Wild West Wizard of Oz Scarecrow: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

    Last week I started the Bones 3 Wild West Wizard of Oz set and posted the Tin Man mini. This past week I continued working my way through the set by painting the Scarecrow.  As I said before, I don’t know what particularly makes this set Wild West; it seems to me it would fit in in any kind of Steampunk, VSF, Pulp, or Post-Apocalyptic setting.
     These figures were actually cast in the newer grey Bones material, and are a bit stiffer than normal Bones.
     To see the already completed figure from this set, follow the link: Tin Man.
     In painting this figure, I wanted to try to copy the colors used in the Scarecrow from the movie; with the realization that they weren’t dressed or constructed exactly the same.

    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 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 his hat, head, torso, arms and legs all with Black.   I had assumed at first that he was a skeleton figure underneath his clothing, as I clearly saw the ribcage and spine.  Then, as I began applying paint, I realized is arms and legs were supposed to be, in fact, wood. That left me a little perplexed as to how he was supposed to be put together; was it a human ribcage on a wooden frame?   That just seemed odd; and I thought it might look odd once painted.   I decided, therefore,  to go with an all over dry grayish-brown wood color, and hoped that visually it would just look right.  So, when the black was dry, I drybrushed his internal structure with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and then went over it with a lighter drybrush of Folk Art “Barn Wood”. Next, I painted his head with Americana “Antique White”.

      I then painted his straw hair with Accent “Golden Harvest”, and the rope around his neck with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.  I decided I didn’t think his head looked yellowish enough, so repainted it with Americana “Moon Yellow”.  Next, I painted his pants with Nicole’s “Brown”, and then did his shirt in Folk Art “Porcelain White”.  After that, I painted his coat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Forest Green”, and his boots with Americana “Raw Umber”.

     Next, I painted his rifle stock with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and the metal parts on it with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.  I painted what looked like rope around his wrist, and wrapped around part of the gun with the “Territorial Beige.”  I one again decided his head didn’t look the right shade of yellow tan, so repainted it once more with Apple Barrel “Apple Maple Syrup”, and then painted his nose with Apple Barrel “Raw Sienna”.  I let everything Dry for a while, and then I gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.
     When the wash was dry, I drybrushed his hat with Americana “Asphaltum”, and highlighted his straw hair with the “Moon Yellow”. I then applied a little Iron Wind Metals “Mid Green” ink to each eye socket.  When the ink was dry, I painted the pupils with Crafter’s Acrylic “Citrus Green”, and then added a White highlight dot.  After that, I highlighted his head with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”, and the rope around his neck with Folk Art “Butter Pecan”.

     Next, I highlighted the remains of his shirt with the base “Porcelain White”, and his coat with Folk Art “Hauser Green Medium”.  I then highlighted his pants with Americana “Sable Brown”, and his boots with Folk Art Teddy Bear Brown".  I did the ropes around the gun and his wrist with the “Butter Pecan”.   After that, I worked on the rust effects on the gun, and the bolts in his knees, blotching the metal parts with Crafter’s Edition “Spice Brown”, and then applying thinned Accent “Golden Oxide” to the crevices.   Lastly, I touched up the highlights on his wooden limbs using the “Barn Wood”, and then painted his base with the “Walnut”.
   When I was done painting the figure, I used some white glue to glue a mixture I made of some fine brown sand, and courser black sand to the base.  When this was dry, I drybrushed the sand and the figure’s own base with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”, and then with some Americana “Antique White”.  When dry, I glued on some bits of grass tufts.
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave him a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m pleased with how this fellow turned out.  I have to add in closing though; one thing I puzzled over while I was painting him (other than the human ribcage on a wooden frame??), is why the sculptor chose to give him what is clearly a modified Game Workshop Kroot rifle?

via All Bones About It http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com/2017/08/wild-west-wizard-of-oz-scarecrow-bones.html
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