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This fellow has been lurking at the bottom of a drawer or box for over 30 years.... I finally painted him up. It was actually a bit irritating somehow... I guess that's why he sat in nothing more than a coat of primer and a red shield for so long! Not sure the maker, maybe citadel? He is on a metal part for the slot base that helpfully says 'orc'. All this time later, I love him just for nostalgia and remembering my dad painting up all those orcs... and we never used the minis in play!
Using the long weekend to my advantage, I got a decent paint in on this guy. Meet Gronk.
Trying to do a more comic-style paint job, I did less wash and more highlights with bold color.
* The two-toned leathers look fun and eye catching where they need to be.
* Staying to as simple color-scheme as possible helped me draw this one to a close. (Brown, Orange, Green, ivory, red)
* The eyes came out really good and I finally managed one of those little reflective white dots in the corner of the right eye.
* Opting to not color-up every single ribbon or fold as a new color and simply stick to the simple palette helped me keep pushing forward.
* The shield came out great! If you look close on the edges and near the dents, there's small orange highlights that are really faint. Probably my favorite small thing on this model.
* Not digging his green skin highlights. Did a Green base, then ink wash, then went back over with same green, then brought up by adding white. Placement of the highlights is off as well as not understanding light. Crux for me.
* Metal sword over all has a good look to it. Can't seem to use the Vallejo Metals for edge highlighting. Too runny. Need to swap to regular metal paints and use edge of brush. Love the Metals, but they are so thin and spread so quickly.
* Struggled with doing boots. I want to darken them, but using black just seems too easy. When they are super dark, I can't figure out how to bring the color up. Lame.
* On the dino skull on his shoulder something bad happened. I went over it with bone color like 3 times to make sure it was thick enough. Then did a wash to bring out the dips and dirty it up a little, but I guess pulled up the bone color before it dried - even though it was sitting for 15 or more minutes before I hit it. That sucked. Fixable, but not sure why I hate that color so much.
* Learning how to be 'subtle' is something I need to develop. It's almost like I'm needing to see big swings in the color to make my eye train to it being different, but the reality is subtle would be better.
Got another one down for the weekend.
This time paying special attention to the face and eyes. @Inarahmentioned to me to lighten things up a little. So, I took her advice. I think it turned out for the best!
* Taking way more time around the face this time and really putting a lot of work into leveling up the color step by step with really thin paint worked well. VMC Burnt Red and VMC Flat Flesh was a good blend together. I think in the face, I could have added a bit more fare skin, but hey, he's a barbarian. He's not going for a "best skin" award, he's going for best raging out award.
* The bone, leather, fur was a really fun combination to work on. I kept things pretty simple and the variation between all of them were pretty complementary.
* Again using the zenithal highlight really helped features stand out and give me a good starting point.
* Stages: Skin, then leather elements, then accessories, then weapons. The working method inside to out went great.
* I really like the way the scabbard came out, but I kind of thing it was supposed to be straight up and down and not off to the side, but I hate when it's up and down because it'd be impossible to get the sword out of. However, the downside is the scabbard has NO detail behind it and it's jutting out, which Ididn't think about when I glued it in place. Wah wah.
* Free hand on the handle. I added the little black/brown element on the sword handle. I am pretty happy with that. I think it's a nice slight add.
* Loin cloth was a deep red I was trying to lighten up. I used a light grey, didn't work. Then I tried white - pink? Do you think a barbarian is going to wear pink? "I reckon' you get your broccoli kicked for wearing something like that." In thinking about it I could have pushed it to orange for the highlight. Doh!
* Eyes - I did them better this time, to @Inarah's point, but I didn't have enough room to get much else in there. I was also at a points where I knew if I tried to fix it, it was only going to get worse, so I called it where it was. Meh.
* Sword - just a basic steel. I tried to use a black wash on the bottom side of the blade to give it shading, but you really can't see it on the photo. It's nothing special, and again, I wish it was more...anything. It's pretty basic.
I'm reallllly looking forward to putting a base on this one. Needs to be something epic, so this will be a special one. I'm very, very happy with how this turned out and feel it's a good spot to stop for the weekend. Yay!
As always - open to feedback and would love your thoughts.
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