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  1. I've been skipping between projects lately. For a while now I've had the urge to work on another fantasy piece (I usually paint historicals) and finally decided to take on one of the orc pirates from the Black Sailors kickstarter. A few months back I painted a dwarf pirate from M Proyec (http://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/65914-dwarf-pirate/) so I may end up combining these two into a scene together. That may be getting a bit ahead of myself, first let's get this one painted and then I'll decide what to do with it! I've seen a couple painted versions of this figure online and I wanted to do something a little different. I opted to paint him up as a black orc with dark green skin. To accomplish this, I used a mix of Dark Green and Burgundy Wine (roughly 2 parts green to 1 part burgundy) for the base. More Burgundy Wine was added for the shadows. To highlight, I used a 50/50 mix of Dark Elf Highlight and Vampiric Skin and mixed that into my base. So far I've just been working on a portion of the face. As you can see, other areas on the head haven't been touched beyond the base coat. Even the parts that look done are a work in progress. I want to do a bit more work to blend the purple of the nose into the surrounding areas of the face. There are some shadows/highlights I want to tweak. And I still plan to go over everything with various glazes to add more color variation. I don't usually paint orcs, so I'm kind of figuring this all out as I go along. But, I'm enjoying the work and can't wait to do more! And for anyone not familiar with the sculpt, here's what the whole thing looks like. The figure is 1/35 scale (54mm for normal humans) but, as an orc, he's closer to 70 or 75mm tall.
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