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Conan: The Riddle of Plastic -- Skeletons with Swords

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OK, the last of the skeletons from Conan! I usually split up similar posts to keep things interesting but this is the last photo I have of minis until I figure out how to make room on my computer/upgrade my iOS. Grrr.


From gallery of drtanglebones


Check out yesterday's post for more info on my technique for these guys.

As usual, I'll add them to my master Conan mini list HERE.
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Conan: The Riddle of Plastic -- Skeletons with Axes

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Here is the second batch of my Conan Skeletons: the ones with axes! The Kickstarter set came with two alternate sculpts for the skeletons which made them slightly more interesting to paint.

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I really did a speedpaint on these guys, using mostly Citadel contrast paints as well as some metallics for the weapons and armor. The result is a little muddy and less impressive than my usual work, but I really just wanted to get through them. At this point I have the pirates to go and then I'll be done with the game's henchmen/rank-and-file minis.

As usual, I'll link this to my master Conan mini list HERE.
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We Don't Need Another Hero... Car Wars 6th Edition Mini!

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I was recently on vacation over Thanksgiving with some of our friends who live in Georgia. I had to leave behind all my painting and it was killing me a little to have all this down-time and not be able to paint my giant backlog of minis. Then my friend showed me the giant Kickstarter box set of Steve Jackson's Car Wars 6th Edition and asked me to help him paint/get supplies to paint. Yessss! Car Wars has come a long way from the little box I used to own. There were tons of plastic unpainted cars chock-full-o-guns! I remember having to modify a Match-Box car with guns from my 40K minis back in the old days... wonder what ever happened to those minis....

So we took a trip to the local game store (Tyche's Games) and picked him up a Vallejo Game Color starter set, a set of 3 brushes, and a janky can of white primer. The store was super cute but had limited options for painting.

Next we cobbled together things for a painting station (packing paper instead of newspaper, plastic water cup, grilling drip-tray for paint mixing.) This really made me realize how I don't appreciate even the simple things I have at home that make painting easy and set-up quick. I especially missed my home Ott Light, instead having to use the luckily bright afternoon sun.

I sprayed the minis with the gloppy primer, needing a couple layers to get over that and obscuring a bit of detail. I missed my Airbrush priming a lot here!

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Then I moved into base coats, mixing colors as needed with a limited pallet. Luckily this set had all the primary colors, black, white, and 3 metallics. I ended up doing this car in a black-gray and did an intentional rough second layer to make it look like like it had been beat up and primered a few times poorly. My friend wanted this one to look kind of like Mad Max's car and also wanted to have some wear and tear. I ended up doing a black base coat for weapons with drybrush of some silver and gunmetal. I did some rust with brown/oranges in what I tried to do as a random pattern. Some red blood spatter on the front and a few "scratches" with silver and the fine details are done. Oh, and I tried to do a reflective windshield with mixed results. I might recommend black with a gloss coat instead, but needed something not black to contrast with the car color here.

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This was an interesting experiment in using my current skills in painting but with less paints and equipment. I think it turned out pretty nice overall. We started 3 more cars but didn't finish them before I had to leave. And I didn't get to play the game...maybe next visit!
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Batman: Gotham City Chronicles -- Professor Pyg's Gang Goat Head

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Another mini from Batman: Gotham City Chronicles. Here is finally the last of Professor Pyg's gang: the Goat Head. This group took me forever since I just threw in the minis when I was painting something else with similar color schemes. I should really at this point just buckle down and finish the last 6-8 minis of the season 2 stuff and be finished with the set. However, I'm actively trying to complete Massive Darkness and Conan right now so priorities lie that way.

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Not a ton to say on this one. Just followed the character art and did minimal work. But finished!

AS usual, I'll link this to my master Batman mini list HERE.
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Zombicide Green Horde: Swamp Lurker

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I have not been actively painting my Green Horde/Black Plague minis much recently, but since I was painting some light green monsters last month I dug this guy out to work on.

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From gallery of drtanglebones


For the greens I did a wet blend of Ogryn Camo and Vallejo light gray green. I then did a little drybrushing with the gray green and a little Ivory. I then did a wash with Athonian Camoshade since the final effect was too light and stark looking. This brought things back into the mossy green area. I did a couple localized washes with Agrax Earthshade to darker areas to bring in a little more shadow and some browns.

I did another wet blend with some darker greens for the spots and the spikes. I added some Moot green in stages to highlight the spikes a bit which adds a bit of flourescent green to the edge highlights.

In between the plates of armor I did Vallejo Hull Red with some highlights to muscle with brighter reds. I ended up a little too pink and did a wash over this with Carroberg Crimson (also for the mouth.)

I had planned to do a swamp water base but got lazy and this guy just didn't seem worth it!

I'll add this to my master Green Horde mini list HERE.
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Great Rack Miniature Paint Storage

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In the past I've had my miniature paints cobbled together in several places, most in a rolling cart I move in and out of my back utility room when not in use. But as my painting has advanced and I've tried new paints and brands, I've ended up having to have several boxes or travel containers crammed full of paints. With an amazingly helpful BGG member sending me a huge box of Warcolour paints, storage became a bigger issue!

Enter another BGG member Ryan (Outerpop) who has decided to create a paint storage solution for us! I had known Ryan from here and the mini painting guild, so when I saw what he was working on I needed to get on board! This is the first (unsolicited) recommendation I've ever made on my blog by the way.

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Ryan was incredibly helpful and we talked about what amount and what type of racks I needed. These racks are modular and he has different sized slats to fit different paint sizes. As a result I have the lower racks sized for Warcolours, moving up into Scale 75, to Vallejo, to Turbodork, to Citadels at the very top. Each rack can be stacked--giving you an extra row of storage in this configuration since you don't need a bottom end plate. You can also arrange these horizontally or in any group you have room for.

Also, these were very easy to put together and mount--you need wood or PVA glue and drywall screws. I am the least handy person I know and I was able to do this without any issues at all! Also, once the backplates are installed on the wall, you can actually pull the racks off of them and rearrange in case you change your paint types.

If you are not sure about what you need, message Ryan and he'll help you out. He pretty much does these to order, so it it says he is out of stock, I'd message him so he knows you are interested. Below is the link to his Esty shop if you want to take a look.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhatsInTheBoxGames?ref=yr_purchase...

Now I just need to actually go back and organize these a bit better by color and get using those paints that are not directly in front of me when I'm at my work station! Oh, and my home brewery is just to the right of the rack if you're wondering what all the odd jars, equipment, tinctures, and powders are...
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Massive Darkness: "You take the High Troll, and I'll take the Low Troll..."

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Here is another fine Massive Darkness miniature, continuing my goal of getting all the monsters finished before MD 2 shows up. Not convinced I'm going to make it, but I'll be close. The heroes I have not made much progress on.



From gallery of drtanglebones


From gallery of drtanglebones


The art was a bit more pale than expected so I went a little lighter on tone than my usual skin tones. The fur was wet-blended grays (Dark Reaper, Warpfiend, and Celestra. I picked the grays with a blue tint for this. I drybrushed with Celestra then Longbeard Gray.

For the horns I went with colors similar to what I use for NMM gold but with a bit more brown and less highlights.

As usual, I'll add this to my master MD mini list HERE.
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Conan: The Riddle of Plastic -- Skeletons with Spears

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OK, finally getting to work on the rank and file monsters/villains for the Conan set. This is the first of three sets of Skeletons (the Kickstarter set had two alternate sculpts.)

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I don't love these minis and almost decided to switch them out for already painted minis from Descent. But I'm a completionist and just couldn't do it. I did not put a ton of effort into these guys, figuring ratty and dull would fit skeletons. I used Citadel contrast paints for the red, blue, and leather. Metals were Vallejo Metal Color steel with washes and rust drybrushed over it.

As usual I'll link this to my master Conan mini list HERE.
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Conan: The Riddle of Plastic -- "My Muscles Have Muscles..." Baal Pteor

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OK, so despite not finishing the core set yet, here I added Baal Pteor to my paint line-up since he was just as muscle-bound as the Picts and Conans I was already painting. When in doubt, batch paint!

From gallery of drtanglebones


I went a bit ruddy and dark on this guy. I wanted more contrast with his weirdly shaped and large muscles, as well as a more "dark" look since he's a bad guy. I thought about adding pupils but I actually liked the blank white eyes so I left it there.

As usual I'll add this to my master Conan list HERE.
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Conan: The Riddle of Plastic -- Picts With Bows

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Here is the last set of Picts for the Conan board game by Monolith. I'm slowly chipping away at my second hand King's Pledge, hoping to get enough done to play some painted games. I have been going pretty scattershot through the set, but am finally getting a bunch of the core henchmen type baddies painted. The skeletons are done and am finishing up the tentacles and Thaug as well. Next up the Mummies.

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These were painted at the same time as my Pict hunters so check out that post for more info.

As usual, I'll add this to my master Conan mini list HERE.
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Thu Nov 18, 2021 2:07 pm
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