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I've been doing a lot of painting over the last few months but very little posting. I'll probably do some image dumps at some point, I do like searching for other people's versions of the minis and I'm sure others would like to see mine. Anyway, when I went through my collection of painted minis appropriate for PCs, I saw very few armored women. I did two from Bones III, and Anduriel from a Lean-to-Paint kit - he's almost certainly supposed to be male but honestly you put a person in that much armor and they're pretty androgynous. 🙂 I did some minor modifications to Skara - if you're wearing armor no-one should ever see your cleavage (you keep your heart there!) and I suppose she may have been wearing a dress, but she had *&^! spaulders so I sculpted her a breastplate and gave her more-or-less-full armor. She was wearing an elbow cop on her sword arm, but not her other, so I gave her one. I also added a few more thigh plates to cover up a bare leg. Not terrible, though a bit rough - I should probably have built the breastplate out more to make it look more angular. Sculpting is hard! As far as painting goes, I gave her a fairly normal skin-tone but blue hair. I'm quite pleased with how the hair looks. Amusingly enough, when I started painting Mara I thought she had an angel on her shield. I guess not. 🙂
So here's the results of my first lesson in NMM. Thanks, Anne! Overall I have to say I'm pretty happy with how he came out (I hope you're sitting down!). I also went a bit further with the hair thanks to ttuckerman mentioning Oiled Leather as a shade for blond hair, and I decided to punch up a couple highlights in my quest to work on my contrast. Now I need to go back and revamp my cloth and leather techniques! I like the effect I got glazing a dark red over the little scroll case or whatever it is, tucked between the sheaths and bedroll. Tried for some blue/green eyes but it didn't photograph well. I'll probably get an eyeroll (hah) from my fiancee, she likes to make fun of the freaky eyes I give characters in video games. And for fun, here's an elf I did back in the 90s for comparison. Finally, you can see the WIP in http://www.reapermini.com/forum/index.php?/topic/47264-groupopenwip-l2pk3/'>this thread. Colors used: 09037 Pure Black (kit) 09039 Pure White (kit) 09061 Linen White 09136 Walnut Brown 09046 Fair Shadow 09048 Fair Highlight 09256 Blond Shadow 09257 Blond Hair 09258 Blond Highlight 09038 Rainy Grey (kit) 09035 Olive Green (kit) 09199 Russet Brown (kit) 09070 Mahogany Brown (kit) 09110 Oiled Leather (kit) 09074 Palomino Gold (kit) + a red I forgot to glaze the scroll case