Sometimes I’m in the mood to paint. Other times, not so much. This was a case of not really being in the mood to paint for a while, because I knew that these might take a little while. But, I finally sat down and got them done.
Meet the bugbears. Distant cousins to goblins and hobgoblins, these creatures are an odd combination of humanoids, goblins, and some furry creatures (most-likely bears, I suppose). Originally created as a way to scare naughty children or to keep them from running off into the woods by themselves, these guys are most-certainly not your friends.
To paint them, I started with the eyes and mouth, as usual. Getting those done to avoid having to be super-careful after painting the fur. I gave them large pupils, since it seemed scarier.
Then I moved on to the fur. Normally, I have a standard brownish color that I use. But, since they have leather armor, I didn’t want to use that. It would blend too much with the armor. So, I added a hint of red to make it stand out. I really like how it turned out.
This is where I took a long break. I had finished the face and fur, but I just didn’t feel like finishing them off. They’ve sat for weeks, just taunting me. I finally sat down the past couple of days to get them done.
Next up, I took on the armor. I wanted some contrast, so I chose to make some armor pieces black and others brown. I also used black for some trim edges on the armor. In this case, I used my standard brown mixture for the armor. (A 1:1 ratio of RMS Harvest Brown and RMS Armor Grey.) I also took a moment to paint their spiked clubs or maces, or whatever those things are. I used my standard brown and added a touch of white to lighten it a tad for variation against the armor color.
To wrap things up, I painted the… loin cloths?… and the center spots on the shoulder pads, making them different colors. Since I plan to use these for D&D, I wanted to make them different for tracking hit points during combat. Then, I did the metallic areas and the studs in the armor. I also dry-brushed light metallic highlights on the peaks around the weapons. And lastly, I dry-brushed fur highlights and added base material.
Another set of minis down! On to the next batch.