Monthly Archives: October 2013

Picking the Bones, part I

Norman Dean

A brief diversion from my usual line here—some time back, my dad bought in to the Reaper Bones Kickstarter and ended up with quite a large box of 28mm plastic fantasy figures. Despite the dubious noises I made at several points along the way, he’s actually been making good progress at getting this pile of plastic painted (as you can see by his blog)—nonetheless, I was invited to select any that I cared to paint.

Though in the past I have generally steered clear of 28mm individually-based fantasy figures, and though a lot of the Reaper figures are a bit too… spiky… for my tastes, I did pick out a small band of adventurous-looking types. After sitting around on my work table for a month (luxuriating in a nice bath of soapy water) I have finally gotten the first of them painted—a rather fierce-looking woman in sensibly heavy (if perhaps somewhat impractical) armor. Some Googling tells me that she is “Seelah, Iconic Pathfinder Paladin,” or something like that.

I started with the cloak, which I decided to paint yellow. After looking at her facial features (those which were discernible on a head only half an inch tall, anyway) I decided to go for something other than my standard “acorn brown” and went with burnt umber instead. Possibly subconsciously inspired by a number of V-shaped elements in her armor, I ended up using a zig-zag motif on much of her gear, including the cloak pattern and the stylized lightning bolt on her shield. I found her helmet to be the most difficult bit—the way the figure is sculpted with it held tucked at her waist, I couldn’t really get a sense of what the thing was supposed to look like—is that a visor or a crest? is it open at the bottom?—so eventually I just winged it.

Anyway, all in all this one was reasonably entertaining to paint, and I got to play with some different techniques. The other three will be along at some point, though probably not until after I’ve done some more 20mm stuff and possibly some NQSYW figures.

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This Weekend’s Projects

Buck

Five Pulp Dangerous Dames

Five Pulp Dangerous Dames

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, while I await the arrival of a big box of Old Glory 10mm Napoleonic figures, I’ve been picking away at odds and ends sitting in the project box.  I finished this batch over two weekends.  Above are five figures from Pulp Figures’ Dangerous Dames 2.

Five Pulp seamen

Five Pulp seamen

These are some Pulp seamen/sailors along with some deck guns that I also think are from Pulp Figures.

Five Pulp sailors

Five Pulp sailors

Some sailors to wander around town looking for trouble or stand around on the deck of a gunboat looking pretty.

Four Old Glory 19th Century figures I found in a flea market bin

Four Old Glory 19th Century figures I found in a flea market bin

I’ve had these sitting in the project box for a couple of years.  I think they are all from Old Glory.  I must have picked them up in a flea market.  That’s the only reason I could think I had a handful of them rather than a whole bag.

Three fantasy females of unknown origin

Three fantasy females of unknown origin

I’m not even sure why I picked up these figures except to use as “objectives” in a pirate barroom brawl game.  I’m sure they were in one of the boxes full of figures that you buy by weight from Iron Wind at the HMGS East conventions.

Two hikers of unknown manufacture

Two hikers of unknown manufacture

These are neat figures.  Again, I have no idea of the manufacturer.  They are both carrying swords so I’m sure they are meant for fantasy role playing.

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Bones Beetle Swarms: Figures 39 & 40 of 265

Chris Palmer

This week I finished of two of the Bones beetle swarm figures.  I prepped these as usual, soaking them in water and dish soap first, then rinsing and drying.  I then primed them black with Krylon’s Camouflage Flat Black with Fusion, as I planned to paint them mostly with drybrushing.  I also planned to use these figures with my 10mm armies for our Fantasy, Ancients & Medieval  mass-combat rules, “Bear Yourselves Valiantly”; so I based them a little differently than usual, using a black primed 3” x 1.5” steel base, which is the standard unit size for our rules.  I thought these figures would make great giant beetle swarms in 10mm. (They would for 15mm, too)

These were very quick to paint.  I began by painting some of the larger exposed ground areas between the beetles with GW “Graveyard Earth”, then I  did a heavy drybrushing with Americana “Asphaltum”

I then did a lighter drybrushing with DecoArt Cinnamon Brown, and finally a highlighting drybrushing with Americana “Sable Brown”.  After this had dried, I painted the figures with Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  I let them sit over night, and the next day I flocked them.  Then after that had a chance to dry, I sprayed the stand with Testor’s “Dullcoat”.  Finally, I applied the unit stats label we use for these rules to the base.

I think they turned out good, and I’m pleased with how they look with 10mm figures.  They give a nice impression of a horde of giant flesh eating crypt-beetles about to swarm a unit.

Figures 39 & 40: Complete

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Oops, I Did It Again: Reaper Bones Kickstarter II

Chris Palmer

Well, for those who don’t already know, Reaper began another Bones Kickstarter on the first day of the month, and up until now I had resisted; as the box of mostly still unpainted Bones from the last Reaper Kickstarter is till sitting next to my painting table. It was good incentive not to buy in.    However, I am weak when it comes to such quantities of nice inexpensive minis, so I knew it was only time before I caved.  So today in a weak moment I went and pledged.  Oh, well, my painting queue is now full for the next few years. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  If I can only finish the first Bones Kickstarter box before the projected delivery of December 2014 for the second.  🙂

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics, Part 2

Rob Dean

54h
54f
40h
40f
25h
25f
20h
20f
15v
15h
15f
6h
6f
95
26
2
6
22
41
12
96
40
31
75
30
266
8
84
124
335
97
48
16
59
23
422
130
13
123
533
98
25
25
123
8
300
173
7
62
2
85
99
33
62
20
236
30
0
1
56
8
129
1
7
1
49
3
425
12
166
2
30
23
86
16
26
110
3
4
97
17
44
418
4
1
19
2
19
25
4
24
5
5
4
6
2
3
8
5
5
8
7
3
1
21
20
8
17
3
(4)
16
9
1
4
13
2
(6)
48
36
10
1
12
11
3
1
5
(4)
12
12
3
2
58
17
24
13
7
73
(4)
16
So, with a little effort, it looks like I have successfully loaded a summary chart of my painting completions, going back to the last quarter of 1995.  I think I started keeping this log during the previous government shutdown.  
Years are on the left; the computer helpfully (?) truncated my dates.
h=horse f=foot v=vehicle
I haven’t touched a 15 in a long time.  I tried 15mm WWII for a brief period of time, so there’s a vehicle column.
1997 to 2001 were good years.  They got me my Dark Ages, Darkest Africa, and much of my massed fantasy armies.  2003 was a busy year.  I finished my 2nd Punic War project, and also got 54mm medieval skirmish on the table for the first time.  By 2005, my 2nd son and I were skating, which took up a lot of time, and I’m still recovering.

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Back to (Not Quite) History

Rob Dean

My son Norman (aka the Prince Palatine of Wachovia) was up for a visit this weekend. We decided that we’d use the opportunity for a work session on some miniatures.


Back in 2011 at Cold Wars, we picked up a collection of Prince August molds and figures which gave us the basis for two new countries for the Not Quite Seven Years War. We have gradually organized and filled out units.

Today we dipped into the boxes to touch up and base the last of the figures for which we had full units, 4 squadrons of cavalry, two each for Hesse-Hattemstadt (in blue) and Schluesselbrett (in red).

The original flags were simple solid blue and red, so we each repainted one. Norman did the Schluesselbrett flag with the chess knight, and I did the Hesse-Hattemstadt flag with the wing.

A few additional officers will be needed to field complete regiments, so Norman took home the reds, leaving me to complete the blues. I hope pictures of those will be posted soon.

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Steampunk (VSF) Goodness at the Maryland Renn Fair

Chris Palmer I was at the Maryland Renn Fair yesterday, and was happy to see a number of well done Steampunk outfits being worn.  Also, an iron-worker artist selling there at the fair had a number of really nice steampunk weapons for sale in his stall. See below for some shots of some of the folks I saw. Sorry for the picture quality, but all I had was my phone’s camera.

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Beetles

Rob Dean

It is expected to be a busy day today, but I had the chance to start with a little miniatures project. These beetles and beetle swarms are part of my Reaper Bones package. I had a look around on the net until I found a picture of something called a garden chafer beetle, which had a nice metallic green and copper color scheme.

I also did a quick weapon conversion on a Bathalian (mind flayer) to convert him from a fantasy to an SF character, just for my amusement.

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Traveller Character

Rob Dean

With a four day weekend, it’s been a good time to get some painting done. I’ve been alternating between things that are fun and things that will be useful for a specific gaming purpose. Today’s fun project was a diversion from the Bones. This Reaper Chronoscope figure is probably going to end up as my Traveller character in the current HAWKs Traveller game.

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Bones Orc Marauder and Orc Stalker: Figures 37 and 38 of 265

Chris Palmer

This week I complete two of the orcs from the Original 30 Bones set: the Orc Marauder and the Orc Stalker.  After washing them in some dish soap and letting them dry, I spray primed them with Krylon Camouflage with Fusion ”Flat Black”. When this dried, I glued the pair onto black primed 1.25 inch fender washers using Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued them onto a tongue depressor, for ease of painting, using a couple drops of Elmer’s white glue.

The first step I did in painting them was to give the figures a heavy drybrushing with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”.  I then drybrushed their fur garments; using  Americana “Asphaltum” followed by Americana “Mississippi Mud” for the orc with one sword, and GW “Codex Grey” followed by GW “Fortress Grey”, and GW “Shadow Grey” followed by Duncan “Slate Blue”  for  the bottom and top respectively on the orc with two swords. I knew there would be a little overlap of the fur colors onto the chainmail since drybrushing isn’t precise, but I did the best I could to keep the colors separate, knowing I would go back later and neaten the edges with a fine brush.

 Next I painted their skin with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”. I then did all he belts, wraps, pouches,and straps with plain black .  On the orc with the two swords I did his wrist pieces and his sword hilt with the “Asphaltum.”

I then painted the weapons with the “Metallic Pewter”, and used the this color with a fine brush to also clean up the spots on the edges of the chainmail that got the fur paint on them.

I painted their teeth with  Americana “Buttermilk”.  And the horn on the back of the two sword orc with GW “Kommando Khaki”.

 After all this had dried, I gave both figures a wash with GW “Devlan Mud” wash.  When the wash had dried, I added highlights to their skin using the original “Deep Khaki” mixed with a little Aleene’s “Dusty Khaki. I then painted the eyes with  Americana “Buttermilk”, going back and adding a black pupil in each eye. I also went back and highlighted their teeth with this color.  I also added a little GW “Codex Grey” highlighting on  the belts, pouches, etc.  Finally, I added some GW “Chainmail” highlights to the Orcs’ swords, armor and chainmail.

After everything had dried overnight, I gave the figures a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” and, when dry, flocked their bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor’s Dull Coat”.

All in all, I’m pleased with how these orcs are turning out.  It should be an impressive sight when I eventually gather the horde together.

Figures 37 and 38: Complete.

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