It's been a while since our Reaper Bones Day - and I'm ashamed to admit that I'm just NOW getting around to posting this since it was done in September, 2013. Yeah, more than a year sitting in the vault...but, it's here now - and with Reaper Bones II coming up we're set to have more than one more of these little sit ins. Better late than never, I suppose - in most cases.
We picked a good cross-section of sci-fi and fantasy miniatures to paint, of varying sizes. For this project, we'd be using the Army Painter system. Sprays, paints and Quickshade would all be applied, and we would show everyone how it worked. Yeah, this was a while back.
Leather Brown, Dragon Red, Greenskin and Crystal Blue were chosen as the colors. Each color would would be used on three miniatures: 1 fantasy, 1 non-fantasy, and 1 large model. After getting spray primed, the miniatures would be painted by some of our members for a project day. It was great fun getting it all together, and getting to paint with a larger group all at once.
|Turanil, Elf Paladin; Eldritch Demon; Ellen Stone|
|Army Painter Crystal Blue|
|Marsh Troll; Horace Action; Dita, Steampunk Witch|
|Army Painter Greenskin|
Greenskin is another great color, a bright green easily coating the models in a smooth, even coat. I can see where it would be easy to get really creative just by lining up the colors. Army Painter has a lot of different colors available as both spray primer and Warpaint, and you can check those out at their site here. If you're not already familiar with their products, take it from me - our club has moved to using this line almost exclusively.
|Ape-X; Khael Stonekindle, Dwarf Wizard; Rosie, Chronotechnician|
Now that we've broken free of the mold that demands all games to have miniatures specific to them, a lot of cool stuff we've previously pulled away from have potential here at the Wargate. Since Bones on Kickstarter, we've been in all of the Reaper Miniatures projects they've put on that site, including CAV. We've already received part of that Kickstarter, but Bones II is still on the way.
|Army Painter Dragon Red|
I've prepared a number of projects using these materials, and they are ready for the club to tackle as a group project. We'll be able to paint up units in short order like this. Those projects will have their own entries eventually. Note, that the models featured in this article aren't really related to each other, only in that they are Reaper Bones.
|Owlbear; Valeros, Iconic Fighter; Deadeye Slim|
|Army Painter Leather Brown|
The Bones miniatures are fantastic. They may lack a little in detail, but by and large this is not an issue. The larger models don't suffer from this as much as some of the faces on certain sculpts.
|Painted by: Foley, Captain Video and Jerry Wargate|
We actually had an incident with these models involving Anti-Shine. A botched coat required a few of these models to have to be stripped - most notably Turanil, Elven Paladin, painted by Jerry Wargate. We are happy to inform you that these minis can take the Super Clean bath and not be damaged at all. After a quick bath to get the most of the botched Anti-Shine coat off, it was touched up and completed normally.
|Painted by Foley, Joe Kool and Dave Bone|
|Painted by Reverend Greg, Dave Bone and Foley|
As stated before, it became apparent that some of these models wouldn't need an extra base, as the size of their own was sufficient to hold them on the table. Our own suggestion is if the base is circular and at least 20mm in size, let it stand on it's own. If it's irregular or needs extra support on the table, place it on a suitable base prior to basecoating.
|Painted by Dave Bone and Captain Video.|
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped paint these models. You guys are the bomb - sorry we made you wait so long to see the fruits of your labors here on the site. It will never be this long again - I promise! In addition, we'll be getting more sessions like this ready for the group and presented on certain Sundays, so come on in and learn those paint techniques and show off your skills for the next Bones Day!!