Daily Archives: June 27, 2019

Fungal Handmaiden: Bones 4 Darkreach Figure.

Chris Palmer

     This past week I also painted the Fungal Handmaiden from the Bones 4 Darkreach Expansion set.   I’m considering an “Island of the Living Mushrooms” scenario for our Ghost Archipelago campaign, and wanted to start working on the Mushroom folk from the Darkreach set.  I didn’t want to jump right in with the big Queen figure until I worked out exactly how I wanted to paint these.  I had seen someone on the Reaper Forum who had done their mushrooms in very pale muted colors, and I wanted to try for something a little like that as well.
      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added and then rinsing and drying.   I then glued the figure to a black primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then set the washer in my painting grip.

     I was planning on doing this figure in a series of washes, so I began by painting the entire figure with Americana “Snow White”

     I then gave the “clothing” a wash with very thinned Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”.  After that, I did the top of the cap with a wash of very thinned Americana “True Blue”.

     Next, I used the “Snow White” to touch up areas of the face, arms, hair and underside of the cap where the blues had mistakenly spread.   I then gave the face and arms a wash with some Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade” wash.  When that was dry, I gave the underside of her cap and her hair a wash with the very thinned Americana “Antique White”.   I then painted her eyes using Americana “ Light Cinnamon” for the socket shadows and Accent “Real Umber” for the pupil dots.

    I then highlighted the face and arms with Crafter’s Acrylic “Light Antique White”, and highlighted the hair and underside of the cap with Americana “Bleached Sand”.  After that, I painted the specks on top of the cap with the “Snow White”.   
     It was now time to work on the rocky outcropping the mushroom was growing from.  I began by painting the outcropping and rest of the base with Americana “Zinc”.  When dry, I gave the base a coat of some Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash. When the wash was dry, I gave it alght drybrush with some Folk Art “Porcelain White”.
      I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.     Then, another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     I’m really happy with how she came out.  I like the effect of the pale washes and they were relatively easy to do.. 

via All Bones About It http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com/2019/06/fungal-handmaiden-bones-4-darkreach.html
from Tumblr https://harfordhawks.tumblr.com/post/185884281813

I just wanted to do this!

Mark A. Morin

For those of you who are modelers and or gamers, you know the feelings about your hobby work –  to do a good job recreating a scene, a vehicle, terrain, or just a figure such that others enjoy it.  I put this blog in the same category.  I understand that for better or for worse, I am putting myself out there and my creativity to be judged up or down.

This blog post will be a bit different in that its admittedly somewhat self-indulgent.  I am unsure as to how it will be received – but I hope that you enjoy it and that you can appreciate what this was for me and why I was doing this last weekend.

Last Saturday, the Historical Gaming Club of Uxbridge, MA, sponsored a road trip to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA.  I have posted about this museum last year (you can read about it here).  It’s really great.  I unfortunately also signed up for a golf tournament an hour away and was disappointed in my planning.  I was however able to leave the tournament (my team lost by one stroke) after I was done and drive to meet the others (about 10 of us) at the museum.  And I brought two “friends”…

Followers of this blog know that I have been somewhat tank-heavy in hobby activities and gaming since last fall.  I thought that it would be cool to have the real Panther at the museum meet my 15mm/1:100 scale Panther.  And as my late grandfather Marcus C. Delaney drove an M24 Chaffee light tank in WWII, I wanted to hook up one of my M24’s with a real one too.

I just thought it would be a cool thing to do – and to give my models a connection to the real deal.  Of course, you can be the judge.

First stop was the Panther.

1 Big Panther, Little Panther
A real Panther and my  model – can you see it?
2 Big Panther, Little Panther close up
There it is!
3a on left fender
Impishly placing my Panther on the left fender.
3 on left fender
Both Panthers are now aiming at a T-34…but I don’t think mine has the needed gun velocity!

Then I moved over to the M24 Chaffee.

4 On M24 Chaffee side
Where is my model?
5 On M24 Chaffee side close up
There it is!
6 On M24 Chaffee side close up
On the M24 frontal armor.
7 me and both M24 Chaffee's
Trust me, we are all smiling.  Even my grandfather from above.

It felt good to do this, and I’m glad I did.  Now when these are in a game, I can say that they have been with the real thing, and in actual contact.

Would you do this?  Let me know in the comments section, and thanks for looking!

from Mark A. Morin https://markamorin.com/2019/06/26/i-just-wanted-to-do-this/
from Tumblr https://harfordhawks.tumblr.com/post/185878985938

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