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60041 Eando Kline, Pathfinder

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Here's our intrepid Pathfinder, Eando Kline, standing at the edge of an overgrown ruin in the jungle and steeling himself for the next stage of his explorations!

 

It was a pretty quick paint job (you can see in the close-up that the layering isn't very smooth, except where I spent extra time on the face), with a bit of basing to set the scene.

I used some putty to fill out the corners of his jaw (beard), to make his face more square overall.

 

Enjoy,

Derek

 

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Another fine example of how to get it right! I absolutely love the base! Dare I say it: Exquisite!

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Really nicely done. The eyes are really nice.

I like the good separation of elements in the figure.

A joy to look at

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oh my god that is so awesome! very inspiring~ love his expression and eyes

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That's a first-class paint job, Derek! The scar on his cheek is a nice touch, and as always, your eyes are astounding. B-E-A-utiful!

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It looks smooth to me! Great job. I love the natural color palette. Not sure how I can say this, but the whole paintjob looks natural and effortless--everything just flows so well together.

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I gotta say this is fantastic based on the colors you chose alone! I love the use of neutrals yet how it still pops. The touches of red and the single use of a brighter blue (along with the eyes to match) looks really good IMO. It may not be as smooth as you usually do, but it looks excellent and it actually helps me. When I look closely I can more easily see how you applied the paint to get the effects that you want :). Sometimes I get confused on highlight placement on a lot of materials and this piece is a great reference when that happens ;).

 

Love it.

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Thanks for the compliments!

 

@Jay, @vegel, @MamaGeek, @odinsgrandson: Glad you like the face & eyes! It look a few tries to get the eyes right: overall size (not too wide, as then he looked too boyish), iris size and direction, amount of white showing, etc. I could see other people painting the figure with the eyes glaring ahead, and he would look like a boxer ready to fight. It's a good versatile figure, and the painter gets to set the mood by how he/she paints the face and eyes.

 

@sgtoku: The color scheme (neutrals with red accents and the blue book) was prescribed by the Pathfinder concept art, but I took some liberties with the specific tones.

And yes, even if I'm going fast, I still make sure that I get a good degree of contrast, even though it means rougher transitions between layers. But if the rougher brushwork is useful to help you understand where/how I've applied the paint, so much the better! :;):

 

@neuroticGOD: The base is all putty. I cobbled together some hardened bits of leftover putty (useful for bulking out bases or new sculpts) into the rough shape/volume that I wanted, then applied a finished-surface layer with the cracks and stone jointing, then applied the rubble and vines with another bit of putty. For reference, I used a painting by Steve Prescott from a Dragon magazine -- showing a trio of tropical dark elves (Eberron-style) outdoors in a shady overgrown ruin.

 

@Mclimbin was sitting across the table from me when I was starting to paint the base, at our local painters' gathering last Sunday. ::P:

 

Until the next time,

Derek

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Another stunning piece! I must admit that I keep checking the galleries to see if you posted a new paintjob, I'm a true fan of your work!

I love the different shades of brown on this mini, and I love how the different parts/accessories always seem to stand out without getting too overpowering. I didn't see the beard in the first picture, probably the angle of the shot, it's a very nice addition.

 

Did you recently wrote a step-by-step? I know there are some in the craft section, but your style seems to have changed a lot since then. It would be great to get an idea on how you paint these lovely minis. Do you use a black or white primer?

 

Looking forward to see the next mini!

Thanks :)

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@MaGie: Thanks! The beard is part of the stock figure, but it might be easy to overlook or even over-paint. And no, I haven't written a step-by-step in years -- you're right, my technique and style have changed a lot since those articles in the Craft section (2003). For the past year or two, I have been using brush-on primer: sometimes all white, sometimes light gray (white with with a spot of black mixed in), and sometimes a deliberate arrangement of dark & light grays using varying amounts of black with the white.

 

Derek

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