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02725: Alaine, Female Paladin


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So I need a new figure for one of the PCs in my on-again off-again online D&D campaign. The character is a female Goliath Warden (sort of a cross between a druid and a fighter, for those of you who don't marinate in 4th Edition) who fights hard (with longsword and shield) and parties hard, sometimes both at once. I had been using 02339: Templar Knight -- maybe the seventh or eighth figure I'd painted after an eight-year hiatus -- which the Warden's player had used for her Fighter in a different campaign. Anyway, I found Alaine at the FLGS (I was just stopping in to chat on my way to the liquor store; not ten seconds later I was playing someone's character "just for one encounter, until he shows up") and with a bit of judicious mangling of metal this is what I ended up with.




Obviously I'm going to paint it, too. ::):


Wardens, being all nature-y and stuff, don't hold with noisy rust-covered things like heavy armour. This makes figures a bit of a challenge to shop for, but I'm the DM and I can do what I please. Alaine's going to get her meticulously crafted and fantastically expensive suit of plate turned into overlapping segments of heavy boiled leather (that is, hide) by the simple expedient of me painting it brown. Nalla (the PC) is a Goliath, so I'll end up painting grey skin-tones with black markings. I'm thinking something cheetah-like for the face, being that the character could probably hit fifty miles an hour in cleats (sixty if there's beer at the finish line).




The shield's from Weapons Pack #7, held in place with a delicate little paperclip-wire pin (and CA) and some green stuff which may prove to be purely ornamental. The Alaine sculpt has a helmet in her left hand, which I'll handwave away with some midtones and a bunch of shading. Now that I think of it, I should've tried to green-stuff it into a flask, or maybe a leg of roast boar. Posing figures slightly off-centre on a rock formation, mounted on a nickel, is starting to become a trend for me.




This is the first time I've completely clipped away a figure's base. While I was at it, I clipped away the bottom segment of Alaine's right boot. Whoops. That's where the green stuff comes in. Let's have a cheer for epoxy putty! Besides my remarkably decent remedial sculpting effort, Alaine's held on by a rather less than delicate pin up about 5mm into her left leg and down another 8mm (I'm guessing -- I didn't actually measure) into the cork.


I love the attitude this figure has, particularly from this angle.


So I guess this'll be distracting me from the chaos spawn for a few days. Or a few months, seeing as how my painting schedule is wildly inconsistent. Either way, I'm looking forward to it.

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Good job with the green stuff...I just found out where the local hobby shop hides it and picked up some yesterday for a mini I am painting for a friend, which will be my next WIP. This really is a great sculpt, did you clip the base with tin snips or use a jeweller's saw?

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did you clip the base with tin snips or use a jeweller's saw?

I have some chisel-ground clippers with one flat side which I've been using for significant metal removal. (They're also good for clipping parts off of sprues.) Cutting away the sides of the base wasn't a problem; I ran into trouble when I clipped off the metal under her feet. In retrospect, perhaps I should've left that in place and hollowed out the cork a bit.

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And here she is, mostly basecoated. I realized after taking these photos that I've neglected to paint the straps across her biceps. Ah well.




Remember how I complained that Fiara had a lot of fiddly bits? T'weren't nothin compared to this figure. I brought some of it upon myself by pinning the shield on before painting, but still... I ended up doing almost all of the basecoat with a 00 brush, just because it's easier to maneuver in close quarters.




After painting the pack-horses, it's a bit of a relief to get back to a limited palette. I darklined the figure before basecoating, but I ended up painting over most of the lines regardless. Still, it helped.

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Here she is, highlighted and shaded.




The character has black hair, grey skin, and dark facial markings. This makes the figure's face and hair a bit indistinct, but after messing with it for a bit I'm starting to become okay with that. Goliaths also don't have pupils or irises, for which I'm grateful: those eyes are tough to get to.


I highlighted the green by mixing in Clear Green and shaded it by mixing in Blue Liner. I'm seriously considering painting a figure with nothing but those two. Damn they're good.




Now I just have to figure out how to paint the base. Off to Flickr and GIS I go!

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Since taking these photos, I got annoyed with the face -- particularly the way the hair and the markings blend together. I couldn't come up with a fix that didn't either look like a football player's anti-glare stripes or something from a KISS tribute band, so I said "screw it, I'm the DM" and got rid of the markings altogether. I think her player will dig it.

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