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With my shelf of shame needing some new residential zoning, I have decided to tackle a few unfinished projects and actually complete them. 2013 was the year of the dragons...nope, didn't finish. 2014 was the year of the giants...nope, didn't finish. Oh gloom, despair, and agony on me!


With that out of my system, first off the shelf is Blacksting. I started working on him maybe five years ago? Here is his current state:




I believe he was the first figure I ever gap filled with green stuff. He has taken at least one dive off the shelf of shame, undoubtedly trying to fly onto my work table. I don't think I'll change the colors too much, except to do something about that gray on the wings. I don't remember what I was thinking there.  :huh: I think the blues are the martial blue triad, though the neck scales look like midnight blue. I'll have to try to match the yellow.

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I had painting time in the last couple of evenings, so I made some progress on the wyvern.




I highlighted the body up from Templar Blue to Ashen Blue to Snow Shadow, with a little bit of Ghost White for the highest portions. I also changed the wing membrane color from a gray to Creamy Ivory.


Last night I worked on the ears, the belly, and the back ridge/tail scales. The belly is base coated in an unknown yellow from when I started the figure. I worked in some shadows using Leather Brown, and highlights using Buckskin Pale and Creamy Ivory. I have a greater appreciation for the difficulties of working with yellow. I'm not satisfied with how it looks...too flat.


The ridge/tail scales are base coated with Midnight Blue. I edge/dry brushed on layers of the martial blues triad, with a top highlight of Snow Shadow.


The wings are still only roughly sketched in, but I think I'm over 50 percent finished. One less mini on the shelf of shame!

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The last month was full of distractions - a train layout needed wiring, starting a volunteer job at the library, plus other "reasons" not to pick up the paintbrush - so Blacksting ended up on the shelf again.


After seeing him every day daring me to finish what I started, I forced myself to sit down last night to make some progress on the back of his wings, defining highlights and shadows. It was time well spent. The transitions are still kind of stark, but the idea is there.







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