Khael Stonekindle, Dwarf Wizard: Figure 138 of 265

Chris Palmer

      This week I painted Khael Stonekindle, Dwarf Wizard, from the Dwarves Set.  In thinking about how I wanted to paint him, I decided I wanted to go with an all gray theme, (I’ll forgo the 50 shades jokes 🙂  ), like he was a natural part of the rocky Dwarf world he inhabited; almost becoming one with the stones.  One of things I learned in doing this is that it seems half my bottles are labeled as “grey”, and half as “gray”…I’m not sure which is correct or whether they’re interchangeable?
      So, I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying.  I then glued the figure to a 1” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.
    I began by painting the figure all black, base and all; and then giving it a heavy drybrushing with Folk Art “Medium Gray”.  I then drybrushed over this more lightly with Duncan “Slate Grey”.  I made an attempt to mostly, but not completely, avoid his boot with these colors, so it only got the hint of some drybrushing on it.

Next, I painted his staff with Folk Art “Barn Wood”. I then painted his sleeve with Folk Art “Poppy Seed”, and his pants leg with GW “Shadow Grey”. I mixed some Americana “Shading Flesh” with some of the “Medium Grey” (about 50/50) and painted his face and hands with the blended color.

I then carefully drybrushed his beard and hair with Apple Barrel “Rock Grey”. I also decided to add some decorative touches, and painted his hat and sleeve bands with the “Shadow Grey”, and then went back and trimmed them with Folk Art Platinum Gray”.  I painted his scabbard with Aleene’s “True Grey”, and his pouches, belt, and sword grip with Americana “Charcoal Grey”.  I then painted his pipe with American “Dove Grey”.

    When everything was dry, I gave the entire figure a wash with GW “Badab Black” wash”.

     After the wash was good and dry, I went back and drybrushed his staff with the base “Barn Wood”.  I then added his eyes by painting the whites white and doing black pupils. I added highlights to his beard with first the base “Rock Grey”, and then some of the “Platinum Gray”. I added some highlights to his robes with the “Slate Grey”.  Then, I mixed some of the “Shading Flesh” with some of the “Slate Grey” and added highlights to his face and hands. Likewise, I mixed some of the “Slate Grey” to the “Charcoal Grey” and highlighted his pouches. and belt.  I followed up by adding highlights to his pipe with the “Dove Grey”, sleeve with the “Poppy Seed”, and pants with the “Shadow Grey”.  I realized I hadn’t done his eyebrows yet, so added them in by first painting them with the “Rock Grey”, and then adding some light “Platinum Gray” highlights.
    Lastly, I worked on the metals; painting the metal bits on his sword, staff, and pouches with Cermacoat “Metallic Pewter”. I also used this color to paint the beads in his beard, and the eyes on the staff’s dog’s head.  I then went back and added highlights to the metal bits with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”.
    I decided I actually wanted his base to look less grassy than usual, so I took the time to  drybrush his textured base with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and then went back over it more lightly with GW Foundation “Deneb Stone”.
        The next morning I gave the figure a coat of  Ceramcoat “Mate Varnish”. Later that afternoon, I glued a small stone on the base and then flocked it.  The following day, I sprayed the figure with “Testor’s Dullcote”. 

I’m very pleased with how this fellow turned out. I think he has a great wizened look about him.

Figure 138 of 265: Complete

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  1. Both “grey” and “gray” are acceptable. The best you can hope for is consistency within an organization or document. At West Point is was always “gray.”

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