This weekend I was able to get some paint on Rauthuros, sculpted by Chaz Elliot, and included in the Reaper Bones Vampire Kickstarter set. I wanted to do something other than the traditional red and black which already seemed to heavily dominate the demon army. I chose a midnight blue base color and highlighted him with successive lighter blues. What do you think?
And the rest of the army got based:
That wraps up the Legions and the second skirmish army.
Before I start on the next army I think I’m starting to get the itch to work on some more terrain but I have no idea what to do…the funny thing about creative spurts is I never know what is going to get me excited next. It’s a lot like fishing – you throw out the line, get some nibbles, then all the sudden you land a fish. Well, right now I’m in the nibble stage so we’ll see what we hook into next post!
After trying numerous ways to come up with some kind of a terrain and basing technique that would represent the element of magma I believe I’ve finally found it. I tried cracked lava, brimstone and cinder but none of them really jumped. What I realized is that it wasn’t the texture that wasn’t working as much as the color. Magma isn’t so much represented by a color but by a brightness of light. In other words it has its own light source. That proved to be the hurdle that I overcame by getting some neon paints.
So I started out with a 12″ by 12″ piece of foam and shot it with red spray paint. The aerosol propellant in spray paints slightly melt the foam giving it a bubbly texture. I sprayed multiple times over certain areas to represent magma flows.
I then painted on neon yellow and neon orange in the recessed areas, followed that with gloss and a black dry brush.
That was easy enough but how do I get the bases to match? I started by laying down a layer of glue:
I gathered some perlite from the garage. Perlite is volcanic glass that has been superheated and caused to expand. It is used as a soil amendment. You can get this in the garden section of your local hardware store or super center for a few bucks.
Next I created a wash using equal parts neon orange paint, Future floor gloss acrylic and water and dripped this onto the base. The perlite soaked up the mix and I let it dry.
The last step is to dry brush charcoal black lightly over the top of this:
I like the way this is working out so I’ll continue this process throughout the army.
I still have a few miniatures to paint for this army including the big guy. Mmm…maybe black and purple?
It’s been a little tough to stay focused this week for some reason. I’m exploring several avenues for the Legions of the Damned skirmish board terrain but haven’t come across anything that I’m completely sold on yet. So while the experiments continue I keep working away on the pile.
First, we have a couple of additions to the Legions army.
The Summoner (Reaper miniatures):
Another Succubus (Reaper miniatures):
The Possessed (Mantic Zombies):
I also added two additions to the Frost Barbarians that will get based this weekend:
The Healer (Sharyn, Reaper miniatures):
And an Archer from Westwind Minatures’ Dwarf Wars:
I have a few other projects started but I’ll wait to show them when they’re a little closer to completion.
One of the skirmish bands I’m trying to bring together are my demons. These will be heavily based on the Disciples II PC game army known as the Legions of the Damned. Their primary element is magma. One would think this would be a fairly easy army to collect seeing that devils and demons span quite a few game genres and manufactures. Not so much. It’s unbelievable how any demon miniatures have lobster claws. Demonic crayfish? No, no, no, that’s just wrong, no clickity-clicks for me. So let’s see what I have to work with so far:
First,the Hell hounds from the Bones line:
From the same line, the succubus:
Next are the Titan slaves sculpted by Ben Seins and distributed by Crocodile Games. I added wings to them to give them a little more flair:
The Darkspawn Demon Warrior from Reapers Warlord line:
Next we have the Imps from the Ex Illis line:
Things get weird here with Gamezone demons. They are textured like a sponge and while I like them I’m not sure how cohesive they will be. I suppose demons and devils come in all forms though.
Also will be Gene Van Horne’s Pit Fiend from the Reaper Bones line:
And lastly, Rauthuros from the same line:
Some of these need to be repainted while others may or may not make the cut. This is a bit of a motley crew but the idea behind this project is to find something to do with all the random miniatures that I’ve accumulated on sale or clearance and give them a home. Next week we’ll be looking at getting some matching paint themes and coming up with a plan for basing these conjured beasts.