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Elements on Fire!

I combined several ideas and minis from several places for this project.

Some manufacturers are producing plastic/resin minis using colored plastic that is translucent and looks pretty nifty. The one that started this project for me was the Reaper Bones fire elemental. I liked the look of the colored plastic, but it was kind of hard to make out the details in the sculpt. I didn’t want to prime it with white or black paint, as priming would wipe out the translucency, so I started by coating it with Vallejo brush-on matt sealant.

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The matt dries clear and also creates a surface that is more accepting of paint than just plain Bones plastic. *Reaper, the manufacturer of Bones, claims you can paint straight onto the unprimed Bones material without priming; you can, it just looks like poo to me.

Next up was a coat of a deep red that mainly hit the high areas as I wanted the red plastic to show in the crevices.

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Then my nice bright orange going lightly over the red painted areas.

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Then Yellow over the orange, but not as heavy as either of the two previous colors.

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And at this point I thought I was done, but it felt like it needed a little more…something. Thanks to Google I found this guy who had done the exact same thing and his project showed me a good finishing step. Heroscape Blog

The finishing step is to highlight with a 50/50 mix of yellow and white and only touching the high points on the sculpt.

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I liked it! I then dug through my box of minis and found another couple of fire elementals from Reaper also made with the translucent red plastic. Then I remembered that in my Arena of the Planeswalkers set Chandra’s minions were made of a similar material. Here are the Flame Cats and Phoenixes just before they received the final yellow-white highlight.

Here is Chandra, a Red and fiery Planeswalker from Magic the Gathering, with her flaming minions.

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Her hair kind of disappears. She came pre-painted but I need to do a little bit of highlighting. Here are all of the fire projects with some black sand added to their bases.

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Vallejo Matt Varnish

This episode brought to you by Vallejo Matt Varnish, the brush on kind!

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One of the difficulties of miniature painting in Alaska is that spray matt doesn’t like being applied in cold temperatures. It’s April, but we still have frost on the windows in the mornings and spray matt can get cloudy and screw up a paint job. I found out that Amazon sells Vallejo paints, which is great as the local shops don’t have them. There’s no odor so it can be used indoors and dries clear. It goes on cloudy and shiny, but don’t worry, dries clear remember. It was also very handy to be able to get a brush into some of the hard to reach areas, like arm-pits.

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Here is the Endless One and some of the Scions that it spawns;

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That was fun, back to Avenging now.

Endless Blues

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He’s big, he’s blue, he’s here to suck the magical energy out of your dimension, it’s the Endless One! Almost anyways, I believe this will do for his base colors before he gets dipped. I may do some additional highlighting once he comes out the other side. This model used a very small color palette in large quantities due to the surface area of this beastie.

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Black primer, white dry-brushing, lots of Arcane Blue which is a shadowy-purpley-grey for skin base, then Caledor Sky blue for his warts and hand colors, then a lighter Hoeth Blue for highlights and more hand colors, then Ulthuan Grey mixed with Hoeth Blue 1-1 for a few more highlights.

While I was finishing this I looked over at the edge of my paint area and saw another Ork Warboss lurking there waiting his turn for painting. About two hours later, with a mostly metallic dry-brush paintjob, I am able to present Ghazgkull Thraka; Legendary Ork Warboss with a shortage of vowels.

This is also pre-dip so the shading on the colors are going to change a bit and I know I’ll be doing a touch of highlighting on the horns, face, red metal jaw and red claws. Here’s his palette;

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Warboss Green on the skin, Blazing Orange (my bottle from 1989 is almost empty) as a base on the red bits, followed by Khorne Red for a nice glow to the red parts, Ushabti Bone on the skull and horns, Pig Iron dry-brushed all over the place for his armor, Brass Balls for a few rivets, parts of the gun and the metal teeth, with plain white on Thraka’s real teeth. Very hefty feel to this model as he’s all metal, I believe I’ll be brushing on the polyurethane instead of possibly losing him in the gunk with the dip method.

The Dire Avengers are still plodding forward, just lots of them to do so the assembly line gets a little boring at times, which is why my mind wanders into other projects to relieve some of the tedium of a mass paint paint job.

Wraithguard – Final

Five (metal) Eldar Wraithguards with BFG’s and the Warlock that I painted previously to keep them shooting in the right direction;

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The Eldrazi Scions are also done, although my son tells me that the paint scheme I used for the Scions would be fine for the Endless One, but Scions as depicted in the game art have a lot more color variety. Ah well, at least they all match.

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I’m still working on the Eldar Howling Banshee troops and an old gaming friend of mine said I was wrong and that the one time he used them they performed great….then he thought about it and remembered they had gone up against a unit of Gretchin, and had emerged triumphant! Of course they did, they were fighting Gretchin. :/ After they’re painted up I’ll have to try fielding them and see if they can do anything other than sing off-key.

Magic the TTG

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My son is a big fan of the Magic:The Gathering card game, we’ve played Heroscape, an out of production Milton Bradley boardgame, for years. Now there is a table top game version of Magic using the Heroscape rules with the Planeswalkers casting spells from decks and accompanied by summoned creatures. It’s mostly compatible with the older Heroscape rules so you can combine the games for more fun. The new Magic-scape games come with plastic minis; Planeswalkers that are pre-painted, and summoned creatures that are cast in plastic in the same color as the mana needed to summon them. The latest set also contains the world-devouring Eldrazi, cast in blue. There is a lot of great art available for these creatures so I’ve started painting the Eldrazi creatures I have.

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I primed the Scions (the little critters) black, brushed a blue grey, hit the center carapace section with blue ink, scumbled and dry-brushed the whole thing with a light grey, dipped, sprayed, and decorated the base. The big guy is “The Endless One”, enormously powerful and produces Scions as he slithers across the board towards your defending Planeswalkers. I’m hoping to start work on the big piece after I finish the Howling Banshee project.

Gorillanoids & Skullbreakers

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My Heroscape Gorillanoids have a big brother heavy now, I’ll have to come up with a Heroscape stat card and maybe a Mutants and Death Ray Guns version of these guys too.

Work also continues on my reptillian forces; I cleaned up a few more of the ebay lizardman rejects I bought a while back and also purchased a Reaper Reptus Skullbreaker, sculpted by C. Elliot.

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Why is he red? Well, when the order arrived this bottle of paint was in the box with a note from Reaper minis saying “Surprise!” as they’ll randomly gift customers with little prizes like this. I wanted to see what the quality of their paint was like so the Skullbreaker became the test subject. The paint is in a dropper bottle, goes on smooth and looked really thin at first, I thought I’d need to do a second coat of the red. When the red dried it was much darker and shinier than I’d initially expected it would be. Quite a pleasant surprise all ’round.

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He still needs a little bit of highlighting and detailing but I’ll come back to him in a bit.