Reaper Bones Black 44080: Carnotaurus, 44068: Hornslasher (Monster MAYhem ’21)

Reaper Bones Black 44080: Carnotaurus, 44068: Hornslasher

I managed to get a second model completed to show today, so this post is a two-fer instead of a single. Not super surprising really, as they’re both pretty simple Dinosaur models from Reaper’s Bones Black Line and so are very straightforward to paint up – the Carnotaurus and Hornslasher – both of which I’m again submitting for the Monster MAYhem, painting challenge.

Reaper Bones Black 44080: Carnotaurus

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!

Reaper Bones Black 44080: Carnotaurus, 44081: Raptor, 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

I got the Carnotaurus cleaned up and based alongside the Raptors the other day, and then while working on other models took a few days to work out which would be green and which would be a warm brown. They’re based in the same manner, so they can both menace Chainsaw Lass or whoever else is on the table – and possibly even the Uncanny X-Men one day in the Savage Land?

Reaper Bones Black 44068: Hornslasher

The model I got done today is this thing – “Hornslasher”, which has a bit of a look of a sail-less Dimetrodon. I decided to paint it up as a proto-croc (I know it doesn’t look like any of the actual proto-crocs, but, y’know, sue me!)

Reaper Bones Black 44068: Hornslasher

I mostly did it so I could put it on the same style of base as the Dire Croc from the other day, so I’ve got another model ready to go for swampy encounters. I painted this one in lighter shades of green and tan, and also gave this one a “dirt” wash of weathering powder using Pledge One Go (AKA Future Floor Wax). I feel like this one – as my “second go” actually has more accurate croc colours than the Dire Crocodile, though I probably should have used the same mix of light and dark powders. This technique practise and reflection of course is one of the biggest values and most useful aspects of models like these.

Reaper Bones Black 44068: Hornslasher, 77670: Dire Crocodile, 50153: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor

Here’s the two swampy, bitey bois together, once again featuring Chainsaw Lass for scale. You can also see that I gave the croc’s mouth a bit of a repaint from the super-bright red that it had earlier. I do think it looks nicer now.

(Hopefully) more monsters tomorrow! I’ve got a half-dozen different models that I might be able to get finished by the last of the month…

Reaper Bones Black 44081: Raptor Hunting Pack (Monster MAYhem ’21)

Reaper Bones Black 44081: Raptor Hunting Pack

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.

Reaper Bones Black 44081: 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!

Reaper Bones Black 44081: Raptor Hunting Pack

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….

Reaper Bones Black 44081: Raptor Hunting Pack

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!