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Friday, October 28, 2016

October Halloweeny Greetings and Update!

Time for another End of Month Update:
For this it's the end of the October season and my favorite month is almost gone...
My standard planned schedule for October was going to be: "Paint lots of figures and run a Halloween themed game on the last Saturday night."

What I didn't plan was having company and having to go to Houston the week before.
But while there, I made a stop at a local game store and grabbed up some goodies. 
In this case, Reaper Chronoscope and Savage Worlds.

First up:
The Deadlands Noir: Femme Fatale.
From what I can see of her, she has a nice 40'ish skirt and heels. I'm thinking dark brown hair and a red skirt. This dame could be trouble.

Next up is #2: Nurse Anne Foster.
I'm not sure yet if she is a "Good Nurse", or a "Bad Nurse", or a "Naaaaaasssssty Nurse".  I'm just hoping that the thermometer that she is using to take oral temperatures isn't the rectal thermometer.

#3: "Into the woods"....
Another of the twisted versions of stories from Reaper and Chronoscope.
Right now I think that this is my favorite recent purchase.

(I'm looking forward to getting paint on these...(Note grandmas head behind BB Wolfs back)...Oh dear...)

#4: "Wocka-Tocka"
What's an action hero without an action heroine?
And in this day of funk and fight, only one hot lady can keep up with Action Jackson, and that is the ultra mod and hip Mizz Ebony Foxx...
Or as in the words of the late, great James Brown...."HE'P ME!!!"

And finally for #5: I needed something "interesting", I guess. 
This figure of an undead Fuehrer called out to me.
I guess the "Hitler is alive!" stories were true...sorta...

Meanwhile back on the set.
Back last December, I had a nice Reaper purchase come in.
Two of the figures, I pulled out, and decided to try to get ready in time for Halloween.
Not only this, but I thought I would try to do a "This is how I painted them." Step-by-step", to show well..."how I do it".

First up is Reapers Ghost Bride":

I've always been fascinated by the "Bridal Ghost/Lady in White" ghost stories that you always hear about and when I found out that Reaper has this figure, it was a "must have".
It's a beautiful figures with lots of detail, and can be used for a "living bride" as well as "a restless sprit seeking final vows from beyond the grave"

Flash removal was minimal, and was mounted to the base after a primer coat of black.

The first initial coat was a runny wash of Reaper Pro-Paint: Slate (which gave it the nice dark blue base appearance over the black that I wanted.)

The slate blue wash over the black to pick out the details. This is indeed a very nice figure.

And a close up. (Better pics to come. I promise!)...

I then did a light runny wash of Vallejo Deep Sky Blue to help highlight some of the detail and help the Slate to become a shadow color. So far it seems to be coming out well, don't you think?

I then followed up with a repeat very light wash of Vallejo Sky Blue.
This gives her the basic blue-ish tint to start out with. I added some black (not pictured), to her hair and to the bouquet and the flowers around her waist. They will be highlighted with another lighter wash and dry-brush.
this is how she looks currently:

So far I am quite pleased. Next stop, more highlighting and the beginning of the detail work...

And then for #2:

The Second one is also a Reaper figure: 
The Classic Horror "Dracula".
This was another "must have" for me, and tbh, I do like the figure for it's classic appeal, as the detail is not a high as the Ghost Bride that is previously posted.

Here's what he looks like in the blister:

Like the Ghostly Bride previously mentioned, the good Count, also received a primer of black and then a base:

 First initial colors on his is a Satin Deep Scarlet for the initial basing of his cape.
More colors will be added to him soon, as he should be a pretty easy figure to paint up.

"Good eeeeeeeeevening....."

So that is how they are right now. 
I have more figures in the final finish up stages but I wanted to get these out for the spirit of Halloween.

More to come!
Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

October's gray skies....

September has passed and October is here.
Recently I had to go back up to Kenosha to do some work at one of my sites.
While there, the weather turned cool and the skies changed into the "cloudy gray skies" that I find so enchanting (yeah I know I am weird that way).

Here's a pic of the skies changing as I am walking down Sixth Street in Kenosha:

And the drive home, the next day you could see the storm front hanging right above:

The best part was that I was able to pick up some figures after a quick stop at the game store that I call "The Tombs",
Since October is on it's way I am in kind of a Halloweeny mode and decided on some figures with a theme or at least "a look":
First up, "Sallah - Arabian Hero":  A very "Sindbad-ish" style figure.

A really nice figures. I am kind of wishing that I had two of him, because the second one would become a statue...

Last year, I painted up the eerie scarecrow "Gauntfield", and liked him, so I decided I needed a "new" Halloween Horror.
And enter stage right comes "Freddie" - The Pumpkin Horror:

"Fresh from the unblessed soil of the unholy pumpkin patch, "Freddie" wanders the night seeking revenge and vengeance upon those spoiled fat children that disembowel and mutilate his defenseless pumpkin friends and family with ghoulish glee..."

And to top it off, I was able to pick up a nice Black Tree Designs (BTD) "Witch Burning Set", This was the old former "Ackland Accessories Set", which was acquired by BTD when Ackland went out of business.

This set is a little rougher in casting than the rest, (almost a mid-late 80's- early 90's casting feel and look to it), and I am going to need to add some bases and perhaps some "embellishments" for it. 
So here's hoping I can get some paint on these in time for "The Season"....

More to come, as always...