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By Thes Hunter
It's been a while since I did a WIP. I suck at them. As you can see, this mini is like 15 steps already into it. But i just got my camera working, so that's my excuse.
Anyways, I wanted to share my thoughts, and get people's opinions.
My thought is: I'm tired of the old stereotypes of Good. Why can't red stand for the passion and the blood sacrifice of the innocents bravely giving their life to protect freedom? Why can't a pillar of good be based on black marble?
So I am trying for an overall feeling of good to radiate from these pillars. It's not there yet, because that is going to be relayed mostly through color. I will be using more and more warmer tones as I work the various surfaces up to their final highlights.
Nothing is currently done on these things yet. I want to put a couple washes in a few spots on the marble, and then that will be done. (All except the final gloss coat of course.)
The red areas will be brightened. I believe with oranges and yellows to give them more of a warm glow.
As you can see from the lady on the right, the female statues will actually be done in white marble. I am in the process of building up the highlights (and smoothing them out) on the right. After I get the highlights and contrast done, then I'll put in some veining. I expect the higher highlights to be in even warmer tones.
All the edging, and wings will be done in true metallic metals. Right now the one on the left is done in P3 Blighted Gold, and the right Scale 45 Necro Gold. The difference is harder to tell in RL, so it's interesting there is more difference in the photograph. I will probably continue to highlight up in the Scale 45 Gold series.
I haven't decided if I am going to do Gold details on the scrollwork detail on the caps of the pillars. I'll see after I get the rest of the gold done.
The sword will be done in True Metallics Silver.
The details on the base of the column will probably also be gold. Though if there is too much gold everywhere else, I will contemplate Silver.
The plants on the base will be done in lush spring green colors, and the roses will probably not be red, I am going to shift them either orange or yellow, because otherwise there might be too much red on the mini. It all depends on how it balances.
I haven't decided how I am going to paint the plant pots. My current thoughts are: White, terracotta, brass, silver, or gold. We will see what is needed to balance composition and keep the eye moving.
So I grabbed these to paint them up 'real quick'. This is always what happens.
(Note: I am doing these gals in my 'Pseudo-tabletop' style, as in, I'm going for 'look nice', without taking all the time to work up from thin layers, as I would for display. )
But C&C is always welcome.
I had a bunch of new figures arrive the other day. I am trying to decide which set to paint up first. Any thoughts?
Here are the new fishmen, a mind flayer, and an evil cleric of the sea:
I'd like to paint up this guy to be a green and/or bronze dragon:
A storm and a cloud giant:
Two more dancing girls:
A marid and a hippocampus chariot:
So, which one first?
For my latest group of models I wanted to paint some monsters- preferably with tentacles. I thought this "roper" would be easy enough but I decided to spice it up a little on the base. The 'shrooms are just little acorns The kids helped me collect last fall (painted the rounder ones as pumpkins).
I really don't know if I put the tentacles in the right spots but I like how dynamic they make this model look.
While I have been painting realistic wolves, I have also been working on some of the gorgeous giant wolfmen sculpted by Julie Guthrie for the Koborlas faction in Reaper's "Warlord" game.
This is #14528, the subtly-named "Rageclaw Slayer", or the testosterone-poisoned werewolf a friend of mine requested. He's a big puppy; I include a copy of Reaper's 60164, Vampire Hunter, for scale:
This is my standard priming of a thin layer of Titanium White followed by a thin wash of diluted Burnt Umber, using my favorite Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. I left the base white in order to paint it as snow.
Those who have been following my regular wolf painting thread will recognize the steps here. First I mixed a cool neutral grey from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White and painted it on his limbs, face, and belly:
Then I mixed a darker version of the same grey and painted his back and tail:
Then I mixed a cream-buff color from Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide, a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue to take the orange edge off, and Titanium White, and went over his face, limbs, and belly again:
And finally I took some pure Carbon Black (a color I rarely use except for special effects) and laid in his eyes, nose, lips, and claws (Although I just noticed I missed his toe claws. Oh, well, next time.). I also washed a little diluted black over his darker fur, most noticeable on the parts of the tail I had missed earlier:
He still looks rough and terrible, especially up close, but I have to admit I am rather pleased with the overall color impression.
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