|Obligatory Box Art|
|Workspace, Demons, and Heroes|
|The Milliput Plague affects us all|
|Cheaper than clamps|
|A horde of void spiders|
|A horde of void spiders, but in a different pile|
|White vs. Foundation White. Not interchangeable.|
|The primer is less rough than the base, but not as much as I would have liked.|
|Finished tentacles. Tabletop-quality, but not much more.|
|Undercoated on a much nicer layer of primer|
The next batch I worked on were the stranglers. One of my goals for this set, which I could not meet appropriately on the tentacles, was to work on having higher contrast. I think I frequently make the mistake of thinking something looks great in my hand under my painting lamp, but when it's out on the table, it lacks the contrast to be interesting. I built up the stranglers from a dark undercoat, trying to keep shaded areas dark to make the muscles ripple. This was tricky in part because the models are not actually very detailed: some of what you see is "faked" with paint, not sculpted into the model. I was pretty happy with the flesh colors and then moved on to the mouth (sorry, no halfway photos here, though I wish I had some). I mixed a fleshy glaze and applied it in multiple layers around the "lips" area, matching the visual design of the box and rulebook art. At first, I was very unhappy with the appearance, and I was worried I had wrecked them. I took some more time to mix intermediate shades and try blending them in, and I tried to bring out more highlights at the edges and ridges. The result, I think, is one of the best blending jobs of any figure I've done.
|Stranglers, amassing to form a target|
|Night Terrors... but not quite yet complete|
|Super-contrast on the left, original on the right|
|Night Terrors, actually complete|
|Here are an undercoat and base color. Will it work this time?|
|*hack hack hack*|
|It's true, I spent hours staring at those cheeks.|
Necessity, like Frank Zappa, is the mother of invention. I decided to try rebuilding the gun, making this my first real figure modification. I suppose if you split hairs, it's a repair job, but calling it a mod makes it sound more intentional. I found a straight pin that was the right diameter for the barrel...
You may also remember that this guy leans backward. Many of the figures came off of their bases when I scrubbed them down, including him, which I took as an indication that he wasn't well on there in the first place. I decided that, after getting into the hobby about 1.5 years ago, it was time to start pinning. The first time I took my pin vise to a miniature, it was a bit daunting, but everything went smoothly. The first two I pinned were actually the Bandido and Gunslinger; the Marshal came afterward.
Compared to the Saloon Girl, the Marshal was a pretty dull miniature. I decided to put him in a matching vest and trousers, so there are not a lot of colors. The wooden handle to his rifle has some texture to it, and I used brown-red ink to try to make it look like stained wood. I built up the base with Milliput to make him standing on a slight slope, which helps correct his leaning pose as well.
I had moved on to the other heroes when I looked back at the Marshal and, as with the night terrors, wondered what would happen if I took up the contrast and highlights even more. I'm glad I did, as the final version is much more vibrant than before, when it was just too much brown. (Sorry, no comparison photos.)
|Bring it on, evil.|
Here they are, facing evil, and perhaps regretting that decision.
|Don't look behind you...|
Finally, to wrap things up, some happy family photographs.
|Those tentacles are clearly less interesting than the rest.|
|Tall people... er, things... in the back|
Some days, when I look at the variety of pictures I take during this projects, I think about building a lightbox, but where would I put it?
Thanks for reading!
Wait, what's that? How's the game, you ask?
I have no idea. We're still playing the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.