Scale Armor Rack: Bones 5 Figure

     This past week I painted up a pair of the “Scale Armor Racks” from the Bones 5 Core Set Armory addition.  I had one from the Core Set, and one that I pledged for from the Core Set  break out Armory set.   Since I had just posted last week (due to Easter weekend putting me behind), I picked these simple figures to do. (And I barely managed that, finishing them only today!)
     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 glued each of them to a 7/8″ 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 scale armor and the helmets 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 the wood rack bases with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”, and the belts with Accent “Real Umber”.  I let these dry, and then gave them a wash with Citadel Shade “Agrax Earthshade”.   When the wash was dry, I painted the back of the shields with Ceramcoat “Charcoal”.

     I then drybrushed the rack base with Americana “Sable Brown”.    Next, I painted the shield faces with Americana “Snow White”.  When the white was dry, I painted two of the rings on the left one with Americana “True Blue”, and two of the rings on the righthand one with Speed Paint “Blood Red”.    After that, I painted the riveted ring with the “Gunmetal Grey”.  I let the shield faces dry, and then gave them a wash with Citadel Shade “Nuln Oil”.   

     When the wash was dry, I highlighted the white with the base “Snow White”, highlighted the blue with the base “True Blue”, and highlighted the red with Reaper MSP “Fresh Blood”.    Lastly, I went around and did spot highlighting on the metal with the “Polished Silver, and highlighted the belts with Folk Art “Teddybear Brown”.  I finished by then painted the bases with Americana “Neutral Grey”.  
     Since I was painting thee right up to the wire, I didn’t have time to do a final brush on matte varnish, or spray.  Hopefully I can get to that in the next day or two.  Here, however are the finished paint jobs. 

    I’m generally pleased with how these turned out.  They’re not perfect, but as minor terrain pieces, I don’t think they have to be. 

     Bones 6 ended this past weekend.  Like others, I did not find this one to be as tempting as ones in the past.  I don’t know if it’s my overabundance of unpainted stuff from Bones 4 & 5, or the lack of a lot that interested me, but I went in at the beginning for a Core Set pledge and never raised it at all.   In the end, I don’t think I’ll even get the Core Set… there just wasn’t enough in it that I thought I would have a use for, since my gaming is primarily wargaming, not RPGs.   I think I will get the Lighthouse,  the Owlbear Legendary Tale Encounter, the Phoenix Egg Legendary Tale Encounter, and one or two Orc Add-ons.    Not sure what else.  Possible the Storm Goddess simply because she’s an exclusive. 
   So, what did you all pledge for, if anything? 
Random thoughts:
    1)  Interesting that Reaper is just going ahead and calling the bigger pieces “Exclusives”, after a series of big pieces from past Kickstarters that never actually made it to retail. 
    2)   Where were all the Encounter sets?  One of the big hits of Bones 5 was the Encounter sets.  These sets had a handful of figures and some cool terrain.   There were only 3 this time, and two of them came very late in the game.
    3)  I’m not liking Reapers increasing tendency to produce cartoon-like figures.  So many of them have faces, and body proportions that look like they’re straight from a Disney or Pixar movie.  I really perfer more realistic stuff.  I’m not a fan.

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Author: Chris Palmer

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