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Meirsoa, Gnoll Matriarch bust (WhiteWulfe's first large scale miniature)

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Couldn't really think of a fancy title.  I've used "a fox paints a busty bust" in other places, but that doesn't quite fit the naming conventions requested here :ph34r:


Anyways, for a long while now I've wanted to paint a bust, but couldn't really find one that actually pulled my attention fully.  Many were neat, but most of them were also incredibly expensive, with even more expensive shipping on top of that.  This is where we introduce Mr Resin Printer, who actually doesn't have a name other than the "Mars 2 Pro" that's written on it's front..  There's just something about this bust, not sure how to put it, but in the end, I wound up choosing her even though others may be more to my style, like White Werewolf Tavern's Minotaur.  I still plan on printing and painting him, but Meirsoa actually made it to the printer, so clearly she won that battle.



So first up, we have the bust itself, after a bit of wet sanding to clear up some things where I was either too rough with support removal, or where some scuffs had happened.



How tall is she?  Glad you ask.  From left to right we have a Spires Biomancer for Conquest (Para Bellum Games), Pathfinder Red Dragon (Reaper Miniatures), and Sir Captain Fuzzbutt (Bandai Eevee Quick! plastic model kit).



And a second height comparison, after being primed in Monument Hobbies' ProAcryl Dark Neutral Grey Primer, which rather quickly has become my new favourite primer.  Brush applied because my compressor's dead, but it behaves rather nicely.



Three rounds of drybrushing later, here's where we are.  First was ProAcryl Dark Ivory, second was Bright Ivory, and third was 3:2 Bright Titanium White to Bright Ivory.  While this is technically an attempt to recreate zenithal highlighting with drybrushing, I've done it mainly for two reasons: to bring out the detail, and to make life a lot easier as I'll be painting her in mixed media.  Oils where they provide key benefits, like skin, fur, and cloth, and acrylics where starker transitions aren't an issue.


So, what are my plans for her?  Like usual, I don't really have a set plan, although a few things are here that I know I'd like to do...

  • African Wild Dog (aka "wild spotted doggo") fur pattern as inspiration,
  • orange involved as the primary colour of her fur, alongside something resembling black and cream.  Quite possibly a fourth colour in there too, some sort of reddish earthy tone perhaps?
  • purple and blue, aka blurple cloth.
  • some sort of earthy colours for her hair.  More than likely this will be either Gamblin Reclaimed Earth colours, or some sort of equivalent from the ProAcryl line.


I expect this one to be a bit slow for updates, not just because of the use of oils, but especially since I have like six different projects on my desk, and dance between them all...  That and I'm about to start a new 3d printer build as well.

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18 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Go for it!

I painted a hyena bust a few years ago.

Maybe it helps a little with your choices.


I always did kind of want that Legendarion one, but a few years ago they became rather difficult to order from, and it looks like Cadwallon has bought the rights for production of their stuff.  I definitely remember you painting Gehbuza!

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6 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

I always did kind of want that Legendarion one, but a few years ago they became rather difficult to order from, and it looks like Cadwallon has bought the rights for production of their stuff.  I definitely remember you painting Gehbuza!

Legendarion is based in Ukraine. No idea if he's still around and I believe Cadwallon is also from there.

You can find mine in my overview of wips see my sig.

I'm looking forward to see how you'll paint the matriarch, those dreadlocks look pretty challenging with those beads.

Good luck!

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