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Well time for the next project, my first dwarf (other than Gotrek) for a while and what a dwarf to do! Josef Bugman.
Now, once I cleaned the model and such I noticed a few things. The first being the barrels upon which he stands don't align correctly, this left big nasty cracks down the two outer sides of the barrels and on top the lids were very uneven. So to remedy this I had to GS these gaps. Now, I'm not very good with GS and this is probably my third or fourth time using it, but this was the biggest task I've used it for. And I surprised myself. As it turned out the lids needed more than gap filling and I had to level half of them out using GS, so a big job for me there.
The next thing was the base. It came with the standard monster base, but I didn't think having grass or rocks would look right. So - maybe against my better judgement - decided to make the base up out of flagstones. So once more the GS was used, I had a look at a base I know had these on and tried to copy this. I think it turned out ok, but I'll leave the judgement until the end after it's painted. But what do you all think?
And the final part I realised I had cut the tab on his foot off (notice the hole on top of one of the barrels? Secures him in place), so I did something else again. I got a spare 20mm base and drilled a hole in it and stuck a pin in Bugman's foot. So now he has two bases. One (the barrels) for display purposes and a second (flocked) for gaming use.
Anyways, this is the first post and the unpainted and un-undercoated version. I have a few pics just incase people haven't seen the model before, and again sorry for any blurry or out of focus pics.
Lovely model that, only dwarf model I own. Instead of going to that bar, I just bought it from an auction
The work on the barrels looks fine, but I'm not too keen on the flooring. Stone floors usually have the pieces of stone closer together, or else it'd be a bit of a bother to walk on it. (example: http://www.tradstocks.co.uk/product-images/large69.jpg )
Or you could make wooden floor out of strips of balsa wood, that'll probably look good.
Aye, I figured they looked a bit far apart. But with my GS skills I did the best I could, if I'd have gotten closer chances are it would have been a big blob. So for this I think I did ok, but we'll see when it's painted.
Well I started, and tbh I've moved at lightning speed. I tend to find painting dwarfs is quick; beard, armour, flesh, details - done. But I've taken my time, or as much as I could.
So what have I done...
The beard; I have a pic from the GW site which I'm using as a base and I decided to try and get my beard the same as that one. Not going to happen. Going from Scorched Brown - Bestial - Snakebite Leather - Bubonic - Bleached Bone; I kinda screwed up. It looked odd. So to resue it I gave it a brown wash (very watered) and then lightly drybrushed Bleached Bone. And to my surprise, it seems to have worked. It's not amazing but not bad.
I will point out I never really drybrushed the beard, this is my usual way of doing them. I decided to paint it on, trying to blend in from dark near the top to the blondeish colour. Didn't work but I must try harder with my dwarf beards in the future, drybrushing it too easy and borning how to do them.
Next I moved onto the Flesh. Going from a dark flesh base I blended right up to elf flesh, passing through; tanned and dwarf flesh on the way. This was a long way, I didn't touch dwarf flesh for at least five or six layers. And to finish it off I attempted a red, bulbos nose. Mixing a tiny amount of blood red into my final colour and applying it to the nose, seems to look ok but not perfect. Oh and he has eyes (but the brow covers them) and his teeth are done bleached bone washed with a mix of black and flesh inks.
Next up I moved onto the armour. Going from a Boltgun Metal base I washed it with a mix if brown and black ink (more empysis on the brown), then began to highlight way layers and mixed of Boltgun, Chainmail, Mithril silver. The final highlight, most noticeable on the axe edges, was mithril and a touch of skull white. I then gave the whole metal parts a wash of very watered down black ink.
And the final parts done today were the axe shaft, horns and the sleeves (he has two pairs of sleeves). Both started on a scorched brown base then a mix with beastial brown, followed by adding snakebite leather. Here was where the sleeves that go to the hands stopped. The other set went onto a mix (as above) but adding bubonic brown and a final highlight of bubonic.
The axe shaft and horns were more or less the same - scorched, beastial, snakebite. The horns moved onto bleached bone and it was then I realised I can't blend. As you'll see, they are actually brown at the bottom and cream at the top I just overbrushed slightly lower down to give the appearance of a smooth transition. The axe handle is plain. I can't do freehand and fear to screw up by trying to put grain down it, but I may try if good advise is given.
And the last pic...
Now, the cloak is a big part of this model. I was thinking of doing it a blue colour, this is beacuse Bugman's main colours has been blue for the past two editions of FB. But what to others think?
Also any comments welcome.
I love it so far KuF. How the hell am I meant to even equal that with my one? I must agree with you about the barrels, they were not made that well at all and I too must break out the greenstuff.
Thanks for the walkthrough though, so really good ideas there.
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KU mate, I do like the beard - it is excelent, as is the tankard, for my money the scale armour on the chest looks a little shiney, but just a perspective thing, when the rest of the mini is done it may not be the case
wow good job, really impressive!
as for the cloak i think blue might look a bit out of place with the naturalistic colour scheme you've picked for the rest of the clothes and armour, what about a dark green? we don't have to pander to GW's whims
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Thanks for the replies, and I now will announce that he is finished! Just him base left now.
Against other peoples advice I chose to do his cloak a deep, dark blue. Starting with a mix of chaos black and midnight blue I then moved onto adding more midnight into the mix before adding regal blue as the first layer highlight. Then I added enchanted blue as the second highlight and to finish once more enchanted blue. Very nice IMO.
The gold was also done at this stage. Starting from a Tin Bitz base I move through Dwarf Bronze onto Shining Gold and after a few layers of SG I added Burnished Gold, followed by a fianl layer of Burnished Gold a slight highlight of Mithril Silver. The whole lot was then given a wash of watered down flesh wash. The belt on the front was done slightly different, a Brazen Brass base with Dwarf bronze for highlight.
The final stages on Bugman now! The cloak has a furlined trim, so I decided to keep it in the theme of the cloak itself. Starting with a codex grey base I overbrushed fortress Grey followed by a mix of fortress and skull white and fianlly a light layer of skull white.
A few small items were done next; on his left side he has a pipe and a pouch. These were both done from a scorched brown base, then bestial followed by a highlight of snakebite leather. The axe handle was done Scab red, Red Gore and highlighted with Blood red. The rings on his fingers were done in mithril silver, the ruby was Red Gore with a Blood Red highlight. The B on the flaggon was an attempt at blending, sort of. Going from codex grey upto skull white, seems to have worked a bit.
The last part was the ale in the flaggon. Using a mix of bleached bone and snakebite I lightly put this on the bottom of the ale, then highlighted using bleached bone and skull white followed by pure skull white. And to finish it off I gave it a really, really weak wash of flesh wash to tint it slightly.
Comments welcome. The base will be started tomorrow, so keep an eye out.
That little chap is absolutely fantastic.
That great paint job almost makes up for the fact that he's a poxy Dwarf
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Thanks very much. He may only be a dwarf, but it means he's better than a dozen of any other race alone. :p