So this week sees me having finished some more birthday transluscents. They took me much longer than anticipated as I found myself experimenting with washes, drybrushing and different clear coats.
In addition I finished a couple of other relatively simple pieces.
First a small portal.
This is from the Dungeons and Lasers Kickstarter stretchgoals.
Originally I was going for a blue green ghostly appearance on the magical element but then decided to go with a matt black dotted with little stars. This evolved into experimenting with some of the new Army Painter metallic colors. A coat of Night Scales followed by a coat of Fairy Dust and now it has the appearance of a blackened mirror. My poor photography does not do it justice. The plan is to use this for the Ulterior Motives expansion for Frostgrave.
Next up is a stained glass golem from the Reaper Bones 5 Kickstarter. It should make a decent medium construct for Frostgrave.
Normally I am much more a low fantasy fan but Frostgrave is pushing me a bit out of my usual comfort zone. The high fantasy elements strike me as something from Harry Potter, which is not really my kind of thing, but for some reason in this case it is really working for me. I can just picture it peeling itself from a church window.
Here we have a 3d printed piece we won on eBay.
It was probably intended to be painted up as armor in metallic but I decided to make it a stone statue medium construct for Frostgrave due to the chunky design of the sword… which comes across more like a sword shaped club. The glossy blue studs are meant to be magical gems that bring the statue to life.
Another statue, golem, large construct… this time from Reaper Bones 5. I am thinking it will be perfect for the Frostgrave “Hunt for the Golem” mini-campaign.
Originally I went for red stones on its helmet but they just did not look right, so again Army Painter metallic Night Scales to the rescue. I am thinking polished “Skystone” gems, ie meteorite bits. The corroded bronze did not come out quite as good as I hoped it would but otherwise I am rather pleased with this piece.
Next is a Reaper Bones Water Weird.
I am not sure how we will use this piece just yet. I do not think there is anything in Frostgrave like it.
This elemental flame creature could be a demon or maybe construct for Frostgrave.
It reminds me of the Flame Atronachs in the Elder Scrolls universe.
Whereas these little balls of flame might be smaller demons or small elemental constructs.
Or just to mark something as on fire I suppose.
This clear piece is from the Reaper Bones 5 Kickstarter.
I think it would make a fine Nullman for Frostgrave but I need more than one and until they reach retail getting more will be problematic.
I was of a mind to paint the sword on this wraith but Mrs. GG convinced me to leave it ethereal for now.
What do you think?
The skull on this one was almost painted bone colored but again Mrs. GG convinced me to leave it ethereal.
No confusing it for a skeleton I suppose.
I experimented with a number of different eye colors on this purple wraith but nothing looked quite right. It may not look much different than fresh out of the blister but I did use subtle washes and drybrsuhing to try to bring out the details.
Another green wraith/ghost/specter.
A bit generic but I just could not think of anything spectacular to help make it stand out.
This one seems a bit saucy and I imagine a more skilled artist could really bring it to life, so to speak, but as is it works well enough for me.
So there we are. Not a huge amount finished but more in the works and each step on the path brings us closer to our goals.
I have been distracted of late from my Frostgrave obsession with some renewed passion for my Napoleonics and Tarnished Splendor. I am so keen to get The Silver Bayonet that I am a bit like a kid before Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas.. word is that the Dwarven Forge Wildlands Kickstarter pledge fulfillment should begin before Christmas but is dependent still on the messed up international shipping situation. Our pledges from Battle System’s First Born and Monster Fight Club’s Icy Wilds are similarly delayed and it is frustrating. However my painting backlog is so big I suppose I should enjoy the breathing space.
I am going to have to thin out some of the collection with eBay. There is just too much I love to hold on to things I am not that fond of.
It has taken awhile but I finally finished season 1 of The Punisher. It was ok but it just does not feel “right” to me. Perhaps I am too influenced by the Mack Bolan books of my youth. Don Pendelton’s Mack Bolan has been cited as an inspiration for Frank Castle aka The Punisher and the similarities are obvious.
There is something more “mean spirited” about Jon Bernthal’s version of Frank compared to other actors‘ take on the character. Nor does he remind me of any of the special ops folks I have met, he comes across much more of an average grunt. However he also reminds me of a estranged childhood friend of mine.
From tears to temper tantrums, there is a burning hot rage in Bernthal’s Punisher compared to the ice cold fury I imagined the character to have, as well as a level of cruelty that just seems wrong. A certain eye gouging scene just went too far, it felt wrong for how I perceive Frank. Bernthal’s Frank is just too overtly emotional for me. And too awkward at times, too insecure. I see Frank as supremely confident, sure of himself and his actions. Bernthal makes Frank a little too “average guy” at times, which just does not work for me.
To be fair to the show though, many of the other characters are quite compelling to watch with excellent casting.
A better take on how I see Frank would be how Keanu Reeves plays John Wick. Or how Hugh Jackman portrays Wolverine. Or Thomas Jane plays Frank in the short film “Dirty Laundry”.
But what do you think?