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This time around I drew Generic Fighter as my exchange partner. The paint request was for cool PC/NPC figures, which is a fairly easy target to hit. The first mini is a cleric of Mammon, which doesn't really mean anything to me but might to the PF crowd. It was as well cast a mini as you could ask for and fun to paint. That one took no time at all to paint so I went ahead and painted up a second mini. This one is the Winter Witch, which at least sound cool or even cold. After I started working on it I discovered a number of casting defects which I tried to fix, but it would have probably been faster to just request a replacement. Anyway, I decided to make a color that I almost never use my primary dress color and then kind of let the rest fall in where it would. I was going to go with a winter base, but I found the white snow was too white and messed with the highlights on the mini. Thus it was painted over to gaming grass. The staff is not attached so he has the option of what angle to place it at. Also, it's more likely to survive shipping.
Yay Ub3r got my mini! When his package arrive I thought it was hilarious we'd been assigned each other!! So, here are the finished pics. Below I'll go through a quick WIP on how I did it if that's ok in the showoff forum. If not, I'll move it to a WIP thread. But there aren't too many pics. I had a lot of fun with this one. It gave me an excuse to play with a wintery theme. I tried to paint an ermine, but with them being all white, I'm not sure the contrast works. there's a touch of freehand on the dress and on the crystals. I dullcoated her Ub3r, but she's not sealed, so when you game with her, just be cautious. the snow is baking soda. I used brilliant blue, snow shadow, leather white, pure white, deep ocean, deep twilight, nightshade purple, fair skin and porcelain rose. I was trying to make the crystals look like a spell effect, but in hindsight I'd probably add something swirly around the staff to connect next time. Here's a quick step-by-etc-etc: Sort of how I approach eyes and shading. I like to block in some of the colors. It took me awhile to decide what color to do the border of the skirt. sorry for the focus. here's a quick way to approach gems. she's got these little circles on her belt begging for something shiny. I shade the belt first, then do the gems because I think it's easier. remember they're light at the bottom and dark at the top, with a little hotspot in the center of the dark area. so here's the base: I used a combination of sculpey for the bottom crystals and actual crystals for the long ones. I bought the crystals in bulk (about 300 or so) from a girl on ebay. you can get them cheap. I also sometimes make them out of bones sprue. I baked the sculpey after positioning the crystals, but I took them off for the bake. the tree is twisted wire with greenstuff on top. I tend to paint up the base then attach the tree later because it's easier for me to paint. For crystals, the base is whiter and the tips more colored due to where the imperfections form. The edges are light to illustrate reflection. each plane acts as a unique surface. it's fun to try to get contrast between the planes, but still give the illusion of a solid form. I use the edge of my brush run along the edge of the crystal to get the thin line. Enjoy! C&C and questions always welcome!! I can try to explain more if you want! What I love most about this mini is trying to figure out exactly how to attach that staff arm: where exactly is it supposed to point?!!!