Closing in on finishing the Lost Valley expansion from the Bones 4 kickstarter, here are the Raptors and the Hut.
The last few weeks have not been very productive when it comes to painting miniatures, but every so often I do get a spot of painting in. That hut has taken many weeks of doing just a bit now and another bit then. In the end I am so utterly sick of the sight of it there in my currently painting tray that I just finished it without much ado. I might revisit it at a later date to add some more detail.
Some time in the late 1990s I did an entire lizardman army for the fantasy wargame Raven by Harlequin miniatures. I am thinking of rebasing and touching up this army as a generic, system agnostic one. That army had some smaller raptors and also raptor riders. The paint scheme here is similar to how I painted those lizardmen back in the day, so these raptors should fit right in with this army.
44081: Raptor Hunting Pack (5)
The paint scheme is rather simple and quick to paint and does not really require much precision:
Deep green over black undercoat, followed by a heavy drybrush with a bottle green, such as Dark Angels Green or similar. Over this a lighter drybrush on the legs/arms and very very lightly on the belly and underside in general with an olive green such as 70.967 Vallejo Model Color Olive Green or the old citadel goblin green.
The back gets some reddish brown or terracotta, followed by a sandy yellow/ochre that leaves some of the reddish brown visible around the edges. On this a light drybrush with 70.976 Vallejo Model Color Buff or similar bone yellow colour. Mix in some white for a final highlight if desired. Gloss black on claws, paint in the eyes as follows: the entire eyeball and eyesocket in black or something very dark. The eyeball in buff, then some transparent yellow (or citadel cassandora yellow shade) with some thinned transparent orange in the middle. When dry, a thin vertical line of black, followed by gloss varnish on only the eyeballs. Teeth in a light beige or whatever you like.
I made 45×30 oval bases for them.
I need to say that the Bones Black material is very good for PVC minis, and far superior to the regular white Bones material. But these minis have some questionable detailing around the hands and feet. Or should I say lumpy bits at the end of the legs? It would seem that the factory has maybe pulled a fast one on Reaper and the QC has let us all down on these specific minis by not spotting this and having it fixed before signing off on them.
I don’t really mind all that much as the bits in question are for the most part hidden in the basing flockmix, but it is a bit frustrating knowing that they both could and should have had crisper details on the feet and hand claws.
44087 Runehorn Hut
The hut was a bit smaller than expected, but nicely sculpted anyhow. The base measures about 9cm x 8cm, with the tusks sticking out from the lintel further 2-3cms. it is roughly 5 cms tall.
As seen, the hut is a bit small for a human. One can assume the People of the Dawnlands live there, being so small and weedy as they are.
Both the raptors and the hut were sculpted by Jason Wiebe.
Bones Black PVC
Both are available from reapermini.com
Painted so far this year: (Miniatures: 235/365 goal // scenery and terrain: 12)
March: 45 / 10
April: 41 // 1
September: 21 // 1
Bones 4 Lost Valley Expansion: 35+4 / 36+4 Just 1 to go!
The Bones 4 Lost Valley Expansion: