Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reaper Bones Unicorn Painted - Narnia Project Continues

Couldn't sleep, so I did something productive. Here he is - the somewhat finished Reaper Bones unicorn. I did quite a bit of experimenting and learning with this figure. While he didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted, I'm calling it good for tonight as it is after 2:00 in the morning.

Again, I'm feeling really pleased with the quality of Reaper's plastic line. This is my second model from that line and I have no complaints.

Here's a photo of the unicorn standing between a couple of other horse-ish models for size reference. On his right, our left, is Arwen on horseback from GW. On his left, our right, is a centaur. The unicorn is quite a bit bigger than the GW horse, and noticeably bigger than the centaur mini. While this might irritate some people, I kind of like him being so tall. It makes him look powerful.

And here again is the group, the unicorn being the seventh addition. I feel like I'm becoming a better painter as I go through this process. It'll be interesting to see the difference in paint job quality from the first figure to the last. :)

My projected Narnian army continues to grow in my mind. Through a continued scouring of the web, I've been putting together a list that includes fauns, various wild animals (including bears, big cats, deer, hawks, and mice), flying horses, dwarfs, and when the time is right, a proper Lion. I've also managed to find models that will work for Peter, Edmund, and Lucy, but I'm having some difficulty finding a suitable model to represent Susan. I'll keep searching though.

I've also begun a sister list for a White Witch army - wolves, minotaurs, Queen Jadis, etc. It's almost been as fun searching for the right minis as it has been painting them. :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Virgo by Reaper Minis... as a Narnian Dryad

The sixth addition to my Narnian army - a Reaper Mini Virgo. When I saw this mini I knew that it would make a perfect Dryad - a wood nymph or tree spirit - for my Narnia project. The metal figure itself only cost me a little over two bucks, making this a fantastic and cost-effective piece. I'm really starting to like Reaper, let me tell ya.

 Next in the painting queue - another Reaper Bones product - a Unicorn. Feeling pretty stoked. In this sculpt the horn curves back. I wasn't sure if I liked that at first, but it's starting to grow on me. Not sure how I'm going to paint it yet, but I'm thinking of departing from the standard snow white to something a little more original. We'll see.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Reaper Bones Werewolf - Painted

I must say, I'm rather impressed with the model, despite it being a soft plastic. It took paint deliciously well, I loved not having to pin/glue anything together, and I'm feeling rather satisfied with how the finished product looks. Well, it's actually not finished... darn it all, I've started to feel like I need to do more with basing than just leaving it plain or painting it. And I haven't got anything but green flock, and this model seems to demand snow. So I'll likely be picking up some snow in a jar the next time I stop by the old hobby store.

 And yes, that's Selene (or Girl Were-Wolf Hunter) from Copplestone.

Friday, April 12, 2013

British Colonial Soldier

Picked up a couple boxes of these last year at an extremely good price (FRP Games was having their year-end special, and they were practically giving them away). I've basecoated 12 of them and now I'm trying to decide how I want to paint them.

I did this bloke in a red jacket uniform. It's in a style reminiscent of an Anglo-Zulu Wars era British soldier, but I didn't choose an exact unit's uniform. I just want them for Pulp/VSF gaming, so I figured exact historical accuracy wasn't exactly necessary.

When all is said and done... I like the red, but I think I may like a khaki uniform better. So, tomorrow I'll paint one in khaki and compare the two. We shall see.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hippogriff Repurposing

Here's the next addition to my Narnian army: a Hippogriff originally from D&D minis. I re-based him, touched him up the way I wanted him to be with my own paints and put the static grass down, like I've done for the centaurs, also included in the pics. I'm just getting into the static grass, actually - and I quite like it. (I'm relatively new at this modelling hobby, you know.) I don't see myself as ever being terribly big into base work but then again, I've only just started.

I don't know if there were hippogriffs in canon Narnia armies, but there was a Griffon in the film that came out. I figure - they're fairly closely related, close enough that I can live with myself if I ask one to join the centaurs.