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About the Project

So thanks to a rather tall n hairy fella showing his own Moonstone minis off on a recent weekender, Moonstone the game was put on my radar. Never really heard of it before and wasnt really looking for a new thing to get stuck into buuuuuuut when i saw the minis........ I was intrigued. Usually I dont really care much for the game but focus almost solely on the minis (minis over mechanics ALWAYS) but what wouldcha know, after watching a few playthroughs of the game...... Moonstone has both!! Awesome minis AND a really fun looking game! So I got the 2P starter set, the rulebook & one of the trolls and here. we. are. I'm setting up a seperate PLOG for Moonstone as I know I am going to be getting a lot more of the minis and actually playing the game as my wife - the amazing Seulgi, who usually has zero interest in TT games has actually shown a real interest in getting into the game (and as we all know will happen, solidly trouncing me at it!!)

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Friar....... Fabulous!

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Defintely getting quicker at these wee fella!! This one only took me about 3 days!! Hey ……. thats good for me!!

Anywho – Friar Flavius for the Commonwealth. Like Grub, he was not not one that I was particularly looking forward to painting and like Grub,  the more I worked on him, the more I liked him. That was until the bat/club/smacking stick………. that was a pain!!

 

Friar....... Fabulous!

I tried a new flesh workup out as well. Think its worked out rather well. Its a mish mash of about 3 or 4 differnt paint companies mind  – Reaper, Sacle75, Vallejo & Nocturna.  Non-Met as usual for the Moonstone minis as it jsut suits the aesthetic better, I think,  than tmm. He was pretty straight forward a paint. no surprises or tricks up his chainmail sleeves. I ended up having to tone down his codpiece a little though as the initial workup had it jumping out a bit too much!!

Friar....... Fabulous!
Friar....... Fabulous!
Friar....... Fabulous!

Expanding the Troupe(s)

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Been getting a grand bit of progress on the 2P StarterBox of late to the point that the New Dominion/Goblin side are now finished!!

The much nefarious Doug the Flatulent....... on his loyal Pug! The much nefarious Doug the Flatulent....... on his loyal Pug!

With Doug taken care of, there was only one gobbo left on the Dominion side in the box. I had left Grub till the end as I really wasnt that keen on his sculpt…….. the weird thing was that as soon as I started to see some progress on him, he actually started to grow on me. I tried to get him totally done in a day but he ended up taking day and a half in the end.

Expanding the Troupe(s)
The New Dominion Half of the starter box all complete!!!The New Dominion Half of the starter box all complete!!!

With all the goblins done it was time to move on over to the commonwealth side.  Starting with Flintlock. Love this mini but damn he just refused to get finished!!  Kept finding more thingys on him to paint!!  And then i decided to paint one on of the rocks at his feet as a Moonstone!
I think he came out nicely in the end though!!

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Well Tickle My Gro.........Its the Vicious Midget!

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On the sly n side I got stuck into The Vicious Midget (Doug the Flatulent is being painted on stream as voted for by viewers) – diamond wee mini this fella and apparently a wee s#!7e to come up against in the game!

He was quick enough paint – only 4 or 5 hours all told I think. Similar old beaten nmm as on Ribald but on a muuuuuuuch smaller scale!

Anyways – here be the midget!

Le Midget of ViciousLe Midget of Vicious

Ribald The Troll all finished - who's next?!

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Ribald is all done! I really had such a blast working on this ‘friendly’ looking troll.
Looking back now I am really glad I abandoned my initial idea of trying to get the Moonstone minis painted up quick as possible and jsut to use as game pieces. They are just far too nice nad characterful to not spend the extra time giving them a fuller paintjob. I’ve even entered Ribald into this years “Eavier Metal ‘Eadbanger paint competition.

 

Ribald The Troll all finished - who's next?!

As to the paint.  I tried a one or two new things out on Ribald, as I try to do with every mini: try something new, take a risk, experiment.  Each mini is an opportunity to push myself harder and further as an artist. This year so far has been a belter for growth I feel. I’ve already (I think) finsihed more models than I did in the whole of 2020 (37 models done so far -from 28mm to 75mm, from vignettes to busts to diorama)  and the improvements in my painting have been both noticeable and palpable, which is a great feeling.

For Ribald I tried a different way of doing a more battered metal in nmm. A lot of nmm we see in the community has and still is all about smoothness of transitions and smoothness of materials as well as correct application of light and shadow. But what if its a metal that is old, uneven and was never particularly well-wrought in the first place?
So,  with Ribald, and how his armour was already sculpted, I tried to do this more battered and less reflective metal plate justice through nmm. Usually I would have just opted for tmm as it lends itself very easily to older metals when used in conjunction with washes, filters and effects to tone done the inate reflectivity of the metallics paints (I’ve done a few YT videos on the subject folk might find useful) and if metal is highly or at least moderately polished and smooth, I would use a nmm approach.  But with the Moonstone minis and their overall aesthetic,  I felt that nmm was more suited to their look.
Some miniatures (and ranges) lend themselves better to one or the other – for example – Kingdom Death works better with an nmm approach and tmm often deosnt really look as good on them as it would on other lines. The original Judgement minis (the 54mm scale models before they fecked the whole thing up by lowering the scale and letting creature caster take over the aesthetic) definitely looked a lot better with tmm work than nmm. Of course this is all just my take on things and how I see them!!

Anywayssssssss – I think a more rough and textured nmm approach suits the overall look adn aesthetic of the Moonstone minis so I (starting with Beaky Bobby) wanted to tweak and adapt a slightly different nmm look for them.
As usual I paid particular attention to light, shadow and over contrast as that is core to making nmm workups a success but this time I also paid equal attention to the texture of the armour. Stipple & smudge, makeup brushes and  more …… aggressive brush work played a big part in this. And it seems to work – we break up the light reflections so that they are not reflecting from a perfectly smooth and polished surface but rather from a more rough, pitted and eroded surface.

Ribald The Troll all finished - who's next?!

As to the skin of the troll and also of the goblin. I tried a differnt approach here which was at very quite monochromatic but then brought to life by utilising differnent coloured filters and glazes. I detailed this in the last post so I wont go on about that here!
A very quick note on the basing – as these are ultimately going to be used on the tabletop, I wanted a definte homogenousness of base.  So rather than basing e3ach mini individually and with basing materials,  I opted for cast resin bases  – as the whole quick paint to play idea was out the window, by going with scenic resin bases I could claw back a little time. After looking through a lot of different companies I finally settled on the rocky terrain bases from model display products for the gobbos n trolls and the regal stone bases from the same company for the humans. Havemt decided what bases for the gnomes yet. Fauns and faeries will be on woodland bases and so on.
A quick note on the quality of the bases. MDP are to be HIGHLY recmn’d  – the quality of the resin and their resin casting is near flawless. I was really impressed when the bases arrived (apart form the bastarding customs tax I got charged on a 20gbp order >< ) the details are all really sharp and there was not a single airbubble to be found on all the bases I ordered. really top quality product – 10/10
So I’ve blathered on for ages here so I’ll shut up now! More pics of Ribald below and please,  if you have any questions,  feel totally free to ask in the comments or PM me 🙂

What a difference a glaze makes!

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So the second Moonstone I decided to work on was Ribald the troll or 배불뚝이 (pot-belly) as my wife calls him! Another lovely sculpt with all the humour, whimsy and irreverancy typical of the characters of Moonstone. I had a general idea of where I was going to take him and this time I had no illusions of a quick to tabletop paint job. Beaky Bobby put paid to that!
I very rarely plan out paint jobs but instead get a general idea of palette and just set to it and see where it goes.

My usual process involves getting the dark base under colour down and then work on refining the face, as it’s usually the most important part of the skin work and what viewers zero in on first.  My usual process involves getting the dark base under colour down and then work on refining the face, as it’s usually the most important part of the skin work and what viewers zero in on first.

When I’m happy with the initial sketch and tones of the face, I then turn to the rest of the skin and work it up to the same rough stage as the face.  Dark/shadow base under colour which I then next work up to mid tones and then onto the highlights.
This initial skinwork usually ends up very monochromatic when executed in this way but that’s fine as the point is establish the dominant skin colour and tone as well as working the volumes of the model.

So, with the volumes and the dominant skin colour in place, it’s time to add in some secondary and tertiary colours and tones.  The importance and job of these additions are pretty obvious when one sees them in place at the end. We are adding in character and a sense of life to the model.  The plain monochromatic finish of the first stages leave the character looking rather lifeless and devoid of any real character and background. If could just as well be a green statue rather than a romping stomping clod of a troll!!

We add in our secondary colours first by way of a series of very thin glazes, or more correctly filters as we are gently tinting and adding a different colour over the base green hue and tones. First a mix of brown and orange leather from scale 75. I build up the tint gradually over about 5 layers, each layer adding a little bit more brown leather into the filter and each layer retreating more back into the recesses and shadows. We add in our secondary colours first by way of a series of very thin glazes, or more correctly filters as we are gently tinting and adding a different colour over the base green hue and tones. First a mix of brown and orange leather from scale 75. I build up the tint gradually over about 5 layers, each layer adding a little bit more brown leather into the filter and each layer retreating more back into the recesses and shadows.

With the orange/brown glaze filters in place and FULLY dry, we can move on to more popping colours. We are going to bring in some pinks and then a more reddish pink into areas such as the nose, elbows, fingers, knuckles and toes. Again a series of very thin glaze layers are applied until we are happy with the satiation and vibrancy of the effect.

Beaky Bobby!!!!

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First Moonstone mini is complete! My initial idea was to do these minis up quick and simply. After all this is a game I am actually planning to play and one that maaaaaay be a gateway game to get my wife into tabletop gaming.
So, thought I,  quick simple paintjob, one mini per sitting. Get them done and ready for the table. (terrain will be another thing esp after seeing about tabletop world has to offer……….. bugger)

So I started with Beaky Bobby, a goblin ….. apothecary (? ) ftom the New Dominion faction – let’s get him done. no frills, no fannying about, no getting sucked in……..

Quick leather workup to start – by the numbers dirty old leather trenchie……….. so far so good……..

Beaky Bobby!!!!

Next the mask…….. then it all went Pete Tong. …….. I got sucked in……. and a few paint sessions later ….. Beaky Bobby was done…… all in all …… probably about 7 hours of work. Faster than usual but ……… ah feck it……. they are gorgeous minis!!!

Beaky Bobby!!!!

Getting the gang together!!

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So here we go! Postman dropped off the goodies the other day.  I’m not going to go into detail here about the contents of the box(es) too much as I already did a quick unboxing video over on YouTube ( https://youtu.be/XjYXdsyj2rQ )

Here we shall be focusing primarily on the painting and modeling side of Moonstone.

Getting the gang together!!

So have all the minis so far built and primed!!  The prep on the minis wasnt too bad. Its a really nice and high quality resin that they are using (yay) however I suspect the moulds may be getting on a wee bit as there was a lot of flash which on such delicate and beautfully sculpted models is a right pain in the arse.  Very few mouldlines or mouldslips which after having just prepped a FW model…….. was very happily received!!
Minis went together pretty nicely and I am really glad they went with high grade resin rather than white metal or cheap plastic.

For priming – broke out the priming airbrush, my faithful H&S Infinity and gave them 2 thin coats of Stylynrez black primer followed by a light lateral highlighting with some Daler Rowney white ink.

Thats kinda it for the minute except to say a big thanks (no really) to @avernos for showcasing these minis and game on the weekender and also in the playthrough vids. Am really excited to get into this game and lsoe myself in the whimsical world of Tauber.

Will be painting the Moonstone minis every Friday live on my Twitch channel if anyone wants to stop by and check it out. (3pmBST)

First up is ………… Beaky Bobby!!!

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