Thursday, January 29, 2015

More bark than bite...


Here we have some finished images of the bases!


The view from above.


And the massive base, prior to the application of the water effects.


I had to wait a very long time in between layers for it all to set.  I will post the images in a few days.


The smaller variety, still very fun!  I look forward to applying the tufts of grass as well.


Stay tuned!


Don't get washed away...


So... shaded basecoat phase is complete, and out come the Secret Weapons.  Yes, Secret Weapon washes are brought out to glaze in the darker shades.


I also used some of the Vallejo shades and Reaper liner paints, which I frequently mix into those Secret Weapon washes.  You can see that I lay out as many different colors as I can, so that I can mix them together...


It's important to have them out in your line of sight like this in order to encourage a free flowing use of the glazes, and not be timid (or limit yourself in color choices).


I tend to use the watercolor approach of negative painting... that is, painting around the lighter areas, putting even more dark in that boundary line where the rocks will meet the water effects, for instance.


The #8 round craft brush I am using here is a little less distressed than the one that I used for the Shaded Basecoat phase :-)


You can see in this image just how much certain elements of the rocks are starting to stand out.  Be sure to vary the colors as you move from surface to surface!


Once I have all the colors as dark as I want, I will start to go back into the middle tones to bring out certain colors or details...


In this case, I am going back into the middle tones with various grays, so that the greens of the moss will stand out even more.  Since I have lots of nice warm colors in the darks, the grays will have a blueish appearance, which is what I want.


Those cooler gray colors mean that the skulls will also stand out nicely (also from Secret Weapob, by the way!).


OK!  Bases are ready for flock, grass, water effects... and miniatures!  Can't forget those.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From mess to base...


Well, lots of stuff going on.  Among the many tasks under way are more of the Bark and Branch bases.

As usual, they are a mash of bark pieces, branches, oxide paste, mica flakes and gravel.


To paint all that, I brought out the more decimated craft brushes, which are like sacrificial filbert brushes!


I had some bark browns, blues and such for the initial layers...


Getting the mica flakes covered takes primer, as that surface is not very porous. 


You can see on the right what kind of colors are being used at this stage.  A mix of seafoam green and tan.


In typical shaded basecoat fashion, everything is lighter than it will eventually be.  I am trying to emphasize the cooler colors in the lights, so that I can use many layers of warm colored dark glazes.

This means I can get the two parts of the contrast triple crown... light vs dark, and warm vs cool.


I tossed out a few light colors at this stage, such as some pale yellow and pale flesh tones for the skulls and other accent points.


Coming up next, the glazing stage!!! Stay tuned.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hear a whisper


The Dark Council is ready to whisper a bit of advice for you... and perhaps some influence.


This is a member of the Dark Council, who's primary function is to provide additional influence to you Wild West Exodus Posse.  That extra spot of influence here and there can either keep you alive, as I discovered, or let you re-roll an all important 5 inch blast template. :-)


There is a downside, however... as you must move them before anyone else.  They will also disappear if there is nobody near by to influence!  A battle report with not one, but two of these robed mysteries make their debut in Wappelville.


Flower power


Here's a mystery figure that I have had for a long time.  It was part of our D&D group for years... an NPC that followed around the group's bard. :-)


Now she needs a home in another adventuring party:



I love the Army Painter foliage.  It's SO much easier to use this flower product than the stuff we had used for so long.  Just take a small piece off the sheet, and glue it on!  No tearing it away from a brillo pad type substance as all the 'flowers' fall off. :-)


Let me show you my little stick...


Warning!  Very cool Reaper miniature alert!  These sorceress figures have been favorites of mine since we first started painting figures 14 years ago.


Werner does such a fantastic job sculpting these.  They are very fun to paint.


She's also available here:



I had lots of fun with the various dress colors, balancing warmer and cooler purple hues.

I did the same thing on the skin tones, using green, brighter reds and so on to create more depth...


Monday, January 26, 2015


Can't get much more classic D & D than this guy!


Reaper makes a TON of great RPG minis... just about impossible not to find your character in glorious pewter. :-)


He's also here: