Monday, April 6, 2015

Ice Troll and Yeti...and a Video

I love painting metal miniatures, but I'm not above a good plastic or resin fig when they come along. Gale Force Nine has been putting out a limited series of D&D monsters and adventurer sets for the past couple of years...I thought I'd give some of the figures a try.

First up is this set of winter-themed creatures, the Ice Troll and Yeti. Each is built from about 5 nicely-sculpted resin pieces. Here they are assembled, primed, inked and mounted on new bases.

The paint jobs are super-straightforward.

I airbrushed four shades of light blue and a final overspray of light pink for the Ice Troll...then just brush-painted in the remaining details.

The Yeti got sprays of light grey through white, was given a dark wash, and over-sprayed again.

Again, remaining details were brush-painted in the finish the figure.

I like these figures. Great animation, and simple to paint up.

And they got a workout in our latest D&D session. Here is an edited video of the last battle in the D&D Basic Set campaign, the Lost Mine of Phandelver. Thanks to David, Mike, Garnett, Kimberley, Elliot and Seana for playing in this one.

'Til next time.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cavern Worm and Dungeon Furniture

I've been away for the past few not so many blog updates this month. Never mind...the hobby table remains busy. Off the table this week is Reaper's Cavern Worm. 

I saw a painting tutorial for a purple worm on YouTube a while back, and thought I should add some sort of burrowing monster to the RPG stable.

I found this figure on the peg-board of the LGS and picked it up. Nice sculpt and an interesting subject.

 For colors, I wanted to get something that was rock-like while still feeling fleshy. Combining blue-grey with some soft purple and pink tones seemed to work nicely. An overall winner.

 A few other simple pieces came out this week as well. Including a sarcophagus and a mystical archway, both from Reaper.

The lid of the sarcophagus comes off...and there's a nice skeleton on the inside. Cool.

'TIl next time.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Vayl, Stingers and Harriers

This month's Tale of Warmachine Painters challenge got some Legion of Everblight figures on the table.

Two Stingers.

A couple of Harriers.

And Prime Vayl. Total of 11 points for the month.

'Til next time.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Family Day...President's Day...No, it's Spider Day

It's the Family Day holiday up here in Alberta, and President's Day down in the States. At my house, it's Spider Day.

I took the holiday to knock out a couple more Reaper giant spider models.

Not great sculpts, but they'll get the job done.

'Til next time.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wyvern from Reaper

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 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 ( 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!

'Til next time.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Beholder and Wraiths

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 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.

'Til next time.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

This Week...Spiders

This week I painted up some spider models from Reaper. 

The main project was this spider demon, which turned out to be a pretty big model. 12 pieces, and a lot of patience to let the glue on the legs dry properly.

I wanted to try out a monochrome scheme and then juxtapose it against a vibrant base.

The base was made from cork tile. For the blood splatters, I blew brown and red ink onto the base and then finished it off with GW's Blood for the Blood God tech paint.

The other two spiders were very straightforward, but I had to mount them on large 2" bases to accommodate the legs. Masking and airbrushing allowed me to get the clean green diamond motif.

'Til next time.