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25
Mar

Rats! Rats! and more Rats!

Plague Rats in progress.

Plague Rats in progress.

 

Feeling all H.P. Lovecrafty and so pulled out all of the rats, rat swarms and (when they arrived) plague rats from my Reaper Bones collection.  While the rats came on their own little flagstone bases I wanted to mount them on Mantic round bases.  I figured I’d just sculpt some detail around them to match or I’d just cover the whole thing with flocking if it didn’t work out.  The first material I used shrank when dried and looked terrible.  Then I remembered Das Pronto, air drying clay, picked some up at my local craft store, and applied it to the bases, even the two I had tested other materials on.  Guess I wouldn’t need to flock these after all.

 

Air hardening clay to fill out the bases

Air hardening clay to fill out the bases

 

As is my habit, I painted them in batches.  This really helped me avoid my first instinct to paint them all grey.  I started with the swarms and was halfway through before I noticed the skulls.  The bright white material Reaper uses makes it hard to see details sometimes but that’s what more paint is for.  I base coated them several shades of grey and brown before painting their little pink bits.  When dry I stained them with Games Workshop’s Agrax Earthshade and left them to dry.  After touching up some details and adding highlights of the base colors they were ready for flocking.

 

Really brings "Rats in the Walls" to mind. brrrrrrrr

Really brings “Rats in the Walls” to mind. brrrrrrrr

 

While I may have started the rats in grey I did limit it to two, so feel there was some form of victory.  The larger rats were base coated, stained and then highlighted in lighter shades of the base coats and, obviously, left unflocked.  Hooray for Das Pronto Air Hardening Clay.

 

Squeek... Squeek...

We’re looking for cheese…

 

Got to have some black rats to come creeping off the cargo ships, carrying their own tiny, toxic passengers.

 

Did someone say there was cheese?

Did someone say there was cheese?

 

The last two had to be white.  I mean, how else are they going to take over the world?

 

Plan to take over the world!

Narf!

 

While I was working on these the box of Reaper’s Bones2 Kickstarter rewards arrived with two huge, disease ridden rats in the core set so they were scrubbed with dish soap, glued to bases and put straight onto the table.  These were base coated but I was far more specific where I used the different color stains. The boils and pustules were highlighted in a light yellow while the fur patches were painted browns (I already had black rats painted) and the fleshy areas given highlights of light flesh tones.  Black eyes and shiny teeth finished them off before flocking the base (they didn’t have flagstone bases).   They certainly are an intimidating pair.

 

Bones2 Plague Rats

Bones2 Plague Rats

Really need to call some 25mm Exterminators now.

Really need to call some 25mm Exterminators now.

 

It’s beginning to look like all I’m painting is Bones figures and while there are quite a few I’ve finished so far (and not posted), I’ve also been hard at work on my Oldhammer dwarf units and some wonderful Bombshell Babes figures and Hasslefree, there’s always a Hasslefree mini on the table and the Deadzone troops…

 

Still so much left to paint

Still so much left to paint

 

I guess I better get back to the table or paint a lot of cats. A whole lot of big, hungry cats.

 

 

11
Mar

Bones2 or I get a new mounted Berserker.

Oh...my...god

Oh…my…god

 

The Kick Start rewards from the Reaper Miniatures Bones 2 arrived recently in a truly impressive box.  There was hardly enough space in my apartment for it. While I’m far from finished painting the first set of minis I have made quite a bit of progress so don’t feel any need to wait on starting on these. First I had to fit them all into a much smaller space.

 

Getting the horde put away

Getting the horde put away

 

All the fantasy characters and a lot of monsters fit into one divided plastic box.  The science fiction figures got their own box and the larger pieces will fit into one larger plastic box.  Dragons Don’t Share came in its own fairly compact box so there it remains.  This really helps with my storage issues and makes it a lot easier to get to the miniatures. Of course this also makes it far more likely I’ll get inspired to put color down on them. Speaking of inspiring, even during the Kickstart campaign the female dwarf riding a bear had me itching to grab my brushes. When I actually saw the figure I wasn’t disappointed  and knew that’s where I’d be starting. That she has an eye patch practically guarantees she will become a Berserker Lord on Brock in my Kings of War army … and another post.

 

Base removed

Base removed in preparation of a much better one.

 

 

2
Mar

Creepy crawly motivation

Bugs!

Bugs!

 

I’ve been following Chris Palmer in his quest to paint all of his Reaper Bones miniatures through his blog at  http://allbonesabout.blogspot.com.  I like the challenge he set himself as well as his fairly regular schedule for posting. It helps keep me moving on some projects but also makes me want to paint some of the Bones figures that may have escaped my initial attention and dropped low in the painting priorities.  When I saw his giant spiders and scarab beetles I went and dug mine out of the box they had been waiting in and glued them to upside down Mantic round bases.  I liked his color choices so much I pretty much just copied them.  This had the added benefit of circumventing my usual pondering time which greatly speeded up painting which made me want to start the rest of the bugs immediately.

 

More than a little creepy.

More than a little creepy.

 

Being a long time Tomb Kings player I knew the value of swarms and scorpions.  The scorpions were easy color choices and I  decided to paint the swarms as smaller versions of the bugs I had already finished, again, avoiding the dangerous decision loop.  The shape and size of the swarms precluded the need for bases so I just flocked the bits that weren’t creepy crawlies.  In the case of the spider swarms this wasn’t needed as every surface seems to be some part of some spider of some unnatural dimension.  I’m still a little freaked out by the experience.

 

Too many spiders

Too many spiders

Scarab Beetle swarms

Scarab Beetle swarms

I might need more of these

I might need more of these

 

I really liked the look of the scorpions once they were finished.  I can see them causing no end of trouble for dungeon crawling adventurers.  Guess I better write something up for Kublacon.

I think I’ll start the rats next.