Valgar Swiftaxe (A) and Dagar Bronzebeard (A) Bones 5 Figures

     (EDIT:  I didn’t get these guys done in time, but am very close so will be posting the final results on Thursday.  I did however have a great weekend of gaming and terrain making, so am not totally sad. 😀 )
     I returned this past month back to working on the Dwarves from the The Dwarf King’s Crypt Encounter Sets that I got through the Bones 5 Kickstarter.  Between the two sets, I have 12 of the Dwarf warriors (2 each of the 6 that came in each set. I randomly picked one of the “Valgar Swiftaxe” figures, and one of the “Dagar Bronzebeard” figures to work on.
     I had decided to work on these two at a time to help save a little time.  My plan was to paint them basically the same; with the hopes that when mixed into a unit, combined with the difference in the poses, they wouldn’t look too identical. 
     I prepped the figures in the usual way, soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them.  I then trimmed the figures’ integral bases a little, and glued each of them to a 1″ grey-primed metal washer with some Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the figures to a large craft stick with a couple drops of Elmer’s glue. 
      I began painting by giving all the chainmail armor a coat of Ceramcoat “Black”.  When dry, I drybrushed it with Folk Art Metallic “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then went over it lightly with a drybrush of Reaper MSP “Polished Silver”.  Next I painted their faces, arms, and hands with Reaper MSP “Tanned Skin”, and their tunics with Ceramcoat “Denim Blue”.
     Next, I painted fur lining on the righthand one’s hood, and both their shoes with Folk Art “Real Brown”, and I did their belts and pouches with Americana “Raw Umber”.  After that, I painted their boot tops with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the soles with “Black”.   I noticed there was a bit of trouser peaking above the boot tops on the righthand one, and I painted it with Folk Art “Dapple Grey”.  
     I then painted their beards with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and their axe handles with Reaper MSP “Shield Brown”.  After that, I did the axe heads, handle base, belt buckle, and bracelets, with Americana “Zinc”. I also painted the border around their tunics with Americana “Snow White”.

      I decided at that point that the white trim on both made them look too similar, so I repainted the righthand one with Americana “Festive Green”.  I then painted the beard holders with Ceramcoat “Metallic Copper”; and then did the axe heads and the handle base with Reaper MSP “Honed Steel”.  After that, I painted the bracelets, with the “Gunmetal Grey” that I had used earlier on the chainmail. 

     I let the figure dry for a while, and then gave his face, arms, and hands a coat of Citadel Shade “Reikland Fleshshade”.   I let that dry, and then gave the rest of the figure a coat of Citadel Shade “Nuln Oil”. 
      I let all the washes dry for a while, and then began on the highlighting.  First I painted their eyes, and then highlighted his skin with the base “Tanned Skin”, mixed with “Reaper MSP “Tanned Highlight”.  I then highlighted his beard with first Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”, and then Folk Art “Barn Wood”.

     That’s as far as I got before my busy weekend set in.  Tune in Thursday for the finishing work on these Dwarves!

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Author: Chris Palmer

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