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So with the liberal use of green stuff, I have created a variant to the tried and true classic purple worm. This iconic beastie tends to inhabit rocky wastes and underground regions. I decided to create a variant to him based on the idea that creatures migrate and adapt. In this case, this fella moved into a swamp land and has undergone some adaptations in the form of skin alterations.

 

His heritage as a purple worm still shows up however, something I attempted to show by over-emphasizing the creatures lateral vasculature. I actually painted some of the lateral skin folds by using painting to integrate them into the lateral vasculature. My goal with the miniature was to have the worm rising from the swamp much and turning his head sharply upward; I attempted to demonstrate this with the three green venom strands whipping out from his mouth.

 

After photographing him, I realized there was a slight mold line along the midline of his upper lip. This was not evident to me with the naked eye as I painted him, so it kinda bums me in photos.

 

A note to newer painters, the darkened shading you see in the middle/upper portion of the interior of the jaw is shaded with deep browns intentionally, as are parts of his green hide (shaded dark green) since they would be dimly lit (if at all) in the murky depths of a swamp. This technique took me forever to develop an eye/brain for; as a newer painter I REALLY wanted everything to show up perfectly as if pure daylight was shining on the thing from every angle.

 

C&C always welcome.

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Holly Crap! Man that is a kick butt worm and the scene you have portrayed is completely awesome! I had a big plan for mine but, it probably won't turn out this good. I think this is your best figure yet. I feel your pain about the mold lines. It is hard to get rid of them on the Bones line. I am guessing they are made more for gaming that display or comp pieces.

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how did you do the moss on top? Its awesome

 

The moss on top is a combination of Blended Turf brand and a piece of Lichen that grows naturally in the wetlands nearby. I'm all about borrowing from nature to add a helping hand.

 

I like the venomous aspect you gave it. Perhaps it became intoxicated after eating too much lichen.

The base looks great as well, it’s complete and the movement of the soil makes the monster even more dynamic.

 

I just felt like it needed something else to help move it away from normal purple worm ecology..thus, the venom. I'm glad it does what I intended!

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Overall Excellent painting. Wonderful base work! {and I bet it is next to impossible to accidentally knock over] I love the model but that mouth area is tricky.

 

Critiques

  • 1st picture: the large grey/green area {back?] looks cell shaded compared to the rest of the worm, It isn't bad, just seems to stand out in the photo.
  • Mouth: Noticeable lack of symmetry on the large tooth placement. Understandable though since you were constrained by the mouth shape.
  • Venom Phlegmings: Need gloss{IMHO] Also some rivulets of venom in the mouth might be nice.

Yeah, I've been considering the same on the competition level, but truthfully not seeing that mold line is something that I blame myself for.
Well, you could put a small bit of lichen over the mold line and I'd say it is ready for a comptition.
The moss on top is a combination of Blended Turf brand and a piece of lichen that [Redacted]
Might want to be careful what you admit aquiring from certain places. Laws can get silly on certain subjects.

 

Thanks for reminding me about that worms mouth. I have some work to do on mine.

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