Female Djinni: Bones 4 “Fan Favorites” Figure

Chris Palmer

  This past week I painted the Female Djinni figure from the Bones 4 Fan Favorites Expansion Set.  I’m thinking of doing the Frostgrave rulebook’s “Genie in a Bottle” scenario for this year’s Ghost Archipelago campaign, and this figure just seemed like it would be perfect to include.

    When I got the figure, I was a little disappointed in a couple things.  First, it’s a very cartoony looking figure; sculpted more in big broad strokes than in the fine detail I expect from Reaper.  Secondly, for some reason, they made the sword so it attached to the figure in a reversed and inverted position from the initial concept art (Compare the illustration above with the production example figure photo below.) Now I have no problem with the Djinni being a lefty but the the sword now hung incorrectly with the bird’s head beak pointing up (A good way to impale your palm when reaching quickly for the sword), and the end curve pointed down.   One third and last quibble, the sword is just attached to her butt, without any sculpted straps to show where it would attach to her belt.
(Photo from Reaper Kickstarter Update)
        I prepped the figure in the usual way, soaking the parts 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.      The next thing I did was cut off the lamp from the trail of smoke (It is cast as one piece as you can see in the above photo.)  I wanted to mount them separately, so I could use the lamp and or Djinni as unique pieces.    I then sliced the tab off the sword, so I could glue it to the figure in the correct position as shown in the concept illustration.  Lastly, I cut the base that comes with the figure into two pieces, and glued the figure to its part of the base, minus the part I trimmed off where the lamp mounts.  
       I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1.5" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue after trimming the base so it would fit.  I also glued the lamp to its piece of base, and then glued it to a black primed 1" fender washer. I then placed the Djinni figure in my painting grip.

     When I first saw this figure in the Kickstarter, being a child of the 60’s and 70’s, the first image that flashed in my mind was Jeannie from the classic  I Dream of Jeannie TV show.   I knew that this was the color scheme I wanted to use on my Djinni figure.

     So, to begin painting; I painted her skin with Reaper MSP “Rosy Skin”.  I then painted her smoke plume/pants, and top, with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cherry Blossom Pink”.  (I don’t think she is sculpted as necessarily wearing pants, but they way they blended into the billowing smoke cloud, I thought I could get away with it.)  After that, I painted any decorative trim that obviously wasn’t metal, with Folk Art “True Burgundy”.

     Next, I painted her teeth with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”,  her hair with Accent “Golden Harvest”, and any metal decorations/jewelry/fittings/ etc., with Americana “Grey Sky”.   After that, I gave her skin a wash with Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade” wash.

     When the “Reikland Fleshshade” wash was dry, I gave her hair a wash with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade” wash.  I followed that by giving her clothing and smoke plume a wash with heavily thinned Iron Wind Metals “Purple” ink.   When wall the washes were dry, I painted all the metal with  Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.

   After the “Metallic Silver” had a while to dry, I went over the metal parts with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.  Then when the wash was dry, I painted her eyes and lips, and highlighted her teeth with Americana “Snow White”.  I then highlighted her skin and corrected any errors with  various mixes of the base “Rosy Skin” along with Reaper MSP “Rosy Highlight” and “Rosy Shadow”.

     Next, I highlighted hair; first with the base “Golden Harvest”, then with the “Golden Harvest” mixed with some Americana “Moon Yellow”, then the just plain “Moon Yellow”, then the “Moon Yellow” mixed with some Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”, then the plain “Lemon Chiffon”,  then some of the “Lemon Chiffon” mixed with some “Snow White”, and lastly just a little plain “Snow White”.   I then painted the flowers in her hair with the “True Burgundy”, and the flower centers and leaves with the “Grey Sky”.

     I then worked on the pants/smoke cloud, highlighting them with the base “Cherry Blossom Pink”, and then with the “Cherry Blossom Pink” mixed with some “Snow White”, and lastly, a few hits with just the pure “Snow White”.  I then highlighted the dark pink “True Burgundy” areas with a mix of Americana “Burgundy Wine”, and Crafter’s Acrylic “Tutti Frutti.  After that, I painted the leaves and flower centers in the hair with the "Metallic Silver”, and wen dry, I went over them with a little of the “Nuln Oil” wash.   My next step was to highlight all the metal, using the base “Metallic Silver”, and then Metallic Silver mixed with some of the “Snow White”, and then just a little of the pure “Snow White”.   Lastly, I painted the entire base with “Americana "Mississippi Mud”.
       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”.  
     It was now time to work on the lamp, so I placed it in my painting grip next. 
     I began by painting it with Accent “Mustard Seed”.  

      When the “Mustard Seed” was dry, I repainted it with Folk Art Burnished Metal “Burnished Bronze”.   When that was dry, I gave it a coat of Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.  When the wash was dry, I drybrushed it with Ceramcoat “Wedding Gold”.   Lastly, I painted the entire base with “Americana "Mississippi Mud”.
       I let the lamp 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”.

And here’s the final outcome:

     I’m really proud of how this one came out.  I know it’s a large figure, but I think the face turned out pretty good.  Now if I could only do that good with standard 28mm tall figures! 🙂  In retrospect, I don’t think I used the correct shade of dark red/pink to perfectly match the original Jeannie outfit, but I think it gets the idea across well enough.   My one real regret is that I didn’t pay more attention when basing the two parts so that the tip of the smoke plume actually could touch the lamp.

via All Bones About It http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com/2019/06/female-djinni-bones-4-fan-favorites.html
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4 thoughts on “Female Djinni: Bones 4 “Fan Favorites” Figure

  1. Very nice indeed! I think the transition from smoke to legs has come out really well! And I don’t think that a closer match between figure and lamp matters! 🙂

    • cnjpalmer says:

      Thank you, John! You’re right, the lamp position really doesn’t matter; it’s just aggravating as it could have been so easily done properly if I had just thought first. I tend to glue first and ask questions later a lot of times! 😛

  2. Nice job Chris, now you need the Larry Hagman character!

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