A few weeks back, I was at the LGS with nothing better to do than browse through their wall of Reaper blisters. I picked up a hefty pack with a Wyvern in it and said to myself..."What the hell."
I've been on a bit of a roll with large Reaper figs recently, and see no reason to stop now. So this week, I put it together.
While assembly was straightforward, the scenic base I decided on was not. The base was made from multiple layers of balsa wood, covered in cork, and then finished off with a lot of slate. Though it took some time to conceive and engineer, I was really happy with the result. Broken mountaintop...got it.
I glued everything together, puttied the wing joints and then primed everything.
Next came the obligatory floor wax layer with dark paint. Now everything was sealed, shaded and ready to go.
But what colors to use? I first thought about a black wyvern with golden accents. And while that would look pretty cool, I'd just painted a black figure (the Drow demon) a few weeks ago. So I went to my favourite color scheme site (paletton.com) and started playing with split complementary color schemes.
I finally settled on plum as the main color, with accents of deep green and bright yellow-green.
Once I had sprayed on the base colors, I realized that the deep green was not accenting the plum. They were more visually balanced than they should have been...not good. So, as it is, this color scheme is out of whack.
But it wasn't like I was going to re-spray at this point. I was going with it.
After some washes, highlight passes and detail painting work, here's how the wyvern ended up.
A colourful beast, reflecting it's fantasy origins.
And I was happy with how the base turned out. Now I need to get some more basing slate!
This week was all about knocking a few role-playing monsters out. First, a Beholder/Eye Tyrant thing.
There are lots of different Beholder models from many different manufacturers. All with different sizes, number of eyes and so on. I'm not an Eye Tyrant ecology expert...so I'm not sure where this Reaper figure fits into the hierarchy. Nevertheless, the model was quite big...about twice as massive as a normal 28mm figure. The base was textured with greenstuff.
Looks like a need a floating skull for the adventure I'm running. Honestly, probably the easiest and quickest model I've ever painted! I also painted a couple of quick Wraiths at the same time. The one on the left is a Middle-earth Ringwraith from GW. The other one is an old Mithril miniature from Prince August in Europe.
Finally, a Drow elf.
Not a fan of this Reaper sculpt...the face is too small for my liking. Regardless, it painted up pretty fast.
This week I'm back to the Tale of Warmachine Painters 100-points-in-a-year painting challenge. So, for January we have a min-unit of Man O' War Demolition Corps and two Forsaken.
I painted one of these snow-camo Khador pieces back in December as a test figure. I'd been watching some weathering demos on YouTube and wanted to try out a few techniques. I'm happy with how they all turned out.
Even though they have worn down snow camo, they still fit in with my other dark grey Khador pieces.
I also finished off a couple of Forsaken figures from Legion of Everblight. Personally, I don't like these sculpts. They're too small and just a little on the funky side. Anyway...
This weekend I finished off the Reaper Red Dragon I started up last week. Wonderful sculpt...love the figure.
As I noted last week, though large, the figure only comes in about 6 pieces, and the casts are pretty clean. Putty was required at the joints, and the wings were pinned.
The base is made of balsa and cork sheet.
I added resin pieces to give the base some visual interest.
The dragon was primed white, while the base was given a coating of black.
The overspray is inconsequential at this stage.
The whole thing was given a coat of floor wax mixed with a little dark paint. This sealed the primer coat and provided pre-shading for the figure.
The first airbrush pass was with Vallejo Pure Red surface primer. Great coverage with this red...like it a lot, and it's airbrush-ready. The dragon was then given a highlight of Game Air Orange Fire. The wing membranes were first given a spray of Hull Red around the edges of the vanes to pre-shade them. Then, the wings were covered in Game Air Leather Brown
Airbrushing does tend to soften detail, so the entire figure was given a wash of Vallejo Red wash to pop the scales back up.
The wings were then finished off with a highlight of Game Air Khaki.
Over to the brush work. This next step took some time...I did it over three painting sessions. Each scale was hit with a highlight of Citadel Blazing Orange. The belly scales were then given a coat of P3 Ember Orange and a wash of Fleshtone Shade.
Time for details. The belly scales were highlighted with Foundry Canvas and Citadel Bleached Bone. The inside of the mouth and tongue were painted with shades a pink and then washed with red. Finally, all the horns, claws and teeth were painted with Reaper's bone colours (and later given a weak wash of light yellow-brown).
With the dragon done, it was time to move onto the base. The steps and platform were painted with Reaper's Redstone. Then, all the rubble was given successive coats of Foundry Granite, Vallejo Stone Grey, and finally, Citadel Bleached Bone.
And there you have it...one Red Dragon.
I really like how it turned out. It's a simple paint scheme, but the dynamic sculpt is what gives the figure its visual interest.
Hope you found this helpful. Please let me know in the comments section if you have any questions!