We’re a funny lot wargamers when you think about it really, I mean we’re world builders, some of us on a grand scale, with thousands of figures, huge tables filled with bespoke scenery and complicated rules governing battles, campaigns, and socio economic structures, and some of us on a much (much) smaller scale, perhaps just one or two figures (like this week’s post!). But either way we have our own “world” as it were, buried deep in our subconscious, we know what things should be like in “our” world even if they are not necessarily what they are like in the “real” world. I suppose in a way we are like small scale movie directors and this is our way of expressing our vision of what our worlds should be like. Now you are probably thinking “what the hell is he on about!” and “Why doesn’t he just get on with painting his figures?”. Well I’m coming to that, this week I thought I’d take a bit of a break from my “Wasteland” project and paint something different, and I chose this exquisite little cave girl and her pet T-rex. Both figures are from “Tin Man Miniatures” and I picked them up along with a few others, a couple of year back when they were having a sale (mainly just so I could get this cave-girl tbh). Now neither of these figures is particularly historically correct it has to be said, and some of us would not accept this, but I can assure you in “my” personal world cave-girls really do look like this! and this is where all this is leading (finally) we all have our own “take” on this hobby of ours, our own “worlds” and yet, we all do the same basic thing, but in vastly personal ways, how many other hobbies are like that? Anyway meanderings over and onto the figures…
Both figures were firstly based up in my usual way and then given a coat of matt black, “Loana” (in case you didn’t know Loana was Raquel Welsh’s character in “One million years BC”), was then started with me working on her “bikini”, this was done by laying down a base coat of leather brown, then highlighting this with khaki. Then the upper edges of her top and the “flap” on the pants were painted chocolate brown mixed with butternut, and these were highlighted with bleached bone, and then highlighted again with coffee. This was then “dirtied up” a little with some more butternut. After this I added her copious amounts of flesh, this was started with a mix of dark flesh mixed with some European flesh. Once this was dry I added her eyes and then highlighted this with just European flesh, however this wasn’t really different enough to show up well so I highlighted yet again with more of the same this time with a little pale flesh added, much better. Her spear came next chocolate brown with a dry-brushing of butternut on the shaft, coffee and cream on the strapping at the top and pale grey with a pale grey and white mix dry-brushing taking care of the flint blade. Coffee and cream were also used on the teeth hanging from her necklace. That just left her hair, a base of citrus orange was laid down first then subsequent highlight layers of sand and lemon yellow were painted over this, I considered giving her “dark roots” growing through to complete the hollywood treatment, but good taste won that debate (luckily).
“Rex” her cold bloodied companion was painted using a similar technique to the bigger “dino’s” I painted a couple of years ago (see link at the bottom of this post), in as much as I used a “wet in wet” approach, that is to say that the three base colours J.N.Green (no I don’t know what J.N. stands for), olive green (tamiya) and khaki were applied in three horizontal stripes along his body and legs in that order top to bottom, then while all three were still wet they were blended together (I also had a small dollop of each colour and a drop of water on a pallet so I could add more of any colour when and where I thought it was needed, or could thin down the paint if it wasn’t blending well. This technique seems to work well on this type of figure but you do need to work reasonably quickly and not over work the joints between colours. Once this was dry (next day), I highlighted the khaki with some sand paint, then highlighted the top “green” half with some deep bronze green, that I also “wet worked” with a little olive (the miniature paints version this time, and completely different to the olive above), then because I wasn’t happy with the stripes I’d added across his back I then lightly dry-brushed more olive over these so they were “semi-hidden”. I them painted his mouth in dark red, before adding his claws and teeth in coffee highlighted with cream (I love his face he looks such an evil little beastie!), then I added his eyes in white with a black dot and he too was done.
Once they were all good and dry, all three were given the obligatory coat of “Quickshade”, and after the bases were painted up in my usual fashion, they had a final coat of matt varnish. Well that’s it, the end of my little diversion, I’m rather glad I took time out to paint these two figures up as I’ve wanted to do so for some time, but was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to do then justice, I think they came out OK in the end. Back to the “”Wasteland” next though and another film reference…
Till then, cheers Roger.
I love Tin Man miniatures; they’re a nice little company with some pretty great sculpts. You do some great paint work, Roger, that’s for sure, but even so, that is one awesome-looking dinosaur! Thanks for detailing your method. Wet-blending is something I should certainly try more often.
If you don’t mind my asking, what brand of paints do you use? The color names are unfamiliar to me, so I imagine it’s a paint line I haven’t encountered here in the US.
Many thanks Keith, I must admit I don’t do that much wet-blending myself, though it does seem to work really well with creatures with quite a bit of slab sided flesh on show. looking at the dino now I wish I’d been a bit more adventurous with my colour choices though.
The paints I use are mainly “Miniature Paints” as they are produced by (or at least wholesaled through) Gamecraft, who are based in Liverpool just down the road from where I live so are easy to buy around here. I also use a few “Colour Party” paints but they are harder to source as I have to pick them up at a show, and as I don’t do that many shows these days (and it seems neither do they), it can be a little tricky, Irregular miniatures used to sell them round the shows but they don’t seem to stock them anymore either. I also have some very old Tamiya Colour paints, that I use now and then (mainly the odd metallic and “day glow” green), but I’m not that keen on the consistency of these and tend not to use them much. My favourites though are some old Horizon Paints, I picked up from a model shop in Manchester years ago when they were selling them off and had them dumped in a box at 50pence a pot. These are great paints and I wish I could still buy more, but sadly once these are gone I think that will be it.
Hope this answers you question, cheers Roger.
These are both superb figures and your painting really does them justice. I have bought quite a few figures from TinMan in the past (always when they have a sale on) and whilst I do have the cavewoman, I don’t have the little T Rex. I notice he’s a recent addition to their range. I’ve already added him to my shopping list for the next time I place an order with TinMan. A wonderful post, Roger.
Thanks Bryan, you are right they are both lovely figures, I would go as far as top say that I think the Cave-girl is easily the nicest Cave-girl figure out there (if not the most accurate!).The T-Rex too is a smashing figure and would be fantastic in a ten or fifteen millimetre army or setting. I haven’t noticed your Cave-girl on your blog, does this mean you haven’t painted her up yet?
Oh, believe me, she’s painted. I painted her as soon as I got her. But you’re right, I haven’t shown her yet. You may well have persuaded me to show her sooner rather than later.
Oh you’re better than me then things tend to wait a couple of years to get painted around here, though some go much longer than that! 🙂
Great painting Roger, As you say they have a one million years B.C. vibe brought to life with your painting
Thanks Dave, she does seem to be channelling Raquel a bit doesn’t she! and when she is next to my Copplestone Cave-men (and ladies, who I hasten to add are lovely figures), she stands out even more due to her supermodel figure so yes she would be perfect for a “one million years BC” game.
One of your best postings this year, Roger 😉 Marvellous minis with tip-top paint-jobs, and another Top Ten contender imho. You’re really starting to stack up some splendid entries 🙂
Thanks Simon, I’d be more than happy if either of these two made the top ten, as I’m quite pleased with how they can out, though at the rate I’m painting at the moment there wont be that much competition. 😉
Talking of top tens, would it be OK if I did yours from last year over whit week? Time seems to be running away from me at the moment, and that seems like the first real opportunity I’ll get to sit down and sort it out properly.
Roger, happy for you to send it to me whenever you want, and I’ll post it up accordingly. Take care 🙂
Thanks Simon 🙂
What a wonderful diversion this was Roger and I loved the idea of us being world makers – splendid stuff all round Sir.
Thanks Michael, glad you appreciated my mental meanderings, can I just say that man eating plants and giant apes apart, yours is one world that it would be a visual pleasure to live in.
Cracking good stuff Roger. The background’s scenic dressings really add to the the photos and help display the painted miniatures superbly.
Thanks Roy, glad you like the backgrounds, though they are more difficult to take the pictures with the plants in back. as the camera keeps wanting to focus on them rather than the figures, and I cant see on the tiny camera screen if the shots are in focus till I get them on the PC, just getting old I guess.
Apolgies for the late comment, Roger. For some reason WordPress didn’t add this post to my Reader feed, so I missed it when it first went up.
Lovely work on both Loana and her ‘pet’. It’s always nice to take a bit of a genre break from whatever project you’re working on, as it refreshes you for the next part.
Thanks Jez, better late than never I always say. Yes it was nice to take a quick break, unfortunately I think I will be painting something different again over the next couple of weeks….the house! so posts might be a little hit and miss for the next few weeks .
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