Daily Archives: January 23, 2017

Painting Reaper’s “Dark Maiden” as a Frostgrave Construct

Chris Palmer    Ever since I started working on my Frostgrave waterfront last year, I have thought that the Reaper “Dark Maiden” figure would make a cool addition to my Frostgrave figure collection; taking the roll of either a dockside Construct, or even a Wraith.  I was lucky enough to pick one up in a trade a while back, and it’s been lingering on my painting table until I built up the courage to tackle it.  I finally decided with the River scenario from the Frostgrave Thaw of the Lich Lord  supplement on our schedule for next month, that it was time to build up my courage and tackle this beautiful figure.

     In mulling over paint schemes, I decided that I wanted to do something like the grayish-brown of the masthead shown on the shipwreck of the Charlotte during the opening scenes of the movie “National Treasure.”

    This seemed simple enough, just some brown and grey drybrushing over a dark base.  The hard part was going to be that I wanted to make it look possessed, with glowing eyes and glowing swords; and Object Source Lighting (OSL) still is not a strong technique for me.
  So I began by assembling the model and then priming it with flat white spray paint.  I then painted the entire thing with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, followed by a complete wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.

      Then, when the wash was dry, I drybrushed the figure with Americana “Neutral Grey”, followed by Americana “Barn Wood”, and lastly Americana “Dove Grey”.

      I then worked on the metal parts; painting them first with Americana “Asphaltum”, followed by splotchy areas of Crafter’s Edition “Spice Brown”, followed by more splotches of Reaper MSP “Pumpkin Orange”.  I let it all dry a while then gave the metal parts a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.

     My next step was to paint her eyes and swords with Reaper MSP “Dungeon Slime”.  When dry, I gave the eyes and swords a wash with Iron Wind Metals “Medium Green” ink.  When that was dry, I built up central highlights along the blades and in the eyes working from the base “Dungeon Slime up to Reaper MSP "Peppermint White”.  I then gently drybrushed, using the “Dungeon Slime”, anywhere I thought the glowing eyes or swords would cast their light.
    I then repainted the base with Americana “Snow White”, and glued on some “ice” made from letting a thick layer of clear crackle paint dry in a plastic container.
   Lastly I textured the base with a mix of Citadel “Vahallan Blizzard” textured paint, and regular White paint. The next day I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.
    I’m really happy with how it turned out.   While I wish it had turned out a little more aged grey, and less brown; I still think it looks properly demonic. 🙂

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Squog Warrior 1: Bones 2 Figure

Chris Palmer

     This past week I started working on a unit of 10 Squogs to add to my old Poison Dart Frog Army, which is made up mostly of Eureka Miniatures’ Frog Warriors.  I thought the Squogs would fit right in with the rest of the troops, as some sort of more tribal cousins.
     I started with the ones that came from the Bones 2 Kickstarter in the Swamp Things set, and ordered a couple more packs from Reaper.
      I prepped these figures in the usual way; soaking it 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.
My plan was to do some conversions on two of the basic models to turn one into a standard bearer and another into a unit leader.  I began with the trident-armed ones; and took one and removed it’s weapon arm, and cut off the top of the trident.   I then drilled a hole n the cut end, and glued in a section of paperclip wire to make a pole for a standard to fly from.  I then re-glued the arm to the body so the standard pole sat vertically. (See center frog in the picture below)
    I then glued the 5 trident-armed style figures (including the converted standard bear one,  to black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figures to a 2 tongue depressors with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue under each washer.
     My plan was to try and make them look like this kind of Strawberry Poison Dart frog:

     I forgot to take a picture before I started applying paint, so we’ll get right into it.  I began by giving all the figures a wash with heavily thinned Reaper “Brown Liner” using a wet brush.  When that was dry, I painted the bodies with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”. I then painted the shell armor with Americana “Bleached Sand”. After that, I went back and painted their hands and feet with Americana “Dove Grey”.

     Next, I painted the grass skirts with Duncan “Olive Green”, and then painted the little diaper-like bottoms they’re wearing with Crafter’s Acrylic “Bright Yellow”.  I then painted the turtle shell shields with Accent “Mustard Seed”, and the spears and standard pole with Americana “Sable Brown”.  After that, I painted the teeth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.

     I then painted all the straps and ties with Americana “Terra Cotta”, and then painted the pouch on his left hip with Americana Mississippi Mud".  After that, I painted the heads of the tridents, the armbands, and the dagger fittings with Accent “Golden Harvest, and wen dry, I went back and repainted these areas with Ceramcoat "Bronze”.  After everything had a while to dry, I then applied a wash using Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.

     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes with Accent “Real Umber”, and then gave them Black pupils.  I then highlighted the skin with the base “Opaque Red”, and the hands and feet with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”.  I then painted the spots on their skin with Black.  Next, I highlighted their teeth with White, and then highlighted the shell armor with the base “Bleached Sand”.  After that, I highlighted their loin cloth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and the grass skirt with Americana “Reindeer Moss Green”. I then drybrushed the shields with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”, and then painted highlights on all the straps wit Reaper MSP “Pumpkin Orange”.   I moved to their trident next, highlighting the shaft with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and the trident head with the base “Bronze”.    Lastly, I highlighted their pouches with Americana “Barn Wood”, and then painted their integral bases with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
      I let the figures dry overnight and the next day I gave them a coat of Folk Art “Satin Varnish”. When dry, I flocked the bases. Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor’s Dullcote". When the Dullcote was dry, I went back and painted their eyes with Americana “DuraClear Gloss” varnish.

     For their banner, I bought a stem of artificial flowers at the Dollar Tree and cut off one of the petals, and then poked two holes in it.  I then glued it onto the pole.

     I’m happy with how these fellows turned out.  Now I’m going to work on the next five of the second figure.

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