Small Scenics: Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft + Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations.

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft, Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

A long and paintful title up there, I know – but the stuff in here comes from a couple of sources, they really don’t merit three posts, and I want people searching for this stuff online to be able to see how it looks and turns out with a bit of paint on it. I know when I google models it’s always helpful when I can find painted examples of the things online.

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain

The Fountain got painted because easy wins. I added some green above and below the water to suggest age, moss and algae, and cared enough to use water effects to add some water depth, but not enough to fitz around with finshing line and realistic water in order to make a “working” fountain. So we’ll just call this water stangnant, yet remarkably clear. Just like magic water in a dungeon, amirite?

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain

Not a bad model. It’s made of typically crappy soft bones plastic, but at least it wasn’t warped like pretty much everything else in the “Fantasy Scenics” set. I’m sure their terrain stuff was better in Bones 3…

Reaper Bones 4 Dreadmere Raft

Next up is a raft. Nothing special at all, and once again painted because “easy wins”. This pic shows the underside of it, where I’ve again added a bit of algae-suggesting green to it. This piece came out of the Dreadmere expansion, and is made of “Bones Black” (despite being the same light grey that everything in this KS arrived in). It’s a much, much better material than the original Bonesium PVC, is harder, and took a spray primer and spray varnish. Finally! The drawback seems to be that it’s more breakable, as a couple of my larger models from the KS arrived broken. I’m still slowly doing inventory/QC of the KS because time and tediousness, but I’ll contact Reaper once I’m done and see what they can do for the broken stuff. They’re always been good in the past, at least – and more fragile material or not – it’s a mile better than the original stuff!

Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

Here we have some little crystal formations from Mantic’s Terrain Crate KS. Have I said “easy wins” enough times here? The crystals were painted with Old-GW Putrid Green (similar to Moot Green, but lighter – from the original hex-pot days), then gone over with Warp Lightning from the Contrast Paint range. Afterwards, I lined the edges with putrid green again, and then went over those lines with a really thinned yellow. It turned out okay, I think. 

Reaper Bones 4 Fantasy Scenics Fountain, Dreadmere Raft + Mantic Terrain Crate Crystal Formations

Here’s a second group shot that is also a scale shot. Because I realised there was really no useful scale reference for any of these things in the previous photos. Enjoy! 

While none of this stuff is super-exciting, it’s all pretty decent and pretty versatile, fitting into pretty much any fantasy gaming setting from Warhammer to LotR to D&D, as well as grimdark 40k. The raft and fountain could even be used in some historical games, depending on the period.

Small Scenics: 21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacement into 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

A long. long time ago.. as the song goes.. I was at a place across town here, looking at a place that sold Dragon 1:6 scale figures. it must have been in the 1990’s. While I was there, I saw a 1:36 mortar emplacement set going cheap. Being who I am, I thought it could be turned into scenery, and so I picked it up to do so. Regular readers will know the story from that point, where I never got around to doing anything with it, then eventually started on it, you know the drill.

So a week or so ago, I finished it off. It’s maybe not the best I could have done, but given that it’s been doing nothing for the best part of two decades, having it finally completed isn’t exactly a bad thing…

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

I mean, it looked okay, as is. Except for the rise and indentation where the mortar’s baseplate stuck on. I had to both cut that piece off and then putty it over, to give a flat area where miniaturemans can stand.

21st Century Toys Mortar Emplacemen, 40k-ish Sandbag Emplacement.

So here we are. Nothing spectacular, certainly nothing Awesome, but another bit of terrain for the table, finished!

Small Scenics – Dragon Statues, Moria Well, Mantic Terrain Crate Rubble.

Dragon Statue Terrain, Lord of the Rings SBG Moria Well, Mantic Terrain Crate Rubble

Today it’s a combined post of a few different small scenic items I’ve finished this month.

Dragon Statue Terrain

First up are a pair of dragon statues. These are actually from one of those Vietnamese “Variety Stores” (aka Junk shops) that are common in my area. They sell a wide variety of things, from cutlery to tat to tools and other random stuff, usually very cheaply, and pretty much all imported from China. I imagine that many places around the world have something similar in heavily multicultural areas. My mum actually got these for me a few years ago, since to a woman her age, this stuff all looks pretty much the same, whether it’s a GW model or an expensive Sideshow statue, or something that cost two bucks from a Vietnamese shop.

Dragon Statue Terrain

At the time I gritted my teeth and thanked her, and then stuffed them into a plastic tub to maybe turn into scenery one day down the line. I found them a few weeks ago while looking for Ork artillery, and remembered them, and so got them out and painted them in her memory. Nothing too special, just a bit of highlighting, shading and weathering. I left them just a little dirtied up, and more importantly unbased so they’d maintain a generic enough look to work inside a dungeon, in a temple, or outdoors and exposed to the environment. I’m glad I got them painted, and the table will have a little bit of her on it whenever they’re in use. 🙂

Lord of the Rings SBG Moria Well

Next is a bit of the Mines of Moria boxed set put out by Games Workshop back in 2005. This was the third update of the SBG rules after the Return of the King set had run its course. I’ve gotten all of the other bits painted over the years, but this one still had a tiny bit left to do in it, so it was basically overlooked rather than ignored. I did rebase it onto a 60mm round, and added some flagstones made from thin card in order to make the piece a little better looking and more useful on the table. 

Mantic Terrain Crate Rubble

Finally, we have a few more bits of my Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter pledge. Basically six little rubble piles. These had been sitting around for months and bloody months, primed black and slightly tacky. I found them next to my light box the other day and brought them inside to knock out. I think I’d planned to strip them back and start again, but I only remembered that after I’d completed them. Just simple drybrush jobs here, though the broken wood was done with Contrast Wyldwood over painted-on Wraithbone. All finished – as with everything elsein this post – with a little bit of weathering powder. I’ve varnished them with Reaper’s paint-on sealer and let that dry and cure for a day before going over it with AK Interactive’s Matt Brush-On, and they’re not tacky again yet. Let’s hope that stay that way!

Scotia Grendel 10015: Daemonic Altar (June ’19 Terrain, Neglected Model Challenges)

Scotia Grendel 10015: Daemonic Altar

Today we have a model that’s very much both a Neglected model, as well, as – obviously – scenery. As with the rest of the Scotia Grendel stuff I’ve shown off here over the past few years, I’ve had this piece since the 1990’s but never managed to paint it. I did start it a couple of years ago, but my interest in completing it petered out due to, well, a lack of interest until quite recently.

Scotia Grendel 10015: Daemonic Altar, Balewind Vortex, Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault Arcane Hazards

What turned my interest around was the scheme that I (recently-ish) painted the Balewind Vortex in, followed by the Warhammer Underworlds Nightvault Arcane Hazards. (that’s a bloody mouthful, innit?) The deep blue-greens appealed, and the overall model felt like it woul dbe a good fit in with the other pieces done in the same scheme. So I went with that, and it still took over a month, but I finally got it done at the very end of June!

Scotia Grendel 10015: Daemonic Altar

So now I finally have another piece that can see the light of a tabletop, and as you can see above it fits in nicely enough with the general undead theme that the rest of the similarly-painted GW models have. Done!

Beautiful Eivor – Red Box Games

Beautiful Eivor - Red Box Games

Tre’ Manor is a sculptor who is talented beyond belief, yet he is very much stuck in his own strict perfectionist mentality of how he wants to create his models to their own, slight and slender – and rather tiny scale. Sadly, this means that his models do not scale well with other commercial miniatures, most importantly Reaper and Games Workshop/Citadel – which is a key factor in limiting his success. I can’t fault his personal choice to follow his own artistic vision – but sadly for me as an onlooker, Tre’ seems to constantly be launching Kickstarter projects, some of which fund while others fail, endlessly sculpting and resculpting the same range of barbarians that don’t fit in with anyone else’s models. All while much more financial success sits only a few literal millimetres away with a larger scale that fits in with the big dogs’ ranges.

Beautiful Eivor - Red Box Games

They do fit pretty well with GW’s Lord of the Rings ranges, especially the earlier, more “truescale” models, as I’ve discussed before, but there we’re talking about a limited number of Tre’s models working with a limited aspect of the LotR ranges. Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to grouse on Tre’s choices, especially since he’s genuinely a really nice guy in all of my interactions with him. It’s just frustrating when you see a guy who is so nice and so bloody talented being so recalcitrant to doing some stuff that could make him SO much money and allow him to follow his own vision with a bit more financial security.

Beautiful Eivor - Red Box Games

Beautiful Eivor is an elf-maiden model I picked up quite a few years ago when I did a large order of RBG models, and has was selected slightly fewer years ago to be used as a replacement-PC model for a D&D thief from one of the WotC D&D Boardgames. You know, Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, Drizzzztiness of Drizzzzzzzzt and all that lot. Obviously the model would work just as easily (or even more easily) as a ranger, and was probably purchased with that in mind, but the thief role came up, and this figure was available.

Beautiful Eivor - Red Box Games

This particular model appears to be discontinued at this point in time, but with quite a large range for being a one-man, one-woman shop, I can understand how RBG could only keep a limited number of models available at any given moment. You can also see just how thin she is from the “flat” angle. Truth be told, her shortsword is so thin, I’m a bit scared to actually use her in any kind of game where the model might be touched. It feels like it’ll fall off with a sneeze or a solid glance.

Paint-wise, I went with a combination of dark earth tones with a nice dark blue cloak, because those colours say “D&D Thief” to me. I also painted what looked to be designed as sexy bare legs above her sexy thigh-high boots as leggings, because that also says thief to me more than the extra bit of skin, and in turn makes the tunic more sensible adventurers’ “work” clothing than sexy mini-skirt. I went with blonde hair in the end after initially planning on dark hair simply because I wanted her hair to stand out a little, and dark hair just got lost with the dark, mostly muted clothing.

Beautiful Eivor - Red Box Games

Finally, here’s a size comparison. I’m sure that any japesters amongst you would opine that she actually is correctly in-scale with the Space Marine, but the Astartes model does work to show just how slight Eivor is compared to a “normal” GW model. In the end, Eivor is now finished, after quite a few years of being mostly-undercoated white with a messy bit of blue slapped on, sitting on a textured base. Not a neglected model month, but another neglected model finally completed!

Ice Elemental (Limited Edition Kickstarter Clear Resin Variant – Mantic Games) (#Monstermarch3 ’19)

Mantic Games Ice Elemental

So here we are – my final set of submissions for Monster March ’19. Sure, technically, I didn’t finish adding snow flock to them to my satisfaction until a couple of days ago, slightly into April, but them’s the breaks. It certainly was the above challenge that got them out of their zip-lock baggies and into the form you see above and below, even if it went over by a couple of days.

Mantic Games Ice Elemental

The model itself is the Kickstarter-exclusive variant of the model, in clear blue resin. I’m not sure why Mantic doesn’t do them like this as standard, since it’s certainly a lovely looking model in this form (though their studio-painted model looks pretty amazing in its own right!) Paint-wise, I did very little. A careful edge-drybrush on the upper edges of Vallejo Ice Blue, followed by White. In the “eye”, I painted the Blue GW gemstone paint, with a touch of Army Painter Blue wash mixed carefully in, as well as a careful angle for the drying.

Mantic Games Ice Elemental

The rest of it was simply done with Woodland Scenics Snow Effects flock. White base, one layer of Snow Effects mixed in with PVA. The assembled model was then gel superglued down, and after drying, another, more generous layer of PVA/Snow Effects to sink the heavy feet in, along with a couple of footprints behind them both that you obviously can’t see in these photos of white-on-white-on-a-dark-background. Finally, I added some sprinkles of Snow Effects from above in a couple of layers, as my trial of doing so looked better than leaving them “clean”.

That’s (almost) it for Monster March ’19. I’ll have a compilation shot for this challenge tomorrow, with some other thoughts, but these are the final models for that challenge.

Deathworld Fauna – Part 1.2 – Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler (Giant Centipede) (#Monstermarch3 ’19, Gender-Ambiguous March ’19)

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

It’s been a long time since I posted up the first of this trio of models. More than four years, to be precise. Back then I was still using Photobucket, as you’ll be able to see, if you check out that link. It’s another post I need to delete from there and then rehost the pics here on WordPress, but I’ll get to that later. Too much on right now. Which trio of models, you (probably don’t) ask? They’re from the Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawlers kit that I picked up bout 15-20 years ago. I still haven’t painted the froggy one, and in fact have NFI where it is right now. I’m sure that when/if it turns up, I’ll be able to knock it out relatively quickly using the Nurgle’s Wash technique I used the other day on that The Others model.

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

Anyway, this is another of those rather generic monster-types that can work equally well in any pretty generic fantasy setting like D&D or EverQuest or as another Deathworld beastie in 40k, alongside the resurrected Ambulls and whatnot. It was pretty uninspiring to paint, which is why it took a few years to get it over the line (and I also pried it off the original base I glued it to put it onto this oval and build up the ground a little with putty – that much looks much better now.

Scotia Grendel Dungeon Crawler Giant Centipede

In the end, the hazard-ish, natural-ish colouration I went with was good enough, and for good measure, I did the eyes in one of the Greenstuff World Colourshift Paints, because fly-compound-eyes are close enough to this not-insect’s eyes.

So with that – and this updated Monster-Group-Shot, I’m dedicating this model both to my own Gender-Ambiguous challenge as well as another (small) submission for Swordmaster of Hoeth’s Monster March. This leaves me with one more day to see if I can get that Dracoliche done. Will it happen? We’ll see, but even if it happens, there’ll be a small delay of at least a couple of days before it goes up due to base-flocking, varnishing and then writing and photography. Let’s hope the next few days go well…