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I sent DSMiles some stuff for the miniature exchange!
He wanted metal, preferably, and stuff from lower SKUs. I hadn't spent a lot of time down there, so it was fun to look around. I picked out a wizard that looked fun, a knight with an unusually short cloak (more historically accurate, but less epic-looking, I believe?), and three wraiths--which I hadn't seen before, and thought were pretty awesome!
I hadn't really done any basing before. Sorry about that! I hope you found the basing at least marginally acceptable. I was aiming for a bit of a dungeon-y look with some moss to match the old-school vibe of the minis. Speaking of those, I have some individual pics!
Tox was my favorite. He's also one of my best jobs so far! I had a lot of fun with him and the wife was sad to ship him off. I may have to paint up another.
02188: Knight Templar
I had fun with this one too. I think he'd be great for freehand but I don't think my freehand is up to snuff for a mini exchange yet. Lots of canvas to make your mark on.
02617: Female Wraith
The wraiths are just cool. I had a bunch of ideas for things to try--one of them involved suspending some bluish-white-ish pigments in clear acrylic in the hoods to give a lighting effect, but I couldn't get that to work too well. Oh man the Vallejo water effects were awful to work with. Interestingly enough, because they're water-based, they slowly dissolve the drop of paint and create a solution of water, water effects acrylic, and pigments. It's a cool process to watch but also a sad one as you watch the blob of paint you were hoping to keep get slowly disintegrated. And then you have to scrape all the water effects out.
02148: Guardian Wraith
I wanted to give the wraiths some sort of effect to show from a distance that they're not just dudes (or ladies) hidden in cloaks. You see wraiths all the time with glowy implements, so I tried to recreate that. With at least some success, I think! It's hard to get the blending to look right on the dark cloak. On the lighter brown clothing, experiments showed that it would look green, which I was not expecting! But weirdly enough, I think those bits turned out looking better. At least to me.
02081: Fog Wraith
The adventure continues. First up, the only Reaper mini I've stumbled across in the several lots I've bought on Ebay, a Guardian Wraith by Bob Ridolfi:
I recently saw dispensed some advice about highlighting black with turquoise. So I tried that, here--a very light turquoise. I liked the looks of it, so I also used that for the detailing on the shield, hoping to get a glowing look.
And then there's Lanah the Lost, Barbarian Princess, from Ral Partha's Fantasy Adventurers line:
My first bikini-babe warrior-chick. Love love love this sculpt, even if it is a little ridiculous. I really made an effort not to holdback with the highlights on her. I double washed with Reaper's flesh wash and then dry-brushed with what I felt was a super-light tone to try and make her pop. Also, the first butt cheeks I've painted.
And finally Grenadier's Necromancer (or Illusionist (Evil):
Another sculpt I love (though it's a wee wonky in a couple spots). I really wanted to embrace the Necromancer sort of feel to this piece that was at least sometimes billed as a necromancer, so I thought blue was the way to go. Hoping it's popping. I also assumed it to be glowing, and I tried to limit my highlighting to areas affected by that glow--not OSL or whatnot, obviously, but I'm kind of feeling that general territory out. Don't know if it even remotely makes sense as-is or not. But. Yeah. Also tried making a little wood grain on the staff.
As always, I'm totally open to feedback, especially if it'll help me improve. Thanks for looking.
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