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91006: Prarie Tick Queen

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Getting back to painting, after a brief break to take care of some other things.  This was my first attempt at a non-humanoid/skeleton, so I had trouble judging the proper size for the striations on the carapace (which is to say that they're generally too short and thick :lol:), but it was fun to try doing a different material effect.

 

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As usual, more pictures and thought process at my blog: link

 

Looking back at it now, I should've shaded more of the flat area of the red and done more to separate the body from the ground.  The eyes are a bit sloppy, too, but they're so damn small that I'm amazed at how cleanly others have painted them.  There's also an ugly gap between the Bones base and the actual base, though that's because I'd overestimated the strength of the bond (using just PVA and spackle) and broke it off, and then I just superglued it back in place as closely as I could without adding any more filler.  On the plus side, I think the blood stains and the white "reflection" lines on the red areas both added nice touches without being overpowering or garish.

 

C&C welcome ::):

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Looks good to me too!  In nature a spider is going to mostly blend into its surroundings anyways, so it being close to the color of the base only adds a more realistic feel.  

 

I think the red looks really nice

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Thanks for the kind words.  I tend to be pretty hard on myself, so it's good to have some positive feedback to keep my self-hatred in check :lol:

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