Monthly Archives: June 2015

Recent 10mm: A Hero, a Leader , and an Elemental

Chris Palmer   I recently completed some 10mm fantasy figures which included a Lizardman Hero, A Fire Elemental, and a Cursed Knight Leader.
   I had a leftover Lizardman figure (I believe he was made by A.I.M.) and thought that he bared a striking resemblance to  a certain purple TV Dinosaur, so couldn’t help but paint him up as the great Lizardman Hero, B’uar-Nee!

     Recently I painted three  28mm Barrow Wardens from Reaper’s Bones line, and was really pleased with the results. So I thought I would experiment with a Warmaster Chaos Leader I had, to see if the rust effect I had used on the Barrow Wardens, would translate to 10mm.  I’m very pleased with the results, and think I will now paint a unit of Chaos Knights I have as this sort of “Cursed Knight” look.

    I don’t know who made this figure.  I received  it in a short-lived birthday figure exchange I was part of a few years ago, and since it was 15mm (I think) I never did anything with it.  I came across it the other day; and not knowing what it was supposed to be, was struck by how the sculpted “fur” ?  looked a lot like flames on it.  So I decided to paint him up like a fire elemental.  I think the result is pretty good.

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Halbarand, Cleric: Figure 159 of 265

Chris Palmer

   This week I completed Halbarand, the Cleric from the Heroes set.  Looking at this figure I was struck by his warhammer  😉 , and it automatically made me think of Games Workshop. This led to the idea of painting him to resemble a Space Marine in some fashion.
        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" 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 his armor Black, and when the Black was dry I drybrushed the figure with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”.  I then went over this with a lighter drybrushing of Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.

    Next, I painted his surcoat and the outside of his cape with GW “Ultramarines Blue.  I painted the lining of the cape with White.  I painted his belt, scabbard and the cover of his book with Black, and the pages of the book with Americana "Buttermilk”.  His face I painted with DecoArt “Flesh”.

    After these color had had a chance to dry, I then gave his head and the book pages a wash with some Winsor-Newton “Peat Brown” ink using a wet brush.  When the ink was dry, I painted his hair, mustache and eyebrows Black.  When the Black had dried, I gave his hair a light drybrushing with some DecoArt “Storm Cloud Grey”.  I also used this color to add some highlights to his mustache and eyebrows.  I then painted some of the decorative trim on his armor, warhammer, and the metal fittings on his book, with Cermacoat"Bronze".  I also painted the letters “G. W.” on the book cover with the “Bronze”.

     Next, I  painted his eyes with Black sockets, White whites, and Black pupils.  I then added highlights to his face with base “Flesh”.   I painted the decorative trim on his surcoat and cape with White, as well as some of the decorative “diamond” shaped elements on his armor.  I added highlights to his cape and surcoat with some of the “Ultramarines Blue” mixed with a little White, and to the edge of the book cover with Folk Art “Settlers Blue”.  Then I went over all the parts I had painted with the Bronze and gave them highlights with Cermacoat “14K Gold”.  I finished up by going back over his armor and adding highlights with the “Silver Sterling”.    Lastly, I painted his white integral base with Cermacoat “Walnut”.
      After the figure had had a while to dry, I dug out some old Space Marine decals I had, cut out one of the Ultamarine insignia, and applied it to the front of his surcoat.   I let the figure sit overnight, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Later that afternoon I flocked the base.   The next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

   I’m really pleased with how he turned out.  This isn’t the greatest sculpt, as his head is kind of smooshed a bit, so doesn’t look good at some angles, and was a little harder to paint than normal heads.  

Figure 159 of 265: Complete

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Crescent Root Buildings

Don
After seeing Buck’s post on the Crescent Root building he purchased, I finally took the plunge and placed an order.

I ordered two buildings out of their 28MM Series 3 buildings:  28E3 and 28F3.  The building are well constructed and have ample detail.  And as a bonus, come pre-painted.  Assembly is quick and easy with the corner pins to hold things together.  The doors are mounted with a tape hinge that allows them to swing open.

Below you will find several shots of the two buildings with some 28mm figures and a 1/50th scale German tank for size comparisons.

The inside view of building 26F3

Exterior view of 28F3 without the outer courtyard wall

Exterior view of 28F3 with the outer courtyard wall highlighting the hinged doors

Top view of 28F3

Building 28E3 unassembled

Assembling 28E3 showing the pins

An interior shot of 28E3

Exterior view of 28E3

Backside view of 28E3

Both building will make their debut during Historicon next month.  If you are attending, drop by the HAWKs room and check them out in person – pictures don’t do them justice.

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Ice Troll: Bones II Figure

Chris Palmer

   This week I also painted the Ice Troll from the Bones II “Expansion Set I”.  Being a denizen of the colder realms, I thought I’d do him up in a bluish color scheme.
      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 2" white-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I didn’t need to glue the washer to a tongue depressor, as the big 2" size gave me a good surface to hold onto while painting.

     I began by painting his body with DecoArt “Cool Blue”.  I then painted the bumpy parts of his back with Folk Art “Settlers Blue, and his chest and abdomen with DecoArt "Light Antique White”

After these first three colors had dried, I gave the entire a figure a wash with Iron Wind Metals “Medium Blue Ink” using a wet brush, to help blend the colors together.   When the ink was dry, I did a little drybrushing using the “Cool Blue” on his arms legs and head, the “Settlers Blue’ on his back, and the "Light Antique White” on his chest and abdomen..  Next, I painted his claws with Folk Art Porcelain White" and the rock with DecoArt “Storm Cloud Grey”.  I also painted his nipples with the “Settlers Blue”

     Next I painted his mouth with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and then his teeth with Americana “Buttermilk”.  His loin cloth, and the horns on his back I painted with Americana “Zinc”.  I then painted the cloth under his belt with Folk Art “Dapple Grey”.  I painted his belt and any straps with Americana “Asphaltum”.  I painted all the metal armor bits with Accent “Princely Pewter”,  and the rings in his lip and ear with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.

   After these colors had had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with GW “Badab Black” wash using a wet brush.

     I then went back and painted highlights on his skin, using the “Cool Blue” on his arms legs and head, the “Settlers Blue’ on his back, and the "Light Antique White” on his chest and abdomen.  I painted his eyes with Apple Barrel “yellow”, and added black pupils.  I highlighted his tongue and gums with the base “Shading Flesh”, and his teeth with the base “Buttermilk”.  I highlighted his claws with the base “Porcelain White”.

     Next, I highlighted his belt and straps with Folk Art “Dark Brown”  His loincloth, and the horns on his back I highlighted with Folk Art “Medium Grey”. The cloth under his belt I highlighted with the base “Dapple Grey”.  The rock I highlighted with the base “Storm Cloud Grey”, and then did lighter highlights with Folk Art “Platinum Grey”. I also drybrushed a little of the “Platinum Grey” over the fur on the backside of the loin cloth to help that stand out.    I finished up with highlighting the metal armor with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter” followed by some lighter touches with Folk Art “Silver Sterling” along some of the edges. The ear and lip rings I highlighted with the base “Bronze”.  Lastly, I painted the troll’s integral base White.  
   At this point I glued a couple small rocks on the front of the base, using Aleene’s Tacky glue, to add some foreground composition.  I then painted them using the same colors I had used on the rock in his hand.   
     When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  The next morning I flocked the base with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock, and added a little bit of unraveled twine next to the rocks on the base to be dead grasses.  Late that afternoon I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote. 

    I’m pleased with how this fellow turned out, especially his face.  The black wash made him a little dirtier looking than I had intended, but I think dirtier isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a troll.

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Mummy Lich: Figure 158 of 265

Chris Palmer

    This week I wrapped up the Who’s Your Mummy set, (see what I did there 😉  ), by painting the Mummy Lich figure.  This set now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.  I fell back on the same mummy method I used for the rest of the set for this figure as well.  I saw this figure as some sort of ex-high ranking priestess, and I wanted to do her outfit in mainly white and gold.
      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" 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 any exposed skin with Folk Art “Poppy Seed”.   I then painted all the bandages, though I think these are more drapes than classic mummy bandages) on the figure with  DecoArt “Light Antique White”.

     Next, I panted the blades on her back, collar piece, headdress, staff, jewelry, and front hangings at her waist, and any other assorted decorative adornments with Cermacoat “Bronze”. I painted the scarab on her back, and what appeared to be a scarab shape on her belt with Folk Art “Metallic Emerald Green”.   I painted the back of the long front waist hanging with  Aceent “Real Umber”.

   I decided to add a few more “Metallic Emerald Green” bits, and painted the egg shape on her head dress, and a small circular decoration on her staff.  Next, I used Americana “True Blue” and  Folk Art “Deep Tomato Red”  to paint  some of the sculpted-in decorations on the waist hangings as well as the staff head.

      When all the paint had had time to dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with  GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash, using a wet brush.

    When the wash had had time to dry, I started work on the highlights.   First, I added simple dot eyes with Americana “Olive Green”.  I then added a drop of Iron Wind Metals “Mid Green” Ink (which also, is almost a neon green)to each socket. This gave the eye sockets more of that glowing look.
       I then highlighted the skin with the base “Poppy Seed”, and then I took some Folk Art “Porcelain White” and highlighted the sutures down her front and gently drybrushed the teeth with this color to help define them better.  I highlighted the drapings with the base “Light Antique White”.   I highlighted the blue areas with the base “True Blue”, and the red parts with the base “Deep Tomato Red”.   All the ornamentations and decorations that  I had painted with the “Bronze”,  I highlighted with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.   Lastly, I painted the figure’s white integral base with Ceramcoat Walnut.
     After everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  That afternoon I gave the base a coat of Elmer’s white glue, and dunked it in a sand mixture.   When the sand had dried, I gave it a coat of the “Walnut” paint that I had heavily thinned.  When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand with first, Americana “Khaki Tan”, an then Americana “Buttermilk”.  That evening I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

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Also at tonight’s HAWKs meeting is a Napoleonic skirmish…

Also at tonight’s HAWKs meeting is a Napoleonic skirmish using GAMER rules.

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Vikings vs Irish using Saga rules at tonight’s HAWKs…

Vikings vs Irish using Saga rules at tonight’s HAWKs meeting

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Magnetic boxes simplified

Rob Dean

I store most of my miniatures (which are on steel or plastic steel bases) in magnet lined boxes. The slow part of any expansion has always been gluing the magnet sheets down without getting bubbles or having the corners curl up. I had a blinding flash of the obvious the other day: some sort of double sided tape would probably work well enough, since it doesn’t have to hold especially firmly. However, a little searching around led me to pick up some carpet installation tape. We’ll see how permanent it is, but at least sticking down a sheet was a task of only a couple of minutes.

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10mm Lizardman Flyers, and Small Attack Lizards

Chris Palmer    I recently completed a 10mm Lizardman pterodactyl-mounted leader and unit base fom my Lizardman armies for “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” mass combat fantasy rules.   These were actually 15mm figures, I got in  a lot I bought online; but because the riders are sitting cross-legged on their mounts, their actual height looks shorter.  They therefore fit in just fine with their 10mm brothers.

      I also completed this base of small lizards and a handler for them.  The small lizards are from the same lot of 15mm figures the flyers were from.  The handler is a 10mm lizardman warrior from Pendraken.

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Barrow Wardens: Bones II Figures

Chris Palmer

   This week I also completed the three Barrow Warden figures from the Bones II, Expansion I set.  In looking at the figures, and thinking about how I wanted to paint them, I got the idea of them being from the barrow they guarded, and the image of them being buried in their armor… I had the thought of how old rusted iron looks after it’s laid around in the dirt for a while.  So the idea hit me to paint them entirely in a decayed rusted scheme. Then I thought I wanted to do more than just give them plain skeletal heads, so I got the idea to give them some sort of magical looking green glow-y heads.  I thought the brown rust, and the green heads would look good together.
       So, with a plan in mind, I began.  I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued the figures to 1" black-primed fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.

     I began by painting the entire figure with Ceramcoat “Walmut”  I then took some Crafers Eidtion “Spice Brown”, and with an old brush applied it lightly, with a stippling action, to to the edges, and creases in the armor.  Anywhere that moisture might sit and gather.

     Next, I did the same with Accent “Golden Oxide”, using an old brush, and a stippling motion, I added lighter spots to the areas where the rust might be heaviest.

     At this point, I used some Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”, and ever-so-lightly drybrushed over the armor to give a hint of metallic sheen on the raised edges where the rust might have worn off a little.  Next, I painted the ax handle, the backs of the two shields, and the “eye” of each shield where the wood showed through on the front, with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.  I painted the boots they all wear with Accent “Real Umber”, and the drape the middle one is wearing I painted Black.  I then went back to the shields and painted the raised portion of the skull on each one with Cermacoat “Bronze”.

     Next, I drybrushed the Black drape with some Folk Art “Settlers Blue” to add higlights.  Then, I used the “Real Umber” again to paint the belt the center one is wearing as well as the straps on the backs of the shields.  I painted the skulls, and their leg bones which show behind the armor next.  First I painted the eye sockets Black, then I painted the skulls and leg bones with DecoArt “Citrus Green”.  I then took some Reaper “Surf Aqua” and dabbed some areas of corrosion on to the area of the shields that I had painted “Bronze”.   I decided the blade of sword with the runes on it was magical, and immune to decay, so I painted it with Folk Art “Metallic Emerald Green”.  Next, I went back and gave the skulls and leg bones a wash with Iron Wind Metals “Mid Green” ink using a wet brush, and being careful not to let any run onto the armor.

     After everything had a while to dry, I gave the boots, ax handle, and the shields, a wash with GW “Badab Black” wash using a wet brush.  I gave the runes sword a wash with Iron Wind Metals “Dark Green” ink using a wet brush.  I then went back to the skulls and leg bones, where the ink was dry, and added highlights with the base “Citrus Green”, I then added a little White to the “Citrus Green” and did some finer highlights.  When the ink on the runes sword was dry I drybrushed the sword blade with some Folk Art “Silver Sterling” to bring out the runes and highlight the edges of the sword.
      I let the figures sit all day, and that evening I gave them a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  The next morning I flocked their bases, and late that afternoon I sprayed them with Testor’s “Dullcote” spray varnish.

      I’m really pleased with the results I got on these guys.  It’s the first time I painted an entire figure in rust, and I think on these Barrow Wardens the result is quite dramatic.

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