“A Pair of Bad’un’s” (Advent Challenge & Paint what you got Challenge)

OK so I’ve been banging on about this “Advent Challenge” since before Christmas, so I guess I’d better start painting the blooming things up now, I’ve already sorted them out into two a month, with a few of them assigned to months where they are apt for a particular “challenge” (e.g. two female fig’s for “February”, two bearded figs for Mo’vember etc.…), the remaining ones I sorted randomly, though surprisingly they have often gone into complimentary pairs (as you’ll see as the months go by hopefully), an example of which I have for my first pairing…

No 5 Small Blood Imp

No14 Human Paladin Evil “Krass”

Taking “Matt’s” advice on “bones” figures I gave both of them and good scrub with a toothbrush (an old one not my current one!) and some washing up liquid, then both figures were based upon two pence pieces, in Krass’s case forgoing the separate “cobbled” base his feet should have slotted into, then “Tetrion” filler was built up around their feet, before they were both sprayed matt black.

Taking the “Imp” first I began by heavily dry-brushing him all over with dark red, then highlighted this with ruby red. Chocolate brown was then painted over his loin cloth, wing hooks, horns and staff shaft. The loin cloth was then highlighted with leather, and the horns, hooks and staff were dry-brushed with saddle and then again with Eurasian flesh, the horns and hooks getting yet another subsequent dry-brush with coffee. His eyes were next lemon yellow was used here with normal black dots finishing these off. The face atop his staff was undercoated next in copper, then highlights of bright gold were added over this. The eyes, horns and tongue on this were then re-painted black, before dry-brushing/highlights in chainmail were added here. The couple of teeth visible in his face were then added in yet more coffee, this time with cream highlights and finally I added more highlights to his body and wings in bright red and he was done.

“Krass” (it’s not just me is it, he does look like a “Chaos Knight” right?), was a little more complicated, but not much, inspired by the lovely classic GW “Chaos Knights” Matt over at “PM Painting” turns out on a regular basis, I decided that rather than just dry-brushing him in chainmail, I’d try adding a bit of colour to his armour, so leaving his sword and right gauntlet separate I painted all his armored bits in deep turquoise, but I felt I’d still like a more metallic look to him, so I don’t know if you remember a couple of years back I painted a metallic red dress on my “dame to die for”, by mixing metallic red and silver to form the highlights, so I thought I’d try mixing some stuff up again, this time I mixed some chainmail into some more of the deep turquoise, and as the result looked pretty good I heavily highlighted his amour with this, and I have to say I was pretty pleased with the result (I can see I’ll be doing more of this!). I still wanted some more “bling” on his armour though so taking the copper I added all the edges and “swirly” details in this, then highlighted this with bronze (I thought gold would be a bit too “blingy”), this too worked out pretty well, but as you can imagine left a fair bit of touching up. Now I was going to mix up more of the new “metallic deep turquoise” but I thought as I’d been “enthusiastic” with the highlights of this, I decided I’d try just using the original (non-metallic) Deep turquoise, for this and see how it looked…OK as it turned out, so I left it at that. I dry-brushed his sword blade in chainmail, his horns and fur cape trim were then added in chocolate brown, with saddle and Eurasian flesh highlights, and a final subsequent highlight of coffee added to just the horns. His cape was simply dark grey with mid grey highlights and the jewel atop his swords pommel was bright red with metallic red highlights, and I did do the odd dot of pale pink to try and simulate a reflection here (not sure how good this came out, it’s your fault I tried this Alex!).

Both figures were then given a coat of Quckshade (Strongtone), before being based in my usual way, a spray coat of matt varnish took away the shine and they were done. Well that’s the first two figures from my “Advent Challenge” done, I have to say I really enjoyed painting these, and can’t wait now till the next two. Oh and a quick note, the background in the photo’s is one of the broken ridge tiles that blew off during the high winds we had before Christmas (before you ask yes they have been replaced 😃), I thought it looked quite effective? (suit yourself 😛).

So till next time, stay safe and cheers Roger.

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27 Responses to “A Pair of Bad’un’s” (Advent Challenge & Paint what you got Challenge)

  1. Dave Stone says:

    Wonderful work on both Roger, the colour choices really suit the models. Nice use of the ridge tile for the backdrop, it would take ages to paint up that amount of weathering on a scenery piece ! LOL

    • Thanks Dave, I was pleased with the colours on this two tbh, The roofer did offer to take the broken tiles away but I asked him to leave this one as I thought to might make an interesting backdrop 😃.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. I like both of these Roger. On the imp I was impressed with the two-tone metallics on his staff “face” – going to file that away for future reference and use. On the Krass figure I think the same as to your highlighting scheme. Very effective. And the recycled use of the roof tile is pretty ingenious! Is it asphalt or ceramic?

    • Thanks Mark, it’s great when we can “poach” ideas off of each other, I know I do it all the time. 😀

      The tile is a clay/ceramic (like terracotta) type as often used in this country, thanks for asking.

      Cheers Roger.

  3. These look really nice, Roger, so a good start to the challenge! 🙂 Krass’ armour has come out very well indeed!

  4. Oh those are fantastic, Roger. Absolutely fantastic. I like them both a lot, and for different reasons as they both show off different painting skills – lots of flesh on the imp and lots of complicated edged armour. What a great start to your Advent Challenge.

    • Thanks Simon, as you say they were both fun to paint but in different ways. I’m enjoying the challenge of painting stuff I would probably never have bought myself (if you know what I mean).

      Cheers Roger.

  5. Alex says:

    Looking good mate – love that chaotic (small ‘c’) knight! I didn’t get either of these in my advent, so looks like we are on different journeys 😊👍

    • Thanks Alex, hmmm, well I’m both pleased and not pleased about that…. Pleased that I don’t have to compete against your paintjobs on the same figures (that would not have gone well for me!). and not pleased as this does rather point at them just dumping in the stuff that didn’t sell as apposed to them having sat 24 figs for the calendar. I had hoped they had as I noticed nearly all my figures were stamped 2020 on the bottom, I had thought of getting another one next December, but the chance of getting some of the same fig’s again has put me off this a bit now. 🤔

      Cheers Roger.

      • Alex says:

        Oh, I don’t know – I would imagine that the dumpster-dive approach would reduce the chance of duplicates 🧐
        I’m planning to grab a few for my gaming buddies next Christmas

      • I’ll wait and see, my wife is keen on the idea of her making an Advent Calendar up for me with figures from ranges I suggest. Wow at 50quid a pop I wish I was one of your gaming buddies! 😁

  6. Pete S/ SP says:

    They make a great pair. I do like the imp… prince of pratical jokes no doubt.



  7. borderguy190 says:

    Very nice paint. How long does it take you to paint a pair of models?

    • Thanks Matt, that’s a damn good question, I would say too long (but that’s a cop out) generally I can knock out two to three fig’s in a week (sometimes more sometimes less), but it really depends on how much/ how often, I get to paint, I like to put one day aside for prep/ basing, one day for the Quickshade to dry, and one for basing (waiting for the PVA to dry, so that leaves four days messing about with colours.

      Hope that answers you question. Cheers Roger.

      • borderguy190 says:

        Well, that makes me feel better! I’m NOT the only one that can’t paint at the fig an hour rate.

      • Lord no! I haven’t even started this weeks fig’s yet, so I doubt there will be a post next weekend, as there is a far bit of prep work to do in them, so will probably the weekend after before I post again, luckily they should still get in under the wire for Dave’s challenge.

  8. Off to a cracking start with your challenge Roger and to think there are eleven months still to go! Looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve as these two figures look great. Very nice paint job on both of them and I do like that tile backdrop. 🙂

  9. Matt says:

    Blimey, TWO mentions in a Roger post? It’s like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one LOL! Great work on both of those chaps, matey. The reds on the imp are outstandingly dark and evil, and Krass looks superb in his metallic turquoise armour!

    Luckily for you, both those minis are the newer, firmer Bones plastic, not the old white stuff, so the chances of bent bits were drastically reduced.

    • Thanks Matt, credit where it’s due mate, I would never have known to scrub them first without your specialist knowledge. I think one of the mini’s looks a little paler grey than the others so that might be an older batch, but I really had no problem with these two (though couldn’t work out how the moulded the wings attached to the imp! (you couldn’t do that with a metal casting!

      Cheers Roger.

  10. angrypiper says:

    They look wonderful, Roger. That armor on Krass is pretty stunning. I remember a few years back hyou mixed a color (red, perhaps) with metallic silver to give a lady a nice sequined dress. I remember being struck by the novelty (not something I would have ever thought to do, myself) and impressed with the results. Just goes to show you can always learn new stuff from fellow hobbyists.
    Oh, and I don’t scrub my Bones miniatures (although I sure as hell prime them first). Maybe I should start!

    • Thanks Keith, yep I was quite pleased with how Krass’ armour came out (though the matt varnish has taken some of the “sheen” off of it). I am quite keen to try different colours mixed to metallic’s, just need the right figure to use them on.

      Never having painted any “Bones” figures before these I was happy to bow to Matt’s superior knowledge (especially as I’ve now bought a couple more, I’ll blame you and Matt for a change! 😉).

      Cheers Roger,

  11. patmcf says:

    Nice work on these two fine figures Roger, especially the little knight!

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