Much like my Forgotten King Wave 1 unboxing. I'm going to lay this out with pictures and captions. It makes things so much easier that way.
The Rocktop Gang is a group of turtle minions. When I was getting ready to paint them, I had the crazy idea of color matching their skin tones with my old TMNT action figures. Some ended up closer than others, but I'm pleased with them.
|The Rocktop Bombadiers were originally meant to be painted with a skintone similar to Donatello. But I didn't get the mix right. It's close to my original toy's coloration, but not spot on.|
|The Rocktop Rollers were meant to be the Leonardo of the group and it was in painting these that I realized I suck horribly at custom mixing paint to match color.|
|I really like the Rocktop Crushers. They are big beasts and as such I decided that they would be Raphael. This is the only mini out of all the turtles that I was able to match the skin tone even close to the toy I was copying.|
The Fireflow Denizens were an interesting challenge. Painting them required a ton of patience, as I needed to batch paint the whole bunch of them for their firey areas. I do like working with red and on less stylized miniatures the fire effect is super easy to do. But on these, the softer details meant I need to cut some corners to make it work. All in all, I've so far gotten a ton of compliments on them.
|The Fire Whirl Spawning Point was really fun to paint and possibly the easiest of all the fire effects in the set.|
|Ember Hounds were supposed to be nearly 100% fire. But I liked the idea of their mouths being flame as well as their tail & snout. I think it turned out well and kind gives them a Pokemon vibe.|
|The Burning Gels are one of my favorite minis in the set and I'm really digging how they turned out. I was originally dreading painting them up, because I thought painting them would be a chore. Turned out, it was super simple!|
Caverns of Roxor comes with a mini-boss and a new boss. The mini-boss is Rockgut the Troll, apparently trolls in Crystalia aren't affected by fire the way other fantasy trolls are, because he's full on inferno mode. The new boss is Roxor, who is a large fire elemental and in original Super Dungeon Explore, he was a wreaking machine. Some folk complain about his sculpt, but I think he looks wholly badass.
That's it! Super Dungeon Explore: Caverns of Roxor is finished! It only took, like 3 years... Now I can move on to finishing my Great Cyclopean Gemstone Heist! and then paint up SDE: Von Drakk Manor. I'm really hyped for Von Drakk, mainly because I'm a huge Castlevania fan.
Also in case you're wondering, here is my technique for painting molten rocks:
- I mix all my paint with Liqutex Matte Medium.
- Base coat the areas White, I used Vallejo Model Color White. But any bright white should do.
- Then using GW Yriel Yellow, I drybrushed over every rock, leaving some white showing around the edges.
- Next up, I mixed GW Blood Red (old line color, could sub it for Evil Sunz Scarlet) and stippled it over top of the yellow, leaving some yellow on the edge.
- Then using some old GW Scorched Earth, I stippled that further in towards the center or each rock.
- Finally in the very middle, I stippled Black. On the stones at his bottom I had to paint them black and then stipple over the edges for a proper effect. But on the smaller stones, I just stippled and called it good.
And that's it!
I'm super happy to have gotten these finished and it was great having the #warmongers on Twitter pushing me along. Also I couldn't do fire as well as I do now it if wasn't for the tutorial from Hot-Lead. You should check it out, it's super in depth and he also has a bunch of other good ones over there.