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WORKBENCH: The Fantasy Forest Project, Part I 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
Fantasy Forest, Part I

So I’ve been talking about creating this “fantasy forest” for ages now. I started kicking around the idea of putting together a kid-friendly forest scenario for when my boy gets to be old enough to play an RPG without destroying daddy’s toys.

I had an idea of what I wanted to put together. Finding the pieces was going to be the hardest part so I resolved myself to scratch building what I couldn’t find on the shelves or on the ‘net. As luck would have it (and I’m a pretty lucky guy), I was able to find most everything that I was looking for online and, of all places, in a local supermarket.

With little time these days to dedicate large blocks of focused time on painting or scratch building, I started using a technique that I coined “Hit and Run Painting” (see this post about two-thirds of the way down: www.dwarvenforge.com/dwarvenforums/viewtopic.php?id=1231). Essentially it means running down to the dungeon for a few minutes of dry brushing here, a dab of wash there, between normal chores and the honey-do list. Turned out to be an immensely effective, efficient way for me to work. I was able to get through 15 minis and two small terrain pieces in just over a week. The total combined time was less than that but it was spread out over nine days.

I’m happy to share this with you, my first Workbench article on my Fantasy Forest project. I hope you enjoy it.


March of the Mushroom Men . . .

I had fun with these guys: http://purgatorio.com/gameroom/gameroom2006/fantasyforest1/photos/fores009.html

The Mushroom Men were a blast to paint. They’re made by Reaper in the Dark Heaven Legends line and are still available on their site: http://reapermini.com/store/customer/product.php?productid=693&cat=0&page=1

I primed them with Krylon white primer for a nice bright finish and then based coated the bodies in Citadel Bleached Bone. Then I did a wash of Citadel Dark Flesh over the bodies and bottoms of the caps when the Bleached Bone was dry. I love the ruddy red look of the Citadel Dark Flesh color. After the wash coat was dry, I dry brushed the bodies again with Bleached Bone and a tiny bit of Ceramcoat Arylic white for highlights in certain areas.

I painted the caps and the inside of the mouths Rackham Red and I used Ceramcoat Acrylic white for the dots on the caps. There’s a nasty flash line down the front, right side of the little guy that I tried and tried to file smooth before priming but it just didn’t work. Maybe I’ll get rid of it on the next two that I paint.

The last things that I did were to mount the figures onto 1” square bases and paint them with (hold on to your hats for this one…) a pot of AD&D Forest Green paint by Ral Partha. Yes, you read that right. I still have about a dozen original pots of paint from Partha that are still as fresh as the day I bought them over FIFTEEN YEARS AGO! Unbelievable but true. I gave them a heavy, wet coat of the Forest green and then dipped them into a plastic tray of green flocking. I don’t recall if it was GW or Woodland Scenics flocking—I have these huge baggies of flock that I’ve had for years. After the bases were dry, I hit both of them with a puff of air to remove the excess flock and then hit them with a nice coat of dull coat spray. I used this stuff made by “Crafts Etc!” called “Clear Acrylic Matte Coating”. You can get it from Hobby Lobby.

The four Myconids pictured in the link above are D&D Aberrations pre-painted minis. I picked them up for about a quarter a piece on eBay and repainted them. The caps were really dark and dull so I dry brushed them with Citadel Bleached Bone and then dry brushed a light coat of Citadel Scorched Earth over top of the Bleached Bone. The result was a nice, weather worn look to the caps. I was pretty satisfied with the base color of the bodies but decided to add a wash coat of Citadel Scorched Earth to them for a deeper effect. I was really craving portabella mushrooms and steak when I was painting these. You’d never know it. I used the same base flocking technique as the two Reaper Mushroom Men above. I didn’t want to spray these with my dull coat for fear that the solvents in the spray can would seriously destroy the soft plastic. I may wind up hand brushing some clear, matte coating on them later after some more research about potential reactions with the plastic.

Stay tuned for Part II of the Fantasy Forest Project as I continue work on the project...

-Dante
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Goodman Games now has a pretty cool looking mushroom (i.e., violet fungus) miniature that I'm going to pick up fairly soon. It couild also make a nice shrieker.

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Well dawgone, Dante!

They look great!

I've always said Citadel paints are the BEST for figures; they don't airbrush for diddly, but stick a paintbrush in there and they come out looking fantastic - which is just about perfect for fantasy figures! ;P

The color sets you used on both the 'Shrooms and on the Myconids are perfectly suited to what I perceive as their personalities and affiliations; friendly, happy mushrooms, and dark, evil toadstools.

Am I right?

This is exactly the kind of threads I envisioned for the 'Workbench' forum; primarily 'technical' discussions of products, techniques, and 'one-off' designs. I hope Jeff and Doug(?) are reading and decide to go along with the new forum.

See ya!

Jim
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I'm having flashbacks to H.R. Puffenstuff. Is that twisted or what? :D
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Dude, (Kradlo) what did you smoke for breakfast? rofl... sorry... I should keep it family friendly.
That is a cool looking mini you posted. I'll have to check out their site a little deeper. I remember hitting it recently when I heard that they were making "Dungeon Crawl Classics".

Jim--that's how I envisioned it too--the Reaper minis would be my "friendly forest creatures" and the Myconids would be the droogs/goon squad.

Well, I'm off to work on Part II . . .
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Those look great, Dante. I too am waiting for my son to be old enough to play nice with my toys, but considering he's not even 1 yet I've got a good while ahead of me.
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