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By Arc 724
Half Orc Merchant
Painted by: Arc 724 Sculpted by: Bobby Jackson __________________________________________________
Title: The Merchant of Backwater
This piece was one of particular interest for me. I remember the first time I saw it I just had to paint it. It seemed so odd but had so much personality.
The very last picture: The last picture is of the bottom the base. I used this wood chip from a woodcrafters store. I'm fairly certain my grandfather - who lived in Tulsa OK until his death - went to this store all the time. He was Sales me by Trade and a craftsmen by... other trade. I thought it fitting to use this chip on the Half Orc Merchant.
Thank you all for the support. I have procrastinated photographing this for various reasons but he is finally done. Hope you enjoy.
I love this figure.
Not so much the bendy weapons, but I straightened them out.
They have bent back a little (Sword).
I did a WIP on him. Thanks for the encouragement along the way.
He is another for our Reign of Winter Adventure Path. My DM said "Vikings." Kord has that vibe for sure.
I tried to paint the base like grass.
The hardest part was the nmm on the axe, and trying to get the runes to show up on the sword. It's a very irregular axe shape, so it was tough to figure out how to do it.
My green stuff patch job on the wolf pelt was not the greatest, but it is decent enough camouflage.
The second-hardest part of the figure to me was figuring out what parts of the pelt were what. What is tail? What are legs? I did my best.
Overall, I'm pleased with him. He seems like such a bad-a$$.
As for the pics, iPhone seems to be good for far away, but really "blobby" for up close. Maybe it is suffering from zoom.
I am not above blatant copying if it will push my skills and teach me something.
@Wren Your version of this was The Definitive version of this figure, in my mind.
Her post is here: http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/72285-1596-joy-winter-fairy/&tab=comments#comment-1483083
There have also been some other lovely versions of Joy.
I am a character in a Reign of Winter campaign for Pathfinder. The DM gave me a list of monsters we will fight, and a fairy type fey is in there, so I figured it would be a great excuse to paint my Joy.
I haven't tried blue skin before. That was the reason I wanted to copy Wren's version.
Here are some pics.
This is the first time I've used my iPhone for pics. It does a good job getting close, but the white balance seems a little yellow.
Someone had asked Wren about Reaper sparkle paints.
I went ahead and tried some Sparkling Snow in the wing membranes, but it didn't show enough in hand.
So, I glazed the wing membranes and her cheeks and her base with a very thin layer of Vallejo Model Color Metal Medium.
You can't see it well in the pictures, but it is a nice effect in hand.
I was least happy with the base. I tried to sculpt snow overhanging her base with green stuff. Just not the effect my mind's eye was seeking.
I am most happy with her eyes and face. I tried to glaze some pink and purple and sparkle into her face to warm it up and give her some pixie dust effect.
Again, not showing up great in the photos, but I like the effect in hand.
Her left eye I managed to get on the first try. It really represents my best luck with an eye. The Iris is a mix of Spectral Glow and Moth Green. I remembered Wren's Joy having greenish eyes, but thought they looked otherwise human, so I painted these that way. Then I reviewed Wren's Joy, and her eyes looked otherworldly.
You can see, I had a "Dicken's" of a time trying to get the right eye to match the left. I never could, but after 10 tries, this is the best I could do.
At arm's length, it looks fine.
For anyone interested, paint recipes are spoilered here:
Overall, I'm very pleased with it.
I hope I did the original inspiration justice.
I did the eyes for this one months ago. I'm going to try NMM steel on her armor and weapons (I've mostly done weapons previously). Skin is the olive triad, but i tried the yellow-red-blue top to bottom as tints, in addition to my red brick shadows and golden highlights. Hair is base coated only. Skirt has a dark shadow base, and preliminary deepest shadow layers. It will be a deep red in the end. I'll keep taking it brighter until I am happy with it. I want it to be a bit darker than some of the trim on the armor. Perhaps it will get freehanded. Not sure yet.
Also... oh my gosh my paint stays wet for SO LONG. What?! How do I? I can blend the things!?
Here is the latest of my Pathfinder figures that I painted: Barzillai Thrune (#60205).
I sculpted this figure last year and he was newly available at ReaperCon 2017. If you go to ReaperCon this year, you can see this figure in person.
As with Octavio Sabinus (link to my Show-Off thread), Barzillai also appears in the Pathfinder Adventure Path "Hell's Rebels" as a major NPC: link to cover image of #97. (Wayne Reynolds painted the cover art. The armor makes me think of a shark.)
Barzillai is the new lord-mayor in Kintargo, and his notions of law and order are going to provoke a lot of resentment, especially from the PCs!
I wanted the base to evoke a city under siege, so I sculpted the stone rubble out of Aves Apoxie Sculpt, and stuck some toothpicks in as stakes.
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