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There are only TWO painted examples out there that I could find, and of the two, one of them had heavy OSL going on (the professional paint job on Reaper's store page/Inspiration Gallery). Which, while it looked awesome...really didn't help in picking out details.  <_< I know I've seen a third one before in someone's WIP thread, but several forum searches didn't turn him up. Which I guess means that there's something to be said for including the number of the model in one's WIP/Show off somewhere. Because searching for Male, High, or Wizard by themselves would have been less than helpful.  -_-




Okay! So, the robe! I laid down a nice cover of Mossy Green, making sure to get nice solid coverage (the fact that it's an HD paint really helped). However, as I was painting, I kept noticing an odd area on his left shoulder, where the little critter is sitting. It almost looked like a shoulder pad, but the shape was wrong. I kept puzzling over it as I worked my way around the figure, until finally I decided to go look up any other paint jobs I could find to see what they made of it. 


I found a whopping TWO:down:


This one, the one displayed in the Reaper store, and


This one, in Reaper forumite pinkymadigan's WIP thread.


(Apropos of nothing, when I did a Google search for the figure just now, the second hit that came up was to this, my WIP thread.  :blink: Freaky.)


Anyways, after staring at both examples for awhile, particularly Pinky's, I realized that wait, that's part of a...he's wearing a cloak over his robe!


Well, okay then.


I still wanted him to be all dark greens, so I picked through my colors again and pulled out the Moss triad (Jungle Moss, Highland Moss, Pale Lichen). I basecoated the robe in Jungle Moss, leaving just the cloak as the Mossy Green. Unfortunately, the color difference wasn't as great as I thought it would be, and it's nigh indistinguishable in the photos.






Sigh. Well, maybe with the highlighting and shading and whatnot it will distinguish them from each other a lot (spoiler alert: it did, sorta, but not as much as I would have liked).


I decided to start working the highlighting/shading on the robe first, since I had this nice triad here, so first I washed Red Shadow into all the crevices and wrinkles I could find, followed by subsequently smaller layers of 1:1 Jungle Moss:Highland Moss, Highland Moss, 1:1 Highland Moss:Pale Lichen, Pale Lichen over the raised bits. Because I really don't have a good idea where highlights are supposed to go in zenithal lighting. So I just sorta went with what felt right.








Some of the areas were a lot easier to figure out than others, like the folds at the bottom of the robe in front, and his sleeves. His right leg, though, well, um...




Okay yeah I have no idea how to highlight properly over a large smooth area.  :mellow: I'm sure more intermediate colors between the layers would have helped, but I was a little crunched for time. The robe is the one area that I wish I'd gone back and done more on, though; it's what I'm the least happy with.


The cloak, though...I'm super duper happy with how the cloak turned out! But you'll have to wait for the next post to see why.  :devil:



--OneBoot :D

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Thank you for your encouragement, everyone! It means a lot to me, since I don't know any local painters, and Mr. Boot, while supportive, usually doesn't say much more than "That looks nice!" :) I didn't realize how much I'd missed painting until I put brush to mini again.  ^_^


I love your work on that wizard; great job!


Kuro!!  :bday: I almost didn't recognize you without your hat, lol. Thank you very much! You are among my most admired painters, so kudos from you means a great deal to me. :)


One question, how did you get a wash to stick so well?


Very thorough scrubbing with an old toothbrush and a drop of dishwashing soap, followed by thorough rinsing accompanied by more scrubbing with the brush to ensure that any soap residue is gone. It sounds like more work than it actually is, and in my opinion the bother is well worth it. All the fiddly details just magically appear with the wash, whereas some things were getting hidden when I just slathered straight Brown Liner all over everything. :)


EDIT: I should add that I don't thin the Brown Liner to full wash consistency. I add 1 drop of Brown Liner to 3 drops water (I have an empty dropper bottle that I filled with distilled water). The liner has a different enough makeup from regular paint that I haven't found a need to add any sort of wash mix to it.



--OneBoot :D

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Right, then! On to the cloak. Tally-ho!


I wish I had more in-between pictures of the cloak, but I was deep in The Painting Zone (which is sort of like the Twilight Zone, except not really). After not being 100% happy with the highlighting on the robe, I decided to go for broke on the cloak and highlight nearly up to white. Y'know, just to see if this whole "higher highlights" thing had any merit (given that so many painters better than I have recommended it, I already knew it did, I just hadn't tried it myself yet :) ).


As mentioned previously, it already had a few coats of Mossy Green on it. I then washed Red Shadow into the wrinkles and folds a few times to get them nice and dark, and then began the highlighting!


For the lowest highlight, I used 3:1 Mossy Green:Linen White. I used Linen White instead of Pure White because I've found that lightening greens with something yellowish just seems to work better. I also applied it differently from how I'd done the robe. Rather than a solid block of color, I sort of feathered it on, using short vertical strokes (going with the length of the robe and the direction of the folds).


Next was 2:2 Mossy Green:Linen White. I realize I could have just used 1 drop of each instead of two, but my brain seemed determined to work in groups of 4 at the time, lol. The contrast between this layer and the previous layer was a bit more stark than I liked, and that's when I remembered that glazes are a thing. So I thinned down a bit of Mossy Green and did a couple of nice thin glazes over the whole cloak (avoiding the shadows), which really served to tie everything together nicely without significantly diminishing the brightness of the highlighting.


Last was a few carefully placed bits of 1:3 Mossy Green:Linen White. This was the hardest one of all, since because it was so bright, it immediately drew my eye right to those spots, so I ended up having to "erase" a few areas and reapply it. The upper back turned out decently, but I'm most happy with the bottom of it.










I will fully admit to happily squealing when I held the figure at arm's length and saw it as a cohesive whole. It turned out far beyond what I had been expecting! I love highlighting!! Whee!  :bday:


After staring at it happily for a bit (or possibly just zoning out, I was quite tired by this point, lol), I decided to do the book he was holding next, since it was the next thing moving "outwards" from the figure himself. I'll do a new post for that, though, since I did a lot of stuff between this point and when I next took a picture.



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