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The pile of minis is haunting me, despite being somewhat organized. I have a habit of starting multiple figures at once, and then hoping they are seen through to the end. Thus this thread. Larger projects will be in separate threads, but my day-to-day...who am I kidding...week-to-week work will be here.


To start: Isabeau Laroche in Bones. I love this sculpt, and the Bones version retains much of the sharpness of the metal version. I worked on her for a couple hours last night, cleaning up some mold lines, putting down a layer of brown liner to pull out the detail, and starting in on her face. Here is the progress so far:




I decided to not use my normal caucasian skin tone bias, instead going for a palette based on Gina Torres' and Halle Berry's lovely skin. Google and Reaper's Power Palette are awesome. Since the brown liner tinted everything a little grey-brown, I first covered her face with linen white to provide a good foundation for the skin, then lay down a midtone of blond shadow.




The palette I ended up with is:

Base: Blond Shadow

Shade: Oiled Leather and Chestnut Brown

Highlight: Tanned Skin and Fair Skin


I really need to get my good camera out, but hey, these are WIP pics.

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There was not a lot of time for painting tonight, so I added the base coats for Isabeau's tabard and cloak, creamy ivory and carnage red, respectively. I still need to decide on a color for her undertunic(?), which barely appears on her chest and arms. I also decided her shoulder and chest armor will be leather, while her legs will be metal. Maybe I'll venture into NMM-land for the metal bits plus sword. My only prior NMM attempt stalled out due to frustration.




As I worked on the red cloak, I couldn't stop my imagination from filling in patterns, borders, and other freehanded designs. I can only hope my brush control is up to the task. I plan on a border for the tabard. Maybe it is time to stop painting and start sketching.

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I made it back to Isabeau tonight. The surcoat is pretty much done. (Well...nothing is really done, just painted to the point where it has to be done in order to get something else done.) ::): I started with creamy ivory with a touch of midnight blue, then added more midnight blue for the shading. Highlights are creamy ivory with linen white followed by just linen white. Once the paint sits overnight, I might add another highlight of pure white.




I also laid the groundwork for the NMM on the greaves and sword. I'm feeling adventurous. The steel/silver has a basecoat of cloudy gray, while the gold bits have a basecoat of oiled leather.


Jasonator's comment inspired me to choose midnight blue as the base color for her undertunic. It looks like it fits well into the overall color scheme. I'll need to remember to add it to the steel to help pull the various parts of the figure together colorwise.

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Today's progress on Isabeau stretched my brush handling and blending abilities. Her cloak was shaded and highlighted, and then decorated with two bands of color. Getting the lines as parallel as possible meant I had to be particularly patient...the screw-up demon was constantly peering over my shoulder. In the end, I think it came out better than I expected. Clear Red is in my top 5 favorite RMS colors of all time!


I also worked on the NMM for her sword. I think it needs more contrast, but the basics look ok to my eye, especially when viewed at normal size. I hope the leg armor goes easier.




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Not a lot of painting in the last couple of weeks. I did get a lizardman painted up last week for the gaming table, but the pictures ended up really bad. These are the best ones:




Isabeau is much more photogenic.




I worked on her legs (more nmm!) and leather bits tonight. Looking at the pictures, I think I need to push the contrast some more. Her harness/corset/excuse for buckles is pretty much done. The buckles themselves need to be painted to finish it up.


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Another couple of hours dedicated to Isabeau today. More attempts at NMM for her legs and shield.




Getting in between her body and shield to paint the shield's back is very difficult, so I stopped with a simple basecoat of leather brown and a heavy wash of walnut brown. It is mostly hidden, so I decided to not make it any more difficult than necessary. The metal figure has the shield arm and shield separate, but not the bones figure.


Most of my time was spent on the shield face. It was several rounds of add paint to the blend, wait, get impatient, add more paint too soon, wait (is it dry yet?), wait some more, rinse, repeat. At least I had some good music on to distract part of my brain. I have another level or two of highlighting left, plus smoothing out several rough spots in the blending.




I plan on adding a freehand design onto the face of the shield, but first I wanted to torment myself get the NMM done. I think I understand the theory, but the practice requires...practice. Getting a large area, like the shield, to read as metal is much harder than I realized. I think the shield is close, but something seems missing, other than the final highlights.


[Edited to replace oversized shield image (ick) with smaller, more life-scale image.]

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