Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dragon Hatchlings: Bones II Figures

Chris Palmer

   This past week, I worked on painting the Dragon Hatchlings from the Bones II Dragon Hatchlings set.  I decided I wanted to use them as large dragons for my 10mm armies for “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” mass-combat fantasy rules, so I ordered a couple extra from Reaper so I could make a unit of 5, and have one left over to base normally for 28mm gaming purposes.  Also, since they were being used in a unit, I decided I would paint them all in a standard green dragon scheme rather than mess with all the polychromatic differences indicated in their individual names.
     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 them.  I then glued five of the figures to steel bases (4 to a pair of unit sized 3" x 1.5" bases, and one to an HQ sized 1.5" x 1.5" base), and one to a 1" fender wash, all with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue each.

      I began by painting the tops of the bodies and wings with Folk Art “Hunter Green”. I then painted the undersides of the wings and bodies with Americana “Jade Green”.  After those two colors had a couple hours to dry, I gave all the figures complete washes with Iron Wind Metals “Dark Green” ink using a wet brush.

   When the ink was dry, I drybrushed the tops of the bodies and wings with the “Jade Green”.  I then mixed some White into the “Jade Green”, and drybrushed the undersides of the wings and bodies.

     Next, I painted the insides of the mouths with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tutti Frutti”, and then painted the teeth White.  I then painted the eyes with “Citrus Green”, and gave them Black pupils.  I then went back and carefully applied some GW “Badab Black” wash using a wet brush, to the insides of the mouths.  Lastly, I painted their sculpted bases with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
     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 Dullcote".

     I am happy with how these turned out, and they were very quick to paint.  They are fun dynamic little sculpts.

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Orc Stalker: Figure 224-227 0f 266

Chris Palmer

  Over the weekend I finished up the four Orc Stalker figures from the Orcpocalypse add-on set. This leaves me with only four figures left from this set to complete.  As I have done in the past with the similarly-posed Orc figures from this set, I converted three of them to be different from the original.   In the photo below, the first one is the original figure, the second has a new sword added to his raised hand, the third has a replacement GW club added (Not sure if it was orc or troll in origin) and his other hand repositioned, and the fourth has his arms repositioned to hold a spear. from one of the Orc Hunter figures.

    I began by painting them entirely Black; and then when the Black was dry, I drybrushed the chainmail and spikey armor areas with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then went back and used the Black to repaint the fur areas where the “Gunmetal Grey” paint had gotten on them.

     Next, I painted the furs on each of them, doing the top furs and lower fur in different colors.  I usedAnita’s “Burnt Sienna”, Americana “Neutral Grey”, and Folk Art “Dark Brown” as my fur colors, using diferent combinations on each figure.   I then painted all their skin with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”.

      Next, I painted the club and the spear shaft with Nicole’s “Brown”.  I then painted their teeth with Americana Buttermilk.  I then painted the belts and pouch of the first and third one with Americana “Chocolate Brown”; and used the same color to paint the sword grips and wrist wraps the second and fourth figures.   After everything had a few hours to dry, I gave all four figures a complete wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.

      When the wash was dry, I painted their eyes, and highlighted the teeth, with the “Buttermilk”.  I then highlighted their skin with some of the "Deep Khaki" mixed with a little Aleene’s “Dusty Khaki”.  I highlighted the spear shaft and club with Americana “Missippi Mud”.  Next, I painted the swords, and the head of the spear, with Americana “Zinc”.  When these parts were dry, I went back and re-painted them wiht Accent “Princely Pewter”.  I then used Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey” to highlights the swords and spear point, as well as clean up the rest of the metal parts on all four figures.  Lastly, I painted their sculpted bases with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
     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 Dullcote".

    I ended up having a busy weekend, so I cut a lot of corners in finishing these up; doing hardly any highlights.    Nonetheless,  I think they turned out pretty good for mass-unit tabletop pieces.

Figures 224-227 of 266: Complete

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Pulp Sci Fi Figures

Buck

Disdain Yeoman from Wargames Supply Dump

Disidian Yeoman from Wargames Supply Dump

I haven’t had a lot of painting time this past week, but last weekend I started on a handful of pulp science fiction figures from Wargames Supply Dump.  Many of the Dirk Garrison figure seem very inspired by the Flash Gordon comic strips.  These Disidian Yeomen resemble the warriors under Prince Barin of Arboria.

Close up of Disidian Warriors

Close up of Disidian Warriors

Really neat retro science fiction robot

Really neat retro science fiction robot

My daughter painted these robots for me while she was home for a few weeks for Summer break.  Below are her robots facing two of Disdain yeomen.

An epic struggle of good versus evil

An epic struggle of good versus evil

In addition to the Disidians, I also painted a unit of Aquillians.

Partial Unit of Aquillian Marines

Partial Unit of Aquillian Marines

Partial unit of Aquillian Marines

Partial unit of Aquillian Marines

The Web site shows them as green, but I thought that was too cliche, so I painted them in orange.  Who says the water on the Aquillian home world isn’t orange.

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Frostgrave Campaign: Game 5

Chris Palmer      This past Saturday I hosted the fifth game of our monthly Frostgrave Campaign.  We had all of our 7 players in attendance.   Since we had the whole gang, I set up the table in a 12’ x3’ configuration.  I put a river in the middle this time, and regular ruined city on each side.
   (To read an account of the previous game, please see Frostgrave Game Four.)

A view of the table.

     We planned to incorporate two scenarios into the game; the first being a version of the treasure system from Cigar Box Battles’ “The Diabolist’s Scheme”, where each player would put out a corpse marker instead of one of their treasures,  and when the corpse marker is touched the player rolls a d20 with the results being: 1-5 nothing, it’s just a dead body; 6-10 it’s a zombie that attacks the figure; and 11-20 it’s a treasure.
       We also did a dragon attack scenario of our own devising where picking up treasures has a chance to activate a dragon which will fly in over the city, with random entrance and exit points determined using a d30.  The dragon will fly in a straight path along this line and attack the first figure it reaches that falls within 3" of it’s flight path.  While originally planning for just 2 dragons, it ended up that five of us brought dragons, so we decided right before the game started to use all five.  We used the stats for the Giant Worms from the rule book, and the associated experience reward for killing one of the dragons.   Each dragon would stay on the table until it ate somebody and satisfied it’s hunger, and then it would fly off at the end of the next creature phase; or it was itself killed.  The system we used for determining when a dragon entered was a bit too generous (it was based on making a roll after each treasure was picked up) so that all five dragons ended up entering on turn two!  It did make for an exciting game.

Some of the fun Corpse Markers the guys made. Mine is the second from the left, the girl carrying scrolls.
      My warband selected a starting spot that ended up being cut in two by a flood wall running along one bank of the frozen river.  Kodak divided his team into two groups. The first consisted of: himself, the Templar, Sister Riessa, Danlin the Marksman, Edel the Archer, Cadalleter the Thief, and Bash the Man-at-Arms. He game his new Apprentice, Leighlyndana command of the second group which consisted of: Jack 2 the Treasure Hunter, Weiss the Archer,  Agamemnon the Treasure Hunter, and Linnese the Thief.  Kodak decided he would work along the buildings near the river’s edge, while he instructed his Apprentice to move along the river itself looking for treasure.
The area around where Kodak’s warband spent the day, entering in the area that is a little left of the yellow coffee mug, in front of the folding chair.  You can see the bluff overlooking the river that Kodak teleported to, on the left of the photo; and the frozen stream Sister Riessa dragged the treasure across, towards the center right of the photo. 

        The old Illusionist was apprehensive as he entered the city;  he had lost his Apprentice his last outing, and his trusted friend Sister Elessa the time before that.  He didn’t want to have to face the death of another key party member once again, but he felt that if he was too cautious with his expedition, he wouldn’t reap any rewards.  He knew several of the other wizards who searched the ruined city were growing quite powerful, and he felt he needed to stay competitive if he was to succeed in his search for treasure and new magic.  Hopefully a more bold course of action would be rewarded.
     He took Sister Riessa and Danlin with him, as he pressed forward to a nearby building that had a treasure on the second floor.  He hoped to take up a position there from which he and his Marksman could do some damage.  He sent Cadwalleter to quickly try and snatch a treasure from under the noses of Lingzhu the Necromancer, whose party was entering to the left of Kodak’s warband.  Edel he instructed to take up a position of cover to protect his left flank, and Bash he told to hang in the rear and look for target’s of opportunity in the rear ranks of the Necromancer’s zone.
   Meanwhile, Danlin spotted the Enchanter across the way walk into his view.  The Marksman pulled he trigger of his crossbow, and the bolt hit. Wounded, the wizard reeled in pain.  A few moments later and the poor Enchanter was sliced with a Bone Dart  from Lingzhu’s apprentice, and dropped to the snow, and lay there motionless.

Kodak, Sister Riessa, and Danlin the Marksman, carefully cross the frozen stream as they push further into the city, heading for a ruin containing a treasure.

     Meanwhile, Leighlyndana headed onto the river.  She sent Linnese up onto a nearby ship to grab a treasure, and she sent Jack 2 down the flood wall along the river to a treasure that lay along the wall a few hundred yards up.   She set Weiss up to cover their advance, and Agamemnon advanced toward a half sunk boat wth a treasure laying by it, a little further up the river.  Leighlyndana spotted one of the Doctor’s (Chronomancer) men entering the river from the other end, and attempted a Mind Control spell on him.  She wanted to impress Kodak with her skill and concentrated hard on the words he had taught her.  A roll of 20, and she breathed a sigh of relief as she felt herself enter the mind of the Chronomancer’s Treasure Hunter and bend it to her will.  The man turned and immediately attacked the Doctor. the Doctor won the fight and pushed his own Treasure Hunter back, with a wound.

The Red Dragon lands next to Edel the Archer!

     At that point there was a sound of rushing wind, and the sun went momentarily dark as a large body passed before it.  Kodak and the rest of his party instinctively looked up, and were horrified to see a group of five dragons swirling in the sky overhead.  He knew that to the dragons he and his party would look like fresh meat.  Immediately the large creatures began to swoop towards the earth.  A Blue one swooped down towards where the Necromancer’s men was battling with some of the Enchanter’s party. And Kodak could see a strange mechanical beast fly down towards where the Doctor stood.  Not far from that a big Green one landed. And another Blue one landed further away on top of a tall tower.   Kodak thought for a minute his party might escape injury, when out of nowhere a huge Red dragon swooped down and landed right near where Edel the Archer stood! Kodak froze for a second with dread, unable to look away from what he knew would was sure would be the end of his archer.

As the dragon reels back from Edel’s blow, Danlin lines up his shot.

     Much to Kodak’s surprise,  the stocky archer seemed almost unfazed by the sudden appearance of the dragon, and with a swift, almost reflexive, action pulled his dagger from it’s sheath and spun to face the dragon.  The dragon lunged at the Archer, but Edel was able to side step, and slice up with his dagger tearing a gash in the soft underside of the dragon’s neck.  The dragon reeled a step back, right into Danlin’s view.  Seeing his opportunity, Danlin the Marksman sighted his trusty crossbow, said a short prayer to his gods, and squeezed the trigger.  The bolt hit true, catching the dragon right behind the foreleg as the beast reared to strike again.  It staggered backwards, caught in the momentum if its rearing, and the toppled over dead.   The Illusionist, watching this, found he had been holding his breath and suddenly exhaled with relief. He shouted the good news to Riessa who was scaling the wall of the building he was standing next to.  She looked down at Kodak and said gently, “It is becuase I pray to the Lady each night on your behalf”.   The Illusionist thanked the Templar, and said, “She does seem to have favored us with a miracle today.”

The Clockwork Dragon and the Doctor spend a few turns in battle, neither able to strke a critical blow to the other.  Eventually, the dragon lost the battle.

     Things were not going Kodak’s way entirely though.  Cadwalleter’s dash for the treasure near the Necromancer’s zone had been rewarded with a shot from one of Lingzhu’s Crossbowmen which had put the thief out of action.  Likewise, on the ship in the river, Linesse’s attempt at the treasure on the deck had been cut short by one of the Doctor’s Marksmen who had climbed aboard the boat from the other side.

An unexpected highlight of the day.  Just as a random wandering bear entered the table, the Green Dragon swooped in and landed right there next to it, attacking the bear.  The bear and dragon had a swirling melee lasting almost the entire game. Though both badly wounding the other, neither was able to strike a killing blow.  Eventually the dragon won, but it was a real battle royale!  The dragon was eventually finished off by Knabe the Druid (Witch). 
     Riessa was climbing down with the treasure now, and Kodak was becoming concerned that he may not be able to get even three treasures off, as they were rapidly being claimed by other wizards.  He was aware that there was one in a small bone alter-like structure on the cliff above the river a long way away.  No one was going after it, and he felt he might be able to get there grab it, and get away using his Teleportation ability before anyone could come after him.   He decided that if the     Lady of Light was with him today, as the Templar had said, a gamble might just be worth it.  He concentrated and recited the Teleportation spell and with a wink he found himself atop the bluff. He paused for a moment and caught his bearings.  
Riessa slowly dragging the treasure across the stream as Danlin and Edel provide cover.

     Sister Riessa, in the meantime was now hauling the treasure across the snow.  She was strong, but with plate armor on, hefting the heavy chest, she was making slow progress.  She debated calling one of th nearby archers, or Danlin, to help her; but she felt they were better occupied doing what they were hired for, and quite honestly she felt that if anyone tried to take the treasure, she would be the most able to defend it.  Bash made an ill-fated attempt to distract the Necromancer’s Crossbowman and Marksman by charging directly at them.  He hoped he could occupy them a turn or two, giving the Templar some time to get into cover.  He made it into contact with the Marksman who swung his weapon like a club hitting Bash straight in the jaw and sending him reeling.  As he staggered back, the Crossbowman put a bolt into him, and he crumpled to the snow.
    Meanwhile, Riessa  was still slogging across the frozen stream that fed into the river, Jack 2 had also claimed a treasure and was dodging numerous shots from the Doctor’s party as he lugged it back towards the rendezvous point.
   And not far from Jack 2, Agamemnon had reached his treasure, but no sooner than he had picked it up than he was surprised to see one of the Soothsayer’s men come around the end of the sunken boat and charge at him.  They clashed swords, but the enemy’s sword hit home,  and Agamemnon breathed through clenched teeth as he tried to steady himself after the biting wound.  Leighlyndana rushed forward to help, but then another of the Soothsayer’s soldiers came into view. The Apprentice grabbed a bit of rusted chain that lay in the snow atop the frozen river.  Speaking words close to it, and waving her left hand over it, she turned it into a Grenade and hurled it at the two enemy troops setting upon Agamemnon.  She cursed, as in her haste to complete the spell she had mis-spoke the words of power.  The Grenade landed and exploded, but it was ineffectual doing no damage to those around it.
   At the moment, the Doctor came up the river, and hit Agamemnon with his sonic screwdriver, (Elemental Bolt) knocking him out. The Soothsayer’s Treasure Hunter picked up the treasure and began to drag it away, as the Doctor used his sonic screwdriver again, this time to take out the Soothsayers second figure that was by the treasure.  With just the enemy Treasure Hunter there, Leighlyndana got an idea, and once again recited the words of Mind Control.  She felt a a little light headed and could feel her mind reach out, but it was cloudy.  She willed her brain to focus and a searing pain shot from back to front of her head, but like a spike being driven into ice, she could feel herself pierce into the Treasure Hunters head and take control.  Slowly he turned and began dragging the treasure towards her.

In the final moments of the game, sacrificing her own health points, Leighlyndana takes control of the Soothsayer’s Treasure Hunter just after he picks up a treasure.

          On top of the bluff over the river, Kodak had his own situation to deal with.  The Enchanter’s Apprentice, desperate for treasure was lobbing her own Grenades up on the  hilltop at the Illusionist.  Luckily for Kodak, though they hit, they too were ineffective, only coating him with a fine mist of  powdery ice and snow.  Two of the Enchanter’s soldiers scaled the cliffs after the Illusionist as well, but both were repelled by Kodak’s use of his Push spell; though the second time, he miscast the spell and needed to use his Staff of Power to give it the extra boot it needed to send the soldier flying off the hill top and out into the air.  Finally Kodak was able to make it into the bone alter and grab the treasure. As the sun was starting to set, he managed to speak the words of Teleportation successfully and landed back in a safe area near his party’s rendezvous point, treasure in hand.
       Back at the inn where they had set up their base, Kodak was elated.  He walked up to Sister Riessa later that evening and took her by the shoulders, beaming at her.  "Truly, your prayers have been heard by the Lady!“ he rejoiced.  "You must have her favor, Riessa; for today, nobody died!  and four treasures retrieved from the city!”   It was true that Cadwalleter had been badly wounded by the crossbow that hit him, but he would heal.
    Leighlyndana came up to them, smiling herself.  She was proud of her first foray into the ruins of Felstad.  Kodak turned to her, “I heard you performed well today.”  
“Thank you, master Kodak” she said with pride.  "Though I will need you to go over the spell for Grenade with me again.  I am not doing something right with the power words.“  The two took their leave of the Templar, and walked into the inn, talking.
     The next morning, Kodak sat at a table in the inn and turned his attention to cataloging the treasure they had brought back with them.  There were 335 gold coins. He would need to consider how to spend that.  Also found was a Ring of Teleportation.  As Kodak rolled it between his fingers, he thought to himself, "Riessa, should have this.  It would be good if she could come to the aid of others, or get out of trouble, more quickly.”  He set the ring on the table and picked up a fine leather jacket.  "Magic Leather Armor", he mused. “Now there’s something you don’t see everyday. I think I will give that to Edel.  Anyone who survives a dragon attack deserves some reward.”  There was also a Grimoire of Reveal Death.  "Not the most useful spell,“ he thought.
      Then he was suddenly aware of a commotion outside and rose to go out and investigate.  He was surprised to Leighlyndana laying flat on her back on the ground with a large dog, with matted hair and brambles and whatnot caught up in its tail, standing on top of his Apprentice and bouncing up and down.  The rest of the group stood around watching the scene.  And first he thought it was an attack, and instinctively turned for his staff; but then he realized the dog was licking the half-elf’s face, and she in turn was laughing a deep husky laugh.
  "What’s all this?” he demanded.
    The apprentice quickly stood, and walked towards Kodak.  The dog close behind.   “My apologies for the disturbance, Master Kodak, but this is an old friend, Kinddrif.  It means ‘son of kings’ in my father’s tongue.”  Kodak looked down at the soggy looking animal, and was suddenly aware of a foul smell.  "He is my dog, and a close companion.“ Leighlyndana added. "When I was on my own and traveling the roads, he was my only fiend, and a stalwart protector.  Then four months ago, outside of Randlfae, we were beset by orcs.  Kinddrif threw himself at them, and we were able to beat them back; but in the excitement he chased a fleeing one into the woods there and never returned.  I waited in Randlfae for three weeks for him; daily walking that stretch of road, calling his name, but without any answer.  Finally, I realized I had to move on.  I assumed he was dead.   I can’t believe he tracked me all the way to here,” and she reached down and scratched a matted ear.
    Kodak looked at his Apprentice, frowning; and then looked down at the dog, and then back at the apprentice. He didn’t care for dogs, and this one in particular was certainly not a shining example of the species; but Leighlyndana was beaming with joy, and it had an effect on the old Illusionist.  He turned to Sister Riessa, as if searching for some sort of support against the mangey looking beast. But she was smiling too, and sensing Kodak’s gaze, she looked up, “Perhaps sent to us by the Lady” she suggested. “She is the Star that guides those who are lost”.
   Kodak looked at the Templar suspiciously, a growing sense that his mind was being made up by others.   “You wouldn’t refuse something the Lady has sent you, would you?” the Templar asked  with a smile.
     "Alright.“   Kodak  conceded.  He was in a good mood following their successful outing the day before, and was of a mind to be more agreeable to new ideas.  "Also”, he thought in the back of his mind, “A good sturdy dog might be an asset to our expeditions.”   To the apprentice he said, “You can keep him here.  But, he will need to earn his keep by jining us on our forays into he city.  And we will need to buy supplies to construct him a proper place to stay…he’s not living inside the inn with us.  And for heaven’s sake, bathe him and try to make him look presentable. He can’t stay if he looks and smells like that.”  And with that settled, Kodak turned and walked back towards the inn; his mind already turning to their next excursion into the ruins of the frozen city…

To read the Necromancer, Lingzhu’s account of the day, see: Dragon Strike!

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Dragons Don’t Share Ruined Tower: Bones II Terrain Piece

Chris Palmer

   This week I finally finished up the ruined tower from the Dragons Don’t Share (DDS) add-on set.
I had originally boiled the DDS pieces back in September of last year to get the bent ones back in shape.  I have then been working on them here and there over the past nine months, and finally finished them up this week.

Even with boiling, I needed to clamp the two parts of the tower upper story when I glued them (using Gorilla Superglue) together to help make them align properly.

  Also, I had decided I strictly wanted to use this set for terrain, so I used Milliput to fill in the holes on the piece that the dragon is supposed to mount on.

   I also decided to glue the top story to the bottom of the tower, just so the pieces wouldn’t be slipping and falling during game play.  I figured there was enough opening to move figures around inside if they should enter.

   I used Deco Art Traditions Artists Acrylic “"Dark Grey, Value 3” to base coat the pieces.

    The little step piece was my guinea pig piece, and I had actually started working on it back last Fall.  I had tried a couple different base coats on it before landing on the one I used.  After the base coat was applied, I gave the pieces a wash with GW “Nuln Oil” wash using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey” first, and then Folk Art “Platinum Grey” second.

     I then gave the pieces a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.   When the varnish was dry,  I sprayed the pieces with Testor’s Dullcote.
   Here is the finished set, shown with the Female Elf Rogue figure that comes with it, to give a sense of scale.

     I’m really happy with how it came out. It’s a real testament to the sculpting that it looks so good with just a ink wash and drybrushing paint job. 

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Valeros, Iconic Fighter: Figure 223 of 266

Chris Palmer

   Over the weekend I finished up Valeros, Iconic Fighter; the last of the Iconics and Officially Licensed Pathfinder Miniatures set I had left to complete.  This set now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
     This was another figure from this set that I wasn’t particularly fond of. Yes, it has a great dynamic sculpt, but I just found it to be overly busy feeling; with stuff pointing in several different directions, and no real “front"to the figure.  So, I thought I would use this figure to do an experiment. I had been thinking a while about trying: painting a figure with mainly inks and washes, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it.
     So, I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then I gave it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  Next, I glued the figure to a black-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 with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.  I then gave it a complete wash with GW Agrax Earthshade" wash.  When that was dry, I drybrushed it with Americana “Khaki Tan”.

  I then gave his pants a coat of Iron Wind Metals “Dark Blue” ink.  When that was dry, I did his tunic with Iron Wind Metals “Dark Green” ink; and when that was dry, I did his leather armor with Iron Wind Metals “Orange” ink.

     Next, I did his shoes, and assorted pouches with Winsor Newton “Peat Brown” ink.  I then did his quiver and scabbard with  Iron Wind Metals “Red” ink", and when dry, I did his bow with Iron Wind Metals “Chestnut Brown” ink.  I realized there was still some cloth hanging down which I hadn’t done, and I wasn’t sure if it was part of the tunis or what, so I gave that a coat of Iron Wind Metals “Mid Green” ink.  I then did his hair, mouth and eye sockets, as well as the arrow fletchings,  with Vallejo “Black” ink.

     I then painted his eyes teeth, and tongue, then did highlights on his skin with a mix of the “Territorial Beige” ,and some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”. I the painted his swords with Americana Zinc. Next, I painted the arrow fletchings with Crafters Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”.  i then went back and painted his swords with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, and followed up with Folk Art Metallics “Silver Sterling” highlights.   Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
   After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.   When the varnish was dry, I flocked the base, and that evening I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     Well, it certainly is an interesting effect.  And I can see it useful if you wanted to get a lot of stuff done quick.  I don’t, however, thinkI will be adopting a new panting style. 🙂

So, that wraps up the Iconics and Officially Licensed Pathfinder Miniatures set.  My plan is to do another four Orcpocalypse figures for next week, and then start in on the Pirates set.

Figure 223 of 266: Complete

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Didn’t Get Much Hobby Work Done this Week

Buck

John Wayne from Northstar and two pinups

John Wayne from Northstar and two pinups

The beginning of the week I was in Costa Rica on a family vacation, so I didn’t do much in the way of hobby stuff.  On Saturday, I did manage to work on a few odds and ends type figures while the kids were out with their buddies.  In short bursts I can paint the odd figure, but I like to work on painting units when I know I have a couple of hours of uninterrupted time.

Two creatures from Wargames Supply Dump

Two creatures from Wargames Supply Dump

My daughter actually painted these figures right before we left on vacation.  The guy on the left we dubbed “the banana man.”  These are both from Wargames Supply Dump in their Dirk Garrison range.  For someone who doesn’t like to paint figures, but likes to paint terrain, I think she did a really nice job on these.

Jodie, the Belt Fed Girl, from Belt Fed Gaming

Jodie, the Belt Fed Girl, from Belt Fed Gaming

I had seen this figure advertised, but at 2.50 GBP it was too expensive to order from the UK.  When I was at Partizan, I picked it up.  Most of the figures in this range are ridiculous, but I like this one and the one below, because they look like WWII nose art.  I’m not sure what I will do with them, but they were sort of fun to paint.  I thought I might put them in my next Captain America game where the Cap is doing a USO tour when the fighting breaks out.

"Amelia Erhart" from Belt Fed Gaming

“Amelia Erhart” from Belt Fed Gaming

A couple of years ago, I saw this figure of John Wayne in a magazine or Web page.  It is a limited edition release from Northstar.  I had been coveting the figure.  My recent attendance at Partizan gave me a chance to pick one up.  Actually, I got two for myself and one for a buddy.  I think they did a very good job of making it look like John Wayne, especially on a 28mm figure.  I am very happy with the way he turned out.

John Wayne as Sgt. Stryker from "The Sands of Iwo Jima"

John Wayne as Sgt. Stryker from “The Sands of Iwo Jima”

My daughter painted these robots too.  They are also from the Dirk Garrison range.  I think they would have been nicer with a little more color, but they turned out okay.

Two robots from Wargame Supply Dump

Two robots from Wargame Supply Dump

At Nashcon, Don or Greg found this figure in a bin of figures someone was selling.  I thought she would look good as a fighter to go along with my sigilist in our Frostgrave campaign.  She had a pointing thing on the front of her habit, but after I filed that off, I think she matches the sigilist well.

Unknown female warrior to be a fighter for my Frostgrave sigilist

Unknown female warrior to be a fighter for my Frostgrave sigilist

So… not much accomplished this week.  I have some Wargames Supply Dump figures partially completed on the gaming table.  They are supposed to be reminiscent of warriors from Arboria in the Flash Gordon comics.  I’ll post some pictures when they are done.

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Pathfinder Red Dragon: Bonus Bones I Figure

Chris Palmer

   This week I finished up the Pathfinder Red Dragon which was a Bones I Add-On option.  I picked this fellow up recently in a trade; and since he wasn’t part of my original Bones I purchase, I’m not adding him to the official count.
    We plan to use a dragon or two in our next Frostgrave game, so I thought I would paint him up in winter colors.  I thought the ruins on his base were an ideal fit for the Frostgrave setting.
    I prepped the figure by soaking all the parts for a few hours in a bowl with a little bit of dish-soap added, and then scrubbed them with a soft toothbrush and let them dry.  I then assembled the model with Gorilla Superglue.   I used a little Milliput to fill the gaps around where the wings joined the body.  Next, I glued the finished dragon to a 2" white-primed fender washer.

      I began by painting the underbelly, and the underside of the wings with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cool Blue”.  I then painted the rest of the body, and the tops of the wings with Crafters Acrylic “Tropical Blue”.

     When the paint was dry, I gave the entire dragon a wash with some thinned Iron Wind Metals “Dark Blue” ink. When the ink wash was dry, I drybrushed the underbelly and the undersides of the wings with the “Cool Blue”. Next, I drybrushed the tops of the wings and the rest of the body with Americana “Salem Blue”.  I then painted all the horns and claws on the dragon with Folk Art “Cloudy Day”.

     Next, I painted the inside of the mouth with Crafter’s Acrylic “African Violet”.  I then painted the teeth with Americana “Bleached Sand”.   Then I painted the ruins on the base with Americana “Zinc”.  I let everything dry, then gave the horns, claws, and the ruins a wash using GW “Badab Black wash using a wet brush.   I then gave the mouth and teeth a wash with GW "Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.

     Next, I worked on the highlights on the ruins; drybrushing first with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and then using Folk Art “Platinum Grey”.  Then I highlighted all the dragon’s horns and claws using a mix of the “Cloudy Day”, and Americana “Dove Grey”.  I highlighted his tongue and mouth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Purple Passion”, and then did some lighter highlights with Apple Barrel “Apple Lavender”.  I painted his eye sockets and nostrils Black, and then went back and painted in eyes with Crafter’s Acrylic “Citrus Green”, and then added Black pupils.  Lastly, I painted the rest of the base with White.
    When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” early the next morning.  Midday, I flocked the white areas with Woodland Scenics “Snow” flock and the next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

    I really like how this guy turned out, though in the end I wish I had used shades of blue that were further apart on the light/dark scale for his undersides and top parts.  They ended up looking too similar in tone.

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My Trip to NJCon 2016

Don Hogge
This past Saturday morning, June 11th, a couple of HAWKs and I headed north to New Jersey Con.  After an unexpected tour of Trenton, we arrived at the convention site around 10 am – missing out on the morning session of games.  But it gave me time to check out the Bring and Buy as well as the dealers.

The Bring and Buy room – small but packed with stuff for sale
One half of the dealer area – Age of Glory is way back in the corner

Dennis from OMM was playing in the ADLG ancients tournament, so they allowed him to play his games in front of his vendor area while the other games were back in the tournament area.  There were 14 ADLG players.

The other half of the vender area
A hot of the main gaming area
Another shot from the same spot looking to the left
Geoff preparing for his Lego Pirate game
A WWI trench battle – Duncan contemplating his next move
A view of the FoW and ADLG tournament space

There were 6 tables for the FoW tournament with 12 players (I think).  There was also a small Bolt Action tournament set-up in one of the small side areas that looked like it had 6 players.

 
There was a great 28mm Chain of Command Pegasus Bridge game set up.  It seems it was only played one time on Friday night so I missed out on that.  But the game remained set up all day on Saturday.  Wished they would have ran it a second time.  The table terrain and figures looked great, especially the 4Ground bridge.

View of the entire Pegasus table
Some of my favorite building by Crescent Root adorned the table
Another eye candy picture
A scratch built glider
A view through the bridge
Geoff’s Lego Pirate game
Regimental Fire and Fury
A Disposable Heroes Game
Battle of Albuera
Duncan checking out Howard Whitehouse’s Flint and Feathers game
A large Fields of Glory game
Great looking fort – too bad it was just scenery – it played no part in the game
Bruce and Dave getting ready to discover that Fields of Glory bogs down once battle lines collide

Unfortunately, the game I wanted to get in at 2 pm was full – so I didn’t get a chance to play anything.  I did have a chance to play in a WWI naval game but preferred to just bang my head against a wall instead of playing – it was more enjoyable. 

But I was able to chat with several friends – John from West Point, Mike from Boston, Jim from NYC, Joe from Delaware, Steve from Age of Glory, talked about ADLG with Don M., …..I also made a few purchases.   Overall, I had a good time.

The NJCon staff thanked the HAWKS for attending and running games. Hopefully they will be coming back to Barrage again.

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Seoni, Iconic Sorceress: Figure 222 of 266

Chris Palmer

    This weekend I finished painting up the Seoni, Iconic Sorceress, figure from the Iconics and Officially Licensed Pathfinder Miniatures Set.  Only one more figures to go from this set!
     I can’t say I’m a fan of this figure, as it appears to me that the character looks like she is running for her life.  I think I’d prefer something a little braver looking if I was selecting a character for an RPG, or such.  I guess it could make a funny diorama if you showed her with a massive troll chasing after her.  I think it’s something about the way the head is tilted slightly to the side, like she is attempting to glance back behind her to see just how close big stompy death is.
    So, I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then I gave it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsed and dried it.  Next, I glued the figure to a black-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 forgot to take a starting picture, so here’s the catalog picture from the Reaper site.

     I began by painting all her skin with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  I then painted her clothing with Reaper MSP Bones “Tropical Blue”, and her hair with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”. Next, I painted all the parts I planned to eventually paint gold with Accent “Golden Harvest”.

     I then painted the little pouches hanging from her outfit, and her shoes, with Americana “Terra Cotta”.  Next, I went over all the parts I had painted earlier with the “Golden Harvest, this time using Ceramcoat "Bronze”.  After everything had a bit to dry, I gave the figure a wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash, using a wet brush.

      When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes, and the lips, and then highlighted all the skin with the base “Flesh”.  I then added a little White to the “Flesh”, and did some lighter highlights.  Next i worked on the hair, highlighting it first with Americana “Moon Yellow”, and the Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”.  I then went back and added a few White highlights to the hair.

      Next, I repainted her blue outfit with Folk Art “Metallic Blue Sapphire”, and then went back and added highlights with Folk Art Pearl “Aqua Moire”.   I then painted her staff and her dagger’s scabbard with Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”.

     I painted the  two ribbons hanging from her right side,  with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and then I did highlights on them with Folk Art “Platinum Grey”. I finished them by adding White highlights.    While I had the White out, I used it to paint the twine on the staff.  I also painted the little object hanging from the staff with Apple Barrel “Yellow”.   I then highlighted the little pouches hanging from her sides with Accent “Golden Oxide”. I returned to work on the staff and gave the areas of twine I had painted White a wash with some GW Badab Black" wash using a wet brush".  While that dried, I worked on highlighting all the parts I had painted earlier wth the “Bronze”, using Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.   I then went back to the staff and highlighted the little object I had painted “Yellow”, using Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and then a pinpoint of White.  And, while I had the White open, I used it to highlight the twine that I had washed with the “Badab Black” wash earlier.   Next, I highlighted the staff with Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”.  Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Ceramcoat “Walnut”, and also used this color to also paint the dagger grip.
   After the figure had overnight to dry, I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.   When the varnish was dry, I flocked the base, and that evening I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     Well, there she is.  This figure was very hard to photograph, as there was no natural front to it; while her body faces one way, her head faces another… and her arms are shooting off in two different directions.  Also, I ended up making a hash of her face; she looks like she has undergone too much plastic surgery.  I just didn’t care enough to spend a lot of time trying to fix it.   And, stacked against her is that she was jut a mess of mold lines; and in really crappy places to try and fix, like her fingers and braids.  On the positive side, she is finished.   And I can put her behind me and turn my attention to other things.

Figure 222 of 266: Complete

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