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So anyway, I started mixing up some colors for their coats. 

 

I've mentioned before, one of my favorite general-purpose shadowy grey mixes is a balance of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.  Carefully blended they become a neutral near-black.  It's not pure black (really more of a subtle super dark grape purple-grey), but unless there is some real black nearby it is close enough to fool the eye.  With just a little bit of nudging this way or that with either the blue or the brown it can become a lot of useful colors, and the addition of white can give an entire range of warm and cool greys.

 

In fact, I once painted a couple of frost giants using nothing but this mix and these two colors (plus white).

 

At the time it was a fun exercise, but I remember I was frustrated by the lack of a good warm yellow.  So I guessed that I would probably want to mix some more creamy yellows to augment the blue-brown greys for the wolves.

 

Oh, and I love using photo references as a way of avoiding falling into tropish painting.  This was one of the books I had out (covered with a piece of plexiglass while working to protect from paint).

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Wolves have such varied blends of natural colors in their coats that I figured I could work with a lot of layers and start several of them similarly and vary them later.

 

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To begin with I took my neutral grey and brushed it lightly on the bellies and legs of some of the wolves.  I am painting these particular ones more or less identically to start.

 

Reaper pewter:

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Reaper Bones:

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RAFM:

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Tom Meier / Thunderbolt Mountain:

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Right away I could see that the leg color was too blue and would need more creamy yellow later.   No worries, though.  The cool grey left a little underneath will give some shadowy realism to the later colors.

 

I decided to paint one of the RAFM wolves as a black wolf, so I washed it with the pure (no white added) Ultramarine Blue-Burnt Sienna mix:

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Then I blended some of that with some of the paler grey I mixed earlier to make a darker grey for the wolves' upper bodies.

 

Reaper Pewter:

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Reaper Bones:

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Thunderbolt Mountain:

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RAFM dire wolf:

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I mixed up a drab pale buff color for the wolves' legs, and also to paint some as arctic wolves.

 

I had a look at photos of arctic wolves, and they aren't really "white" at all.  So I figured this color should work.

 

It's a mix of Yellow Oxide, Burnt Sienna, a tiny bit of Ultramarine Blue to grey it down, and a lot of Titanium White.

 

First I laid it in on some wolves I hadn't painted yet:

 

Reaper pewter:

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Other Reaper pewter:

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Tom Meier / Thunderbolt Mountain:

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Then I brushed some of the buff color onto the legs and bellies of the grey wolves.  The blue-grey underneath shows in places.

 

Reaper pewter:

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Reaper Bones:

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RAFM:

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Thunderbolt Mountain:

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I've been eagerly watching how your wolves are turning out. When I did my wolf pelt, I put a bit of Citadel Fenrisian Grey in the white, which is a grey with a wonderful touch of blue to it, made it seem realistic enough for my liking.

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I still had a few wolves who didn't have any color on them yet, so I decided to paint them reddish (For now at least.  Later layers may change this.).

 

I mixed a dull red-brown color out of a lot of Burnt Sienna, some Yellow Oxide, a small bit of Ultramarine Blue to grey it down, and a little Titanium White to make it more opaque.

 

I painted their legs and bellies with the dull buff color I mixed above (the sharp-eyed will note that its ingredients are exactly the same as this red; only the proportions are changed), then swashed on some of the red color.

 

RAFM:

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Thunderbolt Mountain:

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Those RAFM wolves are a little oddly posed.  Their paws are mostly curled all the way up and I kept feeling like I should cut away the metal that supported them.  But that would leave them suspended in midair.  I feel like they should almost have flying bases, like carousel animals.

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Although these are nowhere near done, I felt they needed a little more expression to help decide how to continue.  Their faces looked kind of blank, so I took some pure Carbon Black and painted in their eyes, noses, lips, and claws.

 

I don't work much with pure black as it feels a bit "dead" as a color to me.  But here it is useful to indicate expressions and will hold up even if I slop a little more paint over it in the continuing process of painting these puppies.

 

The faces are crude and just indicated in, but I feel like they have made these figures more alive.

 

Reaper Wolves:

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Thunderbolt Mountain Wolves:

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RAFM Wolves:

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I am definitely seeing the GoT's direwolves. There is Shaggydog, and Summer, and Nymeria, a couple that could be Ghost, One that makes a great Grey Wind. Only one I am not sure of is Lady. Haha!

 

These are looking great and I just know they are going to be brilliant when finished!

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That black is great for the eyes and such.

 

It may be the sculpts, I feel that the effect looks best on the Thunderbolt mountain Wolves, they look very natural already.

 

Looking forward to see more!

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I was painting soft blues on some other minis, so I slung some shadows on the snowy bases.  These are blends of Ultramarine Blue and (lots of) Titanium White, and Phthalocyanine Blue with a touch of Hansa Yellow Opaque and (even more) Titanium White.

 

Thunderbolt Mountain:

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RAFM:

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Reaper:

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More work on bases, this time on the green ones.

 

All of these greens were mixed from two colors:  Hansa Yellow Opaque (a bright, slightly warmish lemon yellow) and Carbon Black.

 

On the palette the mix sort of looks like blackened yellow, muddy, weird, unpromising, dull even.

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But put it on a mini and it's bright spring green.  It's amazing.

 

(Tom Meier reddish wolf in grass)

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Anyhow, I first put a medium mixed green on the bases over the browns and the rather murky green I had already.  I used a small flat hog's bristle brush to begin to make that grassy texture I like to use.

 

(RAFM grey wolf in grass)

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(RAFM black wolf in grass)

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(Tom Meier Grey wolf in grass)

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(Reaper grey wolf in grass)

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Then I simply added more Hansa Yellow Opaque to the mix to make a brighter, lighter green and added some of that to the bases.

 

(Tom Meier reddish wolf on grass)

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(RAFM grey wolf on grass)

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(RAFM black wolf on grass)

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(Tom Meier grey wolf on grass)

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(Reaper grey wolf on grass)

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(Reaper Bones wolf familiar on grass)

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