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Now that I've finally finished up the ruins for DDS2, the next step is to tackle Her Majesty, Nathavarr. 

 

Glued and Green-stuffed all but the head and wings, then based in NMM Gold Base.

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For now, she looks like she fell in a vat of Golden's Mustard, but really, in our story, she's a poor, set-upon Gold Dragon defending her lair (and life) from evil adventurers (who have yet to be made properly Evil-looking).

 

 

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 Well..   as I've not actually gotten NMM to work for me, we'll see where this goes.. for now, sure.. why not? Lol

 

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10 hours ago, eldamir said:

 Well..   as I've not actually gotten NMM to work for me, we'll see where this goes.. for now, sure.. why not? Lol

 

And I realized this morning that I probably need to lay down NMM Gold Shadow first, so we'll pretend the NMM Gold base was the primer layer...

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Re-based in NMM Gold Shadow

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Then threw some NMM Gold Base back on the head and tried a bit of highlighting with NMM Gold Highlight.  

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From 5' away, it doesn't look horrible, but really, the blending is horrible (which means I'll be redoing it).. And not going to touch the body or wings until I get results I like on the head..

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Or maybe we just needed a couple of glazes of AP Soft Tone.. 

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Pay no attention to the abomination that is an attempt at a pupil .. that's next on the 'to-fix' list.. 

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Not sure if you have seen it or are interested but Guindyloo did a tutorial for dragon eyes that is seriously awesome. It can be found here:

Second post on page 5 hidden in the spoiler links. If you do a search for Ma'al, she has different colors for the dragons' eyes using the same technique. I liked the technique so much that I printed it and keep it in my paint case!

 

Anyway....

 

I like the yellow and it will go nicely with the red stonework.

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Thanks for that link, @Pochi.  

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Now with Guindyloo-eyes :)  Although her eye looked MUCH better..

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I may have been a bit too heavy handed with the Soft Tone layers on her body .. 

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Any suggestions for making her less brown without resorting to a Simple Green bath?

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Go back and hit the ends of each scale with your golden color. That way you are leaving the soft tone wash in the crevices as shadow but bringing the golden color back on each scale.

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That helped a bunch, @Pochi.  Thanks for the suggestion.

 

She doesn't have her head yet and the body's still a bit dark, but I think I'm satisfied with the results..

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I think I might have missed on the wing highlights as looking at this shot, they're very much not on the highest surface.. I guess I need to highlight the upper edge of the wings and darken those spots back in (which you can barely see in this top-down shot)

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Now with scorch marks! ::):

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Because she's getting whaled upon by evil adventurers!

 

Basically, I dabbed on a bit of pure black and smudged it around with my finger-tip (finger painting a dragon.. another first for me :B): )

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