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  1. Okay! It is fantastic to be getting back to people and critters after the SciFi contest. I figured I need to get started on The Year of the Giants or else I may get engrossed in the Fall Exchange and run outta time like I did last.. er... time. To start with, I'm doing the normal sized person in my diorama first. My goal is to make her detachable as a game piece as well, so we'll have to see how that turns out. I've started with Kaya the Reaper (14600) because, well, I was ready to paint a lady. My inspiration for Kaya came from Lagertha from History Channel's Vikings show. I had a thing for blondes when I was a kid so, I guess this came naturally Anyway, I'm still kicking around ideas for the diorama but I'm pretty sure I know which direction I'm going. Using Kaya has forced me to research snow, thus my post earlier yesterday. Anyhoo, here's the paint progression over the past day or so. I had to keep starting and stopping due to various things, but I think she's progressing nicely. Note that all of these pics are taken with the camera set to low res to save on size. I only use high res for my fancy finished photo set up. Primed! There were several spots of flashing I missed, so I tried to remove as much as possible in progress. There are several spots I found impossible to get to with files or hobby knife. Has anyone used a dremel with a round burr to remove flashing in crazy places? It seems like that would be the only thing that would work... Hmmm.... Orangy! This is a mixture of MSP Golden Shadow and Fair Skin Shadow. I like Golden Skin, but figured since it's winter, I'd throw in some fair skin to lighten it up. I really don't remember the progression for the hair. I started with Blonde Shadow, then added several washes with colors like Ruddy Leather, Walnut Brown, etc. to get the dark recesses I wanted. This is just Blonde Shadow... I think.... Starting to get somewhere... And we called it quitsies for tonight! To save from too many photos, this is my only 360 series. I'm liking where she's going. So that's it for tonight! I've decided that I'm a pretty spastic painter in that there really is no rhyme or reason to what I paint when. Her eyes did give me fits as they're small for the size of the figure, but then again, eyes always give me fit. Thanks for checking out my WIP! I'll try to post more tomorrow. At this rate she may be finished by Monday or so, depending on how the snow experiment goes... -K P.S.: Can somebody tell me why on earth Kaya is so friggin' big? Compared to a normal Reaper mini, she's huge! She's not giant-sized (I think) but she's a full head taller than most human sized minis. Again, I don't game so are the barbarians bigger than the normal people? Just curious! She's a beautiful sculpt, but she's a big girl!
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