Tuesday, September 17, 2019

25mm Ghost Miniatures - Wizards

Here's the set of Ghost Miniatures Wizards
Which one is your favorite?
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25mm Ghost Miniatures - Wizards 6/6

Not much to say about this final one - mostly happy with him though.



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25mm Ghost Miniatures - Wizards 5/6

Finally finished the last of the Ghost Miniatures Wizards this weekend. This one's the most Gandalfy of the lot.
 
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Friday, September 13, 2019

15mm Blue Moon - ECW - Civilians

In between all the ghosts and Contrast paint, I've been quietly putting together these vignettes for an upcoming ECW project using exclusively Blue Moon minis - criminally underrated in my view! That's an old Gallia house in the background.
The gents steps in between his lady and danger.
Fists clenched, the boy is ready for a scrap while his uncle hides behind his mum.
"Surely, Vicar, in every government there must be somewhat fundamental, somewhat like a Magna Charta, that should be standing and unalterable…that Parliaments should not make themselves perpetual is a fundamental. Do you not agree?”
Haven't yet sealed these, hence the bothersome shine.
English Gothic
"The fields won't tend to themselves, war or no bloody war."
"Right chooar flower, I'll have a pint ready for yeh, when ye coom back."
"If they coom any closeh, run to the 'ouse w'all speede".
Bonus: with the flash on
And the initial shot sans the house.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

28mm Reaper - Wraith Harvesters

I've found some odds and ends that benefited nicely from a quick ethereal treatment with Citadel Contrast paints. I'm basally out of ethereal figures now and looks like they'll be a little over 50 of them. Here's some of the last ones done with one thick coat of Contrast Templar Black.
For the scythes I wanted to try out Contrast over metallics. I used Citadel Boltgun Metal over most of the blade then did Mithril Silver for the sharpened edges. Then I used Contrast Basilicanum Gray over that. I've lost the picture I had of that, but they did not look great at all. So I stipled VMC Flat Brown over much of it, followed by another stipling of Polly-S Rust. As a final touch I went in and drybrushed Mithril Silver again on the fine edge of the blade and all over the rest of the edges leaving the bulk of the metal untouched. These came out out pretty good I think.
I've since added some new colors to the collection including Wyldwood  - a brown I used on the scythe shaft. One thick coat over Gray Seer primer, no additional highlighting of any kind.
This scythe came out well and you can still see where the Contrast Basilicanum Gray settled at the bottom of the blade tip.
Working with Templar Black on a mess o' wolves that will be up shortly after my premier ECW interlude.
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28mm Games Workshop - LOTR - Shade

I've found some odds and ends that benefited nicely from a quick ethereal treatment with Citadel Contrast paints. I'm basically out of ghost figures but looks like they'll be a little over 50 of them.

Here's one of the last ones done with one thick coat of Aethermatic Blue followed by some detail work on the many eyes and crowns. I was thinking that maybe this could be a trapped treasure pile for Frostgrave housing pop up spirits that need to be defeated since the crowns were painted traditionally:

There's a feeling that using Contrast in this way is a kind of cheating compromise that comes with decidedly mediocre results. Honestly I think these are as good as any other GW Shade model I've seen out there. Doing a decent base and some detail work really help polish it up.
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28mm Reaper - Wraith

I've found some odds and ends that benefited nicely from a quick ethereal treatment with Citadel Contrast paints. I'm basally out of ghost figures but looks like they'll be a little over 50 of them. Here's one of the very last ones done with one thick coat of Aethermatic Blue: 
I've since added a number of new Contrast colors and did the two skulls at the base with "Skeleton Horde" - at last a pronounceable one!  Stones done with Basilicanum Gray
Folks are onto something when they talk about miniatures with a lot of texture do better with Contrast than flat surfaced ones - the shield of a good example where it's kinda ugly. Not sure how, or if, I should even fix it.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

28mm - Reaper - Spectre

The final and fourth session of my experiments with Citadel Contrast colors yielded the final three miniatures of the original 39. Pretty good looking figures for a minimum of effort. Plus I cleaned out several small storage drawers of ghosts and other haunted things, making room for newer stuff near my increasingly overcrowded work station. 
All this brought up new problems however: storing nigh 40 mostly oversized minis. I already have tons of troop trays for rank and file figures, but not much for these relatively big-based and tall models. 
These last three were last as I had to do a fair amount of detail work of layering up the skin after. The robes, of course are one thick coat of Contrast Templar Black, but the skin is Basilicanum Grey over which I reapplied the brush-on Grayseer and highlighted up in my usual manner. That's the most traditional painting work of any in this grand experiment.
This model would have been a candidate for a solid Aethermatic Blue but there were too many painted versions out there in her more corporal state that I preferred such that I changed my mind early on. Also I has some red "flower" flock I sprinkled on the bushes for color to poor effect. Experimenting is half the fun with fantasy figures and shortcuts and haste can sometimes give you sub-optimal results.
I do adore the Contrast Templar Black and have about 10 more wraiths I've found that will get near identical treatment. Then I think I'll tackle my many werewolf factions with some of the browns and the still sold out Wraith Bone primer. 
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28mm Reaper - Warlord - Railor, Necropolis Sergeant

The final and fourth session of my experiments with Citadel Contrast colors yielded the final three miniatures of the original 39. Pretty good looking figures for a minimum of effort. Plus I cleaned out several small storage drawers of ghosts and other haunted things, making room for newer stuff near my increasingly overcrowded work station. 
All this brought up new problems however: storing nigh 40 mostly oversized minis. I already have tons of troop trays for rank and file figures, but not much for these relatively big-based and tall models. 
This one was painted identically as the Reaper Spectre also posted today with almost the same considerations: principally that blue and black don't look great together,and two, all translucent blue feels cheap for this great figure. Like that spectre, Contrast Templar Black for the robes, Contrast Basilicanum Grey on the skin followed by some highlighting with the brush on Grayseer in the traditional three, four layer manner. Glowing red eyes finished it off.
The gravestone also got a light drybrush of off-white. I do like these Contrast paints, but to me they have a very specific purpose: to quickly cover large models with a single coat of paint. i would not want to be doing Napoleonics or much in the historical side of things where there's a lot of equipment or complex uniforms. The three colors I've been using though have been great for this project.
It's weird that this guy is a "sergeant". Cowardice, leadership deficiencies - is this what plagues undead armies in the field that they need supernatural NCOs? Robot leaders are similarly stupid conceptually. That's a bit a lore I'm going to jettison immediately.
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28mm Reaper - Spectre

The final and fourth session of my experiments with Citadel Contrast colors yielded the final three miniatures of the original 39. Pretty good looking figures for a minimum of effort. Plus I cleaned out several small storage drawers of ghosts and other haunted things, making room for newer stuff near my increasingly overcrowded work station. 

All this brought up new problems however: storing nigh 40 mostly oversized minis. I already have tons of troop trays for rank and file figures, but not much for these relatively big-based and tall models. 
This one was among the last as I hemmed and hawed over the final approach. I knew a full Aethermatic Blue approach wouldn't do any justice to the sculpt as this one has clearly a bone, skinless face and fleshy muscular arms. Plus, I've not been happy with the look of the blue and black next to each other. I also prefer this one emerging from the shadows as a more corporal entity despite having no physical means of locomotion, i.e., legs. So Templar Black was the principal color, Basilicanum Grey on the face, arms, and gravestone. I then went and, unlike the vast majority of the others, highlighted the skin back up with the Grayseer brush-on, with a drybrush of off-white at the end. The gravestone - an extra from the Grave Wraith figure seen earlier - was also drybrushed with an off white.
I think generally, the one thick coat worked out quite well here - I see several gradations of black and gray in all the right spots. The flesh could have been a bit lighter, but I was focusing on speed and simplicity here. No eye sockets meant no red eyes to drop in so this was mostly 10 minutes of principal painting, many more as is typical for cleaning, assembling, priming, drying, gluing, basing, etc. 
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Monday, August 19, 2019

28mm Reaper - Grave Wraith

Day Three of my Citadel Contrast paints experiments yielded up 10 more completed figures. Sorry for the delay - I took off some time for vacation and some of the ones in this batch took a bit longer as I had to do bones, weapons and/or other equipment in a traditional manner. The principal work was done in one session however - hence the third day. 
 
One thick coat of Contrast Templar Black for the bulk of this one. I'm pretty happy with him except for the glowing runes on the sword. Looking at other examples it seems like a lot of folks just ignored them outright.
This model came with three headstones in addition to the integral one seen here at right. I used one of the extras on the left and distributed the other two to other models.
They were painted with Contrast Basilicanum Grey.
Army Painter Highland Tufts seen here
That leaves, of the original 39 model undertaking, just three - two Reaper spectres and a Warlord Necroplis Sergeant. When I started, I was stuck on what to do with the handful of other Reaper and Ral Partha wraiths, but I think this Contrast Templar Black is going to work fine for the bulk of them. Those eleven (at the prep station now) will bring the total up to 50 figures done in just a handful of sessions - not bad.  

Then there will be a new project involving furry beasts and werewolves requiring a new set of Contrast browns and the eternally sold out Wraith Bone primer. More to come on that - meanwhile I continue to have numerous models - both historical, and fantastic - in various stages of completion to fold in along the way: witches, Cossacks, dwarves and more.

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28mm Reaper - Spirits

Day Three of my Citadel Contrast paints experiments yielded up 10 more completed figures. Sorry for the delay - I took off some time for vacation and some of the ones in this batch took a bit longer as I had to do bones, weapons and/or other equipment in a traditional manner. The principal work was done in one session however - hence the third day. 
One of these sculpts is almost identical to the "spell effect" model and since I had two sets I did one pair with simply Contrast Aeterhmatic Blue and then Contrast Templar Black with my home brew Pledge + ink wash for the bones on the other. That way they can be used as just spirits or minions as the need arises.
 
One sculpt I don't have is the hunched one with the cowl over his head. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled and pick that up sometime.


At any rate, neat models and useful for all sorts of things.
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28mm Reaper - Spell Effect: Spectral Minion

Day Three of my Citadel Contrast paints experiments yielded up 10 more completed figures. Sorry for the delay - I took off some time for vacation and some of the ones in this batch took a bit longer as I had to do bones, weapons and/or other equipment in a traditional manner. The principal work was done in one session however - hence the third day. 

Yes, I suppose this could just be a spell effect - but he certainly could be an entity in it's own right as well.
This one came with the option of having a two handed sword but it would have made him tremendously tall and awkward and it also had a fiddly broken hilt. Luckily there was an empty hand option.
I had to mix up a Pledge and ink wash for the bones (over a hand painted, off-white basecoat), followed by a matte medium to kill the shine. Otherwise this was a simple coat of Contrast Templar Black.



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