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Since this is a tutorial I will try to show you all my mistakes (fair warning I make quite a few generally). After priming I noticed a mold line I missed on Valloa's hair so I took my exacto blade a tried to even it out a bit. Here is the top of her head with shiny metal showing where I filed it a bit. 



With the closeup you can see a tiny part of the mold line on the left side still remains but I left it as I do not want to ruin too much of the sculpted detail. Now I could get the primer back out and respray to cover the metal but I don't need too. Instead I took some brush on satin sealer and made sure to cover the exposed metal feathering it out a bit onto the surrounding area.


Now to let them cure cook some lunch and I will return with some more photos. 

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SQUEE! The Mistress of Crimson Tresses again demonstrates her craft! I'm getting the popcorn...


ooh popcorn...I hope you will share.

Yes! Red hair for my kobolds!......who are red.

Post up some pictures when you paint them and feel free to add to them to this thread. I hope some of this will help.

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Yes! Red hair for my kobolds!......who are red.

Post up some pictures when you paint them and feel free to add to them to this thread. I hope some of this will help.



Yes! Red hair for my kobolds!......who are red.

Post up some pictures when you paint them and feel free to add to them to this thread. I hope some of this will help.


Well, they don't actually have any hair, but in these forums that's just considered to be upping the challenge level. ^_^

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Here are the first colors I chose to start with for each. I generally paint my hair from darkest to lightest (the only part of the mini I do so with). For the dwarf I started with Brown liner as my base (bottom well of my palette), the elf is a 1:1 mix of brown liner and burgundy wine (middle well), and the mage is 1:1 mix of Auburn Shadow and brown liner (top).





At this point I figured I better focus on one at a time so I can keep track of my paint mixtures. The next few posts will be of Dain Deepaxe.

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Dain Deepaxe will be painted with my general go to red mix. Here is a photo of my palette of the mixes I expected to use.



Bottom row (left to right)

1:1 Brown liner / Auburn Shadow

Auburn Shadow

Carrot Top Red


Middle row (left to right)

1:1 Highlight orange/ Blonde Shadow

Highlight orange

1:1 Auburn Shadow:highlight orange (I mix this up to help blend some transitions)


Top row

Blonde Shadow


Not pictured 

Brown liner (step one)

Blonde Hair (final highlight)


I usually mix these up as I go but since I am trying to capture each step I mixed it all at the beginning. To preserve the paint I put a wet sponge on top of the wells I was not using especially since I paused for photos and of course to pet my dogs when they ask for attention.




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Step one you already can see in the group shot but I took closeups as well. For my first step all I did was take brown liner and applied it all over his hair, I didn't really need to be too neat here as I haven't painted anything else. Usually I paint my faces first and take my time around the flesh. Here is Dain posing for his first closeup. The photo shows that I didn't really need complete coverage I was more worried about coverage in the deep recesses and around the edges.



Step two: Here I took my mix of brown liner/Auburn Shadow and made sure to get a nice even coverage, in the deepest recesses you can still see the brown liner but most of it was covered.



Step three: Finally he is beginning to look like a red head. I took Auburn Shadow and broadly applied paint to all the surfaces that aren't in shadow. At this point the only brush I used on him was my synthetic round 2. 


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Step four: Time for carrot top red. I make sure my paint is the consistency of skim milk at this point and will likely go over an area at least twice sometimes three if I need better coverage. I am still keeping my highlights fairly broad but a bit tighter than the last step. This is the final step I used my round 2 for. (sorry this photo is a bit blurry I didn't catch it until now)



Step five: This step I switch my brush to my sable round one, and I keep my round 2 close by damp so if I need to feather out some paint with it I can or if I mess up and want to take off some paint I can use it for that as well. I think this step you can really begin to see the highlights taking shape. I took my highlight orange and again just like step four applied the paint carefully where I want it with a few passes until I get the coverage I want.



At this point sometimes I will feel it is necessary to use a glaze of my Auburn Shadow to hit up transition areas. I define glaze here as a super thin paint almost to wash consistency that I diluted with distilled water that with only a small amount on my brush I apply just where I need to ease the color transition. I did not do a glaze on him I felt overall his hair looks ok without it and I wanted to show how you can get away without it especially for a gaming table top mini.


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Step six : I skipped using my highlight orange and blonde shadow mix and went with just my blonde shadow for this step. I could use the mix to ease some transitions but for hair especially beards I think it can work without it. Keeping the highlights much smaller and trying to pick out where I really want my light reflections I used my blonde shadow and again did this a few times until I achieved the proper coverage. 



Step seven: Not a big difference from step six just tighter highlights. I used Blonde hair (sorry I didn't have it on the palette at the beginning) again thin like skim milk. And carefully applied the highlights on the tops of the areas that the light would hit  the most. 



Here is where I left him for now. When I paint one of the ladies I may go in with two glazes one darker and one midtone color and ease some of the transitions on his hair. If I do I will take photos of the glazes and the end result. If I do I would revisit the highlights once more as well.But I think if I decided to leave him as is I would be happy with his hair. 


The main area I am unhappy with is the amount of shadow I left under his lip. I should have started the highlight a little higher but didn't really take notice until now as it needed some shadow because his mustache and lip will create a shadow there but I left it too large.

Of course his hair ties still need painted I just ignored them for now. But overall what does everyone think of his hair?


I may start one of the ladies tonight but they will likely have to wait until another day. But for now I leave you with one  example of red hair using mainly the red hair triad with some of the  blonde hair triad and of course brown liner.


If anyone has any questions about a step or if I left something vague please let me know and I will try to clarify.

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Lovely work, never really tried to do red hair before. I may now need to try some.

Red hair is fun to paint I hope you decide to paint some soon. I will be looking for red hair in the show off forum and hope that this thread helps someone.

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