Daily Archives: September 3, 2018

Holiday Musings

Rob Dean

Sometimes it seems like everything in life is set on “fast forward”.  I’ve been in that mode for months, always hoping that there would be a day when I was decompressed enough to stop and think about things for a while.  Today, it seems, is finally that day…
I unloaded the notebook in which I keep the current log of my miniatures games from my briefcase in  late March, so I spent some time this morning combing through photos, notes, and posts on the Reaper Forums to reconstruct the games I’ve been in lately.  I was a little surprised to find that I have managed to be in 24 miniatures games so far this year, despite the frantic pace of things.  I won’t get anywhere near the usual annual goal of 52, but it looks like I shouldn’t have any trouble meeting my minimum goal of 26, given that a Ghost Archipelago game is scheduled in two weeks, and the HAWKs will be running our Barrage mini-convention at the end of the month.
William was in for a visit (from grad school at the University of Michigan) two weeks ago in conjunction with a friend’s wedding, and I took a day off from work to spend some time with him.  Because we are moving relatively soon, he was digging through his stock of possessions remaining here, including his 1/72 plastic Hordes of the Things armies.  Between that and the couple of stands I had recently finished off during a business trip, we decided to unpack some scenery and play a couple of games.  I was using my Airfix Robin Hood-based medievals, and William was using a mixed bag of El Cid figures and Arabian Nights.
William deploys some troops

Outflanked by the flying carpet

We split the two games one and one, with the flying carpet resulting in the destruction of my new nights in one game, and being ignominiously blown out of the sky by a spell in the other.  It was good to get the figures on the table, but we did discover that we were a bit rusty on rules mechanics, especially when it came to what to do with blocks of spears two elements deep.

Some test figures from Hero Forge

After Gencon, I started playing around with the custom figure design systems at Hero Forge.  I picked up a free sample figure last year, which looked pretty good, so I wanted to try something.  I have been reading an urban fantasy series called Bordertown recently, and decided that I would work on some fantasy-flavored moderns.  Here are the two samples I ordered, as received, a modern bard (with a violin) and a suit-wearing spell caster with an umbrella. (Actually an umbrella sword, but concealed…) I have no idea what I am going to use for rules, so I have been resisting the temptation to order any more until I actually have a game of some sort organized.  I’ll post a picture when I have them painted.

Revell Saxon horseman as a Cold Islander hero for Hordes of the Things

I also recently finished up a single 1/72 scale figure as a hero stand for my Portable Fantasy Campaign Cold Islander army.  1/72 plastic is, of course, very practical for a variety of reasons, but I’m not always inspired to paint it.  I don’t like to disrespect the Muse, though, and since that’s what she led me to last week, I just said “works for me” and carried on.

It would be easy to argue that I have too many projects going on at the moment, but I don’t really want to address that right now, so I am trying to just paint and play some games rather than spend too much time on “should” and “ought to”.

Alpha Gaming Table

In pursuit of that, I have also recently invested in an Alpha Game Table, a 4×6 foot single piece unit which folds up into a 48" by 18" by 9" package.  I don’t know how durable it is going to provide to be, but I will post a full review once I’ve lived with it for a while.

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Kristianna, Bones 2 Figure

Chris Palmer

      This past week I decided to continue to work on the Bones 2 Heroes I set, and I painted the Kristianna figure.
     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 had recently seem someone post online some figures they had done with the clear weapons  from Bones 3 weapon sprues; where they had painted parts of the clear piece, and left others see-through,  and I had decided I wanted to try something similar.    Since I’m not a fan of dual-wield figures, I thought it might be neat to remove her lefthand sword, and replace it with a clear shield.  So I looked through the selection of shields, and landed on the one with the hooded head on it with the wing-like surround from the Armory of Virtue clear Add-on set. I was struck by the symbolic similarity between the hood on the shield and the head piece the figure had on, and decided that perhaps the figure was a cleric or paladin, and the face on the shield was an image of her goddess or a saint.  She wore the headpiece as part of her official garb, in representation of the hood worn by the deity.

  My next step was to see if the shield actually fit.  I first carefully cut away the sword, and immediately found that the shield was a little big for the space between the overhang of her headpiece, and the flowing  ribbon like pieces (a clerical stole?) flowing from behind her arm and curving upward.  So I set about trimming off a bit of the underside of the headpiece, and the top curve of the ribbon until I could wedge the shield in there.  I thought it looked pretty good. I decided it would probably be best to paint them separately, and then glue them together at the end; especially since you’d actually be able to see part of her outfit through the clear parts of the shield. 
     So, 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 “Grey Liner” to help see the detail; and when that was dry I painted her face and hands with Reaper MSP “Tanned Shadow”. When the “Tanned Shadow” was dry, I gave it  a wash with Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade”.  When it was dry, I painted her pants, blouse, and sleeves, with Americana “Grey Sky”, and her corset and tabard with Crafter’s Acrylic “Tutti Frutti”

     I then painted all the stuff flowing down her back (coat? cape? clerical stole?), as well as her headpiece, and the decorations on her corset and sleeves, with Americana “Cranberry Wine”.  While painting the decor on the sleeves, I decided that it looked more like she was wearing gloves than having bear hands, so I used the “Cranberry Wine” to paint the gloves as well.  I then painted her armor, and the sword blade with Americana “Zinc”, and her hair, tiara, and sword hilt with Accent “Golden Harvest”.

     After giving everything a few hours to get good and dry, I gave the areas I had painted with the “Sky Grey”, “Tutti Frutti”, and “Zinc” all a wash with Citadel “Nuln Oil” wash.  When that was dry, I gave the areas of “Cranberry Wine” all  a wash with slightly diluted Iron Wind Metals “Purple” ink.

     When the washes were  dry, I painted her eyes and lips and then highlighted her face with Reaper MSP “Tanned Skin” and Reaper MSP “Tanned Highlight”.  For the very highest points I mixed in a little Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh” into the “Tanned Highlight”.  Next, I did her hair, highlighting it first with Americana “Moon Yellow”, and then lighter highlights with Apple Barrel “Lemon Chiffon”.   After that, I  did the highlighting on her pants, blouse and sleeves, using first the base “Grey Sky” mixed with a little Ceramcoat “Snow White”, and then the plain “Snow White” itself. “

I then highlighted her corset and tabard with Crafter’s Acrylic "Cherry Blossom Pink”, and then highlighted the flowing stuff on her back, the headpiece, gloves, and the decorations on her corset and sleeves, all with Americana “Burgundy Wine” mixed with a little of the “Tutti Frutti”.  I also went back and hit the pearls around the top of her headpiece with the “Snow White”
     Next, I went back and went over the sword and armor with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, and then highlighted it all with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.   After that, I painted the sword hilt, tiara, and necklace, with Ceramcoat “Bronze”, and highlighted them with Ceramcoat “Wedding Gold”.
       Lastly, I 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.
     While I was waiting for the figure to dry and get it’s varnish coat, I began to work on the shield.  I began by painting the face with Americana “Shading Flesh”, and then I painted the hood and the bow underneath with the “Cranberry Wine"  I also painted the back of the shield, where the head was, with the "Cranberry Wine” so the entire head area would be opaque from front and back.

     Next, I painted the little bit of hair seen under the hood with some Daffodil Yellow", then when the shield was dry, I gave the face and hood a wash with the “Reikland Fleshshade”.  When it was dry, I highlighted the face with the “Flesh”,  and the hood I did the same as on the main figure; with the “Burgundy  Wine and the "Tutti Frutti”.  I then painted the rim around the shield, both front and back, with Ceramcoat “Black”, and when it was dry went over it with the “Gunmetal Grey”, front and back.
     Now was the moment of truth… Once again I carefully squeezed the shield into he spot between the underside of the headpiece and the upwards curl of the ribbon-like hanging.  However, this time I noticed that, while the shield fit in the area, when I looked around back behind the shield I realized the arm didn’t actually come into contact with it; there  was about 2mm of space!  In my rush to get started I hadn’t actually checked about contact with the arm.  And the shield did not sit close enough to the body that I could just fudge it.
      This meant I’d have to do some after-painting trimming, which I was not looking forward to.    In the end, I game to the realization that the whole lower curve of the ribbon was just going to have to go; so I cut that off and trimmed it back until the ends of it sat more flush with the line of the arm.  I also had t go in and trim more of the headpiece’s overhang.  Finally, I got it where the shield would actually sit up agianst her arm, with out doing too much damage to the paint job.  Phew!

     My next step then was to superglue the shield in place to the arm.  I felt there were enough areas I had trimmed, and enough unpainted surface on the back of the shield that I would have a couple of good contact points. 
     Once the glue was good and dry, I gave the shield a coat of the “Duraclear "Matte” varnish. Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote".

    Well, I’m really happy with how this turned out.  I think it ended up looking very cool, and now I want to try more things like this!    As I was painting, I came up with a whole backstory of how the shield is made from some sort of holy crystal slab which, legend tells, was formed from the tears-turned-to-stone of the goddess herself. Imbued with all sorts of magic protective powers. 🙂

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