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YAY! Clearance items begotten from Game Kastle and I managed to find not one but TWO of the minis from my wishlist in their clearance!! WOOOHOOO!
HERALD OF BLOOD
This golem or construct of the gnomes from deep within the world is brilliantly painted by Martin Jones in the Reaper Catalog:
Painted by Martin Jones
And while I didn't want his work to influence mine I will be doing at least two things the same:
Glowing Runes and Eyes
Not Stone Spikes
I assembled this gentleman first with the idea of "full menacing pose" so both arms are over his head.
And amusingly, without referencing the above image, I swapped his arms.
So to start off, here he is Primed, Basecoated in Vallejo Game Color Yellow Olive and the Runes are in Vallejo Panzer Aces Stencil.
On the base, is a piece of slate and green stuff to simulate cavern floor. Two fallen or unused mine supports are behind him.
What's next ... well, I think the final colors are going to be Purple / Black Granite with a Green under-color.
The Runes will be a glowing Reaper Rach Red .
The Spikes will be converted into Crystals. Which might entail some blunting of the ends to get a more crystalline appearance.
These crystals will ultimately be Red/Purple or Purple/Green to fit the theme so far.
ENJOY and Stay Tuned!
By Ash Adler
Well, this isn't the prettiest miniature I've painted, but I'd intended it more for practice in getting better at blending and highlighting than to be a fantastic final product, since I think my previous minis tended to have very stark transitions.
Thought process and more photos at: link
On the whole, while it has room for improvement, I kind of like how it turned out. The blending on the scythe blade could've been better, but I think it's a big step forward from what I was ending up with on previous minis. The white and yellow still jump out more than I'd like, but the greens at least seem to have a nice transition from about end of the notch to the tip. The skin could've used a little more highlighting, especially around the right knee, but at least I was able to get the sort of corpsy/sickly/necrotic look that I was aiming for. I tried to go for a kind of "cast in shadows" look on the face to go along with the hood, and I'm fairly pleased with what it ended up being, though I think the eyes look more like empty sockets than sunken shadows. The ribs are kind of janky, and I'll just have to live with that. I do really like how the cloth turned out, though, looking like a dank and rotten shroud that's been smeared with all kinds of dirt and crap. On the other hand, the base really didn't work out how I'd wanted. I tried to go for a sort of slate look with a dark blue-grey under some lighter bits, but I really needed to either highlight further or to darken/sharpen the recessed edges, if not both.
Oh well, as I said, this was basically a practice/experiment piece, and if nothing else, I do feel like I managed to learn a little as I worked on it. C&C welcome. I'd especially love to hear any tips on how I could've gotten more of a "flowing magical construct" look with the scythe blade, as opposed to the current "colored piece of plastic" look.
I haven't painted much in the past couple months, so I thought I'd correct that by repainting an old model that I had painted when I started the hobby and had stripped down awhile back. I thought I had pictures from earlier, but apparently I have lost them over time. Oh well.
Here she is, my Flaming Fist mercenary version of Isabeau:
Melody (aka Mel) the Necromancer is complete! She is clearly a Slytherin.
Adventures: shading green with purple (thanks CMPA), NMM scythe, hiding a bad foot with paint, heck of a tattoo, granite, and accidentally painting a familiar face.
Mel will be used in my D&D campaign as a potential romance interest to the Necrobard in an attempt to sway him towards evil.
Some photos are zoomed on face, scythe, and the rock.
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