules.

Chris Palmer     At the Fall In gaming convention, held back on November 8th-11th, Buck Surdu, Greg Priebe, and I all conspired to run a trio of games on the new Secret Weapon “Tablescapes Dungeons: Mines” terrain that Buck and I had purchased earlier in the year via a Kickstarter: Tablescape Dungeons: Mines.  Between Buck and I, we had purchased 5 of the base sets, 5 of the mine track sets, and 4 of the walkway sets.  I also had bought some of the riser pieces.   We frantically got it all painted, with the goal of running games with it at Fall-In.

The players hear the rules brief, as Buck (on the left) helps a player with a question. 

     We picked Saturday to run our games, so we could set up Friday night.  Saturday afternoon, Buck would run a GASLIGHT game set in a secret Nazi laboratory, hidden in an abandoned mine, that GI’s were attempting to raid to steal scientific secrets. In the evening, Greg would run a Dr Who game, also using GASLIGHT; that would be set immediately after Buck’s scenario, with Dr Who arriving to stop an even greater menace that would appear in the Nazi Lab.   And I was set to start things off with the morning game.

The Dwarves are surprised by the appearance of a dirty trick generated Ogre, bursting through a door on their right. 

     My game was something of a reverse Dungeon Crawl, using the under-development Feudal Patrol rules. The scenario was called “Hunting Evil in Small Places”.  Players would each control a team of adventurers; but they would be starting at the back end of the dungeon, already loaded with treasure, and need to escape with the treasure they had found.   Each player also had a half dozen “dirty trick” cards that they could play on their opponents in an attempt to slow them down and make them lose their treasure.  These were things like making monsters appear, or springing traps.   Also, on turn three, a trio of big bad evil monsters would appear at the back of the dungeon, spurring the adventuring parties to move even faster towards the entrances, or face an uncertain future.  Whoever got out the quickest with the most treasure, won.

The Dwarf Cleric, separated from her party, narrowly escapes some pursing Halflings.  

     I was pleasantly surprised when I had all 6 ticketed players show up; though I sadly had to turn two stand-by players away.    The players selected from a  half dozen themed parties, including: Dwarves, Elves, Humans, Halflings, Drow, and Barbarians.

A dirty-trick generated Large Boulder drops from the ceiling and begins rolling towards the Dwarf Wizard.  In the end he was able to outrun it, even with his short legs!

     The players were quick to pick up the rules, and soon they were racing through the tunnels, and throwing monsters and traps in the paths of their opponents.  It was a great crew of players, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, including myself.

The Dwarf Cleric finds herself squeezed between the Ogre, and one of the quickly approaching big bad evil monsters.  Again, she somehow escaped!

     A highlight for me was a big three-way brawl that broke out between the Humans, Elves, and Barbarians.  All the players had a lot of fun skirmishing in the tunnels.  Also enjoyable was following the course of the Dwarf Cleric, who got separated from her party, and took a rather circuitous route through the mine, facing all sorts of perils, but somehow coming out mostly unscathed.

The big three-way fight develops between the Humans, Elves, and Barbarians.   The white rocks spread around on the track are the Barbarian Wizard’s “Ice Blast” spell which created a 2"x3" section of rough icy terrain that halved movement. 

          In the end, the Halflings won, by not only being the first out, but also managing to get their whole crew safely out, and recovering 6 treasures.  Somehow they passed through much of the dungeon being left relatively alone, as is true to their Halfling nature.   🙂

We loved the Halfling Wizards surprised look as he came face to face with the towering Drow Sorceress.

The three-way fight continues!

Just as the game was ending, the big bad evil monster, Flame Elemental reached the Elf Ranger, and the Ranger actually managed to damage the Elemental without taking any damage herself! 

The winning Halfling party

A look at Buck’s Nazi Lab game, as GI’s rush into the main room.

Greg, seated, running his Doctor Who game for a group of enthusiastic players..

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HAWKs Kick off Their 2019 “Armies for Kids” Project.

Chris Palmer        This past Saturday a group of HAWKs got a jump on next year’s Armies for Kids project by getting together to start painting the hundreds of 25mm figures donated for next year’s Medieval armies. Th session centered mainly on dry brushing the armor and getting the flesh and hair blocked in.

     For the past 10 years or so, the HAWKs have prepared dozens of painted armies and given them away to kids who take part in specially designated games each year at Historicon.  This year each child who takes part will be getting a pair of fully painted Medieval armies, along with assorted terrain and gaming aids.

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Fall-in Photos: Saturday in the HAWKs Room

Chris Palmer   Here are some photos I took of several of the games in the HAWKs room on Saturday at Fall-In this past weekend in Lancsater PA. 
 For Friday’s games, see: Friday HAWKs Room

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Fall-In Photos: Friday in the HAWKs Room

Chris Palmer    Here are some of the pictures I took from a few of the games being run in the HAWKs room Friday at the Fall-In convention in Lancaster, PA.

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