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Arabianesque character, mounted and afoot?

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Starting a new Pathfinder campaign and my character's concept is that of an Arabian prince escaping from an unwanted marriage arrangement (the 3rd son of the emir doesn't get the best choices :blink: ). Character class is Cavalier so want a mounted figure as well as one on foot.

 

I like the Nefsokar figure Ah'radivh (14246), or Anwar (14248) as a second choice, or Senet (14237) if female which I thought about, for the mounted version but wonder if there's a figure similar those that is afoot.

 

Any other suggestions?

 

Painting tips for painting horses, and an Arabian one if any difference, would also be appreciated.

 

I painted Volendria's (14375) horse Buckskin (Reaper Pro-Paint #08028) but a black wash and dry-brushing isn't working out too well (not that great of a dry brush painter).

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The coloration of Arabians is very similar to that of other horse breeds (though their bone structure is a bit different). Spotted coloration (pinto, paint, Appaloosa, and the like) are pretty uncommon.

 

I'd recommend that you do an image search on "Arabian Horse"; you'll find plenty of visual references.

 

A few minor points:

 

* Don't show any white in a horse's eyes unless you want to depict a very frightened animal.

 

* The hair around the muzzle of the horse is very thin, so the underlying skin normally shows through. This results in a color shift, commonly to gray, around the muzzle.

 

* Hoof colors depend on the color of the hair at the edge of the hoof. Light hair results in light hooves, and vice versa.

 

* The wikipedia article on Equine Coat Colors is a decent place to start if you haven't much experience with horses, but "horse colors" is a pretty good search term for lots of information about the subject.

 

* A healthy horse (with some exception for duns and grays) normally has a very shiny coat; paint it much like you would paint NMM or satin: higher than normal highlights, deeper than normal shadows, and fast transition regions.

 

HTH

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Black is almost always too harsh to use as a wash on people and animals. And with most horse sculpts there isn't a lot of texture to use it in, except mane and tail.

 

For this look: http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:q_ntneVWjSIvEM:http://www.lwranch.com/images/horses/Jokerlg.jpg&t=1 I would use a very dark brown on the hair, highlighted (drybrushed) with lighter brown. And on the body, gradually mix white or cream with your base coat for the highlights on the animal's head and rump.

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Painting horses is pretty much like painting skin or cloth because they generally have no texture. If you don't like dry brushing, try to layer it. Reaper Master Series have 3 or 4 suitable triads to paint a buckskin/palomino colored horse. Not sure which would be best but I really like the Warm Light Brown, and I use it for buckskin leather and blond hair a lot.

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While there are tendencies for hooves to be light for light colored horses, or dark for dark colored horses, that is not constant. Many have striped hooves, such as my palomino who has white hooves, but the back ones have black stripes.

 

And for shading, black on fur only for super dark furred critters. Otherwise dark browns/grays etc work well.

 

Arabian horses are said to have "dished" faces, as there is a certain curve to their snout, and they have dainty legs and figure overall. At least in specific arabian horse shows, the mane will be trimmed from the ears down about 6 inches to display the arched neck better. Personally I like their manes, but if you look at arabian horse pictures you'll likely see that trend.

 

Buckskin color wouldn't be too bad - just a tone like graveyard earth (citadel) or a taupe sort of color, shaded with a mildly cool brown, and then a dark brown stripe down the back and butt.

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