This week I painted the Bone Fiend figure from the Bones II Savage Worlds Set. When I picked out this figure to paint, I decided that I wanted to do something different than the same old skeleton paint job. I went back and forth between ideas like glowing green perhaps, or a black obsidian look, or something else. Than as I was looking at this figure something about it suggested leaping tongues of flame, and I got the idea in my head to paint it like fire. That would be cool, right?
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. I then glued the figure to a 1.5" black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.
I began by painting the figure all black. When the black was dry I drybrushed he figure with, first, Folk Art “Dark Brown”, and then Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”.
I then drybrushed Folk Art “Deep Tomato Red”, followed with GW “Blood Red”.
Next, I used GW “Blazing Orange” and Americana “Tangerine”
I finished up with drybrushing Apple Barrel “Yellow” and Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”. I really wasn’t happy with the results. It looked a muddy mess, so I went back to the lighter colors and dabbed some more on. Then I thought maybe I had gotten off on the wrong foot by starting with brown shades, so I went back and dabbed in some Americana “Cranberry Wine” to try and cover the browns…then some more of the lighter colors. Oh, well.
I let the figure sit all day, and that evening I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”. The next morning I flocked the figure and that afternoon gave it a coat of Testor’s “Dullcote” spray varnish.
Well, I consider this a failed experiment. I’m not sure if the fact it’s not shaped like fire is part of the problem, or my starting off with browns was the wrong way to go… Anyhow, there’s many more figures for me to get to, so we can’t linger too long on ones I’m unhappy with.