I took a break from working on the Grave Danger set this past week, and painted up the single-figure Owlbear set for today’s post. Being a single-figure set, it now joins the list of completed sets, over on the right.
I forgot to take a picture of the figure before I started surgery on it, so I’m using the photo from the Reaper site. I was not a fan of how the figure was positioned with the whole body and head turned almost completely sideways. I thought it was a rather awkward pose.
So to fix this, I thought I would simply cut the figure above the ankle, and rotate the body in a more pleasing position. First though, 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.
Since his weight wouldn’t be resting on his right claw anymore, I drilled holes in his ankle and leg, to insert a paperclip-wire pin to help hold the figure, which would now be supported by the single ankle point, in an upright position. I then glued the base to a 2" fender washer using Aleene’s Tacky glue.
When the base glue was dry, I glued the leg and pin all back together with Gorilla superglue, and got ready to paint.
I painted the tongue with Apple Barrel “Burnt Sienna”; and then when everything had a chance to dry for a while, I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthsahde” using a wet brush.
After the wash had dried, I drybrushed the darker outer part of the body with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and then Americana “Sable Brown”. I then drybrushed the lighter underside parts with Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”.
I then painted the outer edge of the eyes with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”, and then painted the inner part of the eye with Crafter’s Acrylic “Pure Pumpkin”. I finished the eyes by adding Black pupils. Next, I highlighted the tongue with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and then highlighted the beak with Crafter’s Edition “Bright Yellow”. After that I highlighted the claws and talons with Folk Art “Gray Green”, followed with lighter highlights using Folk Art “Porcelain White”. Lastly, I painted his integral base with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
I let the figure dry over night and the next day I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”. When dry, I flocked the base. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s “Dullcote”. When the “Dullcote” was dry, I went back and painted his eyes with Americana “DuraClear Gloss” Varnish.
I like how this figure turned out; and best of all, with no clothing, weapons, or accoutrements to paint, he went really quickly. 🙂