I was able to complete another figure this week. The figure, Janan, Female Dragon Slayer, was another from the 30 New Bones Set that I was not entirely happy with. I use my figures for gaming, not displaying, and having a figure who’s standing on a large dragon head just looks odd on the gaming table. What’s she supposed to be doing; dragging the head around as she battles? And so, after my success with the High Wizard last week, I decided to give Janan the statue treatment as well.
I had prepped this figure a while back 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. I also had sprayed it with the Krylon with Fusion Flat Black back when I was still using spray primer. To help with the statue look I dug around and found an old toy kaleidoscope piece, that I had stuck away in a box of bits and pieces for scratch building, to use as the pedestal. I glued a 1” red-brown primed fender washer to the top to cover the hole in the plastic tube, and a 1.5 inch fender washer to the bottom for a base, both E6000 glue.
I then sprayed the pedestal construction flat black, and glued the figure on top of it with Aleene’s Tacky glue. I let this dry and then glued the whole assembly to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s white glue.
I began by painting the figure with Ceramcoat “Bronze”
I then used my unidentified Free-Sample Reaper paint (“Surf Aqua”, maybe), slightly thinned and with a pin head drop of dish soap in it, and coated the whole figure with it. When that was dry I painted the pedestal with Folk Art “Medium Gray”.
When the “Medium Grey” was dry, I gave the entire pedestal a wash with thinned black ink. When the black ink was dry, I drybushed the gray with Duncan “Slate Grey”. Lastly, I painted the washer with Americana “Mississippi Mud”. After everything had time to dry, I painted the entire thing with Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”. The following day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote
I think it turned out okay, but I’m not as pleased with this statue as I was with the High Wizard one. I feel the pedestal came out a little too large and monolithic. Unfortunately, due to the large diameter of the figure’s inherent base, I was forced to use such a large diameter pedestal. Still it will make a nice addition to a village’s center square.
Figure 107 of 265: Complete