My plan for daily posts this week had a little wrench thrown into it in the form of a(nother) COVID outbreak here in Melbourne, with a resulting 7-day lockdown and a messy return to remote work. So with all of that happening, it wasn’t until tonight that I finished my next “monsters” for the Monster MAYhem, painting challenge – Reaper’s Bones (Black) Raptor Hunting Pack.
Bones black has the same detail issue that most of these cheap PVC models have, in that fine detail isn’t friends with it. On the other hand, paint actually adheres to it, and it doesn’t become horrible and sticky, nor does it require arcane combinaitons of paints and special lotions to prime the stuff. So, you know, I can live with it – even if it does mean you want to avoid looking too closely at things like talons and claws!
Painting wise, I went with greens for this pack. Despite being the first colour most kids break out for their dinos, I felt it would work for a pack of hunters. I added a couple of different types of grass for more greenery on their bases, though yes, I am aware that grass and dinosaurs together are an anachronism – so I won’t use be able to use these in hardcore historical gaming. You know, like painting the buttons the wrong colour on my French Chasseur à Cheval of the Imperial Guard, 1804 – like a fucking uneducated peasant! While I could have made them look a lot better – painting in scales and more detailed skin patterns – as I’ve said for other, similar PVC models – these just aren’t worth that level of care and detail – another case of a “good enough” level of paint here. I guess at some stage I’m going to have ti pull out those stops rather than endlessly running through the “good enough” level. When there’s enough cleared off the paint desk and I find and am feeling the right model, I guess….
I’ve just finished another model for tomorrow’s post – still need to varnish and flock it. After that there’s at least one more I should be able to finish no problem tomorrow, and then there’s at least three more that require more work but would hopefully be able to get finished before the month ticks over, depending on how much work I will have to do this weekend to prepare for remote work next week when I would have normally had a weekend instead… Wish me luck!