Daily Archives: September 22, 2016

Kyra, Iconic Cleric: Figure 247 of 266

Chris Palmer

     This week I also painted Kyra, Iconic Cleric, from the Iconics II Pathfinder Miniatures set.  The painting of her completes that set.  It now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
      She looked to me to be suitably clothed for adventures in a cold environment, so since I am short on Templar type figures for Frostgrave, I decided to paint her as such a figure for my Frostgrave collection.   She would have also made a good Thaumaturge wizard or apprentice; but since I already had a set of those in my collection, I chose to stick with the Templar plan.
     Unfortunately, this is one of the figures from the Bones I Kickstarter that ended up with nose issues. For gaming purposes this doesn’t bother me too much, and I crossed my fingers and hoped a nice heavily highlighted nose paint job would hide the fact that she barely had one.
     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 giving the figure a wash with Reaper “Brown Liner” using a wet brush.  This was to help bring out the details so I could see them better.   When that was dry, I painted all the chainmail Black.   When that was dry, I drybrushed the chainmail with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  Next, I painted her face and hands with Accent “Mustard Seed”.  Then I painted her long sleeves with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”, and the one odd short sleeve on her right arm with  Americana “Terra Cotta”.

     Next, I painted her robes, pants, and turban with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.   I then painted her short sleeves, sash, and head scarf with Crafter’s Acrylic “Christmas Red” and her scabbard with Apple Barrel “Apple Maroon”.   After that, I painted her shoes, pouches, and belt with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”.  I then painted everything I planned to paint gold with a base coat of Accent “Golden Harvest”.

     When the “Golden Harvest” was dry, I painted over it with Ceramcoat “Bronze”.  I also painted the sword blade with the “Gunmetal Grey”.  I let those dry for a while, and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.

     When the wash was dry, I painted her eyes, and then highlighted her skin with a mix of the “Mustard Seed”, and Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”. I then highlighted her short sleeves, sash, and head scarf with Americana “Cadmium Red”.

     Next, I highlighted her robes, pants, and turban with White. I then highlighted the scabbard with Ceramcoat “Bright Red”, and her shoes, belt and pouches with some of the “Burnt Sienna” mixed with some White.   After that I highlighted all the parts I had painted with the “Bronze” using Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.  I then highlighted her sword blade, and the chainmail with some Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.  Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral 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 like how she turned out.   You can still tell the nose isn’t quite right, but I think the rest of her makes up for it.  And on the tabletop, who will notice?

Figure 247 of 266: Complete

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Ruined Wizard’s Tower for Frostgrave From Dollar Tree Gift Boxes

Chris Palmer      Over the past couple weeks I have been working on making a Ruined Wizard’s Tower out of 3 hexagonal gift boxes that I bought at the local Dollar Tree store.  For a while I had been contemplating how to make a traditionally cylindrical wizards tower out of the cork tiles I’ve been using to make my Frostgrave buildings; and all attempts at bending the cork into a tightly curved shape had been unsuccessful.  Then it hit me that I could possibly use a multi-sided geometric shape to give the idea of a circular tower without it actually bring curved.  I just needed to find a form to work from, as doing such a complicated structure freehand, making all the sides, angles, and measurements come out right with my measuring and cutting skills, would be difficult.
    And then I found these boxes…

     I began by cutting the boxes into a rough ruined tower shape, and then glued the lids of each box to the underside of the box above it, so the tower could be easily taken apart and reassembled. I also glued the “ground floor” box to a cork base.

    I then began covering  the sides of each “floor” of the tower with sections of cork tile.

 Since the box lids stuck out a little further than the walls of each box, I covered the edges of the lids with sections of pink insulation foam carved to look like rows of stone blocks. I also cut sections of dowels to fit in the joints between the cork wall sections.
     I glued some old plaster window frames I had into holes I cut in one of the walls on each floor.   On the top floor I build the framework of an old roof using balsa wood and shingles cut from cardboard.
          Inside the tower, I cut cardboard flagstones for the ground floor, and used balsa strips to make floor planks for the other three floors.

   On the ground floor I also added some interior walls, and the ruins of a wood stair case.

   My last construction step was to add rubble and debris all over the base of the tower, and a little on each floor.

   After all the glue was dry, I sprayed the entire thing with black spray paint.  When that was dry, I began drybrushing the stonework with dark grey paint.

     I did two more successively lighter shades of grey drybrushing on the stonework, and then did three levels of brown drybrushing on the wood parts.  Lastly, I painted the shingles and the metal bits.

   And here is the end result, shown with a Reaper 28mm figure for scale:

    I’m really happy with how this turned out, and look forward to using it in this Saturday’s Frostgrave game.

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