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60138: Sheila Heidmarch, Venture Captain painted up as a vampire

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I'm playing in a World of Darkness campaign and we need a bunch of vampires.


I'm adapting Patrick Keith's 60138: Sheila Heidmarch, Venture Captain to be a vampire, because not all female vampires hang around graveyards in unlikely and suspicious states of undress.


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.


She's such a pretty and elegant figure! I left off her short sword and staff and filled in the slight dimples where they were meant to go with a little Golden Molding Paste applied with the point of a bamboo skewer. The stuff shrinks when drying, so I heaped it up a little.


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. (I seem to be having a little trouble with it crackling just a bit in some areas, though.) It also gives a nice warm undertone to later paint layers (even though, eh, with a vampire you don't necessarily want "warmth".)






I like to paint skin first as something of the undermost layer. After I have the skin more or less smooth and correct I paint the features.


I have been painting up vampires with stark white skin because I don't seem to have the knack to make them look undead if there is even a little flesh tone in their skin. Maybe I should paint them violet or something ...


Anyhow, this is almost the only time I ever mix grey from pure black and white, rather than a complex mix of brighter colors. The flatness of tone conveys something wrong with the individual, and the simplicity of color mix is very easy to shade.


I started with a thin wash of pure Titanium White on her face, neck, bust, and hands.





Then (close ups for a while now) I laid in the first pale shadows. All greys are mixed from Titanium White and Carbon Black.

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Darker shadows and some lights.

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She's rather a mess now, but you can see how the skin shading is beginning to go.




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This afternoon I worked on the faces. Soo many tiny faces!


This works out to a grisaille of her skin.

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Then I painted her mouth, first with a layer of thinned Red Oxide, then washed with a purple made from Phthalocyanine Blue and Quinacridone Magenta, then highlighted on the lower lip with a pink mixed from Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White, and Yellow Ochre.


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I dabbed a little more Red Oxide on her lower lip and painted her eyes.


Paints used: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Hansa Yellow Opaque, Red Oxide.


I also laid in some brownish on her hair. It's a complicate mucky mix of everything on my palette, so pretty much the above with some Yellow Ochre added in.


The details on her hair are so pretty! She's wearing both a tiara and a comb.


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