Monthly Archives: October 2013
As the final day of the Reaper Bones II Kickstarter went on it got better and better until…
I can’t wait to paint that thing! Too bad it’ll be a year before it arrives!
On another note, the Ogre army I was painting Maneaters and the Giant Spined Chaos Beast for was at Grail Quest this weekend. Tomorrow I should be able to put up final pictures of the models I painted.
Finally got around to painting the sculpey and cork bases for the Ogre Maneaters I’ve been painting over the past few weeks.
The were base coated in GW Calthan Brown (actually a Sherwin Williams match color sample paint…!). Then I painted the bases in a mix of earthy colors:
Bases painted and ready for washing:
I’m not a huge fan of GW paints, but I do like the washes! Here’s the washed bases with a light drybrush afterwards to pick out a few highlights:
Well I upped my pledge with the Reaper Kickstarter. I really like one of the big expansion sets and a few of the core models I’d like more than one. Also, the Narthrax dragon looks pretty awesome!
26 hours to go…check it out here!
So I’ve been watching the new Reaper Bones Kickstarter. I’m definitely backing it, but I’m a little concerned that the value for pledges isn’t as high as it was with the first kickstarter, and to be honest it could have been higher back then as well. Right now your can buy all of the minis from the first kickstarter at kickstarter prices if you’re willing to shop around and try a few $0.99 auctions on eBay waiting for one to go a bit cheaper than usual. Doing it that way also means you didn’t have to buy a ton of minis you might not have otherwise, thus saving a significant amount of money. I’m worried that the same will be true of the miniatures from this second kickstarter by this time next year.
I also feel like they aren’t adding enough to the value of the core set, and now the stretch goals are also really far apart. I have no doubt this kickstarter will be close to as big as the first one, so unlocking the current goals isn’t something I’m concerned about. What concerns me about the greater distance between stretch goals is that there just won’t be as many stretch goals overall.
Back to the value of the core set – adding basees just doesn’t cut it for me. Those models should come with bases in the first place in my opinion (pet peeve of mine about Reaper in the first place). Also, many of them are cast onto bases already (another pet peeve), which are pretty terrible but still serve well enough for a lot of people, so I bet I’m not alone in thinking that adding bases to the core set as a stretch goal is pretty lame.
I really want to go for some of those addons also, but a gelatinous cube and a skinny, ugly dragon, and paints that won’t arrive for a long time don’t really do it for me. I guess I’ll have to decide what I think of the value of the large expansion sets.
What do you all think?
This Giant Spined Chaos Beast was previously owned and partially painted, but I am painting over it.
Reaper Midnight Blue, Reaper Nightshade Purple, Reaper Ritterlich Blue (not pictured), Reaper Viper Green (not pictured), Vallejo Model Color Green Fluo (not pictured), Reaper Monarch Purple, Reaper Amethyst Purple, Reaper Violet Red, Reaper Blush Pink, Reaper Pure White, Reaper Cloudy Grey, Reaper Aged Bone, GW Agrax Earthshade, Liquitex Carbon Black Acrylic Ink.
Step 1: Basecoat Monarch Purple
Step 2: Airbrush 1:1 mix of Midnight Blue and Nightshade Purple to underside of model and in the shadows under the horns and muscles.
Step 3: Airbrush highlights of 3:2:1:1 Monarch Purple, Amethyst Purple, Cloudy Grey, Midnight Blue to top surfaces of horns, head, muscles, feet, and mouth.
Step 4: Airbrush further highlights of 2:2:2 Monarch Purple, Amethyst Purple, Cloudy Grey.
Step 5: Airbrush Ritterlich Blue to underside of horns and muscles.
Now we’re going to work in the lighter purples and greys.
Step 6: Airbrush 1:1 mix of Cloudy Grey and Amethyst Purple.
Step 7: Airbrush Violet Red to areas around pustules and as desired elsewhere on the skin, especially areas where the skin is stretched such as around the mouth and on the elbows.
Step 8: Brush a 1:1 mix of Violet Red and Blush Pink onto the pustules and into the cuts.
Step 9: Wash with a heavily diluted (5 or 6 to 1) mix of water and Black Ink.
Step 10: Use mixes of Amethyst Purple/Blush Pink and Amethyst Purple/Pure White heavily diluted to bring up the highlights. Use Ritterlich Blue and Nightshade Purple also heavily diluted underneath muscles and horns to deepen the shadows.
Step 11: Basecoat the muscles in Violet Red and blend smoothly into the underlying skin color where skin and muscle meet. Also basecoat the snout with Violet Red.
Step 12: Wash muscles, sores, and snout with black ink.
Step 13: Use Violet Red to paint first highlight onto muscles, sores, and snout.
Step 14: Use 1:1 mix of Violet Red and Blush Pink to paint second highlight onto muscles, sores, and snout.
Step 15: Paint eyes Viper Green.
Step 16: Use mix of 1:1:2 Viper Green, Green Fluo, and Glaze Medium to glaze veins on legs, neck, and snout.
Step 17: Basecoat the horns, claws, and teeth with Aged Bone, then wash with Agrax Earthshade.
Step 18: Highlight horns, claws, etc. back up with Aged Bone.
Step 19: Take your choice of yellows, greens, and reds. Blend the eyes from green at the far end to reddish in the inside. Put in vertical pupils closer to the inside than middle, but not too far in.
Step 20: Seal with matte varnish.
Ready for a base!
Finished pictures coming soon!