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So I am working on a batch of vampires.
Up until now I have generally painted vampire eyes either like regular eyes, but red
or kind of glowy red-gold.
I felt like I wanted to try some other options.
So I gessoed a piece of bristol board and painted a patch of grey on it (I paint vampire skin grey and white) and added some black blodges to represent eye sockets.
From the centimeter scale, you can see that these are way bigger than mini eyes. That is because I am not a masochist where practice is concerned.
Then I laid in some eye shapes in pale grey (the whites of eyes are pale grey in general, not pure white). You can see a column of them still unplayed-with, third from the left.
I played around with types of preternatural eyes, using a limited palette of Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Red Oxide, Yellow Ochre, Hansa Yellow Opaque, and a very limited amount of Quinacridone Magenta.
Some of the eyes are based on leopard eyes and gorilla eyes.
This way one can test eyes on a large scale before committing to figures.
I'm working on painting a tribe of wolf people and this is the second guy I've completed (first one here). This is also the first custom base that I've made.
Funny side note: Early on in painting this guy I posted on the works in progress board asking for opinions on what is hanging on his foot. The conclusion that we came to was that it was some kind of buckle which apparently the sculptor of this piece (Werner Klocke) is obsessed with. As I kept painting I definitely started noticing the abundance of buckles across the various leather straps. It just made me laugh every time I discovered a new one.
Anyway comments, suggestions, and criticisms welcome! Thanks!
By Chris Palmer
We kicked off this year's campaign season, with our first Ghost Archipelago game this past Saturday. Since it was the first game, and the first time with the rules for a couple of the guys, we played just a simple battle and not one of the scenarios.
My Heritor's report can be found here: First Foray onto Fantastic Shores
"...As the Elf leaned over to reach into the pedestal, he caught sight of the Heritor Gregorius for the first time, emerging from a patch of jungle on his left. The other Heritor clutched a grime-covered urn to his chest, and as he turned he likewise caught sight of Lord Fortrywn. Gregorius' eyes narrowed as he quickly apprised what Lord Fortrywn was doing. The old Elf could see the turmoil in his opponent's eyes as greed flashed across them. The human Heritor looked at his urn then back at the newly smashed hole in the idol's pedestal, his mind calculating..."
The GM said we needed a nosferatu, so here we are.
This is Reaper's 02867: Matthias the Twisted, a gnarly rattish vampire.
All paints used are Golden Matte Fluid Acrylics. Color mixes are (usually) noted, but not exact ratios.
Questions are welcomed and I will try to answer them. Critiques are appreciated.
This is the way I usually start miniature figures: Lightly primed with Titanium White, then when that is dry, washing it over with Burnt Umber. Burnt Umber is a dark, transparent pigment that settles into crannies when thinned down and shows the details very well. It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers.
(I have to remember that I experimented with a cold blue-grey wash on some vampire figures that avoided all the nice warm undertones.)
I paint vampires with stark white skin, shaded with flat greys mixed from Titanium White and Carbon Black. This is almost the only time I ever use such a simple mix for greys.
The first layer is a thinned white (blodginess is the underpainting showing through).
Steps in shading:
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