I apologize if this has already been done. Just trying to get the most out of these little buggers - painting them up. So, I cleaned, soaked these guys in alcohol, then sprayed with flat black (someone told me Walmart flat black soaks in) - didn't work for me, scratches off. Tried spraying with an expensive grey primer - didn't work for me, scratches off. My next step is painting and trying to seal in mod podge/black wash - will this work?
Does anybody have (preferably) sure fire tips for painting and preparing these guys? Thanks,
Post by Sam 'the beachcomber' on Sept 17, 2018 20:58:40 GMT
I just painted some. They do not take paint well.
sgtslag had a couple recommendations, see my $1 Skeleton Army post.
I used Apple Barrel paint from Walmart; a black base coat (Pavement) then dry brushed with white (Antique white), brown on the weapon shafts and a gray (Pavement & Antique white mix) on blades. It is holding up better than I thought it would. I have handled them a couple times and it has not rubbed off.
Mine were a yellowish colored plastic. I painted acrylic craft paint directly on the plastic bits which were not bone. After that dried, I painted Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain, Royal Walnut, over the entire figure. This is also known as, "The Dip".
It shades the figure, giving it that, "just dug up", look. It will rub off the figure in about 10+ years, if handled semi-roughly. I glued mine to 2"-square, MDF bases, painting PVA Glue onto the bases, then swirling them in a colored sand mixture. Quick and easy way to paint a large number of giant Skellies. Cheers!
Try using a hair dryer: heat them up, and if they straighten out, fine; if not, then manually straighten them, and stick them under/in cold water, to "set" them in their new position -- careful of the hot plastic so you do not burn yourself! Cheers!
I've got a bunch of these for my 2e BattleSystem games. They're cheap, and fun. Some of them are hunched forward, as if looking down upon lesser beings, in front of them. Looks quite funny when I put them in base-to-base contact with my Dwarves and Gnomes, in particular!
I've got some 60mm plastic Vikings figures I use for Frost Giants. Some of them are kneeling, in a challenging position, as if they were sculpted to be used as Giants, against puny Humans... I love these kinds of poses -- they really work for my games, making the giant figures look down, menacingly, upon their lessers... Great stuff! Hope you find them useful.
I would strongly recommend you seal the paintwork with something like clear polyurethane. It will shrink around the paint, holding it over the plastic. It should prevent the paint from sliding off, for a number of years, depending upon handling. You could also try painting some Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain -- Tudor (black) onto them, in place of a black wash: it will provide the black wash, as well as sealing the mini with polyurethane, in one step.
Basing them on something like 2-3mm thick, 2-inch square MDF, and picking them up by that, rather than the figure, will go a long way towards preserving their paint. They also will be much more stable, in spite of their posture and pose... I use E6000 Glue to adhere them to their bases. Cheers!
Like I posted previously, I calculated figure size of the Hill and Frost Giants, using 1" = 6 feet, for a Human. The 1977 AD&D Monster Manual, by Gary Gygax, a miniatures gamer, listed the heights for the Giants. Using the 1" = 6 feet = 25mm, scale/ratio, I calculated Hill Giants to be 54mm tall... I bought plastic Cave Men figures, from Wal-Mart, which I think are 54mm tall; the plastic Cave Men figures, produced by Tim Mee Toys, are actually only 40mm tall, but appear to be the same figure -- would make decent Ogres, though! The Frost Giants calculated out to be 60mm tall, and Cherilea makes 60mm plastic Vikings ($1.22 - $1.49 per figure; at least I got the Frosties in the proper size). I also found another set of injection molded, 60mm Vikings, made by Jecsan ($2.26 per figure) -- these are the ones with the kneeling poses, which look like they are lowering themselves to the little peoples' heights. I have always wondered if Gygax used some of these toy figures, in his Chainmail Fantasy Supplement games, back in the early 1970's...
They are off in size/scale for 2e+ games, but they are perfect for 1e scales, and games. They work for me: inexpensive; easy to paint for GEtGW standard; and, affordable to build an army with. YMMV. Cheers!
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT
nightshade: Been away for a bit ,back now
Oct 3, 2021 19:42:30 GMT
nightshade: Made it to Gencon on Sunday, mainly vendor/ purchasing day. Found my gral, a copy of TSRs Escape from New York boar dgame!
Oct 3, 2021 19:45:07 GMT