Sunday, August 30, 2015

My first commission - Casiatta - a Reaper Bones Miniature

So one of my best friends who plays a lot of D&D had just bought a heap of mini's for characters for up coming campaigns. He plays in a 2 player campaign for about 12-18 months with a hero character, from Level 1 to Level 30, and then they reset and play another. Generally there are two campaigns running, where each of them is the DM and the other is the hero. He loves these campaigns.

So he just discovered Reaper Bones, and had bought a few minis that he thought might be the next hero he would play. He asked me if I would paint one or two of them.

His requests for this one was:

  • Red hair.
  • A paladin or calavier type character.
  • Don't spend too long on it.

So I thought I would try my hand at doing a really fast paint. Turned out that was about 90 minutes. It was actually about 5 hours, but I only spent 90 minutes of that at the painting table or doing anything relating to the mini.

I didn't spend long trying to decide on colours, and I pretty much did base, wash, and then some selective highlights.

I also took this as an opportunity to play with colours. Such has what happens if you use a blue wash on iron, or green on leather and brass to give a slightly different look. At the end the sword looked really dull, so I gave it a very light yellow glaze and then re-highlighted the edge - to try to make it look like it was glowing with holy light.

All in all, I am pretty happy, considering I spent so little time on it.


The Nexu are ready to consume whoever gets in their way.

It has been four weeks since I posted the image of the unpainted Nexu, and in that time I have spent pretty much every painting hour working on them. Unfortunately, I didn't get as many painting hours as I wanted, but I really think they have been worth it.

The Nexu are about 12 feet long and when they come towards you, salivating, I challenge any foe, Rebel or Imperial, to stay calm. The minis are around 6cm long.

This is by far the most detailed work I have done with a paint brush, and while my photographing is getting better, it still doesn't come close to doing these figures justice. On the table they look amazing.

Showing the different striped patterns on each Nexu.

You never want to get this close to these teeth.

The cracked ground effect was something I decided to do myself, it was not part of the original guide, but after seeing the Nexu again in Attach of the Clones, I thought the effect would work. Being able to use the different ground colours for the elite and regular deployment group I think really works well.

When you compare these to the unpainted figures I posted earlier, and you see just how amazing the Sorastro guides for the Imperial Assault miniatures are. Once again, I followed them to the best of my skill, and in doing so painted to a quality well beyond what I am capable of coming up with on my own.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jyn Odan and Nexu pre-painting

A few people have asked what the Imperial Assault mini's look like before painting. So here are the next three I am working on before I start painting.

All I have done is some mold line removal and I have washed them. It's disturbing how visible the mold lines still are in these photos, but I can't feel them and I have filed them as much as I dare for now. I have mentioned before that mold line removal is something I need to get better at, and I am - slowly.

Also, they look a lot worse in the photos than in real life, due to the massive magnification.

Trandoshan Hunters

After many more hours than I expected, the Trandoshan Hunters are ready for deployment.

The leader of them is Bossk.

Then there is the one who's outfit I based on Han's Hoth outfit. I am really happy with how he came out. Though his base needs some touch up.

Finally there are the secondary guys in the Elite and Standard deployment groups. These guys are in a camouflage pattern. Of course this is based on Sorastro's guides, as all of these paint jobs are.

So here are the two deployment groups ready to hit the table and cause some trouble for the Rebel Scum!