Daily Archives: April 4, 2016

Yukon Cornelius: Frostgrave Treasure Hunter

Chris Palmer   Late last year, I decided I wanted to do a Santa themed Frostgrave warband after completing a vary Santa-like wizard figure, which you can see on my other blog: Santa Wizard Conversion.  While I have slowly been collecting the figures I wanted to use as the soldiers for this warband for a while now, I finally started painting them this past week.
   The first I painted up is Yukon Cornelius, Treasure Hunter.  Yukon Cornelius is a character from the classic animatronic children’s Christmas TV special, Rudoph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Since the character is a  prospector obsessed with finding silver and gold, I thought he would be an ideal candidate for a Treasure Hunter type soldier.

     I was able to make the character by using pieces from the Frostgrave Soldiers boxed set of multi-part plastic figures.  There was a wool-capped head perfect for Yukon Cornelius, but unfortunately that head didn’t have a beard.  So I ended up having to do head surgery; cutting the top off of the wool hat head, and gluing it onto a bearded head that I sliced the top off of.   My next challenge was where to find a pickaxe.  Then I remembered that I had a couple spare miner dwarves from the old GW “Skull Pass” boxed set, and they wielded pickaxes as weapons.  So I removed the pickaxe from one of them, and re-glued it onto a Frostgrave solder’s hand that had it’s weapon removed.

     After assembling the figure, I glued it to a 1" fender washer. and then spray primed it.  Since he wears a simple color scheme, he was quick to paint up.   After I painted him, I added a few stone blocks made from sprue and painted those as well, and then flocked the base with Woodland Scenics snow flock.

     I’m really happy with how he turned out.  While not an exact copy, I really think he captures the spirit of the character.

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Leisynn, Mercenary Mage: Figure 209 of 266

Chris Palmer

  I got back to the Necromancer set this past week, and painted the Leisynn, Mercenary Mage figure.   I was apprehensive going in to this “not-Tim the Enchanter” figure, as it just seemed so busy with all the horns, the ornate staff and book, and the huge shoulder pads and skull-decorated hangings coming off of them.   I was further discouraged when halfway though painting him I discovered he has a mold line running down his face!  I knew I had to do him, so the only way to finish a figure is to start with the first color, and just keep adding one more color after that.  And so I began…
      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 white-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.

     I began by painting the figure entirely in Black.  I then drybrushed him with Apple Barrel “Rock Grey”.  I then painted his skin with Folk Art “Milkshake”

 Next, I painted his beard with Americana “Zinc”, and his staff with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”.   I painted the outer edges of his shoulder pads, the hangings that come off of them, and the cover of the book, all with Ceramcoat “Black Cherry”.  Next, I painted the animal skulls with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and the book pages with Ceramcoat “Raw Sienna”.

   I then painted his horns with Americana “Mississippi Mud”; and the textured portions of his shoulder pads, as well as the corners, and decorations on the book cover, with the “Raw Sienna”. I also went back and painted the skulls on the hangings with the “Zinc”.   Then, after everything had a while to dry, I gave all the non-Black parts a wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.  

        When the wash was dry, I began work on the highlights.  I started with the two animal skulls, painting them first with Crafter’s Edition “Taupe”, and then with Americana “Buttermilk” followed with detail highlights using Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”. I then did the two sets of horns; first using the base “Mississippi Mud”, then mixing in a little Folk Art “Barn Wood”, and lastly plain “Barn Wood”.  Next, I did his beard and hair, with first Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and then detail highlights with Folk Art “Platinum Grey”.  I moved to his face and hands next, first painting the eyes, then doing highlights with the base “Milkshake” followed by a little “Light Antique White” on the tip of his nose.

     I was going to make the pages of the book much lighter, but as I looked at them I decided I really like the heavily yellowed look they had.  So, I just gave the edges a little highlight hit with some Folk Art “Butter Pecan”, and then painted the bookmark, and some of the big lettering on the pages with Crafter’s Acrylic “Deep Red”.  While I had the “Deep Red” out, I used it to highlight the edges of the shoulder pads and the attached hangings.  Next, I took some black and used it to write in tiny lines of text in the book.
  It was time to do the metallics now, so I used some Ceramcoat “Bronze”  to do his shoulder pads, and the markings and corners on the covers of the book. I also used it to do his belt buckle.  Next I used some Folk Art Metallics “Silver Sterling” to paint the skulls on his shoulder hanging.

I now worked on completing the staff.  I had wanted it to look like it was all carved from the same piece of wood, rather than the snake being separate, so I simply added highlights with Americana “Sable Brown”.  I then painted in the snake’s eyes using Crafter’s Acrylic “Holiday Green”, and then added tiny White highlight dots to them.   I wanted to try to make it look like a glow was emanating from the snake’s mouth, so I first painted it with Crafter’s Acrylic “Citrus Green”, and then drybrushed the “Citrus Green” along the mouth’s edges.  Next, while the “Citrus Green” was still wet,  I used White to paint the very center of the mouth, blending it in with the paint around it.  Lastly, I painted  some highlights on the tongue, teeth, and along the edges with Reaper MSP Bones “Dungeon Slime”.  I finished up by painting the figure’s base completely with White.
     When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Then, the next morning I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock.  Later that afternoon I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

       I actually grew to like this figure as I went along; and I think he turned out looking much better than I had expected.  I’m now torn as to which figure to use as my Frostgrave Necromancer; this figure, or Malek, who I completed a couple weeks ago.

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