Chinese Game Set for Settlers of Catan

May was a slow hobby month as I spent some time recovering from the surgeon’s blade!

One of the projects that I started in April and completed in May was another RAFM game set for the  Settlers of Catan game.  It was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law, and I had it in the painting queue for a while.  The set is made of white metal (likely britannia).  I had completed most of the painting in April, and finished and varnished the project in May.  Each set consists of figures that represent 15 roads, 5 settlements, 4 cities, and one robber.  This one is Chinese-themed, and joins my Viking and Egyptian sets.  I opened the set, cleaned up and filed some loose casting remnants, and washed everything with mild soap and a toothbrush.  After a good rinse and a thorough drying, they were ready to paint.  I decided to go with a red and gray theme, which are my Fitchburg High school colors!

 

1 Box cover
Game set box, unopened

 

 

2 detail on side Box cover
Side detail of box

 

 

3 road unpainted
Unpainted road

 

 

4 settlement unpainted
Unpainted settlement

 

 

5 city unpainted
Unpainted city

 

 

6 robber unpainted
Unpainted robber, front view

 

 

7 robber unpainted, back
Unpainted robber, back view

As you can see above, the details of the figures are variable.  The robber really was not well-detailed, and I attempted to rectify this with the brush.  On the previous two sets, I mounted all of the figures to popsicle sticks for ease of painting.  I elected not to do that this time as I did not want to have to deal with painting the undersides with affixed glue.  I did mount the robber on a 1″ steel washer.  This was fine.

I made a change again and used a brush primer as April was very cold and I did not want to wait until New England cooperated with 50°F – and that was a good call.  I used Citadel “Imperial Primer” slightly diluted with Testors “Universal Acrylic Thinner” in two coats for priming.  I then drybrushed all the figures with Americana “Santa Red”.  My next step was to use Secret Weapons Washes “Red Black” ink and apply a thorough wash all over the figures.  Then I painted the trees and bushes on the road sections with Armory “Chestnut Brown”.

 

8 base coated group
In progress – I put the figures on the pallet and used it as a surface to paint almost everything

On the roads (which resembled sections of the Great Wall), I painted the boulders with Americana “Zinc”.  I then applied another wash with “Red Black” ink.  To create the effect of the greenery, trees, and shrubs, I highlighted successively with Citadel “Niblet Green” and “Nurgling Green”.

On the settlements, I painted the paved spaces between the buildings and the river and the bridge with “Zinc”, followed by a coat of “Red Black” ink on the pavement.  The river got a treatment of Americana “Sky Blue” followed by Reaper MSP “Blue Liner” as a wash.  The river edges and buildings were highlighted and lined with Vallejo “Red”.

For the cities, I used “Zinc” on the stairways, and more “Red Black” ink as a wash.  I then highlighted the walls and framework of the large temple with the Vallejo “Red”.

I did not go crazy with the robber as I really was unimpressed with the figure.  He looked like a Japanese Ninja in a Chinese set!  So I used the same patterns with the same reds as the other figures.  I painted his bedroll with “Zinc”, his bandana and gloves with Americana “Ebony”, and his hair and boots with Americana “Onyx”.  P3 “Midland Flesh” was my choice for his face, with Vallejo “White” and “Ebony” for the eyes.  I highlighted his headband and his robes with Vallejo “Red”.  On his dagger I used FolkArt “Gunmetal Gray” highlighted with Tamiya “Titanium Silver”.  For the handle of his dagger, I gave him a splash of Citadel “Gehenna’s Gold”.  On his base, I used Citadel “Martian Ironcrust” and a blow dryer to create the crackling effect.  And again, I added more “Red Black”.

 

10 painted roads prevarnish
Roads before varnish

I also want to note here that the bottoms of all of these figures were painted with the same red combinations.  Lastly, as these are game pieces, I wanted to give them a good protective coat of varnish from bottom to top.  They all got three successive applications of varnish with sufficient drying time in between.  Of course, I needed a warm day (above 70°F) for this.  I used Krylon “Glossy”, followed by Krylon “Clear Matte”, followed by Testors “Dullcoat”.

 

 

12 completed play example
On the Catan board – with the Viking and Egyptian set 

 

 

13 completed play example
Robber, settlement, and road close up

 

I am satisfied with the project – and now I only need one more (the Bavarian set) to have all of them.  Certainly a worthy gaming project!

 

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RAFM Bard from 1992

I apologize to my readers as its been a while since I have blogged, and as you will see I will be somewhat more active this week as I have completed some projects and now have a few things to actually write about!  I expect that I will write three blog entries this week about projects that I have completed.

This is my first entry and concerns a RAFM Bard sculpted by Steven Koo in 1992 as part of the Women of the Ninth Meridian line.  Here is a link to the 1994 catalog from DnD Lead website that shows that there were three in each set.  The circled figure is the subject of this blog.  The figure had pointed ears, so obviously she is an elf.

0 Bard
From the 1994 RAFM Catalog

Chris Smedile’s birthday was coming up, so I offered him the chance to go through my assorted unpainted miniatures and pick a couple of figures that he would like me to paint for him.  He picked two – this Bard, and a Reaper Chronoscope Bones figure (which you can read about here).  It is 25mm in scale, cast in white metal (possibly lead-free), and had great detail.

 

 

1 Bard unpainted, front
Bard front view before painting

 

 

2 Bard unpainted, back
Rear view of Bard before painting

 

 

 

3 Bard unpainted, bottom
“RAFM 92”

 

I looked at the weather forecast as I wanted to finish this project in time to properly use spray varnish outside – and I need close to 70° F and low humidity for best effect.  I wanted her to have a slight “Little Red Riding Hood” look.

Beginning the base coat process, I started with the flesh, and used P3 “Ryn Flesh”.  I painted her flute with Tamiya “Chrome Silver”.  Using a pine tipped brush, I painted her eyes with Citadel “Ceramite White” and Reaper MSP “Blue Liner”.  Moving on to her hair, I decided to go with blond.  For that, P3 “Sulphuric Yellow”  was my choice.  For her tunic and her earrings, I went with a paint I purchased in West Germany in 1987, Deka Lack “Dunkelblau” (dark blue).  She had a thin sword, and the scabbard I painted with Vallejo “Gun Metal”.

Moving on to her cape, I got another oldie but goodie paint from 1984.  This was Polly-S “Demon Deep Red”, which ironically is older than Chris is!!  I also used that color to base her hair ribbon.  For her breeches, I based with Armory “Prussian Blue”.  For the trim and cuffs on her tunic, I used another Deka Lack paint, “Weiss” (white).  She had a canteen and a pouch on her belt.  These I painted respectively with Vallejo “US Dark Green” and Armory “Brick Red”.  For her leatherwork and straps, I decided on P3 “Bootstrap Leather”.  I needed to finish her metallics, and so I painted her brooch and sword pommel with Vallejo “Silver”, and her belt buckle and scabbard tip with Vallejo “Bright Brass”.   She has a jewel in her brooch, which I painted with Citadel “Soulstone Blue”.  For her base, I used Americana “Hauser Light Green” so as to make later base applications better.

 

4 Bard base coated, front
Bard, front, after base coat

 

 

5 Bard base coated, back
Bard, back, after base coat

 

I then moved on to highlighting and shading the figure.  For her hair, I used successive washes, first with P3 “Sunshine Yellow” and then with Citadel “Reikland Fleshshade”.  I then used a wash on the tunic with Citadel “Agrax Earthshade”.  I then lightly washed her hands with “Reikland Fleshshade”.  To highlight her facial features, I mixed Polly-S “Elf Flesh” with P3 “Ryn Flesh” and applied it to her cheeks, nose, hand and fingers.

For her breeches, I shaded with “Agrax Earthshade”, followed by highlighting with a mix of “Weiss” and “Prussian Blue”.  Lastly, I moved on to her cape and hair ribbon.   Here, I darkened the cape with “Agrax Earthshade”, then highlighted it with Americana “Santa Red”.  I also painted her hair ribbon with “Santa Red”.

To finish the base, I applied Army Painter “Moss Green” flocking with white glue.  Then the figure got two coats of Testors spray “Dullcoat”, allowing for sufficient drying time between coats.  To finish her, I added a yellow flower tuft from Army Painter “Meadow Flowers”.

 

8 Bard finished, front
Finished Bard, frontal view

 

 

9 Bard finished, back
Finished Bard, rear view

 

 

10 Bard finished, side
Finished Bard, side view

Overall, I was pleased with the work I did on the figure.  It was a nice break from my very large Star Duck project.

Chris got it on his birthday, and he loved it!  I am looking forward to hearing of her exploits!