Sunday, 3 September 2017

Of wrinkled bones - Story of a Skolleyton


Hi all !

A few days ago, I saw a very nice proposition on the Oldhammer FB page, the kind you can hardly say no to...
Stuart K. offered a handful of Olley miniatures to the people who'd claim them first at the only condition that those models were painted within a month.
Now I do like to be challenged and I love Olley models even more ! This is how I ended up bagging this magnificent skeleton !
I know full well Olley models are an acquired taste and his undead especially, you either love or hate them. I know from experience you have to paint Bob's model to fully appreciate them so I quickly primed this one and in an afternoon finished it.

The Bob Olley effect striked again. I've told about it before but it's that effect that makes you think "meh" when looking at some of Bob's models and then makes you realise how massively enjoyable they are to paint (they're REALLY painter friendly) and simply how gorgeous they can turn out to be.
I strongly believe they do suffer from a bad reputation because of the horrible hasty paintjobs they got back in the day.

We can fix that.

Very simple techniques provide tremendous effects on these models. They're probably not the ones to pick to demonstrate your ability with freehands but if you want something quick and enjoyable to paint, look no further.


Why did I pick that particular guy amongst the others ? Well he had a crossbow and I'm pretty sure that can come in handy in the next game of Frostgrave or Mordheim that I play !


I've got a more oldschool coming and some very new (might even say unreleased yet) stuff as well. Let's get this new year started correctly.

29 comments:

  1. His head looks just like Boni from The Trap Door! ^^

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    1. I had to google that but yes indeed, there's a cartoony side to him that would make him fit in a Tim Burton movie as well.

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  2. Awesome! I love the bones tone. Could you mind sharing your recipe for that color?

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    1. Cheers, the recipe is super easy, base coat is stone grey from PA, followed by a thinned wash (just water) of agrax earthshade, then stone grey again (glazes) and a few highlights of very diluted white.

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    2. I'm gonna try that. It's colder than the usual bone colours and gives a nice effect.

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  3. I didn't know that model, but it's defintely an Olley :D I like the tiny details, cool job there!

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    1. You really can get yourself lost in those !
      Thanks man !

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  4. Very nice pile of bones ! Love the way the bright red on the cape works with the light from his eyes.

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    1. Blue, white and red huh ?
      Thanks mec !

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  5. Very cool mate, this looks like such a fun mini! :-)

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    1. It's the most basic paintjob I could do but the sculpt works for you. Those hunky bag of wrinkled bones know ho to please a painter.
      Thanks !

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  6. The skellybob looks great.That's one hell of a crossbow he's got. I see you've used Bob's texture as an aid to painting rather than let it overwhelm you, deft work sir. Nice glow on the eyes too.

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    1. There's no fighting the Folleys, you either fight with them or die miserably.

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  7. Great! I've been searching the Reaper web site for Olley sculpts, he's got quite a few on there.

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    1. You should really treat your brush and yourslef with one of those, they're perfect palette cleansers I find. ^^

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  8. Ooooooo nice! Really, really nice!

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  9. I only painted a couple of models from Bob Olley but I have to agree with you. They're super fun to paint and with some effort they can turn out to be great pieces.

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    1. They have their own style but if you're willing to follow it and not fight it they're immense fun !

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  10. Olley's squats were some of my fav's back in the day.

    This fellow fits in just loverly with the rest of your deadites mate. I really like the reds in that cape.

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    1. The Olleys have that level of detail you don't find anywhere else, I really love them !

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  11. Why is it that reanimated skeletons often have a fun vibe to them? Some of it is the perpetual grin and there is something comical about their skinniness, but its a dead body.

    I'm imagining how I would feel if an armed, real skeleton walked determinedly towards me in the kitchen as I write this. If I try to really imagine what it would be like, with some sort of aura death around it due to the reanimation process, I have no problem saying that I would likely pee in my pants.

    Yet this model is lovable. Lovely painting Asslessman.

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    1. I get it's the same reason why seeing people getting dismembered in films like evil dead and the likes makes us laugh when a felsh wound would make some faint and some others throw up irl.
      We exorcise our fear of death by playing with it o our tales I guess.
      Bob is an expert psychologist in that regard. ^^
      Thanks !

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