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Chance

Chance – from Descent Legends of the Dark

Chance is the first animal-look-alike miniature – ok, Vaerix is an animal too, but he is not a pet! – I painted so far and I really enjoyed this furry friend! It’s a cat, but he is so full of details… or maybe it’s just because he is a cat and everybody loves cats! I am allergic BTW, but this is another story!

I think the goal here is to give Change a proper face. Only a small portion of this miniature’s face is visible, so it makes your live miserable if you screw up! Also, I wanted to paint the eyes, even if they are super small. Chance has his eyes very visible, so I think without this small touch the miniature would have feel incomplete to me.

Looking backwards, I would really suggest you to start with the base: it’s hard to miss the miniature if you want to apply some dry paints.

Our friend’s cloak is purple, but it would require some pink-ish tone to highlight it. This was my first experiment with pink, I am happy with the final result.

For this miniature, I used a mix of standard and contrast paints. You can find here the full set of Contrast paints Citadel can offer.

I did the tail multiple times, because I wanted to give to it a peculiar tone. Hard to explain, but I didn’t want it to look just primed in grey.

Have a look at the gallery:

Mechanicus Standard Grey
Longbeard Grey
Agrax Earthshade
Drakenhof Nightshade
Athian Camoshade
Gryph-Charger Grey
Straken Green
Castellan Green
Averland Sunset
Steel Legion Drab
Xereus Purple
Lahmian Medium
Druchi Violet
Genestealer Purple
Pink Horror
Corax White
Dawnstone
Adminastratum Grey
Nulin Oil
Dryad Bark
Mournfang Brown
Warplock Bronze
Brass Scorpion
Leadbelcher
Runefang Steel
Abaddon Black

Kehli
Kehli

Kehli – from Descent Legends of the Dark

Here we are, Kehli is finally ready to hit the tabletop!

Kehli is a female dwarf ambusher famous for her creativity. I have to say, during the game this creativity costed us a big deal sometimes but still love her!

This miniature is dark-skinned – like Syrus – and the only reason I mentioned that is that I am not that good with this kind of skin. The goal here for me would be to have Kehli’s face not being mixed with her heir. Besides, I wanted to give the skin itself a good level of highlights.

I’ve started with the face and I saved the rest of the miniature for later. This time, I did base colours and highlights on the face in the same sitting. This is a new thing I wanted to try (instead of applying the base colours all over the miniature first, and then do the shading and the highlights). I think it worked and it gave me time to focus on a small part of the miniature that was difficult to me.

Lot of metals here too – I love metals – so I played a lot with the hammer and the bow (and also part of the clothes).

The miniature is full of small details. This image really helped me while painting.

Have a look at the gallery:

Mechanicus Standard Grey
Agrax Earthshade
Castellan Green
Averland Sunset
Corax White
Dawnstone
Adminastratum Grey
Nulin Oil
Dryad Bark
Mournfang Brown
Runefang Steel
Abaddon Black
Aggaros Dunes
Militarium Green
Leviadon Blue
Basilicanum Grey
Castellan Green
Elysian Green
Loren Forest
Moot Green
White
Rhinox Hide
Knight Questor Flesh
Bugman's Glow
Banarroth Blue
Retributor Armour
Liberator Gold
Doombull Brown
Mephiston Red
Iron Warriors
Flat Earth
Celestra Grey
Balor Brown
Reikland Fleshshade
Nulin Oil
Iron Breaker
Adminsatratum Grey
Mournfang Brown
Banelblade Brown
Zandri Dust
Grey Knights Steel
Blood Angels Red

Brynn
Brynn

Brynn – from Descent Legends of the Dark

Brynn is a very fascinating miniature: wearing a shining armour, long brown hair. She is just very distant from the image of an Avenger you may have in mind!

This character Brynn is all about honour and valour, and this is something I wanted to keep in mind while painting this miniature. The shinier the merrier!

I started with the face: I used a very pale tone at the beginning. I kept that tone (with some highlights here and there) because I wanted to build a nice contrast with the armour.

Brynn’s armour is shining gold. Isn’t gold only, tho. There is a lot of copper too. The two colours work just very well together. On a miniature that small I didn’t want them to get mixed.

I felt like when I painted my very first miniature – Syndrael – I wanted the armour to shine so badly that I’ve almost forgot about everything else! I discovered that Doombull Brown it’s just the perfect copper tone, and it loves Retributor Armour!

Fun fact: I used by mistake a glossy varnish on this miniature. This means Brynn looked “different” from the other heroes.

At the end I had to repaint the non-glossy part of the model, face included, but I left the shining varnish on the armour, and it’s just awesome!

Have a look at the gallery:

Agrax Earthshade
Retributor Armour
Corax White
Nulin Oil
Abaddon Black
Rhinox Hide
Doombull Brown
Reikland Fleshshade
Kislev Flesh
Steel Legion Drab
Gorthor Brown
Basilicanum Grey
Gryph-Charger Grey
Flesh Tearers Red
Wild Rider Red
Doombull Brown
Screaming Bell
Thunderhawk Blue
Grey Knights
Steel Aethermatic
Blue Lothern
Blue Flayed One
Flesh Balor
Brown Skrag Brown

Galaden
Galaden

Galaden – from Descent Legends of the Dark

Galaden is the Elf here. We all know how picky an Elf can be, so he deserves a very well written article!

Jokes apart, Galaden is another here from the stunning game Descent Legends of the Dark. I’ve decided to complete the heroes first, and then I’ll focus on the other thousands miniatures.

Galaden, again, is an Elf so he is surrounded by nature and also he has a nude torso – lots of skin work involved! I’ve decided to use only base paints – no contrast – and also I aimed for a matt look, as I did for the other heroes.

I’ve primed Galaden in black and I’ve also provided with some zenithal highlights from above (grey first, and white after). I primed the miniature using an airbrush.

Tip: I would suggest to thin the paint properly so the zenithal highlights will come through the paint and help you with the actual highlights later on.

This time I forgot to take a picture of every stage as I did while painting Syrus, but I promise I will do my best to keep that format going forward.

Another promise to self: try to fill the gaps on the miniatures!! I hate them but I always forget those! In case you want to do it and you are better than me in remembering stuff, I would suggest to use Liquid Green Stuff from Citadel.

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Averland Sunset
  • Corax White
  • Dawnstone
  • Nulin Oil
  • Dryad Bark
  • Mournfang Brown
  • Abaddon Black
  • Militarium Green
  • Moot Green
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Doombull Brown
  • Flat Earth
  • Reikland Fleshshade
  • Banelblade Brown
  • Cygor Brown
  • Plaguebeaer Flesh
  • Nazdreg Yellow
  • Firedragon Bright
  • Wazdakka Red
  • Cadian Fleshtone
  • Kislev Flesh
  • Steel Legion Drab
  • Waaagh Flesh!
  • XV-88
  • Zamesi Desert
  • Athian Camoshade
  • Gorthor Brown
  • Warboss Green
The Scoundrel
The Scoundrel

The Scoundrel – from Gloomhaven

The Scoundrel is another miniature from Gloomhaven, my first commission.

I don’t know, but I think Gloomhaven’s miniatures are great but sometimes don’t really get along with can Primers. The Scoundrel is a human figure and I found it a very interesting miniature to paint. Maybe you know already, I hate green (who remembers Hulk??) but this time I am happy enough with the final result.

Back to the Primer thing: every time I use a Primer (in this case Citadel Corax White/White Scar), these miniatures somehow react and I can see their faces are not smooth enough for my taste. Strange thing, I’ve been using the same primers on other models from years and I’ve never seen this reaction.

Next time I will use an airbrush.

Anyway, the Scoundrel. This is my very personal version since I don’t find very easy to pick on details looking at the characters’ cards. She is human, hence the pale skin. Also she seems to have a thing for nature so I choose green and brown. Besides, I think gold works beautifully on the details.

If you want to paint the Scoundrel, I would recommend Contrast Paints only if you want to finish it fast: I found it very funny painting it using “regular” paints.

Have a look at the gallery:

Syrus
Syrus

Syrus – from Descent Legends of the Dark

Syrus is my second hero from the Descent Legend of the Dark’s box. What a miniature! I mean, the phoenix! I know, I got too exited about Syrus since I saw the hero card.

The miniature is AMAZING! He has a very strong pose and you have plenty of space to play with highlights and colours. Let’s face it: the phoenix is the centrepiece here. Everything gravitates around the phoenix and she is also going to be the bigger source of light you need to acknowledge while highlighting Syrus ‘ clothes and skin.

I started by priming the miniature with an airbrush in black first. I’ve also provided with some zenithal highlights in grey first and finally in white (from above).

As I did on Vaerix, I used Scalecolor paints because I think the matt finish and the brilliant tones really work beautifully with this game.

Ok, back to the phoenix: after applying the base colours to Syrus, I gave her a white coat to help with the flames. I’ve basically wet-blended a very pale yellow at first with a darker yellow, an orange and finally a red. I’ve left some white spots here and there and I’ve painted them with a fluorescent yellow from Vallejo.

Here, I’ve summarised the major stages:

I am very happy with the final result and I can’t wait to see him on the tabletop.

Have a look at the gallery:

Vaerix
Vaerix

Vaerix – from Descent Legends of the Dark

Vaerix is the first miniature I paint from Descent Legends of the Dark’s box. What a mini! I mean, this box is full of stunning minies and I really can’t wait to paint ’em all!

This game’s miniatures are bigger and stunning, so you can really see the details (and the flaws) of every single brush stroke.

Vaerix is a dragon with no wings. His skin is “lizardy” (different from the Shadow Dragon), the pose is strong and also the base is full of amazing details, like the crystals.

I wanted an opaque finish but with brilliant colours. I decided to use mostly Scalecolor colours. I used a wet palette so I reduced the amount of wasted paint and I’ve also mixed the paints properly. I’ve decided to thin the paint a little bit further adding a drop of water because I wanted the details underneath to come through.

While applying the base colours, I gave Vaerix some highlights too using the gradients from the palette (before shading the miniature).

Again, I focused on the crystals because I wanted them to stand out.

For this miniature, I followed His Majesty Sorastro’s guide – have a look at the video!

I will approach this box differently this time: all the heroes first! πŸ™‚

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Scalecolor Ardennes Green
  • Scalecolor Gobi Brown
  • Scalecolor Nacar
  • Scalecolor White Sands
  • Scalecolor Abyssal Blue
  • Scalecolor Black Forest Green
  • Scalecolor Graphite
  • Scalecolor Mars Orange
  • Scalecolor Petroleum Grey
  • Scalecolor Fuchsia
  • Scalecolor Sunset Purple
  • Scalecolor Tenere Yellow
  • Scalecolor Eldandil Violet
  • Scalecolor Lilith Yellow
  • Scalecolor Hykey Yellow
  • Scalecolor Purity White
  • Citadel Athonian Camoshade
  • Citadel Coelia Greenshade
  • Citadel Gryph-Charger Grey
  • Citadel Agrax Earthshade
  • Citadel Nuln Oil
The Mindthief
The Mindthief

The Mindthief – from Gloomhaven

It’s the Mindthief turn! I love Gloomhaven miniatures!! This is a commission, but still I love them!

The Mindthief is a very interesting miniature – small but full of even smaller details and gives you the space to work with the highlights, regardless its size.

Still trying to figure out what the Mindthief is, but at present the winning theory is that he is a cat surrounded by rats? Or maybe it’s a rat surrounded by other rats?? Who knows!?

Let’s talk about the painting stuff: I primed the Mindthief in white and this time I used standard paints, like the good old times! The Mindthief is almost entirely grey and we don’t want to end up with a grey thing with no details in it.

So, I started with a very dark grey and, after applying a shade, I started to highlight all the figure with few lighter tones so the miniature won’t be flat.

Please note: there are two small rats, one on the Mindthief’s shoulder and the other one close to its foot. Try not to miss them.

A small note: I used for the first time the Glass palette from RedGrass Games: absolutely loved it!

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Calgar Blue
  • Hoeth Blue
  • Downstone
  • Skeleton Horde
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Leviadon Blue
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Nuln Oil
  • Drakenhof Nightshade
  • Vallejo Ivory
  • Vallejo Black
  • XV-88
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Retributor Armour
  • Eshin Grey
  • Leadbelcher

Lily Chan
Lily Chan

Lily Chan – from Mansion of Madness

Lily Chan is the last hero from the Sanctum of Twilight expansion (1 miniature to go!!).

I find Lily Chan a very interesting miniature and I think she will stand beautifully on the tabletop! With that in mind, I primed the miniature in white so I can really bring out the most from the Contrast Paints I will use.

I started with the skin. Knowing already I will have to use some red, so I preferred to “protect” the mini from unwanted stains. I did the heir right after by applying a black Contrast Paint from Citadel.

Now, let’s skip to the tricky part: I’ve used a red Contrast Paint too but VERY CAREFULLY!!! A single touch of a brush’s fur could mess up with the final result. What to do if it happens? White. Use some white layer paint. Paint again over it and next time try to be more careful!

Tips apart, I managed to use my red responsibly so no issues so far! πŸ™‚

The gold part was fun: I used a layer metallic paint because I wanted Lily Chan’s chimono to stand out. So Contrast paint (like red) and Metallic layer paint could be a disaster mix! If you don’t want to end up touching the miniature so many times with the white trick above, keep your hand steady!

At the end, I rebased the miniature to a clear base to match all the other heroes and I am super happy with the final result!

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Guilliman Flesh
  • Blood Angels Red
  • Black Templar
  • Gryph-Charger Grey
  • Retributor Armour
Ravaella Lightfoot - Descent Journeys in the Dark
Ravaella Lightfoot

Revaella Lightfoot – from Descent Journeys in the Dark

Ravaella Lightfoot is the very last miniature of the Shadow of NereKhall expansion, so it means I’ve finally completed the box!!

Ravaella Lightfoot is a very small miniature, but very fun to paint. Her red hair, the clothing… too bad my miniature was a little damaged (the face wasn’t really well made), but it’s fine!

I choose to paint the skin using Contrast Paint from Citadel (I love the final result). In fairness, I used a mix of Contrast paints and regular paints – I like how they work together.

Something I would like to highlight here is that the miniature could be easily flatten using the colours from the hero’s cards: so I decided to go for a pair of clearer trousers and to highlight the top (and the cloak) a little further to better define boundaries and borders.

To be consistent with all the other heroes of the game, I rebased the miniature onto a super cool base from Micro Art Studio and I have also added some flowers and scenic elements to it.

Now, it’s time to focus on Descent Legends of the Dark!! Can’t wait to start!!!!!

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Talassar Blue
  • Guliman Flesh
  • Snakebite Leather
  • Blood Angels Red
  • Stegadon Green
  • Evil Sunz Scarlet
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Hoeth Blue
  • Wyldwood
  • Apothecary White
  • Flat Blue
  • Medium Blue
  • Sky Blue
Changeling
The Changeling

The Changeling – from Descent Journeys in the Dark

It looks like every fantasy board game has a Changeling – Descent has one too!

The Changeling is my last villain of the box The Shadow of Nerekhall, how exciting!!

The Changeling is a character you want to paint in batch (they are 4 miniatures in total) and also it would make sense to use Contrast paint this time, given the extreme simplicity of these models.

Really, I am talking about 2 main paints here. Also, I applied some finishing touches but they are absolutely optional.

I primed the miniatures in white and they I applied the first Contrast paint for the skin. Right away, I applied the other Contrast paint for the cloak. You may need to add some interest and I gave the eyes a white undercoat first and I paint them with a orangy wash.

I applied onto the base some grass, to create a little variety. I got the grass from eBay, if anyone is interested. This is of course absolutely optional too, but I didn’t rebase them so I don’t really like plain black bases.

Rendiel needs the only missing hero to be painted ASAP – so you know what to expect next!

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Guilliman Flesh
  • Wyldwood
  • White
  • Iyanden Yellow
Rendiel
Rendiel

Rendiel – from Descent Journeys in the Dark

Ok, it’s time to finish up this Shadow of Nerekhall box! Rendiel, you are up next!

Rendiel is an elf and it looks like he is a musician – very nice character, strong pose and beautiful colours.

I decided to work on Rendiel mostly by using Contrast Paints, but of course it could be done with any paint you like. Mine was just an experiment: I mostly use Contract Paints on “boring” miniatures with long monochromatic dresses and this kind of stuff (like Father Mateo – forgive me Father!). This miniature is instead full of colours so it would be a challenge, especially if you think on how this kind of paint is applied.

Anyway, I really had fun with him: I primed the miniature in plain white and I started with the skin. Then, I moved to the rest of the body and the clothes.

There are some details I was very happy to highlight and still I did some with Contrast Paint too.

Like all the heroes from this board game, I rebased it onto the usual super-nice bases from Micro Art Studio.

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Wyldwood
  • Guilliman Flesh
  • Talassar Blue
  • Iyander Yellow
  • Apothecary White
  • Snakebite Leather
  • Blood Angels Red
  • Nuln Oil
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Dawnstone
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Karak Stone
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Leadbelcher
  • Retributor Armour
Charlie Kane
Charlie Kane

Charlie Kane – from Mansion of Madness

Charlie Kane is the first investigator I paint from the Mansion of Madness’ expansion “Sanctum of Twilight” – it’s the first miniature, really!

Our friend Charlie Kane has a very strong pose and it’s overall a simple miniature to paint. What’s dangerous about easy miniature? It’s much easier to get a flat effect that would ruin the model’s appearance. Also, in this case Charlie Kane wears a black suit, this increase the “flat” danger I mentioned above.

So, I decided to paint it using Citadel’s Contrast Paints to let the paint do the job – especially on the suit. This paint adheres very well and create naturally recesses and highlights. Also makes my life easier!

Here another miniature I painted using the same black paint.

I don’t usually use Contrast Paint, but for a miniature like this I think it was beneficial – mostly because of the result I wanted to reach.

I rebased the miniature on a clear base I got on eBay (for consistency with all the other miniatures of the game).

It was funny to paint all the gold details and all the small things too using some Retributor Armour.

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Black Templar
  • Wyldwood
  • Apothecary White
  • Gillian Flesh
  • Blood Angels Red
  • Retributor Armour
Cragheart
The Cragheart

The Cragheart – from Gloomhaven

The Cragheart is one of the main characters of this awesome board game. To be honest my first thought was: “Eh, this one is going to be easy”, and it’s almost true.

Almost because yes the miniature is mostly grey, but you know this could also be an epic failure because the miniature could look flat very easily.

I didn’t really “paint” the Cragheart: I decided to prime the figure in grey using Mechanicus Standard Grey from Citadel (spry). There is no point in painting a figure you want grey when you have that primer! It saved lot of time.

Now, the overall look was flat (as expected). Then, I started painting the greenish/blueish belt and right after the golden details. I used Retributor Armour as base colour.

When dry, I applied Nuln Oil all over the miniature but an equal mix of Agrax Earthshade + Casandora Yellow for the armour.

I highlighted the Cragheart using a couple of shades of grey and I finished with a very light dry-brush with the lightest tone (I made by adding some Ivory to the original grey tones).

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Mechanicus Standard Grey (spry)
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Downstone
  • Eshin Grey
  • Retributor Armour
  • Auric Armour Gold
  • Black (Vallejo)
  • Sotek Green
  • Ivory (Vallejo)
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Casandora Yellow
  • Nuln Oil
  • Gryph-Hound orange (Contrast)

Tinashi the wanderer
Tinashi the wanderer

Tinashi the wanderer – from Descent Journeys in the Dark

Tinashi the wanderer is another here from the Descent Journeys in the Dark’s expansion “The Shadow of Nerekhall”, along with Orkell the Swift and others I hope I will paint soon!

Honestly, I think this miniature is very similar to Widow Tarha if you ask me, in terms of color scheme, but still a nice miniature to paint. Maybe because I stated painting on miniatures from this boardgames, I am sentimentally attached to those.

Well, I don’t really know what Tinashi the wanderer is, but I think at her like an Ork, so I painted her skin accordingly.

I really like the contrast between green and purple – this is the reason why I had fun painting this figure. I have to say, its pose doesn’t cope super well with paint: some edges are very difficult to reach.

To have some consistency, I decided to rebase Tinashi the wanderer onto a base from MicroArt Studio. These bases are awesome, so I strongly recommend those. I wanted to create consistency with the other heroes of the game – I rebased all of them onto similar ones (similar, but not identical).

Another thing I noticed, this miniature’s cut wasn’t very precise: I struggled to get it to shape. Anyway, I suggest to check this before priming the miniature.

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Deathworld Forest
  • Dark Sea Blue (Vallejo)
  • Black (Vallejo)
  • Ivory (Vallejo)
  • Calendar Sky
  • Genestealer Purple
  • Stormvermin Fur
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Xereus Purple
  • Hoeth Blue
  • Terminates Stone
  • Jokaero Orange
  • Mephiston Red
  • XV-88
  • Stormhost Silver
  • Screaming Skull
  • Dawnstone
  • Macragge Blue
  • Lamenters Yellow
  • Leadbelcher
  • Yriel Yellow
  • Karak Stone
  • Straken Green
  • Carroburg Crimson
  • Agrax Earthshade
  • Nuln Oil
  • Druchii Violet
  • Coelia Greenshade
Spellweaver
Spellweaver

Spellweaver – from Gloomhaven

The Spellweaver scared me since I first saw a painted one. This is the first time I use OSL (Object Source Lighting) and I was afraid I would mess up with the overall effect.

The miniature itself is not too difficult to paint: the Spellweaver’s skin and her clothes are very similar in colours. Be careful: this also means that you could easily end up with a very flat model, and this is something I really wanted to avoid.

Let’s go back to the the OSL: The idea is to “shade” part of the model imaging light is coming from a specific object. In this case, the spells are the objects in question. Two spells, two colours of light! I gotta admit, it was a very fun miniature to paint and I found very easy the whole OSL process, so I was scared of nothing! Check this article to know more about OSL.

I would recommend the Spellweaver as your first OSL miniature: you won’t need to be extra careful about the details and also it will help you understand the technique.

This is my second Gloomhaven miniature and I can’t wait already to start a new one!

Have a look at the gallery:

Paint List
  • Bugman’s Glow
  • Naggaroth Night
  • Mephiston Red
  • Rhinox Hide
  • Black(VMC)
  • Lutheran Blue
  • White(VMC)
  • Yriel Yelow
  • Troll Slayer Orange
  • Temple Guard Blue
  • Altdorf Guard Blue
  • Guiliman Blue
  • Lahmian Medium
  • Lamenters Yelow
  • Bloodleter
  • Druchi Violet
  • Drakenhof Nightshade
Inox Brute
Inox Brute

Inox Brute – from Gloomhaven

Inox Brute is my very first miniature from Gloomhaven, and I am super exited about it! I don’t own the game, but I played it couple of times and it’s absolutely AWESOME! It brought me back to my Descent miniatures…

I always looked at the miniatures of this board game like “something I will paint someday”, now these days are here!

The Inox Brute was the perfect start for me: I like brutes and this is full of details – also, it’s my favorite colour range.

This Inox Brute is full of small details and also the skin is a lot of fun! I wanted to give the entire miniature sort of a gold-looking touch so I highlighted some part of the miniature to make it shine.

I used the wet-on-wet technique here and I think it worked pretty well with the details on the cloth, the leather and the gold parts too.

The most important part in my opinion here is shading: I shaded the miniature with Agrax Earthshade, Druchii Violet and Lahmian Medium. For the skin I miked Lahmian Medium with Lamenters Yellow.

I think it’s impossibile, but if you don’t know the game click this link to know more.

Have a look at gallery:

Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle

Daily Bugle – from Marvel Crisis Protocol

The Daily Bugle finally completed the main’s Marvel Crisis Protocol box! This is a huge achievement – especially if like me you don’t have any experience in painting buildings!

The Daily Bugle is so iconic, you can’t screw this up! Also, Spider-Man needs a place to stay on top to, so this will be the perfect home for my Peter Parker! πŸ™‚

I primed the figure in black (with no zenithal highlights) and I started by painting the walls in green. I choose two different gradient – a darker tone and a lighter one – and I mixed them together while still wet, trying to create a middle tone and a smooth transition.

This is a very persona interpretation, but this time (in order to get a better concrete-effect) I mixed layer paints and contrast paints. Base colours were of course layers and instead of shading them, I used contrast paints on top. The final effect is very heterogeneous, how a old concrete should be.

In order to add to my Daily Bugle some interest, I also used technical and dry paints from Citadel (Typhus Corrosion and Ryza Rust), like I did while painting the Dumpsters. I recommend to use these two paints together, how explained in here.

I am pretty happy with the final result, also considering this is my first experiment with a building!

Have a look at the gallery:

The Dumpsters
The Dumpsters

The dumpsters – from Marvel Crisis Protocol

The dumpsters are two very important pieces of Marvel Crisis Protocol and they can be interesting or super boring.

How could you possibly make the dumpsters interesting? I mean, they are dumpsters! The only way I think is to keep in mind you are in New York City so everything can be interesting!

The dumpsters need to be similar but different. It’s not like batch-painting same miniatures… they will be both in place in the same time. I wanted them to look good in the tabletop.

I painted them using Citadel’s Contrast Paints, but I don’t want to waste time describing step-by-step how I did it: this elements can be literarily painted in 10000000000 different ways!

Let’s focus on the corrosion / rust effect, because this time I used different paints for this effect. I used to do rust using Secret Weapon’s paints (like here on Spiderman). This time I used Citadel’s Technical paint Typhus Corrosion and Citadel’s Dry paint Ryza Rust.

I discovered Ryza Rust is designed to be used on Typhus Corrosion: so I first applied Typhus Corrosion and, once dry, I applied Ryza Rust with a dry paintbrush.

To add some interest, I printed a couple of elements (a graffiti and a flier) and I glued them on the dumpsters.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the final result. I have another way to do rust in my arsenal now – good!

Have a look at the gallery:

The Child of Dagon
The Child of Dagon

The Child of Dagon – from Mansion of Madness

The Child of Dagon IS THE LAST MINIATURE of the main box, so I made it!!

I really loved this miniature, and I’ve tried to highlight all the body imperfections, as well as the ripped clothes properly.

The Child od Dagon is basically a human-like figure, but with a deformed body. Also, he holds a sharp weapon, and this is a detail I wanted to put some efforts on.

I panted the skin using Guilliman Flesh – it’s a Contrast paint and I think it creates very nice recesses. Trying to follow the same principle, I painted the clothes using contrast paints too (I wanted to recreate more or less the sane effect I had with the Riot).

The Child of Dagon weapon was very fun, especially the blade. I used a silver paint from Citadel and I’ve also used Red Rust and Orange Rust from Secret Weapon. I applied both using a tampon and the final effect was exactly what I was looking for: I mean, of course this guy would have hold a rusty weapon!

For the last time, I rebased the miniature on a clear base for consistency with the other miniature of the box.

With that said, say hello to Mansion of Madness for a little while! πŸ™‚

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The Priest of Dagon
The Priest of Dagon

The Priest of Dagon – from Mansion of Madness

I was on my journey to complete the main box and the Priest of Dagon was next! After painting the Cultist, it was the obvious choice!

The Priest of Dagon is a very fun miniature to paint. Well, it’s just human it doesn’t mean it’s boring!

To add some variety, I decided to paint this miniature clothes with different colours (compared with the Cultist). I choose to paint the cassock in black and I’ve also used some red, purple and gold for the additional details.

I painted the Priest of Dagon skin using a contrast paint from Citadel (Guilliman Flesh). Very happy with the final result. Please remember to prime your miniatures in white if you want to use Contrast Paints.

I focused my attention on the details on the staff, the hat and the cassock’s trims.

I decided to rebase the miniature (just because I rebased all of them) to a clear base.

Of course, now I will finish the main box (only one miniature left!), but I think I will take a break from Mansion of Madness: I still have an expansion to paint, but I think I will focus on finishing Marvel Crisis Protocol… one box at a time! πŸ™‚

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The Deep One
The Deep One

The Deep One – from Mansion of Madness

The Deep One is a very interesting miniature to paint. Also, I think, these characters really give you enough space to make your own interpretation of their look.

The Deep One is kind of a fishy-but-still-a-lizard miniature, and that’s all the fun!

I decided to pain the Deep One using the same schema I used to paint the Hunting Horrors and give them a fishy finish using Citadel’s ‘Ardcoat.

The most interesting part is definitively the skin: I decided to use green as the main color and I’ve also highlight it with different shades of green and finally with Ogryn Camo. I painted the fins in purple and pink and the face by mixing all the color up to blend them properly.

I rebased the figures to a clear bases for consistency. About that: try not to use superglue, it would leave stains on the bases. Try this one instead: Ravell Contacta Professional – this is a much better glue and it’s ideal for modelling.

I found difficult to batch-paint the Deep One: every single one needs attention and I ended up painting all of them one by one.

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The Cultist
The Cultist

The Cultist – from Mansion of Madness

The Cultist, one of the most common miniature while playing the game. Let’s face it, they are a lot! six miniatures… only two things come to mind: let’s batch paint them & let’s use Contrast paints!

The Cultist don’t really offer a huge amount of variety. At least, I wanted to keep them all looking the same – I mean, it’s a cult, they should wear the same cassock!

However, the cultist has few details you can play with: a nice necklace and a big staff in his hand.

I decided to use Citadel’s Blood Angels Red for the cassock and Guilliman Flesh for the skin. I also used Apothecary White for the staff (lazy me!).

To add some variety to the cassock, I painter the trims with Naggaroth Night and the necklace with Retributor Armour.

I choose to rebase them all on clear bases (like I did with all other miniatures of this game, like my recent Deep One Hybrid, for example).

I am currently working on the Deep One, and then I will focus on the missing two miniatures of the main box – almost there!!

The cultist look a little like Magneto, does he not? – would this be the right time to buy another miniature for Marvel Crisis Protocol??

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The Deep One hybrid
The Deep One Hybrid

The Deep One Hybrid from Mansion of Madness

The Deep One Hybrid is somehow still human, but not 100% human anymore… confused? πŸ˜€

There are four miniatures of the Deep One Hybrid, so I needed to create some differences and variations (like I did painting The Riot).

As stated before, they are still humans – so the body is an human body – but the skin is greenish and there are some little green tentacles coming out from these guys’ jumpers!

I decided to use Citadel’s Contrast Paint to reach a nice level of contrast and recesses – especially in the jumpers.

In order to use this type of paint, you need to make sure to prime the miniatures in white! This is super important!

I choose the rebase the miniatures on some clear bases that I got from eBay.

The miniature needs to look sick so I painted the skin using Gulliman Flesh and, when dried, I applied another layer of paint by mixing Ork Flesh with a small touch of Organ Camo.

I worked on those tentacles a little bit to make them stand out: they are very easy to miss and they are also a nice touch for the figures.

Now, I am closer to finish the main box! I already primed the next miniatures, so stay tuned!

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The Ironbound
The Ironbound

The Ironbound from Descent Journeys in the Dark

I still have lots of miniature to paint from the Shadow of Nerekhall expansion, but I couldn’t wait to paint the Ironbound! I don’t have lot of experience with metallic paints and I didn’t want to apply any NMM technique this time. So the time was right to try some proper metallic paint! I choose the ones from Green Stuff World (strongly recommended!).

The Ironbound is basically a warrior made of steel (iron and gold mostly). It’s a pity the miniature is not that well defined and it’s a little bit different from the card, but it was perfect for my little experiment.

I painted the Ironbound using the Colorshift Chameleon Metal paints. Also, I choose to paint one Ironbound using a different type of gold (with a small touch of red). I used Burning Gold for the Master and Mystic Gold for the minion. However, I used the same silver for both of them.

I didn’t rebase the Ironbound, but I added some small details to the existing bases to add some variety (similar to the Zombies, but with a little touch of green! πŸ™‚ )

First of all, I primed the miniatures in black – metallic paint works much better on black miniatures! Then, metallic paints need to be applied in 3 or 4 layers.

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The Riot
The Riot

The Riot from Mansion of Madness

The Riot is… the Riot! Pretty self-explanatory πŸ™‚

The Riot is a very interesting miniature to paint and there is room for a lot of fun and variety. First of all, because there are six figures in total to paint. Secondly, because you need to differentiate them between each other.

Six human figures means six different set of clothes, six different hairs, details and so on…

In my case, I had fan trying to find a nice combination of colours to make six different outfits, trying to remember that this is the riot, after all – no fancy stuff!

Every single figure has a strong pose, so I tried to highlight some details trying to “describe” with my paint the behaviour of every single person. One is yelling, another one is ready to kick a**es, another one is just ready to deal with someone’s first move. I tried to do that by emphasizing some small details, like the hands, the faces and so on.

To paint this miniatures I used Citadel’s Contrast Paints. It made everything easier to deal with and gave me time and space to focus on the expressions of every single character.

I rebased the riot on a clear base (get them from eBay), for consistency with the other miniatures I painted so far from this game.

Also, I wanted to differentiate the “casual” look of these miniatures with the more formal one you can see looking at the investigators (like William Yorick or PrestonΒ Fairmont).

Now, they are ready to hit the tabletop!!

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Hulk
Hulk

Hulk from Marvel Crisis Protocol

Hulk: what an adventure! πŸ™‚

The Hulk has played a very important role in my live: he is not my favorite Marvel’s character, but it has been one of my first toys when I was a little kid. Also, my grandad patched it up when I broke it so it became very important to me. I still have it – all patched up with the same materials my grandad used more or less 30 years ago…

Yeah, I grow soft πŸ™‚

Let’s go back to OUR Hulk! Lots of greens – 50(K) shades of green! I used a mix of Citadel, Vallejo and ScaleColor paints, trying to reach a satisfying level of details. I started with the base colours by using Black Green, Uniform Green, Sherwood Green, Autumn Green and Irati Green for the body. For the jeans I used Dark Sea Blue and Naggaroth Night.

I spent some time to highlight body and jeans properly, but I kept the face separate: I wanted to focus on it with calm – multitasking is a big lie: doesn’t apply to me, at least!

The base was easy to paint: I used the colour that matches my terrain, but just for you to know I shaded it with some Nuln Oil and I went crazy on the manhole: I tried to make it “real” by making it rusty. I used Abanddon Black and Rhinox Hide for the main colours. Then, I applied some Red Rust, Orange Rust (Secret Weapon) and Yellow Ochre. I did more or less the same on Spider-Man.

If you want to know where I got the paints from, visit Element Games‘ website.

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Star Spawn
The Star Spawn

The Star Spawn from Mansion of Madness

Finally the time came: the Star Spawn is ready to hit the tabletop!

I couldn’t really wait to paint the Star Spawn but I was a little afraid of doing that too: my idea since the very beginning was to give them a “alienish” look – I always imagine a Star Spawn in green (not plain green, of course) and the danger to end up with a mix of colours I wouldn’t have liked was very high. I decided to use mostly three variety of Citadel’s green: Caliban Green, Waaagh! Flash and Deathworld Forest. There was a need for a couple of middle tones too and I just mixed the main colours together doing kind of a scale. My palette looked like this:

  • Caliban Green
  • Caliban Green + Waaagh! Flash
  • Waaagh! Flash
  • Waaagh! Flash + Deathworld Forest
  • Deathworld Forest

I mixed all the colours above with some Glaze Medium from Vallejo (if you don’t have it, buy it! It’s a very useful tool you want to keep in your arsenal) to have some more time to work with the paint.

The Star Spawn has been primed in black at first. I added some grey primer from above and, still from above, finally some white primer.

I used the wet blending technique to create the shades: I applied the first color and the second one right beside. Then, I used a damp brush to mix them both together. I started from the wings and I follow the prime until I reached the result I wanted. I used the same technique painting the Shadow Dragon.

The Star Spawn was a really fun miniature to paint – I really enjoyed it and I am also very happy with the final result!

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Orkell the Swift
Orkell the Swift

Orkell the Swift from Descent Journeys in the Dark

Orkell the Swift is from Descent’s expansion “Shadow of Nerekhall“. I have to say, I love Descent’s miniatures but in this case I didn’t like its face: I think it was damaged somehow. Anyways…

Orkell the Swift has a very strong pose and he uses two axes (super bad-ass!!). Character’s colours are great and I found it very similar to Grisban the Thirsty. I uses more or less the same colours but this time I uses a brown Contrast Paint for the dark brown areas of the miniature – I just wanted to try both classic paints and Contrast.

I gotta admit, I was a little rusty but Orkell the Swift helped me to get back to business! πŸ™‚

The miniature is full of metallic details but I some were hidden/removed by the damage I mentioned before. Anyways, I tried to stick to the original representation of the character (from the manual) and I am happy enough with the result.

I spent a little bit more on the axes just because I didn’t want flat blades. I used 3 different shades to add some details. The miniature was primed in white and the base in black.

I rebased the miniature on a MicroArt Studio base – I love those bases!!! – and I added just a couple of finishing touches to it, just to enhance the final result.

This Descent’s expansion is full of miniatures and I can’t wait to embark on a new avventure – Maybe next time will be a monster (just to keep the balance!). I think all the miniatures in the box are pretty great and all the villains are awesome – the Hulks, for example! Stay tuned, I will work on the remaining miniatures pretty soon!

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Red Skull
Red Skull

Red Skull from Marvel Crisis Protocol

Red Skull is another miniature I speed-painted by using the Citadel’s Contrast paints.

The main reason is that Red Skill is “quite simple” to paint: a big black area, a small red one and an even smaller blue one. I didn’t want a flat result and unfortunately with black it’s very risky. I find black a very difficult colour to highlight properly so I was very curious to explore the result given by a black Contrast paint.

Red Skull was an experiment but I am very happy with the result. I used mainly Black Templar and Blood Angels Red. I applied Stormhost Silver to make a couple of details stand out.

The Tesseract is a different story. I could have paint it just blue but I wanted to add some reflections – no speed-paints here! I used 3 different Citadel’s type of blue and I gave the final highlights by using a Vallejo Sky Blue.

Same old story for the base – same as Cap.

I personally think that Contrast paint actually help: I won’t switch to them but they are a good tool to have in your arsenal.

I will paint – using more or less the same colours – Black Widow pretty soon. Stay tuned!! πŸ™‚

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