As promised here are some of the miniatures I've been working on. Nothing here has been finalized, aka DIPped, and a few of them need eyes as well. There are about 50 miniatures sitting in a box right now in need of the eye treatment and the DIP, I'm hoping to knock some of that out this Saturday, but time & my better half will dictate whether or not that actually occurs. So without further ado, here is my pretty mediocre miniature painting!
What do you say about a piece of furniture? Seriously, what the HELL do you say about painting something where you used two colors with the three color up in grey? It was an easy piece to complete, looks pretty decent, and will most likely see a LOT of play in my games as we go along. I think it'll look even better once it gets the DIP. Oh by the by, this is a Reaper Bones piece.
This is the Reaper Bones bookshelf. This one was again easy to paint, as most furniture is (I'm looking at you Dungeon Saga!), but had enough going on that it still hasn't turned out quite the way I want it to. I need to do a bit more touch up in spots, although the DIP might take care of that for me. I think this one turned out pretty well.
Oh Reaper Bones, you bend so strangely. These Candelabra's turned out decently with the tarnished bronze looking good, I also like the color the candles took as well as the flames. I'm really excited to see how the DIP brings out the details.
Every dungeon needs dressing. More Reaper Bones items here. Pretty much I went with the same brown/burgundy three color up with dry bushing and they turned out pretty solid. I really went through a few nights where I hammered out furniture at a nice pace. I need to hurry up and get them DIPped so I can start using them in game.
Yup, those are Stalagmites. Reaper Bones Stalagmites. I'm not overly satisfied with these. The browns with some light reds really has left them far to 'bright'. I am hoping VERY much that the DIP makes a big difference. These weren't difficult to paint, but also didn't turn out the way I wanted just yet. Hrm.
A Reaper Bones caryatid column, or in the case of my games, an ancient adventure horribly frozen as a statue for CENTURIES! I like painting these statues. I think it is mainly because they turn out looking really good, and I like doing the three color up dry brushing. They always turn out solid. It'll look even BETTER once the DIP is on.
Another great Reaper Bones miniature here, I believe it's just listed as 'The Cairn'. The multiple dry brushing really made the underlying carvings pop. It also gives it a VERY weathered look and feel. The only thing that I really don't care for in my painting was that I couldn't figure out anything better to do with the torn clothe in the hole. Oh well, I still like it.
This is the first in my series of homages to the Evil Masters Of The Universe characters. I went with Beastman first, because DUH! I used a Reaper Bones Bugbear, and was really happy with the way it worked. I've gone with a redder fur and skin to meet the pre-requisites of the character. I went a bit overboard with the white on the face, and in the final version you'll see in the group shot later I've done some adjustments to it. I LOVE the pose of this miniature and it really was easy to paint. I didn't do any modification to it, as I felt it didn't need it. I sort of did this as a lark and once it started to turn out I decided to run with the premise and as you'll see in the following pictures I think I have something here. I'm going to use them in my D&D campaigns at some point as sort of a strange Legion of Doom, and maybe even sooner in Frostgrave as a potential warband! Oh and on a side note, I TOTALLY painted those eyes and they are BOSS!
Next up is Evil Lynn. I used a Reaper Pathfinder metal. This lady was a pain. She's tiny, there are a lot of crevasses, there are many details that are light in the sculpt, and her eyes are virtually non-existent. Well at least for someone whose painting skills are as shoddy as mine. ALL that being said, I really like the way she turned out. I always felt that Evil Lynn was a really awesomely designed character, especially the Master Of The Universe 2002 animated series re-vamp. I tried to keep the paint job simple to reflex that and let the dry brushing let the parts of the miniature I really like stand out. She's almost done, but alas Cassandra has to knock out the eyes. Which may be REALLY difficult to pull off.
If you're going to have a Evil Masters team you NEED Skeletor. I used a Reaper Bones miniature that, to me, really fit the vibe. This isn't the best photo, but I think gets across the broad steps of how I tried to stick to the general aesthetic of the reference materials, but also went in my own direction when I could. Overall, I think this one turned out rock solid.
So there you have what is 85% done. I have picked up a (another) Reaper Bones Tiik Baron that will be my Merman. It is a bit of a departure from him visual, but meets the weapon requirement, and to me feels far more threatening than a lot of my other potential options. I think the colors will be easy, but I'll have to use a lot of the same technics I used on the Warforged Sword to get the really different Yellow and Green that are his body and armor to transition and make it look FAR more biological in nature. This is something that will be a HUGE leap in both visual thinking and skill level for me. I just hope I can pull it off.
Next up is the Reaper Bones Ettin, Nor'Okk. If you can't guess this one will be my Two Bad, who is one of my favorite Evil Masters. This one is going to require some heavy modification, potentially some serious attempts at Green Stuff work. I don't really feel confident in doing that, so I most likely will just do some facial work, cut off some hair, and just go with a far more savage feel. Then again I might see what it would cost me to have Diamond Dave Wheeler do the sculpting on a chest plate and some head adjustments. As always it is GOOD to know an insanely talented artist if for no other reason than suggestions and directions. And of course in a pinch to just pay that Man his money Labowski and beg him to do it.
Whiplash. I'm also going to be taking the end of a Reaper Bones Gnoll Warrior's morning star as the end of the tail. I really think that the modification shouldn't be difficult to complete, and I've picked up the parts, but if it goes incorrect it'll be REALLY bad. I like the look a LOT, and Diamond Dave Wheeler already painted one up at a painting day, in like 20 minutes no less, and it looks fantastic. I think with the tail on the back end he really does have the facial look of Whiplash. If only I can find something to substitute for Clawful....Hrm...
Dan Brereton, one of my favorite artists. Enjoy AND PAINT MORE MINIS!