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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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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.