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Goblin Honor Guard Drummer, Converted to Chieftain: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

    This past week I painted the Drummer which comes with the  Goblin Honor Guard, and was part of the Bones 3 “Ogre Command” add-on set.  I picked this figure up in a trade, as there was something about it that I thought would make it a good candidate to convert into a Goblin Leader of some sort.
   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.

(Photo from Reaper online store)

      I forgot to take a “before” photo, so above is one from the Reaper online store to show what it looked like originally.    I first sliced off the mallet in his left hand.  Then I cut his right arm at the shoulder and elbow and trimmed and then superglued them so that it would (hopefully) look like he was using his scepter to point.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip. 

          I began by giving the figure a wash with Reaper MSP “Brown Liner”.  It was at that point I finally decided that it bothered me enough how un-chieftain he looked like to do something about it, and make him look more like an important goblin Bigwig!  So I took the time to make him a greenstuff cape and a crown.    I let those dry overnight, and then got back to painting.

     I first painted all their skin with Accent “Golden Oxide”; and when that was dry I painted a shirt on the top guy (he isn’t really sculpted with one) using Crafter’s Acrylic “Purple Passion”.  I then painted his loin cloth with Anita’s “Burnt Sienna”, and the under-Goblin’s loincloth with Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige”.

     Next, I painted the wooden platform with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and then the Chief’s shoes with Americana “Light Cinnamon”.  I then painted the under-Goblin’s shoes with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and the Chief’s scepter handle with Folk Art “Barnyard Red”.  After that, I painted the Chief’s cape with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”, and the crown and scepter skull with Accent “Golden Harvest”.

        I then painted edging on his shirt with Ceramcoat “Opaque Red”,  and then painted the “saddle” with Ceramcoat “Black”.  Next, I painted the skulls on the “saddle” with Apple Barrel “Yellow”, and then did his scepter skull and crown with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.    I gave everything a chance to dry, and then gave the entire figure a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade”
     When the wash was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their skin with a mix of the base “Golden Oxide” with some Ceramcoat “Maple Sugar Tan”.

     Next, I highlighted the Chief’s shirt with some Apple Barrel “Apple Lavender”, mixed with some of the base “Purple Passion”.  I then highlighted the shirt’s edging with the base “Opaque Red”, and his loin cloth with Americana “Georgia Clay”.   After that, I highlighted the under-Goblin’s loincloth with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and then highlighted their shoes; Chief’s with Americana “Sable Brown”, and under-Goblin’s with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  I then highlighted the skulls on the “saddle” with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”, and the “saddle” itself with Americana “Zinc”.  Lastly, I painted the nails in the platform with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, and then painted the figure’s integral base with the “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m really happy with how this duo turned out!   Not a great conversion; I still don’t think he looks like an important enough Grand-Poobah Goblin.  But for a quick job, that gets the figure tabletop ready, I’m very pleased.

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Russian Buildings for 28mm Skirmish Games

Buck

My buddy Ma’k was harassing me last night about not having posted anything to my blog in a while.  I have been crazy busy with work and trying to live up to my commitments for the Albedo Combat Patrol Kickstarter, so I have done very little hobby work for myself.  In fact, I even sent some figures off to a painter, which I rarely do, because I was worried I wouldn’t get to them in finite time.

A long shot of the Things from the Basement Russian buildings

Several of us in the HAWKs have decided to make 2019 our Barbarossa theme year.  While running other games, we will also run a batch of Barbarossa games in both 28mm and 10mm.  To that end, I have been painting Russian infantry, tanks, and now vehicles. At Fall In last month, I picked up several buildings from Things from the Basement.  Working a little bit each night, I was able to finish them up yesterday.

The Russian farm from Things form the Basement.

The instructions on the Web page were for 15mm buildings, but they applied equally to the 28mm ones.  The kits went together easily.  Mine aren’t as colorful as the ones on the Things from the Basement web page, but I am reasonably happy with the results.

Two more buildings with a 1:48 T-34/76 fo scale.

Additional buildings.

I had some old Hovels (I think) Russian buildings I had purchased for my Battle of Peoter’s Pig skirmish game.  I was happy to see that the scales are close enough that I can put them on the table with the newer buildings.

Things from the Basement building (left) and two older Hovels buildings.

For my buildings I was looking for a weathered, rural, poor look, and I think I achieved that.  I think to have an award-winning table, I am going to have to add some color.  I am thinking bout painting the roof of the church light blue like the one on the Things from the Basement web page.

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Pulp Era Professor: Bones 3 Figure

Chris Palmer

  This past week I continued working on the group of Pulp Chronoscope figures I got in a trade, and did the Pulp Era Professor, from the Bones 3 “Mythos Expansion: Part 3”.
       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 placed the figure in my painting grip.   

      I decided I wanted to paint him in a tween suit, so went to Google and found one I liked.  I wasn’t sure how to paint tweed though,  so I headed over to the Reaper forum to ask some advice: Tweed?  Armed with this information, I thought I might be able  to pull off something good enough for the game table.  However, I didn’t want my professor to be quite as sharply dressed as the man in the example  photo, so I decided to make a few adjustments to the outfit, to make him look more “absent-minded”.

      I began by painting his face and hands with Americana “Shading Flesh”.  I then painted his suit with a mix of Ceramcoat “Territorial Beige” and  Vallejo Model Color “Brown Violet” .  After that, I painted his vest withAmericana “Avocado”.

     Next, I painted his shirt with Americana “Dove Grey”, and his bowtie with Accent “Golden Harvest”.  I then painted the cover of his book with Apple Barrel “Apple Maroon”, and the book’s pages with Americana “Antique White”. After that, I painted his shoes with Crafter’s Acrylic Cinnamon Brown", and his hair with Americana “Neutral Grey”.

      When everything was dry, I gave his face and hands a wash with Citadel  “Reikland Fleshshade” wash.  When that was dry, I gave the rest of his body a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade”,  and his hair a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil ”.    I then painted his eyes, and highlighted his face and hands with the base “Shading Flesh”, mixed some Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.  After that, I highlighted his hair with Americana “Grey Sky”. 

     I then highlighted his shirt with Americana “Snow White”, and highlighted his tie with Crafter’s Acrylic “Daffodil Yellow”.   After that, I highlighted his vest with Americana Jade Green" mixed with a little of the “Avocado” and dded highlights to his shoes with Americana “Sable Brown”.  I then went back and did a check pattern on the vest with the “Daffodil Yellow.

     I now attempted my tweed effect.   Using Aleene’s "Dusty Khaki”, heavily thinned, I attempted a fine, light, crosshatch pattern on the jacket and pants.   I tried to do it a bit heavier on the highlights, and I didn’t do any in the shadows.

     I wasn’t happy with the results at all.  The crosshatching was much too heavy, and contrasty, and looked more like someone had scribbled on his jacket than a texture.  I also wanted to see if I could add the random black spots you see on tweed.   So, first I mixed some of Ceramcoat “Black” with a little of the “Dusty Khaki” to “grey” it just a little, and then heavily thinned it, and add some short random lines here and there across the whole suit.    When dry, I took some of the original “Brown Violet” and heavily thinned that, then applied it as a glaze over the whole suit to help tone down the cross hatching.  I ended up applying a couple layers before I was happy; but in the end got it to a place I was happy with.
     Lastly, I highlighted the book under his arm with some Folk Art “Burgundy”, and applied some decoration and a title to it with Ceramcoat “Wedding Gold”.   I then painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, I’m rather happy with how the tweed came out for a first attempt.    And I think the rest of the painting is good enough for the tabletop, so in general I’m please with the figure.  Like the rest of the Pulp figures I’ve painting in the last few weeks, this one too has a very odd pose; leaning back the way he is.

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