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*deep breath*

 

I'm trying something completely new here. Actually, not so much one thing as several things.

Okay, what I'm really doing is hurling myself at full speed off the cliffs of insanity.

 

Let me explain.

 

Ever since the 2014 Year of the Giants contest was announced, I've had it in my head to paint Yephima as though her exposed skin was a starry night sky, and her skirt like a sunset. This idea has grown until now the following is my plan:

 

- Skin: starry night sky, complete with a few galaxies, a comet, and a few planets.

- Hair: Clouds, perhaps as a partly cloudy sky?

- Skirt: Either an actual sunset, or just sunset colors. The former is quite likely beyond my skills, given all the folds in her skirt.

- Breastplate: stormy sky with the trailing ivy pattern on her left side painted like lightning

- Club: Contemplating painting it to look like a crashing waterfall. Haven't decided on this one yet.

- Assorted armor bits: Probably silver and gold metallics. Because I need to have some shiny in there! :)

- Crown: Bright sun colors, or possibly mimicking the sunset theme from her skirt to draw the eye to her face

- Eyes: I was originally considering starry gems, but I just realized they'd get lost in the other stars. Perhaps as nice turquoise cabochon jewels instead?

Base: Either cut her off her current base and attempt to sculpt a cloud-sorta thing, OR find some fine fluffy stuff that can mimic clouds and glue bits all over the included base to make it look like she's standing in/on clouds. I'm more inclined toward the second option, for reasons I'll explain in my next post.

 

Is most of this slightly (or in most cases, a lot) beyond my current abilities? Yes, yes it is. Am I going to go for it anyways?

 

You betcha.  :B):

 

I will most likely end up scaling some of these things back, given that I've only got about a month to do this in. But I at least want the skin and the skirt to end up like I'm envisioning. :)

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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Very ambitious and you will learn a lot with this. My copy has the same moldline in the hair. If i get a chance i will see if it has the other problems you mentioned.

 

Some ideas for cloud base:

 

http://www.coolminiornot.com/articles/content.php?7909-modelling-thrust-smoke-effect-for-model-base

 

Edit found the other links i was looking for:

 

This is from this wip where the artist was originally going to put clouds at the base of his mountain. http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/showthread.php?57709-dennis-s-wip-soap-opera&p=748596&viewfull=1#post748596

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I checked my Yephima and she also has a mold line that goes around the top of her head.  I think that turning it into a circlet is a brilliant idea, one which I totally intend to steal for my own use.  ^_^

 

I also think that the circlet will look better if you use a tiny string of green stuff or some curved wire.  Not sure which approach would be easier or which would look better but I think that both options beat trying to fix the hair.  (Especially since that mold line literally makes a circle around her head, in mine it's more pronounced on the front.) 

 

You can do it, she'll be beautiful!  ^_^

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Yep. You have to remember the Bones price equation (or as I said some time ago, "$7 for a giant figure? Yowza!"). But it does sound like a lot of the Yephimas also have that mold line issue.

 

As for hurling yourself at full speed off the cliffs of insanity, I heartily approve. It's a great way to push boundaries and find new things and ways.

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As for hurling yourself at full speed off the cliffs of insanity, I heartily approve. It's a great way to push boundaries and find new things and ways.

This. Don't put your toe in the water to see if it's cold. Friggin' cannonball in. ^_^

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Darn. It's sounding like a FLGS trip won't avail me anything, then. I'll still go see what they have, but it's sounding like this is a model-wide issue. Sadface.  :down:

 

I'm waiting to do any actual painting on her until I've decided definitively whether to stick with the one I have, or to purchase a new one.

 

As for the circlet, I think I'm going to see what paint can do first. She's so perfectly sculpted that I'm hesitant to put one of my hamfisted sculpting attempts right near her face, where it will be very prominent and noticeable.  :unsure:

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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I think if you used a small wire instead of green stuff the "ham fists" won't be an issue and would make it look like it is part of the wing tiara.  :rock:

 

I'll pick up some fine jewelry wire when I'm at Michael's next and give it a try; I think you're right that using an actual wire would be better than trying to sculpt a coil of GS to look like wire!  ^_^

 

Only a small update, put down the basecoat for her skin. I got to use my new Nightshade Purple, a lovely dark dark purple that's trying it's very hardest to be black, and doing a pretty good job of it. :)

 

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She looked really cool when the paint was still wet, like she was an obsidian statue. 

 

So, I've never done black before, so I'm going to need to learn how to highlight it so a) it still looks black when I'm done, and b) it looks like skin.  :wacko:

 

Because I'd rather not learn on Yephima herself, I enlisted the help of my trusty experimental henchgoblin, Gerbid, in assisting me in learning how to paint black skin!

 

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I figure if he hangs around on my painting desk long enough, eventually I will have used him for enough painting experiments that he'll be all painted!  ::D:

 

I think the next step will be to figure out how I'm going to simulate a sunset on her skirt. I may need to purchase some colored pencils and mess around with doodling and trying different paint colors together before I find a winning combination. I want it to be sunset-like, but not too eye-catchingly bright and distracting. I'm hoping that painting her tiara in the same colors will help alleviate some of that, by giving the eye another spot of bright color to focus on. This might also mean I'll need to do some bright gems or something on the club to help move the viewer's gaze around the mini. Hm.

 

...Don't mind me, I'm just thinking out loud here.  ^_^

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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